In recent years, the Toyota brand, thanks to its futuristic vision, has conquered a significant position in the A segment in Europe. ED, Toyota's European design studio based on the French Côte d'Azur not far from Nice, was commissioned to revisit the citycar concept from a whole new perspective. The aim is to redefine the meaning of segment A for European customers in order to fully satisfy their needs and desires, demonstrating that the cars traditionally identified as ""utilitarian"" can be distinctive and characterized by a unique design.
Balanced and sporty at the same time - the chassis of the new Volkswagen ID.4
The ID.4 already offers the best prerequisites for great driving pleasure. The rear-wheel drive ensures strong traction - the driver experiences this already when he drives at traffic lights in the wet. The high-voltage battery is located between the axles at the lowest point of the car. This benefits the center of gravity and weight distribution: with all drive variants, it deviates from the ideal value by no more than one percent, 50:50. The front axle of the ID.4 follows the McPherson design, with the steering system having a ratio of 15.9:1. For the first time at Volkswagen, the steering gear is located in front of the center of the wheel, this position guarantees high stability during fast cornering. At the rear is a complex new development - a compact five-link suspension with a subframe that is elastically connected to the body. Parts of the suspension are made of lightweight aluminum to reduce weight. The ID.4 wheel program starts with the 18-inch format, either in steel or aluminum. Starting with the ID.4 Life model, 19-inch wheels are standard; above that, there are only light-alloy wheels with 20 or 21 inch diameters. Although the large wheels in the wheel arches take up a corresponding amount of space, the ID.4 only needs a turning circle of 10.2 meters - extremely little for a car in its class.
The Porsche 718 models with 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engines can now also be ordered with the seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK). Both the Boxster and Cayman 718 GTS 4.0 variants, as well as the range-topping 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 models, are now also available with an automatic transmission. With PDK, there are no interruptions in acceleration during gear changes. This increases the comfort of the gear shifts and improves the acceleration values. Compared with the 718 models with the manual transmission, the 309 kW (420 PS) GT models – the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 – now accelerate from 0-100 km/h half a second faster, in 3.9 seconds. They reach the 200 km/h mark in 13.4 seconds (0.4 seconds faster). The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and 718 Boxster GTS 4.0, both with 294 kW (400 PS), also improve in the standard sprint from 0-100 km/h by half a second to 4.0 seconds, and then reach the 200 km/h mark in 13.7 seconds (0.4 seconds faster compared with the manual transmission).
The new Hyundai Tucson is ready for launch. After completing an intensive test program, the compact SUV, which will go on sale in Europe towards the end of this year, has completed the intensive development and test drives as well as quality controls with flying colors. With the fourth generation, Hyundai is implementing the ""Sensuous Sportiness"" design philosophy for the first time in the Tucson. The compact SUV, which is suitable for everyday use, offers its drivers not only practical everyday use and plenty of space, but also extensive driving fun with a wide range of drives including all-wheel drive.