The most exacting environmental compatibility requirements have been put in place throughout the value chain and for the full life cycle of the BMW iX. The car is currently in the final phase of its series development. At market launch – which will get underway at the end of 2021 – customers will be able to choose from two model variants: the BMW iX xDrive50 and BMW iX xDrive40. The BMW iX redefines the successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. It is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable toolkit on which the future of the BMW Group will be built. The development and production of the BMW iX follow an all-encompassing approach to sustainability involving compliance with strict environmental and social standards in the extraction of raw materials, plus the use of electricity from renewable sources and a high proportion of recycled materials in the mix.
The Toyota GR Yaris - Interior Design
With dark silver accents for the door handles, the three-spoke sports leather steering wheel, the center console and the air vents, the interior, which is kept in noble black, unmistakably points out the unusual performance of the GR Yaris. The driver's cockpit makes this particularly clear. The 4.2-inch TFT multi-information color display on the instrument panel is basically the same shape as that of the standard model, but offers additional functions - be it a display for boost pressure or the GR-FOUR all-wheel drive system that indicates the current torque distribution. The two analog circular instruments for RPM and speed convince by their elegant and simple design with white digits and red hands. The shift lever of the manual transmission was positioned 50 millimeters higher by the specialists from Toyota. In this way it moves closer to the steering wheel and is even easier to reach for fast gear changes with sporty short shifting travel. As is also usual for rally cars, the GR Yaris has a conventional handbrake lever. When it is pulled, a special function of the GR-FOUR differentials decouples the rear axle drive.
The CUPRA e-Racer, champion of the PURE ETCR (predecessor of the FIA ETCR) last year and the first electric racing car in the world, demands the maximum from the drivers. It weighs around 1,575 kilograms and its four electric motors allow it to develop a total power of 500 kW (680 hp), making it one of the most powerful racing cars in the world. With a maximum torque of 960 Nm, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 270 km/h. Due to these characteristics, its handling is totally different from that of any other competition vehicle, to the point of being "brutal and incomparable", according to the CUPRA driver Jordi Gené. Jordi, who has been part of the development of the e-Racer since its inception, showed during the ETCR weekend at Jarama that experience on this circuit is key to obtaining the best results. The Spaniard got the pole position of the “Pool FAST”, the group in which he competed, achieving a best time of 1: 37.123.
The Saloon and Estate models of the new C-Class are starting to leave the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The bestselling Mercedes-Benz model series over the past decade will start production in Bremen, the lead plant in the global C-Class production network. This will shortly be followed by start-ups at international locations in Beijing, China and East London, South Africa. Hybrid models will follow in quick succession – as part of the "Electric first" strategy equipped with battery systems supplied from the Mercedes-Benz battery plant in Jawor, Poland. Local production in China for the Chinese market is a decisive success factor for Mercedes-Benz. China has been the largest sales market for the C-Class Saloon since 2016. The plant in Beijing produces the long-wheelbase version of the C-Class for the Chinese market. In East London, right and left-hand drive Saloon models are built for worldwide export. Production follows the latest production methods and processes including a new body shop system, improved flexibility, efficiency and sustainability. Thanks to innovative technologies, the paintshop at the plant in East London reduces energy consumption per vehicle by 25 percent.