He is described as an accomplished engineer with the right leadership qualities to head up the technical heart of this premium brand and a long-time Audi colleague who stands for a true integrity and team spirit. In this video, Oliver Hoffmann, member of the board for technical development, explains what innovation means to him, what the mobility of the future will look like and how he defines Vorsprung durch Technik.
The Toyota GR Yaris - Bodywork
The GR Yaris is the first production model from Toyota with a roof made of woven carbon fiber material. Compared to a conventional steel component, this C-SMC material (Carbon Sheet Moulding Compound) saves 3.5 kg in a place that is particularly important for the car's centre of gravity. Toyota manufactures the hood, tailgate and doors from aluminum, which results in a weight reduction of another 24 kg. In total, the proportion of aluminum in the body of the GR Yaris reaches around ten kilograms. As a result, it weighs 38 kg less than that of the corresponding Yaris predecessor model. High- and ultra-high-strength steels are used at particularly sensitive points in the vehicle. On the one hand, they guarantee the unchanged high level of crash safety of the three-door model, while on the other hand they allow the use of thinner-layer and therefore lighter metal in other segments
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is the heart of the Czech car manufacturer and tops the bestseller lists in numerous European countries. In the fourth generation of the OCTAVIA, the robust SCOUT and two other sporty RS variants complete the portfolio. By electrifying the powertrain using the new mild hybrid technology and two OCTAVIA iV models with plug-in hybrid drives, ŠKODA once again significantly reduces the CO2 emissions of the new OCTAVIA. The bestseller's IV variants drive up to 60 kilometers locally without emissions in the WLTP cycle, and the internal combustion engines are also constantly being further developed. They are even more efficient and ŠKODA has reduced the emission of nitrogen oxides by around 80 percent in the diesel generators of the new EVO generation. With two body variants, front or all-wheel drive, manual gearbox or direct shift gearbox (DSG) and five drive options - petrol, diesel, CNG, mild and plug-in hybrid - every ŠKODA customer will find the right OCTAVIA. The heart of the all-wheel drive in the OCTAVIA is the electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, which, following the extensive technical revision in the current sixth generation, is also significantly lighter than its predecessor.
A number of new technologies optimize the precision and control of the chassis in a wide variety of weather and road conditions. The standard electronic damper control (Electronic Control Suspension, ECS) in the GT-line version increases comfort and safety thanks to the continuous damping control. The system reacts to body movements and steering inputs and changes the damping behavior at lightning speed in order to counteract the vehicle's diving, pitching and rolling movements when cornering. It also adjusts the damping force in the case of obstacles in order to cope with them as comfortably as possible and to reduce the influence of post-vibrations on the wheels. A premiere for the Sportage is the “All-Terrain-Mode”, which will be available for the plug-in hybrid version with all-wheel drive. The system offers intelligent support when driving off-road or on snow by automatically optimizing the vehicle settings depending on the selected mode and thus helping the SUV to achieve maximum traction on muddy, sandy or snowy surfaces.