Kia Motors has made substantial upgrades to its smallest model, the Kia Picanto, due on-sale in Europe during the third quarter of 2020. Offering a range of new safety and telematics technologies often reserved for larger, more expensive vehicles, the upgraded model also boasts lower emissions from newly reengineered powertrains, and striking design updates, inside and out. The upgraded Kia Picanto brings with it a suite of advanced safety technology from Kia's larger cars, making it among the safest cars in its class. It also offers Kia's new 'Phase II' UVO Connect telematics technologies, enhancing vehicle connectivity and control to take the stress out of journeys. Enhancements to the Picanto's petrol powertrain line-up include Kia's optional new Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for a smoother drive.
The Factory 56 - Maximum flexibility thanks to an innovative mounting system
The most important feature of the Factory 56 is maximum flexibility. All assembly steps for vehicles with different body styles and drive systems can be performed on a single level in the Factory 56 - from conventional to fully electric drives. First of all, the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan and long-wheelbase version rolls off the assembly line in the Factory 56. Later on, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the EQS, the first fully electric member of the new S-Class family, will be produced here on the same line with full flexibility. The hall is designed to be 100 percent flexible, so that in the future all Mercedes-Benz model series can be integrated into the current production process in the shortest possible time, depending on demand - from compact cars to SUVs. The assembly system of the future creates a more flexible structure for the entire production. Two so-called TecLines serve to avoid fixed points in assembly, which increases the flexibility of the entire hall. They bundle all complex system technologies in one place. This makes it even easier to carry out conversion work in the rest of the hall, for example when new models are integrated. In the TecLines, the classic assembly line is replaced by driverless transport systems. To integrate a new product and the associated new plant technology, only the route of the automated guided vehicle (AGV) needs to be changed. In total, more than 400 AGVs are in use at Factory 56".
The design of the BMW i Vision AMBY is defined by visual lightness and powerful athleticism. And every detail promises that it is capable of more than a regular e-bike. The frame structure is larger and the impression is one of greater strength and stability in every respect. The modern frame geometry feels like a mixture of racing bike and sporty e-bike. The upper frame tube, crafted from four sculptural aluminium profiles, represents an expressive and modern statement of intent – and not only in visual terms. A slightly rising sweep to its design underscores the dynamic intent. The space between the profiles also offers stowage room for a backpack or laptop bag. Located just before the handlebars is the smartphone integration pad, which holds the device safely in place using magnets and ensures it is highly visible. The battery is positioned in the centre of the frame. Its 2,000 Wh enables a range of up to 300 km (186 miles), depending on the riding mode. Thanks to fast charging technology, it recharges in only three hours. The drive unit, which is positioned close to the pedals and is also black in colour, only provides assistance when the pedals are being turned. Power transfer is by low-maintenance toothed belt, and the transmission is integrated into the drive system. A sophisticated single-sided swinging arm otherwise unique to BMW Motorrad links the rear wheel with the frame. 120 mm of suspension travel front and rear is ideal for all applications in and around town at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph). The 27.5-inch wheels are fitted with larger and wider tyres than normal in order to ensure exceptional comfort and safety even at higher speeds.
The sports car manufacturer has created a solution for its customers that is unique in the industry. From booking appointments and choosing a service advisor to additional services and vehicle handover planning, all services will be handled centrally via the My Porsche digital customer ecosystem. The application also offers customers a video vehicle check function. Here, the service advisor records the vehicle condition and documents all the necessary work by video. With just one click, the customer can view the recording with the corresponding offer in My Porsche and then issue their approval.