Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. (Woven Planet), the Toyota Group company responsible for a wide range of mobility development projects, anchored in software, held a groundbreaking ceremony (Jichinsai) for the construction of Woven City at 11:00 a.m. on February 23 at the old vehicle yard adjacent to the former Higashi-Fuji Plant site of Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. (TMEJ). Along with Governor Heita Kawakatsu of Shizuoka Prefecture, Mayor Kenji Takamura of Susono City, and other guests representing the local community, the ceremony was attended by Toyota President Akio Toyoda, Woven Planet CEO James Kuffner, TMEJ President Kazuhiro Miyauchi, as well as others involved in the project. Together, the leaders expressed their hopes for the safe start to construction.
Audi Q5 Sportback Driving Video
Following the Q3 Sportback and the e-tron Sportback, Audi now presents its third crossover utility vehicle, or CUV: the Q5 Sportback. This coupé with dynamic lines addresses customers who appreciate not just an expressive design and technical innovation but also a sporty character and a high level of everyday usability. Topping the line is the SQ5 Sportback TDI. Its three-liter TDI offers concentrated power of 251 kW (341 PS) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque. The Audi Q5 Sportback exudes a powerful presence as is typical for the Q models from Audi. Large air inlets flank the octagonal Singleframe. The headlights with their distinctive daytime running light signature feature LED or optional Matrix LED technology. The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasizes the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. The side sill trim on the doors imbues the CUV with stability and robustness. The greenhouse extends low over the body and begins its downward slope early so that the third side window tapers sharply to the rear. The starkly sloped rear window and the seemingly high-mounted rear bumper give the Q5 Sportback a dynamic and powerful appearance.
The UX 300e retains the unmistakable design and high functionality of the compact crossover model and thus offers an excellent overall package. The distinctive and high-quality exterior design, which reflects robustness and agility, is complemented by special wheels and an underbody cover in the UX 300e in favor of aerodynamics. The arrangement of the shift-by-wire system on the center console adds to the simplicity and functionality of the interior. Lexus is committed to developing and rapidly adopting the most advanced safety technologies to prevent accidents, reduce road deaths, reduce the stress on drivers and contribute to a more natural and safer driving experience. The UX 300e uses the safety and assistance systems that Lexus groups together under the name Lexus Safety System +.
The fifth generation of the Kia Sportage is being offered for the first time in a version specially designed for Europe and with an almost completely electrified range of drives including plug-in, full and mild hybrids. What hasn't changed is the outstanding level of safety: the brand's best-selling SUV has now received the top rating of "5 stars" in the Euro NCAP - just like the third and fourth model generations (test years 2010 and 2015). The official European safety test, the requirements of which have continuously increased in recent years, is divided into four test categories. With 87 percent, the new Sportage achieved an outstanding value for occupant protection for adults. The testers emphasized the stability of the passenger cell in offset frontal collisions as well as the very good protection of the knees and thighs of the driver and front passenger, regardless of their size and seating position. The occupant protection for children is also at a top level (86 percent). Impacts on all critical body areas were minimized in both the dummies representing six-year-old children and those representing ten-year-olds. The safety assistants test, in which the new Sportage scored 72 percent, praised the performance of the Lane Keeping Assist and Intelligent Speed Assist, which are also standard equipment, as is a multi-collision brake. Also standard is the front collision warning, whose cyclist detection was highlighted and which made a significant contribution to the good 66 percent result in the category "Protection of vulnerable road users".