Nissan Sunderland Plant is marking the start of production of the third generation Qashqai with a renewed pledge to inspire future generations of manufacturing talent. Following a £400m investment, the latest version of the segment-defining crossover is now rolling off the plant’s production Line One, as the plant celebrates 35 years of manufacturing in the UK. Qashqai represents one in five of all cars built in Britain since its launch 14 years ago – and to celebrate the new generation model, Nissan is offering every schoolchild in North East England the opportunity to take part in a Nissan Skills Foundation event – the company’s programme of activities designed to excite youngsters about careers in manufacturing and engineering.
Audi - New dimensions in lighting technology
Audi is advancing into a new dimension in automotive lighting technology. Originally, vehicle lighting in road traffic primarily served the safety of all road users. The digitization of headlights and rear lights opens up unprecedented perspectives: light becomes the medium of external communication and interaction, personalizes the design and opens up new possibilities for design and customization for the customer. Light has made a real technological leap: The development from halogen light to xenon headlights to LED technology in cars took less than two decades. These milestones in new technologies brought tangible added value to customers. The Audi light no longer only ensured better and better visibility, it also shaped the face of the models in every era and added a communicative and aesthetic dimension to everyday use
The Audi urbansphere concept combines a proud appearance with a premium space concept. Highlights of the design are the digital singleframe or the digital light surface at the rear. The premium space concept provides a generous amount of space in the interior.
Genesis as a stand-alone brand has finally launched in the European market, having gone on sale in South Korea and the United States some five years earlier. The first two cars from this luxury brand of Hyundai – the G80 sedan and GV80 SUV – both impress with top Euro NCAP safety ratings. With head, chest and centre airbags, the GV80 scores full points for side impact protection, and the G80 is only a fraction of a point behind. Both cars also get full scores for child occupant protection and provide a full array of driver assistance systems to help prevent accidents in the first place. The GV80’s pedestrian protection is some way behind that of the G80 with its active hood, but is enough to secure a five-star rating.