In recent years, the Toyota brand, thanks to its futuristic vision, has conquered a significant position in the A segment in Europe. ED, Toyota's European design studio based on the French Côte d'Azur not far from Nice, was commissioned to revisit the #citycar concept from a whole new perspective. The aim is to redefine the meaning of segment A for European customers in order to fully satisfy their needs and desires, demonstrating that the cars traditionally identified as "utilitarian" can be distinctive and characterized by a unique design.
The success story of the E-Class two-door
sedans in the segment of today's E-Class have a long tradition that goes back to the origins of the Mercedes (and Benz) brand. With the Stroke-Eight Coupé (114 series) came 1968 the second body variant. Further coupés in this vehicle class followed - for a time also under the name CLK. Each generation combined elegant design with agile sportiness and contemporary, modern luxury at a high level. At the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main, the celebrates September 1991 an elegant convertible premiere: the four-seater vehicle with a soft top belongs to the 124 series, which was named E-Class from 1993, and was initially available as the 300 CE-24 from spring 1992. This convertible continues the long tradition of the four-seater open top Vehicles in the brand history of Mercedes-Benz are back on after a break of two decades: Most recently, the S-Class are preliminary The ufer 280 SE Cabriolet and 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet (W 111) were built in this body shape until 1971. In between, Mercedes-Benz continues to cultivate the culture of open-top driving with the two-seater SL sports cars. To the success of the 33,952 units built by 1997. "
ŠKODA Enyaq iV offers Design Selections reflecting the style of modern living environments and a new product range structure - Stefan Webelhorst
With the new ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA AUTO is also launching a clear new product range structure and an innovative interior concept as it enters the era of electric mobility. The first ŠKODA model based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB) offers customisable Design Selections for the interior. The optional Design Selections are oriented towards modern living environments and extend the existing equipment lines. The colours and materials are perfectly coordinated. In the following interview, Kateřina Vránová, Head of Colour & Trim Design at ŠKODA AUTO and her colleague Stefan Webelhorst, talk about the selection of materials, many of which are natural, sustainably processed or recycled, and demonstrate in a video how easy it is to configure the new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV in just six steps.
Bentley Motors certified for delivery its first car from a new, dedicated Excellence Centre for Vehicle Finish at the company’s celebrated factory in Crewe, England. Board Member for Manufacturing, Peter Bosch, drove the first car – a Bentayga V8 – off the line, as part of a celebratory ceremony for colleagues on site. Following its meticulous production process, which combines traditional craft and state-of-the-art technology, every Bentley will now be finished in the new facility by a team of hand-picked craftspeople. Only upon meeting their exacting standards can it be signed off for delivery to Bentley’s customers around the world. An accredited Top Employer for over a decade, Bentley has given enhanced training to each colleague – over and above the comprehensive development journey every production team member goes through. Depending on model, colleagues complete a 500 to 650-point checklist that takes more than two hours to complete, with 20 cars a week undergoing an even more comprehensive quality audit to continually drive quality standards. The result of this historic passion for quality is the fact that more than 80 per cent of all Bentleys ever made are still on the road. A display of heritage Bentleys in the new facility serves to remind colleagues of the legacy they create when releasing a car to a customer.