The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV and the brand’s first global EV. Built on Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicle architecture—the modular electric drive matrix—it marries the strengths of a purpose-built EV with performance, packaging and value, features that have marked the brand for decades. The ID.4 competes in the world’s largest market segment—compact SUVs—and is currently produced in Germany and China; in the future, it will also be assembled in the United States.
Isuzu D-Max - Crash & Safety Tests 2020
The ISUZU D-MAX pick-up was rated by partner Australasian NCAP earlier this year. Some tests have been repeated by Euro NCAP to ensure a valid rating for the European market. Competing in a segment that is not famous for highlighting safety, the D-MAX crew cab is impressively equipped, with standard restraints, AEB and a new centre airbag. However, the mobile progressive deformable barrier test showed that its weight and front structure make the pick-up aggressive to other vehicles in a collision. The same is true of the Land Rover Defender: larger and heavier than previous models, the new Defender is equipped with modern driver-assistance systems to prevent and mitigate, as far as possible, collisions with other road-users. Another heavy-weight, the KIA Sorento, is the 4th generation large off-roader tested by Euro NCAP. It comes with new safety updates, including KIA’s first centre airbag and advanced e-Call system, and thanks to these retains its 5 stars, despite its underwhelming performance in the frontal offset crash.
Ferrari North Europe has confirmed a full grid of drivers for the 4th season of the Ferrari Challenge UK series in 2022, with a line-up of 20 drivers expected to battle it out for class honours on 5 of the UK’s most exciting race circuits. Nearly half of the drivers are new to the Ferrari Challenge UK series, with the field equally split between the Trofeo Pirelli class, and the Coppa Shell class for Gentleman Drivers. In the Trofeo Pirelli, season veteran and 2020 series champion Lucky Khera (Graypaul Birmingham) will once again face stiff competition from Paul Hogarth (Stratstone Manchester) who won a race at Donington and achieved 4 podiums in 5 races in the 2021 season. They will be joined by several new drivers, who will also have to contend with the ever-competitive Graham de Zille (Meridien Modena) who has been promoted to the Trofeo Pirelli class for the 2022 season after winning the Coppa Shell class in 2021. The Coppa Shell category for 2022 also sees several new drivers on the grid, lining up alongside stalwarts of the series such as Paul Simmerson (Graypaul Birmingham) who won a race at Snetterton in 2021 and stood on the podium 7 times in 2021. The new drivers in this class include Stuart Marston (Maranello Sales Egham) and John Seale (Carrs Exeter).
The IS features a standard 8-inch touchscreen nearly 5.5 inches closer to the driver for easy access to the controls. An expansive new 10.3-inch touchscreen, which is 5.9 inches closer than the previous multimedia screen, is available on vehicles equipped with navigation or Mark Levinson with navigation. The new multimedia system features Apple CarPlay® compatibility, Android Auto™ compatibility, and Amazon Alexa integration. With Apple CarPlay compatibility, customers can access the familiar interface from their iPhone through the vehicle’s multimedia display. Simply connect an iPhone to get directions, make calls, send and receive message via Siri®, all hands free, and get access to favorite apps like Spotify, Audible® and Apple podcasts. With Android Auto, Android users can seamlessly cast their device’s interface onto the vehicle’s multimedia display, play music via apps such as Spotify® and Pandora®, send messages through a range of commonly used apps like WhatsApp®, navigate with Google Maps™, and request information—all with just the sound of your voice—through the Google Assistant™. With Lexus+Alexa integration, you can bring all the convenience of Amazon Alexa on the road. Just ask Alexa for the same access to information and the thousands of skills available with Alexa at home. Listen to audiobooks, play favorite music, make lists, check the weather, get news briefings, and much more. Users can also control compatible smart-home devices such as lighting, thermostat and security systems. Offering added in-vehicle convenience, Alexa even syncs to the navigation system to provide on-the-go recommendations.