Land Rover has launched the powerful Defender V8 as part of a range of enhancements to its unstoppable and award-winning 4x4 family. The new 525PS Defender V8 and flagship Defender V8 Carpathian Edition provide a unique combination of performance and capability, with bespoke chassis settings delivering new levels of driver engagement and agility both on and off-road. The powerful new models build on decades of Land Rover V8 heritage – spanning the original Stage I V8 of the Seventies, North American Specification models of the Nineties and powerful Defender Works V8 – as the characterful engine joins the latest range of efficient Ingenium petrol, diesel and advanced Plug-in Hybrid Land Rover powertrains.
The new Audi S3 Sedan - design Animation
The second generation of an Audi success story is here – the A3 Sedan. The compact four-door model is digitally and fully connected – from the infotainment through to the assist systems. Beneath the elegant body, new drives and refined suspension tuning ensure a driving experience that is as efficient as it is dynamic. The A3 Sedan will be on the lots of European dealerships beginning in summer 2020.
Nissan took a new step in its Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) strategy by unveiling a renewed and rebranded all-star line-up to succeed its current offering in the market with the Interstar, Primastar and all-new Townstar. Nissan is streamlining its LCV portfolio in Europe with these three models to help customers better navigate the sector with a product range that provides efficient mobility solutions with business customers at the core of the strategy. With the NV400 updated to Interstar, Nissan reiterates its presence in the large van segment. The NV300 with a sharper look and feel, will be reimagined as Primastar for a medium size option, and the compact van segment will be now covered by the all-new Townstar, with both fully electric and petrol variants. Leveraging the strength and scale of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance as part of the Nissan NEXT transformation plan, the refreshed all-star line-up brings competitive advantages that will enable the LCV business unit to strive towards its ambition of increasing its presence in the European market by 2025.
The LC 500 Convertible may be based in part on the LC 500 coupe, but it is no mere crop-topped replica. Considerable driving evaluation and analysis went into crafting unique driving qualities that give the vehicle its own athletic identity to offer impressive performance that remains true to its convertible design. Enhancing structural rigidity was high on the list of objectives. Engineers went to work crafting an all-new torsion box at the rear, which, when paired with a new suspension tower brace and V-brace, help provide enhanced rigidity, handling stability and linear responsiveness. Chassis rigidity is further enhanced with the relocation of various structural braces, which includes additional gusseting at the bottom of both the A and B pillars. Laser Screw Welding and the use of high-tensile-strength steel through the structure also aids in chassis reinforcement. Careful attention was given to the LC Convertible’s suspension, which is tuned specifically to complement the subtle changes in weight between the coupe and convertible. From its dampers and coils, to its bushings and the unique Yamaha Performance damper placed transversely at the rear, the Convertible’s specially-designed components are designed to help ensure comfortable, yet sharp, road-going performance. A reduction of un-sprung weight in the front suspension improves the overall stroke, and weight is also reduced in the rear with the use of lightweight die-cast aluminum for the construction of the suspension tower brace.