In the course of some proverbial fine-tuning, Audi Sport GmbH is increasing the sportiness of the Audi RS 4 Avant and Audi RS 5. The new competition package is bursting with extras that both sharpen the cars’ appearance and make for a more emotional driving experience. With its optional coilover suspension (RS sport suspension pro), the competition plus package boasts a maximum in dynamics and driving fun while not compromising its top suitability for everyday use. Sometimes less is more: Reduced insulation between the engine compartment and the interior means the RS 4 Avant and RS 5 will thrill customers with an exciting, next-level sound experience. The potent biturbo V6 has 331 kW (450 PS) of power and a torque of 600 newton meters from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm4. The Audi RS 4 Avant and RS 5 with the competition packages will be available from dealers starting July. Prices start at 7.875 euros for the competition package and 11,875 euros for the competition plus package.
The new Ford Puma ST - The Design
Seven attractive exterior colors - including exclusively for Ford Puma ST - Furious Green Metallic The exterior colors for the body include Obsidian Black Metallic, Dynamic Blue Metallic, Fantastic Red Metallic, Frost White , Fancy Gray and Magnetic Gray Metallic the Furious Green Metallic, only available for the ST, to choose from. The high-gloss black finish of the roof, radiator grille frame, exterior mirror housings and rear roof polishing serves as a further characteristic of the new ST variant. The interior is just as charismatic - even before you get in, because the exterior mirrors, which can be folded in from the factory, project the ST logo onto the ground when the vehicle is unlocked. Inside, heated Recaro sports seats welcome the driver and front passenger. The seats made of non-slip Miko Dinamica with embroidered ST logo ensure excellent support. Ford Performance door sill trims, a leather-covered steering wheel with a flattened underside and a gear knob with ST badge add further highlights. The expressive interior is rounded off by the gray stitching on the seats, gear knob cuffs and ST-branded floor mats. Just like the other Puma equipment versions, the Puma ST also has a luggage compartment volume of 456 liters, which is outstanding in the crossover segment. Then there is the innovative Ford MegaBox. This flexibly usable storage space provides 81 liters of additional space below the trunk floor, so that there is space in the rear of the new Puma ST, for example, for two upright golf bags
Crisp and compact on the outside, very spacious and versatile on the inside with cool SUV looks. That is the new Opel Crossland (RRP incl. VAT in Germany from €18,995), which is the first model to adopt the brand’s unmistakeable new face, showcased just a few weeks ago by the new Opel Mokka. As with the Mokka, the new Opel Crossland dispenses with the X-appendix in its name. In addition to the design, Opel has further developed the Crossland’s chassis and steering, and added a sporty GS Line trim as well as IntelliGrip adaptive traction control. Organically integrating the grille and headlights, the Opel Vizor of the new Crossland extends in one single sweep across the front of the vehicle. The Vizor optically stretches the width and organises the fascia with a reduced amount of elements. The brand’s legendary lightning-flash emblem proudly dominates the centre. The Vizor will become a hallmark of all Opel models in the course of the 2020s with the idea of further clustering top technologies.
Development laboratories at Volkswagen in Salzgitter - Next Generation battery cells - Cell Development Lab
Volkswagen Group Components has opened one of the most modern laboratories for cell research and development in Europe in Salzgitter, Germany. Thus, the global Volkswagen Group is further expanding its expertise in battery technology and taking the next step towards developing and producing its own battery cells for electric vehicles. From 2025 onwards, the Volkswagen unified cell is scheduled to roll off the production line in Salzgitter. In the future, around 250 experts will conduct research in the areas of cell development, analytics and testing in a total of four laboratories. The Group is investing some 70 million euros in the facilities. The new unified cell for the volume segment is scheduled to roll off the production line at the Gigafactory in Salzgitter from 2025. By 2030, the Volkswagen Group plans to operate six cell factories in Europe together with partners with a production capacity of 240 GWh. Prospectively, cells with an annual capacity of 40 GWh could be produced in Salzgitter. The new unified cell is expected to unlock synergies and reduce battery costs by up to 50 percent.