The XC40 Recharge is the first of several fully electric Volvos to come and today’s production start represents a significant step towards Volvo Cars’ ambition to reduce its CO2 footprint per car by 40 per cent by 2025. That same year, it expects 50 per cent of its global sales to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. Customer demand for the XC40 Recharge has been strong and while order books remain open, every car scheduled to be built this calendar year has already been sold. The first cars are scheduled to be delivered to customers in Europe later this month. The start of customer car production follows a period of preparation in which the Ghent plant has built a limited number of pre-production cars. This process, standard procedure for every new model, aims to optimise the production flow and ensure top-notch quality of every car built. All relevant production staff has also received extensive training on safely building electric cars.
The new Audi A3 Sportback - the engines
In Europe, the new Audi A3 Sportback starts with three engines - a 1.5 TFSI with 110 kW (150 PS) and a 2.0 TDI, the 85 kW (116 PS) or 110 kW (150 PS) ) performs. All units impress with powerful pulling power and cultivated running. The start-up engines roll off the line with front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual gearbox or the lightning-fast seven-speed S tronic, whose selector lever is now designed as a compact shifter, serves as power transmission. With it, the driver controls the basic functions of the automatic transmission by pushing and pulling. Shortly after the market launch, Audi is gradually expanding its range to include additional engines, including electrified drives and versions with quattro drive
Freedom, joie de vivre and a spirit of optimism accompany the start of the new summer season. The Italian expression Dolce Vita literally describes the feeling of enjoying life and rediscovering the joy of small and large things: the sweet life. The origins of the Dolce Vita go back to the 1950s and 60s, when Rome and Cortina, Portofino and Capri were the scene of the international jet set that met in these places to seek relaxation under the sign of elegance and Italian style. This feeling is conveyed by the new Fiat 500X Yachting, a new body shape of the model, with an electric soft top for the right open air feeling. At the start of the new variant, the “Yacht Club Capri” special series will be launched first, inspired by the flair of luxurious sailing yachts. This special model is available for both Fiat 500X Yachting and Fiat 500C.
After the market launch of the compact sedan of the PEUGEOT 308 at the beginning of the year, the focus is now on the station wagon variant PEUGEOT 308 SW, which will be launched in June 2022. The new PEUGEOT 308 has a characterful design and bears the brand's new coat of arms. The new PEUGEOT 308 SW offers modern driver assistance systems such as the blind spot assistant with a range of 75 meters or the parking aid with a 360° view of the surroundings. The new PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® features i-Connect® Advanced, an infotainment system that is intuitive, connected and modern. True to the "Power of Choice" strategy, the PEUGEOT 308 is available as a compact sedan and as an estate variant with various combustion (diesel and petrol) and hybrid engines. As a plug-in hybrid, the PEUGEOT 308 and the PEUGEOT 308 SW offer the same spaciousness as the combustion engine variants.