ŠKODA AUTO is accelerating the development of innovative technologies for mobility. The latest example is the concept of the car assistance system "Follow the Vehicle", an advanced solution for automatic driving in a convoy.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Driving Video
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.
Certain variants of the S-Class and, in the future, of the EQS and the EQE are the first production vehicles to offer pre-installation for the INTELLIGENT PARK PILOT in Germany with the corresponding special equipment. INTELLIGENT PARK PILOT will enable automated valet parking in multi-storey car parks in the future. For this, the multi-storey car parks must be equipped with the appropriate infrastructure from Bosch. The system then makes it possible to drive fully automatically to a reserved parking space and leave it again - without anyone being in the vehicle. Mercedes-Benz RDNA, in cooperation with Bosch Automated Valet Parking, recently presented an EQS 580 as a demo vehicle at an event in downtown Los Angeles. Demonstrating the effectiveness, convenience and practicality of this sophisticated, industry-leading new technology. Mercedes-Benz is checking whether the pre-installation will be offered in the USA in the future by continuously monitoring the market.
With the new R 18 Transcontinental, BMW Motorrad is adding a Grand American Tourer to the R 18 family as well as the R 18 B "Bagger", which is particularly popular in the USA. As with the previous R 18 models, the new R 18 Transcontinental and R 18 B combine the thrilling power of the "Big Boxer" with a classic chassis concept based on historical models, exclusive equipment and a stylish design. This makes the R 18 Transcontinental ideal for travelling and long-distance rides in American riding style - both for riding solo and with a pillion and luggage. The R 18 B, on the other hand, is designed as a "rider’s machine" delivering emotional driving pleasure and ideal for cool touring and cruising. Special features of the new R 18 Transcontinental include: Front fairing with high wind shield, wind deflector and flaps. Cockpit with four analogue round instruments and 10.25 inch TFT colour display, additional headlamp, Marshall sound system, engine protection bars, cases, top case, seat heating, chrome trim and an engine in Silver metallic. In contrast, the new R 18 B does without a top case and, in the style of a "bagger", offers a low windshield, a slimmer seat and a matt black metallic engine among other things.