As part of its European market LCV strategy, Nissan today unveiled the all-new Nissan Townstar range of compact light commercial vehicles. The Townstar will replace the NV250 and e-NV200 in the line-up. Additionally, the Interstar and Primastar (previously NV400 and NV300, respectively), fill out the streamlined LCV model offerings. Building on the success of the Nissan e-NV200, a pioneer and leader in the electric LCV market, the fully electric version of the all-new Townstar, available in van and passenger versions, is optimized to meet customer needs. With a 44 kWh battery featuring an intelligent energy management system and battery thermal cooling, the electric model will offer a range of 285 km (pending homologation under WLTP combine cycle) and 245 Nm of torque. Coupled with advanced technologies and low running costs, the fully electric model offers an efficient, sustainable mobility solution. A refined gasoline engine option will be also available in van and passenger versions. The 1.3-liter unit is fully compliant with the latest Euro 6d-Full emissions regulations and produces 130 PS and 240 Nm of torque, offering power and efficiency in equal measure. As an important vehicle in Nissan’s LCV line-up in the European market, the Townstar is the latest to be introduced under the Nissan NEXT transformation plan, which prioritizes sustainable growth and profitability across the company’s global operations. Launch timing of the all-new Townstar (both gasoline and EV versions) to be disclosed at a later date.
Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid - how the new models drive
"Electrified vehicles require a rethink. The new Fiat 500 Hybrid and the new Fiat Panda Hybrid also react differently in certain situations than cars powered solely by a conventional combustion engine. Moreover, the full savings potential of mild hybrid technology can only be realized if it is supported by simple actions on the part of the driver. The short film illustrates how the technology works, which is largely identical in the Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid. Both models are so-called MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle) vehicles and do not require external charging. Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid are therefore ideal for customers who do not have access to a charging station at home or at work but still want to benefit from the environmental and cost advantages. The internal combustion engine used in Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid is a three-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 51 kW (70 hp) from one liter of displacement. It is combined with a belt-driven starter-generator (RSG), which is connected to the crankshaft via a belt system and, depending on the situation, supports the combustion engine or acts as a power generator to charge an additional battery. In the Fiat 500 Hybrid, an animation in the central instrument cluster provides information about the energy flow between the belt-driven starter generator and the battery. A second graphic shows the relationship between charging and power extraction. When starting from a standstill and accelerating, the belt-driven starter-generator supports the gasoline engine with up to 3.6 kW of power. The RSG, which then operates as an electric motor, draws the necessary power from an additional lithium-ion battery (12 volts, 11 Ah). It is mounted under the driver's seat in the Fiat 500 Hybrid and behind the rear seat bench in the Fiat Panda Hybrid."
The new Toyota Highlander starts at prices from 53,250 euros in Germany. The 4.95 meter long family SUV comes with seven seats as well as hybrid and all-wheel drive as standard. Customers can choose from three equipment lines and extensive accessories for further customization. The Business Edition as an entry-level version already offers many amenities: In addition to heated and electrically adjustable front seats, there are also 18-inch alloy wheels, parabolic LED headlights with automatic high beam, tinted rear and rear side windows from the B-pillar, a reversing camera, an infotainment system with an eight-inch display and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a wireless charging cradle for smartphones as standard equipment.
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