Sportiness and sustainability do not contradict each other; in combination, they characterize the understanding of luxury in the course of electric mobility at Audi. The e-tron GT proves this with its leather-free design package. The sport seats plus with 14-way adjustment are upholstered either with a combination of artificial leather and the Kaskade material or with a mixture of artificial leather and the microfiber material Dinamica. Recycled materials are used in both cases, for example polyester fibers that were made from old plastic bottles, or textiles, or residual fibers from selvages. There are 119 recycled plastic bottles in each Kaskade upholstery set. The Dinamica material is similar to Alcantara, while the Kaskade material, whose seam design is based on the look of the Singleframe, is reminiscent of natural fibers such as wool. The upholstery of the sport seats pro is made of a combination of two types of leather. The RS design package comprises microfiber material on the hood of the instrument panel carrier, the steering wheel, and the center console trim, with red or gray stitching adding highlights. The floor carpet and floor mats are made from Econyl in both models. This material consists of 100-percent recycled nylon fibers from production waste, fabric and carpet remnants, or old fishing nets.
The Audi Q3 as a plug-in hybrid - the drive management
The drive management of the compact SUV models is designed for high efficiency. Starting is always electric except in extremely cold conditions. Both plug-in models can drive up to 61 kilometers locally emission-free according to NEDC (in WLTP it is 51 kilometers for the Q3 and 50 kilometers for the Q3 Sportback). They can reach a maximum speed of 140 km/h. At low speeds, the AVAS (Acoustic Vehicle Alert System) generates the legally required e-sound to warn other road users. In "auto hybrid" mode, the main operating mode, the drive management system intelligently and efficiently divides the tasks between the 1.4 TFSI and the e-machine. In many situations, such as overtaking, the e-machine supports the four-cylinder. When accelerating from low engine speeds, for example, its principle-based high torque bridges the few tenths of a second that the turbocharger needs to build up pressure - its use is imperceptible but efficient. The driver can prioritize the electric drive with the EV button. The drive management system constantly evaluates numerous data, including route information from the navigation system and close-range data from the vehicle sensors. As a result, it recognizes when the car is approaching a place name sign, a speed limit or a traffic circle, or when it runs into someone in front. When the throttle is released, the Audi Q3 45 TFSI e and Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e begin to sail in most situations with the TFSI off.
With 330,000 vehicles produced since its launch at the end of 2017, C3 Aircross SUV has proved very popular in the highly competitive B-SUV segment. From launch, customers have been impressed by its ultra-customisable and unique design, and by its spaciousness and unrivalled practicality. Showcasing the importance of personalisation, the majority of current C3 Aircross SUV customers have opted for high-end versions, with the 'Shine Plus' trim level now accounting for 75% of UK sales. Offering real versatility in use with its compact exterior dimensions and generous cabin space, C3 Aircross SUV is an ideal vehicle for motorists with active lifestyles – particularly those looking for more comfort and practicality from their vehicle day to day. Now, for the summer of 2021, New C3 Aircross SUV has been restyled with a distinctive new look, even greater in-cabin comfort, enhanced personalisation options and more features for customer peace of mind.
As a completely new concept between bicycle and motorbike, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY taps into fresh possibilities for the innovative, urban mobility of the future. It is one of five different concept vehicles that the BMW Group will use at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich to showcase its vision of individual mobility in and around the urban setting. Under the common umbrella of electric mobility, digitalisation and sustainability, these five pioneering concepts form a versatile and sustainably conceived mobility mix on two and four wheels that comprehensively addresses a highly diverse range of mobility needs. AMBY stands for “Adaptive Mobility”. The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY and the BMW i Vision AMBY (see BMW i Vision AMBY press release) interpret the fundamental idea of adaptive urban mobility on two wheels based on differing facets. Both vehicles are electrically powered with three speed levels for different types of road. The drive allows up to 25 km/h on cycle paths, up to 45 km/h on inner-city roads and up to a top speed of 60 km/h on multi-lane roads and out of town. A helmet, insurance licence plates and the relevant driving licence are required to be able to travel at higher speeds, however. While the BMW i Vision AMBY as a high-speed pedelec requires constant pedalling in order to gain assistance from the electric drive, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY is accelerated using the throttle grip and has footrests instead of pedals, as is typical of a motorcycle.