Immendingen has a key role in the development of the mobility of the future: this is where Mercedes-Benz Cars is consolidating its worldwide vehicle testing, including the further development of alternative drives such as hybrids and electric vehicles under the product and technology brand EQ. Future assistance systems and automated driving functions are also tested here. The Test and Technology Center Immendingen was officially opened in September 2018 after a construction time of around three and a half years. Immendingen is located in Baden-Württemberg, 130 kilometres to the south of Stuttgart and 40 kilometres to the north of Radolfzell on Lake Constance.
40 years of BMW GS - the story continues
The BMW GS models will celebrate their 40th birthday in 2020, and just in time for the anniversary BMW Motorrad is presenting the new R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure. Even more sophisticated, even more innovative and even more fascinating - thanks to numerous innovations and an expanded range of special equipment and Original BMW Motorrad accessories. Even more than before, this makes them the perfect companions for discovering even the most remote corners of our planet by motorcycle. As before, the legendary two-cylinder boxer engine provides superior and refined propulsion. As before, it has a displacement of 1,254 cm3 and also delivers 100 kW (136 hp) in the current EU5 approval. Thanks to BMW ShiftCam technology for varying the valve timing and valve lift on the intake side, it offers superior power across the entire rev range, a high degree of smoothness and refinement, and outstanding fuel consumption and emission values.
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.
With the arrival of winter, the outside temperature in many European countries is below freezing first thing in the morning. We know the general effects of the cold on our vehicles, but how does it affect plug-in hybrid cars? Below are four tips to get the most out of your car this winter.