In April, Volkswagen presented the new evolutionary stage of the sixth Polo generation. This is now followed by the sportiest variant: the new Polo GTI. This car with the legendary abbreviation leads the way in the Polo segment in terms of power, technology and sportiness. The high-torque 207 PS TSI engine and the sports running gear adapted especially for the Polo GTI turn the best-selling small compact car into a dynamic sports car with four doors. As an option, it also permits partly automated driving for the first time in the Polo GTI. The iconic design of the visually and technically updated compact athlete is characterised by legendary GTI insignia, such as the red strip in the radiator grille, the honeycomb structure of the air intake grille and the premium sports seats with the typical Clark check pattern on the seat centre panels. Numerous latest-generation assist systems guarantee even more comfort and safety for all passengers. Like in the other members of the new Polo product line, it comes equipped with the latest version of the online Infotainment systems (MIB3.1). This means that the five-seater sports car is “always on” and top-level connectivity is available on request. For brilliant full-colour display of digital content, the new Polo GTI now comes as standard with the Digital Cockpit Pro with 10.25-inch display, as well as the Ready2Discover Infotainment system including App-Connect Wireless, online control unit (eSIM), features on demand and 8-inch touchscreen. Radio navigation systems with 9.2-inch touchscreen are also optionally available.
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.
Audi has unveiled the first member of a new family of concept vehicles, a spectacular roadster. Audi skysphere concept is the name of the electric-powered, two-door convertible whose lines lead directly to the Audi design of tomorrow. With it, the brand is illustrating its vision for the progressive luxury segment of the future, in which the interior becomes an interactive space and the vehicle a platform for captivating experiences. This is being made possible thanks to autonomous driving, a revolutionary redesign of the interior, and a seamless digital ecosystem. The Audi skysphere concept shows how the brand is redefining luxury in the future – it’s no longer just about driving. The concept car was designed with the clear objective of offering its occupants captivating and world-class experiences. To give passengers the maximum amount of freedom, the Audi skysphere concept was designed for two different driving experiences: a grand touring experience and a sports experience. This makes use of a spectacular technical detail – the variable wheelbase. Electric motors and a sophisticated mechanism with body and frame components that slide into one another make it possible to vary the wheelbase itself and the exterior length of the car by 250 millimeters. At the same time, the vehicle’s ground clearance is adjusted by 10 millimeters to enhance comfort and driving dynamics.
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.