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.
The Subaru Forester - The Design
The Subaru Forester shuns neither road nor terrain: Longer and wider, but also flatter than its predecessor, the SUV presents itself more dynamically than ever, without neglecting its all-wheel drive virtues. Robust elements such as the increased ground clearance of 220 millimeters, the silver underride guard and the muscularly flared wheel arches inspire a sense of adventure. The redesigned, three-dimensional front end is dominated by the brand-typical hexagonal radiator grille with chrome clasp, which is flanked by LED headlights as standard. Reminiscent of eagle eyes, the lights feature dynamic cornering lights, LED high beams and C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and together with the low-positioned LED fog lights, also standard, give the Forester an unmistakable appearance at night and in fog. Despite the sharpened design, the classic SUV remains functional: a good example of this is the active grille flaps, which reduce drag when closed, resulting in faster engine warm-up, reduced friction and lower fuel consumption. If engine temperature and cooling requirements increase, the air intake opens.
Compact electric SUV segment-leading 250-mile estimated range Bold, fresh design elements with extroverted color options Signature LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights High-efficiency 201 horsepower (150 kW), 291 lb.-ft. electric motor powertrain High-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery Standard floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ capability Hyundai Smart Sense (HSS): Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection Driver Attention Warning Lane Keeping Assist Blind-Spot Collision Warning Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist High Beam Assist Premium technology availability: 8-inch navigation system Shift-by-wire center console drive controls with additional lower storage Next-generation Blue Link® connected car system Heads-up display (with active pop-up display screen) Rain-sensing wipers Qi wireless-device charging
Ford Explorer, America’s all-time best-selling SUV, adds the first-ever King Ranch edition to its stable, giving midsize SUV customers an all-new rugged, premium appearance with the uncompromising quality, craftsmanship and authenticity of the iconic Texas ranch. Customer feedback and market insights have demanded a more refined interior for Explorer. Explorer King Ranch will now deliver with premium touches and mahogany-colored Mesa Del Rio leather seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running W logo. The center console is crafted with a Mesa Del Rio leather armrest and King Ranch logo insert. The refinement continues in the cockpit with leather door trim rollovers, a leather-wrapped and stitched instrument panel combined with Sapele wood appliqués as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Norias stitching and a Sapele wood insert.