A new Rolls-Royce motor car always begins its life in winter. Temperatures at the Bespoke facility used by the marque, located in Arjeplog, Sweden, just 55km from the arctic circle, drop to -26 degrees centigrade and are further cooled to -40 degrees centigrade. There are several reasons for subjecting the marque’s products to such extremes. When the first prototypes are built, engineers perform very basic tests in extreme conditions to ensure that each system is operational and functions at a basic level in a cold weather environment. This test is combined with the beginnings of the refinement process – the first ‘lessons’ in a finishing school that will form the foundations of a motor car worthy of the marque.
The family of the most intelligent business sedan, since 2016 - Mercedes-Benz model series 213 and 238
"Mercedes-Benz is driving into the future in 2016 with the latest generation of the E-Class. This is because the 213 series offers extensive accident-preventing systems as well as functions for partially automated driving. For example, DISTRONIC active distance assist, which is available as an option, automatically maintains the distance set by the driver from vehicles in front on all road types and follows them at speeds of up to 210 km/h. The E-Class also takes over active co-steering cooperatively. Active Lane Change Assist helps with lane changes when the turn signal is set for at least two seconds. Six months after the sedan (W 213), the Stuttgart-based brand will introduce the Estate (S 213) in September 2016. It will be followed by the coupe (C 238) in March 2017 and the convertible (A 238) in June 2017. The 213 series will launch with six engines, with output ranging from 135 kW (184 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp). These include three gasoline engine variants, two diesel vehicles and a plug-in hybrid. Mercedes-Benz is continuously developing the portfolio. For example, the AMG performance models with outputs ranging from 295 kW (401 hp) to 450 kW (612 hp) will debut in the same year."
The new Opel Combo-e Cargo can now be ordered in Germany at an entry-level price of an attractive 29,700 euros (all prices in Germany excluding VAT). With the environmental bonus, only 20,700 euros are due up to 4.4 cubic meters and can shoulder a payload of up to 800 kilograms. As a double cab, the Combo-e provides space for the driver and up to four other passengers. The compact electric all-rounder with its 50 kWh lithium-ion Depending on the driving profile, outside temperature and use, the battery has a range of up to 275 kilometers in accordance with WLTP2. And if he needs to refuel, the battery can be recharged up to 80 percent in around 30 minutes at a public fast charging station. The new Combo-e Cargo is the ideal choice for everyone who, like Opel, wants to advance “Greenovation”. It is the emission-free solution for trade and craft, for the self-employed as well as for small or larger fleets. With the fully electric Stromer, customers can drive into inner city areas that will be reserved for zero-emission vehicles in the future.
With the optional augmented reality head-up display in the Q4 e-tron, Audi is taking a huge step forward in display technology. It reflects important information via the windshield on two separate levels, the status section and the augmented reality (AR) section. The information provided by some of the assist systems and the turning arrows of the navigation system as well as its starting points and destinations are visually superimposed in the corresponding place on the real-life outside world as content of the AR section and displayed dynamically. They appear to be floating at a physical distance of roughly ten meters (32.8 ft) to the driver. Depending on the situation, they appear considerably further ahead in some cases. The driver can understand the displays very quickly without being confused or distracted by them, and they are extremely helpful in poor visibility conditions.