On the exterior, the Qashqai's enhanced body stance is more purposeful, with prominent shoulder lines, an extended wheelbase and imposing 20-inch alloy wheels introduced to Qashqai for the first time. The wheelbase of the car has increased by +20mm with the overall length increasing +35mm. There's a marginal increase in height (+25mm) and width has increased +32mm for improved presence on the road. The front end of the all-new Qashqai sports an enlarged Nissan V-Motion grille, finished in chrome with a secondary pinstripe of satin chrome to emphasise its precision. This is flanked by slim, full LED advanced matrix headlamps with boomerang signature daylight running lights. Super tight gaps between all these details create a premium and precise impression. The forward lighting on new Qashqai has been enhanced from the previous model to feature a slimmer, sharper design thanks to the use of LED technology. From the side, the new Qashqai appears more athletic and dynamic, with a single `fast line' that strikes through the car from the front to the rear, giving a very horizontal presence to the car, but also conveying a sense of dynamism. The new generation Qashqai will be available for the first time with 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels (the previous generation offered up to 19-inch wheels). These larger diameter wheels fill the arches and further contribute to the robustness of the car on the road.
In search of the Christmas dessert - Pandoro - interview with Giancarlo Perbellini
There are many Christmas desserts of our tradition, but those that undoubtedly cannot be missing on Italian tables are the leavened Pan de Oro and Pan de Toni, the original names of Pandoro and Panettone, the first born in Verona and the second in Milan. Starting from Milan, in a riot of lights, Christmas decorations and glittering streets, MINI Countryman arrived in Verona, after traveling 157 km, to discover the prince of Christmas sweets: Pandoro. Pandoro established itself at the end of the nineteenth century thanks to the genius of a great pastry chef who had just returned from Vienna at that time: Giovanni Battista Perbellini. The MINI Countryman's first destination was therefore the “X Dolce Locanda” pastry shop, by starred chef Giancarlo Perbellini, in Verona
Audi continues its electrification campaign in the compact class: Presales of the A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e will start in Germany this week. The brand with the four rings is thereby complementing the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e with a sporty model that has more power and more extensive equipment. Its plug-in hybrid drive has a system output of 180 kW (245 PS) and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of system torque. Like its sister model, the new A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e is equipped with a 1.4-liter combustion engine. It outputs 110 kW (150 PS) and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque. The electric drive is powered by a permanently excited synchronous machine that outputs 80 kW and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft) of torque.
Lotus Eletre Reveal - Ben Payne, Head of Studio at Lotus Tech Creative Centre, Lotus Cars