Efficiency meets supremacy: With the market launch of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e, the drive portfolio of the Sporty Activity Vehicle (SAV) is now being expanded to include a plug-hybrid system. The second generation of the BMW X5 with electrified drive combines a model-specific in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology with the very latest BMW eDrive technology. Consistent progress in the area of plug-hybrid drive has produced a system output now increased to 290 kW/394 hp, a tangible enhancement in terms of electrically powered range and a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 levels as compared to the predecessor model.
Factory 56 - The factory of the future where the EQS is born
A few months before the start of production of the EQS, a video shot inside the futuristic Factory 56 shows us the production processes that will give life to the first full-electric flagship of the Star. Flexible, digital, efficient and sustainable: Factory 56 embodies the future of Mercedes-Benz production and sets new standards for the automotive industry. With an investment of around 730 million euros, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen is a clear commitment to Germany, the company's home. In total, Mercedes-Benz is investing around 2.1 billion euros in the Sindelfingen site. At the same time, Factory 56 is increasing efficiency by 25 percent compared to the previous S-Class assembly. Production within Factory 56 is characterized by maximum flexibility; both in terms of the number of models and production volume, as well as material flows. New models - from compact cars to SUVs, from conventional hybrids to plug-in hybrids and electric drives - can be integrated into series production in just a few days. Production can be adjusted quickly and flexibly to meet market demand. In line with Ambition 2039, Factory 56 is a carbon-neutral factory - completely CO2- neutral and with significantly reduced energy requirements. This is made possible by, among other things, its innovative energy concept with a photovoltaic system, a DC power grid and energy storage systems based on reused vehicle batteries. Innovative technologies and processes that have been implemented consistently and comprehensively throughout the assembly hall, providing the best possible support for employees in their daily work. The Factory 56 concept will gradually be transferred to all Mercedes-Benz automotive plants worldwide.
This animation shows the function of the Three-chamber air suspension and the all-wheel steering in the chassis of the Audi RS e-tron GT.
The Porsche 911 Turbo has been the quintessential high-performance sports car with everyday usability for the past 45 years. Following the market launch of the 911 Turbo S, the next generation 911 Turbo Coupé and Cabriolet are now being introduced – even more powerful, even faster and even more individual. Thanks to their 427 kW (580 PS) engines, 30 kW (40 PS) more than their predecessors, both model variants dip under the magic three second 0-100 km/h mark with a time of 2.8 seconds (0.2 seconds faster). 750 newton metres of torque (up 40 Nm), now without an overboost time limit, make quick sprints even more spontaneous and effortless. Acceleration, power output and torque of the new 911 Turbo therefore all match those of the previous generation 911 Turbo S. Power transmission is performed by an eight-speed PDK gearbox with a Turbo-specific set-up while its top speed remains unchanged at 320 km/h. Options such as the Sports and Lightweight Design packages, sports chassis and sports exhaust system are available for the 911 Turbo for the first time. As a result, customers will be able to adapt their vehicle even more to their individual tastes.