The Qashqai, which is regarded as a pioneer in the crossover segment, is once again setting standards: the compact bestseller is the first Nissan model in Europe to feature the unique e-POWER drive. The system, which was developed independently by the company, offers the advantages of purely electric driving without having to worry about range and long charging times. In contrast to conventional hybrid vehicles, the electric motor, which responds immediately and linearly, always drives the wheels. The energy is supplied by a battery, which a small combustion engine charges while driving.
Electric without compromise - the Audi e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback
Audi's electric offensive goes into the next round. With the Audi e-tron S and Audi e-tron S Sportback models, Audi is presenting two all-electric SUVs with intelligently developed chassis as well as the usual sporty design.
With a time of 7: 40.748 minutes, the new Audi RS 3 sedan is the fastest compact model on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. In June, Frank Stippler, racing and development driver Audi Sport improved the previous lap record in this class by 4.64 seconds. Above all, the torque splitter with its fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle contributed to the successful record drive - Vorsprung durch Technik. The setup is completed by the semi-slick tires from the Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” brand, available for the first time ex works, the 19-inch ceramic brake system at the front and the RS sports suspension plus with adaptive damper control. It adapts each damper individually and permanently to the road conditions, the driving situation and the mode selected in Audi drive select. Two setups for different racetracks are stored in the RS Performance mode - on the one hand, a comfortable set-up for uneven tracks such as the Nordschleife, where it is important to minimize large vertical excitations while maintaining high lateral dynamics, and on the other hand, a sporty setup for flat racetracks such as the Hockenheimring. With the ceramic brake system and the adaptive chassis, the legendary five-cylinder high-performance engine in the RS 31 delivers a top speed of 290 km / h - the best value in the segment. And even with an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds, the RS 3 is top of the class.
The definitive design of the Tonale is extraordinarily faithful to the concept car from which it draws its origins, courtesy of the remarkable work done at the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo. Intended for a young, metropolitan and dynamic customer, the Alfa Romeo Tonale offers a distinctive, sensual and forward-looking design, extolling new stylistic canons destined remain as points of reference in the development of the Alfa Romeo line-up: 5-hole wheel rims, the cluster in the “telescopic” instrument panel, the 3-spoke sports steering wheel, and the sine-curve headlights. Its compact dimensions – a length of 4.53 meters, width of 1.84 m and height of 1.6 m – thus encompass the uniqueness of Italian design and the original, contemporary style typical of Alfa Romeo. We see the recurrence of stylistic features that have entered the history of world motoring, such as the “GT Line” that runs from the rear to the headlights, recalling the forms of the Giulia GT and alternating with the full and elegant volumes, reminiscent of iconic models such as the 8C Competizione. The front features the inimitable “Trilobo” and the distinctive Alfa Romeo “Scudetto” shield, which acts as a central focus.