Revamp of the KODIAQ: roughly four years after ŠKODA launched the first model in its SUV campaign, the carmaker has now upgraded the globally successful KODIAQ. The Czech brand has further developed the emotive design of the KODIAQ, which can also be ordered as a 7-seater, and improved its aerodynamics. For the first time, the range of options for this large ŠKODA SUV includes innovative full LED Matrix headlights. The sporty range-topping KODIAQ RS has not only had a visual makeover but has also been given a new, more powerful TSI engine. The updated KODIAQ will be available from July 2021.
Polestar Chengdu Production Centre
With Polestar’s state-of-the-art production facility in Chengdu, China, where the Polestar 1 is produced, Polestar guides the industry towards a more sustainable future. The Polestar Production Centre is the only automobile plant in China to have earned Gold status in the globally recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, making it one of the most environmentally responsible car factories in the country. LEED , measures environmental performance in building design, construction and use. Designed by celebrated Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, the facility embodies the next level of automotive manufacturing, focusing on energy-efficient buildings, efficient land usage, as well as employee wellbeing. As a result of a newly signed supply contract, the factory runs on 100% renewable electricity. Around 65% of the electricity supplied is now hydroelectric, while the remainder comes from solar, wind and other renewable sources. It is one of the latest concrete steps toward Polestar’s goal of becoming climate neutral.
Bentley is to return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for a third and final time. Racing with its championship-winning Continental GT3, and in conjunction with customer team Fastr, Bentley will be competing for a new record to complete a triple crown of Pikes Peak triumphs.
The McLaren of Grand Tourers – McLaren’s modern interpretation of the classic GT – was revealed online on May 15. Superlight, yet supremely comfortable, the McLaren GT is powered by a 620PS 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, providing supercar performance. It accelerates from 0-100km/h (0-60mph) in 3.2 seconds and on to 326km/h (203mph), and can carry up to 570 litres of luggage – enough for a grand tour for two people. The McLaren GT also performs on the inside with luxurious trim options including Nappa leather, softgrain leather or Alcantara®, and seats unique to the McLaren GT that are designed for long distance comfort. The luggage bay can also be trimmed with SuperFabric®, developed to be resistant to stains, cuts, nicks and abrasions, as well as being breathable, easy to clean and quick to dry. The McLaren GT’s interior also features hidden-until-lit ambient lighting and the option of an electrochromic glazed panel to enhance ambience in the cabin, which is also trimmed with machined and knurled aluminium switches and controls.