"Stellantis Spotlight" is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Stellantis. The top stories for the week ending April 9, 2021, include Ram 1500 TRX is a runaway success in the Rocky Mountains, Chrysler Pacifica wins a Family Car honor from PARENTS magazine and the pet-friendly features of the Chrysler Pacifica for National Pet Day.
The equipment of the Hyundai Kona Hybrid and the Hyundai Kona Elektro in detail
The Hyundai Kona Hybrid is available in the three equipment lines Select, Trend and Prime. The Kona Hybrid Select already has a very extensive range of standard equipment, including various SmartSense comfort and safety functions. The highlights include the lane following assistant, the reversing camera and the smartphone connection functions Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Among other extras, the 10.25-inch digital cockpit and the keyless smart key system with start / stop button complement the Hyundai Kona Hybrid Trend. The Hyundai Kona Hybrid Prime drives with, among other things, traffic sign recognition, full LED headlights with high beam assistant and radio navigation system including 10.25-inch touchscreen. Depending on the equipment level, the customer can configure his Kona Hybrid with a variety of packages and extras according to his individual requirements. These include, for example, ten different exterior colors, leather seats, the navigation, assistance or lighting package and a sliding glass roof
Aimed at the young and dynamic customer, the New Panda Sport is marked out by its distinctive aesthetics: the new two-tone 16” ‘Sport’ alloy wheels with black and red tires; the handles and wing mirror caps in the same color as the bodywork, on demand in gloss black paired with a black roof (optional); and the exclusive chrome “Sport” logo on the side panel, above the direction indicator. A new and exclusive Matt Gray livery is also available. The same bold features can also be found in the interiors, where the standouts include the new titanium-colored dashboard, specific door panels in eco-leather, black ceiling and new seats with dark gray upholstery, techno-leather details, fabric side panels and red stitching. And for the customer who wants an even bolder image, the New Panda Sport can be fitted on demand with the Pandemonio Pack – a clear homage to the kit launched in 2006 on the Panda 100 HP – which includes red brake calipers, blacked-out windows and the new techno-leather steering wheel with red stitching. For the first time on the model, the features as standard include the new 7” touchscreen radio with DAB digital system, set up for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, to fully integrate your smartphone, which can be placed in a useful mount above the radio.
Development laboratories at Volkswagen in Salzgitter - Next Generation battery cells - Analytical Lab
Volkswagen Group Components has opened one of the most modern laboratories for cell research and development in Europe in Salzgitter, Germany. Thus, the global Volkswagen Group is further expanding its expertise in battery technology and taking the next step towards developing and producing its own battery cells for electric vehicles. From 2025 onwards, the Volkswagen unified cell is scheduled to roll off the production line in Salzgitter. In the future, around 250 experts will conduct research in the areas of cell development, analytics and testing in a total of four laboratories. The Group is investing some 70 million euros in the facilities. The new unified cell for the volume segment is scheduled to roll off the production line at the Gigafactory in Salzgitter from 2025. By 2030, the Volkswagen Group plans to operate six cell factories in Europe together with partners with a production capacity of 240 GWh. Prospectively, cells with an annual capacity of 40 GWh could be produced in Salzgitter. The new unified cell is expected to unlock synergies and reduce battery costs by up to 50 percent.