The Suzuki Swift is catching up to continue differentiating itself in a segment where the continuous and boring aesthetic marks the path of rival models. The new 1.2 DUALJET Mild Hybrid engine brings together Suzuki's latest technical advances in reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, to achieve maximum efficiency and obtain the DGT ECO environmental label. In terms of active and passive safety, the standard equipment has been increased to levels never seen before in cars in this category. The new Suzuki Swift is a striking model. Just take a look at its energetic lines to realize that we are looking at a different car, captivating, with personality.
Nissan Qashqai - the 3rd generation of the successful crossover is coming
The Nissan Qashqai has changed the European automotive market forever and has many imitators on the scene. Now the third generation of the crossover pioneer is getting ready to continue a unique success story. Prototypes of the new model are currently running test kilometers on the roads of Europe to ensure that the next Qashqai will exceed customer expectations from next year. The first Qashqai came on the market in 2007 and established the middle crossover segment in Europe. The second generation was introduced in 2014 and has sold more than a million times to date. The third edition of the successful model will be launched in the coming year - based on the innovative new alliance platform CMF-C. The new edition follows the guidelines that already shaped the concept, design and development of the first two model generations: These include an appealing design, intelligent packaging and efficient drives, combined with superior quality and a driving experience that is otherwise known from higher vehicle classes. The new Qashqai will raise the bar in the crossover segment again.
The BMW iX is ready for series production and is due to arrive on the world’s roads from November 2021. The BMW Group’s new technology flagship combines locally emission-free driving pleasure, sporting agility and a compelling operating range with a character profile dedicated squarely to sustainability. With its trailblazing design and an interior devoted to luxurious spaciousness, the BMW iX embodies a fresh new take on the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. Conceived from the outset for purely electric mobility, this model is based on a new toolkit for the future, whose vast potential for innovations in the areas of automated driving, operation, connectivity and digital services translates into a premium mobility experience unparalleled in this segment.
Underpinning the all-new Nissan Qashqai is the new Alliance CMF-C platform, which has allowed Nissan’s product-planners, designers and engineers to create a vehicle which succeeds in reconciling the challenging customer demands in terms of design, spaciousness, dynamics and carbon footprint. The CMF-C platform is a completely new architecture, designed and developed to ensure the vehicles it carries are competitive, offering the driving and ownership experience that customers will need in a time of dramatic progress in the automotive industry. In terms of driving dynamics, one of the most significant factors in the dynamic performance is the overall increase of stiffness in the new Qashqai’s body in white – with a 48% improvement compared to the outgoing model. With a more rigid basis, Nissan’s engineers have been able to more precisely tune the suspension spring and damper rates, knowing they are reacting to the changes in surfaces – not the movements of the platform. This increases precision, response and reduces vibrations. Despites its overall increase in stiffness, the bodyshell is over 60kg lighter which contributes to the new Qashqai’s overall efficiency, while also reducing inertia when driving, so drivers will feel the improvement in agility. There are two rear suspension configurations, with a torsion beam being the configuration for two-wheel drive Qashqai on 19-inch wheels or below. The torsion beam has been upgraded from the outgoing Qashqai, with a new upper body insulator which increases local body stiffness and reduces the transmission of vibrations to the passenger compartment. And the addition of an uprated bump stop, which helps to infuse the rear suspension with a more supple motion and protection from shocks. To maximise the effectiveness of the dampers, their orientation has been changed to a more vertical position which reduces friction and therefore optimises their performance, ensuring better bump absorption and a smoother ride, as well as providing better roll control.