A ceremony in the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, Poland, saw the attendance of a limited number of senior personnel from the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One team – with media, fans and employees being invited to watch virtually in respect of the local COVID-19 regulations. Team drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi and reserve driver Robert Kubica entered the stage as the C41, in a striking new livery, was shown for the first time. Featuring a new color scheme designed by Alfa Romeo’s Centro Stile and featuring the now traditional red and white colors of the team, the car, designed under the coordination of Technical Director Jan Monchaux, represents an evolution of the C39 that competed in the 2020 season. Owing to the restrictions imposed by the regulations, the car carries over many of the components of its predecessor, while still standing out with its renewed appearance, in particular in regard to the nosecone, an area on which the team chose to focus its development tokens. Under the bodywork lies a new Ferrari engine, ready to rev in less than a week when the team embarks on a new season with the C41’s shakedown in Barcelona on Friday.
The new Nissan Qashqai - the 3rd generation 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 international automotive media expressed excitement and glowing praise for its design, driving range and technological features. As the first model built on Hyundai’s new dedicated architecture for battery electric vehicles called Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), IONIQ 5 sets the benchmark to redefine electric mobility lifestyles with sustainable and innovative features – from the eco-friendly materials in its interior design, to ultra-fast charging and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capabilities. Following the car’s debut via a virtual world premiere last month, the company recorded 236,000 expressions of interest in Europe within three days, while the 3,000 units of the limited edition IONIQ 5 Project 45 were almost three times over-subscribed within 24 hours of reservations opening for European customers.
The Paseo del Born, one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist areas, gets transformed into a film set, with cameras and spotlights ready to turn a terrace into the backdrop for a meeting between CUPRA President Wayne Griffiths and actor and CUPRA ambassador Daniel Brühl. This is how the world presentation of the brand’s first 100% electric model begins, in a production with motion picture overtones designed to inspire from Barcelona.