Dynamic, powerful and with pure aerodynamics: with today’s world premiere of the ID. AERO concept car in China, Volkswagen is providing a foretaste of the brand’s first global fully-electric sedan. The future model will be positioned in the premium mid-size sedan segment. Its progressive, stylish and aerodynamic design allows the vehicle to impress with generous space in the interior. The production version for China is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2023. Volkswagen is also planning to start production of a European series version in Emden in 2023. The concept vehicle is almost five metres long and was designed based on aerodynamic principles. The roof slopes elegantly to the rear in coupé style and contributes to achieving an excellent drag coefficient of 0.23. Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) additionally permits short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an exceptionally spacious vehicle interior. The ID. AERO is equipped with a powerful lithium-ion battery with a net energy content of 77 kWh. Thanks to the interaction of the efficient drive system and the excellent aerodynamic properties, the ID. AERO achieves ranges of up to 620 kilometres (WLTP), making it suitable for long distances.
The new BMW M440i xDrive Overview
"The extent to which the new BMW 4 Series Coupé is in the tradition of legendary sports cars from the brand is shown by the look back into history that Pieter Nota invites us to in the BMW Group Classic rooms. Outstanding classics such as the BMW 328 Coupé from the 1930s and the BMW 3.0 CS from the 1970s are part of BMW's fascinating coupé history, which is characterized by prestige, driving pleasure and success on the racetrack and is now enriched by another chapter. The new BMW 4 Series Coupé can be experienced on the road from October 2020 - initially in five model variants and with the particularly dynamic BMW M440i xDrive Coupé at the top of the range. The top model with a 275 kW/374 hp straight-six engine, intelligent all-wheel drive and M sport differential is "a truly ultimate driving machine," as Klaus Fröhlich notes during a test drive at the BMW Group's proving grounds in Aschheim. The coupe's agility, steering precision and cornering dynamics benefit from a particularly rigid body structure with additional bracing and a model-specific geometry, connection and tuning of the chassis. Compared to the already very sporty BMW 3 Series Sedan, the developers were able to give the new BMW 4 Series Coupe even more precision and dynamics, says Fröhlich. "
There are features in your vehicle you hope you will never have to use – and yet it is reassuring to have them on board. This is true, for example, of the automatic emergency call eCall, which has been mandatory for every new car in the EU since 2018. The mobile online services of ŠKODA Connect also offer other helpful functions in all current ŠKODA models with the exception of the CITIGOᵉ iV, grouped as proactive services under Care Connect. These support drivers with any questions they have about the car. Two functions in particular help to ensure a relaxed journey, especially during the travel season: the info and breakdown calls, the buttons for which can be found in the roof module next to the red emergency call button and are marked with an ‘i’ or a spanner.
Polestar announced its global expansion plans at the IAA Mobility in Munich. The Swedish Elektro Performance brand aims to be present in 30 global markets by the end of 2022. In July, Polestar had already doubled its stores in 2021 from nine to 18. The company aims to establish itself in a further twelve markets by 2022. The high demand in combination with an agile and unique business model, in which digitization is in the foreground, enables the enormous growth. Polestar's expansion plans for 2021 have expanded since it was announced in July to include new markets in the Middle East, including Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Luxembourg and Iceland will also join the growing European expansion. The schedules for the launch in the individual markets will be announced accordingly. Additional markets will be confirmed in due course.