Chevy Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2 clinched Best In The Desert class championships with respective wins at the Cal City Desert Challenge. It was the second consecutive championship for the Silverado ZR2 and the fourth straight championship for the Colorado ZR2, with both fielded by Chad Hall Racing. The Colorado ZR2 race vehicle also helped test and validate 15 factory race components that are available to Colorado owners through Chevrolet dealers. They include Multimatic long-travel DSSV dampers and long-travel leaf springs, jounce shocks, a steel driveshaft, a tie rod sleeve system, ball-spline half-shafts and other parts designed to optimize off-road driving performance and durability.
Low depreciation as a used car - Fiat 500 Hybrid is "residual value giant"
The Fiat 500 Hybrid is one of the most value-stable vehicles on the German market. This is the conclusion of the latest forecast by market research company bähr & fess forecasts. This analysis expects a current new Fiat 500 Hybrid to have a residual value of 53 percent in four years, regardless of its already favorable purchase price and low operating costs. This makes the Fiat 500 with environmentally friendly mild hybrid drive the "residual value giant 2025" in the A segment, which bähr & fess forecasts calls "subcompact cars." The Fiat 500 Hybrid, which is offered as a sedan and as a convertible with an electrically operated soft top, combines a three-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine with a belt-driven starter-generator (RSG). This is connected to the crankshaft via a belt system and, depending on the situation, either supports the gasoline engine or operates as a power generator. When braking or rolling with a gear engaged, the RSG generates electrical energy through recuperation, which is stored in the 12-volt on-board battery and an additional lithium-ion battery (12 volts, 11 Ah). When starting from a standstill and accelerating, the generator assists the gasoline engine. The mild hybrid technology thus reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The standard consumption of the 51 kW (70 hp) Fiat 500 Hybrid is just 4.1 liters per 100 kilometers, corresponding to CO2 emissions of just 93 grams per kilometer.
Hyundai officially launched its all-new 2021 Elantra and Elantra Hybrid at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood with a special event today broadcast around the world. This marks the world debut of the latest version of the popular compact sedan. The 2021 Elantra showcases Hyundai’s latest ambitions, including a Sensuous Sportiness design identity, hybrid electric vehicle technology, and segment-first wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The car also provides exciting driving dynamics and the most progressive in-car experience in its class. Production of the 2021 Elantra starts in the fall in Ulsan, Korea and at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and sales begin in the fourth quarter.
The ŠKODA SLAVIA sees the Czech car maker releasing what is its second new model for the Indian market, developed as part of its INDIA 2.0 project. During its last test drives, the final details of this new saloon for the A0 segment will be concealed by a very special camouflage wrap. It is the result of a “Camouflage with ŠKODA” design contest that enabled external design professionals and budding designers in India to submit their ideas. The contest received over 200 entries and was won by Shreyas Karambelkar from Badlapur in Maharashtra. In addition to a trip to Prague, the designer also won an in-person meeting with Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design.