Clear the stage for the new Lexus ES: With a refined design and new technologies for more comfort and safety, the mid-range sedan is now celebrating its world premiere at Auto Shanghai in China. The improvements consolidate the position of the Japanese premium brand in the highly competitive vehicle class. Exceptionally smooth running, high driving comfort and a generous amount of space with many amenities: the Lexus ES embodies these properties par excellence and has pampered drivers and passengers since its market launch in 1989. As one of the core models in the Lexus product portfolio, it has already been sold 2.65 million times worldwide Sold in 80 countries and regions. Driven by the “Always On” principle, which encourages Lexus designers and engineers to gradually develop their products, the new Lexus ES is now fundamentally improved. The fourth-generation Lexus hybrid drive continues to drive the sedan, which is particularly popular with fleet managers and business customers. Lexus was able to further improve the smoothness and comfort of the ES. The seamless interplay of acceleration, deceleration and steering guarantees a linear response in every driving situation.
The new Volkswagen ID.4 - car with a fun factor
The ID.4 is a versatile family vehicle, a practical SUV - and a car that guarantees driving fun. Because it's not just the large wheels with a diameter of up to 21 inches that show off the car's sporty, robust character: an electric motor sits directly in front of the ID.4's rear axle, driving the wheels via a 1-speed transmission. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 8.5 seconds in the most powerful version, and the top speed is limited to 160 km/h. The car's weight is evenly distributed between the two axles. Thanks to even weight distribution on both axles, the ID.4 also offers great traction. The rear-wheel drive is an additional fun factor. A sporty top model with all-wheel drive will follow soon. The good performance data also has to do with the highly developed aerodynamics. In addition to the flowing basic shape of the body, many detailed solutions contribute to this top result. For example, the taillights together with the large roof-edge spoiler ensure a clean break in the flow. Added to this is the unusually low center of gravity for an SUV. Depending on the equipment, the ID.4 is around 10 centimeters lower than the Tiguan and impresses with agile handling - not least thanks to rear-wheel drive and its 50:50 weight distribution on the two axles.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class (length/width/height: 5469/1921/1510 millimetres) is a classic three-box saloon. Distinguishing features at the front include the distinctive bonnet with a chromed fin and the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille. This is highly recognisable by its vertical, three-dimensional trim strips. The word mark MAYBACH is elegantly integrated into the chrome surround of the grille. It features a fixed quarterlight in the C-pillar. Exclusivity is emphasised by the Maybach brand logo on the C-pillar. On request, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can be equipped with electrically operated comfort rear doors. The exclusive appearance of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can be enhanced by a two-tone paint finish with a dividing line which is applied by hand to the highest quality standards. This is available as optional equipment, as is the DIGITAL LIGHT headlamp technology. This allows new functions, e.g. the projection of guidelines or warning symbols onto the road ahead. DIGITAL LIGHT has a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs in each headlamp, whose light is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micro-mirrors.
A long career racing single seaters and sports cars has seen Mark Webber spend less time than he might have liked in his native Australia. But the off season gaves the former Porsche works driver and busy Formula One pundit the opportunity to revisit some great local roads – a firm favourite of which is a picturesque loop through the high hills that fringe Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. “It’s a route I probably do eight or so times a year, through the hinterland of Queensland,” says Webber. “I leave Noosa on State Route 12 and head west towards a town called Eumundi. As you drive out of Noosa, you head through the lush, sub-tropical forest and you really appreciate what a beautiful area this is … the locals call it living in a ‘biosphere’ because so much of the area is protected forest. You cross the M1 motorway at Eumundi and hang a right to pick up the ‘22’, the Eumundi-Kenilworth Road. Then it’s about 30 minutes due west to get into some spectacular elevated driving, a good 500-600 metres above sea level. The temperature really drops, and you’re into a lot of tight hairpins and superb twisty stuff.”