With the fourth generation of the OCTAVIA, ŠKODA has reached new dimensions: the brand's bestseller is even more emotional and offers further increased active and passive safety. The OCTAVIA also has numerous new assistance systems and modern infotainment on board. With efficient petrol and diesel engines and three alternative drive variants, the new generation of the OCTAVIA is also significantly more sustainable. In the OCTAVIA e-TEC, ŠKODA is using mild hybrid technology for the first time. The OCTAVIA iV and the sporty OCTAVIA RS iV have modern plug-in hybrid drives and the OCTAVIA G-TEC is designed to run on environmentally friendly natural gas (CNG). Thanks to the three sustainable drive variants, the CO2 emissions of the new OCTAVIA drop significantly.
Euro NCAP - five stars for the CUPRA Formentor
The CUPRA Formentor has been awarded five stars by the European safety organization Euro NCAP. This is the first time a CUPRA vehicle has been subjected to the Euro NCAP test procedure. For CUPRA as an independent brand, this represents a milestone in the company's still young history - especially as stricter requirements have to be met this year. The CUPRA Formentor had to undergo various revised tests, including the new frontal crash test with moving barrier. The new test replaces the previous "frontal impact with a deformable, offset obstacle" scenario and evaluates not only the protection of the vehicle's occupants, but also what contribution the vehicle's front crumple zone makes to that protection. Euro NCAP has also tightened up the side impact test. The barrier hitting the side of the test vehicle is now heavier and faster. In addition, there is the newly introduced test of the effects of a side impact on the averted side, which allows a better assessment of the interaction between the driver and front passenger. The requirements for receiving the top rating of five stars have thus been significantly increased.
The Nissan LEAF is now rolling into model year 2021 with a new sound: an acoustic vehicle warning system (AVAS) will in future provide information about the approaching, otherwise almost silent electric car. The Japanese automobile manufacturer is thus once again improving the already high level of safety of its e-pioneer.
A few days before the Spanish Grand Prix - which gave Scuderia Ferrari joys and sorrows - the Formula 1 World Championship is back on track for a truly unique race, the Monaco Grand Prix. Home appointment of Charles Leclerc, the race is the shortest of the season (260 km instead of the usual over 300) and the one in which overtaking is more difficult. Key qualification. The circuit is characterized by very few fast sections, an extremely narrow carriageway, ten right-hand and nine left-hand corners, some of which - Ste. Devote, Mirabeau, Rascasse and the 180 ° hairpin near the Fairmont Hotel - are part of the story. of Formula 1. It goes without saying that with these characteristics of the track, a good qualifying is essential in Monaco. Last year Charles managed to take pole position but was unable to take off due to a mechanical problem on the car following an accident on Saturday, while Carlos Sainz took second place on the first podium of his adventure with the Scuderia. On the track on Friday. As for the program, there is a big news: the first day of free practice will no longer be on Thursday - as per tradition - but, like all the other Grand Prix, on Friday. The first session will be at 2pm CET, the second at 5pm. Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 4pm, preceded at 1pm by the last free practice session, while the race will start at 3pm on Sunday. 78 laps of the 3,337-meter circuit, equal to 260,286 kilometers, are to be covered. There is only one DRS zone, on the main straight, which usually contributes little to encouraging overtaking.