Following the Q3 Sportback and the e-tron Sportback, Audi now presents its third crossover utility vehicle, or CUV: the Q5 Sportback. This coupé with dynamic lines addresses customers who appreciate not just an expressive design and technical innovation but also a sporty character and a high level of everyday usability. Topping the line is the SQ5 Sportback TDI. Its three-liter TDI offers concentrated power of 251 kW (341 PS) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque.
Nissan Amazon Alexa Feature Enhancement
Nissan customers can now ask Alexa to start, lock and unlock their vehicles with a simple request like “Alexa, start my car.” Alexa is Amazon's intelligent voice AI, ubiquitous in homes around the world. Nissan is the first automaker to work with Amazon on new features that leverage Alexa's new Connected Vehicle Skills API, making it more direct and easier for customers to control vehicle functions with Alexa.The system requires a select Nissan vehicle from 2016 through today, equipped with NissanConnect Services, and an Alexa-enabled home device. The NissanConnect Services “Skill” update is automatically available immediately, and at launch includes the capability to start, lock and unlock your vehicle. Additionally, households with multiple Nissans can personalize the names of each of them and use the name to direct the request; for example, “Alexa, lock Wyatt's car.” Customers now also have the ability to maintain multiple vehicles on the same account; for example: “Alexa, start my Rogue” and, “Alexa, start my TITAN.”
Warehouse Terrada in Tokyo was the setting for the unveiling of the Countach LPI 800-4 in Japan on the occasion of the first deliveries to customers. To mark the link with this model’s past history, a 1989 Countach 25th Anniversary was on display alongside the LPI 800-4. The event was exclusive to 90 members of the local press, who had the opportunity to interview Francesco Scardaoni, Region Director for Asia Pacific, Davide Sfrecola, Head of Lamborghini Japan, and Mitjia Borkert, Head of Design at Automobili Lamborghini. The Countach LPI 800-4 was then brought to the streets of Tokyo and photographed in front of some of the capital city’s most famous districts and buildings. The Countach LPI 800-4 is a futuristic limited-edition car produced in 112 units that pays tribute to the original Countach, a non-conformist icon of revolutionary design and technology that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The LPI 800-4 is a tribute to Lamborghini’s glorious heritage, but not in retrospect. Rather, it represents the idea of what could have been the evolution of the iconic Countach of the Seventies and Eighties into an exclusive and contemporary super sports car model.
The New Range Rover Sport has made its global premiere with a dramatic world-first climb up a flooded dam spillway in Iceland. The epic ascent saw New Range Rover Sport resist the surging torrent of water flowing down the ramp of the Karahnjukar Dam – the biggest of its kind in the world – at a rate of 750 tonnes per minute. A loss of traction risked plunging down the perilous 90m drop at the base of the spillway to the valley floor below. The successful spillway ascent was screened for the first time at an exclusive launch event at Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Product Creation Centre at Gaydon, UK. Official James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins was behind the wheel as the New Range Rover Sport demonstrated its grip, traction, performance and composure, completing the latest in a series of challenges for Land Rover’s luxury performance SUV. Previous feats include a record-setting hill-climb at Pikes Peak, a first recorded crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ desert in the Arabian Peninsula and a first ascent of the 999 steps to Heaven’s Gate in China, in 2018.