The famous Honda CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X are renewed for 2022 with important updates regarding the engine and the frame to help increase their desirability towards all lovers of two wheels, from beginners to the most experienced. The most significant updates can be observed at the front where a 41 mm upside-down Showa SFF-BP fork has been inserted, which is combined with new and lighter aluminum wheels with split spokes, and double 296 front discs. mm and to Nissin radial mount calipers, ensuring overall even more driving quality. All three bikes, always fun to ride, have a lightened swingarm but with greater torsional rigidity and increased lateral flexibility, with the aim of increasing handling and road holding. As for the brilliant 500cc twin-cylinder engine, the beating heart of the three bikes, it has been updated in the PGM-FI electronic injection settings so as to emphasize the torque delivery and make the bike more brilliant, while maintaining the 35kW limit. maximum power allowed for A2 license holders.
Global MB battery production network
Mercedes-Benz has started producing high-performance batteries for its all-electric luxury EQS at its Stuttgart-Hedelfingen plant, as part of the Untertürkheim location in Germany. The EQS marks the start of a new generation of high performance electric vehicles and will offer-a range of more than 700 km (based on WLTP), based on a high efficiency powertrain and advances in battery energy density. Having integrated battery production seamlessly alongside existing transmission production, the Hedelfingen plant has been transformed into an important part of the company’s global battery production network. The quick ramp-up of its global battery production capacities and targeted expansion of battery competencies through the entire value chain are the key pillars of Mercedes-Benz electric initiative - from basic research, cell production up to batteries’ afterlife including 2nd-life applications and recycling. This in-house know-how and vertical integration is key for playing a leading role in electric vehicles. In addition to scaling up the EQS battery production, the Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems Campus Untertürkheim will specifically expand its research and development activities in the field of e-mobility - through a campus for electric and electrified drive systems- as announced earlier this month.
Hyundai announced the introduction of its 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with a freshened design motif, advanced front and rear lighting signatures, new hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive and extensive new driver safety and convenience features. The hybrid propulsion system is the first application of its kind in the Hyundai SUV line-up. In addition, a new, upscale Calligraphy trim will be offered for the first time. Santa Fe internal combustion models will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and will arrive at dealerships by the end of the year, while the Santa Fe Hybrid model will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive in the first quarter 2021.
The progressive premium characteristics of the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer are also underscored by its extensive standard equipment. It not only includes the BMW Maps navigation system, four USB-C connections and a 12-volt connection each on the center console and in the luggage compartment, intelligent 2-zone automatic air conditioning, a sports leather steering wheel and a rain sensor with automatic headlight control, but also also a significantly increased number of driver assistance systems compared to the previous model and a parking assistant with reversing camera. Newly structured equipment packages enable a particularly targeted individualization of the vehicle. High-quality interior trim strips are available, as are surfaces for the instrument panel and the front door panels in the Sensatec variant with distinctive contrasting stitching. A mirror package, ambient light, the panoramic glass roof and the Harman Kardon Sound System also contribute to increasing the premium characteristics.