ŠKODA presented the new, fourth-generation FABIA in a dynamic show at the virtually recreated DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague. Twenty-two years after the ŠKODA FABIA made its debut, the Czech car manufacturer is lining up the fourth generation of its popular small car. It is now based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB-A0 platform and is the most spacious car within its segment, boasting further improved comfort features and numerous advanced safety and assistance systems. Classic and appealing brand qualities, such as value for money, high levels of functionality, and a plethora of Simply Clever features, make the new FABIA a true ŠKODA.
All-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre concludes winter testing 55km from Arctic Circle
A new Rolls-Royce motor car always begins its life in winter. Temperatures at the Bespoke facility used by the marque, located in Arjeplog, Sweden, just 55km from the arctic circle, drop to -26 degrees centigrade and are further cooled to -40 degrees centigrade. There are several reasons for subjecting the marque’s products to such extremes. When the first prototypes are built, engineers perform very basic tests in extreme conditions to ensure that each system is operational and functions at a basic level in a cold weather environment. This test is combined with the beginnings of the refinement process – the first ‘lessons’ in a finishing school that will form the foundations of a motor car worthy of the marque.
Nissan is equipping its compact coupé crossover Juke with a hybrid drive for the first time. The advanced system combines direct power delivery and an active driving experience with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Thanks to its multimodal hybrid drive, the Juke Hybrid combines efficiency, responsiveness and harmonious driving characteristics. Drivers and passengers will experience pure electric launch, smooth driveability in all conditions and excellent fuel economy. This combination is made possible thanks to the intelligent multimodal transmission, efficient brake energy regeneration and the high-performance battery. In developing the hybrid powertrain, the focus was on complementing and preserving the agile and dynamic character of the Juke that has made the coupe crossover a modern Nissan icon.
The new Toyota GR Yaris is a pure performance car, born from Toyota's title-winning experience in the World Rally Championship. Forged from success in the heat of competition, it brings motorsport technology and design directly to the world of the road car, true to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's ethos for making ever-better cars that are intrinsically rewarding and fun to drive. Positioned at the top of the all-new Yaris range, the GR Yaris is a unique model that benefits from the design and engineering skills of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, Toyota's partner in the WRC. As well as serving as the official homologation model for development of the next Yaris WRC car, it also has all the attributes required for owners looking to compete successfully in local rally competitions. Scheduled for launch in the second half of 2020, it will follow the GR Supra as Toyota's second global GR model.