It’s been ten years since sister carmakers Citroen and Peugeot teamed up with Toyota to bring a compact model on the market. Given the low profit margins and high development costs in the A segment, says Sascha, this kind of collaboration pays off.
Most carmakers are designing vehicles to be environmentally friendly and low on emissions. With the A3 e-tron, Audi is taking the next step in this direction. This is the first Audi model with Plug-In-Hybrid Technology.
In the run-up to the unveiling ceremony for its new RS, Ford rolled out the red carpet for the car’s forebearers. Visitors to the carmaker’s facility in Cologne loved it.
After the coupe, now Audi has released the convertible version of the third-generation TT. The designers have re-interpreted the lines of this classic car and have molded the interior design and state-of-the-art technology into a unified whole. The soft top opens and closes in an astonishing 10 seconds while the roadster travels at up to 50 kilometers an hour.
Skoda presents the third generation of the Superb in Prague. Like its predecessor, it’s very practical, and is chock full of clever innovations and assist systems that are meant to appeal to many drivers. Skoda is introducing its latest flagship at the Forum Karlin, one of the best-known event venues in the Czech capital. More than 500 journalists came from around the globe to watch the Superb roll out, accompanied by music from the Czech Philharmonic.
Car tester Sascha Knapp describes Geely Automobile’s acquisition of the Volvo brand from Ford in 20-10 as a last-minute rescue.
At first, the new ownership constellation did not seem to bode well. But after three years, the Chinese car and motorcycle maker’s nearly ten-Bbillion-euro investment program is starting to produce results…like the latest XC90.
The new Cayman GT4 is perfect for someone who wants a sporty, puristic car, like our test driver Klaus Niedzwiedz. Key, says Niedzwiedz, is the state-of-the-art mid-mounted engine found in today’s sports cars and Formula One racecars. Klaus admires the GT4’s whopping 385 horsepower and explains that its aerodynamic package provides down thrust, keeping the wheels firmly on the ground. That’s essential on a racetrack, and that’s where he is.
Spring is in the air — the perfect season for BMW to launch the successor to its 1-Series convertible. The 2-Series convertible is just over 7 centimeters longer than its predecessor. But it’s retained the brand’s typical proportions with little overhang, a long hood, long wheelbase and broad toe.
Fiat’s off-roader started as more a crossover, hence the name Freemont Cross. Its bold contours set it clearly apart from other models in the same series. The front sports re-designed bumpers with platinum-chrome-colored inserts, a gloss-black front grille and fog lamps. The side skirts likewise have a platinum chrome finish.
The compact car has sold almost 2 Million units since its launch 11 years ago.
We check out the top-of-the-range model, which packs the powerful M135i inline-six engine. At the other end of the engine range we have new gasoline and diesel units with three or four cylinders. The 1 Series therefore has the broadest range of engines in the compact segment.