In top form, both technically and visually: Volkswagen has presented the second generation of the Polo R WRC in Autostadt, Wolfsburg. The works team from Wolfsburg has its sights set firmly on another successful defence of its titles in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a new car and a new look. Volkswagen completed a clean sweep of all the World Championship titles when the Polo R WRC made its debut in 2013, before repeating this impressive feat last season. Continuity is the key to the driving line-up
Ford, America’s truck leader, introduced the F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in the company’s lineup.
Ford has reengineered every part of the F-150 Raptor to make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader – and more efficient than ever.
“When we created the first Raptor, we set out to prove vehicle performance isn’t just measured on the street or at the track – off-road can be even more fun,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The original Raptor, plus enhancements on the F-150 set the bar for us to make the Raptor better in every way.”
The Honda FCV Concept makes its North American debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show with U.S. availability of the production vehicle in 2016. In an effort to ensure Honda’s environmental vehicles remain strong competitors and provide a new sales-volume pillar, the company will offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles, including a new battery-electric model and plug-in hybrid model by 2018. Additionally, the company plans further application of its two- and three-motor hybrid systems in the years to come. Together, these vehicles will offer significant volume enabling Honda to bring ultra-low carbon transportation to consumers in the U.S. Honda also announced plans to introduce new VTEC® Turbo engines to be built in Ohio and debut later in 2015.
Ford unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.
The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.
Beginning production in late 2016, the Ford GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The name of AHG-Sports, founded in 2009 as tuning brand of the car dealer Guenther at Hamburg, Germany, is worth to be noticed. Since 1977 the Hanseatic car dealer is THE expert for new and used Nissan cars, acting on four places on the Elbe river meanwhile. The premium brand of Infiniti is present with success since 2009 in Hamburg and, since 2010 also in Berlin and Frankfurt. Comprehensibly, the „tuning spin-off“ under direction of Michael PENNING is more orientated towards Infinity, the noble brand of Nissan. Here, high quality tuning and exclusive service are in perfect combination.
SsangYong is gaining a solid reputation for producing strong, comprehensively equipped and extremely well priced vehicles, and its new Rexton W CSX brings a robust and purposeful contender to the light commercial vehicle sector.
Noted for being a highly competent off-roader, Rexton W is the third iteration of the Rexton, a car that has won customers and admiration around the world. Building on this pedigree, the new car uses a body on frame construction for maximum strength, double wishbone and coil spring suspension to the front, and a five link rigid axle with coil springs at the rear.
SEAT presents the perfect car for enjoying both life and performance: The new Leon ST CUPRA combines top performance in a unique way with style and utility. A maximum load space of 1,470 litres can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in the Leon ST CUPRA 280 in just 6.0 seconds – that’s how fast versatility can be. The stunning design, individual equipment options and excellent quality are further points that make the Leon ST CUPRA a very special proposition indeed. In true SEAT fashion, exceptional value-for-money is, of course, a given.
One common concern about using Electric Vehicles (EVs) is how charging works when out of “home range”. To alleviate this concern, several companies are looking at charging techniques using electromagnetic induction. Electromagnetic induction is a method of transferring energy from one place to another wirelessly- no actual physical wire connection is involved. It is the physical principle behind the operation of electrical transformers, of which billions exist around the world. Today we have a lot of people thinking that electromagnetic induction might be a great way to charge EVs too. This means that EV owners wouldn’t have to stop and plug in their cars to charge them. They could be charged when they are parked or conceivably while they are being driven (!)
A radical new concept? Not exactly, electromagnetic induction is being used to charge vehicles now, just not in the US. An inductive charging system has kept 30 electric buses running in both Genoa and Turin (Italy) for more than a decade. Coils buried in the road bed restore 10 to 15 percent of the bus battery’s charge during each stop for passenger pickup. The system’s German manufacturer, Conductix-Wampfler, claims a 95-percent energy-transfer efficiency, and no weather-related issues. Not only that, longer battery life is attributable to the frequent battery charging cycles.
In the US, electromagnetic induction is still being investigated but it’s a hot topic. Utah State University has an electromagnetic induction system under development with seed funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration. Many private enterprises are also looking at implementation of induction for vehicle use.
Perhaps the ultimate goal is recharging EVs as they roll down the road. Last year, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) launched the first true electric highway. Two electric buses operate on a 15-mile public-transit route in Gumi, South Korea, with recharging power supplied by strips buried under 5 to 15 percent of the roadway. By energizing the strips in sync with bus movements power consumption is optimized. KAIST hopes to expand its system to a dozen buses this year.