Bosch aims to make the dashboard of your car a 3D display, without goggles. The crucial warnings would be in 3D; for example, the collision alert before – BRAKE! – but not the current fuel level, and maybe not a low fuel warning. A 3D warning would float visually over the rest of the dashboard. The 3D notification can also be used for other time-sensitive warnings, such as a very curved road, possibly triggered only if the speed of the driver is too high to make the turn safely, or for exit warnings. track or blind spot.
According to Bosch, 3D warnings would not require 3D glasses or eye tracking (to determine the location of the driver's head and line of sight). 3D could also be useful for rear view cameras. He will unveil details at the massive Frankfurt Auto Show next month.
Although some so-called 3D products have already been used in cars, which can be as simple as shading 3D construction on 3D maps, says Bosch, it's real 3D. According to Steffen Berns, President of Bosch Car Multimedia, "The depth of field of the screen allows drivers to quickly capture important visual information, whether from a system of assistance or from A traffic jam alert. The alerts that seem to come out of the screen are much more obvious and urgent. "
Bosch also considers that parking and backing up are simpler and more secure thanks to 3D vision. When parking, the reversing camera
The image is more realistic because it can detect obstacles earlier, and drivers can get a better sense of the space they have left between the rear fender and, for example, a garage wall, Berns explains.
Previous Bosch products included 3D vision in factory automation, 3D modeling as part of automated parking solutions and 3D element mapping in a solution of the horizon electronic. The announced Bosch technology relates to the dashboard – the one located behind the steering wheel, and not the central stack display or head-up display. Bosch will not comment on other ways Bosch would deploy or deploy technology. It should be noted that the head-up display already aligns well with the driver's field of vision. At the same time, cars that have important notifications – especially Brake warnings now – are pretty hard to miss in 2D when they are in the HUD.
"The new 3D display creates a convincing three-dimensional effect that drivers and passengers can see – without 3D glasses or eye tracking," said spokesman Tim Wieland. "This gives unprecedented depth to the vehicle instrumentation and improved visualization for assistance systems, such as the reversing camera."
Since the 3D without glasses (like the one you bought if you bought a 3D TV 5 to 10 years ago, nobody was so excited about 3D, except for movie Avatar) requires the spectator to be more or less in line, this could open the possibility of a separate panel in front of the passenger. According to Bosch, a single Bosch controller can handle all the screens of the car, such as the dashboard, the HUD, the center console panel (s) and the indoor mirror camera. it would be easy to add one more for the passenger. Some cars (not instrumented by Bosch) have up to 15 separate video / vision controllers that add weight and complexity, not to mention interconnect cables that can corrode.
If the 3D displays in cars look like a technology that already exists in cars, it depends on what 3D means. Bosch's 3D announcement seems to concern the use of stereoscopic vision with both eyes. Nobody will say that it is not 3D. What already exists is 3D perspective navigation mapping on a 2D display. In an enlarged view, a building would use shading to appear in three dimensions. To a lesser extent, shading buttons on the screen creates a 3D effect, and some touch screens actually create a pulse that gives you the impression of physically pushing a button.
The new version of MBUX, the user experience of Mercedes-Benz, offers self-styled 3D displays. Gordon Wagener, Design Manager for Mercedes, said Initiated business The MBUX display creates an impression of depth, rather than "going out" to the user (as does the Bosch display). Mercedes also uses the head-up display to overlay map information, such as an arrow in the line of sight between the driver and the turn or physical junction.
The dashboard displays switch quickly from analog to digital, as well as higher quality displays such as OLED. Plus, consumer demand for music and navigation from a smartphone means that buyers want to see at least a 5-inch color screen in the center stack. Global Market Insights predicts that demand for services will double by 2025, reaching $ 30 billion a year (€ 26.7).
Now that the Frankfurt Show (also called IAA, for International Automobil-Ausstellung) is just one month away, suppliers and automakers are starting to drum up their cars, SUVs, EVs and components. If you attended the January CES in Las Vegas, multiply by 4x the crowds and sellers in search of attention. Frankfurt only works a few odd years, attracted 810,000 visitors in 2017 and has touched a million twice in this century, according to the IAA. This year's show begins with the September 10-11 press days
It is safe to say that the show will focus on alternative energy sources (other than the gasoline combustion engine), safety and technology that makes driving safer, easier and more productive. The current price of gasoline in the United States, $ 2.65 a gallon, is about a dollar lower than the historical high (reached during the first half of this decade). The price and the offer seem so good, but the rest of the world is not as optimistic as us. are.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE P400e 2019 is a big hybrid SUV plug-in. A battery drives its 5500 pounds for about 25 miles before switching to a four-cylinder turbo engine, at which point the battery still provides a reserve of electrical energy in acceleration.
The HSE costs a ton, the driver's seat is not suitable for small people and a full charge takes 14 hours or more if you use a 120-volt power. But how many competing vehicles can seriously drive off-road, forcing nearly two meters of water while the occupants are sitting on massage chairs in bold leather … and Does the P400e give you access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes because it's a plug-in?
My P400e test car, in red Firenze with a contrasting black roof, was very fast. In testing, all of my 5,450 pounds were motivated to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. On highways, the air suspension gave the P400e a comfortable ride. Four-wheel drive is standard, with a Terrain Response system and multiple off-road modes. Off-road (dirt, small rocks, no rocks), the air springs can lift the car's frame 10.9 inches above the ground. Most passenger cars and SUVs are between 6 and 8 inches. Adding nearly $ 13,000 in parcels, options and freight, the P400e at $ 79,000 was tested at $ 93,200. You will receive an estimated federal tax credit of $ 7,100.
Push hard on the throttle and the noise of the cabin increases a bit, but it was not hard. The NiMH battery located under the rear cargo floor still retains sufficient capacity to serve as a second turbocharger. And as long as the battery is powered, you can press the EV button to switch to battery-only mode, but the car will return to the combustion / hybrid mode if you want more power or save money for later.
The figures from the EPA have not yet been released. In a full day of driving in the city or suburb or during daily commutes, for example, travel 50 km (40 km). On a pair of 250 miles leading to a full charge, I arrived in my mid-twenties, and even at the end, the electric motor still managed to pass. My best effort while driving with an electric vehicle was 28 miles. Some problems: there was a night load not exceeding a distance of 15 miles, and another where I stopped during a power outage of a utility company because that was a problem. is a proposal that causes the home generator to lose money burning natural gas to charge a battery at a higher cost than burning gasoline in the engine. (Generating a kilowatt hour of electricity at home costs about 40 cents, the local electricity company sells it at 13 cents.)
I was impressed by the driving controls of the adaptive wide-range cruise control system. The buttons are big, readable, and the most important – Resume – is the largest and easiest to find after accidentally pressing the brake and want to resume the autopilot. The dual 10-inch Touch Pro Duo displays in the center stack also work well. There is a learning curve at the end of which some aspects are great: press the rubber board button on the HVAC group to adjust the temperature of the cockpit; press it again to adjust the seat cooling (counter-clockwise) and heating (clockwise). The Meridian audio with an 825-watt amp sounded excellent. Wi-Fi is integrated with telematics.
Possible Disadvantages in the Cabin: Fireside Drivers under 5 years of age, the majority of women, will want to sit in the driver's seat in the showroom to ensure that the seat cushion is not too long . While the first two rows are spacious, the load capacity is correct: 24.8 cubic feet or 56.8 cubic feet with the second row down, 2.7 cubic feet less than the other models because the battery raise the load floor by 1.8 inches.
My test car had a lot of technology. Part of it is included (the HSE in the standard naming for high specification equipment), such as air suspension. Even for a premium car, driver aids were expensive. Driver assistance, worth 4,000 USD, revolves around a warning system / assistance centering the queue, a system adaptive cruise control, and a warning / braking system in the event of a collision before, which, in the Hondas and Toyota models, are included in the base price. The support package also includes assistance for blind spots (detection is standard), parking assist cameras and panoramic view cameras. Each part worked well. With ACC and track centering enabled, you can let the car drive itself – level 2 automation – with the head lightly on the steering wheel and eyes still facing the road.
My car also had a Vision Assist pack priced at $ 1,385 combining aesthetics (ambient interior lighting), simple technology (high beam) and technology (head-up display). There was also a comfort climate pack of $ 1,635 with a heated steering wheel (for eighty basic price, it should perhaps be included, and sorry for South Florida buyers), a refrigerator in the console Central (now very convenient), a panoramic roof and four-zone HVAC. Nine stand-alone options added $ 5,885, including cooled / heated front / rear seats; quality paint on the body; a separate black finish on the roof ($ 665); and the most reasonable option at $ 135, a 120-volt AC outlet, another should-be-standard.
But if you love the AC adapter, for example, you will not need a luxury car. (That you have the unreasonable notion that every big premium SUV has access to AC power.) You should know that the sales representative will find ten thousand dollars in need. That's how the game is played and, anyway, a premium car dealership serves a nicer Keurig mug. At least Land Rover does not pay you $ 80 a year to rent Apple CarPlay like BMW. It also has Android Auto, as well as USB jacks and a satellite radio.
Jaguar-Land Rover strives to strengthen its technological and environmental presence at a time when the imperatives of energy efficiency and air purification are increasingly important around the world. , roughly in the United States. No surprises: the 5,000-pound SUVs do not get 40 mpg, not even 30, without help. The rest of the world is attacking fuel consumption by limiting CO2 emissions, thus contributing to climate change, which is generated in proportion to the amount of gasoline or diesel you burn.
So, the HSE P400e plug-in hybrid Land Rover Range Rover Sport – yes, it's a long name, 39 characters in total. The PHEV (Rechargeable Hybrid Electric Vehicle) gives the company six variants of the Range Rover Sport from 254 hp to 567 hp: two V6 turbo-gasoline engines, two supercharged V8 engines, a turbo-diesel V6, and now the plug-in 398 c. in a hybrid electric vehicle. Land Rover remains one of the last suppliers of diesel vehicles in the United States (about 30 mpg on the highway, more than 650 km).
Everyone knows that Land Rover is synonymous with vehicles that cross rocks and streams and are comfortable at polo matches. But why are there six models called Range Rover? Here is an observation guide. First, "Land Rover" is the umbrella brand, the Jaguar-Land Rover USA SUV brand. Range Rover is the prefix term for most models, Land Rover for others.
The vehicle tested here is the PHEV version of the Range Rover Sport, a mid-size SUV measuring 192 inches long; it weighs 4,755 to 5,430 pounds, with the heaviest PHEV of 285 to 695 pounds. The Range Rover Sport is 5 inches shorter than the Range Rover (197 inches) and 13 inches shorter than the Range Rover Long Wheelbase (205 inches). The Range Rover is the pinnacle of luxury and size Land Rover and costs from $ 92,000 to $ 210,000 (for the Range Rover SV Autobiography).
The Land Rover Discovery Sport (181-inch) and Discovery (196-inch, available with two or three rows of seats) models start at about $ 40,000 for Sport with a four-turbo.
The Range Rover Evoque is a compact SUV 172 inches long. it's the stylized with small windows. It will have a city car for young city-dwellers, although it has four-wheel drive. It's long in the tooth, but the second generation (photo) is coming soon as a 2020 model.
The Range Rover Velar is a compact-almost-medium at 189 inches. Velar was released in 2018 and the look says Baby Range Rover. That's two lines / five passengers only, the base engine is a turbo-four, and prices start around $ 50,000.
The return in 2020 of Land Rover Defender models: Defender 90 (170 inches, size similar to Jeep Wrangler by reference), Defender 110 (187 inches) and Defender 130 (201 inches). As for the role of Defender, think serious Off the beaten track, think "Out of Africa" (no matter if the book was published in 1937, three decades before the first Range Rover), think about Ralph Lauren's photography sessions. To be more appropriate in the 21st century, the Range Rover image is training the Red Cross in areas devastated by disasters. In fact, the Red Cross helped LR test the Defender in the United Arab Emirates, a good link between the two.
The Range Rover Sport HSE P400e 2019 is currently not very available in the United States, as the demand is so strong elsewhere, with the modest US allocation reserved for media testers, promotions, etc. Availability is improving with the upcoming arrival of the similar 2020 model. Stay a month or two.
When you pay at least $ 80,000, choosing a high-quality vehicle depends as much on your perception of the vehicle's aura as it looks on your driveway, as well as on and off the road. . There is little doubt that the Range Rover Sport is desirable, especially if you get off the road or shoot more than 5,000 pounds. This is the premium off-road benchmark. In some ways, the rarer the vehicle, the more desirable it is. The entire Land Rover line will sell approximately 100,000 vehicles this year in the United States. A comparative handle will be the P400e. As with any Range Rover, the cockpit furnishings are first class. Nobody cut corners.
You can hope that a vehicle worth a hundred thousand dollars will be solid in terms of reliability. This is not the fort of Land Rover. On the safety study of motorized vehicles JD 2019 (VDSA three-year reliability measure, Land Rover ranks 30th out of 31, ahead of only Fiat. It's not a British thing, because Mini, for a long time near the bottom, is now sixth.
Another way to look at reliability: the low-profile 2019 vehicles are reliable compared to the average car of the previous generation. The average three-year-old car has 1.4 reported problems on the VDS while the Land Rovers have 2.2. Plus, if you can afford a Land Rover, it's probably not your only car, and the dealership will give you a loan on arrival when you get to work. But still: among the key competitors, Lexus, Porsche, BMW and Audi are in the top 10 and Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz are above average, while only Lincoln, Cadillac and Volvo are below average. (For the first time in the history of VDS, every German car has been rated above average and the Porsche 911, which is not a mere vehicle, is the most reliable, certified car more reliable than the Toyota Camry or Corolla, for example.)
You may not be able to travel 31 miles on the battery – this is based on the more generous European standards – but 25 is achievable and there is always a battery reserve to improve performance. What does it do when you push the gas. First and second row passengers will all be comfortable and will have ventilated seats. The other Range Rover Sports offer three rows, but not the P400e, and the third row fits snugly in an intermediate SUV.
The contest by the end of the year for large-format compact electrified vehicles includes the $ 80,000 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, the $ 70,000 Lincoln Aviator PHEV, the $ 54,000 and $ 67,000 Volvo XC60s. dollars, the price of 74,000 dollars of the Mercedes-Benz GLC350e and 74,000 dollars. Audi E-tron all electric. BMW will have X3, X5 and X7 plug-ins by 2020. Next, the best-selling EV SUV, the Tesla Model X. The purely electric Jaguar i-Pace model is our reigning Car of the year; It is a compact SUV, much more comfortable in second place than the P400e.
In the United States, some say that climate change is in doubt, but that's not to be doubted: when you drive a plug-in hybrid vehicle, you get a multi-occupant vehicle sticker for the expressway. This could be the reason for the switch to go with this Range Rover.
More and more people are leaving the suburbs and moving to cities every year. As a result, they need smaller cars. Add the renewed Fiat 500X to the mix: the 2019 edition undergoes a slight makeover, a new engine designed for high-performance brake lights, a standard all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. (Sorry, no gear lever.)
The 500X is a nice car in a competitive market – think Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3. The 14-foot length of the 500X allows for a decent luggage hold but not a spacious rear seat. Fiat offers useful help to the driver, but Adaptive Cruise Control is not a stop function. Did we mention that the dashboard is to die for on our test car? Fiat also means style.
You may remember a TV ad, circa 2016, from an old gentleman tossing a Viagra-looking pill to his mouth. It's missing, the blue pill bounces off the bathroom window, into the gutters and steep urban roofs, and into the fuel tank of a car whose engine turns and roars when passers-by, men and women , smile with gratitude. This is the Fiat 500X: cheeky, fun, a little hint of romance.
For the 2019 500X, Fiat has tweaked the exterior with new designs for headlamps, fog lights and taillights. The false front protection plate has disappeared. There are new models of wheels and inside, padding styles have been reviewed. But the big change is the engine.
For 2016 to 2018, the Fiat 500X proposed a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine developing 160 hp (160 hp) (or a four-cylinder without turbo 175 hp). The new 2019 MultiAir III (the same engine as the Jeep Renegade) drops to 1.3 liters, still four cylinders, plus a low-inertia turbocharger with an electronically triggered relief valve, thus preventing the engine from overheating. supply too much pressurized air into the tank. engine Add a variable valve timing and you get what would have been a race car engine a generation ago (ie more than 100 hp for 1.0 liter of displacement).
It develops 177 hp, which is good (136 hp / liter) and 210 lb-ft of torque, which is simply incredible for a motor that is neither diesel nor electric. In addition, the couple is there, at 2200 rpm. This results in stellar performance at low speeds. The car looks like a Ferrari the first two or three seconds, you have trouble turning on the gas.
During a day of testing, driving the car on a round trip into downtown Manhattan, winding suburban / country roads and along the New Palisade. Jersey / New York over the Hudson River, it was a pleasant cruiser. The air conditioning was working well, the high-end Beats Audio audio system with eight speakers sounded good, and the pilot and co-pilot had proper leg and headroom. But we sat side by side, as you would expect in a smaller SUV.
The engine immediately responded to fill the gaps in heavy traffic and the car was pleasant to drive. As suggested by the torque curve with its initial peak, 0-30 mph is rising rapidly; so 30-60 is a little quieter. But that also means that if you go up a gear – the fifth gear is 1.00 to 1 and the 6-7-8-9 range goes from 0.81 to 0.48 – at low gear you're in the right place of the couple. gang
As a long-distance cruiser, the noise level is generally acceptable, but not at the top of the class. The boot is good enough for two. The rear seat space is acceptable if the driver has a normal height or less. A console selector allows the driver to choose three traction modes: automatic, sport or traction-plus. The rear axle automatically disconnects for cruising efficiency. It is rated at 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg in the highway, 26 mpg in total, about 2 mpg better than the old 500X. He wants premium fuel of average quality but runs regularly.
The car comes standard with a 7-inch center LCD and the UConnect version 4 FCA touch screen infotainment system (Fiat Chrysler Automobile) with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Driver aids and available safety features, primarily in packages, include adaptive cruise control, rear and front parking sonar, lane departure warning / Lane Keeping Assist, front collision warning , a blind spot detection and a rear cross traffic alert, rain detection wipers and LED headlights. The adaptive cruise and front sonar are new for 2019.
Most driver aids worked well on my workout. The lane departure system will bring the car back if you drive on the edge of a lane, but it is not designed to center from itself. The adaptive cruise control keeps the speed on the highway up to 20 mph. Most new ACC systems operate in continuous mode, that is, they go up to 0 mph and then come back, for example, at peak rush hour.
There are three variants, all with four doors and all AWD of Fiat's largest model:
Fiat 500X Pop, $ 26,235, mandatory transportation costs of $ 1,495. It features 17-inch alloy wheels with 60-series (relatively pothole-resistant) tires, LED lights and taillights, manually adjustable cloth seats, dashboard LCD display 3.5-inch, Uconnect audio system with a 7-inch color LCD, 3 USB ports, remote input and remote start. A $ 595 set from the Popular Equipment Group includes rear parking sonar, tinted windows, satellite radio and auto-ignition headlights. You can not add any security or driver assistance packages to the input template.
Hiking, $ 27,740. It adds most of the equipment of Popular Equipment Group, as well as high-end fabric seats. The $ 1,395 Driver Assistance Group (ADAG) is an important option: adaptive cruise, full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, Lane Departure Alert / Lane Keeping and blind spot detection / rear cross traffic alert. A separate $ 895 driver assistance group provides LED headlights and front / rear parking sonar. A very good navigation system on board costs $ 695.
Trekking Plus, $ 30,940. Beyond Trekking, it adds leather seats, heated front seats, front and rear parking sonar, power adjustable driver seat adjustments, LED headlights, eight-speaker audio system and windshield wiper deicing. There are the same Advanced Driver Assistance Group and Premium Group options. All in, you can pay $ 35,000.
It's a mid-cycle refresh of a fun subcompact car that exceeds the top level of the mainstream brand segment, namely more Hyundai Kona or Mazda CX-3 than Nissan Kicks. He has a lot of style and the little engine that could. He also has a lot of competition. Mazda did the best job among mainstream brands to prove that its "upper class" was more than a buzzword, just like Hyundai with its little Kona and more recently with its big SUV Palisade.
The rounded lines of the Fiat 500X distinguish it. Its size makes the 500X easy to park in larger cities, especially if you order a rear and front parking sonar. Some competitors develop as standard a large part of the optional driver support functions of Fiat. The Premium Package, with $ 1,395, provides a panoramic two-panel sunroof: How many subcompact cars can fit a sunroof for the rear seat? – plus audio Beats to nine-speaker with subwoofer and 18-inch alloys with 55-series tires. It's fast at around 30 mph, minus 60 mph. The combination of a firm suspension and a wheelbase of just over 100 cm makes this car a car that you will want to test with your spouse / partner on the types of roads you usually drive.
You may like the style of the 500X. It works well for a city dweller who wants a car parked almost everywhere. A minor advantage is that Fiat did not adopt an extravagant attitude with the wheels. Thus, even with optional rims, you would be less likely to be damaged by potholes.
With the new engine, the 500X is more competitive in a segment that has many good choices. You'll also want to look at the Hyundai Kona, the car to beat in the sub-compact SUV segment, as well as the aging CX-3. If you are looking for safety, be sure to add the price of the Advanced Driver Assistance Group and Driver Assistance Group to the Fiat and the similar package offered by the competition. The 500X that suits us is the Trekking with the two sets of driver assistance, which gives him $ 30,830.
TUSTIN, Calif. – The eighth generation of America's best-known and best-known performance car driving this Thursday night. The Corvette 2020 is finally a mid-engine two-seater, as its architects have dreamed it for over half a century. It features a strong dose of technology ranging from live updates to a 12-inch standard digital dashboard (LCD), to a larger head-up display and to a GPS database that raises the car at the low slope at approach a bump in the road or a steep driveway.
The cheapest Corvette 2020 will cost "less than $ 60,000" when it is delivered in early 2020, according to GM President Mark Reuss, one of the speakers. This represents a 6% increase over the cheapest Corvette 2019.
Corvette's 66 years of history include a long divergence of opinions between GM's sports engineers, particularly Zora Arkus-Duntov, and the cost-conscious financial staff. Duntov suggests better bases to make Corvettes start as good as they seemed. Fast forward half a century and the C8 – Corvette, generation 8 – finally has one of the distinctive features of high-end sports cars, the mid-engine configuration. Some say that GM had only bad experiences with its first mid-engined production cars, especially the 1960s Corvair, which was a) rear-engined, b) uncomfortable with the engine location, but by the low-cost rear suspension that caught the attention of a young Ralph (Nader "Unsafe at full speed") even though c) the VW Beetle had the same design "swivel axle" "and that did not stop Nader's curiosity.
Things you will read elsewhere on the C8 Corvette will often focus on mechanical differences, especially the move to the classic small block V8 Chevrolet with the same passage spacing (distance between the cylinders) as the first Corvettes, from the Forward towards the back. l & # 39; interior. The only gearbox choice is a Tremec eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a low speed for acceleration of smoking (our words, not Chevrolet), close-up gears 2-3-4- 5-6 to keep the car in the ideal position of the power strip and long 7-8 gears, meaning ratios that allow the engine to run at speeds below 2,000 rpm on the road, for savings fuel. Without transmission shaft, the old transmission tunnel is now a high-strength aluminum part with a carbon fiber finish panel (aero-smoothing). In addition, to save space, the gear lever gives way to gears: a Park-Reverse-Drive selector and shift paddles.
Magnetic dampers are an option. They adapt instantly to the changing conditions of the road; the same shock absorbers can be rigid for sporty driving, flexible for daily driving, especially with a spouse on board who loves Corvettes limo.
For 2020, each Corvette has a 12-inch LCD. It is associated with an 8-inch LCD central stack. So that the dashboard is not cluttered, the LCD only has a knob and a Home button; everything else is tactile or vocal. A head-up display is optional. The sound comes from Bose: 10 standard speakers on the input models, 14 speakers including woofers in the door panels.
A MyMode feature allows the driver to navigate between preferred driving style configurations. A single "Z mode" (named after the Z06, ZR1 and Z51 performance sets) is activated by a direction button on the wheel, it allows the driver to access the My Mode feature, adds Engine and transmission changes, and saves them in the Use Roads and Tracks button.
Corvette adopts GM's new "Digital Vehicle Platform" for next-generation technologies. It minimizes cabling, allows faster data transmission, and allows better resolution displays. The other features are Chevy's first one-touch Bluetooth coupling via the near-field communication patch, Qi wireless charging.
The Corvette Performance Data Logger has been upgraded. It is an integrated action / safety camera, which records lap times or lap times, and even knows where you are on a racetrack for automatic calculation of lap information. Do not trust valet parking? You can set it to record when the contact is set to valet mode.
The Corvette was launched in 1953, a decade before Porsche was marketed with the Porsche 911. Its best was in the 1970s, paradoxically at the time of the first oil embargoes in the Middle East. During this decade, production fluctuated between 42,000 in 2016 and just under 10,000 last year. Sales and production figures were also followed by aging models that worked between 5 and 10 years:
First generation (C1, 1953-1962)
Second generation (C2, 1963-1967)
Third generation (C3, 1968-1982)
Fourth generation (C4, 1984-1996)
Fifth generation (C5, 1997-2004)
Sixth generation (C6, 2005-2013)
Seventh generation (C7, 2014-2019)
Eighth generation (C8, 2020-)
In comparison, the Porsche 911, often considered the most iconic sports car, produces about 1.1 million units. (No Ferrari reaches nearly one million people.) Porsche sales are spread around the world, where Corvette salts are concentrated in North America. Porsche sold 35,000 911 last year worldwide. But where the car was 911, it was Porsche cars, it is more than a fraction of the 256,000 global sales made by the latter, outsourced by the Macaan compact SUV (86,000), the Cayenne SUV ( 71,000), or even the Panamera sedan (38,000). ). The 911 was launched in 1963, when Corvette had a head start of 70,000 units. The most important market of Porsche is China, followed by the United States and Germany.
More than a dozen songs were written on the car, including "Little Red Corvette", although the lyrics meant something else, "Riding with Private Malone", "Dead Man's Curve", " Shut Down "," The Best Day "," "Corvette Dreams", "The One I loved at the time" and "Corvette Crusin. "
The Corvette has been the pace car of Indianapolis 500 on 16 occasions (17 when the C8 defies the 2020 race). He has featured 20 times on the list of cars and drivers 10Best Cars (Honda Accord has been lit 33 times, BMW series 3 23 times). It was the motor car of the year in 1984 and 1998.
Chevrolet has produced 1.7 million Corvettes over seven generations since 1953. Production exceeded 50,000 in 1979 and 1984. This decade, production averaged 23,000 units per year. Note: The lowest figures, such as 1983, are when most 1983 sales were attributed to 1984.
The car will go into production later this year in its only production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. First sales are expected in early 2020. You will probably find few cars under $ 60,000 in the first few lots. Buyers will find profit margins because that is what the market will support. While 100 Corvette owners have staged their own polished cars on the outside of the launch site, there will be no grumpy owners who can not imagine the idea of a car. a Corvette with a centrally mounted engine, as if better weight distribution and handling was a bad thing. Their fathers have probably protested against the fuel injection.
The basic Corvette 2020 will call Stingray and will feature a 6.2-liter V8 (LT2) engine developing 495 hp (369 kW) and a 47-pound torque. The tires are 18 inches at the front and 19 inches at the rear, with front tires of the 35 series and rear tires of the 30 series. One of the options will be the first performance tire all seasons ranked Corvette.
Chevrolet will release more comprehensive prices in the fall. Be prepared for dealer price adjustments (surcharges) if the Corvette is in high demand. In the past, premiums on popular high-end sports cars reached more than $ 10,000 in their first few months on the market.
With all the other American journalists, we are eager to test the Corvette C8. Version 8 seems to be a leap forward.
The Mini Cooper SE 2020 targets urban performance beyond the exurban beach. And the performance is exceptional. The life of the battery will be better suited to urban / suburban driving than treks on vacation. According to Mr Mini, the SE will travel between 235 and 270 km on the basis of tests conducted in Europe. Some reports say that the EPA range will be as low as € 114,000 per charge, while pricing in the US should start between $ 35,000 and $ 38,000 based on European pricing, although conversions from the euro to dollars can be simplistic.
Some drawbacks relate to the origin of the car: The three-door hatchback body is based on a Mini design dating back to 2014. The powertrain is based on the first-generation BMW i3, which dates back to 2013. Upgraded in both next years, and the electric Mini should follow.
Mini took advantage of the occasion of the Formula E race in Brooklyn to invite a dozen writers and automotive writers to try the new car on the 1.5 mile track. (Once the professionals have finished the race for the day.) Flat driving was not possible on a narrow track. What was clear was how fast the car was accelerating at speeds such as the one you felt when you racked up steam when you entered a freeway ramp or when you turned to a red light that had turned yellow. There is very little inclination even at the 180 degree turn of the track.
More importantly, when you press a console button for maximum regeneration, the resistance provided by the generator charging the battery effectively takes over braking tasks. Driving in a very close wave of five similar Minis, the release of the throttle immediately dramatically slowed my car down for the next turn. It was enough for me to brake the brakes several times on a 15 lap track, usually when the pre-collision warning indicator was flashing on the head-up display. (The PCS warning provides sufficient notice.)
If you have already practiced karting, you feel the same feeling of a pedal: as soon as you release the throttle, you brake. If you do not have kite, it's like being on a riding mower when you lift it. (If you have not been on the mower yet, well, it's exciting for 15 minutes.) For drivers who find that maximum regeneration is disturbing, at least in the beginning, you can operate the switch for a more minimal braking regeneration.
To complement the urban sporting experience, Mini offered night tours during the weekend race. In this case, the cars were driven by professionals of the company, because it was difficult enough to drink at 18 hours without drinking (the FIA race sponsor has a 0 alcohol rule, 0% for all those who go on the track) and impossible to do it. arrive at 22 hours without a cocktail or two.
In Brooklyn and Manhattan, where there were a lot of people, it was an ideal car to move at night, many times, with zero emissions. This is a good car for two, although this two-door has seat belts for five. At 152 inches long (over 12 feet), it's easy to find openings in traffic and then on the sidewalk.
The Mini Cooper SE (American name) / Mini Electric (European name) is a front-drive car with front drive. The 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery forms a T that sits between the front seats and under the rear seats. The electric motor has a nominal power of 135 kW or 181 US and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). This is a graft of the BMW i3 carbon fiber urban vehicle, or Mini, "The drive technology comes from the BMW Group's competence centers for electromobility in Dingolfing and Landshut (Germany). ). " The production is in Oxford, England. .
The battery / engine combination is suitable for 7.3 seconds strokes at 0-100 km / h (0 to 62 mph). It feels particularly strong at 30 mph. The low position of the battery packs lowers the center of gravity of the car by 30 mm (1.2 inches). You will have to work to roll this Mini. It weighs 1,365 kg (3,010 pounds), or 145 kg (320 pounds) more than the Cooper S gasoline engine with automatic transmission. The maximum speed is 93 mph. Charging is possible from a 12-volt outlet, a wall-mounted AC charger or a public charging station, including the 50 kW DC fast charge. At 50 kW, you get 80% charge in 35 minutes.
Electronic components include Apple CarPlay, a 5.5-inch multi-information display in the dashboard, and a 6.5-inch LCD screen forming a large circle at the top center of the stack.
The car is shipped to the United States for a year and a half. But judgments are being formed. Some of the early press reports / analysts say that it would cost a lot of money for a car traveling only 114 km in the United States. (Ed Kim, an analyst at AutoPacific, says it's a good price / performance ratio for the EV 2015). Prices in the United States should be in the mid-thirties for a Mini. This is a bit better value for money at 140-150 miles (European WLPT rating). BMW executives said they did not want to impose a higher price on the Mini Cooper SE. Our US starting price estimate of $ 35,000 to $ 39,000 is a simple conversion of the British price of £ 27,900 or European price of £ 34,400. There will be three cut lines: Signature, Signature Plus and Iconic.
At a press conference held in Brooklyn last weekend, Pieter Note, a member of BMW's board of directors for brand-name sales, was mistreated by his half, who said that A short-range EV was more of an urban than suburban car, yet most urban areas, especially New York City, have a limited number of loading stations. (BMW and Mini have a relationship with the ChargePoint network.) And, according to the writers and editors living in the Big Apple, when you go to a garage that claims to offer charging electric vehicles, it may that he is not the type to work properly. , or there is no free loading space. This is not a BMW-Mini problem, however.
The real problem of BMW Mini lies in the future of Mini: it is primarily a brand of sedans / coupes at a time when SUV dominate. The electrification could boost sales of Mini, which peaked at 66,502 in the US in 2013 and which had led Mini to say that they would sell 100,000 vehicles a year by 2020. Instead, they are only 43,684 last year and could be only 36,000 this year. , based on cumulative sales of less than 18,000 in June. Mini's problems may be one of the reasons why President Harald Krueger chose not to seek an extension of his contract, which will expire next year.
Our interpretation is that the range – say 140 km – is a little disappointing in terms of price. But Mini needed to put an EV on the market. His prototype, released in 2008, was made available to 400 enthusiasts and had a lot of time to digest their comments. (One of them was that they did not like replacing the backseat, which shows how much technology has come in. Now, the back seat is back.) That should have already been. We assume that the Mini Cooper SE will remain in service for 2-3 years, then we will see a significantly improved version using the new BMW-Mini technology. BMW will ship the iX3 – an electric X3 battery – in about a year, with a 300 hp engine and a battery that can travel 250 miles with a charge. The next electric mini will probably use a smaller version of this engine.
Meanwhile, for the price of what the Mini Cooper is likely to cost, you can get Tesla Model 3, Kira Niro EV, Chevrolet Bolt or Nissan Leaf Plus with 226 to 258 miles or range. Only the Tesla corresponds to Mini as a perceived luxury brand, which may justify some of the prices. Or for $ 30,000, you could get a 150-mile Nissan Leaf. Mini must rely on the pleasure factor to seduce buyers. Whether: fun and fast.