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  • 500,000th electrified BMW Group vehicles already on the roads: promise delivered

    500,000th electrified BMW Group vehicles already on the roads: promise delivered

    500,000th electrified BMW Group vehicles already on the roads: promise delivered: – As an e-mobility pioneer, the BMW Group has reached another electro mobility milestone and already delivered half a million electrified cars to customers worldwide. Sebastian Mackensen, BMW Group Senior Vice President Market Germany, handed over the keys to a very special BMW 330e to its future owner at BMW Welt today.

    “HALF A MILLION VEHICLES IS THE BEST PROOF: OUR BROAD RANGE OF ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES IS MEETING EXACT CUSTOMER NEEDS. NOW, WE ARE STEPPING UP THE PACE SIGNIFICANTLY: WE AIM TO HAVE ONE MILLION ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES ON THE ROADS WITHIN TWO YEARS. THIS IS OUR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS EFFECTIVE CLIMATE PROTECTION,” 

    OLIVER ZIPSE, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF BMW AG

    Comprehensive e-vehicle product offensive

    Next year, the BMW X3 will become the first BMW Group vehicle available with four different drive train variants: efficient diesel, petrol, plug-in hybrid and pure electric.

    The biggest market for the pure electric BMW iX3 is China, where it will also be produced for the global market.

    The BMW iX3 will be the first to benefit from the ground-breaking fifth generation of our highly efficient BMW electric drive trains, which provide a new balance between range and battery size.

    The key lies in making the drive train substantially more efficient. Our technology flagship, the BMW iNEXT – which will also be available from 2021 – will combine electromobility with highly automated driving.

    The fully electric BMW iNEXT will be produced on the same assembly line in Dingolfing as vehicles with combustion engines and plug-in hybrids.

    This will be followed in 2021 by the BMW i4, a pure electric Gran Coupé in the premium mid-size segment with strong emotional appeal. The BMW i4 will be produced at the main plant in Munich.

    Thanks to its role as a visionary technology flagship and continuing sales success since its launch in 2013, the BMW i3 has acquired the status of an icon.

    The BMW Group will continue to further develop this vehicle and currently plans to extend production until 2024.

    Since late this year, the BMW Group’s electrified model line-up has also been joined by a further pure electric vehicle, the MINI Electric.

    The more than 90,000 registered prospects indicate the high level of customer interest in the first pure electric MINI.

    Ambitious goals for electrified vehicle sales

    With 12 electrified vehicles currently, the BMW Group is one of the world’s leading providers of electric mobility.

    The company has been the market leader for electrified vehicles in Germany since 2016 and also occupies a leading position in Europe and worldwide.

    The company has formulated clear goals for sales of electrified vehicles for the years ahead: A quarter of all vehicles sold in Europe should be electrified by 2021. This should reach a third by 2025 and half in 2030.

    “WE ALREADY OFFER AN ELECTRIFIED DRIVE TRAIN VARIANT FOR MOST OF OUR MODEL LINE-UP – FROM MINI TO THE BMW 7 SERIES. OUR CUSTOMERS GET TO CHOOSE: NOT JUST THEIR PREFERRED MODEL, BUT ALSO THE DRIVE TRAIN THAT SUITS THEM BEST, THIS IS THE DIVERSITY OUR CUSTOMERS WANT AND THAT CAN BEST MEET THEIR INDIVIDUAL MOBILITY NEEDS.”

    – PIETER NOTA, BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF BMW AG MEMBER, CUSTOMER, BRANDS AND SALES

    The Power of Choice

    The BMW Group model line-up offers highly efficient combustion engines as well as modern plug-in hybrids and pure electric drive trains.

    This “Power of Choice” enables the company to meet customers’ varied needs and wants in different regions of the world.

    Depending on the drive train chosen, all current and future models deliver brand-specific driving pleasure. No matter which type of drive train the customer decides on: They can always expect a high level of efficiency and lower CO2 emissions from the BMW Group.

    Exclusive handover at BMW Welt

    A customer from Munich was in for a surprise when he came to collect his new vehicle. As part of a special and exclusive handover, the customer received the keys to his new BMW 330e from Sebastian Mackensen, Senior Vice President Market Germany: The car in question was the BMW Group’s 500,000th electrified vehicle.

    “FOR ME, THE BMW 330E – THE PLUG-IN HYBRID 3 SERIES – COMBINES THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: FOR THE MOST PART, I CAN DRIVE EMISSION-FREE – ESPECIALLY IN THE CITY – BUT, ON LONGER TRIPS, I STILL HAVE THE FLEXIBLE RANGE OF A COMBUSTION ENGINE.”

    -FLORIAN MERK, THE NEW BMW 330E OWNER

    “I AM VERY HAPPY TO CELEBRATE THE DELIVERY OF OUR 500,000TH ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE HERE AT BMW WELT. NO ONE SELLS MORE ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES IN GERMANY THAN WE DO. THERE ARE ALREADY ABOUT 60,000 ELECTRIFIED BMW AND MINI MODELS ON GERMAN ROADS TODAY. AND IN 2020 WE WILL CONTINUE TO LAUNCH ADDITIONAL MODELS.”

    – SEBASTIAN MACKENSEN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT MARKET GERMANY
    BMW Group possesses extensive electromobility know-how

    Thanks to its years of e-mobility experience, the BMW Group has acquired extensive and sound knowledge in this area.

    This provides the basis for the company to develop eDrive technology in-house, including the engine, power electronics and also the battery as well as the battery cells. This ensures BMW and MINI electrified vehicles still deliver brand-typical driving characteristics.

  • BMW Motorrad Collaborates with Cooltra: – mobility provider

    BMW C evolution
    BMW C evolution

    BMW Motorrad Collaborates with Cooltra: – mobility provider – Electromobility has a particular justification in heavily polluted cities and their urban surroundings.

    With its electrically powered maxi scooter BMW C evolution, BMW Motorrad was involved in pioneering work long before its contenders, having delivered electromobility in the urban context for more than five years.

    Cooltra the Mobility provider is now providing an innovative sharing solution to meet inner-city electromobility requirements in Barcelona, Spain with the support of BMW Motorrad.

    BMW Motorrad has made this pilot project a reality with the support of BMW Motorrad Spain and Alphabet Spain.

    “OUR PRIORITY IN TERMS OF ELECTROMOBILITY IS STILL THE URBAN CONTEXT. IT IS HERE THAT SHARING MODELS OFFER ENORMOUS POTENTIAL FOR NEW BUSINESS SEGMENTS AND CUSTOMERS. SO I’M ESPECIALLY PLEASED THAT COOLTRA PRIME IS NOW OFFERING AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO MEET INNER-CITY ELECTROMOBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN BARCELONA WITH OUR BMW C EVOLUTION.”

    TIMO RESCH, BMW MOTORRAD HEAD OF SALES AND MARKETING

    Cooltra Prime App

    The Cooltra Prime app offers a sustainable, future-oriented mobility service for the Spanish city and also enables Barcelona’s residents and visitors to get around the city and its environment on the BMW C evolution – ensuring travel that is not just emission-free but also geared perfectly to users’ needs.

    The Cooltra Prime app makes it easy to find, book and unlock the BMW C evolution. The scooters also offer a range of up to 100 km and come complete with insurance and helmet, so users can focus entirely on an emission-free riding experience.

    The BMW C evolution for booking via the Cooltra Prime app will firstly be available at four SABA car parks in Barcelona and at the airport.

    Customers can pick up their scooter at one of these car parks and return it to any of the designated stations. The plan in future is to expand this mobility service to include other important areas of Barcelona in order to ensure good connections to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona El Prat airport as well as other key locations such as Sabadell, Terrassa and Sant Cugat.

  • BMW Group welcomes in next Digital Key generation

    BMW Group welcomes in next Digital Key generation
    BMW Digital Key

    BMW Group welcomes in next Digital Key generation: – The Company took a leading role in the seamless integration of smart devices and the customers’ digital ecosystem in the early stages. Providing customers with simple, connected and “keyless” access to their automobiles has been a key area of innovation.

    Today, it is already possible to lock and unlock the car, start the engine and share the key with others using the BMW Digital Key as part of BMW Connected on the smartphone.

    But this is only the first step in a global technological transformation being shaped and led by the BMW Group. In 2017, the BMW Group joined the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), where it is a leader in establishing cross-industry, standardised technologies and security standards.

    As an outcome of this commitment, the latest generation of a standardised ecosystem for automobile access that will enable new functions across multiple devices and different manufacturers was recently announced.

    Global standards for greater interoperability

    The Digital Key has the potential to enable a range of use cases that are not possible with a classic vehicle key, due to the technological advantages of smart devices.

    Uniform technology standards are needed to turn the vision of digital vehicle access into reality. Full functionality must be available on various customer devices from different vendors and regardless of the vehicle manufacturer.

    “OUR CUSTOMERS WANT CROSS-VENDOR INTEROPERABILITY. STANDARDISATION IS THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE THIS; PROPRIETARY SOLUTIONS ARE NO LONGER BENEFICIAL.”

    Dr Olaf Müller, head of Development Digital Access Systems at the BMW Group

    The BMW Group has therefore been driving the creation of a global standard for digital vehicle access within the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). Most well-known smartphone producers and automotive manufacturers have already joined the consortium.

     Standard specifications across industries will also help include all kinds of smart devices, including phones, watches and other wearables.

    Technological specifications for innovative functions

    The second generation (release 2.0) of an NFC-based digital key ecosystem has been announced for late 2019. A key feature is the use of a security chip that works separately from the smartphone operating system. This means it also works if the smartphone cannot be started anymore, because the battery is too low.

    In the near future, Digital Key specification will be enhanced by the ultra-wideband (UWB)-based release 3.0. This will offer maximum anti-theft protection and enable precise localisation between the device and the vehicle.

    As a result, the mobile phone must no longer be held directly up to the door handle to unlock the car, but can conveniently be left in the pocket.

    The BMW Group recognised early that UWB technology would be beneficial over the long term and suitable for global market penetration. The close cooperation with partners and the fact that UWB is already finding its way into more and more customer devices will pave the way for new and innovative Digital Key features.

  • All-New 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid and Real-Life “Safety for Everyone”

    Honda CR-V Blue and Honda CR-V Hybrid
    2020 Honda CR-V Blue and 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

    All-New 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid and Real-Life

    “Safety for Everyone” Customer Stories Highlight New Exhibit at 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show

    All-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid makes public debut as latest vehicle in Honda electrified initiative, joined by refreshed gas-engine 2020 CR-V

    •Honda vehicle crash survivor Kyle Shaules shares his real-life “Safety for Everyone” experience

    •All-new exhibit debuts at L.A. Auto Show with interactive features and augmented reality displays, live gaming and special 60th anniversary product display

    Honda’s electrification initiative and “Safety for Everyone” campaign are in the spotlight as the company debuts an all-new auto show exhibit at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 20.

    The latest in Honda’s line of electrified vehicles; the all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will be launched in Spring 2020, is the first hybrid-electric SUV from Honda in the U.S.

    Honda’s new display will also feature a “Safety Zone” with a crash-tested 10th-generation Civic Coupe, one of ten (10) Honda models earning a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score crash safety rating from NHTSA.

    Additionally, Honda Civic’s customer Kyle Shaules of Victorville, California, will share his real-life experience with the media at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20th.

    Shaules is one of three Honda customers whose own life-affirming stories are featured in the company’s just-launched Safety for Everyone social media campaign.

    Honda CR-V Hybrid Public Debut

    The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is Honda’s first electrified SUV in America. Using Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain technology, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid brings quicker off-the-line performance and is anticipated to achieve a 50 percent higher city fuel economy rating than the Honda non-hybrid CR-V.

    The 2020 CR-V Hybrid will be built in Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana plant, and joins the Accord Hybrid and Insight as the third electrified Honda manufactured in America.

    In addition to the new hybrid-electric variant, the entire Honda 2020 CR-V lineup includes major upgrades: a freshened exterior design, new cabin appointments, and a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology, both previously standard only on EX and above trims.

    Safety for Everyone

    Sharing his incredible story of survival with media attending the L.A. Auto Show will be Southern California native Kyle Shaules, one of the Honda customers featured in the company’s Safety for Everyone’s social media campaign.

    Shaules’ 2016 Honda Civic LX crushed into the side of a mountain on a stormy night, and even though first responders thought he couldn’t have survived, Shaules walked away alive with only a broken finger.

    “I REMEMBER SEEING THE MOUNTAIN COMING UPON ME, AND THEN STARS, BUT THE FACT THAT I WALKED AWAY FROM IT RELATIVELY UNHARMED WAS UNDOUBTEDLY BECAUSE OF MY HONDA.”

    -KYLE SHAULES

    Safety for Everyone represents Honda’s unique approach to vehicle safety and its vision for a collision-free mobile society where Honda customers and everyone sharing the road – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycle riders and other vehicles occupants can safely and confidently enjoy the freedom of mobility.

    The safety-focused social media campaign builds on the Safety for Everyone brand marketing campaign that began in September this year and focuses on how one collision can affect many.

    The social media campaign features the stories of real Honda customers who walked away from significant collisions thanks in part to the thoughtful design of Honda vehicles.

    The stories add another layer of depth by including the point of view and emotional reactions of their loved ones. These inspiring, real-life stories have been sourced from customers’ social media posts and letters Honda has received from thankful customers.

    With nearly 40,000 lives being lost each year in the United States alone due to motor vehicle crashes, Honda is committed to developing and deploying advanced passive and active safety systems that can help better protect occupants in a wider variety of collision scenarios, such as the recently announced new front passenger airbag technology designed by Honda engineers.

    New Honda Auto Show Exhibit

    An all-new Honda auto show exhibit for the U.S. makes its debut at the L.A. 2019 Auto Show, serving not only as a showplace for Honda’s latest car and truck lineup at major auto shows, but also to showcase the company’s ongoing dedication to creating products and technologies that make people’s lives better.

    Designed for greater appeal to in-market shoppers, Honda’s new display seeks to impart a hands-on experience for show goers interested in learning about the stories behind the brand, using a variety of fun and educational elements that invite visitors to interact with Honda’s world.

    The new center stage, where the Honda 2020 CR-V Hybrid will be on display, fronts a two-story central structure with a rooftop lounge flanked by two storytelling pavilions.

    Major new components of the more tech-savvy and interactive pavilions will include:-

    HondaLens Live – an augmented reality showcase of the 2020 CR-V Hybrid

    Honda Safety Zone – featuring a crash-tested 2019 Civic Coupe, real-world customer storytelling and a Seatbelt Selfie Wall

    Honda x Gaming Zone – with live appearances by premier global esports organization, Team Liquid, and an interactive retro-style Honda Circuit racing game: Monday 11/25 2;00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.:

    Head2Head/Twitch Live Stream featuring live play, hosted by Andy Bravo, eSports Commentator/Analyst Sunday 12/1 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Live appearance of Doublelift, seven-time League of Legends LCS Champion, with Steve Arhancet, Co-Owner/Co-CEO of Team Liquid

    Honda Winning Moment – an augmented reality photo booth where show goers can place themselves in the scenes of historical sports moments, including in IndyCar, National Hockey League and League of Legends championships.

    The Civic Coupe on display was safety crash tested at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio using the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s passenger-side small overlap front crash test mode.

    The 10th-generation Civic has earned a top score of “Good” in this very stringent crashworthiness test, which is designed to replicate what happens when the front left corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole at 40 mph.

    In addition to top crashworthiness scores, the Civic and all Honda nameplates come standard or available with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.

    Honda Sensing® includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) incorporating Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

    In addition, Honda is celebrating its 60th anniversary in America, marked by the start of operations in a small store on Pico Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles in June 1959.

    This special display will showcase a vintage Honda car and a replica of an original pickup truck once used by Honda sales representatives to deliver Honda motorcycles to the first Honda dealers in California.

    The 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is open to the entire public from November 22 through December 1 at the L.A. Convention Center.

  • Ford Ranger Breadcrumbs Tech Helps Off-Road Drivers Find Their Way Back

    Ford Ranger Breadcrumbs Tech Helps Off-Road Drivers Find Their Way Back
    Ford Ranger Breadcrumbs Tech Helps Off-Road Drivers Find Their Way Back

    FORD RANGER BREADCRUMBS TECH HELPS OFF-ROAD DRIVERS FIND THEIR WAY BACK – OVER THE RIVER OR THROUGH THE WOODS :-Ford is making off-road adventures less stressful by giving drivers a “breadcrumb” path to find their way back to the pavement. 

    When enabled in the SYNC® 3 navigation settings, the Breadcrumbs feature works in the background to drop a virtual pin every second while out on the trail.

    When drivers need to return to the road, the feature provides them with a guide to get back to their starting point – without the stress of relocating landmarks.

    Ford Ranger Breadcrumbs Tech Helps Off-Road Drivers Find Their Way Back
    Ford Ranger Breadcrumbs Tech Helps Off-Road Drivers Find Their Way Back

    Based on satellite technology, the Satnav Breadcrumbs feature is included in Ranger’s navigation system and is available on XLT and Lariat series trucks.

    Breadcrumbs is also available on other Built Ford Tough trucks equipped with SYNC 3 and navigation technology.

    For even more off-road capability, Ford Ranger can also be equipped with an FX4 Off-Road Package, including an electronic locking rear differential and Terrain Management System with Trail Control for situation-specific traction.

    Off-road accessories like a winch-capable front bumper and leveling kit are also available for improved ground clearance and rugged styling.

  • Fiat Concept Centoventi wins the “Red Dot Award 2019”

    Fiat Concept Centoventi wins the “Red Dot Award 2019”
    Fiat Concept Centoventi wins the “Red Dot Award 2019”

    Fiat Concept Centoventi wins the “Red Dot Award 2019” – The revolutionary Fiat Concept Centoventi – the Fiat vision for the “democratic” electric mobility of the future – wins the Red Dot Award 2019, one of the world’s most prestigious industrial design awards, in the “Design Concept” category.

    Red Dot Award 2019

    The presentation ceremony for the “Red Dot Award 2019” was held today at Marina Bay, Singapore. Concept Centoventi received a prize in the Design Concept category, one of the three categories of the “Red Dot Design Award” competition. This coveted prize was assigned by an international jury of 21 of the world’s top Design professionals and academics.

    Olivier François, President Fiat Brand Global, stated that:-

    “I am extremely proud to have won the Red Dot Award. In fact, this prestigious prize reflects the exceptional innovation and significance of the Fiat Concept Centoventi, with implications reaching far beyond the automotive world itself, and is yet another birthday gift to mark the Fiat brand’s 120th anniversary.”

    François further added that Fiat Concept Centoventi expresses Fiat’s vision of “democratic” electric mobility, not limited to the urban context, and embodies Fiat’s belief that “Less is more”. In fact, Fiat Concept Centoventi transforms “Less” into “More”: less bulky, less expensive and less overloaded, but also more customisable and more environmental friendly; in one word, more Fiat.

    With an “unconventional” approach, the Fiat Concept Centoventi approaches the topic of electric mobility with an innovative business model: the Fiat Concept Centoventi is basic and yet completely customisable, at any time and in every details.

    The interchangeable interior accessories can be installed in “plug and play” mode – from the instrument cluster to the storage compartments, from seats to child restraint systems – by the customer himself. The exterior is wrappable, the bumpers can be customised and various types of roof are available; so the car can be “dressed” differently to reflect the changing seasons or to suit clients’ personalities.

    What’s more, the Fiat Concept Centoventi’s range is modular, too. Thanks to the innovative battery architecture, the range can be varied to meet specific needs, from 100 km to 500 km. This makes the Fiat Concept Centoventi perfect for urban commuting and for a weekend away by the sea or in the mountains.

  • Audi e-tron on tour: Ten countries in 24 hours

    Audi e-tron 55 quattro: Endurance test
    Audi e-tron 55 quattro: Endurance test

    Audi e-tron on tour: Ten countries in 24 hours – Ten European countries in 24 hours – the Audi e-tron (combined electrical consumption in kWh/100 km*: 26.4 – 22.9 (WLTP); 24.6 – 23.7 (NEDC), combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (0 g/mi)) has impressively demonstrated its long-distance qualities.

    On August 20, nine journalists set out on the tour stretching over 1,600 km (994.2 mi) from Lake Bled in Slovenia to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The electric SUV with its long range and short charging stops proved to be a compelling proposition. Combined with its powerful drive and comfortable interior, it turns electric touring into a premium experience.

    Lake Bled lies idyllically on the edge of the Pokljukaplateau in northern Slovenia. Here three Audi e-tron 55 quattro models, each with three journalists onboard, set off on a particular challenge: 10 European countries in 24 hours.

    The 1,600 kilometer-plus (994.2 mi) tour took them through Austria, Italy, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

    On stages where the topography could have hardly been more different, the Audi e-tron showed just how comfortable, dynamic and suitable for long journeys the first electric car from the brand with the four rings is.

    The Audi e-tron is on the cusp of a new era of mobility – and it makes a bold statement.

    Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Audi Board of Management Member for Technical Development disclosed that Audi e-tron is an excellent long-distance car because it perfectly combines a high degree of ride comfort, performance and efficiency, On the journalists’ tour we’ve also shown that, apart from the range itself, fast-charging capability with 150 kW is crucially important.

  • BMW Group Plant Spartanburg doubles battery production capacity

    BMW Group Plant Spartanburg doubles battery production capacity
    BMW Group Plant Spartanburg doubles battery production capacity

    BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the US state of South Carolina has doubled its capacity for production of high-voltage batteries. The plant’s own battery facility now produces the new fourth-generation batteries. These are intended for the plug-in hybrid models of the new BMW X5 and the future BMW X3, also produced in Spartanburg.

    Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President Engines and Electrified Drivetrains, BMW Group state that the BMW Group have invested around ten million US dollars in a new battery assembly line and expanded the area to more than 8,000 square metres. This means BMW Group could double the number of batteries produced if needed to meet market request.

    Assembly Line

    The new-fangled assembly line will be able to produce different types of fourth-generation batteries to serve the growing range of electrified vehicles locally. These batteries are based on a new technology concept that further enhances their performance.

    More than 120 people will be employed in battery production at Plant Spartanburg by the end of 2019, having completed a comprehensive training programme to acquire the technological know-how needed for battery production.

    Knudt Flor, President and CEO, BMW Manufacturing, Co., LLC state that his outfit has produced batteries on site at Plant Spartanburg since 2015, making the BMW Group a pioneer for electromobility in the United States of America. In the past four years, the plant’s battery assembly team has produced a total of more than 45,000 batteries.

    Between 2015 and 2018, BMW Group Plant Spartanburg built the first series produced plug-in hybrid vehicle, the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel consumption: 3,3 l/100km; combined power consumption: 15,3 kWh/100km ; combined CO2-emission: 77 g/km), for the core BMW brand.

    The start of production for the new BMW X5 xDrive45e (combined fuel consumption: 2,0-1,7 l/100km; combined power consumption: 23,5-20,3 kWh/100km; combined CO2-emission: 47-39 g/km) will be in August 2019; production of the BMW X3 xDrive30e (combined fuel consumption: from 2,4 l/100 km; combined power consumption: from 22,7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2-emission: from 56 g/km; provisional figures) will get underway in December.

    Knudt Flor added that the BMW X5 and BMW X3 are currently among the top-selling BMW models in the US. We expect their plug-in hybrid variants to be just as popular with customers.

  • Cadillac V-Series teases future

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    Cadillac V-Series teases future at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix today with a sneak peek of its two prototypes that’s taken to the track. Drivers Mark Reuss, president of General Motors, and Ken Morris, vice president of Product, drove the prototypes, which represent the next step in Cadillac’s V-Series performance legacy.

    The Cadillac V series is a line of high-performance automobiles tuned by the General Motors Performance Division for the Cadillac division of General Motors. Models in the V series include the CTS-V coupe, sedan and wagon. Cadillac reportedly has no plans to produce V-series versions of its SUVs, the Escalade, XT5 and XT4.

    Most V-series Cadillacs feature high-performance V8 engines mated to manual six-speed transmissions or automatic transmissions in the STS-V, XLR-V ATS-V and 2009+CTS-V, top-of-the-line Brembo brakes and revised suspension systems, revised interiors and special V-series bodywork which is intended to improve vehicle performance as well as differentiate them from their normal production counterparts.

  • CHEVROLET’S INDUSTRY-FIRST BUCKLE TO DRIVE FEATURE REMINDS TEEN DRIVERS TO BUCKLE UP

    Chevrolet’s industry-first Buckle to Drive feature is available when the vehicle is in Teen Driver mode.
    Chevrolet’s industry-first Buckle to Drive feature is available when the vehicle is in Teen Driver mode.

    CHEVROLET’S INDUSTRY-FIRST BUCKLE TO DRIVE FEATURE REMINDS TEEN DRIVERS TO BUCKLE UP – Chevrolet introduced an industry-first Buckle to Drive feature that can help remind young drivers to buckle up before driving.

    Buckle to Drive is standard in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, and when active can prevent the driver from shifting the vehicle out of park if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled.

    Buckle to Drive is only available through the vehicle’s Teen Driver mode and builds upon Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system, introduced in 2015, as another step to help teen drivers stay safe on the road.

    Buckling your seat belt is the number one action drivers can take to protect themselves in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    Tragically, teens have among the lowest rates of seat belt use. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of teenagers involved in fatal crashes are unbuckled (CDC).

    “BUCKLE TO DRIVE IS CHEVROLET’S LATEST FEATURE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG DRIVERS TO DEVELOP SAFE DRIVING HABITS RIGHT FROM THE START, BUCKLE TO DRIVE IS EMBEDDED IN CHEVROLET’S TEEN DRIVER SYSTEM AND IS AIMED AT HELPING REMIND TEENS TO BUCKLE UP EVERY TIME THEY GET BEHIND THE WHEEL.”

    TRICIA MORROW, CHEVROLET SAFETY ENGINEER

    Because Chevrolet is concerned about the risks of not buckling up, it has conducted extensive research in the area. The Buckle to Drive feature in Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system was based on a recent internal pilot study of a similar feature that Chevrolet offered to select fleet customers.

    In fact, a study conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety found that the feature increased the seat belt use of adults who occasionally use a seat belt by 16 percent compared to the standard audible chime seat belt reminder in a similar Chevrolet vehicle.

    “SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AT CHEVROLET, I COME TO WORK EVERY DAY WITH MY CHILDREN IN MIND BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIR SAFETY. MY HOPE IS THAT BUCKLE TO DRIVE WILL HELP GUIDE MORE YOUNG DRIVERS TO WEAR THEIR SEAT BELTS AND ENCOURAGE POSITIVE CONVERSATIONS AMONG TEENS, THEIR PEERS AND PARENTS.”

    MORROW, THE MOTHER OF A TEEN DRIVER

    How Buckle to Drive Works:

    *The Buckle to Drive feature is available only when the vehicle is in Teen Driver mode. 

    8If the vehicle is on and the driver’s seat belt is not buckled, the feature is designed to not allow the driver to shift out of park for up to 20 seconds. When the brake pedal is pressed, the driver will hear an audible alert and see a message in the driver information center that reads “Buckle seat belt to shift.”

    Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system with the Buckle to Drive feature will be standard on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu and Colorado, all arriving this summer.

    Seat Belt Fast Facts: 

    *Using your seat belt is the number one thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. NHTSA

    Compared with other age groups, teens have among the lowest rates of seat belt use. CDC

    *Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. CDC

    In 2016, 2,433 teens in the United States ages 16-19 were killed and 292,742 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes.CDC

    In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. NHTSA

    *Of the 37,133 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, 47 percent were not wearing seat belts. NHTSA

    About Chevy’s Teen Driver:

    Teen Driver offers an industry-first in-vehicle report card that that helps encourage safe driving habits and provides a way for parents and teens to discuss safe driving practices.

    Parents can view how their teen drove the vehicle. The report card tracks: 

    Distance driven, maximum speed traveled, over-speed warnings issued, wide-open throttle events and the number of times other safety systems were activated, including stability control, traction control and antilock braking.

    To use Teen Driver mode, a parent can enable the feature by creating a PIN in the Settings menu that allows them to register their teen’s key fob. The Teen Driver settings are turned on only when a registered key fob is used to start the vehicle.

    When active, Teen Driver automatically mutes the radio until driver and front passenger seat belts are fastened. The radio system’s maximum volume can also be set to a lower level. 

    If the vehicle is equipped with certain active safety features like Forward Collision Alert*, they are automatically turned on. 

    Parents can select a speed warning (between 40-75 mph) that if exceeded activates a visual warning and audible chime.

    Parents can choose to limit the maximum speed of the vehicle to 85 mph.

    Teen Driver mode in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu and Colorado will include the new, industry-first Buckle to Drive feature.

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