Category: Auto

A sturdy family car: on the road in the renault scenic conquest

A sturdy family car: on the road in the renault scenic conquest

Munich, 7. October 2008 – if you think a family van is too conservative, but you can’t or don’t want to do without the practical advantages of this type of vehicle, you can set yourself apart from the majority of family cars with a little off-road look: VW occupies this market niche with the crosstouran, and renault has launched the scenic conquest, which evokes memories of the scenic RX4 all-wheel-drive compact van built between 2000 and 2003. However, the current variant does without four-wheel drive. We took a closer look at the french car.

Visually almost an SUV

The differences between the conquest and the standard scenic are immediately apparent: the underride protection, the door handles in matt chrome and the roof rails look quite chic – the black plastic bumpers and wheel arch protectors, on the other hand, look a bit cheap. The chassis has been raised by 20 millimeters, and the shock absorbers and stabilizers have also been modified. The SUV look is certainly a matter of taste. Only very few people will believe that the scenic conquest is actually an off-road vehicle. The interior features orange seatbelts and special fabric upholstery with orange stitching. This is also debatable, we liked the belts in the traditional black better.

The main thing is different

The cockpit is typical renault: we imagine a chic dashboard differently, but there are still some details that are quite practical. However, you can’t get rid of the impression that the french are primarily interested in always doing things a little differently than the competition. The central arrangement of the instruments is unfavorable from the driver’s point of view. A digital display may still be considered futuristic, but it takes some getting used to and is more difficult to read than conventional round instruments. The relatively high gearshift knob, on the other hand, is easy for the driver to reach. The "keycard handsfree" unlocks the doors and the tailgate automatically and ensures that the keycard does not have to be inserted to start the car. The system recognizes when its chip is close by.

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The juxtapy of the moke

The juxtapy of the moke

Southport (australia), 16. October 2013 – if you have learned the intensive contact with the elements of skating, offering the hunting car or beach cars, does not really like a modern convertible. You can drive with you loose three times as fast, but gets only a tenth of the feelings of feelings. But since it arrives in intensity, high speed is almost absurd. In addition, you have to wear in them with open roof against sun and glare shield caps. That one is an unworthy sight, stort is not so much. But they prevent the game of the wind in the hair.

In the best manner, the mini moke built until 20 years ago the philosophy of the "closer" and inspired other manufacturers to similar constructions. His body ends on a hotthohe, a roof protected against sunburn and only in the rain the sides are emergently dirted with fabric. The technical basis was the mini, at that time name and appearance still met.

Carefree minimalism

A chinese-thailand-australian consortium has recovered the beach run built from 1964 to 1993 with technical components of the chinese manufacturer chery, at least visually. The first 1000 vehicles are just built, as the company moke international reported in southport in australia. From 2014 they will be marketed in australia, thailand and the caribbean, later in europe. The name "moke" likewise, as the carefree minimalism of the model, it was obtained "mini" renounces the manufacturer because of the rights lying in munchen on this name.

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China’s e-quote roves german manufacturers

Hamburg, 7. November 2016 – with ambitious tarpaulins to demand the electro cars, china gives birth to german car manufacturers. The government in beijing wants to catapult the large car market in the world with a "rough leap forward" in a future of the electromobility. But much is not uncommon. So remains questionable whether the planned law is really so ambitious and far-reaching. It is clear only that most german carmakers can not meet the conditions in the current design form probably.

"It’s not like when we had slept, but we also need to fulfill the local production conditions," said from volkswagen circles. Also, the suppliers had to be ready or the disposal of the batteries. According to the draft for the controversial quota scheme, however, in 2018, eight percent of the newly built cars of a manufacturer should have an electric drive, 2019 then ten percent and 2020 even twelve percent.

Volkswagen sells today in china not yet a single locally produced car with electric drive. First, the daughter audi started now with the production of an A6 E-tron, a plugin hybrid, which drive both with gasoline and stream. In three to four years, europe’s largest car manufacturer wants to offer 15 locally produced models with alternative drives such as battery vehicles or plugin hybrids in china.

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Compact luxury: lincoln c concept in detroit

Compact luxury: lincoln c concept in detroit

Detroit, 14. January 2009 – with the "C concept" study, lincoln, actually the noble brand in the ford portfolio, wants to test a new segment. The vehicle, which is at least technically rather down to earth, at the detroit auto show (17. To 25. January 2009) is intended to show that lincoln can also produce attractive, economical compact cars.

Recognizable as a lincoln from the front

The concept car has a sporty, flat shoulder line and a comparatively high beltline. This is intended to give passengers a feeling of safety and reclusiveness. No lavish overhangs or B-pillar were used. Instead, the wide C-pillar and the strikingly styled rear end with a continuous LED strip stand out. Viewed from the front, the concept C can be identified as a lincoln by its radiator grille design with integrated LED headlights.

Fine materials inside

The interior of the concept car is designed to resemble a stylishly furnished loft. Wood, leather, chrome and metal create a uniform image. Special feature: from the alcantara headliner to the seats, interior trim and hardwood flooring, weib serves as the dominant color scheme. The hubless steering wheel with its controls appears to float freely in space. This allows an unobstructed view of the instruments. There is a webcam in the headliner for onboard internet access.

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Breakthrough for electric cars let’s wait

The electric car will not prevail from the perspective of german industry for the foreseeable future. At an event with the development bosses of german manufacturers, VW executive board said­member ulrich hackenberg on wednesday at the IAA in frankfurt, the internal combustion engine will play a dominant role in the next 15 to 20 years.

After a VW prognosis, pure electric cars in 2020 achieve a market share of only 1.5 percent. There are still many problems. For this purpose, the battery technology, the range, the price and the infrastructure for charging the batteries paid. A stronger cooperation of the manufacturers in the technology should not exist for the time being. The battery is a "betting­bonus­factor, "said hackenberg. VW wants to launch its first electric vehicle in 2013. The boss of the automotive division at the supplier bosch, bernd drill, warned against underfored euphoria: "it will take ten years until an electric vehicle is in the market, which is really financed and affordable itself."The cost of the battery had to be reduced to one third. Currently a battery for about 200 kilometers range cost 8,000 to 12,000 euros.

According to a survey of the federal association of consumer centers (VZBV), 70 percent of germans believe that the automotive industry offers too few climate-friendly economical cars. "Almost 15 percent of household expenditures go to the mobility. There is no wonder that consumers pay close attention to the fuel consumption of a car, "said VZBV board gerd bilen. Also, the climate for the purchase decision is always frequent in weight. The german manufacturers had not sufficiently reacted enough. "The auto industry has long for a long time," stressed bilen. Daimler executive board thomas weber contradicted the criticism that the german automotive industry had the topic of electric cars and environmental friendliness of cars. The manufacturers are "dramatically" advanced to make cars cleaner and more economical. For coarse vehicles, hybrid is the final technology, with small cars electro.

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Environment ministry expects eu-wide e-auto quote

Environment ministry expects eu-wide e-auto quote

In the fall, the federal environment ministry awaits a head of the EU for a binding quota exhaust-free cars on europe’s strain. About the high of the quota you will speak, said environment-staatskretar jochen flasbarth today (16. August 17) in berlin.

The automakers themselves started from a share of about 25 percent to 2025. SPD chancellor candidate martin schulz had demanded a binding rate for the at the beginning of E-cars in the EU countries at the beginning of the week. In the case of a pioneer in terms of electricity is china, where it should already apply from 2018 – whereas the federal government had protested for the german industry for fired disadvantages.

Flasbarth ames that there will be no sales ies in the EU, as electric cars soon became clearly favorable than today. This is a question of pricing and the product range, "that has not worked out for manufacturers so far."That the state will take over the financing, he excluded.

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Ace demands abolition of environmental zones

According to the ACE auto club europa, environmental zones to reduce fine dust pollution no longer fulfill their original purpose. The underlying fine dust ordinance from 2007 is the beginning of a success story, but it is not the end of the story. The further use of the environmental zones in approximately 60 german cities is however doubtful, said an ACE speaker before the 52nd session of the bundestag. Traffic court day to begin in goslar on wednesday. Because in the meantime, almost all cars meet the requirements to be allowed to drive in environmental zones. This also applies to diesel vehicles.

Federal minister of transport alexander dobrindt (CSU) should therefore examine whether environmental zones are still appropriate and justified today, the ACE demanded. The german city council spoke out in favor of retaining the zones. Until all european standards for particulate matter and nitrogen oxides are met, they are an important instrument for protecting people from health hazards.

According to the ACE, 96.4 percent of the 43.3 million passenger cars in germany were allowed to enter the environmental zones in 2013. In 2007, by contrast, the proportion of heavily polluting cars was still around 26 percent. The car club based its assessment on figures from the federal motor transport authority (KBA).

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Conti develops one “construction assistant”

Conti develops one 'construction assistant'

Frankfurt, 24. June 2010 – electronic helper such as the track assistant or an ACC can now be ordered even for compact cars. All of the systems offered together is that sensors recognize the lines applied on the road and then the driver is warned in different ways when he comes too close to them. This can be done in the form of vibrations in seat cheeks or the steering wheel or in a steering recommendation, which should animate the driver for counter-steering. Lexus, for example, goes on and actively engages in the steering.

Visual impairment

Problems can cause such systems in a plurality of respects. For example, each form of optical detection is the risk that backlight, rain or other factors hinder detection. Or a system like that of lexus is partially set, because exactly in this unclear situation a steering intervention is not responsible for the goods. In short: on the one hand, a perfect detection is not proved to today and on the other hand is missing "intelligence" behind the track assistant a real verdict.

Safe in the construction site

Therefore, it sounds quite ambitious that continental develops a system that the function of the track assistant is still far beyond. In the context of the research initiative, the supplier has one "construction assistant" develop, which should help to keep the mostly narrow traces in a construction site and to slow down or avoid at righttime. Due to the fusion of radar and camera sensor, the system recognizes lane limits, advance as well as the same high moving vehicles as well as in-depth and promoting road users. Then the system leaves the driver with ruckets in the steering wheel "intuitive" in the middle of the lane, warns him against impending ride or even conducts a hazard braking.

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Audi: creation call for another 127.000 diesel

Audi: creation call for another 127.000 diesel

Audi must be 127 in the context of the exhaust-affares worldwide.000 resuming diesel models into the workshops and surrounded. The motor trade office (KBA) has a compulsory released call for V6 diesel vehicles by audi. The manufacturer has been informed that the authorities have established the AUDI models A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, SQ5 and Q7 with the exhaust standard 6 "inadmissible shut-off devices", a spokesman for the federal ministry of transport on sunday (21. January 2018) in berlin. Previously, the picture on sunday report. Overall, 77 are in germany.600 vehicles affected.

For audi, it brings, for months, they examine with high prere all diesel concepts on any "irregularities and afterlear potential". You are working closely with the state-owned agents. In the course of this review and evaluation, the federal corporation office has now also adopted decisions for audi models with V6-TDI engines. Therefore, parts of the software of individual types had to be umusted. The software of the engine control for the vehicles in question is carried out, tested and submitted to the federal office of association for the examination and approval. "As soon as the software is released, the affected customers will be notified," explained audi.

The production of new vehicles is already switched by audi, heib it. Until at least in early february 2018, audi must present the KBA to accept after solutions, as manipulation is turned off on the roller support. After releasing the updates by the KBA, the manufacturer has to recall the affected vehicles and revered accordingly. He then had 18 months time to delay the jerkiness, threw it.

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California allows autonomous car without steering wheel

California will allow self-driving cars without steering wheel and pedals on the road starting in april. The state transportation department on monday (local time) overturned the previous requirement that a human safety driver be behind the wheel at all times in case of an emergency.

Companies from silicon valley, among others, had lobbied for the change. Developers such as google’s sister company waymo are working on technology for fully autonomous robot taxis. But also the car giant general motors recently presented a prototype without steering wheel and pedals.

In california, 50 companies from around the world have received permission to test self-driving cars. German carmakers are also among them. From 2. April, licenses for vehicles without humans at the wheel can now be applied for. However, it must be proven that the cars meet safety standards and are protected against cyberattacks, for example. And at least currently, the operation of the cars will be monitored by radio and the vehicles will record data – similar to flight recorders in aviation. In addition, a method of communicating with a police officer who stops a robot car must be developed.

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