If the name MX-30 didn't surprise you, those suicide doors most definitely would have. This is Mazda's first attempt at mass producing EVs, they've taken their time but it's better to be a bit late than getting it wrong altogether.
The range of 200km per charge from its 35.5kWh battery is relatively conservative, the same goes for the 140hp/265Nm output from the e-SkyActiv drivetrain, powering just the front wheels.
The styling is still unmistakably Kodo-inspired, but there are more than enough differentiation not to mistake it for anything from the current range. The suicide doors on the RX-8, or 'Freestyle doors' as Mazda calls them on the MX-30, make a return, and while the interior is derived from the new generation Mazda 3, there are new bits (such as the 'floating' centre console, new 'sustainable' materials, etc) within the cabin that are unique to the MX-30.
Retail sales are planned to start in the second half of 2020, beginning with Europe. Nice? #Mazda #MX30 ... See MoreSee Less
By 2025, Volvo hopes that half of all the cars it sells will be fully electric, it plans to achieve that by launching one new EV model in each of the next five years. Well, the first one to lead that charge is the XC40 Recharge – which, as its name suggests, isn’t an energy drink but an all-electric version of the XC40 SUV.
Change of grille and some new alloys aside, there’s little to visually separate the all-electric XC40 from one powered by a combustion engine because the magic happens underneath the shell. If the specs look similar to the Polestar 2 – 408hp, 660Nm, 78kWh battery capacity, AWD with a motor at each axle and a healthy range of over 400km per charge (based on WLTP), they aren’t a coincidence as both vehicles are based on the same flexible CMA platform and should be priced around the €50,000 mark.
EV novelties on the XC40 Recharge include a front trunk, or ‘frunk’ that offers 31 litres of space that makes up somewhat for the reduced rear cargo space (from 460-litre to 413-litre) due to a higher floor, and a one-pedal driving operation similar to Nissan Leaf’s e-Pedal feature which relies on the clever manipulation of regenerative braking to slow the vehicle down without using the brakes. #Volvo #XC40Recharge ... See MoreSee Less
Well, it’s official – the new 2-Series is FWD (and AWD) and its engine will be laid out horizontally from here on. So, if you’ve been eyeing the current generation rear-wheel drive 2-Series, best get your hands on one, unless BMW decides to sell two different powertrain orientations alongside each other.
At least the body-style of choice for the new 2 is an interesting one – it’s a 4-door Gran Coupe, in the same vein as Mercedes-Benz’s CLA. So, you’ll get frameless doors, a swoopy roofline and a silhouette that’s more fastback than anything else. Like many new BMW designs, the hindquarters of the 2-Series look a peach with its slinky, stretched taillamps but you’ll have to learn to love the ever growing single-frame kidney grille upfront.
Of course, BMW has given it all the tech and connectivity such as digital key entry and reversing assistant which can be found in models higher up in the hierarchy, as well as some clever electronics to enhance driving dynamics.
Case in point being the near-actuator wheel slip limitation (dubbed ARB) which has a controller located within the engine ECU for quicker management of wheel slip and a yaw control system (BMW Performance Control) which utilises the DSC and braking for tighter body control. In fact, the top-of-the-line 306hp M235i xDrive even comes with a mechanical Torsen limited slip differential; the other petrol variant at launch will be a 218i with a turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine.
The wheelbase of the F44 2-Series measures 2670mm, which is a tad modest compared to the Mercedes-Benz compact class starting at 2729mm, but BMW claims improved legroom (+33mm) for rear passengers as well as a handy boot space of 430 litres. The new 2-Series Gran Coupe will make its public debut in November with market launch starting in March 2020. #BMW #2Series #GranCoupe ... See MoreSee Less
Well the next 2er coupe will still be a RWD. This 2GC is an all new model and was created as FWD so one can't say that the 2 series is now a FWD, because they technically still FWD (2AT and GT and now GC) and RWD (2 coupe and cabriolet, replacement planned will not change.)
Showroom remodeling can substantially add to the cost of doing business, but brands evolve and customer touch points, whether virtual or physical, have to reflect that. Nissan has begun rolling out its new Retail Concept in Malaysia and the first dealership to adopt the new NRC is the Nikaijaya Resource (KL) Nissan Showroom located along Jalan Melor, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya. The clean and airy show floor coupled with cafe-style customer lounge, accented by a 3D Nissan tablet signage on its modern exterior are eye-catching upgrades from current Nissan set ups. All that's left is a higher level of customer service to match. #Nissan #ETCM #NRC ... See MoreSee Less
By clinching their sixth constructors' title on the trot, do Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team have the most consecutive constructors championships ever? Not quite. Ever since FIA introduced the constructors' title back in 1958, Ferrari were the first team to reach six consecutive constructors' wins, from 1999 to 2004 over the Schumacher-Todt-Brawn era, but Mercedes-AMG's achievement is sweeter in that they will soon have six consecutive 'double-double' (drivers and constructors) crowns since the only driver who can still catch Hamilton mathematically this season is teammate Bottas.
Would you bet against them from winning again for the seventh consecutive time in 2020? #MercedesAMG #Petronas ... See MoreSee Less
It's all clear for a full day of racing at the Japanese grand prix at Suzuka after Saturday's programme was postponed due to Typhoon Hagibis. Qualifying is 9.00am and the actual race is scheduled to start at 1.10pm. #F1 #Suzuka ... See MoreSee Less
Looks like the 12th generation Toyota Corolla Altis is already on the road ahead of its public launch on the 9th of October. It looks sharp and is built on Toyota's TNGA platform, which is promising as far as vehicle dynamics are concerned. #ToyotaCorolla #Altis ... See MoreSee Less