Land Rover has announced plans for the new Defender to complete a final phase of field testing with the Tusk Trust, on location in Kenya. The prototype will tow heavy loads, wade through rivers and carry supplies across unforgiving terrain in a series of real-world trials at the 14,000-hectare reserve.
Vauxhall has celebrated its return to the CV Show with the world premiere of the all-new British-built Vivaro van. The Luton-built Vivaro is shown in both panel van and doublecab body styles.“ As the UK’s largest CV manufacturer celebrating its 90th year of van production, we’re proud to present a new Vivaro model that not only has class-leading credentials, but also secures the future of our Luton workforce for many years to come,” said Stephen Norman, Vauxhall’s Group Managing Director.
Vauxhall’s all-new fifth generation Corsa is close to the end of development, “primed to become the most efficient Corsa ever after undergoing extensive testing and tuning”. The company says its engineers have used the long polar winters in Swedish Lapland for intensive testing on frozen lakes and on snow-covered roads. Pre-production cars have been lapping the test tracks at the test centre for handling tuning, and the car has undergone electrical tests in the laboratory.
One day after the world premiere for the new ID. R at the Nürburgring, Romain Dumas drove the ﬁrst test laps on the circuit’s Nordschleife in the fully electric race car. On the 20.832-kilometre-long (12.94 miles) circuit, the Frenchman completed an extensive testing programme, driving two alternative ID. R chassis to make optimal use of the available time. In doing so, Volkswagen Motorsport began the ﬁnal preparation phase for the attempt to set a new lap record for electric vehicles on the tradition-steeped track in the Eifel with the 500 kW (671 bhp) race car.
Drivers will be able to earn cryptocurrency and make payments on the move using innovative connected car services being tested by Jaguar Land Rover. Using ‘Smart Wallet’ technology, owners earn credits by enabling their cars to automatically report useful road condition data such as traffic congestion or potholes to navigation providers or local authorities. Drivers could then redeem these for rewards such as coffee, or conveniently use them to automatically pay tolls, parking fees and for smart charging electric vehicles. ‘Smart Wallet’ removes the need for drivers to hunt for loose change or sign up to multiple accounts to pay for a variety of everyday services.
Order books for the all-new Skoda Scala are now open. Skoda says the new hatchback “showcases a dramatic evolution of the brand’s design language, introduces a host of comfort and safety technologies, and delivers sector-best rear passenger space and practicality”
For the first time in its history, the Audi S5 now has a V6 diesel at its heart. The 3.0 TDI engine, which will be introduced in both the S5 Coupé and the S5 Sportback in late 2019, now produces 342 bhp and delivers up to 516.3 lb-ft of torque to the crankshaft, available between 2,500 and 3,100 rpm.
The Land Rover Discovery has been on sale for thirty years. To mark the occasion, Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Landmark Edition. Taking the SE as a starting point, the Landmark Edition adds the Dynamic Exterior Pack, which includes a “more purposeful” front bumper design and Narvik Black mesh grille and fender vents. Narvik Black nameplate scripting on the bonnet and tailgate is also joined by Landmark badging.
With the Concept GLB at Auto Shanghai , Mercedes-Benz shows what SUV ideas on the company’s compact car platform might also be realised alongside the GLA. The concept car has space for up to seven occupants thanks to its long wheelbase (2829 millimetres).
Lotus is embarking on a new era with the announcement of its first all-new product in more than a decade – which it says is set to become the first all-electric hypercar from a British manufacturer. Type 130 continues the bloodline from Lotus during its 71-year history.