Only the best reviews from the world!

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

Leonid Popov

1 day ago. Photo: Daimler

Bosch is involved in this project, a mechatronics and software, and there is a known Nvidia partner responsible for the chips and software to artificial intelligence algorithms.

Recently, Daimler announced that it will be the first international manufacturer, who will lead the experimental drones of the fourth level on the streets of Beijing. And now daimlerbenz told about an even more ambitious project: in conjunction with Bosch, they intend to organize the Autonomous Shuttle service (levels four and five, that is, the maximum) on a few selected roads in California, particularly in San Francisco and Silicon valley.

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

The drones will receive a combination of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors and lidar. By the way, to debug as iron, and software company Daimler recently took on the road in different countries of the prototypes, which are mostly led drivers. However, in this automatic collecting gigabytes of data about the environment.

Decision-making in UAVs will answer a set of multiple control units with a total capacity of hundreds of trillions of operations per second. The authors emphasize that in the first place for their safety. It should provide a “redundant architecture”, and parallel computing.

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

To manage the separation of Daimler Mobility Services. The experiment, apparently, will begin with the vans V-class, however, worked out for them technology can be extended to other models, capable of becoming Autonomous minibuses and taxis.

In addition to checking the actual Autonomous cars in real traffic with ordinary passengers partners want to debug a tight integration between all services mobility on demand, owned by Daimler, namely networking Mytaxi, Car2Go and Moovel. It is assumed that people will use different modes of transport, including Autonomous cars.

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

In the future, California is seen as the Daimler oasis Autonomous vehicle.

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

Leonid Popov

1 day ago. Photo: Daimler

Bosch is involved in this project, a mechatronics and software, and there is a known Nvidia partner responsible for the chips and software to artificial intelligence algorithms.

Recently, Daimler announced that it will be the first international manufacturer, who will lead the experimental drones of the fourth level on the streets of Beijing. And now daimlerbenz told about an even more ambitious project: in conjunction with Bosch, they intend to organize the Autonomous Shuttle service (levels four and five, that is, the maximum) on a few selected roads in California, particularly in San Francisco and Silicon valley.

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

The drones will receive a combination of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors and lidar. By the way, to debug as iron, and software company Daimler recently took on the road in different countries of the prototypes, which are mostly led drivers. However, in this automatic collecting gigabytes of data about the environment.

Decision-making in UAVs will answer a set of multiple control units with a total capacity of hundreds of trillions of operations per second. The authors emphasize that in the first place for their safety. It should provide a “redundant architecture”, and parallel computing.

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

To manage the separation of Daimler Mobility Services. The experiment, apparently, will begin with the vans V-class, however, worked out for them technology can be extended to other models, capable of becoming Autonomous minibuses and taxis.

In addition to checking the actual Autonomous cars in real traffic with ordinary passengers partners want to debug a tight integration between all services mobility on demand, owned by Daimler, namely networking Mytaxi, Car2Go and Moovel. It is assumed that people will use different modes of transport, including Autonomous cars.

Bosch and Daimler will launch unmanned shuttles in California

In the future, California is seen as the Daimler oasis Autonomous vehicle.

In the end, all efforts will be a special program that is able to choose the best option travel. All the planning, of course, will be done from your smartphone. This should be implemented the principle of “the car arrives to the client” not “client car”, as now occurs in conventional networks of car sharing. Unmanned service Daimler in California will be put into trial production in the second half of 2019.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

jaguar i-pace

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Nikita Gudkov, 3 days ago. Photos of Drive and Jaguar Company

In Germany, the basic Jaguar I-Pace with 18-inch tires costs 77,850 euros, approximately as the base Cayenne (from five million rubles from us). In Russia, Jaguars will be richer: for example, wheels – at least 20-inch. Sales start at the end of the year.

Designed with a clean sheet without looking at the existing platform, although the aluminum suspension is not original (see the section “Technology”). Any engineer dreams of such a project, and I’m no exception. The main thing – a heavy (650 kg!) Traction battery could be placed under the floor like ballast in a racing car. Compact electric motors are spaced along the axes. Unusual layout not only provides a low center of mass and an ideal half-weight, but also makes the Jaguar I-Pace one of the most beautiful, in my opinion, modern cars.

Before you – the future of the Jaguar, do not tire of repeating the English. Although in this future a lot of beautiful, on the adaptability to travel and cold climate electric vehicles is still very far from the usual technique.

For an electric car, aerodynamics are as important as for a car with ICE, so there are many functional elements. For example, the emptiness under the hood is used to organize an air duct from a completely traditional type of grille to the windshield. Sharp edges at the junction of sidewalls and stern are designed to provide the most effective flow stall. For the sake of reducing the resistance refused and from the rear wiper – in favor of a glass with a water-repellent coating. Clean it should be the air coming from the slot in the rear spoiler.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace is manufactured under an assembly contract at the Magna Steyr plant in Austrian Graz. If there is a demand, the plant is ready to produce up to 30 thousand cars a year – and I think there will be demand.

Let it sit on the battery, the floor is not that high. Pose behind the wheel – car. Armchairs using frames and packing from the crossover F-Pace, traditionally for the Jaguar are inconvenient for high. The interface with three displays is borrowed from Velar, including the braked processor, – the input to the settings menu sometimes takes three seconds. But the interior design is good, materials are not cheap, although it is easier than in Velar.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The interior is arranged well and trimmed well, although the hard plastic belt rises higher than in the Jaguars with ICE. The visibility is hindered by the thick windshield racks. You can order a successful projector on the windshield with large and clear symbols.

Large buttons D-N-R are located logically, but drivers accustomed to Jaguars try to include Drive a rotating washer “climate” – very much it asks for arm … Despite the layout of the cab-forward and the three-meter base, the rear seats do not strike with open space. Two tall adults will settle – and that’s all. The luggage compartment, however, is huge, and even ready to place in the underground an optional dock – at the cost of raising the floor level.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Left – base chairs, in the center – optional Performance. All are harsh and not very comfortable for tall people. Quasikowski free space at the level of the knees of the rear passengers by five centimeters. But the feet are tight, and the heads touch the slope of the ceiling.

To get away from the place, you need to give a “gask” or activate a sluggish crawl mode on traffic jams in the jungles of the media system. Regimes of recuperation are switched in the same place. In the conventional Jaguar, it is reset as a carburetor when the engine brakes – with a deceleration of up to 0.2g. But it can be doubled – it will return the maximum possible energy to the battery. Here, the accelerator should be released very gently so that passengers do not shake their heads. I’m tired of straining my leg in ten minutes. But so you can ride, almost without touching the brake, and most importantly – to show a power reserve of 480 km when measuring a new cycle of WLTP.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Unlike Velar, the central screen is not adjustable in slope. But much worse, that the lower screen itself is non-contrast and strongly flashes even in cloudy weather. Heated and ventilation seats are activated by the main handwheels climate control.

The real power reserve can only be estimated, thanks to the race track and the usual roads, we go on different copies, but not long enough. The rate of charge loss suggests that a fully charged battery will last about three hundred kilometers. And half of the route falls on highways, half on serpentines, where recuperation is actively used. But three hundred is a worthy result.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

With any design of the instrument panel, the eye quickly snatches the main thing – the digital speedometer. Navigation shows the rest of the charge at different points on the route. The menu of the media system Touch Pro Duo surprises with incomplete and sometimes clumsy translation into Russian.

Thrust is phenomenal! Although instead of the claimed 4.8 s to a hundred taken from Moscow Racelogic Perfomance Box shows an average of 5.4 seconds, for acceleration from 60 km / h to 100 Jaguar requires only 2.2 seconds, from 80 to 120 – exactly three! This dynamics at the level of supercars, a powerful, but affectionate blow to the back from the teacher of physics. The pressure subsides only after 150 km / h, although the maximum 200 appear on the electronic shield too quickly enough – the motors are thus untwisted to a maximum of 13,000 rpm.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The settings of starting from the place and regenerative braking noticeably change the character of the car – it’s a pity that they are hidden deep.

From the familiar to me hybrids and electric cars I-Pace is distinguished by the successful setting of the brakes. Under the hood – the same electromechanical brake booster Bosch iBooster, as in the hybrid Cayenne. However, the transition from regenerative braking to hydraulic in the Jaguar is completely invisible. The complexity of the system only hints at the high speed of the pedal during emergency braking. In tribute to the powerful recovery and half-weighting, the diameter of the rear ventilated discs is only 25 mm smaller than the front, where it reaches 350 mm. On the race track of the Algarve with a careful use of brakes enough.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Sound synthesizers of external noise to warn pedestrians about the approach of a quiet electric vehicle are still required only in China. European I-Pace issues a weak “beep-beep” only when reversing.

If you leave the reserve for speed, I-Pace is charmingly obedient at the entrance to the turn. Without the slightest delay and roll, it becomes an arc – such responsiveness is unattainable for conventional cars with a habitually high center of mass. At crossover F-Pace it is higher already on 130 mm, than at the electric car! Ai-Jaguar perfectly dorulivaetsya the slightest movement of the accelerator. The secret is simple – the traction moment is developed first of all by the rear motor-generator, and the regenerative-braking is applied mainly to the front wheels. On gravel, such a concept leads even to an excessively eager diving inside the dump: one must get used to it. But there is fun!

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Air passing through the front grill is retracted through the hood. The stream from the roof partially escapes the rear window – it does not even have a windscreen wiper. The coefficient of aerodynamic resistance Cx is only 0.29.

At the limit, I-Pace demonstrates that it is still too heavy for the track: the slides are long, the banks do not grow very logically, the control of the trajectory during braking requires attention. The steering wheel is quite sharp: two and a half turns from the stop to the stop. The accuracy of the responses is good, the feedback is insincere. In the new fashion, the electric booster pulls the steering wheel to zero position, especially actively – in the sport mode. You can ride, it’s hard to get high.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The charging hatch for layout reasons is located in the front left wing, although the engineers admit that this is not very convenient and want to transfer it to the right. By the way, in China, I-Pace will have two hatches. The modification of the electric Jaguar is only one – EV400.

Given the development from scratch, I expected more comfort. The optional air suspension with cylinders from Velar does not swing the body, but translates all road abrasions on it, and the more they are, the stronger they are transmitted. The transition from 22-inch wheels to 20-inch makes it easier to just pass the pits with sharp edges. Changing the mode of the chassis to Dynamic does not change the vertical acceleration balance, but there are more of them. Strange – with a mass of two tons I-Pace could be made silk. And now on the grader with large stones you want to discard the move …

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The air suspension lifts the body up to 50 mm, increasing the ground clearance to 204 mm, or lowering by 40 mm relative to the base 154. At speeds above 105 km / h, the clearance decreases by a centimeter. The depth of the ford being overcome is half a meter.

Nevertheless, Jaguar claims the laurels of the most passable electric vehicle. The manufacturer calls the I-Pace crossover – the drive is complete. But the ground clearance does not exceed 165 mm on the steel springs, but on the pneumatic it varies in the range up to 204 mm at the base 154 mm. Electronics help. True, off-road cruise control itself is sometimes stunned from 700 Nm available from the first turn – and pulls the car on an alternating cover. But the suspension moves are great. And I have never met such a stiff body from serial cars: on a diagonal hanging, the skew of the rear door opening to the eye and to the touch is not detectable.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Optional highly tinted panoramic roof does not have a curtain, but a few centimeters increases the amount of space above the heads seated from behind.

On the move in the cabin, of course, quiet, although the buses are audible (especially the 22-inch Pirelli), and a light breeze is present after 100 km / h, and small either transmission or inverter hum at city speeds. The audio system has an active noise canceling mode, but the sense of it is a bit. For fun, you can use a funny imitation of a roar in overclocking. Sound, of course, synthetic, but suddenly someone can not move even in such incomplete silence …

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Before the battery is completely discharged, when about five percent of the available charge remains in it, the I-Pace will go into a special economic mode, increasing the chance to reach the outlet.

At us in edition of opinion concerning “ай-паэйса” have divided. Petrovsky, who also traveled on pre-series cars, considers Jaguar too conservative, timid, and unskilled, and wondered how with such freedom of action the British managed to make an ordinary car. And in my opinion, I-Pace is perfect. They did it right that they did not fight Tesla in its field, they did not contact automation, but concentrated on the common car values. It turned out the best electric car for this life.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The places for storing small things are thought out perfectly. Central boxing – a volume of more than ten liters, or third of the front trunk! Under the pillow of the back sofa – shelves for tablets and a similar scarecrow.

“Only to live in this time, the beautiful will not have to either me or you.” Despite the seven-kilowatt electrically heated interior, the use of inverters for heating heating, the heating of all seats, windscreen and rudder, the engineers honestly say: at temperatures below minus ten, it is highly desirable to connect to a parking socket. First of all, to keep the heat in the battery. And at -20ºC the frozen I-Pace is unlikely to go at all. Warmed up like they experienced and minus forty – but how can I not remember the buggy pull-out handles …

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The main trunk is space-saving and can be equipped with an electric cover. In the underground there is enough space not only for the charging cable.

In Russia, I-Pace in any case, waiting for a cold welcome. Sales start closer to the New Year, and the representation does not rush to set prices: waiting for the cancellation of the import duty on electric vehicles. It was already canceled somehow, but a year ago they returned it. They promise to revise again. However, in the course of the recent hotline, the president made it clear that the authorities are much more interested in transferring transport to gas than electromobile technologies. A pier, the electric power basically is made of coal and the same hydrocarbonic fuel from which abroad try to drive off transport.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The DSC stabilization system does not completely shut down, but has a sport mode.

The toxicity of two thirds of electricity in the world is also reminiscent of a recent article in the scientific journal of the Association of Automotive Engineers of Russia. And emphasizes: if you transplant all at once [such are the Jaguars], you will have to increase the production of electricity fourfold, or even an order of magnitude. In this case, we will all live close to some TPP. No, scientists are not against electric cars, but believe that they should not at least have preferences in the market before cars. So the future of benefits is uncertain. Is it worth it to regret?

Passport data

Model

Jaguar I-Pace

Body

Body type

hatchback

Number of doors / seats

5/5

Length, mm

4682

Width, mm

1895

Height, mm

1565

Wheelbase, mm

2990

Track front / rear, mm

1624-1634 / 1647-1663

The equipped weight, kg

2133

The volume of the front trunk, l

27th

Rear luggage compartment volume, l

656-1453

Electric motors

A type

synchronous, with permanent magnets

Number and location

2, front and rear, transversely

Max. total power, hp

400

jaguar i-pace

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Nikita Gudkov, 3 days ago. Photos of Drive and Jaguar Company

In Germany, the basic Jaguar I-Pace with 18-inch tires costs 77,850 euros, approximately as the base Cayenne (from five million rubles from us). In Russia, Jaguars will be richer: for example, wheels – at least 20-inch. Sales start at the end of the year.

Designed with a clean sheet without looking at the existing platform, although the aluminum suspension is not original (see the section “Technology”). Any engineer dreams of such a project, and I’m no exception. The main thing – a heavy (650 kg!) Traction battery could be placed under the floor like ballast in a racing car. Compact electric motors are spaced along the axes. Unusual layout not only provides a low center of mass and an ideal half-weight, but also makes the Jaguar I-Pace one of the most beautiful, in my opinion, modern cars.

Before you – the future of the Jaguar, do not tire of repeating the English. Although in this future a lot of beautiful, on the adaptability to travel and cold climate electric vehicles is still very far from the usual technique.

For an electric car, aerodynamics are as important as for a car with ICE, so there are many functional elements. For example, the emptiness under the hood is used to organize an air duct from a completely traditional type of grille to the windshield. Sharp edges at the junction of sidewalls and stern are designed to provide the most effective flow stall. For the sake of reducing the resistance refused and from the rear wiper – in favor of a glass with a water-repellent coating. Clean it should be the air coming from the slot in the rear spoiler.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace is manufactured under an assembly contract at the Magna Steyr plant in Austrian Graz. If there is a demand, the plant is ready to produce up to 30 thousand cars a year – and I think there will be demand.

Let it sit on the battery, the floor is not that high. Pose behind the wheel – car. Armchairs using frames and packing from the crossover F-Pace, traditionally for the Jaguar are inconvenient for high. The interface with three displays is borrowed from Velar, including the braked processor, – the input to the settings menu sometimes takes three seconds. But the interior design is good, materials are not cheap, although it is easier than in Velar.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The interior is arranged well and trimmed well, although the hard plastic belt rises higher than in the Jaguars with ICE. The visibility is hindered by the thick windshield racks. You can order a successful projector on the windshield with large and clear symbols.

Large buttons D-N-R are located logically, but drivers accustomed to Jaguars try to include Drive a rotating washer “climate” – very much it asks for arm … Despite the layout of the cab-forward and the three-meter base, the rear seats do not strike with open space. Two tall adults will settle – and that’s all. The luggage compartment, however, is huge, and even ready to place in the underground an optional dock – at the cost of raising the floor level.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Left – base chairs, in the center – optional Performance. All are harsh and not very comfortable for tall people. Quasikowski free space at the level of the knees of the rear passengers by five centimeters. But the feet are tight, and the heads touch the slope of the ceiling.

To get away from the place, you need to give a “gask” or activate a sluggish crawl mode on traffic jams in the jungles of the media system. Regimes of recuperation are switched in the same place. In the conventional Jaguar, it is reset as a carburetor when the engine brakes – with a deceleration of up to 0.2g. But it can be doubled – it will return the maximum possible energy to the battery. Here, the accelerator should be released very gently so that passengers do not shake their heads. I’m tired of straining my leg in ten minutes. But so you can ride, almost without touching the brake, and most importantly – to show a power reserve of 480 km when measuring a new cycle of WLTP.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Unlike Velar, the central screen is not adjustable in slope. But much worse, that the lower screen itself is non-contrast and strongly flashes even in cloudy weather. Heated and ventilation seats are activated by the main handwheels climate control.

The real power reserve can only be estimated, thanks to the race track and the usual roads, we go on different copies, but not long enough. The rate of charge loss suggests that a fully charged battery will last about three hundred kilometers. And half of the route falls on highways, half on serpentines, where recuperation is actively used. But three hundred is a worthy result.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

With any design of the instrument panel, the eye quickly snatches the main thing – the digital speedometer. Navigation shows the rest of the charge at different points on the route. The menu of the media system Touch Pro Duo surprises with incomplete and sometimes clumsy translation into Russian.

Thrust is phenomenal! Although instead of the claimed 4.8 s to a hundred taken from Moscow Racelogic Perfomance Box shows an average of 5.4 seconds, for acceleration from 60 km / h to 100 Jaguar requires only 2.2 seconds, from 80 to 120 – exactly three! This dynamics at the level of supercars, a powerful, but affectionate blow to the back from the teacher of physics. The pressure subsides only after 150 km / h, although the maximum 200 appear on the electronic shield too quickly enough – the motors are thus untwisted to a maximum of 13,000 rpm.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The settings of starting from the place and regenerative braking noticeably change the character of the car – it’s a pity that they are hidden deep.

From the familiar to me hybrids and electric cars I-Pace is distinguished by the successful setting of the brakes. Under the hood – the same electromechanical brake booster Bosch iBooster, as in the hybrid Cayenne. However, the transition from regenerative braking to hydraulic in the Jaguar is completely invisible. The complexity of the system only hints at the high speed of the pedal during emergency braking. In tribute to the powerful recovery and half-weighting, the diameter of the rear ventilated discs is only 25 mm smaller than the front, where it reaches 350 mm. On the race track of the Algarve with a careful use of brakes enough.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Sound synthesizers of external noise to warn pedestrians about the approach of a quiet electric vehicle are still required only in China. European I-Pace issues a weak “beep-beep” only when reversing.

If you leave the reserve for speed, I-Pace is charmingly obedient at the entrance to the turn. Without the slightest delay and roll, it becomes an arc – such responsiveness is unattainable for conventional cars with a habitually high center of mass. At crossover F-Pace it is higher already on 130 mm, than at the electric car! Ai-Jaguar perfectly dorulivaetsya the slightest movement of the accelerator. The secret is simple – the traction moment is developed first of all by the rear motor-generator, and the regenerative-braking is applied mainly to the front wheels. On gravel, such a concept leads even to an excessively eager diving inside the dump: one must get used to it. But there is fun!

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Air passing through the front grill is retracted through the hood. The stream from the roof partially escapes the rear window – it does not even have a windscreen wiper. The coefficient of aerodynamic resistance Cx is only 0.29.

At the limit, I-Pace demonstrates that it is still too heavy for the track: the slides are long, the banks do not grow very logically, the control of the trajectory during braking requires attention. The steering wheel is quite sharp: two and a half turns from the stop to the stop. The accuracy of the responses is good, the feedback is insincere. In the new fashion, the electric booster pulls the steering wheel to zero position, especially actively – in the sport mode. You can ride, it’s hard to get high.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The charging hatch for layout reasons is located in the front left wing, although the engineers admit that this is not very convenient and want to transfer it to the right. By the way, in China, I-Pace will have two hatches. The modification of the electric Jaguar is only one – EV400.

Given the development from scratch, I expected more comfort. The optional air suspension with cylinders from Velar does not swing the body, but translates all road abrasions on it, and the more they are, the stronger they are transmitted. The transition from 22-inch wheels to 20-inch makes it easier to just pass the pits with sharp edges. Changing the mode of the chassis to Dynamic does not change the vertical acceleration balance, but there are more of them. Strange – with a mass of two tons I-Pace could be made silk. And now on the grader with large stones you want to discard the move …

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The air suspension lifts the body up to 50 mm, increasing the ground clearance to 204 mm, or lowering by 40 mm relative to the base 154. At speeds above 105 km / h, the clearance decreases by a centimeter. The depth of the ford being overcome is half a meter.

Nevertheless, Jaguar claims the laurels of the most passable electric vehicle. The manufacturer calls the I-Pace crossover – the drive is complete. But the ground clearance does not exceed 165 mm on the steel springs, but on the pneumatic it varies in the range up to 204 mm at the base 154 mm. Electronics help. True, off-road cruise control itself is sometimes stunned from 700 Nm available from the first turn – and pulls the car on an alternating cover. But the suspension moves are great. And I have never met such a stiff body from serial cars: on a diagonal hanging, the skew of the rear door opening to the eye and to the touch is not detectable.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Optional highly tinted panoramic roof does not have a curtain, but a few centimeters increases the amount of space above the heads seated from behind.

On the move in the cabin, of course, quiet, although the buses are audible (especially the 22-inch Pirelli), and a light breeze is present after 100 km / h, and small either transmission or inverter hum at city speeds. The audio system has an active noise canceling mode, but the sense of it is a bit. For fun, you can use a funny imitation of a roar in overclocking. Sound, of course, synthetic, but suddenly someone can not move even in such incomplete silence …

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Before the battery is completely discharged, when about five percent of the available charge remains in it, the I-Pace will go into a special economic mode, increasing the chance to reach the outlet.

At us in edition of opinion concerning “ай-паэйса” have divided. Petrovsky, who also traveled on pre-series cars, considers Jaguar too conservative, timid, and unskilled, and wondered how with such freedom of action the British managed to make an ordinary car. And in my opinion, I-Pace is perfect. They did it right that they did not fight Tesla in its field, they did not contact automation, but concentrated on the common car values. It turned out the best electric car for this life.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The places for storing small things are thought out perfectly. Central boxing – a volume of more than ten liters, or third of the front trunk! Under the pillow of the back sofa – shelves for tablets and a similar scarecrow.

“Only to live in this time, the beautiful will not have to either me or you.” Despite the seven-kilowatt electrically heated interior, the use of inverters for heating heating, the heating of all seats, windscreen and rudder, the engineers honestly say: at temperatures below minus ten, it is highly desirable to connect to a parking socket. First of all, to keep the heat in the battery. And at -20ºC the frozen I-Pace is unlikely to go at all. Warmed up like they experienced and minus forty – but how can I not remember the buggy pull-out handles …

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The main trunk is space-saving and can be equipped with an electric cover. In the underground there is enough space not only for the charging cable.

In Russia, I-Pace in any case, waiting for a cold welcome. Sales start closer to the New Year, and the representation does not rush to set prices: waiting for the cancellation of the import duty on electric vehicles. It was already canceled somehow, but a year ago they returned it. They promise to revise again. However, in the course of the recent hotline, the president made it clear that the authorities are much more interested in transferring transport to gas than electromobile technologies. A pier, the electric power basically is made of coal and the same hydrocarbonic fuel from which abroad try to drive off transport.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The DSC stabilization system does not completely shut down, but has a sport mode.

The toxicity of two thirds of electricity in the world is also reminiscent of a recent article in the scientific journal of the Association of Automotive Engineers of Russia. And emphasizes: if you transplant all at once [such are the Jaguars], you will have to increase the production of electricity fourfold, or even an order of magnitude. In this case, we will all live close to some TPP. No, scientists are not against electric cars, but believe that they should not at least have preferences in the market before cars. So the future of benefits is uncertain. Is it worth it to regret?

Passport data

Model

Jaguar I-Pace

Body

Body type

hatchback

Number of doors / seats

5/5

Length, mm

4682

Width, mm

1895

Height, mm

1565

Wheelbase, mm

2990

Track front / rear, mm

1624-1634 / 1647-1663

The equipped weight, kg

2133

The volume of the front trunk, l

27th

Rear luggage compartment volume, l

656-1453

Electric motors

A type

synchronous, with permanent magnets

Number and location

2, front and rear, transversely

Max. total power, hp

400

Max. total torque, N • m

696

Traction battery

A type

lithium-ion

Nominal capacity, kW • h

90

Transmission

Reducers

single-stage, planetary

Drive unit

permanent full

Chassis

Front suspension

independent, spring (pneumatic) *, double lever

Rear suspension

independent, spring (pneumatic), multi-link

Front brakes

disk ventilated

Rear brakes

disk ventilated

Tires

245/50 R20

Ground clearance, mm

165 (114-204)

Operational characteristics

Maximum speed, km / h

200

Acceleration time from 0 to 100 km / h, s

4.8

Cruising range, km (by WLTP cycle)

480

* As an option.

Equipment

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

For the basis of the front two-lever system, the design of the F-Type, although there are no directly borrowed parts. Rear – slightly upgraded multi-lever from the crossover F-Pace. Traction synchronous electric motors with permanent magnets, interlocked with planetary gears, is supplied by the American company AAM. The weight of each such assembly, the same for the front and rear axle – 78 kg. For thermostating the battery, as well as inverters and electric motors, there are two liquid systems with operating temperatures up to 160 degrees. In winter, the use of their heat for heating allows you to gain up to 50 km of mileage.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

A lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt battery of 432 cells with a nominal capacity of 90 kWh is manufactured by LG. The guarantee for it is eight years or 160,000 km, and the estimated service life is ten years or 240,000 km. Degradation of more than 30% is considered an excuse for replacing the battery. This process takes five to six hours. From the bottom, the battery is covered with a protective aluminum sheet three to four millimeters thick. A fast 100-kilowatt DC charge replenishes the battery by 80% in 40 minutes, but electronics do not allow the supercharge to be used too often (for example, daily) from the conditions of battery safety. From the home network the same 80% will be typed just over ten hours.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

The original body is 94% aluminum. In his – floor with a traction battery. From its aluminum case, the same spars and subframes grow. Only the inserts in the windscreen pillars (for the sake of passive safety) and some brackets are made of steel. The torsional rigidity is an impressive 36,000 N • m / deg.

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

Aluminum does not allow to stamp details of such depth, therefore in an aperture of a back door it was necessary to add a separate detail and cover it with a plastic casing with a rubber seal around the perimeter. It’s gratifying that the doors cover the rapids.

Behind the scenes

We envy the designers of the 400-horsepower electric vehicle Jaguar I-Pace

An inconspicuous house in two windows is customs of XVII century, standing on a place where two centuries earlier the first slave market in Europe was opened. It would seem that only 500 years have passed … And today Portugal and the town of Lagos are becoming the home for presentations of cars without emissions. And we are already worried about other questions: why is the charging terminal not working at the nearest gas station?

In Ukraine will be competitions for drivers on economical driving Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge 2018

Competition the Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge is held in Ukraine for 4 times. The start of the competition scheduled for June 12-13 in Kyiv, the next stage on 19 June in Lviv, and then on 21 June in Mukachevo and the finals of the Ukrainian stage of the competition will be held on 27 June in Kiev.

The main aim of the competition is to identify drivers who show the best results in terms of both fuel efficiency and performance. Why do you choose these criteria?

In Ukraine will be competitions for drivers on economical driving Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge 2018

The driver can reduce fuel consumption by 30%. Therefore, being a driver is a big responsibility. Not only through profitability but from the point of view of decrease in harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

As for performance, even small improvements can have a significant impact on profitability. The results of the research indicate that a trained driver to perform tasks safer and more efficient, and to ensure the optimal condition of the truck.

Competitions will be held with the participation of Volvo FH Dragon Limited Edition anniversary truck produced specially for the 20th anniversary of the company “Volvo Ukraine”.

The main prize is a wrist smart watch limited edition Garmin Volvo Limited Edition and of course a trip to the world final in Gothenburg.

In Ukraine will be competitions for drivers on economical driving Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge 2018

The world finals of Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge will be held on 13-14 September 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden, home of Volvo Trucks. It will bring together more than 12,000 participants from 44 countries, and will demonstrate their skills to the high level, competing for the title of world champion. The competition will be held in the center of the Volvo Trucks Experience Center and will last two days. It will be a real feast of driving professionalism. Participants will take part in many great events, seminars and, of course, the pinnacle of the competition, the official award ceremony where the winners will be announced Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge 2018.

In order to participate in the competition should register on the site https://www.volvotrucks.com.ua/uk-ua/driver-challenge.html

To know the details of the contest are on the phone 095-274-45-17, contact person – Natalia Malevskaya. Condition for participation: mandatory driving license of category CE.

Read more about Volvo trucks

Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

The fact that the Speedhunters odometer has rolled over into the tens has been brought up a lot this month, and for good reason – 10 years of operation is well worth celebrating.

Over the past decade, Speedhunters has done an excellent job thoroughly covering virtually every segment car culture around the globe, however, going back as far as I can remember, there hasn’t been a recurring Canadian in the cast.

Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

Today I’m happy to announce that has changed. Paddy and the boys have welcomed me officially onboard to represent my region of Canada as best I can. To be perfectly honest, I’m more than a little nervous considering the talented company I now find myself amongst, never mind the shark pool of a comments section that waits below.

Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

Given enough creative rope to thoroughly entangle myself, I’ve chosen to start things off with coverage from Fitted Lifestyle, an event most easily (but not exactly accurately) described as a ‘stance’ show.

Why? Because I love a good challenge. If I can go to a show focused on one of the most criticized contemporary tuning genres and come back with something for everyone, then anything that follows should be a cakewalk.

Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Or at least that’s my hope. Wishful thinking? Time will tell.

    We’ve Been Here Before

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    If the roll-in shots peppered through the intro seem familiar it’s because we’ve been here before. Fitted Lifestyle, which itself has been running almost as long as Speedhunters, was the subject of one of my first IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER posts three years ago.

    For many of us in Ontario, and a couple from Montreal, Fitted doubles as both a show and a reunion. Spread about the province, we all gather at the Brampton Ontario Fairgrounds to say hello for the first and sometimes last time of the year.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    The reason we choose this event, over a few of the other early season shows, is because the organizers of Fitted Lifestyle have done a great job ensuring it is about car culture and people above all else.

    It’s hard to put into words, but, this show just feels right, unlike others where you can tell making money is the organiser’s prime motivator.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    A show doesn’t make nine years resting on its laurels, and each year Fitted tweaks their model just a little bit. For 2018 these changes brought new award classes. These new classes included VIP, VIP Styled, Classic JDM and Euro, in addition to a Track class for time attack and drift cars.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted LifestyleTire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    As someone who’s only missed a handful of Fitted events, I feel justified in saying these classes were more than welcome. With ‘aggressive fitment’ being pushed to new extremes I was beginning to feel a little out of touch.

    To quote knowledgeable crackpot Abe Simpson, “I used to be with ‘it’, but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it’ anymore and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary, and it will happen to you”.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    But as much as I might think some of the cars at Fitted Lifestyle are over the top, I’m not about to tell these enthusiasts to stop. My name isn’t on the ownership, I didn’t pay for the modifications, and I don’t have to worry about driving it.

    Different strokes for different folks and the freedom to do whatever you want is what makes aftermarket car culture so great.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    That said, not everything at Fitted is nearly as extreme as the vehicles above, and at heart I’m still a slammed car guy so it wasn’t hard for me to find plenty of vehicles I was a big fan of. The new classes just made that quite a bit easier.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    At the end of the day,  if it has clean paint, a lip kit, a bit of camber and a side of wheel lip, I’ll probably like it.

    Holy Schnit

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    With that bit of primer you can only imagine how much I enjoy this AC Schnizter BMW 850. Some might view this car and scream ‘sacrilege’, but I’d much rather say ‘awesome’.

    Already a fairly unique vehicle Monolo, the car’s owner and builder took care not to go over the top in modifying his Bavarian cruiser.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    As you’d assume by the fact that its literally laying on the concrete, this car is on air. Using Air Lift Performance‘s custom crafter components and E34 front strut housings, Manolo was able to plant the front on the ground. The rear set up is built around Slam Specialties bags.

    Purists needn’t fret, none of the original suspension components have been harmed. Additionally, aside from a few small holes for air lines the car can be transformed back to stock relatively easily.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    The wheels are restored and polished 19-inch Artec pieces originally specced for a Porsche, hence the center caps.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    The fresh high polish on the wheels plays well with the AC Schnitzer pinstriping and badging.

    A Convertible Surprise

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Am I alone in thinking FC3S RX-7s don’t quite get the respect they deserve? Overshadowed by the FD3S that followed, these wedge-shaped Mazdas are easily among some of my favorite Japanese vehicles of the mid ’80s and early ’90s.

    Here in Canada, our climate and use of road salt has unfortunately taken many of these cars off the road.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Thankfully, this car RX-7 not only survived but wound up in the hands of an enthusiast. Jon Lee’s FC is unique both inside and outside.

    The exterior is the combination of several different manufacturers; the bumpers and side skirts are GP Sports style pieces and the front over fenders are Shine Auto items that have been installed as overfenders. Keeping the Weds Kranze Bazreia wheels contained out back are overfenders of unknown origin.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    As a whole, the car has great style and can be used as a booth babe, drift toy, or top down cruiser. But in the chapter title I mentioned a surprise. That surprise has likely been spoiled by the blue valve cover peeking out of the engine bay in the photo above.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Rotary no more, this Mazda’s heart has been replaced with a Nissan motor.

    If you’re not a Nissan guy, that’s a KA under the hood. If you are a Nissan guy, then you’re probably wondering why KA and not SR. The answer here is simple, cost. An admitted S chassis lover at heart, Jon had this motor straight on the engine stand when the FC’s 13B rotary gave up the ghost.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    A couple measurements, some fabrication, and a collection of Tomei parts later and voilà, a Nissan horsepower under the hood of a Mazda.

    A GL10 To NV

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    On my way out the door at Fitted Lifestyle I stopped by the Drift Jam tent to get more details on their upcoming drift series. Behind the tent one of the event’s main sponsors, NV Auto, had two cars on display. The first was their 2JZ-swapped, rear-wheel drive STI. This is a car that is usually deserving of end of post honors.

    On this day, however, it had some stiff competition by way of an absolutely immaculate Subaru GL10.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Remember what I said about Canada and vintage Japanese tin? I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw one of these on the road, and I’ve never seen one at a show.

    This car simply existing in Ontario, with sheet metal intact, is remarkable.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Stock, I would still have been impressed, but with a large intercooler sticking out of the bumper like a set of rabbit’s teeth I knew things were about to get interesting.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Subaru fans get ready, this one’s no slouch. The standard turbo 1.8-liter motor has been binned and replacing it is an EJ22T block with JDM V9 STI heads. Ratcheting up the insanity is a twin-scroll BorgWarner S300SX-E turbo.

    The car was originally front-wheel drive, but today it’s all-wheel drive thanks to a JDM STI 6-speed transmission with a R180 3.9 rear end.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    The Subaru makes an impressive 345hp to the wheels and weighs about 2,400lbs (1,089kgs). Counting my fingers, that’s a power-to-weight ratio of approximately rocket ship.

    It’s a car that is tracked regularly and yet somehow remains ridiculously immaculate.

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    It’s not often the cleanliness of a track used car overshadows a show car, but the interior of this car was cleaner than many inside the show. I particularly like the fact that the fancy OEM tape deck has been retained. There’s also a fitting flat-bottom Nardi steering wheel and recovered Recaro seats plucked from a Volkswagen. Replacing the OEM electric dash is an AIM dash which gives the owner and builder Nico a better readout on what the car engine is doing.

    This might be one car worth revisiting, what do you say?

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    At the recommendation of great performers before me, I am going to end this post here on a high note. But, to drop the second pop culture reference of the day, I’ll be back. Until then, if you want more from Fitted, check out the gallery below.

    Dave Thomas
    Instagram: stanceiseverythingcom

    More stories from Canada on Speedhunters

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

  • Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Tire Stretch & Motor Swaps At Fitted Lifestyle

    Anniversary party Land Rover in AVILON!

    For 70 years the Land Rover creates cars is legendary, and we believe the best SUVs in the world, which emphasize the high status of the owner and allow you to conquer any territory.

    Anniversary party Land Rover in AVILON!

    AVILON has prepared the present gift for fans of the Land Rover in honor of the 70th anniversary of we offer 70 cars at a special festive price.

    Each car from this party unique. Equipment includes an impressive array of exclusive options and everything you need for all-day comfort behind the wheel.

    You can purchase the car from the anniversary party Land Rover, presented in “AVILON” in limited quantities specially for the 70th anniversary of the brand, now – just contact us!

    Phone: +7 (495) 135-20-19
    WhatsApp/Viber: +7 (926) 711-70-10

    We are waiting for You at the address: Moscow, Volgogradskiy PR-t, D. 41, K. 1 (500 metres from TTK).
    landrover.avilon.ru

    Views: 120

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    The top ten best-selling cars in the UK are easy to spot; on every street there’s at least one Fiesta, Corsa, Focus or Golf.

    What is the best-selling car in other countries, though? Find out below which cars the rest of Europe loves as much as the UK loves the Ford Fiesta, measured by market analysts JATO Dynamics:

    Austria: Volkswagen Golf

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    With no mainstream car manufacturers, Austria’s top-seller can’t be from a domestic manufacturer. 4281 buyers have flocked to the Volkswagen Golf so far this year, while the next two are also VW big-hitters; the Polo, at 3394, and the Tiguan at 3066.

    Belgium: Volkswagen Golf

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    The same can be said for Belgium, but clearly being wedged between France and Germany has its effects: the Volkswagen Golf was the most popular car last year, followed by the Renault Clio and Hyundai Tucson. 5426, 4868 and 4007 have found owners respectively so far this year.

    Croatia: Skoda Octavia

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    It’s all change in Croatia; in 2016, the best-sellers were the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota Yaris, while this year, the Skoda Octavia, Renault Clio and Opel Astra take the top three, with 1253, 1090 and 699 sales respectively.

    Czechia: Skoda Octavia

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    No two guesses which carmaker rules supreme here – the Skoda Octavia has sold 9510 units and the second-best-seller was the Fabia, which has sold 7430, in fact, half of the country’s top ten best-sellers are Skodas. The Rapid takes third, with 5210 sold.

    Denmark: Peugeot 208

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Peugeot’s only top spot in Europe this year is in Denmark, where 3915 208s found homes so far, while the next best-seller is the Nissan Qashqai, of which 3095 were sold. Trailing in third place was the Volkswagen Golf; 2245 have found homes this year.

    Estonia: Skoda Octavia

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Estonia has a proclivity for larger cars, it would seem, as the Skoda Octavia takes pole position having sold 361 cars, while 347 and 289 units put the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Avensis in second and third place respectively.

    Finland: Skoda Octavia

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Skoda claims another victory in Finland with the Octavia – 2105 were sold there this year so far. Second place was taken by the Nissan Qashqai, although only slightly less – 1890 – were sold across the year. The Toyota Yaris took third place with 1715 sales.

    France: Renault Clio

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Little surprise here; France’s top car across this year is the Renault Clio, and a whopping 42,374 took it right to the top. The Peugeot 208 takes second place, with 37,241 units being sold, while the other French supermini, the Citroën C3, was overtaken last year from third by the Peugeot 3008, with 30,005 sold.

    Germany: Volkswagen Golf

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Volkswagen took a 1, 2, 3 in Germany last year, but there’s change at third place – the Golf has sold 65,327 cars in the country. It sells so well that the second-place Passat sold less than half this number; 24,370, while the Ford Focus now follows just behind on 23,383. The third position spot was previously the Passat, with the Tiguan in second.

    Greece: Toyota Yaris

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    The Toyota Yaris takes the top spot in Greece again, with 2267 cars sold, compared to the second-place Peugeot 208’s 1791 units sold. Third goes to the Nissan Micra; 1456 have Greek homes across 2018 so far.

    Hungary: Suzuki Vitara

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Hungarian buyers are hungry (sorry) for the Suzuki Vitara, quite probably because it’s made there –  the model sold 4300 units there so far this year. Meanwhile, the Skoda Octavia sold 2246 down in second place, and the Opel Astra has sold 1683.

    Ireland: Nissan Qashqai

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Hyundai had well and truly taken hold in Ireland; the Tucson was the best-selling car across the Irish sea in 2016 and 2017, but has this year been usurped by the Nissan Qashqai, which sold 2968 units this year so far to the Hyundai’s 2822. The Volkswagen Golf completes the top three, with 2521 sales.

    Italy: Fiat Panda

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Nationalism wins, once again, with a Fiat 1, 2, 3 – the Fiat Panda is the best-selling car so far this year, with 43,486 finding homes. The Fiat 500, having shifted 21,503, while the 500X was a close third on 21,307. It has been a 60/40 split between Fiat Chrysler group cars and other manufacturers in the past, with the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagens Polo and Golf in the top ten, too.

    Latvia: Volkswagen Golf

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Another win for the Golf – it claims a small victory this year, with 309 sold overall. The Nissan Qashqai – last year’s best-seller – came in second, having sold 273 units, while the third-place Toyota RAV4 sold 187. 

    Lithuania: Fiat 500

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Fiat’s second pole position came in Lithuania, where the 500 has found 891 homes, while the Fiat 500X overtook the Skoda Octavia last year to become second best-seller, on 629. The Octavia sunk to third with 382.

    Luxembourg: Volkswagen Golf

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    It’s almost another douze points for the Volkswagen Group from Luxembourg this year; the Volkswagen Golf takes top spot, while the Tiguan took second and the Renault Clio snatched third from the Audi A3. Sales were 898, 385 and 363 respectively.

    Netherlands: Volkswagen Polo

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    It’s all change for the Dutch! The Renault Clio has been ousted from its top spot and into third place – the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio make up the big three, with 5643, 4448, and 4192 sales. 

    Norway: Nissan Leaf

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Surprise! The Volkswagen Golf was the best-selling car in Norway last year, but it’s been overtaken by the Nissan Leaf, with 3995 sold. The Golf slipped into second place, but has sold a quarter less than the Leaf’s Norwegian total, at 2986. The BMW i3 slipped from second to third place, at 2043. 

    Poland: Skoda Octavia

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Skoda took another top two in Poland, with the Octavia and Fabia taking first and second place with the narrowest of margins separating the two; the Octavia taking 7267 and Fabia taking 7106 sales in the country. The Toyota Yaris took third, on 5735. 

    Portugal: Renault Clio

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    French superminis take first and joint second in Portugal, as the Renault Clio sold 5172 as the country’s best-seller, and the Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 208 both sold 2577.

    Romania: Dacia Logan

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    Dacia took its home market by storm last year, and continues to do so. The Logan and Duster make up 2018’s top two, with the former finding homes in 5220 garages, and the latter parked in 2399. The Skoda Octavia took third place with 1201, and Sandero slipped off the top three at fourth in the Romanian market.

    Slovakia: Skoda Fabia

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    The Skoda Fabia took pole position in Slovakia, while its big brother, the Octavia, wasn’t far behind. The Octavia was bought by 1909 Slovakians, and the Fabia was bought by 1778. The Rapid, in third place, sold 1160.

    Slovenia: Renault Clio

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    The Volkswagen Golf climbed to second in the Slovenian market in 2017 where it has stayed; with 1101 sales ensure its lead over the Polo, which sold 986. First place goes to the Renault Clio, though, with 1582 sales. The Clio is built in Slovenia in facelifted form, which helps it maintain its lead there.

    Spain: Seat Ibiza

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    What’s Spanish for ‘quelle surprise’? The Seat Ibiza and Leon take gold and silver in Spain, with 13,704 and 12,308 finding a place in the sun so far this year, and the Ateca-rivalling Nissan Qashqai’s 10,673 sales give it third place – that’ll upset Seat. Surprisingly, though, the rest of the top ten is a healthy mix. 

    Sweden: Volvo XC60

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    There was uproar in 2016 when the Volkswagen Golf took the lead in Sweden’s car market from Volvo, but three Volvos combined took second: the S80, V70 and XC70. Volvo was back on top in 2017, and today, the S90 and V90 are in pole position on 11,041, followed by the XC60, with 5461 sales. The Golf was pushed down into third place; 5432 leaves it just below second place.

    Switzerland: Skoda Octavia

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    With no native carmakers of any large volume, the Swiss buy the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Tiguan more than any other cars. 2752 have bought an Octavia so far this year, and 2299 and 1650 have bought Golfs and Tiguans.

    UK: Ford Fiesta

    2018's most popular cars in Europe – by country

    The Fiesta is perched atop the lofty list of the UK’s top-sellers, with 40,619 sold this year. 26,685 Volkswagen Golf and 21,171 Nissan Qashqai sales cement second and third places for the best-seller regulars. You can find the rest of the best-seller list here. 

    Read more: 

    Top 10 best-selling cars in Britain

    The most expensive number plates sold in the UK

    The 12 most expensive cars sold at auction

    When Is a Leak More Than a Nuisance?

    Dear Car Talk:

    I have a 2005 Pontiac Vibe with 63,000 miles on it. I bought it new and have had regular maintenance performed at the place of purchase. I recently took it in for an oil change, and was told that there is oil on top of the motor. They said the manifold needs to be replaced, for about $435. I took it to an independent garage that we have gone to for years, and they said it is the head gasket, and is about $1,500-$2,000 to repair.

    Why would this happen to my car? I am a 78-year-old woman who does not hot-rod her car. Who should I believe? It is not dripping oil on my garage floor. The mechanic at the independent garage said to keep an eye on the oil and add when needed. Help! — Ann

    When Is a Leak More Than a Nuisance?

    I’d be tempted to take the advice of your independent mechanic, Ann, and just keep an eye on your oil level and top it up when necessary.

    You don’t say how often you’ve had to add oil so far. That’s a key piece of information. If you have to add a quart every 1,500 miles, then there’s no urgency at all, and you can just keep an eye on it — perhaps for years. If you’re adding a quart every 500 miles, then some more investigation would make sense.

    So start by monitoring your oil use. Have the guy at the independent shop show you how to check the oil. You’d do it in the morning, before you drive the car. Check it once a week and see how many miles you drive before it gets down to the "ADD" line on the dipstick (meaning you‘re down a quart).

    If it is losing a quart in less than 500 miles, start by getting the engine steam-cleaned. Between the wind blowing in through the grille and the general grimy disgustingness of engines, it can be hard to tell exactly where a leak is originating. By cleaning the engine and then checking the area again a week or so later, it can be a lot easier to see what’s actually leaking. If your mechanic has a dye system, he can put a special dye in the oil, and then look for the leak with a blacklight. If not, he can just do his best to trace it to its source.

    If I had to take a wild guess, I would say the guy who suggested it’s the head gasket is more likely to be right. We see a lot of leaky head gaskets on these cars.

    I also like his advice to watch and wait. After all, at this age (the car’s, not yours, Ann) there’s no sense in doing anything rash, especially if your garage floor isn’t even getting dirty yet.

    SPIED: BMW 7 Series Facelift caught testing at ‘Ring

    One of the biggest complaints about this current G11-generation of BMW 7 Series is its looks. It’s not that it’s an ugly car by any means, it just isn’t as premium or interesting looking as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which oozes opulence at first glance. The 7er is handsome and it grows on you over time but the S-Class has more curb appeal. So a facelift for BMW’s flagship luxury car is in order and, thankfully, one is currently in the works.

    The facelifted BMW 7 Series has just been caught doing some testing at the Nurburgring and it’s rather interesting (we don’t own the spy photos but check them out here).

    In these new photos, we see a white 7 Series test mule that has its entire front and rear ends covered in camouflage. So BMW is clearly making so decently sized changes to the face and butt of the 7er. At the front, we can already see that it looks quite a bit different from the current car, which is easy to see as BMW brought along a current 7 Series for testing as well, likely for them to compare. The newly facelifted car seems to have even larger grilles and more squinty headlights, likely borrowing from the new BMW X7 SUV.

    The car in these photos also seems to have some sort of M Sport package, as the front bumpers has little vertical vents, which seem ot be brake cooling vents, that flank either side of it. It’s also wearing sporty looking wheels and is sitting surprisingly low to the ground. From its ride height, we’d assume a possible BMW M7 but we know that it’s unlikely for BMW to make such a thing and this car has rectangular exhausts, not the typical M-car quad pipes.

    SPIED: BMW 7 Series Facelift caught testing at ‘Ring

    It also seems to get a much larger Air Breather at the front fender, which could be borrowed from the design of the BMW 8 Series and we’re hoping the “hockey stick” bit of trim stays on the cutting room floor.

    Out back, it doesn’t seem much different but, then again, it’s wrapped in heavy camouflage. We assume BMW wouldn’t do that unless there were significant enough changes to hide but we’ll see soon enough.

    The BMW 7 Series is a good car that deserves a bit of tweaking to make it very good, as it has the potential to be one of the best cars on the market. Some more exciting looks, a more premium looking and feeling cabin and some slightly better ride and driving dynamics could send it over the edge. Let’s hope for the best.

    [Source: Motor1]

    Report: Geely selects banks to advise on Volvo IPO

    Report: Geely selects banks to advise on Volvo IPO

    Follow Viknesh

    Volvo could be the next major automaker to go public.

    The Swedish automaker’s parent company Zhejiang Geely has selected investment banks Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to advise on an initial public offering, Bloomberg reported on Thursday citing people familiar with the matter.

    Geely is said to be looking at a value of between $16 billion and $30 billion and a dual listing on exchanges in Hong Kong and Sweden as early as this fall.

    When contacted by Bloomberg, a spokesperson for Volvo said an IPO was an option but that the decision was entirely up to Geely.

    Aston Martin is another major automaker in the headlines recently regarding an IPO. Ferrari was the last major automaker to launch an IPO, with its shares being listed for the first time in 2015 with a price tag of $52, which gave the company a market valuation of $9.8 billion at the time.

    Geely has done an impressive job of transforming Volvo since acquiring the brand from Ford in 2010. Volvos today are comparable with Germany’s best and the company is also expanding with the Lynk & Co. and Polestar sister brands. Volvo is also in the process of introducing a new generation of compact cars, starting with the impressive XC40, and is a year out from entering the electric car race.

    Volvo delivered 572,000 cars in 2017 and has a target of 800,000 cars by 2020. The company also reported a 2017 operating profit of $1.64 billion and is on track to increase this in 2018.

    Drift Test Outcome: M2 More Boring Than A Toyota 86, Lexus GS F

    Imagine the smell of all that smoking rubber.

    Drifting isn’t really something anyone should be doing on public roads, but there’s no doubt that it’s a ton of fun on an empty expanse of asphalt. In a new video CarWow attempts to find the best vehicle for drifting among three very different choices: a Toyota 86 Initial D edition, BMW M2, and Lexus GS-F. 

    To identify the best model for sliding around, CarWow uses a data logger to evaluate the peak angle during the slide. Doing that across two runs yields an average for comparing them. The results are rather surprising. 

    See More Drifting:

    This 86 isn’t quite stock because the Initial D edition (gallery below) comes with a TRD suspension and Cusco front strut brace, but these are parts that owners could easily add to their cars. The affordable coupe punches above its price class, too, with an average angle of 28 degrees. The score is enough to put the retro-inspired model into second place in the competition. 

    Drift Test Outcome: M2 More Boring Than A Toyota 86, Lexus GS F

    While it costs far more and has significantly more power, the M2 doesn’t perform as well here. It averages 26.5 degrees across both runs, but the car puts on the most impressive performance with smoke billowing from the tires

    Finally, the GS-F takes a turn and blows the other two out of the water with a 38-degree average, including reaching 50 degrees on the first run. The performance is undoubtedly impressive, but the sedan’s long wheelbase could be part of it achieving such an impressive angle. The greater length between the wheels means there’s greater stability, so the driver can feel more comfortable pushing the slide further without going too far and spinning the four-door.

    The results of this test probably shouldn’t affect your future purchasing decision because holding a car in a drift like this is unlikely to be a common occurrence. Plus, if someone really wanting to go sliding would put some sticky tires up front and low-grip rubber in the rear, which would completely change the max angles.

    Source: Carwow via YouTube