The Renault Kangoo Electric Vehicle’s 10,000th registration

The Renault Kangoo Electric Vehicle’s 10,000th registration

French Giant Renault have recently celebrated it’s electric vehicle, the Kangoo Van Z.E’s 10,000th registration. Renault celebrated their massive success at the Frankfurt Motor Show recently, when the keys to the 10,000th Kangoo Van Z.E’s model were given to Gerhard Dech, Deutsche Bahn’s Purchasing and Technical Director. The model is currently the best selling small electric van in Europe and actually accounts for around 10 percent of Kangoo Van sales. The model is particularly popular in France, it is actually the biggest selling electric vehicle in the country and has around 6,000 business customers. Since the electric vehicles launch two years ago, the model has won the International Van of the Year Award Since it’s launch two years ago, the model won the esteemed 2012 International Van of the Year Award, joining models such as the Transit Custom and the Ford Transit Connect. The van had a facelift in June, which saw changes to the front of the vehicle, along with new features like the R-Link multimedia tablet. With electric vehicles such as the Renault Zoe already leading the way, the van market has a lot of catching up to do With the Ford Focus Electric, Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf already leading the way to great things in the electric vehicle game, the van market has rather a lot of catching up to do. Though, the Kangoo Z.E van is not the only van with zero emissions around. Volkswagen unveiled an e-load up! concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show recently, which is an electric delivery van designed for the city, that Volkswagen are hoping to push to production,...
The Audi A3 Cabriolet

The Audi A3 Cabriolet

The brand new A3 Cabriolet from Audi is now based on the Audi A3 Saloon. The car is now based on the Audi A3 Saloon, not the hatchback. This essentially means that the cabriolet model is around 200 mm longer than it was before, with a wheelbase that is 20mm longer. Though despite the large footprint of the model, the brand new chassis that is used is a lot lighter, so the company have achieved a weight saving of 50kg. As with the old Audi A3 Cabriolet, the vehicle is a soft top As with the old Audi A3 Cabriolet, the vehicle is a soft top model which is able to be opened and closed in less than 18 seconds, even when the vehicle is driving at speeds upto 30 miles per hour. The roof is able to fold into a tray that is concealed in the boot of the car, rather than being on top of the rear deck. The chrome rollover hoops that were featured in the previous model have been changed to two spring loaded bars, that are completely concealed out of sight. The soft top, which is finished in black, is able to be upgraded to an acoustic roof which has a thicker foam layer which boosts the refinement, this roof comes in brown, grey or block. Higher specification vehicles also get a wind deflector as standard. Audi will also be offering head level heating for the front seats, as an extra. When the car is launched early 2014, it will be available only with the most compelling engines from the Audi A3 line up,...
The Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC

The Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC

The Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC will be arriving in showrooms later on this year in October, prices start at about £22,800 for the entry level S trim and £26,880 for the top level SR trim. The diesel 1.2 litre engine is new to the Honda CR-V range and you are also able to find that unit in the Honda Civic, which is British built. There is such a demand at the moment for two wheel drive economic SUVs, Honda made the decision to fit the CR-V with the 1.6 litre economical diesel from the Civic model, in an attempt to take advantage of the situation. The Honda CR-V develops 119 bhp and 300 nm or Torque The model develops 119 brake horsepower and 300 newton metres of torque, meaning that it also benefits for a years free road tax and then only £30 per year after that due to the low 199g of CO2 that is produced. The diesel engine also returns 62.8 miles per gallon and also has the potential to cover around 800 miles on just one tank of fuel. There are three trim levels available on the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC, the entry level S trim starts at £22,800. Standard kit for the model includes dual zone climate control, USB connectivity, DAB radio, cruise control, five inch multi info display, steering wheel mounted controls, 17 inch alloy wheels and electric adjustable heated wing mirrors. There is also an optional T grade available on the S trim, which adds bluetooth and sat-nav for £765. The mid specification SE trim adds front and back parking sensors, bluetooth, rear view...
The BMW Z2

The BMW Z2

The BMW Z2 will be a similar size to the Z3 model and will be getting petrol or diesel power. A small roadster designed to sit below the BMW Z4 has been on the company wish list for a while A small BMW roadster that is designed to sit below the Z4 model has been on the wish list of the company for quite a while, though not until now has the BMW Z2 project made sense financially. The modular UKL1 front wheel drive platform from the company, which will debut later this year in the new MINI, opens up a whole World of opportunties. Spreading the development burden across the BMW and MINI companies, means that there is a model explosion on the way. The first front wheel drive for BMW to arrive will be a five seater Concept Active Tourer, which is set to rival the B-Class from Mercedes later on in 2014. There will be a seven seat version to follow, whilst the next 1 Series family will be completely front wheel drive. The next X1 and a three door small coupé Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), the X2 will also be using the same foundations. The most exciting proposition is the X2 front wheel drive, which will be a similar size to the old BMW Z3 and will use turbocharged three cylinder 1.5 litre and four cylinder 2.0 litre versions of the new modular petrol and diesel engines from BMW. The top specification petrol 2.0 litre car could produce up to 300 brake horsepower, with the three cylinder cleanest emitting way under 100g of Co2. The best...
The new Nissan X-Trail

The new Nissan X-Trail

The new X-Trail model from Nissan has been spied being tested in the United States. The Nissan X-Trail is currently entering the final stages of it’s development The SUV is currently entering into the final stages of it’s development before it’s official launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, with United Kingdom sales tipped to be getting under way later on this year. This new model is set to be given a much more clear position within the line-up of Nissan’s cars. When the Qashqai next generation model arrives at the start of next year, there will not be a seven seater version and so the X-Trail model will be the only offer of a seven seater SUV from Nissan. Nissan previewed the new X-Trail extremely closely with it’s stylish Hi-Cross concept in 2012 Nissan previewed the new X-Trail extremely closely with it’s stylish Hi-Cross concept at the Geneva Motor Show 2012. The new Nissan X-Trail promises much more handling and road biased ride than the outgoing vehicle. Though insiders claim that the added dynamic and style improvements will not be coming at the expense of off road ability. It has been said that the new X-Trail model will be as capable as the current vehicle is when off road, when it is equipped with the optional all wheel drive system. It has been said that front wheel drive is to be offered as standard to try and ensure that the economy is better than the current vehicle’s. The core engine for the model will be an updated version of the current Nissan X-Trail’s 2.0 litre diesel. The...
The next seven Jaguar models unleashed

The next seven Jaguar models unleashed

The SUV from the company, Jaguar’s answer to the Evoque from Range Rover has been officially confirmed for production in 2016. The SUV, which will have a starting price of £31,000, is one of six new models that will be launched by Jaguar within the next few years. The ambitious growth targets from the company also include plans to look into a front wheel drive car for segments for smaller vehicles. Here is the new model strategy from Jaguar, car by car. 2014 The Jaguar F-Type Coupe This model is rumoured to be cheaper than the drop top and to be the definitive Jaguar F-Type model. Some sources have suggested that it is lighter than the roadster, impressively so and is around a 1/3 stiffer. There have been hints that the chassis for the vehicle would see a number of changes to the hardware. The drop top is rumoured to be shifting around 1,000 units every month, so the coupe could add atleast another 500 to this figure. 2015 The Jaguar Q-Type Saloon This model is said to be a little bit of a gamble for the company due to it investing quite heavily in a brand new PLA platform. It is expected to be rather compact and is aimed to directly rival the BMW 3 Series. The car is set to be priced from £28,000 and most versions will be getting a lightweight and super frugal engine. 2016 The Jaguar XQ Crossover This model is based on the same PLA aluminium platform as the saloon model. The XQ crossover could finally break the company away from it’s traditional...