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It has only been a few days since Oliver Schmidt, former Volkswagen executive, was handed a maximum possible sentence by US District Judge Sean Cox. He will have to spend seven years in prison and pay a fine of $400,000. And on December 8, Volkswagen has again been put on the spot. The German automaker urgently had to stop their sales of the T6 Multivan in Germany because it was discovered that the van emits way more nitrogen oxide than what is allowed by local emissions limits.
Der Spiegel magazine said that the findings have already been reported to the KBA, Germany’s motor transport authority. This had been quoted by Automotive News.
What happened is that Volkswagen set the “adjustment factor” too low when they submitted documents to the KBA to have the T6 Multivan’s sales approved, says the German publication. To defend their name, a Volkswagen spokesperson from the commercial vehicle division said that incorrect engine management software is ruled out as a possible reason for these uncertainties.Read the entire article VW T6 Multivan sales are halted in Germany due to high nitrogen oxide emissions
It is an open secret that many of Lexus’ vehicle offering are or were derived from an existing Toyota product. This isn't really surprising considering that Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota. This means that an existing model from Toyota could have a Lexus version in the future. Would that hold true for the Toyota Alphard luxury minivan?
While Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota, the latter also builds its own luxury vehicles. The Toyota Alphard -- named after the brightest star in the constellation Hydra -- is one of these luxury vehicles. Also known as the Toyota Vellfire, the Alphard luxury minivan is available either as a seven-seater or an eight-seater. Aside from the usual gasoline version, the Alphard is also available as a hybrid, employing Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.
The Alphard could be a viable candidate for “adoption” at Lexus. After all, a number of Toyota models had been adopted Lexus. For instance, the Lexus RX and IS were originally derived from the Toyota Harrier and Altezza, respectively. Likewise, the Lexus GX and LX were originally derived from the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Land Cruiser. In addition, the Lexus ES was derived initially from the Toyota Camry, and then from the Avalon.Read the entire article Possibility of a Lexus version of the Toyota Alphard minivan floated
Certain cities in Germany have been pushing to ban diesel-powered vehicles. And to help ease the fears of people who currently own diesel based engines in Germany, particularly BMW, the automaker decided to offer a helpful solution.
According to statistics, more people are getting rid of their diesel vehicles to opt for a more environmentally friendly car. And in response to this, the automaker attempted to offer their customers something they could not resist, they call this the “diesel return promise”.
Basically, owners of diesel vehicles will be able to return their diesel car to the company. This will start as early as this week in Germany. At the same time, those who lease a new diesel engined BMW may return the vehicle, if driving restrictions on diesel cars are introduced in a nearby city that’s within 62 miles of where they live.Read the entire article German residents can now return their diesel-powered BMW, free of charge
Mercedes-Benz has officially released the pricing details of the new 2019 CLS. The base variant is the CLS 350d 4Matic that’s equipped with the inline-six rated engine and comes with a displacement of 2,925 cc and an output of 286 hp with maximum torque measured at 443 lb.-ft. This has been priced at $80,176 (€68,127.50) for the German market.
Much like the base model, the CLS 400d 4Matic is fitted with the same diesel engine although it has been tuned to offer more power at 340 hp having peak torque of 516 lb.-ft. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph is at 5.0 seconds, faster than the 5.7 seconds offered by the CLS 350d 4Matic. The CLS 400d 4Matic is priced beginning at $85,330 (€72,507.70).
Those who want a petrol-powered version can choose the CLS 450 4Matic with is equipped with a 3.0-liter engine. Maximum output is 367 hp with top torque of 369 lb.-ft. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Mercedes-Benz has given this model a starting price of $83,445 (€70,906.15).Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS is priced from €68,127, set to start selling in Germany this March
Taxi commuters in Europe may find themselves getting comfortable in Opel flagship estates – the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer. Yes, the German carmaker now part of the PSA Group is offering its flagship estates as a taxi unit for operators across Europe.
Both the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer have been proven to deliver a spacious and comfortable ride, with the benefit of added elegance and practicality. Now as taxi units, the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer will offer the same high level of passenger comfort and cargo practicality that taxi companies could take advantage of.
Opel is offering the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer as ex-works products. They are joining the carmaker’s ex-work taxi portfolio, which already include the flexible six-passenger Opel Zafira and the large Opel Vivaro van. As ex-work vehicles, the taxi versions of the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer are already modified according to the specs of customer companies before they are picked up.Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer now available as taxis straight from the factory
BMW recently announced that the long awaited 2018 BMW M5 (F90) finally goes into production. The M5 is also known as the German automaker’s most powerful production high performance sedan in history. We saw it a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it made it public reveal.
Apart from being the most powerful production vehicle by BMW, it was announced to be the most expensive M5 ever, earlier this week with a starting price of $102,600, plus an extra $995 destination and handling fee. That makes it $8,500 more expensive than the outgoing model. After months of waiting, BMW confirmed that the 2018 M5’s mass production has started at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Southern Bavaria.
Without a doubt, the very first batch of BMW M5s will be delivered to customers in Europe when it first rolls off the line. But United States customers should not take too long until they get their hands on the F90 generation of the sedan. If everything goes as planned during the production process, deliveries should begin by March 2018 to countries including Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. BMW also plans to beat the previous generation’s production record of about 20,000 units.Read the entire article BMW starts production of new M5 (F90) at its Dingolfing, Bavaria plant
Good news for current and future Audi owners, as taking your car to the dealership for its regular maintenance won’t mean that you have to take a day off from work anymore. The automaker has just launched a new 24/7 digital service station that they named the Audi Service Station. You are probably wondering how this works. Basically, customers will simply have to drop off their cars for service and pick them up anytime they are free.
Okay, that may not sound new to you as some automakers already provide after-hours drop off box for keys. Simultaneously, they accept payment over the phone and lock keys in the car when the service is done. So you can pick up your car as long as you have an extra key fob.
But with Audi’s Service Station, it is much more convenient. That is because the service station is not just about servicing the cars. It’s also perfect when you require a loaner car, or when you drop by the service station which has a long queue on your lunch break. How does it work? The new service center is like a huge vending machine or an ATM that acts like a computerized service advisor.Read the entire article Audi launches 24/7 digital service stations in Germany
After a somewhat successful fray into the automotive market in China, the resurrected German automobile brand Borgward is finally heading to Europe, bringing along with it the Borgward BX7 sports utility vehicle.
Borgward’s first stop is Germany, where it plans to start sales of its BX7 SUV in the first quarter of 2018. Commencing sales in Germany would signal its homecoming in Europe. The company was founded in 1929 by Carl Borgward. However, Borgward ceased to exist in 1961 when it was forced into liquidation by its creditors. In 2008, the company was revived by the founder’s grandson, Christian Borgward, with some investment from China. The carmaker unveiled its first car since 1961 – the BX7 and its sporty TS version – at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Since then, Borgward has concentrated its sales efforts in China. Now, the carmaker is fully intent into re-launching the brand in Europe, starting with Germany. As disclosed to Auto Express by Tom Anliker, Borgward’s Vice President for marketing, the Borgward BX7 is just the first step of the European re-launch, and it will be followed by its smaller sibling –a right-hand drive version of the BX-5 compact SUV. The company also plans to offer the Borgward BX5 in the United Kingdom.Read the entire article Borgward marks European homecoming with launch of BX7 SUV in Germany next year
Nissan’s Serena minivan will be getting some hybrid assistance after Nissan introduced us to the E-Power system, and it will be called the Nissan Serena E-Power. This hybrid minivan will make its way to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, following its release in spring 2018.
First of all, the Serena will still get the same E-Power drivetrain just like that in the Note that is available in other markets. With the new setup, the internal combustion engine will act as a range extender for the batteries that give power to the electric motor. Thanks to this setup, the Serena E-Power does not need to be charged externally since the ICE does it for the electric motors. If you are familiar with the Leaf, the components in the Serena E-Power’s drivetrain are similar to that one.
As of today, Nissan has not shared information when it comes to the Serena E-Power’s system specifications - from the output, efficiency, and the range. But at the same time, the automaker also promises that the minivan will offer powerful, responsive acceleration of an electric-drive vehicle, together with a silent car and excellent fuel efficiency.Read the entire article Nissan Serena minivan gets new E-Power variant at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
The first Step WGN was introduced in Japan in the mid-1990s, and the current model is getting a complete makeover in 2015. For this year’s refresh, the massive van’s front fascia will be tweaked, as it gets a new grille with new LED head lights. On the rear, the Step WGN’s tail gate spoiler has been tweaked to make it look sportier. The updates don’t end there. Under the van’s hood will be a dual-motor sport hybrid system, and it will be given a new suspension tuning too.
As for the safety features, all Step WGN models will be getting Honda Sensing safety systems that come as standard. This system includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, Honda LaneWatch. Furthermore, it features blind spot information system, cross traffic monitor, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and many more.
The entire lineup of the Step WGN will include a 1.5 liter turbocharged mill, which doesn’t quite compare to the Spada Hybrid that comes with a 2.0 liter engine for its electric motors. Customers could get it with a front-wheel-drive that comes as standard, but they can also opt for the all-wheel drive - both of these work with a CVT automatic.Read the entire article Honda Step WGN gets more tech and a facelift for 2018MY
Potential customers in Hamburg, Germany who want to a good look at one of Bugatti’s prized offerings could now do so at the French super sports car brand’s latest showroom in the city. Bugatti Hamburg is now opened with a new showroom design and with a new Bugatti Chiron in tow.
Located at 222 Weg beim Jager or just near the Hamburg airport, Bugatti Hamburg is an exclusive outlet that the super sports car maker has established along with sales partner, Kamps in Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG. Hamburg Bugatti is the carmaker’s fourth dealership in Germany featuring the new showroom design and the 12th in Europe. It is one of Bugatti’s 34 dealerships in 17 countries around the world. Kamps in Hamburg GmbH has been an official dealer partner of Bugatti since 2009.
While Bugatti Hamburg only has a floor space of almost 100 square meters, the vehicle in display is certainly not ordinary. A brand new Bugatti Chiron in silver finish is the main attraction of the Hamburg showroom, and is currently the centerpiece of the luxury brand’s product offensive. Aside from the Chiron display, the new Bugatti Hamburg showroom also features a heritage section dedicated to the Bugatti brand values of “Art, Forme, Technique” with three wall-mounted steles expressing each of them.Read the entire article Bugatti opens new exclusive showroom in Hamburg, Germany
Emissions, emissions, emissions. We have been hearing a lot about this issue lately, and we know that automakers dread it too, as it is the worst thing that could happen right now for their business.
This time, the victim of emissions would be Mercedes-Benz and now they have to halt the production of their E350d in Germany. This is because they have to implement some changes to the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel so it produces less NOx emissions. The company's plan is too fit in a selective catalytic reduction system with more surface area, maximizing the company's AdBlue after-treatment fluid, but Mercedes will still inject the same amount of AdBlue in the system.
Autocar said that it will take a few weeks for Mercedes to do the engine tweaks. Currently, the 3.0 liter V6 produces 258 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 457 pound feet (620 Newton metres) of torque. The company makes it clear that the only affected engines are the ones on sale in the market since May.Read the entire article Emission issues now affecting Mercedes-Benz E350d models, sales stopped in Germany
The Volkswagen Kombi is out, and something bigger and better is in - that is the VW California XXL Concept. We saw a sneak preview of it this month, and we know that is based on the Crafter, and now, there are more images and details of it that VW has shared.
This weekend, the California XXL will make its public debut at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf. But what’s more important is the fact that this will make sure that passengers will feel at home wherever they are. In fact, it might even be better than your studio. Just like any camper, the most important factor is the cabin - how much space it has, how homey it is, and what features it has.
Starting off with the kitchen area. It comes standard with a sink, gas hob, and a few fridges. But what’s also great is the fact that the Crafter has a higher roof, so there is no need to worry about hitting your head while cooking when the vehicle is on the go. Moving on to the back area, the XXL has a lot of space for you to move around, it has alcoves for two children and more than enough space for sleeping. In the back, there are a lot of windows - one that has a wide opening, plus there is a massive panoramic roof that’s perfect for star gazing or checking out the northern lights on winter nights, while you are in the comfort of your own van. When the sun rises and you want more space, the beds can easily be stowed in a compartment in the middle section of the camper.Read the entire article VW California XXL Concept is the future of campers
Incentives of up to EUR10,000 can be had by Audi customers who are willing to trade-in their older diesel vehicles to new Audi units that are compliant with the Euro 6 standard. This comes as Audi offers enticing trade-in incentives to clients owning diesel cars compliant only with emission standards Euro 1 through Euro 4.
Audi’s delicious trade-in bonuses come as the premium carmaker, along with other German carmakers, agreed to a series of environmental measures with the government of Germany, which are all aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel vehicles by the end of 2018.These German carmakers were also urged to employ self-financed competitive measures to provide incentives for the shift from pre-Euro-5 diesel vehicles. As for Audi, its program was created to help accelerate the replacement of older diesel vehicles with modern and more eco-friendly cars.
In compliance with recent National Diesel Forum, Audi is offering incentives to all drivers of diesel cars with the emission standards Euro 1 through Euro 4, regardless of the model or brand, as long as the customer trades in for an Audi vehicle. Attractive conditions are also being offered for customers who are changing over to a late-model used Audi. Financed by Audi AG, these incentives are granted directly through the Audi dealerships, with customers not needing to make separate applications. The incentive offer is only available through December 31, 2017.Read the entire article Audi is dangling EUR10,000 trade-in incentives for Euro 1 to 4 diesel vehicles in Germany
2017 Chrysler Pacifica began sales in dealerships about a year ago. And now, the company is introducing an animal-friendly trim for those who want more features of the model without having to sit on animal skin.
The Touring Plus, also known as the sixth trim for the Pacifica lineup, falls in between the Touring and the Touring L trims. The package offers more standard (and optional) features without being stuck with those hot leather seats.
The comfy minivan will be given premium features such as a power lift gate and a new front fascia. Finished in a gloss black paint, the exterior gets a mesh lower fascia and new fog lights like the higher trim levels. There will be projector headlights on the front while the rear gets LED taillights. For a more comfortable ride, it will come with a three-zone automatic temperature control, as well as second- and third-row sunshades, and lets not forget the universal garage door opener.Read the entire article 2017 Chrysler Pacifica receives new Touring Plus model
Have you been wondering how much you have to produce to acquire a 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift? Wonder no more, as Mercedes-Benz has already divulged the pricing – at least in Germany -- of the latest iteration of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which underwent a mid-cycle facelift for the 2018 model year.
Mercedes-Benz has now opened its order books for the new 2018 S-Class. Interested customers could choose from four versions: S350d, S400d, S560, and S63. All of these versions are 4Matic models, which mean that they are all-wheel drive premium vehicles.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the 2018 S-Class Facelift could be purchased for a little as EUR88,446.75 in Germany, and that goes for the Mercedes-Benz S 350 d 4Matic, which is powered by a 2,925-cc inline-six diesel engine that develops 286 hp (210 kW) of max output and 600 Nm of peak torque. For those who wanted to avail of the long-wheelbase version, they need to cough out EUR91,719.25. All are recommended retail prices in Germany and include 19-percent VAT.Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift is now available in Germany for as low as EUR88,446.75
People who want to learn more about the automotive industry and its history can always head out to Germany. This is because not only is it where many of the world’s leading auto brands are based, but it is also where one can visit the best when it comes to museums decided to the automotive world.
With the opening of the Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey, it adds a new reason to visit Germany. Dedicated mainly to the Japanese automaker, it is also the first such collection of models to be displayed outside Japan. The museum is in Augsburg, Bavaria, and is seen as an excellent location as it is between Munich and Stuttgart. For the uninitiated, Munich is currently where BMW is headquartered with Stuttgart serving as the home not only of Porsche but even for Mercedes.
In addition, the location of the museum is about four hours from Oberursel, Augsburg, which is the same area where Mazda’s Research & Development center is based. Oberursel is also where you can find Auto Frey, which not only sells Peugeots but is considered to be the largest Mazda dealer in Europe. Augsburg is also five hours away from Leverkusen, where the European headquarters of Mazda is located. For the museum itself, it was made possible through a joint venture entered into by Mazda and the family that owns Auto Frey. The latter in particular also loaned a number of models from its private collection to the museum.Read the entire article Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey opens doors in Germany
In time for the official market launch of the new generation E63 and E63 S models, pricing for Mercedes-AMG’s E63 Estate Edition 1 has also been announced in Germany. Let’s just say the equivalent price in US dollars comes at approximately $152,575.
For starters, the standard E63 wagon boasts a 0-62 acceleration under 3.6 seconds and a top speed reaching 155mph (250 kilometers per hour). With 571hp (420kW) and 553 lb-ft (750Nm) of torque under the hood, the entry level variant can be had for the price of 112,907 euros. Clearly there’s nothing “ordinary” about its performance.
Next, the E63 S comes with a starting price of € 124,688. With its mightier engine, the Mercedes E63 S can deliver a much more powerful 612hp (450kW) and 627 lb-ft (850Nm) torque than the standard version. Even more impressive is the output that has enough punch to push the vehicle by tenth of a second before topping off at 155mph (250kph).Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate Edition 1 comes with record-breaking price of 139,980 euros
After unveiling the next generation Odyssey at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda has officially commenced production of the minivan. As planned, Honda is now assembling the 2018 Odyssey at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA).
Despite the increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, minivans have managed to post reasonable sales. One of these minivan models is the Honda Odyssey, which has been popular among customers for seven years. Its popularity is evidenced by the fact that around 130,000 Honda Odyssey minivans were sold in 2016. Now, the 2018 iteration of the Odyssey is offering new features and different technologies to further its appeal among minivan customers.
The start of production of the 2018 Honda Odyssey was celebrated by HMA’s over 1,500 associates. HMA – located in Lincoln, Alabama -- is the sole manufacturer of Honda Odyssey, and also of the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck. HMA also assembles the Acura MDX luxury SUV.Read the entire article Honda commences production of 2018 Odyssey minivan
Just a few days after Toyota released the 86 860 Special Edition (in the US) that didn’t quite live up to the crowd’s expectations, the company again introduced another “limited edition” car. I hope this one will be more of a crowd pleaser.
Now, let us talk about the GT86 Tiger and see what makes this one special. First off, the company mentioned that they will only be producing 30 cars in total, and will be exclusively sold in Germany. If you’re a serious car collector, you will want to get your hands on this extremely rare model. But first, let us tell you what you will be getting.
The exterior of the car can easily be spotted without a doubt. If being seen is your goal, this is for you. The car represents a fierce Bengal tiger - as it will come in a bold “Tiger Orange” paint with black stripes and some more black accents on the pillars, side mirror caps, and the rear wing, giving it a nice contrast with the bright orange base. Completing the overall look with a set of anthracite 17-inch alloy wheels, with Sachs sports dampers. The wheels are the only upgrade this limited model has over the standard one.Read the entire article Meet Toyota's super-limited GT86 Tiger
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