Highlights of the latest R8 range include more power, torque and performance, including a first foray beyond the 200mph mark for several versions, and even greater handling precision thanks to suspension and steering revisions.
"The R8 occupies a unique position for Audi in every respect," said Michael-Julius Renz, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. "It's now even more powerful and faster."
Instant response, lightning-fast high-revving and a unique sound – the heart of the Audi R8 is its naturally aspirated ten-cylinder engine. With the basic unit, the 540PS of power has been increased by 30PS and the torque boosted by 10 Nm (7.4 lb-ft) to 550 Nm (405.7 lb-ft), which is on tap at 6,500 revolutions per minute. The Audi R8 V10 quattro accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds (Coupé) and 3.5 seconds (Spyder) before reaching a top speed of 201mph (Spyder: 200mph).
The 5.2 FSI in the Audi R8 V10 performance quattro generates 620PS instead of the previous 610PS, with peak torque of 580 Nm (427.8 lb-ft) improving upon the previous 560 Nm (413.0 lb-ft). The increase here is primarily the result of an optimised valve train with components made of titanium. The Coupé sprints to 62mph in 3.1 seconds, the Spyder in 3.2 seconds. The propulsive power ends at 205mph and 204mph respectively. Both engines come with a particulate filter to reduce emissions more effectively.
Modifications to the suspension provide even more stability and precision. The assistance has been retuned both with the optional dynamic steering and the electromechanical power steering. Steering response, transitions between individual drive modes and feedback from the road come across as even more precise across the entire speed range.
The new Audi R8 V10 quattro is equipped with factory-installed 19-inch wheels. For the standard-fit steel discs Audi supplies red as opposed to black painted calipers as an option. The ceramic brakes generally come with a grey or red finish. The anti-roll bar at the front is optionally made from carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and aluminium, which cuts weight by around two kilogrammes.
The honed character of the new R8 models also becomes clear visually. The Singleframe radiator grille has an even wider, flatter line. Thick bars divide up the large air inlets, and flat slits in the hood are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro brand icon.
The new front splitter is now wider, underscoring the focused look. The air vent grille runs across the full width; the diffuser has been drawn upward, making the R8 seem even wider. In the engine compartment the air filter is situated under a new, three-part cover, which is available in a choice of plastic or carbon fibre.
The Audi R8 is produced under the management of Audi Sport GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Audi AG, at the 'Audi Böllinger Höfen' site in Heilbronn – very close to the tradition-rich location of Neckarsulm. Up to 500 highly-qualified employees work here at the 30,000 square metre production site.
The R8 production is organised as a flexible factory, where Audi Sport GmbH is further expanding its competence with regards to small batch production. Self-driving assembly skids, known as driverless transport systems (DTS), are not only used to carry the finished, painted body, but also for assembly, and replace the classic conveyor technology system.
The DTS transport system has autonomous navigation that uses environmental features and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) as well as high-performance capacitors. During assembly, the employees perform a large proportion of the manual activities in 15 cycles.
Flexibility is extremely important at the 'Audi Böllinger Höfen' site – alongside the series models, the employees also produce the R8 LMS GT4. This demands a permanent transfer of technology from the motorsport sector, as well as very strong qualifications due to the complexity of the work processes.
Before delivery, every new high-performance sports car must pass a demanding acceptance process. This is followed by a quality inspection on the factory's own test track and a test drive on public roads. Only then is the new Audi released for delivery to the customer.
During the first quarter of 2019, the new Audi R8 models will be available to order via the Audi Configurator and in Audi Centres across the UK.
This completely new model will soon be launching in the markets of three continents. With its unique combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity and economy, it sets new standards for its class in many respects. The urban crossover model is poised to be an ideal companion in everyday life and beyond.
With the T-Cross, Volkswagen introduces another new shorter SUV model which is better suited to the city than the T–Roc, and even more compact than the Tiguan. Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Brand, explained at the World premiere in Amsterdam: "We're actually presenting the T-Cross today three times over – we unveiled it a few hours ago in Shanghai, and São Paulo will follow later tonight. It shows just how important the T-Cross is to the Volkswagen brand as a truly global product."
The T-Cross is based upon the modular transverse matrix (MQB), which allows the driven front axle to be located very far forward. With a total vehicle length of 4.11 metres, the 2.56-metre wheelbase is comparatively generous, allowing a spacious interior with enough room for five people. For the greatest possible versatility in the interior, the sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 14 centimetres, allowing more passenger leg room or more luggage space. The luggage compartment holds between 385 and 455 litres. Thanks to a rear seat back that folds down fully or partially, in the blink of an eye you can create a flat loading space with up to 1.281 litres of storage volume.
The new T-Cross has a choice of four turbocharged engines: three petrol and one diesel. The two 1.0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engines with petrol particulate filter generate 70 kW / 95 PS or 85 kW / 115 PS. The top model is the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder engine with 110 kW / 150 PS. Completing the range is a 1.6 TDI four-cylinder engine with 70 kW / 95 PS. All engines comply with the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard.
Standard equipment for the new T-Cross includes numerous driver assistance systems which were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. Together with the vehicle's outstanding crash characteristics and exemplary occupant protection, these increase safety, reduce the risk of a collision and improve driving comfort.
Already included as standard equipment are the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking System, the lane keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system, and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert. Also available as options are the Driver Alert System, automatic adaptive cruise control and Park Assist.
The new T-Cross provides the highest level of networking and connectivity with the outside world. Even the operation and customisation of the on-board functions are intuitive. Smartphones can be charged inductively, and up to four USB ports provide for digital convenience.
Just like its sister model the Polo, the new T-Cross is also manufactured at the Spanish Volkswagen factory in Navarra. Volkswagen is set to invest some €1 billion ($1.15 billion) there by 2019 in order to serve the particularly strong growth in the market for compact SUVs. At the same time, approximately 10% more jobs will be created there.
In South America and China, two further growth markets, versions of the T-Cross specially tailored for those markets are being made.
Armed with unparalleled ride quality, quietness, and a spacious cabin, the ES helped establish the Lexus brand across the world, serving as the brand's core product in many countries and regions.
As it enters its seventh-generation, the Lexus ES further enhances its world-renown ride comfort and driving dynamics all at the same time. Blending key elements of design and performance, the new ES will challenge the traditional expectations of consumers.
Following in the path of the LC and LS flagship coupe and sedan, the ES is the latest expression of the new generation of Lexus vehicles, instituting a fresh era of design and performance.
Built on the GA-K platform, which demonstrates high torsional rigidity and a low centre of gravity, the all-new ES features a sleek and bold exterior, a spacious, plush interior, and exciting driving performance, all longstanding Lexus trademarks. The new platform/powertrain combination delivers flawless silky, smooth ride comfort, inheriting and further enhancing the DNA of past ES models.
With sharp handling response and rock-solid stability, the ES exemplifies the Lexus "Yet" philosophy―the successful pairing of two contradictory ideas―with its "smooth, silky ride yet sharp handling."
The ES comes equipped with the world's first production Digital Side-View Monitors, as well as the brand's innovative active safety package Lexus Safety System+. Utilising the very latest in automotive safety technology offer drivers greater peace of mind and emphasises the brand's strong commitment to safety.
The all-new ES will be priced from JP¥5,800,000 to JP¥6,980,000 ($51,620 to $62,122).
The characteristically designed front not only looks stylish and robust, but also stands out with a larger ramp angle and integrated engine skid plate. In addition, the 4Motion four-wheel drive with 4Motion Active Control fitted as standard ensures good traction at all times. The Tiguan Offroad is available to order now.
The Offroad has been optimised for use on off the beaten track. In addition to the characteristic off-road look, the newly-designed front bumper with its silver applications also boasts a ramp angle of 24 degrees. The larger ramp angle is just as important for moderate all-terrain use as the skid plate for the mechanical units.
The technical features of the Tiguan are also perfect for trips into the great outdoors: it comes with 4Motion four-wheel drive with 4Motion Active Control and driving mode selection as standard, and the system is operated via a multifunction switch in the centre console. The driver can use this switch to activate "Onroad", "Offroad" and "Snow" driving modes. Depending on the driving mode selected, all drive and assistance systems are adapted to suit the respective terrain and the drive situation, ensuring optimum traction.
Besides the characteristic bumper, the visual lines also impress with door trim components with an off-road look, a bumper middle section in matt Reflex Silver with blackened chrome trim strips, and the black roof rails and black exterior mirror covers. The model also features a distinctive Offroad sign on the B-pillar.
The package also includes the comfort seats in the front with a centre storage compartment in "Austin" fabric, a black headliner, the Active Lighting System, Dynamic Light Assist and the dynamic cornering light. The Offroad variant comes with black 18-inch Sebring alloy wheels as standard. Customers can also choose between the optional 19-inch "Auckland" and "Victoria Falls" wheels and the 20-inch "Kapstadt" wheel.
Also standard are the multifunction steering wheel and the gear knob in leather, aluminium decorative inserts, pedals and foot rest in brushed stainless steel, and rugged rubber floor mats.
Customers can also choose from a wide range of optional extras such as the "Active Info Display" digital instrument cluster, "Discover Pro" navigation system, "Trailer Assist" trailer manoeuvring system, and DCC adaptive chassis control.
The Tiguan Offroad range starts at the powerful 110 kW/150 PS diesel, equipped with 7-gear DSG and 4Motion four-wheel drive, priced at €40,925 ($47,060). The range will include various other diesel and petrol engines. All variants available in Germany are equipped with four-wheel drive and DSG transmission as standard.
Speaking at the World Premiere of the new Santro, Mr. Y K Koo, MD & CEO, HMIL said, "Today is a historic and proud moment for us, as India has unanimously chosen the name of their Favourite Family Car to be called the all new Santro. Since its first launch, Santro created history with its numerous segment-first innovations and became the Complete Family Car for millions of Indians. The All New Santro is based on the six key pillars – Modern Stylish Tallboy design, Comfortable and Premium Cabin, New Age technology, Customer Centric Safety, All Round Performance and Complete Peace of Mind, to become a Game Changer and Benchmark Product in the Indian Auto Industry. The All New Santro will also debut Advanced In-House developed Smart Auto AMT and offer factory fitted CNG option."
The new Santro is developed to meet the needs of Indian Families with a focus to create a great ownership experience.
The overall design theme is based on "Rhythmical Tension" that exudes a refined yet sporty image. The front of the new Santro is defined by Hyundai's signature Cascade Grille with chrome surround that projects modern and premium appeal of the car.
The Santro will come packed with new age technology features including segment-first 17.64 cm touch screen audio video system. The multi-media system is equipped with smart phone connectivity – Android auto, Apple Carplay and Mirror Link along with supporting voice recognition function and rear parking camera display on screen.
The new Santro is equipped with Hyundai's Patent 'Eco Coating Technology' prevents unpleasant odour to develop in the AC Evaporator by degrading the micro-organisms.
The all new Santro is built on a new platform along with the application of 63% Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) + High Strength Steel (HSS), helping to achieve prominent static & dynamic stiffness with improved structural connectivity. Additionally standard ABS with EBD and Driver's Airbag provides uncompromised safety.
To ensure a comfortable cabin experience even in the harshest Indian summers, the Santro offers best-in-class AC along with first-in-segment rear AC vents for enhanced comfort of the passengers in the rear seat. The Modern Stylish Tall Boy car ensures superior headroom & shoulder room, Practical ergonomics (Easy Ingress & Egress), high seating position, good all-round visibility and spacious & airy cabin feel.
The new Santro is equipped with a 4-Cylinder 1.1-litre Petrol engine with low vibrations, superior performance and high fuel efficiency. It will be the first Hyundai model to offer smart auto AMT technology developed in-house and will have a factory fitted CNG option.
The Škoda Fabia Combi Scoutline advertises its adventure DNA with distinctive bodywork elements in matt black and silver as well as 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels. The new version will be available in selected European markets with all engines and all regular colours for the Fabia Combi.
In the new Škoda Fabia Combi Scoutline, a special front spoiler in matt black with silver trim emphasises the dynamic effect of the redesigned radiator grille and the narrower headlights. Matt black is also the colour for the wheel arch linings and side sills, with the wing mirrors and roof rails sparkling in silver. Like the front spoiler, the new rear bumper with diffuser combines matt black and silver. The 16-inch Rock alloy wheels are included as standard in the Scoutline version; 17-inch Braga wheels in brushed anthracite metallic are available as an option.
The Škoda Fabia Combi Scoutline is available with the MPI and TSI engines from the Fabia model series. They each have three cylinders and a 1.0-litre displacement and comply with stringent EU6d-TEMP emissions standard. A start/stop system and brake energy recovery come as standard. The two TSI engines are fitted with gasoline particulate filters.
The Škoda Fabia Combi Scoutline also benefits from all the other improvements that went into the recently revised Fabia model series. For the first time, the Škoda Fabia can be equipped with optional LED headlights and taillights, while new assistance systems include Auto Light Assist, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert low. The latter uses radar sensors when reversing out of a parking space or driveway to watch out for traffic and alert the driver early on.