Automotive Purchasing Weekly 16 November 2015 - page 13

BMWtooffer fivePHEVvehicles in
the range
10 November 2015 | OEM
Within the next 12 months, BMW will offer
an additional four PHEVs to broaden the
opportunity to drive ultra low emission
vehicles with all electric drive capability.
The four new PHEV models indebted to
the BMW i brand for technology come in
the shape of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer,
BMW 330e Saloon, and the BMW 740e and
740Le xDrive from the marque’s flagship
model. This means BMW will soon offer
innovative PHEV technology in everything
from compact models through to luxury-
class cars.
Combining the versatility and luxury of the
X5, along with the superb traction provided
by the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive
system, with BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive
technology allows for outstanding efficiency
too. With a total system output of 313hp
generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine
with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology
and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW
X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel
consumption 85.6mpg and CO2 emissions
of 78g/km.
With a standard equipment list that
includes 18-inch alloy wheels, two-zone air
conditioning, front and rear PDC, Dakota
leather upholstery, Xenon headlights,
heated front seats, BMW Professional
Navigation, 40:20:40 split folding seats, Real
Time Traffic information, pre-conditioning,
BMW Emergency Call and eDrive services.
Joining this BMW X5 derivative from
March 2016 will be the new 225xe Active
Tourer PHEV.
The BMW 225xe – a BMW 2 Series
Active Tourer variant with eDrive offers a
combination of sporting ability, economy
and everyday practicality unique in its
segment. The PHEV model fuses BMW
eDrive technology with a front mounted
transverse three-cylinder petrol engine and
a front-wheel-drive configuration for the first
time; the electric motor powering the rear
wheels makes for an electrified all-wheel-
drive system that is unique in this segment.
Producing a total output of 224hp
(a combination of the three-cylinder
combustion engine with BMW TwinPower
Turbo technology, 136hp and an electric
motor developing 88hp) and a peak torque
of 385Nm. Its combined fuel consumption of
141.2mpg makes the 225xe PHEV one of the
best in its class.
The BMW 3 Series Saloon is BMW’s
biggest selling vehicle and has always been
at the forefront of the EfficientDynamics
programme of improving fuel consumption
and lower emissions. So it is only right that
the new PHEV BMW 330e Saloon is offered.
The 330e Saloon will offer a startling
combined fuel consumption of 148.7mpg
and CO2 emissions from 44g/km when it
joins the range in 2016. It can be specified
in SE, Sport, Luxury or M Sport and all wheel
sizes to still stay under the vital 49g/km CO2
The car’s state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid
technology marries a 184hp 2.0-litre petrol
engine with an 80kW electric motor. The
combined output of 252hp and maximum
torque of 420Nm gives the BMW 330e a
zero to 62mph acceleration time of just 6.1
seconds and a top speed of 140mph. Yet
the model is also capable of travelling up to
approximately 25 miles in all-electric mode,
and therefore emits zero local emissions
when used in this manner.
The BMW 330e Saloon is eligible
for congestion charge exemption and
is expected to also be eligible for the
Government’s Plug in Car Grant (PiCG)
representing a significant saving on the
purchase price.
The final PHEVs to join the fold within
the next year will be for the luxury saloon
segment: the BMW 740e and the BMW
740Le xDrive. The intelligently controlled
interaction between a 2.0-litre petrol engine
with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology
and an electric drive unit integrated into the
eight-speed Steptronic transmission endows
the BMW 740e with dynamic acceleration yet
very low consumption and emissions figures
in everyday driving. While producing a total
system output of 326hp, both cars return
a combined fuel consumption of 134.5mpg
and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km.
The BMW 740e and the BMW 740Le
xDrive will go on sale Summer 2016.
MoreEuro6enginesadded to the
newVWCaddy range
10 November 2015 | OEM
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has
announced the addition of two new Euro 6
engines to its new Caddy panel van range.
These engines are now available to order at
VW Van Centres.
The newengines are a 2.0 TDI 75PS and 2.0
TDI 150PS. These new engines are available
across all three trim levels – Startline, Trendline
and Highline - on the short wheelbase model.
The Caddy Maxi (longer wheelbase) version
adds the 2.0 TDI 150PS engine to its line-up.
The 2.0 TDI 102PS Euro 6 engine, that has
been available since the launch of the new
Caddy earlier in the year, is still offered on both
the Caddy and Caddy Maxi models.
These new Euro 6 engines will be offered
at the same price as their Euro 5 equivalents
until 31 December 2015, making it a great time
for customers to order their new Caddy. The
Euro 6 models have BlueMotion Technology
as standard, giving the customer low rolling
resistance tyres, start/stop system, hill hold
assist and regenerative braking at no extra
The entry-level Startline model comes
with an impressive array of standard
equipment, including electric windows,
electrically adjustable wing mirrors, a five-inch
touchscreen Composition Colour radio system
with DAB+ and Bluetooth capability, a lockable
glovebox, plus safety features such as driver
and front passenger front, side and curtain
airbags, a new post-collision braking system
and a seatbelt reminder.
Moving up the range, Trendline adds
full wheel covers, body coloured bumpers,
door handles and wing mirrors, rear parking
sensors, cruise control, multi-function display,
driver’s lumbar support, under-seat storage
and sun visors with vanity mirrors.
At the top of the range, Highline gains alloy
wheels, front fog lights and daytime running
lights, Climatic air conditioning, heated
front windscreen, automatic dimming rear-
view mirror, Thatcham category 1 alarm and
windscreen wipers with intermittent control
and rain sensor.
The Caddy sets a new benchmark in the
class for its array of safety and convenience
systems. It is offered with optional Park Assist
and a rear-view camera, as well as High Beam
Assist and Driver Alert systems, all of which
help to enhance safety and reduce damage to
Customers will also be able to specify
Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and
City Emergency Braking. This system monitors
the space to the vehicle ahead and maintains
a specified speed and distance to ensure safe
stopping. This technology has been used in
VW passenger Cars and is proven to reduce
third party injury claims by 45%.
In the cabin, the Caddy feels comfortable
yet robust, and boasts new upholstery and
switchgear, as well as enhanced stereo and
infotainment systems. The standard five-inch
touchscreen Colour Composition radio can
be upgraded to Composition Media, or the
Discover Navigation system.
10 November 2015 | OEM
The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara will
become arguably the world’s most
comfortable standard mass production pick-
up truck when it goes on sale in the UK in
early 2016, thanks to multi-link suspension.
This achievement is the result of a
standing brief to Nissan’s engineers and
designers during the model’s development:
deliver a pick-up that offers the same
comfort and refinement as the brand’s
market-leading crossovers.
The result is an all-new state-of-the-
art five-link rear suspension system that
respresents a technological sea change
in the pick-up sector, with all competitors
employing a combination of rigid rear axle
and leaf springs as seen on the previous
generation Navara.
The new, lightweight multi-link system
gives a vastly superior ride quality –
especially when unladen – without
compromising on payload ratings, towing
capacity, durability or off-road performance.
Found in double cab versions of the
NP300 Navara, the new system is also
20kg lighter than the suspension in the
last generation Navara, contributing to the
newcomer’s class-leading fuel economy and
CO2 emissions.
Payload ratings are now in excess of one-
tonne across the line-up, while the model
also offers an impressive 3,500kg towing
capacity – ensuring NP300 Navara is more
than a match for even the most demanding
of jobs or leisure pursuits.
James Oliver, Category Manager, LCV at
Nissan Motor (GB), said: “Right from the very
start of the development process we knew
we had to raise the bar in the pick-up sector
and set a new benchmark for quality and
“The all-new NP300 Navara was always
going to incorporate our latest design
language and look like a Nissan so it had to
drive like a Nissan too. We’re delighted with
the results and believe it offers class-leading
levels of comfort and refinement for driver
and occupants as well as exceptional all-
round performance and capability.”
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