Toyota has revealed their total new redesigned compact SUV RAV4 for the new generation in 2018-2019. And it looks promising! It actually looks stunning from all profiles. I would say it almost looks like a premium SUV crossover with the sharp elegant lines and interior design. The RAV4 also needed this upgrade! The version that is our right now is not really attractive and has a old style interior. But this new generation of Toyota RAV4 is better looking inside out. Alone the exterior and interior design language can bring costumes to Toyota! And the competition in the compact SUV segment is very tuff. Last year Toyota sold 400.000 units of the RAV4 in the US! I think this will increase. I have driven several Toyota SUV's and what I really hope is that the petrol and hybrid engines will become a bit stronger. And there will be a new stronger hybrid engine! "The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will be available with a new hybrid electric 2.5-litre powertrain, which combines fuel and emissions efficiency and quiet operation with more power and greater responsiveness." This new RAV4 almost looks like the brothers from Lexus, the RX and NX also with hybrid engines. But al in all this is an impressive new RAV4 that almost has an up-scale design. And compared with others in this segment, this one will really stand out. This first RAV4 to be built on a Toyota New Global Architecture platform.
World Luxury Car of the Year 2018 is Audi A8
The new Audi A8 has been announced at the Luxury Car of the year 2018 and that is with good reasons. This luxury saloon is pure premium feeling and highest quality. It is really both a business car and a family car! IT is huge and very practical. It has the absolute latest high tech and safety equipment in a car today. When you sit in a car like this, it's like another world! It cant be more upscale than this and then at the same time it is fun to drive. It's an absolute stunning car for all the passengers. Congrats to Audi for creating a practical and safe luxury car! EuromanDriver.com
The Audi A8 is the “World Luxury Car 2018.” The win underscores the status of the brand’s flagship as the embodiment of “Vorsprung durch Technik.” The award ceremony took place Wednesday at the New York Auto Show.
In their decision, the 82 jury members from 24 countries assessed not only the emotional appeal, passenger comfort and safety, but also environment aspects as well as driving performance, market relevance and price-performance ratio. The Audi A8 prevailed against two competitors in the final elimination round. This marks the ninth overall victory for the brand with the four rings in the World Car Awards.
“This award is a special honor for us and our flagship,” explained Peter Mertens, Board Member for Development at AUDI AG. “The new Audi A8 is an innovation driver for our entire industry. It sets new standards in automotive engineering with its innovative touch control system, consistent, broad electrification and the technical conditions for conditional automated driving.”
The Audi A8 is being built at the Neckarsulm site and has been available in dealerships since November 2017. Its base price is EUR 90,600. In addition to its select materials and handcrafted-level build quality, its highlights include high-end equipment like the HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light, dynamic all-wheel steering and the relaxation rear seat package with foot massage.
Source: AUDI MEDIA CENTER
Electric car future is here or is it?
Article By EuromanDriver.com: Electric car future is here!
In the past three - five years the vision of fully electric cars, SUVs and trucks has really moved ahead with fast speed. And especially in the past year several big car manufacturers has decided to go "all in" and invest billions of euros, pounds, dollars, Yen's in developing the best car batteries possible. But is it really good for the environment? German car brand Mercedes-Benz is going to invest billions of euros in new factories developing batteries in Germany. And Mercedes-Benz is not the only one jumping on the electric "hybrid train", also Volkswagen Group with Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley is investing heavily in new electronic car batteries and ways of charging batteries fast. That is an area where electric car has to improve to become really mainstream. And the big problem in todays fully electric cars is the battery! The time it takes to charge an electric car battery takes way too long time and you can only drive limited miles/km. Usually today it takes 45 minutes to fully charge a battery, and that is simply too long time. And the cost of charging is the same as using a petrol engine car! So there is room for improvements. Tesla is doing pretty well with their cars and I love the way Tesla model S is driving. I have tried the new 2018 model p100 and it was very good. But Tesla is too expensive for most people. They made the model 3 though but the waiting time is ridiculously long. So whoever comes up with a fast charging technology and stronger lighter batteries are in a good spot for leading the electric car race of the future.
The green energy advocates have been very vocal in Europe and their “diesel ban” and “electric car” lobby work has affected many European Union politician's. And the diesel emission scandal that involved a lot of big car manufacturers has helped these electric car spokes people in their agenda of removing diesel and petrol cars altogether from EU and UK roads. But the thing is, the new diesel engines (euro 6) lead out very little CO2 (Carbon dioxide) and the same levels as of new “green” petrol engine cars. But when you read the news you only hear that diesel cars in general should be banned, but there is almost no explanation that the ban is only for older diesel cars from before 2014. But that is also a big part of the game play from the green energy lobbyist. They just want to shame all fuel based cars. But what is the proof that car batteries and their chargers are leading out less pollution than petrol cars or even Euro6 diesel vehicles What effects on the climate will it have when the car manufacturers starts developing these huge batteries and super fast charging stations in the amount of millions? Because That is a very good question and maybe the green energy lobbyist are afraid of answering that critical question. I agree that all old diesel cars before 2015 should be banned. But banning all diesel cars is problery the wrong move right now, especially if the pollution numbers given to the public are fraud! What are the pollution numbers of the long distance car batteries? The world is not ready for that yet. More research needs to be done! Honda is claiming that by 2022 it will only take 15 minutes to fully charge a battery. That sounds good but it's still to slow. And will Honda install charing stations in EVERY gas station across the world? I don’t think so. The good intentions are there, but it will still take many years for the world to be ready for a fully electrified car future. When you can charge a battery in five minutes and the car can drive 500 km on one load then we are talk business! But again I would like to see a comparison between Petrol Cars, Diesel Euro6 and Electric cars and hybrid cars. Who is really pollution the most? Not just driving but everything including the development of the batteries and chargers etc. I could be interesting to see. But at the moment the fossil fuel energy is the big bad thing in mainstream media. But it might change! Just always read the news between the lines. And by the way I look forward to the new electric SUVs from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. :) See Review: Audi e-tron, Mercedes Benz EQ, Jaguar I-Pace
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LIVE ONLINE STREAMING From The World Premiere of the new Volkswagen Touareg – live from Beijing
Volkswagen is kicking off the new automotive year with the world premiere of the new Touareg. The brand's flagship is the next milestone in the largest model campaign by Volkswagen. Standing at the top of the model range, the Touareg shows all of the brand's power with its expressive design, innovative technologies and dynamic handling properties. The world premiere of the top vehicle will take place in China, the world's strongest growing SUV market and the company's largest individual market.
ALL-NEW 'VOLKS-SUV' First Global Small SUV From Volkswagen BUT not For Europe!
Motor1.com: The Volkswagen core brand had a surprisingly low amount of crossovers and SUVs in its portfolio until recently, but it’s now making up for lost time with a plethora of models across all segments. The most recent member of the growing portfolio is the “Volks-SUV” as it’s known internally, though this is a work-in-progress name as the production model will be called something else.
Just days after the model was teased during VW’s annual press conference, we now have an unofficial render of how the road-going model is going to look like. Since the digital design exercise is based on the sketch shown last week, this is more than just a shot in the dark as it should give us an accurate idea of the real deal. More
This is the Volkswagen T-Roc For the US, Canada, Australia, China, India etc. But the Volks-SUV will not be sold in Europe. Her is EuromanDriver review of the Volkswagen T-Roc
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EuromanDriver.com: The best small crossovers in 2018
The past year euromandriver have been testing several news SUV's in various segments and now we will write a short list of the best value for money in each category and what to expect of new arrivals in the SUV segment. We will not only look at the price tag, but also target which one is the most practical family SUV, the driving experience and off course the long term reliability of the built quality and lastly mention some of the same vehicles that are in the same class.
Let's start with the small crossovers. Basically hatchbacks with bigger body and large wheels. "hatchbacks on steroids" EuromanDriver has tested and chosen the new Volkswagen T-Roc as number one in this small crossover segment. Some motor journalits have complained about the plastic interior of this car. But honestly it is not a problem. We have tested this car and it looks great and well built inside and out. It looks very handsome and sporty and one of the best looking crossover you can get. You can get the T-Roc with awd, 2.0 TSI with automatic Transmission for less than many other crossovers and SUVs with smaller engines, no AWD and no automatic transmissions. If you go up in trim levels then off-ocurse you will pay more. But you can get the entry level equipped with 2.0tsi for a good price. You can't get that strong engine, awd and dsg 7 so cheap anywhere else! This is an impressive small crossover that drives great and offers a lot of space. Some car reviewer's are obsessed with soft materials that will actually eventually crack and even attract dust! But off course if Volkswagen Group added some smart leather stitchings on the dashboard and door panels it would become more upmarket and this could become of of their greatest success! So even though I don't see any probelms with all the hard plastics, it would add to the positive list, with some more premium interior. And apprenterly VW Group don't want the T-Roc to compete with the Golf.... seriously that is just STUPID! People who are looking for a smal crossvoer will just find another brand because they want a more nice interior and not buy the low sitting VW Golf, which means: lost sales for the VW Group. Nothing has been won on creating a "cheap looking interior" even though it feels solid, for many it will still feel cheap. But the 2.0 engine and driving experience in this T-Roc is the best in class! See our review of the T-Roc here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1yt4E798A8
There are many new crossovers in this class. There is the new BMW X2. It's a nice premium car, but get very pricy easily when you ad options. Then there is Audi Q2. It is not as good as the BMW X2 but still pricy. The T-Roc drives better than the Q2. The Audi Q2 also suffers from hard plastic syndrome....And it also has a premium price tag higher than the T-Roc. Then we have the Mercedes Benz GLA. Great little luxury crossover but.also pricy. Then there is the new Seat Arona. Great driving crossover. Great price and great drive. And there are off course many more like Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, Toyota CH-R Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and next year a new good looking crossover is coming from Skoda. The Skoda Vision X. A sharp looking car that I predict will be one of the best in class and in same price level as the Seat Arona. But for now we think that VW T-ROC is the best crossover and value for the money in this class. (if you don't add to many extras) (Base version with 2.0 TSI, AWD. DSG 7 ad no more!)
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The next class is the compact SUV's....Which one is the best?
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The luxury Compact SUV Volvo XC40 has been announced as Car of The Year 2018 at Geneva Motor Show. Audi Q3 is coming later this year and we will see if that will take on the Volvo XC40. But the Volvo XC40 is impressive to drive, very high built quality, awesome interior and exterior design. The only downside is that it is maybe a bit too expensive for most people. You can actually get a BMW X3 for this money and that is a bigger car and better in my opinion. You can even get a Jaguar E-pace for the same money! So even though the XC40 is great, it is too expensive. Another very good compact SUV the SEAT Ateca FR drives almost the same way as the Volvo and is much cheaper. You get more for your money with SEAT Ateca FR, but off course Volvo want's to be premium!
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