Jeep has expanded its Wrangler 4×4 range to include a new limited edition ‘Rubicon Recon’. It was revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and promises greater capability and more protection from rugged off-road terrain. This is achieved by using a stronger front axle and a heavy-duty cast rear differential covers.
Other attractive features include an 18 inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal painted alumni wheels, a black dual top, dual-vented Power Dome hood and ‘Rubicon’ decals as well as black fuel filler door and a black hard spare tyre cover.
Distintive features also include Red accent stitching o the leather wrapped steering wheel and other red accented netting on door pockets, seatbelts and center console.
The Recon comes in both two and four door versions powered by the 3.6 litre V6 engine mated to an automatic 5 speed gearbox. Exterior colors available are Granite Crystal, Bright White and Gobi.
Premium car maker ‘Volvo Cars’ has announced that from 2019, every car it launches will have an electric motor thereby ending complete reliance on the internal combustion engine and placing electrification at the core of its business in the future. This will result in a portfolio that includes: fully electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars and mild-hybrid cars.
This is about the customer. People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish. This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.” – Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars.
Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo plans to launch five fully electric cars: three of which will be Volvo models and two from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm. Each of these five cars shall by a petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid 48-volt options thereby making it the broadest electrified offering from any car maker. In short, there will be no Volvo cars in the future without an electric motor. It also aims to have climate-neutral manufacturing by 2015.
“The ‘button’ advert is our light-hearted way of addressing a serious point. Today’s updated Golf GTE – with its 204 PS combined power output and 7.6-second 0-62 mph time – is the antithesis of the ‘worthy but dull’ hybrid image. Pressing the Golf’s centre console-mounted ‘GTE’ button allows the combined 1.4 TSI 150 PS petrol engine and 75 Kw (102 PS) electric motor to operate together, unlocking a lively turn of pace in this car. Clearly we are not encouraging people to drive irresponsibly – indeed the idea behind the Golf’s advanced hybrid GTE powertrain is to maximise range – but the Golf’s petrol+electric potential is something we are rightly proud of. We hope the gentle nod to various movie genres in the new TV campaign will make people smile, while also making them reappraise their views on hybrids.” – Glyn Butterworth, Volkswagen National Communications Manager.
An all electric power trainLi will replace the V12 six litre engine in this four door sports car.
Limited build run of 155 cars set for production in 2019.
Based on Rapide AMR Concept in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering.
“Having unveiled the RapidE Concept back in October 2015 we reach another milestone with the confirmation that we are now putting the first all-electric Aston Martin into production. RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it. The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of Aston Martin for more than a century, and will continue to be for years to come. RapidE will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire and capability to successfully embrace radical change, delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.” – Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO.
“Williams Advanced Engineering has always endeavoured to work collaboratively with its customers to meet their sustainability challenges and find energy efficient solutions. For today’s car manufacturers, this is particularly important as legislation demands more energy efficient vehicles. This project with Aston Martin will draw on the extensive battery and EV experience we have accumulated and we are extremely pleased to be supporting this prestigious British company with their future electrification strategy.” – Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering