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Ford ends production of S-Max and Galaxy minivans, Kuga crossover next in line for downsizing

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According to Automotive News Europe, Ford has decided to end production of the S-Max and Galaxy minivans in Europe from April. This will entail the dismissal of approximately 1.1 thousand employees of the plant in Valencia, which produced these cars. Previously, Mondeo was produced at the same enterprise, but this model has also been “cancelled”.

Ford ends production of S-Max and Galaxy minivans, Kuga crossover next in line for downsizing

Ford is refocusing on the production of electric vehicles and crossovers, but not everything is simple here either: the company previously announced that they plan to abandon a pair of small crossovers designed for five people. Specific models were not named, but it can be assumed that Ford will get rid of the Kuga/Edge and Ecosport. Also in question is the fate of the Ford Fiesta and Focus. And if mid-size models like the Focus are still in demand in Europe (here it’s possible just to convert the model to electricity), then the Fiesta is definitely at risk – in connection with the transition to new exhaust standards, small and relatively inexpensive cars become unprofitable for automakers, and this does not apply only Ford.

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Truck “Ural” tried on a hybrid power plant. The company showed its first such prototype and set its sights on an all-electric version.

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The Ural Automobile Plant demonstrated its first prototype of an electric truck equipped with a hybrid power plant.

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A car with a 4×2 wheel formula is still called simply “Ural”. It is powered by an LNG engine that is used as a generator to charge a battery, which in turn powers an electric motor. At the moment, it is known that the power reserve is only 100 km, but in this case, we mean the ability of a car to drive such a distance solely due to the battery. Since the car is also equipped with an internal combustion engine, as a result, in general, the power reserve is quite worthy of 500 km.

The company is reportedly planning to develop an all-electric truck and then a hydrogen fuel cell version. But so far we are only talking about prototypes, but there is no data on serial machines with similar power plants.

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Polish state-owned brand Izera builds Pininfarina-designed electric vehicles on China’s Geely platform

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Polish state owned brand Izera builds Pininfarina designed electric vehicles on Chinas

The young Polish car brand Izera has announced that all three of its first electric vehicles will be developed in collaboration with the famous Italian studio Pininfarina.

Polish state-owned brand Izera builds Pininfarina-designed electric vehicles on China's Geely platform

Pininfarina will be responsible for the interior and exterior design, as well as the shell of the multimedia system.

The goal of our collaboration with Pininfarina is to use the stylistic DNA we showcased during the 2020 Izera prototype public launch; and update the brand’s unique stylistic language to match the platform on which our vehicles will be built and market trends

The first three models that the company is preparing will be a hatchback, station wagon and crossover. They will enter the market in 2025. As previously reported, the cars are built on the Geely SEA platform. It is already known that all cars will be able to accelerate to 100 km / h in about 7 seconds and will have a range of about 440 km. Whether there will be any other configurations is unknown.

Polish state-owned brand Izera builds Pininfarina-designed electric vehicles on China's Geely platform

It is also worth noting that ElectroMobility Poland, which owns the Izera brand, is a state-owned company. Thus, the Polish state-owned company creates Italian-designed electric vehicles on a Chinese platform.

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Babyark smart child car seat unveiled with military-grade technology and multiple sensors

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Babyark smart child car seat unveiled with military grade technology and

Introduced a child car seat that was created by Frank Stephenson Design in collaboration with Babyark, an innovative baby safety technology company. Its design is inspired by the egg.

Babyark smart child car seat unveiled with military-grade technology and multiple sensors

The child seat is constructed with a carbon fiber frame and military-grade energy-absorbing technology that sets it apart from virtually all other child seats on the market. It also includes the SafeCoil steel-based cushioning system that gently slows the seat forward during an accident. An advanced side impact protection system has also been implemented.

Another addition to the safety of the child seat is a set of 14 sensors in the base that constantly monitor a wide range of parameters, such as whether the seat is correctly installed, and can also tell the owner if the child is properly secured. Accelerometers and gyroscopes can also register the force of any collision and notify users when the seat can be reused.

After working in the automotive industry, I always wanted to go beyond the simple design of car shapes. Safety standards and design in the industry have changed significantly, and yet we easily neglect the technology needed to keep children safe. Babyark’s breakthrough business approach and its open design, inspired by the protective forms of nature around us, aims to embrace passengers and provide safety and luxury for users.

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