According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, local automakers Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have reported that cumulative sales of their electric vehicles in Europe exceeded 200,000 units. The Hyundai and Kia brands are owned by the Hyundai Motor Group and have been selling electric vehicles in Europe since 2014. As of May this year, 227 919 electric vehicles of the company were sold in the Old World.
Of these, the share of Hyundai Motor – 131,719 cars, Kia Motors sold slightly less – 96,200. The combined sales of electric vehicles of the two companies in Europe exceeded 10,000 in 2017 and 100,000 last year. In May of this year, Hyundai and Kia sold 43,865 electric vehicles in Europe, an increase of 99.5% over the same period last year.
Audi against “Euro-7”, and Skoda threatens to close the plant and lay off thousands of employees because of the new standard
Audi CEO Markus Duesmann said the mid-2025 deadline for the implementation of Euro 7 regulations on pollution should be delayed as it doesn’t give automakers enough time to prepare.
The Euro 7 standard, which regulates exhaust emissions of pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, as well as fine particles, received preliminary approval in November last year. It also proposes for the first time to regulate particulate emissions from brake pads and tires.
Automakers will have to re-certify every transmission in their portfolio, a lengthy and costly process. New technologies, upgraded filters and catalysts will need to be created, and automakers say they will have to pass on much of that cost to buyers.
Many see Euro 7 as an unnecessary milestone that will divert resources from the ultimate goal of electrification. Company executives say the rules will only apply to the latest generation of internal combustion engines until a proposal to allow only zero-emission vehicles to be sold in Europe after 2035.
Skoda head of sales Martin Jahn said on Sunday that the Czech brand Volkswagen Group will have to close the plant and phase out models if the Euro 7 standard is adopted in its current form.
“If the Euro 7 standard is approved in this form, it will mean that Skoda Auto will close one plant, because we will stop producing smaller models – Fabia, Scala, Kamiq – this means at least 3,000 jobs will be reduced,” said Martin Yang in a televised debate.
“We strongly believe that we need to adjust the current proposal,” added Markus Duesmann. “We spent a lot of time and money developing electric vehicles.”
Strict adherence to Euro 7 would divert investment away from electric vehicles, he said, and higher prices for buyers would “really weaken the situation.”
175 hp, 8-speed automatic and unique French style. Peugeot 408X fastback crossover launched in China
Pre-sales of the original Peugeot 408X fastback crossover have begun in China. The car is presented in five versions, prices – from 21,200 to 26,200 dollars.
In China, the novelty is presented as a “new French unlimited car” – there is both a hint of French style and an indication of any off-road capabilities (clearance is 190 mm, the angle of entry is 16 °, the exit is 21 °). 19-inch wheels are already in the base.
The car is rather big – dimensions are 4705 x 1859 x 1502 mm, wheelbase length – 2787 mm. But it is designed exclusively for five. However, the Peugeot 408X is touted as a family car. Trunk volume is 536 liters, and with the rear seats folded down, it increases to 1611 liters.
Authentic exterior design harmonizes well with the corporate style interior – with a deployed front panel and an unusual combination of geometric shapes and lines. There are three screens: two with a diagonal of 10.25 inches and one with a diagonal of 9.7 inches. Interestingly, the dashboard reproduces a three-dimensional image that is visible to the naked eye.
And then there is atmospheric lighting, the French Focal audio system, climate control with fragrance, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control, voice control, etc.
The Peugeot 408X has only one engine – a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with a capacity of 175 hp, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and only front-wheel drive.
Truck “Ural” tried on a hybrid power plant. The company showed its first such prototype and set its sights on an all-electric version.
The Ural Automobile Plant demonstrated its first prototype of an electric truck equipped with a hybrid power plant.
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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