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Maserati MC20 presented in Malta

Motors Inc.’s ambition to be innovative and first reached a new level last week, with the presentation of a unique super sports car – the Maserati MC20 – which now proudly forms part of an array of luxury vehicles under the Motors Inc. Approved Used flag.

The Maserati MC20 has been described as the super sports car that pushes the boundaries of time, with a mid-engine, housed in a light body, ensuring a prodigious power to weight ratio, for a jaw dropping acceleration and top speed.

This car confirms yet again the triumph of Italian motorsport engineering. The MC20 boasts a hi-tech, ultra-light carbon fibre monocoque, developed and designed to make the vehicle stronger, faster, and dynamically phenomenal thanks to its high torsional and bending stiffness.

A one-of-a-kind in Malta, this hot-blooded pure-bred can be viewed at the Motors Inc. showrooms in Mdina Road Qormi, open Monday to Friday from 9am till 6pm and Saturdays from 9am till 12pm.

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KIA EV6 named ‘Crossover of the Year’ at 2021 Topgear.com Awards

The fully electric EV6 has earned the coveted ‘Crossover of the Year’ title at the 2021 TopGear.com Awards. The EV6 impressed Top Gear’s judges thanks to its style, dynamic performance, long electric range and 800-volt ultra-fast charging – offering 10-to-80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes.

Tom Ford, associate editor, commented: “With the EV6, Kia has gone all-in; wholly electric, wild styling, class-leading charging, gadgets galore. It delves deeply into the concept of a mobile lounge, the EV6 pushes into the darker corners of making an EV actually interesting to drive. It’s also spacious, nicely-equipped and well-built. It cruises with all the best bits of EVs – quiet, smooth, calm – and then punts down a backroad with proper potential. A crossover in more than one sense, then. For the car, and the brand.”

Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe commented: “We are delighted to have won Crossover of the Year at the prestigious TopGear.com Awards. EV6 is a revolutionary vehicle for the Kia brand and for electric mobility and this award is welcome recognition of that. It’s another addition to the trophy cabinet for EV6, a model which continues to grow in popularity as part of our evolving electrified line-up.”

The EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated electric car, and shows the exciting potential of the company’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The EV6 offers buyers a choice of multiple fully-electric, zero-emission powertrain configurations, including long-range (77.4 kWh) and standard-range (58.0 kWh) high-voltage battery packs. EV6 GT-line is available with both long-range and standard-range battery packs, while EV6 GT features the long-range battery pack only. This is Kia’s first electric vehicle to be available with two-wheel (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) options – the latter offering enhanced dynamic capability in even the most challenging conditions.

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Steep mountain roads, high temperatures: Testing the BMW i7 drive under extreme conditions

The series development process of the BMW i7 is entering its final phase with the car undergoing a demanding test programme in extreme road and weather conditions. During so-called hot-region testing on tracks and public roads all over the world, the development engineers primarily verify the performance and reliability of the electric motors, the all-wheel drive and the high-voltage battery when being exposed to maximum stress from high temperatures, unpaved roads, dust and large differences in altitude. The road to series production takes the prototypes of the BMW i7 over gravel tracks into deserts, into the mountains and on a whole series of highly dynamic routes. The BMW i7, the world’s only purely electrically powered luxury sedan, will be presented in the course of 2022 together with other model variants of the new BMW 7 Series.

The endurance test in the hot regions of various countries and continents serves in particular to test and safeguard all components of the electric drive system. The components of the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology developed for the BMW i7 demonstrate their unrestricted functionality even under the most adverse conditions when being used continuously in extremely high outside temperatures, permanent sunlight and dry conditions.

Within a firmly defined test programme for the prototypes, loads are simulated that correspond to the challenges faced by a series-production vehicle during a complete product life cycle. Supported by sensitive on-board measurement technology, experienced test engineers register every reaction of the electric motors, the high-voltage battery, drive control and the integrated cooling system as well as the charging technology and energy management to weather and road-related influences.

The testing programme, which covers tens of thousands of kilometres, includes long-distance and high-speed driving as well as stop-and-go traffic in scorching heat. In addition, test sections with particularly large differences in altitude were selected at the hot-region test sites. In this way the temperature behaviour of the electric motors and the torque control of the all-electric BMW xDrive can be analysed during a particularly dynamic and long-lasting uphill drive. To further increase the load on the drive system, the test programme also includes mountain driving in trailer mode. At the same time, the high-voltage battery shows how it able to continuously deliver peak power to supply the e-motors. As an extreme scenario and a particular challenge for energy management and power electronics, the test also involves driving downhill with a high-voltage storage system that is already fully charged at the start and can therefore no longer absorb any recuperation energy.

The gruelling hot-region test procedure is also used to put the performance of the air-conditioning and other on-board electronics, as well as the temperature resistance of the materials used in the interior, to a particularly tough test. This is all to ensure that the world’s only purely electrically powered luxury sedan delivers a perfectly harmonised and exclusive driving experience in any situation.

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New FIAT 500 awarded best urban electric car at 2022 DrivingElectric Awards

The new Fiat 500 has picked up further recognition as the go to electric car, having most recently been announced as Best Urban Electric Car at DrivingElectric’s 2022 Awards.  

For the fourth ever DrivingElectric Awards, and the first year to feature the ‘Best Urban Electric Car’ category, the new Fiat 500 has continued to build on its success in previous years.

Judges praised the 500 for setting itself apart from its competition thanks to its impressive fun driving style, nippy agility and range.

Richard Ingram, editor, DrivingElectric, said: “Last year’s DrivingElectric Car of the Year, the Fiat 500 is still the best in its segment. Reinvented for the electric era, this retro take on the evergreen small car is nippy, agile and fun to drive – with a range that will satisfy urban drivers twice over.”

The new Fiat 500 is the first fully-electric Fiat designed from the ground up. The car provides a raft of best-in-class features such as Level 2 Autonomous Driving technologies, a variety of battery options and a substantial driving range of up to 199 miles (WLTP) – the longest range of any electric city car on the market today. The New 500 is also the only four-seater convertible in its segment.

The sustainable philosophy of the new 500 is reflected not only in the electric powertrain but also within the interior. The seats are partly made with Seaqual yarn, the weaving of which produces a material derived from recycled plastic, 10 per cent of which originates from the sea and 90 per cent from land.

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Meet the 87-year-old switching to electric

After a lifetime of petrol-powered vehicles, 87-year-old Pedro García is proving it’s never too late to embrace the future as he makes the change to electric – with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E his vehicle of choice.

García has owned numerous Ford cars over the years, developing a close relationship with the team at his local Denia-based dealership, Auto Christian, in Alicante, Spain. They made sure he was one of the first to see a Mustang Mach-E and, when he was won over by its style, they made sure he was also one of their first Mustang Mach-E customers. Since then, they have been there every step of the way to help García learn about and adapt to his new car. Not that he’s needed much help.

While some may think that making the switch to a high-tech electric vehicle would be difficult at his age, Miguel Estrela, a salesperson at Auto Christian, notes how well García has mastered the Mustang Mach-E. He knows of younger people who still find the idea of switching to electric daunting but, as García demonstrates, even with a lifetime of petrol-powered habits behind him, making the transition is easier than they might imagine.

Charging, in particular, is something García has quickly adapted to. With a wall box installed at his home, he simply plugs it in at night, waking to a fully charged vehicle in the morning. The quietness and ease of use that the Mustang Mach-E offers – particularly with the one pedal driving – has seen him travel to places he hasn’t been to in fifty years, just because he can. And the best part, according to García? He doesn’t have to stop at petrol stations any longer, or even stop to top-up the charge thanks to the Mustang Mach-E’s range.

People often fear change, but García shows that even at his age adapting to the future can be easier, and more enjoyable, than expected.  

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Lamborghini celebrates fourth anniversary of Urus Super SUV

The Lamborghini Urus Super SUV is celebrating four years since its international launch in December 2017 at the Sant’Agata Bolognese headquarters. The third super sports car model alongside the Aventador and Huracán, opened up a new segment of luxury cars: the Super SUV, positioning itself as a reference point in terms of power, performance, driving dynamics, design, luxury, and everyday usability. The Urus also kicked off the greatest period of transformation for Automobili Lamborghini, with the Urus taking off during the last four years to become a major player in the SUV segment.

Thanks to the Urus, sales, turnover and profitability reached unprecedented levels in the brand’s history. Turnover grew year on year, with 40% growth from €1,009 million to €1,415 million in 2018, the year sales of the car began, reaching a peak of €1.81 billion in 2019 and €1.61 billion in 2020 (COVID period): the year of record profitability for the company.

The overall growth in global sales is even more exceptional, reaching the record of 8,205 Lamborghini units delivered to clients (+43%) in 2019: double the volumes achieved in the period before the arrival of the Urus. From 2018 to the end of 2021, a total of 16,000 Urus cars were delivered worldwide, a figure that established the Lamborghini Super SUV as the best-selling model over four years in the company’s history. The Urus is sold in every corner of five continents, with 85% of clients being new to the marque.

Powered by a 650 HP 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine delivering 850 Nm of torque, the Urus can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 305 km/h. It also comes in a range of colors, which at the start of sales comprised 16 colors. Today, thanks to the construction of a dedicated paintshop and to the work of the Lamborghini Ad Personam department, which develops new customization options, more than 45 different colors are now offered.

Its great versatility in all terrains is made possible by the six different driving modes (Strada, Sport, Corsa, Sabbia, Terra and Neve), added to which is the EGO system that allows the driver to fully customize the configuration by choosing the rigidity needed for a very comfortable ride or an extremely sporty and dynamic setup depending on personal driving style and road conditions.

Extraordinary performance and versatility have enabled the Urus to face extreme challenges, such as on Lake Baikal in Russia. Here, in March 2021, the Lamborghini Super SUV set a speed record on ice during the Days of Speed event, with a top speed of 298 km/h and an average speed from a standing start of 114 km/h over 1000 meters. And in 2021, the Urus reached the highest motorable road in the world at the top of the Umling La Pass in the Himalayan part of India in the Jammu and Kashmir region, more than 5800 meters above sea level, reaching even higher than the Mount Everest base camp.

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Continental Drift – Watch the new film from Bentley

As customer deliveries of the new Continental GT Speed begin, Bentley Motors has released a new film capturing and celebrating the incredible dynamic ability of the GT Speed. Called Continental Drift and filmed at an abandoned air base on the Italian island of Sicily, the film shows the scope of performance of Bentley’s pinnacle GT, including incredibly precise drifting through dramatic locations.

The dynamic-focused chassis and rear-biased torque split of the GT Speed – which under most conditions will send the majority of the W12 engine’s 635 PS of power to the rear wheels – has made this new kind of film possible for Bentley.

Improved cornering dynamics and the extra grip provided by a suite of new systems (including eLSD, all-wheel steering and new ESC) allow the car to tackle any corner with an increased level of precision and confidence. In turn, the car is able to extract the maximum performance from the available traction to deliver stunning acceleration and composure from the apex – either with perfectly balanced grip or in a deliberate, controllable slide. With the powertrain delivering 900 Nm of torque, the GT Speed is a Bentley that can be driven on the limit with incredible ease and confidence.

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The film was shot over of the course of a day during the recent Global Media Drive for the GT Speed on Sicily. For this event, Bentley converted the abandoned NATO base previously known as Comiso Air Station into a gymkhana-style track. Originally built in 1936, Comiso was rebuilt in the 1980s as the home to 112 Ground Launched Cruise Missiles, each with a nuclear warhead, and was the largest NATO air base in southern Europe. Abandoned almost 30 years ago and having been slowly reclaimed by nature since, Comiso proved to be the ideal place to create a safe yet challenging environment to demonstrate the performance credentials of the GT Speed.

Mike Sayer, Bentley’s Head of Product Communications, said: “After the team discovered Comiso Air Station for the launch of the GT Speed, and we’d agreed to create a gymkhana-style course there, the next step was to design a film unlike anything we’d shot before. Sliding a metallic yellow Bentley around an abandoned air base is certainly an experience, and new territory for us, but the result shows just how dynamic the best Grand Tourer in the world has become.”

The film was captured by award-winning automotive film-maker David Hale, supported by expert point-of-view drone pilots and videographer and photographer Mark Fagelson. Eagle-eyed viewers may also recognise members of the Bentley Communications team making cameo appearances.

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Continental Drift showcases the GT Speed’s talents as one of the fastest and most dynamic four-seat Grand Tourers in the world, and also reflects on the car’s heritage. The 1952 R-Type Continental seen at the start and end of the film is Bentley’s own car from its Heritage Collection, and in its day was the fastest four-seat car in the world. The elegant yet powerful design of the R-Type Continental was also the inspiration for the design of the Continental GT, with the same DNA describing the power line from the front wheel, the haunch over the rear wheels and the sloping roof line.

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Land Rover provides glimpse of the new Range Rover

Land Rover has given a first glimpse of the New Range Rover ahead of its world premiere. Across five decades of pioneering innovation, the Range Rover has led by example. It has earned an unmatched status as the ultimate luxury SUV for royalty, politicians, business leaders and celebrities across the world, combining peerless refinement and unmatched capability.

“The New Range Rover is a vehicle with a peerless character, from the impeccable restraint of its exterior to the flawless tranquil sanctuary of its cabin. Informed by creative intellect and a desire for perfection, it doesn’t follow fashion or trend, but by a modernist design philosophy, combined with over 50 years of evolution, it is quite simply the most desirable Range Rover ever created,” said Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, chief creative officer at Jaguar Land Rover.

The New Range Rover will be unveiled on October 26.

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CUPRA Born: Brand’s first 100% electric model ready to be the impulse in the EV market

The CUPRA Born is shifting the market, the impulse of a new era. The first 100% electric vehicle from CUPRA delivers an emotional design and instantaneous performance, while challenging the status quo.  

The CUPRA Born delivers an advanced powertrain to produce instantaneous performance matched to a chassis that delivers driving emotions in any driving scenario. And with stimulating design to help CUPRA’s first all-electric vehicle stand out, the CUPRA Born is ready to shake things up in the market.

 “The CUPRA Born is the impulse in the electric era, delivering stimulating design from Barcelona, instantaneous performance with an all-electric range of more than 500km. It’s a vehicle that contributes to reducing global CO2 emissions and helps meet European targets,” said Wayne Griffiths, CEO of CUPRA. “But it also marks a shift in the industry. CUPRA will use unconventional sales models to reach new people and take the CUPRA brand and the Born beyond the traditional.”

The CUPRA Born marks a new era for the brand, joining the electrified CUPRA range together with the plug-in hybrid variants of the CUPRA Leon, CUPRA Leon Sportstourer and the CUPRA Formentor, all of which use electricity to maximise performance.

Moreover, it’s the first model to be delivered to customers with a net CO2 neutral concept, where energy from renewable sources is used in the supply chain. The remaining emissions are offset by environmental and project investments certified to the highest standards. 

Designed and developed in Barcelona, at CUPRA’s headquarters in Martorell, the CUPRA Born is produced at the Zwickau plant in Germany. The car will be launched to the markets from November. 

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