“Hyundai Motor is already leading in future mobility solutions,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “By launching our All-New Kona Electric, we are pushing our ambitious eco car strategy forward. It's a car of no compromise – combining an SUV body type with electric-mobility. It represents Hyundai’s progressive character. With Hyundai Motor, the future is now!”
Established SUV brand with a progressive mind set
The All-New Kona Electric is the latest addition to the successful family reinforcing the company’s leadership in the eco-car segment. It merges the strengths of SUV with the power of electric powertrains. Hyundai is the first automotive brand in Europe to make a fully-electric small SUV available to everyone. By already offering the broadest range of powertrains, Hyundai is at the forefront of eco-mobility. The company marketed the first mass-produced fuel-cell vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell, and recently introduced its successor, the All-New NEXO. Additionally, the IONIQ is the first car available with three different electric powertrains in one body type. Winning several prestigious accolades from media and industry organisations, the IONIQ is one of the most awarded eco-cars in Europe. The success story of Hyundai’s SUV range began 17 years ago with the launch of the Santa Fe. Since 2001 Hyundai has sold more than 1.5 million units of Santa Fe, Grand Santa Fe, Tucson and All-New Kona in Europe. They all carry the dynamic, progressive style of Hyundai and make it an established brand in this still-growing segment.
A car of no compromise
The All-New Kona Electric enables customers to combine the two fastest growing automotive trends – electrification and SUV style and carries the same expressive design and functionality of the regular Kona. The fully-electric version reflects the individual lifestyle of modern customers who benefit from great fun-to-drive and the low environmental impact of a fully-electric car. The completely new platform of the Kona enables a space-saving integration of the battery packs without compromising the roominess.
The power of All-New Kona Electric
The All-New Kona Electric features two different powertrain versions, offering customers one of the most powerful electric motors. The long-range battery version provides driving range of up to 470km*, delivering a maximum output of 150kW. With a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh, the basic version drives up to 300km* on a single charge with the motor delivering 99 kW. With 395Nm of immediate torque and an acceleration of 7.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, the All-New Kona Electric provides a fun-to-drive experience.
The All-New Kona Electric adopts the expressive-looking and powerful front from the regular Kona. The key design differentiator is the closed grille which gives a clean and stylish appearance, while also enhancing aerodynamics. Another characteristic element of the front design is the Composite Light enhancing the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The Kona Electric’s two-tone roof and the choice of seven distinctive exterior colours underline the personal style of its driver.
Electric drive feeling
A special feature of the All-New Kona Electric is the shift-by-wire operation gear control which enables an intuitive operation of the electric powertrain. The adjustable regenerative braking system allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. The system recuperates additional energy when possible. Drivers also benefit from the large seven-inch supervision cluster, which displays key information about the car’s driving performance and, in addition, the combiner head-up display shows relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight.
Connected and caring
The All-New Kona Electric offers a wide range of connectivity features, such as the infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and connectivity features, e.g. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as well as Wireless Charging. The new eco-model in Hyundai’s line-up is equipped with the company’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, called SmartSense: Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.
The All-New Kona Electric is the next SUV in Hyundai’s product line-up which links up with the new SUV family appearance while adding the progressive character to the small SUV segment. With this upcoming electric SUV, Hyundai is taking the next major step towards making advanced technology and modern design accessible to everyone.
The All-New Kona Electric is characterised by its distinctive high-contrast fender cladding and the muscular surfaces atop a stable, wide stance. The key design elements at the front are the closed grille as well as the Composite Light. They create the car’s progressive appearance with LED daytime running lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. To enhance the progressive SUV look of the front, it features a distinctive lamp bezel and front bumper. Lateral air curtains at the front bumper enhance the aerodynamics by reducing turbulences in the wheel arch area.
The profile of the All-New Kona Electric reflects an eye-catching and agile character. The sleek profile with short rear overhangs and wing-type bumpers underline the forward motion of the car. The roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and supports the active lifestyle of customers, for example by mounting a roof carrier. To further enhance the refined character, the All-New Kona Electric features silver side sills, adding a slightly elegant touch to the sporty SUV.
The design theme of the front is picked up at the rear with the rear bumper and a lamp bezel on the slim LED rear lights. Wrap-around claddings with integrated indicator and reversing lights additionally emphasise the progressive design of the All-New Kona Electric. The rear spoiler features an integrated LED brake light. With the width of 1,800mm and low stance of 1,570mm (+20mm compared with the regular Kona), the All-New Kona Electric has a bold appearance on the road, further enhanced by the dedicated 17’’ alloy wheels. The car’s stance is further supported by its length of 4,180mm (+15mm compared with the regular Kona) and a wheelbase of 2,600mm.
The All-New Kona Electric is available with a two-tone roof, offering a wide variety of individual choices to match the customer’s style. Seven exterior colours in total can be combined with three roof colours for a total of 21 stylings. The roof and exterior mirrors can be chosen in Phantom Black, Dark Knight and Chalk White. The exterior colours are available in Chalk White, Dark Knight, Tangerine Comet, Ceramic Blue, Pulse Red, Acid Yellow and All-New Galactic Grey.
For the interior, customers can choose Black, available in woven, a combination of cloth and leather or pure leather. As an option, there is the three-tone Blue and Grey interior colour available with cloth and leather or leather. Most prominent is the dedicated centre console in the All-New Kona Electric, which combines all the buttons to facilitate operation of the car intuitively with the shift-by-wire gear control. An extra storage space for personal items can be found underneath the centre console.
The new high-resolution seven-inch supervision cluster displays the different gauges, such as the speedometer, battery charge level, energy flow and driving mode to the driver. Depending on the selected drive mode, background colour and gauges are adapted to always provide the most important and useful information. In addition, the head-up display (HUD) projects the relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight. This allows faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead.
With a projected image size of eight inches at two metres distance and a luminance of more than 10,000 candela per square metre, the new head-up display guarantees optimal visibility in different light conditions. The angle and height of the head-up display can be adjusted to ensure ideal visibility for individual needs. Once activated via the button beside the steering wheel, the HUD deploys vertically and disappears into the dashboard when not in use. While driving, the HUD supports safe driving by displaying information, such as speed, navigation commands and fuel level as well as safety-related warnings from assistance systems, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit Information Function and Driver Attention Warning. Information about the audio mode and radio are also projected.
The All-New Kona Electric offers several features for maximum on-board comfort, such as the power front seats with 8-way electric adjustment for optimal seating positions for each front passenger. The driver benefits from an additional 2-way electric lumbar support system. Furthermore, the front seats have a 3-step ventilation and 3-step heating system for a convenient drive in different weather conditions. Another convenience feature for cold weather conditions is the optional heated steering wheel.
Plenty of space is offered to both passengers and luggage. The legroom in the first row is 1,054mm, while passengers in the back seat benefit from 850mm of legroom. The headroom accounts for 1,006mm in the front and 948mm in the rear. Luggage space totalling 332l, including storage of the charging cable (373l without), offers generous roominess, making it suitable for everyday needs.
Driving the All-New Kona Electric is an uncompromising statement about a clean mobility – an objective Hyundai is highly committed to - by remaining true to oneself through driving a stylish, bold SUV. The choice of two different powertrains again strengthens the uncompromising character of the car. Hyundai decided to use a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for the All-New Kona Electric instead of conventional nickel-metal hydride batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity and excellent charge and discharge efficiency, along with outstanding maximum output.
The All-New Electric offers pure e-mobility with two different powertrains. The long-range version with the 64kWh battery provides an electric range of up to 470km* and an energy consumption of 15.2kWh/100km (internal target under WLTP regulations). The electric motor delivers an output of 150kW, accelerating the All-New Kona Electric to 100kph in impressive 7.6 seconds.
With a battery capacity of 39.2kWh, the basic version drives you up to 300km* on a single charge with the motor delivering 99kW and an energy consumption as low as 14.8kWh/100km (internal target under WLTP regulations). Both powertrain versions deliver 395Nm of immediate torque, offering the driver of Kona Electric great fun-to-drive, having the full power available from the first second, providing a maximum speed of 167km/h.
The shift-by-wire gear control system enables operation of the car simply by pressing buttons to switch driving modes. It also eliminates the routing space required for housing the mechanical linkages between a normal shifter and the transmission, providing additional storage space in the front of the car.
The fully-electric small SUV made by Hyundai also features an electronic parking brake (EPB) at the command of the driver’s fingertips. Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80 per cent only takes about 54 minutes using a 100kW direct current (DC) fast charger. With the 7.2kW on-board-charger, charging with alternating current (AC) takes 9 hours 40 minutes for the long-range battery pack and 6 hours 10 minutes for the shorter-range battery pack. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located in the vehicle’s front next to the Hyundai logo.
Connect and Caring
To suit customer’s varied lifestyles, the All-New Kona Electric contains advanced connectivity and navigation features. To enhance seamless integration of the driver’s smartphone, making operation more intuitive and safe while driving, the car is equipped with the Display Audio system, which is available with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth connectivity. This way, users can control their music, telephone or navigation functions on the seven-inch capacitive colour LCD touchscreen, while remaining focused on the road.
The Display Audio system also includes a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines. Additionally, the seven-inch information screen is located in the centre of the instrument cluster between the two dials – a standard for Kona Electric. Customers also have the option to choose the eight-inch navigation system, offering the same connectivity features with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth.
Wireless inductive charging
To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the All-New Kona Electric also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones. The phone’s charging status is visualised with a small indicator lamp above. To ensure that the phone will not be forgotten inside the car, the central display in the instrument cluster shows a reminder when switching off the car.
For further connection of devices, the All-New Kona Electric comes standard with a USB port and an AUX jack.
High-end sound system by Krell
Today’s customers like to listen to their favourite soundtrack in their car, for this reason the All-New Kona Electric offers a high-end sound system by audio manufacturer Krell, featuring eight speakers including two 20mm tweeters, four 160mm woofer speakers, one 100mm centre speaker and a 200mm subwoofer speaker. The eight-channel amplifier delivers 45W per channel to maximise the audio experience inside the car.
Hyundai SmartSense: Highest level of active safety
The All-New Kona Electric features Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Cruise Control - Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go function, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist, Blind-Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.
Cruise Control – Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go
Using front radar sensors, Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking. If traffic comes to a halt, the Stop & Go system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear. If the vehicle stops for longer than three seconds, the driver has to activate the system again with the steering wheel controls or by briefly pressing the accelerator pedal. The system operates from 0 to 180 km/h.
Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
The All-New Kona Electric is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking automatically if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger level, and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 8km/h or above.
Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)
The Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keeping Assist alerts the driver in unsafe movements at over 60km/h by sensing the car’s position. The Lane Departure Warning System sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey and blue lines as well as cats eyes on the road, while the Lane Keep Assist warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.
Lane Following Assist (LFA)
The system assists the driver to keep the centre of the lane by controlling the steering. It works from a standstill up to speeds of 150km/h on both highways and inter-urban roads.
Blind-Spot Detection (BSD)
Also using radar, the Blind-Spot Detection (BCD) monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to lane change situations in which a vehicle is detected.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Using the rear corner radar, the Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross traffic, RCCW alerts the driver visually and audibly.
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
The Driver Attention Warning (DAW) raises safety and convenience to an entirely new level by continuously monitoring and analysing driving patterns through data inputs, such as the steering angle, steering torque and vehicle position in the traffic lane. When a pattern of fatigue/distraction is identified, DAW gets the driver’s attention with an audible alert and pop-up message suggesting a break.
Speed Limit Information Function
The Speed Limit Information Function uses the front camera and information from the navigation system to identify road speed signs and displays the speed limit in real time. The information is displayed in both the navigation system display and the TFT cluster.
High Beam Assist
The headlamps are available with state-of-the-art LED technology, pairing daylight-like illumination with a long lifetime and significantly lower energy consumption than halogen lights. When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night, and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beam. The static cornering lights turns additional cornering lamps on and off according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.
Highest Passive Safety
The All-New Kona Electric benefits from superior rigidity through the application of high strength steel, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion, in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision.
Thanks to an enlarged area for the appliance of hot stamping and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone has been enlarged for top crashworthiness. The multi load-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact.
Around the interior of the Kona Electric a total of six airbags are installed (two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row, protecting both driver and passengers).
*CO2 emissions and fuel consumption based on internal targets under WLTP regulations.
All vehicle specifications and technical data relate to the European market.
The new ŠKODA Superb has been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. Euro NCAP confirms the outstanding safety standard of the new ŠKODA top model that has only been launched onto the first markets recently. The latest Euro NCAP top result also shows the high safety standard of the entire ŠKODA model range: in the course of their respective market launches, all current model lines of the manufacturer have been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
The Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) rating includes the categories occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems. The new ŠKODA Superb has been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in all four categories. The new ŠKODA Superb offers safety without compromise: using MQB technology of Volkswagen Group, the brand’s top model scores well with numerous safety assistance systems. In the event of a collision, state-of-the-art restraint systems with up to nine airbags, a more rigid body and specifically optimised crumple zones offer the best possible occupant protection. There is also a completely new chassis that guarantees stability, comfort and agility.
The new ŠKODA Superb offers an array of new assistance systems and impresses with a safety standard that has not been seen as standard for vehicles in this segment up until now. The technology supports the driver in the most diverse traffic situations, from keeping at a safe distance and staying in lane to emergency braking in the case of an impending collision. The new Superb is fitted as standard with Electronic Stability Control including Multi-Collision Brake. In most EU countries, the following safety features are fitted as standard: Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, electronic tyre pressure monitor and XDL, an extended function of the electronic differential lock. In addition, several safety assistance systems are optional. The Superb is the first model of the brand to be available with Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist. Further optional safety systems are: automatic distance control (Adaptive Cruise Control), proactive occupant protection (Crew Protect Assist), Lane Assist, speed limiter, fatigue detection (Driver Alert) and traffic sign recognition (Travel Assist).
Additionally, innovative lighting systems in the new ŠKODA Superb provide significantly more safety. The Superb is the first model of the brand to come with masked high beam (Smart Light Assist). The latest Euro NCAP top rating for the new ŠKODA Superb highlights that the current ŠKODA model range is safer than ever before. In the course of their respective market launches, all current model lines have been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating. Prior to the new ŠKODA Superb, the new ŠKODA Fabia was awarded with 5 stars in November 2014. The maximum 5-star rating was also achieved by the models ŠKODA Octavia (2013), ŠKODA Rapid (2012), ŠKODA Citigo (2011) and ŠKODA Yeti (2008).
The outstanding results of the ŠKODA vehicles in the Euro NCAP crash tests is the result of extensive efforts by the manufacturer to achieve maximum active and passive safety. As part of its corporate social responsibility, the company is also involved in many ways in improving safety on roads and motorways. Euro NCAP is an independent consortium of European ministries for transport, motoring clubs, insurers and consumer groups. The organisation carries out crash tests with new car models and assesses their safety.
The new ŠKODA Superb will arrive in Australia in 2016. Local specification and pricing will be available at the time of launch.
Infiniti will unveil its first-ever compact car at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September this year (September 17 – 27, 2015). Two years after the Infiniti Q30 Concept debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt show, the production version of this segment-spanning compact car will be revealed at the show this year.
Infiniti is in the final stages of preparing the launch; dynamic testing and ultimate validation is currently taking place across the UK and throughout mainland Europe where development of the vehicle has been completed at the company’s Engineering Center in Cranfield, UK, since 2014. The Q30 will go on sale in Europe towards the end of 2015 with other markets to follow subsequently.
More news on the Infiniti Q30 active compact will be released closer to the Frankfurt show in September.
Hyundai has started production of the company’s first multi-purpose light commercial vehicle (LCV) the all-new H350. Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, for sale across Europe, the Hyundai H350 is engineered to deliver value beyond customer expectations and will establish new standards in its class. With the introduction of the H350, Hyundai presents the European LCV market with a new brand and the segment’s first all-new vehicle for several decades. The H350 will be manufactured by Hyundai’s long-term production partner, Karsan Automotive, located in Bursa, Turkey. The all-new vehicle is built on a flexible platform that supports three body styles – Van, Bus and Chassis-cab.
“With the start of production of the All-new H350 today, Hyundai will begin to play a key role in the European commercial vehicle sector. This portion of the market is forecast to grow significantly over the next few years, so now is the right time for Hyunda to enter Europe’s big van segment. Built in Europe, the H350 has been developed and tailored to meet the specific needs of most demanding customers across the region,” said Byung Tae Yea, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company. The 3.5 tonne (GVW) H350 Van will be available with a choice of 5.5m or 6.2m overall lengths delivering best-in-class cargo capacity (12.9 m3) and the unique ability to carry five Euro-standard pallets. The 4.0 tonne (GVW) H350 Bus offers customers two 13+1 seat layouts and a choice of passenger access doors. The Turkish plant will also build the flexible H350 Chassis-cab, which provides an efficient, versatile and robust foundation for customized bodywork for cargo boxes up to 4.0m long and 2.32m wide.
Hyundai anticipates that the all-new H350 will have strong appeal to customers seeking a premium LCV thanks to its large cargo capacity, ergonomic design and car-like comfort. Designers and engineers made efforts to develop the refined ride, strong performance and high safety standards that European customers expect, while delivering Hyundai’s characteristic reliability, competitive cost of ownership and generous warranty. Hyundai will start sales of the all-new H350 in Turkey during May with availability in eight other European countries starting from June, before expanding further across Europe in 2016. The H350 is currently only being produced in LHD, however plans to engineer a RHD variant are being reviewed with no timeframe yet confirmed.
Exuding high performance and sport dynamics, Infiniti's Q60 Concept makes its European premiere at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. The stunning two-door concept hints at Infiniti's next sports coupe. Fresh from its acclaimed reveal at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit earlier this year, the show-stopping Q60 Concept is an original and bold reinterpretation of an elegant lifestyle 2+2 coupe. Its unique combination of eye-catching contours, heart-pumping power and high-quality finishes gives premium customers a fresh and expressive style icon to which they can aspire. "The Q60 Concept is more than a design exercise; it is earmarked for production," said Roland Krueger, Infiniti President and CEO. "What you see in this concept vehicle inspires the sports coupe that Infiniti will produce next year."
Infiniti designers wanted to create a sports car that is power and performance personified. They gave the Q60 Concept taut lines, razor-sharp edges, and strikingly deep recesses in the body sides – culminating in a potent road presence. Sitting at 4690 mm (184.6 inches) long, 1865 mm (73.4 inches) wide and 1370 mm (53.9 inches) high, the angular concept is as sporty in motion as it is at rest. The Q60 Concept's sleek and aerodynamic design is anchored by its deep double arch grille, whose elaborate waved mesh pattern gives it a three-dimensional quality. From the grille, the flowing character lines rise and merge into the headlamps, drawing attention to the intelligent LED lights. These adaptive headlamps react to the steering, speed and elevation of the car and automatically adjust the beam around each bend to illuminate the road ahead. Inspired by the human eye – characteristic of Infiniti's vehicles – the headlamp has very fine fibre optic-like lines branching out from the projector. When lit, these filaments of LED lights look like lines of the iris radiating from the pupil, giving the headlamps a high-tech stare. The character line running the length of the car from the double arch grille to the aerodynamic tail spoiler gives the vehicle its assertive look from front to rear. The highly defined body contours are executed with precision, and where the shoulder dips in with exaggerated depth is reminiscent of chiselled cheekbones or rippling muscles.
Wearing a special colour named Arctic Aluminium, the Q60 Concept looks like it is machined from a solid aluminium block rather than painted. The designers also made the wheels more visible than the body to give the Q60 Concept an athletic profile. Donning arresting spokes in matte blacks and high-gloss black chromes, the deep 21-inch wheels fill up the wheel arches and give the concept its domineering stance. The same refinement on the outside extends into the smallest detail on the inside, evoking a premium atmosphere with three-dimensional textures and meticulous craftsmanship. While the familiar asymmetry from the top of the centre cluster to the wide centre console has been updated to make it more fluid, the centre console continues to demarcate the driver and passenger zone. Stitched by hand, the leather-wrapped instrument panel, steering wheel and door inserts all bear testament to bespoke finesse. The two-tone black-and-white instrument panel adds contrast to the interior, reflecting Infiniti's attention to detail.
Carbon fibre in the door accents echoes the performance of the car while high-quality driver-oriented controls intuitively build driver confidence. The seats have also been designed to go with the car's exhilarating character. An array of leathers was used to bring out the best comfort, from premium saddle leather to thick cushion quilting. Even oft-ignored rear passengers get stylish bucket seats, adding to the premium environment in the car.
The Q60 Concept is expected to deliver exceptional performance befitting a true-blue sports car from the next-generation 3.0-litre V6 engine with direct injection and twin-turbocharging. This all-new engine was first previewed in the Q80 Inspiration during the Paris Motor Show last year and will be part of a new family of lighter, smaller, more efficient and more powerful engines. Slated to be introduced within the next two years, this new line of engines significantly reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions while boosting power and torque for a more thrilling drive. The Q60 Concept also showcases a host of ingenious technologies to not only enrich the driving experience but also provide an intuitive level of driving assistance where required. This is in line with Infiniti's philosophy that technology should enhance the driver, not restrict them.
For example, the enhanced Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering™ system allows independent control of the car's tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver's intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system. This increases the direct driving performance feel by quickly and intelligently communicating road surface feedback to the driver. Developed after more than ten years of research, the system was a world's first when it premiered on the Q50. Apart from augmenting the driving experience, the Q60 Concept puts the spotlight back on the desires and needs of the driver and passengers through human-centric systems that provide a higher degree of available personalisation. This is made possible with the new Infiniti InTuition™ system, a fully customisable digital environment, which works with the vehicle's advanced Intelligent Keys to recognise the vehicle settings for up to four different drivers, including preferences for driving position, heating and cooling, audio, navigation, telematics. "The Q60 Concept is Infiniti's vision for a sports coupe," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director. "Design, performance and premium quality – these are what makes a sports coupe stand above the crowd. And these are what you'll find on the definitive Q60 Concept."
Nissan in Europe has become the first manufacturer to apply glow-in-the-dark car paint to showcase how its market-leading, all-electric LEAF is helping more and more people convert to solar energy at home. The manufacturer worked with inventor, Hamish Scott, creator of STARPATH, which is a spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day so that it glows for between eight and 10 hours when the sun goes down. While glowing car paint is already available, as are glow-in-the-dark car wraps, the bespoke, ultraviolet-energized paint created especially for Nissan is unique thanks to its secret formula made up of entirely organic materials. It contains a very rare natural earth product called Strontium Aluminate, which is solid, odourless and chemically and biologically inert. Various third-party companies have applied non-organic glow-in-the-dark paint to vehicles before, but Nissan is the first car maker to directly apply such technology. Nissan's unique paint, if made commercially available, would last for 25 years.
With running costs of just two pence* or less per mile to run, the UK's 7,500 plus Nissan LEAF owners have reported significant savings and are using the money they save on a wide variety of items; among the more popular of these are solar panels for the home, which decreases the household carbon footprint and means owners are also effectively charging their vehicle for free. Research revealed recently by Nissan showed that 89 percent of LEAF owners charge their cars at home overnight. Although solar panels do not store energy or provide it outside of daylight, any leftover power generated during the day is fed back into the national grid and homeowners can get a Government payment for it, meaning that the overnight charge is already paid for. LEAF owner Ian Finch is one of those who has combined the savings offered by running an all-electric vehicle with solar panels to power his home. "Running the Nissan LEAF costs a sixth of the amount we'd pay to run a diesel or petrol car," he said. "Overall, we are probably using 25 percent less electricity thanks to our solar panels and it's a fantastic experience to be able to drive the LEAF using electricity that's been produced completely for free."
"The Nissan LEAF is a shining beacon of sustainability and the future of motoring," said Nissan Motor GB Limited EV manager Paul O'Neill. "Not only is it saving our customers money in running costs, but it we are now seeing how it is helping people become more environmentally sensitive by reducing their carbon footprint."