French company Citroën has continued to work with leading lifestyle magazine ELLE, adding an exciting package of equipment to the popular C3 model.

The latest edition is actually a continuation of the collaboration that initially began in 2018. Success was not lacking, as Citroën sold more than 9,000 units worldwide, which announced the next versions. Celebrating its twentieth birthday, the compact Citroën got off to a great start to the current season with 49,000 vehicles sold, which is enough for a high third place in the segment.

The cooperation of cult French brands stems from a common understanding of women's fashion, but also social problems. The design of the new C3 ELLE edition is inspired by trends that are popular among customers of the C "troika", such as the possibility of individualization and improved comfort.

The new Citroën C3 ELLE promotes a two-tone exterior as standard, with a choice of two roof shades - white or black. The exclusive novelty is available in five body colors: Soft Sand, Polar White, Cumulus Gray, Platinum Gray and Perla Nera Black shades.

The attention to detail is extraordinary, so the new model is also decorated with ELLE markings. The unique style continues in the passenger compartment, with an ambience that befits an unusual edition. In the foreground are undoubtedly two-tone Advanced Comfort seats that highlight the 'Light Prussian Gray' fabric. For the first time, Alcantara - which is usually offered on premium models - enriches the interior elements, which completes the unique ambience.

The sporty style is accentuated by 17-inch 'Vector' alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and a chrome digital instrument panel frame. Lastly, there is a leather steering wheel that is standard. Modern systems are not neglected either, so the Citroën C3 ELLE has a reversing camera.

The new Citroën C3 ELLE is powered by a 1.2-liter PureTech 83 petrol engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. As an alternative, the French brand offers a 1.2-liter PureTech 110 petrol engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Fans of older cars, especially those who love BMW, will definitely not remain indifferent to the E9 Coupe 3.0 CS model being sold at auction.

The beautiful coupe left the factory in 1973, painted in Sahara beige, but in 2013, it was painted in the current Dee Sea Metallic color, which really suits him perfectly. A number of other things have been done to freshen up the exterior including removing side reflectors and tinting the windows.

The car has 16-inch BBS wheels with Continental tires, and has been carefully maintained in recent years.

The interior is immaculate, the seats are upholstered in beige leather as are the door panels, and there are brown floor mats and a black dashboard. The car also has a Sony AM / FM XD stereo with Alpine speakers, and in front of the driver is a wooden Nardi three-spoke steering wheel.

The fantastic BMW is powered by a 3.5-liter M30 in-line six-cylinder that was inserted in the 1990s, and in 2007 it received a fuel injection system. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission with short shifter, and a more advanced ECU unit is installed.

The car is being sold at an auction that ends in a few days, and the highest bid at the time of writing was $ 51,000. It will not be a surprise at all if that figure is much higher in the end.

Unique offer for legal entities and entrepreneurs

Available at a price of 59,990 € + VAT

When it comes to multi-purpose cars, Land Rover has exceeded all expectations with the new Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top N1 model. The most desirable car ever has been created, which combines the characteristics of a high-class passenger vehicle, work / cargo and promotional vehicle.

Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top N1
British Motors also made an effort to exceed all expectations with the offer, making this model more accessible than ever for legal entities and entrepreneurs, with a price of € 59,990 + VAT.

Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top N1
The benefits of this purchase are numerous, and we will single out some of them:

* The new Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top N1 is a multi-purpose vehicle - with passenger, cargo and promotional purposes

* Customers are exempt from VAT when buying

* Reduced CO2 emissions with MHEV engine, which in addition to environmental protection also brings benefits, ie savings on registration

* R suspension, hook, LED headlights - which with rich standard equipment makes this car the most desirable on the market in this segment

The new Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top N1 will also be presented at the upcoming 89th International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad, from May 21 to 27, 2022.

Chinese Changan will start selling the new C385 model under its sub-brand Deep Blue this year.

The C385 was presented in August last year in the form of a concept vehicle, and it is a liftback that will be offered in three versions: as a plug-in hybrid, a fully electric model and in a variant with hydrogen drive.

The C385 is built on the Changan EPA1 platform, is 4820 mm long, 1890 mm wide, 1480 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2900 mm.

The plug-in hybrid version combines an electric motor with 160 kW / 217 hp and a petrol engine (data on it have not been announced), as well as 30 kWh batteries, while the autonomy in electric mode is 200 km (total autonomy is up to 1200 km).

The all-electric variant will be offered with two power levels, 160 kW / 217 hp and 190 kW / 258 hp, respectively, with a range of 515 km and 712 km.

As for the hydrogen-powered versions, for now it is only known that they will have an electric motor with 190 kW / 258 hp and a range of 700 km.

Among other things, the equipment will include a 14.6-inch multimedia tablet, as well as an autonomous driving system.

Sales of the C385 in China are set to begin in the third quarter of this year, at these preliminary prices: electric versions from $ 24,850 to $ 32,000, a hybrid version from $ 22,760 and a hydrogen model from $ 35,720.

Shortly after the new generation of the X1, BMW will also introduce its electric variant.

It should be reminded that BMW announced a few months ago that the fully electric version of the new generation X1 will arrive at the end of this year. It is the BMW iX1, and its premiere will follow shortly after the standard BMW X1.

Now comes a few new images of the masked test specimen of the BMW iX1, as well as a couple of new details. The pictures were taken at the company's winter test center in Arjeplog, Sweden. BMW states that, among other things, all-wheel drive was tested there in the iX1 prototype, which has one electric motor at the front and the other located at the rear.

Speaking at BMW's annual conference, Oliver Zipse, chairman of BMW AG's board of directors, said the iX1 would appear during 2022. He also revealed that the X1 / iX1 would inherit the latest connectivity technology. Also mentioned is the digital curved display and the Operating System 8.

The BMW iX1 is announced as "spacious but compact" which confirms the information about the increased space in the cabin compared to the current X1.

It is not yet known how much power the iX1 will have, but it is known that it will be equipped with the fifth generation of eDrive technology. The range with one charged battery should be 413-438 km per WLTP, with a consumption of 17.3 to 18.4 kWh per 100 km.

BMW is planning the next chapter of its electrification strategy with the launch of the Neu Klasse platform.

The platform is currently under development and the result is expected in 2025 in the form of a fully electric Series 3, according to Motor1. The initial focus of this new platform will be models from the premium segment of medium size, confirmed recently the general director of this manufacturer, Oliver Zipse. Speaking during the financial report for the first quarter, Zipse said that the Neue Klasse will start production in the middle of this decade in the new BMW factory in Hungary.

Vehicles based on the new architecture will be offered only with electric drive, which is contrary to previous reports which claim that the Neue Klasse will also support models with SUS engines.

"When it enters the market, it will be concentrated on the 3 Series segment, at a time when the market will develop to a size where it is reasonable to have only one drive in that architecture," Zipse explained the reasons for changing BMW's strategy.

Following the first launch, BMW will expand the scope of the Neue Klasse for use in electric vehicles from other segments. Citing a source close to BMW, Automotive News reports that there will be a whole range of zero-emission vehicles based on architecture, ranging from "high-end segment to exclusive high-performance models." Meanwhile, the company's SUS engine models will continue to be based on other platforms.

As for the electric Series 3, it will appear on the market in 2025 and will be significantly different from the i3 currently offered in China (pictured). The latter is an EV conversion based on the current Series 3 and is not made on a dedicated platform for electric vehicles.

Kia Auto d.o.o. will participate in the upcoming Belgrade Motor Show, which will be held from May 12 to 15 in Hall 1 of the Belgrade Fair.

Having in mind the ecological theme of this fair, Kia will present the Kia EV6 model as the special eco-premiere - the most prestigious car from its range of electric cars. The EV6 recently won the European Car of the Year title (COTY 2022). The innovative exclusively electric crossover was declared the overall winner by members of the jury (59 distinguished automotive journalists from 22 European countries). The EV6 has a winning combination of long range and very fast charging - up to 528 km on a single charge, and it only takes 18 minutes to charge 10 to 80% of the battery.

The fair premiere will have a particularly important place on the stand - the fifth generation of the Kia Sportage model, which recently started selling in Serbia and recorded exceptionally good sales results in the first days of the campaign. After only 50 days from the start of sales, over 160 new Sportage vehicles were sold to customers in Serbia. Kia Auto d.o.o. has provided sufficient quantities of this model in stock for immediate delivery, and certain quantities have already been pre-ordered so that vehicles arrive continuously. For this year's car show in Belgrade, Kia has prepared special fair discounts for the new Sportage, which go up to 5,700 euros. With these discounts, the Sportage can be purchased for as little as € 24,299, making it the most attractive SUV premiere this year!

At the Kia booth in Hall 1, another bestseller will be on display - the Kia Stonic, which has become an increasingly popular crossover in the B-SUV segment. With this model, too, customers can count on fair savings of up to 3,200 euros. The richly equipped city trendsetter is now even closer to our customers, and prices start at 14,999 euros.

The SUV / crossover offer at the Kia stand is completed by the most attractive representative of the current Ceed model family - the Kia XCeed. The elegant and extravagant crossover, with its innovative design and agility, was created to push the boundaries, seek new adventures and turn driving into pure pleasure. With discounts of up to 2,500 euros, the new XCeed for the 2023 model year can be purchased for as little as 21,499 euros.

For all interested parties, Kia has also provided attractive financing and insurance conditions in cooperation with domestic banks, leasing companies and insurance companies. It is important to emphasize that the Kia fair offer is valid only until May 15, and under identical conditions it is available not only at the Belgrade fair but also at all authorized Kia dealers in Serbia.

Watching Ferrari get in and out of the Lamborghini factory in Sant’Agata is not something you see every day. However, this was witnessed by the Italian YouTuber Varryx and filmed by him.

Instead of a camouflaged prototype of a Lamborghini or any other production model of the brand, the camera captured a red Ferrari SF90 Stradale with an Asseto Fiorano package that enters and leaves the Sant’Agata factory several times with different drivers.

The leading supercar from Lamborghini's biggest rival had appropriate stickers on the doors that show that it is an electrified vehicle used for testing purposes, reports Jutarnji.hr.

 Although Lamborghini has never used Ferrari models for testing before, we assume that the Italian brand compares the SF90 Stradale with one of its future next-generation supercars.

After all, Lamborghini is developing plug-in hybrid powertrains for the successors to the Aventador, Huracan and redesigned Urus, which should be introduced by 2024, which will open the door to Lamborghini's first EV in 2028.

Lamborghini has already confirmed that the successor to the Aventador will be equipped with a hybrid V12. We assume that much can be learned from Ferrari’s proven experience, starting with the LaFerrari with V12 engine, which evolved into the SF90 with V8 drive and most recently into the 296 with V6 drive.

 

Pros

  • Cheapest electric MPV on sale
  • Available with five or seven seats
  • Proven tech from the Nissan Leaf
 Cons
  • Van-like styling
  • Uninspiring to drive
  • Outdated feel

As a fully electric MPV, the Nissan e-NV200 Combi used to sit in a class of one. Until relatively recently, most electric cars have been smaller hatchbacks and city cars and, although the Tesla Model X can carry seven, it’s more of a luxury SUV than a full-size MPV, costing three or four times as much. Essentially, the e-NV200 Combi is exactly the same as the Nissan e-NV200 van, but with seats in the back instead of a large load space.

These days, the Citroen e-Berlingo, Vauxhall Combo-e Life and Peugeot e-Rifter all occupy the same space as the e-NV200 Combi. All three share the same modern underpinnings that give a range of around 170 miles. They are a little more expensive than the Nissan, but make it feel rather outdated in comparison - both in terms of charging and interior feel.

There’s no doubting that the e-NV200 Combi is one of the most practical electric cars there is, but it doesn’t sport the same sleek styling as other electric cars like the BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf. Instead, it looks very much like what it is: a van with seats in the back, only distinguished by tinted side windows and blue badging. It looks even boxier than conventional MPV rivals like the Volkswagen Touran, SEAT Alhambra and Ford Galaxy, and misses out on some of the more exciting design touches of the e-Berlingo and e-Rifter.

 
But this very shape aids load space, with the five-seat model capable of holding between 2,270 and 3,100 litres of luggage, depending on whether or not you have the rear seats in place.

Unfortunately, the Nissan’s not particularly great to drive, either. The extra weight of the batteries blunts performance, while the ride is firm and won’t entertain much in corners. However, because it’s designed mainly as urban transport for up to seven people, this won’t worry too many owners.

At the start of 2018, the e-NV200 received a big upgrade in the form of the latest 40kWh battery pack, originally developed for the second-generation Nissan Leaf. This replaces the 24kWh battery and boosts driving range by a significant 60%, making buying an electric MPV viable for a much broader swathe of customers.

According to the latest WLTP testing figures, designed to better replicate real-world driving, you should see around 125 miles from a charge, rising to 188 miles in city driving. For many families, that should be enough to take care of the school run for a week. Bear in mind that you’ll probably get a lower range figure in winter when the battery isn’t so efficient, perhaps down to around 80 miles on a charge.

MPG, running costs & CO2

 
Like all EVs, the e-NV200 will be very cheap to run

In common with all electric vehicles, the Nissan e-NV200 Combi will be significantly cheaper to run on a day-to-day basis than petrol or diesel-engined alternatives, as well as being exempt from road tax. The problem is it can be more expensive to buy in the first place – with the seven-seat version costing as much as a well-specced and faster petrol or diesel MPV, even after the government electric-car grant has been deducted.

 

With more and more city centres looking to restrict or ban petrol and diesel cars and vans to reduce pollution, it’s not hard to see where the e-NV200 is aimed. Nissan is ideally placed to cater to taxi firms and businesses looking for a zero-emissions alternative – and savvy families wanting the same. Free access to the London Congestion Charge zone is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg in the coming years. 

Convenience will also be boosted by the ability to charge the battery pack by around 80% in just 40 minutes using a public rapid charger, while a dedicated home wallbox will fully charge the e-NV200 in 7.5 hours. Recharging from a standard three-pin plug takes considerably longer – around 21.5 hours.

Engines, drive & performance

 
e-NV200's weight means it's not as lively as a typical electric car

We've become used to electric cars being good fun to drive, as they're generally quite small and agile and respond instantly to a prod of the accelerator thanks to the nature of electric motors. But the e-NV200 changes that picture somewhat, as it's heavier and less aerodynamic than EVs like the Leaf, so its performance is a bit blunted. Accelerating from 0-62mph takes 14 seconds, but the e-NV200 is at its best below 40mph in urban driving, where it’s fairly easy to keep up with other traffic.

The upright driving position leaves you in no doubt you're in a car based on a van and it's not the most agile thing in corners, either. Overall, the e-NV200 is well suited to gentle town driving, but feels strained on the motorway and clumsy on a country road.

Interior & comfort

 
Comfortable inside, but material quality is in line with the e-NV200 van the Combi is based on

The third-row seats can be tricky to access for adults, but in general there's plenty of room for you and your passengers to stretch out in the Nissan e-NV200 Combi's comfortable seats. However, the quality of materials and finishes used betray the fact that this model is based on a van.

It's a bit nondescript and can't come close to the classy, posh cabin you get in a Volkswagen Sharan. On the plus side, the dashboard controls are logically laid-out and easy to get used to, plus the Combi has some clever features, allowing you to do things like track past journeys, check the battery status and even set the climate control remotely using the Nissan Connect EV smartphone app. 

The base-spec Visia is just that, with highlights including front electric windows and airbags. Acenta is closer in price to the e-NV200’s main rivals, but adds rapid charging, cruise control, a reversing camera and automatic air conditioning. Top-spec Evalia adds 15-inch alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, sat-nav and privacy glass.

Practicality & boot space

 
The e-NV200 has very generous passenger and luggage capacity

The e-NV200 Combi is at its most practical and versatile in seven-seater form. This gives you the choice of additional passenger or luggage space when you need it. If you go for the five-seater version, you're stuck with the same passenger capacity as a hatchback, plus a very large boot whether you need it or not.

In the seven-seater, you get 870 litres when all the seats are in use, while folding the two third-row seats to the side and tumbling the second row forwards frees up a cavernous 2,940 litres – 601 litres more than the Ford Galaxy offers. The second row of seats also splits 60:40 for added versatility.

One advantage of the Combi being based on the e-NV200 van is that there's no boot lip, so you can easily slide in big or heavy boxes, while sliding side doors make access easy, even in restrictive car parks. There’s no intrusion from the battery pack, as this is positioned under the floor. Less impressive is the interior storage – cubbies are few and far between and the glovebox is smaller than average.

Reliability & safety

 
EVs are generally reliable, but the e-NV200's Euro NCAP crash-test score is worrying

The e-NV200 lacks advanced safety systems such as automatic braking or lane-departure warning, but you do get traction control, tyre-pressure monitoring and a full complement of airbags, including curtain airbags. It received a below-par three out of five stars in Euro NCAP crash-testing – indicative of its commercial-vehicle origins and caused mainly by the lack of hi-tech safety kit. Whiplash protection for adult occupants was described as 'marginal'. The test has become stricter since the e-NV200 was tested, and modern cars without the necessary features tend not to get more than one or two stars these days.

Electric vehicles tend to be very reliable, as they have few moving parts compared to petrol or diesel-engined cars. The one area of concern is battery performance potentially degrading over time – however there have been few concerns reported with older e-NV200 and Leaf battery packs, many of which have now been used extensively, so initial fears have largely subsided.

Porsche has prepared a new 911 Sport Classic (based on the 992 series), with the announcement that it will be available only to the fastest since the edition is limited to only 1250 copies.

The base is a 992 Turbo S, but the 3.7-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder here has 405 kW / 550hp and 600Nm, with a 7-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.

The 911 Sport Classic weighs 1570 kg (70 kg less than the standard 911 Turbo model), accelerates to 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds and can reach a maximum of 315 km / h.

The package also includes modified Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), ceramic-composite brakes, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), rear wheel control, Sport Chrono Package, as well as a modified sports exhaust system.

Of course, that's not all, and special details are the "duck tail" at the back (inspired by the 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS), five-spoke wheels (part of the 1967 911S), and the exclusive Sport Gray metallic paint, two racetracks, inscriptions "Porsche" and "60" on the sides, carbon fiber-reinforced plastic hood, double-bubble carbon fiber roof, as well as Pepita seat scheme and caramel-colored leather for the lower part of the front panel.

Prices start at 209,540 pounds on the British market, and deliveries start in July.

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