As a reminder, the Mercedes Vision EQXX concept covered 1,008 km in April with a single battery charge, with about 15 percent more capacity.

EQXX went on another trip around Europe, and this time the result from April was exceeded because this concept has now covered 1202 km.

The journey began in Stuttgart, Germany, continued in Unterturheim, and then visited France before embarking on the last part of the trip to Great Britain. That part also included a stop at the Mercedes-AMG F1 base in Brackley before heading to Silverston and the famous race track. There waited Mercedes Formula E champion Nyck de Vries who drove the car 11 laps on the track until the battery ran out.

After a journey of 1202 km, which lasted 14 hours and 30 minutes over two days, the Vision EQXX headed to the Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrain headquarters in Brixworth, UK, to recharge its batteries, before its next public outing - the famous Goodwood Climb .

The Lada Granta in the Classic edition is devoid of the shackles of electronics, and its engine emits exhaust gases into the atmosphere as it did a quarter of a century ago.

According to the announcements, the naked Grant has gone on sale, Index.hr reports. Apart from being offered to the Russians with a monthly installment of less than 93 euros, this is a model that now costs a little less than 11,690 euros in cash, which is still significantly more than in previous announcements. Again, this is a family car powered by a 1.6L 90 hp petrol engine combined with a five-speed manual transmission.

But there is a "but". All in all, it is an engine that has dropped from the Euro 5 norm to Euro 2, and on average allegedly consumes 6.5 liters. The list of equipment includes electric windows, heated mirrors, trip computer, daytime running lights and preparation for a 4-speaker radio.

As you can see, ABS and airbags are not on offer, and the same goes for electronic stability control. The new Lada drives on 14-inch steel wheels and has a three-year warranty.

All in all, the Lada Granta Classic is currently the cheapest new car on the Russian market, and without sanctions and standards, it would be the cheapest model in the rest of Europe. Let's say that Lada Niva will soon be coming under the same direction.

Bentley has prepared a new Continental GT Mulliner, which will make its public debut in a few days at the Goodwood Speed ​​Festival.

Described as "the fastest, most dynamic and most luxurious member of the Continental range", the Continental GT Mulliner is powered by an upgraded version of the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine, which features 17 kW / 24hp more.

This includes 485 kW / 650 hp and 900 Nm of torque, enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds and a maximum of 335 km / h.

In addition to a more powerful engine, the new Continental GT Mulliner stands out with a 'Double Diamond' matrix front grille, with distinctive styling complemented by matching vents on the front fenders in the same silver and black design, with the Mulliner logo. They are available in light chrome or glossy black, while the side mirror covers (which project the "Mulliner" logo on the asphalt when the door is opened) can be satin silver or black.

As for the interior, customers can choose from a wide range of shades and materials, including all types of veneers and seams. The Mulliner logos are embroidered on the seats, and the Breitling watch is located in the middle of the center console.

Also, the Continental GT Mulliner has all-wheel drive electronics, a limited-slip electronic differential and adjustable suspension, as well as available carbon-ceramic brakes.

The price has not been officially announced yet, but it is expected to be more than 200,000 pounds.

As Tanjug reports, starting from July 1, Tesla cars will be banned from entering the Chinese coastal district of Beidaihi for a period of at least two months.

An annual gathering of the Chinese leadership is being organized in that place during the summer months, an official of the local traffic police confirmed to a Reuters reporter today.

The decision of the Beidai authorities was announced only a few weeks after Tesla's cars were banned from driving on some roads in the city of Chengdu in central China in early June, which coincided with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to that city, Reuters reports.

An official from the Bejdaihi Traffic Police Brigade, who declined to be identified, did not give reasons for the move, but said it was a "national issue".

"An official statement will be issued soon," the local police official said.

Tesla did not immediately respond to the request to comment on this decision of the Chinese authorities.

Beidaihi, a resort located east of Beijing, traditionally hosts a summer meeting of senior Chinese officials, at which personnel issues and political ideas are discussed behind closed doors.

The owner of the company Tesla, Elon Musk, once said that Tesla's cars do not spy in China or anywhere else, and that in case that changes, the company would be shut down. Months later, Tesla announced that all data generated through systems installed in Tesla cars in China would be stored in that country.

Thanks to the Motor1 team and Felipe Munoz, we have collected data on car sales in 2021 globally.

The research includes data from 106 markets on five continents, which refers to 99 percent of the total world volume. Let's see which models are the best sellers.

Tesla Model 3 in the top 10

Elon Musk foresaw this. Namely, he predicted that his company's cars would be among the most popular in the near future. The Model 3 may not be the world's best-selling car in 2021, but it did a brilliant job anyway, entering the exclusive Top 10 company. Judging by the numbers, this electric sedan holds the 9th position thanks to a strong growth of 40 percent compared to 2020, to 508,000 units. At the same time, this is the first time that a purely electric car is so high on the list of bestsellers.

The Toyota RAV4 (Wildlander in China) became the first SUV to top the global list. The Japanese manufacturer has sold more than 1.13 million units of this model, an increase of six percent. It surpassed its closest rival, Honda CR-V by three percent (903,000 units). Their rival, the Nissan X-Trail (Rogue), improved sales by just 0.5 percent due to a generational change. Still, it managed to surpass the Mazda CX-5, Haval H6, Volkswagen Tiguana Allspace and Ford Kuga (Escape).

Among the smallest SUV models, the Honda HR-V was the most convincing. Its sales jumped 20 percent thanks to good quotations in China, Latin America, Japan and Southeast Asia. The closest rival, the Volkswagen T-Cross, managed to achieve only half of Honda's sales. Behind them were Hyundai Creta, Kia Steltos and Volkswagen T-Roc.

The Toyota Highlander was the most popular among large and mid-size SUV models (443,000 units), with sales up 31 percent. It is followed by Tesla Model Y, which is in the high 19th place in the general ranking. It is followed by the BMW X3, Ford Explorer, Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5 and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Small cars

It is interesting to note that most drivers prefer larger cars. Last year's most popular small model was only 20th in the general standings, and it is about the "Chinese" - Wuling Hongguang Mini EV. Of course, this is an electric bestseller in China. In second place in this class is the VW Polo hatchback, followed by the Suzuki Swift, the European version of the Toyota Yaris and the Saipa Tiba, an Iranian model.

Compact cars

These are mostly sedan variants of the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Center and Honda Civic, while the hatchback versions are mostly popular in Europe. That is why the Golf is so low in the overall standings (49th position), although it is the world's best-selling hatchback with 268,000 units sold.

Premium and luxury cars
The BMW 3 Series is the first in this category with 329,000 units sold, an increase of 12 percent. Such a good result is primarily due to good demand in China, USA and Canada, and Japan and Korea. It is followed by the bigger brother of the 5 series with 277.00 copies, which is still growing, despite the fact that it is relatively wild. Its direct rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, is third among premium cars with 231,000 units sold, followed by the Mercedes C-Class. Among the luxury models, the wheel is led by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with 83,000 units versus the 46,000 BMW 7 Series.

Vans

Although the Ford F-150 retained the crown, it is no longer so sovereign, as it is threatened by the Toyota Hilux, which recorded a 22 percent increase. Unlike Ford, which sells most of its units in North America, Toyota's model is popular around the world, especially in emerging markets. Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 also performed worse and dropped out of the top 10. Ford Ranger, Isuzu D Max and Toyota Tacoma on the other hand advanced compared to 2020.

Sports cars

The Ford Mustang is still the world's best-selling sports car, although it lost 15 percent of its volume compared to 2020, which allowed the Dodge Challenger to get closer to it. The Porsche 911 is third, advancing a solid 13 percent. The Chevrolet Corvette jumped as much as 53 percent, leaving the small Mazda MX-5 in fifth place.

All of us who made the first car steps from the end of the last, and even the beginning of this century, have been taught to think that buying a Volkswagen Golf compact is what our people say is "safe", ie that it is a good investment. But is that really the case? Colleagues from the editorial board of the French newspaper automobile-magazine.fr wrote about this, on the example of the seventh-generation Wolfsburg hatch.

In principle, buyers of vehicles like the Golf, whether new or used, are looking for a practical and reliable car. When we talk about the seventh generation of this model, it can be said that it is a vehicle with a good finish, comfortable, practical in everyday use, pleasant to drive…

The Volkswagen Golf VII started coming off the production lines in 2012, with sales starting in November and surviving in the assembly cycle until 2020, ie it was sold until February of that year. It came with three and five doors, as a hatch and as a caravan, while it went through restyling in the penultimate month of 2016. Its dimensions were as follows (length, width and height in meters): 4.26; 1.80 and 1.45, but when it came to the caravan, then the measures were lined up in that order, as follows: 4.56; 1.80 and 1.48. The volume of the trunk of the hatch is 380 liters, while that of the caravan is 605 liters. Let's also say that the volume of the fuel tank was 50 liters.

It has been sold all over the world and it can be said that many owners are generally satisfied with the performance of the vehicle. Even after the first kilometers covered in it, prosperity in relation to its predecessor is noticeable.

It is more sensitive and agile than its "six", enchants with driving pleasure and comfort and it is impossible to say that the trunk is one of the most spacious in this category of cars. However, modifications with a unit less than 120 horsepower do not offer a rear axle with a multilink, but with a torsion axle. The offer of engines was almost completely renewed at the beginning of 2018.

Special praise from customers and professional media was given to Volkswagen's decision to make the basic equipment package rich, so the already basic Golf in the Trendline package offered ABS / ESP, seven airbags, air conditioning, speed limit, cruise control, radio CD, electric mirrors and windows, steering wheel adjustable in both depth and height, split rear bench and central locking…

However, when it comes to perishability, Golf failed to impress in real life. Although the score is not catastrophic, it is not brilliant. The German hatch took only the ninth place on the ranking list prepared by colleagues from the mentioned French portal, which in itself would not be so bad, if only fourteen analyzed models were not on the list.

Regardless of whether the choice of petrol or diesel model, in terms of mechanical components, a large number of anomalies have been registered. Many models, for example, need to monitor oil consumption. Among other elements to pay attention to, the Golf 7 also often had cases of premature shock absorber wear. Finally, many faults in the electrical system were noticed, which affected the GPS or driving aids.

Here is a list of the most frequently registered mechanical problems with the engines that powered the "week"

1.2 & 1.4 TSI: excessive oil consumption with modern oil pump failures

1.4 TSI ACT (150): incorrect operation of the cylinder deactivation system, coolant consumption, high pressure pump in version 1.4 of TSI 125 proved to be unreliable

1.6 TDI: Excessively gentle turbocharger

Diesel: electronic control system of the powertrain embodied through the inability to start the engine, engine jerk, unreasonable transition to the mode of limited performance, problematic water pump.

2.0 TDI 150 & 1.5 TSI 150: excessive oil consumption.

Other "jokes"

Air conditioning: cooking and noisy operation with occasional failure of the entire system.

DSG 7 automatic transmission: improper and annoying operation that is somewhat regulated by premature oil change in the transmission

Shock absorbers: the rear ones are too lateral while all four wear out too quickly

Electronics: a lot of gremlins, especially with radios and GPS, there is also a handbrake lock

Door seals: not made well enough to cause whistling at speeds higher than "one hundred per hour"

Front axle: strong blocks and shock absorber cups were able to annoy the owners

Škoda Motorsport is the successor to the Fabia Rally2 evo. The new rally model from Mlada Boleslav is based on the fourth generation Fabia and builds on the most successful Rally2 vehicle in recent years.

Škoda Motorsport has developed a new engine for the Fabia RS Rally2, improved handling, drive and electronics, as well as safety features for the driver and front passenger. The new Fabia RS Rally2 has demonstrated its capabilities in a demanding series of tests on asphalt, gravel and ice, as well as in a wide range of weather conditions and is ideally equipped to win victories and titles in the future.

Michal Hrabanek, Director of Škoda Motorsport, says: “Staying calm means going backwards, and this is especially true in motorsport. That is why we have applied the experience we gained from the previous model in the development of the new Fabia RS Rally2 and optimized every detail. The goal was to improve the most successful rally car in the world. I am proud of the entire Škoda Motorsport team, which has pursued this goal with great dedication. "

The all-new Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 benefits from best-in-class aerodynamics and an extremely solid production body. Compared to the successful previous model, the Škoda Motorsport team has optimized the powertrain in particular, as well as electronics, safety and control. Engineers have also developed a new 1.6-liter turbo engine based on the 2.0 TSI from the EA888 series of engines, which is used in RS models, among others.

Škoda's new motorsport color emphasizes close ties with the RS RS sports models (Octavia vRS and Enyaq Coupe iV vRS).

Škoda Motorsport has installed a number of components optimized for rally use in the new Fabia RS Rally2. A special braking system and a precisely balanced chassis deliver valuable tenths of a second on the track. The protective cage, which consists of 35.8 meters of steel pipes and a specially protected fuel tank, provides a high level of safety. In addition, the electronics and controls meet the exact requirements of the driver and front passenger during the rally.

Some of the components used in rally vehicles differ significantly from those in production vehicles. Instead of having up to nine airbags and numerous electronic assistance systems such as those found in the production Fabia, the new Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 relies exclusively on mechanics in many respects.

In a rally car, the braking system can save valuable tenths of a second in a battle with the watch. In sudden braking maneuvers, the brake discs easily reach temperatures above 700 degrees Celsius. To ensure efficient cooling at all times, the brake discs in the Fabia RS Rally2 are internally ventilated, and an optimized brake cooling system is also available for gravel and asphalt phases. Asphalt brake discs have a diameter of 355 millimeters at the front and 300 millimeters at the rear, which requires 18-inch (8 × 18) wheels. Gravel brakes measure 300 millimeters both front and rear. In this case, 15-inch (7 × 15) wheels are used.

The Fabia RS Rally2 chassis is also designed to meet the demands of the rally. Longer wheelbase has also spurred the development of new suspension kinematics. In addition to the design of the differential, the characteristics of the gearbox and the durability of the various components have also been optimized.

The larger main screen of the Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 allows intuitive handling during the rally. The interior also has a new central control panel with a touch screen and integrated intercom. The driver can directly access a number of functions via buttons on the steering wheel, and the engine start button is also integrated into the steering wheel, where it can be accessed quickly if, for example, the engine shuts off after turning.

The chassis, based on the current generation of the Škoda Fabia production model, has enabled engineers to further optimize the driving characteristics of rally cars. The Fabia RS Rally2 benefits from the longer wheelbase of the fourth-generation Fabia, making the car quieter while ensuring a more stable rear end. Compared to the Škoda Fabia Rally2, the fuel tank has been modified, and additional space in the engine compartment has been used for a larger intercooler.

Škoda Motorsport has developed a new engine for the Fabia RS Rally2 and further optimized the proven powertrain. The 1.6-liter turbo engine is based on the 2.0 TSI from the EA888 series of engines with a power output of about 214 kW / 289 hp. Maximum torque of 430 Nm is distributed to all four wheels via a 5-speed sequential transmission and two differentials.

The sequential 5-speed transmission, specially designed for rally use, allows the driver to change gears in milliseconds using just the gear lever. Although the Fabia RS Rally2 has a mechanical clutch, it is only used for starting, parking or slow driving. For optimal acceleration on narrow, winding rally phases, the Fabia RS Rally2 has a relatively short gear ratio, offering a top speed of around 200 km / h.

this rally vehicle benefits from the aerodynamics of the production model. Škoda Motorsport has developed a highly efficient aerodynamic package based on Fabia's best drag coefficient in its class. As a result, the new Fabia RS Rally2 generates almost twice the thrust of its predecessor.

The new Fabia RS Rally2 rally model translates the design language of the fourth generation Fabia into the world of motorsport. In addition to the longer roof spoiler with side ribs, the rally model also has flat headlights with sharp contours of the production vehicle that extend all the way to the large, hexagonal Škoda grille. The headlights and taillights set the visual accents with LED technology. The Rally Fabia also differs from its production counterpart by its significantly wider front and rear wings and numerous air vents on the bodywork.

Engineers at Škoda Motorsport have introduced a number of measures to further protect the driver and front passenger in the Fabia RS Rally2 in the event of a collision. One of the priorities is safety in the event of a side impact, and comprehensive accident analyzes have provided important information on this issue.

Measures and equipment for the protection of passengers in a rally vehicle differ significantly from those in the production model. Airbags installed in the fourth generation of the production Fabia cannot be used in rally because sensors and electronic control systems react too sensitively to large G-forces during asphalt phases, on macadam tracks or during jumps. The security concept therefore relies on mechanical solutions such as a cage and side protection from carbon fiber and energy-absorbing foam. Six-point seat belts and racing seats with integrated head protection are also considered.

This Porsche Boxster is ‘under the skin’ in fact Toyota MR-S

The prices of sports cars have risen in the last few years, so it is becoming increasingly difficult for many enthusiasts to get one. A cheaper solution for some is a replica, and this Toyota MR-S "dressed" in a Porsche Boxster is a really worthy candidate.

On the Kaidee Auto ad, the replica really leaves a good impression of a German sports car for much less money than the original. Both the front and rear grilles have been changed to give the impression of a Porsche.

The front bumper is a bit different from the real 986 Boxster and is more in the style of the newer generation 718. We rarely say that a replica leaves a convincing effect, but this is really the case with this, according to Jutarnji.hr.

The rear lights and bumper are taken directly from a Porsche sports car with a centrally located engine. Being based on the Toyota MR-2, the engine is in the right place. It is powered by Toyota’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder, which means it only has 140hp. Those numbers are transmitted by manual transmission, which at least means it will be fun to drive.

The interior is what reveals everything - the instrument panel with three meters is the factory, as well as the center console.

The boxster replica is being sold in Mueang Lopburi, Thailand, at a price of 850,000 Thai baht, which is 23,220 euros.

An international expert panel at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has agreed to increase the maximum speed for self-driving cars in certain situations.

According to that decision, the speed limit for autonomous vehicles will be raised from 60 km / h to 130 km / h. Changing the tape would also be allowed.

The proposal has yet to be approved by the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, which meets from June 21st to 24th, but the move is considered a formality. The rule would then take effect after about six months.

More than 50 countries around the world are members of the agreement, including 27 EU countries. The United States, China and some other countries regulate autonomous driving according to their own standards.

Currently, automated driving is limited to certain situations on the highway, such as traffic jams. In situations such as tunnels or ice on the road, which cars automatically detect via cameras and sensors, drivers are warned and autonomous driving is turned off.

Autonomous driving technology does not mean simply getting in the car and leaving the driving to the computer. However, according to UNECE, both industry and the expert panel are working on such opportunities.

The European Parliament passed a law by a majority vote, which stipulates that from 2035, only cars with zero emissions will be able to be sold in Europe, which means that the sale of new vehicles on petrol and diesel will be banned, Politico reported.

The law, which aims to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions by 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels, was supported by 339 MEPs, 249 were against and 24 abstained.

With today's vote, the work on that law is not finished, because the text should now be harmonized with the European Council, and the final version should be signed by the ministers of environmental protection of the EU member states at the meeting in Luxembourg on June 28.

The desire is to speed up the transition to electric vehicles in Europe and to encourage car manufacturers to invest more in electrification, which is further encouraged by another law, which will require member states to set up millions of charging stations for electric vehicles.

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