Weekly News Roundup - 22/03/19
- Hyundai has announced UK pricing for the NEXO, the company’s new hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and is available to order now. Available in one high trim specification, Premium SE, the £65,995 (after Plug-In Car Grant) NEXO uses a fuel cell electric powertrain with a system output of 120kW/163ps , 395Nm torque and delivers a WLTP range of 414 miles.
The under bonnet Power Module Complete (PMC) combines oxygen from the surrounding air and hydrogen from NEXO’s high pressure storage tanks, creating a flow of electrons that both powers the drive motor and charges the on board 1.56kWh high voltage battery. The only emissions from this process are water vapour. The NEXO also has an advanced air purification system which filters 99.9% of very fine dust (PM2.5 ) and shows the exact amount of air purified on the display panel in the car.
- Kia’s ‘Ceed’ family lineup is set to continue growing with the upcoming, currently unnamed, Ceed crossover. Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe, explains: “There’s another style, another type of vehicle, that we feel very strongly deserves to be a new member of the Ceed family. It will the play the role that’s needed to make the Ceed range stronger and even more exciting, more appealing, to European consumers. The design will be nothing like you’ve seen in the Ceed family so far. This will be the next big surprise from Kia.” The new crossover will be named and revealed later in 2019.
- Following on from Volvo’s news last week that the company will limit the top speed on all its cars to 112mph from 2020; Volvo has now revealed the ‘Care Key’, which will allow any Volvo owner to set a speed limit for themselves and anyone else who will drive the car. The Care Key will come as standard on all Volvo cars from model year 2021.
Other steps Volvo is taking to reduce fatalities in its cars is by combating intoxication and distraction. Volvo are looking to install in-car cameras and other sensors that monitor the driver and allow the car to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver does not respond to warning signals and is risking an accident involving serious injury or death.
Examples of such behaviour include a complete lack of steering input for extended periods of time, drivers who are detected to have their eyes closed or off the road for extended periods of time, as well as extreme weaving across lanes or excessively slow reaction times.
Introduction of the cameras on all Volvo models will start on the next generation of Volvo’s scalable SPA2 vehicle platform in the early 2020s. Details on the exact amount of cameras and their positioning in the interior will follow at a later stage.
- Porsche has revealed Cayenne Coupé, which will rival the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.
Porsche boss, Oliver Blume, says the design is inspired by the Porsche 911 and “includes all the technical highlights of the current, third-generation Cayenne but has a design that is more progressive, athletic and emotional,”
The Cayenne Coupé is available to order now, with OTR prices starting at £63,424, rising to £106,854 for the Turbo model.