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CHRYSLER PROVIDES MEALS

As previously communicated to the company’s employees from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Mike Manley, the company is in the process of converting its first plant to produce face masks for donation to first responders and health care workers. The first machinery has been delivered and installed with supply and donation coming on stream in the coming weeks.

FCA is expanding its program of measures to support coronavirus relief efforts, focused on two principal areas: charities providing food services to children and support for a range of technical, logistical and manufacturing programs, such as face mask production.

“There has never been a more important moment to help children and their families with vital needs in our communities than during this time of great uncertainty,” said FCA CEO Mike Manley. 

Food programs for children in our communities
FCA will work in partnership with non-profit organizations and foundations that are providing food to children until schools return to session. Starting immediately, FCA will help provide more than 1 million meals to school-age children in the communities around our principal manufacturing plants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The program will then be extended nationwide in the U.S. and to Canada and Mexico, supporting similar relief efforts for kids who would normally access school meal services.

Mobilizing company resources
Following the first actions taken to start face mask production, the company is now investing technical, logistical and manufacturing resources at medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). With the donation of face masks produced by the company starting in the coming weeks, the company will invest to extend that production capacity to other plants and ultimately donate masks to first responders and health care workers across the world. Drawing on experience from the company’s engineering and logistics team in Italy who are assisting a local ventilator manufacturer, FCA is engaged with other companies producing ventilators and other much needed medical equipment and PPE.

“In this time of need, we’ve focused our resources on those actions we can implement quickly and that will have the greatest impact, as we did in Italy as soon as the emergency started,” added Manley.

FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is a global automaker that designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles in a portfolio of exciting brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep®, Lancia, Ram and Maserati. It also sells parts and services under the Mopar name and operates in the components and production systems sectors under the Comau and Teksid brands. FCA employs nearly 200,000 people around the globe. For more details regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.   

FCA × COVID-19

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is stepping in to help those at the front line of the coronavirus pandemic by manufacturing and donating more than 1 million protective face masks per month. Production capacity is being installed this week and the company will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks with initial distribution across the United States, Canada and Mexico. 
 
The face masks are to be donated by FCA to police, EMTs and firefighters, as well as to workers in hospitals and health care clinics. This action is the first of a multifaceted global program being developed by the company through applying manufacturing, supply chain and engineering expertise to support the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Commenting on this initiative, FCA CEO Mike Manley said: “Protecting our first responders and health care workers has never been more important. In addition to the support we are giving to increase the production of ventilators, we canvassed our contacts across the healthcare industry and it was very clear that there is an urgent and critical need for face masks. We’ve marshalled the resources of the FCA Group to focus immediately on installing production capacity for making masks and supporting those most in need on the front line of this pandemic.”  
 
FCA will be working through national, regional and city authorities to ensure that the donated face masks are being directed to the people and facilities in the most immediate need. The company will disclose further actions related to the fight against the coronavirus in the coming days.
 
FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is a global automaker that designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles in a portfolio of exciting brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep®, Lancia, Ram and Maserati. It also sells parts and services under the Mopar name and operates in the components and production systems sectors under the Comau and Teksid brands. FCA employs nearly 200,000 people around the globe. For more details regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.   

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AIWAYS RE-STARTS PRODUCTION

AIWAYS, the Shanghai-based personal mobility provider, is to start taking online orders for its U5 all-electric SUV from European consumers from the end of April. Secured via a small deposit, the U5 will be offered exclusively via a direct-to-customer sales model, and not retailed or leased through traditional dealerships. European pre-sale markets and the required deposit amount will be announced by AIWAYS in April.

Alexander Klose, Executive VP Overseas Operation at AIWAYS, commented: “Online pre-sales represents the next important phase of AIWAYS’ entry into the European market. It’s our promise to customers that for only a small deposit they can be among the first to receive the U5 and start enjoying the benefits of a long range, high-tech and well equipped electric SUV.”

Meanwhile, AIWAYS has re-started production of the U5 at its manufacturing facility in Shangrao, China, following the interruption caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Production of the European U5 will start in July, with the first deliveries now slated for August 2020.

Making the most of its agility and flexibility as a startup, AIWAYS is adapting its pre-sale marketing activities to better suit the enforced period of ‘contactless’ retail because of COVID-19. By introducing new online platforms and seamless digital experiences, AIWAYS will give European car buyers the confidence to order the U5 online. More details to follow soon.

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JLR × Red Cross

Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed more than 160 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations during the coronavirus crisis. 

A total of 57 vehicles including 27 New Defenders have been issued to the British Red Cross to deliver medicine and food vulnerable people across the UK who now need additional support due to social distancing rules.

Jaguar and Land Rover teams in Spain, France, South Africa and Australia have loaned vehicles to their Red Cross societies and more markets are offering help to their local teams. 

This service is being provided with fleets of vehicles now available due to the postponement of launch events.

Jaguar Land Rover is working closely with the UK government and has offered its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support. 

Protective equipment is being donated to the NHS including wraparound safety glasses to the Royal Bolton Hospital, St James’s Hospital in Leeds and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Finbar McFall, Jaguar Land Rover Customer Experience Director, said: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remains our priority.  Jaguar and Land Rover will do everything we can to support people in need around the world. Our partnership with the Red Cross goes back 65 years and we will work hand in hand with them to do all we can during this global health emergency. We will also provide help to those closer to home in our local communities. We can all play a part in helping the vulnerable during this global pandemic.”

Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response, British Red Cross said: “This unprecedented global health emergency requires us all to pull together. As part of the British Red Cross response to coronavirus, we’re delving deep into the heart of communities across the UK to help strengthen support for the most vulnerable people through delivering essential food parcels and medicines to those unable to get out. 

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown across the country, not only by our increasing number of volunteers, but also our longstanding partners. Thanks to Land Rover’s generous support, our Emergency Response teams in the UK will be to reach even more people living in isolated communities than we could alone.”

Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have worked together for over 65 years, helping communities prepare and respond to emergencies with disaster-preparedness projects around the world – vital at times like this.

Through its partnership with the British Red Cross, Land Rover has also helped fund emergency relief efforts through the Disaster Relief Alliance, which supports community resilience programmes in the UK and around the world, providing financial assistance immediately when disaster hits – including coronavirus. British Red Cross has already given £200,000 to support Asian countries severely affected by the pandemic.

MotorTrend × HOT WHEELS

For more than 50 years Hot Wheels® has captured the imaginations of kids and adults worldwide with incredible, boundless automotive design possibilities. MotorTrend is bringing the kid in all of us inside the remarkable world of Hot Wheels in the original short-form series LIFE SIZE, streaming now on the MotorTrend App, the only subscription streaming service dedicated entirely to the motoring world.

In every episode of LIFE SIZE, professional race car driver and builder Nicole Lyons explores the real-world, full-scale versions of vehicles from the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, an elite collection of Hot Wheels cars. These automotive creations are rarely seen. Lyons not only details the unique designs and interesting facts of each vehicle but gets to do something many people only dream of doing – taking the life size version for a test drive.

The first episode, “Bone Shaker”, streaming now on the MotorTrend App, shines the spotlight on what quickly became one of the most beloved, collectable Hot Wheels after debuting in 2006. Bone Shaker was created by the legendary “Mr. Hot Wheels” – Larry Wood. It’s an open roof, skull-grilled, spinal-column shifted hot rod that epitomizes what people love about both Hot Wheels and homemade cars. Lyons meets up with Larry Wood at the 2019 Grand National Roadster Show where they discuss Wood’s more than 50 years at Hot Wheels, the influences on Bone Shaker’s design and the subtle difference between the diecast hot rod and the life size version. Finally, Lyons takes the Bone Shaker for a drive, really opening it up so audiences get a sense for what 425 horsepower can do in a 1932 Ford style hot rod.

Upcoming episodes of LIFE SIZE premiere Mondays on the MotorTrend App including:

“Twin Mill”

Monday, March 30

The Twin Mill is largely thought of as the car that defined Hot Wheels and is so iconic that it was the first car Hot Wheels commissioned to make life size. Twin Mill has two engines, two superchargers and zero visibility. Lyons visits Action Vehicle Engineering (where these cars are maintained) and talks to Hot Wheels’ Sr. Design Manager for Die-Cast Vehicles, Bryan Benedict. Bryan lends insight into the monumental influence that the Twin Mill has had within Hot Wheels, his personal career and the car world at large. After Nicole and Bryan highlight all the full-size Twin Mill attributes, Lyons takes the temperamental, dual engine behemoth on a test drive through the desert where things get smoky.

“Hot Wheels Stunt Cars”

Monday, April 6

As kids, everyone loved sending Hot Wheels cars through a loop or off a jump – imagining what it would be like to do that with real cars. Hot Wheels decided to make that dream reality in 2012 when they sent two cars through a six-story loop and had another perform a record-breaking corkscrew jump. On this episode, Lyons meets with Alton Takeyasu, the man in charge of the stunt cars and Tanner Foust, one of the daring men to get behind the wheel. Lyons learns what it takes to make it through these crazy stunts and what modifications had to go into the cars. Afterwards, Lyons and Foust hop in the stunt cars –

the Loop Coupe and the Corkscrew Buggy – for a drive around Willow Springs Raceway, learning that these stripped-down powerhouses were not built for comfort.

“Brendan Vetusky Firebird”

Monday, April 13

Every car in LIFE SIZE was a car designed in 1:64th scale first and then built full scale. Brendon Vetusky, a Hot Wheels designer, did the opposite by making a full-sized 1967 Firebird first then turning it into a Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle. In this episode, Lyons meets Brendon in California where he built the Firebird in his driveway. Brendan takes viewers through all the modifications he made to the Pontiac as he built it into a stripped down, racecourse ready monster. Also, he talks about how he became a designer at Hot Wheels, his history with die-cast cars, and the overlap between making full sized cars and working for Mattel. Because the car was built for the track, Lyons hops in the passenger seat as Brendon crushes a rallycross course at Famoso Raceway.

“Deora II”

Monday, April 20

The Deora was one of the original Hot Wheels cars to come off the line in 1968. It was a weird looking take on a Dodge pickup concept with two surfboards that people loved. It has long been the illustration of how Hot Wheels captured the hearts and minds of young, American car lovers. In 2000, Hot Wheels issued the Deora II, and for their 35th anniversary in 2003, they commissioned the full-sized version. Lyons gives viewers the low down on the Chip Foose designed, full-size Deora II – from its bubble shaped cockpit to its supercharged rear engine powerhouse. Lyons then has fun taking Deora II on a cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway, where it turns heads.

“Character Cars”

Monday, April 27

Over the years Hot Wheels has created cars based upon fan favorite characters from the worlds of film and television. In the finale episode of LIFE SIZE, Lyons explores the challenges to designing a car based upon a fictional character, as well as the ability to stay faithful to the original when creating a life size version.

About LIFE SIZE Host Nicole Lyons

Nicole Lyons followed in her father’s footsteps as a race car driver and engine builder, eventually starting in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Super Street class in 2005 before moving on to Super Gas and Super Comp the next season. Lyons is the first African American woman to compete in the NHRA Top Sportsman and American Drag Racing League Top Sportsman classes. She also made her mark in Outlaw Pro Mod, winning several events. In 2013, she started racing in the NASCAR Whelen Series, a points championship for short track racing. Not only is she the first African American woman to finish a Whelen race, she is the first woman to compete in NASCAR and NHRA in the same season. In addition to racing, Lyons owns the automotive restoration shop Cole Muscle Cars. She was also featured as an engine specialist in TV series “Car Warriors”.

The MotorTrend App offers nearly 8,000 episodes and roughly 4,000 hours of world-leading automotive series and specials including the most complete collection of classic TOP GEAR (200+ episodes and specials spanning seasons one thru 25), the upcoming all-new TOP GEAR AMERICA and every season of ROADKILLWHEELER DEALERSFAST N’ LOUDOVERHAULIN’BITCHIN’ RIDESTEXAS METALIRON RESURRECTION and many more. The MotorTrend App is available for Prime Video customers in the U.S. on Prime Video Channels and on Amazon FireTV in addition to other media players and streaming devices including Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and on the web, as well as across iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices.

LIFE SIZE is produced for the MotorTrend App by MotorTrend Studios. Levi Rugg is executive producer for MotorTrend Studios. For MotorTrend Group, Mike Suggett is head of programming and development and Alex Wellen is global president and general manager.

About Mattel

Mattel is a leading global children’s entertainment company that specializes in design and production of quality toys and consumer products. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic franchises, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, American Girl®, Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends® and Mega®, as well as other popular brands that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 40 locations and sell products in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and technology companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in exploring the wonder of childhood and empowering kids to reach their full potential. Visit us online at www.mattel.com.

About MotorTrend Group

MotorTrend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing MotorTrend TV, formerly Velocity, and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social, and live event portfolio, including MOTORTREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE, and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a monthly audience of 26 million across web, TV, and print, and 110 million social followers, culminating in 2 billion monthly content views across all platforms, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel, and the MotorTrend App, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service. MotorTrend serves to embrace, entertain, and empower the motoring world.

About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

*Photo credit: Povi Pullinen

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RUF Automobile Concept

RUF Automobile GmbH, manufacturer and creator of bespoke sports cars that combine performance and suitability for everyday use, unveiled the RUF Rodeo Concept and the first production RUF SCR at its headquarters in Pfaffenhausen, Germany. 

The Rodeo Concept was inspired by the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance and its founder – and friend of RUF – Bruce Meyer, as well as by Ralph Lauren and his 2011 Western Collection and RUF enthusiast and collector Phillip Sarofim who has roots in Texas. The car features the same carbon fibre monocoque chassis as the CTR Anniversary and the SCR, but with a four-wheel drive system to tackle off-road use, larger all-terrain tires, longer-travel suspension and more. The Rodeo Concept can accommodate either a normally aspirated or turbo-charged RUF flat-six engine.

“When we began building our own automobiles it was all for the thrill of the drive,” said Estonia Ruf, marketing director of RUF Automobile GmbH. “The Rodeo Concept combines that passion for cars with the love of western culture – an appreciation I found while studying in Oklahoma, USA. This car is inspired by some of our favorite people and our love for the countryside.”

Shown alongside the Rodeo Concept was the first production RUF SCR. The SCR features a 4.0L normally aspirated flat-six engine producing 510 HP, 470 Nm of torque and weighs in at 1,250 kg. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox which gives the car the optimal mechanical feel. The car’s spoiler generates high downforce and keeps the RUF SCR stable at its top speed of 320kmh (199 mph).

For more information on RUF automobiles, visit the RUF website at ruf-automobile.de/en/

ABOUT RUF AUTOMOBILE GMBH

In 1939, Alois Ruf Sr. first formed his company, AUTO RUF, as a general service garage. The company grew and in 1949 he added a gas station to the company complex. By 1955, Ruf Sr. recognized a need in Germany for a full-size tourist bus and challenged himself to build his own to run this as a separate business. In 1963, the company began specializing in Porsche vehicles, a direction that Alois Ruf Jr. vowed to continue when he assumed directorship of the company in 1974.  In the following year, the first RUF-enhanced Porsche model made its debut. Now it is still family run by Alois and Estonia Ruf.

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5 Pickups for the 2020s: Like Nothing You Have Ever Seen

In November, Elon Musk revealed his Cybertruck pet project in a video that went viral after he smashed supposedly unsmashable windows. 

This Rubik’s cube of a car is a big deal for Tesla because trucks are consistently the best-selling vehicles in the USA … by a lot. For decades, the Ford F-Series has held the record for best-sold vehicle in America. People feel safer in large cars. According to car accident lawyer Lampert & Walsh, 3,800 commercial trucks were involved in fatal crashes nationwide in 2012, compared to a total of 33,500 fatal crashes.

Consider, for example, how many corporations buy elegant and powerful SUVs to minimize liability for the drivers of their fleets. Within this group is pretty much every single major construction company, by the way. 

The second, third, and fourth best-selling vehicles in the USA, are also large non-sedans (they include pickups and SUVs). You might think, ‘wait a minute,” with all of the green energy and environmentalism going around, people must be buying less large gas-guzzlers now than ever,’ but you’d be wrong.

Pickup truck sales in the US went from 2.5 million to 3.1 million between 2015 and 2019. There is a silver lining though. Companies are still producing large vehicles, yes, but many new models reflect the concern for the planet by offering EV and hybrid options. This includes a (very expensive) but all-EV Hummer with an insane amount of force.

For this reason, it is refreshing to see large-car manufacturers listening to their environmental Jiminy Cricket. 

The SUVs and Pickups of The Future

Tesla Cybertruck

On the truck’s main webpage, Tesla uses a hardcore punk font for the Cybertruck. It is indeed extreme. It has a tow rating of 7,500 lbs and a 0- to 60-mph of 6.5 seconds. It has a range of about 500 miles on a single charge. It is meant as a mix between utility and sport … obviously it is fully electric. 

It’s slated to hit the streets in late 2021.

Price: 

The base version is priced at $39,000. For comparison, the bestselling F-150 costs about $30,000. 

RivianR1T 

It has a frunk and has been called “cute” by caranddriver.com. This is no normal pickup truck. We’re talking about a car manufacturer that was founded in 2009 and ten years later has major-scale deals with Amazon and Ford. Amazon wants them to build their electric delivery vans and Ford has them working on a Lincoln SUV concept. Rivian’s designers have built their concept around the idea of eco-friendly SUVs. 

It gets about 400 miles per charge and tows about 11,000 lbs.

Price: 

about $69,000. At this time, Rivian is taking $1,000 deposits. Production will begin in 2020.

GMC Hummer EV 

A winner of the 2020 Miami Superbowl ads. This military brat turned eco-warrior is being promoted as having THREE engines. This is worth pointing out because generally dual-engine vehicles mount either engine on either axel. Nobody knows exactly how Hummer will pull off the weight distribution for this feat. 

This monster will have 1000 horsepower when it comes out to the public in Fall 2021. 

Price: 

None announced yet, but it is expected to be upwards of $70,000.

Bollinger B2

This extended pickup is known for having a ridiculous amount of storage capacity. It has 72 inches of bed length and 96 inches if you unfold the expandable cut. Within the market, the Bollinger is positioned as a champion of simplicity and transparency. It is a no-nonsense brand that makes cars that look like toolboxes. 

It gets about 200 miles per charge.

Price:

$125,000

Nikola Badger

At the end of the day, how many fleet-purchasing agents will be swayed by a 2,000 lbs difference in torque as opposed to their gut feeling about a car’s appearance? Aesthetics are important and that might be the Badger’s strength. It is marketed as the most attractive SUV of 2020. It is clean, muscular, and futuristic-looking, while still retaining a “normal” SUV build (unlike the cute R1T, the divergent Cybertruck, and the pragmatic B2)

This truck is special for one other reason that will inevitably garner a lot of attention: it’s a hydrogen fuel-cell/EV hybrid.

Price:

$60 – 90k, according to CEO Trevor Milton

CORVETTE STINGRAY: THE MID-ENGINE REVOLUTION

Available May 19, 2020

The officially licensed Corvette Stingray: The Mid-Engine Revolution (Motorbooks, May 19, 2020) chronicles the full development story behind Chevrolet’s re-imagined sports car with an engaging, detailed text and photography from GM’s archives and Corvette team members. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the history, detailed, development, and technology of a modern-day supercar masterpiece.

Corvette is Chevrolet’s iconic performance car. Its importance to the brand cannot be overstated. Thus, each new generation is sweated by Chevy’s designers, engineers, marketing staff, and executives to ensure that it sets the bar higher than the preceding version.

With the eighth generation, Chevrolet has done more than raise the bar or move the goalpost—they’ve torn down the stadium and started from scratch. For the first time ever in a production version, the new Corvette features a mid-engine configuration. Though Corvette engineers have experimented with this engine placement over the past several decades, 2020 marks the first time GM has committed it to production cars.

Corvette already had prodigious power on tap, but its front-engine configuration put some limitations on its handling and traction. The new mid-engine Corvette eliminates any final performance barriers and takes the battle to supercar rivals like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren. Chevrolet has experimented with mid-engine platforms for its legendary sports car since the late 1950s—now it’s reality! Corvette Stingray: The Mid-Engine Revolution takes the reader from those early prototypes through the design and engineering process used to create today’s Corvette Stingray supercar. It’s the Corvette story all enthusiasts will want in their automotive library.

Book Specs
CORVETTE STINGRAY: THE MID-ENGINE REVOLUTION
Available May 19, 2020
Hardcover, 192 pages
ISBN: 9780760367438
Published by Motorbooks

Citroën, 360 MAGAZINE

Citroën

Citroën has unveiled a 100% electric mobile solution, ami that intends to unleash urban mobility for all. The ami project has become a reality in barely a year, after its direct descendant AMI ONE Concept was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019.

ami has two seats, is 100% electric, compact, and customisable. It is accessible to all, with no licence required and offers a global 360° solution for urban mobility, to make freedom of movement easier and more suited to the greatest number of people. It comes with affordable “à la carte” offers, car sharing via Free2Move and long-term rental options, all through a 100% online customer journey.

Vincent Cobée, Citroën Brand CEO, said:

For 100 years, Citroën has always been innovative and creative in democratising freedom of movement. This year, Citroën has come up with a new urban mobility solution accessible to everyone: compact, protective, 100% electric, without driving licence and affordable. 

ami aims to be a real breakthrough in the access to urban mobility, a solution that is as close as possible to new modes of consumption. This great idea was a concept one year ago. We are proud that we have made it happen today!

ami is a practical response to new mobility expectations for short journeys: easier access to city centres, real alternatives to scooters, bicycles, mopeds, public transport, solutions at reasonable costs and new modes of consumption geared towards digital.
Pierre Leclercq, Citröen Head of Design, said:

It is a tradition at Citroën to want to contribute to a changing automotive landscape. The design of ami is a product design, not an automotive design. A design for which the form must define the function.

The opening of orders is scheduled for 30 March in France, and a few months later in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and then Germany.
 

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JAGUAR XE R-DYNAMIC

By Vivek Lalchandani × Krishan Narsinghani × Vaughn Lowery

The BMW 3 series has always dominated the small luxury sedan market. Jaguar challenges that with the 2020 Jaguar XE. Jags have always been known for three things: driving feel, prestige and presence. In a market saturated with big players from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Genesis, JLR had no choice but to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the XE. 360 Magazine examined the changes to see if they produced.

Exterior

Known for its dashing looks, Jaguar has been making subtle but effective updates to the current generation XE. In 2020, notice the head and tail lights have been sharpened slightly to give the vehicle a wider and lower impression. These upgrades make the car look more aggressive and imposing. LED lighting is standard in the rear and optional up front. Wheel options are formidable throughout the lineup with sizes ranging from 18” to 20”. In addition, it possesses puddle lights which differentiate it from other compact European vehicles within its class.

Interior

The interior is perhaps the biggest improvement of the 2020 XE. Dominating the center console is the twin screen infotainment/HVAC controls pulled from all other Jaguar Land Rover products. Remarkably, the modernized system brings a new level of intuitiveness missing from prior model years. Quality is a mixed bag, some soft materials and some cheaper with uneven gaps, as usual with the group. An excellent attention to detail is the half-metal stalks coming off the steering wheel. Otherwise, the Jag is mostly unchanged on the inside compared to the outgoing model. Additional features include power adjustable leather seats, dual zone climate control, and a huge panoramic sunroof for an airy experience. Talk about sunshine on a cloudy day. Light shines through to amplify the size of the car.

Technology

First enter the sedan at night for an eyeful of bright and colorful ambient lighting that highlight the contours throughout. Drivers can expect a head up display, 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 360 team appreciated a new rear view mirror with a built-in camera similar to GM’s. 

Performance  

Jag delivered as promised on the most important aspect of a small luxury sedan – performance. As with what seems like every other vehicle nowadays, a 2.0L 4 cylinder turbocharged engine is standard. In the base XE S trim, the engine outputs 247 horsepower and 269 lb-ft torque which is good for a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds. Step up to the R-Dynamic S trim and the 2.0L engine kicks out 296 horsepower, 295 lb-ft torque, and a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Both trims are built on a lightweight aluminum architecture with a curb weight of 3,385 and 3,560 pounds, respectively. The base trim pushes power to the rear wheels standard with AWD as an option. Engineers also considered aerodynamics heavily while developing this car and have fine tuned it for this model year. The XE has a drag coefficient as low as Cd0.27, which is slightly more than the BMW at 0.26 but still very impressive. This leads to the friendly MPG numbers.

R-Dynamic vehicles come standard with AWD. Standard performance and handling features include brake vectoring, double wishbone front suspension and integral link rear suspension. Optional features include Configurable Dynamics with adjustable steering weight and throttle response, Adaptive Dampers, and bigger brakes and aero treatments. Combine everything and you have a dream handling machine. Fuel economy numbers stand at 25/34 city/highway for the Base trim and 22/30 for the R-Dynamic.

Safety

The XE comes standard with emergency braking, standard cruise control, driver condition monitoring, rear view camera and lane keep assist. The LKA is the variety that nudges the vehicle back into the lane rather than keeping it centered in the lane. Gearheads may not feel comfortable taking hands off the wheel in this vehicle. This is the opposite of most BMW vehicles as their LKA is much more confidence inspiring. With that being said, we are excited for Jaguar’s next generation XE and its updated LKA as it should be top notch. Optional features for the XE include Adaptive Cruise Control with start/stop, High Speed Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Assist. The comprehensive suite of advanced safety technology makes this cruiser feel very sturdy and safe.

To top it off, the XE has powerful brakes and six airbags spread out throughout the cabin in the front, side and rear curtain. This Jag comes in at approximately $40,000 base with the R Dynamic Trim starting at $46,000. After an extensive drive, it’s apparent Jaguar built a real competitor in the true driver’s car market.

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