Week 37 : What’s new in Motoring
As the Summer draws to a slow descent into Autumn, the motoring industry is set to catch our eyes once more as brands unveil new models. This week news from ŠKODA, Mercedes, Citroen DS Automobiles and Aston Martin captured our attention so here’s a round up in case you missed it.
ŠKODA unveil details of their new model, the Kodiaq
ŠKODA this week unveiled the brand’s first ever large SUV, the ŠKODA Kodiaq. Standing at 4.70 m long and with up to seven seats and the largest boot in its class, ŠKODA’s latest model will showcase all of the brand’s strengths: characterful design, extraordinary interior space and innovative technology.
“With the ŠKODA Kodiaq, we are striking out in a new direction and opening up new markets,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. “With our first large SUV, we are conquering a new segment for the brand – and new customer groups. Our new addition to the ŠKODA model range is truly as strong as a bear: it makes the brand even more attractive thanks to its concept, striking design and as the first ŠKODA that has the option of always being online and thereby offering more comfort, safety and real-time information.The ŠKODA Kodiaq is at the forefront of ŠKODA’s extensive SUV campaign.”
Mercedes announce the GLC 4 4MATIC Coupé
Mercedes-AMG are once again extending their product portfolio with the addition of a very dynamic model: the new GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé. Combining a sporty, elegant design with the brand’s hallmark Driving Performance and the advantages of an SUV in terms of seating position, interior flexibility and also traction off the beaten track, this is a model to consider for the wish list.
Featuring a 270 kW (367 hp) 3.0‑litre V6 biturbo engine, the automatic transmission 9G‑TRONIC with shortened shift times and the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé is set to impress with a dynamic on-road driving experience. A significant contribution is also made here by the independent sports suspension based on the multi-chamber air suspension system AIR BODY CONTROL with adaptive damping adjustment. Additionally, the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé also enables occasional off-road excursions to be undertaken: the ground clearance can be increased at the touch of a button, and the pneumatic all-round self-levelling ensures a constant vehicle level at all times.
“The new GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé is characterised by a high level of agility and sporty driving dynamics. With its expressive design and high everyday practicality the Coupé is able to appeal to new target audiences,” according to Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes‑AMG GmbH.
DS Performance create DS Performance Line
DS Performance, synonymous with the FIA Formula E Championship, is the creative force behind a new trim level – ‘DS Performance Line’ that will be available across the DS Automobiles range from October. Officially revealed this week, the DS Performance Line combines the spirit of the GT with refinement and the latest DS brand technologies.
For DS Automobiles, the last year has been all about performance. DS Virgin Racing reached the podium in its first Formula E season by winning the Buenos Aires E-prix and repeatedly finishing in the points or starting at the front of the grid throughout the 2015/2016 campaign. DS E-TENSE was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show as a unique, high-performance electric car showcasing future DS technology and styling, and New DS 3 Performance and New DS 3 Cabrio Performance were recently launched as two models proudly expressing their dynamic credentials.
Aston Martin launch Mayfair boutique
In the heart of Mayfair, London, Aston Martin have accelerated their commitment to their brand experience package by unveiling its first brand experience boutique. Aptly located at No.8 Dover Street, one of the most sought-after streets in London similar to the demand for an Aston Martin, the boutique will feature not only products but experiences and brand collaborations. No. 8 Dover Street will also be a destination for design master classes, art exhibitions, dinner series and other exclusive events.