I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Monday, 26 June 2017

WORLDWIDE SALES MAY - VW COMMERCIAL - The sales continue to grow each month.

  • 6.5 per cent growth in Western Europe
  • 5.8 per cent more deliveries in Germany
  • 10.3 per cent gains in the Caddy series
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 204,800 light commercial vehicles worldwide up to the end of May. This represents an increase of 5.4 per cent compared with the same period last year. In Western Europe, deliveries to customers increased by 6.5 per cent in the first five months of the year to 143,100 vehicles.
In Germany, the brand delivered 52,600 units, 5.8 per cent more vehicles than in the same period of the previous year. Significant increases were recorded in France (+14.4 per cent to 9,200 vehicles), Italy (+13.5 per cent to 5,100 vehicles) and Spain (+9.3 per cent to 6,100 vehicles). Deliveries in Eastern Europe rose by 15.2 per cent to 15,700 vehicles.
In North America, 4,400 vehicles were delivered to customers. This corresponds to an increase of 48.0 per cent. In South America, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 15,800 vehicles (+7.1 per cent); in the Asia-Pacific region, it was 9,500 units (+11.8 per cent).
The markets in Africa (-15.4 per cent to 5,100 vehicles) and the Middle East (-20.3 per cent to 11,100 vehicles) recorded declines in vehicle deliveries.
Overview of worldwide deliveries by model range (January to May 2017 inclusive):
  • 86.100 vehicles from the T model range (81,200; +6.0 per cent)
  • 70,900 vehicles from the Caddy range (64,300; +10.3 per cent)
  • 30,400 vehicles from the Amarok range (29,600; +2.5 per cent)
  • 17,400 vehicles from the Crafter range (19,100; -8.9 per cent)
(The drop in deliveries of the Crafter is attributable to the model changeover.)

DS Automobiles move forward with hybrids and PHEV vehicles with a new car each year until 2025

  • Racing in Formula E is accelerating the development of DS road cars, confirms Eric Apode, DS Product and Development Director
  • There will be a new DS vehicle launched every year going forward – all with electrified versions (hybrid or all-electric) included in the range
  • By 2025, it is anticipated that more than a third of DS vehicles sold will be hybrid or all-electric
DS is accelerating the development of electrified cars. Starting with DS 7 CROSSBACK, it will be releasing a new model every year, all with an electrified version (hybrid or all-electric). DS Automobiles is competing in Formula E - a valuable test-bed for gaining experience and accelerated development. The recent city-located ePrix races held in Monaco, Paris and Berlin, are followed by those in New York and Montreal providing further opportunities to show the advancing technologies that are being tested and evaluated for future production models, with three specific projects already in their advanced stages. 
Eric Apode, DS Product and Development director, commented; “DS is entering the electrified vehicles scene. By 2025, more than a third of DS vehicles sold will be hybrid or all-electric. The performance models will be provided by the hybrid versions and the first in the series is DS 7 CROSSBACK E-Tense - the DS vision of hybrid power with 300hp and a 60km electric range”. 
Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance director, explained, “A competition series involving all-electric race cars obviously makes an ideal testing environment for our forthcoming technologies. With each successive race or test-session, we’re accelerating this development and every new component to achieve a better understanding of how to optimise the electric motor drivetrain and the management of energy in particular with cooling in mind.” 
Extended electric range for production models
The connection between the 140mph top speed of the DSV-02 (DS Virgin 2nd gen) race car and the 60km* electric range of DS 7 CROSSBACK E-Tense is that both depend on the techniques used for controlling the energy supplied by the battery and the management strategies of its deployment. This became very clear to the DS Performance teams from the outset of their Formula E involvement and this invaluable data has advanced the know-how of the DS engineering team working on the road car’s petrol-electric hybrid project. 
Electric range of 60km* with the DS 7 CROSSBACK Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
The petrol PHEV system available on the new SUV from DS, and arriving in spring 2019, will achieve a range of 60km* in all-electric mode, with no compromise to the car’s dynamic performance. Supplementing the 200hp THP (Turbo High Pressure) petrol engine, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-Tense carries two 80kW electric motors to drive each axle, and is capable of deploying a total deployable power output of 300hp with four-wheel-drive. 
Sophisticated electric architecture
Energy loss is the challenge of every automotive engineering team in their constant quest for ultimate efficiency and operational optimisation. All Formula E runners feature the same chassis, front axle system and battery pack, so what makes the difference is the gearbox transmission and the electric motor, and the way the energy is supplied, controlled and cooled - the fruit of each team’s own individual ingenuity. 
In their year-long work on developing the DSV-02, the team of ten engineers and the accompanying host of technicians identified a number of ways for optimising the operating efficiency of the electric motor and transmission system, and the most-suitable aspects of which are being developed for the road-going petrol-electric PHEV drivetrain of the forthcoming DS 7 CROSSBACK E-tense. 
Optimum transmission-motor coupling for an intelligent hybrid drivetrain on DS 7 CROSSBACK
DS 7 CROSSBACK is fitted with the new Efficient Automatic Transmission with 8-speeds (EAT8) located transversely between the petrol-fuelled internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric motor. DS experience and know-how is harnessing the inputs from PSA Group and DS Performance R&D teams to ensure the transmission performance operates with optimised efficiency and performance with the 80kW electric motor. 
*Measured on the MVEG certification cycle.
Electric power capabilities for the future of motoring efficiency
The purpose of the DS Performance engineering team is to make the relevant technologies accessible for the optimised development of DS vehicles. For example, the voltage used on electric vehicles; today’s production vehicles use a voltage of around 400V whereas Formula E race cars use 700V. 
“One of the challenges of the DS Performance team is to fully master component durability, for the power controller in particular at 700V, while ensuring it delivers better operational efficiencies” commented Xavier Mestelan Pinon. Eric Apode added: “Once we have answered all the questions regarding 700V operation, we can go ahead and raise the voltage used on production models, to bring even greater efficiency and potentially longer driving ranges.” 
The future starts right here, with DS E-Tense
DS E-Tense is much more than a concept car, because it points the way to the DS future, in terms of design and technology. With its two electric motors developing 402hp to the rear wheels, this spectacularly beautiful coupé delivers torque of 516Nm from start-up and boasts a potential top speed of 155mph. 
Apart from possessing exceptional driving sensations, its lithium-ion battery provides a capability to travel a potential range distance of 167 miles and it is also perfectly suited to everyday motoring applications, as recently demonstrated. 
As well as bringing know-how in electric drive technology, and accelerating the development of simulation tools (within the R&D Department) that can be carried over to production models, DS involvement in Formula E racing provides a valuable learning experience guiding engineers to optimum design choices that can be rapidly applied onto DS production road vehicles. DS 7 CROSSBACK, the new SUV by DS, will from spring 2019 also be available in a new petrol-electric hybrid (PHEV) version: DS 7 CROSSBACK E-Tense.

The All-New Kona from Hyundai - More in depth facts and figures of this beautiful looking crossover.

  • The All-New KONA builds on Hyundai Motor’s SUV credibility with a progressive approach to enhance the brand’s appeal, reach new customers and support the goal to become leading Asian automotive brand in Europe by 2021
  • The All-New KONA offers a sleek, sharp design with full-LED twin headlamps, two-tone roof and the choice between ten distinctive exterior colours
  • Coloured stitching on the seats and steering wheel as well as highlights around the air vents transform the KONA’s interior into a second skin that protects the owner seamlessly
  • The KONA is a true SUV with four-wheel drive, 7DCT and Hyundai’s latest powertrains: from modern turbocharged petrol engines to the newest generation of diesel technology
  • The new – and Hyundai first - combiner head-up display with class-leading luminance projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight
  • The Display Audio, another Hyundai first, makes connectivity accessible, allowing passengers to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the seven-inch screen
  • The new high-end sound system by Krell, featuring eight speakers and an amplifier delivers concert hall sound quality to all passengers
  • The KONA offers a wide range of active safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection 
“The All-New KONA is not just another car among Hyundai Motor’s established SUV range - it is an important milestone of our journey to become Asian automotive brand number one in Europe by 2021,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With its true SUV genes, a progressive design and premium features, KONA reflects the lifestyle of modern customers, enhancing the brand’s appeal and attracting new customers.”
Hyundai Motor extends its SUV family with a progressive approach
Since the launch of Santa Fe in 2001, Hyundai Motor sold more than 1.4 Million SUVs in Europe becoming an established brand in the SUV segment. The Tucson is the fastest-selling SUV of Hyundai in Europe with more than 200,000 sales since launch in 2015. 
Now, Hyundai Motor is extending its SUV family to four members including the Grand Santa Fe, Santa Fe and Tucson by entering the B-SUV segment (Grand Santa Fe is not available in the UK). 
The All-New KONA is a real SUV with a bold and progressive design, premium features, accessible connectivity and latest safety technologies. It expresses the lifestyle of modern urban customers and is a confident statement of who you are..
The All-New Hyundai KONA is an important milestone for Hyundai Motor Europe on its way to becoming the leading Asian automotive brand in Europe by 2021 with the launch of 30 new models and derivatives.
Sleek, sharp exterior
The All-New KONA’s front is expressive and powerful, adopting Hyundai Motor’s new family identity, the Cascading Grille. New twin headlamps enhance the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The separated lights at the front deliver a confident, progressive appearance with sleek, sharp shapes. A bold front and rear are emphasised by the car’s wide stance and its voluminous, aggressive body styling. The KONA’s two-tone roof and the choice of ten distinctive exterior colours offer many individual combinations for almost every individual style.
Elegantly tailored interior
The interior is characterised by smooth surfaces on top of the instrument panel that give it a sensuous and refined feel while dark painted parts represent the technological and rugged character. This is complemented by considerable roominess and visibility. A choice between different-accent colours and matching coloured stitching on the seats and steering wheel show the refinement and attention to detail that went into the development of the sophisticated interior.
State-of-the-art powertrains and four-wheel drive
Right from the start, the KONA offers the choice between two turbocharged, small-displacement petrol powertrains with high low-end torque and excellent fuel efficiency: a 1.0-litre T-GDI with a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) and 120 PS (88 kW) (fuel consumption combined (preliminary target value): 5.3 l/100 km; CO2 combined (preliminary target value): 119 g/km*) as standard and a high-power 1.6-litre T-GDI with 177 PS (130 kW) and Hyundai’s self-developed 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) and four-wheel drive (fuel consumption combined (preliminary target value): 7.3 l/100 km; CO2combined (preliminary target value): 169 g/km*). The optional four-wheel drive of the KONA supports drivers in all kinds of driving situations with up to 50% torque at the rear wheels e.g. on snow, gravel and of course on regular road surfaces. In the summer of 2018, Hyundai will be launching its next generation of efficient 1.6-litre diesel powertrains for the KONA, also available with 6-Speed MT or Hyundai’s efficient, direct-responding 7DCT with optional four wheel drive.
Head-up display and the choice of connectivity
For the first time in a Hyundai, the KONA’s new head-up display projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight. Its class-leading luminance and eight-inch image size enable not only effortless daylight visibility but also the faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead.
A very high degree of connectivity for smart devices also adds to the All-New KONA’s appeal. The optional eight-inch infotainment system integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.. The system comes with a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services, offering updated information in real time: weather, traffic, speed cameras and online searches for points of interest.
Another Hyundai first in the KONA is Display Audio: passengers have the option of switching their smartphone’s content on to the system’s seven-inch display via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With this function they can use the phone's built-in navigation capabilities, make phone calls, dictate messages or listen to their favourite music. The system provides entry-level customers with more accessible connectivity.
An optional wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones allows passengers to charge their smartphones conveniently on the move.
Latest safety features and high-strength steel body
The All-New KONA is designed for people with active, individual lifestylesand its list of safety features includes Hyundai Motor’s Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Static Bending Light and Smart High Beam.
Hyundai Motor is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel for the global production of its vehicles, with great benefits for the All-New KONA, i.e. a strong, light body that enhances the dynamic performance and increases passenger safety through the use of high-strength steel, a broad appliance of hot stamping and 115 metres of structural adhesive.
02. Design
The All-New KONA continues Hyundai’s new design identity while adding its own progressive character to create a unique proposition in the sub-compact SUV segment. With its true SUV DNA, strong design and premium features, Hyundai Motor aims to attract new, modern customers.
Exterior design
The design of the all-new KONA is characterised by its distinctive high-contrast fender cladding and the sensuous and muscular surfaces atop a stable and wide stance. 
At the front the twin headlamp design created by the LED day time running lights positioned on top of the LED headlights that are integrated into the cladding create an unique, progressive appearance. 
The All-New KONA also features Hyundai Motor’s new family identity, the Cascading Grille with a mesh pattern, at the front that enhances its expressive and dynamic appearance. Its compact and agile character is emphasised by the sleek profile with short rear overhangs and wing type fenders that suggest forward direction. A roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and enhances active lifestyle capability for example by mounting a roof carrier. 
The All-New KONA features silver matte accents to enhance the refined character, featuring framing of the fog lights and lower air intakes, an accent line on the side and the skid plate at the rear. Air curtains at the either side of the front bumper enhance aerodynamics by reducing turbulences in the wheel arch area.
At the rear, the design theme of the front is reflected featuring the unique wrap around cladding that house the indicator and reversing lights and distinctive graphical elements including the slim LED rear lights. The All-New KONA’s rear spoiler features an integrated LED brake light.
With its wide (1,800 mm) and low stance (1,550 mm), the KONA has a bold appearance on the road, further underscored by the 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels (Tyre size: 235/45R18). The All-New KONA is also available with 17” alloy wheels (Tyre size: 215/55R17) as well as 16” (Tyre size: 205/60R16) alloy and steel wheel.
This low and wide stance is further supported by its length of 4,165 mm and a wheelbase of 2,600 millimetres.
The KONA’s two-tone roof offers many exterior colour combinations and an individual choice for almost every personal style. Ten exterior colours can be combined with two roof designs for a total of twenty colour combinations. The roof and exterior mirrors are available in Phantom Black or Dark Knight (dark grey). The exterior colours available for the Kona are Phantom Black, Chalk White, Lake Silver, Dark Knight, Pulse Red, Tangerine Comet, Acid Yellow, Blue Lagoon, Ceramic Blue and Velvet Dune (light grey).
Interior design
The KONA’s interior design reflects the exterior theme featuring smooth, contoured surfaces on top of the instrument panel contrasting with the dark painted parts representing the technological and rugged character. The colour theme offers customers the chance to tailor their own style with distinct colours: Orange, Lime and Red. The colour accents are featured on the air vent surrounds, around the gearshift, the engine start button ring, the stitching on the seats and steering wheel. All interior colour options come with a black ceiling. The Lime and Red options are moreover available with coloured seat belts as well as glossy black interior door handles and steering wheel spoke. The semi-perforated leather steering wheel adds to the KONA’s stylish, high-quality interior. Owners have the option of tailoring the KONA’s interior to suit their taste, expressing their unique temperament and independent lifestyle.
The floating screen of the optional eight-inch navigation touchscreen on the dashboard integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features and thanks to its ergonomic position allows drivers to stay tuned to the traffic ahead at all times. The climate and temperature control is positioned conveniently in the centre console and can easily be operated via the dials without distracting the driver.
The All-New KONA offers several features for maximum passenger convenience. The optional heated steering wheel provides warmth and comfort even in the coldest weather, while a smart key and push-button ignition allows the driver to turn the vehicle on and off with the simple touch of a button. The KONA’s power seats dispose of an 8-way electric adjustment and 2-way lumbar support system, which provides optimised seating positions for passengers of diverse physiques. The front seats moreover feature a 3-step ventilation system for a convenient ride in hot weather conditions.
The All-New KONA offers plenty of space for both passengers and luggage. Storage trays and 1.5 litre bottle holders in the doors have been integrated for maximum convenience. KONA offers generous front-seat legroom, with 1,054 mm and 880 mm for passengers in the rear. Luggage space totalling 361 litres (VDA 211) offers flexibility for everyday needs. Foldable rear seats (60:40 split) allow passengers to load extra-sized cargo that would normally not fit in the rear cargo space. With the seats folded flat, the KONA offers 1,143 litres (VDA 214) of space for weekend escapes and longer trips.
03. Driving performance 
The All-New KONA features a line-up of downsized turbocharged engines to increase efficiency while boasting driving dynamics. The All-New KONA is a real SUV by offering customer the choice to opt for four-wheel drive and a smooth and efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT).
New downsized 1.0 T-GDI and 1.6 T-GDI petrol engines
The in-house developed, downsized 1.6 T-GDI four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a performance of 177 PS (130 kW) and 265 Nm torque handles the urban driving environment with ease and is not afraid of ventures into the countryside: 100 km/h are reached in only 7.9 seconds. The KONA comes equipped with Hyundai Motor’s newly developed, compact four-wheel drive and the smooth-shifting 7DCT.
Drivers seeking more economical mobility have the option of a downsized 1.0-liter T-GDI 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 120 PS (88 kW) and 172 Nm. A turbocharger with an electronically-controlled waste-gate actuator improves fuel efficiency by lowering pumping losses as well as improving throttle response and low-end torque. The unit features a six-hole GDI injector, pressured to a higher-than-average 200 bar, securing a clean combustion and improving fuel economy and emissions. The engine is offered with front-wheel drive and 6MT.
New U 1.6-litre diesel
Within a year of the launch, the KONA’s powertrain line-up will be further expanded with the addition of a newly developed, efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine available with two power outputs: A regular 115 PS (85 kW) (preliminary) version with a 6MT and front-wheel drive. The high-power diesel version provides 136 PS (100 kW – preliminary) and powerful 320 Nm in combination with a 7DCT and the choice between four-wheel and front-wheel drive.
The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
Hyundai Motor introduced its first 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in 2015, combining the benefits of automated and manual transmissions. The 7DCT provides an improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 20% compared with a conventional six-gear automatic transmission, while acceleration performance was increased by up to 10%.
The 7DCT consists of two dry clutches and an actuator for each clutch. Engine power is transferred independently to the odd and even gear train so that the driver is always ready to shift to the next gear without any torque interruption. For optimised responsiveness, the electric motor-driven actuator is applied, while external shock absorbers improve the noise, vibration and harshness levels during driving.
In combination with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the All-New KONA offers two drive modes: normal and sport. In sport mode there is a different shift pattern, with gears being held longer before shifting.
Ride and handling
The development engineers have designed the All-New KONA with a good balance between power and comfortable ride and handling qualities in addition to agility and nimbleness.
The KONA offers customers a true SUV experience thanks to a ground clearance of 170 mm. Its elevated seating position ensures better visibility for drivers and increases driving comfort. At the same time, the lowered interior floor and the optimised tunnel part of the SUV platform allow for a spacious interior which further adds to the Kona’s versatility. The optional four-wheel drive benefits from an adjusted transfer mounting angle, thus improving the turbo engine's performance.
The low, wide stance of the KONA not only catches the eye and ensures a strong appearance on the road, it also improves ride and handling capabilities – form follows function.
Great care has also gone into the development of the new suspension system. The McPherson strut in the front with its refined geometry delivers a refined body movement on rough roads for a comfortable ride that absorbs shocks before they reach the interior.
The coupled torsion beam axle in the rear of the two-wheel drive KONA is characterised by its ride comfort and sporty handling feel thanks to its high-stiffness torsion beam. The All-New KONA with four-wheel drive feature a multi-link rear suspension which helps to optimise ride and handling, maximising stability during accelerated cornering with the dual lower arm-type multi-link. Advanced Traction Cornering Control for four-wheel drive directs understeering and improves the vehicle’s agility and stability by controlling both traction and damping while accelerating in curved sections.
Strong, lightweight body
Hyundai Motor is the only car manufacturer to make its own steel for the global production of its vehicles, with benefits for the All-New KONA, which features a strong, light body that enhances the dynamic performance and increases passive passenger safety. The ultra-high-strength steel ensures highest rigidity while the broad appliance of hot stamping and 115 m of structural adhesive improve stiffness while reducing weight.
Despite the compact exterior, the safety zone of the KONA’s body structure has been maximised and further improved by a ring-shaped cabin structure that disperses crush energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact for passengers. The multi-load pass structure also disperses crush energy and works towards the goal of achieving optimal passive safety.
04. Connected and caring 
The All-New Kona offers customers advanced connectivity features to enhance seamless integration of your smartphone, making operation more intiuituve and safe while driving. Customers can choose between three systems. The Standard Audio system with a five-inch monochrome TFT screen featuring radio, Bluetooth connectivity, AUX-in and USB connection. The Display Audio system with seven-inch capacitive colour LCD touchscreen integrated rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Car Play and Android Auto or the third option, the eight-inch navigation system includiing rear view camera with dynamic guidelines, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7-year subscription to LIVE services, 3D maps, and Lifetime MapcareTM**. Additionally, there is a central information screen located in the center of the instrument cluster between the two dials, available as a 3.5” Mono TFT LCD display (standard) or 4.2” TFT colour display (optional).
Accessible connectivity through Display Audio
The Display Audio is a Hyundai first and offers customers accessibile connectivity with a seven-inch high-resolution colour LCD touchscreen to connect smartphones via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This allows passengers to use the navigation capabilities of their smartphone without the need for built-in car navigation. Users can also make phone calls, dictate messages or listen to their favourite music. Additionally the Display Audio features an integrated rear view camera with dynamic guidelines.
8-inch Navigation system offers everything you need
The optional eight-inch infotainment system in the All-New KONA integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, allowing drivers to always stay tuned to the traffic ahead. It also provides both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, enabling users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen. Also included is a free seven-year subscription to LIVE services offering updated information in real time about weather, traffic and speed cameras, plus online searches for points of interest. The navigation system also features 3D maps and Hyundai Motor’s unique Lifetime MapcareTM** with free annual map and software updates included. To enhance vehicle operation the system includes a rear view camera with dynamic guidelines.
Wireless inductive charging
To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the KONA also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones. The phone’s charging status is visualised with a small indicator lamp above. To ensure the phone will not be forgotten inside the car, the central display in the instrument cluster will show a reminder when switching off the car.
For further connection of your devices the KONA comes standard with USB port and AUX jack.
Head-up display with class-leading luminance
For the first time in a Hyundai, the KONA’s new combiner head-up display (HUD) projects relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight . This allows faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead.
With a projected image size of eight-inch at two metre distance and class-leading luminance of more than 10,000 candela per square metre, the new HUD guarantees best visibility in different light conditions. The HUD can be adjusted in angle and height to ensure optimum visibility for individual needs. Once activated via the button beside the steering wheel, the combiner deploys vertically and disappears into the dashboard when not in use. While driving, the HUD supports safe driving by displaying information such as speed, navigation commands and the fuel level as well as safety-related warnings from assistance systems such as the Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Detector. Information about the audio mode and radio are also projected.
High-end sound system by Krell
Today’s customers like to listen to their favourite soundtrack in their car, for this reason the KONA offers a high-end sound system by audio manufacturer Krell featuring eight speakers including two 20 mm tweeters, four 160 mm woofer speakers, one 100 mm centre speaker and a 200 mm subwoofer speaker. The eight-channel amplifier delivers 45 Watt per channel to maximise the audio experience inside the car.
Highest level of active safety
The All-New KONA features the latest active safety features, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist (standard), High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Alert (standard), Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection
The All-New KONA is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking autonomously if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage, and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 8 km/h or above.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (standard)
The Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) alerts the driver in unsafe movements at over 60 km/h by sensing the car’s position. It sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey and blue lines as well as Bott’s dots on the road, and warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.
High Beam Assist (HBA)
When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night, and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beams,
Driver Attention Alert (DAA) (standard)
Driver Attention Alert (DAA) raises safety and convenience to an entirely new level by continuously monitoring and analyzing driving patterns through data inputs such as the steering angle, steering torque and vehicle position in the traffic lane. When a pattern of fatigue/distraction is identified, DAA gets the driver’s attention with an audible alert and pop-up message suggesting a break.
Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
Also using radar, the Blind Spot Detection (BSD) monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to lane change situations in which a vehicle is detected.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Using the rear corner radar, the Rear Cross Traffic Collision Alert (RCTA) reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross-traffic, RCTA alerts the driver visually and audibly.
Highest Passive Safety
The All-New KONA benefits from superior rigidity through the application of high strength steel, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision.
Thanks to an enlarged area for the appliance of hot stamping and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone has been enlarged for top crashworthiness. The multiload-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in the event of a collision in various directions and reduces the impact.
Around the interior of the Kona a total of six airbags are installed. - two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row protecting both driver and passengers.
* Preliminary target fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, subject to homologation.
**Lifetime MapCare™ is the commercial term for Hyundai’s subscription to the MapCare™ programme with which annual map updates are assured for the eligible Hyundai vehicles for a minimum period of ten years after the model’s end of production.
Please note that UK vehicle trim specifications may differ. Full UK line-up and pricing will be announced in due course.
05. Technical specifications
Petrol engines
1.0 T-GDI
Kappa 1.0 T-GDI, 12-valve MLA, DOHC, three cylinder in-line
998 cc
Bore x stroke
71 x 84.0 mm
Compression ratio
120 PS (88 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
172 Nm @ 1,500~4,000 rpm
Maximum speed (km/h)
181 km/h
0-100 km/h (seconds)
CO2 combined (g/km)*
119 (target value)
Fuel Consumption combined (l/100km)*
5.3 (target value)
1.6 T-GDI
Gamma 1.6 T-GDI, 16-valve MLA, DOHC, four cylinder in-line
1,591 cc
Bore x stroke
77 x 85.44 mm
Compression ratio
177 PS (130 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
265 Nm @ 1,500~4,500 rpm
Maximum speed (km/h)
205 km/h
0-100 km/h (seconds)
CO2 combined (g/km)*
169 (target value)
Fuel Consumption combined (l/100km)*
7.3 (target value)
Gasoline engines - speeds
1.0 T-GDI (120 PS)
1.6 T-GDI (177 PS)
6 (with 2WD)
7 (with 4WD)
Gear ratios
1.0 T-GDI (120 PS)
1.6 T-GDI (177 PS)
Final drive
4.643 (1/2/4/5)
3.611 (3/6/7/R)

Wheels and tyres
Wheel type
16 inch steel / alloy
205 / 60R16
17 inch alloy
215 / 55R17
18 inch alloy
235 / 45R18
Dimensions (mm)
Overall length
Overall width
Overall height
1,565 (with roof rack)
Front overhang
Rear overhang
Ground clearance
Head room
965 (with sunroof)
Leg room
Shoulder room
Cargo space (litres)
361 (Minimum, VDA 211)
1,143 (Maximum, VDA 214)
Weights (kg)**
1.0 T-GDI
1.6 T-GDI
Minimum Curb weight (without driver)
* Preliminary target fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, subject to homologation.
**Manufacturer’s estimates

Citroen follows up the C5 Aircross with the All-New C3 Aircross available from November.

Following the premiere of New C5 Aircross in April, Citroën is stepping up its international SUV offensive with the reveal of New C3 Aircross, a compact SUV with a fresh and assertive personality. New C3 Aircross is a new-generation SUV with unrivalled space for a vehicle of its type, a modular design and a large opening panoramic glass sunroof. Representing an important milestone for the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme.
New C3 Aircross offers a sense of well-being on-board. Equally at ease in the city or out on the open road, this new Citroën SUV’s adventurous abilities have been enhanced with Grip Control®, Hill Descent Assist, 12 driver assistance systems (incl. Colour Head-up Display) and four connectivity technologies (incl. Wireless Smartphone Charging). New C3 Aircross will officially go ‘on sale’ in the UK on Wednesday 1 November 2017.
Following the world premiere of New C5 Aircross – the brand’s new C-segment SUV – at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, Citroën is stepping up its international SUV offensive. Today the Citroën brand reveals the New C3 Aircross compact SUV, which will soon launch into the rapidly growing B SUV-segment in the UK, Europe and across markets worldwide.
Both of Citroën's new-generation SUVs are people-minded and inspired by customers. With the protective character of their exterior styling, New C5 Aircross and New C3 Aircross are equally appealing to SUV buyers, each with their own unique and energetic personalities.
Both models stand out in their respective segments and represent new benchmarks in terms of ease of use and on-board comfort. New C5 Aircross and New C3 Aircross illustrate the brand's expertise in design, the creation of space and well-being.
Inspired by the C-Aircross Concept, which was presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, New C3 Aircross brings a breath of fresh air to the compact SUV segment. Outside, it stands out with its unique body styling and unprecedented personalisation choices. Inside, innovation is demonstrated through its levels of comfort as part of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. 
This means plenty of space on-board, a modular design, and a bright and airy passenger compartment. New C3 Aircross is a contemporary vehicle that is connected and equipped with a range of technologies that make life easier in the city and out on the open road. In short, Citroën's new SUV invites fans of style, well-being and adventure to live a whole new automotive experience.
The New Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV stands apart as: 
New Citroën C3 Aircross is a compact 4.15m long SUV distinguished by its powerful, original and fresh attitude. It boasts unique body styling that is fully representative of the current Citroën range, along with all the attributes of a robust and protective SUV – raised ground clearance, an elevated driving position, front and rear skid plates, large wheels and wheel arch extensions. The body styling is underscored by strong graphic features, such as the touches of colour on the roof bars and the ‘Venetian Blind’ rear quarter-lights.
New C3 Aircross offers an unprecedented number of personalisation options with up to 90 exterior colour combinations, including four roof colours for two-tone models and four ‘Colour Packs’, plus five highly distinctive interior design schemes. The cabin, with its horizontal design approach, clearly conveys spaciousness and protection. 
New C3 Aircross is also very much an SUV in terms of driving pleasure and handling. Nimble in the city, owing to its compact body, and ready for adventure with its Grip Control® and Hill Descent Assist system, New C3 Aircross is available with a wide selection of economical and efficient petrol and diesel engines. 
The Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, which focuses on mental and physical well-being, is seen through the ingenious architecture of New C3 Aircross. This is a compact SUV that makes everyday life easier, with absolutely no compromises in terms of comfort or functionality.
The cabin is home to broad and comfortable seats, and offers class-leading space (headroom and legroom), unrivalled modularity (split/sliding rear seats), a fold-flat front passenger seat (for a load length of up to 2.40m) and exceptional boot volume (410-litres, which can increase to 520-litres). Well-being is also assured by a cabin that is flooded with natural light, thanks to the large opening panoramic glass sunroof. 
New C3 Aircross features ingenious storage spaces, including a wireless smartphone charging area in the central console. It is also available with a complete range of driver assistance systems, such as the Colour Head-up Display, Active Safety Brake, Intelligent Beam Headlights and Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation, as well as useful technologies including Park Assist and Citroën Connect Nav.
"After the New C5 Aircross, a C-segment SUV presented in Shanghai, Citroën is accelerating its international SUV offensive with a second model. Unveiled today in Paris, the New Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV will be launched in Europe between now and the end of the year. Bringing together all of Citroën's expertise in cabin space, modular design and comfort, this people-minded SUV stands out in the B SUV-segment with its unique body styling. It has a different mind-set, a source of protection and adventure, consistent with the expectations of customers today." Linda Jackson, Citroën CEO
New Citroën C3 Aircross was created with the inspiration of the design teams, led by Alexandre Malval, Citroën’s Design Director. New C3 Aircross appeals with its unique body styling, and its fresh and protective appearance. Its compact and high-set dimensions (4.15m long, 1.76m wide and 1.64m tall) are well proportioned and showcase the car's flowing and dynamic lines.
Citroën's attractive new compact SUV dominates the road. The design of New C3 Aircross is unique to the segment with a muscular bonnet that is both short and raised. The overall design is free from aggression although there is a sense of robustness, which is underscored by the front and rear light signatures. Standing firm on its large diameter wheels, New C3 Aircross has a ground clearance 20mm higher than New C3, whose platform it shares. The new model's wheel arch extensions and protective skid plates also contribute to the dynamic and protective SUV styling. These visual features reinforce the car's adventurous spirit and personality.
At the front, New C3 Aircross features Citroën's two-tier light signature. The lights at the top are the LED daytime running lights, which link to the chevrons via a double chrome strip to enhance the perceived width of the car. The lower units are for the headlights and come complete with coloured surrounds. There is also space to house the fog lamps. A large air intake in the centre strikes a powerful note. Lower down, a protective skid plate underscores the SUV nature of New C3 Aircross.
At the rear, the design emphasises the car’s width and muscular character. The 3D-effect rear lights spell out the family connection with New C3 and the C-Aircross Concept. The sophisticated light units are complemented by ‘Gloss Black’ inserts in the tailgate, featuring the two-tone C3 Aircross badge and Gloss Black chevrons. The imposing rear bumper and protective skid plate echo the front end, and once again affirms the car's robustness and SUV spirit. 
A true SUV, New C3 Aircross features innovative components such as the stylish quarter-lights as a unique design signature. Previewed on the C-Aircross Concept, the rear quarter-lights – made from polycarbonate and layered with a coloured film – create a strong graphic contrast on the C-pillar. With their ‘Venetian Blind’ effect, they add a unique character trait and also serve to conceal the inside of the car, but without keeping the light out or reducing visibility. 
Another distinctive feature of New Citroën C3 Aircross is the way it can be adapted to match the personality of individual customers. As with New C3, Citroën’s designers have given New C3 Aircross a bold and modern spirit that is highly customisable. Each owner can express themselves – from the most conventional to the most striking finish. Customers can choose the colour of the roof and then combine it with a different body colour and a ‘Colour Pack’.
Energising the styling of the compact SUV, the touches in the Colour Pack are applied to the roof bars, rear quarter-lights, door mirrors, front headlamp surrounds and wheel centre caps.
New C3 Aircross is available with up to 90 colour combinations reflecting each buyer’s personality and tastes:
  • Eight body colours (Natural White, Ink Black, Misty Grey, Cosmic Silver, Passion Red, Breathing Blue, Soft Sand, Spicy Orange)
  • Four roof colours for a two-tone effect (Ink Black, Natural White, Spicy Orange or Soft Sand)*
  • Four Colour Packs (Orange, Grey, White, Black) 
* Depending on the country
Customers also get to choose between stylish 16-inch wheel trims and 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels.
Personalisation applies equally inside New C3 Aircross, with five interior design choices.
Each design is inspired by the worlds of furniture and fashion. The emphasis is on pure lines, protective forms, a meticulous finish and a variety of textures on the dashboard. The door panel designs, touches of colour on the steering wheel and air vents, and the seat upholsteries create a lounge-like atmosphere.

Regardless of the chosen finish, be it neutral, warm, dynamic or high-end, New C3 Aircross brings an extensive range of items for personal expression:
  • The standard design scheme is pure and uncluttered with a textured grey dashboard, combined with Mica Grey cloth seat upholstery and enhanced by white air vent surrounds
  • The Metropolitan Grey design scheme emphasises cabin space. The focus here is on clarity and well-being with bright colours and warm fabrics that also feature on the dashboard. The air vents have orange surrounds
  • The Urban Red design scheme expresses vitality and boosts the technological character of the SUV. It comprises a series of contrasting elements between dark colours and bright stitching on the Dark Grey Quartz cloth seats. The dashboard is covered in a leather-like material to complete the look
  • The Hype Mistral design scheme conveys a premium feel. It combines black leather and patterned cloth, with a leather-look to the dashboard. The air vents feature satin chrome surrounds
  • The Hype Colorado design scheme also expresses a premium approach, enhanced by soft-touch materials and a special tan-coloured finish on the half-leather seats, two-tone leather steering wheel and dashboard.
New C3 Aircross is also very much an SUV in terms of driving pleasure and handling. Dominating the road with its raised ground clearance and large wheels, New C3 Aircross is at ease on most surfaces thanks to the Grip Control® and Hill Descent Assist system. Able to venture out of the city and leave the beaten track by adjusting grip, New C3 Aircross is ideal both for fans of urban adventure and shopping excursions, and fans of sport, leisure and outdoor activities.
Equipped with the Grip Control® system for improved traction and special 16-inch and 17-inch mud-and-snow tyres, New C3 Aircross can adapt to all types of terrain, whatever the conditions. Safety is enhanced in all circumstances through five driving modes. Drivers can leave the Grip Control® system on automatic via the Standard mode or select between Sand, All-Road, Snow or ESP OFF modes. 
Combined with Grip Control®, the Hill Descent Assist function maintains the car at a reduced speed even on the steepest inclines. This technology keeps New C3 Aircross on the right trajectory while limiting the risk of slippage as the car descends slopes. The new function helps the driver to keep perfect control of New C3 Aircross in complete safety. The system can function at very low speeds – as low as 2mph (3km/h) – for added control and safety during what can otherwise be a very stressful manoeuvre.
The technology and adventurous nature of the new model are underlined by a broad range of economical and efficient latest-generation engines. New C3 Aircross is available with International Engine of the Year award-winning PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines, equipped with the latest technologies for heightened responsiveness, controlled fuel consumption and emissions. The BlueHDi range of diesel engines also brings driving pleasure and enhanced economy.
  • Petrol: The New C3 Aircross compact SUV is available in its highest performance form with the PureTech 130 S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The PureTech 110 S&S engine is available with a manual gearbox, as well as an EAT6 automatic gearbox for maximum driving pleasure and comfort. In addition, there is the choice of the PureTech 82 engine with a manual gearbox.
  • Diesel: The New C3 Aircross is also available with a choice of the BlueHDi 120 S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox or the BlueHDi 100 manual.
Central to each design stage, the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme informed the generous character of this people-minded compact SUV. Designed as a true space for living, the interior of New C3 Aircross is warm and welcoming. With its ingenious architecture, it combines compact design outside with outstanding roominess inside. An easy car to live with, day in and day out, New C3 Aircross scores high on user-friendliness through its intuitive technologies.
New C3 Aircross is fully focused on comfort, with the perception of space and a sense of well-being playing a key role. These sensations – felt instantly on entering the vehicle – are created by the horizontal design of the dashboard, and by the welcoming and comfortable seats. Put simply, New Citroën C3 Aircross innovates through its design, providing exceptional cabin space, modularity and boot volume.
  • Spaciousness: The architecture of New C3 Aircross delivers the most spacious interior in the segment and outstanding comfort, with five seats and both generous leg and headroom. Each passenger is fully at ease in the front and rear alike. Rear knee room is also remarkable, as a direct result of the 2.60m wheelbase
  • Modulardesign: New C3 Aircross has the most advanced modular design in its category with a 60/40 split and folding rear bench, with independent sections that slide through 150mm. The ultra-modular front passenger seat can be folded down to transport long objects. In a single movement, the maximum load length can be extended to 2.40m
  • Boot volume: New C3 Aircross has the largest boot in the segment. Access is aided by a large tailgate and a low loading sill. The boot's standard volume of 410-litres can be increased to 520-litres with the rear bench in the fully forward position. Total load volume with the rear seats folded down flat is an impressive 1,289-litres. Strong on everyday practicality, New C3 Aircross also features a removable luggage shelf that can be stored in a vertical position behind the rear bench when transporting taller objects. As a further ingenious touch, the dual height boot floor provides the option of a flat floor with the rear seatbacks folded down.
New C3 Aircross places a premium on the amount of light in the cabin. The new model features a large glazed surface area offering drivers 360° of visibility and impressive amounts of light inside the car. This sensation is enhanced by the relaxing effect of the rear quarter-lights with their ‘Venetian Blind’ design creating a mixture of light and shadow. 
New C3 Aircross also offers passengers an impressive view of the sky with its opening panoramic glass sunroof. Unique in the B SUV-segment, this feature comes complete with a sequential electric control, has an interior glazed area of nearly 1m long, and features a sun blind and LED lighting. The amount of light in the cabin can also be adjusted using the sun blinds in the rear doors. 
Another essential component to promote comfort when travelling is storage space. The eminently functional New C3 Aircross benefits from a range of storage compartments. The central console has been designed to store a smartphone with a special dock and wireless charging.

The ‘penholder’ space on the passenger side of the dashboard can accommodate slim objects such as keys, pens and coins. The front door pockets even have enough room for 1.5-litre bottles of water. Rear passengers benefit from extra storage spaces too. The central section of the rear seats can fold down to create an armrest with cup holders. This also features a ski flap for transporting long objects.

Faithful to the brand's DNA and the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New C3 Aircross benefits from Citroën's know-how and provides drivers and passengers with peerless travelling comfort. The aim is to make each journey in New C3 Aircross more pleasant and cocoon-like by filtering out external noise and vibrations. The standard-setting comfort on-board New C3 Aircross is demonstrated via:
  • seat comfort, with broad and generous seat squabs
  • suspension comfort, with classic Citroën settings for all driving conditions
  • sound comfort, with meticulous soundproofing and acoustics
Inspired by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, the New Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV was designed for ease of use. It is equipped with intuitive technologies for peace-of-mind and safety at the wheel:
  • Keyless entry and start: a hands-free access and start-up system that allows the driver to open and start the vehicle without getting the key out of their pocket or bag
  • Colour Head-up Display: bringing the driver useful driving information in his or her line of sight. Projected in colour on a retractable see-through screen, the data (on speed and cruise control/speed limiter settings etc.) is visible continuously, without the driver having to take their eyes off the road
  • Top Rear Vision Reversing Camera: for enhanced vision and easier manoeuvres. When the driver shifts into reverse, the camera displays the view behind the vehicle on the 7-inch touchscreen. The image is supplemented by colour reference points indicating the proximity of any obstacles, as well as showing a secondary 180° view of the area behind the car
  • Park Assist: making parking manoeuvres more relaxing, easier and safer. Park Assist is an active parking assistance system, for parallel and perpendicular parking. When prompted by the driver, it automatically detects a space then controls the steering for an entirely safe park. All the driver has to do is shift into reverse, accelerate and brake
  • Active Safety Brake: with a sound and visual alert to reduce the risk of frontal impact, plus the ability for the system to brake in place of the driver
  • Lane Departure Warning System: protects against driver fatigue at the wheel or a simple moment of inattention when travelling over 37mph (60km/h). The system detects the accidental crossing of road markings when the indicator has not been activated, and warns the driver with a sound alert and a message on the instrument cluster
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System: alerts the driver to the presence of a vehicle in their blind spot via a warning light in the door mirrors on either side of the car
  • Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation: the driver is informed of the speed limit via the instrument cluster and the system records the speed indicated as a setting for the cruise control/speed limiter
  • Intelligent Beam Headlights: for safer driving at night, this system automatically switches between high beam and low beam settings when the system detects oncoming traffic
  • Driver Assistance Alert: monitors driver behaviour using the multi-function camera on the upper part of the windscreen and alerts them of potential fatigue. This system assesses the driver's attention level by comparing the direction of travel relative to the road markings. It is particularly useful on motorways and at speeds of over 40mph (65km/h)
  • Coffee Break Alert: the driver is alerted after driving for two hours at speeds over 43mph (70km/h)
  • Grip Control® with Hill Descent Assist: for a variety of surfaces and added control on steep inclines.
* Depending on the country
For a more seamless driving experience, New Citroën C3 Aircross delivers continuous connectivity and infotainment via a 7-inch touchscreen. This screen acts as the control centre for the vehicle. For example, it incorporates the air conditioning, radio, telephone and Sat Nav controls. To help customers stay better connected and to improve their driving experience, New C3 Aircross features:
  • Wireless Smartphone Charging: This all-new system can be used to induction charge a wide range of smartphones or devices compatible with the Qi standard. A charging mat is built into a dedicated storage space in the central console. Wireless electric energy transmission is based on the principle of magnetic induction
  • Mirror Screen functionality: With Android Auto, Apple CarPlay™ and MirrorLink®, drivers enjoy the multimedia content and apps on their smartphones in complete safety by replicating and controlling them via the 7-inch touchscreen
  • Citroën Connect Nav: Featuring connected 3D navigation with voice recognition, this new-generation navigation system comes with connected services such as TomTom Traffic, for real-time traffic information, service station and car park localisation and prices, weather information, and a local point-of-interest search function. There is even an accident blackspot warning function
  • Citroën Connect Box: Incorporating Citroën’s Emergency & Assistance system, this important piece of equipment links to a specialised assistance platform in the event of a breakdown or accident.
Agile in the city, but also equipped with all-road attributes for far-flung adventures, the New Citroën C3 Aircross compact SUV meets the requirements of modern lifestyles. This advanced and people-minded SUV is customisable, comfortable and characterful. Produced at the Zaragoza plant in Spain, this new-generation compact SUV will officially go ‘on sale’ in the UK on Wednesday 1 November 2017.
  • Length: 4.15m
  • Width: 1.76m
  • Height: 1.64m
  • Wheelbase: 2.60m
  • Boot capacity: 410 to 520-litres