The first aluminum bonnet in a Ford commercial vehicle in Europe and other sophisticated weight-loss methods have a positive effect on the new Transit: The payload increases by up to 80 kilos. The two-ton van is expected to be launched in mid-2019.

As before, variability and a wide range of variants in the Ford commercial vehicle are capitalized. The transit comes in various lengths and heights and with front or rear wheel drive. The engine offer ranges from 105 to recently 185 hp, the maximum torque of the top engine is 415 Nm. Just a few weeks ago, Ford also announced a purely battery-electric Transit version for the year 2021.

The safety and comfort equipment has been significantly expanded compared to the predecessor, it ranges from the Blind Spot Assist with additional trailer function on the improved Lane Assistant with Lane Keeping Assist to Pre-Collision Assist with Fugngererkennung.

The article "Ford facilitates transit" was added on April 30, 2017 in the category Novelties by Rudolf Huber with the keywords Commercial vehicles, novelty, diesel, vans, presentation, released.


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Who has the better ko balance – vehicles with electric motors or those with burners? This question is discussed at Stammtisch, but also among scientists. How massive is the time-consuming battery production down to the very life of the car? And how much does fossil fuel affect total CO2 emissions?

These questions are answered strictly scientifically. This is done on the basis of "Life Cycle Assessments", a complex and elaborate, internationally standardized procedure with the help of which the LCA of vehicles is determined. Among other things, the carbon dioxide emissions are examined during all stages of car life from production to recycling.

VW has carried out such a certified LCA for its bestseller Golf. Rather, for two models: the e-Golf and a TDI. Clear result, according to the Wolfsburg: "The carbon footprint of the battery-powered E variants is already better than those of the corresponding vehicles with internal combustion engine." And: In the case of the Stromers, unlike the diesel, there is still a high potential for CO2 savings during operation – for example, through electricity produced using renewable sources.

The bottom line is that, according to the LCA, the TDI spans its entire life cycle with emissions averaging 140 grams of CO2 per kilometer, while the e-Golf comes to 119 grams. The distribution between production and operation is interesting. CO2 emissions from the construction of an e-Golf are 57 grams of CO2 per kilometer – because of the batteries. For the diesel, a share of 29 grams was determined.

In operation, the relationship then reverses. Provision and combustion of the light heating system in the TDI, calculated at 200,000 kilometers, account for 111 grams of CO2 per kilometer, while a vehicle with electric drive emits 62 grams per kilometer per kilometer.

The VW Group, which currently relies entirely on the electricity card, sees a number of opportunities for the future to significantly increase the lead of the Stromer in terms of lifetime emissions. Thus, the CO2 emissions for the batteries of the first I.Q. model, which is expected by the end of 2019, should be reduced by more than 25 percent per kilowatt-hour of battery capacity compared to the current e-Golf battery. If the power for driving is obtained exclusively from renewable sources, the CO2 emissions would drop to two grams during the utilization phase of 62 grams of CO2 per kilometer in the current EU electricity mix, according to the Lower Saxony.

The article "Diesel against Stromer: The CO2 balance" was added on April 24, 2013 in the category Environment by Rudolf Huber with the keywords Car, Electric Car, Diesel, Emissions, Comparison, Environment, released.


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The price difference between gasoline and diesel has shrunk in the past. But now the difference rises again, because gasoline is significantly more expensive. According to current analysis of the ADAC, a liter of Super E10 has become much more expensive than the previous week in federal funds by 2.6 cents to 1.401 euros per liter. Diesel, however, slightly reduced by 0.6 cents to an average of 1.256 euros per liter. The difference in price between the two varieties increased to 14.5 cents and thus approaches the long-term normal value.

The reasons for this development, according to estimates of the car club on the one hand in the last rise in raw prices – a barrel of Brent now costs almost $ 70 – while on the other hand, the winter slips for diesel again subside. This leads at the gas stations at diesel at a quiet price.

The article "Diesel again significantly cheaper than gasoline" was on 03.04.2019 in the category News by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Fuel, prices, diesel, gasoline price, news, released.


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SUVs are in vogue, since 2008, their share in Germany has more than tripled. Meanwhile, 28 percent of new registrations account for this vehicle class. Right in the middle: Skoda. The Czech Volkswagen subsidiary already has three SUVs in its program – and thanks to a wide range of designs, there is something suitable for every type.

If you like it big, powerful and above all sporty, you might feel comfortable in the new Kodiaq RS. The first SUV from Skoda that carries the RS label for particularly ambitious athletes, drives with a 2-liter bi-turbo diesel, which whips a whopping 176 kW / 240 hp at 4,000 rpm into the tarmac and at the same time Peak torque of 500 Newton meters delivers – and dieseltypisch over a fairly wide speed range. 100 km / h are already reached after 6.9 seconds, closing is only at 221km / h. In addition comes a comprehensive standard equipment with numerous assistants, noble look inside and sport seats with accurate fit and a brawny appearance, with which one does not have to hide from SUV of the premium class. Any questions? Maybe for the price – the Kodiaq RS is from 49.990 euros to have and thus noticeably cheaper than competitors from its own Volkswagen stable, and certainly as such with a star or kidney.

A number smaller, but still fit as a decathlete, drives the Karoq Sportline. The top equipment of the model series has been waiting since the beginning of a treat for those who like it a bit faster: with a 2-liter turbo gasoline engine with 140 kW / 190 hp. So motorized, the Karoq always rolls with intelligent four-wheel drive and adaptive suspension to the customers – and that – in sports mode – even with a gentle rumble. Thanks to sound generator, the occupants are sonicated with sporty-dynamic sounds – but that's a matter of taste. It fits in any case to the driving impressions that are won in the test drive around the Art Nouveau city of Darmstadt: 320 Newton meters are already from 1,500 revolutions on, as comes joy. When courageously stepping on the accelerator, the propulsion, which unfolds the new unit, felt in every fiber of the body – that should arrive at Karoq interested parties, especially since the medium-sized, 4.38 meter long SUV is bought in Germany with high gasoline share , Nearly three quarters of customers opt for a gasoline engine. For comparison, the Kodiaq is only 37 percent.

Who wants to tackle something dignified, maybe even now and then on poor or even unpaved roads is on the way, and who his SUV rather in the direction of off-road vehicles and logically also prefers a rugged look, you should see the Karoq Scout up close. It is strong with both petrol and diesel 110 KW / 150 HP – which type of burner it should then be a matter of taste and belief. With the 2-liter turbo diesel, available as a handset and with 7-speed DSG, you are certainly not wrong. Anyone who does not switch directly from the Sportline into the Scout – which is always equipped with four-wheel drive – will be pleased with the agility of the unit, which gently unfolds its power – and allows a top speed of 196 km / h. In Karoq Sportline it is 211 km / h, The different positioning of the two can be read off already at this value. And the look also reveals that both Karoq types turn to very different customers: The Scout is more robust plastics, an underrun, inside earth tones are used, while the Sportline sills and bumpers are painted in body color and inside carbon look and gray Alcantara are used.

Which of the two is the better, can not answer simply. It depends, lawyers and car testers would answer.

Mirko Stepan / mid

The item "Skoda-SUV: pack of three for all cases" was added on March 15, 2014 in the category Novelties of Mirko Stepan with the keywords Car, SUV, Compact, Gasoline, Diesel, Performance, released.


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"Not satisfactory!" Audi receives this note for the financial year 2018. In Ingolstadt, CEO Bram Schot explained the annual financial statements – and focused on the future of the brand.

Audi is still fighting hard with the consequences of the diesel scandal and with the conversion to the WLTP consumption standard. The operating result fell accordingly. The achieved 3.5 billion euros correspond to a return on sales of 6.0 percent.

"We can not be satisfied with our performance – Audi has excellent products in the marketplace, but in business terms, we did not pass WLTP as the ultimate stress test," Schot commented on these figures at the annual press conference.

In 2019, he and his employees consider a transitional year that is all about Audi's electrification offensive. The Management Board will present the reorientation to the Annual General Meeting on May 23, 2019. "We are significantly increasing the pace of change, because we have to master a double transformation," says the Audi CEO.

In the current year, Audi is presenting more than 20 new or revised models. As part of the electrification offensive, the e-tron Sportback celebrates its world premiere. The all-electric Q2 L e-tron will also be launched specifically for Chinese customers. "In addition, six plug-in hybrid models complement the innovations program this year," says Ingolstadt. By the end of 2020, Audi will have launched a total of twelve electrified vehicles "covering every segment".

The article "Audi: Looking Back with Frustration" was on 14.03.2019 in the category Environment by Rudolf Huber with the keywordsCar, Diesel, Financial, Electromobility, Environment,released.


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Palm oil is controversial, is called by nature conservation organizations even as "death of the rainforest". Nevertheless, the oil is increasingly used for the production of biodiesel. This emerges from a report of the Federal Government.

Following a downward trend by 2015, palm oil use increased again in 2016, following the EU-wide trend of further increasing the use of palm oil as a raw material for biodiesel production, according to the report. In Germany, the share of palm oil as starting material for all types of biofuels has risen from 10.5 percent to 14.5 percent, an increase of 41 percent in the reporting period 2015 to 2016. The use of waste and residues has also risen while the use of oilseed rape and beet had declined in Germany.

98 percent of palm oil for biofuels marketed in Germany comes from Asia. In 2016, 93 percent came from Indonesia, the rest from Malaysia.

In early 2018, the European Parliament had launched an initiative to ban palm oil from 2021 onwards for biodiesel production. However, the wish of parliamentarians was rejected by the European Commission and the Council of Ministers. It is not until 2030 that palm oil will no longer end up in biodiesel.

The article "Palm oil content in biodiesel is increasing" was added on March 12, 2013 in the category Fuels by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Diesel, fuel, car, motor vehicle, environment, politics, save fuel, fuel prices, gasoline prices, diesel prices released.


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