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Audi adopts new power designation for its models

The BMW Concept Z4: Freedom on four wheels.
Hyundai’s next generation fuel-cell vehicle
The new Audi A8 detail
Topping up air pressure prevents flat tires.
• Audi is adopting a standardized nomenclature for the power output designations of its worldwide range of automobiles. The names of the model series — from Audi A1 to Audi Q7 — will remain unchanged. Within model families, combinations of two numbers will replace the various type designations previously used. The new designations stand for the specific power output and apply both to cars with combustion engines, and to e-tron models with hybrid and electric engines. The reference value for the new model designations is the power output of the individual model in kilowatts (kW). Audi is thus sub classifying its model range into different performance levels — each identified by a two-numeral combination. For example, the numeral combination “30” will appear on the rear of all models with power output between 81 and 96 kW. And “45” stands for power output between 169 and 185 kW. The top of the Audi model range is the performance class above 400 kW, which is identifiable by the number combination “70.” In each case, the numerals appear along with the engine technology — TFSI, TDI, g-tron or e-tron.

• Hyundai has offered an early glimpse of its next-generation fuel cell vehicle, ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUV’s official launch early next year. The near-production-ready prototype embodies Hyundai’s commitment to a new era for advanced eco-friendly vehicle development, offering impressive capabilities and futuristic design. The yet-to-be-named model will be Hyundai’s second commercially produced hydrogen model and uses the company’s fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The vehicle, its capabilities and fuel cell technologies are an evolution of Hyundai’s global research, development and real-world evaluation programs, engineered with expertise honed through the world’s first commercial production of a fuel cell vehicle in 2013. The new fuel cell model was developed on four key pillars that focus on fuel cell system efficiency, performance (maximum output), durability, and tank storage density.

• BMW Group used the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach recently to present its new take on a BMW Z4 roadster. The BMW Concept Z4 boasts lithe and compact proportions, a dynamic silhouette and an emotionally appealing use of form. The attention-grabbing design study offers a look ahead to the series-production version of the car set to be unveiled over the course of next year. “The BMW Concept Z4 in an all-out driving machine,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president, BMW Group Design. “Stripping the car back to the bare essentials allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of motoring pleasure with supreme directness. This is total freedom on four wheels.”

• With ever-increasing access to travel in the Middle East, whether for business or pleasure, the world has become more and more accessible. But being away and leaving a car unused for long periods of time can present its own problems. For a carefree trip and homecoming, it is important to conduct regular car checks and maintenance to help prevent potential problems from arising. ACDelco, the premium aftermarket supplier, has released a set of tips to highlight how to protect vehicles left behind during extended breaks. These steps include topping up the tank; changing the oil; waxing the paint; disconnecting the battery; covering up the car; inflating the tires and clearing up items from inside the car.

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