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In machines for tests, Euro NCAP found suspicious items

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Konstantin Bolotov, 13 hours ago. Photo: Euro NCAP, SMMT, Thatcham Research

Assessment Euro NCAP strongly affect sales and customer loyalty in Europe. Manipulation of test results, obviously, impossible without participation of testers. It seems that brewing corruption scandal. (Arteon was on the cover photo as the leader of the ranking of Euro NCAP 2017.)

The British company Thatcham Research conducts “selective” after the tests, Euro NCAP, including the inspection of the individual components of broken down cars. In the course of these studies repeatedly revealed the details marked “crash test”: only For crash test, Euro NCAP only, Euro NCAP test, and the like. A representative of the firm, Matthew Avery said the publication Auto Express that was found in machines from several manufacturers, but to call them the Manager refused. In all cases, the inscriptions are made by hand and quite rude. Marked was the airbag modules, mounting child seat Isofix, the inside of the seats and so on.

“I don’t think we were ever the manufacturer is clearly trying to cheat. At least in recent years. Earlier in the past decade, this marking was more common, says Avery. — I am sure that in 99 cases out of 100 marks for a legit reason. But we can not be sure if you notice it. Surely we have overlooked something”.

“It is very, very suspicious,” sighs Matthew, and it is difficult not to agree. If manufacturers do equip their vehicles with a specially prepared parts to improve the results of the tests in question are the results of 20 years of Euro NCAP. The Association claims that for every incident with a strange marking have been investigated, for example, with visiting experts of the auto companies or parts suppliers.

“Never been deliberate attempts to fool our tests,” said Euro NCAP, adding that the suspicious notes have not been Dating “for a year or two.” Avery suggests that the marking became less likely to catch the eye because of the “desligada”: companies covered nervousness, they carefully control the “internal processes”.

The Director of the Society of automobile manufacturers (SMMT) Mike Hawes strongly refutes assumptions about the fraud: “there is no evidence”, “lack of understanding of the process of manufacturing and certification”. They say important to safety components can be marked to confirm their final version, and there is nothing unusual here.

It’s not like Matthew Avery went on the warpath. His position is passive to say: now the producers have received the signal, learned about the concern of the experts about the labels, it will make them think. Editor of Auto Express Steve Fowler in an interview with the Daily Mail spoke vigorously: “In the world after oil any suspicion in respect of the automaker’s concern. Absolute proof, but there are questions that you must answer.”

What we have in the interim? Components only “crash tests” were seen repeatedly and firm Thatcham Research (the silent about them for many years), and the Association Euro NCAP (which is kind of something to investigate, but were also silent). Clear explanations of the markings on the parts by the manufacturers — no. We heard only lame excuses, including Euro NCAP, whose position has surprisingly weak. A clear reference to the depravity common practice with markers — complete. In General, no seriously now not to do.

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The flagship crossover Lynk & Co intermarry with the Volvo XC90

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In the Network appeared photos of testing the new model of the young brand. On sale the car should arrive in the next year.

Mark Lynk & Co was established in 2016, is a joint project of Geely and Volvo (a Swedish company, in turn owned by the Chinese). The firstborn was a SUV with the index 01, it debuted in late 2017, and decided to start immediately with the flagship – “unity” is the most expensive model Lynk & Co. In the past year, the lineup was supplemented Junior cross 02 and 03 sedan. All the current cars young brand based on a “truck” CMA, again developed by Geely and Volvo together (it also underlies, for example, the Volvo XC40). And in 2020 needs to introduce another SUV Lynk & Co, but now on older volvovsky platform SPA, which built the “Swedes” of the sixties and the nineties series, this SUV will obviously take away the title of flagship model from Lynk & Co 01.

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Walter de Silva will present in Geneva a new supercar Arcfox-7

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Supercar Arcfox-7 in its current form (pictured), according to the developers, develops 450 kW (611 HP, 1050 N•m), exchanged a hundred in 2.9 C and rests against the limiter at around 260 km/h. cruising range — more than 420 km. Prototype proved its viability, but not for sale.

Electric mobility brand Arcfoxcreated in 2016, the concern BAIC, at the March auto show in Geneva to formally present himself to the European public and tell about the model range. Be submitted at least two new electric cars. The first is the evolution of the sports prototype Arcfox-7. Over his next generation he worked Walter de Silva, former chief designer of Volkswagen. Second car is a crossover.

The teaser on the left we see only the shadow of the new supercar Arcfox-7. To the right is a piece of tail. Now they say “body” made of carbon fiber, dumped excess weight, and acceleration to 100 km/h lasts for 2.7 s. the price of the machine can reach 10 million yuan (of 97.8 million rubles).

The third model of the brand Arcfox clearly aimed at the mass market. Puffy profile devoid of the now familiar aggression. Apparently, this is a great family crossover SUV-minivan. While we know nothing about him, even an alleged name: Arcfox-3, or Arcfox-5.

Dvuhdverka previously considered the concept Arcfox-1, now named Lite and ready to go to the Chinese market this year. Length, width, height — 2986×1676×1492 mm, wheelbase — 1870. The electric motor produces 40 kW (54 HP, 120 N•m). The power reserve is only 150 km on the NEDC cycle.

In December 2018, BAIC announced the construction of “smart factory” in Beijing, which will belong exclusively to the brand Arcfox and release in the first phase 50 000 cars a year (later 120 000 pieces). According to rumors, there the Chinese will establish the Assembly of the supercar Arcfox-7, city car Lite, chetyrehdverki Arcfox-3 and crossway Arcfox-5. Recall that the symbol of the brand Arcfox — Fox (Arctic Fox).

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New SsangYong Korando was released on the Korean market

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Ssangyong korando. Внешность была анонсирована ещё три года назад концептом SIV-2 и почти в том же виде дошла до конвейера. Создатели говорят, что руководствовались трендом Low & Wide — делали Korando широким и приземистым. Примерные размеры: длина — 4440 мм, ширина — 1860, высота — 1640, база — 2675.

Konstantin Bolotov, 1 hour ago. Photos: SsangYong

The appearance was announced three years ago, the concept SIV-2 and almost in the same form reached the conveyor. The creators say they were guided by the trend of the Low & Wide — did Korando broad and squat. Approximate dimensions: length — 4440 mm, width — 1860; height — 1640, the base — 2675.

Today in South Korea opened taking orders for SsangYong Korando fourth generation (C300). Yes, the SUV is still not really shown, the description is sketchy, and the prices assigned. Equipment Shiny on the “mechanics” is worth 22 160 000 won (1.3 million rubles), two pedal drive option Delight is estimated at 25 000 230 (1.48 million), the top version of the Fantastic requests 27 930 000 (1,64 million). Cars will appear at dealers in March.

Decorated fancy, but somehow too Asian. Decorations in place an integrated exhaust pipes baffles. Behind the storage door — 551 liter volume by the VDA (486 l).

Officially named only one engine — the “newly designed” diesel 1.6 (according to rumors, 136), “first in class”. Petrol brethren will represent turboservice 1.5 (supposedly 163 HP) or 1.2. If gamma motor so new and important that later it will divide the family of Tivoli. Mild hybrid and fully electric version will come out eventually.

In the top configuration is Blaze Cockpit. Here digital tidy diagonal of 10.25 inches and nine-inch Central display. Around the perimeter of put led lighting. About the materials yet nothing is said.

Have a six-speed “mechanics” and “automatic” alternative is not visible. All-wheel drive is expected, but the rate on the front. Autopilot “2.5” relies on cameras and radar cruise control, and is called Deep Control. Higher level of safety is provided by seven airbags, the auto brake, the monitoring of dead zones, markings, and so on. Full premiere of Korando for foreign markets, in theory, will be the fifth March in Geneva. On the Russian expanses brand SsangYong is conserved, so the hope for new Actyon — the phantom.

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