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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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Announced prices for the new SUV Subaru Forester

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Subaru forester. Раньше ещё была модификация с «механикой», а в новом Форестере — все версии только с вариатором. Сочетаний моторов и уровней комплектаций — шесть. Конечно, все с полным приводом.

Leonid Popov, 3 days ago. Photo: Subaru

I used to have a version with “mechanics”, and in the new Forester — all versions only with the CVT. Combinations of motors and trim levels to six. Of course, all wheel drive.

The new crossover Subaru Forester gained Russian price tags. As we expected, model rose. For the initial version of the Standard two-liter 150-horsepower engine (196 N•m) and the variator, the company has requested 1 959 000 rubles. Similar crossover of the previous generation was 1 859 900. For the motor 2.5 (185 HP and 239 N•m) you must give at least 2 429 900 rubles.

In the initial configuration of the Central screen has a 6.5 inch diagonal, the other eight. Speakers at the Standard four in other versions of six, and in the top Forester for eight.

The most simple equipment already includes alloy wheels of 17 inches, the control pressure in the tires, roof rails, multimedia system, climate control, electric driver’s seat, rain sensor, stabilization system and off-road X-mode, start/stop, active thrust vector control (ATV), the Electromechanical Parking brake with automatic vehicle hold. Top Premium ES 2 569 900 involves leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof and drive of the fifth door, electric settings for the front passenger seat, navigation, blind spot monitoring, cameras, side view and rear, audio system Harman Kardon with a subwoofer.

Model and accessories Motor (horsepower, HP), transmission* Price, RUB.
Haval H6 Lux 1.5 (150), АТ6 1 309 900
Skoda Kodiaq Active 4×4 1.4 (150), P6 1 654 000
Nissan X-Trail SE+ 4WD 2.0 (144), CVT 1 667 000
Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD Invite 2.0 (146), CVT 1 803 000
Renault Koleos Executive 2.0 (144), CVT 1 829 000
Peugeot 5008 Active 1.6 (150), АТ6 1 949 900
Subaru Forester Standard 2.0 (150), CVT 1 959 000
Hyundai Santa Fe Family 2.4 (188), АТ6 1 999 000
Jeep Cherokee Sport 2.7 (177), АТ9 2 255 000
* АТ6, -9—, six-, nine-storeyed automatic transmission,
P6 — six-speed robotized transmission.

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Edition Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe Competition only get US

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Audi r8,Audi r8 plus competition. Все образцы будут окрашены в цвет Suzuka Gray. По краям бампера — антикрылышки (канарды), подсмотренные у гоночных версий. В остальном оформление носа — обычное, только добавлен «чёрный» дизайн-пакет: глянцевые окантовки решётки радиатора, воздухозаборников спереди и вентиляционных окон сзади.

Leonid Popov, 2 days ago. Photo: Audi

All samples will be painted in the color Suzuka Gray. The edges of the bumper — anticrisis (kenardy), all borrowed from the racing versions. Otherwise, registration of the nose is common, only added the “black” design pack: glossy edging of the grille, air intakes, front and rear ventilation Windows.

In November ten Americans will be able to buy limited edition Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe Competition package. This is the coupe edition based on the R8 V10 plus especially for US. The car received a complete package of performance parts from Audi Sport. Version Competition not more powerful “plus”, but has more downforce and a little bit easier.

Version Competition by default put black racing seats-buckets with red stitching, full leather trim including door cards, steering wheel in Alcantara with the zero mark, 550-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with 13 speakers, shift paddles of carbon fiber.

Aerodynamics and should, first of all to give this version more speed on circular tracks with a large number of turns. Only 150 km/h the downforce is there, more than double the original model (now equivalent to 52 kg), and at 315 km/h grows up to 250 kg, a hundred higher than the serial “a plus”. Payback — increased drag. Because the maximum speed there is only 315 km/h instead of 330. Acceleration is not specified, and the common V10 plus — 3,2 with up to hundreds. There are about the same.

In carbon for aerodynamic kit also includes a large splitter, expanders sills, a fixed rear wing on the pylons with the inverted fastening, flaps at the corners of the rear bumper and diffuser with developed longitudinal ribs. Tires — Pirelli P Zero.

Decoration model — matte black, fully machined 20-inch wheels, the same wheels racing version of the R8 GT4 (that, however, the diameter is 18). They saved the compartment 12 kg curb weight. Another quart engineers have dropped, putting the titanium base plate carbon fiber brake pads. Other features: dynamic steering, adjustable three parameters suspension type coilover.

The 5.2 V10 engine (610 HP and 560 N•m) has not changed. By the way, under the curtain of the life of the first generation R8 she is also a Competition specifically for US, and there was “only” 578 “horses”. However, it’s more than not just a simple “er-eighth”, but modification of the GT.

Dealers of Audi in the U.S. model R8 V10 plus Coupe Competition will be in November. Valued this car at $237 350 (at current exchange rate from 15.58 million), plus another $2550 should pay for shipping and taxes. For comparison, the serial R8 V10 plus costs in America $194 400. We will add that in the next few months the entire family awaits the Audi R8 update, which will affect the appearance (slightly) and on the technique. Atmospheric dozen should slightly improve in power, and as never before, the initial versions will be forced V6 unit 2.9. However, official information about such a radical step no.

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Sedan Mercedes-AMG is A 35 not at all repeat the hatchback

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Mercedes a,Mercedes a amg. В новой серии кадров машина предстала с минимальным камуфляжем, тогда как в прошлый раз заклеено было все, что только можно.

Leonid Popov, 1 day ago. Photo: Stefan Baldauf/SB-Medien

In a new series of machine frame appeared with minimal camouflage, while the last time was pasted over everything.

Buyers in the United States, with a particular interest in looking at new spy shots of the sedan Mercedes-AMG A 35. The fact that A 35 hatchback to the American market will not reach, but the four-door sibling will be sold. In Russia a simple sedan A-class will appear for sure, and no “heated” it will not be. So, look to the frames.

On the roof of A hatch 35 engineers hoisted a full wing, but smooth aft of the saloon to spoil the “bench” the Germans did not, limiting the spoiler, although not-so-little. This is not the case, not counting the body type of course.

Supercharged “four” M 260 with a return of 306 HP and 400 N•m, combined with a seven-step “robot” AMG SpeedShift DCT and all-wheel drive 4Matic, accelerates the hatchback A 35 to a hundred in 4.7 s. We do not think that the sedan will show a difference of at least a tenth of a second. As of piatigorski, there must be added to the amplifiers stiffness of the body, an electronically shock absorbers, AMG Ride Control, an enhanced switching of the driving modes and settings of the stabilization system.

Exhaust pipes and diffuser — same as “warmed-up” hatchback.

The front especially has nothing to hide. The same mesh in the grille, the same two horizontal straps as the hatch. But in the corners of the bumper are not set kenardy (small spoiler). It seems that in terms of aerodynamics of the sedan, A 35 would be less “evil” than similar pyatidverka.

Given the importance to the overseas market, we can assume the premiere of the sedan, A 35 or in November in Los Angeles, or in January in Detroit. In the first half of 2019, the model will arrive on the market. If someone would think it “small” will need to wait for the family of “lighters” with the index 45. There are at least preparing the hatchback A-class, the crossover GLA and liftback CLA. Sedan A-class in this version, the company also likely will be built. “Forty-five” under the hood will be installed again “two liters”, but with hybrid additions (including waiting for electric compressor), while the capacity will reach 400-410 HP

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