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After cost of disilicate Volkswagen is committed in different ways to reduce costs, including for development.

The Memorandum of understandingsigned by Ford and Volkswagen in June, laid the groundwork for closer ties between the two giants. In the industry started talking about forming a new superalliance like Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. However, the representative of Ford in the comments for Motor1.com clearly limited the conditions of cross-shareholdings and merger will not. But cooperation in some areas, the partners will increase significantly. Details of the General Director of Volkswagen group Herbert Diess should open on 16 November during the announcement of the ten-year plan for the group.

Both firms are unusually large Luggage advanced and exotic designs. For example, recently Volkswagen group (parent lab CODE Lab in San Francisco) along with a firm D-Wave has used a quantum computer to develop a system of traffic control, more perfect than the existing ones.

Insiders say that Diss is considering technical cooperation with Ford (and possibly with other partners) as a means to accelerate the spread of electric vehicles and advance the technology of Autonomous movement. The last line from Ford is at a very high level. In the same Volkswagen group a leader in this field is Audi. Such cooperation could undermine the role of the four rings that are generally regarded as the leading technological and research development center, VW group, said the publication Automotive News.

Crossing development in the framework of the Volkswagen is not surprising, but now there is a course for greater centralization. In particular, it brands appear a lot of electric models on several common platforms. It is not excluded that some of them will go to Ford.

Other areas of collaboration and cost reduction have repeatedly surfaced in the press. This komtrans (up to models-clones) and the potential Association of Amarok with the Ranger. And engine, software, alternative power-plant and much more. In the case of the leading pickups in the draft would just be a Ford. As for hydrogen fuel cells, on the contrary, Ferdowsi could get a lot of help from the Germans. In this area in the VW main role, again, with the company Audi.

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Lifting, filling and not only was the Soviet special vehicles for airports

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In 1950-ies in the inexhaustible sea of the Soviet special vehicles appeared brand new class unusual and practically unknown airfield of machines for service at major airports of the country air passengers and the new turbojet aircraft. These included a unique and sophisticated means of transport from the self-propelled stairs, Luggage loaders, lifts and autolifts to cleaners of toilets and all kinds of tankers. Many of them no longer exist.

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One of the most common boot loaders Soviet airfields

Tagelou airfield vehicles we will leave for another article, but for now imagine how many years ago this spacious bus took us to the plane. Lifting it was hard to imagine that beneath your feet the car. More precisely, the electric car special design. In ancient times it was common in the USSR, self-propelled passenger stairs SPT-104 and SPT-114 for maintenance of Airliners of the Tu-104 and Tu-114 with the landing area at a height of 4.1 and 5.4 meters respectively. They were equipped with electrically powered rear wheels and all units from the accumulators and four retractable supports to ensure the sustainability of the whole Assembly. The driver was placed under the ladder and ran regular steering wheel.

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The most famous self-propelled passenger gangway SPT-104. 1965
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Easy gangway SPT-104 electric rear wheels and stairs with handrails

Such electrotherapy differed quiet, easy to use, nice streamlined shape. Short runs, low speed (7.5 km/h), smooth surface and the proximity of electrical outlets allowed to use them in many Soviet airports and in neighbouring countries.

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One of the world’s largest ladder SPT-114 serves turbojet Tu-114. 1961

Several other types of self-propelled ladders were mounted on production cars. Of these, the most widely used high-speed sliding SPT-20A and SPT-21 on the short wheelbase versions of chassis UAZ-451Д and UAZ-452Д respectively.

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Self-propelled autocrap SPT-21 in the transport position with folded ladder
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Four-wheel drive ladder SPT-21 on the basis of UAZ-452Д tent with separated staircase

They are usually served in small airports, where they could move out smooth coating and to serve aircraft with a level entry door up to four meters. The ladder is supplied with two tents with 13 lighting shades. To ensure that it is accurate summing up to the plane in the roof of the cab there was a viewing window. The mass of avtorov was 2.6 tons. Maximum movement speed: 40 km/h.

So we climbed into the plane and sitting comfortably at the window. Through it can be seen as a long line of baggage carts carry our bags. But how to raise this a considerable load on multimeter height in the cargo compartment of the aircraft? Then came to the aid of the Luggage autotransporter at-2 and at-4M on the chassis of GAZ-69 with double open or closed cabins and length of the arrows in eight or ten meters.

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Simplified one-section conveyor, the at-2 on the chassis of GAZ-69 with an open cockpit

On model at-4M the Executive body consisted of three separate pipelines with the hydraulic transfer case from the vehicle — stationary average and the two extreme flip. They provided a conveyor drive drums, the folding of the extreme sections, raising and lowering the middle part and work the outriggers.

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Volvo has launched initiatives for security

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Konstantin Bolotov, 3 days ago. Photo: Volvo

Volvo wants to start a discussion about whether the automaker by applying constraints to change the behavior of drivers. As mark is ready to take “active responsibility” for the security, she believes such intervention is their right or even duty.

The Swedish brand is celebrating the 60th anniversary of three-point seat belt — “probably the most important invention in the history of automotive safety.” This device, which became the industry standard, saved, estimated to Volvo, more than a million lives. What’s next? The company has already decided in 2020 to limit the maximum speed of their cars at around 180 km/h Now put forward three initiatives: the E. V. A. project (Equal for all vehicles), key Care Key and the camera that monitors the driver’s behaviour. It’s all part of the strategy Vision 2020, under which the dead and seriously injured in a new Volvo car should not be.

Project E. V. A. aims to provide the same level of safety in the car for everyone, but the emphasis is on the protection of women. After all, they are, according to Volvo, are at greater risk of an accident due to anatomical features. For example, the cervical spine in men stronger.

Initiative E. V. A., the company are willing to share their research in the security sphere, ongoing since the 1950s. More than a hundred articles based on a thorough analysis of tens of thousands of real-world accidents. In particular, the digital library offers access to content on protection against whiplash and injuries of the lumbar spine.

Key Care Key will go “in the” all Volvo cars from 2021. It allows owners to set speed limit for yourself, family members and friends who use one machine. The idea is that Care Key is particularly useful for teenagers, just got a license.

In early 2020-ies Volvo promises to provide the next generation platform SPA, which is called the SPA2. In the basic equipment of all models, built on a “truck”, will include a system of cameras and other sensors that continuously monitors the state of the driver. The main task — the fight against drunk driving (cause 30% of accidents) and distraction.

The prototype two cameras mounted at the upper corners of the windshield, but the exact number of “eyes” and their location in the cabin will be released at a later date.

If the “obviously drunk” or distracted the driver does not react to the warning signals a long time looking at the road, sitting with eyes closed, acting too slowly or, on the contrary, extremely rebuilt — the car gets a right to intervene. It limits the speed alerts support through the service Volvo on Call, and in an extreme case, brakes to a full stop and finds a safe Parking. Except that the police is not, though…

However, along with the carrot there is the carrot in the form of “financial benefits”: good driver not only avoid trouble, but will be much less to pay for insurance. Soon Volvo will announce the first of several agreements with the insurance companies in Sweden. Specific terms of the transaction will depend on conditions in a particular market.

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Simple solution: as every year to go to the new crossover Nissan

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Most new car buyers still operating in the traditional way, buying a car on credit and paying it in three years, sell a car, to make a new one. However, there are those who have already tasted the benefits of leasing programs, thanks to which owning a car is not burdened with either service or insurance or taxes or other related costs, and the car can be replaced with new at least every year. It is a program jointly developed Major and Nissan. How it works, and what is the benefit?

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Te who are familiar with the leasing scheme, it is easy to guess in the “Simple solution” is one of such proposals. A distinctive feature of the service from Major – regular updates to vehicle: the contract for the rental of the car is signed for one year, after which the customer can either buy a car on favorable terms, or that is more logical for the leasing scheme, to exchange it for a new one.

What is the benefit?

To understand the benefits of the proposal, it is sufficient to compare it with the standard purchase of a car on credit. As an example, take the “average” variant: Nissan Qashqai for 1.6 million rubles. The first condition for the acquisition of the loan is the initial fee in the amount of 450 thousand rubles. Of course, the loan is accompanied by a mandatory insurance of the collateral: for CTP and hull will have to pay 50 thousand and 30 thousand will cost life insurance that is also required by most banks. Things like floor mats and a set of the motorist at the time of purchase against the General background seem unnoticed, however, and they are 5-6 thousand to spend.

Nissan Terrano '2016–н.в.

Nissan Terrano ‘2016–present

So, paying a lump sum of about 540 thousand, the buyer leaves the showroom. Considering the average annual mileage in the first year of owning the car he will need to pass one to buy a set of winter tires and twice to set. Taking into account the cost THAT 1 in 12 thousand and a decent winter tire as well as tire service and seasonal storage of tires routine maintenance will take another 60. Throw in 5 thousand roubles of the transport tax for the 144-strong car – and get almost the full cost of owning a car, not including optional “special stages” such as replacing the music, seat covers and other.

Well, the third item of expenditure when buying a car on credit is actually a loan. In our conditions, subject to a monthly payment of 37 thousand for the first year will have to pay 444 thousand rubles. Adding to this the amount of the initial contribution and the cost of insurance and owning a car in the first year, we get about 1.1 million – and ahead of a few years of the loan, maintenance of compulsory insurance and so on.

Nissan X-Trail (T32) '2017–н.в.

Nissan X-Trail (T32) in 2017–present

Against this background, the program “Simple solution” fully justifies its name. The fact is that, choosing a car, simply arrive at the dealership with a package of documents, to make an advance payment equal to one monthly – and go on a new car. Do not need to insure himself or the car at your expense, no need to pay for registration, no need to pay extra for floor mats and even THEN: everything is included in the monthly payment. Given that the leasing scheme the actual owner is the lessor in the face of a major Pro, vehicle tax, insurance and registration pays for it. Thus, to go from the salon on the new Nissan Qashqai, in this case you will need to 33.5 thousand rubles – and no unaccounted for additional costs.

The second advantage of leasing – no need to pay for the service and maintenance of the car: all of this is also taken into account in the monthly payment. Getting to use the machine on the program “Simple solution”, the client receives a “complete” winter tires, free tire and seasonal storage of wheels, and-1. Simply put, we can only fill the car and drive it – all the rest is already taken care of in advance.

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