Many things happened in 2018 and we will look a little bit at some of the events that occurred in the automotive world.
We will mention only a few news – about car models, technologies, development of new trends and further progress, but we will also look a little into ecology.
Geneva Motor Show
In spring about 900 cars were introduced in Geneva of which over 110 had their premier. Among them, there were many studies that represented electrical mobility, autonomy and ecology. One of the interesting concepts was Nissan IMx Kuro, which is able to use the driver’s thoughts while driving autonomously.
Many car producers have campaigned against the diesel engines and dropped them from their offer. The ADAC study has found out that not everything is only black and white but also colorful. It means that nowadays, electric drives aren’t as ecological as they thought to be. This is due to the high CO2 production in the manufacture of accumulators, and the electricity generation in power plants is also unclean. Electric cars produce the same amount of CO2 as combustion engines after driving hundreds and thousands of kilometers. Another study concluded that electromobiles and combustion engines are hardly different in terms of solid particles production, which is why higher mass of electric vehicles adversely affects the formation of solid particles. Well, we’re waiting for the next development…
Worldwide sales in 2018 were 44.03 million vehicles, according to JATO Dynamics. It is 3.6% more than in the first half of 2017. Most of them were sold in China – 12.23 million units. The second was the USA (8.62 millions) and the third Japan (2.69 millions). There is a high demand for the SUVs, which has a 34 percent share (14.95 million units). The best-selling SUV was Toyota RAV4 (sales in the first half of 2018 are 395,816 items, which is +7%).
From the beginning of September 2017, a new obligatory WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure) is used to more accurately define vehicle parameters. Manufacturers must issue consumption according to this standard for all newly homologated passenger cars and engines. After September 1, 2018, fuel consumption and emission values must be in accordance with the WLTP for all newly homologated vehicles as well as already existing models.
An Incredibly Expensive “Piece”
The most expensive new super sports car in the world is the Bugatti Divo (European premiere in Paris). This is a car made in series, limited to 40 units. All were sold out in 10 minutes, and the lucky owners obtained this 5 million-dollar gem which 8-liter 16-cylinder (1103 kW/1500 hp), powered by a four-turbocharger, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds. The maximum speed is 380 km/h; the creators put the emphasis on the top feeling while driving. The basis is Bugatti Chiron and the development lasted only 8 months.
Paris Motor Show
The fall Motor Show reaffirmed the unstoppable trend of developing electric mobility and autonomous driving. Among the studies, the Peugeot e-Legend got attention with an oldschool design and modern electric drive. The vehicle is powered by four electric motors (340 kW/460 hp, 800 Nm), rechargeable batteries (100 kWh) guarantee a 600 km drive, a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h and a maximum speed of 220 km/h in 4 seconds.
Text: Peter Stano, photo: Bugatti, newspress.co.uk, Nissan, Toyota, Peugeot