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The end of the first half of 2019 is nearly here, that is why we are going to summarize this period and add some of its highlights.

We are going to have an insight into new vehicles that will represent the advancement of the automobile industry and become part of the car world in the upcoming period.

EU Vehicle Sales

According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) statistics, the share of new diesel vehicles is declining. In 2018, gasoline cars in the European Union represented 56.7% (2017 – 50.9%). In the past year, 8.5 million gasoline, 3.4 million diesel and 301,847 rechargeable vehicles (electric engines with a combustion engine as a generator and plug-in hybrids) were sold in the EU. 150,000 units of purely electric cars were sold too. Diesel vehicles represented 35.9%. The fact that the Audi continues to believe in diesel engines, even in sports models S4, S5, S6, S7, SQ5, and SQ7, sounds very interesting.

Audi S7 Sportback TDI
Audi S7 Sportback TDI

Maranell Jewel

A beautiful custom-made car was produced in Ferrari plant in Italy. The development took four years, and the result is a Ferrari P80/C collectible, which is reported to cost 5 million euros. The owner of this special has not been published; the fact is that the vehicle design was inspired by the classic circuit specials of the 1960s. The state-of-the-art technology includes a base from the Ferrari 488 GT3 racetrack, which is probably the case of a 3.9 V8 Biturbo with a maximum 493 kW (670 hp) power and 760 Nm torque. The body is made of carbon fiber and is painted in vibrant red Rosso Vero color. A car with a prancing horse is not meant to travel on roads, nor to race on the circuits.

Ferrari P80 C
Ferrari P80 C

The arrival of Electric Mini

The three-door Mini Cooper SE was presented at the prototype stage by pulling the Boeing 777F to the Frankfurt airport’s runway. The electric car is becoming the second BMW Group serial car after the i3 model and is going to be produced in November this year (in Oxford).

Demanding tests of several vehicles in Nordic conditions have also indicated the direction towards more extensive electromobility, which BMW iX3, BMW i4, and BMW iNEXT, models were subjected to and will appear on the market in 2020 and 2021.

BMW iX3, BMW i4 a BMW iNEXT
BMW iX3, BMW i4 a BMW iNEXT

The Top Offer

BMW M GmbH department is entering the luxury segment with four high-performance sports cars. These include the BMW M8 Coupé, the BMW M8 Cabrio, the BMW M8 Competition Coupé and the BMW M8 Competition Cabrio. The source will be a 4.4 V8 high-speed engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology (441 kW/600 hp), Competition versions will have 460 kW (625 hp) power output. Working together with the 8-gear M Steptronic automatic transmission will be Drivelogic software, the traction force will be transmitted to the road using the intelligent all-wheel drive M xDrive. New models from BMW M GmbH will be presented at the world premiere of BMW Group’s #NextGen (25-27 June 2019 at the BMW Welt in Munich).

BMW M8 Coupé a BMW M8 Cabrio
BMW M8 Coupé a BMW M8 Cabrio

The Motor Show Is Coming Soon

The next big show on the car news will be the fall car show in Frankfurt am Main. Allegedly 11 brands will not be coming, but according to the first signals of the participants, they will be presenting electromobility or SUV development in high numbers. There are gossips from the car industry that the XCeed crossover, which will be produced in Žilina, will be presented at the exhibition in Germany. The first official photo was published, so here it is.

Kia XCeed
Kia XCeed

Text: Peter Stano, photo: Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Kia