About half way through the launch press conference for the new Kia Ceed, senior engineer Gert-Jan Teunis explained the chassis changes they’d made to the third generation of this workaday hatchback. Still the same front MacPherson struts and multi-link independent rear suspension, but with a litany of spring, damper, geometry, steering ratio and roll-bar changes as long as your arm, and so much softening at the back you’d wonder how the old car got around corners at all. These are the sorts of things that race teams do, finessing and tittivating to make a car that grips, handles predictably and inspires confidence. Under Albert Biermann, formerly of BMW, that’s what Kia is doing; more than that, in fact, since it is also creating a legend and a driving characteristic for all Kia cars in much the same way that Richard Parry-Jones’s team at Ford did for the 1993 Mondeo and the 1998 Focus. It’s part of this South Korean car maker’s master plan; to … [Read more...] about Kia Ceed review: finally a match for the VW Golf?
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Handelsblatt Explains Conceived by Hitler in the 1930s, Volkswagen became the symbol of Made in Germany and the world’s largest car maker. Then it crashed into Dieselgate. Published on June 23, 2017 2:59 pm Fahrvergnügen, like Volkswagen, is one of those long and phonetically implausible German words that beckons Americans with a vague promise of exotic thrills and masterful engineering. That’s why Volkswagen (VW) invented the word Fahrvergnügen for its American ad campaign in the 1990s. It means “driving pleasure,” but to many Americans it represented “what makes a car a Volkswagen.” In fact it symbolized even more than that. VW, as a brand and institution, stood for the label “Made in Germany,” with its confident promise of total reliability. The higher you fly, the harder you fall. Starting in 2015, prosecutors in America and elsewhere have been bringing to light a stunning pattern of corporate crime and moral … [Read more...] about How VW rose so high and fell so low
A VW Golf in Frankfurt an der Oder. Photo: DPA German transport authorities will next week recall thousands more Daimler and Volkswagen vehicles, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, as the massive emissions cheating scandal that has engulfed the sector for more than two years shows no sign of going away. VW in particular is still struggling to come to terms with the so-called "dieselgate" scandal which erupted in late 2015 after it admitted to fitting millions of diesel engines worldwide with software to distort data on the amount of poisonous gases they were emitting. But Der Spiegel said that the KBA vehicle licensing authority is now set to recall some Mercedes-Benz Vito vans produced by Daimler, as well. The suspicions this time concern a software device that regulates the amount of a special fluid known as AdBlue used in the engines to neutralize harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx). Nitrogen oxides are poisonous, can contribute to acid rain and suffocating smog and can … [Read more...] about Daimler, VW face thousands of further recalls over emissions cheating: report
Home / News / Local by Callum Main 01/02/2018, 2:09 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A stolen 4×4 dumped on a residential street and a missing car are both believed to be linked to a break in at a commercial premises in Aberdeen today. Here’s what we know so far. A Mitsubishi Shogun was stolen from the Charlotte Street area of Peterhead at around 4.30am. A commercial property on Denmore Road in Bridge of Don was broken into between 4.30am and 6.30am. The Shogun was found on Glenholme Gardens in Dyce. A marked police car was heavily damaged in a disturbance on Glenholme Gardens – the officers were not injured. A second police car believed to be heading to the Dyce incident after a 999 call was involved in a crash on Tillydrone Road. A red VW golf was spotted by police in Glenholme Gardens – officers are still looking to trace this car. Members of the public reported the Golf – with … [Read more...] about Bridge of Don break-in, police car smashed up in Dyce and a missing red VW Golf
Home / News / Local by Callum Main 01/02/2018, 1:48 pm Updated: 01/02/2018, 3:27 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A stolen 4×4 dumped on a residential street and a missing car are both believed to be linked to a break in at a commercial premises in Aberdeen today. Officers are investigating a break-in at a building on Denmore Road in the Murcar Industrial Estate this morning between 4.30am and 6.30am. A red VW golf, believed to be involved in the incident, is still being hunted by officers. Eyewitnesses have told officers that the vehicle has collision damage and, when it was last seen, had no rear licence plates. Hunt for vehicle after police car smashed up following Aberdeen break-in And a Mitsubishi Shogun, stolen from the Charlotte Street area of Peterhead this morning, was found by officers at Glenholme Gardens in Dyce. A marked police car called to the scene in Dyce was left badly damaged with all windows … [Read more...] about Hunt continues for red VW golf after break-in at Aberdeen firm