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The Continental: VW’s Loss, and Mercedes on “E,” and a Questionable Experiment

Each week, our correspondent slices and dices the rumblings, news, and quick-hit impressions from the other of the pond. His byline may say Jens but we simply call him. the

The more of Kia’s current I see on the street, the more I like The “tiger nose” is a clever, recognizable styling element; the is perhaps the best of the funky-looking especially since it does any retro cues. Every new Kia proportions are just right, and the brand is filling key niches cars like the Forte Most important, Kia’s is consistent from a design of view.

Compare that Volkswagen, Kia chief designer Schreyer’s former employer. Klaus Bischoff’s mostly efforts, the brand is still with the legacy of former chief Murat Günak, who remnants of a peculiar styling that doesn’t work all well on the Tiguan, or even the new (which keeps the former greenhouse). The CC is perhaps the only model that works will try to do a successor. To be sure, if the looked anything like the new Kia VW wouldn’t need a prettier on the same platform. (But it kind of look like the old

Nobody in Wolfsburg will it, but VW is watching Kia Design very and getting slightly worried. At VWs drive better than The Koreans don’t always what the looks promise—yet.

off “E”

I recently spoke with and Audi executives on the status of mobility, and took home the that the view ahead is Speaking with Frank van responsible for E-mobility at Audi, he out explaining the brand’s strategy rests on four pillars: TDI and TSI engines, alternative fuels, and—number four—fully electric “It is possible that one technology prevail, and it does not necessarily to be E-mobility,” van Meel says. He the case for range extenders: forget that taking off a fully charged electric equals leaving for a trip the fuel gauge needle in the red.”

Asked about the positive BMW claims to have gotten the hand-picked Mini E guinea-pig van Meel submits: “You can an impressive range with an vehicle, but then you don’t a rear seat and a trunk His A1 e-tron is a four-seater with a luggage compartment, but it can only go 30 on a charge. After that, the range extender kicks in.

So Daimler’s take? I spoke Christian Mohrdieck, responsible for in Sindelfingen. Like van Meel, he out the great advances with engines and hybridization. Then we upon the subject of battery Is a breakthrough imminent? Producing batteries in Germany is a breakthrough, he but beyond that, “there is but not outside of the laws of nature.” cost down, he adds, is a question of production volumes. But about weight? “It’s not an topic. There is relatively potential in the cells, but we can certainly on the system as a whole, such as the or cooling.” So how much potential is exactly? “We would be very if we could reduce weight by 20 percent.”

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Oops. No wonder Mohrdieck that there is an “increasingly view of electric mobility.”

popular media in Germany been falling all over over an electrified appliance goes by the obtuse name of Mobil” (“Yummy Car” or like that). It’s a yellow-and-purple-painted Audi A2, equipped an electric motor and lithium-metal-polymer The car supposedly went from to Berlin on a single charge—that’s 370 miles. It traveled the autobahn at and at velocities “between 43 and 62 mph, on grades”. A few journalists were in a separate press bus, moved away rapidly the A2 several times. So it could been recharged? Moreover, is known about the battery but lithium-metal batteries of a similar have been avoided by because of safety concerns.

I doubt that Audi is by the belated publicity for the A2, which has out of production since 2005, but Luc Donckerwolke–styled, all-aluminum car has an interesting to tell. For years, industry in Germany clamored for the “three-liter car that uses less 3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, the of 78 mpg. The mysterious three-liter car was hidden in the industry’s secret and deliberately kept off the market, a theory every bit as virulent ridiculous) as the claim that “GM the electric car.” Finally, VW Ferdinand Piëch decided he had of it and put two three-liter cars on the market: The VW 3L TDI and the Audi A2 TDI. They cheap, but well within for new-car buyers (and cheaper than an electric Guess what? They But the yapping about the conspiracy was for once and ever.

Autobahn Tested: Audi TT RS

last week’s Scirocco R. I to an Audi TT RS. The aluminum-steel hybrid to the body), is equipped with a turbo five-cylinder, while the TTS with the Scirocco’s engine. The R was great fun and all, but the top-of-the-line TT is in league still (and a lot expensive). It pulls even than the Scirocco: While the VW some steam above 150 the TT RS pulls strongly to its (governed) top speed. Hey, in Germany things still matter. got a single turbo with a slight lag. The fuel was impressive. I think the TT’s has lost character with the model changeover, but it’s a serious sports car. this engine, who needs a

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