Weekly Motoring news Roundup March 5th


SANTA FE As we come to the end of another week  we look at some of the motoring news which you may have missed starting with Hyundai who have annouced new spec and prices for the new Santa FE

SANTA FE is Hyundai’s longest-running SUV now in its 21st year of sale. Sold in the UK since 2001, the D-segment SUV has been praised for its comfort and roominess, comprehensive standard features and functional cabin design. The latest series of improvements make the New SANTA FE an even more premium choice for its customers.

New Hyundai Santa Fe

 As well as offering the option of a hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time, it also features a bold and distinctive new design as well as a range of new technology and safety features.

A number of exterior and interior enhancements have been introduced including a redesigned front end with a new cascading grille, T shaped headlamps and a sculpted front bumper. Rear design changes include new connected tail lamps, full length lower reflector and a redesigned bumper. Interior changes include a redesigned dashboard with a standard 10.25” infotainment system and optional 12.3” supervision instrument cluster.

Cabin space has been increased all around, width by +10mm, length by +15mm and height by +5mm. New SANTA FE boasts an increase of 34mm of 2nd row legroom over the previous model, giving New SANTA FE an overall best in class 2nd row legroom of 1060mm. New SANTA FE also continues with a standard 7 seat interior with most D segment competitors now only offering only 5 seat configurations.

Comprehensive safety equipment comes as standard with New SANTA FE. The list includes Blind Spot Collision Assist (BCA), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), eCall, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Car, Pedestrian, Cycle and Junction Turning functions, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) forward and reverse Parking Distance Warning (PDW), Rear Occupancy Alert and Lane Departure Warning Assist with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) .Self-levelling suspension and a trailer wiring package also feature.

New SANTA FE is available with Hyundai’s 1.6-litre T-GDi engine combined with either a 230PS Hybrid or a 265PS Plug-in Hybrid option with emissions of just 37g/km CO2. A 6 speed fully automatic gearbox is standard on all models with Hybrid customers able to choose between 2WD or Hyundai’s HTRAC 4WD system featuring intelligent torque distribution and 4 drive modes.

Two trim levels are available offering customers the choice of high levels of standard equipment often only seen on more premium models in the segment. Priced from £40,205, the SANTA FE Premium 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid 6 speed automatic 2WD offers customers 17” alloy wheels, electrically operated and heated body coloured door mirrors and handles, full LED headlamps, tail lamps and positioning lamps, privacy glass and roof rails. Interior equipment includes electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats, 2nd row one touch folding seats, luggage compartment heated front and rear seats, dual zone climate control air conditioning, and heated steering wheel. Convenience and connected equipment includes adaptive cruise control with stop/go function, smart key with keyless entry and start/stop button, smart electric tailgate with hands free operation, rear parking system with rear camera and guidance system, KRELL premium sound system with subscription free Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, Bluelink® (Connected Car Services) with 5 year subscription and USB charging ports to the centre console HTRAC 4WD transmissions are available, as well as the Plug-in Hybrid powertrain.

The SANTA FE Ultimate 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid 6 speed automatic 2WD is available from £43,815 and builds on the already high levels of equipment from the Premium trim with the addition of a surround view monitor parking system with parking collision avoidance assist, remote smart parking assist, 12.3” full TFT drivers instrument cluster, head up display, blind spot view monitor and highway drive assist. Customers also have the choice of specifying the Luxury Pack which includes Nappa leather interior trim, suede headliner, brushed aluminium centre console accents and a faux leather wrapped dashboard. HTRAC 4WD transmissions are available, as well as the Plug-in Hybrid powertrain.

Price announced for TV star Ant Anstead’s Tipo184 – the world’s most cost-effective way to feel like Fangio

Tipo184The innovative Tipo184 will be one of the world’s most cost-effective ways into classic race car ownership, it has been announced. Prices for the beautiful self-build kits, which are based on economical and easy-to-source Mazda MX-5 running gear, have been set at just £16,450.

Brainchild of TV personality Ant Anstead and experts at Dowsetts Classic Cars, the Motorsport UK-compliant Tipo184 evokes the Alfa Romeo 158, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s, widely regarded as one of the most successful race cars of all time.

Cult VW available for first time as PLAYMOBIL miniature

For the first time ever, a VW Bulli is now also available in PLAYMOBIL format (scale ca. 1:18). Despite the small size, it features great attention to detail, as a real exemplar was available: a 1962 T1 camper from the collection of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers (VWNO) in Hannover.

VW BulliPLAYMOBIL is naming the model: Volkswagen T1 Camping Bus. This latest highlight on the toy goods market is a campervan in beige grey / sealing-wax red that the Zirndorf-based manufacturer has ‘shrunk’ with great attention to detail in collaboration with the Volkswagen

Commercial Vehicles brand. It is based on a genuine vehicle: the 1962 T1 Camping Bus ‘Henrik the Red’ from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ collection. The bench seat tips up, and the table and cupboards work. They are even filled with appropriate food and camping utensils. Under the bonnet too the engine is easily recognisable – a classic 4-cylinder boxer, of course.

The fan community’s positive reaction to the PLAYMOBIL Bulli can be seen from the many posts on social media. Immediately after it appeared, lots of fans around the globe showed off their new acquisition in photos and videos and shared their enthusiasm in countless comments.

Anyone who has dreamed of going to far-off places and travelling with their ‘Playmo Bulli’, can now also do so in the real world. This is because the originals can now be hired from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers. There is a multitude of VW campers of almost every generation, enabling you to take the wheel and experience the ‘Bulli’ feeling for life yourself.


Polaris Reveals Plan for All-New Full-Size Electric RANGER

Polaris have unveiled plans to debut an all-new 2022 electric RANGER utility side-by-side in late December 2021, advancing the Company’s strategic rEV’d up electrification strategy. This full-size RANGER is the first electric vehicle Polaris developed through its powersports industry-exclusive partnership with Zero Motorcycles®, which the two companies announced last September. The Company expects the new electric RANGER to start arriving in dealerships in early 2022.

Polaris“Our rEV’d up strategy positions Polaris to help define yet another chapter in powersports innovation,” said Mike Speetzen, interim CEO, Polaris Inc. “With the rising interest in electric vehicles, we are investing in electrification in order to meet the needs of current customers as well as appeal to tomorrow’s riders. The all-new electric RANGER is our latest effort aimed at leading the industry forward in this area.”

As part of the Polaris rEV’d up strategy, the all-new full-size electric RANGER spearheads the company’s long-term plan to accelerate its leadership in powersports electrification. Design and development efforts for the all-new electric RANGER are currently underway in North America.

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