Mini Countryman hybrid – one size for all

The Mini Countryman is amazing with size and design. This icnonic small size car is still very known for its design and the brand has been able to keep the loyal customers through the years.  The exterior and interior have the same feeling as years ago and the retro feeling is somehow very appealing.

This new hybrid Mini, Mini Countryman Cooper SE All4 Business, has a driving range for about 40 kilometers and the electric power consumption is 13,2-14 kWh/100 km combined. Fuel consumption combined is about 2,1-2,3 litres per 100 kilometers. Carbon emissions are between 49-52 g per one kilometer.

The lithium batteries are under the rear seats, and somehow you can still find good space for luggages in this plug-in-car. It is calculated that the space is between 405 – 1274 litres if you turn the seats down.

This could be a very good basic car for small families with not that much long-distance driving. You can easily have your weekend items with you and drive economically. And the electric driving range might be enough for the daily working distances.



The BMW Group, which owns the Mini brand, has also announced that it is in talks to start a battery-electric-car Mini vehicles production in China with its co-operation partner Greal Wall Motor.

–  In addition to production of the first battery electric MINI at the main plant in Oxford starting in 2019, this signals a further clear commitment to the electrified future of the MINI brand, the company says in the press release.

Last year 2017, China was MINI’s fourth-largest market, with around 35,000 units delivered.


Volvo V90 Cross Country Pro for professionals


Volvo V90 Cross Country Pro is for professionals when it comes to severe weather conditions. When I drove this car with terrible snow storm in Finland, I noticed the car acted as secure and reliable manner. Even nearly half a meter high soft snow mass was ok for it.

This Volvo has all the needed functions for safety driving – like the half automated pilot assist or driver alert control. Nowadays the car can alert you if you need a coffee brake and of course suggest you places to visit.

And during the winter time it is also good to notice that slippery road or big animals or cyclists are also informed to you. If needed the car can brake automatically.

Volvo V90 Cross Country is for active drivers with long distances, with sports equipments and for countryside. The structure and the design of the car inside will fullfill all expectations. The leather & led lights inside add the final touch of the high-quality car.

Volvo V90 Cross Country

Volvo (VLVLY)  is also known for its investments in environmental issues. During January  2018 the company reported that they have now the first climate neutral manufacturing plant in Skövde, Sweden.

This production site has switched to renewable heating and according to the company this is a major step towards the company´s vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025.

This site is also one of the only few climate neutral automotive plants in Europe. The site uses different waste materials, biomass and recycled bio-fuels as renewable energy sources.


Elon Musk: 1 million cars by 2020


Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk said that he still believes the target of 1 million cars by 2020 is relevant. He confirmed his earlier estimate of the growth during the conference call this week.

The company announced last year figures, which stated that the company is
targeting a weekly Model 3 production rate of 2,500 by the end of Q1 and 5,000 by the end of Q2. Tesla is also focused on achieving its target of 25% gross margin for Model 3 after company´s production stabilizes at 5,000 cars per week.

In the company press release Tesla said it will be the best manufacturer of automotive industry. The Model 3 reservations remained stable during the last quarter of the 2017, but in recent weeks the growth has continued. Combined Model S and Model X deliveries increased by 10 % during the last quarter, which was also an 28 % increase from year earlier.

During the last quarter Tesla continued to open new stores and service locations and now there are 330 locations globally. There are 1128 Supercharger stations globally at the moment.

In the outlook statement Elon Musk expects  the company  quarterly operating income to turn sustainably positive at some point in 2018.





Speedy Golf GTE hybrid


Sometimes you get really impressed with the speed by the small-size cars. Like the new Golf GTE hybrid. By the look you could never quess that the car is having combined 150 kW, which allows you to speed from 1 to 100 km/h in 7,6 seconds. Amazing combination of electric and gasoline engines.

The combination works very well also for short distance travelling  with 50 kilometers range of electric power. According to the company information the combined CO2 emissions are 36-40 g/km. The energy from using brakes is also storaged and reused during the drive.

This plug-in-hybrid is having 5 seats and guite large luckage space. The fuel tank capacity is 50 liters. In the infosystem you can easily connect with your mobile phone via Car-Net App and it includes for example an European wide map service, navigation and it allows you to use your own applications as well.

It is also good to check what is the quarantee of the batteries in your car. Volkswagen is saying that it gives 8 years quarantee for the batteries or 160 000 km.

Golf GTE is really a Volkswagen (VOW), enabling safety and quality in a package, which includes technology into details.


Powerful driving with BMW X5 hybrid


BMW is one of leading car manufacturers with design and quality.  This hybrid BMW X5 was also an example of the modern feeling and functions. The SUV, or should we say SAV (sports activity vechile)  is having powerful engines with engine power (HP) 245 and combined electricity consumption 15,3 kWH per 100 km. Electrical range is roughly 31 kilometers or 22 kilometers with everyday use.

The EU emission classification is EU6, but it will be seen later this year what is the real driving emissions (RDE), when the EU is setting the new real emissions standards. It is also expected that the UK will follow the new EU standards in spite of Brexit. In this SUV, the combined carbon is 77 g per kilometer according to the company information. The carbon for driving in the city or in highways are not given yet.

Your first impression of the safety in this car is the seat belt. It matches your body after you start the driving, but also giving the needed flexibility in every situation.  Also the other assistant services like iOs or Android integrated services like locking/unlocking, engine oil levels, tyre pressures can be also done via the application remotedly.

The BMW Group has integrated the connected car  & mobility functions in its core services as well and lately it bought the company called DriveNow, which enables car sharing in different cities globally. But at the same time the company is building with other car manufacturers a European network of charging stations.

Electricity target for the BMW company is that the group have reduced the Co2 emissions by at least 50 % compared to the base year 1995. This target is for the year 2020.

For this plug-in-hybrid X5 car, the charging is easy and the company has made a service package for home and office locations.   Later on, as cars, hybrids and electric cars are having the same kind of functions in the vechiles, one of the most important competitive edges will be the total service offering and quality in the processes. The building of the infrastructure is happening at the moment.

The luckage storage was big enough for example for sports equipments altough the litium-batteries were below the trunck floor. And the size of traditional gasoline fuel tank was 83 liters/21,9 US gallons.

The interior design and comfort with driving are excellent. Leather, led lights finish the feeling.

The Group has made a video of the BMW  X5 adventures in Asia.  Notice that car is not hybrid. Watch the video here:



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Samsung outlined its connected IoT strategy – CES2018

Samsung Electronics (SMSN:LI) outlined its vision and strategy for intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) experiences at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

During the press conference, Samsung demonstrated its  ability to make seamlessly connected consumer experiences across Samsung devices at home, at the office and on-the-go. Samsung has been working to make all Samsung products IoT ready by 2020. In addition, the company announced today its plan to advance IoT adoption via an open, consistent and intelligent platform.

– At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch. With the new products and services announced today, we’re making IoT easier and more seamless,” said Hyunsuk Kim, President, Head of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division and Samsung Research.

– We’re committed to accelerating IoT adoption for everyone and making all Samsung connected devices intelligent by 2020, he said in the press release.


Hyunsuk (HS) Kim, President, Head of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division and Samsung Research


Samsung is working with partners such as the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF). OCF is the largest IoT standardization body in the world.

According to Samsung, in spring 2018 the company will unite its IoT applications, including Samsung Connect, Smart Home, Smart View and more into the SmartThings app to connect and control any SmartThings-enabled device directly from their phone, TV, or car from a single application.

Additionally, Samsung announced plans to connect HARMAN Ignite to the SmartThings Cloud, moving the IoT experience beyond the smart home to the car. As a result, consumers will be able to manage their connected home from the car and vice versa.



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