Volkswagen Passat Hybrid – economical driving

Volkswagen Passat GTE Hybrid offers good performance.  The electric range of about 50 km and the range of 1000 km with petrol shows how family travelling with electric car is possible, even with long distances.

The car is also embedded with different solutions that help the driver to focus on road safety issues. So called Front Assistant is a system which alarms you if there is an pedestrian on the road and brakes automatically if needed. The Park Assistant helps you with parking in the city environments.

The infortainment system in the car is very clear and all the possible connectivity functions as well. On the other hand, the voice navigation could have different voice options, but the navigation itself and its operations are easy to use.

One of the useful functions is also the e-Manager, which enables you to set charging  beforehand. For example you can leave the car ready to be charged, but the e-Manager takes control how much earlier  the car has to be charged in order to get it ready in time. During the winter mornings this would enable smooth travelling with enough power and range.

It is also possible to integrate the infortainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications, but this has to be done with USB cabels. For example with BMW this integration is wireless.

The combined consumption in Volkswagen Passat Hybrid is about 1,7 litres per 100 km according to the company information. And the CO2 is 38 g per kilometer. The charging time range is from 3-4 hours with the litium-ioni batteries. The car uses electric about 13,4 kwh per each 100 kilometer.

In short, one can say that driving with Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in-hybrid is  economical. It offers also enough space for goods and even small cargo. It is a combination of classic style with modern technology.

 

 

 

 

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Volvo XC60 Hybrid – new style and power

Volvo (VOLVB) has reinvented itself. This is the feeling when driving with new Volvo XC60 hybrid (T8 Twin Engine). The company is pure safety company with modern technology and the pleasure of driving.

And the car itself? The new Volvo XC60 is having very nordic interior and exterior design: simple, classic and functional. But also modern with high quality. The car is made to please the visual and functional driving with easy access to manual driving but also keeping in mind that the various tech assistant services will help you to enjoy your driving. Safe and sound.

This dual motor (petrol and electric) is having low CO2 levels, 49 according to the company information. And the consumption with high-way drive (with petrol) is about 7 litres per 100 km, but the combined consumpion is about as low as 2,1 litres according to the company. The petrol tank is big enough and the average electric driving range is about 50 km.

According to the company information, the battery charging time with 6 A would be about 7 hours and with 16 A about 3 hours. In order to make the hybrid work, one should have a charging station.

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The tech innovation services include for example the service to help the driver to avoid the collision with the other car coming from the opposite direction. This automated system is active between 60-140 km / hour speed.

The Volvo XC60 consists of 5 different categories of steel. The max high -strenght steel is the red  and orange ones in the above picture. It is not surprise that the company says that they have the vision that no one gets bad insured in a new Volvo by 2020. In the front of the car, Volvo uses also aluminium as the body material.

Focus on environmental issues as well

Volvo is also known for its long history related to environmental issues. This June the company announced that they will increase the use of recycled materials in the car production in order to help to prevent the world oceans from the plastic problem.

  • From 2025, at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material, the company said.

The company also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics.

The new Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is easy to park with for example 11,4 meters turning circle. So, no need to worry about how to get it right at the first time or if you need to make an U-turn. In the interior design the panorama roof is excellent choice when having summer temperatures. The acceleration is good enough with 5,5 seconds ( 0-100 km/h) and top speed as well 230 km/h.

See also the video of Volvo Safety and Pulizer Prize Winner photographer Barbara Davidson:

Volvo XC60 and photo arts & safety

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Mitsubishi Outlander – over 100 000 units sold in Europe

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV,  one of the premium plug in hybrid crossovers, has made new records. The company announced in late January that over 100 000 units of this model has been sold in Europe.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is having all wheel control with low running costs. This energy efficiency has been one of the best selling points  and no wonder: according to the company the combined consumption is about 1,7 litres per 100 km and the CO2 emissions are 41.

Perhaps the biggest surprise against other plug-in-hybrids after the energy efficienvy is the large cargo capacity, but still having seats for 5 passangers. Sure, you can have all your sports equipments with you.

The interior design of the car is modern and comfortable. All are easy access, but one thing the developers could paid more attention: it is the energy consumption during the drive. This is quite common issue that the graphics are not clear, simple and informative enough.

The fast charing with Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is really fast: 80 % of the capacity is ready within 25 minutes. On the other hand, the electric driving range is about 30 kilometers.

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Citroen C3 Aircross – compact car

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Citroen is showing a new and clear designed car, the Citoren C3 Aircorss. This smart car is having plenty of different elements to choose and to personalize your car. The company has made it easy for owners to design the inrerior and exterior design with four different designmodels, ranging from Metropolitan Crey to Urban Red.

According to Citroen, its Pure-Tech engines are new technology and thus minimize the CO2 emissions of the car.  For example the Pure-Tech 130 Shine car is having 119 CO2 emissions per kilometer and the combined consumtion is 5,3.

The new screen related to the road information and navigation, is helping the driving  and thus enabling safer elements too.  During the test drive it was clear that the new functionalities were very well placed, so the maximal use and good contact was possible.

One of the new interesting functions was the Grip Control, which helps you drive down the hill. This Hill Assist will help you to drive down safely ans without a danger of slippery. This is very helpful if the road is having snow, mud or sand.

One of the good elements in the car is the vast space of the trunk – according to the company the car has space from 410 litres to 520 litres with the help of the back seats.

Citoren C3 Aircross is a smart and compact car with new technology. One can say that this car model is a good example of the new trend in the car industry: smart package with many well-designed fucntions.

 

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Zurich Marriott Hotel – everything you need

 

Zurich Marriott Hotel is located by the riverside of the Zurich City center. One can say it has everything you need – the high-quality service for business and pleasure, excellent restaurants and it is close to everything in Switzerland.

As the company says it: it is a place where brilliant services connect people.

Zurich Marriott Hotel, part of the Marriott International (MAR:US),  has a newly renovated M Club Lounge for business travellers. There you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, all-day-refreshments and convenient business services.  And do not to forget the concierge´s service: they will find you everything you need during your stay.

The M Club is part of the Marriot´s rebranding of the former executive club. The aim is to find new ways for modern business travellers with 24 hours service.  Finally there is a service for business travellers! No need to worry about different time zones, opening hours or how to find a place where you have all the office equipments, even at night!

The hotel is easy to access, but I would prefer walking. When you walk by the riverside, through the park with birds singing their spring melodies, you will find some kind of  new ideas and thoughts, feeling also relaxed.  What else a business traveller would need!

Finally, as a 5-star venue this hotel can offer you nearly everything,  also sauna and fitness center for sports travellers.

Zurich Marriott Hotel, Neumuehlequai 42, 8006 Zurich. Switzerland, tel: 41 44 360 7070

 

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The best burgers in Zurich

 

lake-view-Zurich-Marriott-Hotel (9)Zurich is an excellent travel destination with charming old town and still very modern shopping district. There are so many places to visit and the city is offering a variety of different cultural activitites such as opera, theatres, exhibitions, concerts and museums.

During your visit a buger meal with local taste, fresh vegetables and nature ingredients, is thus a good way to learn also the Zurich fast, slow food.

We have now  a good listing for the best burgers in Zurich for you. This list is made with co-operation with Zurich Marriott Hotel.

Jack & Jo, Gustav-Gull-Platz 2, 8004 Zurich, http://www.jackandjo.ch

b.good, Oberdorfstrasse 8, 8001 Zurich, http://www.bgoodrestaurants.ch

the Butcher, Stussihofstatt 15, 8001, Zurich, http://www.butcher.ch

Gerold Chuchi, Geroldstrasse 5, 8005 Zurich, http://www.geroldchuchi.ch

the Bite, Brauerstrasse 15, 8004 Zurich, http://www.thebite.ch

If you cannot find it here, check also these places: Big Ben Westside, Holy Cow, Helvti Diner, Heidi & Tell and James Joyce.  Take a tour & enjoy the fast, slow food!

 

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Tag Heuer and 20th Century Fox collaborate in Kingsman

KingsmanTagOneShe_Ref103_2TAG Heuer, part of LVMH Group (MC:FP), has announced a global partnership with MARV films and 20th Century Fox in the upcoming new film from acclaimed director Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in cinemas worldwide on September 22, 2017. TAG Heuer’s Connected Smart Watch is the Official Watch of The Kingsman.

In the new film, the Kingsman agents will all be fitted with TAG Heuer watches. According to the Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver,  Kingsman means explosions, action, laughter, and, of course, elegance.

Director Matthew Vaughn added: “For Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we needed a smart watch for our agents. We looked at the different options available, but none of them were elegant enough for a Kingsman. Then I saw an interview on Bloomberg TV with Jean-Claude Biver about his connected watch, and it became immediately obvious; the Kingsman agents would wear the TAG Heuer Connected.”

See the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle:

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