BMW´s new electric Concept iX3 -range 400 km

 

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BMW Group  (BMW:GR) is working hard with electric cars. The company has  published a new electric concept car,  iX3  at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing.

This is the first model from the BMW brand to be driven purely by electric power as fully-fledged Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).

– The expansion of locally emission-free mobility vehicles is one of the key areas of centralized action, alongside with automated driving, high-end connectivity and new digital services, which are driving the company’s transformation of the mobility industry as part of the NUMBER ONE> NEXT strategy.

According to BMW, the launch of the fifth-generation electric drive system technology  makes integration into different vehicle architectures significantly easier. The individual components of this new BMW eDrive technology stand out with their lower weight, scalability and compact construction.

– The electric motor, transmission and power electronics are now grouped into a single component, making it much easier to integrate them into different vehicle architectures. Plus, their modular construction enables them to be adapted to the performance levels required and the available space. Another notable element is that the electric motor does not need any rare earths, which means the BMW Group is not dependent on their availability, the company says.

The version of the fifth-generation electric motor developed for the SAV generates maximum output of over 200 kW/270 hp. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle.

Another major feature of the high-voltage battery  is its optimised charging capability. The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is designed to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. The highvoltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes from one of these stations.

BMW i is also associated with  DriveNow (car sharing), ReachNow (car sharing 2.0), ChargeNow (easy access to the world’s largest network of charging points), ParkNow (straightforward location, reservation and payment of parking spaces).

 

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Bulgari ´s new gold and steel design

HD_Bulgari_LuceaTubogas_01Bulgari has redesigned new luxury watches for ladies. The tubogas bracelet, with its flexible links that coil around the wrist, is one of the brand’s signature looks, first used by Bulgari in the 1940s.

– Tubogas is so-called because of its similarity to a woven-metal gas pipe, an elegant expression of industrial-inspired design. It is formed by wrapping long bands of gold or steel around a steel core, interlocking to hide the core metal. It is combined for the first time this year with the case of the Lucea, Bulgari’s most modern ladies’ watch. The name Lucea comes from luce, Italian for “light,” and celebrates the essence of the sundial, with its light-reflecting mother-of-pearl and diamond dials, the company says in the press release.

Lucea Tubogas watches come in a two-tone combination of gold and steel. This watch has hours & minutes  and it is water-resistant to 50 meters. The dial is white mother-of-pearl and all dials are with 12 brilliant-cut-diamond hour markets.

 

 

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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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BMW´s new autonomous driving campus in Munich

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The BMW Group  (BMW:GR) has opened its new autonomous driving campus in Germany,  Munich this week. This new centre reflects the company´s target to innovate and develop new standards for the future and to increase the sustainability leadership.

– 15 months ago, the BMW Group took the decision to pool together its development expertise in the fields of vehicle connectivity and highly / fully automated driving at a single location. The campus, which offers 23,000 square metres of office space with room for 1,800 employees, was completed in record time. The site’s optimum infrastructure, its proximity to the Research and Innovation Centre, and the nearby link to the motorway network helped to swing the decision in its favour, the company says in the press release.

The autonomous driving campus is using modern office interior design and technology in order to integrate the working as smooth as possible, from development to testing.

– This means, for example, that a software developer working at the new campus can immediately test out freshly written code in a vehicle that is just a short walk away, the company says.

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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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