Ford Hybrid – economic driving with design

The Ford Mondeo Vignale is really surprising with the economic driving. This hybrid car is energy efficient with the 89 g/km  CO2-emissions and making the best of the electric and petrol combination. According to the company calculations, the combined consumption is 3,9 l/ 100 km.

And for this reason, I was test driving this Ford model again in the winter season. While this car is not plug in hybrid, I wanted to test again the first feelings: is this energy consumption as low as it seemed to be. And yes, it was amazing. Must say, this is perhaps the most energy efficient hybrid I have test drived so far.

It is also designed to last longer – the Ford Vignale Collection is perfect for the weekend travelling. Ford has designed for example Italian-style fashion collection with mobile phone holder and weekendbag. They represent the finest leather quality, as the car´s interior design.

With this car, the car is charging itself during the driving, so there is actually no need for plug-ins at all and the size of the petrol tank is 53 litres.

The hybrid Mondeo has several technologies that increase the safe driving but also they help with communications using Apple CarPlay or Android and having smart voice service to control the navigation.

In recent years Ford Motor (F:US) has transformed its models to meet better the new low carbon regulation and last weekend the company announced that they will invest 11 billion dollars by 2022 to 40 hybrid or fully electric vechiles. This is in line with other big car manufacturers as they are preparing for the new time after fossil fuel engines in 2030 or 2040.

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New BMW Hybrid 330e – high-quality design

 

A new BMW Hybrid 330e iPerformance Business Exclusive is offering something new and old. The car is very sporty and speedy one, but also hybrid. This car makes you feel comfortable while all the interior design is modern, but the functionality is also good.

This new  BMW Hybrid is having automatic transmission and for example the turning circle is about 11 meters, which makes it easy to handle in the city.  The interior design with leather seats and with blue lights make it also very special. The new lightning helps you for example to find your lost mobile phone in the car during the dark winter hours.

But something new to consider also. The fuel tank is about 40 liters, which is not so much one can expect. With the electric power, the driving range would be about 20 kilometers. So these are good to keep in mind when driving on the road and thinking about the next station – and not all the stations are having electric power as an option. The combined CO2 is about 44 g/km according to the company.

The trunk floor space is about 370 liters due to the battery position, but the car´s top speed is about 225 km per hour. So, very nice to work with in the city and outside.  This car is a good example of the new development with new technology, but still keeping the style and design as expected.

 

 

 

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Basel World – jewellery gallery

Inspiring Basel World – jewelleries like flora and fauna

Have you ever been in Basel World – an exhibition for luxury jewelry and watches?  Imagination and beauty are present here. It is also a place where the global  industry professionals meet and discuss the future trends.

In 2014 the message was clear: luxury goods show very good progress in terms of revenue growth and new markets. According to the exhibitors, growth is coming especially from the US and Arabian markets as well as from Asia. For example these global luxury brands were present in the fairs: Chopard,  Graff Diamonds,  Fabergé, Hermés, Hublot, Louis Erard and Swarovski.

One of the shining element was the Swarovski exhibition with their crystal Mini-car. This auto was designed for the Royal family Catherine and William for their wedding. It consists of thousands of Swarovski crystals.

Luxury watches are fabulous and the variety of brands, colors, diamonds, precious stones, art, fine craftsmanship and functions are really amazing. Some of them also take the sporting elements into account like for example the Movado (www.Movado.ch), which is ultra-light, high-tech and strong performance design watch. The case and bracelet are made from carbon fibre.

Another interesting example is from Doxa (www.Doxa.ch), which vintage watches for women and men really are sophisticated, elegant and fashionable. Vintage Fusion Ladies and Vintage Fusion Pilot´s are retro pieces for limited amount of 100.

One of the global mobile phones companies Vertu (www.vertu.com) was also present in the fairs. According to their sales director Chris Bedworth, Vertu expects growing sales especially from Asia and the company has presented new models with different assessories.

 

 

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Flora and fauna in the Basel fairs.

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