相信生活在現代社會的絕大多數人都早已人手一支智慧型手機！除了採用自家封閉式系統的Apple iPhone之外，開放式系統的Google Android軟體，也憑藉其開放式架構的全方位支援性，不僅成功在智慧型手機、影音車機…等方面，都早已打下一片天，現在就連來自北歐瑞典品牌的Volvo，也決定在旗下新年式（2022）小改款XC60、S90、V90身上，升級換搭Google Android軟體驅動的下一世代多媒體影音系統。
不僅如此，新年式XC60、S90、V90所搭載的Google Android系統，透過內建整合的全新Digital Services package數位服務套件，可望提供更豐富的客製化、無線連結…等功能。
全新Digital Services package數位服務套件的核心，可連結進入Google App的相關應用程序與服務。透過Google Assistant語音輔助功能，還可更輕鬆使用Google Map導航地圖，以及經由Google Play軟體商店所下載的各式應用App軟體，至於所需的硬體設備，則早已經整合內建在Volvo車款上。
Volvo Car Group集團是與Google合作，整合Android軟體所驅動的多媒體系統與內建Google App應用程式/服務的第1家公司。兩家公司經過多年來的密切合作研發，首款搭載該套系統的Volvo品牌旗下車型，即是XC40 Recharge純電動車款。
另外，新年式小改款XC60除了升級換搭Google Android系統的多媒體影音功能，也針對外觀的水箱護罩、前保桿、下氣壩…等處，做出相關更動，並提供新車色塗裝與新式樣輪圈等選擇。座艙方面，則是採用新的內飾材料，提供例如豪華的非皮革選項與City Weave紡織品…等新式樣內裝包覆材質，並帶來更多客製化選項。
While everyone was busy checking out the stunning GT Black Series, the folks at SportAuto put the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro through its paces at the track.
With Christian Gebhardt behind the wheel, the German supercar was set loose at the Hockenheim GP to put in a hot lap. However, this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill GT R Pro, but one extensively modified by TIKT.
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In addition to the carbon fiber body kit, complete with a new hood, front splitter, canards and rear wing, and additional vents, it features enhanced steering and brake cooling. The new 10×19-inch front and 12×20-inch rear wheels are lighter than the stock parts, and the GT3 bucket seats help secure the driver and passenger. Moreover, the tuner has bumped the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8’s output from 577 HP (585 PS / 430 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque to 759 HP (770 PS / 566 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm).
As a result, it lapped the German track in just 1:45.10, almost three seconds faster than the stock model. According to FastestLaps, it managed to beat the McLaren 720S (1:45.50), Ferrari 488 Pista (1:45.90) and Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (1:47.30). As impressive as it may sound, it was slower than the GT Black Series, which posted a time of 1:43.30 with the same driver at the helm. As for the undisputed king of unofficial lap times at the Hockenheim GP, this is still the McLaren Senna, with 1:40.79.
The United Kingdom wants to phase out internal combustion engines, so it’s a bit perplexing that the government is making it more expensive to go electric.
In a surprise move, the Department for Transport announced the grant scheme for electric vehicles has been updated to “target less expensive models and reflect a greater range of affordable vehicles.”
While that doesn’t sound too bad, the government cut the grant by £500 ($696 / €584) to £2,500 ($3,482 / €2,921). Furthermore, the grant is now limited to EVs that cost less than £35,000 ($48,746 / €40,916).
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Thanks to the price cap, a number of popular electric vehicles are no longer eligible for government incentives. This includes the Audi E-Tron, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3 – just to name a few.
This has upset a number of people, but the government contends the change will allow funding to last longer and be available to more people. They also noted the price cap means taxpayers will no longer have to subsidize wealthy car buyers who can afford to go electric without government incentives.
The Department for Transport went on to say “the number of electric car models priced under £35,000 ($48,746 / €40,916) has increased by almost 50% since 2019 and more than half the models currently on the market will still be eligible for the grant, including spacious family cars, such as the Hyundai Kona 39kWh and the MG ZS EV.”
The changes have been slammed by automakers and industry groups, including Ford of Britain chairman Graham Hoare who described the moves as “disappointing and … not conducive to supporting the zero emissions future we all desire.”
His sentiments were echoed by Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), who said the decision is the “wrong move at the wrong time.” He added, “This sends the wrong message to the consumer, especially private customers, and to an industry challenged to meet the Government’s ambition to be a world leader in the transition to zero emission mobility.”
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