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Industrie 4.0 kommt ins Rollen - 24 Aug 2019 03:20

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<div id=" &lt;p&gt;Staufen-Analyse&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class=" entry-meta="" <time="" class="entry-author-link" itemprop="name Werner Beutnagel&lt;/span&gt;]&lt;/span&gt; | &lt;span class=" datetime="2018-08-30T13:43:27+00:00 30. August 2018&lt;/time&gt;&lt;span class=" entry-author"="" itemscope="" itemtype="https://schema.org/Person | Autor: [https://www.automotiveit.eu/author/werner-beutnagel" rel="author &lt;span class=" entry-author-name"="" span-reading-time="" geschätzte="" lesezeit:="" 2="" minuten<="" pan="">
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<p class="wp-caption-text Jedes zweite deutsche Industrieunternehmen setzt inzwischen auf eine vernetzte Produktion. Bild: Kuka&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Erstmals haben aktuell mehr als die H&auml;lfte aller Fertigungsunternehmen in Deutschland Industrie 4.0 zumindest in Einzelprojekten umgesetzt. 2014 hatte der Wert erst bei 15 Prozent gelegen.&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;span id=" more-63070"=""></p>
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<p>Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine Untersuchung der Unternehmensberatung Staufen, f&uuml;r die 450 Industrieunternehmen befragt wurden.Viele Betriebe befinden sich zudem in der Planungsphase, eine kategorische Weigerung, Industrie 4.0-L&ouml;sungen einzusetzen, existiert nur in jedem zehnten Unternehmen.</p>
<p><em>„Noch gibt es die z&ouml;gerlichen Betriebe, die nach wie vor die Entwicklungen der M&auml;rkte und Anwendungen analysieren. Doch es bestehen kaum Zweifel, dass auch diese Unternehmen bald in die aktive Phase eintreten werden – schon allein, weil sie mit ihren Wettbewerbern oder auch dem eigenen Netzwerk gleichziehen m&uuml;ssen“</em>, bekr&auml;ftigt Martin Haas, CEO der Staufen AG.</p>
<p>In Einzelprojekten besonders digitalerfahren seien in Deutschland der Maschinen- und Anlagebau sowie die Elektroindustrie, so die Studie. Bei durchg&auml;ngigen operativen Konzepten dominiere dagegen der Bereich Automotive – hier hat fast ein F&uuml;nftel Industrie 4.0 bereits umfassend operativ umgesetzt. <em>„W&auml;hrend Maschinenbauer und Elektroindustrie durchaus heterogen vernetzt sind und vielfach auch auf individuelle Fertigungen und Anpassungen setzen, zeichnet sich die Automobilindustrie durch homogene, &uuml;ber Jahrzehnte abgestimmte Produkte, Prozesse und Supply Chains aus. In diesem Umfeld d&uuml;rfte die durchg&auml;ngige Umsetzung von ganzheitlichen Industrie-4.0-L&ouml;sungen deutlich leichter zu bewerkstelligen sein“</em>, erkl&auml;rt Martin Haas.</p>
<p>W&auml;hrend Industrie 4.0 in der selbst angewendeten Produktionstechnik der Unternehmen rasant zum Alltag wird, entwickeln sich digitale Produkte und Anwendungen f&uuml;r deren Kunden noch eher z&ouml;gerlich: Produkte und L&ouml;sungen mit Industrie-4.0-Bezug haben bisher nur 21 Prozent der Unternehmen fest im Angebot. Komplette neue Gesch&auml;ftsmodelle auf dieser Basis finden sich erst bei 5 Prozent der Betriebe.</p>
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McLaren Speedtail: further details confirmed for 243mph - 21 Aug 2019 02:04

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<p>Andy Palmer, vehicle line director for McLaren’s Ultimate Series models, told Autocar at the time that the car’s advanced aerodynamics will help to “really move things on from an acceleration perspective”.</p>
<p>Unlike the Senna, however, the focus of the Speedtail won’t be on track performance. Instead, it will be pitched as a class-leading all-rounder in the hypercar segment.</p>
<p>If lap times aren’t the way McLaren will measure the Speedtail’s performance (and they’re not), that leaves acceleration or top speed as the two measures by which the Speedtail will be the fastest ever McLaren.</p>
<p>“It’s very powerful;&nbsp;more powerful than the [986bhp] P1 GTR,”&nbsp;Mike Flewitt told Autocar at the Geneva motor show. He also confirmed the car would be “easier to get into than an F1” and “feels very natural” when you drive it.</p>
<p><img alt="" src="https://www.autocar.co.uk/sites/autocar.co.uk/files/images/car-reviews/first-drives/legacy/mclaren_bp23_mule-02.jpg]]&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;High&nbsp;power levels and the predicted high speeds don’t come without complications, though. Palmer admitted that McLaren is “pretty much at the limit of what tyres, as well as other systems, can do”.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The realities of running consistently at speeds approaching – or perhaps beyond – 250mph are a significant step onwards again from 200mph from a tyre, energy and aerodynamic perspective. Palmer revealed previously that the goal of this car is " to="" give="" customers="" the="" ability="" have="" a="" high="" level="" of="" luxury,="" bespoke="" elements="" on="" car,="" performance,="" speed="" –="" very="" much="" road-focused="" grand="" tourer".<="" /> </p>
<p>“The centre seat is an amazing thing,” Palmer told Autocar. “The attraction is not only the driving position, but you can take two passengers and luggage on a long journey. I’ve been sitting in the back and it’s not a bad place to be.</p>
<p>“Technology has moved on, particularly in carbon, and in our tub and monocell, and how we engineer that to accommodate three seats. It’s not without compromise – it’s not sitting in the back of a Mercedes S-Class – but it’s not a huddled or tight space.” Palmer and his colleagues say that entry and egress to the Speedtail is far easier than it was in the F1, too. Cameras might augment mirrors to increase visibility without compromising aerodynamics.</p>
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BaT Auction: 37k-Mile 2004 Volkswagen R32 - 18 Aug 2019 02:47

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<p>This 2004 Volkswagen R32 was acquired by the seller over 13 years ago and is one of 612 examples finished in Reflex Silver over black leather with cloth inserts. Showing just over 37k miles, the car is powered by a 3.2L VR6 paired with a 6-speed manual transaxle and a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. Modifications include a European-spec front bumper, Bilstein PSS9 coilovers, Peloquin front and rear limited-slip differentials, an ECS tuning big brake kit, 18″ Volk Racing RE-30 wheels, Alpine stereo system, and more as detailed below. Maintenance carried out in May 2019 is said to have included new tires, a fluid service, and general inspection. This MK4 R32 is now offered with factory books and manuals, service records from the seller’s ownership, the window sticker, two keys, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Connecticut title in the seller’s name.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/5d39b61b9d688_volkswagen_r32_1562599993ff9f98764da20190629_145033-620x380.jpg" alt="37k-Mile 2004 Volkswagen R32" width="620" height="380" /></p>
<p>Just 5,000 R32s were produced for the US, and this example is one of 1,750 finished in Reflex Silver. Modifications include a European-spec front bumper with a Seat Cupra R lip, Kamei badgeless grille and notched eyelids, smoked fender lights, Hella black housing headlights and tinted taillights, rear badge removal, TMT lower grill inserts, blue tinted side mirror glass, and a stubby roof antenna. A custom vinyl sun strip has been added to the windshield, and no accidents or other damage are listed on the Carfax report.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/5d39bd4a141de_volkswagen_r32_1562599909f9f98764da20190629_145146-620x394.jpg" alt="37k-Mile 2004 Volkswagen R32" width="620" height="394" /></p>
<p>Factory alloys are replaced by forged 18″ Volk Racing RE-30 wheels that were recently fitted with Continental ExtremeContact DW tires sized 225/40. Modifications to the suspension include Bilstein PSS9 coilovers, Ground Control camber plates, 25mm front and 21mm rear H&amp;R sway bars, Neuspeed adjustable rear control arms and front strut brace, and a UniBrace rear chassis brace. Braking is handled by an ECS Tuning Stage 5 front brake kit and Stage 1R rear kit.</p>
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<p>The interior features bolstered Konig sport seats trimmed in black leather with cloth inserts. Additional equipment includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and aluminum pedal covers and trim, along with a power sunroof and Climatronic automatic climate control. Interior modifications consist of a Forge Motorsport short shifter, European-spec headlight switch, and JCaps billet aluminum seat adjustment knobs and dashboard vents. An Alpine INA-W900BT head unit is linked to Type R speakers and a V12 amplifier with a custom R32 cover.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2004_volkswagen_r32_156259959295d565ef66e7d20190629_151021-01-620x465.jpeg" alt="37k-Mile 2004 Volkswagen R32" width="620" height="465" /></p>
<p>The digital odometer shows just over 37k miles, approximately 18k of which have been added by the seller over the past 13 years.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2004_volkswagen_r32_1562599688dff9f98764da20190629_150901-620x465.jpg" alt="37k-Mile 2004 Volkswagen R32" width="620" height="465" /></p>
<p>The 3.2L VR6 was rated at 240 horsepower with 236 lb-ft of torque from the factory and is paired with a six-speed manual transaxle routing power to a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. Under the seller’s ownership, a Neuspeed “Blue” Haldex controller and lightweight accessory pulley has been added along with JCaps billet aluminum dipstick handle, coolant bottle, engine oil, power steering and windshield bottle caps, a Sprint Booster throttle response module, 4Grounding engine bay ground wires kit, and a battery relocation kit with vented battery box. Maintenance carried out in May 2019 by Prestige Volkswagen of Stamford, Connecticut is said to have included a fluid service and general inspection.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2004_volkswagen_r32_1562599367f98764daIMG_00905-620x465.jpg" alt="37k-Mile 2004 Volkswagen R32" width="620" height="465" /></p>
<p>Peloquin front and rear limited-slip differentials have been added along with the “flapper” modification to the exhaust. Additional images of the underside are provided in the gallery below.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2004_volkswagen_r32_1562599243f66e7dff9f98764da20190701_142050-620x465.jpg" alt="37k-Mile 2004 Volkswagen R32" width="620" height="465" /></p>
<p>The original window sticker shows a price of $29,675 and is included in the sale along with receipts, service records, a Bentley repair manual CD, a 1:18 Scale Otto-Mobile model, and more.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2004_volkswagen_r32_1564082766736d884f6124r32-1-479x620.jpg" alt="37k-Mile 2004 Volkswagen R32" width="479" height="620" /></p>
<p>The July 2019 Carfax report lists no accidents or other damage and shows history in South Carolina and Connecticut. The seller claims the car was never driven in inclement weather under their ownership, and a video presentation prepared by the seller can be seen below.</p>

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Compact welding robot - 15 Aug 2019 02:43

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<p><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-95079" src="https://automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DX0A4923-modWEB.jpg" alt="Fanuc ARC Mate 100iD" width="300" height="200" srcset="https://automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DX0A4923-modWEB.jpg 300w, https://automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DX0A4923-modWEB-53x35.jpg 53w, https://automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DX0A4923-modWEB-60x40.jpg 60w, https://automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DX0A4923-modWEB-90x60.jpg 90w, https://automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DX0A4923-modWEB-40x27.jpg 40w, https://automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DX0A4923-modWEB-150x100.jpg 150w, https://automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DX0A4923-modWEB-50x33.jpg 50w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />Claimed to be designed for manufacturers with compact floor spaces, but managing large workpieces, Fanuc says its ARCMate 100iD/10L is suitable for high-batch production lines where the quality and function of the weld are critical. The company says this robot has capacity for 10kg of additional tooling, such as welding torches and offers a footprint of 343 x 343mm.</p>
<p>It can be mounted either upside-down or at an angle and routes all cables and welding hosepipes internally. Fanuc says the robot features integrated software and its R-30iB Plus controller can guide an operator through set-up and programming. </p>
<p>www.fanuc.eu</p>
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Rolls-Royce sold 4,107 cars in 2018 – best record ever - 12 Aug 2019 02:10

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<p>Rolls-Royce has achieved its highest annual sales in the brand’s 115-year history, selling a grand total of 4,107 cars to customers in over 50 countries in 2018. It also continues to generate a positive contribution to its shareholder, the BMW Group. </p>
<p>Besides reaching a new high, the world’s foremost Luxury House also enjoyed unprecedented demand for its Bespoke creations, and it also launched the new super luxurious Cullinan SUV.</p>
<p>Reflecting on the company’s performance for the year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, Torsten M&uuml;ller-&Ouml;tv&ouml;s said: “2018 was a most successful, record-breaking year for Rolls-Royce. We have seen growth in all our regions around the world. At Rolls-Royce we are deeply focused on each and every one of our customers and are delivering on their demanding expectations.”</p>
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<p>“The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood is acknowledged and celebrated as a global centre of luxury manufacturing excellence, where our skilled, dedicated team create the world’s finest, most sought-after luxury products. We set a formidable mark in 2018: I am confident it will prove the spur to even greater success in 2019,” he added. </p>
<p>To meet growing worldwide demand for its products (the Americas remain its biggest market), Rolls-Royce has employed 200 new associates in 2018, most of which are for skilled manufacturing roles. This means the current workforce exceeds 2,000 people for the first time since the plant opened in 2003.</p>
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Team O’Neil Rally School Gives a Brief Lesson on How To - 09 Aug 2019 01:47

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Road Test: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0L AWC Lim - 05 Aug 2019 03:44

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<p>The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is attracting buyers with a low entry price, sharp styling and an excellent warranty. But in the hot compact crossover segment, the Outlander Sport has not made much a dent in its competitor’s sales. There are various reasons for this, so what does Mitsubishi’s smallest CUV have to offer?</p>
<h3><strong>Drivetrain</strong></h3>
<p>The all-wheel <em>control</em>, not all-wheel <em>drive</em>, of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE is powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC engine. The 87-octane gasoline engine puts out 148 horsepower with 145 pounds-feet of torque, driven through a Sportronic Constant Velocity Transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters.</p>
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<p class="wp-caption-text &lt;strong&gt;Nice, but ready to move beyond hard plastic&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;Edition Package comes with a 7.0-inch touch screen with navigation and a rear view camera. The 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system, with nine speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer, has a built-in equalizer, which was greatly appreciated to dial out the booming bass. I listen to many sound systems and this was very nice to the ears and extremely easy to program and operate. The system came with SiriusXM (three-month trial subscription), digital HD AM/FM/CD radio, MP3, USB port with iPod connectivity, Aux-in jacks, Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free telephone. The rearview mirror was autodialing and Homelink equipped.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;!— Quick Adsense WordPress Plugin: http://quickadsense.com/ &gt; &lt;div&gt; &lt;! Ad2 —&gt;&lt;ins class=" adsbygoogle"="" data-ad-client="ca-pub-2550174226433498" data-ad-slot="3722766768"></p>
<p>The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport can seat three adults on the 60/40 split bench rear seat, but for longer trips two adults would be more comfortable, as would redesigned seats. Storage was good with the rear seat up, but much improved when folded flat. Where the Outlander Sport shines is on seating access height, resulting in easy access for loading and unloading children or for drivers and passengers that find getting into a low sedan to be a bit of a challenge. The cargo load-in height is low, too. These are real world selling points that Mitsubishi should tout.</p>
<p>Both the driver eight-way power adjustable and the front passenger four-way manual adjustable seats are heated and were easy to adjust, but lumbar adjustments would be greatly appreciated. A driving position conducive to long road trips was possible by adjusting the leather-wrapped, tilt and telescopic steering wheel.</p>
<p>Other nice interior features are the rear seat folding armrest with cup holders, rear heater floor ducts, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, heated and power outside mirrors, center console with slide-adjustable arm rest, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 12-volt accessory outlets, one each front and rear. The black leather-covered steering wheel, gear shifter and emergency brake handle had contrasting red topstitching.</p>
<h3><strong>Safety and Convenience</strong></h3>
<p>The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport came with convenience features, including cruise control, remote and passive keyless entry, rear cargo tie-down hooks, rear floor heat ducts, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, remote engine start, and an anti-theft security alarm and anti-theft immobilizer.</p>
<div id="attachment_14776" class="wp-caption alignleft &lt;img class=" size-full="" wp-image-14776"="" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/White_Outlander_Sport_2018_2.jpg?resize=480%2C320" alt="2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport" width="480" height="320" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/White_Outlander_Sport_2018_2.jpg?w=480 480w, https://i1.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/White_Outlander_Sport_2018_2.jpg?resize=150%2C100 150w, https://i1.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/White_Outlander_Sport_2018_2.jpg?resize=300%2C200 300w, https://i1.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/White_Outlander_Sport_2018_2.jpg?resize=405%2C270 405w" sizes="(max-width: 480px) 100vw, 480px" data-recalc-dims="1"></div>
<p class="wp-caption-text &lt;strong&gt;Big thumbs up in the knob&nbsp; &amp; sound departments&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;Either as standard or optional equipment, active and passive safety features are available on the Outlander. These include seven air bags, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation and rear park assist sensors.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Pricing and Warranties&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;Clean Fleet Report’s&lt;/em&gt; 2018 Outlander Sport 2.0L LE AWC had a base MSRP of $23,995. With the rear cargo tonneau cover ($150) and carpeted floor mats ($125) options, the price came to $24,270. All prices do not include the $940 destination and handling charge.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the 2018 Outlander Sport received four stars (five stars is their highest rating), while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Outlander Sport Good and Superior ratings for crashworthiness and front crash prevention.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with these warranties:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Powertrain &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;10 years/100,000 miles&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Basic &nbsp;&nbsp;Five years/60,000 miles&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Corrosion Seven years/Unlimited miles&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;h3&gt;Observations: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE AWC&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;Mitsubishi has positioned the 2018 Outlander Sport LE AWC as a well-equipped small crossover under $25,000. The features, design and warranty make this a very tempting package. With the right price and good utility, the Outlander Sport is compelling.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img class=" size-full="" wp-image-14777"="" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Outlander-11.jpg?resize=640%2C453" alt="2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport" width="640" height="453" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Outlander-11.jpg?w=640 640w, https://i0.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Outlander-11.jpg?resize=150%2C106 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.cleanfleetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Outlander-11.jpg?resize=300%2C212 300w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-recalc-dims="1"></p>
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<p><strong>The Outlander Sport has got some good selling points, but also has a lot of catching up to do</strong></p>
<p>The main drawback on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is that it was introduced new in 2011, and except for a few minor changes and styling upgrades, it is essentially the same car. The drivetrain is not as refined as its competitors and the fuel economy is on the low side. It really isn’t a bad CUV, but with so many competitors that offer more power and better fuel economy, it is important to do cross-shopping among brands to see what you like.</p>
<p>Our hope is that Mitsubishi is getting ready to announce that an all-new Outlander Sport will be coming soon. In the fast-changing compact crossover segment, seven-plus years is a long time to be squeezing-out every last drop before launching a new model. The Outlander’s plug-in hybrid variant and the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are good signs.</p>
<p>Whatever you buy, Happy Driving!</p>
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BaT Auction: 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L - 02 Aug 2019 02:58

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<p>This 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo shows just 31k miles and was modified with a BTR2 kit in 1991 while under the ownership of racing driver Jochen Rohr. Finished in Guards Red over black, the car is powered by a turbocharged 3.4-liter flat-six paired with a 4-speed manual transmission.&nbsp;A&nbsp;K27 turbocharger, RUF intercooler, and&nbsp;dual-outlet exhaust were added as part of the BTR conversion along with suspension modifications and 17″ RUF wheels. The car was acquired in 2017 by the current owner, a longtime customer of Florida-based Orbit Racing. Service performed by Orbit over the past two years included installation of&nbsp;Kuehl A/C system, as well as new torsion bars, fuel pumps, brake pads and rotors, tires, and more as outlined below.&nbsp;This 911 Turbo is now offered on behalf of the current owner with service records from the 1991&nbsp;conversion, recent receipts, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Florida title.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-7974088" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524122638ba3b973450bf6aScreen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.33.09-AM-620x429.png" alt="1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L" width="620" height="429" srcset="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524122638ba3b973450bf6aScreen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.33.09-AM-620x429.png 620w, https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524122638ba3b973450bf6aScreen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.33.09-AM-300x208.png 300w, https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524122638ba3b973450bf6aScreen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.33.09-AM-768x531.png 768w, https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524122638ba3b973450bf6aScreen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.33.09-AM-460x318.png 460w, https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524122638ba3b973450bf6aScreen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.33.09-AM-940x650.png 940w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></p>
<p>The car is finished in Guards Red, and the rear valence was modified during the 1991 work to accommodate the exhaust system. The front fender lips were also rolled to allow space for the wider wheels, and steering rack spacers were added along with rear spring plates, rear shocks, and a new windshield. The recent Carfax report indicates no history of accidents or other damage.</p>
<p>Paint meter readings can be seen from around the vehicle in the walk-around video attached above.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-7974137" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524124517daced2a8ba3b9Screen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.37.28-AM-620x395.png" alt="1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L" width="620" height="395" srcset="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524124517daced2a8ba3b9Screen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.37.28-AM-620x395.png 620w, https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524124517daced2a8ba3b9Screen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.37.28-AM-300x191.png 300w, https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524124517daced2a8ba3b9Screen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.37.28-AM-768x489.png 768w, https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524124517daced2a8ba3b9Screen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.37.28-AM-460x293.png 460w, https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15524124517daced2a8ba3b9Screen-Shot-2019-03-12-at-10.37.28-AM-940x599.png 940w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></p>
<p>17″ RUF wheels measure 9″ in width up front and 10″ out back. New Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tires were mounted last year and are sized 235/45 and 255/40. Other service performed by Orbit Racing in 2018 included a brake fluid flush and new rear fender gravel guards, 19mm front and 27mm rear torsion bars, brake rotors, brake pads, and wheel seals.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_1549565409cd208491987-930-turbo-guards-red-56-620x413.jpg" alt="1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L" width="620" height="413" /></p>
<p>The cabin is trimmed in&nbsp;black and features powered sport seats, as well as RUF-branded door sills and floor mats. A Blaupunkt AM/FM/cassette stereo powers Blaupunkt front and rear speakers. A Kuehl A/C system was installed in June 2018 at a cost of nearly $7k as described in the receipts included in the gallery.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15495653848495d565ef61987-930-turbo-guards-red-63-620x413.jpg" alt="1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L" width="620" height="413" /></p>
<p>A Nardi Fittipaldi steering wheel with Porsche crest center cap has also been installed along with an adjustable boost pressure knob and a boost gauge in place of the clock. The 6-digit odometer shows just over 31k miles, approximately 1,200 of which were added by the current owner.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_154956530766e7dff9f98764da1987-930-turbo-guards-red-85-620x413.jpg" alt="1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L" width="620" height="413" /></p>
<p>The turbocharged flat-six was fitted with larger pistons and cylinders in 1991, increasing displacement to 3.4 liters. A&nbsp;K27II turbocharger was also added in addition to a RUF intercooler, Gruppe B camshafts, and an air guide in the&nbsp;rear spoiler. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transaxle, and an engine oil change was carried out in 2018.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15495652305d565ef66e7dff1987-930-turbo-guards-red-100-620x414.jpg" alt="1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L" width="620" height="414" /></p>
<p>New fuel pumps and relays were also installed in 2018, and additional photos of the engine, underside, brakes, and suspension components can be viewed in the gallery below.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_15523336074410a321339bBPS02092019_0006-620x471.jpg" alt="1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L" width="620" height="471" /></p>
<p>The 1991 BTR conversion was performed at German Motor Cars of Cincinnati, Ohio. Detailed invoices documenting the work are included in the gallery below along with recent receipts from Orbit Racing.</p>
<p><img class="alignnone size-large" src="https://cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/1987_porsche_911_carrera_targa_1552331767321339b1549735012dff9f98764daCARFAX-Vehicle-History-Report-for-this-1987-PORSCHE-911_-WP0JB0937HS050776-479x620.jpg" alt="1987 Porsche 911 Turbo RUF 3.4L" width="479" height="620" /></p>
<p>The Carfax report shows no accidents or other issues, as well as history in Indiana and Florida between 1992 and 2018.</p>

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Kia India trial production to commence on January 29 - 30 Jul 2019 02:35

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<p id="MainContent_ctl00_IntroText" class="text-justify" itemprop="description All-new Kia SP2 SUV is set to hit Indian showrooms by August 2019; will rival the Creta, Kicks and the Harrier.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div readability=" 62.290438965725="" <p=""> Kia Motors India is all set to begin trial production of its first model, the SP2 SUV (showcased as the SP Concept at the 2018 Auto Expo) at its brand new Ananthapur plant located in Andhra Pradesh.&nbsp;The event will see presence of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, and the Ambassador of The Republic of Korea to India, H.E. Shin Bongkil, along with other Kia leadership.</p>
<p> Kia plans to improve upon its production efficiency over the course of the trial production run and hopes to commence mass production by mid-2019. Its new plant has a capacity of 3,00,000 units per annum. They claim that during the first phase of production, 90 percent of the vehicles produced will be for the domestic market and only 10 percent will be for export. Kia Motors India will employ 3,000 people at its Anantapur plant and will gradually ramp-up production starting with 1,00,000 units in the first year in a single shift and growing to 2,00,000 and 3,00,000 units in the second and third year, over two and three shifts, respectively.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p> After the introduction of the SP2 SUV, Kia aims to quickly introduce other models as well in order to strengthen its presence in the Indian market. Kia has also said that it is studying the Indian market and will select products from the expansive Kia portfolio so as to launch models most relevant to the Indian market. It aims to introduce the second model by Auto Expo 2020.</p>
<p> <strong>NISHMANYA BAHADUR</strong></p>
<p> <b>Also see:</b></p>
<p> <strong>Kia’s third made-for-India model to be a cross-hatch</strong></p>
<p> <strong>Kia&nbsp;SP SUV to get sporty turbo-petrol variant</strong></p>
<p> <strong>Kia&nbsp;SP Concept SUV could launch with BS-IV engines</strong></p>
<p> <strong>Production-spec&nbsp;Kia&nbsp;SP Concept to be feature-loaded</strong></p>
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Source: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/kia-india-trial-production-to-commence-on-january-29-411207

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Mitsubishi ASX - 27 Jul 2019 02:05

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<h2>Exterior</h2>
<div class="fast_facts &lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt; Adopts Dynamic Shield styling&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt; New front and rear bumpers with LED lamp clusters&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt; Looks like a mini version of the Montero Sport&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt; 18-inch wheels&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt; Two new colors: Diamond Red and Oak Brown&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;For a model that’s 10 years old, the Mitsubishi ASX looks surprisingly fresh, at least as far as the front section of the crossover is concerned. &lt;a class=" _auto"="" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mitsubishi/index68.html" title="Mitsubishi Mitsubishi] deserves a lot of credit for adopting its “Dynamic Shield” design language on the ASX. Other automakers run the risk of making its entire lineup look identical, but Mitsubishi doesn’t have that problem, in part because it’s not as visible as it once was in the market. It can skirt aesthetic convention the way other automakers can’t.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;We see that on full display in the front section of the ASX where everything forward of the A-pillar is completely brand new. That includes the headlamp design and the more imposing front grille with the large Mitsubishi crest in the middle. The 2020 ASX also benefits from a new LED setup on the cheeks of the section. It’s a lot bigger than the one on the previous ASX and the stacked look helps establish a level of masculinity that its predecessor lacked completely.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 11="" <p="">
<em>The protruding panels that sit between the headlamps and the LEDs are still there, but the overall shape of the bumper has changed dramatically, too. The lower section, in particular, is completely horizontal now.</em>
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<p>The underbody cladding doesn’t protrude on it anymore as it did in the previous iteration of the ASX. The cladding is still there, though, minding its own business at the bottom of the bumper. I’ll admit that it’s a nice look to the ASX. It doesn’t jump off the page but given that this model is 10 years old, you take anything that resembles something “new” out of it. This design is “new” for the ASX and Mitsubishi should count this as a victory in it of itself.</p>
<figure class="spip_documents spip_documents_center ressource oembed oembed_video oembed_youtube &lt;figcaption&gt; &lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;/figure&gt;&lt;p&gt;Unfortunately, it’s hard to say the same thing about the ASX’s side and rear profiles. The side remains virtually unchanged, which isn’t really so much of a bad thing as it is an irrelevant thing. I was hoping for a few changes in the use of character lines to reshape the crossover’s body, but there’s nothing noticeably different there. Even the crossover’s length — 4,365 mm (171.8 inches) — remains the same. The only solace in this area of the ASX is how the changes in the front section spill into the side. At the very least, you can tell see — and notice — the new headlamps and the chunky intakes.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 8="" <p="">
<em>The rear section is a different story altogether. It is, hands down, the worst-looking area of the 2020 ASX.</em>
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<p>There are some noticeable changes, too, particularly in the rear bumper where the underbody cladding occupies more space than it probably should. This has functional benefits, sure, but visually, it looks like an eyesore. The shape of the taillamps remains largely the same and props to Mitsubishi for using new LEDs there, too. But the redesigned bumper with the fake intakes on opposite ends is too much. At the very least, they’re unnecessary. At worst, they have no business being there. It makes the 2020 ASX’s rear section look messy and cluttered.</p>
<p>Overall, Mitsubishi accomplished what it set out to do with the 2020 ASX’s exterior. The goal was to give it a fresh look without having to change the design of the crossover. Mitsubishi did a great job of that in the front and less so in the side and rear of the ASX. The result is a crossover that touts a new era of design while still keeping pieces of its old identity in place. It’s not something that I would do, but then again, there’s a reason I’m not an auto designer. Mitsubishi believes that the 2020 ASX will appeal to a new batch of buyers looking for a cheap crossover that looks like it’s of this day and age. In some ways, it is. In other ways, it isn’t. I suppose it’s on us to take what we can get and run away with it.</p>
<h2>Interior</h2>
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<li> New 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen</li>
<li> Tom-Tom navigation in Dynamic trim</li>
<li> Surprisingly comfortable seats</li>
<li> Decent cargo room</li>
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<p>Prepare to be disappointed if you’re expecting wholesale changes to the interior of the 2020 <a class="_auto" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mitsubishi-asx/ke3613.html" title="Mitsubishi ASX Mitsubishi ASX]. While there are upgrades — the 8.0-inch infotainment system is a level-up from its predecessor — there aren’t that many of them to count in the grand scheme of things. I suppose setting your expectations low on the ASX’s interior is a good thing. There’s no expectation that you’re going to see anything that counts as splashy or luxurious. That should be the approach because the ASX’s interior remains simple and even sensibly arranged. A lot of the same components return in the 2020 model. The three rotary knobs that control the cabin’s temperature are still there in their proper place. The 2020 ASX also comes with the same instrument cluster and steering wheel. The door buttons are in there proper place, too. Outside of the larger infotainment screen, the only noticeable change is the gear shifter mechanism. Some of you might not even notice it, even if it’s not that big of a deal in the first place.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 7="" <p=""><em>Build quality is what you’d expect from Mitsubishi. There’s plastic everywhere, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.</em></a></p>
<a class="_auto" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mitsubishi-asx/ke3613.html" title="Mitsubishi ASX Mitsubishi ASX]. While there are upgrades — the 8.0-inch infotainment system is a level-up from its predecessor — there aren’t that many of them to count in the grand scheme of things. I suppose setting your expectations low on the ASX’s interior is a good thing. There’s no expectation that you’re going to see anything that counts as splashy or luxurious. That should be the approach because the ASX’s interior remains simple and even sensibly arranged. A lot of the same components return in the 2020 model. The three rotary knobs that control the cabin’s temperature are still there in their proper place. The 2020 ASX also comes with the same instrument cluster and steering wheel. The door buttons are in there proper place, too. Outside of the larger infotainment screen, the only noticeable change is the gear shifter mechanism. Some of you might not even notice it, even if it’s not that big of a deal in the first place.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 7="" <p=""> <p>You can opt to jazz up the proceedings with a few chrome trims here and there, but you’ll have to spend a little extra on these visual updates. The seats are comfortable, somewhat surprisingly. They’re plushier than you’d expect, though they’re not as supportive as you’d like, especially if you’re taking corners at higher-than-usual speeds. Even if you struggle getting comfortable in the seats — a problem for tall folks — all versions of the ASX feature height-adjustable seats. Even better, the range-topping ASX Dynamic adds a little modernity to the equation with a four-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat. Legroom space is adequate in the front and especially in the rear where the raised front seats open up more space underneath for those long legs to stretch.</p>
<figure class="spip_documents spip_documents_center ressource oembed oembed_video oembed_youtube &lt;figcaption&gt; &lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;/figure&gt;&lt;p&gt;There’s not much of a rear screen at the back, but the good thing is that all versions of the 2020 ASX are equipped with rear-facing cameras as a standard feature. Cargo volume adds up to 14.4 cubic feet when all the seats are up and 42 cubic feet when the split-folding rear seats are flat. Those are decent numbers for a crossover of the ASX’s size. Some rivals like the &lt;a class=" _auto"="" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/toyota/index99.html" title="Toyota Toyota] C-HR have more space available — 19 cubic feet — when the rear seats are up and less space — 36.4 cubic feet — when the rear seats are flat on the floor. Other rivals offer the opposite. The Mazda CX-3 has less cargo space — 12.4 cubic feet — than the ASX when the seats are up but more space — 44.5 cubic feet — when the rear seats are folded. The point is that the 2020 ASX isn’t at a disadvantage here. Besides, the ASX offers an extra 1.05 cubic feet of space in the underfloor storage area. That’s big enough to fit a piece of small luggage or two.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The tech side of things is where Mitsubishi usually falls flat. Happily, that’s not the case with the 2020 ASX.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote readability=" 12="" <p="">
<em>It’s not necessarily loaded with all the latest in technological offerings, but it does boast a handful of useful features. The aforementioned infotainment screen, for example, is compatible with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.</em>
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<p>Opt for the range-topping ASX Dynamic and Mitsubishi will throw in a TomTom navigation bundle. The infotainment screen itself is surprisingly easy to use. It’s very responsive and the big icons on the screen reduce driver confusion, especially when he’s driving. Climate and cruise control also come standard in the crossover.</p>
<p>All told, the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX’s interior is what you’d expect out of it if you keep your expectations where they’re supposed to be. The quality is decent. Space is adequate. And the layout, while a bit too old, doesn’t deviate away from what has worked in the past.</p>
<h2>Drivetrain</h2>
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<li> New 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine</li>
<li> 148 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque</li>
<li> FWD or AWD</li>
<li> Five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission</li>
<li> 0 to 62 mph: 10.2 seconds (five-speed manual) / 12.2 seconds (six-speed automatic)</li>
<p>If you’re looking for a dent in the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX’s armor, all you need to do is pop the engine open. Inside sits a new 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. The figures are fine and in line with what you can expect from a crossover with some age on it. The more important question is this: could Mitsubishi have supplied a bigger, if not more modern, engine? A naturally aspired four-cylinder unit? It’s 2019, Mitsubishi.</p>
<blockquote readability="2 &lt;tr readability=" _auto"="" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/skoda/index93.html" title="Skoda Skoda] Karoq — all feature turbocharged engines. They don’t have to worry about scrapping for power, specifically low in the rev range because the turbochargers are there to do their jobs. The ASX, on the other hand, doesn’t have that luxury.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;I suppose there are some ways around it, but, unfortunately, these ways: aren’t available on the ASX. The engine itself can get obnoxiously loud on certain occasions, and while a manual transmission works well on a sports car, the same can’t be said on a modestly powered crossover that doesn’t have a turbocharger to rely on. The six-speed CVT transmission is the better option, though that’s only because there’s no other option available. Mitsubishi’s CVT transmissions are known for being clunkers and you get the feeling that the Japanese automaker didn’t do anything to change that narrative.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;table class=" t-table"="" 4="" <th="">
Engine 2-liter, naturally aspirated, four cylinders Power 148 horsepower Torque 144 pound-feet 0-62 mph (manual) 10.2 seconds 0-62 mph (automatic) 12.2 seconds
<p>All of this translates to a crossover that could have turned out better if Mitsubishi didn’t cut any corners in this section. It’s an admittedly harsh thing to say, but would you have expected anything less from a model that’s well past its “best by” label? Performance numbers are decent, but they won’t blow you away, either. The front-wheel drive ASX with the five-speed manual can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 10.2 seconds and has a top speed of 118 mph. Meanwhile, the four-wheel drive ASX with the six-speed CVT transmission can cover the same ground in 12.2 seconds. If there is a silver lining to the 2020 ASX’s power and performance numbers, it’s that they’re actually not that bad when you see them on paper. It’s achieving these results in the real world that’s problematic.</p>
<blockquote readability="8 &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;Even if you can get past the bland power and performance returns, the crossover’s chassis and suspension setup isn’t a cause for celebration, either.&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;That’s not to say that the setup is terrible. It’s not. The front McPherson struts and the multilink rear setup do their jobs when the roads are smooth. It’s when the surface gets choppy that the ride becomes uneven, bordering on uncomfortable. The four-wheel-drive version offers three driving modes, giving you the opportunity to set up the ride based on your needs at any point in time. There are two 4WD modes, including a 4WD AUTO that’s supposed to maintain traction on less-than-stellar roads and a 4WD LOCK mode that sends more torque to the rear wheels to further improve traction on poor road surfaces. There’s also the option to revert to a 2WD setup if you’re driving in the city or the ’burbs. These options are good to have on the ASX, even if they don’t — or can’t — address the bigger issues surrounding the crossover’s overall handling and drivability.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;Pricing&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;The 2020 Mitsubishi ASX goes on sale in September 2019 in the U.K. and other markets. Pricing details have yet to be announced, but we do know that Mitsubishi will offer three trim levels for the new crossover. The base model is the ASX Design 2WD with the manual transmission. The middle-tier model is the ASX Dynamic 2WD with the manual transmission. Then there’s the range-topping ASX Dynamic 4WD with the CVT transmission, which rounds out the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX lineup.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Since Mitsubishi has yet to announce pricing details, we can assume that the 2020 ASX will likely start at a little over &pound;16,000 based on the pricing structure of last year’s model. The cost of owning a 2020 ASX could balloon to around &pound;25,000 depending on the trim and options that are included in the crossover.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Most of you probably know this by now, but the 2020 ASX isn’t coming to the U.S. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, I’ll leave that up to all of you.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;Competition&lt;/h2&gt;&lt;h3&gt;Toyota C-HR&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;This isn’t really a fair comparison because one model is head and shoulders better than the other. But since both the Toyota C-HR and the &lt;a class=" _auto"="" href="https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mazda-cx-3/ke4986.html" title="Mazda CX-3 Mazda CX-3] is one of the safest bets when you’re in the market for a compact crossover. It certainly helps, too, that it’s appropriately priced at starting figure of $20,390.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;Final Thoughts&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;You have to appreciate Mitsubishi’s effort in keeping the ASX alive even if the model is in bad need of a next-generation version. But here’s the thing: now that Mitsubishi is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, it’s unlikely that we’ll get to see a next-generation ASX. There’s a significant amount of change that Mitsubishi’s in line for in the coming years, and most of that change revolves around the Alliance’s electrification plans for the future. Now, there’s a chance that we’re going to see an all-electric compact crossover wearing the Mitsubishi badge, but it’s probably not going to have any connection to the current ASX. But before that time arrives, Mitsubishi will keep rolling out the ASX crossover. Part of thinks that it’s not fair for the ASX to keep on trudging on knowing that most of its rivals have clear and distinct advantages. But there’s a part of me that admires it, too. Age and all, the ASX is still fighting for its place in the compact crossover market. At the very least, that’s worth a tip of the cap.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul class=" b-conclusionrating="" g-fw="" <li="" class="b-conclusion-ratingsection b-conclusion-ratinglike &lt;p&gt;Love it&lt;/p&gt;&lt;ul class=" b-conclusion-ratinglist-item="">
Completely new front section
<li> Above average cargo room</li>
<li> Never-say-die attitude is admirable</li>
<li class="b-conclusion-ratingsection b-conclusion-ratingnot-like &lt;p&gt;Leave it&lt;/p&gt;&lt;ul class=" b-conclusion-rating__list-item="" <li=""> Long overdue for an all-new model</li>
<li> Choppy ride</li>
<li> Underwhelming powertrain setup</li>

Source: https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mitsubishi/2020-mitsubishi-asx-ar185735.html
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