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Rodin Cars officially announce 1200hp sub-700kg track hypercar, the FZERO, is coming in 2023

Rodin Cars officially announce 1200hp sub-700kg track hypercar, the FZERO, is coming in 2023

  • Rodin Cars reveal track weapon as their second model since the manufacturer’s inception
  • Capable of speeds exceeding 360 kph
  • Built for those looking for the fastest experience available on track, without the limitations of road or racing regulations
  • 1176 horsepower from an all-new 4.0-litre V10 twin-turbo hybrid motor, built and designed from the ground up to Rodin Cars specifications
  • With a weight of just 698kg wet, the car is expected to have a power-to-weight ratio of 1.662 (PS/kg)
  • Exclusive ownership opportunity with only 27 units planned for sale

This week, New Zealand performance car manufacturer Rodin Cars has announced that their new track hypercar, The Rodin FZERO, is officially entering production.

Three years after it was first revealed as Rodin’s next venture, the forward-thinking company has released more FZERO production details, including some impressive specs, a release date and the public unveiling of major completed vehicle components at their Donington Park showroom.

Rodin’s most ambitious and eagerly anticipated car yet, the FZERO continues where the previous model, the FZED, left off. Where the purpose of the FZED is to deliver a driver experience aligned with being behind the wheel of a modern Formula One car, the FZERO takes that a leap further, aiming to be the ultimate in track performance, far beyond that of anything seen before.

Building a car without restrictions of road laws or race series regulations, means it can be developed with no limits, allowing for performance that would otherwise be unobtainable. The singular goal of the Rodin FZERO is to be the fastest car around track, without exception.

“The Rodin FZERO is the physical representation of the ultimate heights in vehicle performance. Without the restrictions of building to a set of rules, we are able to make the car lighter, more powerful, and produce significantly more downforce. The only real restrictions we face are the laws of physics, and we have even pushed those to the absolute limit. We look forward to bringing the most intense driving experience conceivable to tracks around the world.”
David Dicker, Founder of Rodin Cars

The Rodin FZERO will be available to customers in a configuration of their choice, allowing them to customize specific aspects of the car based on their driving style and the track on which they will be using it. In addition, Rodin owners receive access to custom racewear services, vehicle storage and delivery, and full driver training at Rodin’s picturesque private race tracks.

Based in New Zealand, David Dicker has crafted Rodin Cars from the ground up, resulting in possibly the most unique and technically advanced vehicle manufacturing facility in the world. Located on a remote 550-hectare property in the South Island, in the shadow of a jagged mountain range, the impressive site, complete with a manufacturing plant, build facility, world-leading 3D printing resources and three test tracks, certainly has the credentials to achieve the company’s vision – to build the fastest car on earth.

27 Rodin FZEROs will be available to buyers, with the first coming off the assembly line in the summer of next year.



As the car is made to attack lap times, the emphasis of the FZERO is on weight and airflow aerodynamics. The chassis is constructed from nose to tail of carbon fibre composite, with all components manufactured on site at Rodin Cars.

 Length5500 mm
 Width2200 mm
 Track, Front1852 mm
 Track, Rear1790 mm
 Wheelbase3000 mm


Designed and developed from the ground up by Rodin Cars and in conjunction with famed engine manufacturer Neil Brown Engineering, the Rodin FZERO is powered by a revolutionary 4.0-litre V10 twin-turbo engine with the assistance of an electric power unit.

At just 132 kg, the engine named the RCTEN, is designed to be the lightest and most compact V10 ever built. A very impressive accomplishment given the engine hasn’t compromised on power, still producing a combined 1176 PS and 1026 Nm of torque. All whilst revving all the way up to 10,000 rpm.

DISPLACEMENT [cc] 4,000cc not created to be bored to 4.5L or 5.0L
MAX ENGINE POWER [PS]@ rpm1000 @ 9000 rpm
MAX ENGINE TORQUE [Nm]@ rpm 910 @ 7250 rpm
MAX ENGINE SPEED [rpm]10,000 rpm
BORE [mm] x STROKE [mm]86 mm x 68.8 mm
FUEL INJECTIONDirect Bosch running at 200 bar
THROTTLE Bosch drive-by-wire
OVERALL UNIT WEIGHT [kg]132 kg not including intake and exhaust systems
Hybrid motor power130kW


A bespoke gearbox unit manufactured in conjunction with Ricardo UK gives the FZERO 8 gears whilst only adding just under 66kg. The gearbox is encased in a titanium 3D printed case, printed on site in Rodin Cars’ state-of-the-art 3D printing facility.

The differential is hydraulic, and computer controlled.


Weighing just 698kg, the FZERO is ultra-responsive to minimal braking force. However, the car has been equipped with front and rear 380mm PFC Carbon-Carbon brakes, with Titanium callipers (6-piston front and 4-piston rear). The braking system has both ABS and traction control.

Not just used for stopping the car, the brakes also offer regenerative braking from the hybrid system.

The wheels are a bespoke set of 18-inch forged magnesium rims, manufactured in conjunction with OZ Racing and produced to F1 standards. The rims are 18 x 14-inch at the front and 18” x 16-inch at the rear.

The tyres are a race-spec full-slick compound developed by Avon and can be changed depending on weather.  


The massive wings and floor of the FZERO are capable of producing up to 4000kg of downforce, which when compared to the cars weight of just 698kg is impressive.



Rodin Cars represents the life-long vision of founder, David Dicker.

After years of perfecting the design of a single-seat track car, the Rodin FZERO, the self-funded Rodin Cars project was officially established with a full-time engineering workforce in 2016 in the South Island of New Zealand.

The program expanded with the acquisition of the close-to-maturity Lotus T125 program by Dicker around the same time. For three years Rodin Cars has honed and perfected the open-wheeler concept. Today, that vehicle has been reimagined, redesigned and re-engineered into the Rodin FZED.

Its launch heralds the introduction of an all-new category in high-performance driving – a segment dedicated to high-performance open-wheel track cars.

Rodin Cars’ commitment to excellence, focus on high-precision engineering, and its hand-crafted, high-performance components have been developed with pure racing in mind.

Rodin Cars is an emerging high-technology, high-performance car constructor developing the ultimate track cars for the world’s most serious drivers and racers.

The yet-to-be officially released Rodin FZERO has been engineered to lap a circuit faster than a current Grand Prix Formula 1 racer. With industry-changing engineering being built into every component, the Rodin FZERO prototype is projected for completion later this year.

All-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre undergoing second testing phase on the French Riviera

All-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre undergoing second testing phase on the French Riviera

Over the past months, the marque’s test and development engineers have shifted their focus from the extreme conditions of Arjeplog, Sweden, to more formal scrutiny in a location that reflects the Spectre’s everyday use: the French Riviera.

  • Rolls-Royce continues 2.5 million km testing programme for first electric product, Spectre
  • 625,000 km testing phase in French Riviera region of southern France
  • Spectre tested at Autodrome de Miramas facility and on Côte d’Azur roads
  • Unprecedented processing speeds leveraged for new standard in ride
  • Proprietary smart suspension system confirmed for production
  • Developments in marque’s architecture make Spectre stiffest Rolls-Royce ever
  • 30% increase in rigidity enabled by integrating battery pack into structure
  • New drag coefficient of 0.25 makes Spectre most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce yet
  • Spectre development now approximately 40% complete

“It is no exaggeration to state that Spectre is the most anticipated Rolls-Royce ever. Free from the restrictions connected to the internal combustion engine, our battery-electric vehicle will offer the purest expression of the Rolls-Royce experience in the marque’s 118-year history. This latest testing phase proves a suite of advanced technologies that underpin a symbolic shift for Rolls-Royce as it progresses towards a bright, bold, all-electric future. This will secure the ongoing relevance of our brand for generations to come.”
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“Spectre unlocks the extraordinary potential of integrating a fully electric powertrain into our Architecture of Luxury platform. From this engineering starting point, our testing and refinement processes combine empirical data and human experience, intuition and insights acquired over more than a century to refine the motor car’s driving dynamics and character. In coordinating this orchestra of systems with precisely defined responses to driver inputs and road conditions, made possible by the latest software and hardware developments, Spectre delivers the Rolls-Royce experience in exceptionally high definition.”
Dr. Mihiar Ayoubi, Director of Engineering, Rolls-Royce Motor Car

Whilst Rolls-Royce has built a reputation for creating the pinnacle of super-luxury motor cars using internal combustion engines, the concept of electrification is long familiar to the brand. Henry Royce began his working life as an electrical engineer and dedicated much of his career to creating internal combustion engines that simulated the characteristics of an electric car – silent running, instant torque and the sensation of one endless gear.

Yet the connection with the marque’s founders is far deeper. When Charles Rolls drove a 1900 electric car named the Columbia, he made a prophecy: “The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration. They should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged.” Spectre is the fulfilment of this prophecy.

Spectre also represents a promise kept. In 2011, Rolls-Royce showcased a fully electric Experimental Phantom concept named 102EX. This was followed by 103EX, a dramatic design study that anticipated a bold electric future for the marque. These experimental cars prompted significant interest from Rolls-Royce clients, who felt that the characteristics of an electric powertrain would fit perfectly with the brand. Rolls-Royce Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, responded to this with a clear promise: Rolls-Royce will go electric, starting this decade, and by 2030 Rolls-Royce will be a fully electric motor car brand.

In September 2021, Rolls-Royce confirmed that it had commenced testing of the first all-electric Rolls-Royce, Spectre. To ensure Spectre is first and foremost a Rolls-Royce, it will undergo the most demanding testing programme ever conceived by the marque, spanning 2.5 million kilometres, simulating on average more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce. It is an extraordinary undertaking.

Earlier this year, at a bespoke testing facility in Arjeplog, Sweden – just 55 kilometres from the Arctic Circle – Spectre received the first ‘lessons’ in a finishing school that is custom designed to teach the motor car how to behave and react like a Rolls-Royce. Over the past months, the marque’s test and development engineers have shifted their focus from extreme conditions to more formal scrutiny in a location that reflects the motor car’s everyday use: the French Riviera.

In evoking its spiritual successor, the Phantom Coupé, this Electric Super Coupé will be the first all-electric super-luxury motor car with continental touring central to its proposition. The French Riviera and its roads present a perfect combination of the types of conditions that will be demanded from Spectre’s clients, ranging from technical coastal corniches to faster inland carriageways.

Forming a crucial part of Spectre’s 2.5 million kilometre global testing programme, a total of 625,000 kilometres will be driven on and around the French Côte d’Azur. This phase is split into two parts, beginning at the historic Autodrome de Miramas proving ground, located in the French department of Bouches-du-Rhône in Provence. Once a circuit that played host to the 1926 Grand Prix, the site is now a state-of-the-art test and development facility, incorporating more than 60 kilometres of closed routes and 20 test track environments that provide a vast number of testing opportunities over its 1,198 acre footprint.

These include irrigation units that create standing water, demanding handling circuits with tight corners and adverse cambers, as well as a heavily banked 3.1 mile three-lane high-speed bowl, enabling Spectre to be tested at continuous high speeds.

The second phase of testing in the region occurs in the Provençal countryside surrounding the Autodrome de Miramas. This region is enjoyed by many of the marque’s clients, therefore a significant 55% of testing here has taken place on the very roads that many production Spectres will be driven on following first customer deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2023. This provision for testing under local, real-life conditions is repeated in key markets around the world, as the marque goes to painstaking lengths to ensure that its products meet – and so often exceed – the expectations of its highly discerning customer group.

Spectre is unlike any Rolls-Royce before it. This is not only because of its fully electric powertrain, but also its unprecedented computing power and application of advanced data-processing technologies. Spectre is the most connected Rolls-Royce ever and each of its components are more intelligent than in any previous Rolls-Royce. It features 141,200 sender-receiver relations and has more than 1,000 functions and more than 25,000 sub functions. This is around three times more sender-receiver signals than a typical Rolls-Royce.

The dramatically increased intelligence of Spectre’s electronic and electric powertrain architecture enables a free and direct exchange of detailed information between these functions with minimal centralised processing. To unlock the potential of this technology, Rolls-Royce software engineering specialists developed a decentralised intelligence for Spectre. This is based on data being processed closer to its source rather than being handled in its entirety by a single central processing unit.

By sending more sophisticated data packets – that not only describe a variable but propose a response – the motor car’s reaction time is significantly faster and more detailed. This advanced technology sees much of the development of Spectre pivot from the workshop into the digital space.

Yet developing Spectre is not an exercise in computer science alone. The motor car requires a response to hundreds of thousands of possible scenarios, and therefore it needs the most skilled and experienced specialists to define and finesse an appropriate mechanical reaction. Over the course of the Riviera Testing Programme, the marque’s most experienced engineers are painstakingly creating a dedicated control for each of Spectre’s 25,000-plus functions, incorporating variations of response depending on factors including weather, driver behaviour, vehicle status and road conditions.

In harnessing this new processing power, the marque’s engineers are creating unparalleled levels of detail, refinement and effortlessness for Spectre whilst ensuring continuity in the experience of Rolls-Royce’s internal combustion engine motor cars. These highly experienced specialists describe the result as “Rolls-Royce in high definition”.

Following months of continual testing, a new suspension technology has been approved that ensures Spectre delivers Rolls-Royce’s hallmark ‘magic carpet ride’. This technology is now being refined and perfected at Miramas and on the roads of the French Riviera.

Using a suite of new hardware components and leveraging Spectre’s high-speed processing capabilities, this sophisticated electronic roll stabilisation system uses data from the motor car’s Flagbearer system, which reads the road surface ahead, and satellite navigation system, which alerts Spectre to upcoming corners.

On straight roads, the system can automatically decouple Spectre’s anti-roll bars, allowing each wheel to act independently. This prevents the rocking motion that occurs when one side of a vehicle hits an undulation in the road. This also dramatically improves high-frequency imperfections in ride caused by smaller, more frequent shortcomings in road surface quality.

Once a corner is confirmed as imminent by satellite navigation data and the Flagbearer system, the components are recoupled, the suspension dampers stiffen and the four-wheel steering system prepares for activation to ensure effortless entry and exit. Under cornering, more than 18 sensors are monitored, and steering, braking, power delivery and suspension parameters are adjusted accordingly so that Spectre remains stable. For the driver, this delivers serenity, predictability and, ultimately, greater control in unprecedented high definition.

The unparalleled control of such a generously proportioned motor car that is provided by this new technology is enabled by the marque’s all-aluminium spaceframe architecture. Not only has this platform, which is reserved for the brand’s exclusive use, enabled designers to create a new class of Rolls-Royce – the Electric Super Coupé – but it has also provided Spectre with the most rigid body in the marque’s history.

Spectre’s aluminium architecture is reinforced with steel sections that provide exceptional torsional rigidity. This is combined with aluminium body sections that represent the largest of any Rolls-Royce yet. The one-piece side panel, which extends from the front of the A-pillar to behind the rear tail-lights, is the largest ‘deep draw’ part ever produced by Rolls-Royce – extending nearly four metres in length. Likewise, the pillarless coach doors, which are nearly 1.5 metres in length, are the longest in Rolls-Royce history.

Spectre’s exceptional rigidity, which represents a 30% improvement over all existing Rolls-Royce motor cars, has also been achieved by integrating the extremely rigid structure of the battery itself into Spectre’s aluminium spaceframe architecture. Only through the marque’s architecture has this been made possible.

In announcing the redesigned Spirit of Ecstasy mascot that will sit proudly at the prow of Spectre, Rolls-Royce aerodynamicists predicted that the motor car would have a drag coefficient (cd) of just 0.26, making it the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever created. The dramatic design of this landmark motor car, which itself is only possible using the marque’s spaceframe architecture, has enabled engineers to further improve on this landmark figure.

Following rigorous wind tunnel testing, digital modelling and continuous high-speed testing in Miramas, this figure has been further reduced to just 0.25. This does not just represent a record in the context of Rolls-Royce, but is unprecedented in the luxury sector.

The Spectre global testing programme continues: the Electric Super Coupé will still be tested for a further one million kilometres before the marque’s engineers will consider this undertaking complete. First customer deliveries of Spectre will commence in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Renault Master E-Tech enhanced with larger battery for increased range and usability

Renault Master E-Tech enhanced with larger battery for increased range and usability

  • Renault Master E-Tech now features a larger 52kWh battery
  • New battery extends range to 126 miles (WLTP), an increase of 68 per cent
  • 20-80 per cent battery charge achieved in 90 minutes using a 22kW DC charge point
  • 30 miles of charge can be added in 120 minutes via a 11kW charging station
  • Five versions available, including Panel Van, Chassis Cab and Platform Cab
  • Choice of two trim levels – Start and Advance – depending on body style
  • Five-year battery warranty as standard
  • Prices start from £45,160 plus VAT after the PiVG

The Renault Master E-Tech has been enhanced with the addition of a new 52kWh battery, providing significantly improved range and enabling more businesses to consider switching to an all-electric commercial vehicle.

Available to order from August 1st with first deliveries due in September, the latest version of the award-winning Master E-Tech costs from £45,160 plus VAT after the PiVG.

The larger battery replaces the previous 33kWh version and the Master E-Tech is now able to cover up to 126 miles (WLTP) on a single charge. This represents an improvement of 68 per cent, with the increased range now allowing a greater number of companies and drivers to opt for the Master E-Tech without the worry that going all-electric will impact on the efficiency of operations.  A five-year battery warranty adds further reassurance.

Flexible charging options further strengthen the usability of the Master E-Tech. With a standard 7kW wallbox, the battery can be charged from 20-80 per cent in five hours, while simply plugging into a domestic socket will restore the same amount of charge in 10 hours. On the road, drivers can add 30 miles of charge in 120 minutes using a public 11kW charging station or go from 20-80 per cent charge in five hours. Plugging into a 22kW DC charger adds 30 miles of range in just 45 minutes, with the battery boosted from 20-80 per cent in 90 minutes.

The inclusion of regenerative braking, low rolling resistance tyres and the energy-saving ECO mode also work to optimise the available range.

As well as enjoying environmental gains, such as zero tailpipe emissions in-use and near silent operation, together with lower running costs, Master E-Tech customers benefit from the traditional versatility and practicality of the Master. Five versions are available, including Panel Van, Chassis Cab and Platform Cab, with the Panel Van offering a payload of up to 1,420kg and load volume of up to 13m3.

Panel Van versions are available exclusively with the new Advance level of trim, while the Platform Cab and Chassis Cab variants feature the entry-level Start specification.

Advance builds on the Start trim level with the likes of manual air conditioning, rear parking sensors and automatic headlights and wipers as standard. Unique in the sector, Advance trim offers a full suspension seat adding significant benefits in terms of driving and comfort. What’s more, customers receive side wind assist, which complements the other ADAS features of Hill start assist and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) that are standard across the Master E-Tech range.


Panel Van FWD MM35 E-Tech 52kWh Advance MY22£48,400£9,680£58,080£0£700£55£58,835£53,835
Panel Van FWD LM35 E-Tech 52kWh Advance MY22£49,200£9,840£59,040£0£700£55£59,795£54,795
Chassis Cab FWD ML35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22£41,800£8,360£50,160£0£700£55£50,915£45,915
Chassis Cab FWD LL35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22£43,650£8,730£52,380£0£700£55£53,135£48,135
Platform Cab FWD LL35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22£43,950£8,790£52,740£0£700£55£53,495£48,495



New Renault Master E-Tech – Start Chassis & Platform Cabs


  • Radio with DAB, Bluetooth and USB
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Grip Xtend
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Trailer Swing Assist
  • Trip computer – multi-functional with rev counter


  • Closed glove box
  • Manual air conditioning and pollen filter
  • Two cup holders on centre console
  • Interior chrome trim
  • Driver’s seat – height adjustable, lumbar adjustment and armrest
  • Steering wheel – height adjustment
  • Electric front windows
  • Passenger bench seat
  • Overhead parcel shelf
  • Kaleido – dark grey upholstery


  • C-Shaped DRLs
  • Door mirrors – electric adjustment, heated
  • Tyre repair kit

Safety and Security

  • Full-steel bulkhead
  • ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution)
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Airbag – driver
  • Deadlocking

New Renault Master E-Tech – Advance Panel Van (in addition to Start)


  • Driver’s seat – fully adjustable suspension type
  • Electric front windows – driver’s side one touch descending
  • Pivoting seatback table with dual split underseat storage compartment
  • 12V power socket in load area


  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Chrome trim on front grille
  • 16″ steel wheels with large wheel stylers

Safety and Security

  • Side wind assist
  • Wide view mirror
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Seatbelts – 3-point height-adjustable seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Rear running board and handles
  • Anchorage points: 8 for short wheel base (SWB) and 10 for medium and long wheel base (LWB) weight allowed per anchorage point: approximately 500kg


MotorMaster E-Tech 52 kWh
Motor typeSynchronous with rotor coil
Maximum Torque (Nm) @ 2590 rpm210
Maximum Power57 kW /  76 hp
WLTP driving range (miles)Up to 129
WLTP driving range – City cycle (miles)Up to 160
Battery typeLithium-Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt (LiMiNmCoO)
Battery weight (kg)350
Capacity (kWh)52
Number of elements192 cells
Nominal voltage348
AC Charging7.4 kW
DC Charging22 kW
From 0 to 100% (AC)8h 33
From 0 to 80% (DC)2h 54
Standard charge plug typePlug and vehicle side: IEC 62196 Type2 Mennekes
Charging Mode (IEC 62196)Mode 3, or Mode 2 with EVSE cable limited to 10 amps, with 3-pin plug



MODEL/WEIGHT (kg)Gross Vehicle WeightGross Train WeightMax PayloadKerb WeightMax Weight on front axleMax Weight on rear axleBraked trailer capacityUnbraked trailer capacity
Panel Van FWD MM35 E-Tech 52kWh Advance MY2235003500142020801850210000
Panel Van FWD LM35 E-Tech 52kWh Advance MY2235003500130821921850210000
Chassis Cab FWD ML35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22350035001,5671,93318502100
Chassis Cab FWD LL35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22350035001,5461,95418502100
Platform Cab FWD LL35 E-Tech 52kWh Start MY22350035001,6641,83618502100



Panel Van


Panel Van


Chassis Cab


Chassis Cab


Platform Cab

Load volume m310.813.0
Overall length55756225567063206207
Front overhang869869869869869
Rear overhang10241024111911191006
Front track width17501750175017501750
Rear track width17301730173017301730
Overall width (without mirrors)20702070207020702070
Overall width (with mirrors/extended)247024702470 / 26542470 / 26542470 / 2654
Overall height (unladen)24992488226522582264 / 2457
Ground clearance174172166166166
Width between wheel arches13801380
Load/Cargo area length at floor308337333184 – 34663834 – 48403741 – 4583
Load/Cargo area length at 1.1m30303680
Maximum loading area width176517652170 – 23502170 – 23502170 – 2350
Headroom (load area height)18941894
Sliding door width12701270
Sliding door height17801780
Rear door width15801580
Rear door height18201820
Sill height (min / max) (unladen)545 / 558543 / 557735 / 740736 / 741579 / 583


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First ARIYAs Land on British Soil

First ARIYAs Land on British Soil

The first all-electric award winning Nissan ARIYAs have landed at the Port of Tyne this weekend marking the next phase of its journey towards use on UK roads.

The next step for these vehicles will be a final quality control check before being sent to dealerships ready for customer test drives and first customer deliveries.

The first ARIYA off the boat at the Port of Tyne was an ARIYA Advance with a 63kWh battery, Akatsuki Copper paint, Pearl Black roof fitted with an optional Sky Pack (electric opening sunroof with power sunshade). The entry level ARIYA boasts an impressive level of specification as standard, including the Monolith 12.3” dual TFT screens, ProPILOT with Navi-Link, e-PEDAL step, wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto as well as heated front seats, steering wheel and windscreen.

The next shipment is just a few weeks away which is carrying the many of the customer pre-ordered vehicles

Starting at £43,845 and with up to 329 miles of range, ARIYA is already an award winning Auto Express ‘Car of the Year’ before it has even landed on our shores.

1.5 TSI evo2: even greater efficiency and lower emissions for the Volkswagen world engine

1.5 TSI evo2: even greater efficiency and lower emissions for the Volkswagen world engine

  • New high-tech power unit combines high efficiency and powerful performance
  • Launch of the enhanced basic engine for many Volkswagen models with 110 kW (150 PS) in the T-Roc1 and T-Roc Cabriolet2
  • New engine is also designed for fuels with renewable content
  • Compact TSI engines are installed in factories all over the world

Higher efficiency and lower emissions: Volkswagen has enhanced its bestselling 1.5 TSI petrol engine and is now introducing the latest generation, the TSI evo2, in the first models in Europe.

This engine makes it possible to reduce both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The compact, ultra- modern four-cylinder engine will initially be available with an output of 110 kW (150 PS), and further variants of the 1.5 TSI evo2 will follow. The T-Roc and T-Roc Cabriolet will be the first models to be delivered with the new engine. The TSI evo2 will also be introduced successively in other models by the end of the year.

“The 1.5 TSI is a key pillar of the Volkswagen engine range because it powers many models worldwide, from the T-Cross3 through to the Passat Variant4. We have continuously enhanced the compact four-cylinder unit. It now offers significant fuel consumption benefits and a very dynamic response,” says Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand, responsible for “Technical Development”. “The highlights of the latest version include Active Cylinder Management ACTplus, an emission control module close to the engine and the modern TSI-Evo combustion process.”

The new features of the EA 211 evo2 at a glance. In the latest evolutionary stage of the 1.5 TSI, the development engineers have moved the three-way catalytic converter and petrol particulate filter close to the engine in a single emission control module, thereby further improving the efficiency of the emission control system. As a further contribution to sustainability, this permits reduced use of precious metals in production and at the same time creates the basis for compliance with future emission standards.

A key technological feature for reducing fuel consumption in the 1.5 l evo2 is the enhanced Active Cylinder Management system, ACTplus – a joint development of the Wolfsburg and Salzgitter sites. The focus of this new development was on improving activation and deactivation of the two cylinders in order to guarantee smooth engine running. The combustion process in two-cylinder operation was optimised, thus also allowing the operating range of the Active Cylinder Management system to be extended. With ACTplus, the second and third cylinders are not fired when the engine is operating at low and medium loads and speeds. This switchover is hardly noticeable. The efficiency is increased in the active cylinders, while the middle cylinders simply follow with practically no losses – they are reactivated when the accelerator is pressed again.

Alongside the variable-geometry turbocharger, the 1.5 TSI also features other high- tech components: the high-pressure injection system generates a pressure of up to 350 bar, plasma-coated cylinder walls reduce friction, and pistons with cast-in cooling ducts allow combustion to be optimised and efficiency increased.

Future-oriented concept. The TSI evo2 engines are designed for operation with fuels containing ingredients manufactured from renewable energy sources – this also ensures that they are ready to meet future requirements. In addition, they are suitable for various hybridisation levels; a system power of up to 200 kW (272 PS) is possible with a plug-in concept, for example.

Engine complements the electrification strategy. Volkswagen is on the “Way to Zero” – with its ACCELERATE strategy, the company is driving forward its electrification offensive at a fast pace. By 2030, Volkswagen plans to already achieve a sales share of 70 percent with its electric models. Parallel to this, the important combustion engines are receiving further enhancements. There are two reasons for this: firstly, this will allow them to comply with future worldwide emission standards such as Euro 7.

Secondly, the combustion-engine models from Volkswagen are still popular in many markets – particularly where electric mobility is establishing itself only slowly due to the lack of charging infrastructure.

The world engine – state-of-the-art for ten years. The compact TSI engines from the EA 211 family (EA = German acronym for development order) have been global bestsellers since 2012. Each year, Volkswagen builds over four million of them at eleven locations on three continents. At their debut in 2012 – in three capacity variants – they already incorporated a host of high-tech features. Strict lightweight construction reduced their weight by up to 21 kilograms compared with their predecessors.

The TSI-evo combustion process. The TSI-evo combustion process already familiar from the 1.5 l TSI evo1 is also used in the TSI evo2 generation. Alongside optimisation of combustion chamber cooling, the decisive factor is once more the symbiosis of the Miller cycle (early closing of the inlet valves with high compression) and VTG turbocharging technology (variable turbocharger geometry). A key factor for this next step was above all the possibility of developing and optimising the relevant engine software components internally at Volkswagen.

1T-Roc 1.5 TSI (110 kW/150 PS), fuel consumption in l/100 km (NEDC): urban 6.8–6.2, extra-urban 4.4, combined 5.3–5.0; CO2 emissions in g/km (combined) 120–115; efficiency class: B
2T-Roc Cabriolet 1.5 TSI (110 kW/150 PS), fuel consumption in l/100 km (NEDC): urban 7.0–6.4, extra-urban 4.7, combined 5.6–5.4; CO2 emissions in g/km (combined) 127– 122; efficiency class: B–A
3T-Cross 1.5 TSI (110 kW/150 PS), fuel consumption in l/100 km (NEDC): urban 5.8, extra-urban 4.6, combined 5.1; CO2 emissions in g/km (combined) 116; efficiency class: B
4Passat Variant 1.5 TSI (110 kW/150 PS), fuel consumption in l/100 km (NEDC): urban 6.3-6.1, extra-urban 4.9-4.6, combined 5.3-5.2; CO2 emissions in g/km (combined) 122-120; efficiency class: B-A

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is present in more than 150 markets worldwide and produces vehicles at more than 30 locations in 13 countries. In 2021, Volkswagen delivered around 4.9 million vehicles. These include bestsellers such as the Polo, T-Roc, Golf, Tiguan or Passat as well as the successful all-electric models ID.3 and ID.4. Last year, the company handed over more than 260,000 battery electric vehicles (BEV) to customers worldwide, more than ever before. Around 184,000 people currently work at Volkswagen worldwide. In addition, there are more than 10,000 trading companies and service partners with 86,000 employees. With its ACCELERATE strategy, Volkswagen is consistently advancing its further development into a software-oriented mobility provider.

Renault announces pricing and specification for All New Kangoo and Kangoo E-Tech 100% electric

Renault announces pricing and specification for All New Kangoo and Kangoo E-Tech 100% electric

  • All New Renault Kangoo van debuts with a bold exterior design, advanced technology and brand-new interior
  • All New Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% electric delivers up to 186 miles (WLTP) of zero tailpipe emissions driving
  • ADAS features include Advanced Lane Keep Assist, Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Available with 8-inch touchscreen EASY-LINK display with smartphone integration via Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and wireless smartphone charging
  • Choice of two trim levels – Start and Advance – and in long- and short-wheelbase formats
  • Prices start from £17,650 plus VAT, with the All New Kangoo E-Tech 100% electric from £26,500 plus VAT after the PiVG

The All New Renault Kangoo van is available to pre-order now with prices starting from just £17,650 plus VAT.

The bold, contemporary exterior design, a brand-new interior, and the latest in driver assistance technologies including Advanced Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, have already ensured the All New Renault Kangoo continues the award-winning success of its predecessor by claiming the titles of International Van of the Year 2022 and What Van? Awards Compact Van of the Year 2022.

With the availability of a pure electric drivetrain and a comprehensive specification designed to optimise usability and convenience for businesses, the All New Kangoo delivers the same innovations, equipment and comfort for which the popular van has become synonymous.

The All New Kangoo is available with three front seats with a central folding backrest that turns into a handy work surface, plus almost 60 litres of storage in the cab, as well as the latest generation ADAS including Advanced Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

Broadening its appeal further are an up-to-the-minute 8-inch EASY LINK infotainment system with wireless smartphone charging, and a range of door and glazing options to suit trades and businesses of all types, including an extra-wide side loading door on long-wheelbase models that offers an additional 200mm of cargo access. The clever new Easy Inside Rack, meanwhile, allows long items to be safely stored internally rather than relying on an external roof rack, boosting security and reducing wind resistance, thereby aiding fuel economy and range.

With a load volume of up to 4.2m3, up to 615kg of payload, and 1,500kg of towing capacity, the All New Kangoo E-Tech electric delivers up to 186 miles (WLTP) of driving range thanks to its generous 45 kWh battery, located under the load floor where it has no impact on the cargo area. It can be recharged by a typical 7.4 kW Wallbox in under seven hours, while rapid DC charging at up to 75 kW can deliver an 80% charge in around 43 minutes. Recharging at a typical 22kW public charger from 15 to 80 percent takes only 1.5 hours, while a generous warranty covers the battery’s performance for 8 years or 100,000 miles.

For the first time, the All New Renault Kangoo is also now available with the efficient TCe 100 petrol engine, alongside the frugal and proven dCi 95 and dCi 115 diesel engines. In another first, the latter is offered exclusively with the smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic EDC transmission.

Start and Advance trim levels
Available in two trim levels, Start and Advance, every All New Renault Kangoo comes equipped with automatic headlights and wipers, 3.5-inch TFT driver information display, DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, electric front windows, manual air conditioning, heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Also standard is a comprehensive array of safety features, such as hill start assist, emergency E-call, and cruise control with speed limiter.

Fully electric Kangoo E-Tech models also benefit from automatic air conditioning, a heated front windscreen, heated seats, and Z.E. Voice.

Advance models build on the generous level of standard equipment with an 8-inch touchscreen EASY-LINK display with smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an electric parking brake, reverse parking sensors, premium gear stick with chrome inserts, cloth upholstery with yellow accents, 16-inch ‘Flex’ wheels, body-coloured door rails, and a wide view mirror.

In addition, a wide selection of optional extras are available, including wireless smartphone charging, adaptive cruise control, Rear View Assist camera, hands-free parking, and several electronic driver aids such as blind spot warning and intervention, Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), driver attention alert, high beam assist, and lane keep assist.

Priced from £17,650 plus VAT, the All New Renault Kangoo is predicted to enjoy residual values after 3 years/30,000 miles that are up by 20-35% over its predecessor depending on model.

Available to pre-order now at Renault dealers, order books for the All New Kangoo open officially on 1st September with first customer deliveries expected in October.


ML19 TCe 100 Start Panel Van£17,650£3,530£21,180£290£700£55£22,225
ML19 Blue dCi 95 Start Panel Van£18,550£3,710£22,260£290£700£55£23,305
LL21 Blue dCi 95 Start Panel Van£20,050£4,010£24,060£290£700£55£25,105
ML19 TCe 100 Advance Panel Van£18,650£3,730£22,380£290£700£55£23,425
ML19 Blue dCi 95 Advance Panel Van£19,650£3,930£23,580£290£700£55£24,625
ML19 Blue dCi 115 EDC Advance Panel Van£21,450£4,290£25,740£290£700£55£26,785
LL21 Blue dCi 95 Advance Panel Van£21,150£4,230£25,380£290£700£55£26,425
LL21 Blue dCi 115 EDC Advance Panel Van£23,450£4,690£28,140£290£700£55£29,185
ML19 E-Tech Start RC Panel Van£29,000£5,800£34,800£0£700£55£33,055
LL21 E-Tech Start RC Panel Van£30,500£6,100£36,600£0£700£55£34,855
ML19 E-Tech Advance RC Panel Van£30,000£6,000£36,000£0£700£55£34,255
LL21 E-Tech Advance RC Panel Van£31,500£6,300£37,800£0£700£55£36,055



All New Renault Kangoo Start


  • DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, USB socket and AUX input
  • 3.5″ Monochrome TFT driver information display
  • Automatic headlights and rain sensitive front wipers
  • Key – 3 button folding with selective opening
  • 12v Power Socket (Front)


  • Driver’s Seat – Height Adjustable
  • Single Passenger Seat with ISOFIX
  • Closed Glovebox
  • Full Steel Bulkhead
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • Electric front windows
  • Anchorage Points in Load Area
  • New Kangoo Fabric Upholstery


  • Halogen Headlights and Daytime Running Lights
  • 16” Steel Wheels
  • Door Mirrors – Heated with Electric Adjustment
  • Nearside and Offside Loading Doors – Unglazed
  • Rear Doors – Unglazed, 180°
  • Roof Bar Fixings

Safety and Security

  • Airbag – Driver
  • Hill Start Assist
  • E-Call – automated emergency call
  • Spare Wheel
  • Cruise Control and Speed Limiter
  • Deadlocking

All New Renault Kangoo E-Tech (in addition to Start)

  • Automatic Monozone Air Conditioning with Heat Pump
  • Heated Front Windscreen
  • Heated Seats
  • Front E-Tech Charging Port
  • Mode 3 Type 2 AC Charging Cable
  • Z.E. Voice

Crew Van (in addition to Start)

  • Second row of 3 Passenger Seats with Headrests
  • Nearside and Offside Loading Doors – Glazed
  • Tyre Repair Kit (in place of Spare Wheel)
  • Interior Side Panels up to Windows

All New Renault Kangoo Advance (in addition to Start)


  • EASY LINK display with 8” touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB ports
  • Smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Electric Parking Brake


  • Passenger Bench Seat
  • Premium Gear Stick with Chrome Inserts
  • LED Lighting – Load Area
  • New Kangoo Cloth Upholstery with Yellow Accents


  • 16” ‘Flex’ Wheel Trims
  • Body Coloured Door Rail

Safety and Security

  • Wide View Mirror
  • Reverse Parking Sensors


MODEL/WEIGHT (kg)Gross Vehicle WeightGross Train WeightMax PayloadRoof PayloadKerb WeightMax Weight on front axleMax Weight on rear axleBraked trailer capacityUnbraked trailer capacity
Start ML19
dCi 952,2303,7358141001,4169146421500750
tCe 1002,1803,6808501001,3308646111500750
Start LL21
dCi 952,1803,6809871001,2439146421500750
dCi 95 Crew2,2353,735880100      1,3559146421500750
E-Tech Crew Van22303,7306151001,6508968491500750
Advance ML19
dCi 952,2353,7358021001,4339146421500750
dCi 115 EDC226037607961001,4649496451500750
tCe 1002,1803,6807401001,4008646111500750
Advance LL21
dCi 95226037609871001,2489496451500750
dCi 115 EDC226037609741001,2869496451500750


Load volume3.3 m34.2 m3
Overall length4,4864,910
Front overhang960960
Rear overhang810850
Front track width1568 – 15841571 – 1584
Rear track width1578 – 15961584 – 1597
Overall width (without mirrors)1,8601,860
Overall width (with mirrors)2,1592,159
Unladen height1804 – 18641813 – 1854
Height with opened rear doors1874 – 19391874 – 1916
Sill Height531 – 634571 – 613
Ground clearance (unladen)169182
Ground clearance (laden)152154
Elbow room1,5241,524
Front interior width1,4781,478
Rear interior height1,2151,215
Rear width1,5701,570
Width between wheel arches1,2841,284
Loading height1,2151,215
Loading length1,8062,230
Side loading door width613813

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