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Sangyup Lee, Head of Exterior and Advanced Design at Bentley, added, "EXP 10 Speed 6 dominated the conversation at Geneva earlier this year, and is one of the most talked about concept cars of recent times. Our progressive and innovative design - while retaining a classic British look - is also thoroughly modern and dynamic."

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The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car came out of the Geneva show and went straight into a program for market research. Bentley is seriously investigating its potential as a fifth model line for about 2018. “When the Bentayga SUV is executed [in 2016], the engineers can jump to the next product,” says CEO Wolfgang Durheimer. The EXP 10 is a smaller, lighter, and sportier car than the Continental GT. “But not cheaper,” Durheimer says.

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We spoke with Sang Yup Lee, Bentley’s head of exterior and advanced design. Lee, 42, was previously at VW‘s California studio and before that designed the Camaro at GM. He says the EXP 10 is a continuation of a long-cherished dream at Bentley’s design department. “It was a skunkworks project at first, and then we showed the idea to management, and they approved.”

It might be smaller than the Continental GT, but Bentley is not making claims it would be a flyweight. “Our heritage is weight, but it’s also torque and luxury,” Lee says. “Now we want to develop a sports car against the AMG GT and Aston Martin Vantage. It would still be the most luxurious car among them. But we want kids to have a poster of a Bentley on their walls. If you don’t love this at first sight, it hasn’t worked. The Bentley brand design has been very safe. Now we want to push forward, both in form language and in detail execution.”

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He points out the shallow execution of the traditional Bentley grille and its complex 3-D metal-printed rendering. Having two round headlamps on each side of the grille is a Bentley fixture, Lee says, but he struck a new note here. He has me crouch in front of the car, and from that angle they appear perfectly circular. But seen from higher or from the quarter view, they stretch into ovals. “It gives you something to discover,” Lee says. Inside, the glass is engraved in spiraling diamond outlines. “We call them whiskey glasses,” Lee smiles.

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"We want kids to have a poster of a Bentley on their walls"

Around the sides of the car, between the two sharply drawn lines that emerge from the skin at door handle and sill height, there’s a third, much softer positive volume, which he says makes it look lighter. At the tail, the lights clusters are pure ovals to match the tailpipes. “Before, we always had the lit ovals in rectangular lights,” Lee says.

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IONIQ 'Vehicle-mounted electric scooter

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Hyundai Motor Group Reveals Personal Electric Scooter Capable of 20km Range

New on-board scooter could be featured on future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles

Last mile mobility is enhanced by foldable and lightweight, all-electric scooter

Scooter houses 10.5 Ah lithium battery enabling 20km range, plus 20km/h top speed

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Hyundai Motor Group has developed a new prototype electric scooter. Building on its initial concept presented at CES 2017, the new model boasts rear-wheel drive, a highly-capable lithium battery and stylish front and rear lights.

The latest concept features in future Hyundai Motor Group plans to enable first- and last-mile mobility through integrating the scooter with future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. When mounted on a vehicle, the scooter is charged automatically using electricity produced while driving, ensuring that the user can complete their journey seamlessly.

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The 2019 model’s shift from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive is key in enhancing safety and stability as it positions weight near the rear. Additionally, the Group’s engineers have added suspension to the front wheel to provide a smoother ride, even on rough surfaces.

DongJin Hyun, head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Team, said: “This is the vehicle-mounted personal scooter which could be featured in future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. We want to make our customers’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our personal electric scooter makes first- and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centers.”

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The latest version of Hyundai Motor Group’s electric scooter features a 10.5 Ah lithium battery. This enables the scooter to achieve a top speed of 20km per hour and is sufficient to power the scooter for around 20km on a single charge.

Weighing around 7.7kg, the scooter is highly portable, while its unique and compact tri-folding design means it is lighter and more compact than any similar product. Enhancing its usability further, it features a digital display that shows battery status and speed; while, for nighttime riding, the new scooter is equipped with two stylishly-curved front LED headlights, and two rear tail lamps.

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Looking at further potential development, the Group plans to install a regenerative braking system to increase the scooter’s range by 7%.

The ongoing efforts to provide customers with last mile transportation align with trends highlighted in research data by global consultancy, McKinsey & Company. It showed that the ‘Last Mile Mobility’ market in the US, Europe, and China is expected to grow to 500 Billion USD by 2030.

BUYRUS DESIGN

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Modular SHORAD system Hanwha Defense Systems

At EDEX 2018, the first Egypt Defense Exhibition, South Korean Company Hanwha unveils a scale model of its new BiHo II mobile air defense system based on the 8x8 wheeled chassis of the Tigon armored vehicle. The vehicle is a new concept of air defense vehicle compared to the previous version of the Biho using a single 30 or 40mm automatic cannon able to fire airburst ammunition.

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The Biho II is based on the 8x8 wheeled chassis of the Tigon armored vehicle that was unveiled during the Defense Exhibition DX Korea in September 2018. The hull of the vehicle is of all-welded steel armor but can be fitted with applique armor to improve protection against ballistic and mine threats.

The Biho II vehicle is powered by a newly powerpack developed by the Company Caterpillar including a turbocharged and intercooled 6-cylinder inline diesel developing 525 hp. coupled to a 4500SP electronically controlled automatic transmission with six forward and one reverse gears from Allison.

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Biho-II is a modular short-range air-defense system.

Its high level of modularity allows the system to swap out various components, such as its armament, sensors, and even the chassis.

The BiHo II is fitted with an unmanned turret that can be armed with one 30 or 40mm cannon able to fire airburst ammunition, a new type of tactical anti-personnel explosive ammunition that detonates in midair, causing air burst effect fragment damage to an enemy. The vehicle has a crew of three including driver, commander and gunner.

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In addition to the main armament, the Biho II can be armed with surface-to-air missile launchers that can be mounted to the roof side of the turret.

The turret of the Biho II is fitted with on-board small target radar mounted to the right side of the turret which has a maximum range of 15 km and a surveillance radar mounted on the roof of the turret which has a maximum range of 35 km. It has a maximum tracking range of 7 km for fighter aircraft and 3 km for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Systems).

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