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Invera's STRATIX metal service center software and executive dashboard has been implemented by Willbanks Metals, one of the largest service centers in the Southwest United States specializing in heavy carbon products.
FORT WORTH, Texas (PRWEB) January 09, 2019
Willbanks Metals, one of the largest service centers in the Southwest United States specializing in heavy carbon products, has implemented the STRATIX metal service center software from Invera, a metal industry software specialist.
Willbanks Metals implemented a full complement of STRATIX features such as Inventory management, purchasing, sales, on-line production planning, plate and sheet processing functions, shop-floor production recording and on-line shipment planning.
The inventory management features are especially beneficial to Willbanks. Inventory visibility throughout all warehouses and the inventory control features have been instrumental in not only inventory management, but purchasing forecasts.
Eric Letz, CEO, comments, “STRATIX has helped us track and control inventory more accurately than ever before. The detailed records of the cycle counts not only give us confidence, but make the auditors happy as well!”
For Production, the production planning and scheduling functions allow the production staff to plan multiple items together for more effective usage of their inventory. The scheduling functionality gives the production staff an accurate view of their machine’s workloads and the ability to distribute the production workload to all machines in a fast and seamless manner.
With STRATIX, machine operators now have terminals on the shop-floor to record processing in real-time as work is completed.
Diego Balderas, Vice President of Production comments, “The production features in STRATIX give us the proper tools to manage and communicate changes to our production lines quickly through the software. Our operations department is more efficient than it’s ever been.”
The implementation of the metals ERP software solution STRATIX included sales, purchasing, receiving, inventory management, multi-step production, production scheduling, delivery and logistics planning, non-conformance reporting, invoicing and financials.
About Willbanks Metals
Willbanks Metals (WMI) is recognized as one of the most diverse general line steel service centers in the Southwest United States. For over 38 years, WMI has provided an array of products including cut to length sheet & plate steel, discrete plate steel, and structure long products such as angle, beam, channel, pipe, tubing, flat bar and rebar. WMI has the ability to add value to all of their products and are a one-stop shop for the consumer of steel products and fabrication services.
Invera has been providing steel and metal service center software (ERP) and business analytics dashboards for over 30 years. Invera is the largest software company dedicated exclusively to the steel and metal service center, metal distribution, and metal processing industry. Their metal industry software products STRATIX and eSTELPLAN are used by more than 13,000 users at over 600 sites in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Dubai, South Africa and the Far East in over 14 countries.
For more information, contact Invera at (514)-925-8558 or visit http://www.invera.com. Reported by PRWeb 16 minutes ago.
Somfy introduces the first native Zigebee 3.0 bi-directional range of connected solutions for shades and curtains for the North American market at CES 2019.
LAS VEGAS (PRWEB) January 09, 2019
Somfy®, a pioneer of the connected home and a world leader in the motorization of opening systems, introduces the first native Zigbee® 3.0 bi-directional range of connected solutions for shades and curtains for the North American market.
This solution is based upon the best-in-class building IoT cloud platform that has paved the way for Somfy’s success in the connected home in Europe. This new range includes the TaHoma® gateway hub with embedded RTS and Zigbee 3.0 radio connectivity, a corresponding local controller, an automation app and a full set of motors for shades and curtains.
“Connected shades and curtains make it seamless for consumers to maximize comfort and well-being at home,” says Alex Keichinger, Connected Solutions Business Development Manager of Somfy North America. “For a more natural wake-up, for example, slowly-opening shades to gradually let daylight in paired with smart-plug lighting that gently increases brightness can be designated to occur at 7:00 AM every morning. And that’s only one of the advanced functions available with this new motor range!”
An innovative solution to create the perfect ambiance at home
Thanks to this solution, it’s now easy to make the most of natural light and maximize comfort and well-being at home. The TaHoma app monitors visual comfort, privacy, presence simulation and thermal comfort 24/7, while improving energy efficiency. Scenes can be created for a more comfortable experience, incorporating lighting and music elements.
A seamless experience for all interior window treatments and a scalable solution for smart home integration· Somfy motorization for all types of interior window coverings
All types of interior window coverings can be motorized: roller shades, pleated and cellular shades, roman shades, venetian blinds, sheer horizontal shades, layered shades and curtains. Somfy motors operate silently and now offer the ability to know the exact position of your shades anytime, anywhere, thanks to the bi-directional Zigbee 3.0 radio protocol. They also exist in wired and battery-powered versions.
· A proven professional connectivity backbone to bring best-in-class reliability
Connectivity of these motors is brought by the TaHoma® radio gateway enabling not only connectivity with the new range of Zigbee 3.0 motors, but also all existing Radio Technology Somfy® (RTS) motors. The gateway itself connects to the same cloud-based platform as the one that has powered Somfy connected solutions in Europe for more than seven years, thus leveraging Somfy’s expertise and experience.
· A scene launcher for fingertip control of home interiors
Users will be able to control connected shades and curtains via an included scene launcher remote control device that is independent from the TaHoma app. With this device, users can control window coverings and partnered devices, dictate scenes, program up to five channels and personalize the remote for easy identification of channels and scenes.
Advanced benefits and controls through TaHoma
Now with the ability to communicate with Somfy’s intuitive TaHoma app, experience advanced user functions for interior window coverings.
· Personalized scenes
Create a personalized scene to capture a favorite home ambiance and launch from your smartphone or a local scene launcher. If you’re planning a get together, you can create a party scene that lowers your shades, plays your party playlist and triggers colored lighting. Or if you’re ready for movie night, launch your movie scene to dim the lighting, turn on the television and lower your shades and draperies.
· Double check
Shades and curtains are always connected and can be controlled at anytime from anywhere. At any moment, the exact position of interior window coverings can be visualized on the TaHoma app. If you’re leaving for the weekend, trigger a scene that lowers your shades and turns your lights off. Not sure your shades have actually lowered? You can check the exact positions of your motorized products in the TaHoma app.
TaHoma is so open! Experience endless benefits
To enjoy a greater experience at home, the TaHoma platform is interoperable with other eco-systems. Depending on each individual market for actual launch dates, end-users will progressively be able to enjoy compatibility with major platforms, such as Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Apple HomeKit, as well as third-party devices, such as Philips Hue or Sonos.
Enjoy native compatibility at launch with Amazon Echo+, with plans to expand to other leading home automation platforms utilizing Zigbee such as Samsung Smartthings.
Set & Go for easy installation
The new Set & Go app simplifies the programming and installation process for manufacturers and installers. Set & Go allows installation directly from a smartphone app and provides step-by-step programming instructions. This simplified programming procedure also provides copy and paste settings for programming multiple shades. Now installers and manufactures can enhance productivity and minimize time in the factory and on the job site, streamlining the process and maximizing profits.
The new offer will be available in the North American market in the second quarter of 2019.
Somfy®, the global leader in the manufacturing of strong, quiet motors with electronic and app controls for both interior window coverings and exterior solar protections, has North American offices in New Jersey, Florida, California and Ontario, Canada. Over 270 million users worldwide enjoy the more than 160 million motors produced by Somfy. During the past 50 years, Somfy engineers have designed products for both commercial and residential markets to motorize window coverings such as interior shades, wood blinds, draperies, awnings, rolling shutters, exterior solar screens and projection screens. Somfy motorization systems are easily integrated with security, HVAC and lighting systems providing total home or building automation. For more information, visit http://www.somfysystems.com Reported by PRWeb 16 minutes ago.
Your one-stop shop for all the important new car debuts for the year ahead
2019 is set to be a bumper year for new cars, with important releases due from Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and many other manufacturers. Before you head down to a dealer to commit to buying something, check out what we'll be seeing on sale in the next few months here in the UK.
Here is your one-stop shop for keeping up-to-date with what's coming when in the car industry.
*Part 1: January - April | **Part 2: May - August | **Part 3: September - December*
The Audi R8 supercar will receive a series of mid-life updates this year, including a number of subtle visual stylings and extra power.
The 5.2-litre V10 in the McLaren 570S rival has been given a number of updates, increasing the power of the standard model from 533bhp to 562bhp, with torque increasing by 10lb ft to 406lb ft. That gives a 0-62mph time of 3.4sec.
The Performance model gains a new titanium valve train, which increases power from the V10 Plus model it replaces from 603bhp to 611bhp, with torque up to 417lb ft. As a result, the 0-62mph time has been trimmed to 3.1sec.
Audi has also revised the R8’s suspension and made a number of visual changes, including a redesigned grille, darker headlight surrounds, revamped air intakes and a new spoiler.
*2019 Audi R8 revealed with tweaked design and more power *
With Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar all releasing new or recently updated rivals in 2019, Audi has felt the need to bring in a more extensive facelift package for the A4, following on from a recent update. Set to be revealed in late spring, the revised compact executive will feature tweaked styling to bring it into line with the recently launched A6, A7 and A8 saloons.
Expect interior updates, too - it could receive the dual-screen infotainment system of bigger Audis. It’s likely Audi will also draft in the 48V mild hybrid system to the A4’s more powerful engines to boost efficiency, with a simpler 12V set-up for lesser engines.
*Audi preparing bigger A4 and A4 Avant update for 2020*
-Bentley Continental GTC-
Bentley’s recently launched Continental GT coupé will once again be joined by a drop-top GTC version, due to arrive by the end of the Spring. It was revealed back in November and features a folding fabric roof system that’s more insulating and yet faster to close than the old car.
Despite a hefty 2414kg kerbweight, it’s only 0.1sec of a second slower from 0-62mph than the coupé and manages an identical top speed of 207mph. It’s also stiffer and lighter than its predecessor, which is expected to improve both handling and ride comfort.
*Drop-top Bentley Continental GTC revealed*
-DS 3 Crossback -
DS went some way to shake off its reputation as a maker of outmoded rebadged Citroëns with the 7 Crossback SUV, and now the smaller 3 Crossback shows the brand is back at the cutting edge. An indirect replacement for the 3 hatchback, the 3 Crossback has a bold exterior look and an interior that mixes comfort and high-end individuality. Sharing the CMP platform with the new Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208, it will beat both those superminis to market and become the first PSA model to be on sale with petrol, diesel and fully electric variants.
*New DS 3 Crossback revealed with petrol, diesel and electric power*
A number of manufacturers intend to move into the blossoming hot small SUV sector in 2019, and Audi is one of them. The Q2 range will be crowned by an SQ2, using the engine from the Volkswagen Golf R and upcoming T-Roc R to produce 296bhp. It’s mated to a four-wheel drive system and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, promising 0-62mph in 4.8sec. Unveiled at the Paris motor show last year, it also receives subtle styling upgrades.
*Audi SQ2: hot 296bhp SUV revealed*
Audi is set to bolster its range with a new SUV using a never-before-used name: the Q4. Sliding in between the Q3 and Q5 SUVs, the Q4 is designed to offer a more style-led, coupé-like alternative to those models, as the first spyshots show. It will use the same underpinnings as the new Q3, plus its engines and technology, but Audi claims it will look and feel like a lot more than just a Q3 coupé. We’ll have to wait a few months to see if those claims ring true.
*Audi Q4 SUV-coupe seen testing ahead of 2019 debut*
Audi will bring its Q7 into line with the rest of its model range with an update this year. It will borrow some design elements from the recently launched Q8 and could adopt that car’s dual-screen infotainment system and newer interior look.
Expect mild hybrid technology to be brought in across the line-up to improve efficiency, although a question mark remains over whether or not models such as the frugal Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid will return after going off sale due to WLTP testing issues.
*Audi Q7 2019 facelift to bring new tech and greater efficiency*
-Lexus RC and RC F facelifts-
Lexus’s striking four-seat coupé was never likely to usurp the BMW 4 Series in the showrooms, but its quality and design have won fans. Now, a mid-life facelift aims to address any issues in the face of newer rivals coming around the corner. Subtle exterior revisions feature alongside a few minor interior tweaks, while the suspension has been revised for a better ride and the steering for more road feel.
Details haven’t been confirmed yet, but at the same time the Japanese brand will update its hot RC F. It remains to be seen if power will go beyond the current units 470bhp mark, but it’s likely.
*Facelifted Lexus RC: prices and specs announced*
-Bentley Continental GT V8 and GTC V8-
In typical Bentley tradition, the current W12-powered Continental GT and GT C models will be joined by a V8 version. Expected to be a bigger seller as it was on the last Continental, it will use the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 shared across the Porsche, Lamborghini and Audi brands. Expect a slight reduction in power from the W12 but a significant increase in official fuel economy.
*Drop-top Bentley Continental GTC revealed*
-Peugeot 508 SW-
The Peugeot 508 has proved a credible alternative to a German executive saloon, and this rakish SW estate version is designed to add extra practicality without compromising on style. Offered with 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines, both driven through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the 508 SW has 530 litres of boot space, rising to 1780 litres with the rear seats folded.
*Peugeot 508 SW First Edition makes its debut at Paris*
-Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante-
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera scored an ultra-rare five-star verdict from Autocar’s road test team last year, with our expert testers saying that it “represents a rejuvenated car maker at its very best”. Understandably, then, the British firm hasn't changed much for the new Volante convertible version.
The drop-top super-grand tourer will feature the same 715bhp turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 as the coupé, with the rear wheels driven through an eight-speed ZF gearbox mounted in a transaxle layout.
The addition of the folding roof mechanism and structural bracing to maintain chassis rigidity is likely to mean a slight increase in the standard Superleggera’s 0-62mph time of 3.4sec, along with a potential reduction in the 211mph top speed.
Given Aston Martin’s usual pricing trends, the Volante version is likely to be offered at around £250,000.
*New Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante seen in production guise*
-Audi RS6 Avant-
The S6 is only the start of Audi’s performance plans with the A6, as the RS6 Avant is set to make a storming return. Unlike the S6, it will retain a twin-turbocharged V8 shared with the Porsche Panamera Turbo. Power is expected to push beyond the 600bhp mark, putting it as close as possible to its rivals, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and BMW M5. Four-wheel drive is a certainty, too, ensuring a 0-62mph time well under 4.0sec. Expect typically pumped-up bodywork, too.
*New 2019 Audi RS6 to top 600bhp*
The S7 won’t be the A7 range flagship for long, with a full-fat RS model due only a few months after. Arriving at the same time as the RS6, the RS7 also shares that car’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 making over 600bhp. Four-wheel drive, of course, features, and four-wheel steering could be standard, too.
*New 2019 Audi RS7 Sportback to break 600bhp barrier*
-BMW 330e and BMW M340i-
With the conventional array of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines offered at launch in the new 3 Series, a company car favourite will return in the summer: the tax-busting 330e plug-in hybrid. It promises an electric range nearly double that of its predecessor, along with more performance.
At the same time, the flagship of the 3 Series range (well, until the M3 arrives) will be released. The M340i features a 369bhp six-cylinder engine and four-wheel drive for the first time, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec.
*New BMW 330e PHEV revealed with extra power and range*
*BMW M340i xDrive officially unveiled at LA with 369bhp*
-Ford Ranger Raptor-
Not an SUV, but another kind of practical performance car. Posh pick-up trucks are all the rage right now, but Ford wants to explore a niche with a performance-oriented version of its Ranger, giving it the Raptor treatment. Unlike America's F-150 Raptor, though, it won't have a 450bhp petrol V6 – instead, a 210bhp twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel. At least it does get an off-road suspension upgrade, unique body styling and underbody protection.
*Ford Ranger Raptor 2018 review*
-BMW X3M and X4M-
The X2 M will be just the start of BMW’s hot SUV blitz. The X3 and coupé-like X4 will also benefit from an M-tuned variant, and they will retain the familiar M Performance 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six. Expect around 425bhp for that car, which is significantly more than the Audi SQ5 and puts both within shouting distance of the Porsche Macan Turbo. As usual, it’s not just about power: we’ll see chassis tweaks, exterior styling upgrades and the familiar array of M Performance interior upgrades on the two hot SUVs, which are set to be revealed in February.
*BMW X3 M confirmed with high-revving six-cylinder turbo*
-Mercedes GLC and GLC Coupé-
Following on from the platform-sharing C-Class, which gained a smorgasbord of range updates last year, the two GLC models will be facelifted in the middle of this year. Expect a renewed focus on tech improvements inside, extra equipment and subtle styling revisions. We’re expecting to see a new range of mild hybrid engines, too.
*Mercedes-Benz GLC to get C-Class assistance tech and new diesel engine*
-Range Rover SV Coupé -
The most luxurious Range Rover yet is built to take on Bentley and Rolls-Royce SUVs. Priced at substantially more than the brand’s most expensive model to date, the SVAutobiography LWB, the SV Coupé is limited to 999 units. The two-door SUV has very similar dimensions to the standard five-door Range Rover, being just 13mm longer and 8mm lower. However, the only remaining parts from the standard Range Rover are the bonnet and the lower half of the tailgate. The three-door SV Coupé is the fastest full-sized Range Rover yet, achieving 0-62mph in 5.3sec and a top speed of 165mph from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine.
*Limited-run £240k Range Rover SV Coupé revealed*
-Tesla Model 3-
Game-changer is a description attached to most electric cars that arrive with any kind of significant range and quality execution, but in the Tesla Model 3’s case, that tag is worn very comfortably and with good justification. Unlike the big Model S saloon and even bigger Model X SUV before it, the Model 3 is ‘right-sized’ for Europe and a more mass-produced model at lower prices.
The launch prices of the Model 3 aren’t quite the headline-grabbing £30,000-something we were promised at the car’s announcement, but other variants are to come that may well see Tesla deliver on that. A price of around £46,500 is tipped for the 346bhp Dual Motor Long Range version, which is Tesla’s answer to the BMW M340i xDrive.
*Tesla Model 3 becomes EV with longest range in Europe*
Mercedes has a diverse range, and some models have been prioritised over others when it comes to keeping them fresh. The brand’s largest model, the seven-seat GLS SUV, has been on sale since 2013 and is starting to fall behind, so an all-new model is due later this year. Styling will take a leap forward to be more in line with the rest of Mercedes' range, while the interior will be overhauled with greater technology. There’s also set to be a super-luxury Maybach version, plus a return for the hot AMG model.
*New Mercedes-Maybach GLS spotted before LA show debut*
The range-topping Audi Q8 hasn’t long been on sale, but the range is set to be crowned by a faster and more sporting S version. Autocar understands it won’t use the hybrid V6 powertrain of the 2017 Q8 Sport Concept, instead adopting the 429bhp 4.0-litre diesel V8 from the mechanically similar SQ7. That means 429bhp and a chunky 664bhp of torque, translating to a sub-5.0sec 0-62mph time. Tech such as the 48V electric anti-roll system should ensure it’s agile enough to give the Range Rover Sport a tough time.
*Audi SQ8 seen testing undisguised ahead of December arrival*
The Toyota Camry will be reintroduced to the British market after a break of 14 years, with a new model that replaces the Avensis as the firm’s Ford Mondeo-rivalling saloon.
The Camry will be offered in this country exclusively with a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that makes 215bhp and 163lb ft of torque. The new car is larger than the Avensis, now a similar size to the BMW 5 Series. Inside, it features a new 8.0in infotainment screen and 10.0in head-up display.
Toyota has yet to reveal final UK specifications or pricing, but expect a starting price of around £30,000.
*Toyota Camry shown in Paris ahead of return to Europe*
The importance of the Corsa to Vauxhall is difficult to overstate, as it has consistently been one of the UK’s most popular cars over the past five generations. The sixth-generation car will go on sale this year as the first all-new model under PSA Group ownership, and an electric eCorsa is due not long after launch. The new car makes use of PSA’s Common Modular Platform (CMP), an architecture that’s also set to underpin its mechanically similar Peugeot 208 sibling, which will arrive first.
That platform is designed to house both conventional combustion engines and electrified variants, including the eCorsa’s fully electric drivetrain. That car’s range is likely to be around 250 miles, making it a true rival for dedicated EVs such as the Nissan Leaf.
The Corsa will appear first as a petrol model and is expected to make use of PSA’s three-cylinder Puretech units. Despite striking similarities under the skin, Vauxhall’s supermini will carry a different exterior design from the next 208. The Corsa was due to be an evolutionary step until PSA took over, but it will now be a radical departure, with Vauxhall’s new grille and an all-glass facia panel mooted.
There will also be no three-door version, reflecting a wider industry trend. What may be a concern for buyers is the Corsa’s unusually quick development time. PSA effectively ripped up the work Vauxhall had done when the buyout occurred, so the supermini was rushed through from drawing board to unveiling in just two years. But PSA is more experienced than most when it comes to small cars, and Opel-Vauxhall boss Michael Lohscheller insists the new car “will not be compromised in any way”. We’ll find out if that’s the case towards the end of the year.
*Vauxhall Corsa to get radical overhaul for 2019*
-Bentley Bentayga Speed-
The Bentley Bentayga Speed will serve as the new flagship model of the large SUV’s range, with the firm aiming to offer the "ultimate balance" of performance and luxury.
The Bentayga Speed will use the firm’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine, with hardware and software boosts to increase power from 600bhp to 650bhp, alongside revisions to the eight-speed automatic gearbox that's likely to result in a top speed of 190mph and a 0-62mph time of less than 4.0sec.
Producing 650bhp will make the Bentayga Speed more powerful than the 631bhp Lamborghini Urus, with which it shares many of its underpinnings. There will also be a number of interior and exterior styling changes and a likely starting price of around £185,000.
*Bentley working on quicker, hotter Bentayga Speed SUV*
-McLaren 600LT Spider-
For anyone that finds McLaren’s model range a little confusing, the 600LT is essentially a faster, lighter and more agile 570S. So it stands to reason that the 600LT Spider, due later this year, will follow on from the 570S Spider. It will make use of a folding hard-top roof made of lightweight material, and as such should post near-identical performance and a similarly visceral driving experience as the coupé.
*McLaren 600LT review*
This is Mercedes' rival to the electric Tesla Model X and the first car in its crucial EQ range, which is set to expand greatly over the coming years. Built on a heavily modified GLC platform, the EQC SUV features twin electric motors for 402bhp and 0-62mph in 5.1sec. An 80kWh battery offers 249 miles of certified WLTP range – not class-leading but not bad given its size and performance.
*New Mercedes-Benz EQC: all-electric SUV revealed*
The second-generation Renault Zoe is set to use a new bespoke electric car platform that will be used across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, rather than sharing with the Nissan Leaf. That new platform will allow a greater battery capacity, and Renault is targeting a 250-mile WLTP range for the new Zoe, likely translating to a real-world range of around 200 miles.
Spy shots show that the design of the Zoe won’t change too dramatically, although it looks set to gain a front-end closer in style to the upcoming new Clio. Renault is aiming to keep a starting price of around £14,250.
*Next-gen Renault Zoe targeting 250-mile range for 2019*
The outgoing Seat Leon hatchback was the car that really made everyone sit up and take notice of the Spanish firm, kickstarting its recent resurgence. So, no pressure for the fourth iteration of the Ford Focus rival, then.
Due to be revealed in March, Seat insiders have called the new Leon the biggest step forward in the model’s history, with substantially improved interior technology and a version with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The firm also promises a bold new design, although spy shots seen so far suggest it will follow similar lines to its ultra-successful predecessor. Expect estate and crossover versions to follow.
*New 2019 Seat Leon spotted with minimal disguise*
-Skoda’s small SUV-
Skoda will complete its SUV line-up with a new small crossover based on the Vision X concept that will sit beneath the Karoq and Kodiaq. Potentially called the Anuq, the new Nissan Juke rival will be built on the same Volkswagen Group MQB platform as the similarly sized Seat Arona, but it's expected to be slightly bigger than that model.
While it was previewed in the Vision X with a compressed natural gas powertrain, the SUV will be offered with more conventional units when launched as a production car. However, it's likely to have a similar design to the Vision X, which includes a wide dashboard with a large, centrally located touchscreen.
*Skoda Vision X concept previews 2019 crossover*
-Ford Focus ST-
The driver appeal of the new Ford Focus is as great as it’s ever been, which bodes well for the first performance version, the ST. The ST range will spawn hatchback and estate bodystyles and petrol and diesel engine options. Ford has turned to the previous-generation Focus RS for the new ST’s petrol engine, so expect around 275bhp from a detuned version of that car’s 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit. It should make the ST a racier companion than its more laidback predecessor. Still not enough for you? This time next year, we expect to be telling you about the Mk4 Focus RS, which is tipped to get mild hybrid power and some 400bhp.
*New Ford Focus ST primed for early 2019 reveal*
-Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR-
The hot Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR will serve as a swansong model for the outgoing seventh-generation version of the venerable hatchback. It will adopt the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine used in the Golf GTI Clubsport, tuned to deliver 286bhp at 5000rpm in overboost mode, with 272lb ft of torque. That’s a 44bhp increase over the standard Golf GTI.
The Golf GTI TCR is named to celebrate Volkswagen’s participation in the TCR racing category. It will offer a limited top speed of 155mph, which can be increased to 168mph with an optional Performance Pack.
*Volkswagen reveals 286bhp Golf GTI TCR*
*Part 1: January - April | Part 2: May - August | **Part 3: September - December* Reported by Autocar 12 hours ago.
Your one-stop shop for all the important new car debuts for the year ahead
2019 is set to be a bumper year for new cars, with important releases due from Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and many other manufacturers. Before you head down to a dealer to commit to buying something, check out what we'll be seeing on sale in the next few months here in the UK.
Here is your one-stop shop for keeping up to date with what's coming when in the car industry.
*Part 1: January - March* | *Part 2: April - August* | *Part 3: September - December*
-Aston Martin DBX-
There are many firsts about the Aston Martin DBX. It’s the firm’s first SUV, the first model to be produced in its new factory, the first built to target female buyers and, in time, the first to get hybrid technology.
That it’s also set to become the company’s best-selling model shows just how crucial the DBX is to Aston’s ‘Second Century’ plan, devised (and so far being near-faultlessly implemented at double speed) by boss Andy Palmer.
The DBX was first shown as a concept in 2015. Little has carried over to the production car in tangible terms, but the ethos is the same, with Aston trying to keep the model as sleek as it can while also giving it the practicality of a five-door layout. Aston has shown off some development pictures of the DBX snaking sideways on the gravel forest stages of Wales Rally GB to prove that it’s serious about giving the car off-road performance credibility, too.
The DBX has a new aluminium and composite architecture inspired by that used on Aston’s front-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports and grand tourer models. It’s of Aston’s own design and not related to any Mercedes, as reported elsewhere. Mercedes will, however, supply the DBX’s electrical architecture. Expect Aston’s own V12 and its AMG-sourced V8 engine to be offered, a couple years before the hybrid technology arrives. That’s also set to be sourced from AMG.
*A close-up look at the Aston Martin DBX*
-Audi E-tron Sportback-
Shown in concept form at 2017’s Shanghai motor show, the electric E-tron Sportback SUV will finally make production towards the end of this year. Sharing its underpinnings with the recently-launched E-tron, the Sportback will offer a sleeker, more coupé-like body and, Audi claims, a sportier driving experience.
It will likely share the same powertrain, too, so expect 355bhp from two motors, a 0-62mph time of about 5.5sec in Boost mode and a range in the region of 250 miles.
*New Audi E-tron: Launch Edition of brand's first EV released*
-Hyundai Ioniq facelift-
Hyundai’s challenger to the Toyota Prius has proven a hit with fleets and private buyers alike, and the Korean firm intends to capitalise on that with a series of mid-life upgrades. Alongside expected styling upgrades to bring it into line with Hyundai’s newer models, it could also get a higher-quality interior.
Most importantly, however, we’re expecting improvements to the Ioniq's efficiency in the hybrid variants and the charging range in the electric version as Hyundai takes advantage of improvements in battery technology.
*Hyundai Ioniq 2019 facelift seen testing on US roads*
-McLaren Senna GTR-
The McLaren Senna was one of our favourite supercars of last year, with true racing car performance in a road-legal package. But this is McLaren, seemingly one of the most restless companies around, so, almost inevitably, a Senna GTR is on the way. Priced at £1.1 million plus taxes and with only 75 being built, it’s not only more powerful but also set to be lighter than the standard model.
*New McLaren Senna GTR: specs and price confirmed*
Perhaps the most important here: the all-new Juke is the difficult second album. With more than a million sales of the current car in eight years, Nissan will be praying it can recreate that success in the face of a massive onslaught of rivals with a new take on the SUV's polarising design.
*Second-gen Nissan Juke due in 2019 with radical styling*
-Porsche 718 Cayman GT4-
The GT4 version of Porsche’s sports coupé will stick with a naturally aspirated flat six engine, despite the arrival of a turbocharged flat-four elsewhere in the 718 Cayman range. The unit is a detuned version of the old 911 GT3’s 4.0-litre unit, although it’s still expected to produce more than 400bhp.
With the extra power, the 718 Cayman GT4 is likely to beat the previous car’s 0-62mph time of 4.4sec and slightly increase its 183mph top speed, while Porsche is expected to keep the weight below 1450kg. Expect the new model to cost just under £70,000.
*Porsche Cayman GT4 to use naturally aspirated flat-six*
The Taycan is the most important car Porsche has ever made. Yes, more important than the first 911. Why? Because it’s Porsche’s first electric car, and the most radical addition to its line-up since the Cayenne SUV.
It’s Porsche’s attempt to prove it can make a sporting four-door EV to rival anything Tesla makes. And, with the firm investing £5.3 billion in an electrification programme, it’s our first taste of whether Porsche’s biggest ever bet will pay off. While you have to consider the Taycan in that context, when it’s launched at September’s Frankfurt show, it’s important to remember that it’s still ultimately just a car.
*Porsche readying electric Taycan for 2019 reveal*
-Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography-
Land Rover’s sleek mid-range Range Rover model will get the same treatment as Range Rovers before it, adding a top-of-the-range SVAutobiography trim to its line-up.
That’s likely to translate to design tweaks to make it stand out from the lower-trim Velars, plus a bunch of engineering tweaks and a power boost to make it more performance-orientated. It will use the same supercharged 5.0-litre petrol V8 as the equivalent Range Rover Sport.
*Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography review*
Skoda’s flagship Superb model will be revamped this year, with new technology, design tweaks and an updated engine range for the Volkswagen Passat rival.
Notably, the yet-to-be-confirmed revised powertrain line-up will include a Superb plug-in hybrid, which will kick-start Skoda's electrification programme and add another feather in the cap of the versatile and voluminous mid-size saloon. While exact details of the powertrain have yet to be revealed, expect the Volkswagen Passat rival to gain the ability to complete limited electric-only running, with little compromise in everything the Superb is well known for.
*Plug-in hybrid Skoda Superb to kick-start electrification programme in 2019*
Anticipation is high for this reborn front-engined rear-drive coupé, which will appear at the Detroit motor show with a BMW-sourced 340bhp straight six 3.0-litre engine. Toyota's new sports car has been developed alongside the recently revealed drop-top BMW Z4, but the different designs and focuses should result in very different machines.
Autocar's Matt Prior recently had a chance to drive a prototype Supra and was impressed. “A few years ago, the Porsche Cayman was regarded as unbeatable,” he said. “Now everybody wants a crack at it. On this showing, Toyota is getting as close as anyone.”
*New 2019 Toyota Supra - official pictures leaked, plus video*
Volkswagen’s Ford Mondeo rival will receive a mid-life facelift later this year, including a new version of the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE variant.
The facelift will include an exterior revamp to bring the car in line with the yet-to-be-revealed eighth generation Golf hatchback, along with the latest version of Volkswagen's infotainment system.
Full details have yet to be revealed, but Volkswagen’s old 1.4 TSI petrol unit will be replaced with the new 1.5 TSI Evo, and it’s likely the diesel range will shrink. The GTE version is likely to be offered in a slightly lower-powered form than the previous version, which was discontinued early due to the tougher WLTP tests.
*Volkswagen Passat 2019 facelift to bring new tech and improved hybrid*
The Volvo XC90 large SUV has been a major hit for the Swedish firm, combining its brand values of safety and practicality with an added dose of technology and style.
The seven-seat Range Rover rival will receive a minor update later this year, which will be focused on adding the firm’s latest self-driving technology systems.
*Volvo XC90 review*
-Aston Martin Valkyrie-
A hypercar co-developed with the Red Bull Formula 1 team, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is designed to lap Silverstone at speeds similar to a grand prix car.
While full technical details of the car have yet to be disclosed, it will feature a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain containing a Cosworth-developed 1000bhp 6.5-litre V12 that can achieve 10,500rpm.
In the style of a racing car, the V12 will be a structural component of the Valkyrie, bolted directly into its tub with the gearbox and suspension hanging from it. It will be augmented by an electric motor sitting between it and the gearbox, which will also use an F1-style energy recovery system to charge the lightweight batteries while braking. Total power output could exceed 1130bhp.
The aerodynamics of the car have been developed by a team left by ace F1 designer Adrian Newey, and sources suggest it will generate up to 1816kg of downforce at full speed.
Aston will produce 150 road-going versions and 25 track-only Valkyrie AMR-Pro track cars. Pricing has not been made public, but it's believed to be around £2-£3 million.
*Aston Martin Valkyrie: V12 engine makes 1000bhp on dyno*
-Bentley Bentayga Hybrid-
It should come as no surprise that Bentley’s first electrified model is an SUV. The Bentayga plug-in hybrid is the marque’s first step into the EV world and precedes the launch of an electric sports car in 2020.
The Bentayga Hybrid will use a supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 mated to a motor, a system related to the one in the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. It’s expected to have a total output of more than 410bhp, with the ability for zero-emissions running on the motor alone.
The car will feature no external styling changes from the W12 petrol and turbo V8 models, aside from the addition of a charging port.
*Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid due in 2018 with 3.0-litre petrol V6*
-BMW 1 Series-
Steady yourself, because the third-generation 1 Series will be… front-wheel drive. BMW reckons this will make its Audi A3 rival lighter and sharper to drive while also boosting passenger and luggage space, lowering weight and reducing the car’s production cost and list price.
Expect some of the technology showcased in the latest 3 Series to make its way to BMW’s entry-level model, while a range of three and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will feature. And don’t fret, because the flagship M130iX hot hatch will get four-wheel drive and around 300bhp.
*Top 2019 BMW 1 Series model to be 300bhp M130iX M Performance*
-BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé-
The final bodystyle to arrive in the 8 Series line-up will enter a niche that didn’t really exist when the original 8 Series was around: the four-door coupé segment. Filling the gap previously occupied by the four-door 6 Series, the 8 Series Gran Coupé is designed to combine the style-led looks of the two-door coupé with some of the practicality and comfort of the 7 Series luxury limousine. Expect an identical engine range to the 8 Series coupé and cabriolet.
*New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé: revealing spies preview four-door's design*
Ford will hope to combat dwindling sales of non-SUV D-segment models with a facelifted Mondeo later this year. Featuring some of the changes already seen on the US-market Ford Fusion facelift, the 2019-model-year Mondeo will feature design tweaks to the front and the rear. We’ll also see minor updates inside, including upgraded technology and a redesigned control layout. In addition, an estate version of the Mondeo hybrid has been officially confirmed for this year, while a plug-in hybrid variant, already seen on the Fusion, could be destined for these shores.
*2019 Ford Mondeo facelift spotted in the UK*
Jaguar’s answer to the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 hasn’t been the sales success the brand had hoped. It’s a decent car, but CO2 emission levels don’t match its rivals’, and that's crucial in the business car market. We’re told those won’t improve for the facelift (despite the introduction of 48V mild hybrid engine tech), so Jaguar will be focusing on technology updates to bring punters in.
The interior will be inspired by the I-Pace electric SUV, including the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, and there will be improvements inside, centred on boosting material quality and general fit and finish. The XE will also get a series of tweaks to its design, which is expected to take cues from the SV Project 8. Minor upgrades to improve refinement should feature as well, while those to the suspension will ensure the XE balances ride comfort and handling even more impressively than it does now.
*Updated Jaguar XE confirmed for 2019*
Much of the same treatment on the XE will also apply to this year’s Jaguar XF update. The brand’s larger executive saloon isn’t exactly at the cutting edge any more, particularly when it comes to interior features. It will get major technology upgrades, mild hybrid powertrains and more, all of which should help the XF’s standing against far more modern rivals, including the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
*Jaguar XF review*
-Kia Ceed PHEV-
Just before the hotter Ceed GT arrives, Kia will expand its Ford Focus rival’s line-up with its first ever hybrid version. Set to use the same plug-in powertrain as the Niro PHEV and likely to be offered only in estate form, the Ceed PHEV should combine decent performance with sub-30g/km CO2 emissions, a useful electric-only range and serious economy claims. It’s part of Kia’s plan to meet tough CO2 targets, with aims of 25% of sales going to electrified variants.
*Kia to add plug-in hybrid Ceed and Sportage in 2019*
No longer content merely to ape European rivals, Korea’s Hyundai and Kia are now leading the way. With the Kia e-Niro and related Hyundai Kona Electric, they’re at the forefront of making truly credible, affordable electric cars. In 64kWh spec, the £32,995 e-Niro has an official (WLTP) range of 279 miles, putting it ahead of almost every mainstream rival in terms of charging range and even ahead of a number of premium models. It’s also larger than the Kona Electric, so able to serve as a genuine family car.
*New Kia e-Niro launches with 301 miles of electric range*
-Land Rover Discovery Sport-
The updated Discovery Sport will receive most the new technology that the second-generation Evoque gets. Despite only being a facelift, it’s a dramatic one, with the entry-level Land Rover moving to the same platform as the Evoque. That means improved ride comfort, greater boot space and room for lithium ion batteries for a plug-in hybrid variant. It will also get a version of the overhauled interior first seen in the Velar and the optional off-road tech, such as the so-called Clearsight Ground View, which essentially acts as a see-through bonnet, using cameras to let you see what’s in front or down the other side of a steep gradient.
*Updated Land Rover Discovery Sport to get plug-in hybrid*
It may not be top of the list of importance for Mercedes’ 2019 model debuts, but a new V-Class is something of particular interest to minicab firms and the like. The van-based people carrier will be significantly upgraded for this year, with much of the latest technology features and engines offered in the brand’s range transferred over.
-Peugeot 3008 PHEV-
The Peugeot 3008 has evolved notably through its time on sale and remains a bold alternative to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai in the small SUV category. The addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain should help to further its appeal.
The 3008 PHEV will use the PSA Group’s Hybrid4 system, which combines a 197bhp petrol engine with two electric motors – one at each axle – to offer a combined 296bhp. The system can provide four-wheel drive, 0-62mph in 6.5sec and up to 30 miles of electric-only running. It's likely to cost around £35,000, a slight increase on the current range-topping 3008.
*Peugeot announces 508, 508 SW and 3008 plug-in hybrids*
-Peugeot 508 PHEV-
Hybrid power will also arrive in Peugeot’s stylish saloon model as part of parent firm PSA Group’s major electrification offensive. The 508 PHEV will get a 222bhp petrol-electric set-up, which emits less than 49g/km of CO2. It will also give the 508 the ability to complete up to 25 miles on electric-only power.
Vauxhall’s perennially popular Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf rival will receive a mid-life facelift this year. While there will be some styling changes and probably some new tech inside, don’t expect much to change mechanically.
That’s because the Astra will remain on the same GM-developed platform, so it won’t get any of the engines and powertrains currently being developed by the PSA Group, Vauxhall’s new owners. Major changes will have to wait until the next-generation Astra switches to a PSA platform.
*Vauxhall Astra review*
The Vauxhall Vivaro van was only launched in 2014, yet a new version will arrive just five years later. That’s because the 2014 Vivaro was built on the same platform as the Renault Trafic, but Vauxhall has now been bought by the PSA Group, Renault’s French rivals.
The new Vivaro will still be built at Vauxhall’s Luton factory and will share the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform with the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Dispatch vans.
Notably, a passenger version of the Vivaro, called the Vivaro Life, will also be launched. Vauxhall has also confirmed that an electric version of the Vivaro will follow in 2020.
*Future of one of two Vauxhall plants in UK secured *
-Volkswagen T-Roc R-
Volkswagen will enter the rapidly growing hot SUV category with the 306bhp T-Roc R, which the firm promises will be among the most agile cars in the class.
With the T-Roc sharing much of its architecture with the Golf hatchback, expect much of the Golf R’s underpinnings to be used for the SUV. That will include the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which can also be round in the Cupra Ateca, the T-Roc R’s Volkswagen Group stablemate and main rival. The T-Roc R will also get Volkswagen’s 4Motion four-wheel-drive system and Dynamic Chassis Control.
*Volkswagen T-Roc R: 306bhp SUV to be 'most agile in class'*
-Aston Martin Rapide E-
Aston’s first electric car will be a limited-run version of the Rapide designed as a testbed for future EV models. Just 155 examples of the luxury saloon will be made.
The firm says the Rapide E will produce more than 602bhp from two electric motors, both mounted over the back axle. That’s different to the set-up used by the rival Tesla Model S in Dual Motor form: a power unit over each axle to give four-wheel drive.
The Rapide E's two motors will produce close to 738lb ft of torque, with the aim of a 0-60mph time of around 4.0sec, similar to the standard Rapide S. Aston says it has put a development focus on “repeatable performance”, which means the quoted acceleration targets can be achieved without quickly draining the batteries. The top speed of 155mph can be maintained for around 10 minutes.
Sources suggest the weight of the EV is nearly identical to the combustion-engined version. Pricing is yet to be set.
*Aston Martin Rapide E: new details of electric super-saloon*
-Bentley Flying Spur-
Bentley will reinvent its four-door Flying Spur as a more distinctive luxury saloon in 2019, making it the last Bentley to be launched before the company completely reinvents its cars for its era of electrification. It will shift away from simply being a four-door Continental GT, despite close relations, to become a luxury Mercedes-Maybach rival in its own right. We’ll see the same range of V8 and V12 engines, with an even faster Speed variant added in due course.
*New Bentley Flying Spur due in 2019 with more distinctive design** *
The crowning glory in the new 8 Series range arrives towards the end of 2019: the hot M8. Due to be available in coupé, cabriolet and four-door Gran Coupé forms, the M8 will take on everything from the Audi RS7 Sportback to the Porsche 911. It will use a modified version of BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, tuned to produce over 600bhp, alongside four-wheel drive and a more driver-focused suspension tune. After that, it looks like there will be an even more hardcore M8 Competition for the presumably small amount of people who think 600bhp isn’t enough.
*New BMW M8 Competition leaks out ahead of 2019 unveiling*
-BMW X6 and X6 M-
Effectively a BMW X5 that trades passenger space for a more style-led look, the new X6 is due based on the fourth-generation X5, which was introduced late in 2018. It shares its underpinnings, engines and technology with that car but drops the option of seven seats, due to that coupé-like rear. Expect the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé rival’s range to begin with xDrive 30d and 40d diesels, with xDrive 40i and 50i petrols and eventually a 45e plug-in hybrid offered. The range-topping X6 M will arrive very soon after, with a thumping 600bhp V8 promising storming acceleration from this two-tonne SUV.
*600bhp-plus BMW X6 M due in 2019*
Infiniti has gained traction in markets such as the US, but its volumes remain tiny in the UK. In fact, it’s getting to the point where the brand’s future here is under threat, but the QX50 SUV could be the car that rescues Infiniti in Britain.
It’s a premium SUV, which for starters will always win appeal, and it has genuine innovation in the form of a clever variable-compression-ratio petrol engine, which promises the performance and response of a petrol yet also the efficiency of a similar diesel engine. The QX50 will go up against the Audi Q5 when it arrives towards the end of the year.
*Infiniti QX50 review*
-Kia Ceed GT-
Kia is returning to the warm hatchback market with a new GT variant of the five-door Ceed, sitting alongside the Proceed GT shooting brake. Enthusiasts might be disappointed to learn that the Ceed GT's 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine puts out the same 201bhp as the old car's, but Kia is promising that while the model won’t be a true hot hatch in a straight line, it will offer the agility and handling of one. Extensive suspension revisions, bigger brakes, an active exhaust and the option of a dual-clutch automatic gearbox is Kia’s attempt to offer a more rounded package. *Kia Ceed GT unveiled with 201bhp turbo petrol engine*
Kia’s expansion of the Ceed range will be complete by the end of the year as it aims to capitalise on growing SUV sales with a crossover version of the family hatchback. Named the Xceed, it bridges the gap between the regular car and the full-size Sportage by offering an increased ride height and rugged styling details. The Ford Focus Active rival will remain largely the same mechanically as the hatchback, though, so four-wheel drive is unlikely.
*2019 Kia Ceed SUV spotted for the first time*
Although the current CX-3 isn’t desperately ageing, having been launched back in 2015, it will look decidedly old-school next to the new 3 when that car arrives in the Spring. So, Mazda will introduce a new version of its compact SUV, bringing its styling, practicality and technology up to the standard of the very latest competitors. Expect it to sit on Mazda’s new global platform alongside the 3, plus we know that it will be the next recipient of the brand’s clever compression ignition petrol engine technology.
*2019 Mazda 3 introduces innovative compression-ignition petrol engine*
The A35 will be a teaser for the Full Monty, due towards the end of the year. The forthcoming Mercedes-AMG A45 promises to blow even the most powerful rival into the middle of next week, with leaked powertrain specs promising up to 416bhp from a 2.0-litre engine (in S form). That makes it the most powerful 2.0-litre engine in production. Expect a 0-62mph time to drop just underneath the 4.0sec mark, which will give some of AMG’s larger models a bit of a scare.
*2019 Mercedes-AMG A45: power output revealed for super hatch*
-Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé-
Just as night follows day, the late 2018 introduction of a new GLE will be followed in due course by the swoopier GLE Coupé. As a model, it’s fairly self-explanatory: expect a similar design to the GLE but with a more sporting profile and sloping roofline, less space in the back and a slightly more focused driving experience. The same range of mild hybrid petrol and diesel engines will be offered, and a shouty V8-powered AMG variant is expected in due course.
*New Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe to get 429bhp straight-six hybrid*
-Peugeot 208 and 208 Electric-
Aside from the captivating 208 GTi, we never rated the current 208 hatchback above average. The public bought it anyway, though, and it has remained a popular choice for several years. So imagine how successful the new version could be if it challenges for class honours. Peugeot will hope it can do just that; a more striking design mixed with a roomier and better-quality interior are expected. The PSA Group's CMP platform strikes again, allowing petrol, diesel and electric variants. Insiders suggest the 208 GTi will reappear in electric form.
*New Peugeot 208 spied with production body for 2019*
Polestar’s first standalone model, the 1, will hit the market this year. It may share a family resemblance with Volvo’s range of sensible saloons, SUVs and estates, but this is no badge engineering exercise, with a 592bhp hybrid powertrain propelling it and a unique coupé body that makes extensive use of carbonfibre. Alongside this, a smaller saloon, the 2, will make its debut at this year’s Geneva motor show, and a coupé-SUV, the 3, has also been confirmed.
The 2 and the 3 will be fully electric and aim to cut a piece of Tesla’s pie for the brand. Polestar will also offer Volvo’s innovative subscription service. There are just two main hurdles that UK buyers may struggle to get over: the first is that the 1 is left-hand-drive-only, for now, and the second is that it will cost £135,000, putting it in the realms of some serious luxury models and supercars.
There’s ambition by the bucketful here, but it remains to be seen if the Geely-owned Swedish brand can establish itself with the technical might and long-standing heritage of brands such as Porsche and Bentley.
*Polestar 1 prototypes enter production*
-BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé-
Following shortly after the 1 Series will be a new generation of the 2 Series. Alongside the usual two-door coupé and convertible versions, a four-door coupé will be introduced to rival Mercedes’ new CLA and the Audi A3 Saloon. A longer wheelbase brings extra passenger room, but the car is still expected to retain the characteristic sloping roofline. Expect a familiar range of three and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines. Topping out the range will be a new version of the M2.
*BMW M2 Gran Coupé due this year with 365bhp to rival RS3 saloon*
Back in 2015, we first heard about plans to return the Borgward name to market. The German car maker ceased to exist back in 1961 after filing for bankrupcy, but a Chinese company has bought the rights and relaunched the brand as a rival to Audi. Late last year, plans to import cars into the UK and Ireland were also revealed. That means we’ll see the Q3-size BX5 and Q5-sized BX7 SUVs, electric versions of which are planned to arrive a few months after. Borgward will attempt to undercut its rivals on price while offering a more interesting alternative to the norm.
*Borgward SUVs to be sold in UK and Ireland from 2019*
-Honda Urban EV-
When Honda’s Urban EV was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017, it was one of our most-read online stories. Everyone loved its retro, compact styling – so much so that apparently the designers went back to the drawing board to make sure the production car was as close to the concept as possible. The final car, which has been spotted testing with a more practical five-door layout than the concept’s three-door format, will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March. Honda’s first electric car in Europe (it already sells an electric Clarity hatchback in Japan and the US) is built on a new dedicated electric vehicle platform and “sets the direction for the technology and design” of the brand's future EVs.
The concept is 100mm shorter than the Jazz, at 3895mm long, and has the Honda emblem backlit in blue, previewing a new styling feature for forthcoming EVs from the brand. No powertrain or range details have been revealed, but Autocar sources have said that, as a city car, it will have a modest range of around 155 miles. However, Honda has confirmed that the Urban EV will have a high-density lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and energy transfer functions both to and from the vehicle. The Honda Sports EV concept, a sports car sibling to the Urban EV that was unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in 2017 and has similar design cues, hasn't been signed off for production but is under consideration.
*Honda Urban EV readies for production in first spy shots*
-Kia Soul EV-
The Kia Soul is a firm youth favourite in the US, but things aren’t the same over here. That’s why Kia has taken the bold step of selling the new, third-generation model as purely an electric car in the UK, while Americans get a petrol engine choice too.
The styling of the new model may be evolutionary, but there are big developments under skin, particularly in the new EV powertrain, which is not only considerably more powerful but also expected to offer more than double the range of the old Soul EV. A greater emphasis on in-car tech is aimed at attracting a younger audience, while there’s more space inside, too.
*New Kia Soul EV revealed at LA show with more power and range*
Just when you thought we had more than enough compact SUVs to choose from, Mercedes comes along with another. The GLB is meant to combine the modernity and small size of the A-Class with the rugged, macho styling of the G-Class off-roader. It effectively sits between the GLA, which is little more than a raised-up A-Class, and the full-size GLC. We’re expecting the same 35 and 45 AMG-tuned performance variants as the A-Class, too.
*2019 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 caught in first spyshots*
-Mini Cooper S E-
If Alec Issigonis could invent the Mini today, it would definitely be an electric car. It is the answer to current challenges, as the original Mini was in 1959.” That’s the view of Mini boss Sebastian Mackensen, and while there’s an element of ‘he would say that, wouldn’t he?’, an affordable small electric car certainly fits the ethos of the diminutive original more than some of the recent supersize SUV offshoots. The first proper electric Mini is due to arrive this year, and it will be built on an adapted version of the UKL platform used for the current hatchback. It will be launched as a three-door only.
No details of its range have been released yet, but the latest version of parent firm BMW’s i3 has a 193-mile official range, and it's likely that the Mini will adopt a similar powertrain and battery package. That set-up should give a 0-62mph time of less than 7.0sec and, thanks to instant torque, result in performance similar to that of the petrol Cooper S. Mackensen says the EV’s layout will result in handling far closer to the original Mini’s. If you think that sounds like the perfect recipe for an electric hot hatch, you’re not alone: that’s why, despite being called the Mini Electric during development, the finished car is set to receive Cooper S E branding.
If Mini can truly produce the first proper electric hot hatch, it could be a game-changing moment for both the brand and electric cars. The future of Mini is currently being debated at high levels within the BMW Group, and the success of the S E is likely to inform those discussions. So it’s fitting that the car will arrive in the year the brand celebrates its 60th birthday, because it could define its direction for the next 60 years.
*Mini plots maiden hot hatch EV for 2019 reveal*
-Tesla Model Y-
Tesla has been increasing the appeal and affordability of its models with each new launch, and it now arrives at something of a sweet spot: the compact SUV. The Model Y will be a sister car to the Model 3 and share its underpinnings and running gear, while being priced marginally higher. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the Model Y will be revealed on 15 March, so while a UK launch isn't likely until 2020, we should get to drive it before the year is out.
As ever with Tesla, little more is known about the model, but it’s expected to get a more advanced version of the company’s ‘supercomputer’ with more-developed semi-autonomous features.
*Tesla Model Y to be revealed in March 2019; production begins 2020*
-Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV-
The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV will add a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the British firm’s Nissan Qashqai rival as part of a massive electrification strategy by the PSA Group.
The SUV is Vauxhall’s second best-selling car behind the Corsa hatchback, despite its current engine range comprising just 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel units. The new PHEV unit will feature PSA’s 1.6-litre Puretech petrol engine mounted transversely in the nose, mated to two electric motors, one at each end of the car and capable of producing around 300bhp of performance, delivered to all four wheels. There will also be a front-wheel-drive single motor version that produces 180bhp.
*2020 Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV to lead fast-paced electric growth plans*
The hype surrounding Volkswagen’s upcoming range of electric vehicles is huge, but there’s one car that will still reign supreme long after its arrival: the Golf. To be unveiled early this year, the eighth-generation model will move upmarket to carve out a distinctive new niche in the family hatchback market. While the design will be evolutionary, it will have levels of fuel-saving technology, connectivity, autonomous driving capability and refinement that are intended to render the mainstream competition second-best.
There won’t be a new electric model, but the Golf will get a 48V mild hybrid powertrain, most likely on the GTI and R models (which will offer a previously unseen brand of instant performance) and a new range of micro-hybrids. The Golf will have a noticeably wider track and a marginally longer wheelbase, resulting in more interior and boot space. But the most dramatic change will be the high-tech interior and related connectivity.
Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff has been quoted as saying that the Mk8 Golf’s interior is a “total digital environment", with the steering wheel the only conventional component. Touchscreens will replace the traditional instrument binnacle and the climate controls. The Golf will be permanently connected to the internet and feature advanced autonomous technology.
Talking about the set-up, Volkswagen has said: “It will always be online, and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety.” All of this intends not only to retain loyal customers but also lure those downsizing from bigger cars. Volkswagen knows the Golf, as its biggest-selling car, is crucial to its medium-term success and must deliver significant returns to help the firm’s broader product plans.
*New 2019 Volkswagen Golf: Official image released of Mk8 hatchback*
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New album 'Nosferatu' is incoming...
London based *Vaal* has shared her powerful new track 'Blue Eyes' - tune in now.
Eliot Sumner has used the name Vaal for some time, playing DJ sets across Europe at top clubs under her electronic moniker.
Producing new material as she travels, the digital maverick is set to release new album 'Nosferatu' later this month.
While her earlier releases were techno-inclined this new project incorporates darker elements, from shattered synths to breaks-laden percussive elements.
New track 'Blue Eyes' is online now, and the video is a meditation on mental illness, survival, empathy, and finding space for common humanity.
The track itself opens with a lengthy spoken word element, before suddenly surging into a jungle work out, while the cold wave synths operate mechanically on top.
Surprising, startling, and hugely impressive, 'Blue Eyes' feels distinct, and totally original - tune in now.
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· *GLP leased more than 19 million sqm (209 million sq ft) in 2018, up 18% yoy*
· *Strong demand for GLP's properties reflects the value created through GLP's smart logistics ecosystem*
SINGAPORE, Jan. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- GLP, the leading global provider of modern logistics facilities and technology-led solutions, announced a record leasing year in 2018. Leasing momentum in the second half of the year was especially strong, with GLP leasing more than 19 million square meters ("sqm") (209 million square feet ("sq ft")) for the full year, up 18% year-on-year and the highest leasing performance ever recorded by GLP.
Ming Mei, Co-Founder and CEO of GLP, said: "2018 was an exceptional year for GLP. In addition to expanding our geographically diverse portfolio, we achieved record leasing through the dedication of our team and the value-add GLP provides through its technology-led ecosystem. We remain strategically positioned to serve our customers with innovative solutions beyond their primary warehouse needs."
The following details recent GLP leasing highlights:
· *Brazil*: GLP Brazil recorded its highest ever new leasing of 423,000 sqm (4.6 million sq ft) in 2018, up 57% over 2017. In 2H 2018, GLP significantly expanded its partnerships with *GPA*, the largest retailer in Brazil, and *Mercado Livre*, a leading e-commerce company.
· *China*: GLP China signed 12.5 million sqm (137 million sq ft) of leases in 2018, up % over 2017. In 2H 2018, GLP furthered its partnerships with many customers including *BEST Inc., Suning, Gome *and *SF Express*.
· *Europe*: Gazeley signed 587,000 sqm (6.4 million sqm) of new and renewal leases in 2018 to customers including *Amazon*,* DHL, Kingfisher* and *Wayfair*. Gazeley also recorded its busiest year ever of development with over 550,000 sqm (6.0 million sq ft) of new developments in the period, whilst also replenishing its development landbank with several new strategic acquisitions.
· *Japan*: GLP Japan leased 1.7 million sqm (18.7 million sq ft) in 2018. Notably, all the new development projects GLP started in Japan last year were fully leased before construction. In addition, GLP Japan completed seven developments comprising over 620,000 sqm (6.8 million sq ft), with six of them already 100% leased. GLP Nagareyama in Greater Tokyo is almost fully leased, with Japanese e-commerce leader* Rakuten* leasing 100% of GLP Nagareyama II.
· *US*: GLP US, comprising a portfolio of more than 17 million sqm (185 million sq ft) across 36 markets, executed more than 1,100 lease transactions covering 3.7 million sqm (40 million sq ft) and closed 2018 with its highest occupancy level of 96%.
· *India: *IndoSpace (a GLP joint venture) is the largest provider of modern industrial and logistics real estate in India, managing a portfolio today of around 2.8 million sqm (30 million sq ft). GLP is committed to building a smart logistics ecosystem to support the growth and modernization of India's supply chain. It has established a long-term partnership dedicated to investing in strategies and technologies to enhance logistics efficiency in India, to better serve customers through real estate and technology-led solutions.GLP Nagareyama, Greater Tokyo, Japan
*About GLP (**www.glprop.com**)
*GLP is the leading global provider of modern logistics facilities and technology-led solutions, with more than US$60 billion in assets under management across its real estate and private equity segments. The Company's real estate fund platform is one of the largest in the world, spanning 71 million square meters (780 million square feet).
*Ambika Goel, CFA
SVP, Capital Markets
Tel: +65 6643 6372
This press release is not an offer of securities for sale or a solicitation of an offer to purchase securities. The information in this press release may not contain, and you may not rely on this press release as providing, all material information concerning the condition (financial or other), earnings, business affairs, business prospects, properties or results of operations of GLP or its subsidiaries. This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the intent, belief and current expectations of GLP or its officers with respect to various matters. When used in this press release, the words "expects,""believes,""anticipates,""plans,""may,""will,""should,""intends,""foresees,""estimates,""projects," and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements that describe objectives, plans or goals also are forward-looking statements. Actual future performance, outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Representative examples of these factors include (without limitation) general industry and economic conditions, interest rate trends, cost of capital and capital availability, availability of real estate properties, competition from other companies and venues for the sale/distribution of goods and services, shifts in customer demands, customers and partners, changes in operating expenses, including employee wages, benefits and training, governmental and public policy changes, and the continued availability of financing in the amounts and the terms necessary to support future business. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on the current view of management on future events and speak only as of the date of this press release. GLP does not undertake to revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. No assurance can be given that future events will occur, that projections will be achieved, or that GLP's assumptions are correct.
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- SK Telecom, Harman and Sinclair sign an MoU to jointly develop and commercialize broadcasting network-based automotive platform in the U.S. and globally
- The advanced automotive platform will be applied with ATSC 3.0-based broadcasting solutions to provide terrestrial TV broadcasting, HD map updates, V2X, etc.
- The three companies will seek business opportunities in the global market for connected cars
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) and Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) today announced that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Harman at the '2019 CES' in Las Vegas to jointly develop and commercialize digital broadcasting network-based automotive electronics technology for global markets.SK Telecom, Harman and Sinclair Broadcast Group Sign MOU
Under the MOU, the companies will collaborate to build an advanced automotive platform based on ATSC 3.0, the next-generation broadcasting technology standard, to enable drivers to experience in-vehicle HD terrestrial TV broadcasting, secure firmware updates, HD map updates and V2X certificate management via terrestrial digital broadcasting facilities operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group throughout the United States. The technology will also be deployed in other geographies as local broadcast facilities become available.
The three companies will work together to provide market leading technology and grow market share in U.S. Market. The companies also plan to seek joint business opportunities in the global automotive market.
The companies intend to unveil their automotive platform and related equipment and services for the first time at the '2019 National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB Show),' the world's largest broadcasting equipment exhibition hosted in Las Vegas in April 2019.
"Mobility and media are core business areas that will undergo innovative changes in the 5G era," said Park Jung-ho, President and CEO of SK Telecom. "With Harman and Sinclair Broadcast Group, SK Telecom will target the mobility and media markets in the U.S. and expand into the global market."
"Today's pervasively connected cars are becoming just one more personalized mobile device that consume data to deliver a maximum safety and reliability and an optimized user experience," said Dinesh Paliwal, President and CEO of Harman. "ATSC 3.0 will bring a high-value option for bulk data communication, which can supplement conventional 4G and 5G mobile data networks, We are pleased to work with two industry powerhouses in partnership to bring this powerful technology to the market."
"With this announcement, Sinclair is continuing to partner with market leaders to further develop next-gen broadcasting solutions," said Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group. "We are excited to be working with Harman and SK Telecom, two prominent international technology leaders, to progress ATSC 3.0 automotive solutions and experience. This collaboration focuses on developing key mobility enhancements of ATSC 3.0 as a potential value creator for Sinclair and other U.S. broadcasters."
About SK Telecom
Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2017, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 30.2 million mobile subscribers including 22.87 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.520 trillion in revenue in 2017. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
About Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 191 television stations in 89 markets. Sinclair is a leading local news provider in the country and operates the greatest number of award-winning news rooms in the industry and is dedicated to impactful journalism with a local focus. The Company has multiple national networks, live local sports production, as well as stations affiliated with all the major networks. Sinclair's content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.
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SHENZHEN, CHINA / SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 10 January 2019 -* *UNPay, the global one-stop fintech open platform provider, announced today that it has clinched the Outstanding Cross-border e-Commerce Financial Services Enterprise Award, hosted by The Shenzhen Cross-border e-Commerce Association. Held in Shenzhen on 7 January, the theme of this year's award, shines the spotlight on "open trade and breakthrough". As one of the main driving forces in e-commerce, cross border trade is key to the success of online sellers around the world.
Since its inception in June 2017, UnPAY, which was appointed as the vice president of the association, has been actively promoting the transformation of the cross-border e-commerce industry by helping Chinese companies venture and expand overseas. For its commitment and efforts to the industry, UnPAY was awarded the Outstanding Cross-border E-Commerce Financial Services Enterprise Award. Other recipients of the esteemed award included internationally-renowned financial institutions and fintech companies such as China Construction Bank, Ping An Bank, Paypal, Payoneer and WorldFirst.
UnPay's one-stop cross-border financial service platform for Chinese cross-border e-commerce sellers was officially launched in 2018. With its secure platform and superior payment experience, UnPAY has garnered the recognition of the online sellers in China. In addition, UnPAY's rapid establishment and expansion of its financial service network globally, has been lauded and favoured by both governments and financial institutions around the world.
Just two months ago, UnPAY was appointed by Yiwu's government officials to develop the city of Yiwu into the leading cross-border financial centre in China. It has also reached strategic agreements with the Middle East, Africa and Europe to help develop their payment infrastructures.
Close to a thousand participants attended the conference and award ceremony to share the pain points in the cross-border financial sector and the huge potential of emerging markets. Participants included representatives from e-commerce giants such as Amazon, Shoppe, Jollychic, as well as established traditional sellers like Globalegrow and Tomtop.
"The millennials today are not able to witness the prosperity that the Silk Road brought to the world, but in this internet era, we are building a flatter and more open world trade map through modern logistics and financial technology. As a financial service provider, we are committed to providing a superior payment experience for online sellers through the continuous enhancement of our products and services," expressed Mr Kenny Li, General Manager of UnPAY's cross-border business unit. Reported by Media OutReach 33 minutes ago.
Paris, 10^th January 2019
**An independent expert is appointed and an ad hoc committee is created**
**The Board of Directors has assessed the proposed resolutions presented by several of the Group’s shareholders**
**Benoît Herault intends to resign from his position of Chairman and member of the Board of Directors **
**Update on the asset sale project and the work being undertaken to optimize the Group’s cost structure **
**Appointment of an independent expert and creation of an ad hoc committee
The Board of Directors today appointed the company Ledouble as an independent expert tasked with providing a fairness opinion regarding the capital increase reserved for COFEPP. Additionally, the Board of Directors decided today to establish an ad hoc committee comprised of independent Board members who will interact with the independent expert and will provide an opinion to the Board of Directors.
As the Reserved Capital Increase is to be executed at a higher price than the current share price, this designation is being made on a voluntary basis (based on the framework of Article 261-3 of the general regulations of the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF). The report of the independent expert will be made available to the shareholders before the Annual General Meeting, to be held on 31^st January 2019.
**Assessment by the Board of Directors of the proposed resolutions presented by several of the Group’s shareholders
The Board of Directors met on 10^th January 2019 to consider the requests made by several of the Group’s shareholders, for the inclusion of new resolutions to the agenda of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the conclusion of their assessment, the Board has decided the following:
· Resolution presented by BDL Capital Management
Received by letter, on 3^rd January 2019. BDL Capital Management, providing proof that it holds 7.1% of the Company’s share capital, requested that the Board of Directors include in the AGM’s agenda the following resolution:
· · Establishment of an ad hoc committee
· This request has been approved.
· Resolutions presented by Denis Nahas, Robert Gobin, Guillaume Tromp, Arnaud Kermagoret, Jean-Pierre Lavoine, Pierre Van Peteghem and Françoise Lavoine
Received by letter on 4^th January 2019. Denis Nahas, Robert Gobin, Guillaume Tromp, Arnaud Kermagoret, Jean-Pierre Lavoine, Pierre Van Peteghem and Françoise Lavoine, holding approximately 1% of the Company’s share capital, have requested that the Board of Directors include the following resolutions in the agenda of the AGM:
· · Revocations of Board membership of all Board members with the exception of Jacques Tierny, who was recently appointed
· These requests have not been approved.
· Establishment of attendance fees allocated to the Board of Directors
· This request has not been approved.
· Exclusion of variable, extraordinary items to Jean-Noël Reynaud, Chief Executive Officer, and Benoît Hérault for the years 2017 and 2018
· These requests have not been approved.
· Modification of Resolution 27: authorization given to the Board of Directors in order to proceed to the attribution of free existing shares or to issue shares for the benefit of recipients to be determined among the Company’s staff
· This request has not been approved.
· Amendments to the two options in the agreement between MBWS and COFEPP of 24^th December 2018
· These requests have not been approved.
The justifications for the decisions made by the Board of Directors and the complete text of the resolutions proposed by the shareholders, along with the explanation of their arguments, are presented in the Board of Director’s report published today on the Group’s website (in French).
**Benoît Hérault’s intention to resign from his position as Chairman and member of the Board of Directors **
During the Board of Directors meeting on 10^th January 2019, Benoît Hérault announced his intention to resign from his position as Chairman and member of Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits’ Board of Directors, upon completion of one of the two options outlined in the binding agreement signed by the Company and COFEPP.
Benoît Hérault declared, “These past five years as an independent Board member and then as Chairman of the Board of Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits have been very intense. In 2018, given a sharply deteriorated financial situation, I accepted – at the request of the members of the Board of Directors – to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis, with the main objectives of finding a new Chief Executive Officer for the Group and securing a solution for ensuring its status as a going concern. These objectives have now been accomplished.” Mr. Hérault continued, “A new strategic plan will be presented over the course of Q1 2019 and the backing of our Group by a solid industrial player opens a new chapter for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits. I will remain with the Company until the recapitalization is completed.”
**Update on the asset sale project and the work being carried out to optimize the Group’s cost structure **
The Board of Directors has decided, given the current circumstances, to end the project to sell some of the Group’s brands. This project’s objective was to cover part or all of the losses in FY 2018. The various efforts carried out have not resulted in offers that would meet the stated objective, in the required timeframe. This led the Board of Directors to seek another solution to address the Group’s financial situation. The binding agreement signed between MBWS and COFEPP provides such a solution.
Nevertheless, the Group confirms that it is continuing to study the sale of assets whose disposal would not limit its capacity for development or the execution of its strategy, including some brands whose strategic interest would not be significant in the context of the Company’s medium-term strategy.
The Board of Directors has confirmed that it will continue to carry out the work to adapt the Group’s cost structure. The results of this work are expected to be presented along with the new strategic plan.
**Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits** produces and sells a range of wine and spirits across four geographic clusters: Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. MBWS has distinguished itself for its know-how, the range of its brands, and a long tradition and history of innovation. From the inception of Maison Marie Brizard in Bordeaux, France in 1755, to the launch of Fruits and Wine in 2010, MBWS has successfully developed and adapted its brands to make them contemporary while respecting their origins. MBWS is committed to providing value by offering its customers bold, trustworthy, flavorful and experiential brands. The company has a broad portfolio of leading brands in their respective market segments, most notably William Peel scotch whisky, Sobieski vodka, Krupnik vodka, Fruits and Wine flavored wine, Marie Brizard liqueurs and Cognac Gautier. MBWS is listed on the regulated market of Euronext Paris, Compartment B (ISIN code FR0000060873, ticker MBWS) and is included in the EnterNext© PEA-PME 150 index, among others.
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