Guaranteed driving pleasure: Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid: News from Lower Carinthia

Wolfsberg. The Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid is the French manufacturer’s first rechargeable hybrid and thus marks the start of Citroën’s electrification offensive. This provides for all Citroën models to be offered as an electrified variant – hybrid or purely electric. By 2025, the entire model range …

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Opis from Latvia is gaining incredible success on the popular site “TikTok”

For comparison – “Latvian Sisters“has” only “1.6 million followers. One sister video earns around 50, 70, 120 thousand views, there is also a video viewed 4.3 million times. But” Dednahype “such figures that” Latvian Sisters “is remarkable figure, able to reach … within hours.

“Dednahype” is approaching that the number of followers of this account (which also has the Latvian flag in its profile and it is clear from several videos that they were taken in Latvia) would reach 10 million – 9.9 million already. And this account also has videos that have been viewed more than 82 million times. Not even the world’s show business stars, whose profiles are on the TikTok website, should be ashamed of it.

Dednahype has already earned a total of 133 million likes. For example, Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson or The Rock, followed by TikTok by nearly 30 million fans, has only a few dozen “likes” a million more. And in this ranking of “likes” marks, “Dednahype” convincingly surpasses even the actress and singer Selena Gomes, not to mention other celebrities.

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So what has Dednahype, which depicts the “exciting” adventures of an opium, gained huge popularity? Everyone has to decide for themselves.

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The new Tesla batteries are even better than expected: a service life of over 3.5 million km!

Canadian scientist Jeff Dahn is one of the world’s leading capacities for battery cell research and development. New batteries for Tesla, which were supposed to last 1 million mil.

Tesla recently introduced completely new 4680 battery cells at Battery Day, which use not only a new format, but also a chemical composition. They will also be completely differently installed in cars, where they will form a structural element of the car. All improvements should ultimately result in them being 56% cheaper per 1 kWh of capacity than today’s 2170 cells.
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But according to the latest test results, Jeff Dahn and his team beat themselves. It looks like the life of new battery cells is over 2 million miles (3.5 million km) or 15,000 cycles.

Some of the newly developed articles have been tested for three years. Others, which have up to 15,000 charge / discharge cycles, have shown only a minimal decrease in capacity when discharging 25% to 50% of capacity. Even at higher discharges, however, the clearances are relatively low.

Jeff Dahn himself even asks in his presentation whether we need such good batteries at all. And he answers that he certainly did. And not only in electric cars (especially it will significantly facilitate V2G use), but also in other electric transport environments, as well as stationary storages.

Tesla intends this new chemical composition of batteries used in its new Articles 4680which will start to be fitted to its electric cars perhaps next year or the year after next. The first will probably be the European Tesla Model Y.

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French hammer on the revolutionary Volkswagen. The electric Renault Mégane will arrive in a year

When Renault launched the first generation of the compact Mégane in 1995, it had to face a number of problems. But Mégane succeeded and became one of the pillars of the French brand’s return to prominence. Now Renault is having a lot of problems again and Mégane is to help him to the top again. However, in a new, electric form, which is preceded by the eVision concept.

Luca de Meo, the new head of the French carmaker, recalled the situation when Mégane and later the first Dacia Logan helped Renault get out of the global crisis when introducing the eVision concept. And the new Mégane could have the same effect. The end of the classic hatchback with internal combustion engines has been speculated for some time. Sales are not nearly as good as those of competitors, and given the problems of the whole Renault, it is necessary to save where possible.

Talisman, Espace or Scénic, for example, will almost certainly not succeed here). And another in a row is the combustion Mégane (the station wagon is also offered as a plug-in hybrid from this year), currently sold in the fourth generation. But Luca de Meo also reminded that Renault should not forget its roots and history.

And maybe that’s why the concept of the electric compact hatchback was named Mégane eVision. The historically successful name could help quite a bit in the segment of compact electric models, which has not yet been explored for Renault (however differently it is doing well, especially with smaller electric cars).

Especially at a time when even the biggest competition is heading in the same direction. The Citroën ë-C4 is “only” an electric version of the combustion hatchback, but the Volkswagen ID.3 is designed from the ground up as an electric car. And Renault is following the same path.

Mégane eVision thus stands on the fully electric modular platform CMF-EV. And even with her, de Meo did not forgive himself for the historical connection. The first Mégane was offered in several body versions. In addition to today’s common hatchback, station wagon and sedan, it was also sold as a coupe and convertible, and the first generation Scénic also bore the name Mégane for some time, which showed the relationship of all compact models.

And it is on the CMF-EV platform that Renault also wants to build a number of cars in the future, although probably not with an open body. Rather, SUVs can be expected. It will also be used by other brands of the Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi alliance.

By the way, according to the carmaker’s representatives, the electric Mégane is 95 percent finished. What can be seen in the gallery before the end of next year will probably only come out with minimal modifications to the roads. This also suggests that the current Mégane could really end. The production of the electric version will take place in France, most likely in a factory in Douai. Today, the Talisman, Espace and Scénic models are being developed there, but from 2021 the plant will produce electric cars. The serial version of the eVision concept will also be the first production Renault on the new platform.

An electric motor with an output of 160 kW and a torque of 300 Nm works within the bowels of the eVision concept. You won’t get much stronger Renaultes at the moment, which corresponds to accelerating from a standstill to 100 km / h in less than eight seconds. The battery has a capacity of 60 kWh. According to de Mea, this should be enough for a range of 450 km according to the WLTP cycle.

Recall that the 150kW Volkswagen ID.3 with a usable capacity of 58 kWh will travel up to 425 km according to the manufacturer. Both models are quite similar – but VW has powered rear wheels, Renault will have front wheels.

The battery of the French model allows up to 130 kW of fast charging, so the driver could have 200 kilometers available in about half an hour. It can then be charged with alternating current with a maximum output of 22 kW.

The advantage of Mégan eVision is the usability of the interior space. With a length of 4210 mm, the car is 149 mm shorter than the current Mégane, yet it has a longer wheelbase – 2700 mm against 2669 mm. With more compact dimensions, the car can offer more space inside, even due to shorter overhangs. Electrical technology in the bowels of the car is to blame. It is smaller than in combustion models, which made it possible to reduce the dimensions, but not at the expense of the interior space.

The battery, by the way, with a height of 11 centimeters, one of the lowest on the market, is also located under the floor and does not take up space for rear passengers or luggage in the trunk.

The design of the concept itself is based on the Morphoz spring SUV. The main element of the car is the centrally located large logo of the carmaker, which is followed by headlights with Matrix LED technology. The intake vents are located in the lower part of the front bumper, so the car lacks a conventional front grille. It is similar at the back, where the main design element consists of a distinctive logo and the associated LED lights.

On the other hand, the Mégane eVision borrowed more distinctively shaped fenders from the SUV world, as well as 20-inch wheels, covered, for better aerodynamics, with 21-inch covers. On the contrary, the coupe resembles the roof line, the shape of which also helps aerodynamics. Quite a few elements, including, for example, the aforementioned roof, are painted in gold, contrasting the matte gray body.

And it is worth noting the rendering of the last letter “E” in the name of Mégane on the fifth door. This, with its lines with parallel stripes, refers to the 1972 Renault logo, designed by Victor Vasarely and which gave the brand’s emblem its current form.

The carmaker did not give a glimpse into the interior, similarly to the mentioned SUV Morphoz, but its dominant feature is a large L-shaped screen.

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Kenina and Schwyontek will meet in the French Open final

In the first semi-final, Schwyonteka (WTA 53) convincingly defeated the previously qualified Argentine Nadia Podoroski with 6-2, 6-1, who takes the 131st place in the WTA rank.

On Thursday, Schwyontek became the first Polish tennis player to reach the final of the French Open in the last 81 years.

It is significant that the Polish woman has never lost a set in the tournament.

“I’m really surprised,” Schwyoneck said after the historic victory. “At first I didn’t expect to play so well here, but I felt internally that if I reached the Grand Slam final, it would definitely be in Paris.”

In 1939, another Polish woman, Jadviga Jeržejovska, lost in the final of this tournament. In the open era, she is only the second Polish woman to reach the finals of the Grand Slam tournament. Eight years ago in Wimbledon, Agneška Radvaņska did it.

She has also become the only seventh unsown tennis player to make it to the finals in Paris. Of the previous six tennis players, only Alona Ostapenko, who did it in 2017, has celebrated the victory in the final with such status.

Podoroska, meanwhile, was the lowest-ranked tennis player to reach the semifinals of the French Open in the Open. The performance in the tournament will allow her to rise to the record high 48th place.

In the final, Schwyonteka will meet the winner of the Australian Open Championship Kenina (6th WTA), who is sown with the fourth number in the tournament. The American with 6-4, 7-5 defeated Wimbledon champion Peter Kvitov from the Czech Republic (WTA 11th), who was placed with the seventh number.

Kenina has the opportunity to become the first tennis player to win two Grand Slam titles in one season since 2016. Previously, the German Angelika Kerbere, who won in Australia and the United States.

Significantly, Kenina had never played in the quarterfinals in her career in clay tournaments before.

In the women’s competition in the French Open Championship this season, the first number of the rank from Australia Ashley Barthy, the new “US Open” champion Naomi Osaka from Japan, as well as the talented Canadian Bianka Andresco will not start.

The Roland Garros tournament was due to take place this year from May 25 to June 7, but in mid-March it was moved to autumn and is the last Grand Slam of the season.

The tournament takes place on clay.

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Gatis Grāvers will play the famous father before his birth in the film

The news that his son Gatis was chosen for the role of Aigars Grāvers came only on the first day of filming, becoming an even bigger event than the fact of the shooting of the film “Jumprava. The Big Event” itself.

That Gatim’s role was not only due to acquaintance is confirmed by the casting, which was attended by many young people. And Gatis was chosen after proving his strength in trials. “Two factors were important to apply for the role: musical skills and visual appearance – similarity to one of the band’s musicians. It so happened that I have it all. That’s why the film’s director Aigars Graub, when he called to apply for casting, did not have to be particularly persuasive, ”says Gatis, who will have his first experience in acting and in front of the cameras, in a conversation with Kas Jauns magazine.

It could be difficult to compete with Gati in the likeness of his father to others, because visually, father and son are alike. Graver’s son is not unaware of the music either. Although the guy has not connected his professional path with music – he is an architect – Gatis has attended a music school since childhood, where he learned to play the piano, even participated in international competitions, so when filming at a keyboard, you can feel confident.

According to the press, Gatis formed the group “Sol Luna” together with Matīss Runtulis, a musician who has already passed away during school, and has worked in it, which Aigars has praised, saying that “nothing happens to his son”. Graver’s son had never felt the pressure of his parents to play music. After graduating from high school, he played in groups in France, but did not make money with music, it is his hobby. In the film Gatis will also be seen playing guitar and singing, because all the compositions will be performed by the actors themselves “live”.

Gatis studied at a French lyceum and, when he had to make a choice about what to become, he went to France to study architecture at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Montpellier. That’s how it is, – the young man asks why architecture determines. He has lived and worked in France, in Montreal, for ten years. It is rare to come to Latvia, and this time he will be here until the middle of October due to filming. “I don’t know what I have signed up for, now I’m just starting to guess what it’s all about. Filming and role-playing is an unfamiliar field for me, but I am open to trying something new, I really want to understand what it is, ”Gatis smiles on the first day of filming.

The fact that he is the son of Aigars will probably make it easier to feel the role. “I see other actors trying to capture the image of their hero – to meet and talk to the musician for at least half an hour to feel the person. I can pretty well imagine Aigars’ reactions to him in different situations. It’s a bit easier for me, ”says Gatis. Whether he is naturally like his father, however, he does not have to judge himself – it must be better visible from the outside.

Given the period of the film, it turns out that Father Gatis will be portrayed just before his birth. At the same time, the work in the film will give the young person the opportunity to learn more about the Awakening time, the work of “Jumprava” and its significance in it, because “for my generation, fanating about” Jumprava “has gone away”. “I am not in the generation that has heard this music a lot; just as much as I have listened to myself. But in filming, I see and understand that people older than me perceive the group as an essential part of their youth. ”

Asked whether the film will allow him to get to know his father better, Gatis is reluctant to answer, pointing out that he does not want to talk about private life, only about the film. But little is known about it yet. “If you ask this question when the film is finished, I will answer you, now I don’t know what to say,” explains Aigars.

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As you know, Aigars Grāvers (59) is the father of five children. Aigars met his eldest son Ilvar (32), who was given to him by his first wife and raised by his grandparents after her death, denying the opportunity to see only two years ago. Gatis, like his sister, was born to Aigars in a relationship with his second wife Lilita. In turn, the two youngest sons, who are currently of primary school age, were born to the musician in a recently divorced marriage with producer Aija Strazdiņa. Graver himself did not hide in the interviews that he is aware that he has spent too little time with his older children, that he values ​​his role as a father as a “twin” and that it is painful to realize and feel this emptiness.

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World champion Alafilipp has a heavy fall on a Flemish bike ride

In this competition, cyclists had to cover a distance of 243.3 kilometers with 15 floors and heavy hills, as well as several sections of pavement.

About 36 kilometers before the finish, the Frenchman Deceuninck-QuickStep, along with the Belgian Jumbo-Visma and the Dutch van der Pool (Alpecin-Fenix), set off from the group, but a few kilometers later the world the champion suffered a heavy fall. On a slight incline, he did not see the race judge in front of the riders behind the rivals and hit him on the shoulder.

Alafilips plumped and landed heavily, grabbing his arm in pain. Of course, he injured the shoulder and wrist of his right hand.

After Alafilip’s resignation, Van Arts and van der Pool maintained a two-wheeler victory in the finish line. Van der Pool was superior to the hairdresser. The next group split third, with Norwegian Alexander Christophe (UAE) winning the victory.

It is significant that in 1986 Matri van der Paul’s father Adri won this bike ride.

On Sunday, the Latvian cyclist Skujiņš of the “Trek-Segafredo” team also took part in the start, finishing in the group that lost ten minutes and 30 seconds to the winner. The Latvian was classified in heading 81.

“Ronde van Vlaanderen” took place for the 104th time in history. In 2000, Roman Vainstein won the third place in this bike ride.

The cycling, which is part of the Flemish classics, was due to take place on April 5 this year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed to the autumn.

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On Sunday, 44 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia

The proportion of positive cases against those tested is 2%, reports SPKC. SPKC promises to provide more detailed information about new patients later.

In Latvia, a total of 3494 persons became ill and 1341 recovered.

Eight more Covid-19 patients were hospitalized on Sunday, according to the National Health Service (NSS).

The NSA reports that 80 people are currently being treated in hospitals, of whom 74 are moderately ill and six are severely ill.

A total of 284 patients were discharged from hospitals.

As previously reported by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the number of Covid-19 cases increased in all age groups last week, but the largest increase was in the 50-64 age group, where the number increased by 102% compared to the week before.

The second largest increase was observed in the group over the age of 65, when the number of new cases increased by 61.7%.

An increase of 23.6% was also observed in the age group from 15 to 49 years of age, but children aged 0-14 years of age became ill 9.4% more often last week than a week earlier.

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Why the new Geely Coolray is better than the Patriot for the same 1.5 million rubles – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

“Club Service” has completely disassembled the Chinese crossover of the Belarusian assembly Geely Coolray in the top-end configuration, which costs a little more than 1.5 million rubles. The car, in the subjective opinion of the blogger, turned out to be really good. At least better than new UAZ “Patriot” for the same amount.

In order to establish the truth, Coolray was indeed completely disassembled. There is no anti-corrosion treatment of the underbody – it is only on the “container” for the spare wheel, but it is applied carelessly. All welded points and seams are made accurately, the sealant, moreover, in a very thick layer, is applied where necessary. The gas tank is made of plastic. Let us remind you that even the Patriot has it not made of metal.

The build quality of Coolray can be compared to Korean cars. There is no rust on the body, joints, cavities, in contrast to the same “Patriot”, which just came off the assembly line.

Of course, Geely saved money, but this economy can be called reasonable: the noise insulation of the body panels and the floor is rather mediocre, but the rear wheel arches are trimmed with felt. If you install “Shumka”, then with a lack of experience there is a risk of breaking the fastening of the inserts and plugs of the door panels.

Of all that Geely Coolray has from Volvo, according to the Club Service, there is an adapted “turbo-engine” with a capacity of 150 hp, which, if desired, can be “chipped” up to 200 “horses.” The engine is paired with a 7-speed robotic transmission with two clutches in a wet bath.

After revisions in terms of vibration and noise isolation, Geely Coolray will be sold to a subscriber.

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PHOTO: the group “Pērkons” sings the concert program “Man, You Are!” At VEF Culture Palace

This concert program is a dedication of the group “Pērkons” to the outstanding poet Māris Čaklajs, who would have turned 80 this year.

In the first part of the concert program, the special guests were the opera singer, one of the former “Thunder people”, the current Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis and the musician Elizabete Balčus. In the second part, the brightest fragments of the rock opera were sung by the Latvian National Theater actor Egils Melbārdis, singers Annija Putniņa and Elizabete Balčus together with the group Pērkons.

Twenty years ago, Melbārdis participated in the production of “Gypsy in a Dream” at the Daugavpils Theater and in 2002 received the “Players’ Night” award for the role of Jānis Man as the best young actor. The actor admits that after twenty years he feels satisfied to sing the wonderful and at the same time very complex fragments of the rock opera again.

Musicians believe that today Māris Čakla’s texts are even more accurate and very accurately describe today’s situation and events in Latvia – at a time when we have entered the shackles of a pandemic, when people now have to live in the shadow of various restrictions. Quoting Māris Čaklo, “… but let the fog be mist, the dew is the dew / and let people not die from it” and “You who know about the freedom to exist / know how to exist in your freedom- / gather like the sea… / Man, you are all together.”

The next concerts of the tour will take place on November 1 in Liepāja Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars”, on November 15 – in Concert Hall “Cēsis” and on November 21 – in Ventspils Theater House “Jūras vārti”.

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