Motive so far unclear: rampage in Trier

In Trier, a man raced through the pedestrian zone in an off-road vehicle. At least two people are dead, there are many injured.

Rescue workers in the pedestrian zone of Trier on Tuesday afternoon Photo: Harald Title / dpa

FRANKFURT AM MAIN taz | In Trier, a 51-year-old German raced through the pedestrian zone in a heavy SUV on Tuesday afternoon. According to the police, he hit people “at random”. At least two people were killed. Trier’s Mayor Wolfram Leibe also reported at least fifteen people, some of them seriously injured.

Police officers were able to arrest the alleged gunman, a 51-year-old German from the region, in the immediate vicinity of the crime scene by ramming his vehicle. According to the Trier folk friend a task force happened to be on site. It is still unclear what drove the man to act. The driver has not yet commented.

The city center of Trier was cordoned off until evening. After the victims had been cared for and taken away, the police took over the security of evidence.

He experienced the scenes in the city center “like after a war,” said Mayor Leibe, who was there immediately after the rampage. According to him, there is a child among the dead. He saw a child’s shoe lying on the street; the girl with that is no longer alive, he said, struggling to maintain his composure. The Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer, has now confirmed that a small child is among the dead.

The day was a “really bad and terrible day for the relatives,” said Dreyer. In the middle of a normal day, people were torn from life. “It’s just very bad for all of us.” Let her thoughts go to the injured and seriously injured and hope and pray that they survived and recovered.

Video footage showed a picture of the devastation at the crime scene. Even hours after that, advertising stands and displays that had been driven over were scattered on the street. In the afternoon, numerous rescue vehicles were in action to rescue the dead and injured.

Because of the cold snap, fewer people were in the pedestrian zone at the time of the crime than usual in the run-up to Christmas. However, unlike in previous years, the pedestrian zone was not secured by concrete bollards because the Christmas market was canceled this year due to the corona crisis. Initially, nothing was known about the perpetrator’s motives. At a press conference that evening, the Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewenz (SPD) and the police wanted to report on the status of the investigation.

The police asked all eyewitnesses not to post videos and photos on social media. She announced that she would be setting up a portal where she could receive such documents. The officials also warned against speculation that made the rounds on the network immediately after the incident.


Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic: Luxury SUV with high standards

In the fine Swabian way

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic wants to stir up the luxury SUV segment.

Stuttgart The GLS is dressing up and will start the mud fight in a tuxedo in the future. As the second model alongside the S-Class, Mercedes is now also launching its SUV flagship as the Maybach. As the German answer to Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga, it will go on sale in the spring and start at 156,078 euros.

In contrast to the S-Class and even more so in the corresponding Vision Ultimate Luxury study, there is no independent body. But the thick ship with its 5.21 meters has not lacked in presence. And for prestige, the designers have hung so much tinsel on the GLS that even on gray days you can’t help but grab your sunglasses: the rims are big and shimmering like the mirrors in a Hollywood cloakroom, the grill fanned out as finely as if it wore pinstripes , and while the Maybach logo is proudly emblazoned on the flanks, the GLS is the only Mercedes SUV to have a star on its bonnet like only the sedans usually do.

Add to that the two-tone paintwork reserved for Maybach, and all eyes are on the mogul slope. Where only the trim on the outside makes the difference, Mercedes has rebuilt a lot more inside. Of course, compared to the British, the more modern and, with its large screens, almost futuristic cabin is bursting with lacquer and leather, the woods embarrass every cabinet maker, and you could probably wrap the saddler’s thread around the world, so elaborately and decoratively the leathers are sewn.

But what really sets the Maybach apart are the two lounge chairs in the rear. Where there are usually up to five seats, two passengers can loll like a king in the heated and massaging cushions, lay their legs on electrically extending calf cushions and, for even more freedom of movement, literally fold the passenger seat into the glove compartment at the push of a button.

In addition, there are elegant folding tables and WiFi for productivity, a TV system for entertainment, a refrigerator with a champagne goblet to quench your thirst and a solid partition to the trunk instead of a simple hat shelf for maximum peace and quiet. This means that you can drive in the rear of the Maybach GLS just as comfortably as in the Maybach S-Class – only that you literally float above it all.

Imposing appearance

The rims are big and dazzling like the mirrors in a Hollywood cloakroom.

Luxury in the interior too

Of course, compared to the British, the more modern and, with its large screens, almost futuristic cabin is bursting with paint and leather.

Even under the hood, the Maybach can show a bit of stubbornness. Unlike his British opponents, he was denied the prestigious twelve-cylinder, even if the type abbreviation GLS 600 arouses this hope. But at least it gets a V8 that is more powerful than the normal models and almost comes close to the AMG version: 410 kW / 558 PS and 730 Nm are shown in the data sheet for the 4.0-liter, and the electric booster of the mild hybrid -Systems throws another 22 HP and 250 Nm into the scales, especially when starting off.

The result is a driving experience that is in no way inferior to the ease of a twelve-cylinder. Because, unmoved by the 2.8 tons and behind the thick bulkhead, rather suspecting than actually hearing it, he heaves the car forward with such serenity that you almost want to give up your belief in physics: from 0 to 100 in 4.9 Seconds and then effortlessly to 250 things – that makes the GLS the sovereign in the left lane.

And what it should lack in power, it makes up for with presence alone: ​​when this luxury steamer appears in the rear-view mirror, Cayenne & Co voluntarily clear the way. In any other car, that engine would be reason enough to compete for space behind the wheel. But no matter how loud the call of the performance may be and as confident the driver feels during kickdown, you should be heard to the rear right in a Maybach.


From 0 to 100 in 4.9 seconds and then effortlessly to 250 things – that makes the GLS the sovereign in the left lane.

Massage included

In the rear, two passengers can lounge like a princely in the heated and massaging cushions.

The chassis engineers also know this and have therefore specially programmed a Maybach profile for the electrically activated suspension: Where the GLS otherwise carves through the bends like a skier in fresh snow on a sunny slope and puts a big smile on the driver’s face, the 48 Volt-actuators now, in anticipatory obedience, not only erase any lateral inclination, but also erase all vibrations that can be entered from the road into the armchairs in the rear – even if the driver should get a few bumps in the worst case.

More sublime than in any S-Class, wrapped in cotton wool and bedded on clouds – no wonder that you feel like you’re in seventh SUV heaven here. Mercedes makes the climb to the top of the all-terrain vehicle world surprisingly easy for Maybach customers. Not only in terms of acquisition, because the SUV in a tuxedo is a proud 50,000 euros more expensive than the GLS 580 and you can easily get over 200,000 euros with a few crosses, but it still remains far below Bentley or Rolls-Royce. But also in everyday life.

Because where the British gentry have to heave themselves into the car on their own, in the Maybach a massive timeline automatically opens up within a few seconds when the doors are opened, which sets the decisive moment in scene with LED illumination : Stairway To Heaven – it has never been easier in an SUV to get to the top.

Mercedes Maybach GLS 600 4Matic – Technical data

Five-door, four-seater luxury class SUV;

  • Length: 5.12 meters
  • Width: 2.03 meters (width with exterior mirrors: not specified)
  • Height: 1.84 meters
  • Wheelbase: 3.14 meters
  • Boot space: 520 liters
  • 4,0-Liter-Twinturbo; 410 kW/558 PS
  • Maximum torque: 730 Nm at 2,500 – 5,000 rpm plus 16 kW / 22 PS and 250 Nm EQ Boost
  • all wheel drive
  • Neungang-Automatic
  • 0-100 km / h: 4.9 s
  • Vmax: 250 km/h
  • Standard consumption: 11.7 liters / 100 kilometers
  • CO2 emissions: 266 g / km
  • Emission standard: Euro 6d
  • Efficiency class: D
  • Price: from 156,078 euros

More: Right at the top – that’s the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Easy entry

When the doors are opened, a massive bar folds out, making it easier to climb the SUV.

Luxury giant

The vehicle stretches to a length of 5.21 meters.


Peugeot refreshes the 3008 and 5008 SUVs

FFor the 2021 model year, Peugeot is refreshing both its 3008 and 5008. Externally, the fine-tuning of the two SUVs can be seen in the distinctive, wider and frameless radiator grille and the longitudinal daytime running lights, which underline the now angular appearance. And LED headlights are now standard equipment. About the inner values: The “Foggy Mode” function is new, which is intended to replace fog lights and, when activated, to regulate the intensity and beam width of the dipped headlights.

In addition, the instruments have been revised, the central touchscreen is now ten inches wide. For the first time at Peugeot there is a night vision device with an infrared camera, the cruise control has a steering function, and the traffic sign recognition now also shows stop signs.

Two plug-in hybrid systems, two petrol engines with 131 or 181 hp and a diesel engine are available for the 3008. The diesel has a displacement of 1.5 liters, it offers the same performance as the small gasoline engine with its 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. The more powerful gasoline engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The 3008 Hybrid Allure (from 42,988 euros) with front-wheel drive offers a system output of 225 hp with a top torque of 360 Newton meters. Here the 1.6-liter four-cylinder works together with a 110 hp electric motor.

Peugeot refreshes both its 3008 and 5008.

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Peugeot 3008 and 5008

In the all-wheel drive PHEV (49 616 euros) the gasoline engine offers 200 hp, plus a second electric motor with 112 hp on the rear axle. This results in a system output of 300 hp with a maximum torque of 520 Nm. In both models, the power is transferred to the wheels by means of an eight-speed automatic. During an initial test drive, the 3008 225 E showed good pulling power, and the chassis is harmoniously coordinated. Peugeot expects that around 30 percent of all 3008 buyers will opt for the front-wheel drive hybrid.

For the 5008, Peugeot does not yet have an electrified version on offer. Two petrol engines with 131 or 181 hp and two diesel engines with 131 or 177 hp make up the engine quartet. The 3008 and 5008 will go on sale on January 23, 2021. Prices start at 28,805 euros for the 3008, the 5008 starts at 31,095 euros.


The next Honda CR-V will be completely electric, just like the iconic NSX – Trivia – Hybrids and Electric

The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular models of the Japanese firm, both across the pond and in the Old Continent, to put it in context, it can be said that it plays the same role in Honda as the RAV-4, probably its biggest rival, at Toyota. Now headlines jump to the front pages announcing that the next generation of Honda’s most popular SUV will be one of the firm’s electric cars, in addition to the signature sports car the NSX.

Nowadays Honda markets a hybrid version of the CR-V in Spain that recently received a new line of equipment called Sport Line. The next generation, however, will be electric. This is echoed by Autoevolution, which, following a publication by the Japanese automotive website Best Car Web, points to a more intense electrification of the range in the coming years.

Talking about an electric SUV at Honda, makes us go back just two months, to September 27, the day on which the Japanese unveiled a conceptual electric SUV to the world, which in its usual display of ingenuity when it comes to naming concepts , they called the Honda SUV e: concept.

In principle it was an SUV that was going to be dedicated exclusively to the Japanese market, and thus Honda would already have a staked electric car in each market, with the Honda e making its first commercial steps in Europe (it was recently named Car of the Year in Germany), and the Honda SUV e: concept destined to be marketed in Asia, missing the American market to be raised, which now seems to see a Honda electric on the horizon with these rumors emerging in the Japanese press.

They point from Best Car Web that the new generation of the CR-V will arrive by 2024, which leaves enough time for the Japanese firm to propose the total electrification of the product, and which curiously is the same date that Honda was considering to present the production model that will descend from the Honda SUV e: concept, so the Honda CR-V electric.

They would not be alone in the process of developing the electric CR-V, as Best Car Web claims to have credible evidence that Honda is working on it, and also is doing it together with General Motors on a platform that will lead to more electric cars as a result of this collaboration. The electric Honda Accord is also reportedly under Honda’s full electrification plans.

On the other hand, the Japanese website also speaks of the historical acronym of the hybrid sports car of the firm, NSX. With the current generation of the NSX, Honda was the first manufacturer to electrify a name with a legacy as important as the NSX behind it. With this new generation, the Japanese website points out that Honda would continue with the electrification process of its iconic sports car, but that we will not see the electric NSX until 2025.

With this electrification of the NSX Honda could take the opportunity to rethink the philosophy of the sports car and get closer to the concept of a GT car than to that of a mid-engined sports car, approaching, for example, the Tesla Roadster with its four seats, although at the moment they are only conjectures.


Hyundai Bayon: a new compact SUV for Europe from 2021

The Asian house announces the arrival of the model called Bayon, a compact B-Suv that will be the entry car in the range of “high” wheels on the European market. The name recalls a town in the south of France

A completely new model destined to become the gateway to the SUV sector of the South Korean manufacturer. The new high-wheeled model will be called Hyundai Bayon, a B-Suv that will debut in the first half of 2021, developed and designed specifically for the European market. A car that comes from a totally new project with which the Asian brand aims to strengthen its presence in a sector, that of compact SUVs of around 4.2 meters in length, particularly lively in the Old Continent.


The name is a direct reference to the Old Continent and in particular to a city in southern France. Hyundai Bayon, in fact, refers to the town of Bayonne, in the south-west of the transalpine country, a municipality located between the Atlantic coast and the Pyrenees mountain range, a town known to outdoor sports enthusiasts, especially sailing and hiking. And just for fans of an active lifestyle tied hand in glove to travel, look with interest the new B-Suv of the Asian house, which in compact dimensions – presumably around 4.2 meters in length – will offer space on board for all family and comfort while traveling, presumably being able to count on the most modern technologies from Hyundai.


“Hyundai is strongly consolidated in the SUV market in Europe – comments Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing and Product of the company based in Seoul – By launching a new model in the B-SUV segment, we see a great opportunity in responding even better to the demand of European customers and in improving our offer in a highly appreciated segment ”. So Hyundai Bayon will be the entry model in the SUV sector of the Asian brand, which in Europe already consists of the various Hyundai Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe and Nexo, with an offer of engines that ranges from electric to various types of hybrid hydrogen. As already happened to several Hyundai models, Bayon inherits the name (albeit adapted) from a city, in this case French; it had already happened with Santa Fe and Tucson (in Arizona and New Mexico respectively), Kona (a district of Big Island, Hawaii) and Nexo, as well as Nexø, a city on the Danish island of Bornholm.


Did I know the SUV version of Nissan Frontier, will it be manufactured in Argentina?

Nissan presented a few days ago the redesign of the Frontier, better known in other markets such as Navara.

It will arrive in Argentina next year to be produced in the Cordovan terminal of Santa Isabel, indicates the specialized site Parabrisas, but there are still several pending launches in different parts of the world by the Japanese brand.



The Italian low-cost SUV puts the turbo

The large Italian low-cost SUV is launched in a powerful new version in addition to its classic dress. From today it is fitted with a new 1.5 turbo petrol engine, the same one we see on the larger F35, for a maximum power sprint of 154 CV and peak torque of 210Nm at 3,600rpm, plus a claimed maximum speed of 185 km / h.

The gearbox is six-speed automatic, with double dry clutch. But it does not end there, the successful DR 5.0 SUV also has other new elements, including first of all an unprecedented endowment. As for the external appearance, practically nothing changes. Instead in the driving position and in general in the cockpit we notice the differences compared to the standard version we know, with the naturally aspirated engine.

The driving mode offered by the control unit today are two, Eco and Sport, the first introduced to reduce consumption and the other to fully exploit the panache of the new powerful engine. The panoramic roof is also new and the SUV’s headlights have been renewed, now even more technological; they turn on automatically and also have the call delayed switch-off function “follow me home”. The speakers inside the vehicle become six in all, four front and two rear, for a sound system definitely improved.


Source: DR Automobiles

We do not forget security systems present in the car, also improved compared to the previous version of DR 5.0. Two new curtain cushions have been added to the airbags already present, the EPB and Auto Hold systems instead replace the parking brake. The restyling also affected the supporting structure of the car, which was reinforced; the semi-independent rear suspension has been replaced by a much more refined independent wheel multi-link scheme. The new DR 5.0 Turbo derived from the F35, another low-cost SUV of the brand, is also available with bimodal, petrol / LPG fueling, as is customary for the Molise car manufacturer.

As for the list prices (always very accessible for DR), the gas-powered variant has a higher price (even if only 1,000 euros) compared to the petrol version, which costs 21.900 euro and has everything as standard. The Italian SUV therefore receives an excellent upgrade both in terms of internal restyling and in terms of the power and panache of the new engine.


Fahrbericht Mitsubishis Outlander PHEV

MSometimes one sentence is enough to describe a car. He doesn’t understand this vehicle, says the colleague after driving it for a while. There is something to it, without a closer study of the function, enlightenment does not come about. On the other hand, it is good that understanding is not necessary, it is enough to just let the Outlander PHEV do it and drive off.

Lukas Weber

Editor in the “Technology and Engine” section.

If you want to know exactly: The movement starts electrically and remains largely that way. In addition to the electric motors with a maximum output of 60 kW at the front and 70 kW at the rear, there is a four-cylinder gasoline engine with 99 kW that drives a 70 kW generator and can be connected directly to the front wheels via a clutch and without a gearbox at the earliest from 65 km / h. All three together result in a system output of 224 hp (165 kW). Because the Outlander generates its own electricity, a relatively small battery of nominally 13.8 kWh is sufficient, which saves costs and weight.

The interaction works well, the PHEV drives quietly and relaxed like all electric cars, the engine keeps mumbling and charging. With a cautious driving style on country roads, a consumption of a little more than six liters of gasoline is possible, a good value for a 1.8-ton SUV. The concept is less suitable for higher speeds on the highway, full throttle drives the thirst for a terrible 15 liters. That’s not even particularly fast, the electronics shut down at 170 (electric 135) km / h; the Outlander is likely to be the slowest car beyond 200 hp.

Big mouth: the cargo space swallows a lot

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Mitsubishis Outlander PHEV

The Outlander is not made for sales representatives, but families get a relatively narrow, but long five-seater, with which the daily commute to work can be done purely electrically. If that’s not enough, the generator just switches on. For electric driving or the two 230-volt sockets for kettles and the like, 9.8 kWh are available, which meant that we could travel a maximum of 42 kilometers. Because of the charging losses, the measuring device then shows 10.75 kWh at the household socket, and charging can also be carried out at the fast charging station.

The consumption of around 26 kWh came about in mountainous terrain, what is the use of recuperation downhill? The Outlander shows everything the driver wants to know in a large and colorful way, including the sum of the energy that has been recovered through braking and immediately recycled – in addition to the pedal, braking is possible via six levels that can be set on the “shift paddle”. For 100 kilometers through the Taunus, 5 to 10 kWh are generated, the twelve kilometers downhill from the Großer Feldberg to Oberursel brought 2.5 kWh.

The Outlander PHEV is a successful model, it has been around since 2007. After the latest revision, the inside appears polished. There is a new infotainment system with an eight-inch display that can call up videos from a USB stick in addition to the usual arts such as voice control and five years of free map updates. The operation is no longer as playful as in the predecessor, but the drive programs are still distributed over five buttons in the car – normal / snow / lock, including sport, front forced charging / energy conservation, next to it EV, front right Eco, and then there is yes nor the paddles on the steering column. In addition, the constant beeping and tinkling annoys us in the new model.

If Mitsubishi could simplify (operation) or leave it alone (beeping) in the future, a good car with a highly interesting technical concept would turn into a very good one – we would also have a larger battery on our wish list. All of this at an affordable price from around 37,000 euros, with the fully equipped Top version for around 50,000 euros. Each less electricity subsidies, of course.


Frankfurt: horror crash! SUV races into pedestrians and cyclists – two dead *** BILDplus content *** – Domestic news

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Horror-Crash in Frankfurt!

A man loses control of his SUV, the heavy vehicle hits several pedestrians and a cyclist. The impact is so violent that one of the victims flies almost 50 meters.

Two people die, the SUV driver was apparently too fast. Read the whole story along with you BILDplus.


Volkswagen bets everything on urban trucks: models and prices

If there is a brand that takes very seriously that the greatest growth worldwide in an automotive segment is that of SUVs, or urban trucks, that brand is Volkswagen.

Without going any further in just a few months, it launched two models for sale in the Argentine market that belong to the SUV section. We talk about T-Cross y de Nivus, the first released in the middle of the year and the second this week that ends.