Renault launched its new Kangoo Maxi Z.E electric model 2011

The Maxi Kangoo ZE, the extended version of Kangoo ZE, complements the range of electric cars from Renault. He comes to the market this fall from € 21.200 plus VAT (without deduction of any tax).

    * The car at the Geneva Motor Show world premiere presented.
    * This versatile new van in the Netherlands is available as a two-seat version, which in other European countries also a version with five seats become available.
The two-seat version has a maximum load volume of 4.6 m3.

Renault announced in 2008 a 'power' offensive to the development of a range of four fully electric cars. Even before the launch of the first of those cars this autumn reveals the brand is already a new version of Kangoo ZE For example, Renault van in the segment for the end of the year not one but two electric cars. The business driver is thus zero emission car that best suits him or her.


Kangoo Maxi Z.E. is the extended version of Kangoo ZE, who last year was unveiled at the Hanover Fair. With a forty inch longer wheelbase, the vehicle a total length of 4.60 meters.

The two-seat version is ideal for transporting goods. The two front seats are separated by a partition of the boot. In this configuration, the Kangoo Maxi Z.E. a maximum load capacity, which is unique in the segment of electric vans:

    * A cargo volume of 4.6 m3, 1.1 m3 this is added value to the Kangoo ZE.
    * A load length of 2.90 meters.
    * A height of 1.82 meters, which he can come in underground car parks.

Kangoo Maxi Z.E. environmentally conscious business will attract customers, both fleet owners and small business owners and organizations and associations looking for a compact design.

Kangoo Maxi Z.E. has the same interior and exterior design as the version with an internal combustion engine. It is available in nine different colors, but customers can also order it in the RAL business colors. Renault produces cars in the MCA plant (Automobile Body Maubeuge) in France, on the same production line as the rest of the Kangoo range. That equals a guarantee for high quality and fast production start.


Kangoo Maxi Z.E. is recognizable as the 100% electric version of the chrome ZE badges on the back and on the sides of the body, the absence of an exhaust pipe and the hatch to the charging connector on the front. With a plug the car in six to eight hours to charge from a charging pole for general use, or home.
Kangoo Maxi Z.E. has an electric motor of 44 kW, the equivalent of 60 hp. This motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery with an energy output of 22 kWh which is placed under the floor. The range of the car is 170 km in combined use (may vary depending on the circumstances: driving, temperature, terrain and speed).
For this range to best manage, there is the new instrument panel has a gauge that informs the driver of the battery charge level and remaining range of the car.
The system for economical driving and for heating during charging have been further developed.
Besides the satisfaction of mobility with zero emissions - ie driving without emitting CO2 or particulates - Maxi offers Kangoo ZE also fun to drive. With a maximum torque of 226 Nm is always available, the considerable acceleration in low speed areas and the quiet and smooth ride without switching, the model offers a unique combination of performance and unprecedented comfort.


According to Renault, the success of the electric car to affordability. To convince customers that these vehicles is both ecologically and economically. The Kangoo Maxi Z.E. Renault managed to successfully combine a maximum volume with zero emission4 and a low price.
Kangoo Maxi Z.E. will end 2011 in the Netherlands in the market for a price of € 21.200 plus VAT.
Like the rest of the electric range of Renault, the car will be separated from the batteries to maintain optimum operation of the battery to ensure throughout the life of the car. Customers can buy or lease their vans and they also lease the battery from € 72 per month, excluding VAT.
As regards the cost per kilometer - including the leasing of the battery charging with electricity (average cost € 1.50 to fully charge) and maintenance - will not be very different to that of a comparable diesel-powered car that runs less than
15,000 km per year. Above this distance the electric version even competitive.

Renault Kangoo is the end of 2011 with a unique range of vans, the most complete and varied market. The business customer can choose the Kangoo that suits him best: different lengths and as gasoline, diesel or electric version. Renault takes so again a big lead, making it the lead role of the brand position for thirteen years on the commercial vehicle market in Europe further strengthened.

New Kia Sorento launched in London 2011

Now your wait came to end and you can own new Kia Sorento. Kia has launched new Seven-year warranty and five-star crash rating version of Sorento.

Kia might not immediately spring to mind when it comes to looking for a 4x4, but with the Sorento the Korean firm hopes to repeat the success it's had in the MPV market with its Sedona. In typical style the Sedona is priced in a category below its size, which means you get a lot of 4x4 for your money. It's not bad looking either, with more than a hint of the Lexus RX300 about its styling. The smart exterior lines are complemented by an interior that is a vast improvement over Kia model's of old. All apart from the tacky wooden trim that is, but that aside it's pleasant enough, and, rather unsurprisingly, very well equipped too.

There are 7 Kia Sorento versions available

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.0 CRDi 1 2WD 5dr                        £22,990      

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi 1 2WD 5dr                        £23,755

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-1 4WD 5dr                £24,825

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr                £26,970      

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD 5dr                £30,160

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD Sat Nav 5dr    £31,155

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD Auto 5dr       £31,640 

You can have a Sorento with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, but the 2.2-litre diesel makes far more sense because it’s stronger, cleaner and a lot cheaper to run.
Despite the butch looks, the entry-level car is front-wheel drive. In fact, even the four-wheel-drive models send all of their power to the front wheels until sensors detect slip (or you manually select four-wheel-drive).
If you’re prepared to do without four-wheel drive, you’ll not only save money up front, but also on your fuel bills because the manual front-wheel drive five-seater averages 43.5mpg to the four-wheel-drive model’s 42.5mpg. However, both attract a 25% company car tax rating.
Every Sorento comes with alloys, four electric windows, a seven-year warranty and some form of air-conditioning. Meanwhile four-wheel-drive versions also have hill-start assist and a downhill speed-limiter that helps you keep the car under control when you’re tackling challenging terrain

Diesel engines offer plenty of punch and cornering is average for this class

Sorento buyers can choose between an entry-level 2.0-litre diesel engine or a 2.2-litre diesel unit.  The former is only available in the most basic trim level and as a two-wheel drive model. If you can stretch to the larger engine, it's certainly worth doing. On the move it feels surprisingly spritely, offering acceleration from 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds. Through the corners, the Sorento struggles but it's really not that bad – especially for a high-riding SUV. The body rolls in tight corners and the light steering fails to deliver any feedback to the driver but most rivals will suffer the same faults.

Ride is comfortable and diesel engines are mostly quiet
Thanks to softly-sprung suspension and a finely tuned set-up the Sorento is very comfortable on the move – even on the roughest of roads. All the more impressive is this model's refinement, with both diesel engines quiet unless you venture into the upper limits of the rev range. Thankfully you won't be doing that too often as the engine feels punchiest at the low and middle range. Wind and road noise are also kept to a minimum.
Seven-year warranty and five-star crash rating give piece of mind

Kia themselves are so confident in the reliability of their vehicles that they offer a seven year/ 100,000 miles warranty that will cover almost anything that can go wrong. It's safe too, having been awarded a full five-stars in the EuroNCAP crash safety test. All models get six airbags, ESP and ABS as standard.

Automatic four-wheel drive models seriously dent fuel economy

Cheapest to buy and cheapest to run are the two-wheel drive manual models, with the 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesels claiming combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg and 43.5mpg. Opt for the all-wheel drive automatic 2.2-litre car and this figure drops to 38.2mpg. CO2 emissions for all models, except the existing 2.4-litre petrol engine, are comfortably under 200g/km allowing for relatively low road tax in this segment.