Preview: Bayern cars, Cologne electricians and Finnish superbikes

As a volume manufacturer, Ford entered electromobility a little late. After the Mustang Mach-E, the Cologne-based company will finally be presenting a fully electric volume model in the coming week. Despite adopting Volkswagen’s MEB platform, it’s said to be a true Ford. Jens Meiners reports on the driving presentation of the BMW XM car from Munich. With this vehicle, the brand is positioned in the top SUV category. The plug-in hybrid brings it to over 650 hp.

Brixton dares to take cover: With the Cromwell 1200, the Austrian brand is launching its first “big” motorcycle above the half-litre class. British classic style meets Chinese twin technology. Can that be something? Our author Ralf Bielefeldt knows the answer after the practical test. And another new motorcycle: 139 electric bikes are registered in the registration statistics for the first two months of the year. With Verge, another manufacturer is now entering the stage that wants a piece of the mini cake. The Finnish company is presenting a Superbike with an unbelievable 1200 Newton meters of torque, a motor in the rim and an acceleration value of two and a half seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h. We also clarify the question of how the newcomer intends to gain a foothold on the market.

Skoda wants to become more sustainable. How this is supposed to succeed is explained to Michael Kirchberger at the German importer in Weiterstadt, which is the most successful in this country.

In 70 years, the Land Rover Defender has matured into an off-road legend that neither high mountains nor bumpy paths, deserts nor watercourses could stop – until it got caught in the thicket of EU regulations. The new edition now meets all standards and continues the off-road tradition. And yet one may ask: How much Landy is still in the Defender? Our practical test gives the answer.

In addition, we provide you with the latest news from the world of cars and motorcycles and keep you up to date on developments in the vehicle industry and transport policy. (awm)

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