Round-Up: Kia EV adjustment app, PSA introduces WLTP engines to vans, CVT issue out now

Hyundai/Kia developing EV adjustment app

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Hyundai and Kia are developing technology which will allow drivers to adjust electric vehicle performance factors from a smartphone.

According to the Korean group, drivers will be able to adjust the maximum torque output of the motor, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities, regenerative braking capacity, maximum speed limit, responsiveness, and energy use on climate control.

The group said as EVs become commonplace in rental fleets its app will allow drivers to use their preferred settings by downloading their profile onto the vehicle before they set off.

“As Hyundai Motor Group is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by year 2025, including 23 electric vehicles, we see the potential of technologies and services inherent in non-combustion vehicles,” said research fellow JeongSoo Eo from Hyundai Motor Group. “By developing paradigm-shifting mobility technology like this one, we will continue to strive to improve user experience for electric vehicles customised to individual preferences.”

WLTP-compliant engines for PSA vans

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Peugeot and Citroen have updated the Expert and Dispatch vans to be WLTP-compliant ahead of the September 2019 deadline.

Although cars had to be WLTP-compliant from last September, light commercial vehicle makers were given an extra year to prepare for the more realistic emissions-testing regime.

The Expert and Dispatch are powered by two diesel engines which are derived from the group’s car range – a 1.5-litre unit (which produces 100hp) and a larger 2.0-litre engine, which is available in 120hp, 180hp and 150hp guises.

Latest issue of Company Van Today out now

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The latest issue of Company Van Today is available to read now.

Edited by Newspress-award winning journalist Tom Webster, the latest issue previews the forthcoming CV Show, while the spotlight is put on Ford’s electrification strategy.

Elsewhere, Webster sits down with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles boss David Hanna while there are test drive reviews of the Ford Transit Courier, Citroen Berlingo, Fiat Doblo Sportive and Volkswagen Caddy.

Click here to access a digital copy of the magazine for free.