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Kazakhstan car market: March sales results
The Kazakhstan Automobile Business Association (AKAB) summarized the sales results of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Kazakhstan in March. Compared with February this year, demand has increased by 12%. A total of 7,539 cars were sold. The cumulative result for the first quarter of 2021 was 24,161, an increase of 35% over the same period last year.
According to the results in March, the top 10 popular brands are distributed as follows: Chevrolet rose from second to first-2,161 vehicles (15% more than in February 2021), Hyundai-1,907 vehicles (-7%) decreased To second place, Toyota retained the third place-1,169 vehicles (+57%), Kia replaced the dealer in Kazakhstan, from ninth to fourth place -340 vehicles (+105%), Volkswagen ranked Fifth -339 (+26%), Nissan -316 (+27%), Lada -277 (-55%), Kazakhstan is going through a transitional period -277 (-55%), Renault -250 Vehicles (+22%), Lexus-82nd (244 units) (+98%), and JAC (JAC) ranked in the top ten -144 units (-47%).
In the March ranking of the top ten models, it looks like: B-class sedan Chevrolet Cobalt ranked first-1,001, second is B-class sedan Chevrolet Nexia-873, and the third row is B-class sedan. Hyundai Accent-763, the fourth is the B-class crossover Hyundai Creta-509, the fifth is the D-class car Toyota Camry-375, the sixth is the large SUV Toyota Land Cruiser Prado -335 unit, the seventh It is the B-class Kia Rio-264 unit, the eighth is the C-class crossover Toyota RAV4-259 unit, the ninth B-class hatchback Volkswagen Polo-216 unit, and the tenth-class D-class sedan Hyundai Sonata-204 unit.
Therefore, half of the ten best-selling cars in Kazakhstan are B-segment, two are B- and C-segment crossovers, two are D-segment mid-size sedans, and one is a compact SUV.
In the high-end market in March, the power balance between brands is as follows: Lexus ranked first-244 cars (an increase of 98% from February 2021), and BMW ranked second-97 cars (+ 98 %), Infiniti ranks third -45 vehicles (+22%), Mercedes-Benz ranks fourth -36 vehicles (+20%), Land Rover fifth ranks -15 vehicles (-35%), Audi and Porsche share sixth rank -12 vehicles per vehicle (+33% and +20% respectively), in the seventh place Cadillac-7 units (-36%), in the eighth Volvo-3 units, in the ninth Mini-3 Units (+50%).
Serial Q4 e-tron
Audi launched the Q4 e-tron mid-size electric crossover with a wagon and Sportback hatchback. The couple are based on MEB, a “junior” battery platform that Volkswagen is focusing on. Therefore, the Q4 e-tron is the closest relative of the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV: they are technically unified, but Audi has its own body, interior and settings.
In terms of size, the new divider is located between the Q3 and Q5 models. Its length is 4588 mm, width-1865 mm, height-1632 mm, and wheelbase-2764 mm. The coupe-shaped Q4 Sportback e-tron has a tilted height of-1614 mm at the stern, and the more streamlined body reduces the drag coefficient Cx: 0.26, compared to 0.28 for the standard Q4.
On the surface, both versions are attractive and harmonious. LED headlights are already “in standard configuration”, additional matrix headlights are provided, and you can change the “style” of the driving lights: there are four options to choose from. Wheels are available from 19″ to 21″.
The manufacturer claims that the electric Q4 is comparable to larger traditional crossovers in terms of indoor space. The MEB platform makes a flat floor possible and opens up more space for the front driver, bringing the climate system closer to the front of the car. But for this, I had to sacrifice the front frame that many electric cars have. The rows of seats are arranged in the amphitheater: the rear seats are 70 mm higher than the front seats. The backrest of the rear sofa is divided into three parts at a ratio of 40:20:40. In terms of trunk volume, electric vehicles are comparable to Q5 models: 520 liters and 535 liters are used for Sportback.
The interior looks stylish and strict. In the non-standard solution, we noticed two levels of the center console: on the upper level there is a miniature gearbox control panel, and on the lower level there is a wireless charger for smartphones. On the steering wheel, all buttons are touch-sensitive, and on the climate control unit, they are all traditional buttons. The door has a pocket for bottling at the height of the armrest.
Virtual instrument on 10.25-inch display-basic equipment. The multimedia system may have a 10.1 or 11.6-inch touch screen and voice control activated by the phrase “Hey, Audi”. Optional head-up display with augmented reality: visual graphic prompts to hover the mouse on the road in front of the car. There are adaptive cruise control system and electronic driver’s assistant. Standard seat upholstery can be recycled 45-50%, but nappa leather is also available. An airbag is installed between the front seats to prevent riders from colliding with each other in the event of an accident.
The lithium-ion traction battery of an electric vehicle has an aluminum body and is integrated into the power structure of the body, and can be charged from a household power outlet and a DC terminal with a capacity of up to 125 kW. The MacPherson strut has a variety of suspension options at the front and a multi-link structure at the rear. In addition to the standard configuration, there is also a “sports” type with a low ground clearance of 15 mm (included in the S-line package), and an optional variable steering gear with strong adaptability. In this case, the rear drum brake…
The basic version of the Q4 35 e-tron has an electric motor (170 hp and 310 Nm) on the rear axle and a battery capacity of 52 kWh. The acceleration time to 100 km/h is 9 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 160 km/h. The standard crossover can travel 341 kilometers on a single charge on the WLTP cycle, while the more streamlined Sportback can travel 349 kilometers. The “mid-range” Q4 40 e-tron is only available for station wagons. But this is the longest distance option: a battery of 77 kW/h is sufficient for a 520 km journey. The power increased to 204 horsepower. (The torque has not changed), the acceleration time reaches “hundred” in 8.5 seconds, and the top speed-the same 160 km/h. The high-end Q4 50 e-tron quattro has two electric motors (the second electric motor is mounted on the front axle and connected when necessary), four-wheel drive and a choice of two body types. The total peak output is 299 hp. 460 Newton meters, acceleration to “hundreds” of 6.2 seconds, the maximum speed increased to 180 km/h. A 77 kWh battery has a cruising range of 488 kilometers for a station wagon, while the Sportback has a range of 497 kilometers.
The Audi Q4 e-tron will be produced at the Zwickau plant in Germany together with the Volkswagen ID.4. In Germany, sales will start in June. The prices are already known: standard crossovers start at 41,900 Euros, and Sportbacks start at 43,900 Euros.