Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom injured in sports accident

Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom injured in sports accident

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Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom injured in sports accident

Posted: 18 Feb 2011 05:44 AM PST

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Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström (32) has broken his left-hand wrist in a sports accident. The Swede must therefore cancel his participation at the beginning of March in the famous “Vasaloppet.” His rehabilitation program should be concluded in time to start the 2011 DTM season on May 1.

  • Left-hand wrist broken
  • Participation in “Vasaloppet” cross country skiing event cancelled

Déjà vu: A year ago Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen tore the Achilles tendon on his left foot while playing tennis with his son. Now Mattias Ekström: In the training camp the Audi driver fell so awkwardly while playing volleyball with his team mates that he broke his left-hand wrist.

As a consequence Ekström, whose partner Heidi is expecting a child in April, now faces a race against time. The Swede aims to be fully fit again in time for the start of the season on May 1. “Mattias must wear a cast for about four weeks, afterwards he can start training again to build up the muscles,” explains Audi team physician Dr. Christian John who provided medical care immediately after the accident. “We all hope that he recovers well and Mattias can line-up on the grid at Hockenheim.”

“We wish Mattias all the best and a rapid recovery,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “I’m convinced that he will do everything possible to be absolutely ready to go for Hockenheim. We’ll give all the support he requires in the process.”

- Audi Motorsport

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Volkswagen presents the new Tiguan in Geneva

Posted: 17 Feb 2011 03:05 PM PST

Volkswagen Tiguan at Geneva

Gallery after the jump!

Volkswagen will be presenting the new Tiguan in both on-road or off-road versions, along with options “Track & Style” and “Sport & Style”. Saftey features include Dynamic Light Beam Assist and Lane Assist. For the Off-Road types a 28 degree slope angle will be offered along with 4Motion. Four TSI and 3 TDI engines will be available.

On March 1st, Volkswagen will be presenting the new Tiguan in a world debut at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show. Global demand for this Volkswagen has long been very high with 572,000 units delivered worldwide. The small brother of the Touareg is now poised to continue this success with a new look and further advanced technologies.

The Tiguan is still the only SUV in its class that can be ordered in two different versions: one for on-road use and one specially tuned for off-road driving – including the two top trim level models “Track & Style” and “Sport & Style”. New assistance systems such as fatigue detection, the camera-based main beam control systems Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist, as well as the lane-keeping system Lane Assist will now expand the range of available options. Also new in the Tiguan: the XDS electronic differential lock. In Europe, the perfected all-round vehicle will launch on the market in August. In Germany, it can already be purchased starting at an entry-level price of 24,175 euros.

This Volkswagen SUV has become a global success, on the one hand due to its technical properties, but also thanks to its striking and timeless design. Volkswagen has further developed its lines, in particular by front and rear restyling that reflects Volkswagen’s new design DNA. The new Tiguan can once again be delivered in two versions with different angle of approach values. While the classic variant was designed more for the challenges of urban driving with an angle of 18 degrees, the Tiguan with the larger 28 degree angle of approach will appeal to those drivers who like to use their SUVs on rough terrain as well.

Three of the seven engines offered in Europe – all of them charged four-cylinder direct-injection engines – are new to the Tiguan engine line-up. The four petrol engines (TSI) produce between 90 kW / 122 PS and 155 kW / 210 PS. The three diesel engines (TDI) span a power range from 81 kW / 110 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS. The 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is also available as an option in the new Tiguan. All Tiguans with BlueMotion Technology (BMT) also have a Stop/Start system. They reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 l/100 km in the new SUV. Clearly, this Volkswagen – available in either a front-wheel drive or naturally an all-wheel drive (4MOTION) version – is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world.

- Volkswagen AG

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