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2025 BMW X5 Silver Anniversary Edition

It has been a quarter of a century when, in the era of luxury SUVs, the Bavarian manufacturer launched its first SUV, the BMW X5. Now, for the 25th birthday of this model, BMW has revealed a special edition, the BMW X5 Silver Anniversary Edition.

The X5 Silver Anniversary Edition is finished in a unique Lime Rock Gray and is equipped with the xOffroad equipment package, which includes an air suspension with a mechanical differential lock on the rear axle and additional chassis protection (standard). The ground clearance has also been increased, and the driver is offered four new driving modes: xSnow, xSand, xGravel and xRocks. Each has preset settings for suspension height, traction control, shifting, throttle response and other parameters. There is also the xOffroad camera, which works at speeds of up to 35 km/h, showing the surroundings and making it easier for the driver to choose a better path.

Inside, buyers can choose leather-trimmed seats in Black, Cognac, Coffee or Silverstone Sensafin, while the carbon fiber trim is taken from the X5 M60i and X5 M Competition models. There is also a head-up display and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.

BMW will produce around 1,000 cars and production will start in August. It will be available only for the US market at a price of $81,075.

Source: BMW


SEAT is still alive

In the last few years, many thought that Seat was dead, but the Spanish brand managed to show that it is still alive and ready to give its best. The year 2023 was the best in the history of this manufacturer, and the first indicators show that the year 2024 could be more successful.

The year 2019 was really bad for Seat, and the beginning of the pandemic made it look like the manufacturer would not get away. At that time, Volkswagen decided not to pay so much attention to this manufacturer, which ultimately turned out to be a good move for Seat. From 33 million euros in 2022, the operating profit reached 625 million euros in the following year.

The beginning of 2024 shows that this year could also be successful, because the sales results in the first five months are above expectations. In the first five months, Seat delivered 121,169 new vehicles in Europe, which is a growth of 10.3 percent compared to last year when 109,827 vehicles were delivered. Also, according to the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers, Seat sold 4,385 cars in May, which is 21.1% more than in the same month of 2023. This is the best result in the VW group.

These results were supported by the fact that customers, due to the increase in the price of electric cars, are still buying ICE vehicles. Seat has five models in its fleet (Ibiza, Arona, Ateca, Leon and Tarraco), none of which are all-electric. The Ibiza, Arona and Ateca are the best-selling models, and only the Leon and Tarraco come with hybrid versions.

Current models with refreshed editions remain on the market for at least the next four years, but the question of electrification remains open.

Source: Seat

The Volvo S60 has reached its end

At the beginning of the century, Volvo introduced the compact executive car S60 from which the Swedish manufacturer expected a lot, but in the end got little. After two decades of production, the Volvo S60 is retiring. This is a continuation of the abolition of diesel engines, which was announced last year.

The Volvo S60 has reached its end

While other major manufacturers decided on a gradual transition to fully electric cars by 2030, Volvo chose a radical move in mid-2023. End of production of all diesel models by the beginning of 2024.

“Electric powertrains are our future, and superior to combustion engines: they generate less noise, less vibration, less servicing costs for our customers and zero tailpipe emissions. We’re fully focused on creating a broad portfolio of premium, fully electric cars that deliver on everything our customers expect from a Volvo – and are a key part of our response to climate change,” says Jim Rowan, Chief Executive at Volvo Cars.

The goals that the Volvo S60 was supposed to fulfill were not realized while traditional sedans were still high on the market. Now that demand for SUVs is on the rise, the S60 simply isn’t profitable anymore. Disappointed, Volvo decided to completely remove the S60 from its fleet. The last examples of the S60 will be produced at the US plant in South Carolina by the end of this month. Its replacement will be the all-electric Volvo ES60, but it is currently unknown when it will appear on the market.

Source: Volvo