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TRENDS

From the catwalk to the street, from horological complications to extravagant jewellery, from designers in the spotlight to the new modes of transport, our Trends pages illustrate the latest in lifestyle. These cleanly-designed, well-illustrated pages take a sideways look to decipher major shifts in society as they happen, offering a comprehensive, avant-gardist view of today's zeitgeist. COTE shows you the most complex details with text and pictures.

February 2022

The automobile at a crossroads

  • Switching to electric vehicles, new uses, ecological challenges... the automobile giants are questioning themselves.

There has been real consumer awareness since the Paris Climate Accords, helped by effective incentive policies. Today, there is no question: hybrid at the very least, 100% electric at best, and leased if you please. New car buyers no longer want to spend to own: they want to pay for use. Car manufacturers have reacted by reviving products and brands from their particular DNA or creating new legends...

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Renaulution, la R5 provoque tout de suite une véritable émotion presque régressive.

The Renaulution is on its way!

The historic Renault brand is profiling its future with the 100% electric Mégane E-TECH—half saloon car, half SUV—and the Renault 5’s return to grace in 2023. The more offbeat Dacia meets needs with already amortised technologies, and the atypical Bigster is coming soon. And finally, Alpine is set to expand its range, driven by its Formula 1 sporting brand identity. A coupé saloon and a sporty SUV have been announced, in addition to a 100% electric Berlinetta. It’s up to us to invent the life that goes with the diamond logo brand’s new models. The logo has changed too.
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La Volvo C40 rencontre du SUV et du Coupé, venue du pays des fjords.

Volvo

A show from the cold

Wanting to place driver and passengers at the centre of its concerns is clearly in the seatbelt inventor’s genes, both in terms of refinement and originality of presentation, as well as active and passive safety. But the Swedish brand also knows how to win our hearts with this highly successful C40 Recharge, whose design reconciles SUV and saloon. The flagship XC90 will also be making a return in 2022, again electric. Its range is close to 1,000km and its active safety technologies, such as laser Lidar, foreshadow the autonomous car.

Volvo Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Toulon

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En pleine nature et sans un bruit pour apprécier le Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Porsche

The myth breaks free

After the phenomenally successful Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo, 2022 will be a momentous year for the Stuttgart-based brand as it renews its best-selling Porsche Cayenne. The big SUV that saved the brand in 2002 has sold over a million units. Here again, electricity will be present on practically all models, but its appearance on the 911 will be the real challenge. Rest assured, even if this electrification saves the beast a few litres of unleaded and grammes of CO2, it is on its performance that the transplant should take. We still have a few years to enjoy the exhaust noise, but don’t take too long to indulge yourself...

Centre Porsche Marseille et Centre Porsche Avignon

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DS Le luxueux intérieur de la DS 9 Opéra. La French touch !

DS

French luxury

DS is a patronymic steeped in history that evokes qualitative and technological investment. It became a standalone brand in 2015 and has headed up the Stellantis Group’s top-of-the-range cars since 2021, alongside Maserati. All it took for people to start dreaming about the return of an iconic SM fusion of the two brands’ expertise. For the time being, DS offers us a range numbered 3, 4, 7, and 9, the French flagship rivalling the big German brands, each chicer than the next and flying high the colours of French savoir-faire. Guillochage, pearl stitch, watch-strap leather, terms borrowed from the world of luxury. And from a technological perspective, with Level 2 semi-autonomous driving and innovative camera-scanning active suspension system, we are not outdone.

DS Store Marseille, Aubagne, Marignane

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BMW Du souffle mais sans un bruit pour la sportive berline i4 M50.

BMW

An update on “i” cars

The pioneering Bavarian brand with its compact i3 and sporty i8 is firing on all cylinders at the end of 2021. After a successful iX3, it’s the turn of the iX and i4 to be discovered. The first is a concept SUV with a colossal battery of over 100 kWh and incredible Pullman comfort at any speed. The second is a saloon offering a high-performance M50 series for the first time. Back to brand basics, a vehicle for day-to-day use that is capable of providing a great driving sensation. The restyled Mini on the city car side, the excitingly fast variant from earlier this year, will be a real eye-catcher.

BMW Station 7, Marseille

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ElectricBrands Le XBus, 1 véhicule, 10 possibilités.

XBus, made in Germany

The king of modularity

It is not a car in the true sense of the word but a heavy electric quadricycle. Its technical data sheet is surprising: 450 kg weight, 7 kWh consumption, 1,200 Nm torque (more than a Tesla Model S). But it stands out for its modularity. This Combi love child can increase its range from 200 to 600 km by adding batteries and be converted from convertible to camper van. Ten interchangeable configurations are available: an Arturo Brachetti with a 4-wheel drive.

XBus chez Ev Ikonic Avignon

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KIa

Moving upmarket in the Land of the Morning Calm

We have long been accustomed to the performance and efficiency of the Korean car manufacturer’s electric models, such as the e-Niro launched in 2018. This year the EV6 takes pride of place. The brand identity has changed, and the perceived leap in technology and quality is simply phenomenal. The car sports a singular style – a cross between a hatchback, an SUV and a crossover – and offers a different kind of ride. Inside, the feeling of space is striking: a floating centre console, dual 12” curved screens, and a 3D finish on the passenger dashboard complete the Korean car’s clean-cut design. Performance-wise, 228 hp and 325 hp initially, and a thundering 585 hp GT version to close the year that wins easily in a 400-metre standing start trial against the Lamborghini Urus, Ferrari California, and Mercedes-AMG GT. The only supercar with a 7-year warranty...

Kia Carauto Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Gap, Manosque