Month: October 2020

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class? What does it compare to? The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a high-end luxury SUV, one that favors opulence over affordability. Shop the GLS against the Land Rover Range Rover, BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and Lexus LX 570.  Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class a good
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DETROIT — See if this sounds familiar: A start-up EV company is basically gifted a modern plant chock-full of world-class production equipment. To reduce product-development costs and time, its first vehicle uses thousands of proven off-the-shelf parts from major suppliers and established automakers. Lordstown Motors is closely following Tesla’s early playbook as it gears up
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By Joey Klender Posted on October 31, 2020 Ever since Tesla gained notoriety for its high-performance electric cars, one song, flashing headlights, and a pair of Model X falcon-wing doors have been popular among YouTube surfers. Among Tesla enthusiasts, the worn-out Trans-Siberian Orchestra dance from the Model X is always a way to gain attention
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler expects the costs of launching full-electric and plug-in hybrid cars to negatively affect its money-losing European business even more in the fourth quarter than in the third quarter. That is because the industrial costs associated with the automaker’s electrification program will increase, FCA Chief Financial Officer Richard Palmer told analysts during
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TurboZentrum’s heavily-modded Toyota Supra A80 crashed earlier this month during the TTT half-mile drag racing event held at the Lausitzring racetrack in Germany. According the company, Yalcin Belen, who was driving the 1,500-horsepower dragster, had to swerve to avoid an obstacle while doing around 220 km/h (137 mph) in fourth gear. Watch Also: Which Sounds
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The latest online used-vehicle company preparing to go public has spotted the same trends its predecessors have: a highly fragmented market, relatively low e-commerce penetration and a consumer appetite for online shopping. But CarLotz Inc., a consignment platform that expects to go public via a reverse merger this quarter, raising $321 million in cash, should
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As automakers seek to make their vehicles increasingly connected — especially given the myriad benefits that can be provided — there are still some wrinkles to iron out. Chief among them? Cybersecurity threats, consumer data privacy concerns and the possibility of connectivity — or a lack thereof — affecting safety-critical functions of a vehicle. In
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What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class? What does it compare to? The 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a high-end, ultra-luxury SUV with serious off-road capability and more than a small dose of civility inside. Shop it against the Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX 570, and Toyota Land Cruiser, possibly even a Sherman
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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s service push, changes to Tesla’s regen braking, Model 3 2021 gets its EPA rating, and more. Sponsored by Electrify America: Discover all the new and innovative ways that Electrify America is providing freedom for electric vehicle
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The French government imposed tough restrictions on vehicle sales as part of its latest measures to reduce surging coronavirus infections. Dealerships will be closed to walk-in customers during a new lockdown imposed by President Emmanuel Macron’s government that will last until Dec. 1 Customers will only be allowed to collect pre-ordered new vehicles from a
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Swiss designer Philipp Plein has lost a legal battle against Ferrari and been ordered to pay €300,000 ($352,000) in compensation to the Italian car manufacturer. The case relates to a spring 2018 runway show that Plein held in Milan in June 2017. During this event, Plein featured a host of exotics, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and
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TOKYO — Jeep’s drive to roll out battery-powered vehicles globally is counting on an assist from one of the world’s most electrified markets: Japan, where hybrid penetration is 30 percent. The U.S. off-road specialist is banking on the arrival of the Renegade 4xe — a plug-in hybrid version of the compact crossover — to help
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Don’t judge the 2021 Ford Edge by its cover, because underneath its generally carry-over, low-flash exterior design rests a reworked cabin that welcomes the Blue Oval’s latest infotainment system—Sync 4. Already earmarked for a handful of other 2021 Ford vehicles, including the Bronco, F-150, and Mustang Mach-E, Sync 4 improves on its forebear by offering
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Fisker Inc. said Thursday it completed a deal to go public by merging with a special-purpose acquisition company, with the proceeds funding operations and development of its first electric vehicle through the start of production in late 2022. Shares of the combined company are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange starting Friday
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What kind of vehicle is the 2021 BMW X7? What does it compare to? The 2021 BMW X7 luxury three-row SUV seats up to seven in the largest vehicle made by BMW. The new Alpina XB7 variant competes against other absurd performance SUVs ranging from the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat to the 2021 Audi
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Visteon Corp. said Thursday that cost management and product launches helped the company post higher adjusted profits and sales in the third quarter. The cockpit electronics supplier reported third-quarter net income of $6 million, a 57 percent drop from the same period last year but up from a loss of $45 million in the second
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By Joey Klender Posted on October 29, 2020 Ever since Tesla rolled out its Full Self-Driving Beta last week, the lucky group of individuals who have been sharing the new system’s capabilities are proving that Autopilot has improved significantly. Previously challenging tasks for the 2.5-dimension Autopilot versions are no longer a tough task thanks to
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The suppliers Plastic Omnium and ElringKlinger are creating a joint venture to develop and produce fuel cell stacks for transportation applications. The new company, called EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, will be 60 percent owned by Germany-based ElringKlinger, which makes gaskets and components for electric drives, and 40 percent by Plastic Omnium, the Paris-based supplier of
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Mercedes-Benz’s Alabama plant is committed to delivering the most expensive mass-production passenger vehicle made in America on time. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC arrives in stores in December and starts at $161,550, including shipping. Fully loaded, the SUV will top out at nearly $200,000. The plant in Vance, which builds the GLE, GLE Coupe and
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