Month: March 2021

It’s noteworthy that the Jeepster Beach concept, one of Jeep’s one-off creations revealed at the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari, produces mega power out of its turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 powerplant. The concept’s forced-induction four-banger churns out a staggering 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, an impressive boost of about 25 percent (70 hp and 74
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BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. autonomous truck startup Plus said on Wednesday it had raised an extra $220 million from investors in an extension of a $200 million funding round in February, as the global auto industry looks to a driverless future. A source with direct knowledge of the matter also said Plus was in advanced
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Bugatti on Tuesday saw the completion of its 300th Chiron at its plant in Molsheim, France. The number is a major milestone as it signifies that there are now as many Chirons as Veyron coupes. The Veyron also had 150 open-top variants, known as Grand Sports, so the two Bugatti hypercars don’t equal in number
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Aurora’s self-driving truck program continues rolling. Two months after inking one big partnership, the company has added another. On Tuesday morning, Aurora and Volvo Group unveiled plans to commercialize trucks in a hub-to-hub service operating across North America. There is not yet a specific time frame for deploying fleets of the Class 8 trucks. Volvo
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Kia continues to bolster its role in the electric vehicle space with the reveal of the new EV6 crossover. Although the EV6 is not the first battery-electric vehicle from the Korean automaker, it is the first model to strictly rely on electricity for power. Other Kia electrics, such as the Soul EV and Niro EV, are
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LOS ANGELES — Hyundai Motor America is rolling out data tools that allow customers to share information on their driving usage and driving habits with insurance companies, potentially lowering premiums. The usage-based insurance program relies on travel-time data and driving-behavior data using vehicle sensors and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics, the automaker said in a news
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Porsche Panamera Full Overview It’s a wonderful time to be an automotive enthusiast, but that time may be drawing to a close. So, covet, flog, or fantasize about the road-scorching 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S and 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo wagons while you can. Hybrids and battery electric vehicles can produce equally impressive performances,
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Tesla Inc. can move forward with a lawsuit claiming that Rivian Automotive Inc. stole its trade secrets with the help of former employees of the electric car maker. In a tentative ruling Monday, Santa Clara, Calif., Superior Court Judge William Monahan declined Rivian’s request to throw out a misappropriation of trade secrets claim. Monahan agreed to dismiss
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Vauxhall Mokka-E ” data-medium-file=”https://i0.wp.com/driveev.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/C443AF0D-836D-4598-B2D5-0EE7D99FBE7F.jpeg?fit=3500%2C2333&ssl=1″ data-large-file=”https://i0.wp.com/driveev.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/C443AF0D-836D-4598-B2D5-0EE7D99FBE7F.jpeg?fit=3500%2C2333&ssl=1″> The UK Plug-in Car grant aims to stimulate the sales of electric cars by slicing a chunk of the price. Recently the value of the grant was reduced and the number of models eligible dramatically cut.  Any car above £35,000 was no longer eligible for a £2,500 discount. The list
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A press release leaked online Monday revealed that Volkswagen of America will use the brand name “Voltswagen” to differentiate its line of electric vehicles, which began deliveries to U.S. dealers this month. Automotive News has independently confirmed the authenticity of the planned change with a person familiar with the company’s plans, and that it is
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Optimus Ride and Polaris Inc. plan to bring fully autonomous GEM vehicles to market by the second half of 2023 — a move that expands upon the two companies’ standing collaboration. Optimus, the Boston self-driving shuttle company, and Polaris Commercial, a Minneapolis unit of the maker of snowmobiles and off-road vehicles, will jointly develop Polaris
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This weekend, the first official 2021 Ford Bronco, the SUV with VIN 001, was auctioned to the highest bidder by Barrett-Jackson—for $1,075,000. Of course, the proceeds are going to charity, specifically in support of the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound. Both charities are geared toward spreading understanding of the outdoors and a sense of
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Mercedes-Benz has been testing and teasing its Tesla Model S-fighting EQS all-electric luxury sedan for a long time now, and in a final step ahead of the full unveil has pulled the sheet off the wild new interior. Yes, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will have a dashboard-spanning “Hyperscreen” display, but that’s just one of many
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MILAN — Stellantis will halt production at its plant in Melfi, southern Italy, between April 2 and April 12 because of low demand triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, and not because of the global chip shortage, the UILM union said on Monday. A spokesman for Stellantis confirmed the plant would be closed during this period.
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Prototypes for Mercedes-Benz’s EQS battery-electric sedan are making their final rounds still wearing camouflage gear ahead of the world debut on April 15. Mercedes has already shown us the interior, however. It will be a very high-tech place, with a large portrait-style infotainment screen as standard and a huge dash-wide screen (actually multiple screens under
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