• Junkyard Gem: 1973 International Harvester Scout II
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    Junkyard Gem: 1973 International Harvester Scout II

    For two decades, a legendary Chicago-based manufacturer of farm equipment built the simple, rugged Scout in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Coloradans dearly loved the Scout in the days before all-wheel-drive cars and leather-lined SUVs, and to this day I still see plenty of rusty, battered Scouts in the car graveyards of northeastern Colorado. Here's a '73 Scout II that served its owners well for nearly half a century before wearing out and retiring to this yard in Denver.Despite attempts by IHC to pitch the Scout as a comfortable commuter vehicle, these trucks were uncivilized even by the lenient standards of the 1960s and 1970s. So what? You could go anywhere with a Scout and it wouldn't break.When a Scout dies, it's almost always due to the Rust Monster. This one is no exception.When the tailgate latches corrode to the danger point, a Scout owner can apply some field expedient engineering to stay mobile.I haven't seen many Scouts with air conditioning, which seems like pure frivolity in a tough-it-out jouncy steel box, but this one has a great big compressor bolted to its V8. If this is the original engine (it's possible, but by no means certain, that no swaps have taken place), it's an IHC V8 of either 304 or 345 cubic inches, rated at 140 or 154 horsepower.The automatic transmission wasn't quite as rare in Scouts as air conditioning, though three-pedal versions are a bit more common.This one worked as a snowplow during its final years (or decades) on the road.It's like a compact, a sedan, and a station wagon!Filed under: Etc.,Automotive HistoryJunkyard Gem: 1973 International Harvester Scout II originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 19:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • These 5 LEGO car kits are great projects for when you're bored at home
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    These 5 LEGO car kits are great projects for when you're bored at home

    Stuck in the house bored? Us too. If you have a few extra dollars to spend on a fun time-waster, we can't recommend a good LEGO kit strongly enough. Naturally, our favorites are of the four-wheeled variety. Here are 5 great LEGO kits ranging from beginner to pro, in case you want to brush up on your building skills while waiting for the world to begin spinning again.LEGO Speed Champions - Nissan GT-R NISMO - $27.99This kit debuted in January and actually marked Nissan's first time officially partnering with LEGO for buildable version of one of their cars. The real Nismo took over 10 years of development time and is home to a cool 90,000 parts, but this one is made up of only 298 parts and takes about an hour to assemble. Check out more info on the kit in our earlier post here, or pick one up for yourself right now for just $27.99.LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F8 Tributo - $29.99Autoblogger Tony Markovich covered this kit as well as the below Quattro for us in a post from late 2019 right here. This kit includes 275 pieces and ends up looking pretty darn stellar when it's all said and done. The only stickers on the kit are the headlights and the badges. You can grab one for yourself now, available for just $29.99.LEGO Speed Champions - 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 - $29.18If you're looking to dive into a project with a little more history, then this 250-piece Audi Sport Quattro S1 might be more your speed. The Quattro celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, and to celebrate, Audi teamed with LEGO to make this awesome kit. Not only is it a fairly authentic (at least, as authentic as one can get with 250 LEGO pieces) representation of the car, it also comes with an awesome lil' LEGO dude to sit in the front seat. And he can even grip the shifter. Want to give this build a try? You can pick up the kit here for $29.18.LEGO Creator Fiat 500 - $149.50This kit is a little more hardcore than the others on this list, being from LEGOs "Creator" collection. LEGO Creator kits are for the more experienced builder. The Fiat 500 above includes 960 pieces and will likely provide a lot more of a challenge than the Speed Champions kits. All of the kits provide a ton of great details, but this one features things like a luggage rack, a suitcase, a spare wheel and opening roof, and it even has a little LEGO painting of the car you can set it up next to it for your sick Instagram shots when you're all done. This is the most expensive option on the list, but it'll also take you the longest the build. If you're looking for a challenge, you can pick the kit up here for $149.50.LEGO Technic Fast & Furious Dom’s Dodge Charger - $134.99"Fast and Furious" fan? This one is for you. Dom's famous Charger is now available to build as a 1,077-piece LEGO kit, making it the car with the most actual LEGOs on our list. In a nice nod to the films, the kit is made to allow you to easily display the car in the iconic wheelstand position, so you can imagine Dom taking off on two wheels yelling "Familyyyyyy!!" at the top of his lungs as he drives off into the sunset. You know, totally realistic. Anyway, this is an awesome kit, and it's available for pre-order now. You can do exactly that right here for $134.99.* * *Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability is subject to change.Filed under: Affiliate PostsThese 5 LEGO car kits are great projects for when you're bored at home originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 18:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • The Learmousine, a 42-foot jet turned into a street-legal limo, is for sale
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    The Learmousine, a 42-foot jet turned into a street-legal limo, is for sale

    There has never been a better time to start a collection of eccentric vehicles modified for road use.Start by buying the BoatCar, a 24-foot Sea Ray boat hull dropped onto a Ford E-350 frame, and wait for your chance to bid on the Learmousine, a Learjet with wheels instead of wings. Check the calendar: April Fool's has already happened.At 42-feet long and 8-feet wide, the street-legal Learmousine started life as a regional aircraft manufactured by Learjet.Dan Harris laid the project's foundations in 2005, and his team spent about two years designing a custom frame sturdy enough to support the plane's aluminum fuselage.The electrical system and the full suspension were developed from the ground up, too.Finding off-the-shelf components to turn a plane into a car was evidently easier said than done.Sourcing a body shop with a big enough paint booth was, too, but the limousine industry came together to make it happen.The Learmousine finally made its public debut in Dallas in 2018.The driver sits in front of an aftermarket four-spoke steering wheel, an instrument cluster from a first-generation Chevrolet Silverado, and four screens that display views from various cameras.Four vertical rows of red toggle switches mounted right above the lone front seat control the lights and the music, among accessories.The rest of the interior is pegged at the unlikely intersection of private jets, limousines, and night clubs.There's everything you'd expect to find in an 18-seater party bus including a 42-inch flat-screen television, a minibar, a 17,000-watt sound system with speakers inside and outside, an infinity floor, plus a lot of neon lights.Power comes from a mid-mounted, 8.1-liter V8 engine sourced from the Chevrolet parts bin.It spins the rear wheels, but there's no word on what the Learmousine is like to drive.All we know is that it doesn't have to sound like a pickup truck, because the giant speakers embedded in the nacelles can play the sound of a jet engine.【ギャラリー】Pictures of the week: March 29 - April 425The head-turning Learmousine will cross the block during Mecum's Indy 2020 auction, which is scheduled to take place May 12-17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.The winning bidder will also receive a 44-foot Iron Bull trailer that's long enough to carry the jet, and a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD that's powerful enough to pull it all.Mecum hasn't published a pre-sale estimate, but don't expect to bag the lot for cheap.\- This article first appeared on AutoblogYou Might Also Like * Mountune52's Mk7 VW GTI has a Golf R turbo and 380 horsepower * Lexani Motorcars unveils plans for 2021 Cadillac Escalade Mobile Offices * Driving the Porsche 911 Hybrid that Porsche won't make\- T

  • Honda has two EVs planned for 2024, and they're coming from GM
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    Honda has two EVs planned for 2024, and they're coming from GM

    Honda's electric car range has been pretty paltry in the United States so far. Its only full electric is the short-range Honda Clarity EV, which is on its way out, and the adorable Honda E doesn't look like it's coming here anytime soon (no matter how much we want it to). But the company is planning on changing that. In a joint press release, it announced with General Motors that it has two new EVs coming that will be based on GM's electric car technology.The two cars will use the new global EV platform from General Motors and the company's new Ultium batteries. The platform will be used in a wide array of GM vehicles from Chevy to Cadillac. The Ultium batteries are unique pouch-style batteries that allow for lots of packaging flexibility, rapid charging, and will be offered in packs from 50 to 200 kWh. All of this technology will underpin the new Hondas. In fact, these new Hondas will even have OnStar and the hands-free SuperCruise advanced driver assist system. They'll be built in GM factories in North America, too.The companies pointed out that while GM is providing the mechanical bits, Honda will be in control of everything else. So the exterior, interior and final tuning of the driving characteristics will be done by the Japanese company. Both of these Hondas will be revealed in a couple of years, with an on-sale date in time for the 2024 model year.While this may seem like a strange partnership, considering GM and Honda are direct competitors in the car market, and even on the racetrack in IndyCar, the two companies have collaborated before. They started working on hydrogen fuel cell development jointly a couple of years ago, and the companies noted they both have contributed to development of the Cruise autonomous vehicle prototypes. Honda has also had some unusual collaborations in the past such as with Isuzu to rebadge its Rodeo as the Passport, and the Trooper as the Acura SLX. It even worked with British car company Rover, sharing parts from Acura to create the luxury Sterling sedans, and selling Land Rover Defenders in other countries as a Honda.Related Video: Filed under: Green,Chevrolet,GM,Honda,ElectricHonda has two EVs planned for 2024, and they're coming from GM originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 17:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Rivian video shows factory taking shape
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    Rivian video shows factory taking shape

    Like the countless other automotive manufacturers that have closed as measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, electric vehicle startup Rivian announced on March 20, 2020, that it too was shutting down its facilities. For Rivian, the shutdowns mean a halt on building the production facility that will manufacture the upcoming R1T electric pickup truck and the R1S electric SUV. The release dates of these vehicles will likely be pushed back, as a result. When Rivian announced it was temporarily shutting down, it also said that it would continue to pay salaried and hourly workers during the shutdown. Roughly two weeks after that initial announcement, Rivian reconfirmed to Autoblog, "We remain committed to paying our team." Although the factory is currently on hold, Rivian's team has continued to work through the closures."The world has changed a lot in these last few weeks," Rivian said in an emailed statement. "We’ve shut down all Rivian facilities to protect our team and to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While this situation has required us to redefine workflows and rethink the ways we collaborate, it hasn’t stopped us from making progress. From living rooms, kitchen tables, backyards, basements and newly cleaned out closets, our team is continuing to work hard toward bringing our products to life."Working or not, the delay of a completed factory means the delay of a completed product. "This evolving new reality is not without impact on our program timing," Rivian said. "While we expect some level of delay, we are working to minimize the disruption to our launch schedule and as we better understand the extent of the impact, you will be the first to know." You, meaning the public.When the R1T and R1S are eventually launched, they will each ride on Rivian's skateboard platform that includes the battery, drivetrain components, brakes, and suspension. Each all-wheel-drive vehicle will use a powertrain with four independent motors, which allows for torque vectoring. Rivian will offer three battery options of 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180 kWh, with ranges from 230 miles to 400-plus miles. For a blend of versatility, control, and comfort, the Rivian built the suspension with dynamic roll control, adaptive dampers, and adjustable air springs. The R1T is also estimated to have a tow rating of up to 11,000 pounds.Separate from its own vehicles, Rivian has partnered with other manufacturers on future products, as well. The Illinois facility will help Ford and Lincoln produce high-end electric SUVs, and Rivian is also planning 100,000 vans for Amazon. Before Rivian shut down its buildings, it produced a small video that was initially sent internally to show employees the progress that has been made at the Normal, Illinois factory. That video is now public and can be seen above.> Update: To keep our teams safe and slow the spread of COVID-19, we have shut down all Rivian facilities. We are committed to everyone on our team. Both our salaried and hourly workforce will continue to be paid during this shutdown. Stay safe everyone.> > — Rivian (@Rivian) March 20, 2020> Just before temporarily shutting down our facilities to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we made this internal video progress report so our team across all locations could see how far the plant has come. We can’t wait to get back in there. https://t.co/thuqzlgqAX pic.twitter.com/2JkJrYKXam> > — Rivian (@Rivian) April 1, 2020Filed under: Green,Plants/Manufacturing,Truck,SUV,Electric,RivianRivian video shows factory taking shape originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 15:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Mil-Spec Ford F-150 is a Baja-inspired Raptor alternative
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    Mil-Spec Ford F-150 is a Baja-inspired Raptor alternative

    Michigan-based Mil-Spec Automotive, which already produces a resto-modded Hummer H1, has now added a modified Ford F-150 pickup to its lineup of off-road trucks. The Mil-Spec package alters the F-150's appearance, performance, and suspension. Mil-Spec Automotive co-founder Adam Mitchell describes their F-150 as "a go-anywhere, do-anything supertruck."The Mil-Spec F-150 is based on an XLT FX4 SuperCrew. An ECU tune, cold-air intake, and high-flow throttle body ups the output of the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 from the factory 395 horses to a claimed 500 horsepower (on 91 octane fuel), and the engine exhales through a side-exiting cat-back performance exhaust system. The V8 is paired with Ford's 10-speed automatic and four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case.The standard package includes blistered custom front and rear fenders, satin-black steel front and rear bumpers, and black powder-coating of the tubular side steps. A Mil-Spec-specific fascia incorporates LED headlights and marker lights, and the taillights are also LEDs. The Mil-Spec F-150 rolls on 20 x 9.56" black Rhino Arsenal alloy wheels wrapped in 37 x 13.5" Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. Exterior colors are white, black and two different grays, with badging in your choice of billet aluminum, semi-gloss black or powder-coat black. Inside, there's a new steering wheel with shift paddles and centerline stitching, billet aluminum knobs, leather seats and more Mil-Spec badging.An available Baja Exterior Appearance Package adds a roof rack with 50" LED light bar, a cargo-bed-mounted back rack with spare-tire carrier and a bumper-mounted 39" LED light bar.Track width is increased 13.5" over a stock F-150, and the front anti-roll bar is deleted. Long-travel control arms and half-shafts are fitted. An optional Baja Performance Suspension includes custom shock mounts, Fox Motorsports adjustable coilovers with Eibach springs up front and Fox bypass remote-reservoir shocks at the rear. Wheel travel is increased to 10/11 inches front/rear with the base setup and 11/12 inches with the Baja option. Ground clearance is stated as 13 inches, with approach and departure angles as steep as 35 degrees and 27 degrees, respectively.The base package (including donor truck) starts at $85,000. The Baja Performance Suspension is a $6,000 upgrade, and the Baja Exterior Appearance Package is another $8,600.Related Video:Filed under: Aftermarket,Ford,Truck,Off-RoadMil-Spec Ford F-150 is a Baja-inspired Raptor alternative originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 15:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Autoblog is Live: Playing Crash Team Racing
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    Autoblog is Live: Playing Crash Team Racing

    The world is a crazy place and this is a crazy time. Everyone is looking for a good way to unwind, even us. We've been streaming racing and driving games on Twitch, Youtube, and Mixer a few days a week for a while now, but we're expanding that for the immediate future. Starting today, we'll be live Monday through Thursday at 2 P.M. to play all kinds of racing and driving games. Check us out on Twitch,Youtube, or Mixer. So far we've played: * Overpass * Forza Motorsport 7 * TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge * NASCAR Heat 4 * NFS: Heat * Garfield Kart: Furious Racing * GRID * WRC 8 * Supermarket Shriek * Overland * Wreckfest * F1 2019 * GRIP * FIA Truck Racing Championship * MudRunner * Crash Team Racing * The Grand Tour Game * Forza Horizon 4 * NASCAR Heat 3 * Rocket League * Roblox * Dangerous Driving * Onrush * Mario Kart 8 Deluxe * Grand Theft Auto VAnd we'll be swapping in as many as we can throughout the year.We've also got a rotating cast of your favorite Autoblog editors popping in and out at all times, giving us some behind the scenes info on stories they're working on, opinions on cars they've driven, and even some hot takes on breaking news.If you're familiar with live streaming already and want to hang out, then come join us in the Twitch chat, spam the now infamous Autoblog Dorito emote any time anything ridiculous happens and get stoked with us when our stream gets raided.If you have no idea what any of that means but you like cars and you like games then don't let that intimidate you, feel free to just sit back and watch the stream like any other video.If you're looking to do some streaming yourself, here is our setup: Xbox One X Nintendo Switch Logitech G920 Racing Wheel StreamLabs OBS Nightbot.tv AverMedia Extremecap U3 Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 Shure SM7B Mic Cloud Lifter CL-1 (for the mic) Apogee Quartet (audio interface)We recently started doing merch as well! You can check out our shirts, mugs, and more here at our Redbubble store.Looking forward to seeing you in the chat!* * *Autoblog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. These deals are available through our affiliate partnership with Amazon.com. Deals are subject to Amazon's schedule and availability.Filed under: Affiliate Posts,Videos,Original VideoAutoblog is Live: Playing Crash Team Racing originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 14:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Ford expects stimulus talks with U.S. government, floats cash for clunkers idea
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    Ford expects stimulus talks with U.S. government, floats cash for clunkers idea

    Ford is expecting to talk with the U.S. government about an automotive stimulus package to help the industry get back on track once the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Bloomberg reported the news, citing Mark LaNeve, Ford’s vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service.“We think some level of stimulus somewhere on the other side of this would help not only the auto industry and our dealers, which are a huge part of our overall economy, but will help the customers as well,” LaNeve says. “We’re in discussions about what would be the most appropriate.”One of those solutions that’s already been brought up by Ford: cash for clunkers.“Cash for clunkers was very effective at that time,” LaNeve says. “It would be nice to think we could have something equally as effective for 2020 when we get out of this because it was a great program.”Maybe some of you are already cringing at the glowing praise for the old cash for clunkers program instituted in 2009. Despite being more popular than the government thought it would be initially, the lasting effects of that program haven’t all been rosy and positive. As new car sales plummet downward these days, it’s important that we don’t repeat the mistakes of our past to fix the problem.The used car industry was hurt badly by the original cash for clunkers program. With thousands of used cars traded in and junked, the value of other used cars skyrocketed. As supply dwindled, that made previously cheap cars more expensive for the masses. It was especially painful for those with low income who relied on being able to purchase a cheap, used vehicle and couldn’t afford to take advantage of the program to buy a new car anyway. Many of the cheap, running used cars throughout the country had new homes in the scrapyard.On the plus side, more people were able to purchase a fuel efficient and (likely) safer new vehicle. It’s no surprise to see Ford speaking positively about the program. After all, people went out and bought new cars, and some of them were Fords.Late last year, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer put forth a proposal with a similar idea to get more electric cars on the road. Folks would trade in their gas engine cars for an EV and America would toss in some amount of cash to cheapen the car. The sentiment and goal is great: Get more Americans into an electric car. However, history has already told us that it comes with problems, like the ones we listed above.Automotive News reports that a Ford spokesperson elaborated on Ford’s plans to propose a stimulus package to Congress.“The auto industry is America’s economic engine. We are encouraging Congress to look at a variety of ways to drive job creation, increase demand, support customers and provide long-term stability for the entire auto ecosystem."At this point, an automotive stimulus package may not be the priority. But as the crisis wears on, some aid and programs could be forthcoming. We’ll be watching to see how this one develops.Related video:Filed under: Government/Legal,Green,FordFord expects stimulus talks with U.S. government, floats cash for clunkers idea originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 14:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Tesla Model Y passes muster with engineering expert: 'It will sell'
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    Tesla Model Y passes muster with engineering expert: 'It will sell'

    Professional car dismantler and manufacturing consultant Sandy Munro was famously critical in his first analysis of the Tesla Model 3 back in 2018, but the president of Munro & Associates got a sneak preview of the new Model Y electric crossover before it went into production and gave it generally high marks.“It will sell,” Munro told Bloomberg, which visited him at his tech center in suburban Detroit. “Tesla buyers will overlook everything, and other buyers won’t see what we see.”Munro rendered harsh judgment on an early version of the Model 3 over fit-and-finish issues and some manufacturing glitches, though he later amended his verdict somewhat to say that Tesla could make a profit off its purported mass-market electric sedan.He did find fault with somethings on Tesla’s new crossover, finding inconsistencies in the gaps on the front hood and the hatch, plus dirt in the paint on the hood. But he heaped praise on the flat floor of the 68 cubic-foot cargo area, flush with the hatch opening, and on Tesla’s electronics and powertrain.“We’ve looked at everything else, and this is a far cry from everything we saw on the Model 3,” he said. “This is much, much better.”> Model Y deliveries begin!https://t.co/ZhuiM5MTOf pic.twitter.com/3gX6MBPmhp> > — Tesla (@Tesla) March 16, 2020Unveiled just over a year ago, the Model Y is Tesla’s fourth mass-production vehicle and first since the Model 3, with which it shares a platform and much of its styling. It has an EPA-rated 315 miles of range and an overall 121 MPGe for the dual-motor Performance trim with all-wheel drive, which starts at $60,990. Long-Range versions of the crossover start at $52,990, with less expensive, shorter-range versions supposedly arriving next year.Tesla had already started production and deliveries before being forced to suspend operations because of the coronavirus.Filed under: Green,Tesla,Crossover,ElectricTesla Model Y passes muster with engineering expert: 'It will sell' originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 13:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • This original Honda Insight for sale has only 5,400 miles
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    This original Honda Insight for sale has only 5,400 miles

    You know what's an awesome way to save gas? Well, buying an original Honda Insight with a manual transmission is a start, but an even better way is to not really drive at all. Like, specifically, drive only 5,400 miles in the span of 20 years. Or ... does the maths ... 270 miles per year. Considering that the OG Insight had a 10.6-gallon tank and got 53 mpg combined, well ... gives up doing the maths ... let's just say the owner didn't have a frequent pumper card at the local Chevron. This 2000 Honda Insight with manual transmission and yes, a mere 5,392 miles, is up for auction on Bring a Trailer. It looks as brand new as the mileage would indicate, the result of spending the first 19 years of its life barely moving in the Pacific Northwest. It's painted a sharp shade of New Formula Red with a gray cloth interior, and is quite the delightfully cute thing. It even has a tape deck. It's obviously quite the fuel-efficient thing, too. Now, if you look at the window sticker pictured above, it says the Insight got an eye-bulging 61 mpg city and 70 mpg highway. Those numbers would make it the most efficient non-pluggable car on sale if it was sold new today. However, those numbers are from the EPA's previous and totally unreliable testing methodology. In 2008, the EPA changed that methodology to one far more accurate. Some vehicles saw their estimates reduced by as much as 25 percent. And since the differences in gallons used is so minuscule when you start dealing with high-mpg cars, the Insight took a massive hit. By today's EPA standards, our little red Insight up there got 49 mpg city, 61 mpg highway and 53 mpg combined. That highway number would actually still be tops today and the combined number is 1 mpg better than the majority of Prius trim levels (the Eco base trim gets 56), but of course, the Prius has five seats, a much larger trunk and has 20 years worth of vehicle advancements in its corner.It should also be noted that the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid, which is roughly the size of the Lusitania compared to wee-olde Insight, gets 48 mpg combined. That, according to the EPA, amounts to only an extra $100 spent on gas per year. Of course, that's based on the assumption you're driving 15,000 miles per year and, you know, not 270. The Bring a Trailer auction ends April 7. This is actually the second time this car has been auctioned on BaT, the first being in September of last year when it sold for $15,250. Judging by the odometer picture in the old listing, the current owner has only moved it 11 miles since September. Given the car's history, that sounds about right. Related Video: Filed under: Green,Honda,Auctions,Green Driving,Hatchback,Hybrid,ClassicsThis original Honda Insight for sale has only 5,400 miles originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 12:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Nissan furloughs almost all staff in the UK
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    Nissan furloughs almost all staff in the UK

    The plant which shut in March will remain closed for the rest of this month at least.

  • 2021 Nissan Rogue revealed in leaked patent images
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    2021 Nissan Rogue revealed in leaked patent images

    Nissan is planning to introduce the next-generation Rogue before the end of 2020, but the Brazilian government appears to have ruined its surprise. Patent images published online by the country's Ministry of Economy give us an excellent look at the company's next crossover several months before we're supposed to see it.The images suggest stylists moved the Rogue \-- which is known as the X-Trail in some global markets, including Brazil -- in a brawnier direction. Its front end looks taller and more upright, and it falls in line with Nissan's current design language by gaining thinner lights and thick u-shaped trim that underlines the grille. Out back, its hatch is more sculpted than the current model's and its lights are smaller. The basic proportions don't change. Earlier spy shots suggest Nissan will significantly expand the list of available tech features. We've spotted prototypes with a fully digital instrument cluster and a wide, high-resolution screen to display the infotainment system. More basic variants will likely ship with an analog instrument cluster and a smaller touchscreen. Designers walked a thin line as they reinvented the Rogue for the 2020s. It's Nissan's best-selling model by a long shot (though the company lumps Rogue and Rogue Sport sales into a single figure), and it's one of the most popular cars in the United States. If that's not daunting enough, remember the aforementioned X-Trail available in dozens of countries is the same thing as the Rogue with the exception of trim levels and powertrains. It competes in an increasingly crowded segment, and it needs to meet the needs of millions of significantly different motorists.It's no surprise, then, that technical specifications will vary from market to market. We hear a plug-in hybrid powertrain -- the nameplate's first -- that leverages technology developed by sister company Mitsubishi will be offered in some European countries, but there's no word yet on whether it will come to the United States. What's certain is that front-wheel drive will continue to come standard, and all-wheel drive will still be optional.Nissan hasn't commented on the leaked patent images. We expect to see the next-generation Rogue make its full debut during the second half of 2020, but we're not sure if it will be presented online or at one of the few auto shows left on the calendar. Sales will begin for the 2021 model year. The next-generation Rogue Sport (sold as the Qashqai overseas) will be closely related to the Rogue under the sheet metal, and it's also due out before the end of the year.Filed under: Nissan,Crossover2021 Nissan Rogue revealed in leaked patent images originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 12:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Volvo expands electrified line-up with new T6 plug-in hybrid
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    Volvo expands electrified line-up with new T6 plug-in hybrid

    The powertrain is initially available on the V60, V90 and XC60.

  • 2021 Ford Mustang VIN decoder suggests Mach 1 is in, Shelby GT350 is out
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    2021 Ford Mustang VIN decoder suggests Mach 1 is in, Shelby GT350 is out

    The 2021 Ford Mustang line-up looks like it will get a shake-up, according to a VIN decoder shared by Mustang6G forum and Mach-E Club forum, both reported on respectively by Motor1 and Motor Trend. The purported decoding sheet suggests the return of the Mach 1 trim level. Not only that, but the Shelby GT350 is conspicuously absent.We've been hearing rumors of the Mach 1's reintroduction for months, and those have been supported by spy shots of slightly tweaked Mustang GTs and Bullitt Mustangs. Such a trim level as a mildly upgraded Mustang GT also seems logical since the Bullitt, just such a car, is reportedly being discontinued and doesn't appear on this sheet. Supporting the upgraded GT idea is the fact that there are two 5.0-liter V8s listed on the decoding sheet, just as there are two four-cylinder engines listed, likely for the regular EcoBoost and the EcoBoost High Performance Package.What comes as a surprise is the missing Shelby GT350. The only Shelby listed is the monstrous supercharged GT500, and on top of that, only one 5.2-liter V8 is shown as an option. Fans of the Shelby Mustangs will know that the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter engine in the GT350 is a very different beast from that of the GT500, so if a tweaked 5.0-liter gets called out as a unique engine, there should be two 5.2-liters shown.The possibility of dropping the GT350 does strike us as strange. Ford just updated the GT350R for 2020, so why let it go so soon? Losing the 526-horsepower GT350 would also leave a much larger performance gulf between the likely 480-horsepower or so Mach 1 and the 760-horsepower GT500. We'll just have to wait until the 2021 Mustang is announced to see if this decoding sheet is correct.Filed under: Rumormill,Ford,Coupe,Performance2021 Ford Mustang VIN decoder suggests Mach 1 is in, Shelby GT350 is out originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 12:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • 2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Review | The Bison abides
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    2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Review | The Bison abides

    The funny thing about buying a pickup truck in off-road-ready trim, and adding an even more rugged off-road package on top of that, is that most of us will rack up 99 percent of the truck’s miles on pavement. So, it’s a good thing the technology that makes the 2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison an outstanding trail runner also happens to make it a pleasant pickup to drive on the highway.And that’s as it should be, since pavement — Formula 1 race tracks, actually — is where this truck’s capabilities were born. The Colorado ZR2 is kitted for mud, dirt, rocks and snow, with DSSV Multimatic spool-valve shocks as the centerpiece of the setup. And that suspension technology was handed down from race cars to performance production cars such as the Ford GT, Mercedes-AMG GT and Camaro ZL1 1LE, and finally, to this truck. Multimatic put triple damper units on the Colorado then fine-tuned the setup using analytics and software also developed through racing.The ZR2 got these babies a few years back, which is when our James Riswick did this deep dive into how they work. Additionally, the ZR2 gets driver-selectable locking front and rear differentials, a two-speed electronic transfer case, a trailering package with trailer brake controller, hill-descent control, a skid plate for the transfer case, off-road rocker protection, recovery hooks, special bumpers, a wider stance, and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs on 17-inch wheels. Oh, there’s also a hood scoop.But then along came American Expedition Vehicles, which in 2018 trotted out the Bison to further bulk things up. AEV and Chevy packaged a laundry list of goodies a ZR2 buyer might add in the aftermarket.First, the standard 3.6-liter gasoline V6 goes away, and the $3,500, 2.8-liter Duramax inline-four turbodiesel takes over, making 181 horsepower and a bullish 369 pound-feet of torque. An upgrade six-speed automatic and 3.42 rear axle ratio join it. Then another $5,750 in options get added on, starting with five skid plates to protect the engine pan, fuel tank, transfer case and differentials. There's an exhaust brake and dark gray 17-inch wheels, and the ZR2 bumpers get replaced by AEV designs with slightly improved approach and departure angles (30 and 23.5 degrees). There are rock rails all around. Fat black cladding bulges from the wheel arches, though there is a prominent scallop in the plastic around the fuel filler door that catches your eye every time you look in the left-hand mirror.Finally, there’s AEV Bison badging all about, including some cool Bison logo headrests. They're the standout feature in a same-old lackluster Colorado interior.All in, the truck as tested stickers for $53,345. With bold looks, brawny components and a boron-steel underbelly, it looks like it can take a back-country beating. The trouble was this: In soggy early March in Western Washington, where do you take a vehicle like that? The nearest official state off-road playground was an hour north and offers 36 miles of trail through 3,200 acres with 2,600 feet of elevation gain. It also sounded like a place of serious intent — a more challenging environment than I should, in good conscience, tackle in a shiny new loaned vehicle without taking along recovery equipment. Not doubting the truck's capabilities, just my own and the timing. And there is no shortage of badly potholed and washboard-scarred forest roads in the Cascades, but most were still closed off for winter with snow, which again raises the issue of not being adequately equipped.I finally settled on heading to a couple of low-elevation forest roads unlikely to have snow, nor visitors yet. So I loaded my decidedly non-macho dog in this macho truck, fired up the Duramax, and headed out to give the pup a romp in the woods and enjoy some social distancing. The truck's high, and the door opening's low, so climbing in involves both stepping up and ducking down. But once in, the driving position's not bad even though the seat is kind of low. The ride en route to the foothills was serene. That's not a word you use much when talking about pickups. Jolting, jarring, rattling, shimmying, clattering are your typical trucky words. But the ZR2 Bison glides down the interstate. The Bison abides. You get some unavoidable tire noise from the Goodyears, but otherwise the cabin is quiet and the truck's suspension soaks up any imperfections that city or highway pavement can offer. The other nice thing about a Colorado in general is that it's right-sized — it doesn't fill the lane the way a full-size pickup feels. Which makes it more relaxing to drive. That said, the Bison sits taller in traffic than many full-size pickups.Once off I-90 and tearing up a muddy rutted service road at some speed, the Bison floated above the undulations in the soft surface. It was like driving a pillow. Crossing to the other side of the highway exit, I turned up a forest road leading to the trailhead for a lake hike. The gravel surface was, disappointingly, better than you'd expect emerging from winter, practically as smooth as pavement in places. But when steered through, rather than around, potholes, the truck banged nonchalantly over the craters and danced over rock-studded road surfaces that would have been bone-jarring in a normal vehicle. Washboarded slopes barely slowed us down.By the time we got down and home, the truck indicated 24.2 mpg overall, 30.1 on the highway portion. The truck is rated at 18 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined (versus 16/18/17 for the gas V6), so our figures were either a mileage miracle or the mpg-calculating circuitry has its thumb on the scale.As Northwest backcountry roads go, this was practically a superhighway. An axle-breaking primitive "road" to a remote vacation rental on Salt Spring Island still stands as the worst I've traveled, compounded by the fact we were in a Volvo station wagon. It was an 11-mile trek, made longer by weaving to avoid encroaching tree roots and car-killing craters. We later learned that most people accessed the house by boat.This quick spin in the ZR2 Bison was no match for the truck's special capabilities, such as the lockers, hill-descent control or the deep pulling power of the Duramax. We traversed a much rockier road during our first-drive review of the Bison, if you want to check that out (video below). But the truck did this outing with aplomb, and left no doubt that it's capable of so much more, such as the kind of overlanding/road trip Alex Kierstein and our video team took, 1,600 miles from Seattle to Banff, a couple of summers back (also below). If a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro can do it, the ZR2 Bison can, too. Until then, even if you're just commuting or loading up the Bison with beauty bark, you'll have the smoothest truck in town.Related Videos: Filed under: Reviews,Chevrolet,New Car Reviews,Truck,Off-Road2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Review | The Bison abides originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 12:00:00 EDT. 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  • How to keep your car roadworthy during the MOT extension period
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    How to keep your car roadworthy during the MOT extension period

    MOTs might not need to be renewed right now, but your car must remain road legal. Here’s how.

  • Coronavirus shakes up America's truck market: GM outselling Ford and Ram
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    Coronavirus shakes up America's truck market: GM outselling Ford and Ram

    FCA, Ford and General Motors joined the rest of the U.S. auto industry in taking heavy volume hits due to coronavirus-related shortages of both cars and customers. The saying goes that a rising tide lifts all boats; it stands to reason, then, that a falling one would have the opposite effect. However, as we learned Thursday, the automotive market can behave in unpredictable ways. While the F-Series remained the best-selling nameplate in Q1, GM's full-size trucks are now outselling Ford's again for the first time in years, and with this upward thrust from the General, FCA's Ram was unceremoniously booted out of a hard-earned second place. While late-March sales declines hit just about every major automaker in one way or another, the model-by-model results weren't nearly so uniform. And because the market tends to be a zero-sum game, for every winner, there generally has to be a loser. In this case, that winner was GM, and its rise had to come at the expense of another automaker, in this case, Ford. F-Series sales dropped 13.1 percent in the first quarter of 2020, while sales of GM's full-sized Silverado and Sierra surged nearly 28% in the same period. FCA's Ram lineup managed a steady-as-she-goes 7% increase.All-in, GM finished the quarter with 197,743 full-size trucks sold to Ford's 186,562. Here's the full breakdown: * Ford F-Series: 186,562  * Chevrolet Silverado*: 144,734 * Ram P/U: 128,805 * GMC Sierra: 53,009*includes 1,036 Medium Duty salesThings are a but murkier in the midsize segment, where the Chevy Colorado slipped 36% to just 21,430 units sold — just a few hundred better than the slow-selling Ford Ranger's Q1 numbers. The GMC Canyon experienced an almost identical slide, finishing the quarter with just 4,483 units sold.For perspective, Jeep sold more than 15,000 Gladiators and Toyota's midsize Tacoma slipped less than 8%, finishing the quarter with nearly 54,000 sales. We suspect this discrepancy in full- and mid-size truck sales comes from shifting incentives. Ford, GM and FCA would like to keep selling bigger trucks because there's far more profit margin built into their list prices. Even with tens of thousands of dollars in manufacturer money on the hood, big trucks still make money. Since these automakers report quarterly, we won't get another good look at these numbers until July, but if you thought that 2019 represented the new normal for U.S. auto sales, well, think again. 2020 is shaping up to be a strange, dynamic, and potentially frightening year for America's auto industry. Filed under: Earnings/Financials,Plants/Manufacturing,Chevrolet,Ford,GM,GMC,Jeep,RAM,Toyota,TruckCoronavirus shakes up America's truck market: GM outselling Ford and Ram originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 11:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum Interior Driveway Test | A real knockout
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    2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum Interior Driveway Test | A real knockout

    The Kia Telluride has received a lot of deserved attention for its luxurious cabin that looks great and is put together using higher-end materials than is expected for the non-luxury three-row crossover segment. However, after spending time in the range-topping 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum, I think that its materials and construction are just as good, possibly better. The earthy two-tone color scheme is distinctive, warm and generally inviting. The silver trim that wraps around the control binnacle like a fork is textured to make it look richer and more like actual metal. The wood trim on the dash and center console, be it real or not, is subtle and tasteful. The padded SofTex vinyl that covers much of the dash, doors and center console is pleasant to touch, while the real leather on the seats is buttery soft. All the switchgear is top notch, and I've already extolled the virtues of the widescreen infotainment system. In the above video, you can see more clearly what I'm talking about as I thoroughly review the 2020 Highlander Platinum interior. I also discuss what's going on in the back seat, including the third-row space (or lack thereof). The outgoing Highlander's cabin was actually perfectly competitive, but with its elevated design and greater materials variety, the 2020 Highlander is just that much stronger. I think the Telluride and, to a lesser extent, the Hyundai Palisade cabins are still classier and eye-pleasing, but the Highlander Platinum is a clear aesthetic upgrade beyond the more utilitarian Honda Pilot and Subaru Ascent, vehicles with which it frequently gets compared.  Related Video:Filed under: Toyota,Crossover,SUV,Driveway Tests2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum Interior Driveway Test | A real knockout originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • The ‘20’ number plates banned by the DVLA for being too rude
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    The ‘20’ number plates banned by the DVLA for being too rude

    Swear words and inappropriate references are banned each year by officials.

  • What we like about the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S | Behind the Wheel S02 // E11
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    What we like about the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S | Behind the Wheel S02 // E11

    "Behind the Wheel" is a video series that shows you a bit of what it’s like to work at Autoblog. The editors and video producers will show you the cars we have in our fleet, and you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the personalities who help make the site run.In this episode, Senior Green Editor John Snyder and Producer Alex Malburg take the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe out for a quick ride. This car has been optioned with the Sport Chrono Package that greatly enhances the driving experience. Gear the Video team used to make this:  * Panasonic GH5s: https://amzn.to/2QsJdHE * Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm F2.8: https://amzn.to/34bl3W4 * Rode VidMic Pro: https://amzn.to/2qrDHKN * JOBY GorillaPod 3K Stand: https://amzn.to/2qoRUbv * Tiffen 58mm Variable ND Filter: https://amzn.to/2XpizRw * GoPro Hero 8 Black: https://amzn.to/2QsJdHE * Adobe Premiere: https://amzn.to/32ZTA8BAutoblog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. These deals are available through our affiliate partnership with Amazon. Deals are subject to Amazon's schedule and availability.Filed under: Toyota,Crossover,SUV,Driveway TestsWhat we like about the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S | Behind the Wheel S02 // E11 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 10:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Hyundai 'MR23T' mid-engined halo car spotted on flatbed in South Korea
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    Hyundai 'MR23T' mid-engined halo car spotted on flatbed in South Korea

    Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said, "If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe." Although academic investigation suspects an anonymous woodsman from 1956 is actually responsible for something like those words, provenance doesn't matter because the moral is on-the-nose when it comes to Hyundai's potential mid-engined halo car for the go-fast N division. The automaker is going on nine years of development work for its ess-road superstar that might or might not see production, ever since the Racing Midship project kicked off in 2012 and delivered the Veloster Midship concept in 2014. Proof of more axe sharpening comes from Korean site Bobaedream, via The Korean Car Blog, which picked up on a photo of a mid-engined mule with Veloster bodywork parked on the back of a flatbed truck. The paint job included the alphanumeric "MR23T," which TKCB's sources said stood for mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, 2.3-liter turbo.Before this newest snapshot, the last line in the story was the RM19 concept — standing for rear midship 2019. We drove the hardcore concept in December, it being a test bed and showcase for the N department. That car was powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boosted with the turbocharger from a Mercedes-AMG A 45, the motor making 390 horsepower and set directly atop the rear axle.Per TKCB, the MR23T mule goes with a larger, less-stressed engine that puts out about 310 horsepower on its own, aided by an 80-hp electric motor to make up the same 390 hp as the RM19 concept. The electric components and their tuning are said to spring from Hyundai's investment in and collaboration with the Croatian EV superstars at Rimac.That information lines up with a report from February 2018, when spy shooters caught the RM 16 N testing at the Nürburgring. Korean outlet Motorgraph wrote that Hyundai was working on a Theta III engine to suit front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and mid-engine applications. Bored out to 2.5 liters for front- and rear-wheel-drive products, turbocharged versions would be rated at 280 hp when turning the front wheels, 300 hp when turning the rears. For a mid-engined car, however, Motorgraph said displacement would be 2.3 liters and top out at 350 with turbocharging.The coupe on the flatbed gets the mule designation because sources told TKCB that the mid-engined halo car's final design — should the car make production — will look nothing like the Veloster Turbo it still mimics. Although claimed to be "closer to production than ever," at nine. The reward, though, could be an exceedingly sharp entry ready to chop down a lot of competition. Head to The Korean Car Blog to check it out.Filed under: Spy Photos,Hyundai,Coupe,Future,Hybrid,PerformanceHyundai 'MR23T' mid-engined halo car spotted on flatbed in South Korea originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 10:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • ABT reveals wild RS7-R
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    ABT reveals wild RS7-R

    Audi tuning specialist has applied its know-how to the latest RS7 model.

  • ABT RS7-R makes the Audi RS 7 into a 690-horsepower rocket ship
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    ABT RS7-R makes the Audi RS 7 into a 690-horsepower rocket ship

    ABT Sportsline has a long history of performance, and this new ABT RS7-R fits in perfectly with its brethren. It’s based on the 2020 Audi RS 7. If you happen to own one of those rockets (0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds), then congrats, you can make it faster.The stock RS 7 ships with 591 horsepower and 591 pound-feet of torque from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. ABT cranks that up to 690 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque for the U.S. — European RS7-Rs will make 740 horsepower, so we'll be missing out on those 50 extra horses. That power is made with stock internals, as all ABT has done is strapped in its “Power R ECU” for a tune. We spy what might be an aftermarket exhaust, so some bolt-ons are likely providing slight power gains, but ABT hasn’t detailed them yet. ABT is also throwing in a two-year warranty “in the scope of the manufacturer’s guarantee.”Besides the engine tune, ABT has also devised a new suspension setup. Two levels of aggression are available, with both featuring new ABT coilovers and anti-roll bars to aid handling.One look at the RS7-R is enough to know it’s something special. ABT has used carbon fiber judiciously, adding skirts, spoilers, winglets and all sorts of protrusions onto the bodywork. The 22-inch ABT High Performance HR wheels are also part of the exterior package. Interior photos reveal the changes ABT has made inside, like the unique finishes on the steering wheel, center stack and gear lever. Plaques and emblems all over the car read out “1 of 125,” letting the world know you’re driving something rare. And yes, ABT only plans on making 125 of these special-edition RS 7s.As for the price, that’s unknown at this time. We’ve asked ABT what availability will look like in the U.S., and the company confirmed that you'll be able to purchase it here. Timing is also up in the air, but we’d suggest letting ABT know you want one of the slots if your brand-new RS 7 isn’t quite fast enough for you.Related video:Filed under: Aftermarket,Audi,Hatchback,Luxury,Performance,sedanABT RS7-R makes the Audi RS 7 into a 690-horsepower rocket ship originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 10:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Audi details the PPE platform it's developing with Porsche to underpin EVs
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    Audi details the PPE platform it's developing with Porsche to underpin EVs

    Audi wants its global range to include at least 20 electric models by 2025. It currently has access to three platforms designed to underpin battery-powered cars, and it released details about a fourth architecture named Premium Platform Electric (PPE) it's currently developing with sister company Porsche.PPE will underpin most of the medium-sized and large EVs that will join the Audi range in the 2020s. It's a joint effort, Audi and Porsche engineers are developing it from scratch under the same roof, and it's being designed to be as modular as possible. It will be capable of accommodating a wide range of body styles including low-slung sedans, spacious wagons American may or may not get, and high-riding SUVs. The battery pack is the common denominator; neither brand will build a V8-powered car or a hybrid on PPE because it's all electric, all the time.Some PPE-based cars will be marketed as high-performance models. Thomas Kolthoff, PPE's project manager, told Autoblog in late 2019 that the platform will be compatible with four-wheel steering, air suspension, and torque vectoring, though each brand will decide whether to make these features available on a case-by-case basis. PPE will offer rear-wheel drive and one electric motor in its standard configuration, but making it all-wheel drive will be as simple as adding a second motor over the front axle. Several battery sizes will fit in between the wheels, too.An 800-volt electrical system similar to the Porsche Taycan's will make PPE-based cars compatible with 350-kilowatt fast-charging. Specifications like horsepower and driving range haven't been announced yet.[slideshow id='2221506']It's a bit too early to tell precisely what Audi will build on the PPE platform, but we spotted an intriguing mockup of an A5-sized four-door sedan with an even faster-sloping roof line while visiting the company's engineering headquarters in late 2019. Wolf Seebers, one of the firm's exterior designers, told us we were looking at one of two PPE-based proposals that could morph into production models. Photography was prohibited — sorry, folks. The best we can do is show you two official photos (above) in which the car is visible but out of focus.Porsche is remaining tight-lipped, too, but it's not too far-fetched to speculate the next-generation Macan will be one of the first cars built on the PPE architecture. It will be sold alongside the current, gasoline-powered model for several years. We'd wager other brands in the Volkswagen Group will have access to it, too.The three other platforms are relatively familiar. MLB Evo is the one that underpins the E-Tron and the E-Tron Sportback. It's an electrified version of architecture found under gasoline- powered models like the A6, the A8, the Q7, and the Q8, among others. J1 was designed for the aforementioned Taycan and its taller, roomier counterpart, but it will also find its way under the production version of the E-Tron GT concept introduced in 2018. Finally, the MEB architecture was developed by parent company Volkswagen for smaller electric cars, like the ID.3 sold in Europe and the ID.4 expected to arrive in American showrooms in the not-too-distant future. Audi will use it to build a crossover named Q4 E-Tron previewed by the eponymous concept shown in 2019.That's just the tip of a mammoth-sized iceberg. At least two additional MEB-based EVs will join the Audi range."We can envision a sportier version [of the Q4] and a sedan," Markus Jeschke, the project manager for the MEB platform, told Autoblog during a media event in 2019. Viewed in this light, Audi's claim to offer 20 electric cars in its global portfolio in five short years looks a lot more realistic. Expect to learn more in the coming months.Related Video: Filed under: Green,Audi,Porsche,Electric,LuxuryAudi details the PPE platform it's developing with Porsche to underpin EVs originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 2 Apr 2020 09:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments

  • Clark Gable’s custom 1952 Jaguar XK120 is up for auction right now
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    Clark Gable’s custom 1952 Jaguar XK120 is up for auction right now

    Modified to suit the ‘King of Hollywood’ by Barris Kustoms, this special roadster is now listed on the Bring a Trailer auction websiteThe post Clark Gable’s custom 1952 Jaguar XK120 is up for auction right now appeared first on Motoring Research.