Cadillac Lyriq first pre-production car rolls off the line

Posted in REVIEWS on January 25, 2022

GM President Mark Reuss hopped on LinkedIn to celebrate the first pre-production Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover coming off the line at the Spring Hill Manufacturing plant. The facility, wholly devoted to the Saturn brand from beginning operations in 1990 to 2007, has built the Cadillac XT5, XT6, and GMC Acadia crossovers of late. A little more than a year ago, GM invested $2 billion to convert the Tennessee plant to battery-electric vehicle assembly. The Cadillac Read More »

Flying car earns airworthiness certification from Slovak authorities

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 25, 2022
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A flying car prototype has been awarded a certificate of airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority, moving it one step closer to production. The Aircar, designed by Nitra-based Klein Vision, has space for two passengers and is capable of reaching air speeds of more than 118mph and altitudes of more than 8000ft.  Featuring retractable wings and a large tail, it automatically transforms from a road-going vehicle into an aircraft in around two minutes and 15 seconds. Read More »

2023 Porsche 911 Safari looks production-ready in new spy photos

Posted in REVIEWS on January 25, 2022

A prototype Porsche 911 Safari looking mighty close to production-ready has been spied undergoing winter testing. Porsche's high-riding, thick-sidewalled, all-wheel-drive 911 prototype has been testing for what feels like an eternity at this point, but judging from what we see here, that wait is just about over.  Strictly speaking, not much has changed since we first shared photos of a lifted 911 testing more than a year ago. The latest prototype retains the earlier tester's Read More »

Ford explains why the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor doesn't have a V8

Posted in REVIEWS on January 25, 2022

Ford's long-awaited Bronco Raptor landed with 37-inch tires, a track widened by 8.6 inches, reinforced driveline components — and a V6 engine under the hood. While Muscle Car & Trucks learned that the firm's 5.0-liter V8 fits, manufacturing-related constraints kept it out of the hardcore Bronco's engine bay. "The truck has to go through the same assembly line as [the Ranger and the standard Bronco] and we want to follow the same processes. The 2.7-liter V6 Read More »

Lamborghini to launch four-seat EV crossover and electric Urus

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 25, 2022
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Lamborghini's first electric car will be an all-new four-seat crossover, launching in 2028, followed by the all-electric second-generation Urus SUV.  It was already known that Lamborghini was plotting a 2+2 seating configuration for its first EV, but now CEO Stephan Winkelmann has given more details on its positioning, which will be radically different to that of any model the brand has launched before. Speaking exclusively to Autocar, he said: "When it comes to the first full-electric Read More »

Peugeot 5008 1.2 Puretech 130 2022 review

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 25, 2022
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It’s the smallest engine in one of the biggest Peugeots - with a starting price of £32,995 in our second-level trim (or £31,145 in base Active Premium), the Peugeot 5008 offers an awful lot of space for not a lot of outlay. The engine is Peugeot’s 1.2-litre three cylinder turbo’d petrol, here producing 129bhp and 170lb ft, tied to a six-speed manual. Those figures are behind rivals like the Skoda Kodiaq, but the Pug has Read More »

2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition First Drive Review | Not woodsy enough

Posted in REVIEWS on January 25, 2022

The 2022 Toyota Sienna excels at moving a lot of people and/or cargo frequently in comfort and convenience. One expects that from a minivan, but the current, fourth-generation Sienna that was all-new last year goes beyond what's expected. First, it offers all-wheel drive for added confidence in foul weather, and second, it uniquely comes standard with a hybrid powertrain that returns vastly superior fuel economy than its V6-powered competitors. Those are key reasons why the Read More »

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 hits public roads for the first time

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 25, 2022
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Q&A: Mitja Borkert, director, Lamborghini Centro Stile Were you nervous before you showed the design to [original Countach designer] Marcello Gandini? “Like a young boy! For me, Marcello Gandini is the greatest. I was happy when he liked the car, and he has said that he likes that I'm taking his philosophy into the future – that I'm studying his designs. For me, his style remains the ideal one.” CEO Stefan Winklemann is on the Read More »

Bangernomics best buys: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 25, 2022
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2009 Cadillac Escalade 6.2 V8 Sport Luxury, 129,000 miles, £14,995: Who wouldn’t want a great big Yank SUV with a Caddy badge? This one is being sold by a film services company so we’d need to know a bit more history. A jolly good price, though. Idol fancy: BMW Z3 Just about now is the right time to reconsider what was a slightly ugly dumpling when it arrived in 1996. Okay, so it had 507-inspired Read More »

Health check: Why is hydrogen no longer the fuel of the future?

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 25, 2022
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But as hopes for fuel cells for cars fade, they’re becoming the reality for commercial vehicles, particularly trucks. “Hydrogen fuel cells have low prospects in cars. However, the range and refuelling advantages mean that heavy duty applications have long offered a potential use for the technology,” market research firm IDTechEx wrote in a recent report looking at EV trends. Vauxhall plans to introduce the 249-mile-range Vivaro-e Hydrogen van to the UK next year, while Renault Read More »

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