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Esteban Ocon wins chaotic Hungarian GP as Hamilton takes the F1 lead

Posted in REVIEWS on August 1, 2021
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BUDAPEST, Hungary  — Frenchman Esteban Ocon won a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday while an exhausted Lewis Hamilton finished third to take the Formula One championship lead from Max Verstappen by six points heading into the midseason break. Hamilton needed a check from the Mercedes team doctor after the race. “Had really big dizziness and everything got a bit blurry,” he said. "I have been fighting all year really with the health, staying healthy Read More »

Tesla update adds Disney+ streaming and a 'Car Wash' mode

Posted in REVIEWS on August 1, 2021

Tesla is adding another popular streaming service to its in-car infotainment system. As part of its latest software update, you can now watch Disney+ when you have some downtime during charging. Tesla's Theater Mode already offers Netflix, Disney-owned Hulu, YouTube and Twitch. All it's missing is HBO Max, Peacock and Paramount+ before it can call itself a true video hub. A Tesla owner shared screenshots of the "2021.24" update, which includes several additional features, in Read More »

Junkyard Gem: 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE AWD

Posted in REVIEWS on August 1, 2021
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During the middle to late 1980s, General Motors made a big push to grab back some of the sales swiped by makers of European luxury machinery during the previous decade. Around the top of the prestige pyramid, there was the Turin/Hamtramck-built Cadillac Allanté taking aim at the Mercedes-Benz 560SEC and the super high-tech Buick Reatta trying to seduce away BMW and Jaguar shoppers; even the Riviera offered a futuristic touchscreen computer sorely lacking in anything Read More »

Race car designers reinvent the kayak for Japanese Olympic paddler

Posted in REVIEWS on August 1, 2021

TOKYO — Japanese kayaker Kazuya Adachi is taking on European domination of canoeing with a bespoke boat built by race car engineers who had never designed a kayak before and did not bother looking at one before they started. "We don't really know how Adachi's boat compares with other kayaks because we haven't examined any others," said Takuya Yura, the founder of Mooncraft, a company that builds streamlined racing cars from molded carbon composite panels. Read More »

Volvo adds 48V hybrid system to a bunch of 2022 models

Posted in REVIEWS on August 1, 2021

In 2019, Volvo announced an updated powertrain fitted with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The integrated starter-generator and regenerative brake-by-wire refilling a small battery could increase fuel economy by up to 15% in real-world driving. There are three layouts, dubbed B4, B5, and B6 that the Swedish automaker's already been rolling out globally. Next year two of them, the B5 and B6, come to the U.S. for the first time under the 2022 Volvo S60, Read More »

Ultra-rare 2011 Saab 9-4X up for grabs on Cars & Bids

Posted in REVIEWS on August 1, 2021

Saab's sad saga is full of might-have-beens and missed opportunities. As the 21st century dawned, it became clear that the Saab brand could not survive without an SUV in its lineup. In 2005, the 9-2X, a badge-engineered Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, was rushed into production (GM being a part-owner of Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries at the time). That same year same GM also put a new nose on the distinctly mediocre Chevrolet TrailBlazer Read More »

Where does the infrastructure compromise deal leave EV charging?

Posted in REVIEWS on August 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan compromise on infrastructure cuts in half President Joe Biden’s call for $15 billion to build 500,000 electric vehicle charging outlets, raising the stakes as the administration seeks to win auto industry cooperation on anti-pollution rules to curb climate change. The Senate legislation provides $7.5 billion in federal grants to build a national network of charging outlets, an amount that analysts say is a good start but isn't enough to spur widespread Read More »

Lewis Hamilton fueled by boos from crowd after Hungary pole

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021
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BUDAPEST — Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said booing from the crowd only fueled his determination after he took pole position in qualifying for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver is locked in a fierce battle with Red Bull's world championship leader Max Verstappen, with passions running high after their collision at the previous race. Plenty of Verstappen fans have made their way to Hungary for Sunday's showdown, the last before the August Read More »

Microsoft shows off upcoming 'Forza Horizon 5' biomes | Gaming roundup

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021

Autoblog may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. This week in racing game news: "Forza Horizon 5" will have (at least) 11 unique biomes on its map Earlier this week we got a closer look at the world of "Forza Horizon 5," due to be released later this year. The upcoming Horizon entry takes place in a digital interpretation of Mexico and will Read More »

Mercedes-Benz's armored S-Class can withstand AK-47 bullets

Posted in REVIEWS on July 31, 2021

Mercedes-Benz has developed an armored version of the latest S-Class capable of protecting its occupants against a wide selection of attacks. It's heavy and it's expensive, but it's a safe (literally) bet for those who hang out in war zones. Designed and built in-house, the S-Class Guard looks almost like a regular-production S-Class when it's viewed from the outside. That's intentional; it can't resemble a tank for style and tactical reasons. Well-trained car spotters will Read More »

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