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VW says data breach exposed 3.3 million U.S. Audi customers or shoppers

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Volkswagen AG's U.S. unit said a data breach at a vendor impacted more than 3.3 million customers and prospective buyers in North America. Nearly all those impacted were current or potential customers of Audi, one of the German automaker's luxury brands. Volkswagen Group of America said on Friday an unauthorized third party obtained limited personal information about customers and interested buyers from a vendor that its Audi Volkswagen brands and some U.S. and Canadian dealers used for digital Read More »

Dodge's quickest-ever muscle car will allegedly be electric

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021

Dodge has repeatedly warned it will need to shift away from the V8 in order to comply with looming emissions regulations. Going electric isn't an excuse to stop making performance cars, however. The firm will reportedly leverage the instant torque of a battery-powered drivetrain to create the quickest car it has ever released. Part of the giant Stellantis group formed earlier in 2021, Dodge is following the rest of its sister companies towards electrification. Anonymous Read More »

2022 Ford Maverick is here, plus the next Toyota Land Cruiser | Autoblog Podcast #682

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021

In this episode of the Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by News Editor Joel Stocksdale. This week they cover the hottest car news, particularly the 2022 Ford Maverick, plus the new Toyota Land Cruiser and Kia Sportage. They also discuss cars they've driven (the Kia Rio and Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid) and a car one of them rode in (the new Toyota GR 86). Finally, they reach into the mailbag and help Read More »

Maserati teases all-electric 2022 GranTurismo prototype

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021

Maserati trotted out an early prototype of the 2022 GranTurismo this week, teasing the all-electric replacement for its long-running luxury coupe. The spy-style photographs were shot around the streets of Modena, near the automaker's Innovation Lab, Maserati said in the announcement accompanying the shots. The previous-generation GranTurismo was in production for 12 years before finally retiring in 2019.  The new GranTurismo and its drop-top counterpart, the GranCabrio, have been in development since 2019, but it Read More »

Forget cryptocurrency, to buy a Polestar you can use art

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021

We've seen some interesting ways of paying for cars come up in the past few years, from subscriptions to cryptocurrency. But Polestar is going to try something particularly unusual: accepting payment in the form of art. The program will run from now until August 15 in the U.S. and Europe, and it only applies to the Polestar 1 sports car. Almost any kind of art can be used to purchase a Polestar 1: "paintings, sculptures, Read More »

The Tesla paradox: It's the rocket, you're 'Spam in a can'

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021
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Elon Musk last night kicked off production of the Tesla Model S Plaid performance sedan, and as usual his standup routine was a flurry of superlatives: The car will do 0-to-60 in 1.99 seconds — being sure to edge out the 2-second mark out to the second decimal place. It will do the quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds. It can reach 200 mph. It makes over 1,000 horsepower, with 20 to spare. Each benchmark is checked Read More »

2022 Audi A3 and S3 pricing out, starts at just under $35,000

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021

Unveiled in 2020, the fourth-generation Audi A3 and its spicier S3 derivative will arrive in American showrooms in the coming months. The German firm published pricing and trim details about its two new entry-level sedans. Pricing for the entry-level, front-wheel-drive 2022 A3 Premium starts at $34,945 including a mandatory $1,045 destination charge. Audi priced the mid-range Premium Plus and the range-topping Prestige models at $38,245 and $42,245, respectively. Adding all-wheel-drive increases the three aforementioned figures Read More »

Archer two-seater flying taxi makes splashy debut in hot eVTOL market

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LOS ANGELES — Archer Aviation unveiled its first electric flying taxi "Maker" in a Tesla-style debut on Thursday as an increasing number of investors and aviation companies pile into the hot but yet-to-be-approved urban air mobility space. Interest in zero-emission aircraft that take off and land like helicopters but fly like planes is growing as aerospace companies look for new markets and face pressure to help decarbonize their industry though the battery-operated vehicles. Maker's debut, Read More »

2021 Acura TLX Long-Term Update | Seats look great, feel less so

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021
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There's a lot to like about our Acura TLX A-Spec's interior. In particular, I love the vivid red leather upholstery, the satisfying drive mode selector, and the loads of space inside. What I'm not so in love with is the actual design of the front seats. They look great and are quite shapely with the undulating black faux suede inserts and leather piping separating the aforementioned red leather panels. But they're underwhelming when they're under Read More »

The last Hyundai V8 car is already here

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021

Hyundai will end production of V8-powered cars this year, if a new report out of South Korea proves true. It would make the 5.0-liter unit found in the current Genesis G90 sedan the final Hyundai Tau V8. According to South Korean website Daum, the updated Genesis G90, expected later this year, will no longer have the 420-horse, 383 lb-ft V8 available as an option. The top-grade engine will, moving forward, be the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, Read More »

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