Tesla Model S Plaid takes first in class at Pikes Peak

Posted in REVIEWS on June 28, 2021
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Tesla celebrated a victory in the Exhibition class at the 2021 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Sunday, laying down a 6:57.220 pass on the famous uphill time attack – good enough for 10th place overall – in the hands of pro driver Randy Pobst.  Pobst documented the attempt in the above video and called the Unplugged Performance Model S race car "the most bad-to-the-bone electric car ever made," praising its performance. Note that the race Read More »

The 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Posted in REVIEWS on June 28, 2021

The Goodwood Festival of Speed will see the debut of the new 2022 BMW 2 Series. It’s a return to form for the Festival, as last year’s event never took place due to Covid-19. The two-door coupe’s grand reveal will take place on July 8. We won’t be awake for the reveal, as it will happen at 9 a.m. local time, or 4 a.m. Eastern here in the States. If you are lucky enough to Read More »

New E-Legend EL1 is Audi Quattro-inspired 805bhp EV

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German firm E-Legend has revealed an ultra-exclusive 805bhp performance EV that pays tribute to the Audi Quattro S1 rally car. Named the EL1, the coupé is powered by three electric motors and draws its reserves from a 90kWh battery pack, all of undisclosed origin. E-Legend says the rally-inspired EV has a 248-mile range, can do 0-62mph in just 2.8sec and will be able to complete the Nürburgring Nordschleife twice when driven in its power-hungry Sport Plus mode.  The 1680kg car is equipped with 19in front wheels Read More »

New LEVC range-extender camper van due with 60-mile EV range

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Black-cab producer London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) will launch the new e-Camper later this year. The range-extender, which will rival the likes of the electric-only Volkswagen ID Buzz due in 2022, will be priced from £62,250 and produced by Coventry-based LEVC in conjunction with British camper-van conversion specialist Wellhouse Leisure. The e-Camper is based on LEVC’s VN5 electric van, which in turn is converted from the TX taxi. It maintains styling cues from the classic black-cab design and retains Read More »

2021 Lexus GX 460 Interior Review | A competent cabin ... a decade ago

Posted in REVIEWS on June 28, 2021

The Lexus GX 460 is really old. How old is it? It’s so old, I was still in high school when it launched. This generation of the GX launched for the 2010 model year, and it's mostly received cosmetic updates in the decade since. And few areas reveal that age more than this luxury SUV's interior. It's not all bad, but there's no question that it isn't exactly on par with the latest and greatest Read More »

VW ID. Buzz spy photos give us our best look at the retro electric van

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We got a glimpse at a nearly undisguised VW ID. Buzz over the weekend, but now we have professional spy photos of a very similar prototype to check out. The retro electric van still maintains most of the distinct cues from the concept, but there are various exterior changes. We also get a look inside, and it seems to borrow heavily from the existing ID. models. At the front, we can see the rounded face Read More »

Daimler on track to spin off its truck unit by the end of the year

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BERLIN — German carmaker Daimler is on track to spin off Daimler Truck, the world's largest truck and bus maker, by the end of the year, its finance chief was quoted as saying on Sunday. "We are right on schedule with the detailed preparations for this complex project and want to float Daimler Truck on the stock exchange as an independent company by the end of this year," CFO Harald Wilhelm told the Automobilwoche weekly. Read More »

BMW's boldest SUV will arrive in 2022 with a V8 and a Citroen name

Posted in REVIEWS on June 28, 2021

BMW and Citroën will soon have one thing in common: a flagship model called XM. The SUV we thought would arrive as the X8 will adopt the XM nameplate, according to a recent report, and it will break cover in 2022. X and M are letters commonly associated with the BMW range in 2021, so combining them makes sense. As its name implies, the XM will be an SUV developed in-house by the German carmaker's Read More »

Nissan set to confirm plans for UK battery gigafactory by 2024

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 28, 2021
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Nissan is reported to be progressing with plans to build a battery factory in the UK in 2024 to support its transition to an EV-only line-up, and could make an official statement later this week. Citing three people close to the project, the Financial Times (FT) reported last month that the Japanese manufacturer was in "advanced talks" with the UK government and was expected to make an official announcement on the discussions' outcome in the coming months. Now, Read More »

Chip shortage stops Land Rover Defender production in Nitra

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 28, 2021
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Land Rover has paused production in Nitra, Slovakia, as a result of the ongoing semiconductor shortage that has blighted the global car industry. The factory, which produces the firm's big-selling Defender and seven-seat Discovery, is the latest Jaguar Land Rover plant to be impacted by the semiconductor (or chip) shortage. In April, JLR halted the production lines at its Castle Bromwich and Halewood sites in the UK, bringing production of the Jaguar XE, XF and F-Type to Read More »