Falcon Motorsports is selling an F7 supercar and everything you'd need to build more

Posted in REVIEWS on March 30, 2021

Michigan-based Falcon Motorsports built seven examples of the F7, and one was reportedly destroyed, so finding a used example takes a great deal of searching. While it's too late to order a new one, you can buy the entire product line (including the tools needed to manufacture the car) for less than the price of a limited-edition supercar. Falcon listed the bundle for $675,000 on a site named LoopNet. It includes the tools, the molds, Read More »

Volvo offers employees 24 weeks of parental leave

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 30, 2021
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All Volvo staff who have spent at least a year at the company will get 24 weeks of parental leave from the start of April. The ‘Family Bond’ policy will give employees 80% of their basic pay for that period regardless of gender, the leave to be taken any time within the first three years of parenthood. Volvo employs more than 40,000 people around the world. Currently, female employees are entitled to six months off Read More »

VW of America details its 'Voltswagen' re-brand, doubling down on electric overhaul

Posted in REVIEWS on March 30, 2021
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After the chaos of Monday's accidental leak, which many (Autoblog included) initially interpreted as an April Fool's misfire, VW of America hurriedly outlined its intent to rebrand in support of its long-term electrification plans. Starting in May, VW's U.S. operation will be known as "Voltswagen of America." Still don't believe it? Here it is, from VW of America boss Scott Keogh: "We might be changing out our K for a T, but what we aren't Read More »

Auto industry urges Biden to back 'comprehensive' EV plan

Posted in REVIEWS on March 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Major automakers, parts companies and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union urged U.S. President Joe Biden to support a "comprehensive plan" on electric vehicles and called for hefty government tax credits and numerous other financial incentives. The requests, made in a six-page letter dated March 29, come as Biden is set to unveil on Wednesday his $3 trillion-plus infrastructure proposal that could include significant support for manufacturing and charging electric vehicles (EVs). The Read More »

Toyota Aygo successor spied winter testing

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 30, 2021
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The successor to the Toyota Aygo has been spotted cold-weather testing near the Arctic Circle. Few clues can be drawn from the entirely camouflaged body, but the spy shots suggest that the next-generation city car will draw its styling from the Yaris supermini while retaining some of the Aygo’s familiar characteristics. The entry-level model will be brought into line with its strong-selling supermini sibling with swollen rear wheel arches and a sizeable front grille, but Aygo Read More »

Opinion: Why I love hillclimbs

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 30, 2021
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I’ve been competing in hillclimbs for decades — ever since my eldest son turned 16 and he’s just celebrated his 40th, poor old thing. In fact, it was he who provided the perfect excuse for me to get involved in something I’d always meant to try properly since a brief foray in university days. He’s my stepson, actually, and I’m sure he won’t mind my telling you that his natural father died in a car Read More »

Lexus LF-Z concept previews brand's electric future

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 30, 2021
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Lexus has showcased its EV ambitions with the radical LF-Z Electrified concept, which “incorporates driving performance, styling and technologies that Lexus plans to realise” with its next-generation electric cars. The Japanese premium brand was one of the frontrunners in the first wave of electrified production cars. It now aims to build on that heritage by launching 20 new or upgraded models, of which 10 will be hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric, by 2025. Lexus Read More »

Ford Bronco joins the Easter Safari fun with new custom builds

Posted in REVIEWS on March 30, 2021

Ford is getting in on the Easter Safari (Yes, that Easter Safari) action this year with some custom 2021 Bronco and Bronco Sport builds to be shown at Moab's annual off-road gathering.  This year, Ford is partnered with RTR Vehicles (known primarily for Mustang builds, but no stranger to Fords in general), ARB 4x4 Accessories, and 4 Wheel Parts, who each contributed a full-size Bronco build. Ford also brought along one of its prototype Broncos Read More »

Lexus LF-Z Electrified previews future Lexus hybrids and EVs

Posted in REVIEWS on March 30, 2021

While the company has yet to release a fully electric car or even plug-in hybrid in the U.S., the company is adamant that it's ramping up electric plans. One way it's doing this is with concept cars, and the latest is the Lexus LF-Z Electrified, just in case you forgot what powers it before the middle of this sentence. It's not a specific preview of any particular model, but is meant as a hint of Read More »

New 2021 Kia EV6: dual-motor EV6 GT gets 577bhp

Posted in CAR NEWS on March 30, 2021
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Kia says it is taking “electric performance to another level” with the GT-badged hot version of its new EV6 electric flagship, which will top out a range comprising two- and four-wheel-drive variants with a choice of different battery sizes.  The dual-motor EV6 GT sends 577bhp and 546lb ft to both axles, and is expected to get from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 162mph, making it not only the quickest Read More »