Apple hires BMW i3 developer for revived electric car project

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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Apple has hired Ulrich Kranz, former BMW vice-president and co-founder of EV start-up Canoo, to work on its revived project to develop an electric car. First reported by Bloomberg and since confirmed to several publications by Apple, Kranz's appointment follows a flurry of activity from the company's recently reinvigorated Project Titan programme. Most recently, it was reported that Apple was close to signing a joint-venture agreement that would result in EV powertrain giant LG Electronics building the first Read More »

Audi E-tron S

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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The electric car is taking some time to win over a car-buying general public that remains as sceptical about it in some quarters as it is evangelical in others – but as the technology develops, it is making headway. We’re now seeing them as effective, reasonably priced, full-sized family cars; as desirable superminis and compact crossovers; and as luxury saloons. And while plenty have for quite a few years been performance cars of a kind, Read More »

Corso California RT

Posted in Driving Your Dream on June 11, 2021

Corso California RT It's great when you see a project start with a few renders and it becomes a reality in about a year. We have seen it hundreds of times, new automakers that advertise their new supercar with another hyper-realist render and then it falls into oblivion.​ Corso Concepts has worked steadily and humbly to turn their project into something real, it is awesome, because there is not a large company behind supporting them Read More »

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 11 June

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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In Autocar’s recent tribute to the internal combustion engine (5 May), some of our writers named their favourite engines of all time. Here we’ve gathered five of those engines in the cars that made them famous, starting with the Volkswagen Corrado VR6. “Its narrow-angle vee allowed this big-chested sophisticate to fit under the workaday bonnet of a Golf or that wedgy slice of heaven, the Corrado,” wrote James Disdale. What’s more, we’ve found an example Read More »

Tesla Model S Plaid live event: It's 'kick-ass,' Musk says

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021

The Tesla Model S Plaid presentation has concluded in California. You can view the rewind at the link above. CEO Elon Musk made his appearance at 11:45 p.m. Eastern, first barreling down Tesla’s test track in the car before looping back and pulling up onto the presentation stage. He opened with a joke about Plaid: "Basically our product plan is stolen from ‘Spaceballs.’” But jokes aside, he said the car is an important step toward Read More »

Matt Prior: Airships are back in the news, and it's about time

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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I’m a big fan of airships. A Zeppelin NT LZ N07-101, better known as The Goodyear Blimp, was the subject for last year’s Autocar Christmas road test, and it was joyful. There’s a terrific museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, dedicated to early Zeppelins and their ilk, and the luxury they offered was palpable. So it's great to see them back in the news. Flying some 300 metres above the ground, you get a sensational view of Read More »

Matt Prior: Airships are back in the news - it's about time

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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I’m a big fan of airships. A Zeppelin NT LZ N07-101, better known as The Goodyear Blimp, was the subject for last year’s Autocar Christmas road test, and it was joyful. There’s a terrific museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, dedicated to early Zeppelins and their ilk, and the luxury they offered was palpable. So it's great to see them back in the news. Flying some 300 metres above the ground, you get a sensational view of Read More »

Opinion: Back in the WRC at age 91?

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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Sardinia was a blast, but next it’s on to probably the most anticipated rally of them all: the Safari. For a while, the World Rally Championship’s visit to Africa seemed in doubt, but now it’s going ahead from 24-27 June, with 58 crews entered. The one we will be looking out for is #36, a Ford Fiesta Rally3. Its driver is Sobieslaw Zasada, who will smash the record for the oldest driver to start a Read More »

Skoda Enyaq iV 60 Suite 2021 UK review

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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There’s a pretty big glass area, too, which makes the interior airy. Most notably, the windscreen, which pushes so far forwards that it’s more MPV than SUV. The number of territories this crossover crosses over are perhaps unsurpassed. Finish is strong, materials feel solid even if they’re not soft, and there’s a simple digital dashboard and, perhaps obviously, a group-sourced central touchscreen. At least the temperature is permanently displayed and big enough for a simple Read More »

Apple hires former BMW EV executive for its rebooted car project

Posted in REVIEWS on June 10, 2021
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Apple Inc. has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG’s electric car division, to help lead its own vehicle efforts, according to people familiar with the situation. The technology giant hired Kranz in recent weeks, about a month after he stepped down as chief executive officer of Canoo Inc., a developer of self-driving electric vehicles. Before co-founding Canoo, Kranz was senior vice president of the group that developed the i3 and i8 cars Read More »