2022 Toyota Tundra debuts with twin-turbo V6 and optional hybrid

Posted in REVIEWS on September 20, 2021

In the ever-escalating truck wars in America, where the fullsize pickup outsells every other type of vehicle, 15 years isn’t just a long time. It’s practically an eternity. But that’s how long Toyota kept its second-generation Tundra on sale, having debuted all the way back in February of 2006 for the 2007 model year. Back then, the Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 engine’s 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque sounded impressive, the six-speed automatic was state Read More »

2024 Dacia Duster to go hybrid but remain affordable

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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Dacia is striving to ensure the Duster SUV flagship remains true to its affordable and capable billing as the firm expands and electrifies its product line-up under parent company Groupe Renault’s ‘Renaulution’ transformation strategy. Speaking exclusively to Autocar following the brand’s recent reveal of its freshly updated Nissan Juke rival, Duster product boss Julien Ferry emphasised that the current model’s successor must be “the same” car. “Its role in the company is to provide a very good Read More »

Under the skin: Get ready for a sea change in EV battery technology

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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A potential new battery chemistry called sodium ion has emerged as an electrode technology that may deliver the same energy density as today’s lithium ion EV batteries but without the shaky environmental credentials, questions over long-term availability and high cost. The technology is being researched at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and uses a new type of graphene to store one of the world’s most abundant and low-cost metal ions, sodium. As a Read More »

Stock take: Experts drill into the motor industry's chip issues

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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IH “The just-in-time model is actually essential to the economic function of the industry. I do wonder whether, within that, we will see some changes in the geography of production, in that some supply that is from Asia will move to Europe in order to shorten the supply chains.” Will there be rises in the price of new cars? MH “It’s too early to say. The market is always very, very price sensitive. Invariably, if your input Read More »

Inside the industry: Chip shortage comes as financial support dries up

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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That the car industry has deep pockets is not in doubt, whether it can emerge from the current semiconductor crisis unscathed less so – especially in a world considerably less equipped to cushion any pain in the wake of the pandemic. In many regards, it’s a crisis of its own making: in simple terms, car makers cut orders for the chips when demand for cars was near zero at the start of the crisis and were shocked to find Read More »

Ford to revive more historic model names for new cars

Posted in CAR NEWS on September 19, 2021
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Ford is poised to revive more historic model names in the coming years, having applied the Puma, Mustang and Kuga nameplates to its latest European-market SUVs.  Each of those three models takes its name from a lower-slung and more overtly sporting forebear (the Kuga being phonetically linked to the 1990s Cougar coupé and 1960s Mercury Cougar) and comments from the firm's European design chief suggest similar revivals are on the cards.  Speaking to Autocar recently, Murat Gueler Read More »

Tesla needs to address 'basic safety issues' before expanding semi-autonomous tech

Posted in REVIEWS on September 19, 2021

Before Tesla considers rolling out a further expansion of its semi-autonomous driving technology, the automaker should take a hard look at what it's already released, according to Jennifer Homendy, head of the National Transportation Safety Board. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Homendy said, "Basic safety issues have to be addressed before they’re then expanding it to other city streets and other areas." Homendy further suggested that Tesla "has clearly misled numerous people Read More »

What the ID.Life concept reveals about Volkswagen's design direction

Posted in REVIEWS on September 19, 2021

One of the stars of the 2021 Munich auto show was the Volkswagen ID.Life, a concept built to preview an entry-level electric car aimed at a relatively young target audience. While it might not reach production exactly as you see it in our gallery, it illustrates the direction that the German firm's design language will take in the coming years. What stands out when you look at the ID.Life is that it shares no styling Read More »

Junkyard Gem: 1991 Lexus ES 250

Posted in REVIEWS on September 19, 2021
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When the Lexus LS 400 first appeared here in late 1989 (as a 1990 model), sellers of German-made luxury sedans broke out in the shaky sweats and car shoppers flocked to see — and buy — this well-built statusmobile that retailed for about 60% of the price of the cheapest S-Class. Not attracting nearly as much attention at the time was the other introductory vehicle of the Lexus brand: the ES 250. Sold here for Read More »

Tesla kills referral programs for cars and solar panels

Posted in REVIEWS on September 19, 2021

If you were hoping to score a few thousand Supercharging miles from Tesla referrals, we're afraid you may already be too late. In a notice on its website spotted by Electrek, Tesla said that "vehicle products and solar panels are no longer eligible for Referral awards" as of September 18th. The company's only active program at the moment is for the Solar Roof, which awards referrers with monetary rewards of up to $500 and free Read More »