Driving this Fourth of July weekend? It might be hard to find gas

Posted in REVIEWS on July 1, 2021

American drivers hitting the road for the Fourth of July weekend are used to hunting for cheaper gasoline along the route, but this year many may not have the luxury of bypassing a pricey fill up. With distribution snags causing sporadic shortages in some gas stations across several states, drivers are being cautioned to keep an eye on their tank and refill when it drops to a quarter. That will make it more difficult to Read More »

Watch the 2022 GMC Hummer EV launch using its Watts to Freedom mode

Posted in REVIEWS on July 1, 2021

It’s nearly the July Fourth weekend, and GM is celebrating Independence Day a little earlier than most. The celebration comes in the form of a GMC Hummer EV demonstrating Watts to Freedom, or WTF, mode for us on video. You can watch it at the top of this post, but the idea is rather simple. It’s just a video of a Hummer development vehicle accelerating as quickly as it can from 0-60 mph and beyond. Read More »

Bronco extravaganza; plus the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and a V6 Ferrari | Autoblog podcast #685

Posted in REVIEWS on July 1, 2021

In this episode of the Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Associate Editor Byron Hurd, who just wrapped a whirlwind week of driving the 2021 Ford Bronco. The two talk 4x4s and address some reader feedback, then pivot to talking about another large truck: the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. After that, they get into some news, talking about the new V6-powered Ferrari 296 GTB hybrid, and then wrapping up with a rather interesting "Spend Read More »

Automakers report June, Q2 sales amid post-COVID rebound and supply shortages

Posted in REVIEWS on July 1, 2021

U.S. auto sales continued to rebound in the second quarter despite ongoing supply shortages. While many have yet to report their June and quarterly sales, several key players in the U.S. industry checked in Thursday with their figures.  Low interest rates, government stimulus and a preference for private vehicles due to the COVID-19 pandemic have bolstered auto demand in the United States, even as prices have risen due to tight inventories following a global semiconductor Read More »

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor now available in Lego form to conquer household obstacles

Posted in REVIEWS on July 1, 2021

Lego's streak of offering cool models of equally cool cars continues with the addition of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. It's a Technic kit, so although the shape may be slightly off, it makes up for it with fun, functional details. The bright orange plastic pickup consists of 1,379 pieces and measures 16.5 inches long. The body has opening doors, hood and tailgate, and under that hood is a little V6 engine with moving pistons, Read More »

V12-powered Jaguar E-Type Series 3 the restomod treatment from UK firm

Posted in REVIEWS on July 1, 2021
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As Jaguar tries to figure out its future, a growing number of aftermarket companies are reinventing its past. British restoration shop E-Type UK is the latest company to announce a restomod program for the popular sports car released in 1961. It's working with later Series 3 models, which is a little unusual, and it leaves no part untouched. E-Type UK starts every Unleashed project with a donor car; it doesn't build an E-Type from scratch. Read More »

Dallara EXP is a track-only toy based on the Stradale road car

Posted in REVIEWS on July 1, 2021
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Dallara just revealed a new sports car, but this one is for the track, unlike the road-focused Stradale. It’s called the Dallara EXP, and it’s what happens when you remove all road-going intentions from the Stradale. You can see that there is no roof, and there isn’t a windshield either. Its design is heavily modified with high downforce in mind. There's still a little Stradale in there, but most of the bodywork is modified to Read More »

Car firms 'must simplify buying process' to ensure future success

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 1, 2021
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Successful manufacturers and dealerships will embrace both online and physical car sales in the future in order to simplify and improve the buying process for consumers, according to a panel of industry experts. There has been a substantial rise in online car sales in recent years, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to the launch of a number of digital-only car dealers. Manufacturers have also put an increased focus on online sales, with Read More »

Opinion: Nissan's battery plant is the future - but for how long?

Posted in CAR NEWS on July 1, 2021
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Nissan’s forthcoming EV battery factory in Sunderland will open with a 9GWh capacity and has the potential to expand to 35GWh. That’s enough to eventually power more than 500,000 EVs per year – yet it’s just the tip of a gigaberg. It sounds impressive, but it also illustrates the enormous punt the automotive industry is taking on a technology path steeped in so many intangibles. Is it backing a dead cert or an outsider? Does anyone really know Read More »

Nissan and partners investing $1.38 billion to build EVs in England

Posted in REVIEWS on July 1, 2021

Nissan and its partners will invest over $1 billion in England to create a large manufacturing hub specialized in electric vehicles. They will build a gigafactory, and the firm plans to launch a locally-built EV in the coming years. Called EV36Zero, the project calls for an injection of £1 billion (about $1.38 billion) into the area surrounding Nissan's existing site in Sunderland, England. Part of the money will be used to build a gigafactory with Read More »