Ballot 3/8 LC Due at 2019 Hampton Court Concours of Elegance

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The two French Ballots competing in the Italian Grand Prix took first and second spots, while a Fiat 802 – the Italian crowd’s favorite – took third.

The winner of the first ever Italian Grand Prix, a Ballot 3/8 LC, is one of the astonishing cars set for this year’s Concours of Elegance, which  takes place in the Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace this September 6-8.

The cutting-edge French racing car, capable of 124 mph, was driven to victory at the 1921 Italian Grand Prix in Brescia by Jules Goux. The engine’s double overhead camshafts, four valves-per-cylinder and hemispherical combustion chambers were the works Ernest Henry. This preserved example was also owned by Sir Malcolm Campbell, who raced it at Brooklands in 1923. Continue reading

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Audi Hires Marvel Studios on “Avengers: Endgame”

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“Speed limits are still a thing.”

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel gets a lesson on the past and present in humorous video with the all-electric Audi e-tron Sportback concept and Audi e-tron GT concept, appear in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame.” The video, called “The Debriefing,” follows Larson as Captain Marvel and her re-introduction to society after years away from Earth. The video also promotes the Audi e-tron SUV, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, unveiled in the U.S. last fall.

When Captain Marvel returns to Earth after years away, a government agent recaps all she’s missed, including advances in the war on gluten, technology and the formation of the Avengers. In her efforts to embrace the future, Captain Marvel is introduced to the all-new Audi e-tron SUV and takes it for a spin – where the agent notes: “Speed limits are still a thing.” Continue reading

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Trust in Government at Or Near Historically Low Levels

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It’s been downhill for decades. Is Trump the bottom? Likely not if you look at the trend line.

When the National Election Study began asking about trust in government in 1958, about three-quarters of Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing almost always or most of the time. Now Trust in Government is at or near historically low levels across generational lines.

Trust in government began eroding during the 1960s, amid the escalation of the Vietnam War, and the decline continued in the 1970s with the Watergate scandal and worsening economic struggles. Continue reading

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Watt? Electric Cars Cause Another Great Generational Divide

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ACEEE 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
States up efficiency by investments and power savings, push net-zero buildings and electric vehicles. NJ, CT, CO, SD improve most. MA and CA lead.

A new study suggests more Millennials in the Northeast are embracing electric cars faster than Baby Boomers, even as all acknowledge electric cars are the future. According to Drive Change. Drive Electric. campaign, Millennials are more accepting of electric cars than Baby Boomers in the Northeast. While more than half of all people surveyed are considering an electric car when shopping for a new vehicle, this increases to 63% when considering only Millennials and falls to 38% with Baby Boomers alone.

If either group follows through on its level of interest in electric vehicles, the Northeast will see a huge spike in electric vehicle sales, which currently make up about 2% of new vehicle purchases in the region. Continue reading

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Volkswagen ID. R Ready for Nordschleife Record Attempt

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The two electric motors in the ID. R provide 500 kW (680 PS) of power to drive all four wheels.

The Volkswagen ID. R has completed the next series of tests in preparation for the record attempt on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife this summer. After working on the aerodynamics in the wind tunnel, the most recent tests at the racetracks in Le Castellet and Alès (both France) focused on the energy management software. The goal was to establish the ideal set-up for the electric drivetrain Nordschleife. (VW Plans Electric Record Run on Nürburgring-Nordschleife)

The ID. R is a marketing gimmick as the sporty forerunner of the ID. family of fully-electric production vehicles from Volkswagen starting in 2020. Thus, it aims for  a new record lap time for electric vehicles at the historic Eifel circuit, with Romain Dumas at the wheel. Continue reading

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50 Years of Porsche 917 to be Celebrated at Goodwood

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Driving the cars at Goodwood will be Le Mans winners Richard Attwood and Neel Jani along with former F1 and LMP1 racer Mark Webber.

Four world premieres will be at 77th Goodwood Members Meeting in Great Britain as Porsche shows driving examples of the 917 around the Goodwood Motor Circuit – including the first 917, chassis 001 which has been restored in Sussex in time for this year’s jubilee. The 917-001 and the 917/30-001 meet for the first time at a driving event.

Joining the first ever built 917 and the 917/30-001 will be the 917 KH and the 917/30 Spyder. One of the most iconic is the 917 KH short-tail car, chassis 15 in Gulf Oil livery. After having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 917 short tail did it again the following year by carrying Martini Racing colors and the number ’22’ and with Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko sharing the driving. They averaged 222 km/h and covered a distance of 5,335 kilometers – a record which stood for 39 years. Continue reading

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McLaren Confirms Multi-Year Deal with IMSA Sportscar Championship

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A storied English brand that is currently getting its fannie kicked in F1 is doing better in sports car racing and planning a return to Indianapolis.

McLaren Automotive says it confirmed a multi-year agreement with IMSA – the International Motor Sports Association – which will see customer teams racing as part of the US- and Canada-based IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup season in 2019.

McLaren is officially entered as a manufacturer for the largest GT3 championship in the US market. This announcement comes as McLaren customer team Compass Racing unveils new paint for its 2019 challenger, in the form of the McLaren 720S GT3 which will contest the newly-launched Sprint Cup championship this season. The 720S GT3 will make its North American debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio. The event takes place 3-5 May.
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Wards 10 Best Interiors Announced at New York Auto Show 

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Lincoln Nautilus ($67,630). Click to Enlarge the photo, not the price.

The Wards 10 Best Interiors list recognizes outstanding achievement in aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, materials usage, fit-and-finish and user-friendliness of displays and controls, according to its quirky but oh so knowledgeable editors. Eight of them based in soul-less, car clogged Southfield, MI, selected the best interiors from a list of 32 nominated vehicles with all-new or significantly improved cabins available in the U.S. There is no price cap for 10 Best Interiors it’s claimed, but the list shows that value – or money does play a role. 

“Utility vehicles represent the biggest growth in vehicle sales, and automakers aren’t launching as many coupes, sedans and wagons as they have in the past, which makes it remarkable that half the list this year is conventional cars,” says Wards Senior Content Director (aka editor) Drew Winter. Continue reading

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Ride and Cost Sharing: Toyota, DENSO and SoftBank Vision Fund Invest $1 Billion in Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group

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The mobility gold rush for companies continues. For stockholders so far it’s a bust.

In a transaction made far from the usual automotive development centers, Toyota, Denso and SoftBank Vision Fund are expanding a “partnership to accelerate development and deployment of automated ridesharing services” by investing $1 billion in Uber Technologies Inc.’s Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG). The transaction is expected to close in Q3 of calendar year 2019.

The investment, in a newly formed ATG corporate entity, aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of automated ridesharing services. Under the terms, Toyota and DENSO will together invest $667 million and SVF will invest $333 million, valuing the new Uber ATG entity at $7.25 billion on a post-money basis. Continue reading

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Subaru Debuts Gen 6 Outback at New York Auto Show

AutoInformed.com on Subaru 2020 OutbackSubaru of America has introduced the all-new 2020 Outback with the most advanced systems and capability in its history. The sixth-generation SUV comes standard with All-Wheel Drive and Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. (Subaru Sells One-Millionth Eyesight Driver Assist) With data from two Subaru-developed color cameras mounted behind the windshield, Eyesight can identify vehicles traveling in front, traffic lanes, obstacles and pedestrians. The system has helped reduce the rate of pedestrian-related insurance claims by 41% according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.*

With an optional tablet-style 11.6-inch Starlink Multimedia system with integrated center information display, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation and new XT models with 260 horsepower, the 2020 Outback has more technology, safety and performance than before. Pricing for the 2020 Outback will be announced closer to this fall’s on-sale date. Continue reading

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Cayenne Coupé Marks Asian Premiere

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The world’s most expensive truck maker?

SUV and car maker Porsche has debuted the Cayenne Coupé, : the new model from Porsche at its exhibition premiere at “Auto Shanghai, “Asia’s most important motor shows. The new Porsche will be on view there until 25 April and will play a major role in the further growth of Porsche in China.

“With the Cayenne Coupé, we’ve brought along a special version of our Chinese Porsche customers’ favorite model,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, at the kick-off of the exhibition: “We are expanding the Cayenne family with a vehicle demonstrating a very strong character of its own. And as in every other segment in which we compete, we also want the Coupé to be the sportiest option in its class. That’s why we continue to develop our product range in a focused way, in order to give our customers what they want and gain new ones – especially here in China, our biggest individual market.” Continue reading

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Carlisle on Cadillac Investment Plan Promises

The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz had Pizzazz – from the grille, to the leather, to the big fins, it lived large. Moreover, it cost large – $7401.

Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, remarks at the New York International Auto Show: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s good to be with you. And I’m grateful for this opportunity to update you on Cadillac’s progress. Many of you have seen this chart before; it’s our 10-year plan to rebuild the Cadillac brand and recapture a leadership position in the global luxury landscape.

Today, following years of intense and strategic investment in the brand, in products and in technologies, we’re accelerating our momentum around the world… with the goal of growing our global volumes in a sustainable way. Continue reading

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Kia HabaNiro Concept Debuts in Manhattan

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Production when?

Today Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled its vision of the future of electric vehicles at the new York International Auto Show. The HabaNiro concept is a fully-electric, all-wheel drive, four-seat car with an All Electric Range (AER) of more than 300 miles, level-five autonomous mode, butterfly wing doors and more advanced tech than what helped land men on the moon.

However,  it’s still a concept. Kia claims this is no fanciful supercar that will likely never be built, but a look into the future of mobility where automobiles allegedly will seamlessly integrate design, capability, usefulness and creativity. Continue reading

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Cadillac CT5 Debuts at New York International Auto Show

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The Germans are firmly entrenched in compact RWD vehicles and other luxury segments. Cadillac has a long, long way to go globally.

The global debut of new Cadillac luxury sedan CT5 went on display in New York today surrounded by German luxury brands that have conquered and held large portions of what used to be Cadillac’s market. *

The all-new compact sedan is the latest attempt – after spending billions of dollars on decent product – to resuscitate the brand’s once award-winning glory days in segments it once dominated as well as segments undreamed of in Detroit during the Ike and Mamie good years and the swinging sixties. Continue reading

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Nissan Moves China Design Center to Shanghai

AutoIformed.com on Nissan Design ShanghaiIf you have any doubt that the automotive universe now revolves around China – the earth’s largest market –  follow the orbital migrations and machinations of the world’s largest automakers. It comes as no surprise that Nissan Motor Co. is moving its China design center, one of five global hubs charged with designing the company’s vehicles, to Shanghai.

Nissan Design China, previously based in Beijing, will continue creating products for global customers including those in China, and presumably (pay no attention Trump) Japan, the Americas and Africa and Europe.   Continue reading

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