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Aston Martin Valkyrie Cosworth V12 Rated at 1000 Horsepower

The program it’s claimed called for a normally aspirated engine. Aston notes, correctly, that while turbocharging has absolutely come of age and offers significant and widespread benefits, especially in road applications, what is arguably the greatest driver’s car of today needed an internal combustion engine that is the “pinnacle for performance, excitement and emotion.” Rationalization or reality here? Ultimately a peck of buyers will decide. Continue reading

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Brick-Built McLaren in Central London PR Stunt

Consider that a new McLaren has been spotted during dynamic testing ahead of its introduction in January. The car’s brick-based construction has made it necessary for development to move from McLaren’s usual secret facility near Idiada in Spain to a busy LEGO Store in Central London. Continue reading

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FCA and Trade Unions Meet in Turin on Employment

The fate of other FCA plants is murkier given the FCA stated goal of “strong synergies achieved through common application of electrified powertrains and platform sharing” as presented 2018-2022 Business Plan at FCA’s Capital Markets Day last June in Balocco. They are currently operating under capacity without full employment. Continue reading

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US Army – $1.69 Billion Order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

The JLTV is said to be engineered with industry leading suspension and protection systems, and the ability to support many mission kits and weapon systems. JLTV fills a “capability gap” for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy up-armored HMMWV fleet with a modern light protected vehicle. Continue reading

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First Look – New or Revised 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Off-road prowess comes from Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axles, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, a segment-exclusive sway-bar disconnect and, gulp, 33-inch off-road tires. Continue reading

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Fully electric Audi e-tron and e-tron GT concept at Los Angeles

Audi e-tron is the first all-electric production model from the brand. It’s a five-seater, electric mid-sized crossover SUV that will arrive in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2019. ALA Tesla it’s is available now for U.S. customers to place reservations. Continue reading

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Aston Martin Cuts Deal with Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi

Aston Martin’s 105-year history is steeped in competitive motorsport and this latest partnership with the most expensive – 1$ billion – F1 circuit in the world, “reinforces that commitment.” Aston Martin currently competes at the top-level of motorsport with Aston Martin Red Bull racing in Formula One and Aston Martin Racing in the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). Continue reading

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BMW Has Claim on Leading Electrification. iNEXT Debuts in LA

“Sales of our electrified vehicles are up over 40% in the year to date. Around every fifth BMW 5 Series sedan or BMW 2 Series Active Tourer sold worldwide has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, while our all-electric BMW i3 remains very successful with sales up over 10% in October,” said Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales. Continue reading

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VW I.D. Buzz Teases New Light Commercial Vehicles

Over seven decades and six vehicle generations, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has refined and sharpened its van design,never losing sight of the role of the model series. With the debuts of the I.D. Buzz, the upcoming decade will see the advent of another series of all-round vehicles to supplement the T6 Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California. Continue reading

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Aston Martin DBX SUV Prototype Now in Testing

DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda’s St Athan facility; a manufacturing plant that will ultimately become the ‘Home of Electrification’ when the marque’s fully-EV models enter production. Continue reading

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All New Mazda3 to Debut at Los Angeles Motor Show

The all-new Mazda3 adopts a “richer interpretation of Mazda’s KODO design philosophy,” which embodies the essence of Japanese aesthetics. Meanwhile, fundamental performance attributes have been raised to a new level. Next generation SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture (our vote for the worst name for good handling, clean engines and vehicles) enables “people to make the most of their natural sense of balance and the latest SkyActiv engines offer responsive control of vehicle speed in any driving situation.” Continue reading

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New Ford Ads Promise Smarter Vehicles Tomorrow

The ads talk about Ford’s new vehicles in the hot-selling SUV and truck segments, including the Ranger pickup, which starts production this month at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, and the new Escape and Explorer on sale next year. Continue reading

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Watt? Pure EV Porsche Crossover Ready for Serial Production

German automakers whose entire reputations – especially in expensive segments – are built on technology and they are struggling to catch up with Toyota on hybrids and have few EV entries thus far. Add in the emerging threats of Apple and Google in the auto business and the Germans are playing defense. The well-known problems with initial German automaker forays into electronics – remember the BMW I-Drive fiasco – and even the defense needs bolstering in a business that centers on offense. Continue reading

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Four Banger for 2019 Chevrolet Silverado?

Standard on LT and RST trims, the 2.7L engine has 14% more torque and 13% better city fuel economy and it is a claimed more than a full second quicker 0-60 mph than the 4.3L V-6 it replaces. The Silverado city fuel economy also exceeds the standard 3.3L V6 engine in the Ford F-150 XLT (EPA-estimated 19 mpg city) but only matches that of the Ram 1500 3.6L V6 mild hybrid (EPA-estimated 20 mpg city). Continue reading

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Freshened Mazda CX-5 Launched in Japan

Pre-orders have also begun for the CX-5 Exclusive Mode special edition. This range-topping special edition money maker (Mazda is financially challenged since the Ford Motor divorce that hurt both parties) has selected materials that create a look of “warmth and modernity.” Sales of the updated CX-5 and CX-5 Exclusive Mode special edition start on November 22. and the crossover will, maybe, eventually find its way to the U.S. Continue reading

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