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Apple CarPlay and Maps get significant updates

Apple held its yearly World Wide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, and it made a few noteworthy declarations about a large number of its products. Notwithstanding the presentation of another 6K show and a first look at iOS13 in Dark Mode, Apple reported both CarPlay and Maps have been intensely overhauled.

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Apple is now updating the CarPlay calender application to add more information, and the Music application to have more noticeably including collection album art, top choices, and new music revelation. Siri will presently work with third-party navigation and music applications, and Apple says it’s bringing full hands-free “Hey Siri” support that will utilize a vehicle’s built-in in microphone.

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Apple announced CarPlay will be able to automatically adjust to more screen sizes and resolutions than it currently supports, too. The new CarPlay will likewise include a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode that stops notifications, expanding on the feature that is at present on iPhones.

After 51 Years, Jaguar XJ Sedan Production Will End in July

Jaguar Land Rover will be ending XJ production July 5 after 51 years. The car is controlled by six-, eight-, and 12-chamber engines, and for a brief span during the 1970s, it was accessible as a swanky two-door luxury car.

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More than 120,000 XJ cars have been built since its launch about 10 years ago, yet its present deals have been disappointing. The good news is that a few months back at the New York Auto Show, Jaguar design chief Ian Callum told  that “the XJ will be replaced” by a “like-size” car.

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It’s trusted that the XJ will return in 2020 as a battery-electric vehicle, which would give it a heavy zero-outflows advantage over different leaders like the Audi A8, BMW 8 Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Volkswagen is now taking preorders for its first long range ID.3 electric hatchback

Volkswagen has started taking for its long range ID.3 electric hatchback in Europe. Volkswagen has also released official information and photos of the production the electric hatchback.

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They are also revealing details about the car’s name, its costs, and its features. Called the ID.3, Volkswagen will be selling three versions: cheapest model will cost “under €30,000” (about $33,600) and will travel 330 kilometers (about 200 miles) on a single charge using a 45kWh battery; a 58kWh model that will get 420km (261 miles); and a 77kWh configuration that will get a 550km (342 miles) range. All models will be capable of 125kW DC fast charging.

The finalized ID.3 will be revealed this September, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and production is planned commence by the end of the year. Deliveries might start in 2020.

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Volkswagen aspires to deliver 100,000 vehicles.  The brand is willing to become the number one brand globally by 2025, with more than 20 purely electrically driven models and more than a million vehicles sold annually, all of which being both networked and emission-free.

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Honda’s First Urban EV’s name is Honda E

Honda’s first electric car will be called the Honda e, whose sale is set to begin at the end of this year. Honda debuted the Honda e prototype at Geneva Motor Show this year, but didn’t reveal the name. The consumers can register their interest online on Honda’s UK website.

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Honda has not yet confirmed any performance details. According to Japanese car maker more than 20,000 people have registered interest online. The Urban EV Honda E is expected to have a range of more than 125 miles (201 km), with a 30-minute charge boosting its battery to 80% capacity.

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McLaren teases new GT, will be revealed on May 15

On Tuesday, McLaren issued a new teaser for its future GT car. The teaser does still hide a lot of the car. The back end has a shape that’s evocative of both the 570S and 720S.

The exterior design will be lightly based on an evolution of the new Speedtail. McLaren also released a video teaser that shows a bit of car’s details.

The car will be revealed next week, on 15 May at 1pm (BST). This is set to be not a replacement for any current McLaren supercar, but a standalone. Slotted in between McLaren’s Sport and Super series, the GT will be a less-intense version of the 720S, but still deliver considerable performance.

McLaren drove the car on a 1,600-km journey from Spain to the United Kingdom to test its worthiness as a true grand toure.

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GM to recall more than 320,000 Heavy duty trucks after reports of fires

General Motors said Friday it is recalling over 320,000 heavy duty diesel trucks that could be susceptible to short circuits after several reports of fires.

GM recalls seven different truck models across three years. This Recall Includes 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 trucks, 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks equipped with Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engines and an optional engine-block heater. The engine block heater cord or the terminals may short circuit and fail, GM said.

According to NHTSA campaign No. 19V328000, the engine block heater cord or the terminals that link the cord to the heater could short circuit. A short circuit could potentially damage engine components and result in a fire. According to The Detroit News, 19 fires have been reported but nobody has been injured.

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2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will be revealed this June

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe is confirmed to be revealed at a BMW Group press presentation set to take place in Munich this June.The  teaser provided by the company announces that the model will be revealed between June 25 and 27 this year.

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BMW provided a teaser photo which reveals the car’s proportioned profile and bright red LED tail lamps. The teaser image doesn’t reveal much. It’s a four-door sedan, and it is long and low, which certainly gives the look of the coupe. The 8-Series coupe in comparison looks a little stubby when viewed from the side. Handling at the limit may also be superior in the 8-Series Gran Coupe due to its longer wheelbase.

The car is expected to go on sale shortly after the reveal in june, in September 2019. All latest details on the will be updated on the site as soon as it comes out.

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Penske Deploys fast charging stations for Heavy Duty electric trucks in Southern California

Penske Truck Leasing has now opened charging stations for heavy-duty electric vehicle with 14 high-speed chargers at four of its existing facilities in Southern California.The company’s plans to includes at least six more chargers and will bringing the total number to 20.

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Penske Truck Leasing’s facilities in San Diego, Chino, Anaheim and La Mirada, these 14 chargers connect directly to a commercial truck’s battery charging system, providing a DC fast charging option for commercial electric fleets. Utilizing 50 kW to 150 kW chargers, this charging infrastructure allows Penske to power an all-electric class 8 tractor from zero to 100% charge in less than half a shift.

Penske is also partnering with Daimler for the testing of DTNA’s electric vehicle fleet. This collaboration partially funded by a $16 million grant from California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, an agency focused on improving air quality in the ports’ region of Los Angeles.

Ford invests $500 million in startup Rivian To Build Electric Vehicle

Ford Motors are now investing $500 million in startup Rivian and will be building an electric vehicles, the companies announced Wednesday.

Rivian will be putting some of the Ford money towards building to improve its annual manufacturing capacity upto 250,000 vehicles. Rivian is expected to sell 20,000 cars in 2021 and twice that in 2022. Other companies like Tesla and NIO are strugling to scale up manufacturing, and Rivian is likely to benefit from Ford’s old-world skills.

“This strategic partnership marks another key milestone in our drive to accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility,” said RJ Scaringe, Rivian founder and CEO.

Rivian has already developed two Electric vehicles. The vehicles, the R1T pickup truck and the R1S SUV, were launched last year in November whose delivery will began in 2020. The company says the top-end variant of the R1T offers a driving of over 400 miles (643.73 km), while that of the R1S delivers a range of more than 410 miles (659.83 km).

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“Ford has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, with Bill Ford being one of the industry’s earliest advocates, and we are excited to use our technology to get more electric vehicles on the road. We are excited to invest in and partner with Rivian,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chairman.

Ford intends to develop a new vehicle using Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform. This is in addition to Ford’s existing plans to develop a portfolio of battery electric vehicles. As part of its previously announced $11 billion EV investment, Ford already has confirmed two key fully electric vehicles: a Mustang-inspired crossover coming in 2020 and a zero-emissions version of the best-selling F-150 pickup.

Rivian remains an independent company. The investment is subject to customary regulatory approval. Following Ford’s investment, Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of Automotive, will join Rivian’s seven-member board.

Hyundai Introduces Industry-First Smartphone Based EV Performance Control Technology

Hyundai Motor Group announced development of ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,’ which allows users to customize primary functions through a smartphone application – an industry-first innovation.

Drivers can use this technology to adjust seven performance features including the maximum torque output of the motor, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities, regenerative braking capacity, maximum speed limit, responsiveness, and energy use on climate control.

As electric vehicles continually expand their market share, especially in rental or car-sharing industries, the new technology will allow drivers to use their custom settings in whichever electric vehicle they drive by downloading their profile from the server.

Hyundai Motor Group’s research fellow JeongSoo Eo, said, “Hyundai Motor Group is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by year 2025, including 23 electric vehicles, we see the potential of technologies and services inherent in non-combustion vehicles. By developing paradigm-shifting mobility technology like this one, we will continue to strive to improve user experience for electric vehicles customized to individual preferences.”

Hyundai Motor Group’s ‘smartphone vehicle pairing-based performance adjustment technology’ is possible due to electric vehicles’ distinctive properties which set them apart from combustion engine vehicles.

Zero-emission vehicles offer unique freedom to modify the drive experience because altering performance doesn’t change the carbon footprint. As such, electric vehicles provide drivers more leeway in applying such technology.

The application provides optimized settings for a designated destination by analyzing the remaining distance and electric energy requirement. It can also accommodate sportier driving by recommending tailored performance settings.

Hyundai said it expects to introduce this technology in future Hyundai as well as Kia cars.

Tesla S and X Models Infused With a New Motor Design For Better Range & Power Boosts!

The latest Tesla Models S and X which are electric cars are scheduled to show up very soon and that too with power-packed features. The Tesla Model S has an increased range and can go 35 plus miles than the former version for a whole of 370 miles whereas; the Tesla Model X can go 30 plus miles for a whole of 325 miles. Thus, we see an increase in the range of its models. Tesla has declared the reason behind the range gain to its new and effective motor design. The most tremendous change comes from the usage of permanent magnet reluctance motor at the forefront. Even the base model 3 relies on the same motor. When we talk about the rear part, the S and X model still equip an induction motor.

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Moreover, for standard and long-range models, Tesla has noted that 0-60 mph times are fast. S Model will take 4 seconds to do the sprint and the long range trim will take 3.7 seconds to do it while the X Model takes 4.6 seconds to hit 60 and the long range trim takes 4.4 seconds to do it. Both the models can now recharge by 200 kW V3 superchargers for fast recharging. Also, an adaptive air suspension has been infused which adjusts as per the driving pattern and road conditions. The S model is priced at $78,000 and the Model X Standard Range is priced at $83,000.

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Mercedes-Benz SLC Reveals Its Final Edition!

In the coming year, Mercedes-Benz SLC-class is launching its final edition whereas; its first model was launched in 1996. The final edition of Mercedes-Benz SLC class will come up with 4-cylinder SLC 300 or with 6 cylinders Mercedes-AMG SLC 43. Some of its striking features include its special colors, best among which is the Sun Yellow paint color. This signifies a tribute to the yellow color that SLK got launched in better called as Sunburst Yellow in the U.S. this has given fans a hope to see more striking colors from Mercedes in the times to come.

However, the interested buyers should note that this color would only be available on SLC 43 in the U.S. while it would be available on the SLC 300 in the Europe region. Another color that is on the list is Selenite Grey that would show up on the SLC 300 in the U.S. The two SLC final edition models are also supposed to get black trim on the door handles, other exterior tidbits and mirrors. Interior of the car owns an aluminum dashboard trim and black and grey leather upholstery. The SLC 300 also comes with a low sport suspension, drilled brake rotors and AMG styling front as well as rear bumpers. Moreover, the SLC 43 gets unique black wheels along with yellow rims.

The SLC roadsters are due to be shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show soon. Also, sales in U.S. would begin after late 2020. The prices for the final edition of Mercedes-Benz have not been revealed but most probably are likely around its launch date.

All New Volvo V60 earns a spot on 2019 Wards 10 Best Interiors

The all-new Volvo V60 wagon has been named one of the Wards 10 Best Interiors of 2019 by the editors at Wards Auto, a leading source of automotive intelligence.

Each year, the Wards 10 Best Interiors list recognizes the industry’s top interior designs available. Wards’ editors look at every new or significantly redesigned interior with a focus on fit-and-finish, ergonomics, materials, comfort and aesthetics. For 2019, 32 nominees were considered.

The Volvo V60, offered with the company’s new city-weave textile interior, is the latest torchbearer in a long line of versatile Volvo cars. The V60 shares its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the award-winning XC60 (named 2018 North American Utility of the Year and 2018 World Car of the Year), S60 sedan, and four top-of-the-line 90 Series cars, which have been the collective force behind the company’s record-breaking global sales performance in recent years.

The five-passenger V60 is available with either a 250 horsepower Front-Wheel-Drive, or a 316 horsepower All-Wheel-Drive Drive-E powertrain. Each has an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V60 also has one of the largest load compartments, with clever storage solutions that make life less complicated. The V60 also touts as standard a number of key interior elements, such as a panoramic moonroof, aluminium inlays, and the award-winning Sensus Connect touchscreen interface.

2020 Ford Escape revealed just before the New York Auto Show

The new 2020 Ford Escape has been revealed a week before New York Auto Show. This new crossover offers two gasoline engines, a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, along with hybrid and a plug-in hybrid variants.

The Escape will offer a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 250 hp on premium fuel paired exclusively to all-wheel drive on the Escape Titanium. The Escape Titanium’s optional turbo-4 has the same horsepower rating as the Mazda CX-5 turbo.

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Escape sheds more than 200 pounds from the current model, due in part to the extensive use of high-strength, lightweight steel throughout the skeleton. Ultra-high-strength steel 3D-rolled tubes run up each A-pillar and along the rooflines, and high-strength boron steel solidifies the subframe. Aluminum components, such as hood and suspension link arms, contribute to the lower weight.

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid battery packs don’t impact interior space. The Escape also features a sliding second-row bench seat. The Escape can be equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as a head-up display. The Sync 3 infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Escape features a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to 10 devices. The plug-in Escape’s battery can be charged from empty in about 3.5 hours on a 240-volt Level 2 charger.

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Hybrid drivers also can get the most benefit from their hybrid engine and opt for any of four hybrid drive modes – Auto EV, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge. In all-new EV Charge mode, drivers can continue to charge the hybrid battery while driving, but opt to save those electric-only miles for a later time.

Pricing will be announced at the launch. 2020 Explorer also scheduled to go on sale in the coming months.

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Mazda Diesel CX-5 SUV Finally Ready to Debut at New York Auto Show

People had been waiting for Mazda CX-5 Diesel SUV. Mazda is finally bringing a diesel engine to the US. The Japanese automaker is launching its Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine in the 2019 CX-5 crossover, the company announced at the New York Auto Show.

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The long-awaited diesel is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder with twin sequential turbochargers, making 168 horsepower and a massive 290 lb-ft of torque. The diesel will only be offered in the top-of-the-line CX-5, the all-wheel drive Signature model, priced at $41,000. That’s over $4000 more than equivalent CX-5 Signature with the 2.5-liter turbo gas engine.

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The CX-5 Diesel gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway, 28 combined. That’s better than the all-wheel drive gas model, though a CX-5 with the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated gas engine and front-wheel drive manages 25 mpg in the city, 31 highway and 28 combined.

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Mazda is going to be one of the only automakers to offer a diesel passenger car in the US when the optional engine arrives. In its announcement, Mazda alluded to the diesel coming to other trim levels in the future but right now, you can only pre-order a CX-5 Diesel in Signature AWD format.

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China’s Electric Sports Car Qiantu K50 is Ready For New York Debut

Chinese Qiantu Motors with California-based Mullen Technologies have confirmed the K50 electric sports car will make a North American debut during the 2019 New York Auto Show. Mullen will take an existing Chinese electric sports car — the Qiantu K50 — and bring it to the United States, and is expected to go on sale in 2020. Mullen then plans to follow the K50 up with its own in-house design.

“We are thrilled to bring the Qiantu K50 to the North American epicenter of luxury, design and entrepreneurial spirit – New York City,” says David Michery, Mullen Founder & CEO.

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In production since 2017, the Qiantu K50 seems up-to-date for Mullen with a twin-electric motor setup and about 430 horsepower. But McMahon says Mullen is learning about what changes the K50 needs for the U.S. market, beyond the basic federal motor vehicle standards, and will modify Qiantu’s car by the time of its launch in the second half of 2020. It’s also hedging its bets on sales targets.

The Qiantu K50 also features several luxury and tech-focused appointments, including: high-quality leather and Alcantara sports seats, all LED lighting system, in-car Solar Energy Air Circulation System, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, six stunning exterior color options, a suite of safety technologies and three driving modes (Adaptive, Sport and Boost).

Power comes from two electric motors. One motor powers each axle, giving the car all-wheel drive. Together, the motors produce 402 horsepower, which is enough to hurl the K50 from zero to 60 mph in “under 4.2 seconds,” according to Mullen. The Chinese-market version of the K50 is rated at 230 miles of range, although Mullen claims it can achieve up to 310 miles “with a uniform speed.” That’s likely irrelevant in the real world, however, as maintaining consistent speed over a long enough distance is unrealistic. We’ll have to wait and see what the U.S. EPA range rating turns out to be.

Following the launch of the K50, Mullen plans to develop a “midrange” model in-house, McMahon said. But given the struggles experienced by other upstart electric-car companies, it’s far from assured that Mullen will get that far.

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Volkswagen plans to show the Tarok pickup concept at New York International Auto Show

Volkswagen is coming up with a pickup truck for the United States market . The German automaker will bring its Tarok pickup truck concept to the 2019 New York Auto Show this weekend. This compact of Tarok pickup was seen at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show at the end of 2018. Volkswagen has confirmed that the Tarok is destined for dealer showrooms—but those showrooms will be located in South America. This is the second year in a row that Volkswagen will bring a pickup truck concept to the New York Auto Show.

Based on the MQB platform, the Tarok concept is a compact pickup that is 193.5 inches long, yet has the ability to carry loads up to 73.2 inches long thanks to an innovative design that allows the pickup bed to extend into the cab. Four decades of design advancements and the MQB chassis allows the Tarok concept to have roughly double the payload capacity of the previous Volkswagen Pickup, at 2,200 lbs – which is also at least 1,200 lbs. more than the last compact pickup sold in America. With Volkswagen’s sharp, modern design, nine inches of ground clearance and 4Motion all-wheel-drive, the Tarok has the skills to match its looks when venturing off road.

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The key to the Tarok concept’s versatility is a variable load area. The floor space can be enlarged not only by opening the tailgate, but also using a newly developed mechanism for folding down the bottom of the passenger cabin’s rear panel.

The interior features a fully digital design for the instruments and air conditioning control system, and matches the expressive exterior in terms of style as well as color. A glass-covered 9.2-inch Infotainment system and a configurable Volkswagen Digital Cockpit are the central elements within the color-keyed instrument panel. These two elements create a continuous digital and networked cockpit, designed to help make use of a maximum range of online services and apps. Another clever feature is a speaker in the center console that can be removed and connected to a compatible smartphone via Bluetooth.

The appearance of the Tarok concept at the 2019 New York Auto Show indicates that VW is leaning toward bringing a pickup truck to the U.S., but it’s hard to tell what kind of truck we might get.Volkswagen will also bring a second concept vehicle, the Atlas Basecamp, to New York.

Mercedes-Benz Features EQB Electric Crossover

Mercedes Benz showcased its EQC edition 1886 and the new GLS in the NYIAS 2019. As per the reports company owners stated that the company has further plans to launch 10 more electric models in the coming times. Also, in the event, GLB crossover was revealed in Shanghai which is scheduled to be launched this summer. A new version called EQB is also scheduled to be launched in 2021 as per the sources. Spy shots of the vehicle have already been observed that state the driving range of the vehicle would be 310 miles on WLTP cycle. Further details are coming up our way, soon.

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Interestingly, the GLB model combines the rugged exterior design elements from the iconic G-class. Its angular appearance intends to offer it with great interior space. So all the car buyers would easily be able to opt out one between the standard 5-seat and 7-seat layout. Further details of Mercedes Benz and other popular car brands will be kicking in soon. Stay tuned for more information!

2020 GT-R Nismo Reintroduced With Track Refinement

Let us first tell you that Nissan did not launch a new GT-R or Z at NYIAS. Instead, Nissan has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with special packages. This lead to revealing of the upgraded 2020 GT-R  Nismo.

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GT-R has undergone various changes numerous times and finally has resulted into 2020 GT3-inspired Nismo. It has been built with striking features that aim at a better road comfort, high-performance, reduced weight, inclusion of carbon fiber (Equipped in the front and rear bumpers, massive rear wing, front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers & trunk)  and usability.

The inclusion of its new front fender vents aid in cooling the engine and offer down force. This is the major difference between the 2019 and 2020 model. It also comes with a 9-spoke shape to maximize rigidity and includes the new Dunlop tires with 11% bigger contact patch. The new GT-R has also come up with a newly revised suspension for smooth drive quality and high cornering stability. Steering is more linear and precise. Moreover, it incorporates  anew carbon ceramic brake package that equips 16.1-in up front and 15.3-in Brembo rotors in rear. Though the hp and turbocharged units remain the same but acceleration response improves by 20%. This was achieved by Nissan using lesser blades. Also, a new R mode feature is included with the tuned 6-speed transmission for fast shifts and smart selection of gears.

Jaguar I-Pace Awarded As the 2019 World Car Of the Year

Jaguar I-Pace has created history by being the first SUV ever to win 3 world car titles in 15 years. The three titles Jaguar I-pace has received are the World Green Car awards, 2019 World Car of the Year and the World Car Design of the Year. This win comes after weeks of claiming the title “European Car of Year title.” With this its status has affirmed as the most desirable EV in the world.

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The Jaguar CEO has set a new benchmark and has revived the accolades for setting such worthy goals for cars. The automakers started with Destination zero vision – zero accidents, zero emissions and zero congestion. So undoubtedly this car is an outstanding creation, designed and developed in UK. It has recently attracted more than 11,000 customers in 60+ countries. The car has proven out to be a standalone choice due to its exceptional refinement, zero emissions, combination of sports car performance and true SUV. Other striking features include its cab-forward profile, muscular haunches, short overhangs & taut. It has a spacious interior which is enabled by bespoke EV architecture and all of this is finished with beautiful detailing.

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Let us talk about the strength technicalities now. I-Pace has a 90 kWh Li-ion battery that has a tendency to deliver a range of up to 470 kms. It can also charge from 0-80% in only 40 minutes. Thus, we can conclude that it is a combination of smart, range-optimizing technologies that even incorporates a battery-pre-conditioning system. This model automatically raises the battery temperature to increase the range ahead of driving when it is plugged in.

The Jaguar I-Pace also received a 5-star euro NCAP safety rating. Its body structure offers high occupant protection and incorporates advanced technologies to safeguard other pedestrians or road users. Ever since it is revealed, I-Pace has got 62+ awards. Isn’t that commendable!

2020 Cadillac CT5 Debuts As a Sports Sedan At the NY Auto Show

Recently, Cadillac CT5 was revealed in the New York Auto Show. Cadillac has directly aimed at Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 SeriesAudi A4 and Alfa Romeo Giulia. So let us see what more Cadillac has in store for the car lovers.

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The model has its wheels pushed towards car’s corner. Thus the car has slightly less overhangs in the front and back. The base engine has 2-l turbo 4-cylinder that generates 237 hp and 258 pound-ft of torque. Also, various modifications have been made to improve the handling and comfort of the car. It uses MacPherson-type front suspension and 5-link independent back design.

Cadillac has both sport and luxury models but there are some obvious reasons why buyers go for the sports one. The trim gives big Brembo front brakes standard, different seats, bigger bolsters, steering wheel with magnesium shift paddles, unique grille design, 19-inch wheels, clear taillights, lower rocker extensions, spoiler, real carbon fiber trim and more. Then there are huge 10-inch screen perches which are controllable by touch or rotary controller. There are physical buttons and menus available too.

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In the rear seating area, it has both pros and cons. The advantages are that there is more legroom but the sloping roof really cuts into headroom. Although prices are not yet available but it will be revealed anytime soon. So here’s a good news for all the Sedan lovers.

Porsche 911 Speedster Debuts in New York Auto Show

Porsche grabbed attention right after 2019 NYIAS by showcasing the 911 Speedster for its debut in N. America. It has produced only 1948 units as of now so it is going to exhaust early too plus it won’t be economical. As per the reports, it will cost $275,750 including a delivery fee of $1250.

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The 911 Speedster has a naturally-aspirated 4-l flat-6 engine which is capable of producing 502 hp and 346 pound-ft of torque along with a pulse-elevating, 900-rotations per minute redline. It has separate throttle bodies in order to gain an improved response and is paired to a GT Sports-6 speed manual transmission. As per the reports, it can go on to 0 to 60 miles in an hour in only 3.8 seconds, before it actually goes to a pace of 192 miles/hour.

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Moreover, 911 Speedster has come up with the manually operated light fabric top. Also, there are 2 signature streamline bulges that make it totally recognizable. Interiors come with light door panels along with storage nets as well as woven door pulls. Porsche 911 Speedster makes a good use of carbon fiber as well.

So we can say that if you happen to be one of the Porsche 911 Speedster owners, you can also avail a chronograph watch by the same brand. The watch has a carbon fiber dial along with a rotor modeled after the centre lock wheel. Its strap is composed of Porsche interior leather. Orders will be getting placed in early May and cars will start reaching the dealers by the year end. Stay tuned!

2020 Lincoln Corsair Replaces the MKC After Debut In NY

Welcome the all-new 2020 Lincoln Corsair launched by the luxury carmaker that made its debut in NYIAS. Its design is basically derived from the Navigator SUV and Aviator. However, this Lincoln Corsair has more athletic quality and is streamlined in a better way. In addition to this, a roof is present that drops down into slit-like taillights. The front part has grille that all Lincoln has used across its lineup.

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There is a platform underneath the sheet metal which is called C2. This is a modular design that increases the rigidity and torsion. It also supports the alternative power trains that should prove as an advantage to the Corsair. It consists of a standard 2-l turbocharged inline-4 which is claimed to deliver approx 250 hp and 275 pound-ft of torque.

Also, coming up is a hybrid model. The latest model of Ford i.e., Escape has hybrid as well as plug-in hybrid options. Corsair will also have some special handy features which will include active noise control, wireless charging, 14-speaker revel audio system, WI-Fi and a head-up display. Moreover, there will be a set of electronic driver aids consisting of collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot, rearview camera and pedestrian warning.

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2020 Lincoln Corsair will be built in Ford’s Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky and is soon going to release. Prices will also be declared near to its market launch.

Volkswagen’s I.D. Roomz Electric SUV To Be Released In 2021!

VW’s I.D. Roomzz is mid-size and the sixth all-electric car from the German Automaker. It has already made its debut at the Auto Show in Shanghai. VW is setting to expand its range with this debut. VW’s I.D. joins the other models such as  I.D. Buzz, I.D. Crozz and three other I.D.-branded concepts.

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I.D. Roomzz concept has an 82 kWh battery pack that offers an amazing driving range of approx 280 miles and also consists of dual electric motors with all-wheel-drive traction. VW claims a high pace of 112 mph. this car is capable of inductive as well as traditional plug charging. It comes with an easy ingress and egress with 4 sliding doors. It also comes with dual rows of individual bucket seats that offer a space for 4. As per the reports VW claims to offer 3 rows of seats that would offer a space for 8. The seats are claimed to be made of a new material called AppleSkin that looks like artificial leather.

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Full autonomous driving is the concept incorporated in the car with a reconfigurable interior. The seats can be rotated as well and the steering wheel is amazingly unique. It comes with 5.8-inch digital display screen. In addition to this, it has navigation instructions provider by a head-up display that shows all the directions in a precise manner. So we are looking forward to I.D. Roomzz and our wait seems to end by the year 2021!

Tesla Announces Price Raise Of Its Self-Driving Option

Tesla launched a mass-market car to make mass profits. Now Tesla is working on how to price that mass-market car, profitably. It is now for the fourth time in 6 weeks that the price of its self driving features has been revised. The car maker has now effectively announced the increase in it s open-ended price.

Beyond Autopilot, Full Self Driving i.e., FSD is autonomy of Tesla. Autopilot is traffic-aware cruise control, auto-steer and this system once included auto park, auto lane charge, navigate on autopilot and summon. However these functions were moved to FSD as they are software features and can be added even after buying.

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In the March beginning, Tesla announced a 50% decrease in the prices of Model 3, S and X for the car owners who wished to add autopilot after delivery of their cars. Then again in second week of March, Tesla again increased the price of the model. After this, in April, Tesla again altered the prices when it made trims and models and ordering options for the model 3. Even Autopilot hiked the car prices however it was still $500 lesser than ordering Autopilot alone. If one wants to order just Tesla without Autopilot then it costs only around $5000.

The Tesla CEO has plans to get ahead of future rollouts of strong autonomous driving capability. Also, Tesla has developed Hardware 3, a new chip which is way better than Nvidia chip that they use right now. This new chip will see to the processing needs for full autonomy. We have a feeling of Tesla getting even more expensive. Let’s see what is more in store.

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2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition Comes With Visual Upgrades!

Fiat is yet again back with its blacked-out Urbana edition treatment on the 124 Spider for 2019. Previously, it was called as the Urbana Trekking. It comes with exterior accents and dark interior. Fiat comes loaded with Black Diamond 17-inch aluminum wheels packed with high performance tires, dual exhaust tips and gloss-black finishes on the A-pillar bar bezel, side mirror caps, front fog lamps and seat-back pillar.

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However, Fiat is announcing the Urbana edition package just on the Classica model of the 124 Spider at an extra price of $995. Fiat has added some really interesting features like a standard 7-inch Fiat Connect 7.0 touch screen, a rear backup camera and custom center-stripe design alternatives. This concept is totally based on the Mazda Miata and equips 1.4 liter turbocharged engine. So stay tuned for more updates and Fiat 124 Spider Urbana edition is all set to debut at the NYIAS very soon.

The All-New 2020 Nissan Versa Debuts With Modern Look and Tech!

The Nissan Versa is known for the affordable transportation it offers. Presently, it is known to be the cheapest new car in America but the best-selling Nissan lacks in substance and style. It fails to offer anything except a reasonable way to commute from place to place. Now it has been reintroduced with attractive styling and amazing features. It has come up with added safety features and slicker styling.

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Nissan Versa has handsome exterior and increased proportions of display designs. It has V-shaped grille is flanked by a set of angular headlights. It also comes with a steep-angled windshield that has more defined character lines and floating roof element. Though car’s exterior and interior dimensions are not yet officially announced by Nissan but it is being said that they have been increased.  Also, the new model comes with more passenger space up front. Even the interiors are infused with an improved design and high-quality material. The new models also have a push-button start with immense entry as well as come with 3 standard USB ports. Another new inclusion is the driver assistance technology, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, rear automated emergency braking and rear automated emergency braking.

The new Nissan Versa also comes with a highly powerful engine that offers a standard 5-speed manual transmission. It also comes with a CVT i.e., Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission. Nissan Versa is yet to confirm its final pricing but we are hoping that Nissan will keep it very affordable. Further details will be announced in the NYIAS.

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