While Chevrolet has not yet responded with a Silverado pickup to face off against the mega-horsepower Ram 1500 TRX, it hasn't taken the tuner market very long to step in and fill that void. Specifically, Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) has just announced a new Yenko S/C Chevy Silverado California Edition with a TRX-matching 710 horsepower. SVE starts with Chevrolet's 6.2-liter V8 and adds a 3.0-liter twin-screw supercharger along with an air-to-water intercooler.
The GMC Safari van, along with its Chevy Astro sibling, performed yeoman service ferrying passengers and hauling cargo for two decades starting in 1985. One of those Safari GTs is up for grabs right now, fittingly, on the RADforsale auction site. The option package at both GMC and Chevrolet was coded BYP, the GT Sport Package, and it appears to have been offered from 1990 to 1994.
Street racing has been on the rise during COVID, reports say, giving police and lawmakers something besides old-fashioned speeders to contend with on local roads and highways that are carrying less traffic as a result of the pandemic. A 52-year-old mother of two was killed driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 when a man in a Dodge Challenger who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on. In New York City, authorities received more than 1,000 drag racing complaints over six months last year — a nearly five-fold increase over the same period in 2019.
If things go as planned, they'll dig out a second LVT from the same field in the coming years. News channel Lincolnshire Live explained about 30 LVTs were used to build a temporary dam in 1947 after floods ravaged parts of southern Lincolnshire in 1947. Working in treacherous conditions, five LVTs were swept away by flood water and assumed to be forever lost.
It’s a V8-powered, mid-engine sports car with nearly 500 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, a dual-clutch transmission and head-turning looks all for under $60k when it was released. As good as the price was, winning one from Omaze sounds even better.
A recent ride proved to be more of an adventure than most when the Waymo van became confused by a construction zone set off a series of mishaps. The self-driving van — sorry, the Waymo Driver — wants to turn right onto a multi-lane street, but the rightmost lane is closed. Roadside Assistance is dispatched, but before it can arrive, the van starts up again and completes the turn, but then stops again between lanes, partially blocking traffic.
Long after fellow American car brand Tesla, Ford has announced the implementation of a remote update program for its future models. Just as we regularly update the operating system of our computer or cell phone, it will be the same for our car with the appearance of new features particularly regarding autonomous driving.
There’s a mental checklist that requires a run through for every full-throttle application of the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. You’ll also want to take a peek at your traction control setting. As approachable as Dodge makes 797 horsepower sent to the rear wheels feel, putting your foot all the way down is no elementary task.
The iconic "Captain America," the motorcycle that Peter Fonda rode in the movie "Easy Rider," will be auctioned off in Texas on June 5, 2021. Famous for the star-spangled banner painted on its gas tank, the motorcycle is currently estimated at between $300,000 and $500,000.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced today the implementation of the truck ban on major thoroughfares in Metro Manila starting May 17, 2021. According to the agency, trucks are banned from traversing along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila managed by the MMDA, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Below are areas where the current truck ban is implemented based on MMDA’s existing truck ban ordinance. You can check the full details here. España Street through Quezon Avenue from Echague Street to the intersection of West and South Avenue; Claro M. Recto Avenue from Legarda St. to del Pan Street; President Quirino Avenue from South Superhighway to Roxas Boulevard; P. Burgos St. through Ayala Boulevard, Legarda St., Magsaysay Boulevard and Aurora Boulevard, from Roxas Boulevard to Boston Street; E. Rodriguez Avenue through Bonifacio Avenue from Welcome Rotonda to Shoe Avenue; South Superhighway through Nagtahan Bridge and Alfonso Mendoza Street from EDSA to Dimasalang Street; Taft Avenue through Quirino Avenue from Redemptorist Street to Plaza Lawton, to include McArthur, Quezon, and Jones Bridges; Bonifacio Drive through Roxas Boulevard and NAIA Road to Aduana Street to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport; Rizal Avenue through Rizal Avenue Extension from Carriedo Street to the Bonifacio Monument; Reina Regente Street through Abad Santos Street from Regina Regente Bridge to Rizal Avenue Extension; Makati District Business; Ortigas Business District, Pasig City; and Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City A total truck ban is enforced along EDSA, from Magallanes Interchange in Makati City to North Avenue in Quezon City, 24 hours from Monday to Sunday, said MMDA. Meanwhile, trucks carrying perishable and agricultural foodstuff are exempted from the ban. Furthermore, any person who violates the provisions of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of P2,000. Drivers who are apprehended three times shall receive a recommendation for suspension of one year from the MMDA. The enforcement of the truck ban was prompted by President Duterte’s approval of the IATF’s recommendation to place NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite) under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from May 15-31. Photo from MMDA's Facebook Page Also read: MMDA to augment personnel for traffic management; PNP-HPG pledges support Newly-appointed MMDA chair bares plans for agency MMDA sacks traffic enforcers previously suspended for extortion
On May 12, Volkswagen premiered the updated Tiguan Allspace for Europe and packed the long-wheelbase SUV with comprehensive technological features. Check out the “dubbed” digital premiere here. Following the update of the Tiguan last year, its bigger brother—the Allspace—now gets its turn to be treated to a suite of equipment and aesthetic upgrades. Exterior-wise, the Tiguan Allspace enjoys a sharper look with a refreshed front fascia featuring an independent radiator grille and elegant signature light. It will also feature the “sweeping” indicator function of the LED turn signals. The redesigned VW logo will also sport an illuminated strip on either side of the radiator grille. In addition, the Tiguan Allspace can now be ordered with IQ.Light LED matrix headlights — a first in the model. The Tiguan Allspace also grew in length, now 4,723mm, 22mm longer than its previous model. In Germany, VW offers the Tiguan Allspace with three equipment packages: Life, Elegance, and R-Line. The Life trim level offers a leather multifunctional steering wheel, silver anodized roof rails, an electric tailgate, and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The Elegance package adds a slew of chrome-plated elements in the interior and on the exterior with 19-inch alloy wheels. On the other hand, the R-Line version adds an element of sportiness to the Tiguan Allspace with a multifunctional leather sports steering wheel with touch operation and R-Line logo, decorative trims in carbon gray, VW’s Digital Cockpit Pro, and your choice of either 19- or 20-inch wheels. Part of the interior upgrades includes ergoActive version front seats with an electric four-way lumbar support adjustment and massage function. Climate control can now be operated via a new digitalized module in the center console. Gone are the rotary knobs and buttons, which have been replaced with touch panels and sliders. To boost the Tiguan Allpsace’s safety features, VW’s SUV now gives drivers the option to choose to receive information via the full-color head-up display where driving-related information can be displayed in the driver’s field of vision such as speed, directions, and warnings. Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive Travel Assist is now also added in the driving-assist features of the Tiguan Allspace. Depending on the chosen gearbox, the system can partially control driving and take over steering, braking, and acceleration at certain speeds. The Tiguan Allspace is also outfitted with smart connectivity features including Volkswagen’s Online Connectivity Unit (OCU) with integrated eSIM. This technology allows users to benefit from the online services of We Connect and We Connect Plus. Depending on the equipment level, the range of MIB3 systems may come with features such as natural voice control, access to streaming services, and cloud-based personalization via Volkswagen ID. In addition, apps can now be integrated wirelessly via App-Connect Wireless for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Entertainment amenities include an optional premium sound system that VW developed with Harman Kardon. It features a subwoofer, a digital 16-channel amplifier, 8+1 high-performance loudspeakers, and an amplifier with 480-watt total output. Photos from Volkswagen Also read: Volkswagen teases new Taigo CUV Face to face with 8 generations of the Volkswagen Golf GTI VW makes it to inaugural ‘Time 100 Most Influential Companies’ list
Chery Auto Philippines (CAP) said that it has continued to freeze the pricing of its vehicles despite the imposition of the provisional safeguard duty by the Bureau of Customs. In a statement, CAP President Rommel Sytin revealed that the company will extend its "No Price Increase" program this month of May to help consumers acquire the Chery vehicle of their choice. “The ones who want a Chery shall have a Chery—and we hope that the thousands of pesos that they could save from this program can make things light and easy,” Sytin was quoted as saying. The said promotion from CAP started in March. Below are the prices of its lineup: Tiggo 2 M/T ₱695,000 Tiggo 2 A/T ₱770,000 Tiggo 2 Two-Tone ₱785,000 Tiggo 5x M/T ₱818,000 Tiggo 5x A/T ₱860,000 Tiggo 5x A/T Luxury ₱970,000 All-New Tiggo 7 A/T Pro ₱1.198 million Tiggo 8 A/T Luxury ₱1.28 million Tiggo 8 A/T Luxury EX ₱1.34 million Since the brand was re-introduced to the market under new leadership in 2019, the suggested retail price has been maintained except for the 2021 Tiggo 5x A/T Luxury which had an aesthetic upgrade recently, thanks to the new alloy wheel design, additional rear speakers, and rear air-conditioning vents. Apart from the No Price Increase program, CAP said it's extending sales promos via low down payment, low monthly amortization, and exclusive cash discounts that apply to all Tiggo variants in their dealerships nationwide. All the vehicles are covered with first-in-the-industry warranties such as 10-year/one-million kilometer engine warranty, five-year/150,000-kilometer general vehicle warranty, three-year roadside assistance, and the preventive maintenance service free for three years. “We will continue to make the Chery experience exceptional from pre-sale, actual purchase, service, and even customer relations. We are not stopping,” noted Sytin. Chery Auto Philippines is under the management and distribution of United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI). Photos from United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI) Also read: Chery Returns to PH PH carmakers group claims Safeguard Measure impact could derail recovery Chery is China's leading auto exporter for 18 years, sold 730,000 units in 2020
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) said that toll companies may impose the three-strike policy on motorists with insufficient or no load credits starting tomorrow (Saturday, May 15, 2021). TRB spokesperson Julius Corpuz clarified to Carmudi Philippines that no apprehension will be meted out yet as the toll companies will only issue reminders since it would be the first day that the policy will be enforced. “The three-strike policy may commence tomorrow but primarily to remind motorists to load or have sufficient load before they enter the RFID lanes. This is to prevent inconvenience to many other responsible RFID subscribers who comply with the RFID loading requirements and whose passage at the toll plazas gets delayed,” Corpuz said. “If RFID subscribers believe they don't have enough load, they are encouraged to pass thru the cash lanes in the meantime until they are able to load,” he added. The newest program, he reiterated, is meant to ensure a seamless traffic flow while averting possible hassle to other motorists who have sufficient credit. Meanwhile, motorists whose vehicles do not have an RFID sticker yet and line up at the wrong lane will face a ₱1,000-fine. “We also wish to remind motorists without RFID stickers not to pass through the RFID-only lanes and use the designated cash lanes to avoid outright apprehension. This erring motorist will be fined P1,000 by the LTO (Land Transportation Office),” he explained. Corpuz shared that the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation-managed tollways informed them they will start the imposition of the policy against motorists without RFID stickers using the RFID-designated toll lanes on Monday. Meanwhile, Corpuz have yet to receive information as to when will the San Miguel Corporation (SMC)-operated expressways apprehended motorists for the same violation. Back in mid-February, SMC president Ramon Ang announced that they will uphold the three-strike policy to motorists who will use the ETC lanes with insufficient load credits. Photos from Ruben D. Manahan IV Also read: How was the first day of cashless toll implementation? Generally smooth, Ang says TRB conducts SMC Skyway Stage 3 toll readiness test Close, open: Public perplexed over announcement of Skyway Stage 3 'closure'
Mobile phone app Grab announced that it has partnered with tollways collection companies AutoSweep and EasyTrip. According to Grab Financial Group Philippines Country Lead Erwin Yamsuan, the company has pursued the initiative to provide vehicle owners another mode of reloading their accounts following the adoption of cashless payment. “Our partnership with AutoSweep and EasyTrip is one of Grab's initiatives to provide cashless payment options for Filipinos. With many livelihoods and industries relying on the transport of goods and services along the major highways in the country every day, it is important to ensure the safety and health of drivers when they pay for transport fees,” Yamsuan said. “We hope that providing more convenient payment methods with both AutoSweep and EasyTrip will give our motorists and their families more peace of mind, especially during these times,” he added, noting that it will also save time for drivers who now do not have to stop at AutoSweep and EasyTrip reloading centers. Grab forged an alliance with EasyTrip through CIS Bayad Center, Inc., ever since Grab rolled out its bills payment feature. The AutoSweep deal was made during the first quarter of 2021. The AutoSweep RFID is used in Skyway, South Luzon Expressway, NAIA Expressway, Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, Star Tollway, and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway, and the EasyTrip RFID in the toll plazas of North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Cavite-Manila Expressway, and Cavite-Laguna Expressway. To top up their AutoSweep and EasyTrip accounts using GrabPay, customers need to open their GrabApp and follow the steps below: Go to Bills on the Grab app, Select either AutoSweep or EasyTrip, Enter account number and amount and wait for confirmation, Aside from that, GrabPay also offers its customers the ability to pay utility companies and government agencies such as internet, cable and mobile phone service providers since it has existing partnerships with CableLink, Cignal TV, Destiny Cable, PLDT, Globe, Smart, Smart Bro and Sun Cellular as well as Meralco, VECO, Manila Water, and Maynilad. Further, GrabPay users can use the app to pay for government fees such as passport scheduling fees with the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Bureau of Investigation clearance, and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. They can also take advantage of the app as it can also send donations to Unicef. For more information on GrabPay’s Bills Payment feature, please visit https://www.grab.com/ph/bills/. Photos from Ruben D. Manahan IV, Grab Philippines Also read: Grab announces cashless payment adoption through Cash-In with Driver Grab x KonsultaMD for free healthcare consult in Ka-Grab Rewards Plus Grab bares funding program to benefit partners, ASEAN communities
Subaru joins the ranks of carmakers wanting a piece of that EV pie as it makes several announcements related to its new all-electric vehicle. The Japanese carmaker said that its all-new EV SUV will be named Solterra. According to Subaru, “the name Solterra was created using the Latin words for ‘sun’ and ‘earth’ to represent Subaru’s commitment to delivering traditional SUV capabilities in an environmentally responsible package.” In the first quarter of 2021, we’ve seen many companies launch several EV SUVs as the demand for more environmentally friendly vehicles continues to increase. Many countries have announced their plans to achieve carbon neutrality and promote a cleaner means of mobility, causing carmakers to shift their focus from traditional ICE-powered vehicles to electrified alternatives — and Subaru doesn’t want to be left behind. Automakers like Mercedes-Benz (EQA 300 4Matic and EQA 350 4Matic), Cadillac (Lyriq), GMC (Hummer), Lexus, and Kia (EV6) all announced their EV SUV offerings earlier this year. At the same time, companies like Honda (e:prototype SUV) and Toyota (bZ4X) unveiled concept vehicles that could further the future of the segment. Even Huawei has announced it would be selling the Seres SF5 EV SUV. In addition, Subaru announced that the Solterra will be built in cooperation with Toyota and the EV SUV will be a joint venture between two carmakers. This partnership will see Subaru’s expertise in all-wheel-drive technology combined with Toyota’s vehicle electrification technology. Subaru says that the Solterra will be built on the all-new e-Subaru Global Platform. According to the Japanese car company, “Subaru engineers worked to bring together the brand’s all-wheel-drive capability, superior driving dynamics, and world-leading passive safety in a versatile, dedicated EV platform. The result is a technologically advanced full-electric SUV that is also a truly capable and durable Subaru SUV.” The Subaru Solterra will be the brand’s first global all-electric vehicle and will join the ranks of Subaru’s award-winning lineup of SUVs such as the Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, and Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid. Subaru’s first EV is expected to go on sale in the US, Canada, China, Europe, and Japan in 2022. Photos from Subaru Also read: Subaru PH is launching Evoltis in April, opens pre-registration New Subaru Outback teases new look, to debut Mar. 30 Subaru PH launches Forester GT Lite Edition
The local distributor of the Blue Oval, Ford Philippines, is offering low monthly fees and all-in low down payment offers for the EcoSport, Ranger, Everest, and other Ford models until May 31. With a starting price of P799,000, the EcoSport is available for P7,999 monthly, with free one month amortization, or P23,000 all-in low down payment. Customers can also avail of cash savings up to P150,000, or zero interest up to 48 months. The Ranger is also available at a monthly fee of P9,999, or P98,000 down payment. Aside from these promos, P99,000 cash savings can also be availed for the pickup truck. Meanwhile, the Ranger Raptor still comes with the Raptor Premium Care Package. That includes a free five-year scheduled service plan, five-year warranty (up from three years), and five-year emergency roadside assistance. For the Everest, a P16,899 low monthly fee and P80,000 cash discount await. The 15-seater Ford Transit van is available at P1,799,000 with a free five-year scheduled service plan. To know more about the latest offers, Ford Philippines is inviting the public to visit www.ford.com.ph/shopping/latest-offer/, or any Ford dealership. Photos from Ford, Ford Philippines Also read: Tech-rich SUVs: Chevrolet Trailblazer vs. Ford Everest 2020 Ford Transit: The pros and cons Picking up off-roading value: Ford FX4 Max
Brembo cites reasons why its brake pads are strong enough to withstand the grueling MotoGP racing. For Brembo engineers who work closely with MotoGP World Championship riders, the Le Mans Circuit falls into the category of circuits with a medium difficulty level for brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, the higher number the more difficult the track; the aforementioned track is rated at 3. Although the circuit has a straight before the finish line that's only 674 meters long, there are other parts of the track which ensure cooling of the carbon discs. Brembo says the friction material used for the MotoGP brake pads is carbon. The outstanding friction coefficient and constant performance, even when hot, guarantees powerful and stable braking without any fading. Compared to the brakes on a street-legal sport bike, the weight, duration and even the maximum temperature are different. The Brembo brake pads for a MotoGP bike weigh just 50 grams, less than half the weight of the street bike version. The duration is almost 900 km, and the maximum temperature that can be reached is 800°C. Brembo brakes can also stop the MotoGP bikes in 4.5 seconds, ensuring that it can round the corner even after the bikes reach almost 300kph on the straight. Photos from Brembo Also read: This Brembo G Sessanta brake caliper lights up with LEDs AFTERMARKET: Brembo Brake Pads
Hyundai will present its Ioniq 5 electric SUV in the United States on May 24, and the Korean brand is highlighting the model's Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function. Hyundai looks like it's pitching this car for the outdoorsy set. With V2L, electric devices such as electric bicycles, scooters, or camping equipment can be charged from outside of the Ioniq 5. Aside from V2L, Hyundai says the car will also usher in "advanced technology, innovative use of interior space, and a new global electric platform." During the Ioniq's virtual presentation, the following Hyundai executives will talk about their newest electric entry: Hyundai Motor North America President and CEO José Muñoz, Hyundai Vice President and Head of Hyundai Styling Simon Loasby, and Product Planning and Mobility Strategy Vice President Olabisi Boyle. The executives will "discuss commitment to electrification, Ioniq 5 design, North American product attributes, and other major announcements," Hyundai added. The Ioniq 5 will go on sale in the US this year. This minimalist-looking, V2L-toting electric SUV can be powered by either a 58kWh or 72.6kWh battery pack. An e-motor powers the rear wheels, but another motor can be optioned for the front wheels to make a four-wheel drive system. The Ioniq 5's range is estimated at above 480 kilometers. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Ioniq EV sold locally is a compact hatchback that delivers 118hp and 295Nm of torque from its lithium-ion batteries. At full charge, the Ioniq EV can run for 200 kilometers, according to the estimates of the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA). The Ioniq EV provides a generous kit list. It features automatic climate control, heater, engine start/stop button, electric folding mirrors, accessory power outlet, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, onboard computer, central console armrest, and keyless entry. Meanwhile, entertainment and communication are provided by an eight-inch color touchscreen with FM/AM/Radio, CD player, USB and auxiliary input functionality. This local EV is priced at P2.05 million (which makes it more affordable than the newly-released Nissan Leaf with its price tag of P2.798 million). Photos from Hyundai Also read: Hyundai Motors triumphs at iF Design Award 2021 Hyundai, UNDP present sustainable solutions pitched to ‘for Tomorrow’ All-new Hyundai Tucson's headlights given focus in 'Question Everything' ad
Hyundai has announced a massive investment America totaling $7.4 billion to be spent over the next five years. Hyundai plans to start churning out battery electric vehicles in 2022 from its Montgomery, Alabama-based plant. Cars will be made under both the Hyundai and Kia brands, and the factory currently produces Elantra, Sonata, Tucson and Santa Fe models.
Here's your daily Autoblog public service announcement: Don't hoard gasoline, but if you do, absolutely do not let 20 gallons of it catch fire inside your 2004 Hummer H2. You might end up, as a Florida owner learned the hard way, with a very crispy Hummer. According to CBS affiliate WABI, in Citrus County Fire Rescue was called out to the scene at a Homosassa, Florida, Texaco station yesterday morning.
The new Land Rover Defender, with its aluminum body panels and underbody corrosion-resistance treatments, should retain its appearance for years to come. For those who want the rugged, worn-in look of rusty metal panels but who don't want to wait years for the process to happen naturally, there is now a solution. A European Land Rover customizer is now offering pre-rusted trim pieces for the new Defender.
Caterham's new owner wasted no time in laying out its plans for the storied British brand. Japan-based VT Holdings is already planning to release an electric version of the Seven, but it pledged not to dilute what the firm stands for. VT Holdings CEO Kazuho Takahashi said his group had become the "custodian of a motoring legend" shortly after it purchased Caterham in April 2021, a statement that seemingly indicates a 5,500-pound SUV isn't in the pipeline.
Formed by the merger of PSA Peugeot-Citroën and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, Stellantis has 14 brands under its roof, a number that makes it one of the largest groups in the industry. Rumors claimed not every brand would survive, with Chrysler often earmarked to get axed, but the firm said it will give them all a chance to shine.
The Porsche 718 Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe have become a little more expensive for 2022. Most versions of Porsche's entry-level sports cars see price increases of $600, some are $700 more, and top-end versions climb by $2,500. The 718 Cayman starts at $61,850 (all prices include the $1,350 destination fee), an increase of $600 versus 2021.
A recent week in a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition provided a convincing demonstration, as it has convinced my colleagues, that this is an EV all of America can get behind. It has the nicest interior of any Ford you've ever been in — you could almost say luxurious. If Ford plays its cards right, the Mach-E will be a smash hit.