When Hyundai Mobis took its e-corner module to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Digital Trends wrote that Hyundai touted the new tech as "the first integrated, modular platform designed specifically for electric and eco-friendly vehicles," and that the component "should be developed in its entirety by 2021." Here we are in 2021, and Hyundai Mobis is showing off its near-production prototype of the e-corner module. A vehicle fitted with four e-corner modules could look and run just like a traditional EV in everyday use, but the driving functions are all by-wire, a central ECU ensuring the modules work together.
Hertz has been in the news a lot lately. The news that's getting all the headlines now, though, is the rental car company's purchase of 100,000 new electric cars from Tesla. There's a bunch of background information that ought to be discussed and broken down further about that deal, but that's not what I want to talk about today.
Certainly not all of its details are clear yet, as the company is holding on to a few for later, but we now know more about its size, base engine and trim levels. Instead of one of the turbocharged engines we speculated it would have, it gets a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder.
A car that is quicker than a Porsche 918 Spyder has got to cost a pretty penny though, right? Sure, but if you win this one from Omaze you won't have to worry about that. The specs of the Model S Plaid are nearly as ludicrous as its speed.
The first new Mercedes SL in nearly a decade is around the corner. This time, it won't be a Mercedes-Benz; it was developed by Mercedes-AMG and it will be marketed exclusively by the performance-obsessed sub-brand. While it's difficult to judge a car by a tweet, what we see almost looks like a logical evolution of the GT coupe.
Dodge has done a stunningly good job of keeping the Charger and the Challenger, two of the oldest cars sold new in the United States, looking fresh. Its designers aren't out of ideas yet: It announced Hemi Orange and SRT Black packages for the 2022 model year. As its name implies, the Hemi Orange package adds orange accents to both muscle cars.
Lucid Motors is about to reach a major milestone. Nearly five years after it unveiled its first prototype, and a few days after it released a photo of six EVs parked on a car hauler, it announced that it will start delivering the Air to reservation holders on October 30. Built in Arizona, and available with a 520-mile driving range, the electric Air was designed largely to lure buyers away from the Tesla fold.
Vehicle designer Chunky Vazirani graduated from the Art Center College of Design and time with a few premium English automakers on his resume. In 2015, he founded Vazirani Automotive in Mumbai, India, showing the world the Shul battery-electric hypercar three years later. The Shul is intended for production in the next few years.
The Ridgeline has been the only pickup in the U.S. market that used crossover architecture, granting it unrivaled interior space, handling and ride comfort for a midsize pickup. At least not yet, because the introduction of the Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick could easily lead to a wider acceptance of the crossover pickup concept Honda has been trying to make a thing for two Ridgeline generations.
The 2022 Range Rover is here and packing more flexibility and technology than the fourth-generation model it replaces. A new third row makes the Range Rover a more-appealing family hauler and a more competitive vehicle in its price bracket, while new tech is guaranteed to bring in those who can't get enough of four-wheeled gadgetry. The new three-row model is approximately 8 inches longer than the standard Range Rover and offers a foot of additional wheelbase, freeing up leg room for second- and third-row passengers.
Winter is coming, and if you're looking for some deals to help you prepare your vehicle for the cold months ahead, we've got you covered with some great offers from Tire Rack. Until November 8, you can take advantage of this Tire Rack promotion that could get you up to a $70 Visa reward either by mail-in or online rebate with the purchase of four new select Cooper brand tires. This deal will be around until November 8 and it could get you up to an $80 Bridgestone Visa Prepaid Card by mail, or up to $120 if you have a Tire Rack credit card that you're planning on using for the purchase.
British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph is highlighting the skills of its paint shop by making eight Bonneville models in its Modern Classic line available with gold-colored accents. Called Gold Line Edition, the motorcycles stand out with an array of elegant hand-painted details. Triumph explained that its customers have been asking for brighter and more custom-inspired liveries.
Rivian filed papers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shone a touch more light on vehicles that will be more important to Rivian in the short-term than its R1T pickup and R1S SUV. Picked up by the Rivian Owners Forum, the VIN documents now with NHTSA identify a "Z" variant for Amazon and an "S" variant for Service. The latter could indicate that fleets and the buying public will get a crack at the electric haulers once Amazon's exclusive deal runs out.
Making sure we don't miss a thing, word from Cars Direct is that the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe has gone up in price. Cars Direct says the Jeep order guide show's next year's off-roading PHEV costing $54,125 after the $1,495 destination charge, a $1,005 premium over the 2021 model.
The mid-engine Chevy Corvette's new range-topping performance model has finally arrived. The 2023 Z06 packs a mind-blowing 670 horsepower by way of a 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated, flat-plane crank V8, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever put into a production car. Say hello to the new king of internal-combustion performance at General Motors.
General Motors announced Tuesday that it's getting back in the Bolt business. Orion has been shut down since August, when GM widened its recall of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV to cover 140,000 vehicles — every unit ever built — because of rare manufacturing flaws in the electric battery pack that represented a fire risk. Production was halted while GM and its battery supplier, LG Chem, worked out a fix, along with determining who would pay for it.
Setting a speed record doesn't necessarily require 16 cylinders, four turbos and a closed-off track. BuWizz, a Slovenian firm that specializes in making motors for Lego cars and scaled-down trains, claims to have built the fastest detailed 1:8-scale Technic model in the world. Lego doesn't offer the 925-horsepower coupe, so BuWizz built it from scratch using CAD drawings sent by the company.
The Japanese startup Icoma presents the Tatamel Bike, an innovative concept for an ultra-compact folding electric motorcycle that could be stored under a desk, for example.
Bentley has become the first major automaker to release a series of cars dedicated to Russian ballet — sorry, Lada. It's planning to build a series of six Bentayga Speed models inspired by a different motion performed by ballet dancers in Russia. One will be painted in Windsor Blue over Light Windsor Blue, for example.
SEMA is just around the corner, and Honda announced Tuesday that it will have a little something for everybody this year, including two- and four-wheel overlanding enthusiasts, performance junkies and those who just want to put their own touch on their daily conveyances. "Created, developed and tested in-house by HPD engineers, the HPD Honda Civic Si race car draws upon HPD’s extensive production car and race vehicle engineering experience, including the development and incredible success of the 10th-generation HPD Civic Si TCA race car program," Honda said in its announcement.
The designer of the groundbreaking 1974 Lamborghini Countach, Marcello Gandini, has issued a remarkable statement to the press regarding the recently released Countach LPI 800-4. In it, he repeatedly affirms that he had nothing to do with the revived Countach that Lamborghini revealed at Monterey Car Week on the occasion of the model's 50th anniversary. Gandini alleges that Lamborghini may have misled the public into thinking he had something to do with the Sián reskin, and he wants to make it clear that he had nothing to do with it.
It's not every day that you see a race car based on a medium-duty truck, but that's exactly what we have here now that Hino has revealed their entry into the 2022 Dakar Rally. The rally rig is based on the Hino 600 medium-duty truck, which is more commonly seen with a Ryder cargo box affixed to the rear, but clearly there have been some modifications made. Powering the Hino is an 8.9-liter diesel straight-six, turbocharged and intercooled to produce 789 horsepower at 2,900 rpm and a mountain-moving 1,693 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm.
The last Huracan variant approaching this level of hardcore was the Huracan Performante (2017-2019), which many (including this author) credited as the brand’s first credible track weapon. The subsequent Huracan EVO was launched at Bahrain’s F1 circuit and loaded with ambitious tech. The STO’s intricate skin is 75% carbon fiber, helping shed some 95 pounds over the Performante.
Next year will be the first model year for the 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline. Ford Authority says it has word from sources "familiar with the 2022 Expedition lineup" that the off-road focused big-boy SUV will start at $66,690, plus a $1,695 destination fee, for a total of $68,385. FA says next year's luxury-focused Expedition Limited with four-wheel drive will start at $68,475.
Tesla Model S and Model X prices rose by $5,000 in July of this year, and by the same amount again in August. A year of such adjustments made the Tesla Model S $20,000 more expensive in 2021 than it had been in August 2020. Tesla isn't the only automaker boosting MSRPs, but the electric carmaker's increases seem stouter than others.