PSA To Electrify All Its New Models Launched From 2019
French Auto Group PSA has announced that it will be electrifying all the models launched from 2019 onward. All cars will either be fully-electric or hybrid. This applies to all the brands under the PSA Group, including Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Vauxhall, and Opel. PSA is one of the first automakers to announce the electrification process across its entire group range. The first one to do it was Volvo.
Fail: Kiki Challenge in the Car Wash Gone Wrong
Unsurprisingly, Drake’s “In My Feelings” has claimed yet another victim. As videos of folks jumping out of moving cars to dance in the middle of the road continue to proliferate, it’s not unexpected than some of ‘em don’t exactly go as planned. Such is the case here, where the participants unwittingly create a suicide-hinged door in a car wash.
The video starts as you’d expect - a woman dancing outside a car, her friend cheering her on from the driver’s seat as she films. But there’s a twist - this is all taking place inside a drive-through car wash, and the car is moving across an automatic conveyor belt. Cue the drama.
The pair realize their mistake too late, and despite hopping back into the cabin, the car’s passenger door finds itself smashed against a big scrubber brush. As the car moves backwards, the door gets shoved forward by the brush, bending it at an unnatural angle.
Meanwhile, the idiotic passengers are left unharmed. Maybe a little sudsy.
The car in question is an unidentified Scion model, and we’re left wondering what happens next. Does the cabin fill with water? Do the idiots drive away? Does the carwash owner freak out?
We can only guess.
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Volkswagen Prepares for I.D.-Range Production With An Updated All-Electric Facility
Every automaker is in the race to become the leader of the new revolution in the auto world known as electrification. While some are inculcating this into their current infrastructure, Volkswagen has gone a step ahead and is set to have an all-electric plant in Germany. Given how the Dieselgate scandal turned out for VAG, will this help them save face and reclaim the lost trust amongst its customers?
5 Incredible Automotive Facts
In our new TopSpeed series about the most incredible car facts in the world, you will be treated with five of them every week. For this week, I will go back to 1888 and Martha Benz’s first voyage in the very first automobile. Then, I’ll tell you all about the curiously low car and explain how horses were bigger pollutants than cars.
Let’s start with something unexpected though.
1959 GSM Dart
The GSM Dart is a lightweight sports car produced in South Africa between 1959 to 1964. The lightweight vehicle was built by Glass Sport Motors, a company founded by Bob van Niererk and Willie Meissner in Cape Town, South Africa in 1958.
Meissner established GSM after he discovered glassfiber reinforced plastic manufacturing during a visit to England. The technology was new at the time and had not reached South Africa. The Dart was actually the country’s second production car, with the first having been launched in 1957 by G.R.P. Engineering. Although production of the Dart spanned over five years, only 35 examples were built, which makes it a rare collector’s item. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
Amazon Gives The Gift of Echo Auto to the Auto World
Older vehicles that have no access to Amazon’s Alexa can now enjoy the benefits of the AI app courtesy of the new Echo Auto device. Measuring just 3.3” x 1.9” x 0.5”, the Echo Auto is a handy device that can be connected to any car that has a stereo system and a driver or occupant with a smartphone. Echo Auto doesn’t pick and choose which stereo it’s compatible with. Even vintage AM/FM 8-track players are compatible with the device. The Echo Auto cost $49.99.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Gets A Facelift
Have you ever heard of supercars getting mid-life facelifts? The Lamborghini Huracan is an exception. The car has been spied twice with heavy camouflage, clearly indicating that the Huracan is being refreshed for the market. The last update seen on the Huracan range was at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, when Lamborghini introduced the Spyder Performante, but now it looks like theHuracan Spyder is due for some changes inside and out. Get ready to witness the Huracan’s rebirth!
2018 Fiat 500L S-Design
Fiat adds another name to its line of S-Design models, this time the family-friendly 500L. Based on the crossover-inspired 500L Cross, the aim of the S-Design version is to inject some extra style into the package, like it’s already done with the Tipo, 500X and 124 Spider.
Polish Automaker Mashes Together a Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Mercedes-AMG; Takes Heat From Ford
Did you ever lay in your bed late at night, eyes wide-open, dreaming about the resurrection of Warszawa? No? Well, it’s back regardless, in the form of one of the most bizarre Mustang-based coupes you’ll ever see.
KHM Motors started off with a 2016 Mustang GT which they tried to restyle in a way that would honor the first mass-produced car in Poland: the FSO Warszawa M20 based on the Soviet GAZ-M20 Pobeda. Upon first seeing the Pobeda you’ll first think "That’s a blatant copy of an American car from the ’40s!" and then wonder why KHM Motors chose a Mustang to honor the hunchbacked sedan.
After all was said and done Ford Europe wanted to make it clear that they had nothing to do with the car. Their response came after KHM misleadingly put the Ford logo on their website - a move that Ford saw as lawless while KHM saw it as "a sign of respect for the brand".
Read on to learn more about the Warszawa M20 GT.
2018 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo
Volkswagen is reviving the Type 2 Transporter Delivery Van of the ’60s with its new I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept which was presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany. As a sibling to the I.D. Buzz it uses the same MEB platform and will come as early as 2021 with a variety of battery options to suit anyone and everyone’s needs.
Here’s One Way You Can Buy a Lamborghini Aventador For Less Than $40,000
For those who can’t afford a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador, might we offer you an alternative that’s a tenth of the supercar’s price tag? It’s still a Lamborghini Aventador, or at least it’s part of what looks like an Aventador. It’s not technically the Lambo supercar, but it is a desk that takes the form of the Aventador’s front section. It comes from Poland-based Design Epicentrum Manufacture, and it costs just €30,000, or just over $35,000 based on current exchange rates.
The 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E is Getting Exclusive Tires From Pirelli
Pirelli’s been busy outfitting electric cars with its P Zero tires, but one specific EV model is getting the special treatment from the Italian tire maker. That EV is the long-awaited Aston Martin Rapide E. Not only is the Rapide E the first electric car to come out of Aston Martin, it’s also wearing a set of special P Zero tires that Pirelli created specifically for the Rapide E. The exclusive tires should help Aston Martin’s EV achieve its promised performance numbers when it goes on sale sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Budget Direct Renders the Mini’s Style from Six Different Manufacturers
When it comes to iconic style, the Mini Cooper has to be one of the most recognizable brands on the market. The small stature, the fun-loving lines, the bubbly proportions, the copious detailing, the Union Jack roof… there’s no question what you’re looking at when you see a Mini. As such, it could be interesting to apply the Mini’s style to other major automakers - which is exactly what Budget Direct did with the following six renderings.
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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC
After years of rumors, teasers, and concept cars, Mercedes-Benz finally launched the EQ brand. Short for "electric intelligence," EQ made its official debut through the EQC, a compact crossover similar in size to the familiar GLC. It’s Mercedes’ first all-electric crossover and its second EV after the B-Class Electric. The EQC’s introduction is definitely a major event for the German brand, but does it have what it takes to compete against the successful Tesla Model X and the upcoming BMW iX3? It’s still early to say, but we already know what we love and hate about it.
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2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW is set to launch an all-new 4-Series two-door sometime in 2019 or 2020, and while the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes over the current model, the G22 droptop will. Spy shots indicate that for the first time in two generations (E93 and F33), BMW is giving up on the folding hardtop design in favor of the more traditional soft top option which it last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2006.
Heavy camouflage covers the prototype spotted, but this important change is quite evident as the canvas top is left completely bare (quite obviously on purpose). It might be an illusion caused by the camo, but it also appears this new 4-Series has a longer hood and rear decklid compared to its predecessor.
Skoda Teases the 2019 Kodiaq RS and It Looks Mean
Skoda’s first RS-badged SUV will be the Kodiaq RS, a mean looking seven-seater with Nurburgring-honed handling. We still haven’t had a good look at it yet, because it’s only been teased via design sketches and one darkened shot of its headlights and grille, but we already know plenty.
NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating
The Tesla Model 3 has passed the NHTSA test with flying colors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tested the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3, and the car has scored a five-star rating across all the categories. This is not something new for Elon Musk’s company, though, as all Tesla cars previously have done the same.
Suzuki Will Pay You To Bring Your GSX-R In For A Recall
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover is already working on a next-generation Discovery Sport, but with the model still a few years away from arriving, a facelifted version of the current Discovery Sport is making test rounds. The prototype is wrapped in heavy camouflage, but the overall shape of the SUV suggests that there could be a lot of changes made to the updated Discovery Sport ahead of the next-generation model’s arrival in a few years.
Love It or Leave It - The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE
Introduced in 2015, the GLE nameplate is only three years old as of 2018. However, the vehicle that received the badge is already seven years old in 2018, a major issue with a brand-new BMW X5 in showrooms. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz acted fast, and a new-generation midsize SUV was launched for the 2020 model year. It’s the first brand-new crossover to sport the "GLE" badge, and it’s loaded with as much technology as its sedan counterpart, the E-Class. Here’s what we think about it.
Will the Toyota Celica and MR2 Join the Supra and 86 in an Epic Sports Car Lineup?
After 16 years of absence from the sports car world, Toyota returned by reviving the Supra, and now the MR2 or the Celica may get a second lease of life. The Japanese manufacturer voiced interest, through the Supra’s key engineers, of reviving at least one of those two emblematic cars, but the road ahead is tough for that dream to materialize.
We’ve all waited 16 years for a new Supra to emerge and now, with the fifth-gen A90 closer than ever to production, there might be more in store for us from Toyota. Masayuki Kai, the Assistant Chief Engineer on the Supra project, said to Road & Track that "We want to have Celica back, we want to have the MR2 back,” but he was also adamant to point out that “what will come next depends on the market needs."
This is because, as Kai pointed out, creating a sports car is tedious in the year 2018 and highly expensive, pointing to the cooperation with BMW as the only way to bring the Supra back. The GT86 is also the product of a shared project, this time with Subaru. We can assume, as such, that another partner must be found to finance and co-develop an MR2 or Celica follow-up. Otherwise, we won’t see any new sports car from Toyota other than a new GT86 in conjunction with a new BRZ and the production version of the Le Mans-esque Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Prototype.
The Revolution is Coming, and It’s Coming from One of Radical’s Co-Founders
Radical co-founder Phil Abbott is venturing into a new race car space with a new company called Revolution Racecars. Among the first orders of business is developing the Revolution, a two-seat track race car that has one purpose in life: speed. The company hopes to sell the 300-horsepower track car at a price approaching $130,000.
2016 - 2019 Indian Chief Vintage
Indian Motorcycle, under Polaris Industries Inc., keeps a long tradition alive with its 2019 Chief Vintage powered by the Thunder Stroke® 111 engine. The designers build upon 95 years of Chief tradition with this ride, and while all Indians show their historical roots in varying degrees, none is quite as overt as the aptly named ’Vintage’.
Continue reading for my review of the Indian Chief Vintage.