2023 Smart #1
Smart is one of the automotive names you don’t hear often. While most of their models are rather unremarkable, the brand marks new beginnings with an all-new EV model. We first talked about the Smart #1 compact SUV in September 2021, when it made a debut at the IAA Munich Auto Show, and now, we have more details on it.
This Drag Race Between a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette And a 1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula Will Make You Sad About 1970s American Motoring
We can all agree that muscle cars are one of the best things America has given to the world. However, it all went downhill after 1971 thanks to the fuel crisis. Carmakers were forced to de-tune their previously exciting vehicles, spawning a variety of fast-looking cars with a lackluster performance at best. Despite making next to no power, you could still drag race the cars, which is why Cars and Zebras has provided us with this drag race between a 1974 Corvette 350 and a 1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula.
Here’s How Nissan’s Variable Compression Technology Combines The Best Of Gasoline And Diesel Engines
Car manufacturers are hard at work, coming up with more efficient powertrains. While electrification seems to be the focal point, there are plenty of companies still developing ways to make the internal combustion engine more efficient. Nissan is among these companies, with its variable compression technology, said to combine the best from gasoline and diesel engines. Here’s how it works and how it’s different from Mazda’s SKYACTIV engines.
The Volvo C40 Recharge Becomes The Most Efficient EV Of The Swedish Brand
Volvo, like other manufacturers, has entered the EV market. While Polestar was supposed to be the EV sub-brand, we already have two electric models with the Volvo badge – the XC40 Recharge and the C40 Recharge. It is the latter of these two that Bjørn Nyland, a YouTuber with a focus on EVs, recently took on a 1,000 km (621-mile) trip, to see how fast the new Swedish coupe can cover the distance. The end result was a pleasant surprise.
Why Is Honda Closing Its Main Production Plant In Japan?
Manufacturers are undergoing major restructuring in order for an efficient transition to electrification. Regardless of the trends, brand identity is important and Honda’s latest move may have a negative impact on that, as the Japanese carmaker has taken first steps towards closing down one of its major factories, in Japan, located in the Saitama prefecture.
Toyota Has Taken #SaveTheManual Quite Seriously; To Introduce Manual Gearbox For EVs
With EVs becoming ever more prevalent, it seems, the opposite is happening to the manual gearbox. The sad truth is, more and more carmakers are ditching the three pedals and the stick from their lineups, in favor of fast-shifting automatics. However, Toyota’s recently filed patents suggest that Toyota is planning to introduce a manual gearbox for fully electric vehicles.
Porsche To Run a Twin-Turbo V-8 On Renewable Fuel, At Le Mans
With the advent of electric propulsion and the search for “greener” alternative fuels, it’s safe to say we live in interesting times. For better or worse, the strife for sustainability has reached motorsports and Porsche is one of the leading companies, working on finding a solution that doesn’t involve complete electrification. It seems Porsche is on to something, since its LMDh prototype utilizes a hybrid powertrain, focused around a twin-turbo V-8 running on renewable fuel.
Top EVs That Can Pose a Threat To Tesla Model S Plaid
The Tesla Model S Plaid is, arguably, the most talked about, high-performance EV in recent times. We have witnessed many drag races in which a Tesla Model S manages to beat some of the best, combustion-powered, high-performance vehicles on sale today. However, Tesla is no longer the only big player in the EV market and other manufacturers are also coming up with high-performance EVs. Here are the ones that are most likely to threaten the Model S Plaid’s domination.
Audi’s Innovative Quick Charging Hub: Chill In A Swanky Lounge Or Test Drive an E-Tron
Audi recently unveiled its very own charging lounge concept. It is currently opening the first of them to the public at a very visible location, i.e at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center in Germany.
Audi is testing this new charging model in action for the first time with this pilot location. The fast-charging station features reservable high-power charging bays, along with a lounge area with a vending machine that will serve customers as they put some juice back into their EVs.
Toyota Is Right On Their Stance Towards Electric Vehicles
Toyota Motor Corporation has been slow to adopt electric vehicles (EVs). As a matter of fact, it was only a few weeks ago when the Japanese automaker decided to unveil a plethora of EVs. To make matters even more interesting, Toyota, along with Volkswagen, did not sign the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans, which aims to put an end to fossil-fuel cars by 2040.
Toyota is Betting Big On EV’s; Shows off 16 New EV Concepts
Toyota has ambitious goals for an all-electric future. The Japanese automaker plans to considerably expand its electric vehicle lineup over the coming years.
Akio Toyoda, the brand’s President & CEO himself was at hand to give us a glimpse into what Toyota has in store for their next decade, which is set to be dominated by EVs. In a mega unveil for the brand’s future EV strategy, he gives us a first look at 16 distinctive concept vehicles that the brand has been working on.
2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo
The Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is the more practical version of Porsche’s first, modern-day EV. More importantly, from 2022, both body styles get a GTS version. The Porsche Taycan GTS is already shaping up to be right in the middle of the Taycan lineup, in terms of price and performance, but it also brings a bit more excitement. Find out how, below.
The Future Of Mazda MX-5: What We Know So Far
The Mazda MX-5, also known as the Miata, is a car that doesn’t need much introduction. The Japanese take on the British, lightweight roadster, is in its fourth generation, with the current, ND generation being the most lightweight and quickest of all iterations. With that being said, rumors of the ND Miata being discontinued in 2022 have been circulating. However, those are false, since we will be getting another updated version of the current generation.