Zero adds a new entry-level e-bike
With just a decade of experience in the industry, ZERO Motorcycles has been at the epitome of electrically powered machines on two wheels. Showing the world how to do it right all this while, the folks have upped their game for 2018.
Offering higher performances this year, the California firm already has four models for 2018 including the Zero S, SR, FXS (street), DS, DSR, and FX (dual-sport). Now, they have added another e-bike to that lineup to cater to the learner group of customers: the DS ZF14.4.
Kia Interactive Cockpit at CES Shows Off Suite of New Technologies
The Kia Niro EV Concept made its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. As ground-breaking as the concept was, the Niro EV also played host to Kia’s suite of new interactive cockpits that point directly to the company’s “Beyond Autonomous Driving vision. The cockpits feature plenty of new technologies, including a new HMI tech, Separate Sound Control System, and the world’s first in-car 5G connection.
The cockpit concepts are more than just novelty items; they’re previews to a future that Kia is pursuing. The first of these two cockpits features the Niro EV Concept’s new HMI system. This new system takes human interaction with the car’s infotainment center to a new level, including the ability to control the infotainment system and HVAC through by touch and gesture. Different gestures denote different commands; these commands range anywhere from switching music tracks, adjusting the sound system’s volume, and changing cabin ventilation settings. Even the steering wheel is in on the advancements, specifically the perforated leather area on its base that drivers can swipe to unlock different commands. The cockpit also has face and voice recognition technology, a development that came to life thanks to Kia’s collaboration with Amazon Web Services. This partnership unlocks the latter’s “Rekognition” and “Polly” software in the car.
The second of these two cockpits is no less groundbreaking than the first. If being the first at anything still counts in this industry, Kia can puff its chest knowing that its cockpit concept carries the world’s first in-vehicle 5G connection. As fast as 4G connection is, 5G connection is the future. Streaming content into the car should be faster and easier if the Korean automaker can leverage this concept application into something real and tangible. At the very least, watching content while running on 5G connection will be more of a spectacle with the cockpit’s other ground-breaking development, the Separate Sound Control System. In so many words, this tech creates two sound zones in the car, one in the two front seats and another in the rear seats, without one intruding on the other. Eight speakers are installed in the headrests, and the addition of noise-canceling technology helps mute the sound coming from the other seats, allowing a specific occupant, whether it’s the driver or the passenger, to enjoy his brand of music or podcast on his own.
Porsche Tapped To Build An EV Supercar Platform, Could Underpin The Next-Gen Audi R8 E-Tron
Recent reports indicate that the Volkswagen Auto Group has assigned Porsche with the task of developing a new architecture tailored to the needs of top-shelf battery-powered performance machines. Due for release sometime around 2025, the fresh architecture is part of VW’s effort to expand its portfolio into all-electric offerings in the supercar segment, and as such, the architecture could underpin the next-generation Audi R8 E-Tron and an all-electric Lamborghini as well.
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BMW Shows Off Its Updated 2 Series Tourer And Gran Tourer
BMW is giving its MPV duo, the 2 Series Tourer and Gran Tourer, the traditional mid-life refresh, adding in a few select tweaks to the exterior styling and features, as well as new tech in the cabin and small improvements to the powertrain. The people movers won’t see sales here in the U.S., but will continue in the U.K., Germany, and China as soon as March of this year.
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Chevy Drops Teaser of Silverado 4500 and 5500 Prior to March Debut
Chevrolet has dropped a darkened teaser image of its upcoming medium-duty truck, the 2019 Silverado 4500 and 5500. The truck will compete directly with the Ram 4500 and 5500, along with the Ford F-450, F-550, and even the F-650. Chevy officially announced the trucks were coming at the 2017 Texas State Fair.
In a statement at the fair back in September of 2017, John Schwegman, Chevy’s U.S. director of commercial product, said, “We are earning new business because we have more solutions to help businesses grow. The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will stand out because we’ve designed the trucks around how customers work. They will be powerful, maneuverable and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more."
The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will be powered by the current 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel and use the Alison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive and 4WD will be offered, as well as the regular cab and crew cab configurations. Important to upfitter companies, the trucks will come in a variety of wheelbases and GVWRs to accommodate a wide range of jobs. Fleet managers will also appreciate the optional of 4G LTE connectivity, which is great for keeping track of fleet maintenance and vehicle locations.
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2019 Ford Edge ST
Performance versions of SUVs and crossovers are just dumb. To put outlandish power in a top-heavy vehicle originally designed to haul people and cargo across foreboding terrain is simply asinine. In the last year, we’ve seen Chevrolet launch the Tahoe RST, Jeep launch the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and Dodge debut the Durango SRT. Now Ford is getting into the game. Just a single day after teasing a new ST-badged model, Ford has debuted the Edge ST – yes, you read that right.
It’s a 2019 Edge crossover with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 making 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and turning all four wheels. It rides on an ST-tuned suspension and offers optional performance braking package. How crazy is that?
But really, how crazy is that? In reality, it’s not. Think back to the late 1960s when muscle cars developed from ordinary sedans and coupes. Automakers like Ford (and all the various divisions under General Motors and Chrysler) stuffed increasingly powerful V-8s into cars that, just a few years prior, wouldn’t be out of place in your grandmother’s driveway. It seems the same is becoming true for SUVs. These mommy-mobiles are turning into the 21st century’s version of the Ford Torino, Dodge Dart, and Chevy Impala. And who doesn’t love a vehicle that can pull double duty doing family errands and tearing up the autocross course? Maybe performance SUVs aren’t so dumb after all.
Let’s see how the 2019 Ford Edge ST stacks up.
McLaren 570GT Gets More Dynamic and Precise with New Sport Pack
Launched in 2016, the McLaren 570GT gave the Super Series lineup a new flavor with a package that’s less track focused and more road trip worthy than the 570S. While most of the styling and the drivetrain are identical to the coupe, the GT gained a side opening cargo hatch above the engine, improved sound insulation, and softer suspension settings. The car was well received by McLaren enthusiasts who wanted a less aggressive sports car, but some requested a more dynamic version of the 570GT. As a result, McLaren introduces the Sport Pack, a bundle of features that makes the GT as sporty and precise as the 570S.
Honda’s New Powerpack is Revolutionary in Terms of Simple Mobility
In the continuing quest to develop alternative sources of power, Honda took to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show to unveil the Mobile Power Pack, a portable, swappable, and rechargeable battery that users can use to power digital devices, home appliances, emergencies, and electric mobility vehicles like motorcycles and scooters. The Mobile Power Pack is essentially an oversized powerbank that carries an output of at least 1kWh, enough juice to serve a myriad of purposes.
Will Hyundai’s Upcoming Supercar Use DNA From the Kia Stinger?
Hyundai has confirmed plans to build its first-ever supercar. Now that we know what the Korean automaker is planning, the time for speculation begins. There are a lot of different directions we can go to, but we’re focusing on Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, and the latter’s own — and new — performance car: the Kia Stinger GT. Knowing what we know about the Stinger GT and Kia’s admission that the sports sedan is capable of so much more, is it possible that Hyundai could tap into the Stinger’s DNA as it develops its own supercar?
Its all over for the Dakar defending champion, Sam Sunderland
The 40th edition of the most grueling race in the world is underway in its 5th stage as we speak, and the leaderboards are having a field day with a lot of names jump around as expected. One name stuck off the charts is Sam Sunderland, the British Dakar defending champion in the Motorcycle segment.
The Dakar frontrunner is out of 2018 season after he landed hard on the surface after a small jump over a ditch, resulting in the KTM 450 Rally hitting his back pretty hard. There wasn’t any feeling down his legs and felt numb in his lower back, ending his hopes for a back-to-back winning of the legendary desert event.
Subaru Promises New Viziv Performance STI For 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon!
While we’re just a few short days away from the official sheet pull at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Subaru is teasing us with a few shots of its upcoming Viziv Performance STI, giving us a sneak peek at what the six-star brand might have planned for the upcoming WRX STI. Boy racers and vape enthusiasts, take note – this is your new icon.
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