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Pininfarina Isn't Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG

Pininfarina Isn’t Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG

The K550 and K750 crossover concepts are bowing at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show
Pininfarina Isn't Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG
Pininfarina Isn't Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG
Pininfarina Isn't Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG
Pininfarina Isn't Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG
Pininfarina Isn't Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG
Pininfarina Isn't Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG

Apparently, being under new ownership has breathed some new life to Pininfarina. Long regarded as one of the best auto design houses in the business, the Italian company has since ratcheted up its concept production with a pair of new concepts for its new automotive BFF, Chinese company Hybrid Kinetic Group. It wasn’t that long ago that the two companies joined together to present the H600 sedan, which debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Now we’re seeing two more concepts, the K550 and the K750.

Presented at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, both the K550 and the K750 join the H600 in what could turn into an impressive electric vehicle lineup for the fledgling HKG brand. The two-row, five-seater K550, in particular, is presented as a five-seat crossover concept powered by an electric powertrain that itself is being developed by HKG. The same goes for the much larger K750, which rides taller and longer than its counterpart, thanks in part to having three rows of seating that can accommodate up to seven people. Both models aren’t expected to arrive anytime soon, but like the H600, there appears to be some optimism coming from both Pininfarina and HKG that we’ll end up seeing these models hit the road in production guise soon.

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Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380

Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380

The Exige continues down the path towards performance nirvana
Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380
Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380
Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380
Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380
Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380
Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380
Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380
Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380

Lotus has been pumping out successively quicker iterations of the Exige for several years now, including the Sport 350 unveiled in 2015, and the Sport 380 that dropped early last year. The latest is this – the Exige Cup 380, a car Lotus is calling the “ultimate track-and-back street-legal Lotus.” Essentially an even more focused iteration of the Sport 380, the Cup 380 once again strives for that tried-and-true Lotus performance philosophy, striking a balance between street-legal road car and track-burning race car. It’s a lithe supercar killer sporting revised aero and even less weight, making for a spec sheet absolutely worthy of the green and yellow badge glued to the nose.

The big selling point here is the car’s power-to-weight ratio, with 355 horsepower available to motivate 1 metric ton (2,205 pounds) of curb weight. That means it’ll hit 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds, while top speed is rated at 175 mph. But, in addition to lots of straight-line performance, the Lotus also offers lots of stick, generating as much as 200 kg (441 pounds) at speed thanks to an extensive rework of the exterior wings and spoilers. That’s an increase of 43 percent compared to the Exige Sport 380, and combined with more rubber in the rear, the Cup 380 should be an absolute riot on the track. Read on for more info.

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Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing

Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing

It’s been talked about in the past, but a Jeep hybrid still takes some getting used to
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing
Jeep Joining The Hybrid Bandwagon Is Proof That The Hybrid Revolution Is In Full Swing

Some automakers are synonyms with specific characteristics. Ferrari and Lamborghini are synonymous with Italian power and performance. Rolls-Royce and Bentley are quintessential marquees known for their opulence and luxury. Then there’s Jeep, which is known for its ruggedness and off-road capabilities. It figures then that when news first broke in 2015 that Jeep was going hybrid with some of its models, it was, to say the least, jarring to the senses. Fast forward to the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and we finally get to see what a Jeep hybrid looks like in the form of the Yuntu, a three-row, seven-seater, full-sized SUV concept that’s laying the groundwork for a new era in the company’s long and illustrious history.

To be clear, there’s no official word yet from Jeep about the production prospects of the Yuntu Concept. There is, however, a strong possibility that we’re headed in that direction anyway. Remember, Jeep CEO Mike Manley has been a strong advocate of dipping the company in the hybrid market, most recently confirming at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show the arrival of a hybrid version of the Wrangler. The Yuntu, of course, is far different from the Wrangler, both in aesthetics and purpose. But the mere sight of the concept in Shanghai is an indication that the brand has a more elaborate hybrid plan that will involve numerous models receiving this specific powertrain. Just goes to show how brand images are now giving way to addressing the future of the auto industry.

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LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept

LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept

There’s a lot of them on the coupe-crossover concept
LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept
LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept
LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept
LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept
LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept
LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept
LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept
LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept

Most concept vehicles are largely created because the automaker wants to promote something for future production vehicles. That formula has been tried and tested so many years that it’s become normal for people like us to expect them. Such is the case with Audi’s new E-Tron Sportback Concept, which is actually promoting a lot of things, not the least of which is the company’s overarching electric crossover agenda. But there is one aspect about the E-Tron Sportback Concept that Audi really wants us to pay attention to. It’s the LED lights, and for what they’re all worth, there are a lot of them.

Audi hasn’t said exactly how many light emitting diodes the concept has at its disposal, but the front bumper alone has around 250 LEDs that extend from one end of the bumper to the other. More LEDs are located on either side of the grille, including Audi’s actual four rings logo. Yes, the Audi logo is made from LEDs, and that’s not even counting the number of LEDs that have been packed on both the headlights and taillights.

According to Audi, the LEDs were added to the concept to showcase different lighting patterns that we may or may not see in future production models. These patterns work to communicate with other cars on the road, which itself is a novelty that could find its way on a production model of the coupe-crossover concept should it get that far.

The smart money is to wait and see how the technology evolves from here on out. These many LEDs may look good on a concept, but the costs of packing all of them on a production model could determine whether they’re feasible or not. Make no mistake though, the visual appeal of all these lights on a concept is evident; the only question is whether Audi deems them reasonable enough to become fixtures – no pun intended – on its future models.

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Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

Have your fill of these interesting details that helped shaped the universe we know as the Fast and the Furious
Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise
Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise
Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise
Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise
Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise
Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise
Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise
Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

When The Fast and the Furious opened in cinemas back in 2001, few people, if any at all, thought that it would turn into a global cinematic juggernaut. And yet here we are, 16 years and eight movies into becoming the most bankable movie franchise this side of super heroes and that galaxy far, far away.

The sheer might of the Fast and Furious franchise was on full display with the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise and the movie that just zoomed its way to a record-breaking, $532-million opening weekend. If you thought you’d never see the day a Fast movie would beat out a Star Wars movie in opening weekend returns, well, it just happened.

Beyond the rarefied air that the franchise has achieved, there are still a lot of things about it that most of its fans are unaware of. Consider this then as a guide to a lot of important facts about the movies franchise that should give its fans a new-found appreciation of the many things, events, and what-could-have-beens that shaped the world of the Fast and Furious universe.

I mean, did you know that Vin Diesel wasn’t even the first choice to play the role of Domenic Toretto?

Well then…

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Mitsubishi Evo X Does Quarter Mile In 8.48 Seconds, Sets Record, Melts Face: Video

Mitsubishi Evo X Does Quarter Mile In 8.48 Seconds, Sets Record, Melts Face: Video

This AWD strip killer means business
Mitsubishi Evo X Does Quarter Mile In 8.48 Seconds, Sets Record, Melts Face: Video

Enthusiasts the world over shed a tear when Mitsu killed off the rally-bred Lancer Evolution last year. After 10 generations and nearly a quarter century of bringing high-tech speed to the masses, you could say we were growing rather fond of the Japanese imports. Thankfully, even with production now ended, Evo owners are still pushing the limits of what’s possible with the platform. The latest evidence of this comes from Texas and the TX2K17 drag racing event, where one Evo X managed to set a new world record by doing the quarter mile in an astonishing 8.48 seconds at 164 mph.

Documentation of the new record comes courtesy of 1320 Video, which put together this superb three-and-a-half minute bit of evidence, complete with tons of runs, lots of hard launches, and plenty of pleasing noises. The video starts with rollouts, which offer good prep for the later, more serious runs. The video then follows the Evo’s progress towards quicker and quicker ETs, ending with the record-setting 8.48. Watching this thing scoot down the strip is pretty awesome, especially when you consider the pilot is working a five-speed manual, rather than a sequential shifter. We can’t wait to see where it goes next.

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After Watching This Video, We're Pretty Sure that Russia is Building a Terminator

After Watching This Video, We’re Pretty Sure that Russia is Building a Terminator

And, it begins……
After Watching This Video, We're Pretty Sure that Russia is Building a Terminator

Remember what happened in the Terminator timeline? Well, let me sum it up for you right quick: Humans built AI and Robots, robots and AI became self-aware, Robots and AI determined that humans were a threat. Next thing you know, robots are exterminating humans in the future and humans are hacking said robots to send them into the past to fight other robots that are there to change the past. It’s an all-out, robot-on-human temporal warfare. In the 1980s and 1990s, this all seemed like fun science fiction, but the future is here folks, and Russia is well on its way to building a full-fledged terminator minus the organic, human-like skin, of course.

I mean, seriously, this thing can shoot guns, drive a car, workout, and at one point in the video, you see it using a syringe and a drill to do other somewhat complex tasks. As you can see, it’s not exactly perfect when it comes to using the tools, but it’s pretty damn accurate with a gun and apparently drives pretty well too. According to the video, the robot is being designed as part of a peaceful space mission, but if that’s the case, why has it been programmed to shoot guns? If history has taught us anything, when it comes to war, humans will use whatever technology they have to get an advantage over the enemy. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t put it past Russia to use something like this as a weapon. But, for now, take a look at the video and let us know what you think in the comments section below…

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Jay Leno Goes Ultimate Bad Ass In The USSV Rhino GX: Video

Jay Leno Goes Ultimate Bad Ass In The USSV Rhino GX: Video

This thing looks like it eats Prius’ for breakfast
Jay Leno Goes Ultimate Bad Ass In The USSV Rhino GX: Video

Presence. Do you wanna be seen? Do you wanna drive around in something that can blot out the sun like it’s a solar eclipse? Then U.S. Specialty Vehicles has what you need. Say hello to the Rhino GX, a seven-foot tall, eight-foot wide, 9,600-pound, quarter-million dollar slab of America ready to roll over anything in its way. Based on the Ford Super Duty F-450, this thing is rocking custom steel body panels, composite fender flares, and custom-made forged one-piece wheels, all of which lend it a military-grade aesthetic that’s sure to turn heads. The suspension is new as well, with hydraulic components replacing the stock set-up, but the drivetrain and engine are both factory fresh with a 6.7-liter powerplant and 4WD grip. It’s also 100 percent street legal, and offers impressive opulence and space in the cabin, all of which Jay Leno gets to experience firsthand in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.

“This is great for dropping your kid off at soccer practice, if your kid’s on the prison team,” Jay starts the video. Hit play and you’ll get an in-depth look at how U.S.S.V. puts these things together, and what it’s like to bash around on the streets of Los Angeles. The video also features the Rhino XT, a modified four-door Jeep prototype that was featured in ‘The Fate of the Furious.’ Rhino is ramping up production of the XT now, blessing it with a supercharged V-6 engine, larger Toyo tires, and more of those custom forged wheels.

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Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like

Toyota’s Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like

Sure, it’s a concept, but it still looks amazing
Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like
Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like
Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like
Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like
Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like
Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like
Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like
Toyota's Fun Concept Is What Our Camry Should Have Looked Like

I’ll get this out of the way: I’m not a fan of the new Toyota Camry’s design. I know it runs counter to what most have said about the sedan, but I’m not sold on it. The new Camry may look more alive than its ho-hum predecessors, but it feels like Toyota just threw in design pieces from a lot of its other models and decided to adopt it for the new Camry. The result is a little messy and lacks the kind of aesthetic consistency that, say, the Honda Accord has in sprinkles. Fast forward to the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and there’s a model from Toyota called the Fun Concept. I say that’s what the Camry should have looked like from the very beginning.

I know it’s a concept, so there’s more design leeway there to be forward-thinking, but if you look at it, there’s little that’s overbearingly futuristic about the Fun Concept’s design that Toyota couldn’t have adopted on the production version of the Camry. The sharp, slanted headlight configuration already has similarities to the Toyota Mirai and the sharp bumper, grille, and intakes all provide the kind of aggressive design nods that elevate the concept’s sporty and refined look. As a whole, the Fun Concept already looks like it’s ready to hit production anytime soon. There are even some whispers in Shanghai that indicate it’s in the auto show to provide a small glimpse into the future of the Camry in the Chinese market. If it does end up that way, it’s going to feel like a missed opportunity for Toyota as far as the U.S. market is concerned.

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Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!

Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!

Opel’s offensive in the SUV market spawns third SUV
Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!
Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!
Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!
Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!
Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!
Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!
Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!
Watch Out Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Grandland X Is Here!

While we’re busy checking out the new cars and concepts introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show, Opel unveiled the new Grandland X crossover ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this autumn. Developed as a replacement for the outdated and already discontinued Antara, the Grandland X is the third crossover that Opel unleashed in recent months. It follows the updated Mokka X and the Crossland X, the latter being a Meriva replacement repackaged into an SUV.

Interestingly enough, this 4x4 offensive comes just as Opel was sold by General Motors to the PSA Group. Getting back to the vehicle in question, the Grandland X is rather familiar, sporting much of the company’s current design language (seen on most Buicks too). Given the size, it will go against the highly popular Nissan Qashqai, the Kia Sportage, and the newly unveiled Citroen C5 Aircross. The latter rides on the same architecture.

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Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We’re Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

All the things that go fast and boom in the new trailer
Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We're Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Can you feel it? The nerdiness is growing stronger. Every passing day brings us a little closer to the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ and soon, we’ll all have a juicy heap of fresh pew-pew to indulge in. But before the official release on December 15th, we’re whetting out appetites with the first trailer, which arrives chock-full of laser-filled awesomeness designed to up your midi-chlorian count to remarkable new levels. We’ve examined the two-minute teaser in-depth and picked out all the cool vehicles contained within, because like you, we’re suckers for sci-fi engineering.

In total, we saw seven types of ships and vehicles worth talking about, including old favorites, and a few previously unseen machines we can’t wait to learn more about. Like any good trailer, ‘The Last Jedi’ left us with more questions than answers, but that’s half the fun right?

The speculation is strong with this one, so read on.

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If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?

If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?

It’s a real thing, and they are fully combat capable.
If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?
If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?
If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?
If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?
If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?
If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?
If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?
If Self-Driving Cars Are Scary, how do you Feel About Autonomous Fighter Jets?

It wasn’t long ago that we heard about F-16 fighter jets functioning as drones to serve as realistic targets to help fine tune new weapons integrated into the F-35 fighter jet. But, that just wasn’t enough for old Uncle Sam, and now Lockheed Martin has announced that an F-16 drone as not only successfully flown in formation with a manned F-35 but planned and executed an air-to-ground assault and then returned to formation once its mission was complete. What’s really crazy, however, is that the F-16 drone also identified an air threat, engaged in combat, and then proceeded to complete its original mission.

That’s right! Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force has teamed up and can now modify an F-16 fighter jet to not only fly on its own but engage in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat all on its own. It can assess threats as they come and deal with them accordingly all on its own. Reportedly, the drone makes use of Lockheed’s advanced collision avoidance system to ensure the safety of other manned aircraft in formation. Captain Andrew Petry of the Air Force Research Lab said, “We’ve not only shown how an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle can perform its mission when things go as planned but also how it will react and adapt to unforeseen obstacles along the way.”

This is a big deal in more ways than one, so keep reading to learn more.

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Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

Get a freakin’ TV series already!
Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

I like movies with cars, especially if they’re packed with chase scenes. Who wouldn’t, right? But I’m old enough to consider "Bullitt" and "Gone in 60 Seconds" (the 1974 film, not the cheesy remake from 2000) masterpieces and "The Fast and the Furious" franchise highly overrated. I admit that the original movie was interesting and the idea somewhat fresh, but it went downhill from there. And, the saddest part is that the producers don’t know where to stop. Things got pretty ridiculous with Tokyo Drift, but they just kept making movies. Paul Walker’s death didn’t change a thing, and even before Furious 7 was out, it was confirmed that an eighth installment is underway.

I watched it the other day and boy, a tutorial on how to change headlamps on an AMC Gremlin is far more entertaining. "The Fate of the Furious" has no logic, defies physics (and not in a fun way like Looney Tunes’ Road Runner character), and has awful CGI effects compared to recent releases like "Mad Max: Fury Road." I don’t know what the specific audience for this movie is, but based on some of the rave reviews, they settle for soooo little. And, you know what, I’m not even going to bother coming up with a proper review for this piece a crap. It’s not worth my time. FF8 stinks, and that’s that! If you want authentic car action, give "Bullitt," "The Italian Job," and "Gone in 60 Seconds" (again, I’m talking about the original 1974 movie) a go. Or, watch some drag racing. Heck, just rewatch all those teasers for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, they’re far more entertaining.

As for the Fast and Furious production team, get a freakin’ TV series already!

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Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018

Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018

Meet the company’s first hybrid vehicle!
Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018
Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018
Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018
Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018
Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018
Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018
Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018
Citroen C5 Aircross Bows in China, Comes to Europe in 2018

SUVs and crossovers are still gaining traction on the market, and it’s no surprise that more and more automakers are rolling out such products. Citroen is one of them, and it just launched the C5 Aircross at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Bigger than the upcoming C3 crossover (as the name itself suggest), the C5 Aircross is based on the same EMP2 architecture as the Peugeot 3008, DS 7 Crossback, and Vauxhall Grandland X. Set to go on sale in China this year and in Europe in 2018, the C5 Aircross is aimed at products such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, and Mazda CX-5. The Aircross’ styling is based on Citroen’s latest design language.

Up front, we have the traditional Chevron grille and two distinct pairs of headlamps. There are thin daytime running lights above, and the more conventional headlamps below, both using LED technology. The sides are as traditional as they get with crossovers, while the rear section showcases large LED taillights and a rather steep tailgate. Inside, the Aircross aims at the premium market. There’s a 12.3-inch screen instead of the conventional instrument cluster dials, while the eight-inch screen in the center stack provides access to the infotainment and navigation systems. The crossover also comes with a comprehensive safety package, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension, and adaptive cruise control. Motivation comes from four-cylinder engines rated at anywhere between 165 and 200 horsepower, but a hybrid drivetrain with a total output of 300 horses will be introduced later on. This gasoline-electric combo will make the C5 Aircross the first Citroen to feature plug-in hybrid technology.

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MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date

MG E-Motion Is the Company’s Most Gorgeous Concept to Date

And it’s all-electric too
MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date
MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date
MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date
MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date
MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date
MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date
MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date
MG E-Motion Is the Company's Most Gorgeous Concept to Date

One of England’s most iconic carmakers, MG has had a rather tumultuous history in recent decades. Owned by no fewer than six companies since the late 1980s, including BMW, the brand was revived by China-based SAIC Motor in 2006 and renamed MG Motor UK Limited. Several models followed, including a couple of SUVs, a first for the automaker. But SAIC also developed some daring concept cars, the latest of which is the E-Motion. Launched at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the E-Motion is MG’s "vision of the future" (oh boy, if I had a penny for each time I heard this phrase) and comes in the shape of a slender, sportback-style two-door coupe. Arguably the most appealing modern MG design to date, the E-Mission combines some of the company’s recent styling cues with several new features. There’s a big "starlight matrix" grille up front, a carbon-fiber splitter, and round headlamps "bringing inspiration from the London Eye," the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. I dig the new face of MG, but I have to admit that I see some Mazda inspiration in there.

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Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

The movie was awesome, but it had its share of holes
Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious
Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious
Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious
Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious
Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious
Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious
Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious
Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

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Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast

Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast

Comfort, style, and a boot full of velocity
Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast
Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast
Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast
Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast
Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast
Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast
Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast
Mercedes-AMG S 63 And S 65 Updated In Shanghai; Still Silly Fast

Merc’s flagship four-door just got a buncha upgrades at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, and while the German automaker puts fuel efficiency and a cylinder deactivation system at the top of its list, fear not – both models are still crazy fast. Tweaks were applied to the engine, transmission, and AWD system, not to mention the exterior styling and interior design, and the result is a mighty slab of Teutonic speed and luxury that’s every inch worthy of bearing the Mercedes torch.

Let’s jump straight into the greasy bits, starting with the S 63 4Matic+. This thing gets a new 4.0-liter turbo V-8, ditching the old 5.5-liter turbo V-8 and replacing the lost displacement with more boost. Final output figures come to 612 horsepower, which is 27 horses more than the old 5.5-liter lump. The 4.0-liter also makes an impressive 554 pound-feet of torque starting at just 2,750 rpm. Apply all that power, and you’ll go 0-to-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Cog swaps are handled by a 9-seed automatic gearbox, which replaces the old 7-speed box. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, although the optional Driver’s Package raises the limit to 186 mph.

Meanwhile, the even-faster S 65 gets the same 6.0-liter turbo V-12 as before, producing a very mighty 630 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is also a carryover, with a 7–speed automatic onboard to route the muscle.

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