Month: March 2021

BMW Won’t Stop Developing Internal-Combustion Engines

Audi CEO Marcus Duesman told Automobilwoche that Audi will no longer substantially develop internal-combustion engines. It will continue to update its current lineup of engines, allowing them to meet tightening emissions rules, but the company has no plans to develop new internal-combustion engines. This follows similar announcements from other companies promising an all-electric future. One name not on that list: BMW.

According to CNBC’s Phil LeBeau, BMW isn’t calling quits on internal combustion any time soon. His tweet cited BMW CEO Oliver Zipse, who says that BMW predicts robust demand for internal-combustion cars for years to come.

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That doesn’t mean BMW isn’t also pursuing electrification. Just this week the company released its 530-hp i4 electric sedan. But

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BMW i4, Pagani Huayra R, and Several Shelbys

Due to the continuing effects of the coronavirus, travel on American roads was down 11.3 percent (or 28.2 billion miles) this January compared to January 2020. Overall last year, road travel fell 13.2 percent and Americans spent 42 percent less on travel than in 2019. Ready or not, some metrics now suggest a return to pre-pandemic travel habits: the TSA screened more airline passengers last Friday than on any day since March 15, 2020.

This Week in Sheetmetal

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Pagani

Pagani showed the $3.1 million Huayra R, an 838-hp track-only monster with a V-12 engine that can reach a screaming 9000 rpm. It represents the end of the Huayra line. You’ll probably never even see one in real life, but isn’t it nice to know it exists?

You’re more likely to see a Hyundai Staria in real life, but only when you’re on vacation. Hyundai’s cute new van can be configured

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Automotive Business Worldwide

Car & Automotive,automotive industry,Car & Mechanical,Car & Classic,motorcycleLots of the changes occurring within the automotive market today, together with tightened credit score markets in a capital-intensive business and elevated government involvement are the latest global challenges. Electric: On the spot torque. No heat. No vibration or altering gears (assuming you consider these benefits). Maintenance necessities: Keep air within the tires, possibly verify the brake fluid. Same as electric automobiles, they’ve been quietly rising their range to roughly a hundred to 120 miles, while lodges and parking buildings have been including fast-charging stations. However, same as vehicles, electric motorcycles are nonetheless costlier than gasoline alternatives, and buying one requires you to be deliberate about how and the place you trip. Nonetheless, if you have a predictable commute, entry to quick chargers, and a minimum of $20,000 to spend, electric bikes make a ton of sense.

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2022 Lexus IS500 Launch Edition Offers a New Color Combo

  • Lexus is offering a Launch Edition version of the new IS500.
  • It has a special exterior color and suede interior trim, along with a serialized plaque inside.
  • The IS500 will go on sale in the U.S. this fall, and 500 units of the Launch Edition will be available.

    The new V-8–powered 2022 Lexus IS500 will offer a special Launch Edition model with a unique color combo, different wheels, and a few interior tweaks. 500 units of the IS500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition will be produced for North America, and it’ll likely cost a bit more than the standard model, though pricing isn’t yet available.

    The Launch Edition’s exterior color is called Incognito, and it’s a light grey hue that’s new to Lexus. Inside, the Launch Edition gets a serialized plaque along with grey and black suede upholstery, wood trim for the steering wheel, and a different startup animation for

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    EV Startup Rivian Announces a Tesla-Style U.S. Charging Network

    • EV startup Rivian has announced it will roll out 600 charging stations across the United States and Canada by the end of 2023 just for Rivian R1S and R1T owners.
    • The “Adventure Network” will feature about 3500 DC fast chargers spread across those 600 stations, compared to more than 16,000 chargers at 1000 North American Supercharger stations in Tesla’s growing worldwide network.
    • Rivian is also installing more than 10,000 individual Level 2 chargers around the country that won’t be tied to a Rivian network and can be used by any EV with the J1772 plug.

      Electric-vehicle startup Rivian announced this week that it is rolling out a North American “Adventure Network.” The charging network will be for the exclusive use of owners of its upcoming R1S and R1T EVs. In structure and in planned scope, it looks similar to Tesla’s Supercharger network.

      Rivian promises 600 charging stations by the end

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      Hot Wheels Legends Tour Seeks the Perfect Future 1/64-Scale Car

      • Now in its fourth year, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour will hit 14 countries on five continents in search of a unique customized vehicle to turn into an iconic 1:64 scale die-cast model.
      • Previous winners have included a custom 1970 Pontiac Trans Am, a modified Nash Metropolitan, and a hand-built car called the 2JETZ.
      • The 2021 tour kicks off in Australia next month, and the winner will be announced in November.

        CORRECTION 3/22/2021: Our story originally noted that the winner of the Legends Tour will be added to the Forza Horizon 4 video game through a purchasable Hot Wheels Legends Car Pack. A company spokesman clarified to C/D that this applies to past winners, not necessarily the 2021 competition. We have adjusted the article to reflect that.

        Past winner of the Legends Tour didn’t just get to become die cast, but were also added to the

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