Car & Automotive

GM Built a C8 Corvette Prototype That Was 75% 3D Printed

  • GM used 3D printing extensively to develop the C8 Corvette ahead of its unveiling.
  • The ability to quickly iterate and build parts helped the automaker quickly pivot to shield making for medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Parts that have been 3D printed can also be used to train the robots on the production line ahead of the final part being delivered.

    If you’re wondering when you’ll see 3D-printed production parts, some will end up in vehicles “very soon,” according to GM. But the tech will only be used when appropriate and in a way that doesn’t sacrifice safety, GM spokespeople told Car and Driver.

    Before COVID-19, GM was already using 3D printing to help it develop new vehicles including the Corvette. Then the pandemic grew, and the automaker was able to quickly use those same machines to build face shields for medical staff. After the first batch went out,

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    Used Cars Are Costing Dealers More, but This Can Still Be Your Summer of Deals

    • The wholesale price of used vehicles, the prices generally paid by dealers at auctions, fell steeply when the coronavirus-related shutdowns began, but since then, they have jumped above pre-pandemic forecasts.
    • Nonetheless, the retail price, or the price paid by consumers, of used vehicles has remained fairly flat.
    • The used-vehicle market’s landscape could change greatly in the coming months when a lot of cars with leases extended during the pandemic come back to dealerships, and also if a cash-for-clunkers program comes to fruition.

      While states across the country issued stay-at-home orders to combat the spread of COVID-19, the used-car market shuddered as the flow of used vehicles to dealer lots was disrupted. Wholesale used-car values, or the prices paid by dealers, fell 11.3 percent from March to April, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index.

      Yet, after hitting a low in April, values have recovered 13.9 percent through mid-June, producing,

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      Polestar Will Build Some Sort of Ride-Hailing Robotaxi with Waymo

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      • Details are noticeably sparse, but the initial announcement says Polestar, the Volvo premium electric brand, will come out with a new EV platform just for ride-hailing vehicles.
      • The automated driving technology is called Waymo Driver, and Waymo has been testing it in vehicles from a number of automakers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, and Renault.
      • You’ll be shocked to hear this, but Volvo thinks that self-driving vehicles will be safer than today’s human-piloted models.

        Add Polestar to the list of companies that think Waymo has what it takes to bring us to an autonomous-vehicle future. Exactly what that future will look like is a bit vague right now, but we know that Polestar is joining a strategic group partnership

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        Major car shows have been struggling for years. But, COVID-19 may mean their ultimate demise.

        "The auto show was certainly on life support already," said Jeff Schuster, lead auto analyst with consultancy LMC Automotive. "With the rolling cancellation of one show after another, the coronavirus may be speeding up their demise."
        “The auto show was certainly on life support already,” said Jeff Schuster, lead auto analyst with consultancy LMC Automotive. “With the rolling cancellation of one show after another, the coronavirus may be speeding up their demise.”

        (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

        • The coronavirus pandemic threatens the future of traditional car shows as attendance dwindles and sponsorship weakens.

        • Car shows face competition as automotive manufacturers turn to the internet and off-site media previews to debut new vehicles.

        • Experts don’t expect traditional car shows to disappear completely but suggested that car shows must innovate if they are to stay relevant.

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        Last week would have been a big week in Motown, the North American International Auto Show opening its doors to the public for the first time since abandoning its traditional winter timetable in January 2019.

        The move aimed to revitalize what

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        Automotive Rewind: The Wildest Rust-Wrapped Cars

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        Call it nostalgia, or confusion, Motorious revisits this strange trend.

        Rust wrapping, and wrapping in general, is a trend that had some major steam for a few years around 2014. Some of the wraps from this era look like the car had been through a war zone, carrying some stories under the hood, while others look all they carry is a high-risk of tetanus. While we ponder what may have happened to these wraps by now, check out some mild to wild rust-wrapped cars.

        Patina Hellcat Vinyl Wrap

        What do you do when you have a 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat? Probably not patina wrap it, unless you’re the owner of this blown Dodge. The last time this kitty was spotted, it was up for sale through $49,000, we wonder where it is now?

        Martini Porsche 911 GT3 RS

        This Porsche actually

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        Motorsport Network Rolls Out A Rewards Program For The World’s Largest Motorsport And Car Fans Community

        World’s first integrated rewards program that will help fans to get something back from their passion for motorsport and cars

        Motorsport Network, the global leader in digital media and experiences for lovers of cars and motorsport, is delighted to announce the launch of Motorsport Rewards.   

        The rewards program has been custom built for our customers by Motorsport Network’s inhouse technology team so they can earn rewards for doing what they already enjoy, such as reading articles, watching videos, and choosing a race ticketing offer. Once signed into a Motorsport Network platform, customers can earn points towards gift cards, subscriptions, watches, apparel, posters & fine art, sweepstake entries, and digital codes for video games. 

        Every month 56 million users visit Motorsport Network platform from across 81 countries. We help them to feed their passion for racing on Motorsport.com, Motorsport.tv, and Autosport.com as well as Motor1.com and InsideEVs.com in the

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