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Bentley Plugs In: Bentayga PHEV Debuts in Geneva

British maker sets sights on “a sustainable electrified future.”

by on Mar.05, 2018

One would expect the Bentayga Hybrid to come with a wall charger designed by Philippe Starck.

Pity the poor luxury car owner. Regulators around the world are cracking down on emissions and fuel efficiency and some cities – even a few countries – are set to ban internal combustion engines entirely. What’s someone who wants a product as lavish as the Bentley Bentayga to do?

They might want to consider the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid making its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It joins the original, 600-horsepower Bentayga W12 model, the newer Bentayga diesel, and a gasoline V-8 just getting ready to go on sale. And, as strict new mandates go into effect in markets as diverse as Berlin and Beijing, it could eventually give those other options a serious run for the money.

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“The Bentayga Hybrid is our first step on the road to electrification, combining traditional Bentley values with the very latest technologies,” said the British marque’s new chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark. “It gives customers the best of both worlds – engaging, effortless performance on the open road and silent, emission-free driving in the city, which will become increasingly important with the ever-changing regulations around the world.” (more…)

VW Confirms New I.D. Vizzion Concept Will Reach Showrooms “By 2022 at the Latest”

Electric sedan will eventually add full autonomy.

by on Mar.05, 2018

The Vizzion Concept is set to become the fourth model in the new Volkswagen I.D. sub-brand.

Volkswagen has rolled out the fourth in a series of concept vehicles meant to preview the all-electric I.D. family it will launch by the end of this decade and, as with earlier models like the Crozz and Buzz, you can expect to see the big I.D. Vizzion sedan roll into showrooms “by 2022 at the latest,” the automaker said, at the big sedan’s official Geneva Motor Show debut.

Something of a battery-electric replacement for the VW brand’s old flagship, the Phaeton, the I.D. Vizzion concept offers a range of cutting-edge technologies, as well as an interior that can be transformed into a mobile living room when operating in fully autonomous mode.

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“The I.D. VIZZION shows what our brand is capable of in terms of technology, design and quality,” said VW brand boss Herbert Diess, during a showcase of new products by the various marques operated by the parent Volkswagen Group. “ It is the most personal, most emotional and most individual Volkswagen of all times. And it also shows that, even in the electric, self-driving future, we will be using desirable, expressive and individual automobiles – and not just uniform tin boxes.”


Mercedes Shows Off New C43 Coming to Geneva

The new AMG model carries on legacy of speed and grace.

by on Mar.05, 2018

Mercedes-AMG's new 2019 C43 will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The early reveals for the Geneva Motor Show are coming fast and furious now with Mercedes-AMG getting in on the action with its new C43 sedan.

The C-Class is Mercedes most popular model in its long history, at least in terms of total sales, and the new model with its four body variants, three available in the U.S., appears ready to carry on that legacy.

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The new C43 received a variety of updates designed to make it more appealing inside and out. On the exterior, the new AMG radiator grille in a twin-louver design, powerfully sculpted front bumper and the new rear bumper with round twin tailpipe trim elements visibly enhance the new C43 Sedan and give it an even more distinct positioning. (more…)

Trump Tariff Plan Ripped by Auto Dealers, Key Republicans

President wants a 25% steel tariff and 10% for aluminum.

by on Mar.02, 2018

President Donald Trump is pushing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. U.S. auto dealers and key Republicans criticized the plan.

Across the United States, auto dealers are usually among President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters.

But Trump’s comment that he was prepared to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, which are widely used in cars and trucks, which sent the stock market into a skid Thursday, brought a quick condemnation from those same dealers.

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One group representing thousands of dealers, The American International Automobile Dealers Association said it was opposed to Trump’s plan to place a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports. Both metals are crucial to the production of cars and trucks sold in America today and would raise the sale prices of those vehicles substantially.  (more…)

Expert Calls for More Action to Head Off Climate Change

"I am more worried than I was a decade ago."

by on Mar.02, 2018

Lord Nicholas Stern, who wrote a report on the negative impact climate change has on the economy, says he's more concerned than ever.

The ultimate impact of climate change to the global economy has increased during the last decade, but technological advances in sectors such as the auto industry offer some hope for the future.

Lord Nicolas Stern told a conference on “Coping with Change: Global Warming and Decarbonization” sponsored by Venice International University and Alcantara, a supplier of high-tech fabric used in luxury automobiles that time to address the impact of climate change is growing short.

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“I am more worried than I was a decade ago,” said Stern, a professor of economics and government and chair of the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. (more…)

VW’s I.D. Vizzion Concept Could Change the Way We Travel

Rethinking what an autonomous and electric vehicle could offer.

by on Mar.01, 2018

Volkswagen's fourth I.D. prototype, the I.D. Vizzion, is headed to the Geneva Motor Show.

It’s become something of an industry mantra that the automobile will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50, and you need only walk into your nearest showroom to see that this is more than hype. Manufacturers already are rolling out what will soon become a flood of electrified vehicles and there are now at least a half-dozen models with significant, semi-autonomous capabilities.

What comes next? Volkswagen has been offering up some intriguing hints with a series of concept vehicles previewing the launch of its new, electrified brand-within-a-brand, and it will debut the fourth prototype, the I.D. Vizzion, at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

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The German automaker is already offering a few intriguing teaser images, as well as a short video that puts some perspective on the Vizzion. You can Click Here to check it out on YouTube. But to sum it up, the I.D. Vizzion concept vehicle illustrates what motoring might be like in an age of zero-emission, always-on Level 5 autonomous vehicles. (more…)

Chinese Automaker Nio Aims for $2b U.S. IPO

Move underscores China’s aggressive aims for American auto market.

by on Mar.01, 2018

Nio is selling its ES8 battery-electric SUV in China. Will it be the company's entry vehicle for the U.S.?

It has yet to sell a single car in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio from putting together a consortium of American banks charged with setting up a U.S. IPO that could raise as much as $2 billion in capital.

While that’s a fraction of the $25 billion stock offering floated in 2014 by China’s massive e-commerce service, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., it underscores the ambitious goals of Chinese automakers aiming to crack into the world’s second-largest automotive market.

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So far, only a handful of Chinese-made vehicles have come into the U.S. and, like the Buick Envision, they’re offered by Western brands such as Buick and Volvo. But a number of domestic Chinese manufacturers are hoping to crack the code over the next few years, including GAC which showed off a variety of models at the North American International Auto Show in January. (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Volvo XC40

Small, less formal-looking package still offers plenty of comfort, sophistication.

by on Feb.28, 2018

The new Volvo XC40 gives the brand an entry in the growing compact crossover segment.

Utility vehicles such as the XC90 and XC60 have led Volvo’s revival around the world.

Now Volvo is adding a new smallish – if you can call a vehicle that weighs two tons small – utility vehicle to its engaging product portfolio.

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The XC40 is what the carmakers have started calling an “an urban crossover” and it offers a comfortable, luxurious experience in a modest way, with ample if not overwhelming power, the latest safety and connected technology as well as well-modulated ride and handling in a nicely designed package. (more…)

Lexus Releases First Official Look at UX “Urban Crossover”

Luxury brand getting into rapidly growing segment.

by on Feb.27, 2018

Lexus eliminated all of the mystery heading into Geneva by offering up a full view of the new UX.

Little more than a week ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Lexus is offering up its first view of the new UX “urban crossover.”

It’s a slightly toned-down version of the UX unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in autumn 2016, Lexus at the time insisting it was only a concept, though it was immediately apparent the automaker wanted to dive into one of the world’s fastest-growing product segments.

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“These first visuals reveal the UX’s bold and stylish design that blends expressive bodywork with a compact size,” the Japanese automaker said in a release accompanying these images. “Its crossover credentials are signaled by its muscular haunches and high beltline, yet underneath the skin there’s an all-new platform that gives the UX exceptional body rigidity and a low center of gravity for exceptional handling.” (more…)

Armormax Tesla: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet, Can Stop One Too!

International Armoring Co. produces world's fastest bulletproof car.

by on Feb.26, 2018

The Armormax Tesla Model S P100D is bulletproof, but by adding just 550 pounds, it allows the vehicle to perform normally.

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk may or may not have hinted around that the Model S P100D is faster than a speeding bullet, but now thanks to International Armoring Corp., it doesn’t have to outrun the slug, it can stop it.

International Armoring and several other companies have been taking high-priced luxury vehicles, such as Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs, Cadillacs and more, for the well-heeled who have security concerns and adding ballistic protection and other security technologies for decades.

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So it was only a matter of time before a Tesla found its way into the Ogden, Utah-based company’s hands. It has been armoring vehicles for 25 years. (more…)