A few years back, everyone was touting that there would be more electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, that they were the bees’ knees and the end of the internal combustion engine was neigh. This visions was even fueled (no pun intended) by President Barack Obama’s ambitious initiative to have one million advanced technologies on the road by 2015, which didn’t exactly go as planned.
But a one-million mark was recently accomplished, according to AutoBlog, reporting on a new statement issued by the International Energy Agency.
According to AB, citing the IEA study, the world was able to get its one millionth plug-in vehicle on the road sometime in 2015. So Obama’s directive did work, not for the US, but the world as a whole.
The IEA considered the milestone as a huge achievement, despite the steep ush to put over one billion electric vehicles on the road around the world by 2050, a part of the IEA’s “2°C.” That there is the IEA’s campaign to do as much as possible to prevent the global average temperature from rising by two degrees Celsius. This would mean stimulating the electric car industry, while also focusing on advancing our worldly infrastructure with solar and wind power.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: AutoBlog Green
Rendering by Motor1
Land Rover’s clearly in the business of making SUVs and crossovers, particularly aimed at the affluent crowd. This of course implies that one needs quite a bit of money to be able to afford a Land Rover of any scale…and the repair bills that they come with.
But LR themselves want to close this gap apparently as Italian outlet, OmniAuto, says the company could potentially invest in a model to sit below the Range Rover Evoque, as a likely move to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the up-and-coming BMW X2. Audi already has the Q2 and the Q3.
The report speculates that the new subcompact crossover could take form as a “baby Evoque,” rather than a car that sits below the Discovery Sport, meaning the small crossover in discussion could be viewed as a glorified and more luxurious alternative to the Discovery Sport.
Specifics weren’t shared by J-LR themselves, but the idea of a “baby Evoque” doesn’t seem too far off kilter since they seek to compete with the Germans in the crossover department move-for-move. For instance, they’re already working on a “crossover coupe” version of the Range Rover to compete with the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
– By: Chris Chin
Rendering Source: Motor1
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is undoubtedly a hot sedan, both figuratively and literally–so much in fact, that GMAuthority reports that the first wave of CTS-Vs made as 2016 model-year cars are completely sold out.
“It became apparent at the end of the first quarter that we had more orders than we could fulfill,” said a Cadillac spokesperson to the outlet. About a total of 2,000 cars were made for 2016, which doesn’t sound like much. But the same spokesperson did say that the initial sales did exceed the company’s expectations. The breakdown also highlights that at least 51 percent of all sales thus far were customer placed orders, rather than cars sitting on the dealership lots.
That there already shows that the Cadillac CTS-V isn’t attracting customers from slick and enticing dealership discounts from slow sales, unlike the ELR. Also, it further proves us journalists’ claims that the CTS-V is more powerful, more fun, and above all, cheaper than the segment defining BMW M5.
It’s a hard deal to pass, and we love Cadillac for making it.
– By: Chris Chin
At first, it seemed like the demand for wagons was beginning to get a little of an upheave following the reveal of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and the confirmation of its inclusion in the US market. Volvo also still gives the V6 and other wagons can be had from Audi and Subaru.
While Mercedes upped their wagon offering with the next-gen E-Class Wagon, BMW seems to want to back out of their only wagon offering, according to enthusiast site BimmerFile. The outlet believes BMW will axe the 3-Series wagon from the US lineup, to focus their sales efforts on the X1 and X3 crossovers.
Ever since BMW decided to kill the 5-Series for the US after the last “E60” generation, the 3-Series was the remaining long-roof available in the lineup. Should this report to hold true, the only options would be to resort to either one of the X crossovers, or to invest in the “Gran Turismo” versions of the 3-Series or 5-Series, both of which are more hideous than a monkey’s ass. That said, it beats me as well as to why the Gran Turismo will stick around, and the far better-looking wagons get excluded.
The handsome new Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon was revealed just recently and new reports have been flowing in to suggest Merc wants to make an Audi allroad competitor out of the new long-roof.
According to AutoCar, Mercedes wants to give the new E wagon some extra ground clearance, plastic underbody cladding–which would be interestingly reminiscent of the original W124 wagon, even though that wasn’t a semi-lifted crossover–and all-wheel drive. So basically, they want to make a Subaru Outback out of the standard E Wagon.
Tentatively called the Mercedes E-Class All Terrain, the new model will also get some special visual appointments and bespoke wheels to better separate the All Terrain version from the normal version. There will also be a considerable price premium for this special model.
The suspension too will be of the air type, which is part of the reason why there will be price premium. This will allow for greater versatility for the car’ use, so when drivers are on normal roads, the ride height will be reduced for better handling capabilities, while vice-versa, when the going gets unpaved, the driver can raise the ride height.
This new E-Class All Terrain also leaves potential for a C-Class variant to compete with the A4 allroad. But of course, Mercedes had nothing to say about that.
– By: Chris Chin
The ever-lasting battle between Chinese automakers, who don’t have a sense, or even legislation, that outlines copyright protection and the security of intellectual knowledge, continues to rage on as Jaguar-Land Rover just reportedly filed a counterfeit lawsuit against Jiangling Motors, the ones who are responsible for the Range Rover Evoque look-a-like, the Land Wind X7.
And really, it’s hard to deny that the similarities are uncanny–it literally is a knock-off of the Range Rover Evoque.
This really doesn’t seem like anything new as the Chinese have a notorious history of knocking off high-end products. But there’s something different with this lawsuit involving Jaguar-Land Rover and Jiangling Motors. That’s because this suit has the potential to set the first precedent for regulation involving international intellectual property rights.
Up until now, China has been able to get away with knocking off and copying designs of cars, almost to the “t”, but with Jaguar-Land Rover suing, this is the first time a Chinese company is feeling pressure from a foreign lawsuit.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: EINewsDesk via JaguarForums
Social media and the likes, such as Twitter, can be quite powerful. For instance, should something become viral, you’d better hope to the Flying Spaghetti Monster above that the content isn’t about you or someone you know because of how fast viral content could spread.
But there was also another recent example as to how one tweet can make the world of a difference.
Last night, Tesla Motors’ CEO, Elon Musk, confirmed to have signed an exclusive deal with Panasonic for the supply of the batteries for pretty much the entire lineup, smashing previous reports and rumors that it was going to be Samsung. And just to emphasize the power of social media, this single tweet has resulted in a $580 million loss in Samsung’s stock value, or around eight percent.
Mercedes-Benz is on a product offensive to introduce more electric vehicles, both of the car and crossover SUV type, with the sole purpose to compete directly with Tesla Motors.
The latest development comes from AutoCar, who learned that Mercedes will be introducing a new all-electric SUV concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show this year.
Speculation and reports say the concept will actually be near-production ready, complete with an interior, functioning technical bits, and will be the actual size of the production model. So basically, it’s merely a preproduction prototype.
Design wise, the concept is expected to be heavily influenced by the Concept IAA from the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, with aerodynamics taking the lead as the key focus when designing the body. So it clearly sounds like Mercedes-Benz is going back to their old method of “form following function.”
But until it gets revealed, stay tuned.
– By: Chris Chin
It really seems like BMW’s i program is losing steam after the company announced to be shifting its focus from EVs, hybrids, and sustainable motoring to autonomous driving tech. Now, perpetuating this presumption is the fact that BMW just gave a fleet of 100 i3s to the Los Angeles Police Department for use in non-emergency duties.
Previously, the LAPD was considering a fleet of Tesla Model S’s, but decided to go with BMW’s pod instead. Why, you might ask? Well, it probably had to do with price given that the i3 costs only $42,000 a pop, while the Tesla Model S costs twice as much. The fleet also includes the installation of 104 charge stations throughout the city, at various division locations.
The addition of 100 i3s adds to the LAPD’s already preexisting fleet of 68 other EVs, making it “the largest fully battery-powered municipal fleet” in the US.
The LAPD said they considered the Tesla Model S P85D, which has been discontinued. But the agency conceded that they weren’t ready to switch to an all-EV fleet to replace its gas-driven fleet of Crown Vics and other squad cars. This was due to cost and the limited availability of charging stations.
I mean, it makes sense. It wouldn’t really work if officers got caught up in a high-speed chase, which LA is notorious for, and then there wasn’t enough range or battery power to pursue the suspects.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: LAPD via Engadget
Over the past 12 hours or so, reports and Tweets have been ringing in about Lexus owners experiencing a BSOD-like blackout of their sat-nav systems for reasons unknown.
The reports mainly come in on Lexus’ Twitter account, which has been inundated from tons of owners taking their complaints to the Twitter-sphere about the total blackout. I mean, it is kind of a big deal when one of the most expensive components integrated into your car goes completely caput.
And it’s not just the sat-nav portion that’s going haywire, especially when interestingly, the U.S. Military admitted that there will be GPS outages on the West Coast due to “secret testing.” It’s the whole system, as you can see in some of the tweets after the jump.