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Report: Apple’s car delayed until 2021

It seems Cupertino’s tech giant is suffering some setbacks with the anticipate Apple Car development with Engadget reporting a delay until 2021.

Speaking briefly with an “insider source” on the development team, the due date for the Apple Car is delayed until then after originally being scheduled for 2019, then 2020.

Since the Apple Car came to light, it’s obtained the internal code name, Project Titan, with an electric power train and autonomous driving capabilities.

Other rumors suggest that Apple is looking to find a special R&D site sized at around 800,000 square feet somewhere in the San Francisco are. Magna Steyr is also contracted to build the Apple Car once designs are finalized.

Entering the car market with no previous experience is no easy task, especially since there’s more to just making the car. It also involves establishing a method and network of selling the vehicles.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Engadget


Photo Leak: Could this picture prove the Chevy Corvette “Zora” mid-engine coupe is real? [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The page has since been removed.

Rumors of a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette “Zora” have been around in some way, shape, or form since the Corvette has existed. But now, it seems Chevrolet might actually be producing one very soon.

Numerous hints and leaks have suggested such a project, in a likely bid to compete with the Ford GT, with some rumors even postulating the recent hints as signs of a potential mid-engined Cadillac supercar.

But those rumors seem to be overruled by this latest picture teaser, which says, “C8 Corvette ZR1/Zora,” followed by a subtitle, “2018+ Corvette ZR1/Zora LT5,” and then “In Development.”

This is being declared as an “accidental leak” one a Internet-based landing page for the project.

Of course, anyone could Photoshop an Internet landing page, by substituting whatever caption the user decides. But Motor Authority believes this is the real thing.

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EPA: The U.S. promises to allocate $4.5 billion for a national charging network by 2020

The U.S. government seems to be acting well and swiftly when it comes to solving environmental and safety issues in the car world, but fails at solving real-world societal issues. The White House issued an official statement, promising to offer up to $4.5 billion in loans to help simulate the development of EV charging infrastructure, making it the first government-mandated rule to building a nationalized EV charging network.

With a completion goal set for 2020, the Obama Administration called for a “commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities.”

Hey, how about calling for the incorporation of wireless charging lines on national highways?

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The 2017 Toyota 4Runner gains TRD Off-Road packages
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Toyota continues to expand their TRD offerings with some new TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium packages for the 2017 4Runner.

Embracing the fact that owners love to take their 4Runners places where normal cars can’t go, the new package offers lots of TRD-branded appointments and accessory upgrades both on the outside and in.

The 4Runner’s optional Multi-Terrain Select system comes standard, mimicking Land Rover’s driver selectable modes, which all alter the responses of the throttle, transmission, steering, suspension, traction control and ABS systems.

Both will be available when the 2017 4Runners begin to hit showrooms.

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Rumormill: A BMW pickup might actually be in the works to compete with Mercedes

Not too long ago, some pretty odd news came from the neighborhood of Mercedes-Benz, who reported is currently developing a new pickup truck for various markets. This is allegedly part of Daimler’s and Renault-Nissan’s alliance with the inclusion of the Infiniti brand, where the Mercedes pickup is said to be based off of the latest Nissan Navarra.

Australia’s Motoring supposedly heard that BMW might be stepping up its game to match Mercedes’ move, by producing their own pickup truck.

The outlet had a sit-down with BMW Australia’s Managing Director, Marc Werner, who hinted that the idea is not at all that far-fetched.

“Never say never,” Werner commented. “We’re watching the space closely.”

It also only makes sense that BMW would match Mercedes’ move with the pickup entry–the two have been arch rivals ever since they both started making cars.

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Recalls: Mitsubishi finds some models suffer from control arm failures

Control arms are pretty integral to your vehicle’s suspension–they literally hold the wheels in place and keep them attached to the chassis, while those control arms are jointed to oscillate and adapt to the road. They’re also supported by shocks and springs and thus, you have your vehicle’s suspension-the tuning, geometry, and design of those components are the tricky part.

For the most part however, they’re built to withstand force and are very strong…unless you own one of nearly 175,000 Mitsubishi models currently being recalled for control arm failures.

Cars in certain states are being recalled due to the use of salt for the roads during the winter, which rusts the front control arms and could lead to failure and loss of control of the vehicle.

In other words, it’s a pretty darn big and hazardous failure, hence the recall.

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Report: A next-gen Nissan Juke scheduled for 2017 release, could get hybrid version

Nissan’s Juke is nearing six years old and so thus, it’s nearing due date for replacement to make way for the second generation model.

According to AutoExpress, that second generation model should surface sometime in 2017.

The Juke remains to be a commendable seller for the brand, offering a quirky, but fun subcompact crossover at a reasonable price. So there’s not much expectation for any deviation from this tried, tested and proven formula.

The new Juke will ride on an all-new Renault-Nissan modular platform, internally named the Common Module Family chassis, or CMF-B. The Juke will share its backbone with the next-generation Micra as well.

Power should be supplied by an all-new 1.0L gasoline three-banger, with the choice of a 1.6L turbo-four and a 1.5L diesel for EUrope.

A hybrid system is said to be on the docket as well with a range-extended powertrain, rather than the conventional hybrid setup.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoExpress


Koeniggsegg officially reveals what went wrong with the insane One:1 crash on the ‘Ring
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The great big Koenigsegg crash on the Nürburgring was a measurable story when it occurred earlier in the week. I mean, what did you expect when the company’s fastest, most powerful, most expensive car eats shit on the infamous Green Hell, potentially taking the title as the most expensive crash ever on the the racetrack?

Well, if you were wondering what happened, everyone’s presumptions could be laid to rest as Koenigsegg themselves announced a statement as to exactly what happened, according to their investigations and findings.

After the car was returned to home base in Ängelholm, company engineers were able to attribute the cause of the crash to a “fault with the front left ABS wheel sensor signal,” causing the front wheels to lock up under hard braking.

The Koenigsegg One:1, one of only seven ever built, crashed after its brakes seemingly locked, causing the car to plow through a crash barrier. That barrier then deflected, acting as a ramp, catapulting the One:1 into the air while rotating 180 degrees, before landing parallel to the barrier.

The driver escaped with little to no injury with Koenigsegg citing the One:1’s safety systems as acting as they should. A small fire did break out after some mangled carbon fiber ended up on the hot exhaust, but was put out by the driver thanks to the on-board extinguisher.

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The 2017 Genesis G80 keeps its V8 option as it drops the Hyundai badge
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Earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show, Hyundai’s newly established luxury branch, Genesis, launched a couple new cars, with one of them being an updated version of the Hyundai Genesis sedan. This new Genesis brand led Hyundai to drop their badge from the sedan, to eventually rebrand the car strictly as a Genesis G80. Now, that model was just detailed and it even gains some minor revisions.

Raising the bar for the Genesis G80 are some visual upgrades on the outside, complete with new badges all around, elevating the car’s ability to closer compete with the likes of the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Lexus GS.

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Spy Shots: A Jeep Wrangler-based pickup is happening, and here’s proof

The idea of a pickup truck based on the Jeep Wrangler is something that’s been around similarly as long as the rumor of an impending mid-engined Chevy Corvette. But it never really reached production, despite Jeep even producing a concept of a Wrangler pickup.

But some reason reports revisiting the topic, along with some spy photos, surfaced to confirm that Jeep is definitely working on a Wranger pickup, and these latest spy shots are proof.

It’s a bit surprising how Jeep went this long without officially producing a Wrangler-based pickup, as both Wranglers and pickup trucks in general are outrageously popular. Both are often bought by the same people and thus, it would seem like a no-brainer for Jeep to make one. But for as long as Jeep has been around to produce anything resembling a Wrangler and prior, a pickup was never officially part of the family.

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