Study equates model selection, infrastructure with electric-car sales

BMW i3 electric car at EVgo DC fast-charging station

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A paucity of plug-in car models available across the United States is holding back electric-car adoption.

That’s a major conclusion of a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)—the organization that helped uncover Volkswagen’s diesel cheating scandal in the United States.

The latest ICCT study looked at plug-in car sales in 50 cities across the United States and tracked the percentage of Continue reading “Study equates model selection, infrastructure with electric-car sales”

2018 Nissan Leaf battery technology, a deep dive

2017 Nissan Leaf showing battery pack (Source: Nissan)

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When the first-generation Nissan Leaf debuted in 2011, it quickly became the best-selling electric car in history, with no real competition.

By the time the most recent version debuted in 2017, it was nearly outdated before it left dealers’ lots due to a shorter range than rivals from Tesla and Chevrolet.

The biggest issues with the first-generation Leaf involved low range and the lifespan of the battery pack. Continue reading “2018 Nissan Leaf battery technology, a deep dive”

Aston Martin hints at Vanquish name for mid-engine supercar

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S

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With Aston Martin choosing to revive the DBS nameplate for the replacement for the second-generation Vanquish, many have been left wondering whether the Vanquish nameplate, which tends to signify the fastest and most powerful member of Aston Martin’s regular lineup, will ever return.

It turns out Aston Martin is simply saving it for its new mid-engine supercar due in 2020.

“Without saying yes, that sounds like a plausible solution for a Continue reading “Aston Martin hints at Vanquish name for mid-engine supercar”

Lexus LFA art car celebrates 10 years of F performance brand

Lexus LFA Art Car celebrates 10 years of F performance division

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It’s been 10 years since Lexus adopted the letter “F” to designate the brand’s most performance-oriented models, and to celebrate, a special LFA will be unveiled this weekend at Belgium’s 24 Hours of Spa.

The Lexus LFA art car, with a livery designed by Portuguese artist Pedro Henriques, also celebrates the first time Lexus will race at Spa; the Emil Frey Lexus Racing team will field two Lexus RC F GT3s as it Continue reading “Lexus LFA art car celebrates 10 years of F performance brand”

Bugatti forced to recall 2 Chirons in the US

Bugatti builds a Chiron with an exposed carbon fiber body

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We were amazed when Pagani needed to recall 16 of its Huayras. Lamborghini impressed us when it served a recall notice for all 11 of the Centenarios currently in the United States. Now Bugatti is jumping into the recall game as it has been forced to issue a recall notice for some Stateside examples of the Chiron. How many hypercars are affected by this news? Just two.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Continue reading “Bugatti forced to recall 2 Chirons in the US”

Posh Skoda Kodiaq Laurin & Klement on sale now

Range-topping Skoda Kodiaq Laurin & Klement joins the SUV range, priced from £35,945

The Skoda Kodiaq is now available in flagship Laurin & Klement trim, featuring “even more creature comforts, safety systems and driver technology” than the existing high-end Edition variant, according to the Czech firm. 

Available to order now, the Skoda Kodiaq Laurin & Klement costs from £35,945. That gets you the modest 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Continue reading “Posh Skoda Kodiaq Laurin & Klement on sale now”

Extreme 760bhp Lamborghini Aventador SVJ breaks Nurburgring lap record

The hardcore Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce Jota has been officially clocked at 6:44.97m for a lap of the 'Ring

The production car lap record for the Nurburgring Nordschliefe has fallen again with the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ clocking a 6:44.97m lap to beat the time of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS by two seconds. The Aventador SVJ or Super Veloce Jota completed the lap with its bodywork disguised but it will be revealed in full soon, ending the long series of spy shots and Continue reading “Extreme 760bhp Lamborghini Aventador SVJ breaks Nurburgring lap record”

SsangYong Turismo updated with new look for 2018

Huge seven-seat SsangYong Turismo MPV gains a more up to date design, and is on sale now

SsangYong has updated the Turismo MPV once again, this being the second time the Korean firm’s large seven seater has been refreshed since hitting the UK market in 2013.

This time round, the design updates are intended to bring the Turismo more in line with the firm’s latest launches, such as the new Rexton and Musso pick-up truck. 

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States join to halt EPA’s reversal on “glider” semi trucks

Western Star semi tractor used to promote Fitzgerald Glider Kits

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Sixteen states joined an effort this week to petition courts to review a rollback of an Obama-era regulation that capped the number of “glider” trucks, Transport Topics reported.

Glider trucks are new bodies fitted with older diesel engines that predate emissions controls. Those trucks can emit up to 43 times more carcinogenic particulate matter and 13 times more nitrogen oxides than currently allowed by law for Continue reading “States join to halt EPA’s reversal on “glider” semi trucks”

Mercedes A-Class aero, Tesla Model 3 Performance reviews, and banning glider trucks: Today’s Car News

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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The newly revealed 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class boasts a slippery shape. Early Tesla Model 3 Performance reviews are in. And states band together to ask a court to reconsider the EPA’s proposal to roll back regulations for “glider” trucks. All of this and more on Green Car Reports.

The new A-Class, according to Mercedes, features the lowest aerodynamic drag of any production car in history. The luxury sedan claims a 0.22 drag coefficient, which ties Continue reading “Mercedes A-Class aero, Tesla Model 3 Performance reviews, and banning glider trucks: Today’s Car News”