Month: May 2021

It’s late 1970. Mazda has been at the rotary engine game for almost a decade, developing the problematic Felix Wankel/NSU design into a formidable, powerful, and futuristic little powerplant. It was the highlight of the forward-looking production 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S. While beautiful, and interesting, the Cosmo Sport merely (albeit expertly) epitomized the now.
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DETROIT — General Motors’ plan to restart most of its plants affected by the industry’s microchip shortage within about a month shows that the crisis might be starting to ebb. “It does suggest that things are improving — an early indicator that the industry maybe is starting to get on the other side of this,”
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Kia said its new Sportage will have a specific model for Europe for the first time since the SUV was launched 28 years ago. The fifth-generation Sportage will be unveiled in July in Korea, with the European variant arriving in September, the automaker said in a statement. The Sportage was Kia’s best-selling model in Europe
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The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 time machine from “Back the Future” is the 29th car to join the National Historic Vehicle Register. Run by the Hagerty Drivers Foundation in collaboration with the United States Department of the Interior, the aim of the register is to “recognize and document” historically-significant vehicles, and the DeLorean-based time machine certainly
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We’ll stop saying good things about Kia as soon as the brand stops making fantastic vehicles. Until then, the South Korean automaker is the juggernaut that seemingly cannot be stopped. The Telluride, Sorento, K5, Stinger, and Soul are all great to drive, easy to live with, and solid values. Predictably, the Seltos follows that trend.
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Samsung SDI, one of the largest lithium-ion EV battery suppliers, reports that its large-sized battery cell sales decreased due seasonality in Q1 2021. The overall results – both sales and profits – are down year-over-year, but the business remains profitable. Revenue: 2,963 billion KRW, ≈$2.66 billion (down 8.9% year-over-year) Revenue (Li-ion Battery – xEV and
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Automakers in the Indian automobile hub of Chennai will be allowed to keep operating, the state government said, amid protests by workers who fear catching COVID-19 in one of the country’s hardest-hit states. Tamil Nadu’s government on Friday extended a near-total lockdown as coronavirus infections and deaths rise in the southern state, where average cases
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Uber and Lyft have both pledged to electrify their ride-hailing services by the end of the decade as part of efforts to reduce pollution and counter climate change. A smaller startup has accomplished that today. Earth Rides launched its ride-hailing service in Nashville in October with an all-electric fleet that now has nine Teslas, a
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The Nightshade appearance package adds blacked-out wheels, headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, and badges. The special edition package is available on standard front-wheel-drive or AWD-e Prius grades with a choice of three exterior colors: Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, and Silver Metallica. Front-drive models ride on 17-inch wheels, while the all-wheel-drive Prius sits on teeny
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Olivier Francois has a passion for building brands. Now he gets to indulge in it even more as the marketing chief of Stellantis, which combined the nine brands of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles he knew well with five more from PSA Group. Francois, known for ambitious Super Bowl ads and a knack for blending musical acts
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The 2022 Mercedes C-Class is a four-door luxury stalwart that anchors the classic Benz lineup of rear-drive sedans. New this year, the revamped 2022 C-Class gets a stunning new cabin and even more safety technology—but loses its 6- and 8-cylinder options. Its rivals include the Volvo S60, BMW 3-Series, and Audi A4. Is the 2022
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