Month: May 2021

Journalists are trained skeptics. In our newsroom, few topics draw as much healthy skepticism as aerial mobility. “Nothing but glorified helicopters,” the response might go when the subject turns to electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Don’t even mention the rare, but very real, bona fide flying car, which can zoom through in the sky
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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Full Overview Fast forward a few months and we found ourselves rolling out in the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA35. Once again, we could feel it within seconds. Except now, it was different: This sporty subcompact crossover drives nothing like the GLA250—or much like an SUV. Familiar sights remain, like the curvaceous body and swanky,
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Professional wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann soars over the alps in his native Austria using an electrified wingsuit by BMW i. The scene was captured for a November 2020 video to promote the automaker’s eDrive technology. An electric twin-propeller drive system, including an energy storage unit, were integrated into the front of the suit. Salzmann jumped
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What kind of car is the 2021 Jaguar XF? What does it compare to? A mid-size luxury sedan, the 2021 Jaguar XF competes with mostly European rivals such as the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Volvo S90. It lacks high-performance and hybrid versions like many of those cars, and it no longer offers
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Navigating interstates should be a straightforward task for self-driving systems. Traffic flows in one direction. Speeds are consistent. Pedestrians are rare sights. Airfields, it turns out, are remarkably similar places. “They’re very structured environments,” said Andreas Wendel, vice president of engineering at self-driving truck company Kodiak Robotics. “There’s no people running around. It fits in
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Fifty years after Tom McCahill invented “zero to 60,” it remains the road-test’s benchmark number. Simple to understand, easy to compare, McCahill’s 0-to-60-mph yardstick captured the public’s imagination. Bolstered by frequent use in automotive advertising, nought-to-sixty took on a significance way beyond its true value. Nobody cared about other figures. Forget quarter-mile times, esoteric 45-to-65-mph
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Rivian Automotive Inc., the electric-vehicle startup backed by Amazon.com Inc., has hired a former finance chief from Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving arm Waymo. Gerard Dwyer, who was Waymo’s CFO, joined Rivian this week as vice president of business finance, according to a post on LinkedIn. “I’m thrilled to become part of such a talented team as
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What kind of car is the 2022 Porsche 911? What does it compare to? The 911 is a Cabriolet, a Targa, and a Coupe—but it’s also one of the best performance vehicles available anywhere, with seats for two and then some, and heroic levels of grip and acceleration. We’d pit it against the Audi R8,
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BERLIN — Switzerland’s Quantum Group said its bid for Volkswagen Group’s Lamborghini division could turn the sports-car brand into a “spearhead of innovation” in technology and clean energy. The newly-established investor said on Wednesday its proposed acquisition “would deliver attractive value to all shareholders and … would clearly be a key strategic benefit to the
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