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Peugeot E-Legend Concept Is A Retro-Futuristic Autonomous Car

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Autonomous concept cars have been the center of international auto shows in the past couple of years. Peugeot is readying its E-Legend Concept for an introduction at the Paris Motor Show next month. The E-Legend Concept has a forward-looking design that aims to highlight style over practicality.

The concept is a blend of modern Peugeot car design with the 1969 Peugeot 504 Coupe. The result is a retro-futuristic autonomous car that is reminiscent of the never-built Nissan IDx concept. These two concepts—the E-Legend and the IDx concept—were inspired by coupes designed in the late 1960s. The resemblances between these two concepts are therefore attributed to the trends of that decade.

But the closest connection between the E-Legend and the 504 is the roofline. It has the same trapezoidal shape with sharp corners, the same thin pillars, and the same large glass area. The long nose and the shorter rear deck are similar, too.

The concept measures 183 inches long, 76 inches wide, and 53.9 inches tall. It’s close to the size of a BMW M4, though with a shorter 105.9-inch wheelbase.

Inside, the retro design was carried over. It’s upholstered in 60s chic blue silk velvet while the door panels, seat buckets, and steering wheel are made of paldao wood sourced from renewable forests and finished by French furniture design firm Hervet Manufacturier. For a more relaxing drive, there’s also a fragrance diffuser that can fill the cabin with one of two scents crafted specifically for the E-Legend by perfume maker Ex-Nihilo.

But since this is an autonomous vehicle, the steering wheel will be retractable. Once the steering wheel is stowed, the autonomous system can be set to either one of two modes: soft for comfortable cruising or sharp for a more dynamic driving.

The E-Legend Concept will source its power from an electric engine that makes 456 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are close to the outputs of Jaguar I-Pace, Audi E-Tron, and the larger Teslas.

Tesla Model 3 Gets Five-Star Rating From NHTSA

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The 2018 Tesla Model 3 earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), acing its government safety evaluation. It got five stars overall and in every category it was tested on.

The NHTSA put the Tesla Model 3, a rear-wheel-drive model, through several tests: front driver side, front passenger side, side barrier (driver and rear passenger), side pole, and rollover crashes. Previous Tesla cars, the Model S and the Model X, were also rated five stars by the same agency.

On the other hand, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not released a full rating for the Model 3, though it already got an “Acceptable” headlight score and the top score of “Superior” in front crash prevention. The Tesla Model 3 passed the tests due to its ability to avoid collision in both 12-mph and 25-mph examinations.

It’s no wonder that the Tesla Model 3 was able to pass the NHTSA tests as it is offering a number of advanced safety technologies, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Tesla has been suffering from a slew of bad press because of its inability to reach the production deadline of the Model 3. As it failed to meet its production targets, it also suffered greatly from building the Model 3 in an assembly line under a giant tent.

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter revealed that the company has “gone from production hell to delivery logistics hell.” This was jokingly hinted earlier this week when Musk answered a tweet from Twitter handle @megangale, who posted a photo of several Teslas lined up at the Union Pacific Railroad in SLC.

On Twitter, @megangale said that one of her cars are parked at the Union Pacific Railroad. “I’ve been told I was getting delivery the 8th, then the 15th, then the 20th, then the 22nd, and now my delivery has been delayed indefinite. Please make this right.”

Musk then replied, “Sorry, we’ve gone from production hell to delivery logistics hell, but this problem is far more tractable. We’re making rapid progress. Should be solved shortly.”

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