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2019 Peugeot 508 GT is Slow but Sexy

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The 2019 Peugeot 508 GT may not be winning any races when pitted against other cars along the 225 hp bracket but its sexy look makes up for its dismal performance.

The new 508 GT carries a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. The unit produces 225 hp and it is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The setup propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in 7.4 seconds.

0-62 mph Run is More Than 8 Seconds

The numbers of the 508 GT definitely look promising on paper but the testing done by the Dutch publication AutoTopNL seems to disagree with the official figures. When the source took the car for a test drive, it was discovered that its 0 to 62 mph acceleration actually goes more than 8 seconds.

For its €45,600 starting price in Germany, the 508 GT’s performance certainly looks bad compared to other 255 hp cars and other GT-badged vehicles. The slow sprint of the auto was attributed to its transmission. There appeared to be lags in between its shifts.

Examining the Peugeot 508 GT’s Styling

Nevertheless, the attractive design of the 508 GT is its selling point. The body of the car features clean surfaces with beautifully sculpted corners, which are almost free of creases. In addition, the chequered look of the front grille, narrow headlamps with fangs and wide single vent below the front bumper provide a luxurious and sporty combination to the vehicle. Meanwhile, going to the rear shows an amazing layout of its taillights, which is reminiscent of Audi’s styling.

The interior of the 508 GT is a stand out too. The small steering wheel, digital displays, and aluminum accents on the dashboard and panels are visually stimulating. Lastly, its seats are covered in high-end leather with premium stitching.

Overall, the Peugeot 508 GT presents an ideal choice for customers who have more preference in aesthetics over performance.

Aston Martin Hypercar Based on 003 Will Be Called the Valhalla

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After the confirmation that a mid-engined Aston Martin hypercar is in the works, we finally have a name for its production version. The car is currently known for its codename “003” but new reports and documents reveal that it will be called the “Valhalla” when it rolls out in the market.

According to Australia’s Drive, The Valhalla is a follow up to the Valkyrie (codenamed “001”) and Valkyrie AMR Pro (codenamed “002”). Therefore, it will inherit many features from its older siblings. Among them are the hybrid electric propulsion system and carbon-fiber-intensive architecture.

The name Valhalla just makes sense because of its association with the Valkyries in Norse mythology. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, the Valkyries are tasked with escorting fallen warriors in the afterlife who are on their way to Valhalla.

A trademark application made by Aston Martin with the World Intellectual Property Organization also made references to the Valhalla. The document filed on October 12, 2018, associated the trademarked name to the 003.

Although information about the Valhalla is quite scarce as of the moment, the source claimed the hypercar will be limited to 500 units only. The deliveries of the vehicles will start in late 2021.

The Valhalla will unlikely get a naturally-aspirated V12 engine. Instead, the Aston Martin hypercar will get its power from a turbocharged V6. The combustion unit is expected to be paired with an electric system to deliver a mild-hybrid powertrain.

The mild-hybrid setup means the electric motor will only serve as a boost to the acceleration of the car.

Full Self-Driving Option Removed From Tesla’s Configurator

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Prior to October 19, Tesla still had an item listed as “Full Self-Driving Capability” on its online configurator. It was offered as an option for its buyers. However, after that date, the feature was no longer among the choices.

According to reports, the Full Self-Driving option has been removed from the electric vehicle maker’s configurator indefinitely. The feature added $3,000 to $5,000 to the cars it was fitted on.

What was unusual about the option though was that Tesla didn’t have the technology yet. The company only promised that the feature will only be activated once the system was ready. For short, it was a pre-order scheme ensuring those who purchased the add-on that they will be the first to get it when it rolled out.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk addressed the issue in one of his Tweets saying, “Also available off menu for a week. Was causing too much confusion.”

We’re wondering why it took Tesla so long to realize that selling the Full Self-Driving feature before they even had the technology would be confusing for customers. The option has been in their configurator since 2016. Therefore, many people have already been baited into buying the non-existent item.

In fact, some buyers who paid for the feature were livid. A number of them even sued the company. They alleged that they were deceived into purchasing a feature that didn’t exist.

Despite that, Tesla continues to assure their buyers that they are still developing the Full Self-Driving system. But the company failed to give a timeframe for its release.

So far, there are no talks about a possible refund for the complaining customers. And, for sure, the removal of the feature in the configurator just added to the worries of the people who already paid for it.

First-Ever 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition on Sale

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The first ever Final Edition model of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with a US0001 serial number is still up for grabs. Only 1,600 units of the car were created, so this surely is a good catch for collectors.

According to Road & Track, the same Evo was auctioned in late 2015. The car was brought by the Brooklyn Mitsubishi dealership. The price of the car was only $46,200, and the proceeds of the sale all went to charity.

The report said the last Evo was sold on eBay back in 2016. Therefore, private sellers of the car are already hard to come by. However, the first Evo Final Edition model remains with Brooklyn Mitsubishi, for those who are interested.

It remains unsold after their acquisition of the auto from the auction, and it was recently spotted on Autotrader being sold for $47,888. What perplexes us though is that Brooklyn Mitsubishi listed the Evo with an $87,888 price tag. We reached the dealership for clarification but they haven’t responded to the query yet.

Highlights of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition (US0001)

Looking at the photos of the Evo on sale, it still appears new and the plastic covers on its upholstery can be seen in its cabin. All the stickers, badges and plaque are intact as well.

The car is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 303 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, its clock indicated that it only ran 35 miles.

Entry-Level Tesla Model 3 Gets a Cheaper Version

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The Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle is now being offered at a lower price, thanks to the introduction of a new cheaper variant.

According to CNN, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the announcement last week. The controversial boss of the American car brand said that the Model 3 will now start at $45,000. The cost is $4,000 below the prior introductory price of the auto.

The report noted that the electric range of the model is one of the determining factors of Tesla’s pricing. With that, the upcoming cheapest Model 3 will be offered with a 260-mile electric range on a fully-charged battery.

The long-range battery with 310 miles will be reserved for the more expensive trim of the EV priced at $54,000. The $49,000-worth version of the vehicle has the long-range battery with a rear-wheel-drive system but it is no longer available.

The automaker also revealed that there will be another Model 3 trim with a standard battery pack good for 200 miles. The car will be sold for $35,000 but it won’t be available in the market four to six months from now.

Those who will buy a Tesla vehicle before December 31 comes will get to enjoy a $7,500 tax credit. However, the deliveries of the new version of the Model 3 will only begin in six to ten weeks. Customers will still be eligible for a $3,750 credit though when they make their purchases from January 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019.

Despite the delayed rollout of the Model 3, Tesla assured their investors that they will realize their profits by the third and fourth quarters of this year.

MPs in the UK Push for Petrol and Diesel Ban by 2032

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The UK MPs are looking to ban the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2032. The proposed move is to ensure that they could meet their 2040 target eight years ahead.

It should be noted that the UK prime minister earlier said that all new cars and vans in the country should have zero emission by 2040. The plan outlined in their “Road to Zero” policy aims to make “almost every car and van” in the road to have zero emission by 2050. The ultimate goal is to make the UK “the best place in the world” to own an electric vehicle (EV), according to BBC.

The Underlying Issues

The government’s plan for petrol and diesel ban are raising more questions than answers though. Initially, the zero emission target by 2040 was branded by the Parliament’s business select committee as “vague and unambitious”.

MP Rachel Reeves, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee chairwoman, criticized the government’s actions though. She said that there is “little clarity or incentive to industry or the consumer to invest in electric cars.”

The committee also pointed out the problems stemming from the cuts of subsidies for vehicles producing lesser pollutants. They mentioned the lack of charging points for EVs too as one of the primary concerns.

Last week, the UK government revealed a plan to remove the subsidies for plug-in hybrids while reducing grants for EVs from £4,500 to £3,500. The committee explained that the cost of EVs is still high relative to fuel-fed cars. In addition, the customers’ preference to EVs remains low. Therefore, more efforts to encourage them to switch to electric cars must be made.

Of course, the lack of charging stations can be attributed to the low demand for EVs as well. That’s because if there are few EVs on the road, then the returns of putting up charging stations will be tight.

Furthermore, the report said the Road to Zero strategy failed to clear out how hybrid vehicles will be treated upon its implementation.

Ford GT Production Limit Increased to 1,350 Units

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The initial plan for the Ford GT is that it will only be available in 1,000 samples. That’s to keep the exclusivity of the supercar in check. However, Ford Motor Company recently announced that they are expanding the production line of the GT to 1,350 cars. The giant American automaker also said that they will be rolling out the product from their plants until 2022.

With that, the company is taking more applications from the interested buyers of the GT starting November 8, 2018. Interested parties can submit their applications to FordGT.com. The books will only be open for a month though.

Based on reports, there was a total of 6,500 applications for the Ford GT. The company initially approved 500 buyers, but the numbers went up to 750 later.

To date, 90 buyers have been dropped from the list because Ford declined the deliveries in certain foreign markets. The expansion of the build slots only means that Ford can only approve 690 buyers from the new applications.

The company announced too that those who previously applied for the purchase of the Ford GT will get a chance to confirm or modify their applications.

Ford stated that they will contact the approved buyers in the first quarter of 2019. After that, the deliveries of the units will be made between 2020 and 2022. The owners will get to work with the Ford GT Concierge Service for the design of their supercars, and they can also put some of the vehicle’s optional features if they wish to do so.

“By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we’re able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers,” said Herman Salenbauch, director of Ford performance.

Motor Authority reached Lauren Fix, a 2017 Ford GT owner, for a comment, and she disagreed with Salenbauch’s statement.

“I’m not happy because it dilutes the value of the cars,” Fix pointed out. “There’s no changes to it. If they were increasing the horsepower or making a change to what it looks like, that would be different,” she added.

Check Out This Cool Render of the BMW i4

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The BMW i4 electric vehicle (EV) is expected to hit the market in 2021. The car is the production version of the I Vision Dynamics concept vehicle of BMW. The EV is still in its development phase, so its maker is yet to unveil its final design, but an artist who goes by the name “Avarii” made an awesome render of the car already.

The render shows a more conventional take on the i4 EV. Although there are still hints of the I Vision Dynamics concept in its design, it has abandoned its overly futuristic elements.

The front grille of the i4 in the images follows the shape of its concept version but it adopts a mesh found in the traditional design of cars today. The wheels, as well as the glass panes of the windows, rear glass, and windshield of the i4, also show a more practical approach.

The artist seems to have taken some cues from the recent statement of BMW about the i4. Adrian van Hooydonk, the company’s design director, confirmed through an interview with Auto Express that the upcoming EV will be more “conventional looking”.

The BMW exec believes that customers don’t believe in “design differentiation” anymore when it comes to EVs. He explained that electric mobility will already be a norm in the years to come. Therefore, it will just become one of the powertrain offerings that customers can choose from. As a result, buyers may no longer care about “design differentiation”.

Robert Irlinger, BMW’s head of i division, aired the same sentiments about the styling of the i4. He claimed that customers might prefer the signature design of BMW cars rather than a different one. With that, he said they might pattern the appearance of the i4 with one of their cars with a “4” in its name.

Talks on Ford and Volkswagen Merger Already Happening

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There have been rumors that Ford and Volkswagen have already begun talks about a potential merger. If the two forms a single company, it could become the largest in the automotive industry.

Last June, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by both Ford and Volkswagen. The event signaled the start of a strategic partnership between the two giant automakers.

According to Motor1, the agreement between Ford and Volkswagen includes co-developing commercial vehicles and coming up with ways to address the ever-changing demands of customers. However, some analysts suspect that the MoU has laid the foundations of a merger or equity swap between the two manufacturers.

The Detroit Bureau projected that a merger of the two could lead to fruitful results on both sides, especially in filling the weaknesses of each company. The analysis of the agency is that Volkswagen could benefit from the strong position of Ford in the American market, and it could get leverage in the sport utility vehicle and pickup segments of the US market. Meanwhile, Ford could address its weak points in the markets of Europe, Latin America, and China through the strong influence of Volkswagen in the mentioned regions.

The report added that a source said the deal is on a good timing. That’s because Ford CEO Jim Hackett is certainly looking to make a “radical transformation” in the company.

Company insiders have also confirmed that talks between Ford and Volkswagen have commenced. For now, all we have to have to do is wait if the negotiations will yield favorable results for both automakers.

Jaguar Is Turning Fully Electric?

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Jaguar may be transforming into a fully-electric luxury brand in the near future. It is believed that Jaguar’s bosses are drafting an outline strategy which would phase out the gasoline-powered vehicles from the Jag’s lineup within the next decade. The conventional vehicle range might be phased out in five to seven years and will be fully replaced by electric vehicles.

Publicly, Jaguar has already stated that all new models it will launch starting in 2020 will offer some sort of hybrid powertrain. Still, a move to sell exclusively battery- or electric-powered vehicles is a big leap.

It is believed that the new Jaguar I-Pace, which is a pure-electric crossover, is just the first step to revamp Jag’s whole lineup. Under the plans being considered, the next vehicle from Jaguar would be a full-on luxury electric saloon that will replace the XJ. That will come within the next two years and will direct compete with Porsche’s upcoming Taycan and Tesla Model S.

The next vehicle will be a second electric crossover but slightly larger than the I-Pace. The plan is for it to replace the Jaguar XE and XF sedans once they reached the end of their life cycles, which is around 2023. After that, there will be a second-generation I-Pace while the current E-Pace and F-Pace crossovers will be discontinued. Jaguar’s F-Type sports car could also be phased out and replaced by an electric sports car.

Based on this, Jaguar’s lineup will be fully electric by 2026 except for the upcoming three-row J-Pace crossover.

According to early estimates, a four- or five-model all-electric Jaguar lineup can sell as many as 300,000 units a year. The company will benefit from the higher retail prices of a trend that sees the luxury vehicle market switching to electric and battery power.

While this might sound like a big risk for Jaguar, we must remember that the company has done much of the engineering legwork to make this possible. Thanks to the I-Pace, they now have technology developed for many components of an electric car, including electric motors, platforms, and battery packs that can be used on a variety of models.

 

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