Right before Thanksgiving, Lexus announced its (and, really, all of Toyota’s) first real mass-market battery electric vehicle, the Lexus UX 300e. It’s not really all that radical a vehicle. It’s essentially an electric version of the Lexus UX crossover, with a decent-enough range of almost 250 miles. Even though this seems like an ideal vehicle to compete with the swarm of modern EVs in America from Tesla and now Ford and soon Volkswagen, to name a few, Toyota is only planning to sell this in China, Japan, and Europe. I think that’s because they somehow are still really committed to hydrogen? Advertisement The Lexus UX 300e really isn’t all that exciting as far as EVs go—it’s an existing unibody vehicle with a lower frame and floor-mounted battery pack grafted on, but the end result seems decent, and, with its low-mounted batteries and drivetrain, is effectively following the rapidly-emerging standard design of modern EVs. Toyota/Lexus has … [Read more...] about Lexus’ First Electric Car Is Not For America Because Somehow Toyota Still Believes In Hydrogen Over Here
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To meet growing demand in China for vehicles like the 2009 Audi A4, only 2.36 inches longer, Audi has just unveiled the A4L, an A4 with an extended wheelbase. The lengthened wheelbase should show itself in the backseats, which have increased legroom proportional to the stretch. This creates a vehicle that should sit somewhere in between the regular A4 and the A6 in both price and space and is an indicator of the lengths car makers are now going to pursue sales the world’s fastest growing car market, China. Advertisement "The long-wheelbase version of the Audi A4 is being produced exclusively in China for the Chinese market. With this premium product, we chose to go even further than elsewhere in the world to meet the requirements of our Chinese customers,” said Audi Board Member, Peter Schwarzenbauer. The A4L will be offered with either the 180 HP 2.0 turbo four, or the 265 HP V6. Sales will be exclusively limited to the Chinese market. The press release follows: … [Read more...] about Extra-Long Wheelbase Audi A4L Revealed In China
The traditional quaff in the winner’s circle at the Indy 500 may be milk, but as today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Chevy proves, the race’s pace cars have to be a little flashier than a plain old bottle of moo juice. Let’s see how excited you could get over this older Indy pacer’s price. According to Kelly Blue Book, the average transaction price for a new car in 2019 is just north of $37,000. Of course, nobody wants to be average and that’s why used cars like yesterday’s 2015 Porsche Macan S—which also happened to be $37,000—are such an attractive proposition. Advertisement Oh sure, the purists may want to spend their Porsche pennies on something a little lower to the ground, but as was pointed out by many of you in the comments, if you’re going to get on the crossover caravan, the Macan is a fine contender in which to do so. That price tag just sweetened the deal with a narrow 53 percent Nice Price win for the … [Read more...] about At $8,500, Does This 1990 Chevy Beretta Indy Pace Car Deserve A Shot?
Deep in the Sahel, as Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya exploited instability in Chad to expand its territory, a daring operation took place to obtain one of the Soviet Union’s most advanced attack helicopters. It was a complex plan involving Chadian rebel groups as well as French and American soldiers and spies, but it worked. A Libyan Mi-24 Hind had been abandoned in a forward base not far from the frontier between Libya and Chad that had now been secured by Western-backed Chadian rebels. Though the helicopter was now in friendly hands, it was going to be a challenge to remove it from dangerous territory so close to the threat of Libyan fighter jets. Advertisement Absent a pilot who could be recruited to defect and fly the machine to friendly territory (as Iraqi MiG-21 Fishbed pilot Munir Redfa did in 1966), getting the machine out was going to be complicated, and it required some unorthodox thinking. Youtuber Mark Felton gives a great account of the plan to exfiltrate the … [Read more...] about How To Steal A Soviet Helicopter
Elon Musk is on trial for calling that cave rescuer a pedophile last year, Trump may delay China trade deal for the election, Hyundai’s got it figured out and Nissan is stalling. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. 1st Gear: Never Tweet You emerge from a cave after a tense couple of days trying to ( Advertisement That’s what happened between Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue a soccer team from a cave in Thailand last year, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is now expected to testify in defense of his “pedo guy” tweet in court this week after Unsworth sued Musk for defamation. Here’s more from Reuters: Unsworth told CNN on July 13, 2018, three days after the rescue was completed, that the offer was a “PR stunt” and that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts.” Two days later, Musk lashed out at Unsworth in a series of tweets, including one which called him a “pedo guy.” Musk … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Is On Trial This Week For That ‘Pedo Guy’ Tweet