“We’re going to shift from limited production to mass production, reduce the amount of expensive materials like platinum used in FCV components, and make the system more compact and powerful,” Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of the Mirai, said in an interview with Reuters. … [Read more...] about The Trade War Is Now Real
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Ford turbocharged its autonomous ambitions earlier this month by forming a new alliance with Volkswagen Group, the world’s largest automaker, to develop self-driving cars. VW agreed to contribute $2.6 billion to Argo, giving that autonomous startup a $7 billion valuation. The move has vaulted Ford and VW into the pantheon of self-driving leaders along with Waymo and GM Cruise. … [Read more...] about GM Prepares to Get Dunked On at the Democratic Debates in Detroit
5th Gear: The Trump Administration Continues Its War Over California Emissions Standards For decades, California has been setting the nation’s strictest vehicle emissions standards, even prompting automakers to offer special vehicle tunes and exhaust treatments specifically for California and other states abiding by its standards.lawsuit—a suit that the Trump administration wants the court to toss, per Bloomberg. … [Read more...] about Automakers Are Cutting Jobs To Invest In Electric Cars: Report
You can order all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, either of which pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission, but the main decision you need to make is between two engines: A 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, which I haven’t tested, and the SX Turbo trim’s 2.0-liter turbo rated to a significantly stronger 240 HP (237 with AWD) and 260 lb-ft of torque. (Differences for the 2019 model are negligible, by the way; there is a bigger screen option for the LX package now but that’s about it.) … [Read more...] about The 2018 Kia Sportage SX Is a Great Daily Driver, But Gas Mileage Leaves a Lot to Be Desired
I will never have a pop-culture desire I feel as strongly as wanting Viggo Mortensen to play Doctor Strange. For a while it seemed as if it might actually happen. As the current Marvel movie juggernaut began churning into motion, studio execs tried reaching out to the actor in hopes of discussing the part. Mortensen never returned their overtures and the role went, as all roles must, to the ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch is near 20 years Mortensen’s junior, but the nature of the Doctor means he could be portrayed by a wide age range. The character is an experienced adventurer, marked by salt-and-pepper hair and a hard confidence. Mortensen is sufficiently care-worn, projecting confidence while still capable of reacting in naked awe to whatever bizarreness Strange encounters. Even so, Doctor Strange is probably coming out 10 years too late. The movie will be, as the superhero genre mandates, an origin story following the character’s beginning as a narcissistic … [Read more...] about What’s your “if only they were younger” dream casting?