January, 2024

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Tesla Buyers Are Much More Likely To Crash, And The Repairs Are More Expensive

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If you’ve never driven a Tesla before, it’s something of an immediately alien experience. The tip-in acceleration isn’t like any gasoline-powered car on the market, because it doesn’t need to ramp up. If you stomp on the throttle in an EV, it goes right when you tell it to go. Quicker acceleration is a major selling… Read more.

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Car insurance cost rose 20% in December, biggest jump in decades

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Filed under: Auto Repair , Insurance , Ownership Continue reading Car insurance cost rose 20% in December, biggest jump in decades Car insurance cost rose 20% in December, biggest jump in decades originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Jan 2024 17:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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1,300-HP Chinese Quad-Motor Supercar Hands-On: 2.6 Tons, No Rear Window, Practical Trunk

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The 1,300 BYD all-electric supercar, the Yangwang U9 (), gets a close-up review on YouTube, and we’re left with the impression that all that power suddenly doesn’t look so appealing in person. The car made waves last spring when it was introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show, and it will be launched on the Chinese market later this year for an estimated $150,000.

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Jeremy Clarkson Is Too 'Unfit and Fat and Old' to Be Doing The Grand Tour Anymore

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This does feel like the end of an era or, to be more specific, the end of a certain TV era tailor-made for auto enthusiasts. Both Top Gear and The Grand Tour are over. Confirmation from the BBC that Top Gear wouldn't return on the small screen after host Freddie Flin. ( continue reading.

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Hertz's Tesla liquidation sale likely means more depreciation for used EVs

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Filed under: Green , Tesla , Used Car Buying , Auto Repair , Electric Continue reading Hertz's Tesla liquidation sale likely means more depreciation for used EVs Hertz's Tesla liquidation sale likely means more depreciation for used EVs originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Jan 2024 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bugatti's First Four-Seater Is an All-Electric Luxo-Missile That Wets Digital Dreams

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‘My Bugatti is too crammed, unpractical, and high-octane smelly,’ said no hyper-rich owner ever, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and pretend there would be such a case. For the sheer amusement of the imagination, let’s also say that Bugatti would happily indulge the pretentious complainer with an alternative. An all-electric sedan hypercar would be the proper offering of peace.

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40k-Mile 1970 HEMI Cuda Was Born a 426 4-Speed, Hides a Bigger V8 Surprise (and Price Tag)

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Here’s something we don’t stumble across every day: a real 1970 badass hemicuda that’s not a 426 anymore. The backstory is mostly obscure, but the owner wants $200,000 for it, although it’s so far off the old block that it’s hardly worthy of its hemispherical nobility title anymore. The Barracuda made a spectacular comeback in 1970, taking the 426 cubic inch (7.0-liter) engine in custody a. ( continue reading.

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Tesla Cybertruck Owner Learns Valuable Lesson After Going Off-Road

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People like pickup trucks because they are versatile vehicles. Tradespeople can use them for work, travelers for towing, adventurers for overlanding, and everybody else can turn them into unnecessarily large commuting appliances. It's no wonder that Tesla wanted a piece of the pie. After all, Ford has been championing this sector for nearly half a century.

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New Chemistry Set To Give Tesla's 4680 Battery Cells a Significant Energy Density Boost

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Tesla Cybertruck's range failed to impress, mostly because the 4680 cells did not live up to expectations. However, Tesla continues to improve the chemistry and the manufacturing process. Chemistry improvements promise a 10-20 percent boost in energy density, which Cybertruck fans would much appreciate. Tesla bet the house on the success of its 4680 cells.

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Tesla's $25k Compact Affordable Model '2' Comes Out From Behind the CGI Curtain

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A few years ago, no one would have dreamed of seeing Tesla models cost less than $100k. Nowadays, even the flagship 1,020-horsepower Plaids sit comfortably below that major threshold. Before any incentives, you can buy a Tesla Model S Plaid for $89,990 at home in America. Even the Model X Plaid is not too far – at $95k. In fact, the current most. ( continue reading.

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Google Maps Losing Ground As Rivals Win the Hearts of More Carmakers

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The battle in the navigation space keeps getting fiercer, not only because new players have joined the industry but also as a result of the existing companies investing big in new-generation features. Google's efforts to expand beyond the mobile screen face increased competition from navigation specialists like HERE and TomTom, both of which attended this year's CES with big announcements.

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Toyota Has Just Unveiled Its First-Ever Century SUV Convertible

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Parading in a Toyota Century SUV Convertible through the town is a reason many would buy the car in the first place. But wait a minute! The Century is not a convertible! Well, it is now! Toyota took the Century SUV Convertible to the Grand Sumo Tournament in Japan and showed that two Sumo wrestlers coul. ( continue reading.

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Airbus A350: The Modern Jetliner That Sacrificed Itself To Save Every Soul Aboard

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We're often told that aviation is safer nowadays than any other form of motorized transportation. In no uncertain terms, you're more likely to harm yourself buckled into a passenger car than you are strapped into a passenger airliner. It might be easy to pass this off as hyperbole, nothing more than a successful PR campaign like so many bold claims of history.

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Thousands of Mustang Mach-Es Are Piling Up on Dealer Lots, and Ford Wants Them Gone

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Ford is among the legacy carmakers having a hard time trying to find buyers for its electric vehicles. Faced with thousands of unsold EVs on dealer lots, the Blue Oval is now encouraging its dealers to rent out the Mustang Mach-E. Ford's electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, is also a tough sell, with thousands of units on dealer lots. Unless you're Tesla, selling EVs in the US is not the easiest thing to do.

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Perfectly Restored 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Flaunts Rare Factory Option

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The Chevrolet Chevelle debuted in 1963 as the company's first competitor in the emerging midsize market. And while it became GM's bread-and-butter intermediate, it also became a part of the muscle car wars. Chevrolet launched a beefed-up SS model as early as 19. ( continue reading.

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5 Secrets That Could Make Tesla's Next-Gen EVs Codenamed 'Redwood' Unstoppable

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Tesla confirmed that its Gen-3 platform underpinning next-generation EVs should be ready next year. The EV maker will build at least two models based on this architecture, and the first will be a compact EV codenamed Redwood, which will become Tesla's most affordable EV. Here's everything you should know about Tesla Redwood. Tesla has been playing with the idea of producing an affordable electric vehicle that everyone could buy. ( continue reading.

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HEMI-Powered 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Spent Most of Its Life on a Hoist

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Once someone determines a car will become a classic, they go out of their way to maintain it in as good condition as possible. For most, that means making sure they are kept in climate-controlled facilities and started as often as possible. For others that means using a hoist in a bid to keep the car off the ground altogether. That's how this amazing 1970 Dodge Charger R/T spent a good portion of its life.

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Driving While Trans Now Illegal In Florida

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Florida is not known as a home of good decision - making. This penchant for poor choices goes all the way to the top , to the governor whose anti-LGBTQ animus seems unrivaled. Case in point: Trans people are now banned from holding drivers’ licenses in Florida. Read more.

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Florida Drivers Discover Hard Truth About EVs: They Eat Tires

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Tire companies have been trying to sell us on the concept of dedicated EV tires for a while. From tires that can handle the torque loads to ones that roll quieter for less road noise, there’s something for every EV buyer. But a recent story out of Florida in The Miami Herald details how EV owners there have been… Read more.

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Cybertruck Owners Are Reporting Barely 200 Miles Per Charge

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When the Tesla Cybertruck officially launched late last year, the company made some promises about its capabilities that seemed absurd and some that seemed a touch more reasonable. We knew from the get-go that its “ drag race victory ” against the Porsche 911 was probably b t , but a range estimate of 320 miles… Read more.

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Tesla Claims It Will Launch A New Entry-Level Model In 2025

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Tesla boss Elon Musk has been promising an entry-level $25,000 electric vehicle for six years. He first mentioned the possibility of the car in 2018, saying it would happen within three years, then doubled down on the idea at Tesla’s Battery Day in late 2020. According to reports from Reuters , Tesla has inquired with… Read more.

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Ford Says It Plans To Build V8 Mustangs Until The Heat Death Of The Universe (Or Uncle Sam Bans Them)

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All across the industry, automakers are dropping their V8s in favor of smaller, more efficient engines with fewer cylinders. That sucks for enthusiasts, but there’s no getting around the fact that climate change is real, and humans caused it, so what are you going to do? Even the next-generation Dodge Charger won’t… Read more.

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'I Would Tell My Family To Avoid The Max. I Would Tell Everyone, Really.' Experts And Ex-Boeing Employees Issue Warning On Max

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Airlines are resuming flights with the troubled Boeing Max 9 planes which were all grounded following the door panel blow-out incident on Jan. 5 , but aviation experts say that these planes still have significant and potentially dangerous quality-control issues. Read more.

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Both Owners And Regulators Hate Tesla's Autopilot Update

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Since it was introduced to the market in 2015, Tesla’s so-called Autopilot system has been quite easy to misuse or abuse. The world has seen hundreds of instances of Tesla drivers using this system as a way to allow the car to dangerously “drive itself,” which Tesla has actively encouraged. With the feds in the middle… Read more.

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Secretary Buttigieg Compares Current EV Charger Push To 1930s New Deal Airport Boom

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The White House announced a $325 million investment in three programs aimed at bolstering the country’s electric vehicle infrastructure. As figures indicate that charging stations will reach parity with gas stations by the end of the decade, the federal government is also ensuring that this massive network will be… Read more.

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Cops Raid Toyota Plant In Japan

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Toyota is having a bad time. The company’s kei car wing has been forging crash test results , and its diesels have had “ irregularities ” in horsepower and torque ratings — irregularities so vast, apparently, that Japanese officials had to raid one of the company’s factories today. Read more.

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Toyota Knows What It Has; Will Certify 125,000-Mile Pre-Owned Cars

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Toyota has expanded its certified pre-owned program requirements to include vehicles that are up to 10 model years old and have up to 125,000 miles. The newly-introduced Silver Certification level will include significantly reduced warranties compared to the reassurances granted to cars eligible for the… Read more.

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Liberty Walk Unveils Widebody Lamborghini Countach, Says 'We Are Doing Whatever We Want'

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It’s hard to name a more talked about and controversial tuner than Liberty Walk. The Japanese company is known for its widebody kits that have been applied to everything from hot hatchbacks to Lamborghini supercars and the Mitsuoka Orochi. Liberty Walk even worked its magic on a Lamborghini Miura replica , and last… Read more.

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Hertz Is Selling Its Fleet Of Rental Tesla Model 3s For Cheap

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After Hertz’s full-scale EV adoption plan resulted in its fleet of new Tesla Model 3s getting abused by rideshare drivers and renters alike, Hertz is selling off a portion of its fleet for wildly cheap prices. Before you go snatch up these electrified bargains , keep in mind that Hertz is jettisoning these Model 3s due… Read more.

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Race Team Creates A Fake AI Woman Rather Than Hire A Real One

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In another unsurprising example of motorsport’s inhospitable mindset toward hiring competent women, the Mahindra Racing Formula E team has announced a new partnership with Ava Rose, a literal AI creation , who will. engage with fans? Share knowledge about technology? “Navigate the cutting edge of innovation to create… Read more.

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Honda's Awesome Pair Of EV Concepts Show The Brand Is Getting Serious About Electric Cars

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Honda is getting serious about electric vehicles. The automaker, which has been a bit behind the curve when it comes to EVs , has unveiled a pair of electric concepts as part of their new Honda 0 series called the Saloon and Space-Hub at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Read more.

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Formula 1’s Singapore Grand Prix Is Caught Up In The Country’s First Ever Corruption Scandal

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The Republic of Singapore has long prided itself on being one of the world’s rare anti-corruption havens — but things are changing now in a wild saga that involves Formula 1's Grand Prix in the city-state. Transport Minister S. Iswaran has resigned after being charged with corruption, CNN reports , and part of that… Read more.

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California Should Hold Electrify America Responsible Over Its Unreliable EV Chargers: Experts

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Electrify America’s track record with EV charger reliability hasn’t been the greatest — which is to say, its chargers are very bad. They’re so bad that sometimes they’ve even been known to disable some EVs. This unreliability is unacceptable, and some experts in California think state officials should hold Electrify… Read more.

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Las Vegas, Home Of Bad Ideas, Goes All-In On Tesla's Dumb Tunnels

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Las Vegas seems to be on a roll with bad ideas lately. There’s the whole debacle that was the 2023 Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. There’s a new ordinance that could land you in jail for up to six months and hit you with a $1,000 fine if you block pedestrian walkways. And now Vegas officials are doubling down on… Read more.

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Porsche Carrera GT Stop-Use Order Has Left Owners With An Undriveable 'Paperweight'

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Porsche’s iconic twenty-year-old V10 screamer supercar Carrera GT has been lying dormant for nearly a year, and owners are starting to get antsy. In April of 2023 Porsche issued a recall affecting 489 examples of the 1300 Carrera GTs built in 2004 and 2005 for potential catastrophic suspension failure. Shortly… Read more.

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Watch A Lucid Air Pure RWD Go From 0 To 65 MPH And Back To 0 Using Just Regen Braking

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This week I finally got to try out the Lucid Air Pure , the base trim of the electric sedan and the only one available with rear-wheel drive. For a starting price of $78,900 including destination you get 430 horsepower and a range of up to 419 miles, the latter of which is longer than any other EV save higher-end… Read more.

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These Are The Unbreakable Rules Of Attending An Endurance Race

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This past weekend, I made myself a promise: I would stick it out at Daytona International Speedway for the entire duration of IMSA’s Rolex 24. I would let myself nap as needed, but by god, I was going to make sure I did all 24 hours of the season-opening endurance event. And so I did. And I lived. And if you’re… Read more.

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