Spy’s Get Details on New Porsche Cayenne Coupe’

Porche is ramping up to unveil a coupe model of the Cayenne SUV in the next few months and a prototype has been sighted on winter testing grounds.

Spied previously at Nurburging and presenting a retracting spoiler, the Cayenne coupe is aiming its sights at the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe’. Expanding the palette of the Cayenne offerings it is expected to share most of its features with its more traditional brothers and sisters.

The pictures capture by a “spy” demonstrate that coupe’ maintains its siblings front-end design, but a different bumper. In a decision reflecting its target-rivals. Yet, it has a different, liftback gate, new rear side windows and tail-lights. All of this to provide a more “sporty” design.

The retractable rear spoiler, which spies had only seen before in its down position, looks like it raises and lowers as one piece, unlike the split design on the 2nd gen. Panamera.
All in all an interesting offering from Porsche

Ford to Introduce New Crossover in Europe

Another Fiesta-based little hybrid and a swap for the Kuga smaller hybrid are set to be disclosed in the following a year as a component of Ford’s arrangement to focus more assets on hybrids in Europe.

Ford has said higher-riding vehicles will be vital to its rebuilding designs in Europe as it endeavors to accomplish steady benefit in the area, something it has not overseen in two decades.

The little crossover will be worked at Ford’s plant in Craiova, Romania, and could be called Puma, French examiner firm Inovev said. The model presentation at the Frankfurt car exhibition in September, Inovev anticipates. It would supplant the EcoSport.

Ford’s second-age Kuga, badged as the Escape in the U.S., has been spotted trying close Detroit in front of its disclosing in the not so distant future. The vehicle is required to go deal in the U.S. in the second half.

Ford has not said when the new Kuga will go marked down. The crossover was propelled in 2008. Passage fabricates the Kuga in Valencia, Spain.

New Cadillac Will Become GM’s EV Flagship

Cadillac is posed to become the flagship electric vehicle brand for GM—the company is getting ready to create a new model EV Cadi in response to other luxury brands going electric.

In an investor update GM said that the new Cadillac will be the first under the new “BEV3” platform. This “platform” will include things like the battery system as well as structure and mechanics.

GM on Friday did not disclose additional details, including precisely when the Cadillac EV will be built, whether it will be a crossover or sedan, or where it will be assembled.
In the past GM has directed their EV attention towards its Chevy brand—which has a wider appeal. The Volt (plug-in) and the Bolt (electric), the Volt being put out to pasture last year as well the poor-selling Cadi CT6.

GM had said in November of last year that their plan was to double their resources spent on EV.

What About the 2020 Morgan “Wide Body” Sports Car?

Morgan is releasing a new “wide-body” sports car next year. As one might suspect, the new car’s design will continue on with the pattern of 1930’s styled designs that Morgan sports vehicles have had forever. This trend is set to progress in the new 2020 model. Under the new styling, however, there will be new developments.

The new design, apparently know as the “Wide Body” to its design team, will take advantage of a new, lighter aluminum base. The company claims the powertrain will be one that has never been used in a Morgan before.

This will make it the 50th and final year in which Morgan uses V8 engines in its cars. The Aero 8 and Plus 8, the final examples, are fitted with BMW N62 V8 engines and will be kept for the so-called heritage fleet. Rumors say that a forced-induction six-cylinder engine will be used for the 2019 flagship and very well could be the engine imagined for the 2020 “Wide Body” as well.

Morgan claims the “Wide Body” will outdo the Roadster, Plus 4 and 4/4 as far as performance goes and the new chassis will be twice the stiffness as the aluminum chassis previously used for flagship Morgans.

ID Lounge, VW’s New Luxury SUV

 

At the Shanghai motor show in April, Volkswagen will introduce the tentatively titled ID Lounge as their new seven-seat SUV. Similar in dimension to the 3rd gen Toareg, the ID will be sold as a top range luxury model.

As used by the ID Buzz MPV, the ID Lounge will be based around Volkswagen’s largest, new version of the MEB platform. It will likely arrive in 2021 and could rival Tesla Model X and Nio ES8.

Again like the ID Buzz, expect the ID Lounge to come with a four-wheel driveline. It will employ two electric motors, one per set of rear and front wheels. Output is expected to be around 369bhp.

 

 

BMW Introduces Self Driving Features with “iNext”

BMW is utilizing 7 Series-based models at its Silicon Valley office as the test series for the company’s iNext electric hybrid, due in 2021. The vehicle creator has said the iNext will offer dimension three auto-drive, which takes into account “hands off and eyes off” motorway driving.
One BMW building source depicted dimension three as possibly offering the capacity for the iNext to drive starting with one motorway intersection then onto the next without requirement for the driver’s consideration.
BMW additionally declared that improvement work is well under route on level four and level five self-rule, something considered far off by the majority of the business. BMW calls level four self-rule “hands off and mind off” – where the driver isn’t asked for to assume control of the vehicle in any conditions. Level five is “full mechanization”, where no driver is required.
To represent the multifaceted nature and registering power required for the main three levels of self-rule, BMW demonstrated models of the electronic control units (ECUs) for levels three, four and five driving, which all utilization Intel chip innovation.
The 25W dimension three unit is very little yet has multiple times the processing intensity of the ECUs utilized for the dimension two, incomplete computerization frameworks that BMW has offered since a year ago.
The 200W dimension four ECU is commonly bigger, utilizes six chip, needs fluid cooling and has multiple times the registering intensity of the dimension two framework.

The completely robotized 600W dimension five ECU model has multiple times the registering intensity of level two.
Not at all like with some current ‘self-driving’ frameworks, the 7 Series test vehicle has a colossal exhibit of outside sensors. It has five lidar scanners – one on each corner and one on the focal point of the vehicle’s nose. It is additionally outfitted with radar – long range at the back – and eight cameras, provided via independence pioneer Mobileye. The boot is stuffed with figuring gear and “two vehicles of wiring”.
The independence engineering not just uses the mass of data got by the sensors however it is additionally working inside a live-refreshed 3D guide of street and environment. This guide based ‘natural model’ is utilized to make a ‘driving model’ that, BMW engineers state, depends at first on man-made consciousness, at that point machine learning and, at last, ‘reward and discipline’ learning, like that utilized by kids. The data hoovered by the 7 Series donkey is a gigantic two terabytes for each hour per vehicle.
Numerous investigators have figured the expenses and multifaceted nature of creating independent driving innovation would moderate the development towards veritable self-driving vehicles.

“Be” – All About the New Vietnamese Ride-Hailing Start-Up

Vietnam-based ride-hailing startup Be has raised an “a huge number of US Dollars” in front of its opening date, December 17.

The financial specialists taking an interest in the subsidizing round are undisclosed, however Be Founder and CEO Tran Thanh Hai revealed to The Star at a starting occasion in Hanoi that they were all “household” speculators.

The CEO additionally named Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank as a key financial specialist in the organization, giving assets to its activities.

The stage will begin off with a vehicle and motorbike-riding administrations, with the objective to anchor 110,000 drivers crosswise over Vietnam before the year’s over.
Over the long haul, it will likewise present nourishment conveyance, dispatch, e-installment, and financing administrations, like what Southeast Asian ride-hailing goliaths Grab and Go-Jek have executed in its greatest markets.

In Vietnam, Be will contend straightforwardly with Grab and Go-Jek, who had as of late entered the market through an element named Go-Viet.

In the nation, Grab has likewise been engaged with a fight in court with nearby taxi organization Vinasun Corp.

As in numerous business sectors, ride-hailing organizations in Vietnam likewise confronted administrative issues.

It remains an exchange whether such organization ought to be put under the transportation or tech organization class; every classification would subject the organization into an alternate arrangement of necessities.

Pricing and Revisions, 2019 Toyota Prius Line

The new AWD-e, 2019 Toyota Prius, will start at $27.3 K (including a $920 destination charge) and will be available in January. The Prius AWD-e XLE will start at $29,740. The entire lineup of 2019 Prius vehicles is getting front and rear styling tweaks.

AWD-e will only be available on the mid-level versions of the Prius. The AWD-e premium comes out to about $1,400 on the LE and $1K on the XLE. The AWD capability is added with a rear-axle electric motor that shares no mechanical link with the up-front hybrid drive system. It handles additional traction up to 43 mph and in the 0-6 mph zone for more starting line power. The EPA has yet to post fuel economy ratings. Toyota estimates the ratings at 52/48/50 mpg (city/highway/combined0 on the AWD-e models versus the front-wheel-drive at 58/53/56. Not too shabby either way.

The revised Prius line takes the model variations from seven to four with the pricing starting at $24,690 (only up a few hundred for the base model 2018 Prius). The level up front drive starts at just under 26K and the XLE starts and just under 29K. The top line Limited will run consumers roughly 33K.

Nissan Offers Freebie to Recent California Fire Victims

Nissan is providing free cabin air filter replacements to Nissan vehicle owners in California who were affected by the recent fires. While this may not seem that large of a gesture, but it is an important one.
The cabin filter is an essential, but easy item to forget about in a vehicle. Usually hidden away in a cubby of the vehicle’s dash, it sits happy enough doing its job where no one would think to notice it. It is, however, pretty essential. Modern activated carbon filters remove all kinds of things from the cabin’s air—pollen, odor, fumes and particles like ashes. The happy little filter keeps you from breathing in all this nasty stuff as you ride along not thinking of it.
Nissan is even extending the offer of filter replacement to non-Nissan vehicles in their effort to help those affected by the recent fires. This will be at individual dealerships’ discretion and will depend largely on whether parts are available or not. If you live in one of the affected areas, contact your nearest Nissan dealership for details. The offer stands until the end of January.

Carlos Ghosn Excused from Nissan’s Board

Nissan has affirmed Carlos Ghosn has been excused by the board as organization administrator. Ghosn and his co-admin, Greg Kelly, have additionally been excused as delegate chiefs.

The two men will stay on the organization’s board as chiefs, as they must be coercively excused at an investor meeting.

With the present choice by the board, the main staying delegate executive at Nissan is CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

The rest of the board cast a ballot consistently. There were questions about whether the free and Renault-delegated chiefs would pursue the proposal set by Saikawa, recommending some would remain by Ghosn.

Nissan as of now has a nine-part board. It highlights three long time Nissan representatives (Hiroto Saikawa, Hideyuki Sakamoto, and Toshiyuki Shiga), two Renault deputies (Jean-Baptiste Duzan and Bernard Rey), and two free executives (Keiko Ihara and Masakazu Toyoda).

Not long ago, Saikawa blamed Ghosn and Kelly for planning to downplay Ghosn’s compensation, and also abusing organization assets and expense accounts.