Cadillac Reveals New 300 mile range Lyriq Electric SUV

General Motors has revealed a new electric Cadillac SUV that will offer Tesla-like range. But consumers will have to wait a little longer.

General Motors is calling it the Lyriq and its debut came four months later than GM planned due to the pandemic; however, potential buyers will have to wait a whole 24 months for the Lyriq to be ready for the sales floor.

The Lyriq boasts a 300 mile range beating the Audi E-tron and Jaguar’s I-Pace where as the Tesla Model Y and X crossovers already are in the 300 mile range.

The Lyriq will follow a crossover utility update of the Chevy Bolt and a brand new GMC Hummer pickup planned for next year.

The Cadillac Lyriq will come in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. It will include a new version of Super Cruise, a hands free, driver assistance system. Additionally it’ll have a 33 inch touch screen panel that spans the cockpit.

 

Ford Employs Boston Dynamic’s Robot “Fluffy” to Help Retool VanDyke Plant

The VanDyke Ford Transmission Plant will be welcoming a strange visitor this August. A 70lbs robot, dog like in appearance, nicknamed Fluffy will spend two days at the Macomb County plant.

Fluffy’s job in those two workdays will be to conduct a laser scan on a section of the plant floor. Scans like these are performed before retooling. If the experiment is successful, Ford will consider more frequent scans. This would allow Ford to prepare rolling out new vehicles sooner which in the modern competitive market could be a real advantage.

Ford is leasing Fluffy and his buddy Spot (a similar robot) from Boston Dynamics for one year. No one would say what the cost was but Ford did state it would cost less than a typical scan which runs the automaker $300,000 apiece. Boston Dynamics list the purchase price of such a robot at &74,500

While Spot won’t be joining Fluffy, a third round robot named Scouter will be. Scouter’s job is to give Fluffy a ride to save its energy.

Fluffy and his five cameras have proven skillful in many situations. For example, it has no problem navigating steps and can pick it self up if it falls. Fluffy is pretty maneuverable, which is why it is so versatile. It is controlled by a gaming-like set of joy sticks.

Non-Profit Radio Group, Radioplayer, Featured in Volvo Polestar 2/Android Automotive

Radioplayer is a non-profit radio platform which is backed my big broadcasters all over the world. And it has been chosen as a launch accomplice for Volvo’s Polestar 2 car which has the first infotainment system that employs the Android Automotive operating system.

Radioplayer worked with Google to become on of the first organizations to develop a model that would work with Android Automotive’s radio app. This is among one of a few apps preselected by Google and Polestar.

The Radioplayer Android Automotive app includes radio stations, on-demand music and podcasts coming from hundreds of broadcasters. The app will also be able to make suggestions by learning the driver’s taste and will include voice search.

The Polestar two will be available in July and Google, Volvo and Polestar are all coordinating with Radioplayer for the launch in international locations like the UK, Germany, Belgium and Norway.

Step one for Android Automotive and Radioplayer is making sure they can successfully blend hybrid broadcasting (FM, DAB, online streaming, podcasts and visual weather reports) will work together in one piece of software.

 

 

Audi Sends Off R8 V10 First Tier Model with a Limited Edition

In the 2021 model year Audi we will be removing its first tier RB V10 but will send it off with a Limited Edition model. Only 30 units will be made available.

The Limited Edition R8 V10 will receive both performance and aesthetic upgrades. Many of the updates are those that would be found in the Performance Quattro’s higher end models.

The R8 V10 LE will feature a carbon fiber front sway bar as well as Audi’s magnetic ride and dynamic steering. The dynamic steering pairs well with the drive select settings. The LE will also come standard with a sport exhaust.

The LE will have a 562HP and 406 pound-feet of torque.

The R8 V10 Limited Edition will also feature other exclusives like 20in milled wheels, exterior lower trim (carbon fiber), and alu-optic mirror caps. The color combos, as one might expect, will also be exclusive. 15 models will have Mugello Blue with pastel silver interiors. Five models will be in Avus Silver with a black interior (red stitching). Five will come in Sonoma Green, black interior (gray stitching. And just five will be R8 Spyder models in Mugello Blue.

The R8 V10 LE will come in at 186,000 for the coupe and the Spyder will run buyers $195,900

 

London Electric Vehicle Co. Reveals New Age Delivery Van

London company London Electric Vehicle Company has pulled the sheet off the production version of its taxi van VN5.

The VN5 employs the same range extending technology as its TX London taxi vehicle. The new VN5 can now be ordered and deliveries will take place at the end of 2020 shipped from their Ansty, Warwickshire plant.

The VN5 has a WLTP- certified electric only range of about 58 miles from its 31kWh battery. The load area can fit two standard European sized pallets. LEVC claims it can carry up to 830kg. The bodywork of the VN5 has been created so that it has both a side-loading door and 60/40 split rear doors.

With the 3-cylinder gas engine to extend its range the VN5 total range is expected to be over 300 miles.

There will be three variants available. The standard comes with autonomous emergency braking, cruise control, a 9 inch touchscreen infotainment consul and perhaps most important for a delivery vehicle a 50kW DC rapid charger that will take a full charge in just about 30 minutes.

Other variants will include features like heated steering wheel, curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, nicer seats, rear-view camera, and 22kW AC fast charging. Option packs include active safety options, sat-nav and more storage space.

 

Maserati Releases MC20 “Nettuno” Engine Specs

Maserati has released the details about the V6 engine that will power the MC20 sports car to be revealed 9 September 2020.

The car is named Nettuno or Neptune—that is the Greek god from mythology who commands the power of the sea with his Trident which is the brand’s logo.

The engine is a 3.0 liter gasoline motor that gives the Nettuno 538 lb ft and 621 bhp. This is a slight rise in performance over the 2005 MC12 supercar, which was Maserati’s most powerful production car to date.

The Nettuno will have tech features from Formula 1. These will include a supercar-style dry sump that will enhance combustion, a secondary spark plug that creates constant ignition through the rev range and dual injection fuel system that is supposed to reduce both emissions and fuel usage.

While the MC20 will be the first to be produced with this engine, Maserati suggested that the engine will appear in other models.

 

Ford Motor Company’s Classic F-150 Gets Luxury/Tech Upgrades

It seems that as Ford Motor Company reworks of its best money maker, the F-150, the reworkings are mostly changes to the interior. The changes are luxury oriented including recliner sleeper seats and hands-free technology.

Believe it or not, sleep was a demand of many truck buyers. These buyers purchased almost 900k F-Series trucks last year. This was worth about $42 billion to Ford Motor Company. Perhaps in opposition to many people’s assumptions Ford F-Series customers want something more like a first-class experience in a truck cabin. They don’t want a no-frills work vehicle.

With many competitors from General Motors Company or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles offering modern creature comfort in trucks Ford felt the pressure and decided to upgrade the F-150.

The new F-150, available later this year, will provide a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment center matching what its Dodge Ram competitor offers. Additionally, the new F-150 will be available as a hybrid or an EV in about two years according to Ford. The hybrid will include a generator feature that Ford says could power a worksite or home. The F-150 will also become the first Ford to offer over-air software updates just like Tesla has offered for years. The hands-free driving feature is coming from the electric Mustang Mach-E (available later this year).

Volkswagen Announces an “Open-Source” Approach to Creating Autonomous Car OS

Volkswagen will be using the so-called “open-source” model to refine parts of its software operating system for its future vehicles. “Open-source” meaning collaborators outside of VW would help them create standards for vehicle operation systems. Perhaps they would come from other car companies or even from completely outside the auto industry.

With the gathering ubiquity of autonomous driving, any carmaker attempting to create a self-driving vehicle has to create thousands of lines of code to collect and analyze data from radar, cameras, sonic sensors etc and then the operation system must use this analyzed data to control the brakes and steering at the least.

VW, by 2025, wants to increase its involvement with developing its own software to 60%. Current VW is involved in only about 10% of the design. They’d also like to get more involved in electronics and vehicle architecture design.

VW stated the believe in the future, because of the use of open-source software, there will likely be fewer operating systems than there are car makers. Like with home computers and smart phones there are basically two choices Windows or Macintosh, Android or iOS.

VW wants to define the core operating system but is interested in collaborators to refine other elements of its functionality. All of this in the hopes of creating standards that could be used in a circle wider than just VW vehicles.

After 17 Years The Mustang Mach 1 is Back

After 17 long years Ford Motor Company will be offering a new Mustang Mach 1. The new Mustang Mach 1 will include suspension upgrades and new aerodynamics. The 480 horsepower 2021 Mach 1, according to Ford Motor Company, will be “the pinnacle of 5.0L Mustang performance and handling,” when it becomes available for sale next spring.

The Mach 1 is very much a party of Mustang history. The first version came about in 1969 winning two in a row Sports Car Club of America Manufacturer’s rally championships. It set 295 speed and endurance records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in its first model year. Since that very first generation Ford has built only two Mach2s. One based on the unpopular Mustang II that kept the brand alive through the oil shock of the 70s. The second was based on the ’04, fourth-generation Mustang.

The 3rd iteration of the Ford Mustang Mach 1 will include an upgraded version of Ford’s fast-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission; which isn’t even available on the Bullitt or Shelby Mustangs. It will also feature 150% more downforce than the Mustang GT + Ford’s performance pack 1 upgrades.

If some drivers want a more vintage feel they can choose the Tremec six-speed manual that the Shelby GT350.

The 3rd generation Mach 1 will be available next spring.

Citroën Enters EV Passenger Van Market

European car maker Citroën is going the small market for EV passenger vans with its all electric Spacetourer model.

The e-Spacetourer, up to 9 passengers, features an electric motor which puts out 134bhp and 192lb ft of torque. This replaces the original’s diesel engine. The e-Spacetourer employs a 50kWh battery pack. This gives it a WLTP-certified range of 143 miles and a top speed of 80mph.

The eSpacetourer also includes three driving modes to increase range. Its “Eco” mode drops the output significantly to 80bhp as well as the air-conditioner’s power draw. The “Normal” setting increases power to the mid-range of 107bhp. The “Power” setting give out the full 134bhp.

Citroën says the battery pack, with its under-floor position, takes up no space from the inside of the medium length Spacetourer (4.95m). The battery is has an 8-year, 100k mile warranty.

The e-Spacetourer comes standard with a Type 2 home charger with an 7.4kW wall box has an option The van can also rapid charge up to 100kW. This rapid charge can take the battery from zero to 80% in just 30 minutes.