New Peugeot 5008

The Peugeot 5008 GT is an SUV. Kinda. But it has a distinct Euro styling. Like its sibling the 3008 the new 5008 will come with a new look on the outside and tech upgrades on its inside.

The bumper has been completely redesigned and the grille spreads itself between the 5008’s new LED lights. New fanged DRLs draw a line down into the lower valance. This all leads to quite a striking new look for the Peugeot’s new 5008. Look at one side by side with the old model.

As for the tech upgrades inside of particular note is the new 10-inch screen for the infotainment system. It has also been redesigned at the user experience level where the most used functions are easier to access in the revision. Peugeot engineers have rethought the configurable digital dials making them easier to read after the rendering and contrast have been adjusted.

The vehicle range starts with the Allure at $53,990, which is up $6k with the same 121kW/240Nm 1.6 turbo petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. The GT variant comes with a 133kW/250Nm version of the 1.6 turbo and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The GT variant will cost you $60, 990 sticker. There is also a GT diesel available at $62,990 (up $5k). The diesel runs at 130kW/400Nm and is a 2.0 liter which is now paired with the eight-

 

F-150 Lightning

Ford has announced its new F-150 Lightning. This will be its first production electric version of their popular pick-up truck and possible rival to the Tesla Cybertruck coming next year.

Chairman Bill Ford called the new truck a “defining moment” for the American car industry and Ford.

Their new electric vehicle is built on the fourteenth generation of the F-Series. The F-Series has been ever-popular, dominating the personal vehicle market in the US. Ford sold about 730,000 F-Series in 2020.

The F-150 Lightning has a dual-motor, FWD powertrain that produces 563bhp and 775lb ft. This is the most torque offered yet on an F-150. There will be two battery capacities offered with ranges around 230 and 300 miles based on the American EPA test cycle.
Ford stated that the Lightning will do 0-60mph in the mid 4.0 second range with the extended-range battery.

The maximum payload is rated by Ford at 907kg with the standard 18in wheels and a towing capacity of 4536kg.

Ford will offer the a home charging station as standard with the truck and says it will be capable of 150kW DC fast-charging, allowing a 15-80% charge in 41 minutes.

The new Lightning will have all the versatility of the gas-powered versions. Features will include onboard scales which will help estimate the vehicles range when carrying payload. And a functionality to make towing easier.

Additionally, the truck can be used as a back-up generator of sorts for an owner’s home during a power outage. Ford claim it can power a home for 10 days. Also, owners will be able to use the truck to provide power to tools and other equipment.

The starting price will be $39,974.

 

Mazda to Release First All Electric Vehicle, MX-30 Crossover SUV

Mazda will soon release its first all-electric vehicle, the MX-30 SUV. There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant as well. The crossover has a sleek design in the modern Mazda style with a coupe-ish roofline.

While details are foggy, Mazda says the SUV will come with a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 144 hp front-mounted electric motor. Mazda has made no official statement on range, but speculation says it’ll only be about 100 miles.

The MX-30 fuel-economy has not yet been evaluated by the EPA similar vehicles like the Kona Electric and Bolt EV rate around 120 MPGe.

The MX-30 is already available for pre-order in Europe. Mazda stated that the new vehicle will be available for purchase in the US this autumn in California first and then moving on to other states.

The MX-30 isn’t just a completely new model for Mazda. It is the first time Mazda has produced an electric-only powertrain. The MX-30 is sized much like the CX-3 and CX-30 crossovers. Yet, uses the titling nomenclature of the MX-5 Miata. Perhaps this suggests a performance option available from Mazda in the electric SUV market.

 

Lotus May Sell Elise Tooling to Right Buyer

According to Matt Windle, Lotus managing director, the company is considering the idea of selling the tooling for its Elise model sports car. The two-seater Elise has been available for 25 years. It is regarded as one of the best sports cars Lotus has ever made, known to be light, agile in handling and having great looks.

Windle stated that if the right partner and project came along Lotus sees no reason not to sell. The Elise will go out of production this year along with sister vehicles Exige and Evora. This will make way from the new Emira coupe that will debut in July.

There is precedent in Lotus’ history for selling old models. Lotus sold the tooling to its first sports car, the Seven, to a British company, Caterham, in 1973. Caterham still builds a version of the car to this day.

Windle had worked for Caterham for two years (starting 2012) as a chief body engineer. He then moved on to another small-batch sports car maker, Zenos. He finally landed at Lotus in 2017 and became the managing director just this January.

Caterham was purchased by importer and distributor VT Holdings, Japan in April. VT Holdings also sells Lotus vehicles.

 

Vietnam Electric Car Company, VinFast, Coming for US Market

Vingroup, Vietnam’s largest conglomerate, is planning on bringing its VinFast electric cars to the United States soon. Founded by Pham Nhat Vuong, Vietnam’s richest man, the group is looking to take on Tesla and GM on their home field for control of the electric auto market.

With a $2 billion investment and a battery leasing model hope to become Vietnam’s answer to Elon Musk’s Tesla. VinFast is the number five car brand in Vietnam and hopes to bring its company to N. America and Europe by next year.

VinFast appears fearless as it will not only be in competition with GM and Tesla in the US but Volkswagen and Toyota in Europe.

Their unique business strategy of leasing the battery (one of the most expensive parts of an electric car when it comes to final price) is their ace in the hole. They hope this cost reducing strategy will help them edge out their competitors.

VinFast claims it already has an SUV that will be one of the most luxurious cars currently available.

 

Driving in High Water Conditions

While melting snows don’t cause flooding in Ohio spring rain and storms can flood our local lakes and rivers. Also, some of our aging roadways both in the city and outside of them don’t drain water like they used to. In-city flooding during rain storms is very common.

So, what should one do if they find themselves driving in high water?

Like in blizzards, it is inadvisable to drive during flood conditions unless absolutely necessary. If you find yourself driving as flood conditions occur, try to avoid flooded areas and find alternate routes. If there are no other routes it is best to seek higher ground and wait out the flooding.

Don’t attempt to cross flood water either on foot or in the car. High waters can hide dips in the road and flood waters can even wash away the entire road!

If you find yourself driving in high water and your car stalls abandon it and find higher ground. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or stalling. One foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles. This includes SUVs and pick-ups.

Quick Tips: Buying a New Car

Here are some things to consider when going to buy a new car.

While many think in terms of budgets most car experts agree that isn’t a way to shop for a car. You can turn a $400 monthly payment into a $300 by increasing the loan terms by a year. Just know what the maximum is you are willing to spend.

Know what models and features you want for sure, so you don’t get caught up in the moment at the dealership and end up paying for things you don’t really want or need.

Don’t talk about your trade in until you are ready to make a deal. Also, know what you have. Do some research and make some inquirers about what your old car is really worth.

If you’re thinking of financing, don’t let the rate of a loan influence the price of the car. Settle on the price of the vehicle you’re interested in before you bring up financing.

Know your credit score before you go to the dealership – that way there won’t be any unpleasant surprises.

Everyday Tips For Better Gas Usage

This one is an oldie, but a goodie, keep your tires inflated to their proper PSI. Many, many tests by people like the EPA, Popular Mechanics and even the pop science geeks from Myth Busters have proven time and again that properly inflated tires saves on gas.

The EPA estimates that loosing 100lbs of weight your vehicle carries could increase fuel economy up to 2 percent. Smaller cars will benefit more from shedding pounds. All of that “stuff” you endlessly carry around in your backseat, truck bed or trunk. Get rid of it!

It’s about the journey, not the destination, right? Don’t rush. Anywhere from 50-65 miles per hour is going to get a driver optimal fuel efficiency. This all varies according to the weight and design of the vehicle among many other factors.

Information from both the EPA  reported that driving habits like, hard braking, aggressive acceleration and speeding (defined by the EPA as driving over 70MPH) will significantly decrease fuel efficiency. Up to 33% according to the EPA.

2 minutes of idling equals up to 1 mile of driving. If you think about all the idling drivers do over a year, that is a lot of gallons of gas spent not getting from point A to point B!

 

The Best Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Clean

Wash your vehicles once a week for the best results. Contaminants can damage the paint. Bird waste and dead bugs are two organic ones that will do more damage than you think.

Try not to wash your car in direct sunlight. It is better for you and your car.

A good, deep sponge or washing mitt is a most. Organic materials like real sheepskin or sea sponge are the best options.

You should always wash you wheels and the tires first.

Make sure to use a car soap with plenty of lubricants to avoid scratching. Dish soap isn’t recommended as it can remove protective coatings.

Have two buckets. One for soap. One for clean water. Always dip into the clean water bucket first to remove any grit or dirt.

Pre-rinse the car well before washing to rid of debris and large grit. Wash from the top down to remove because the bottom of the car is usually the dirtiest.

Always dry your car by hand. First use a squeegee that is made for auto washing (paint safe). Probably a silicone one. Terry cloth isn’t recommended for drying mostly because it leaves lint. Dry the windows and mirrors first.

 

New Land Rover Hybrids

Land Rover is looking to trade out the V8 turbodiesel in the Range Rover Vogue and RR Sport with new six-cylinder mild hybrid diesel engines. Land Rover is already using four-cylinder mild hybrid engines in the new Discovery Sport and Evoque. The new six-cylinder diesels plus the Discovery Sport and Evoque will form the base of Land Rover’s high end stable.

No details have been confirmed but the rumor is the engine will be 220kW 3.0-litre six-pot mild hybrid. It will be available on the higher end versions of the Range Rover Sport. The expectations of this new powertrain include big fuel savings and better stop/start because of the integrated belt starter.

The more advanced version of that engine will give you 257kW and is likely to end up in the HST variants. This will replace the 4.4-litre diesel V8 from Ford. Rumors speculate this engine will provide 700Nm of torque and 0-100 time of around 6.5 seconds for the Range Rover Sport.

These engines will both be used in the larger Range Rovers. It is also thought these two engines will end up in the Jaguar F-Pace eventually.