Hummer Production EV SUV

The General Motor Co. started production in the year 2024. The brand said that customers will start to receive deliveries at the end of the first quarter.

The pickup version of the Hummer SUV will be built at GM’s Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center. The plant was halted for several weeks last year to prepare for the EV version of the Hummer. The SUV is based on GM’s new Ultium EV platform.

The Ultium Drive System can deliver up to 830 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of Torque on the SUV. In September, GM halted reservations of the Hummer pickup and SUV after receiving 90,000, which takes production through 2023 and into 2024, Duncan Aldred, global vice president of GMC. In June of last year, GM raised the price of its Hummer EV pickup and SUV.

The base price for the Hummer EV 3X went from $98,400 to $104,000. The Hummer EV 2X will cost $94,650 this spring, up from $88,400. The Hummer EV2 will cost $84,650 in the spring of 2024, up from $78,400.

Polestar 2 Updates!

Key changes to the updated Polestar 2 include increased power, performance and range, as well as a move to a rear-wheel-drive layout.

The 2’s update is more than just a cosmetic change and is available to order now. In order to increase efficiency and improve range, single- motor versions of the electric saloon are now rear-driven, having previously been front-driven. Recharge and C40. Recharge EVs.

Polestar has been looking at moving to a rear-drive set-up for a while. The four-wheel-drive 2 is able to decouple its front motor in order to create a similar set-up to the single- motor 2. When the driver wants more power, the front motor disengages and the rear motor takes over.

A new permanent-magnet motor is fitted to the single-motor 2, which provides a significant increase in power and Torque over the previous model.

The 2’s WLTP range has been increased with a 82kWh pack for long-range models. It’s up by 65 miles for the dual- motor variant and 52 miles for the single motor.
The standard-range model retains its 69kWh battery capacity, but efficiency improvements provide a 25-mile boost. The charging speed has been increased.

The front end of the 2 is refreshed and in line with the upcoming Polestar 3. SUV. The front-facing camera and mid-range radar are included in Polestar’s Smartzone.

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 seems to age as well as most modern cars. With its electric replacement already revealed before its debut in early 2024, this car is so long past being flavour of the month in the luxury SUV segment that some might need reminding that it’s still on sale at all. How great does it look today? How often do you hear that “nothing else will do what an XC90 does”?
There are plenty of other seven-seat luxury SUVs, but if you want one with seven seats along with a tax-friendly plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain, there are very few other places you can shop. It’s either this or the top-of-the-range Santa Fe.
The XC90 has a particular packaging. T8. It has had that micro-niche almost all to itself for so long because of its drive batteries and electric rear axle. Volvo just updated the XC90’s active safety and infotainment systems and realigned its equipment levels in order to send it off into retirement in a respectful way.
The XC90 was as of midway through the model year. T8 had a drive battery that was worth 18.8kWh and an electric motor that was worth 142hp. The latter finally makes this a sub-50g/km CO2 fleet operator, having missed out for so long on optimal company-car tax qualification. It doesn’t have a tactile input device and doesn’t have many menu shortcut buttons, so it can feel labored at times.
It’s a little odd that safety-conscious Volvo wouldn’t have noticed as much if you pointed and swiped at a screen with an outstretched hand. The voice-recognition system in the XC90 is not as bad as other modern cars, and it works well when you are entering sat-nav destinations, which is a useful compensation.
The rest of the car’s cabin is spacious, well-constructed and pleasant. I don’t think you would guess that it’s an eight-year-old design from the way it looks. Our test car had Volvo’s Midnight Zinc grey wool-blend upholstery, which makes a very attractive change from the usual leather or imitation-leather seats.
The boost electric-only range is the most significant thing that adding a bigger battery and more powerful motor has done for this car. It’s worth close to 40 and 44 miles in practice, which is 50% better than the old model, and it’s now claimed to be somewhere between 40 and 44 miles. When the battery runs flat, the car returns only around 35mpg, but a real-world 40-mile EV range could ensure your aggregated fuel economy might be a lot higher than that, contingent on plenty of charging and shorter-range driving. It makes it easier to keep the petrol engine shut down when you’re in hybrid mode by speeding up the 2.3-tonne bulk more authoritatively.

Renault and PUNCH Team Up For Improved Diesel Engines

PUNCH Torino will be able to purchase, use and sell the current and future Renault 4-cylinder Diesel engines, which the French carmaker said on Tuesday.

After a sweeping reorganization of its businesses last November, the French company said it would set up a joint venture with China’s Geely for gasoline engines and hybrid technology and spin off its electric vehicles unit this year.

The French group’s engineering teams will continue to develop low-emission diesel engines for light commercial vehicles and also collaborate with PUNCH engineering, the company said.

Mazda MX-30 Updates

At the Brussels motor show, Mazda will show a new version of the MX-30 electric crossover with a new petrol engine as a range-extender. The Mazda MX-30 was described as reborn for the electric age by the Japanese firm. This Friday at 9:00am, REx will be revealed.

It’s similar to the BMW i3 with the ICE used to charge the battery. The Range Extender had a 125 kilowatt motor and a two cylinder petrol engine, which vastly improved range up to as high as 270 miles.

Mazda said it will be faithful to its multi-solution approach to the global challenges of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

The model will be on sale this spring. The range is likely to be raised to around 250 miles. The REx is in contention with the other cars. EV. The MX-30 went on sale in the UK in September 2020.

The Peugeot e-2008 rival has a range of 130 miles but is powered by a 35.5kWh battery. The Mazda RX-8 sports coupé, which was produced from 2003 to 2012 has an engine that produces 141bhp and 195lb ft of Torque.

Volvo Announces Not All Updates Pay-To-Play

Car companies see the profit being made in subscription based services. They want some of that sweet, sweet recurring revenue for themselves, so they are locking some features behind paywalls.
But Volvo has its limits. According to an executive, Volvo will not charge extra for minor software updates and feature upgrades as some rivals seek to monetize every corner of car ownership. If you’re to charge for software updates, it must be a step change in consumer benefit.
He said Volvo could ask owners to pay up for a significant update like a self-driving system. Extra perks like a remote-start feature, a heated steering wheel, or extra performance can be unlocked by charging car owners a monthly or annual fee.
Competitors pushing the limits of what customers will pay extra for is different from Volvo’s approach. Mercedes will allow owners of its electric cars to pay $1,200 per year for an acceleration boost. BMW invites owners in some countries to pay over time for heated seats, adaptive headlights, and other features.
After BMW’s pay-as-you-go butt warmers caused a stir, the company released a statement clarifying that it does not expect to implement that in the US.
There is a chance that Volvo is on the right track. 75% of US consumers wouldn’t subscribe to most vehicle features according to a study.

Hennessey Velociraptor Upgrade for F-150

There is an upgrade package for the Ford F-150. The performance of the pick-up truck can be raised to make it one of the most powerful in the world. The package uprates the V8 engine with a larger supercharger, improves high-flow induction, and adds a new belt and fuel lines.

Due to arrive in the first quarter of 2023, it will offer a 40% increase in power, pushing the truck past 1000bhp and giving it more than 850lb ft of Torque.

The Velociraptor 1000 gets more rugged exterior styling with the addition of updated front and rear bumpers and a large light bar.

37in off-road tyres are joined by a set of wheels. Each truck has a build plaque with the model’s serial number. The Texan version of the recently revived Ford Bronco SUV has 493bhp and 550lb ft on tap.

The less powerful Velociraptor costs more in the US than the package does.

Ford F-150 MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year

The electric Ford F-150, MotorTrend named the Lightning truck of the year, topping traditional pickup trucks with internal combustion engines.

Every year, the Golden Caliper award is highly sought by automakers. They’re used to promote vehicles in advertising and are seen as third-party validation of a new vehicle.
The F-150. Ford Motor and the U.S. automotive industry rely on lightning. The first mass-market electric pickup truck is seen as a test of widespread EV adoption. The F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the US for four decades.

The Lightning’s overall performance, safety and appeal to traditional pickup buyers were cited by MotorTrend. The Ford F-150 is one of the vehicles that change the world.

MotorTrend said in a press release that lightning should be changed by being different and familiar.

The Rivian R1T all-electric truck won the award for the second year in a row. It’s the first electric vehicle to get unanimous support from the judges.

MotorTrend’s truck of the year was the 2022. Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2022. GMC Sierra 1500, 2023. Ram 2500 and 2022. Toyota Tundra.

The Genesis G90 was named the car of the year by MotorTrend. SUV of the year.

Uber’s New Audio Safety Feature

The audio recording feature, which allows drivers and riders to record audio during an uncomfortable trip, has been rolled out across South Africa. The feature, which was first launched in Latin America and the US, forms part of Uber’s push for more safety mechanisms at the request of both drivers and riders.

This feature was rolled out to the app after the three-month trial. Drivers have been asking for this feature based on their feedback from roundtable sessions.

The audio recording feature is available to drivers and riders by pressing the shield icon on the app. The audio will be recorded in the vehicle once selected.

Although drivers and riders are aware that this feature is available, they won’t know when the feature is being used by the other.

The audio can only be heard if either the rider or driver submits a safety report. The audio file can be attached to a safety report. A trained safety agent will review the recording.
There are some tips for drivers and riders to use the new feature to get the clearest audio possible.

’23 Renault Grand Austral

A prototype of the SUV, which is a larger version of the hybrid, has been photographed testing in Germany. The rear window of the new seven-seater is less steeply raked to provide additional head room for the third row of seats and the overhangs are more pronounced.

The Grand Austral will likely have the same engines as the five-seat sibling, with a selection of mild hybrid options. A choice of 12V or 48V batteries can be used for the 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine or the 1.2-litre three- cylinder engine.

The practicality of the standard car will be different because of the third row of seats. Our spy shots show a set-back C-pillar that will result in a larger boot volume. Similarities will be found in the interior of the standard Austral. There is a 123in instrument cluster in the cabin.

Drivers will be able to choose from wood, leather, padded textiles, and other soft-touch materials.