Perhaps to give journalists a taste of what it’s like to be a Tesla reservation holder, Tesla’s Model Y launch event, scheduled for 11 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, started late. When it did, CEO Elon Musk launched into a rundown of his company’s well-documented history. There were a few admissions during his speech, including this telling statement: “I really think the difficulty and value of manufacturing is underappreciated,” Musk said, echoing a sentiment hurled in his direction since the start of Model 3 production. “It’s relatively easy to make a prototype and extremely difficult to mass manufacture a vehicle reliably and at scale.” Promises uttered by Musk during his preamble included building a million cars next year and taking the company to Mars in a decade. Then it was time for the main event — one many found lacking. The compact Model Y crossover looks very much like the model on which it based. Sharing a host of kit with … [Read more...] about Tesla Model Y: Industry Watchers Remain Cynical As Fans Gird Their Loins
In its big February plant and product announcement, Fiat Chrysler said its Mack Avenue engine facility will give way to SUV production, describing the first vehicle to emerge from the repurposed plant as a “three-row, full-size Jeep SUV.” Given that the next-generation Grand Cherokee will also call the plant home, and that the two models will almost certainly share underpinnings, one would assume the three-row Jeep would carry a modified GC nameplate. Think Hyundai Santa Fe XL. That’s been the assumption, anyway. However, the automaker’s CEO suggests a wholly new nameplate is in the works. Speaking to Britain’s Auto Express, Mike Manley said the upcoming three-row Jeep is referred to in vague terms for a reason. He also admits the Grand Cherokee, in its current form, has limitations. The new model “will technically play in the same segment as Grand Cherokee,” Manley said, adding that, “Roughly 60% of that segment is three row, so Grand … [Read more...] about New Three-row Jeep Probably Won’t Carry the Grand Cherokee Name
It’s already half here. The Toyota Yaris sedan, formerly the Scion iA, is the rebadged twin of the subcompact Mazda launched in Montreal in 2015. You’ll note that Mazda does not sell a second-generation 2 in North America, making that launch a relatively pointless endeavor for the automaker. Now that Toyota has gone ahead and killed off the Toyota Yaris hatch (the Yaris that’s actually a Toyota), a space has opened up. Chances are good that the little hatch we didn’t get in 2015 will finally arrive in 2020, bearing another brand’s logo. This speculation comes by way of Car and Driver, which secured word from Toyota spokesperson Nancy Hubbell that the mystery model arriving for the 2020 model year will indeed be a hatchback. Given Toyota’s subcompact partnership with Mazda, a rebadged 2 seems likely. As we told you last week, the Toyota Yaris hatch (officially, “Liftback”) was not a strong performer in any sense of the word. Its … [Read more...] about Will the Aborted Mazda 2 Line Finally Make It Here in Full?
It seems to be a prime week for frightening headlight arrangements. Following all hands being turned to stone after casting their eyes upon the LT-trimmed 2020 Silverado HD, we learn this Italdesign creation will be entering production next year. Dubbed the “Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign,” it’s obviously based upon the R35 GT-R. In addition to its alarming front fascia, the company has also upped the power ante to 710 horses. And, oh yeah – it’ll set you back a cool million. The price tag is set at 999,000 Euros to be exact, a sum which converts to roughly $1.1 million USD at today’s exchange rate. Don’t worry about seeing yourself on every street corner, either. A run of just 50 units is planned. That’s quite the face, with the standard R35’s headlamps earning some angry slashes of LED lights across their section. Its mouthy grille surround earns a contrasting color, one which is copied and pasted onto the car’s hood vents. … [Read more...] about Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Bound for Production
Specialty green models don’t normally end up in lots across the country, at least not initially, and the upcoming Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is no different. The resurrected green variant of the wildly popular Crosstrek, which bit the dust following slow sales in 2016, appears late this year as a 2019 model, only this time with real all-electric range and a corresponding plug. It’s a model born of the automaker’s partnership with Toyota, and the Crosstrek PHEV borrows powertrain components from the plug-in Prius Prime. (Whether it’s a direct carryover remains to be seen.) As your author noted on Twitter the other day, this model seems tailor made to become the darling of hip, achingly progressive enclaves everywhere. While that could one day be the case, four-fifths of U.S. states won’t see the model upon its roll-out. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette (via Torque News), only California and the nine other states that signed on to its … [Read more...] about 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in: Heartbreak in Colorado, Rejoicing in Vermont