Dubai-based W Motors is fast earning itself a reputation for selling a certain sort of car to a certain sort of person. Namely hypercars to the hyper-rich, a lively trade in its domestic market. But its ambitions are broader than that niche suggests, and specifically include an 'entry-level' supercar for the merely very well-heeled. Due out in 2019, it's intended to sit below – well below – the £1 million 800hp Ruf-engined Fenyr Supersport that recently made its dynamic debut at Goodwood, costing a much more affordable, ahem, £200,000. It’ll be a roadster and likely use a Ruf-sourced engine with, we’re guessing, around 650hp, because W Motors has had a deal to use the German firm’s motors since it launched first model, the Lykan Hypersport, back in 2013. The Italian wing of engineering firm Magna Steyr, which developed the Supersport’s chassis, could also be re-engaged to help design the new car's underpinnings. The supporting cast make … [Read more...] about Dubai-based W Motors plots 488 Spider, Urus rivals
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The Tata Harrier is easily among the most highly-awaited SUVs of all times. The Harrier made its public debut at the Auto Expo 2018 in a concept avatar that was called the Tata H5X. Now, however, the upcoming Tata flagship is closer to production. Quite obviously, the production version of the H5X, nay, the Harrier, won’t be exactly like the concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. Here is a lowdown on the changes that the production-spec SUV will carry. We’ve also talked a bit about the bits that will be retained. Name – H5X to Harrier Like we said, the Harrier’s concept version was called the H5X. Quite obviously, the initial name had to be replaced with something that had a higher appeal. Recently, Tata announced that the production version of the H5X will be called the Harrier. That said, the seven-seat version of this SUV will have a different market name. Interestingly, Japanese auto giant Toyota sells a mid-size SUV with the same name. However, … [Read more...] about Tata Harrier SUV concept vs production version: What will change?
Today’s media briefing by the General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) on the industry’s first half 2017 performance also saw the mention of two key items related to motor insurance. The first is the introduction of a Motor Product Selector feature on the PIAM website, with a link to all insurers. This online platform will provide consumers with key information on the insurance covers available and connects them directly with insurance companies. Consumers can select the products they wish to purchase from an insurer, and request for quotations on pricing via a single action, thereby simplifying the whole shopping process by eliminating the need to access each individual insurer for a quote. This is especially relevant now with the phased liberalisation of motor insurance already underway. With motor comprehensive coverage, boxes can be ticked for to pick additional items such as loss of use/inconvenience allowance, limited special perils as well as motor personal … [Read more...] about PIAM introduces Motor Product Selector
Tweet TweetChevrolet seems to be going through a lot of ups and downs lately so here we are at the problematic end once more. Because stocks of their 2011 Chevrolet Silverado are alarmingly high, General Motors is seriously taking into consideration the option of cutting production. Weirdly, it’s not just the Chevrolet Silverado that’s suffering, but also the twin sister we know as the GMC Sierra pickup. Imagine that, two same class cars from the same major company don’t sell at the same time. Total stocks at the moment of GM pickups stood at 275.000 units at the end of April, which is quite a lot but it’s not really surprising since at the end of March there were already some 264.000 trucks waiting for a new owner. You can’t really admire the predictions of the General Motors production or sales managers since not that long ago there was a problem of the opposite sort with the Chevrolet Volt. … [Read more...] about Chevrolet pickups piling up, GM considering production cut back
Replying to an over-enthusiastic superfan on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said orders will start this month for the dual-motor and performance variants of the Model 3 sedan. Currently, Tesla’s Fremont, California factory only cranks out the rear-drive, long range model. Production of the higher-end models begins in July, Musk claimed, but the CEO failed to give reservation holders waiting for a base $35,000 sedan anything new to go on. “Tesla will enable orders end of next week for dual motor AWD & performance,” Musk tweeted. “Starting production of those in July. Air suspension prob next year.” The CEO added, “Note, that’s when we *start* making them. Can’t instantly fill all orders. Will take 6+ months to do so.” A July start date for dual motor production is pretty what Musk suggested after being asked via Twitter last July (by the same guy, no less). In that exchange, Musk estimated “the middle of next year.” … [Read more...] about Another Line Forms: Dual-motor and Performance Tesla Model 3s Start Production in July, Musk Says