Wey P8 PHEV Unveiled At Guangzhou Auto Show

The veil has been lifted on the 2018 Wey P8 at the ongoing Guangzhou Auto Show.

The latest in an increasing number of new energy vehicles in China, the Wey P8 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine alongside an electric motor on both the front and rear axles. All up, it delivers 335 hp and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, and will reportedly accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds.

Wey claims the P8 has a combined driving range of 660 km and can be charged to full capacity in four hours from a 220V home charger. Mated to the plug-in hybrid powertrain is a six-speed dual-clutch transmission driving all four wheels.

In terms of safety, the SUV comes standard with a host of increasingly-common safety features. Included among them are adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-change assist, blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, 360-degree camera system, and a video streaming rear-view mirror.

Wey has no immediate plans to sell the P8 outside of China.


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Aston Martin Vantage Shooting Brake Would Grab Ferrari GTC4Lusso By The Horns

Only a few days have passed since Aston Martin unveiled the all-new Vantage, but some are already dreaming about possible additions to the family.

One of them is Aksyonov Nikita, who believes that the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage would make for a sweet and practical Shooting Brake, and we cannot really argue with that logic, because, well, just look at it!

Of course, such a version of the baby Aston would become a more affordable alternative to the larger Ferrari GTC4Lusso, which has approximately 100hp more at its disposal in 'T' flavor, and 680hp in total in the range-topping form that uses a V12 engine.

This isn’t the first time that the new Aston Martin Vantage has been taken into the digital realm, because it has been already imagined as a Volante, which is the brand's slang for convertible. And while a Shooting Brake is too much to ask for, a Vantage Volante is likely just around the corner.

We contacted the British car marque and asked them a few questions about the Vantage Volante, but we hit a wall, as they refused to "comment on future product". Still, we know that a convertible is indeed coming, we just don’t know when.


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ICCT Releases Report on Electric Vehicle Capitals of the World

The International Council on Clean Transportation, a non-profit dedicated to environmental research to fight climate change and influence environmental regulators, just published a report on cities with the highest electric vehicle adoption.

According to the International Council on Clean Transportation’s report, 20 cities are home to an astronomical 40 percent of all-electric vehicles. Leading this list of “electric vehicle capital cities” (holding the highest percentage of global EV stock) is San Francisco, with a 3-percent share, followed by San Jose, Tokyo, and Chinese cities Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Qingdao at 2 percent. A long list of runner-ups, including Amsterdam, New York, Paris, and London, each carry 1 percent.

It is important to note that they count for 40 percent of global EV stock, not EV sales. The title of best EV seller goes to Los Angeles, with more than 100,000 units sold, followed by Bergen and Oslo, Norway taking 36 percent and 33 percent of sales, respectively. All figures are for 2016.

In the report, the ICCT also provides tables of major cities with their zero-emissions year targets and brief notes on programs and policies created to drive EV adoption. Two examples are Beijing and its electrification goal of replacing all 69,000 city taxis with electric versions using government funds and free public charging using Level 2 charge points in Oslo, Norway.

Charging infrastructure is also a subject, with detailed bar graphs depicting the total number of charge points per region/major city relative to the number of charge points for every million residents, along with the number of electric vehicles per public charge point.

To read the contents of the full report, click on the source link below.

International Council for Clean Transportation

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India’s Mahindra Launches New U.S. Factory In Detroit, Production Starts In 2018

Indian car maker Mahindra has officially opened its new North American HQ and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, the first new OEM plant in the Detroit area in 25 years.

The new factory will be used to produce Mahindra’s upcoming new SUV, called the Roxor. The Indian company will reveal the new model towards the end of the year. The brand is known for rugged SUVs such as the Willys Jeep-esque Thar seen in the video below.

Mahindra expects its new US factory to churn out 12,000 Roxor SUVs per year. The car maker was recently announced as one of the five manufacturers selected by USPS (United States Postal Service) to produce prototype delivery trucks for testing and evaluation as well.

According to reports from the Indian press, the new Roxor will be based on a modified platform of the Thar model, an off-roader that looks a lot like the classic Jeep Wrangler, and will be powered by Ssangyong’s 1.6-liter engine as used in the Tivoli small SUV.

The company didn’t give a timetable for when they will start selling passenger cars in the U.S. but Anand Mahindra, executive chairman of Mahindra Group said that their options include the introduction of the Ssangyong brand to the US public first.

“We have stated on record that amongst the options open to us are to come in with SsangYong Motors, which is our Korean subsidiary,” said Mahindra to AutoNews. “As you know it's the third Korean auto company that Americans don't know about.”

“So that could be a very logical step for us to introduce that brand here but that's a decision that will be taken by the SsangYong Motors board”, he added.

The new manufacturing facilities are part of a $230 million investment that also includes a new warehouse, a logistics operation in Pontiac and an existing prototype operation in Troy. By 2020, Mahindra expects to have created 650 jobs and add another $600 million in local investment.

“This is an exciting day for Mahindra, our terrific employees and Detroit. I couldn't be prouder to be here to help open this new facility today," said Anand Mahindra. "This building opening represents our company’s growing presence in North America and locally in the Metro Detroit area where we have tripled our workforce during the past 18 months. We are committed to growing the Mahindra brand in North America and Michigan.”



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The Audi R8 V10 Plus Truly Is An All-Season Supercar

Most supercars get locked away for the winter and often fall too, but not this Audi R8 V10 Plus, which shows that it can handle the snow easily, almost as good as one of its iconic predecessors, the Quattro.

However, while the Quattro was rally-bred, the R8 is a 21st century supercar, and one of the few in this class that can be used as a daily driver without massive compromises.

Filmed at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in Zakopane, Poland, the following video depicts the German supercar in a beautiful landscape, with the R8 V10 Plus being referred to as "a real winter warrior".

If the footage has whet your appetite, then get ready to spend at least $164,900 for the base 540 HP R8 Coupe, and some $30,000 more for the range-topping V10 Plus that's featured here and puts out no less than 602hp and 413lb-ft (560Nm) of torque.


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Dust Cloud Causes Crash In Australia, Car Written Off

This accident is a perfect example of why drivers should slow down when there's poor road visibility of any type, whether it's rain, snow, fog or dust.

Judging by what the dashcam is showing, the car wasn't traveling particularly fast. It was doing between 60 and 65 km/h, but if he had slowed down to around 40km/h tops, it should have helped him stop relatively quickly in the event of an emergency.

Those same numbers show that the driver failed to decelerate fast enough, and maintained his speed as he entered the dust cloud. It's an unfortunate accident that could have been avoided.

"I had been following for 30 minutes and constantly slowing while waiting for dust to clear. The truck stopped on the road but never put on lights or hazards. The dust never cleared like I expected and I saw it too late. I tried to swerve, but still hit him. This resulted in the car being written off. There were no injuries."

As for where and when this happened, it was last week in Normanton, Queensland, which is in Northern Australia. Good thing nobody was hurt.


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The Grand Tour Is Still Auditioning Drivers While Destroying Renaults

Yesterday, it was a red Clio RS flying into a building like something out of The Dukes of Hazzard, while today, it's a Megane Coupe that doesn't get to go home in one piece.

In this second season of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are looking for a new race driver/stuntman who can handle driving all sorts of cars, really, really fast.

The first audition they held, for the sake of comedy obviously, was published yesterday and, well, in case you haven't seen it, here's how it went down. Good thing all that car violence was in the script, otherwise it's hard to imagine giving that driver a second chance.

Alas, here we go again, same driver, different Renault, same enthusiastic Hammond, who claims the man simply "got carried away last time."

Let's just say that the outcome of this second attempt at racing around the track was immediately obvious once the car set off. But at least the guy is good at plain old stunts, so maybe we'll see more of him once the show kicks off, December 8th on Amazon Prime Video.


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Callaway Corvette GT3-R Returns Victoriously Home To America

Like the Corvettes it has earned its reputation modifying, Callaway is all-American. Its latest creation went straight for Europe, but now it's returning Stateside, trophy in hand.

The car in question is the Corvette C7 GT3-R, which Callaway made specifically for racing. And race it did, dominating Germany's highly competitive ADAC GT Masters championship.

In fact, with the GT3-R, Callaway not only won the teams' championship, but took the top two positions in the drivers' championship – and won the junior-class title, too.

That's pretty impressive considering the field of Audi R8 LMS, BMW M6 GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT3, and Porsche 911 GT3 R rivals it was up against. And now it's hoping to repeat that performance back in America.

Callaway has announced that it will field two cars next season in the Pirelli World Challenge as a factory team. After that, it will withdraw its own entry and support customer teams instead. If its experience in Germany has anything to teach us, the Callaways stand a fighting chance of dominating in America, too.

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This BMW 2002 Project Car Is Powered By An M5 V8

When BMW first launched their 2002 model in the late 60s, it's unlikely they ever imagined somebody would fit a 400 horsepower V8 underneath its bonnet.

Then again, the title of this video is "Dream Build", where the dream was to get this 2002 Bimmer to accept the S62 V8 engine from a 2001 E39 M5.

Now that the build is ready, the owner of the car thought fit to talks us through everything that went into this project and how this car differs from your regular 2002 model, even though you might not know it just by looking at it.

For starters, a lot of mechanical changes were made in order to help this car handle all the extra muscle. So despite it looking mostly stock, some major underbody reinforcement took place, while a Nissan 240SX "donated" its front and rear suspension to help the cause. Other mods include brand new fenders, new doors, a new quarter panel, rear tail section, basically a lot of changes that thankfully didn't do much to alter the car's appearance.

Inside, you'll find Recaro seats, a momo steering wheel, custom gauge cluster and some nice white contrast stitching all over the black leather.

Earlier this year, we saw Jay Leno drive a 1976 BMW 2002 with an S14 M power unit, from a 1989 BMW M3. It's safe to say this one here is way quicker.


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Car Design Student Thinks Tesla Copied Acura’s NSX, What Do You Say?

Now more than ever, it seems as though car enthusiasts are continually claiming the designs of new vehicles copy the styling of existing vehicles.

For example, many online have indicated that the front of the new Aston Martin Vantage looks just like a slightly more aggressive Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Unquestionably the most head-turning new car released in the past week is the Tesla Roadster and it too has failed to escape comparisons with other cars. More specifically, a car design student named Eriquin G. emailed us asserting that the design of the Roadster closely mimics that of the Honda NSX.

The designer points out a number of similarities between the duo. For starters, both the Roadster show car and the NSX utilize similar wheels, although the Tesla does have a few more spokes. Elsewhere, we can see a similar body line just after the front wheel arch, reaching back along the doors. The rear side windows of the duo also bear some resemblance to each other.

Looking from above, the curiosities continue. Both the Roadster and NSX feature hoods with tapered lines stretching down towards the front bumper. The shape of the rear quarter panels is also quite similar, although the Tesla is slightly more curvaceous and uses fewer straight lines than the NSX.

In this writer’s opinion, the two do look quite similar but not to a worrying extent and certainly nowhere near the blatant rip-offs that have emerged from China in recent years.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think Tesla copied the NSX, another production car or is it an original design that looks like no other on the road?


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Will The New Tesla Roadster Actually Hit 60 MPH In 1.9 Seconds?

If Tesla’s bold acceleration claims for the second-generation Roadster come to fruition, the electric sports car will be the quickest accelerating production car ever built.

Tesla asserts that the Roadster will hit 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and complete the quarter mile in 8.8 seconds. However, are these ambitious times even possible?

To find out, Engineering Explained set about discovering how fast a car can accelerate with street-legal production tires.

Last year, the YouTuber asserted that with current tire technology, no production car could reach 60 mph quicker than 2.05 seconds. However, in the 12 months since then, tire technology has improved and will probably continue to improve through to the Roadster’s launch, meaning a 1.9 second time isn’t an impossibility.

Another interesting take away from recent talk about the Roadster is the possibility of it using rocket technology. Elon Musk hinted at this on Twitter and theoretically, the sports car could accelerate to 60 mph in 0.01 seconds, as long as the rockets used had enough thrust.

Knowing that Tesla's claims are possible, it's now just up to the company to ensure the production model achieves them.


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Porsche 911 Turbo spied, Mercedes A-Class interior revealed, Kia Stinger tested: Today’s Car News

2018 Kia Stinger GTPorsche’s everyday supercar, the 911 Turbo, will soon be redesigned. A test mule for the next-generation model has just been spotted. Mercedes-Benz is about to lift the bar for luxury in the compact class very high. In fact, into the stratosphere. The automaker has revealed the interior of its soon to be revealed A-Class, and you can easily...
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Aftermath Videos Of A Totaled McLaren 570S In London

A McLaren 570S is no more, after it was crashed under unverified circumstances.

The accident reportedly happened in central London, a couple of weeks ago, and judging by the videos that follow, the British supercar appears to be damaged beyond repair.

Its front end is ruined, and so are the rest of its sides, while it's also missing a wheel and the suspension. Moreover, it seems that the engine bay has suffered significant damages of its own, but the passenger compartment has remained in one piece, suggesting that the occupant(s) might have walked away.

One of the videos' description might give us a clue as to what exactly happened, as it says: "this crazy guy [McLaren 570S driver] hit a war pensioner, then ran from the scene". If that's indeed the case, then there's a good chance that at the time of reporting this story, the driver had been identified.

It hasn’t been a McLaren-loving month, as this incident joins another one in which a P1 was extensively damaged in Cambodia, whereas in Georgia, USA, a man was taken into custody after speeding in his 720S on the State Route 400.


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Upcoming Mercedes-AMG Panamera Nemesis To Offer Up To 805HP Of Hybrid Power

The new Mercedes AMG four-door coupe will feature a range of newly-developed hybrid powertrains with different battery capacities and up to an astonishing 805hp of combined power.

Mercedes is expected to reveal the production version of the AMG GT Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Sources at Mercedes have revealed to Autocar that the range-topping AMG four-door coupe will use an EQ Power-branded hybrid powertrain, employing the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine along with a rear-mounted electric motor, offering a total of 805hp and a 31-mile electric range.

The company is set to offer in total three differing battery capacities, shortly after the model’s debut. These will reportedly include a base hybrid version with 671hp and a 19-mile electric range and a mid-range model with 738hp and 25 miles of pure electric range.

The new AMG Panamera rival will initially launch with the powertrain of the E63 AMG, meaning a 604hp version of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and a trick all-wheel drive system that can shut off the front axle for smoky shenanigans.

The new model will exist alongside the also upcoming new generation Mercedes CLS, with the company to position the new AMG more upmarket for obvious reasons.


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McLaren 720S Is Finally Beaten In A Drag Race, But By What?

It's obvious by now that not even an all-wheel drive Italian exotic, whether it be stock, supercharged or even twin-turbocharged, can slay the mighty McLaren 720S, which is definitely a lot more powerful than it lets on.

During a recent dyno test earlier this month, a stock 720S managed to put down 691 WHP, which could translate into roughly 770 to 800 HP at the crank, maybe even a bit more.

So to see it demolish anything it comes across shouldn't really be all that surprising. Let's include 1/4 mile times in this statement, since the 720S managed to cover the distance in just 9.7 seconds.

If you haven't watched the video yet, you're probably wondering what on Earth could have beaten the 720S in a straight line, especially the way it happened - catching up to it and passing it at high speed.

Well, let's just say it's a very similar type of car, mostly stock, though rocking Fabspeed high flow cats and custom exhaust system.


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Uber Paid Hackers To Keep Breach A Secret; How To Check If You’re At Risk

After suffering from a massive breach that had the data from 57 million riders and drivers stolen, Uber paid the hackers to conceal the event which was kept a secret until now.

The huge hack took place in October 2016 and only now the ride-hailing giant came forward and made the official announcement.

The stolen data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber customers as well as the personal information on seven million Uber drivers, including around 600,000 driver's license plates.

Uber claims that no social security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other were taken during the attack. The company also says that it paid the two individuals responsible for the attack $100,000 in order to delete the stolen data and remain quiet.

Drivers who had their license numbers exposed are being individually notified, with Uber providing them with free credit monitoring and identity theft protection. The company is also in contact with regulatory authorities.

Uber has fired its chief security officer Joe Sullivan and one of his deputies for their role in keeping the breach a secret. During the time of the attack, Uber was in the middle of negotiations with U.S. regulators who were investigating separate claims of privacy violations.

The ride-hailing firm now acknowledges it had a legal obligation to report the hack to authorities and to the affected drivers. Instead, they decided to pay the hackers in order to delete the data and remain silent about the attack.

“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it. While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes”, said Dara Khosrowshahi who became Uber’s Chief Executive Officer last September and claims he didn’t learn of the attack until recently.

“We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers.”

Following Uber’s announcement, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation into the hack while Uber was also hit with a lawsuit over the breach by a customer, seeking class-action status.

What should you do about it?

Uber drivers can find out if their data was stolen on this link. Uber says that the affected accounts belonging to riders are currently monitored and have been additionally updated with extra fraud protection but there’s currently no official way of finding out if your rider’s account has been breached.

Uber claims that outside forensic experts “have not seen any indication that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or dates of birth were downloaded”.

That’s not exactly reassuring so you may want to take some real precaution measures, like changing your password, set up credit monitoring, going through your accounts for any suspicious activity and even issuing a credit freeze to allow you complete control over new transactions.


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Hurry Up, New Aston Martin Vantage Is Almost Sold Out For Its First Year

Aston Martin is close to selling out the entire first year of its new Vantage, despite opening the order books just a few days ago.

The British car maker has been showing the new $150,000 Vantage to private customers over the past few days and according to the company’s CEO Andy Palmer, 80 percent of them have already placed an order.

“Most of our production for next year is already sold out,” Palmer said to Bloomberg, although he declined to specify production volumes.

The new Vantage is a key part in Aston Martin’s effort to expand its target audience and better compete with brands like Porsche and Ferrari. “What we’ve tried to do with Vantage is make it aspirationally younger, cooler, better,” Palmer said during the launch event.

The new Aston is also crucial in other ways, as the company wants to establish a record of profitability as it prepares for a potential initial public offering. So far Aston Martin has reported a pre-tax profit of $29 million for the first nine months of 2017. Sales have increased by 65 percent for the same time period, thanks to the DB11.

This is certainly good news for Aston Martin but “we don’t have 10 years of good results under our belt,” Palmer said. “So for us, we’ve got to hit every quarter hard.”


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This Jeep CJ-5 “Brew-ser” sets new standard for all home bars

Jeep BarThe first thing that Eric Younger wants you to know about his CJ-5-turned-tavern is that no actual Jeeps were harmed in the making of this bar. "No, we did not ruin a Jeep for it. It's built completely out of junk parts, other than the tires and the wheels," he said. Younger owns a 4x4 specialty shop, D and C Extreme in Colorado Springs, Colorado...
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Daihatsu’s New Terios Puts The DN Multisix Concept Into Production

It's been about a dozen years since Daihatsu introduced its second-generation Terios. That makes it prime for replacement, and that replacement was unveiled today in Indonesia.

The compact crossover has grown, as so many have, in its latest iteration – by 6.7 inches, to be precise. At under 175 inches from nose to tail, it's still smaller than a Toyota RAV4, but it's grown large enough to accommodate seven passengers.

Styling is clearly drawn from recent crossover concepts Daihatsu has showcased, like the DN Multisix displayed at this year's Indonesian Motor Show and (perhaps to a lesser extent) the FT revealed in 2015.

Ditching the old Terios' platform, the third-generation model is based on the underpinnings of the Xenia (also known as the Toyota Avanza) minivan. Power comes from a 1.5-liter inline-four, which you might expect to be driving the front wheels, but actually drives the rear, through either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Daihatsu will produce the new Terios (at a projected rate of 1,500 units per month) in Indonesia where it's been unveiled, and will supply it to Toyota for sale as the new Rush – both of which are targeted at the growing ASEAN market.

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