Rivian Opening Up Their Doors To Welcome Ford?

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There have been a lot of talks about the upcoming Rivian vehicle which the latest news revealing where it will be manufactured at.

According to MotorTrend, the upcoming SUV and pickup truck will be built at a former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois. R.J. Scaringe, the CEO of Rivian added that the company is on track to build the vehicle in the third quarter but those vehicles are not the only thing that the plant will be working on.

It was added that Rivian will also be handling the production of their Ford or Lincoln EV SUV at the same plant. It was also added that the design and engineering for the Ford/Lincoln SUV are ready but they did not reveal the timeline of the product only saying that it will be an impressive product.

We should be hearing more about the Rivian models as we get closer to its debut date.


Volvo XC40 Recharge Starting Off Strong!

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Volvo will be testing out the EV waters for the first time with their XC40 Recharge P8 AWD which is set to arrive later this year and the order books for the model is now open.

This will kickstart their plan to have half of their global car sales come by battery-electric models by 2025 with the rest being hybrid models.

Volvo has now added that they already have a few thousands of confirming orders for their upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge model with another ten of thousands showing interest in the vehicle.

When the vehicle was shown off last year, it was fitted with a 78kWh battery pack that would allow it to have 200 miles of range to offer. The vehicle will also need 40 minutes to charge up to 80% with a 150kW fast charger.

The vehicle will be fitted with two electric motors that will allow it to deliver 402hp and 487lb ft of torque and it will only need 4.7 seconds to go from 0-60mph.

Other details like the price and release date is still a mystery at this point.


Genesis Crossover To Come Next Year

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Genesis have been teasing that they will have a few more models to offer in the future during their Genesis GV80 crossover reveal. The automaker showed six silhouettes on the screen when we know that they only have four to offer at that point.

It was speculated that time that the shape of the vehicle suggests that one could be the Essentia electric coupe model while the other will be the Mint electric hatchback concept model but it was now added that Genesis could also be working on a new all-electric midsize crossover model.

There is not a whole lot of details about the electric crossover right now. There were also some talks about a GV90 model that Genesis can use to compete with the other full-size crossover in the market including the Mercedes GLS model and the BMW X7 model.

The focus on a new crossover could mean that plans for the coupe model would be pushed back even further and we are not sure if that is what we want.

What do you think?


Jeep Grand Cherokee With 3-Row Seats Spotted?

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While it was never officially confirmed, it was hinted by Mike Manley that Jeep could be working on a new three-row mid-size SUV model that will be sold with the Grand Cherokee model and spies believe that that was what they were seeing on the road.

Based on what we can see on the spy images, it looks like it will be fitted with a new exhaust design. One possible explanation for this will be that Jeep is looking for ways to make it a little more spacious for the back passengers.

It is also clear that this model is longer. Since it will be riding on the new platform, it was also suggested that the vehicle could get some newer powertrain option as well with electrification being a major possibility. No word on what the new model will be called at this point.

Some people think that the vehicle will come in to replace the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer but some report suggests that it will be sold alongside those two.


Maserati EVs: Hear It Whirl

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Maserati will be entering the electric world with a Maserati Ghibli that will come powered by a hybrid powertrain later this year and then we will be seeing the Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio which will officially be the first to come with their new in-house electric powertrain.

While there is still a lot that we do not know about the upcoming model, at least we now know how it could sound like when it finally arrives. Maserati released a short clip this week to allow fans to hear what the vehicle will sound like when it arrived.

The vehicle will come powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine that will be offering about 454hp. With Maserati expected to do more testing, we are hoping that more spy images will surface soon.

Check out the short clip below to hear how the EV will sound like.


Jeep Grand Cherokee Gets In Trouble Over Emission Issue

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Jeep could be a ban on sales in Europe after it was discovered that the automaker might be breaking an emission rule.

According to the report, the RDW authority said Jeep already has a fix in place to rectify the issue and has been ordered to recall the affected models in Europe to roll out the update.

It was added that the Jee Grand Cherokee used prohibited emission strategies that have led to the vehicle emitting higher levels of harmful nitrogen oxide on the road compared to the levels during testing.

Besides Jeep, Suzuki is also in hot waters for the same issue. Suzuki does not have a solution for their Suzuki Vitara yet and they will have to come out with one soon or risk RDW taking further action against them and the Vitara.


Mercedes EV Production Slowed Down Over Battery Issue

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It looks like Mercedes will have to slow things down when it comes to their Mercedes EQC electric car as they are having an issue getting enough battery cells to keep the production going.

According to the reports, Mercedes will have to change the production target from 60,000 to 30,00 as they are getting a limited supply of batteries from LG Chem.

Mercedes was hoping that they would be able to sell 25,000 EQC in 2019 but ended up producing on 7000 units. It is believed that the limited supply was due to carmakers now forced to reduce their CO2 footprint next year or face a huge fine.

Tesla also bought Grohmann Engineering which was hired by Mercedes in the past to build its own battery manufacturing capacity. Daimler have not commented on the issue yet.


Jeep Wrangler Special Edition To Make An Appearance In Chicago

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We are only a few weeks away from the Chicago Auto Show and we are now slowly learning more about some of the vehicles that we will be seeing at the event this year including the special edition Jeep Wrangler.

Jeep will be heading to Chicago with a special Jeep Wrangler from Mopar. The new teaser image that Jeep showed off showed the rear quarter of the vehicle which looks similar to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited but with some modification.

Some of the upgrades that we get to see are the steel tube doors and also some chunky tires on bead-lock wheels. There is also a decal at the rear quarter panel.

More upgrades should come with this special edition model but Jeep is not willing to show anything yet so we will have to wait until the Chicago Auto Show to learn more about it.


Volkswagen ID.4 Crossover Looking At New York

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There have been a lot of Volkswagen ID.4 spy shots but we will get to see the real deal soon as new reports reveal when Volkswagen will be pulling the covers off.

Autocar reported that Volkswagen is looking to debut their ID.4 at the New York Auto Show this year which will be happening in April. Of course, this is not the only ID model that Volkswagen is working on right now as the automaker is also working on the ID.5 which is an electric crossover that will be coming next.

The ID.4 will come riding on their MEB platform with most of the motor and battery being fitted under the floor. That should allow the vehicle to come with more interior space to offer.

The ID.4 will be powered by an 83kWh battery pack which will power two electric motors that will offer 301hp in total and has a range of 250miles. More details will be revealed soon.


Alfa Romeo New Model To Be Announced In A Few Months Time

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This year is a big year for Alfa Romeo as they will be celebrating their 110th birthday and they will be celebrating it with the unveiling of a new model.

The event will be happening on the 24th of June in Milan and with all eyes on them, there is no better time to show off their new vehicle which is said to either be a crossover or a coupe model.

While some fans were hoping that it would be the GTV model, it would be safer to assume that it will be a crossover since is still so popular right now.

There were also some speculation that it could be a two-door model that pays tribute to their heritage. For now, we can only take a guess at what Alfa Romeo is looking to offer but the event is only a few months away so the wait will be over soon.


Tesla’s Acceleration Issue Not An Issue?

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It was previously reported that NHTSA is looking into some Tesla models over the unintended acceleration problem that some of the models seem to have.

According to the report, some Tesla vehicles accelerated with no reason at all putting the driver, passenger and other road users at risk. It was also reported that there are close to 110 crashes caused by the issue.

However, Tesla has now come out to clarify that there is no unintended acceleration issue and that the petition was completely false. The original petition urged Tesla to recall their Tesla Model S, Model X and Model 3 from all the way to 2013.

We have not heard what NHTSA thinks of the situation but they did say the last time that they will review the petition with care and decide if further actions need to be made.


2021 Ford Bronco Removable Roof Spotted

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Ford is really trying hard to make sure we don’t learn much about the upcoming Ford Bronco before they show it off with the latest spy shots showing the vehicle heavily covered in camo stickers but that does not mean we could not get anything from it.

From what we can see, the upcoming Ford Bronco could be coming in with an independent front and solid axle rear suspension setup. In the back, we could see the solid axle with coil springs and struts.

What was also revealed was the roof which appears to be in an elaborate disguise that seems to suggest that they are trying to hide a removable rood underneath it all.

The rest of the vehicle was pretty very covered especially the mirrors but we can’t really decide what that means at this point. Some people think that it might have something to do with the doors being removable but we will have to wait and see.


2021 Nissan Pathfinder Taking Baby Steps

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The current Nissan Pathfinder is in serious need of an upgrade and luckily, Nissan is well aware of that as they continue to work on the new generation model.

The next-gen Nissan Pathfinder was spotted while it was out getting tested. From what we can see, the vehicle was fitted with an updated sheet metal that matches what we have already seen on some of the other Nissan models.

We can make out features like the V grille and headlights. The roofline looks the same here but lowers while the window treatment looks to be wrapping around the D-pillar. More changes were made to the back including the thinner headlights.

As for what we will be seeing under the hood, there were talks that we might see the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine includes of the 3.5 liter V6 but we will have to wait and see.


Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Returns

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It is another year and that means another Lunar New Year event for Overwatch. As usual, fans can expect to see special mode, new challenges and also new skins to collect. Here is what we know about the Year of the Rat event.

The event will start on the 16th of January and will last until the 6th of February on all platforms. Fans will get to enjoy the new CTF Brawl Blitz mode which is a modified version of Capture the Flag with a little change.

Winning nine games of any model will get players a cosmetic reward every week. The list of reward has already been released and they are starting off with the Monk Doomfist for the first week.

Players can also collect items from loot boxes or in-game currently. Skins like Opera Brigitte, Face-CHanger Sombra and more will be up for grabs so remember to keep playing to collect them all.

In Games

2020 Infiniti QX55 Crossover Pushed Back A Few Months

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Those waiting to get their hands on the 2020 Infiniti QX55 will have to wait a little longer now as it was announced that the vehicle’s production will be starting five months later than planned.

The mysterious crossover will be based on the QX50 model and was suppose to start production in June but it was now reported that the suppliers were informed that production will only be starting in November as they wanted to make sure that the plant has the production capability.

The vehicle will be built at their Aguascalientes, Mexico plant. The same plant that also works on models like the Nissan Kicks, Sentra and more.

Not only will the vehicle be sharing some of its design with the QX50 but it could also come fitted with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that the QX50 is offered with right now. The engine could offer up to 268hp and 280lb ft of torque.

The new 2020 Infiniti QX55 will be coming in to compete with models like the BMW X4 when it arrives.


Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer 2021 Release Date Not Happening

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When CDPR first announce Cyberpunk 2077, it was revealed that there will also be a Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer which we will be seeing after the release of the main game in 2021 but now that Cyberpunk 2077 has been pushed back a few months, it looks like we might have to wait a little longer for the multiplayer game as well.

According to CDPR, the multiplayer will most likely won’t launch for at least two more years putting the release date to 2022. There is not a whole lot of information on the multiplayer mode which was said to be a free update to the main game but it was suggested that the mode is being developed in parallel as an AAA experience of its own.

As for the main game, CDPR made clear that the game is complete now and is playable but there are still more that needs to be done and they wanted to have the extra time to polish up the game and make sure it is something that they are proud to offer to their fans.

Instead of the 16th of April, we will only be seeing the game on the 17th of September now.


Hyperion Motors Hypercar To Take The Stage In New York

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After all these years, we might finally be seeing something from Hyperion Motors at the New York Auto Show this year.

At this point, there is not a whole lot of information on Hyperion Motors but it is believed that the automaker’s focus is on hydrogen fuel cells. They have also posted a new image of their Facebook page in the past teasing something with a modern front but a vintage rear end.

Last year, it was announced that we will finally be seeing something but that did not happen and now, it was reported that Hyperion will be attending the New York Auto Show where they will be showing off something but we do not know what yet.

The latest teaser image does not have much to offer but it does look similar to what the previous teaser had to offer. As for the hydrogen fuel cell that it should come with, we will have to wait a little longer to find out more.


Subaru Going Electric In 10 Years

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Subaru is all for going electric in the near future as the automaker reveals their plan for the future. According to Subaru, all their vehicles will come in with an electric option or be gone from their lineup by 2030.

With emission regulations now stricter than ever, automakers are considering the options they have and the changes they need to make to make sure their vehicle meets the regulations.

For Subaru, it will be the hybrid tech from Toyota that they want to focus on. Subaru also hinted that while they want to focus on reducing the emission, the performance and safety fo their AWD is also important suggesting that AWD will continue to be a huge part of their future which is a relief as that is one of their biggest appeals.

On top of that, they plan to stop offering gasoline powere cars in 15 years’ time.


Ford Galaxy & S-Max Hybrid To Head To Europe

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Ford will be added to more models to their hybrid lineup as the automaker announced that both the Ford Galaxy and Ford S-Max for Europe will be getting a hybrid version in 2021.

Build at their Spain plant, the hybrid Ford models will join the other Ford hybrid model including the Ford Galaxy Hybrid, Ford S-Max Hybrid, Ford Kuga Hybrid, Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and more.

Powering it will be the 2.5 liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine that will be paired with an electric motor and will have an output of 197hp and 155lb ft of torque.

While the S-Max will be offered in both seven and five-seat options, the Galaxy will only be offered with seven-seat configuration. Ford will have 12 electrified vehicles to offer in Europe before 2020 ends.


2020 Nissan Qashqai Brings On The Techs

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If you are all about the in-car techs, the new Nissan Qashqai trim option should be the one for you.

Called the Nissan Qashqai N-Tec Edition, the vehicle will be coming in with a few exterior upgrades that will include an all-black 19inch alloy wheel, smoked headlights, taillights, darkened front grille treatment, glossy black mirror caps and more.

On the inside, the vehicle will be fitted with Alcantara trimmed seats, soft-touch materials, glossy black air vents, black roof, A-pillar lining and more.

Features like the ProPilot driver assist system will be offered as standard now along with the Intelligent Parking Assist which will help drivers with reverse parking the vehicle. Then there is the Nissan Connect infotainment system which will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.