DETROIT – From new top-selling pickup trucks to an essential range extension for an electric car to the most popular SUV in the country, the 2019 model year for new vehicles has something for everyone. Fiat Chrysler’s Ram brand and General Motors’ Chevrolet will go at each other and rival Ford with tough-looking new full-size pickup trucks, while Nissan is stretching the range of the electric Leaf to beyond 200 miles on a single charge. A revamped Toyota RAV4, the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. that isn’t a pickup truck, is on sale. And there’s even a new super-fast and luxurious $300,000 Aston Martin sports car. Here are five new models to watch for the coming model year: Ram Pickup: The 2019 Ram keeps the current look of a semi cab, but it grew by 4 inches and is slightly wider. The grille is larger, with a forward-leaning, aggressive slant, and the hood is higher to look more like a big rig, as well as to help the truck glide through the wind. … [Read more...] about Dueling pickups, popular SUV among new models coming for 2019
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Ford Motor Co said it has no plans for now to hike prices of imported Ford and Lincoln models in China, despite additional tariffs on U.S. vehicles due to be applied from Friday, Reuters reports. The U.S. carmaker, which has been facing sluggish sales in the world’s largest auto market, said in a statement on Thursday “it has no current plans to increase the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) on its import line-up in China”. Ford’s move, which would mean it taking a hit on margins on imported cars, makes it the first foreign automaker to address pricing issues ahead of the new tariffs that will affect around $34 billion of U.S. imports from soybeans and cars to lobsters. Ford has much to lose if rising trade tensions between China and Trump escalate into a full-blown tariff war. Last year, it shipped about 80,000 vehicles to China from North America, more than half of them its upper-end Lincolns – including the Lincoln Continental sedan and … [Read more...] about Ford says no plans to hike China prices despite new tariffs
If the scent of lavender and the feel of Lycra on clammy flesh are your kind of thing, you won’t find anywhere better than cycling mecca La Coquillade. Set in the hills of the Petit Luberon, a rosé-growing idyll between Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, this hotel has been created by a Tour de France team owner and attracts moneyed MAMILs with its scenic bicycle routes and experienced coaches. Correctly sizing up my level of fitness, I was invited to ride around the surrounding villages on an e-bike, meaning I could avoid my twin allergies of Lycra and physical exertion. The electric power was in keeping with my other mode of transportation for the week: A Tesla Model S 100D. I chose Provence as my destination to size-up the Model S’s charge range. The £90,000 100D has the longest range of any Tesla – up to 393 miles. Would a blast to the south of France induce range anxiety? Could it match the cross-country pace of gas-guzzling rivals from Mercedes-AMG and … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S 100D review: Only famous for its unpredictable boss or genuinely good to drive?
The world's most high profile electric car company has finally set up shop in New Zealand. Tesla's flagship store opened Thursday morning in Auckland on the corner of Karangahape Rd and Hereford St in central Auckland. The brand launched its official Kiwi distributorship back in February 2017. But for a car company that sells vehicles, the store is said to have been designed to educate more than sell. What you need to know about electric cars Qantas plane weighing 130 tonnes gets towed by Tesla Tesla model 3 has landed - and it doesn't cost much more than a normal car "It's more about education than sales, so we intentionally call our stores 'stores' rather than 'dealerships', because it's a different experience when you come into a Tesla store," a spokesperson told Newshub. Yes, you can buy a car, but unlike most other car yards - there's no negotiation. Order one of the new Teslas and you can get delivery within three months. There are demonstrator models … [Read more...] about Tesla sets up first ever New Zealand store in Auckland
California dreaming Bram Schot abruptly shifted presentation of E-Tron SUV to San Francisco from Brussels in a direct challenge to Elon Musk. Published on June 28, 2018 8:40 am Audi’s interim chief executive, Bram Schot, moved quickly to put his stamp on Volkswagen’s luxury car unit by boldly shifting the presentation of its all-electric E-Tron vehicle to Tesla’s backyard in San Francisco, instead of keeping to the planned August event in Brussels. Such events are planned months if not years in advance and a switch at such short notice is unusual. Mr. Schot seemed intent on distracting attention from the fact that former CEO Rupert Stadler is still in jail, but also to demonstrate his own brand of leadership by taking on Elon Musk in his home turf. It was Mr. Musk who preempted Audi’s longtime slogan, “Progress Through Technology,” with his pioneering Model S all-electric car. While German carmakers stubbornly focused on diesel engines to … [Read more...] about Audi CEO takes electric car battle to Tesla’s home turf