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We already knew that the Volkswagen Group was the main casualty of the Felicity Ace sinking, but now we know just how many cars from the 4,000 total were lost from each brand. Some 1,944 Audis are now on the bottom of the ocean floor, along with 1,117 Porsches. Volkswagen account for 561 units, Bentley for 189, and Lamborghini for 85. There were some personal consignments too, which include a 1996 Honda Prelude SiR, a 1977 Land Rover Santana, a BMW 750i, and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
With three motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1,014 PS), and a 0–60 mph (0–96 km/h) time of just under three seconds, the all-new GMC Hummer EV Pickup is wonderfully ridiculous on paper. And, once we got behind the wheel, we found it to be practical and comfortable too. Plus, with features like its four-wheel steering and attention-grabbing looks, it’s precisely the kind of car GM needs to get people excited about the electric future that’s ahead of us.
Prepare to get confused, especially if you’re already familiar with the European HR-V, because this week, Honda unveiled a completely different crossover with the same name. The new car is destined for North America as the HR-V, but will also appear in other markets, likely under a different moniker. Based on the same underpinnings as the 11th-generation Civic, it will probably share powerplants, but exact specifications are yet to be made public.
This week Mercedes-AMG unveiled their entry-level, four-cylinder Mercedes-AMG SL 43. Mercedes has since let us know that the SL 43 may be on its way to the USA. But it begs the question, is a 2.0-liter four-pot the kind of roadster U.S. customers want? On the hand, we may not have a choice as the next C 63 will sport a similar engine. Is it time to say bye-bye to the V8?
Arizona’s ABC Nissan and Pinnacle Nissan are being forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution and penalties after they were found guilty of advertising vehicles at a lower price than they were willing to sell them for. The shady practice involved baiting customers with attractive prices before forcing them to add features that increased the sale price. Items included nitrogen in the tires, window tinting, and exterior coating, while the dealers refused the sale if the customers objected.
Hyundai and Kia have given us teasers of their refreshed SUVs ahead of their launches at next week’s New York International Auto Show. On Hyundai’s side, we can see that the updated SUV will feature a design more in line with the Tucson, with a squared-off grille and multispoke alloy wheels. Meanwhile, at Kia, it would appear that the interior of the Telluride will sport the majority of the changes, with the teaser depicting a widescreen digital dashboard channeling the 2016 concept.
A refreshed version of the Chinese-spec Nissan Altima (known as the Teana in the local market) has been spied close to one of the brand’s factories. The images give away new details, including the LED outline of the rear lights, a new front bumper, and changes to the interior.
It would seem that the days of blanked-out buttons are a thing of the past, and instead, car manufacturers are finding new and more in-your-face ways of telling us when we’ve cheaped out. One Audi Q4 e-tron owner from the Netherlands opted not to spring for the tri-zone climate control function and got a rather blunt message on the display when the “sync” button was pressed, the car boldly proclaiming that the function had not been purchased.
What Else Is Making The News
Oscars Ban Will Smith For 10 Years
The Oscars committee has banned actor Will Smith for 10 years after he slapped Chris Rock at last week’s awards ceremony. It’s unclear whether the actor will be ineligible for future nominations.
Millionaire Protects Man Cave By Buying Neighbors’ Homes
Man who built ‘man cave’ buys neighbours’ homes to stop council destroying it https://t.co/CCCyuUxA4J
— The Independent (@Independent) April 7, 2022
Graham Wildin illegally built a 10,000 square foot man cave that included a cinema, squash court, gym, and bowling alley. The complex in Gloustershire, UK, required planning permission by law, with Wildin ordered to take the structure down. Now the accountant is reported to have bought property around the man cave, and given it to relatives, expecting them to refuse entry to any bulldozers that may be sent in.
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