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The fire on the Felicity Ace cargo ship has reduced thousands of Volkswagen Group products to junk. And while this is a grave issue for any brand affected, there’s an added complication when it comes to Lamborghini. That’s because some of the cars on board were Aventadors, a model that is now out of production. The automaker’s U.S. head, Andrea Baldi, said some of the damaged vehicles might have to be rebuilt to satisfy customer orders, but replacing completely destroyed cars will be even trickier.
The Ranger Raptor follows on from the previous generation, with beefed-up styling, flared wheel arches, and 32-inch AT tires. Although this isn’t the North American version that will be revealed later, the Australian and European-spec pick-up gives us a good idea of what to expect. There’s extra protection added underneath and heavy-duty Fox shocks. Under the hood, Europe will get a relatively modest 284 hp (212 kW / 288 PS) and 491 Nm (362 lb-ft) of torque from its V6 engine. On the other hand, Australian-market models will get as much as 392 hp (292 kW / 397 PS) and 583 Nm (430 ft-lb) of torque.
Although we’d seen a few spy shots, we weren’t quite expecting to get such a good look at Ferrari’s forthcoming SUV entrant until much later in the year. However, the 2023 Purosangue has apparently been leaked, with what appears to be a pre-production model spied on a factory floor.
The much-loved Morgan three-wheeler has been revived again and now sports some groovy space-age styling. Known as the Super 3, it’s powered by a 117 hp (118 PS) Ford-sourced three-cylinder engine, which is good for a 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h) time of 7 seconds and a 130 mph (209 km/h) top speed.
A roadmap for Toyota’s American operations seems to indicate that the GR Corolla could arrive in the US in October. The video is now private, but The Drive was able to grab a few still shots of the documents in it before it disappeared. Also captured is some interesting information about the Crown and, to a lesser extent, Corolla Cross Hybrid models. Both will be coming to the New York Region in small numbers in 2022, which, by extension, means the rest of the U.S. (and likely Canada) can look forward to the models too.
A recent patent drawing has given us the best look at the new Honda CR-V yet. It follows the design ethos laid by the European HR-V / Vezel, with the design closely matching what we saw with camouflaged prototypes last year.
Could a modern interpretation of the oddball Subaru Baja be well received today? With the likes of the Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick winning fans left, right, and center, we think there’s a case in it. Our independent illustrations envisage what a Baja comeback could look like, as Subaru’s global platform (SGP) could be perfect for a unibody truck.
One burnout turned into a flameout at the Irwindale Speedway in California. A Dodge Charger had been doing burnouts for two minutes straight when one final stationary display saw an explosion and flames. It’s not quite clear what triggered the inferno, but the car was later seen being driven home.
Although it’s based on the platform of the outgoing version, the updated Baleno brings a host of updates to the popular Indian model. It includes minor exterior tweaks, a redesigned dashboard, a new nine-inch touchscreen, a Surround Sense audio system by Arcamys, and a nicer steering wheel. Safety equipment includes six airbags, ESP, Hill Hold Assist, ABS with EBD, ESP, seatbelt reminders, and a High-Speed Alert system.
What Else Is Making The News
Russia Restricts Facebook Access
Following the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has restricted access to Facebook, accusing the platform of “censorship” and violating “the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens,” reports the BBC. Facebook says that it is continuing to fact-check and label content from state-owned news organizations.
Formula 1 Cancels Russian GP At Sochi, Eurovision Bans Russia From 2022 Contest
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) February 25, 2022
Following on from Formula 1 canceling the Russian GP and UEFA moving the Champion’s League Final from Saint Petersburg, the European Broadcasting Union said that the nation could no longer participate in the song contest.
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