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That’s A Wrap! The Latest Automotive News From Around The Web

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Tired of computer algorithms controlling your social feeds, have a case of automotive FOMO (fear of missing out)? Welcome to the latest segment at Road Test where we bring you top automotive stories from around the web. If you’re following us on social, thank you, we hope our posts are actually reaching you. If you find you’re still missing out, be sure to sign up for email notifications on Road-Test.org so you won’t miss a beat.

For The Week Of March 19, 2021…

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Aston Martin has confirmed that all of its road cars will be electrified by 2025 and the only vehicles it builds with ordinary combustion engines beyond 2030 will be limited to track use. More information HERE 

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Top Gear. Sadly, Sabine Schmitz has passed away at the age of 51 following a long battle with cancer. The legendary race car driver was most famous for teaching Jeremy Clarkson how to drive around the Nurburgring on Top Gear back in 2004. She then went on beat him by over 40 seconds, driving the very same Jaguar S-Type – THEN topped his time in a Ford Transit diesel.

By her estimate, she visited the Nurburgring 30,000 times, served as a ‘ring taxi driver for years, and became the first woman to win the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in 1996.

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BMW announces that it expects half of its new car sales will be fully electric by 2030.

The BMW i4 sedan (similar in size to the 3 Series) will be launched later this year, landing with 523 hp and 590 kms (366 mile) on the WLTP cycle or 482 kms (300 miles) on the EPA cycle. Soon after, they will launch the iX electric SUV. Full-electric versions of the BMW 5 Series and the X1 will follow, along with electric versions of the 7 Series and the successor to the Mini Countryman.

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Mini officially destined to be an all-electric brand by 2030: According to reports in the German media, the BMW brand Mini will only sell purely electric cars from 2030 onwards. The last Mini model with a combustion engine is to come onto the market in 2025. More information HERE

Ford has recently launched the Mustang Mach-E, but they’re not stopping at one EV… future Ford EV plans already include two additional mid-size electric crossovers (one a Ford and the other a Lincoln) that will be built alongside the Mach-E at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant in Mexico. Ford are also planning on building at least 2 EV’s at the Oakville, ON plant in the next couple of years.

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Staying with Ford…the 2022 Maverick pickup truck production is expected to begin this July. According to Ford Authority, the Maverick will feature a starting MSRP of less than $20k U.S. when it launches. The pickup will be available in a front-wheel-drive configuration as well as 4×4. Sitting below the Ranger in size, this should be a popular truck for those not interested in a full-size or medium-size pickup, but want the usefulness of owning one. More info HERE 

Audi. German automaker Audi, is aiming to offer 20 electric models in five years and just announced that it is abandoning the development of new internal combustion engines. “We will no longer develop a new combustion engine, but will adapt our existing combustion engines to new emission guidelines,” said Audi CEO Markus Duesmann.

“Nobody will want an ICE vehicle in 5 years, so we’re cutting our losses now,” he didn’t say, but should have.

Latest Police Vehicle – 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder. File this under: WHY?

www.Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandBased on the new F-150 SuperCrew, the latest police truck features a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. It’s connected to a uniquely calibrated ten-speed automatic transmission, which has been designed to meet the rigorous demands of law enforcement use while also allowing for a top speed of 193 km/h (120 mph). More info HERE.

Electric Vehicle Sales 

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Japan’s traditional car-making giants need to raise their game in the race to develop pure, battery-driven electric vehicles or risk being left behind by Chinese, American and European producers, analysts warn. The rapid development of battery-only cars is eclipsing petrol vehicles and even hybrids, leaving Japan’s big producers racing to catch up.

Tesla topped the table for worldwide sales of plug-in electric vehicles last year, according to Statista, with more than 500,000 cars. Volkswagen was a distant second, followed by the Chinese market leader BYD. No Japanese manufacturers made the top 10. Read more HERE

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GM  “We definitely bet the future on battery electric vehicles – not plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. We’re going all the way. We’re going as fast as we can. That’s the bet we have.” – said General Motors President Mark Reuss. He also called on U.S. policymakers to invest “in infrastructure that includes fast-charging stations, particularly in urban areas and along highway corridors.” Read more HERE

Lots of news from The VW Group…

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The first batch of VW ID.4 vehicles have arrived in the USA. Canada is scheduled to get the ID.4 in “late spring or early summer of 2021” according to VW Canada. The market launch was originally planned for late December 2020 but then delayed until March 2021 as the company was putting deliveries in the European Union first to avoid costly CO2 fines. Currently, ID.4 production for the North American market is being built in Zwickau, Germany. VW wants to start production of the ID.4 at their US plant in Tennessee sometime in 2022. More information HERE

 VW Wants To Be The EV Market Leader In 2025. During its recent annual report, they say it is targeting 1 million electric vehicle sales in 2021. By 2030 they expect much as 60 percent of deliveries in the entire group will be EV’s. During its ‘Power Day’ event, VW confirmed that it will build at least six “Gigafactories” across Europe to secure its supply of electric vehicle batteries moving into the EV future. More info HERE.

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The VW Group said it will be moving to a common cell design to dramatically reduce complexity and cost. The automaker estimates it will be able to reduce battery costs by up to 50%, or well below the $100 per kilowatt-hour mark that’s seen as crucial for making EVs affordable. Read the full story HERE.

Same article > Solid-State Batteries Will Have The Ability To Deliver 30% More Range & Charge To 80% Capacity In 12 Minutes

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Still more from VW…

According to Reuters, Volkswagen told its South Korean cell suppliers they would play no role in their future battery strategy. The decision came as a shock to LG Chem and SK Innovation. Full story HEREwww.Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

And finally…

www.Road-Test.orgEver wondered why every school bus – big or small, has those 3 black lines along the side? Why are they there? Well it’s because.. well watch the video. It’s only a minute long and it’s an eye-opener. Those black rails – known as “rub rails” are actually placed at very specific locations on the bus, and have important meanings check it out.

Until next Friday – stay safe and don’t drive angry.


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