The Korean company Kia has unveiled the second generation of the hybrid compact crossover Kia Niro.
The next-generation Kia Niro will be on display at the Seoul Mobility Show from November 25 to December 5. Starting next year, 2022, in some regions, the crossover will be available with hybrid and electric powertrains (HEV, PHEV and EV).
The model uses design cues first shown on the 2019 Habaniro concept car. The creators were also inspired by the philosophy of “Opposites United”, which is already used in the electric Kia EV6. The body of the car has received a two-tone color, the front panel is an unusual asymmetric shape, the taillights are made in the form of boomerangs.
The new Niro supports Green Zone Drive Mode for the first time. In this mode, a crossover equipped with a classic HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) or a PHEV (plug-in hybrid) plug-in hybrid powertrain enters the driving mode of an electric vehicle.
When driving in “green zones” – residential areas, near schools or hospitals, the crossover automatically switches to 100% electric mode. To determine, information from navigation systems or a history of previous trips is used. It is also able to perceive as a “green zone” places regularly visited by the driver and marked in the navigation memory, for example, home or office.
The “aged” Toyota RAV4 has become more modern. A new version of the Mitsuoka Buddy crossover is presented
The Japanese company Mitsuoka has introduced an updated retro crossover Buddy, which is an “aged” version of the popular Toyota RAV4 in the style of old American SUVs from the 70s.
According to Drom.ru, the changes include enlarged screens of the digital instrument panel and multimedia complex (the exact diagonals are not reported), as well as a full-time DVR, which will be installed from the factory.
Mitsuoka Buddy is offered in two versions to choose from. Buyers are available a pure gasoline version with a 2.0-liter engine and a hybrid with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor.
Production of the “aged” Toyota RAV4 began in June last year. The car differs from the Toyota crossover in its original body design. The front fenders, hood and bumper are made in the style of the Chevrolet K5 Blazer of the 1970-1980s. The headlights from the RAV4 were replaced with universal “rectangles”, the radiator grille is made in the form of a nickel-plated “grill”, and the original bumper with a chrome trim and vertical lights from Cadillac integrated through the adapter is installed at the back.
The original Buddy body panels are made from polypropylene and molded ABS plastic.
Tesla Semi production has finally begun – almost 5 years after the announcement. Pepsi will receive electric trucks on December 1, 2022
According to CEO Elon Musk’s announcement, Tesla has begun production of its Semi electric truck and plans to begin shipping it to Pepsi as early as December 1, 2022.
The soft drink company ordered 100 electric vehicles in December 2017, just a month after Tesla first unveiled its new creation to the world.
Tesla promises that the Semi can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h mph in 20 seconds even when “fully loaded” and maintain “the same speed as on the highway, even on steep climbs.” It also promises that you can charge your battery up to 70% in just 30 minutes. The power reserve, depending on the version, will be from 480 to 800 km. In Musk’s own words, “driving a car is a lot of fun.”
Until 2022, there was little news about the car. In May, Tesla began accepting orders and taking a $20,000 deposit, and in August, Musk said deliveries of the 500-mile-range version of the truck would begin this year.
Tesla has pushed back the release dates of its vehicles many times. The Cybertruck pickup has been delayed several times, with Musk saying deliveries will now begin in 2023. The second-generation Tesla roadster that was announced alongside the Semi was originally expected in 2020 but has yet to be released.
This is Honda’s first electric crossover, and it’s big. The company showed the Prologue model
Honda has fully shown its first electric Prologue crossover, which it nominally announced back in May.
Unfortunately, now we are also not talking about a full announcement, since most of the characteristics remain unknown. But this is due to the fact that the car will hit the market only in 2024, so some of the specifications are probably simply not yet approved.
It is known that Prologue was developed by Honda together with General Motors. It is also known that the car will be larger than the CR-V. The length will be almost 4880 mm, and the wheelbase will be almost 3094 mm.
From the rest, an 11-inch digital instrument panel and the same infotainment screen are reported.
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