Waymo has unveiled a new electric vehicle for its self-driving taxi service that will be driver-focused and will not have a steering wheel. Waymo has announced a partnership with Geely, a Chinese auto company that has several subsidiary brands such as Volvo, Lotus and Smart.
We are pleased to announce our partnership with Geely, the world’s leading automobile manufacturer. Waymo is integrating our Waymo Driver into a version of the new all-electric mobility-oriented Zeekr vehicle developed in Sweden specifically for autonomous driving. We are committed to expanding access to sustainable transportation, and the rollout of these fully autonomous EVs is an important step as we electrify our Waymo One fleet.
In the coming years, the company will integrate the Waymo Driver Appliance into the Zeekr, a vehicle-as-a-service-optimized vehicle that focuses on driver comfort, convenience and preference. This driver-centered vehicle features a flat floor for easier entry and exit thanks to its B-pillar-less design. It also got plenty of headroom and fully adjustable seats.
Our Waymo One drivers will soon experience a steering wheel and pedal free interior, with plenty of headroom, legroom and reclining seats, screens and chargers within arm’s reach.
Details will be announced later.
“The perfect family car for style-conscious parents.” Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Bambini presented
Unveiled this week, the Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Bambini crossover is positioned as “the perfect family car for style-conscious parents.”
Opening the tailgate of the Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Bambini reveals a retractable changing table that fits into the luggage rack. There is also a car baby monitor that connects to smartphones.
The driver and front passenger seats are made of gray leather with stitching and an embossed Alfa Romeo logo. The car also received cup holders and various storage spaces.
In addition, there are special devices on the backs of the seats for the entertainment of children. There is a holder for a smartphone and a tablet to keep the kids busy during the trip, as well as clips for a thermos and other small things. There is storage space for toys in the middle of the rear seat. A 6.0 liter removable dustbin is located in the footwell behind the center console.
Even more accessories are in the luggage compartment. There is a vacuum cleaner that runs on a 12-volt outlet, a convenient organizer with several compartments that can be filled with wet wipes, diapers and other things.
Motor1.com contacted Alfa Romeo about plans to bring this project into production. The answer was: “We will consider every possibility, but we cannot confirm the launch yet.”
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as part of a hybrid system delivering a total output of 285 hp. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6 seconds.
In the US, the regular Alfa Romeo Tonale is offered at $44,590.
Golden mean between Toyota Corolla and Camry? China starts production of Toyota Lingshang sedan
The production of the 2023 Toyota Lingshang mid-size sedan has started in China. It is a cross between the Camry and Corolla in terms of size and performance. The car will go on sale in June, but prices have already been announced.
Lingshang looks like a Corolla, but the platform is TNGA, like the Camry. Dimensions are 4695 x 1780 x 1435 mm, with such a length, the wheelbase is quite decent – 2750 mm. In terms of wheelbase, the Lingshang is 50 mm larger than the Corolla and 70 mm smaller than the Camry.
Externally, Lingshang looks like a stretched Corolla. As for the interior, the equipment is better, and even at the level of materials (more soft plastic). The top version of Lingshang has a 12.3-inch screen on the front panel. The medium version has a screen diagonal of 9 inches, while the basic version is 8 inches. The interior can be leather two-tone, there is more space in the back than the Corolla.
If for Corolla in China everything starts with a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine, then here in the base is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with 171 hp. At the same time, the engine is designed to work with AI-92 gasoline, and the declared consumption is low – 5.9 liters per 100 km. The cost of Lingshang is from 21,600 to 23,000 dollars.
Car Prices Continue to Rise: The Average New Car Price in the U.S. Will Exceed $50,000 This Year, According to Toyota
Average U.S. new car prices reached a new peak in February, rising 4.8% to $46,229, according to JD Power. Jack Hollis, head of sales for Toyota North America, said the price will continue to rise. In his opinion, the average transaction price will exceed $50,000 in 2023.
Hollis believes that nearly 17 million vehicles could be sold in the US auto market in 2023 if there are no supply issues. We are talking about 15 million projected sales and another 2 million “unmet demand” vehicles since last year.
According to Bob Young, vice president of Toyota, rising car prices are the result of high material costs. While Yang says improvements are starting to happen in this area, users are unlikely to see price cuts until 2024.
Hollis predicts that Toyota and Lexus, which sold 2.1 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2022, could improve by another 100,000 units this year.
The company expects to end 2023 the same way it did 2022.
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