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SEC Sues Faraday Future Over Misrepresentations To Investors
The SEC is investigating members of Faraday Future’s management team. It comes after an internal investigation revealed that the company had inflated reservation numbers for the FF 91. The investigation also found that the company was dishonest about Yueting Jia’s role in the company. It found that “Mr. Jia’s involvement in the management of the company […] was more important than had been represented to some investors.” Faraday future joins other EV startups including Nikola and Lordstown Motors to be investigated by the commission.
The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla is a rally-inspired hatch with 300 hp, AWD and a manual
The Toyota Corolla GR is here to prove that the popular compact can be more than just a sensible car loved by families. And, unlike the GR Yaris, this one actually makes an appearance stateside. It’s the result of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing arm, which has given the Corolla hatchback a rally-inspired makeover. The engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder with 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. It is only available with a six-speed manual, connected to an all-wheel drive system. As expected, the chassis and suspension have also received the GR treatment and it rides on 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.
The BMW i3 eDrive35L is an all-electric, long-wheelbase 3-series for China
The new BMW i3 eDrive35L is a China-exclusive long-wheelbase version of the 3 Series that may just preview the model’s global facelift. The “eDrive35L” name helps (albeit awkwardly) distinguish the EV sedan from BMW’s first battery-powered vehicle, the i3 hatchback. The new LED headlights are likely to be part of the 3 Series’ lifecycle update, while the car also features a redesigned front bumper with different air intakes and a new rear bumper.
Elon Musk takes a swipe at UAW after official pleads guilty to embezzling $2.2 million
The UAW stole millions from workers, while Tesla has made many workers millionaires (via stock grants). Subtle, but important difference.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 29, 2022
Elon Musk’s dislike of unions is well documented, with the tech CEO convinced that Tesla is better off without them. So it’s little surprise that Musk took to Twitter to blast the UAW when a former official pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering. “The UAW stole millions from workers, while Tesla has made many workers millionaires (via stock grants). Subtle, but important difference,” he said. While there was no hard data to back up these claims, depending on the situation, employees could who were paid with stock grants have indeed become millionaires.On the other hand, there is no guarantee that a Tesla employee could not also commit similar crimes.
Jeep teases Wrangler Magneto 2.0 ahead of Easter safari
Ahead of the 2022 Easter Jeep Safari, a new Wrangler has been teased, which could suggest an all-electric version is on the cards. The image shared by the brand shows little apart from a “Magneto 2.0” decal on it and a fun hood bulge – likely a follow-up to the first all-electric Magneto concept shown at last year’s event. It will be joined by two 4xe concepts as well as several other off-road concepts Jeep has planned for the Easter Safari, which takes place April 9-17 in Moab, Utah.
The new Ford Equator Sport debuts in China as a smaller sibling to the Equator
Equator Sport has been launched in China. Built locally by Jiangling-Ford, it’s billed as a smaller, sportier version of the regular Equator. Despite sharing similar looks, the Equator Sport is smaller and has five seats as opposed to seven in the fat Equator. It also gets a smaller engine. While the Equator is powered by a 2.0 EcoBoost engine, the Sport has a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque sent to the front axle through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
O Canada, a limited edition of 10 special McLaren 720S Supercars is headed to the Great White North
To celebrate ten years of McLaren’s presence in Canada, Pfaff Automotive Partners has created a unique package (with the help of McLaren Special Operations) for the 720S. Black, with orange accents, the Canada 10th Anniversary MSO will be limited to just ten examples. Each car comes with a maple leaf on the hood, as well as a few options, including the electrochrome glass roof.
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Samsung’s lets Galaxy users repair their own phones
The latest win for the right to repair the movement comes from Korean electronics maker Samsung. The company has announced a program that allows users to repair their own devices, where third-party companies, including iFixit, get access to genuine parts and tools, as well as step-by-step repair guides, CNN reports.
Report Propose metapaid company to subvert TikTok
Facebook paid a company to damage the reputation of rival social network TikTok. According to The Washington Post, Facebook hired a Republican consulting firm to stage a nationwide campaign, including publishing comments and letters in regional newspapers and promoting stories about TikTok trends.