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The end of the ice age is approaching, which era was the most inventive?
Depending on where you live, it won’t be long before internal combustion engines in new cars are a distant memory. But with a catalog of around 150 years to dip into, which ear was the most inventive for burning fossil fuels?
Driven: The 2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV is a premium-looking but expensive SUV
We tested the global HR-V (not to be confused with the larger North American car of the same name), which is exclusively a plug-in hybrid. The latest HR-V steps up its positioning, with styling and pricing that places the SUV above some of its B-segment rivals such as the Skoda Kamiq and Renault Captur E-Tech. In terms of price, it even knocks on the door of the larger Volvo XC40 and BMW X1. But for that, it’s a more mature offering than its predecessor, with a compelling interior and exciting design.
2023 GMC Canyon: Tough new looks, powertrains, and everything else we know ahead of impending launch
Facing competition from the Nissan Frontier, Jeep Gladiator, and Ford Ranger, the 2023 GMC Canyon will enter a crowded marketplace for a segment that was on the brink of collapse. Our speculative illustrations show that the 2023 GMC Canyon will make some adjustments to improve its fresh offering, including narrow DRLs, split headlights, thick fenders, and square proportions. The new Canyon (and upcoming Colorado) will be based on a heavily revised version of GM’s GMT32XX platform. It will also feature a new version of GM’s electrical architecture to enable over-the-air updates and other remote connectivity services.
Classic cars less harmful to the environment than electric cars, study shows
Good news for classic car fans: according to a new report from Footman James, a classic and specialist vehicle insurance provider, your classic engine is less harmful to the environment than modern vehicles, including electric cars. The study suggests that the carbon footprint during the manufacture of an average passenger car such as the VW Golf is 6.8 tonnes (14,991 pounds) of CO2, while an electric car such as the Polestar 2 increases this figure to 26 tonnes (57,320 pounds). By comparison, it takes more than 46 years of use for the average classic car to reach the same 26-tonne CO2 figure.
Driven: 2022 Toyota Aygo X is a city car with height
The Toyota Aygo X is a crossover twist on your standard city car. Unlike its predecessors, there is no French counterpart to the Aygo, as the platform is no longer shared with Citroen and Peugeot. Instead, the Aygo X is based on a shortened form of the Yaris TNGA GA-B platform. It’s not fast, space is at a premium, and the Aygo X won’t appear in North America. But it still manages to impress as a city car and has more style than your average city runabout.
10 gas guzzling new ICE cars that are actually fun to drive
With fuel prices on the rise, you could be forgiven for considering an electric car or hybrid. But what if you’re not ready yet? We’ve rounded up 10 of the best gas-guzzling ICE cars that are fun to drive.
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Max Verstappen wins the Canadian GP
Max Verstappen won the 2022 Canadian GP for Red Bull, leading at home Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Meanwhile, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso suffered from poor strategy, an engine problem and a post-race penalty that left him ninth, despite qualifying on the front row. Mercedes-AMG’s Lewis Hamilton rounded out the podium.
Telegram launches a premium subscription
Telegram Premium subscription is here and it costs $4.99 / month https://t.co/jAGkEtvkgw pic.twitter.com/YlSyFFKFLS
— The Verge (@verge) 19 June 2022
Messaging service Telegram has rolled out a paid tier to its app. Telegram Premium costs $4.99 per month and includes faster downloads and a larger maximum file upload size (4GB as opposed to 2GB). The complete list of features has been detailed in a blog post by Telegram.