Mercedes Vision EQXX, Skoda Enyaq Coupe and GMC Sierra Denali EV Teased: Your Morning Brief


Good morning and welcome to our weekly roundup of automotive news from around the world, starting with…

California DMV suspends permit for autonomous driving tests for first time after accident

Self-driving startup Pony.ai has become the first company to have its driverless testing permit suspended by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The crash saw one of the company’s driverless Hyundai Kona test vehicles hit a center divider and a traffic sign in Fremont, California after turning right. However, the suspension will not affect tests involving security testers.


Mercedes Vision EQXX EV prototype coming to CES 2022 will be the most efficient Benz car yet

Mercedes-Benz has released the first official teaser of the upcoming Vision EQXX all-electric concept car called “the most efficient vehicle the brand has ever built.” The side profile silhouette looks to be a production-ready version of the Concept IAA, with four doors and a long tail. Mercedes has already confirmed that the prototype will have a remarkable real-world range of over 1,000 km (620 miles).


Ford teases Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition ahead of reveal

Red, white and gold will be the colors of the latest Ford GT Heritage Edition. Inspired by Alan Mann Racing, the car takes after an experimental lightweight GT 40, built as part of Ford’s quest to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While we’re not sure if the Tribute will see any weight loss, a full unveiling is expected in the near future.


Why You Shouldn’t Fall For Rumors That Dodge Is Replacing Challenger, Charger Hemi V8 With New Inline-Six Turbo In 2024

A report has gained traction that says Chrysler will “likely” replace its HEMI V8 with a new 3.0-liter inline-six for cars like the 2024 Charger, Challenger and Magnum. But that doesn’t make much sense, as the brand is planning an imminent move towards going all-electric. So we reached out, and sure enough Dodge says that in 2024 they will “transition to new platforms, new electrified muscle cars (the next generation of that platform will be a BEV, which will appear in concept car form Q1 or Q2 2022).”


Meet Ken Block’s new ride, the electric Audi S1 ​​E-tron Quattro Hoonitron

Elektrikhana will be an electric-only version of Ken Block’s viral Gymkhana videos. And in the center (besides the Block itself) comes the Audi S1 ​​​​e-tron quattro Hoonitron. Inspired by the Audi Sport Quattro S1 that competed at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the 80s, the EV features wings, flares and rally lights in a modern recreation.


Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV shows aerodynamic shape ahead of debut on 31 January

Skoda will unveil its Enyaq Coupe iV to the world on January 31. The announcement followed a new teaser showing off the sloping roof of the SUV’s cabin. While we know most of the details surrounding the Enyaq Coupé, we’re waiting to see the finished car next year.


GMC Sierra Denali EV teased, to be unveiled next year

Another teaser, this time for the GMC Sierra Denali EV, a new entrant into the now contested world of electric trucks. The electric luxury pickup will be unveiled next year and will have a unique design with little in common with the facelifted 2022 Sierra. The front end is dominated by a fully enclosed grille, which features an illuminated outline and illuminated GMC badging. It is flanked by stylish LED headlights, which have an expressive start sequence.


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Mercedes-AMG Drops Appeal

The Mercedes F1 team has dropped its appeal against the result of the Abu Dhabi GP. The team said in a statement on Twitter that they will still “hold the FIA ​​accountable.” Their concern is how the safety car was used in the closing stages of Sunday’s title decider. The FIA ​​also released a statement the day before announcing an investigation.


Apple gives employees $1,000 cash

Apple is giving its employees $1,000 in cash to buy equipment for their home offices, reports say CNN. iPhone maker delays return to office as Covid-19 cases continue to rise amid spread of Omicron variant.

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