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Tesla will not launch new models in 2022, Cybertruck delayed until 2023, entry level $ 25,000 EV pending
Bad news for Tesla fans around the world as Elon Musk made it clear that we will not be seeing any new model launches in 2022. This applies to the Cyber Truck, which has been delayed at least until 2023, while the long-awaited $ 25,000 compact electric car from Tesla is official nothing they are working on at the moment. Tesla’s CEO added that he expects full self-driving capacity to be offered this year for the existing models.
Gordon Murray’s T.33 is a McLaren Mauler at 11,100 rpm.
Gordon Murray has presented the new T.33 as “the world’s finest supercar GT”. It is based on a monocoque chassis in carbon fiber with a slightly tuned variant of the mid-mounted Cosworth-developed 3.9-liter V12 that produces 606 hp (452 kW / 615 PS) and speeds up to 11,100 rpm. There will be a choice between a manual or an automatic transmission with power transmission to the rear axle. Production will be limited to 100 cars and prices start at £ 1.37 million ($ 1.85 million) plus taxes.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance presents 35 new electric cars by 2030
Another day, another big announcement from a car giant about its future EV roadmap. This time, it is the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance that made headlines, as it plans to present 35 new electric models by 2030. The alliance wants to expand the use of common platforms with 90% of the new models to be based on five architectures across the three the brands.
Nissan announces Renault-Engineered EV as Micra’s successor to Europe
Do you remember the Nissan Micra? Well, it will soon be replaced by a fully electric supermini that was previewed in a video teaser. The upcoming Nissan EV will be a sibling to the upcoming Renault 5, designed and manufactured by Renault. Do not worry though, it will retain its Nissan feel thanks to its unique design which is characterized by the sleek LEDs. This will be Nissan’s fourth electric model to join the Leaf compact hatch, Ariya C-SUV and Townstar LCV.
Ford has built the 40 millionth F-Series pickup for the US market
The Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling truck for 45 years in a row, an achievement that helped it reach the 40-million milestone. This issue covers all US-based production of the F-Series, first introduced in 1947. The 40-millionth truck is a 2022 Ford F-150 Tremor that rolled off the assembly line at Dearborn Truck Plant yesterday and will soon be delivered to its owner in Texas.
Jeep tests longer variants of Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer and the compass-based master
Jeep plans to expand its SUV range with longer variants of existing models, as evidenced by the material we received from our spy photographers. First, they discovered camouflaged prototypes of Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer with a significantly longer wheelbase and an extended rear overhang that could take on the Cadillac Escalade ESV, Lincoln Navigator L, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL. Then we got a new set of spy photos from Europe, showing slightly camouflaged prototypes of the South American Jeep Commander – in both right-hand drive and left-hand drive configuration – which may mean that Jeep plans to take the compass-based seven-seater to other markets.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV may not be around that much anymore
General Motors had high hopes for the Bolt EV but the model never sold in large numbers, while serious recalls caused a long pause in production. A series of planned upgrades at the Orion Township plant in Michigan to host the production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV, have raised rumors that the compact model could be removed from the range. A GM spokesman confirmed that Bolt EV and EUV will continue to exist as they upgrade the factory, but no one really knows what will follow.
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Apple allows you to use Face ID while wearing a mask
The pandemic has made masks a must-have accessory for millions of people around the world. Apple knows this, so they prepared an iOS update that allowed iPhone 12 and 13 users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks. As reported by The Verge, the updated software will recognize the unique features around the eye area to authenticate, but Apple warns that Face ID will still be more accurate without the mask covering half of your face.
iPhone will reportedly accept contactless payments
According to Bloomberg, iPhone users will soon be able to use their smartphone as a contactless payment terminal without the need for extra hardware. The feature, which will be handy for small business owners, will be added through a software update sometime in the coming months. Apple has been working on this since 2020 when they bought the Mobeewave startup. Customers will tap their phone, smartwatch or credit card on the back of the iPhone with the standard NFC feature.