AutoComplete: Tesla brings back unlimited Supercharging, Audi kills off the A3 Cab and Bentley resurrects a prewar beauty
Welcome to road shows auto complete your weekly roundup of the biggest news in the automotive world.
This week we've got news on the GT 500 from Ford, Audi killing off the a three cabriolet and a brand new kind of electric motor.
That could change everything.
But first let's start with Tesla's unlimited super charging.
Tesla's had an on again off again relationship with free unlimited super charging with it initially serving as a huge attractor for new buyers in the early days.
Is the brand.
It's been off menu for a while now, but that's changing again, if you order the New Model S or x and presumably soon and that has, of course rubbed many recent buyers of cars the wrong way.
Still, it's a pretty good deal if you're already in the market, but realistically, it's not enough of a cost savings on its own to justify a purchase.
Being quick off the line is just a key defining feature of a muscle car, right?
I mean, that's what they're for.
Well, another very important feature, although it's clearly less sexy looking in a sales pitch, is the stopping capability of that car's brakes.
One of the best ways to test both of those systems is with the old 0 to 100 to 0 run.
That's just what Ford did with its new almost stupidly powerful GD 500 which did the trick in just 10.6 seconds.
Now that's on st tires.
I'll be you know, sticky ones.
So now we know that.
The GT500 is quick, it's really fast too and it stops well.
The only thing we've got left to find out is just how well it likes corners, and that's typically been something that the GT500 has not fared well with in the past.
Accurate is getting ready to pull the sheet off its latest almost ready for production sedan concept in Monterey.
And that should have you excited.
Well, because based on teaser images and sneak peeks we happen to know that it's handsome as hell.
And a huge leap forward for the brand in terms of design.
It's called the Type S concept and it appears to be a refined interpretation of the Acura Precision concept we saw a while ago, which was also crazy attractive.
Now, if we can just convince the brand to toss the Civic Type R drivetrain in it, We'll be at the campers.
Tesla's dog mode was more than just a cute news story when it came out.
There's something that actually worked and has made quick trips to the store, easier and safer for people and approaches.
Of course, if you aren't a fan of automatic climate control, that may not be the case.
See a Tesla owner discovered the dog mode wasn't working when he had his climate control set manually.
Thankfully he managed to get Elon Musk's attention on Twitter where else, and there's now a software fix in the works that should roll out in the very near future.
Nissan and EVGO are teaming up once again this time to install 200 new high speed DC chargers across the United States.
The Chargers will feature 100 kilowatt, fast charging capability and will have both CHAdeMO and CCS plugs.
We're not 100% sure where exactly these chargers are gonna be installed.
Neither Nissan nor Evgo made that clear in their press release, but we're pretty stoked to see continued investments and a national EV charging infrastructure anyway.
It's tough times for the venerable old manual transmission.
Even vehicle lines that have always had a stick, you know, like the Corvette are dropping the three pedal variant and their newest iterations.
Thankfully we don't have to worry about that with the BMW and it's next generation GADM3, BMW confirm that it will be.
Will offer a version of the M3 with a six-speed manual and likely other driver-focused features, like locking differentials, etc.
It's also going to offer the M3 with all-wheel drive for the first time ever, though that will be optional.
And even that system will have a two-wheel drive switch like we saw on the current-generation M5.
EV sales are on the rise and great white north and that seems to have a lot to do with a relatively recently and stated $5,000 nationwide electric vehicle purchasing incentive.
How much your sales up try 30%.
The nationwide credit came after a new more conservative provincial government in Ontario, aka the largest market for TVs in Canada decided to kill that provinces $14,000 EV incentive.
Canada is currently targeting 100% electric new vehicle sales by 2040, and this bump will surely help it move it closer to that goal.
Volkswagon, inventor of the hot hatch, is killing off its hottest hatch, the much loved Golf R for the 2020 model year.
This comes as part of the brand's effort to slim its lineup, by removing trim levels and standardizing features.
It probably also has a lot to do with the fact that we're expecting a brand new Mk8 Golf to make its debut this Fall.
This may be sad news for fans of highly practical speed, but fear not friends Volkswagen has already said the Golf R will return on the market platform, and you know what?
We're betting it'll still be pretty damn good.
Hey remember the last time you saw an Audi A three you with a drop top there?
Yeah, me neither.
And that's probably why it's getting the boot from Audi's lineup after the 2019 model year.
Thankfully, despite the fact that the sedans are having a tough time in general in the current marketplace, the rest of the a three line seems safer now still, if you need to have something with four rings on the hood and a roof that comes down and you're not afraid, Fan of three A 3 and it's relatively benign looks.
There's always the soon to be dead TT or the more expensive but totally cool R8 spider.
We are living in a weird time where manufacturers are making great sedans that are technically competent Fun to drive and handsome but nobody's buying them.
It's kind of a bummer but that's just the way the world works I guess.
Anyway to help deal with the downturn in non SUV and crossover sales, Honda is scaling back production of it's totally awesome accord and civic models both of which are assembled at its Marysville, Ohio plan.
The CRV is built there too but, that production is gonna get shifted to Indiana so no worries there.
As if Binge watching good omens on Amazon didn't already have us looking at pre war Bentleys and feeling poor.
Now the folks from Crew have gone and reconstructed one of the coolest cars from their history, Technical drawings.
That car is the 1939 Bitly Cornish, the original version of which was mostly destroyed during World War Two.
The car itself is absolutely staggering and it's good looks and the fact that it was built almost entirely in house Hand by hand is wildly impressive.
This project has been going on in fits and starts for 18 years now, but we're psyched with the end results.
Electric motors power the world and they've been designed and built and more or less the same way for about a century.
A new startup called Linear Labs thinks it has cooked up a way to build electric motors that will offer three times the torque, twice the power, and that are significantly more efficient than current permanent magnet motor designs.
The company's design is called the Hunstable Electric Turbine named after the company's founders father and son team Brad and Fred Huxtable.
The constables are already in talks to have a small version of the HET appear in a scooter as early as 2020 with talks of having it in an electric car.
Sometime in 2021.
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