AutoComplete: Honda's CR-V Hybrid is finally here and more
Welcome to Road Show's AutoComplete, your weekly roundup of the biggest news in the automotive world.
This week we have news on Trump's move on the California waiver, GM's UAW strike, and more but first let's start with the Honda CR-V hybrid.
It feels like we've been waiting forever 400 offer a real competitor to the awesome rav4 hybrid and it's a joke in the American market but that way it's over on to confirm that will be bringing a hybrid CRV to the US for the 2020 model year.
The CR-V is new hybrid drive train is made up of a two liter Atkinson cycle in line for me to Dundas to motor hybrid system to produce a net 212 horsepower and 232 pounds of torque which is sent all four wheels, betting it feels pretty lively, if not super quick We don't have official fuel economy numbers but Honda's convinced it will do around 50% better in that department and that's nothing to sneeze at the 2020 CRV hybrid hits dealers this fall when it comes to car companies, monsters just a little guy.
It's a small company that makes awesome affordable vehicles with combustion engines mostly because the cost of developing its own EV who put a serious dent in the company's bottom line.
But if rumors are to be believed Mazda is about to dip its toes in the waters of the EV world with a new purely electric model and one with a petrol powered range extender.
Both of which should Debut in Tokyo.
Yeah, that range extender.
It might be a dang rotary engine.
So, You'll, feel excuse me, I'm just gonna go breathe into a paper bag for a while until I calm down.
Well, General Motors in the mighty united automobile Workers Union have come to loggerheads and the things they're starting to look pretty bad.
Upwards of 50,000 UAW members are striking after contract negotiations fail.
One of the main reasons for the strike is GM's plan to idle several manufacturing facilities including the large Detroit Hamtramck plant in 2020.
Relations between labor and management are getting increasingly ugly, with GM announcing that it would no longer be paying for striking workers' healthcare premiums.
Instead, shifting that responsibility to the union.
Hopefully this all gets sorted out satisfactorily Sooner rather than later.
Way back in 2004, actor Ewan McGregor and his pal and fellow actor Charlie Boorman decided to take the motorcycle trip of a lifetime by circumnavigating the globe.
They ended up opting to film the project, and that became the now-legendary Long Way Around documentary series.
A few years later they did it again, only they went from the top of Scotland to the bottom of Africa, and called it Long Way Down.
Well, Borman confirmed that they're doing it again.
And this time they're going from Tierra del Fuego in South America to Los Angeles.
And it looks like they'll be doing it on modified Harley Davidson Live Wire electric motorcycles along with [UNKNOWN] NT support vehicles.
This could be the shot in the arm Harley needs to help keep sales for its price the electric experiment going strong.
McLaren makes wildly fast and powerful cars that are sold to wealthy and discerning customers the world over.
And the US is a big part of the brand success overall.
McLaren North America's headquarters had been housed in a fancy Manhattan high rise for years now, but the company is growing its Tony New York digs and instead of spending even more money for just a little more room, it's pulling up stakes and heading out west to Texas.
The company is planning on settling in a suburb of Dallas near the busy DFW Airport in a 30,000 square foot facility.
According to the brands US boss the company is already planning on utilizing this new space with all its room for activities by opening a US branch of McLaren Special Operations.
Now if you want to have your Mecca painted in the famous Marlboro every from the late 1980s and early 1990s.
You're not gonna have to ship to the UK anymore.
McLaren's not the only one that's going big in Texas.
Toyota's investing big and its newly adopted home there.
This time that's pouring 391 million buckaroos into it San Antonio truck plant that currently builds US domestic market tundra and Tacoma models.
It's also investing in the community to help train a workforce for that plant by partnering with local charities that offered tuition assistance.Toyota supplier and, sort of subsidiary ice and AW is also getting in on the fun, with a $400 million commitment to build a new facility near San Antonio.
In the next few years, that shoudl also provide for a 900 jobs for the community.
Good work guys.
If everything old is new again, that's certainly true for Mercedes Benz's latest concept in its vision series.
This is one is called the vision simplex and it looks decidedly pre, pre war.
Still, it's awesome.
It's kind of like aliens kidnapped a car from the [UNKNOWN] century and have their way with it.
Specifically, it's meant as a reimagining of the 1901 Mercedes note, no beans there.
35 PS, With modern accents like rose gold, and the wild stationary will have design that we saw on the EQ Silver Arrow concept from Monterey and 2018.
Ford's long awaited Mustang inspired electric SUV is a common and word around the campfire is that it'll pack a totally decent 370 miles of range which will put it within spitting distance of Tesla's Model S.
But wait that 370 mile estimate as on Europe's much more generous WLTP cycle the US epa cycle would likely place the range at the 330 mile mark which is still nothing to sneeze at however if the estimates are accurate it'd be the only car in the market currently to come close to matching the staying power of the big tease lego bruiser Remember when Porsches and its new tycoon EV are the number green and laid down a super quick time and then Tesla basically freaked the hell out about it and started to go hard in the paint on testing its new plaid spec Model S there.
Well, it turns out that the seven minute and 42 second record setting left that, Porsche turned in wasn't even with its fastest Taycan variant.
Porsche was so confident that it sent the currently base model Turbo instead of the more sporting Turbo S. Ladies, gentlemen, and non binary folks, that's called the power move.
And we love it.
We'll have to see if [UNKNOWN] and his crew can continue to keep up.
California is a state that wields enormous power.
Thanks to its large population and massive economy.
And because of that extra cloud It's been able to do things its own way for quite a while, including setting its own more stringent than EPA emission standards for vehicles.
Well, it turns out that the Trump White House is more than little salty about that.
So despite the protestations of several automakers, the President is moving forward to attempt to strip California of its rights to dictate its own emissions laws.
If it were any other state, we just assume that that's where it end.
But California being what it is We're betting there's gonna be plenty of drama waiting to unfold.
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