Best of the Web: Rivian in depth

This is a really well-done look at the new EV in town.

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Best of the Web: Chevy mid-engine.

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  • It’s officially official: the next-generation 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will make the switch to a mid-engined layout.
  • The new Corvette C8 makes its debut July 18, 2019, and will go on sale by the end of the year.

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At long last, General Motors is admitting that the Corvette will reach another generation and has confirmed that the car—yes, the real, bona fide 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8—will make its official debut July 18. We’ve spilled plenty of ink (and pixels) about the upcoming C8 for the past five years (not to mention our relentless and breathless coverage of the idea of a mid-engined Corvette spanning several decades), and now Chevrolet is finally ready to talk about it as well.

Best of the Web: Jeep wins French Award

 

While many of us in North America think of the Jeep® Renegade as the entry-level offering bring people into the Jeep brand, the reality is that the Renegade is a huge part of the brand’s global presence. This past week in Europe, French magazine SUV Crossover, published by Éditions Larivière gave the new 2019 Jeep Renegade their “2019 Urban SUV of the Year” award.
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Best of the Web: Ford Issues Recall

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Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday issued a safety recall for roughly 327,000 trucks over potential issues with the vehicles that can lead to overheating or fires.

The announcement affects Ford F-150 trucks from 2015 to 2019 and Super Duty vehicles from 2017 to 2019 that were inspected and serviced after a separate December recall spurred by potential fire concerns.

Best of the Web: New Ford Bronco

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Pic of Concept Vehicle above may not match the prototype.

The new Ford Bronco is going to have at least two things the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t: Full-time mirrors.

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Ford dealers who were shown the upcoming SUV at a private event in February told Automotive News that it features removable doors like the Wrangler, but instead of attaching the side mirrors to them, Ford put them on the windshield frame so that they stay in place when the doors aren’t fitted.

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Best of the Web: the New Porsche

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Spoiler alert. The new Porsche Cayenne Coupe has two of the things. In addition to the adaptive roof spoiler that’s a stand-out feature on the current Cayenne Turbo – the first SUV to feature active aero – the Coupe gets another one, that sits below the tailgate window. Above 56mph, it extends by 135mm, increasing downforce on the rear axle. Porsche, no stranger to an acronym, has added this to the suite of features that make up Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA).

It clearly points to the Cayenne Coupe’s more aggressively sporting character, and the inevitability of another Nürburgring record (there’s even a crash helmet in the boot of one of the reveal images, the wags). Two engines are available at launch: the 3.0-litre, 335bhp V6 turbo, which will hit 62mph in 6.0 seconds and reach 150mph, and the 4.0-liter 545bhp twin-turbo V8, that dusts 62mph in a faintly silly 3.9 seconds and will reel in autobahns at speeds up to 177mph. No diesels here.rp_-_cayenne_coupe-8

A 2.16m squared panoramic roof is standard fitment, with a contoured carbon fiber roof also available as part of three different optional lightweight sports packages. It’s a strict four-seater in standard configuration, the rear two positioned 30mm lower to optimize headroom. A full bench seat can be ordered as a no-cost option, but then you may as well as go the whole, erm, hog and order the full Cayenne to go with it.

The standard Coupe will land in the UK in May, priced from £62,129, the Turbo at £104,729. They will surely be as magnificent to drive as they are a largely pointless addition to the 2019 automotive landscape.

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Best of the Web: Honda Ridgeline wins for safety record.

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The Honda Ridgeline is the only pickup to earn a Top Safety Pick designation in the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test ratings, thanks in part to the performance of its headlights and collision avoidance technology.

The Ridgeline is also the only pickup that employs a car-like unibody chassis rather than body-on-frame construction.

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Lego mustang

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Lego seems hesitant to nail down an exact model year its 1,471-piece replica is based on (although the license plate says 1967) but there’s little doubt the company’s model makers took at least some inspiration from the iconic 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback that Steve McQueen drove through San Francisco in Bullitt. Lego’s chosen a blue paint job for its Mustang instead of green, finished with a pair of white racing stripes, but builders can further customize their tiny ride to match their muscle car tastes.

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Available starting on March 1 for $150, Lego’s Creator Expert series models have become a great alternative for collectors who don’t necessarily want to spend hours on a traditional model kit that requires lots of intricate glue and paint work.