What’s News: Lego takes on Tesla cybertruck?

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Lego seems to have been inspired by recent events to bring its own vision fo the truck of the future to the world – behold this bold design statement in all its glory. Clearly, Lego is having a go at Elon Musk and the Tesla Cybertruck that he unveiled last week – which was… divisive in its reception, to say the least.

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What’s News: Mustang Mach-E Reveal

While Sean O’Kane of the Verge says of the reveal…

Ford’s newly revealed electric Mustang SUV, the Mach-E, is quickly becoming one of the more buzzed-about car reveals of the last few years. But while the new EV looked competent at its LA Auto Show debut, the company pretty much whiffed on one really important part of the Mustang Mach-E: the software.

Frugal Moogal told Clean Technicathe reveal felt scripted in comparison to the Tesla way of revealing a car.

O’Kane felt the Sync 4 software, “was so buggy that the handlers hovering around the car kept stopping people from tapping the screen.

Moogal writes…”As they are describing the car, I’m struck again by the fact that I expect that this is the first real challenger to anything that Tesla is doing.

Will the buggy software be fixed by the next reveal in L.A.? Will it give Tesla a run for it’s money?The car is due on showroom floors by late 2020 so we will soon know answers.

What’s News: Ford & Tesla Tussle

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The atmosphere is getting positively electric.

Ford Motor Co. on Sunday finally lifted the curtain on its first battery-powered sport-utility vehicle, in a debut that’s poised to usher in a new era of fierce competition among automobile makers vying for the electric-car crown.

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And, most notably, Ford’s hotly anticipated launch of the Mustang Mach-E could be a big problem for industry darling Tesla TSLA+0.72%  .

What’s News: Ford to discontinue Flex

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  • Ford Motor is eliminating the Ford Flex in its redo of the vehicle lineup through 2020
  • Ford is shifting toward trucks and SUVs where it’s more dominate in the market.
  • This will eliminate about 450 employees at Ford’s Oakville Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada.
  • Also discontinued this month, the Lincoln MKT — a crossover built at the plant.

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What’s News: Gen Y & Micromobility

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FOR URBAN MILLENNIALS, MICROMOBILITY WILL BE THE KEY TRANSIT CHOICE OF THE FUTURE

Gen Y has been pivotal in the trend of resurgence in America’s urban areas. Not only do they have a significant preference for city living, they are also 21% more likely to buy their homes near city centers than Gen Xers. For the cohorts aged 25-34 and 35-44, the critical factor in that decision is access to transit, according to a Journal of Regional Science study.

Given that millennials make up America’s largest-ever generation, that is positive news for the sector of the transportation industry most primed to capture the future urban market: micromobility.

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Micromobility services — including ride-hailing platforms like Uber and Lyft, bike-share programs like New York City’s Citi Bike, and electric-scooter rental services like Bird and Lime — have grown rapidly in recent years. Today, there are more than 85,000 e-scooters available for rent in 100 cities across the US, with more than 38.5M trips made in 2018 alone. As a whole, the micromobility sector is expected to be worth up to $300B by 2030.

What’s News: Tesla truck prototype pushed out to Nov.

  • Tesla‘s pickup truck will likely be unveiled in November, CEO Elon Musk said Monday.
  • That’s later than previously expected arrival times for the truck, which Musk has talked about for years.
  • Musk previously said a prototype “might” be here by 2019, but that full production would follow the Model Y, which has yet to be built

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What’s News: Tesla shares take a hit

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  • Shares of Tesla initially rise Thursday after a German business publication reports that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess is interested in buying a stake in the company, citing sources.
  • The stock pares some of its gains after Volkswagen denies the report.
  • A VW spokesman tells CNBC the report is “completely unfounded.”

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Where did they get a crazy idea of a VW acquisition? Well, from stories like this one.

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What’s News: Ford EV SUV inspired by mustang?

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Brian Williams snapped some photos outside of the automaker’s Dearborn, Mich., development center, of what’s assumed to be a prototype for the upcoming utility vehicle. The high-performance vehicle is wearing a bulky wrap to obscure it a little. The testers always drive each new prototype on public roads for real-world testing at some point in the process. What can’t be known for sure is if this is truly the mustang “inspired” SUV that has been rumored.

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What’s News: Rent a brand new Mustang?

“For $177, you can stand in lines at Disney all day. You can cover a night in a decent hotel room or eat a plate of deconstructed fried pickles at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Or you can invest in 24 hours with the supercharged 600-plus-hp Mustang Shelby GT-S. Let’s put that last one into perspective: You can’t buy even half of a rear tire for the Shelby with $177.”

German automotive rental giant, Sixt, entered the US market in 2011, and has grown quickly since–probably due in part to sharp decisions like this. Sixt’s Shelby fleet currently stands at 20 nationwide among cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, (price tags vary by market). When Car and Driver rented one in Florida the cost was $177 / day with an extra $0.83 /mi after the first 175 miles.

This sure beats renting a minivan to haul the family to a world famous amusement park and doesn’t cost that much more, really, does it???

“The Shelby GT-S turns every open road into a thrill ride that you pilot. And if it takes your entire vacation budget to make it happen, know that you can probably cook a steak on the car’s supercharger and sleep in the passenger’s seat.”

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