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Lexus NX will be produced in Canada

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OTTAWA/MONTREAL — Toyota Motor Corp will build its Lexus NX luxury crossover vehicle at a Canadian plant starting in 2022, the company said on Monday, a decision that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said demonstrated the value of the country’s international trade agreements.

The plant will invest hundreds of millions of dollars to produce the Lexus NX and its hybrid version at the factory in Cambridge, Ontario, “supplying the entire North American market,” Trudeau said in a presentation with Fred Volf, president of Toyota’s Canadian unit.

Citing Canada’s trade agreements with Mexico, the United States, Europe and Asia, Trudeau said: “We have preferential trade access to two-thirds of the global economy. In fact, we’re the only G7 country that has free trade deals with every other G7 country.”

Trudeau, who faces a tough re-election contest in October, said the plans by Toyota, one of the world’s largest carmakers, will help guarantee 8,000 jobs and the factory.

The announcement is a “counter narrative” for Canada’s automaking industry following recent bad news from other automakers, said Flavio Volpe, president of the Toronto-based Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, especially in the province of Ontario.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said in March it would cut a shift at its Windsor assembly plant, leading to 1,500 job losses, and General Motors said last year it would shut its Oshawa factory by the end of 2019.

Plans to assemble the NX in Canada “means that Toyota’s Canadian manufacturing operations are here to stay,” Volf said, adding that the cars are “the most technologically advanced and the most in-demand cars in the Toyota-Lexus global lineup.”

On Sunday, Trudeau hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Ottawa. Both touted the benefits of a Pacific trade deal that U.S. President Donald Trump walked away from.

Trudeau said he had discussed the project to build the Lexus NX in Canada with Chief Executive Akio Toyoda on April 1.

“When we last chatted just a few weeks ago, we discussed the potential of this new Lexus mandate,” Trudeau said.

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This Learjet fuselage was completely transformed into a luxury limo

Transcript: Why fly a jet when you can drive one? This luxury jet was completely transformed into a promotional luxury limo. Limo-Jet is made from a Learjet fuselage and is powered by a V8 Vortec gas engine. It was designed to be an “attention grabber.” The 17,000 watt sound system is perfect for promotional events. Limo-Jet is 42 feet long 12 feet longer than a standard limo. It seats 8 passengers comfortably. sitting on four 28-inch wheels Limo-Jet is street legal.

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Smart to discontinue sales in U.S., Canada

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Smart, the Daimler brand responsible for those little city cars you see all over the place in European cities, but rarely in American suburbs, has been on an interesting ride in recent years. A couple of years ago, the Smart went electric-only in the U.S. and Canada, where small car sales are waning and EV sales have yet to take off — though it continues to sell internal combustion versions in other markets. Most recently, we heard rumors of a possible demise of the brand before Daimler confirmed that Smart would live on through a joint venture with Geely, and that the next generation will be built in China. Now, as TechCrunch reports, Daimler plans to stop selling the smart brand in the U.S. and Canada after the 2019 model year.

Autoblog has reached out to Daimler for confirmation, and will update this story when we hear back.

According to TechCrunch, a spokesperson told the outlet, “After much careful consideration, smart will discontinue its battery-electric smart EQ Fortwo model in the U.S. and Canadian markets at the conclusion of MY2019. A number of factors, including a declining micro-car market in the U.S. and Canada, combined with high homologation costs for a low volume model, are central to this decision.”

The report states that Daimler will continue to support current Smart owners in the U.S. and Canada for both gas and electric markets through their Mercedes-Benz dealerships, which will provide service and parts.

According to sales tracking site GoodCarBadCar, sales of the Smart Fortwo in the U.S. have dropped from 6,211 units in 2016 to 1,154 units in 2018. It reports just 231 sales in the first quarter of 2019.

It’s unlikely many will miss the Smart lineup here in the U.S., where the roads are dominated by pickups and crossovers. The people who want one probably already have one. We’ll shed one small tear, though, for the future turning-circle enthusiasts who will never know what a 22.8-foot radius feels like. And Daimler won’t be completely without all-electric vehicles on our shores, as Mercedes-Benz will launch a new family of EVs here with the EQC in 2020, followed by other electrics that people are more likely to buy.

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Lime scooters in Australia hacked to deliver lewd and racist comments

Hackers in Brisbane, Australia, have used the voice boxes attached to electric Lime mobility scooters to attack potential riders with offensive recordings. The hack was reported to affect at least eight scooters, which have since been removed, according to BBC and the Brisbane Times.

“Don’t take me around, because I don’t like to be ridden,” one video showed a Lime scooter saying in an accent. Another said, “Okay, but if you’re going to ride my a——, then please pull my hair, okay.” The scooters played several different messages, nearly all of which were racist and some sexually offensive, depending on whether a customer was just linking or ending a ride.

“We are aware that eight Lime scooters in Brisbane have had their audio files changed by vandals recording over the existing audio file with inappropriate and offensive speech,” Lime public affairs manager Mr. Savanh said in a statement. “It’s not smart, it’s not funny and is akin to changing a ringtone. It’s disappointing that someone has taken this opportunity to poke fun at members of the community in a hurtful way.”

The hack comes at a poor time for the mobility scooter company. Currently, Lime is on a trial basis in Brisbane and is under consideration for a possible permanent stay.

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Aston Martin unveils droptop DBS Superleggera

Aston Martin is continuing the parade of open-top variants from the exotic realm with the DBS Superleggera Volante.
Unveiled last week, the DBS Superleggera convertible is to join the British automaker’s lineup in the third quarter.
Like the coupe that went on sale last year, which replaced the Vanquish S, power comes from a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 that packs 715 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque. It’s offered only with a ZF eight-speed transmission.
In the rear, there’s a quad exhaust system.
“DBS Superleggera produces a spectacular and relentless level of performance and so for the Volante, we focused on bringing that extra level of sensory overload that only an open-top Super GT can deliver inside the cabin,” Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, said in a statement.
The automaker noted that the convertible’s fabric roof, which is made of eight layers, can be opened in 14 seconds and closed in 16 seconds. The convertible has a dry weight of 4,107 pounds, up from the coupe’s 3,732 pounds.
The DBS Superleggera Volante starts at $329,100, including the gas guzzler tax.
Source: autonewscom

Configure Your Dream Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

Last week saw the reveal of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante, and now the automaker has launched an online configurator for its fastest convertible ever made. As standard, there’s a choice of 35 different exterior colors, along with an additional 13 colors available from Q by Aston Martin.Once you’ve chosen a color, the exterior can be further enhanced by a selection of carbon fiber packages, and you can also add smoked taillights. There are five different designs available for the 21-inch wheels, and Aston Martin even offers eight different colors for the fabric soft top. The interior options are just as extensive, with more than 20 different finishes for the interior trim. We opted for a Cosmic Orange exterior, mixed with a black balmoral leather interior and contrasting orange stitching.
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Valtteri Bottas wins in Azerbaijan and retakes championship lead

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Valtteri Bottas won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after starting on pole on Sunday, finishing ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. The victory marks Mercedes-AMG’s fourth straight 1-2 finish in Formula 1 this year and puts Bottas one point ahead of Hamilton in the championship.

“Lewis was putting me under pressure all the time so I couldn’t do any mistakes, but honestly everything was under control so I am happy to see the checkered flag,” Bottas said in a post-race interview.

Sebastian Vettel put his Ferrari in third place, rounding out the podium. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came in fifth position, just behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Leclerc did score an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was one of four retirements in the race. Stewards handed him two penalty points and a three-grid penalty for the next F1 race in Spain after a bizarre off-track incident saw the Australian driver backing his car into fellow racer Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso.

“As soon as I went down the escape road I guess it was just a sense of urgency and a bit of panic, if you will. Just trying to minimize damage and lose as little time as possible,” Ricciardo said after the race. “I found reverse and started going and to be honest I had no idea he was there. I guess the urgency stopped me from looking.”

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Koenigsegg preparing its cars for crash tests is an ugly affair

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Christian von Koenigsegg has opened up his Angelholm shop again to show us another facet of producing hypercars for worldwide export. This time the subject is crash testing, and the resulting video looks like a mashup of a YouTube supercar fail compilation and “Mythbusters.” This is because in between the footage of a Regera being run over a curb or through a trench, Koenigsegg employees slamming the doors and beating on raw carbon parts with mallets.

As company homologation manager David Tugas explains, Koenigsegg can’t simply pull a dozen cars off a production line for crash testing. The carbon monocoque that forms the passenger cell is the crucial structure; everything else is expendable. A supercomputer in the company basement runs simulations on how carbon fiber structures behave in crashes, helping the company design a monocoque that can withstand the necessary impacts. So unless the monocoque breaks, the same passenger cell gets used in all the crash tests. After that, it’s cheaper for Koenigsegg to simply rebuild the body panels and mechanical parts attached to the monocoque that break during in-house testing. It’s all rather Formula 1.

It takes three months to prepare a crash test car for testing at a facility in Barcelona. That will cover everything from getting the smart airbags to blow in just the right way with just the right force, to getting them not to blow when someone hits the undercarriage with a sledgehammer. The knowledge and the carnage help explain where the $2 or $3 million goes in ever Koenigsegg.

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Volkswagen rumored to lose more than $3,000 on each ID. hatchback sold

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Volkswagen will open pre-orders for the ID. hatchback, the first offering in the ID. range, on May 8. We won’t get a look at the final design until September, however, when the ID. takes center stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show. There will be three tiers of battery capacity and range, the least being a 48-kWh battery with a range of about 200 miles on the WLTP cycle. German magazine Auto Motor & Sport expects the price for that base model to be about 29,990 euros before any EV purchase incentives. The mag also figures VW will lose 3,000 euros on each car sold.

At the current exchange rate, that’s $3,348 per car. It’s a substantial number considering how many ID hatchbacks Volkswagen wants to sell, and how many other EVs will quickly follow, all of which we assume will bring some red with them. However, in context of reports over the past two years, it’s a sign things are looking up. Or less down.

In November 2016, The Detroit News reported that General Motors could lose as much as $9,000 on every Bolt sold to customers. In October 2017, the late Sergio Marchionne said Fiat loses as much as $20,000 on each Fiat 500e the carmaker sells. In January 2018 Moody’s estimated that automakers lose from $7,000 to $10,000 for every EV they sell. In October 2018 Alix Partners figured EVs cost almost $9,000 more to produce than conventional vehicles. Last week, Moody’s said EVs “often cost $12,000 more to produce” than traditional cars. These numbers remain fluid conjecture because EV R&D budgets run well into the billions, and will grow. VW and Daimler have set aside a combined $35 billion for EV investment for the time being, and both have said “it would not be enough.”

So for all that, if Auto Motor & Sport is correct, $3,348 per car isn’t so bad. And every automaker in the game says red ink on the electric side will continue until at least the middle of the next decade.

Back to the practical matters of the ID. hatch, we’re told VW won’t sell the 48-kWh version first. The order books will open for the mid-tier model with a 62-kWh battery and a range of about 342 miles on the WLTP cycle. That will be the Launch Edition, thought to cost at least 35,000 euros before incentives. It will eventually be joined by the more frugal car below, and a “premium” trim with something like 373 miles of range from a battery of roughly 80-kWh. They’ll all get a top speed limited to 112 miles per hour, have either 7.2-kW or 11- kW on-board chargers, and 125-kW DC fast-charging capability.

Reviews of ID. hatch development cars so far have come in on the high side, TopGear going so far as to write, “Even from this prototype, it’s clear that in most significant ways it’ll be a nicer prospect than the Golf.”

Source: AutoBlog.com