Autocar June 16, 2021

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1 min
will ineos succeed where so many fail?

THE CREATION OF any new car is an expensive, complicated process. Cars bring together thousands of parts that must work in harmony, all while meeting ever stricter legislation, as well as be desirable, usable products. On top of that, margins are wafer thin and competition is immense. Arguably, no other industry has it as tough. It’s why we see so few new entrants break through. In the past decade, only really Tesla and McLaren have done it, companies that had difficult gestation periods and are still experiencing growing pains. Even a company as large and wealthy as Dyson baulked at just what was needed to not only create a car, but bring it to market and make a car company around it, too. The Ineos Grenadier was announced at a similar time…

3 min
tesla model 2: £20k and 250-plus miles

“Set to go on sale in 2023, the new hatchback will mark Tesla’s shift away from the premium sector” Tesla is making a renewed push to cement itself as the world’s leading electric vehicle brand in the face of fierce competition from established manufacturers, particularly in Europe, after achieving the most successful sales quarter in its 13-year history. Crucial to the US firm’s continued success will be the introduction in the coming years of the long-mooted small, affordable electric hatchback to rival front-runners in that segment, such as the Volkswagen ID 3, Nissan Leaf and Kia e-Niro. Set to go on sale in 2023, the new Tesla hatchback will mark the firm’s landmark shift away from the premium EV sector into more accessible territory, building on the mammoth success of its Model 3…

1 min
tesla launches model s plaid but cancels plaid +

Tesla has started US customer deliveries of its headline market introduction for 2021, the Model S Plaid, with a 1006bhp tri-motor powertrain good for 0-60mph in 1.99sec and a claimed range of 390 miles. But the even more potent Plaid+, which was meant to up power to 1100bhp and range to 520 miles, courtesy of a 140kWh battery, has been cancelled, despite generating significant worldwide interest at its unveiling and being available for pre-order on Tesla’s website earlier this year. “Plaid+ is cancelled. No need, as Plaid is so good,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter, going on to describe the standard Plaid as the “quickest production car ever made of any kind”. It is not yet clear how many pre-orders the firm had taken for the Plaid+. The Model X SUV is…

1 min
tesla: what’s coming when

Semi 2021 Tesla’s first commercial EV is said to be “the safest, most comfortable truck ever”. First shown in late 2017, the lorry can be reserved in the UK for £15,000 and is set to make its official debut later this year when customer deliveries begin. Cybertruck 2022 Due for a market launch this year, Tesla’s brutalist answer to the Ford F-150 Lightning is now on course to enter production in late 2022. Buyers can place a fully refundable $100 (£71) deposit on the pick-up truck and have the choice of one, two or three motors, with a claimed maximum range of more than 500 miles. Roadster 2022 Set to rival the Lotus Evija with a sub-2.0sec 0-60mph time and an unprecedented range of 621 miles, Tesla’s flagship four-seat supercar has now been confirmed for…

3 min
new nx is first lexus phev

Lexus has ushered in the second-generation version of its NX crossover, which has gained a 302bhp plug-in hybrid option along with a bold new cabin design and evolved exterior styling. The latest iteration of Lexus’s best-selling model in Europe arrives shortly after the brand’s announcement that it will ramp up its electrification efforts with 10 new hybrid, PHEV and pure-electric models by 2025. The new NX forms a key part of that assault, bringing with it the NX 450h+. This is the first PHEV offered by Lexus, which has previously used parent company Toyota’s ‘self-charging’ hybrid technology for its electrified powertrains. The NX 450h+ uses the same petrol-electric set-up as the closely related Toyota RAV4 and Suzuki Across SUVs. It pairs a 182bhp 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with a 180bhp electric…

2 min
kia unveils striking new-generation sportage

THE KIA SPORTAGE has been completely overhauled inside and out for its fifth generation, as revealed by the first official pictures of the mid-sized SUV before its market launch later this year. And for the first time in the SUV’s 28-year life cycle, Kia has confirmed a Europe-specific variant, which will arrive in September and be closely related visually to the car revealed here. A bespoke chassis tune and lightly revised styling will set it apart, and it will be built exclusively in Slovakia. The new Sportage is the second production model after the new EV6 to be designed under Kia’s new ‘Opposites United’ ethos. Its relationship with the upcoming flagship electric car is evident from shared elements, including its ‘boomerang’ headlights, concave bootlid, swollen rear arches and prominent spoiler. It was designed…