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Time’s Top 100 Most Influential List Features Ford And Rivian, But Not Tesla
Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Companies list has left fans of Tesla confused, with the American EV manufacturer failing to make the cut. Adding insult to injury is the presence of legacy carmaker Ford, Chinese battery and automaker BYD, and EV startup Rivian. Why did Tesla miss out? It might be down to the fact that the Cybertruck is yet to hit the road, while both Ford and Rivian have forged ahead with their EV pickup offerings.
New Entry-Level 2023 Mercedes-AMG SL43 Gets A Four-Cylinder With An Electric Turbo
Mercedes is reintroducing a four-cylinder SL for the first time since 1963. Dubbed the SL43, the entry-level convertible will get a new variant of AMG’s 2.0 four-cylinder M139 engine. It uses an F1-inspired electric turbocharger that is operated through a 48-volt electrical system. The system feeds a belt-driven starter-generator, operating as a mild hybrid, while also providing a temporary 13 hp boost in power. The SL43 outputs 375-hp (280 kW / 381 PS) at 6,750 rpm and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of peak torque between 3,250 and 5,000 rpm.
2023 Lexus RZ 450e Shows Its Interior Revealing A Yoke-Style Steering Wheel
Yoke haters look away – because the controversial steering wheel style looks as if it’s making an appearance on something other than a Tesla. The Lexus RZ 450e, which was first previewed last year, appears to be getting the K.I.T.T-style wheel, thanks to a new teaser of the car’s interior. The RZ 450e will be Lexus’ take on Toyota’s e-TNGA platform underpins the bZ4x and the Subaru Solterra. The Lexus EV’s full digital debut is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at 6 am.
Here’s The Entire Manifest Of Cars Aboard Sunken Felicity Ace Cargo Ship
The sinking of the Felicity Ace hit the headlines not just in shipping circles but made waves in the automotive industry too because of its precious cargo. We knew that most of the vehicles aboard the ship were from the VW Group, but now we have a detailed breakdown of how many cars from each brand were aboard. Audi was the biggest loser with 1,944, while Porsche was a close second, with 1,117 of their vehicles now on the ocean floor. VW, Bentley, and Lamborghini also lost significant numbers, while some individual cars were also sunk. The list includes a 1996 Honda Prelude SiR, a 1977 Land Rover Santana, a BMW 750i, and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Gets A New Performance Feature But It’s Not The One We Wanted
When it was revealed that the Eclipse nameplate would be associated with a crossover SUV and not the original coupe/convertible of the 90s and 00s, many were upset. But perhaps the introduction of WRC- and Dakar-inspired “Super All-Wheel Control” as standard across the Eclipse Cross range will make up for matters. Instead of simply splitting torque from front to rear based on conditions, it integrates the ABS system, Active Stability Control, and Mitsubishi’s Active Yaw Control to improve handling and grip. That said, under the hood remains a 1.5-liter engine with just 152 horsepower (111 kW) and 182 lb-ft of torque (246 nm) — hardly sports car figures.
Mitsubishi Brings Back 2023 Colt Subcompact From The Dead As A Rebodied Renault Clio
The first teaser for Mitsubishi’s all-new Colt arrived yesterday, with the car clearly being a rebadged Renault Clio. The new Mitsubishi Colt will be based on the Clio’s CMF-B platform, which also underpins the Nissan Micra and Dacia Sandero. It’ll be the first time the Colt name appears on a Mitsubishi since it was killed off in 2013.
DBA Mini Remastered Marshall Edition Comes With An Amp In The Trunk
David Brown Automotive and Marshall have teamed up to create their own special edition of the Mini Remastered. The body is painted in Marshall Black with gold accents, with gold brake calipers and a gold grille. The grille is also finished to look like the mesh of a Marshall amp. Naturally, the sound system has been upgraded, with new dashtop tweeters, additional speakers in the doors, and upgraded equipment on the rear parcel shelf. In addition to all of that, the trunk is leather-lined and houses a fully-integrated Marshall DSL1 Combo amplifier that slides out for easy access. And finally, owners will also get a portable Bluetooth speaker with their car. Production of the special edition Mini will be limited to just 60 units.
What Else Is Making The News
Fast Leaves Employees Hanging After Telling Them Last Day Will Be Friday
NEW: CEO of collapsed startup Fast leaves employees hanging in a companywide meeting, reading out a prior memo and then ending the call abruptly https://t.co/rngB5piH0p
— Kylie Robison (@kyliebytes) April 5, 2022
Fintech startup Fast announced it was shutting down, but its CEO, Domm Holland, left employees hanging by a thread on an all-hands call. The CEO had sent out an email telling employees that they would be paid through Friday before inviting them to an all-hands meeting. Holland is reported to have read out the same email verbatim before abruptly ending the call and without taking questions.
Australian GP To Feature Four DRS Zones
This is going to be insane 🤯 #AusGP pic.twitter.com/2wss8muJjX
— WTF1 (@wtf1official) April 5, 2022
The Australian Grand Prix returns to the Formula One calendar after a hiatus of three years. This year the track has been tweaked to improve racing and will feature a staggering four zones where F1’s Drag Reduction System can be used.