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Here’s the full manifest of the cars aboard the sunken Felicity Ace freighter
We already knew that the Volkswagen Group was the main victim of the sinking of the Felicity Ace, but now we know how many of the 4,000 total cars were lost for each brand. Some 1,944 Audis now lie at the bottom of the ocean, along with 1,117 Porsches. Volkswagen has 561 units, Bentleys 189 and Lamborghini 85. There were also personal shipments, including a 1996 Honda Prelude SiR, a 1977 Land Rover Santana, a BMW 750i and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
Driven: The 1,000 HP 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Is Wonderfully Ridiculous
With three motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1,014 hp) and a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of just under three seconds, the all-new GMC Hummer EV Pickup is wonderfully ridiculous On paper. And, once behind the wheel, we found it practical and comfortable too. Plus, with features like four-wheel steering and eye-catching looks, it’s precisely the kind of car GM needs to get people excited about the electric future that lies ahead.
Next-gen 2023 Honda HR-V unveiled as larger, more mature crossover
Prepare to be confused, especially if you’re already familiar with the European HR-V, because this week Honda unveiled a completely different crossover with the same name. The new car is destined for North America as the HR-V, but will appear in other markets as well, likely under a different name. Based on the same underpinnings as the 11th-gen Civic, it will likely share engines, but exact specs haven’t been made public yet.
Mercedes says it’s considering the 4-cylinder AMG SL 43 for the US, but do you even want it?
This week, Mercedes-AMG unveiled its entry-level four-cylinder Mercedes-AMG SL 43. Mercedes have since let us know that the SL 43 might be on its way to the States. But that begs the question, is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder the kind of roadster American customers want? On the other hand, we may not have a choice since the next C 63 will sport a similar engine. Is it time to say goodbye to the V8?
Two Arizona Nissan dealerships fined $500,000 for false advertising and forcing customers to pay for ‘add-ons’
ABC Nissan and Arizona-based Pinnacle Nissan are being forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution and penalties after being found guilty of advertising vehicles for less than they were willing to pay. sell them. The shady practice was to lure customers with attractive prices before forcing them to add features that increased the sale price. Items included nitrogen in tires, window tinting and exterior upholstery, while dealers refused sales if customers objected.
Hyundai teases 2023 Palisade Tuscon-like facelift ahead of New York Auto Show debut and Kia teases 2023 Telluride SUV ahead of NYIAS reveal, borrows widescreen from 2016 concept
Hyundai and Kia gave us previews of their refreshed SUVs ahead of their launches at the New York International Auto Show next week. From the Hyundai side, we can see that the updated SUV will feature a design more in line with the Tucson, with a square grille and multi-spoke alloy wheels. Meanwhile, over at Kia, it looks like the Telluride’s interior will sport the majority of the changes, with the teaser featuring a widescreen digital instrument panel channeling the 2016 concept.
The facelifted 2023 Nissan Altima was surprised at the factory in China before you were supposed to see it
A refreshed version of the Chinese-spec Nissan Altima (known as Teana in the local market) has been spied near one of the brand’s factories. The images show new details, including the LED surround of the taillights, a new front bumper and changes to the interior.
New Audi Q4 owner receives pop-up message after pressing button for unpurchased climate control feature
It seems the days of hidden buttons are a thing of the past, and instead automakers are finding new, more obvious ways to tell us when we’ve saved. An Audi Q4 e-tron owner from the Netherlands chose not to use the three-zone climate control feature and received a rather abrupt message on the screen when the ‘sync’ button was pressed, the car proclaiming boldly that the function had not been purchased.
What else is making the news
Oscars ban Will Smith for 10 years
The Oscars committee has suspended actor Will Smith for 10 years after he slapped Chris Rock at the awards show last week. It’s unclear if the actor will be ineligible for future nominations.
A millionaire protects Man Cave by buying his neighbors’ houses
The man who built ‘man cave’ is buying neighbors’ houses to stop the council from tearing it down https://t.co/CCCyuUxA4J
— The Independent (@Independent) April 7, 2022
Graham Wildin illegally built a 10,000 square foot man cave that included a cinema, squash court, gym and bowling alley. The complex in Gloustershire, UK, required planning permission by law, with Wildin ordered to demolish the structure. Now the accountant is said to have purchased property around the man’s cave and given it to relatives, expecting them to refuse entry to any bulldozers that may be dispatched.