Looking to fill up on auto news? We’ve clocked some miles traversing the Web for all things auto-related. Pull in, grab a coffee and digest some of the week’s most interesting news with us.
Love driving? That feeling of how the car responds to your own actions, and of taking yourself from one place to another, the way you want? Autonomous cars appear to threaten all that, but the enthusiastic drivers amongst us should fear not, we’re told. “Self-driving cars won’t replace your rides,” writes Pete Bigelow in Autoblog. John Krafcik, chief executive officer of Google’s self-driving cars project, “envisions a bright future for car enthusiasts who hold steadfast to the idea of driving their own vehicles,” Bigelow reports. In fact, Krafcik, speaking at the New York International Auto Show this week, said he sees many, or even more, “exciting, emotional, wonderful performance cars in the future.”
The timeline for the arrival of autonomous cars, on which government regulations have a strong influence, and how the autonomous-vehicle era will play out for the auto industry are still unclear.
“Nissan’s 2017 ‘Godzilla’ roars at the New York auto show,” Bloomberg Business
Speaking of wonderful performance cars of the future, as we were, Nissan has unveiled an updated challenger to the likes of the Audi R8, BMW M6 and Chevrolet Corvette. The GT-R was revealed at the New York auto show, which runs until April 3, and is expected to be one of the show highlights. The updated version of the two-door, 2+2 “halo” sports car has a 3.8L twin-turbo V6 engine at its heart, which produces 565 hp, providing it with “the biggest standard horsepower of any car in its class,” Bloomberg Business reports. The Nissan GT-R will reach dealerships this summer. Pricing has not yet been released.
Gullwing doors always seem to make an impact and have given the Lincoln Navigator Concept a distinctive look among SUVs at the New York auto show. Whether it makes it to the production version is less certain, but there’s more chance the concept’s engine, more spacious interior and technology features will make the cut, writes CNET’s Jon Wong. The Navigator, a full-size, luxury SUV, is Lincoln’s “biggest and best known” product and follows the new Continental reveal earlier this year.
“The future of transportation is a tough thing to peg down,” writes Sean O’Kane. If the Nissan New Mobility Concept is anything to go by, it is indeed rather small, and not very fast. The first project to come out of the “Future Lab” set up by Japanese automaker two years ago, it’s “a squat, four-wheel electric vehicle that Nissan has taken from Renault and modified for the United States.” It has a top speed of 25 mph, a range of 40 miles, and no side windows, but then again, it is a concept, and cities are crowded.
See you next week for more automotive news. Drive safe.