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Tesla Model X Owner Gets Model Y: How Do They Compare?

Finally, it’s not a Model 3 owner reviewing the Model Y.

Tesla Model X owner Marc Benton just took delivery of his Model Y. He’s already received plenty of questions about the two vehicles and how they compare, so he decided to answer them collectively, in the form of a video.

Most reviews of the Tesla Model Y have come from Model 3 owners or people who have driven and reviewed the Model 3. This makes sense since many people own a Model 3. In addition, the Model Y is similar to the Model 3 in many ways. Moreover, while the Model 3 is Tesla’s “electric sedan for the masses,” the Model Y is its crossover counterpart.

When the Model 3 sedan first came to market, it was immediately compared to the Tesla Model S sedan. This was because people who owned a Model S or were interested in one would likely set their sights on the Model 3. The Model Y crossover is essentially the Model X crossover’s smaller sibling, so it just makes sense to compare the two.

Check out Benton’s opinion about Tesla’s two crossovers. Then, scroll down and share your opinion with us in the comment section.

Video Description via Marc Benton on YouTube:

TESLA MODEL Y VS. MODEL X… An Opinion From Someone Who Owns BOTH!

I have received a lot of questions asking my opinion on the Model X and the Model Y since we took delivery of our Model Y. So here are my thoughts on both vehicles. I know I probably left a lot of info our but I did try to hit the most important things and the questions that I get asked the most.

I hope you enjoy!

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5th-gen Honda City gets 5-stars in ASEAN NCAP crash tests

The fifth-generation Honda City has received a 5-star rating in ASEAN NCAP crash tests. The car that was tested was a Thailand-spec.

For frontal, side impact protection and head protection, the car was awarded 13.98, 16 and 2.30 points respectively. The overall score for adult occupant protection was 32.28 points.

The car offered good protection to both adult occupants. It offered adequate protection to the lower legs of the front occupants. In side impact tests, the car offered good protection to the head and chest region of the occupant.

The test score for child occupant safety was 22.82 points. The car scored 16 points each for tests conducted with 18-month old and 3-year old child dummies.

 

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New Porsche 911 Turbo S gets Lightweight and Sports packages

GT3 like modifications and lightweight touches become options on flagship version of new 911


Porsche has revealed two new optional packages for the all-new 911 Turbo S, which introduce GT3-like tweaks to the flagship sportscar. 

Available on Coupe versions of the newcomer, the Lightweight package introduces a range of weight saving measures that trim the 911 Turbo S’ curb weight by 30kg, and includes some chassis revisions too. 

• Porsche 911 Turbo S revealed with 641bhp

Lighter, reduced noise insulation around the car’s bodywork contributes to the weight reduction, while the most obvious tell-tale sign is the removal of the rear seats. Up front, the front two seats are swapped for full bucket seats. Buyers who opt for the pack receive Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports suspension, 10mm lower than the standard 911 Turbo’s, while the optional sports exhaust system is also equipped, with tailpipes finished in black. 

A Sport package is also introduced alongside, and builds on the pre-existing Sport Design package. It includes exclusive tail lights with a unique design, and plenty of new gloss black details and finishes on many exterior body parts. The standard Turbo S wheels are finished in dark grey, 20-inches at the front axle, with 21-inch wheels at the rear. Coupe versions of the 911 Turbo S Sport package are fitted with a carbon fibre roof, too. 

For now, Porsche can only say that the packages will be available optionally at a later date, and no prices have been issued. However, expect them to join the new 911 Turbo S options list towards the end of 2020.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, the director of 718 and 911 product lines Walliser said that his team has worked hard to make the new Turbo S more appealing as a driver’s car. Previous editions of the model have been considered ultra-fast cruisers, leaving purists to opt for the GTS or GT3 versions instead. “We received the same feedback,” Walliser confirmed. “That’s why we offer now sports suspension – to try to give better driving feedback. We have a sports exhaust for first time too, to make the Turbo more of a driving machine.”

“And we will add another option later this year that also underlines our attempt to make this car lighter, to also emphasise the very sporty side of the car,” he added. “It will be a lightweight sports package; we’ll pack together lightweight options but also work on the sound insulation of the car, reducing weight a little bit.

“It’ll only be small bits and pieces but as you know, that can change the character of the car.” Walliser confirmed that the removal of the 911’s rear seats could be one option under consideration for package – and that the configuration could also be fitted to the Carrera, creating a 992-edition 911 Carrera T.

Walliser confirmed that a new edition of the 911 GT3 is in the pipeline, but said that it will use a further development of the 991 edition’s race-bred engine, instead of a version of the 4.0-litre flat-six motor fitted to the Cayman GT4. “I should not talk about the GT3, but it won’t use that engine [the Cayman’s],” he said. “We stick with the race engine for that car. It’s expensive, but cool. We learn race by race and we carry development steps over to that engine.”

Which Porsche 911 would you choose? Let us know in the comments below…

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LG Chem Gets €480 Million Loan From EIB For Battery Plant In Poland

LG Chem’s plant in Poland will produce up to 65 GWh of batteries annually. EIB will help to finance one-third of the €1.5 billion investment.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced a €480 million ($527 million) loan agreement with LG Chem Wroclaw Energy (a fully-owned Poland-based subsidiary of LG Chem).

The financial boost will cover about a third of the total cost – estimated at €1.5 billion ($1.65 billion) – of the lithium-ion cell production plant in Wroclaw, Poland.

“The financing will be used for the construction and operation of highly automated and innovative manufacturing facilities for advanced lithium-ion (li-ion) cells and batteries for battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs).”

“The additional manufacturing facilities will be located on the industrial site of LG Chem Wroclaw Energy in south-west Poland.”

“The project supplements smaller production facilities on the same site and presents several novelties, including a fully smart factory with several newly developed cutting-edge technologies to mass-produce the latest generation of high energy density li-ion electrodes, cells, modules and battery packs, thereby significantly improving energy density, fast-charging capability, safety and cost efficiency.’

According to the EIB’s press release, the loan is to expand manufacturing capacity by 35 GWh. The total output at some point in the future will be 65 GWh annually.

The remaining €1 billion investment comes from LG Chem’s own resources and from other financing sources. A quick calculation shows that LG Chem assumes about €23 million per 1 GWh of annual manufacturing capacity.

With 65 GWh of annual output, the LG Chem plant will be not only the biggest in Europe but probably also globally (at least it seems so considering there will be no expansion of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada from the 35 GWh it’s at now).

This one factory should be able to ultimately supply lithium-ion cells for one million long-range all-electric cars annually (assuming an average of 65 kWh per car).

“The EIB-backed project will have an annual production capacity of over 35 GWh, which can potentially power more than 500 000 zero-emission electric cars per year and therefore contribute to the transition from fossil fuel-powered internal combustion engine-based vehicles toward electromobility and sustainable transport.”

“The implementation of the new investment programme will enable the company to ramp up its battery capacity output to ca. 65 GWh, making the Polish facility one of the largest lithium-ion cell factories in the world. Moreover, more than 1 800 jobs will be created at the Wroclaw site, taking the total workforce up to more than 6 000 full-time employees by end-2022.”

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Tesla Model 3 Performance Gets Huge Range Increase With 18-inch Wheels

These Martian MW03 wheels fit right over the larger brakes.

Our good friend, colleague, and new team member Kyle Conner is cranking out the EV video content. In this recent video, he puts 18×7.5 Martian MW03 wheels on his Tesla Model 3 Performance to learn how much it impacts range and consumption as compared to the stock 20-inch wheels. It’s important to note that Conner’s Model 3 is outfitted with the Performance Upgrades package.

We’re super excited that Conner (Out of Spec Motoring) has access to multiple EVs, an exclusive track, performance driving experience, and the know-how to run all these informative tests. Now that he’s working with the all-new InsideEVs video team and creating content for our new YouTube channel, the future possibilities are endless. Be sure to subscribe.

Conner heads out on the highway to hooks us up with some numbers. He admits, regardless of anything related to consumption, he loves the look of the wheels. In addition, since they’re narrow, he’s able to put on skinnier tires.

His results show 293 Wh/mile with the 18s. With the 20s, he typically sees 350 to 380 Wh/mile. Of course, the rear-wheel-drive Model 3 with aeros is going to be the better option, but he obviously can’t run that test using his Model 3 Performance. Check out the video and leave us a comment.

Video Description via Out of Spec Motoring on YouTube:

The range increase is significant! Lightweight 18” Wheels on Model 3 Performance

Kyle tests out the 18×7.5 Martian MW03 wheels on his Model 3 Performance (with performance upgrades) that fit over the bigger brakes. These wheels provide a night and day difference in consumption compared with the stock 20” Tesla wheels at highway speeds.

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All-New Kia Sorento Gets Electrified For Very First Time

The hybrid will be available right from the start, while a plug-in hybrid is coming in late 2020.

Since the 2020 Geneva Motor Show was canceled, Kia unveiled the next-generation Sorento model this week online. The new version is built on a new platform, which for the very first time in the 18-year history of Sorento, accommodates hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The hybrid version of the Kia Sorento will be available in Europe right from the start, although we are concerned about its tiny 1.49 kWh battery and 44.2 kW electric motor for a big 7-seat vehicle.

The plug-in hybrid, scheduled in Europe for late 2020, is promised to be “a powerful plug-in hybrid”, but the South Korean manufacturer did not specify any details just yet.

Hopefully, it will not be anything symbolic to just lower the average fleet emission, but a fully blown PHEV like the BMW X5 xDrive45e, equipped with a 24 kWh battery.

The new Sorento for Europe and many other markets will be produced at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea, while for the North American market Kia will use its West Point, Georgia plant.

Let’s take a look at the new images and videos about the new Sorento:

The new Kia Sorento (ICE and HEV):

Gallery: Kia Sorento (2020)

















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2021 Honda Odyssey gets more bling, but is still a minivan

The 2021 Honda Odyssey will get a refreshed look and improved tech and safety features when it debuts at the 2020 New York Auto Show in April, the automaker announced Monday.  

The best-selling minivan wears a new face with a grille that appears lower but is really just stretched wider for a sportier look. A chrome band moves from the center of the grille to the top, and the lower grille is stretched as well, and flanked by vertical fog lights. The Elite trim comes with new 19-inch alloy wheels, because all minivans should have a wider grille and larger wheel options. The standard 18-inch wheels on LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims should ride quieter, too.

Honda says interior changes result in fold-flat second-row seats for easier removal, although they’re not the same as the Stow N’ Go seats that fold into the floor of the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica. Unlike the Pacifica or the Toyota Sienna, the 2021 Honda Odyssey isn’t available with all-wheel drive. The Odyssey is powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 with a 10-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels only. 

2021 Honda Odyssey

Honda has high expectations for safety ratings on the 2021 Odyssey from the NHTSA and IIHS. A suite of active safety features called Honda Sensing stretches across every trim level, including LX, as standard equipment on the 2021 model. In addition to automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, and automatic high beams, every Odyssey comes with adaptive cruise control and a rear-seat reminder. On Touring and Elite trims, a camera will project the rear seating area on the 8.0-inch touchscreen for an added level of rear-seat reminders.

Pricing and availability will be announced later this year, Honda said.  

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MINI Cooper SE Gets 110-Mile EPA Rating: Full European Specs Revealed

EPA range was confirmed at 110 miles (177 km), while energy consumption exceeds the Tesla Model S Long Range.

MINI just announced the final specifications for the MINI Cooper SE (aka MINI Electric), valid from March 2020. At the same time, the EPA released its range and energy consumption ratings.

We start with the EPA range rating, which is in line with previous estimates. The new specs released is energy consumption – slightly higher than in the case of BMW i3.

2020 MINI Cooper SE Hardtop 2 door EPA rating:

  • combined: 312 Wh/mi (194 Wh/km)
  • city: 293 Wh/mi (182 Wh/km)
  • highway: 337 Wh/mi (209 Wh/km)

* BMW i3 is equipped with a 42.2 kWh battery, while the MINI Cooper SE only gets a 32.6 kWh pack. The motor is the same as in i3s.

The NEDC range (translated back from WLTP) is 235-270 km (146-168 miles), which means probably that the previously announced 200-232 km (124-144 miles) WLTP rating is still valid (sadly, this was not included in the spec sheet).

MINI Cooper SE (MINI Electric) specs:

MINI Cooper SE (aka MINI Electric) specs – March 2020


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Spa-winning GPX squad gets factory Porsche drivers

The Spa 24 Hours-winning GPX Racing team will field two Porsches featuring the German marque’s factory drivers in the new GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup season.

GPX participated in what was then known as the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup last year with one season-long Porsche 911 GT3 R entry in the Silver Cup.

However, it entered an extra car for the blue riband Spa 24 Hours for Porsche WEC aces Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz and ended up taking victory, the trio making a second appearance together in the Kyalami 9 Hours Intercontinental GT Challenge finale.

Now GPX has announced its plans for the 2020 GT World Challenge campaign, in which it will enter two Porsches for the full season.

Former Porsche IMSA regular Patrick Pilet will share one of the team’s two 911 GT3 Rs with Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet, while the second car will be driven by two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas, Thomas Preining and Dennis Olsen.

Reigning IGTC champion Olsen is not officially part of Porsche’s 18-strong works line-up for 2020 but is representing the brand in IMSA as part of Pfaff Motorsports’ line-up in GT Daytona.

GPX says it also plans to enter the remaining four rounds of this year’s IGTC season, starting with Spa in July, having skipped the Bathurst 12 Hour season opener.

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