Nissan Z Proto, Ferrari Portofino M, modern Moke: Today’s Car News

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Nissan is working on a redesign for its Z sports car, the long-awaited Z35 generation. It’s expected to arrive in 2022 as a 2023 model and Nissan has given us a preview with the Z Proto. The concept hints at a retro design for the new Z and points to the car riding on the same platform as the current 370Z.

Ferrari’s Portofino has been transformed into the Portofino M. The transformation includes the addition of an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and some extra horsepower. The new mechanicals have basically been lifted out of the Roma.

Remember the Mini Moke? Well, you can still buy new Mokes, and a British company is offering one with modern mechanicals, too. The modern Moke looks like the original but its powertrain and chassis are new.

You’ll find these stories and more in today’s car news, right here at Motor Authority.

Nissan Z Proto

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Police offer advice as rise in number of cyclists alerts thieves

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Cyclists are being urged to secure their bikes following an increase in thefts.

Police have said surge in popularity for cycling during lockdown means demand for bicycles has “never been greater” – leading to an spike in thefts.

Cyclists are being urged to do their part in keeping their bike secure by investing in a sturdy lock, keeping a detailed description of it and taking images.

Constable Mike Urquhart said: “Whether you have just purchased your first bike or are a seasoned cyclist it is worth investing in a good quality cycle-specific lock to secure your bike.

“Thieves will routinely carry bolt croppers or even battery-powered angle grinders and lightweight, poor quality locks offer little resistance.

“As a rough guide consider spending around 10% of the value of your bike on a lock.

“Always buy the best quality lock you can afford and look out for those that have been

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New Head of XP Platform, VP of Operations, and Experienced Technical Hires Propel ATLIS Motor Vehicles Toward Production

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MESA, Ariz., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Atlis Motor Vehicles, electric vehicle technology startup, announces recent hire of Chris Dawson, as Head of XP Platform, Robert Mandrov as VP of Operations and two key technical hires: Anirudh Bhokarikar as Battery Cell Engineer and Benoit Le Bourgeois as Lead Connectivity Engineer. These team members will lead ATLIS’s continued development of proprietary battery technology and 100% electric XP Platform and XT Pickup Truck, with production-prototypes tracking for completion in 2021.

“To disrupt the work truck market, we need to deliver a product that’s better than the current standard. Today, that’s gas- and diesel-powered pickup trucks. We are building out a team of high-horsepower engineers and leaders to do just that,” says Atlis CEO and founder Mark Hanchett. “That’s how we change the world: electric without compromise.”

Dawson brings extensive manufacturing, engineering design,

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Free parking for electric cars and VAT cut considered to drive up sale of green vehicles

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Free parking and a VAT cut on electric cars are being considered by ministers in efforts to outlaw the sale of new combustion engine vehicles within ten years.

According to a report commissioned by the Department for Transport, a series of “upfront incentives” were required to boost the number of electric vehicles being sold.

Additional financial support to buy a battery-powered car was “one of the most effective and popular levers” which could be introduced by the Government, the report found.

Cutting the VAT rate for electric cars and penalising those who buy petrol or diesel models could also be a popular move to drive change.

Other incentives, including the free use of public car parking spaces, were said to potentially offer a “positive impact” in the short to medium term – and some councils already offer either free or cheaper parking for

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a zippy electric car made for the city

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a blue car parked on the side of a road: Renault Zoe


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Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe is an electric car made for the city – compact, agile and packing enough tech to make driving a breeze.

Not only does it offer the likes of cruise control, a reversing camera and a large touchscreen display, the Zoe is also compatible with Renault’s smartphone app and comes with a range-saving Eco mode.

Starting at £26,495 (after the £3,000 plug-in car grant), the Renault Zoe is one of the cheaper electric car options on the market, however we drove the top of the range Zoe GT Line which had an on the road price of £30,120.

Renault Zoe design

The Renault Zoe looks and feels like a slightly raised Renault Clio, and its proportions – and humble boot space – are reminiscent of the now defunct Renault Modus, albeit with more modern styling.

The Celadon Blue paint finish (an additional

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UVeye to Unveil New Vehicle “Fingerprint” System for Security Industry | News

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CLEVELAND, Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Similar to a human fingerprint, every vehicle has its own unique identity – a “fingerprint” unlike any other car or truck in the world.

UVeye, a leading developer of vehicle threat-detection systems for the security industry, is introducing technology that can create a virtual “fingerprint” for any vehicle after a UVeye underbody scan.

The company will host a free SIA (Security Industry Association) webinar on “How to Fingerprint Vehicles Using Computer Vision” at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Visit SIA for additional information and to sign up for the program.

The company’s CEO Amir Hever and Chief Marketing Officer Yaron Saghiv plan to discuss how computer-learning and artificial-intelligence technology can be used to identify vehicle fraud and security threats based on underbody scans.

“A vehicle with stolen license plates, for example, could easily be identified in the future with a UVeye underbody scan,” Hever

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Nissan Z Proto previews next-generation sports car with twin-turbo V-6, retro-modern design

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The Nissan Z car has inspired generations of sports car fans since it was released in 1969. It has been an upstart, a disco-era style statement, an upscale sports car, and a long-in-the-tooth coupe just trying to hold on. All the while, it aimed for driver engagement and a sense of style. The Z Proto Nissan showed on Tuesday combines all of those elements, along with elements of design from the car’s six generations.

The prototype appears to be a thinly disguised version of the Z35-generation production model due in the next 18 months to two years, at least from a design standpoint.

Nissan provided sparse information, so let’s start with what we know. The Z Proto combines styling elements from past Zs with an eye toward the future.

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Nissan Z Proto

“Our designers made countless studies and sketches as we researched each generation and what made them a success,”

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Bike sales surge, Schwinn pivots marketing plan

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Cruising down the boardwalk in Newport Beach on brown vintage Schwinn Collegiate bike.

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Schwinn, the most recognized bicycle brand in the U.S. and once the top seller, was all set to celebrate its 125th anniversary this year with a marketing campaign featuring modern versions of such venerable models as the Sting-Ray, Varsity, Collegiate and Paramount. Then the coronavirus pandemic slammed on the brakes.

 The offices of the Madison, Wisconsin-based company closed on March 13, around the same time the entire country began shutting down. Then, almost as suddenly, millions of stuck-at-home Americans started riding bikes, many for the first time in years, or the first time ever. Sales of adult and kids’ bicycles surged, to the point where by mid-May two-wheelers under $1,000 were as scarce as toilet paper and hand sanitizers.

 According to market research firm NPD Group, retail bike sales

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EV maker Canoo shows running, driving skateboard platform for the first time

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Canoo Skateboard Main Art

This skateboard platform is totally drivable.


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You know Canoo, that upstart EV company that’s developing a lozenge-shaped rolling lounge? Well, on Friday, the California-based company showed off a running, driving example of its skateboard platform for the first time.

This integrated architecture is the foundation of its future products, starting with the Canoo — the car and company share the same name. This skateboard contains nearly all the vehicle’s vital components, including the motor, battery pack and suspension, but that’s not the end of it. “We incorporated into the skateboard 70% of all structural elements that are needed to fulfill an overall five-star crash rating,” Ulrich Kranz, the man in charge of Canoo, said while speaking on a webcast. Just like the company’s unconventional vehicle name, employees don’t have official titles, rather, they kind of just go by what they do. No matter what you call him,

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World EV Day 2020: The Most Outrageous Electric Bikes In The World

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Outrageous e bikes

Gone are the days when electric vehicles were considered to be inferior to petrol-powered counterparts. The advancement of technology in the world of electric two-wheelers have made some of the bikes defy conventional wisdom and stand apart for their uniqueness. On this year’s World EV Day, we explore some of the most outrageous electric motorcycles to have graced modern history.

World’s most expensive electric bike:

UK-based Arc Vehicle have created one of the most futuristic-looking electric motorcycles called the Vector. The British designers and engineers have left no stone unturned when it comes to the juicy specifications of this electric motorcycle. Top-spec underpinnings? Check. Carbonfibre chassis? Check. Lightning-quick charging? Check. Extreme range? Check.

The Arc Vector is capable of putting petrol-powered bikes to shame with a range of 436km on a single charge. What’s more, the battery pack sitting inside the full-carbon fibre monocoque chassis can be charged via a

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