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Nissan Z Proto Previews Next-Generation Sports Car

Most of the world’s leading automotive brands have dabbled in producing sports cars at some point in their history. However, aside from some relatively low volume players, none of these cars have ever been core to the business of these brands. They typically sell in low volumes compared to other models in the lineup, yet manufacturers persist because they can create a halo and excitement for the entire brand. One such example is the Nissan Z.

It’s now been nearly 51 years since the original Z, the 240Z (sold as the Fairlady Z in Japan) hit the market. Aside from a brief interruption from 2000 to 2002 (the interruption in North America actually started in 1996 when 300ZX was dropped here), variations on the Z theme have been with us ever since. The current generation 370Z has had a good run starting

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Electric vehicle start-up Lucid unveils Air sedan to take on Tesla

  • Electric vehicle start-up Lucid just unveiled its first production vehicle, the Air sedan.
  • The company is touting the car as a faster, more efficient and spacious vehicle than the Tesla Model S.
  • The Lucid Air is expected to be in production early next year at the company’s plant in Casa Grande, Arizona.
  •  Lucid also teased its next vehicle in development, a crossover-SUV tentatively named “Gravity.”



a car parked in front of a building: The Lucid Air sedan, which is expected to go into production next year at a plant being constructed in Arizona.


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The Lucid Air sedan, which is expected to go into production next year at a plant being constructed in Arizona.

Electric vehicle start-up Lucid is touting its all-electric Air sedan as a more efficient, faster and spacious vehicle than the Tesla Model S, a car the company’s CEO Peter Rawlinson helped develop.

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“What we’ve got is a breakthrough in electric cars,”  he told media ahead of the Air’s unveiling on Wednesday. “That’s not just due to batteries, it’s due

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California to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035

Sept. 23 (UPI) — California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to end the sale of new internal-combustion passenger vehicles by 2035.

Standing before a row of luxury electric vehicles, Newsom announced the executive order, describing it as a bold measure to combat climate change, the most impactful of the many crises the state is facing, as California endeavors to make its economy carbon-free by 2045.

“We can’t continue down this path if we’re going to achieve our audacious goals and as a consequence today, we are making a new course, we are setting a new marker,” Newsom said during the press conference, adding that “in the next 15 years we will eliminate in the state of California the sales of internal combustion engines. We will move forward to green and decarbonize our vehicle fleet.”

The governor’s office said in a statement that the transportation sector is

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

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.

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Police offer advice as rise in number of cyclists alerts thieves

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

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

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



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

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.

Nissan Z Proto

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

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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