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

Canoo Skateboard Main Art

This skateboard platform is totally drivable.


Canoo

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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