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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.

Nissan Z Proto

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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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