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Nissan Z Proto Points the Way to a New Sports Car by Looking Back

Almost 51 years after the debut of the original Datsun 240Z at the New York auto show, Nissan has taken the wraps off a car that points the way to a new Z car, picking up where the current generation has left off while keeping a close eye on the original. Dubbed Z Proto, this concept is described as being far closer to production than a mere show car, and it features several classic Z car cues inside and out that should give owners of the original a trip back in time to 1969. And not just because of the bright yellow pearlescent paint, picked as a nod to the first-generation 240Z.

The Z Proto is as much a look to the future as a look back in the time, and this is immediately clear given car’s sleek shape, paying homage to the the original 240Z’s revolutionary design. The profile

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California will ban sale of new ICE cars in 2035. Why not sooner?

California Governor Gavin Newsom has just announced a ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035. The state will require all new cars and trucks sold after that date to be zero emission vehicles. Californians will still be able to operate gas-powered vehicles after that date, and will still be able to buy and sell used gas cars.

This move is the most aggressive yet-announced in the US, and will have major effects for the auto industry as a whole, given California’s leadership on clean air issues. But the thing is: it should be even more aggressive.

California’s per capita emissions are among the lowest of any state. Californians emit, on average around 9 tons of CO2 per year, while the US emits around 16 tons of CO2 annually per person.

But an outsized percentage of California’s emissions come from transportation — while 28% of the US’

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