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Jeep Plans Entire Wagoneer Family of Vehicles

Jeep is in the family way, and the brand is expanding into the three-row premium SUV space with a whole portfolio of vehicles under the Wagoneer name.

The first members of the new Wagoneer family will arrive in the summer of 2021, including a mainstream 2022 Jeep Wagoneer. That model is expected to start at about $60,000 and take on such competitors as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and GMC Yukon. At the same time, Jeep will launch the 2022 Grand Wagoneer that will take on the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

Once production is humming along at the assembly plant in Warren, Michigan, Jeep will add even bigger boys in the form of long-wheelbase versions. The stretched Wagoneer will tackle the Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition Max, and GMC Yukon XL, while the longer upscale Grand Wagoneer is pointed at the Escalade ESV and Navigator L. The Grand Wagoneer, which

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Nissan gives us an early glimpse of its first new Z sports car in over a decade

On Tuesday night, Nissan unveiled the Z Proto, offering up an early look at what will be the first new version of its Nissan Z sports car in more than a decade.

a car parked on the side of a road: The Nissan Z Proto is intended as a preview of an upcoming Nissan Z model.

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The Nissan Z Proto is intended as a preview of an upcoming Nissan Z model.

The Z Proto, which Nissan calls a “development study vehicle,” is a “near-production protoype,” according to the company.

Nissan’s Z cars have long had a passionate following and early models have become collectibles. Original 240Zs that are in good condition are worth about $20,000 today, according to collector car appraisers at Hagerty. But an extraordinary 1971 model with only 21,000 miles sold on the auction website last January for $310,000.

The last production version, which is sold as the 370Z in the US, was introduced in 2009. It hasn’t been substantially redesigned since then.

The Z Proto has a number

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One dead, one injured in Guilderland dirt bike crash

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A fleet of Guilderland police patrol cars are parked next to the police station at Guilderland Town Hall on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Guilderland, N.Y. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union archive)

A fleet of Guilderland police patrol cars are parked next to the police station at Guilderland Town Hall on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Guilderland, N.Y. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union archive)

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GUILDERLAND — A dirt bike collision early Saturday morning between two 21-year-olds left one dead and the other injured, the Guilderland Police Department said in a Sunday afternoon news release.

The crash took place near the intersection of Stone and Ostrander roads in Guilderland Center just after midnight Saturday.

When authorities arrived on the scene, police performed CPR on one of the men and then paramedics treated both. Both were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Guilderland police said Jonwilliam P. Foreman died from his injuries. Austin Wolcott is still in the hospital. Both are from Colonie. Information on Wolcott’s medical status was not immediately

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California unilaterally bans sale of new gasoline cars after 2035

By Dana Hull, Gabrielle Coppola and David R. Baker on 9/24/2020

(Bloomberg) –California just started the clock on a future that a few years ago would’ve been unthinkable: dealerships full of nothing but zero-emissions cars.

On September 23rd, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered regulators to phase out the internal combustion engine and ban the sale of all new gasoline-fueled cars after 2035. With that, California became the first state in America to impose such a prohibition and delivered the biggest jolt yet to automakers already under pressure to give up fossil fuels and deliver a new generation of electric vehicles.

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While for now the industry depends on gasoline-powered SUVs and pickups for most of its profit, traditional automakers are investing billions of dollars in electrification and announcing new EV models — with startups such as Rivian Automotive and Lucid Motors Inc. right on

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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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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.

Nissan Z Proto

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