The auto industry is undergoing significant transformations, from electric SUVs and self-driving cars to connectivity and sustainability. Our team of experts explores a wide range of information to bring you the latest developments, from industry trends to the unique features of your favorite vehicles.
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The 2024 Bentley Bentayga is getting various updates based on customer feedback, including new paint choices, wheel options, and minor grille revisions. Bentley is also introducing the Bentayga A, a new model positioned between the Azure and the standard Bentayga, with unique features.
Inside, rear passengers enjoy expanded Bentley Bentayga seat options, and the safety suite has been improved. A Bang & Olufsen audio system is now available, and this is the last year to get a Bentayga with the W12 engine, exclusive to the Bentayga Speed.
Source: Auto Express
Kia now has a cheaper ‘Vision’ version of its seven-seat Sorento family SUV, offering an affordable starting price of less than U$ 55,000 compared to the previous ‘Edition’ model.
The Kia Sorento ‘Vision‘ features chrome and silver exterior details, two exclusive paint colors, standard LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and various interior upgrades, including black leather seat covering and advanced tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and parking sensors.
It keeps most safety stuff from the ‘Edition’ model but lets you pick from different engines, like diesel or hybrids, and they all have all-wheel drive. The ‘Vision’ model is available for order now!
Lucid Motors, an American electric vehicle (EV) company, has opened its first international manufacturing plant in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as part of the country’s push towards electrification. This move comes after Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to purchase up to 100,000 vehicles from Lucid over the next decade.
Lucid Motors Electric Vehicle’s largest shareholder is leading the charge to reduce the country’s dependence on oil revenue and enter the growing EV industry. Lucid’s new facility in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) will initially produce 5,000 units of the luxury electric sedan Lucid Air each year, with plans to scale up to 155,000 units annually. This expansion marks Lucid’s first international manufacturing venture, with its primary manufacturing plant in Arizona, USA.
Source: Auto Evolution
Jaguar’s future electric cars will use Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) port, allowing Jaguar customers to use the Supercharger network. The I-PACE model is being discontinued in 2025 as part of Jaguar’s transformation, and the brand is adopting the NACS port for its electric vehicles.
Existing I-PACE owners will get adapters, but it’s unclear if they’ll be free. Future Jaguar customers in Canada, the US, and Mexico will have access to the Supercharger network from 2025. Jaguar’s upcoming models will work with both V3 and V4 Supercharger stations. In 2025, Jaguar will launch a new four-door GT on its Jaguar Electrified Cars platform to compete with sustainable luxury cars like Bentley and Lucid.
Source: Car Buzz
The Porsche Mission X car could be the most fantastic vehicle of the year, and learning how it was made helps us understand why.
Porsche’s New Concept car is a masterpiece that reflects the brand’s 75-year history and aims to set a tone for the future. Designed and inspired by Porsche’s iconic models, it combines past and present elements to create a luxurious yet aerodynamic hypercar.
The vehicle’s design focuses on quality materials and smooth surfaces. While engineers continue to work on its aerodynamics, one fun feature that might make it to production is an animal sticker. Each Porsche paint design gets its unique animal sticker, with the Mission X featuring a cheetah to symbolize speed and precision.
Source: World News Era
Bentley has introduced the “Belonging” Bentayga art car as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The vehicle features a hand-painted mural by British artist Stephen Wiltshire, showcasing 29 world landmarks and skylines representing different continents.
Bentley’s Bespoke Paint team developed a unique paint process for this project, marking the first time the company hand-painted a vehicle in this way. This is Bentley’s third art car promoting diversity and inclusion, aligning with its Beyond100 strategy to become a more diverse luxury automaker.
Source: World News Era
The classic Mercedes-Benz SL ‘Pagoda‘ has received an electric makeover, becoming a two-seater sustainable luxury car. Everrati CEO Justin Lunny highlights that this transformation respects the car’s history while making it future-ready for the next generation.
While some classic car enthusiasts argue against electrification due to the original engine’s character, it’s more acceptable for everyday classics like the Porsche 911, where original versions are still available. Everrati has previously converted several older 911s, making this transition possible for iconic cars with fewer originals.
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