AeroMobil’s flying car gets a hybrid version

Of course this year’s Frankfurt motor show has seen a various numbers of automobiles, which differ by colors, shape and their features. But even in place with hundreds of cars, there was one which you couldn’t skip, because it’s much more different. This hybrid deploys a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is used to drive an electric front wheel drive system that uses two electric motors and an electric differential for a total 110 horsepower … which also has a wingspan of 8,800 mm.

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While the AeroMobil from the Bratislava-based company of the same name is a car that goes from 0 62 miles per hour in what the company says is in 10 seconds and a top speed of 100 mph, it is also a two-passenger aircraft with a maximum cruising range of some 466 miles. When the vehicle is being used as an aircraft rather than a motor vehicle, the turbocharged engine provides approximately 300 horsepower to the rear-mounted, direct-drive, variable pitch propeller.

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Almost 500,000 heavy-duty Ram pickup trucks recalled by the automaker

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Tuesday it is recalling 494,000 medium and heavy-duty Ram pickup trucks, model years 2013-2017, saying they pose a fire risk. The issue which caused this recall is that they could overheat and potentially cause a fire.

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The recall includes 2013-2017 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups with 6.7-liter diesel engines, including 443,000 vehicles in the United States. Fiat Chrysler said it is not aware of any injuries related to the issue, but has reports of a small number of fire-related incidents. The company will inspect and potentially replace the water pump.

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This is how you can avoid buying a flood-damaged used car

As we’re only halfway through the hurricane season, it might be a good time to review the basics of how to avoid buying a flood-damaged used car. The most important thing to understand is the fact, that no good can come from flood damageCars today are rolling computer systems, laden with electronics, from engine control units to airbag circuitry to the heaters in your seats. That alone makes for serious trouble when a car has been immersed — engine, mechanical and body issues aside. And even if a vehicle looks or performs well now, that might not be the case a year or two from now when corrosion sets in. Here is some advice for anyone buying a used car in the coming months:

1. Check: Is the car from out of state? Cars are often transported away from flood zones to areas where there is less awareness of the issue. Which is smart, right? A couple of months from now, you’ll have forgotten all about the hurricanes. Carfax offers a free flood damage check, based partly on where the car has previously been registered.

2. Check under the hood. Does the crankcase oil look properly clear or dark? Or is it more the color of chocolate milk? Read more

BMW is reviewing the necessity of car keys

Ian Robertson, the company’s board member responsible for sales, says BMW might get rid of car keys. The fact that customers now all carry a smartphone and the availability of a BMW Appwhich allows them to unlock their car, has made old fashioned keys less relevant.

In an interview at the Frankfurt car show, Robertson explained that customers no longer had to put the key in the ignition to make the vehicle start. BMW is currently conducting feasibility studies of such tech, but no introduction date has been put forth as yet. The Bavarian company isn’t the first to come up with this, though. Early last year, Volvo announced the same plans and detailed some of its benefits, including “sharing” the digital key with family members and friends via smartphones. Read more

Green Painted Limited Edition McLaren 570GT

Sometimes a carefully considered choice of options might be the key to the success. If you do not share with us the same opinion then you probably haven’t heard of what this McLaren570GT is offering. The GT version of the 570 – with its increased luggage space and slightly softer set-up relative to the 570S – is already a strong fantasy garage contender, but thanks to a splash of green paint, orange accents and Saddle Tan leather, we’re overcome with want for this particular example.

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The reason for its existence? It’s a McLaren Special Operations (MSO) limited-edition model, designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the F1 XP GT ‘Longtail’ (below). The XP GT was an homologation special featuring aero-friendly extended bodywork compared to the regular F1, and was followed up by three production models.

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Honda invests $267million in its Ohio plant

Honda Motor Co is supporting the increased production of its revamped 2018 Accord sedan model at its plant in Ohio, by investing $267million and adding 300 new jobs. Honda unveiled the newest-generation Accord in July, one of four re-engineered midsize sedans that Asian automakers are betting on to win market share as Detroit rivals shift focus to SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks.

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The new Accord, like rival Toyota Motor Corp‘s all-new Camry, offers more horsepower, safety technology like standard collision-avoiding braking and better fuel economy although Honda did not release figures. Honda’s investment in Ohio consists of US$220 million for the Marysville plant, including a new US$165 million welding department with 342 welding robots. The automaker is also investing US$47 million at its Anna, Ohio, engine plant to provide turbocharged engines for the Accord.

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2018 Volvo XC40 revealed a week ahead of the official unveiling

Two months ago the German website for Volvo slipped and accidentally released a partial image of the new 2018 Volvo XC40. This time, thanks to another leak, we have a full look of the entire vehicle. It’s nice, and it stuck incredibly close to the concept. The new small SUV was initially only shown in a teaser trailer, which obscured the car more, but surprisingly, the full uncut version was posted online as well.

The car looks a lot like the 40 Concept released more than a year ago. Volvo said it wanted to deliver a more “youthful” spirit to the car, based off its Compact Modular Architecture. It definitely has a lively appeal to it. The interior looks sleek and clean, with a digital instrument cluster and center console and what appears to be a wireless charging slot. There’s enough room in the trunk to hang your hard hat and transport a couple overnight bags or some groceries. Read more