2019 Chevrolet Silverado Could Really Affect Ford F-150’s Sales

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been in the news a lot recently for many good reasons, among them its upcoming arrival at dealerships. But is it possible for the new Silverado to surpass F-150 in sales? Anything is possible, only if they use the right strategy.

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According to Automotive News, Chevrolet has literally “restructured” its full-size pickup truck is not only design and materials but also its lineup range. What was lacking before is now present. For example, for 2019 there will be three new trims to help expand the Silverado’s market share. These new trims, however, are not in the luxury realm but rather at the opposite end of the spectrum.

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Toyota’s New Hypercar Will Cost A Million Dollars

Toyota has a new hypercar in the works, previewed by the rather extreme-looking GR SuperSport concept. But while we don’t know too much about it at this early stage, we do know that it’s going to be expensive. As in, seven-figures expensive.

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Toyota’s Australian spokesman confirmed the race-car-for-the-road will carry a price tag upwards of a million dollars. And even if a million of Australian dollars may not be worth as much as a million of American dollars, it gives us an idea of what sort of pricing the Japanese automaker will be looking at. At this point, there are more questions than answers. We don’t even know when cars will be available, what markets they will go to and where they will be road registerable and where they won’t.

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Driver Assists Still Aren’t Advanced Enough According To IIHS

Driver assists are now so advanced, we often take technology that can take care of accelerating, braking, and steering in certain situations for granted. But, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these convenient assists are still no substitute for human drivers.

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As reported by Automotive News, the IIHS tested the Level 2 driver assistance systems on vehicles from TeslaMercedes-BenzBMW, and Volvo and found that each system has potentially dangerous weaknesses. During four track-based tests, the IIHS discovered weaknesses in Volvo’s adaptive cruise control and Tesla’s automated emergency braking systems, relative to competitors from Mercedes and BMW.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Reimagined As A Rally-Ready Crossover Coupe

Mitsubishi’s current U.S. lineup may not be as performance-oriented as it once was. But with customers flocking to crossovers, the marque hopes it can cash in on the craze by reviving nameplates like “Eclipse.” The Eclipse won’t be the only victim of the SUV shift, though; Mitsubishi has confirmed the arrival of a Lancer crossover.

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Artist Tigran Lalayan has imagined a Lancer crossover coupe concept that would look right at home in the current Mitsubishi range. It does not share a lot in common with the outgoing sedan– apart from the slim upper grille – but it does have a few sharp features, including some shared elements with the e-Evolution concept from 2017. The headlights have a futuristic Cadillac XT4-vibe to them, with cascading LED accents. The backside is more distinctive with sharp taillights that embed into the body and a small lip spoiler.

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Ford F-150 Being Investigated For Possible Seatbelt Fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reportedly opened an investigation regarding fire complaints in the 2015-2018 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck. However, the source of these reported fires is not the typical culprit, the engine, but the truck’s seat belts.

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Ford has already announced it is fully cooperating with the government’s investigation of some 2 million potentially affected trucks. “We take the safety of our customers very seriously,” said a Ford spokeswoman. They are investigating the matter and will cooperate with the agency. A recall has not been announced yet. For now, it’s just an investigation that all began when the NHTSA received five complaints about seat belt pretensioners made from ZF-TRW or Takata were activated. Three of the trucks were destroyed by the fire, the remaining two went out on their own.

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The Next-Generation Tesla Model S Could Look Like This

It’s been six years since Tesla Model S has been around. In fact, the original design dates back to 2009 when the Model S Concept was introduced. Both the Model S and Model X will be getting a facelift in Q3 2019 adding a new minimalist interior to match the Model 3. Sadly, this means that next-generation versions of both models are likely still a few years away.

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It’s not an ideal situation as Tesla will soon face some stiff competition in the EV segment from major automakers like Mercedes-BenzAudi and Porsche as early as 2019. Tesla will need to come back fighting, and render artist Emre Husmen has envisioned what the next-generation Tesla Model S could look like. Inspired by the Tesla Roadster concept’s design language, the EV rendering looks more aggressive to help Tesla fight off its future rivals thanks to its more aerodynamic exterior.

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Daimler Might Build Smart EVs In China Because America Doesn’t Want Them

There’s no doubt that Daimler’s Smart car brand did not succeed in the US. Although it found some early success in Europe, Americans did not find the Smart car’s small dimensions particularly appealing. But Daimler, which is also the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is not giving up on the Smart brand.

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Bloomberg reports the German automaker is currently holding talks to build Smart cars in China with its long-time Chinese partner Beijing Automotive Group. The intent is to begin selling electric cars to the world’s largest EV market. Smart has already made plans to become an EV-only brand, so it makes a lot of sense to get a strong foothold in China. Apparently, Daimler is aiming to set up a new joint venture with Beijing Electric Vehicle, which just so happens to be a unit of Beijing Automotive Group.

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