Nissan Is Turning An Armada Into Mountain Patrol Overlanding SUV

If you ever wanted to give your input on automotive designNissan will give you the opportunity to vote. The Japanese automaker is working on constructing the Armada Mountain Patrol. Over the next three weeks, fans can vote on a few of the elements of the new truck by visiting the automaker’s social media pages.

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The categories that are open to vote include exterior vinyl wrap, tire model, and roof-mounted tent. Voting will continue through May 10 and the truck will debut at the 2019 Overland Expo WEST May 18-20 in Arizona. The Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol started from a stock 2018 Nissan Armada. Under the hood, it has a 5.6-liter V8 with 390 horsepower that goes to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Having seating for up to eight people and a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, the 2018 Armada is a great base for such a project.

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Chevy Halves Cruze Production Due to Falling Demand

Sedan sales are falling across the industry, and automakers are reacting to this. General Motorsreacts by halving Cruze production at its Lordstown, Ohio factory, probably impacting around 1,500 workers there. This factory only produces Cruze, and there are working just under 3,000 employees.

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The news comes as sedan sales, in general, are down 13.2 percent this year while crossoverSUV, and truck sales grew seven percent. Sales for the Cruze are even worse than the industry average, 28 percent. Last year, Chevy sold just over 184,000 Cruze models. The sales decline forced the Lordstown factory to cut back to only two shifts in 2017. It’s not a good time to be a sedan on the market right now.

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Buick Velite 6 Debuts In China As Pure EV And Plug-In Hybrid

Buick is ready to roll out two production models. Both go by the name of Velite 6. However one of them is a fully electric vehicle and the other is a plug-in hybrid. Buick notes that the Velite 6 will play a vital role in GM’s overall vision of zero emissions.

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The plug-in hybrid version has a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter gasoline engine that has been adapted for hybrid cars. It works together with two electric motors, a variable transmission controlled electronically, and a lithium-ion battery. That gives the partially electrified Velite a maximum range of 435 miles. In the combined cycle, fuel consumption is remarkably low 168 miles/gallon.

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China Eradicates Rules That Exclude Foreign Automakers

The Chinese government made a surprising announcement that it plans to eradicate the protectionist rules that stop foreign car makers from selling their cars in the country, opening its markets to the capitalist vehicle manufacturers from 2020.

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Today’s rules state that to sell cars in China without big taxes, car makers need to establish joint venture companies with local firms and can’t own more than 50 percent of its Chinese partner. These measures were introduced by the Chinese government in 1994 trying to promote local companies and limit the already-rich Western auto companies that were seeking the potential of the huge Chinese market.

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Audi Transforms the Virtual Into Reality With Real-Life Gran Turismo Car

Audi has transformed a virtual car that was initially designed for the video game Gran Turismo into a real-life racing vehicle. Named the Audi E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo, it was conceived as part of a challenge set by the game’s producer for vehicle manufacturers to design cars for virtual races.

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This originally developed exclusively for virtual races on PlayStation Audi, was transformed into reality in conjunction with Formula E. The all-electric concept car debuted at the Rome Formula E race 14 April 2018, used as a race taxi to transport Audi’s guests. Launched to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the game’s launch, in 2012, the Vision Gran Turismo has led many car makers to design virtual two-door racing cars, known as grand touring cars.

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Ford Mustang Was The Best Selling Sports Coupe of 2017

For Ford Mustang enthusiasts, April 17 is a special date. In 1964, Ford unveiled the pony car at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. It became an overnight sensation. Now, 54 years later, the iconic muscle car is the best-selling sports coupe in the world for 2017. Ford sold 125,809 Mustang coupes and convertibles in 2017.

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The world is falling in love with this car, Mustang representing the best of American design, performance, and freedom with unmistakable personality. The United States is the car’s best market. Ford sold here 81,866 Mustangs. But, other markets love it, too. More than one-third of all Mustang registrations occurred in other car markets.

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