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Once Acura had announced that the Integra was returning to the market, we all started questioning what form it would take and whether it would be a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. Other than a drone-show reveal of the new car’s outline, there wasn’t much else to go on. Motor1 reached out to find out more, but Acura wasn’t willing to comment, only referring to the new car as a compact premium.
Say hello to the updated VW Jetta. There are a few changes to trim levels, while the Jetta gets a mild visual update in the form of new front and rear bumpers, colors, wheel options, and grille. The 2022 Jetta features a new 1.5-liter TSI engine making 158 hp (160 PS/117 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. That’s a bump of 11 more horsepower than the outgoing engine, but torque figures stay the same. The GLI will retain the 228 hp (231 PS/170 kW) 2.0-liter engine.
Mazda’s 2021 MX-30 will start at $33,470, along with a $1,175 destination fee. But with a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery for up to 100 miles (160 km) of range per charge, you may need to take advantage of the ‘MX-30 Elite Access Loaner Program.’ The scheme allows MX-30 owners who are planning a longer trip to borrow another Mazda for up to 10 days at a time. Tempted? `
Tesla boss Elon Musk admitted that their FSD tech isn’t as great as he’d have hoped. It came in response to a tweet about the tech company’s autonomous system vs. Ford’s BlueCruise. “FSD Beta 9.2 is actually not great imo,” Musk said on Twitter. “But Autopilot/AI team is rallying to improve as fast as possible.”
While some might have bemoaned the fact that the new GR 86 still doesn’t have a turbo, Jason Cammisa seems to think it doesn’t need one. And that’s backed up with his testing, in which he was able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.9 seconds — or 5.6 seconds with a one-foot roll-out. During his test for Hagerty, the automotive journalist also raced it against a Mazda MX-5 Miata and a VW Golf GTI. It manages to out-sprint the Miata but couldn’t quite keep up with the Golf GTI — but provides a much better basis for fun antics.
Camouflaged prototypes of the new Civic Type R have already been spied testing, as we preview what could be the last non-electrified take on the Type R. Our independent illustrations show that the styling of the outgoing model will be dialed back, but will still feature a large wing (possibly adjustable) as well as widened fenders and an aggressive body kit. Honda has also confirmed that the Type-R will retain the previous six-speed manual and front-wheel-drive layout with a pure turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, likely with even more power.
Just when we were all told that motor shows were dying, the organizers behind the Geneva International Motor Show have announced plans to host an automotive show in Doha. The show will be dubbed the Qatar Geneva International Motor Show and the first edition is planned to take place in the autumn of 2022 or 2023.
Toyota has launched a GR Sport variant of their popular pick-up, the Hilux. It’s based on the facelift of the eighth generation truck and includes both high-riding and low-riding versions. The low rider is RWD, while the one with more suspension travel is 4WD and has a “Reinforced SuperFlex Suspension” (double wishbones with coil springs and stabilizer bar at the front and 5 sheets of leaf springs at the back) featuring Monotube Shock Absorbers.
Mercedes-Benz launched the all-new Citan. It’s a compact van that is available in both Panel Van and Tourer variants sitting below other vehicles such as the Vito and Sprinter within Mercedes’s commercial line-up. The underpinnings are shared with the Renault Kangoo, while a more premium passenger version under the T-Class and electric EQT will be launched in the future.
One element of note from the new Genesis GV60 electric crossover is its interesting take on the shifter. We’ve seen non-traditional shifter forms in the past, this is rather different. When the GV60 is in neutral, the Crystal Sphere sits as a glass orb with complex ambient lighting. Once the car is turned on, the orb spins around, revealing a dial that can be twisted to the right to enable Drive and twisted to the left to enable Reverse. This shifter also includes a button for Park and a toggle to adjust the drive mode. Neat.
Although viral videos are all well and good, they don’t always end well. Case in point: the case of the damaged creek. YouTuber Super Street 717 posted a video earlier this year, showing him jumping his TRX across a creek. The authorities were tipped off, and York County Court ordered the Youtuber to pay a $53,000 restitution to repair the damage to the creek. Ouch.
What Else Is Making The News?
Netflix’s Drive To Survive Has Been Officially Renewed For 4th Season
The popular Formula One fly-on-the-wall documentary has been renewed for a fourth season. While it’s no real surprise, as fans may have spotted the Netflix crew busy gathering footage throughout the 2021 season, the official confirmation means we can look forward to a behind-the-curtains peek at the F1 circus once more.
Spiderman No Way Home Trailer Drops
After the cliffhanger that was the ending on Spiderman Far From Home, fans have been eager to see what happens next for the MCU’s version of Peter Parker. While some rumors have been confirmed (Doc Ock returning, along with seemingly more), we’re not yet shown whether the long-awaited teaming-up of Spidermen portrayed by Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield will happen.
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