October was generally a truly significant month for the automobile business and this year that absolutely wasn’t an exemption. A couple of vehicle uncovers, some shocking leaks, discusses mergers, and even embarrassments made for an intriguing blend of news events. In the event that you missed what all happened vehicle-wise for October 2019, here are some highlights. Top 8 Car News Stories for October 2019:
8. Volvo Reveals XC40 Recharge EV
On October, the China-owned/Sweden-based automaker disclosed its first completely electric car, the XC40 Recharge. Everything about the reveal event was understated: the stage was little, the SUV was minimized, and the background was a pink so delicate you could nearly call it rose. Without a doubt, there was a little dry ice and some EDM when the XC40 Recharge EV (car) was uncovered, however Volvo was less worried about the mise-en-scène and progressively concerned about the message. Car news.
There’s been a great deal of discussion about Volvo at last making a market completely electric car and that moment at long last accompanied the XC40 Recharge reveal. The arrangement Volvo has uncovered is that it will reveal one completely electric car model every year for the following five years. While the XC60 and XC90 are clearly in that lineup, the other three vehicles are a mystery, perhaps being all-new or electric car versions of sedans/wagons.
7. Honda Will Make a Hybrid Ridgeline
People have been trusting that this will occur, lastly the mid-cycle revive of the second-age Honda Ridgeline will see a hybrid powertrain choice included. We can hope to witness this in 2020, which is directly around the bend. This data should spill unexpectedly early, yet a Louisiana Honda dealer inadvertently posted it online. As per the leaked information, the Honda Hybrid Ridgeline will utilize a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors. Car news.
6. Toyota Mirai
Toyota is still focused on cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which make electricity from hydrogen stored onboard. A couple of years prior, it uncovered the Toyota Mirai, an fuel cell powered four doors vehicle with around 300 miles of range. At the time, there were no battery electric cars that could go as far without recharging but in the course of recent years, longer range battery electrics have come accessible, generally from Tesla.
The styling of the first Mirai was controversial in a Flash Gordon meets Buzz Lightyear kind of way. Some thought it attractive yet most discovered it about as engaging as the south end of northbound horse.
Car news: Never again is the Toyota Mirai something that resembles a bad sci-fi movie set piece. The 2020 model was uncovered sporting a smooth exterior, dropping the hatchback for a trunk and four doors. Toyota exchanged the hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to a premium rear-wheel-drive platform, which implies progressively rear passenger space, an increasingly luxurious feel, and better execution. In addition, new fuel cell and hydrogen storage designs means a 30 percent boost in driving range.
5. Lotus Switching to Volvo Engines
British automaker Lotus hasn’t made an engine in decades, however it’s changing from sourcing Toyota powerplants to Volvo. Chinese automaker Geely possesses Volvo and Lotus, so the move really bodes well from a business angle. Geely and Volvo Cars are really blending their inward ignition motor tasks into a solitary element, since the two organizations are attempting to coordinate more assets toward jolt. Later this implies Lotus will utilize Volvo electric powertrains.
4. Mazda Finally Reveals Its Electric Vehicle
Another long-awaited EV, the Mazda MX-30 at long last broke cover, but responses were blended. While structure decisions like rear suicide doors and a significantly slanted C-pillar and rear window created great babble, the reality Mazda won’t speak much about performance makes numerous individuals justifiably suspicious. What we do know is there’s a 33.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and that the SUV is good with DC charging of either CHAdeMO or COMBO standard. More data will come, however it may be of a wait. Car news.
3. Merger Between Fiat Chrysler and PSA Surfaces Again
Exactly when it appeared Fiat Chrysler merger talks would leave for a couple of years, another report uncovered the Italian-American automaker is in chats with PSA. If it somehow managed to turn into a reality, this would be the primary Italian-American-French automaker throughout the entire existence of the world. Since PSA rules in Europe and FCA is a major power in North America, the merger could really profit the two organizations. However, just like with the Renault merger talks the French government is a major stakeholder in PSA, so that could possibly be a sticking point.
2. Lots of People Cheated to Get EV Tax Credit
According to a US Treasury report, consumers have falsely claimed $74 million in EV tax credits. While not shocking that people cheat on their taxes, the fact the EV credits are being abused certainly isn’t encouraging for the longevity of the federal program. How can they get away with such a thing? The IRS doesn’t verify vehicle VINs when the credits are claimed, allowing people to claim more credit than what’s due to them or to get a credit when they shouldn’t get anything at all. The report specifically calls out GM and Tesla owners, which is quite interesting.
1. Hennessey Venom F5 Shocks with 1817 Horsepower
While we don’t have a full reveal of the Venom F5’s specs, the Texas tuner and boutique automaker has finally revealed some info on the engine. Thanks to an LS architecture, the turbocharged 6.6-liter V-8 nicknamed Fury cranks out 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 lb.-ft. of torque. This apparently was well beyond the initial expectations from Hennessey. Considering curb weight is supposed to be under 3,000 pounds, the Venom F5 should have absolutely explosive acceleration and could possibly set a new top speed record.