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Sponsored: The Toyota i-ROAD is the Future of Urban Mobility



The future of urban mobility is here and it’s brought to you by none other than Toyota. After revolutionizing the automotive landscape with the Prius hybrid, the Japanese automaker now looks to do the same with a three-wheeled, all-electric car called i-ROAD.

Very unusual in appearance, the Toyota i-ROAD weighs only 300 kg (661 lbs) and measures just 2,350 mm long, 850 mm wide, and 1,445 mm tall, making it around the size of a motorcycle. In fact, it turns just like a motorcycle, thanks to the utilization of “Active Lean” technology that calculates the required degree of tilt based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information.

The i-ROAD is powered by a pair of 2 kW electric motors that source their energy from a lithium-ion battery pack, enabling it to travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on a full charge. It has a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h).

CHECK OUT: Toyota i-Road Concept is Like a Motocycle, Photos and Details

A small footprint combined with a tight turning radius and a zero-emissions powertrain make Toyota’s little electric car ideal for navigating the world’s increasingly congested cities. It also looks pretty trendy, won’t you say?

In France, the game-changing automaker, along with four partners, has launched a new trial service called “Cité lib by Ha:mo”in Grenoble, a beautiful city with a population of 400,000. Making use of 70 ultra-compact EVs (including i-ROADs) and 27 charging stations, Cité lib seamlessly integrates into the public transport systems of the Grenoble to grant urban commuters a very compelling means of getting from point A to B.

A special smartphone application allows residents of Grenoble to easily reserve an i-Road for a trip around town, paying as little as 5 euros (around $6) for an hour-long drive, 9 euros for 2 hours, or 17 euros (~ $22) for a full four hours. Cars can be picked up or dropped off at any of the 27 stations located around the city.

As the video above shows, using the service is as easy as texting, and driving the i-ROAD is less of a hassle than navigating a regular car in an urban jungle. Moreover, with many charging stations scattered all around the city, you never have to worry about not reaching your destination.

Cars like the Toyota i-ROAD are the future of our car-sharing future, so get ready. In addition to being a core part of Cité lib by Ha:mo, the peculiar Japanese electric car is being tested extensively in Tokyo, Japan, and will be ready for the world’s sprawling cities in the near future.

For more details, just visit the Grenoble Toyota Project website by . Do you ever see yourself using an i-ROAD?

This post has been sponsored by Toyota, but concerns our own opinion.

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New Hyundai Venue Is Hyundai’s Smallest, Cheapest SUV



New, 2020 Hyundai Venue Small SUV

Hyundai’s SUV and crossover family welcomes their smallest and most affordable member.

The all-new, 2020 Hyundai Venue is a new entry-level SUV for the masses. Designed to appeal to millennials, it is the smallest and most affordable utility vehicle offered by Hyundai.

The Venue is actually five-inches shorter than the Kona, but a taller, more upright profile makes it appear bigger and even more substantial.

Exterior design is in line with Hyundai’s latest SUV design language, with highlights including the brand’s cascading grille and squarish headlights placed below razor-thin daytime running lights and turn signals.

Inside, the 2020 Venue gets an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and rearview monitor. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity are also available.

Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) automatic, delivering fuel economy of up to 33 mpg combined.

Despite its small size, the crossover can be had with many of Hyundai’s latest safety technologies including forward collision assist, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic warning, driver attention warning, and blind-spot detection.

The Hyundai Venue appears to have the substance to go with its spunk. Sales begin in the forth quarter of 2019.

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New, 2020 Lincoln Corsair Luxury SUV Is A Baby Aviator



New, 2020 Lincoln Corsair SUV, luxury SUV

Lincoln has unveiled the all-new, 2020 Lincoln Corsair, the replacement for the MKC.

As the company’s contender in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment, the Corsair is a lot more stylish and sophisticated than the MKC, borrowing many styling cues from the new Nautilus, Aviator, and Navigator. I fact, I would go as far as to call it a baby Aviator.

The Corsair has an attractive exterior, but it’s the interior that makes the biggest statement. It comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi across all trims and phone-as-key technology that allows owners to keep their key at home and use their smartphone instead, while an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and wireless charging adds more functionality. Exotic leather colors and shapely wooden inserts lend greatly to its classy atmosphere.

The options list also includes 24-way adjustable seats with massage and ambient lighting, a massive panoramic glass roof, and 14-speaker Revel audio system

At launch, the new Corsair will give buyers two engine options. There is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque and an optional, slightly more powerful 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 280 hp and 310 lb-ft. A plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup later on.

All Corsair models get Lincoln’s basic suite of safety features, which includes automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, reverse brake assist, and automatic park assist are optional.

Sales of the new, 2020 Lincoln Corsair begin in fall 2019. Did Lincoln do a good job?

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VW I.D. Roomzz Concept Previews An Electric Three-Row SUV



Volkswagen ID Roomzz electric SUV, front angle

The latest concept in Volkswagen’s I.D. family is a people-hauler first and foremost.

Volkswagen is cooking up a flagship electric SUV, and the VW I.D. Roomzz Concept is an indication of what’s to come.

Based on a stretched version of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform that underpins the I.D. Crozz concept, the Roomzz is a full-size SUV with three-rows of seating for up to eight occupants. More than that, the seats can be reconfigured to deliver a lounge-like experience.

Other interior highlights include a digital, glass-front panel, and massive screens for the instrument cluster and dashboard infotainment.

Level 4 autonomous capabilities means the I.D. Roomzz can drive itself in certain areas and under certain conditions without an active driver. Power is provided by two electric motors, one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive capability, energized by a 82-kWh battery.

The electric drivetrain generates a total of 302 horsepower, can accelerate the SUV from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), and provides a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km) on Europe’s WLTP cycle, or 475 km (295 mi) under NEFZ in China.

The production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz concept is slated to debut sometime in 2020, around the same time as the production versions of the I.D. Crozz and I.D. hatchback. The Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz and I.D. Vizzion sedan will follow suit in 2022.

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