We now live in a world where a semi-truck is faster than most sports cars and some supercars. The all-electric Tesla Semi is a truly impressive piece of automotive engineering that’s poised to revolutionize the trucking world.
It’s no exaggeration when we say the Tesla Semi puts traditional, diesel-powered semis to shame. For starters, it can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in just five seconds when no load is attached, making it faster than not only all other semis, but also most sports cars on the market.
The behemoth can tow a full 80,000-pound load and maintain speeds of 65 mph (105 km/h) on a sustained five-percent grade. The average diesel-powered truck is less capable by comparison, ascending the same incline at a much slower speed of around 45 mph (72 km/h).
Thanks to advances in battery technology, the Tesla Semi is able to drive upwards of 500-mile (805 km) range on a single charge at highway speeds when carrying a maximum load.
Hopping into the interior reveals a center-mounted seating like a McLaren F1 supercar or Formula 1 race car, two massive touchscreen tablets, and virtually no buttons or switchgear.
Every Tesla Semi features the company’s latest Autopilot suite, keeping the truck from veering out of a lane and allowing for automatic braking. Sensors detect any signs of jackknifing, adjusting power to each wheel to maintain a steady ride.
An estimated starting price of approximately $200,000 makes the electric semi twice as expensive as a regular semi. Tesla claims it will begin production in 2019, hopefully without issue.
With such performance figures, expect seeing many videos of truckers drag racing and beatingageing exotic supercars and many modern performance cars.
What do you think about the Tesla Semi truck?
New, 2019 Toyota Avalon Puts On Bold Face, Gets New Tech
Sedan sales aren’t what they used to be — heck, they’re in a free-fall — but that doesn’t mean there is no longer a market for them. At the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota Motors unveiled the all-new 2019 Toyota Avalon, which it hopes will standout in an automotive landscape increasingly dominated by crossovers.
Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which also underpins the Camry and Prius, the fifth generation Avalon is longer, wider and lower than before, adopting a new design philosophy that Toyota calls “Technical Beauty.” It’s bold, different and, with that gaping whopper of a grille, not for everyone.
The interior is what you would expect from a car described as a ‘mid-premium’ sedan, offering just about every luxury amenity you could want and featuring more soft-touch materials than in the previous Avalon. The design is clean, sophisticated and elegant and centers around a 9.0-inch infotainment system (supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Android Alexa) and a 7.0-inch central display on the instrument cluster. Higher trim levels get a massive 10-inch head-up display that presents vehicle and engine speeds, navigation information, audio settings and other data.
The new Avalon is the first Toyota-badged model to be available with adaptive variable suspension for improved ride quality and handling.
Power comes from a choice of either a 3.5L V6 or a hybrid system that utilizes a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and its Nickel-Metal battery situated under the rear seat. The former is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid system makes due with a CVT.
Toyota likely hopes the Avalon’s bold new styling, new technology and refinement will appeal to more buyers after sales in 2017 tumbled by 32 percent in the United States, it largest and most important market. Sales begin in late spring 2018.
Bigger, Techier, Better – That’s The New, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
There is an all-new, Volkswagen Jetta and it hopes to rekindle the love that Americans had for the MK4-generation Jetta, which was quite popular with both enthusiasts and mainstream buyers alike.
Unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Jetta is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, growing in size and adopting a sportier, slightly coupe-like exterior design complete with more chrome and standard LED lighting elements that lend it a more premium look. Do you like what you see?
Inside, you’ll find a reconfigurable Digital Cockpit display in higher trim levels and a high-mounted center display that controls a host of updated tech, including such infotainment features as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The longer list of near-premium amenities includes heated and ventilated front seats, real leather seating surfaces, driver’s seat memory, and a 400-watt BeatsAudio system.
The new Jetta is longer, wider and taller than the previous model, meaning more interior room for driver, passengers and their cargo.
Under the hood, is a 1.4L turbocharged “TSI” four-cylinder engine that can be paired with either a automatic or manual transmission, producing 147 horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque.
The new, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be available in S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels, as well as a performance-tuned GLI trim that will be introduced later on.
New, 2019 Kia Forte Gets Stinger DNA, New Tech, Better Fuel Efficiency
The Kia Forte has received an onverhaul, getting an infusion of Stinger DNA for the North American masses, new and better tech, and better fuel-efficiency.
Unveiled at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new, 2019 Kia Forte is both sportier and more sophisticated in appearance than the previous model, thanks to several styling cues clearly inspired by the Stinger sports sedan. Kia’s designers ditch the cab forward look for a fastback-like shape with a longer hood and short rear deck and pushed back the cowl point five inches. Astute observers will also notice the redesigned headlights, a more aggressive lower bumper and pronounced hood creases.
The new Forte has grown overall size, with its length increasing by 3.2-inches to 182.7 inches, improving legroom and truck space as a result. It’s also half an inch taller and a tad bit wider.
In addition to offering more room for driver and passengers, the interior comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen that’s easy and comfortable to navigate, featuring a little shelf to rest your palm on and Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility. A wireless charging tray is optional.
The Forte is also available with a suite of safety features like lane-keeping, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, with forward collision avoidance as standard.
Under the longer hood is a 2.0L four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft. of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or Kia’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), which is a CVT with a fancier name. The 2.0L and the IVT transmission are expected to get a 35 MPG combined rating, 3 MPG better than before.
The new, 2019 Kia Forte goes on sale later in 2018. From what you see and know, how do you think it compares to the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and other compact sedans? Share your thoughts in the comments below.