For those that like or are even considering getting the Kia Niro plugin hybrid, but want more electrification, the Kia Niro EV Conept is a preview of what’s to come.
Unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Expo, the full-electric crossover is just a concept, but Kia has already stated a specific range of 238 miles (383 km), which, as it turns out, is the exact same range that the Chevrolet Bolt EV launched with. A coincidence? The Korean automaker isn’t the type to play games, so likely not.
The elimination of an international combustion engine renders a traditional grille unnecessary, with the Niro EV featuring a smooth interactive display panel instead. It is powered by powered by a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain that pairs a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack with a 150 kW electric motor.
Designers opted for a minimalistic interior boasting new technologies, including an advanced pedestrian warning system that uses multiple front-view cameras, object-recognition technology and front speakers to detect and alert pedestrians or cyclists of the car’s presence. The system also uses the grille-mounted display to provide visual communication.
The production Kia Niro EV will be one of the first long-range crossovers available when it launches, as well as just one of 16 new green vehicles that Kia will introduce by 2025, including a new hydrogen-powered, fuel-cell electric vehicle sometime in 2020.
Guess Who Got A Lamborghini Huracan? The Pope!
As the “holiest of holy men”, Pope Francis has been living big and is often the recipient of some rather lavish gifts. Lamborghini for one gave him a brand-new, custom-designed Huracán LP 580-2 supercar!
Finished in Monocerus White with Tiberio Yellow accents all around — the official colors of the Vatican — the rear-wheel drive, 580-horsepower Huracán was handed over to the Pope in a special ceremony held in Vatican City.
Someone of such stature doesn’t much use for an Italian supercar, not to mention Vatican City is far too small and crowded for crazy speeds and drifting. He appears very content with his 1984 Renault 4 anyways.
Instead, Pope Francis sent his Lamborghini Huracan to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to three sperate charities.
A base price of approximately $200,000 makes the Huracán 580-2 the most affordable Lamborghini. However, the fact that this example has been signed and blessed by the Pope has undoubtedly shot its value through the roof.
Still, just imagine driving on the Nurburgring and seeing Pope Francis speed by you in a Lamborghini…
Tom Brady is the New Face of Aston Martin
In what many would consider an odd pairing, Aston Martin has entered into a long-term partnership with Tom Brady to promote its vehicles. The football heavyweight is the new celebrity spokesman for the British automaker.
In case you’re not on the same page, that’s an American football player shilling for the most British automaker there is. We are truly living in an interesting world…
Brady has quarterbacked his team to five Super Bowl championship, so Aston Martin has a reason for selecting him:
“Tom is an inspirational leader and athlete who is clearly aligned with our view of Aston Martin. His performances on the football field — not just recently but throughout his career — are an inspiration for us all.”
But that could be said about any number of top athletes, notably those with a more international reach. The irony that Brady plays for the New England Patriots, a team whose mascot is a minuteman, rebels who incited the American Revolution against Britain, shouldn’t be lost on you.
But none of this matters to the man; it’s all about the money:
“Aston Martin exemplifies dedication to the craft of car making through a meticulous attention to detail. While 104 years of heritage are reflected in each hand-built car, with product from the DB11 to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, this brand is primed to excel for the next 100 years as well. As a long-time fan and driver I am honored to join the Aston Martin team at this special moment in the company’s history.”
As part of the partnership, Brady will curate his own Aston Martin based on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S, twelve of which will be sold to the public. “Category of One: Why Beautiful Matters” is the title of his campaign.
Dr. Dre’s Custom Cadillac Escalade is Mansion on Wheels
Thanks to a highly-successfully music career, Dr. Dre is a very rich man with a big house or two, many fast cars and now a new custom Cadillac Escalade ESV that’s pretty much a mansion on wheels. We’re not kidding…
The Escalade ESV is the longer version of the regular Escalade and fetches around $100,000 in the United States when fully loaded. It’s a very nice and luxurious SUV out of the factory, but apparently not opulent enough for Dre’s needs and desires.
Not only did he have his customized Escalade stretched even further, but he also made it taller, making its interior even more voluminous to accommodate such ‘usual’ luxury amenities as, you know, an exercise bike. All it seems to be missing is a Jacuzzi and a basketball court.
It’s a beast of a vehicle, and expectedly, Dr. Dre and his friends will be chauffeured around in it.
claim his unique Escalade, which was modified by Becker Automotive Design, costs around $200,000, and that’s not hard to believe. I mean, just look at it!