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New, 2019 Volvo S60 Brings Swedish Sensibility To Compact Sedan Segment

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New, 2019 Volvo S60 silver

The all-new, 2019 Volvo S60 was unveiled at Volvo’s new factory in Charleston, South Carolina, bringing to the compact premium car segment Swedish sensibilities in styling, craftsmanship and technology.

The new S60 will be the first vehicle built at the new factory and is slated to enter production in fall 2018. It rides on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which also underpins the V60, XC60 and 90-Series models.

Looking like a smaller and sleeker S90, the premium sedan features Volvo’s latest design language, boasting the distinctive Thor’s Hammer headlights and C-shaped taillights. Ditto for the cleanly laid-out interior, which looks like it was pulled straight out of the other Volvo models.

The company describes the S60 as a sporty “driver’s car” thanks to active chassis and drive modes. Two turbo- and super-charged plug-in hybrid powertrains will be available — the T6 Twin Engine AWD produces a combined 340 horsepower, while the T8 increases output to 400 horsepower.

This is the first Volvo vehicle to be offered without a diesel option, a testament to the Swedish automaker’s commitment to electrify its entire lineup and move past traditional internal combustion engines.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, stated:

“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made. It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”

Drivers benefit from City Safety with Autobrake, which automatically brakes the car when it encounters pedestrians, cyclists or large animals on the road. The optional Pilot Assist system handles steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads at speeds up to 81 mph (130 km/h).

Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake are also part of the long list of safety features.

The S60 T8 will be available with a Polestar Engineered package that brings its combined output up to 415 horsepower, as well as upgraded wheels, brakes and suspension.

Like the XC40 crossover, the new Volvo S60 will be available through the Care by Volvo subscription service, which makes it easier for buyers to obtain one via a monthly flat-fee subscription and with no down payment rather than traditional ownership.

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New Porsche 911 Cabriolet Is Ready For Your Summer Enjoyment

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New, 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Convertible

This version of the latest 911 offers unlimited headroom for your open-air driving enjoyment.

Not long after unveiling the all-new, , Porsche has taken its roof off to give us the 911 Cabriolet.

With the exception of the soft top, Porsche’s new convertible is nearly identical to the coupe. The soft top can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h), with new roof hydraulics reducing the opening time to around 12 seconds and an electrically-extendable wind deflector helping keep driver and passenger warm.

Only the Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet will be available at launch, both powered by a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder rated at 443 horsepower (450 PS) and 391 lb-ft. of torque, paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Carrera S Cabriolet can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, hitting a top speed of up to 190 mph (306 km/h). The Carrera 4S Cabriolet, on the other hand, completes the sprint in 3.8 seconds (3.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) before capping out at 189 mph (304 km/h).

The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at $126,100 in the United States, while the Carrera 4S Cabriolet kicks off at $133,400.

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BMW Creates Meteoric M850i Night Sky For Outer Space Geeks

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BMW M850i Night Sky Meteorite

The unique 8 Series features meteorite inlay and 3D-printed brake calipers.

BMW has revealed the M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky, a one-off take on the new M850i created by the company’s Individual Manufaktur team for astronomy fans.

The car features an outer space theme. Inside, hunks of meteoric rock adorn the center console, start/stop button, shift lever, iDrive controller and other surfaces, while Widmanstätten surface pattern of meteorites can be found on the center console’s trim finishers, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and the front splitters.

For the non-space geeks among us, Widmanstätten patterns are the result of iron-nickel crystals forming on meteors over the course of around 10 million years and cannot be reproduced on Earth.

Special LED project constellations of stars on the center console and other interior surfaces.

Not content with the space theme, BMW created new lightweight brake calipers using generative design processes (3D printing). The pieces manage to be 30 percent lighter than the 8 Series’ usual calipers without negatively affecting necessary strength characteristics.

The one-off Night Sky edition is finished in San Marino Blue metallic paint over a black base coat. Its debut coincided with a meteor shower that took place overnight from January 3 – 4, resulting from the Earth briefly passing through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH, with fragments from the asteroid entering our planet’s atmosphere and burning up.

Some of these meteoric fragments were incorporated into the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky’s interior.

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Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept Previews Infiniti’s EV Future

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Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

It introduces a new platform and a new design language inside and out.

Infiniti has revealed the QX Inspiration concept ahead of its world debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

The stylish concept previews the brand’s plans for electrified, high-performance production vehicles, featuring the the same new design language as the Q Inspiration Concept and a spacious, lounge like interior.

Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

“QX Inspiration is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand,” the Japanese premium marque said in a statement. “New technology has given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy — and the new vehicle communicates the serene strength at our core.”

The cabin was hand-crafted using traditional techniques and a choice of materials inspired by a subtle Japanese sensuality. Occupants are treated to new technology that follows the Japanese hospitality principle of omotenashi, creating a welcoming environment while assisting drivers and connecting occupants to the world around them.

The QX Inspiration Concept is underpinned by a brand new platform specifically engineered for electric vehicles, one that will be a centerpiece of the brand’s planned electrification push scheduled to begin in 2021.

In an earlier report, Infiniti President Roland Krueger suggested that the new line of electric vehicles could have a driving range of at least 311 miles (500 km).

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