News Roundup: Hyundai’s Santa Cruz truck likely coming in 2020
The Cold Start is a round-up of automotive news to get you up to speed at the end of the week, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.
Here’s what you missed while you were away.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz is finally headed for production
Hyundai hasn’t set a date yet, but an exec has revealed the new Santa Cruz, the brand’s first offering in the North American truck market, will be heading into production ‘as soon as possible,’ which in this case likely means 2020.
Chief Design Officer Luc Donckerwolke toldAutocar that “From my side it is finished, the process to put it into production is now underway.” Whether it fits in the full-size or compact segment is still TBD.
See through the 360-degree eyes of Tesla’s artificial intelligence in this video
A 17-minute interactive 360-degree video released on YouTube shows Tesla’s autonomous driving systems at work, and though it lacks the traditional story arc with a beginning, middle and end, it’s still a fascinating watch.
Uploaded by YouTuber Pranav Kodali, the footage gathered from Tesla’s latest Autopilot 2.5 and its four onboard cameras demonstrates how the brand’s pretty awesome self-driving system functions, and on the famously winding North Carolina stretch of roadway known as the Tail of the Dragon no less. Check it out above!
Ford might name its new Mustang-inspired electric SUV the ‘Mach E’
According to a patent recently filed by Ford, the company has selected a baby name, ‘Mach E’. The only question remaining is which baby will get it—the new crossover or the upcoming hybrid Mustang?
Ford hasteased its new electric product already this year, granting the public a glimpse at the automotive equivalent of a prenatal ultrasound, an image of an SUV-ish silhouette with Mustang-y features like three-bar taillights and a pony on the grille. Does it look like a Mach E? You be the judge.
The Silverado HD’s new face was scaring people, so Chevy released its handsome-r trim brother
Earlier this week, Chevrolet pulled the cover off of its 2020 Silverado HD (pictured above) revealing a new body, a new powertrain and a new, uber-aggressive-looking grille with the word “CHEVROLET” displayed across a chrome bar like a kind of face tatt. Some of the Internet’s more savvy users, includingone of Driving.ca’s own writers , find the Silverado’s new face to be “ugly,” to put it bluntly.
So, as if in response to the haters, Chevrolet followed up the reveal with the announcement of the range-topping High Country trim, which doesn’t have such a toothy smile, so to speak. Get a look at and learn more about the2020 Silverado High Country’s other distinguishing features here .
This private collection of ’80s and ’90s cars will got to auction next year
About 140 cars, mostly sedans from the 1980s and ’90s, that made up an incredible private collection will go on sale at a number of RM Sotheby’s auctions around the world in 2019.
Whoever the owner is hasn’t released a full list, but there’s definitely a healthy German presence including multiple rare AMG Mercedes-Benzes, some Alpina model BMWs and a 850CSI, as well as several exotics like a Ferrari Superamerica, an Acura NSX and an Aston Martin Vanquish S. More details onthe impressive collection and its impending disassembly here .
The upcoming C8 Corvette is rumoured to cost US$150,000
Rumour has it that the new mid-engined Corvette isn’t going to come cheap and it isn’t going to come early. According to YouTuber and Chevy dealer Mike Davenport (AKA the “Louisville Chevy Dude”) the C8-gen Corvette will weigh in at a healthy US$150,000 and not likely be revealed until the Chicago Auto Show in February.
The source has Deepthroat status at the moment, but Davenport claims he’s been let in on some here-to-untold details, including the fact that an undisclosed issue is delaying release.Get in on the gossip here .