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U.S. Will Look Into How Inflation Reduction Act Hurts South Korean Carmakers
Various corners have expressed concern over how the new Inflation Reduction Act will potentially discriminate against foreign car brands that don’t qualify for federal tax credits. South Korea has expressed its worries too, leading the U.S. to promise to look into how Korean automakers will be impacted by the move.
Citroen My Ami Tonic Is “A Toy For Grown-Ups Aged 14 To 77”
The My Ami Tonic is another special edition from French automaker Citroen, following on from the success of the My Ami Buggy. The Tonic doesn’t feature the dramatic looks of the Buggy, but is being marketed as “a toy for grown-ups aged 14 to 77,” and is placed at the top of the range. It features the rugged front and rear skid plates and the side sill extensions found on the Buggy, as well as the dark headlight bezels and the side sill extensions.
VW Banking On Porsche IPO To Fund Future Electrification Plans
CFO of the Volkswagen Group, Arno Antlitz, has admitted that the company is banking on cash generated from the long-awaited Porsche floatation to provide the financial backing to the group’s speedy EV transition. “This [IPO] is a key element for the group, especially because the possible proceeds would give us more flexibility to further accelerate the transformation. However, a decision has not yet been made,” Antlitz said in an internal VW interview, reports Reuters.
2024 BMW M5 Hybrid Prototype Drops Arch Flares, Shows Glimpse Of M4 CSL-Style Grille
The latest test car for the 2024 BMW M5 appears to be far more polished than before, ditching the tacked-on fender flares for proper sheet metal, and adding chrome tailpipes and M door mirrors. However, it’s the grille that stands out the most, with the prototype test car featuring vertical bars, much like the snouts found on the M3, M4, and M4 CSL, and XM concept.
Honda Prices Civic Type R’s Accessories In Japan, Including That Wing
Honda Japan has released the price list of accessories for the new Type R, and while it’s unconfirmed whether they’ll make it out of the home market, it makes for some interesting reading. The most eye-catching add-on is the lighter wing which generates more downforce, priced at a not insignificant 275,000 Yen ($1,959). Most of the accessories are for interior elements, such as an illuminated center console, and all-season floor mats.
Doctor Performs First Rivian-Powered Vasectomy After Electricity Goes Out In Texas Clinic
I performed what is likely the world's first @Rivian powered vasectomy today. Power in clinic went out, patient didn't want to reschedule cause he already had time off. Electrocautery was normal, procedure went great! #rivianstories #rivian pic.twitter.com/VLDg91r37d
— Christopher Yang (@ChrisYangMD) September 1, 2022
Providing power in a pinch is one of the benefits of some electric vehicles, but we can be certain that no one imagined one would be used to power a vasectomy operation. Christopher Yang MD was scheduled to perform the snip when he hit a snag: the power had gone out at his clinic. Yang’s normal course of action would have been to rearrange the appointment but he claims the patient didn’t want to reschedule because he had already taken the time off work. Solution? Run off Rivian power!
What Else Is Making The News
The Grand Tour’s Latest Adventure Coming September 16
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The Grand Tour’s latest adventure will be hitting screens on September 16. Entitled “A Scandi Flick,” the latest antics of Clarkson, Hammond, and May will feature rally-inspired offerings tackling the snow and ice of Scandanavia.
Rockstar Rolls The Credits On GTA 5
After featuring on three generations of consoles and becoming one of the highest-grossing video game titles of all time, it appears that developer Rockstar is bidding goodbye to GTA 5. The studio recently posted a “thank you” message on its website, directed at all those who worked on GTA V and GTA Online.