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Depending on where you live, it won’t be long before internal combustion engines in new cars are a distant memory. But with a back catalog of some 150 years to dip into, what ear was the most inventive for burning fossil fuels?
We’ve tested the global HR-V (not to be confused with the larger North American car of the same name), which is exclusively a self-charging hybrid. The latest HR-V makes a step up in its positioning, with styling and pricing placing the SUV above some of its B-Segment rivals such as the Skoda Kamiq and Renault Captur E-Tech. Price-wise, it even knocks on the door of the larger Volvo XC40 and BMW X1. But for that, it is a more mature offering than its predecessor, with a compelling interior and intriguing design.
Going up against competition from the Nissan Frontier, Jeep Gladiator, and Ford Ranger, the 2023 GMC Canyon will be entering a crowded marketplace for a segment that was on the brink of collapse. Our speculative illustrations show that the 2023 GMC Canyon will make some tweaks to enhance its refreshed offering, including slim DRLs, split headlights, chunky fenders, and squared-off proportions. Underpinning the new Canyon (and upcoming Colorado) will be a heavily revised version of GM’s GMT32XX platform. It will also feature a new version of GM’s electrical architecture to enable over-the-air updates and other remote connectivity services.
Good news for classic car fans: according to a new report from Footman James, a classic and specialist vehicle insurance provider, your classic motor is less damaging to the environment than modern vehicles, including EVs. The study suggests that the carbon footprint during the production of an average passenger car like the VW Golf is 6.8 tonnes (14,991 pounds) of CO2, while an EV such as the Polestar 2 increases this figure to 26 tonnes (57,320 pounds). For comparison, it takes more than 46 years of use for the average classic car to reach the same 26-tonne CO2 figure.
The Toyota Aygo X is a crossover twist on your average city car. Unlike its predecessors, there’s no French equivalent for the Aygo, with the platform no longer shared with Citroen and Peugeot. Instead, the Aygo X is based on a shortened form of the Yaris’ TNGA GA-B platform. It’s not fast, space is at a premium, and the Aygo X won’t make an appearance in North America. However, it still manages to impress as a city car, and features more style than your average city runabout.
With fuel prices on the rise, you could be forgiven for considering an EV or hybrid. But what if you’re not ready yet? We’ve rounded up 10 of the best gas-sipping ICE cars that are fun to drive.
What Else Is Making The News
Max Verstappen Wins The Canadian GP
Max Verstappen won the 2022 Canadian GP for Red Bull, leading home Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Meanwhile, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso suffered from poor strategy, an engine issue, and a post-race penalty that left him in ninth, despite qualifying on the front row. Mercedes-AMG’s Lewis Hamilton rounded out the podium.
Telegram Launches Premium Subscription
— The Verge (@verge) June 19, 2022
Messaging service Telegram has rolled out a paid tier to their app. Telegram Premium costs $4.99 per month and includes faster downloads and a larger maximum file upload size (4GB as opposed to 2GB). The complete list of features has been outlined in a blog post by Telegram.