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Green Car by Mina Tocalini

Aiways New U5 SUV

The all-electric Aiways U5 SUV has driven its way to multiple victories and prestigious awards this month, taking on three long-range endurance challenges across Europe and winning the Riviera Electric Challenge (14-16 September). 37 vehicles from 11 established brands took on the Riviera Electric Challenge driving 200km from Cagnes-sure-Mer, France, through Italy’s mountain scenery and ending in iconic Monaco. Aiways was the only Chinese manufacturer to enter the all-electric challenge, now in its seventh year. Live energy consumption data was tracked for each vehicle along the demanding route, and the Aiways U5 SUV outperformed the competition to take the top spot with French former rally driver Bernard Darniche behind the wheel alongside teammate Philippe Dupuy.

The former European Rally champion commented: “I have won many races and taking part in the Riviera Electric Challenge was a chance to experience the future of racing. It was great to test my competitive skills in a new way where winning was not about being fastest. The Aiways U5 SUV was a responsive and easy drive, and it was an absolute pleasure to be behind the wheel of this electric car for the 200km journey. We were not leading at the end of day one, but through consistent driving on day two, we secured first place in the Aiways U5 SUV.”

The weekend just gone; three Aiways U5 SUVs also participated in the famous E-Cannonball endurance drive. This prestigious event among the electric vehicle community attracted celebrity drivers and over 70 teams who had to cover the distance between Berlin and Munich, accumulating points for kilometers covered, number of charging stops and average energy consumption. One Aiways U5 SUV was ably driven by model and influencer Nicola Cavanis, who took her 860,000 followers along for the ride keeping them updated with live conversations during the entire trip. She stated: “It was great fun, and I enjoyed the drive in an all-electric car very much. Our team did well, we went smoothly between the challenges, and I got a lot of great feedback from my followers.” The second Aiways U5 SUV was entered by Aiways’ German retail partner and the main event sponsor, Euronics. The third Aiways U5 SUV was entered by an enthusiastic and loyal customer team. Both corporate teams and the private one arrived ahead of the time limit without any problems reaching the finish line in Munich.

Earlier in September, three electric U5 SUVs successfully completed the ED1000 endurance event, journeying 1,000km across Germany from Berlin via Bielefeld and Fulda to Munich in less than 14 hours – proving that electric mobility is a viable option for day-to-day and long-distance driving. Aiways entered two vehicles which finished only an hour apart. The third Aiways U5 SUV was entered by Aiways’ German service and mobility partner A.T.U who provided technical support for all brands participating in the endurance drive.

At the wheel of one Aiways U5 during the ED1000 was Dr Alex Klose, Executive Vice-President of Overseas Operations at Aiways. He commented, “We are very pleased with the consistent and impressive performance from the U5 during these long-distance tests, particularly because we competed against and outperformed many vehicles from mainstream car brands.

“Our ‘September success’ has been a fantastic illustration of the U5’s capabilities and its suitability as the main family car. Aiways’ future in Europe looks strong and we’re excited about participating in, and winning, more endurance races in the coming years.”

The positive and consistent performance from the Aiways U5 SUV across multiple long-range events this summer demonstrates the vehicle’s highly competitive real-world range of 330km – 82.5% of the official WLTP figure. With Level 2 autonomy and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including active cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and the emergency braking assistant, every journey in U5 comes with safety and peace of mind.

With a starting price of $41,746*The Aiways U5 SUV offers a compelling price-to-range ratio and can charge from 30% to 80% in just 27 minutes, making zero-emissions driving a welcome choice for any adventure.

Rimac Nevera via Rimac Automobili for use by 360 Magazine

Rimac Automobili Unveils the Nevera

Hypercar manufacturer and electric technology specialist Rimac Automobili unveiled the production version of the C_Two, now becoming the Nevera, an all-electric, 1,914hp, 258mph, $2.4m hypercar designed and engineered to unleash an unprecedented level of performance.

The Nevera is the production-ready iteration of the Rimac C_Two concept car, which was revealed at the International Geneva Motor Show in 2018. Since then, Rimac’s engineers have refined their new flagship on every level during an extensive development program, in the pursuit of the ultimate electric hypercar driving experience. With the majority of key components of the Nevera developed in-house at Rimac’s HQ in Croatia, all systems have been improved and enhanced since the initial prototypes to deliver on the ambitious performance targets set for at the beginning of the project in 2018.

Underlining his own commitment to the project, Mate Rimac will personally test and sign off each of the Neveras, before they are delivered to customers from the company’s current production site on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia.

Named after a force of nature

Fittingly, the Nevera bears a proud Croatian name and one that truly reflects the prodigious performance the car can unleash in the blink of an eye. The name given by the locals to a quick, unexpected and mighty Mediterranean storm that races across the open sea off Croatia, a nevera is extremely powerful and charged by lightning.

Appearing with exceptional speed and potency, Rimac’s next-generation hypercar shares the Nevera’s name and looks set to leave a similarly disruptive effect on the global hypercar market. And, like the force of nature it is named after, it is just as adept at transforming its character in an instant – from assured and comfortable grand tourer to ultra-focused performance machine.

Form follows function

Rimac favors lean and effective engineering at every stage, and that philosophy is exemplified in the form-follows-function nature of the Nevera’s timeless, elegant design. It is applied to every single detail, including Rimac’s signature ‘cravat’ feature, which is incorporated into its flanks.

“Since the 17th Century, the necktie has provided a symbol of Croatian strength and identity, and we first paid tribute to it on our Concept­_One hypercar in 2011,” reveals Rimac Director of Design, Adriano Mudri,And, like every element of the car’s design, it is there to provide a key function of the Nevera’s performance, serving as an air intake for the rear cooling systems.”

A comprehensive raft of changes to the Nevera’s bodywork, air diffusers and intakes has delivered a 34% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency over the early prototypes­. The profile of the bonnet, the shape of the pillars and the design of the diffusers, splitters and radiators have all been intensively analyzed and refined to improve airflow and downforce. Inlets and cooling channels have been painstakingly developed to increase the cooling efficiency of both the brake and powertrain systems, resulting in a 30% improvement at low speeds and a seven per cent enhancement at high speeds.

Rimac has also created numerous new innovative active aerodynamic elements to elevate the Nevera’s cooling, performance, stability, and efficiency. The front bonnet profile, underbody flap, rear diffuser and rear wing can each move independently, driven by complex algorithms that provide the optimum aerodynamic configuration for every driving situation. Switching from ‘high downforce’ to ‘low drag’ mode reduces aerodynamic drag by 17.5% to create a 0.3 coefficient of drag. Changing back into ‘high downforce’ mode increases downforce by 326%.

Despite incorporating a wealth of active aerodynamic elements, as well as many cameras and sensors that enable the Driver Coach feature, the Nevera’s body design remains a coherent graphic. It combines both the drama and beauty of a hypercar and appears simultaneously shaped by the air and forged with technology. The stunning butterfly doors elegantly carve away from the car’s wide sill as they open, creating a generous space for ease of entry and egress.

Lightweight, forged alloy wheels feature a unique aerodynamic design that channels cooling air to the Brembo carbon-ceramic braking system and ensures smooth airflow down the car’s flanks.

World’s most advanced monocoque construction

Nevera’s groundbreaking monocoque, developed by the former C_Two Chief Engineer Daniele Giachi, includes a bonded carbon roof, integrated structural battery pack and rear carbon subframe, forming the largest single carbon fibre piece in the entire automotive industry. Weighing less than 200kg and utilising 2200 carbon fibre plys and 222 aluminium inserts, the monocoque encases the car’s battery to form a compact yet incredibly strong structure with a torsional stiffness of 70.000Nm/degree. The level of unmatched strength and safety this provides has contributed to the Nevera meeting strict global homologation standards, and delivering the most rigid structure of any car ever made.

Driving the future

The key to the Nevera’s exceptional performance is Rimac’s pioneering electric powertrain. Every component of the Nevera’s electric powertrain has been exhaustively reworked since its inception to deliver more torque, greater performance and enhanced efficiency.

The unique H-shaped, liquid-cooled, 120kWh, 6960-cell battery was designed from scratch by Rimac and sits at the very heart of the Nevera. Capable of producing 1.4MW of power, the Lithium/Manganese/Nickel battery also forms an integral part of the car’s core, adding 37% structural stiffness to the carbon fibre monocoque. The battery’s optimum positioning low and central within the car’s floor contributes to an ultra-low centre of gravity. This helps create an excellent 48/52 front/rear weight distribution and the best possible handling balance.

Developments of the advanced battery cooling system have made it even more efficient since the introduction of the C_Two, enabling more power to be delivered for greater periods. Four bespoke surface-mounted permanent magnet motors drive the Nevera’s four wheels individually. Together, they enable 1914hp and 2360Nm of torque, which is triple the output of a ‘conventional–engined’ supercar. The front and rear wheels are each connected to a pair of single-speed gearboxes.

Capable of instantly summoning maximum torque from the first moment, the Nevera’s electric motors are 97% efficient–compared with 40% for the most effective internal combustion engines–and completely maintenance-free throughout their operating life.

Out of this world acceleration–beating the ambitious targets

With the ability to sprint to 60mph in 1.85 seconds and continue the acceleration all the way to a 258mph top speed, the Nevera opens up a new dimension in hypercar performance. Accelerating from rest to 100 mph requires just 4.3 seconds and it maintains its eye-widening acceleration throughout a full-throttle cycle, achieving 186mph from rest in 9,3 seconds, shredding a whole 2,5 seconds from the initial targets. Finally, it achieves a record-breaking 8,6 seconds quarter-mile time.

Perfect power delivery, impeccable stopping power

Rimac’s All-Wheel Torque Vectoring 2 (R-AWTV 2) system replaces traditional Electronic Stability Program and Traction Control systems to further bolster grip and traction. Meanwhile, the Nevera’s R-AWTV 2 system enables infinitely variable dynamic responses to road and track conditions by calibrating the amount of torque supplied to each wheel. R-AWTV 2 calculates the precise level of torque to channel through each wheel for ultimate stability and exceptional agility. Both predictive and responsive, R-AWTV reads the road and makes over 100 calculations per second to tailor the level of torque to achieve the desired driving style.

The Nevera is also equipped with cutting-edge braking technology. A complex electro-hyrdaulic brake booster with brake pedal feel simulator distributes the braking force between the friction brakes and electric powertrain, depending on the battery, powertrain and brake state. For instance–it dissipates kinetic energy through the friction brakes if the battery is close to its thermal limits, or activates more regenerative braking in case the friction brakes are hot. All those transitions should remain in the background, not noticeable to the driver. This enables the Nevera to make the highest use of regenerative braking of any other car on the market now. In addition to a maximum range-enhancing regenerative braking of 300 kW provided by the electric motors, substantial stopping power comes from 15 inch Brembo CCMR carbon-ceramic brake discs and six-piston callipers. Combined they provide consistent, fade-free and exceptionally powerful braking, even when the car is subjected to extreme forces on the track.

Relaxed grand tourer with track attack precision

Double wishbone suspension with electronically controlled dampers and active ride height adjustment provides a combination of a smooth and comfortable ride, exemplary body control and ultra-agile handling.

Further emphasizing Rimac’s technology-first approach, the Nevera utilises the very latest electric power steering with steer-by-wire function, enabling adaptive driver-feedback, depending on the drive mode. Additionally, it works as a drive-by-wire system when in “Driver Coach” mode to demonstrate optimum racing lines and vehicle control to the driver.

Rimac’s versatile and responsive R-AWTV 2 system enables drivetrain calibration for the Nevera to facilitate any driving style through seven different driving modes.

For a truly engaging drive on the road, “SPORT” mode sharpens the response of the throttle, brakes, suspension and steering, while “DRIFT” mode supplies more torque to the rear wheels to accentuate oversteer and help hold the car in a controlled power slide on the track. “COMFORT” mode strikes a perfect balance between a relaxing ride, efficiency and driving pleasure, while “RANGE” mode enables the Nevera to achieve maximum mileage from each battery charge. In expert hands, “TRACK” mode sets the Nevera to full, unrestrained configuration to help drivers exploit the car’s full potential. Finally, two “CUSTOM” modes enable drivers to access their personal, pre-selected performance characteristics.

Minimalist design cabin, maximum comfort and control

With space for two occupants in full race regalia and their luggage, Nevera is as much a capable grand tourer as it is a performance hypercar. Digital screens soak up needless toggles and switches, leaving only essential tactile controls, giving more space to enjoy Nevera’s carefully designed interior.

The cockpit features a trio of high-definition TFT screens, which present as much, or as little, information as the user requires. Configured for both track driving and comfort, the layout of the cockpit is divided into two zones. The focus of the top segment is entirely placed on driving pleasure and performance, while the lower part houses the infotainment system, comfort controls and driving data.

Tactile billet aluminum rotary controls and switches, including three displays with rotating control, provide a resolutely analogue feel, tailored to enable the driver to utilize the cutting-edge digital technology in an even more engaging manner. From the cockpit, the driver can monitor every aspect of the car’s performance with real-time telemetry, downloadable to a laptop or smartphone for later review.

Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

The Best Ways To Keep Cars Smelling Fresh

Most people consider their car their second home. As such, they want to keep it smelling fresh. Some car upkeep methods are simpler or more involved than others, but all of them help to keep the interior of the car smelling clean and fresh.

If you are thinking of buying a new car but are limited on budget, a used car may be suitable. A good, used car can last a long time, and save you a lot of money. A bad used car can get you stranded, cost you a lot of money, and make you regret buying it to begin with.

So, how can you tell the difference? The detailed history report of the vehicle not only provides a complete vehicle history; but also includes an in-depth vehicle inspection that can reveal hidden damages that may cost you. With the report, you can see if your dream car has a history of accidents, flood damage, outstanding finance, and much more.

Here are some simple ways you can implement to keep your car smelling fresh, and new.

  1. Regular wash

A clean car will always smell better than a dirty one. The reason is simple: dust and dirt make their way into the smallest places and accumulate there, resulting in a stale, unpleasant odor. Although you may be tempted to clean your car inside and out, it is the little things that you do on a regular basis that will really make a difference. Regular washing can also keep the car exterior looking new and also prevent the car from getting rusty.

  1. Odor eliminators

Let’s face it, nothing is better than a fresh-smelling car. On the contrary, nothing is worse than an odor-ridden car. The smell of human sweat, body odor, gas, pet odors, cigarette smoke, and countless other unpleasant scents can make a car feel like an unpleasant place to be.

Newer cars come with special air fresheners built into the air vents, but it’s still not the same as a completely fresh smell. If you are looking for a more long-term solution to odors, then it’s time to look at using odor eliminators. The odor eliminators do not only get rid of the smell, but also deodorizes it as well.

  1. Avoiding food on the floor

Food residue left in the car can cause a bad smell, especially if you do not clean it frequently. Believe it or not, a simple piece of advice is responsible for keeping your car smelling fresh: don’t eat in the car. While it’s tempting to eat while driving, you should resist the urge–not only because it’s distracting, but also because it’s a major cause of smelly, dirty cars.

Eating in your car may cause you to drop food on the floor, which will make the car smell bad. This can make a car’s interior very unsightly, and may even damage some of the interior components.

  1. Regularly remove trash

The interior of a car can get easily filled with various kinds of trash, especially if you drive a lot. If debris is not removed regularly, it can start to smell bad. This applies to all kinds of trash, including empty water bottles, paper napkins, and food wrappers.

Cars contain a lot of trash, and that trash builds up. For example, if you have leftovers from a picnic in your car, it can take a day or two for the odors to fully dissipate. It can be an annoying chore but removing garbage regularly can help keep your car smelling fresh.

  1. Clean the mats

Car mats are also an important part of keeping the car smelling fresh. They act as a barrier to stop dirt and grime from entering the carpet.

Since the floors of a car or truck is generally the dirtiest part of the vehicle, all kinds of grime and dirt settle in the mats of the car. But, if you simply vacuum them regularly, you can ensure that they are always as clean as possible. That way, you will get the best protection against grime, dirt, and car odors.

  1. Use baking soda to absorb odors

Baking soda is a safe, easy, and inexpensive product that can rid cars of smells that linger. Baking soda is often used in baking recipes, but it’s also an odor absorber.

  1. Keep windows rolled down

One of the simplest methods to keep the car smelling fresh is to keep the windows rolled down. This is because the natural wind helps eliminate some of the odors.

  1. Avoid smoking inside the car

When your car is used as a smoking room, the smell of smoke may stay for a long time and can be very difficult to eliminate. Most people like to smoke inside their cars, but it can be dangerous for you, as well as others.

The smoke is not only a health hazard, but can also make your car smell really bad. If you want to keep your car smelling fresh and clean, you should never smoke inside the car. Eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke by removing the source of the smell.

Conclusion

Having a fresh car doesn’t just make you feel good, it can also increase the resale value of your vehicle. It’s worth remembering that a car is not simply a metal box on wheels–it’s something you live in every day. It is bound to get a little dirty, and it’s perfectly normal if it doesn’t smell like a rose garden. All you need to do is follow the best ways to keep your car smelling fresh.

Lotus Type 49 illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Buying a new car is going to cost you a pretty penny. The average cost of a new car currently sits at over $40,000.

It’s why you should consider buying a used car instead. You can get one for just a fraction of the cost of a new car, and in a lot of cases, it won’t be that much older than a new one.

Before you jump into buying a used vehicle, though, you need to know what to check when buying a used car. The last thing you want to do is come home with a used car that isn’t going to last you very long.

Here are some of the top things to look for when buying a used car.

How Many Miles Are On the Car?

One of the first questions to ask when buying a used car is about how many miles are on it. You can tell a lot about a car based solely on the number of miles that have been put onto its odometer.

The more miles that a car has on it, the more wear and tear it has endured. You might want to shy away from investing in a used car that has more than 100,000 miles on it unless you want to plan on having to do a lot of repairs and maintenance to it.

It’s worth noting that you can get 200,000 miles out of most cars these days. But even still, you should be careful about buying a car with too many miles on it.

How Many People Have Previously Owned the Car?

In addition to checking out how many miles are on a car, you should also take the time to see how many people have owned it in the past. It might help to shed some light on how well a car has (or hasn’t!) been maintained.

The fewer previous owners that a used car has, the better it has likely been maintained over time. You may want to shy away from buying a used car if it has had several owners in the past.

Has the Car Been Involved in Any Accidents?

When you’re considering what to look for when buying a used car, you should, of course, check to see whether or not a car has been in an accident or, worse, multiple accidents. You don’t want to buy a car that has been in a handful of crashes over the years.

It’s not the worst idea in the world to buy a used car that was involved in a minor fender-bender in the past. It might be a good way to get a great deal on a used car that is still in great shape.

But you should be wary about buying a used car that has sustained damage during a number of accidents. It might not be safe enough for you and your family.

Ask Yourself These Questions When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a little bit of a stressful process. But it’ll all be worth it in the end if you’re able to secure a great car for a great price.

Keep all the tips for buying a used car that we’ve talked about here in mind as you try to do it. It’ll make the process go so much smoother than it would otherwise.

Read through the other articles on our blog for more tips on buying a car.

Polestar 2 illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

2021 Polestar 2

Polestar Cars has just announced the formal pricing of the Swedish brand’s first pure electric car, the 2021 Polestar 2. The electric performance fastback has an MSRP of $59,900 in the United States.

The MSRP of the Polestar 2 is below state incentive thresholds in critical markets such as California and New York. Additionally, this price enables state rebates of approximately $2,000 in certain states*, for total tax incentives of up to $9,500 when combined with the federal electric vehicle tax credit.**

“We are quite enthusiastic to announce the U.S. pricing for the Polestar 2,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar USA. “The MSRP is lower than we originally targeted, and will be extended to all of our current reservation holders.”

“With an online purchase option, lower pricing, considerable tax incentives, and production already underway, the Polestar 2 is well-positioned for a successful entry into the U.S. market,” continued Hembrough. 

Polestar also announced option pricing for the Polestar 2 depending on which add ons someone hopes to add to the car. The performance pack comes in at $5,000 and the Nappa Leather Interior is priced at $4,000. The stunning 20-inch Alloy Wheels and the Metallic Paint Colors both come in at $1,200.

This vehicle is priced in the same range as the 2021 Tesla models that have been released. The 2021 Tesla Model Y is starting at $49,990 and the 2021 Tesla Model S is priced beginning at $69,420. The current average price for an electric car is around $55,600, so the Polestar 2 falls right on par with this average. 

The Polestar 2 arrives with 408 hp and 487 lb.-ft. of torque, very powerful for an electric car. The vehicle also features all-wheel drive and a 78 kWh battery pack, which enables considerable EV range. The car has an MPGe of 96 in the city and 88 on the highway.

The Polestar 2 is also the first car in the world to feature a built-in infotainment system powered by Android, featuring voice command via the Google Assistant, Google Maps with EV charging support and app downloads via the Google Play Store. The car features innovative technology throughout. The interior of the hatchback is modern yet minimal creating an opulent feel for passengers.  

The Polestar 2, which began production in late March, has already begun delivery to U.S. reservation holders in summer 2020. With a digital retail model, the Polestar 2 is available to purchase on Polestar.com.

In order to replace car dealerships, the brand will soon open physical retail showrooms—Polestar Spaces—where non-commissioned Polestar Specialists will be able to assist customers with product information and test drives. Polestar Spaces are designed specifically to allow people to explore the cars without the pressure of committing to a purchase. The first of these locations have opened in California and New York as of late summer 2020, and the next additional locations are currently set to open in Denver and Austin. 

The Polestar 2 is available for sale in all 50 states and Polestar will announce lease and retail finance options for the vehicle in the near future.

In the pursuit of accelerating sustainable mobility, Polestar, the electric performance car brand, today released a multi-episode video series featuring Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac. A champion for climate justice, Isaac delves deeper into Polestar innovations which aim to improve today’s society, and that of the future.

In partnership with The Wall Street Journal, “Making aNew” is a five-part mini docuseries which seeks the truths behind Polestar’s ethos and advancements in sustainability, electrification and performance. The video series is available to view today at www.polestar.com/us/making-anew.

“As the automotive world moves to electrification, important terms such as sustainability and clean energy are becoming generic slogans with diminished meaning,” said Oscar Isaac. “After learning about the company, I feel better about driving a Polestar because the brand is transparent about how its cars are produced, accountable for its impact on the planet and taking action to truly offset the footprint of its vehicles.”

Since the launch of the brand in 2017, Polestar has become synonymous with the development of new technologies, harnessing refined performance and incorporating unconventional materials in the development of its vehicles.

More recently, the brand began publishing detailed climate impact reports of its electric vehicles as they leave the production line, aiming to be the most transparent company in the automotive industry. As a proof point of this pledge, Polestar has published a full lifecycle analysis of the Polestar 2 Electric Fastback, and will release its first annual sustainability report in March of this year.

“We are determined to be the guiding star for our industry, accelerating the shift to more sustainable mobility. Innovation, clean energy, circular materials and transparency are areas of particular focus. A great example of this is the use of blockchain to improve the accountability of our cobalt supply chain,” said Fredrika Klarén, Head of Sustainability at Polestar. “Collaborating with visible activists like Oscar, who are as passionate about carbon-neutrality as we are, will help raise awareness and understanding, paving the path for a more sustainable future.”

About Polestar

 

Polestar is the independent Swedish premium electric performance car brand founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding. Established in 2017, Polestar enjoys specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result. The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and retails its vehicles in ten global markets across Europe and North America, and in China.

Polestar produces two electric performance cars. Polestar 1 is a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with a carbon fiber body, 609 hp, 738 ft.-lb. and an electric-only range of 60 miles – the longest of any hybrid car in the world. The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback is the company’s first fully electric, high volume car. Polestar 2 launched in 2020 with an all-wheel-drive electric powertrain that produces 408 hp and 487 ft.-lb., with a maximum range of 233 miles EPA (292 miles WLTP).

In the future, the Polestar 3 electric performance SUV will join the portfolio, as well as the Precept – a design study vehicle released in 2020 that is slated for future production. Precept showcases the brand’s future vision in terms of sustainability, digital technology and design.

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*All tax information is current as of April 15, 2020. Government incentives are for informational purposes only and subject to change without notice, nor are within Polestar’s control. Incentive programs are offered and administered by government agencies. Eligibility and availability vary. Visit your state program’s website for the most up-to-date information on availability and redemption requirements. Your eligibility for income tax credits depends on your personal tax situation. Polestar encourages consulting with your tax advisor for details.

 

**The IRS offers a Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit of up to $7,500 on the purchase of qualifying vehicles. This is not tax advice. Consult your own tax advisor for details.

Toyota Corolla Apex

By Althea Champion × Vaughn Lowery

TMNA is releasing a new and updated version of the faithful Toyota Corolla in 2021: the limited edition Corolla Apex Edition. The company will manufacture only 6,000 editions of the SE and XSE editions.

As a bonus, Puma and Toyota collaborated on a limited edition Corolla Apex sneaker that corresponds with the car’s launch. Only 50 units were fabricated – we got number 25! They perfectly match the vehicle and they came just in time as we celebrated the Los Angeles Lakers Championship win, honking and flickering our lights in Downtown LA near the Staples Center. Just like LeBron during the NBA playoffs, this compact car was the star attraction. After all, it is one of the top selling cars in the world.

Model

This new model has the same horsepower as its predecessor, same TNGA-C platform, but is nearly unrecognizable in its new form.

Most of the editions will be equipped with the Dynamic Shift CVT, otherwise known as a continuously variable transmission, and colloquially known as an automatic. For those who love driving stick, Toyota is also offering just 120 models based on the SE edition that are equipped with a 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission.

Style

This car leans into sportiness that has never been characteristic of a Corolla, yet does so gracefully. The new model rides lower to the ground, flaunts bronze accents, a front spoiler, fog light covers, side moldings, a rear diffuser aid in high-speed vehicle stability, and an optional rear trunk aero spoiler for those who wish it theirs.

Chrome exhaust tips accent the vehicle and black mirror caps give it an edge. Low profile, black, 18-inch wheels that are lighter than Corolla’s standard and unique to the Apex, according to Anthony Alaniz of Motor1, add to its humble discretion. LED headlights, turn signals, and taillights make sure you are safe, while the smoked-out light lenses of the taillights add to its undeniable dominance, and a large sunroof is an added bonus, especially on lazy summer nights.

The SE model is attired in premium fabric upholstery, while the XSE edition sports black SofTex®-trimmed fabric upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support.

Power

This Corolla is powered by its 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine, which obtains its power from high-compression Toyota D4-S fuel injection system (13:1), according to Toyota’s press release. The VVT-i on the exhausts uses an electric motor instead of oil, making for a more eco-friendly and efficient exhaust.

The limited edition model has a 169 peak horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,800 rpm, which is standard in previous Toyota models.

With the automatic transmission in the SE model, the EPA-estimated fuel economy is 31 city / 41 highway / 34 combined MPG, and the XSE’s is 31/38/34, respectively. With the manual transmission, the fuel economy is 29/36/32 MPG.

Safety

Toyota also took the model one step further in safety. The Apex Edition, along with all 2021 Corolla models, will have Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver-assist technologies, standard. This includes a pre-collision system with daytime/low-light vehicle and pedestrian detection, plus daytime bicycle detection, full-speed range dynamic cruise control (CVT only), lane departure alert with steering assist and road edge detection, automatic high beams, lane tracing and road sign assist.

In addition, rear side airbags were added to the design, bringing the total number of airbags in the vehicle up to 10. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert with a Blind Spot Monitor is now standard on XSE models, and optional for SE models with CVT. In addition, all 2020 Corollas gain an Automatic Engine Shut-Off. This add-on will automatically turn off the engine after a designated period in the event it is left running.

As a special value, Toyota’s press release notes that, “the 2021 Corolla LE grade (gas model) will offer a new Convenience Package that combines Blind Spot Monitor, Smart Key system and 16-inch alloy wheels.”

Technology

The new Corolla Apex Edition sports new Android Auto compatibility, which complements the Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa potential connections already standard in this model’s predecessor, the 2020 Corolla. In addition, SiriusXM and its 3-month trial period is now available across every Corolla model.

Furthermore, the vehicle is endowed with a more efficient cooling system; the two-discharge-port oil pump and variable cooling system with an electric water pump maximizes engine engine performance and efficiency. This ensures quicker cabin heating on cold days and quicker cool-down when the A/C is on. When combined with ultra-low internal friction, the 2.0-liter engine operates at a maximum thermal efficiency of 40 percent, which is among the highest for a current passenger vehicle, according to Toyota.

Pricing

The least expensive edition of the Corolla Apex, the Corolla Apex SE with a CVT, is $2,695 more than its predecessor, which brings it to $25,070. The Corolla Apex SE with a six-speed manual transmission clocks in at $25,460, and the Corolla Apex XSE at $28,210.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the new model’s suspension and fresh look are most noteworthy. New coil springs with internal rebound shocks allowed designers to lower the suspension 0.6 inches. This, combined with rigid, stabilizer bars, creates a stiffer suspension. Roll stiffness is now 47% more stiff in the front and 33% more in the rear—a marked improvement. And, its look undeniably transforms any preconceived notions about the Toyota Corolla, as it seems to have evolved into a chic sports car.

If you are looking to surprise your significant other with a luxurious present, look no further. If you are a young professional looking to impress your colleagues in the parking lot, you have come to the right vehicle. If you are a new parent concerned with style, safety, and reliability, this is your car. Whoever you are, the Toyota Corolla Apex can be the ideal vehicle for you.

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Car Buying Tips & Tricks

Buying a car is exciting. It’s the perfect example of out with the old and in with the new! You’ve already begun looking at different vehicles and narrowing down the type of vehicle you want based on the make and model.

As exciting as it is to purchase a new car, you should keep a few car buying tips in mind throughout the process. If you’ve never purchased a car before or haven’t done it many times, then it’s important to know that there are people out there looking to scam you.

Unfortunately, getting scammed when buying a car is quite common. Don’t let it happen to you. Continue reading below for a list of car buying tips and tricks!

  1. Compare Prices

Your first step, after figuring out what type of vehicle you want, should be to start comparing prices. Look up the vehicle you want based on the make and model. Look at several different sites and see what dealers are listing it for.

Keep in mind that private sellers will have theirs listed for a cheaper price than the dealer, but there might be more risk involved buying from a private seller.

You can do a check online on car value sites to get an idea of what a fair value is as well. Once you’ve compared prices, you can get a good idea of what you should pay for that vehicle.

  1. Visit Your Bank

If you’ve found a specific vehicle you think you want to go look at, then your next step should be to visit your bank. Credit unions are a great choice for taking out loans. If you don’t bank with one, you can still take out a loan with them by opening a savings account.

When you visit the bank, have information on the vehicle with you. The VIN number is most important. Your bank will be able to tell you what a fair price for the vehicle is. If the vehicle you want isn’t listed for a fair price, the bank won’t give you a draft for what the dealer is asking.

Instead, they’ll give you a draft for a fair price, and you can use this as a negotiation tool.

  1. Run a VIN Number Check

If you decide to take a loan out with the bank, the bank will run its own VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check. If you don’t, then you’ll want to run a VIN check yourself. You might have to pay a fee to do this, but it’s worth it and can save you from being scammed.

A VIN check will tell you how many owners the vehicle has had, all different states the vehicle has been owned in, any accidents, and maintenance reports. This information is crucial. If the vehicle comes back as a rebuilt title, then this means the vehicle was totaled and you should avoid making the purchase.

  1. Take It for a Test Drive

Always take the vehicle out for a test drive. When taking it out for the test drive, you should be sure to take the vehicle on a road where you can go over 55 mph. This will give you a good idea of how the car reacts to higher speeds.

Some issues might not appear until the vehicle goes over a certain speed. When testing driving, be very attentive. Listen for all sorts of noises.

You can turn the radio and AC on to ensure they both work, but then lower them so they don’t drown out different sounds that could signal problems.

  1. Have Your Mechanic Inspect It

Have a mechanic come out and inspect the vehicle. If you’re buying a used truck, then there are certain things you want to ensure it has and ensure are in working order. These things might be different if you’re buying a car.

Your mechanic will know what to look for and what to check. Cars that come from up North or if you’re buying in a state where it snows, then look out for rust under the vehicle.

If the mechanic says it passes the test, then you’re good to go. If the mechanic finds any issues, then you can discuss these with the dealer and ask about lowering the price or fixing the issues before selling it to you.

  1. Ask the Dealer About Discounts

Don’t hesitate to ask the dealer about discounts as well. Some dealers will give discounts on certain vehicles. There are also deals and specials that dealers give out during certain times of the year.

Be on the lookout for these deals and discounts. You can call the dealer ahead of time and ask if they have any current deals or when their next big sale will be. Those are the best times to shop.

  1. Prepare to Negotiate

At last, it’s time to make the purchase. Prepare to negotiate the price before settling with the price the dealer listed. If you have a draft from your bank, then you can use this to negotiate.

The dealer should be willing to sell you the vehicle for the price the bank offers in the draft. If you’re not good at negotiating, then consider bringing a friend or someone with you who is. Don’t feel bad about it either.

Dealers are expecting buyers to try to bring the price down and in reality, they price the cars higher than fair price for this reason. It’s up to you to get them to come down to a fair price.

Don’t Forget These Car Buying Tips

If you’re ready to buy a car, then don’t forget these car buying tips! Knowing a few tips for buying a used car is the best way to ensure you get a good deal and avoid being scammed.

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2021 Chevy Trailblazer

By Krishan Narsinghani, Vivek Lalchandani × Vaughn Lowery

Driving dynamics, heritage, sexiness, imposing, Chevy. What are you thinking of? ’63 Corvette with a split window? Mid engine C8 Corvette? Chevelle? Camaro? Wrong – everyone is talking about the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer.

GM pulled a bold move bringing back the Trailblazer name. An even bolder move is to make it a unibody construction compact SUV. 360 Magazine had the opportunity to spend some time with the little monster and definitely raised the game for competitors like the Honda HR-V, Toyota CH-R, and even the new Kia Seltos and Hyundai Venue/Kona. The main question is whether or not this new Trailblazer can park at the same lunch table as the original.

Design

Looks of the older model weren’t extraordinary but this makeover had the team in awe.  The new one gets dramatic lines and aggressive styling to start. The design is truly striking, taking after the beautiful new Camaro and big brother Blazer. If Americans want SUVs, then this is how manufacturers should be designing them. Take notes (Ford and Jeep). Glancing ahead, the upcoming Bronco and Grand Wagoneer have a precedent already set. Imagine the designers took a picture of a Blazer to photoshop, compressed it and added a flat and taller top. The front gets the same narrow headlight design. The only thing differentiating the front of the vehicle from the Blazer is the width, with this being slightly narrower.

Wrapping around to the side, the Trailblazer gets a much more traditional SUV shape over the Blazer. The top is square rather than sloped to mirror a coupe SUV. This beauty gets a floating roof design with the blacked out roof wrapping from the bottom of the front windshield all the way to the upper rear. The mirror caps are color matched with the roof. All trims get wheels to suit the rest of the car. RS trims get sporty wheels whereas the Active trim gets off road worthy smaller wheels with a thicker sidewall. The rear is just as striking as the front. The tail lights wrap around to the side of the vehicle, similar to Lexus design language. Exhaust tips are molded to a square shape. Overall, the Trailblazer is definitely one of the best, if not the best, looking entry in this segment.

Interior

Moving to the inside of the vehicle, the interior is expected to live up to the hype of the exterior. This is perhaps where the new model lacks. Chevy knocked it out of the park with the Blazer so why not carry over the interior design? On the contrary, the Trailblazer gets an interior that looks fairly normal in the segment with bland design. The large round air vents are gone along with the beautiful simplistic climate controls. Let’s not get it twisted, this doesn’t mean the interior doesn’t feel nice. Materials are excellent along with the technology. Soft touch materials are placed everywhere to give a more premium feel. The RS trim gets a very nice flat bottom steering wheel while all others get an equally nice round steering wheel. Premium appointments are prevalent throughout the cabin. Seats are wrapped in a beautiful black design with contrast stitching on RS trims. All other trims get premium looking two tone seats and dashboard. Most interior color choices are dark, but the massive panoramic sunroof lets in enough light to brighten the cabin and make the interior feel bigger than it is. Included in upper trims is a quality Bose sound system that is calibrated perfectly for the small cabin space. It’s something you would expect from a German luxury vehicle in a Chevy. Other great features include wireless charging and ample space for passengers and cargo.

Tech/Safety

It’s a new era for tech advancements. The name suits the vehicle when it comes to safety. Chevy threw an incredible suite of safety features into this SUV. Standard features are Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist w/ Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Follow Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam Headlamps, Rearview Camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An advantage of buying a GM product also includes a few very useful convenience safety features like Teen Driver mode, Rear Seat Reminder and OnStar. The Rear Seat reminder is perhaps the best feature that is still not standard on other brands. Optional safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert w/ Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and an available higher resolution rearview camera.

Driving Experience

To this point, the Trailblazer meets expectations of the name in every way other than size. Performance is where the car loses to its predecessor, the Trailblazer SS. The most powerful engine today gets a 1.3 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder. However, this engine produces plenty of power for the size of the vehicle. It cranks out 155 hp / 174 lb. ft. of torque and pushes it to either the front wheels or all wheels. This engine returns 29/33/31 mpg city/hwy/combined, respectively, when paired with either the CVT or available 9 speed automatic on the AWD models. Also available is a 1.2 liter turbocharged engine with 137 hp / 166 lb. ft. of torque. This engine can only be had with the corporate CVT and FWD. The 1.2L is good for 28/31/29 mpg.

Throwing it around The Bronx in New York City was truly a blast. The nimble handling makes this vehicle the best driving in the segment. Aiding the experience is the incredibly low curb weight. Test for yourself and you’ll want to trade in that sedan for a more practical small SUV. Adjust to the quick steering in sport mode to avoid large potholes and imperfections in the road while maintaining a very comfortable ride. Switch the drive mode to normal and experience the relaxing weight free steering. This is definitely a car to shortlist in an area with roads like The Bronx.

Compared to its competition, the youthful Trailblazer deserves to sit up top. Chevy set out to make the SUV version of a Camaro with the Blazer, and with that solid foundation, they manifested a small SUV that carries the DNA of a Camaro at a price of $19,995. Does it live up to the Trailblazer name? Yes, in a way it does. With modern emissions regulations, one can argue that the performance of the new model is better. The 2021 Trailblazer holds its own and competes pound for pound.

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The Disadvantages of Buying a New Car: The Ultimate Guide

One of the many disadvantages of buying a new car is the fact that the value immediately depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot.

Each year, people buy over 17 million new cars in the United States. 

If you’re thinking of getting a vehicle, there’s a good chance you have considered buying a new car. You should always take into consideration the disadvantages of buying a new car. It’s a big decision, and you don’t want to rush into it.

Buying a car can be a great experience, and it can make you feel better. A lot of people avoid used vehicles because they have a stigma of being unreliable. That is not the case, with most used cars lasting for years before needing any work done. 

Disadvantages of Buying a New Car

One thing that most people don’t think of is the disadvantages of buying a new car. They believe that once you get a new car, it’ll run like perfect forever and won’t have any problems. The reality is that modern vehicles have disadvantages too. 

1. The Value Drops the Moment You Drive It 

The second you take your new car off the lot, the value of the car drops. Many new vehicles come with rebates and incentives that also immediately lower the value of the car. This means that while the car may cost you $30,000, it won’t be worth that the second you drive it off the lot. 

In general, a new car will lose 60 percent of its value after five years. That means if you purchased a new car for $20,000, It wouldn’t even be worth $10,000 after five years. Cars never stop depreciating, but after the five-year mark, the rate of decline slows down. 

2. New Cars Are Expensive 

Owning a car can be very expensive. One of the disadvantages of buying a new car is the upfront price that you’ll have to pay. There’s more to consider than the cost of the vehicle upfront, but that can be daunting by itself. 

New cars cost a lot of money, usually in the tens of thousands of dollars. Add to that the interest cost of a loan and finance charges, and you could end up spending a tremendous chunk of your income on a new vehicle. 

3. Insurance Is a Killer

The cost to insure a new car is based upon the value of that car. While the value continually decreases, your insurance does not go down as fast. If you’re carrying a note on the vehicle, you’ll have to pay for full coverage insurance, even if you don’t want or need it. 

The average monthly premium for a new vehicle can reach as high as $136. That comes out to over a thousand dollars a year that you’re spending on insurance alone. Insuring an older car can cost less than half that. 

4. Model and Year Dependability 

Car manufacturers are always adding and changing things on their new line ups every year. This can be a great benefit, but there’s something that most dealerships won’t tell you about. A harsh reality of the car market is that not all years and models are made as well as others.

New lines of vehicles and modified older ones can have reliability problems. While many cars undergo various tests, that doesn’t mean you’ll get one that could pass those tests. With the addition of so much digital technology, the potential problems increase exponentially. 

While a used car has reliable data from consumer reporting groups and reviews on dependability and performance, you won’t have the same luxury with a new vehicle. The reviews that come out have been paid for and don’t always reflect the quality of the car you’ll get.

5. The Cost to Tax and Title Your Vehicle

The cost of registering a vehicle varies based on state, but one thing that is true in every state is that the higher the price, the more taxes you have to pay. When you go to renew your tag, it will cost you more money. 

Some states even require that you pay tax on a vehicle you didn’t purchase in their state to get it tagged for that state. This means that the phantom costs of a new vehicle can be increased at every step of the car ownership process. 

6. New Cars Take A Long Time To Pay Off

Paying off a car loan that is worth $20 or $30 thousand will take you far more time than paying off a loan for a few thousand dollars. Most car loans are made out to be paid back in five to seven years. This means that you could be paying for that new car from the time your kid is in 5th grade until they graduate high school. 

Having a lot of debt will also make you less likely to be able to get another loan. If you want to buy a house or do anything that requires a loan, you’re going to have more trouble with a massive car loan out. 

Buying A Used Car 

A lot of people dream of buying new cars. This has been true for decades, for about as long as cars have been around.  For most of us, however, buying used cars tends to be a better investment and cost us a lot less. 

Used cars used to have a bad reputation because of dependability, but since the early 2000s, cars are more reliable than ever. That reliability does not magically go away because the car is resold. You can benefit from the same modern reliability from a vehicle that is ten years old or more. 

Don’t Be Fooled By The New Car Shine

The disadvantages of buying a new car are many, yet there are some advantages. Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking that you’re going to be coming out ahead. You won’t. 

Do your research and purchase a car from a year that is dependable and well maintained. Saddling yourself with almost a decade of debt doesn’t have to be the price of owning a vehicle.  

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The World Premiere of the New Land Rover Defender

Driven by a passion and respect for the original, *the new Defender  delivers transformational breadth of capability and advanced all-terrain  technologies to redefine adventure for the 21st century*. But it remains true to the pioneering spirit that has been a Land Rover hallmark for 71  years.

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