Posts tagged with "suv"

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AIWAYS RE-STARTS PRODUCTION

AIWAYS, the Shanghai-based personal mobility provider, is to start taking online orders for its U5 all-electric SUV from European consumers from the end of April. Secured via a small deposit, the U5 will be offered exclusively via a direct-to-customer sales model, and not retailed or leased through traditional dealerships. European pre-sale markets and the required deposit amount will be announced by AIWAYS in April.

Alexander Klose, Executive VP Overseas Operation at AIWAYS, commented: “Online pre-sales represents the next important phase of AIWAYS’ entry into the European market. It’s our promise to customers that for only a small deposit they can be among the first to receive the U5 and start enjoying the benefits of a long range, high-tech and well equipped electric SUV.”

Meanwhile, AIWAYS has re-started production of the U5 at its manufacturing facility in Shangrao, China, following the interruption caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Production of the European U5 will start in July, with the first deliveries now slated for August 2020.

Making the most of its agility and flexibility as a startup, AIWAYS is adapting its pre-sale marketing activities to better suit the enforced period of ‘contactless’ retail because of COVID-19. By introducing new online platforms and seamless digital experiences, AIWAYS will give European car buyers the confidence to order the U5 online. More details to follow soon.

pickup, trucks, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

5 Pickups for the 2020s: Like Nothing You Have Ever Seen

In November, Elon Musk revealed his Cybertruck pet project in a video that went viral after he smashed supposedly unsmashable windows. 

This Rubik’s cube of a car is a big deal for Tesla because trucks are consistently the best-selling vehicles in the USA … by a lot. For decades, the Ford F-Series has held the record for best-sold vehicle in America. People feel safer in large cars. According to car accident lawyer Lampert & Walsh, 3,800 commercial trucks were involved in fatal crashes nationwide in 2012, compared to a total of 33,500 fatal crashes.

Consider, for example, how many corporations buy elegant and powerful SUVs to minimize liability for the drivers of their fleets. Within this group is pretty much every single major construction company, by the way. 

The second, third, and fourth best-selling vehicles in the USA, are also large non-sedans (they include pickups and SUVs). You might think, ‘wait a minute,” with all of the green energy and environmentalism going around, people must be buying less large gas-guzzlers now than ever,’ but you’d be wrong.

Pickup truck sales in the US went from 2.5 million to 3.1 million between 2015 and 2019. There is a silver lining though. Companies are still producing large vehicles, yes, but many new models reflect the concern for the planet by offering EV and hybrid options. This includes a (very expensive) but all-EV Hummer with an insane amount of force.

For this reason, it is refreshing to see large-car manufacturers listening to their environmental Jiminy Cricket. 

The SUVs and Pickups of The Future

Tesla Cybertruck

On the truck’s main webpage, Tesla uses a hardcore punk font for the Cybertruck. It is indeed extreme. It has a tow rating of 7,500 lbs and a 0- to 60-mph of 6.5 seconds. It has a range of about 500 miles on a single charge. It is meant as a mix between utility and sport … obviously it is fully electric. 

It’s slated to hit the streets in late 2021.

Price: 

The base version is priced at $39,000. For comparison, the bestselling F-150 costs about $30,000. 

RivianR1T 

It has a frunk and has been called “cute” by caranddriver.com. This is no normal pickup truck. We’re talking about a car manufacturer that was founded in 2009 and ten years later has major-scale deals with Amazon and Ford. Amazon wants them to build their electric delivery vans and Ford has them working on a Lincoln SUV concept. Rivian’s designers have built their concept around the idea of eco-friendly SUVs. 

It gets about 400 miles per charge and tows about 11,000 lbs.

Price: 

about $69,000. At this time, Rivian is taking $1,000 deposits. Production will begin in 2020.

GMC Hummer EV 

A winner of the 2020 Miami Superbowl ads. This military brat turned eco-warrior is being promoted as having THREE engines. This is worth pointing out because generally dual-engine vehicles mount either engine on either axel. Nobody knows exactly how Hummer will pull off the weight distribution for this feat. 

This monster will have 1000 horsepower when it comes out to the public in Fall 2021. 

Price: 

None announced yet, but it is expected to be upwards of $70,000.

Bollinger B2

This extended pickup is known for having a ridiculous amount of storage capacity. It has 72 inches of bed length and 96 inches if you unfold the expandable cut. Within the market, the Bollinger is positioned as a champion of simplicity and transparency. It is a no-nonsense brand that makes cars that look like toolboxes. 

It gets about 200 miles per charge.

Price:

$125,000

Nikola Badger

At the end of the day, how many fleet-purchasing agents will be swayed by a 2,000 lbs difference in torque as opposed to their gut feeling about a car’s appearance? Aesthetics are important and that might be the Badger’s strength. It is marketed as the most attractive SUV of 2020. It is clean, muscular, and futuristic-looking, while still retaining a “normal” SUV build (unlike the cute R1T, the divergent Cybertruck, and the pragmatic B2)

This truck is special for one other reason that will inevitably garner a lot of attention: it’s a hydrogen fuel-cell/EV hybrid.

Price:

$60 – 90k, according to CEO Trevor Milton

Fisker Auto x Electric S.U.V.

2022 Fisker Ocean All-Electric Luxury SUV: Exclusive Driving Footage and New Specifications Revealed·

The world’s most sustainable vehicle can be seen in action, reflecting the production-ready platform’s maturity, reliability and performance. The footage, by Fisker Inc., was directed by cinematographer Phil Arntz in association with SP Films. Ride and suspension features, aerodynamics, cooling and crash performance details revealed for the 2022 Fisker Ocean, starting at $37,499 (U.S.); flexible lease from $379/month (U.S.)

Thousands of reservations have been made worldwide via Fisker’s proprietary FLEXEE mobile app, downloadable from the  App or Google Play stores, reflecting strong global momentum. The United States, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France and Austria lead reservation numbers to date (listed in order of magnitude)

Fisker Inc. – creator of the world’s most emotion-stirring, sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – is revealing never-before-seen, exciting driving footage of the Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury SUV, reflecting the reliability, durability, driving performance and maturity of the vehicle’s platform. Select design specifications are also being released.

“We are aiming to disrupt the automotive industry by challenging all conventions, development time, manufacturing scale-up, customer ownership experience, vehicle financing and service. This is no small feat, but we truly believe we are entering a new era where customers are driving the demand for radical change. People want mobility as a service, delivered through exciting, affordable vehicles with a hassle-free experience. We have delivered the Fisker Ocean in record time: not just another show vehicle, but a drivable production-intent prototype sitting on a fully engineered and durability tested platform, with a production-ready powertrain and battery pack. The future is about delivering product value, sustainability and a unique customer experience.”

Performance-Built. Utility-Focused. Comfort-Driven.

Suspension and Handling:

The Fisker Ocean utilizes a multi-link rear axle to simultaneously optimize both ride and handling. Unlike more simple suspension systems that sacrifice ride quality to achieve sportscar-like steering performance, the Fisker Ocean strikes a supreme balance with innovative engineering touches. The multi-link system further delivers a new level of space efficiency and class-leading interior trunk volume. In addition, the entire rear suspension is mounted on an isolated subframe – removing cabin noise and vibration. The result: superb interior comfort and refinement.

Active Aerodynamics and Cooling:

Unlike many electric vehicles, the Fisker Ocean leverages an advanced system where the amount of air directed to the cooling radiator is computer-regulated – resulting in maximized aerodynamic efficiency at any given point in time. The vehicle’s battery also operates at the optimal temperature within the most aerodynamic body, producing the highest range possible from a single charge while ensuring that the battery life is maximized. Reflecting Fisker’s confidence in the effectiveness of the system, the company is ensuring that battery life is covered as part of the FLEXEE ownership experience. · The lower front of the Ocean is designed to showcase these strikingly efficient features with a large parametric pattern that opens up toward the lower front spoiler of the vehicle.

World-Class Crash Performance:

The Fisker Ocean features a unique, industry-leading structure that protects the battery pack in the event of a side impact. Extra reinforcements have also been added to the body structure to protect passengers and the overall vehicle in the event of an impact. Intelligent materials create an SUV with the lowest possible weight, while guaranteeing the highest levels of safety and the maximum possible range. The lower side section of the Fisker Ocean merges art and functionality – with the vehicle’s sculpture wrapping around the protective side crash beams, where the lower body catches light.

Big Space. Big Screens. Big Experiences In a Compact, Agile Shape.

The Fisker Ocean experience is characterized by a sense of freedom, fun and luxury – complemented by off-road capability and superior utility. The vehicle is nimble and easy to maneuver. Comfortable, yet sporty.

Dramatic Dimensions:

At 4,640 millimeters (182.7 inches) in length, 1,930 millimeters (76 inches) in width and 1,615 millimeters (63.6 inches) in height, the all-electric luxury SUV offers a spacious environment for both front and rear passengers. With thoughtful design touches, new spaces are created for five adults to sit comfortably – even during the longest of rides. The center console offers extra space for a purse or other items below the console. Two inductive chargers for smartphones are placed right under the touch screen, which features five haptic buttons for fast, safe and intuitive responses while driving.

Functional Utility:

With 566 liters (20 cubic feet) of trunk space, the vehicle presents practicality and utility. The space increases to 708 liters (25 cubic feet) with the parcel shelf removed. The rear glass can be lowered independently to allow long items to be placed without having to open the hatch, while a rubber scuff plate, made of recycled tires, protects the loading edge.

The Fisker Ocean will come with roof rails and towing hook options. Towing capacity will be released in 2021.

Stunning Wheels:

The base model will feature stylishly designed 20-inch wheels, with 22-inch wheel options for an even larger presence on and off the road. The 22-inch option is pictured.

All-Terrain Driving and Power:

The Fisker Ocean will be offered in a four-wheel drive configuration on all trims except for the base model – reflecting the vehicle’s off-road capabilities. The standard four-wheel drive configuration will deliver an output of more than 225 kilowatts (more than 300 horsepower), with an ultra-high-performance version targeting zero-to -60 mph in less than three seconds (total power output to be announced in 2021).

Foresight:

A state-of-the-art heads-up display integrated into the windshield will be complemented by a large 16-inch center touch screen and a 9.8-inch cluster screen. From augmented reality features to haptic touch buttons and immersive digital experiences, the vehiclemoffers impressive visuals all around. Fisker is working on integratingm Karaoke mode that will display lyrics from your favorite song in the windshield without having to take your eyes of the road.

The seats are designed for optimal comfort and space, the entire interior is vegan and all the carpets are made from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles collected from the world’s oceans.

California Mode:

This patented feature, inspired by the Fisker brand’s roots and passion for the Southern California coastline, lowers/slides nine glass windows/panels to open the entire cabin with one touch – creating an open-air feeling, while still maintaining a full “roll cage” safety structure around the passengers. The feature allows the rear hatch glass to drop – enabling long items to be placed through the opening without having to drive with an open tailgate. Fisker will offer this feature as an option. Details of Fisker’s full option packages will be released later this year.

Charging and Range: The Fisker Ocean features a CCS Type 2 Combo plug with 150kW charging capability – enabling the vehicle to be charged through any stations that leverage technology in line with the latest in international standards.

In North America, Fisker Ocean vehicles will be automatically recognized by Electrify America‘s charging stations – allowing for simple charging, automatic release and automatic payments. Fisker will offer a free miles package with each vehicle, allowing for a certain amount of complimentary charging. Additional details on charging packages will be shared later in 2020. The vehicle is equipped with a fully sourced, validated and tested state-of-the-art battery – with >80 kWh capacity and a range of up to 300 miles (depending on driving conditions). The exact EPA and WLT range of the vehicle will be announced closer to launch in 2021. More than 200 miles of range can be delivered from 30 minutes of charging for the Fisker Ocean (15% capacity to 80% capacity). Electrify America’s 150 kW chargers can charge capable vehicles up to 20 miles per minute.

Liberating Flexibility.

Reservations are set at $250 (U.S.) for either the full purchase option or the flexible lease program. Full purchase option: Starting at $37,499 (U.S.) MSRP. After the U.S. federal tax credit is applied, the cost of the Fisker Ocean drops to a starting price of $29,999 (U.S.). European pricing will be adjusted according to each country’s respective import taxes, incentives and other factors. Exact pricing will be announced closer to launch. · Unprecedented flexible lease model. Reservations are now open through the Fisker mobile app on the App Store, Google Play Store, or on the Fisker Website– set at $250 (U.S.): Drivers can get behind the wheel of the Fisker Ocean starting at $379 (U.S.) per month (with $2,999 down before delivery in 2022, which includes both initiation and activation fees). Fisker will also offer a “$0 drive off” option through a fully financed $2,999 down payment for credit approved customers.

Production is projected to begin in Q4 2021, with high-volume deliveries of the Fisker Ocean targeted to ramp up in 2022. Global and localized supply chains secured across the U.S., Europe and China will result in more than 1 million vehicles – including three models – projected to be produced between 2022 and 2027.

Additional specifications will be released via Fisker’s proprietary FLEXEE app in the coming months.

For more information, or for interview inquiries, contact Fisker@GoDRIVEN360.com .

* All stated performance numbers and figures are subject to final validation by the appropriate entities. Fisker reserves the right to change any specifications.

About Fisker Inc.
California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally desirable and eco-friendly electric vehicles on Earth. Passionately driven by a vision of a clean future for all, the company is on a mission to become the No. 1 e-mobility service provider with the world’s most sustainable vehicles. To learn more, visit www.fiskerinc.com – and enjoy exclusive content across Fisker’s social media channels:

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Fisker Auto, Electric Car, SUV, Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine,

Regina King, Cadillac Escalade, 360 MAGAZINE, General Motors

The Most Exciting Cars of 2020

by Ronald DiMaggio and Christina Perry, TRED

2019 proved to be an exciting year for car enthusiasts: we saw a revival of the iconic Toyota Supra, a redesigned Porsche 911 and BMW 3 Series, and a brand new McLaren hypercar in the Senna. Those were all properly exciting, but with the new year well underway, I think it’s only appropriate to start looking forward [insert cheesy 2020 vision joke], so in this article we’ll be taking a look at some of the more important cars set to come out in 2020. This list is not exhaustive, though it includes all the cars that we expect to make a big splash in the industry.           

2021 BMW M3                   

BMW is set to reveal its all new M3 sedan, based on the existing G20 3 series later this year (with sales starting early 2021.) Spy photos and renderings (like the one above) have fans of the brand on the edge of their seats. This is mostly because spy photos have indicated that the 2021 M3 may follow in the 7 series’ footsteps with an absolutely ​massive ​grille that extends from the hood all the way down to the front lip. Yikes. Less worrying, however, is what will be hiding behind that grille, a stronger and doubly turbocharged version of the existing B58 inline six, dubbed the S58. The new M3 will also be the first one ever to offer all-wheel drive. We can be sure that it will drive well, as all M3s do, but here’s hoping it looks okay…               

2021 Ford Bronco                   

Ford is set to debut its new Bronco in spring of this year, and intel so far is pointing toward it being exactly what we expect out of a vehicle wearing a Bronco badge: a boxy, rugged, body-on-frame SUV. As we saw with the recent Supra unveil, bringing back an icon after decades of dormancy is a risky proposition, but it appears that Ford is doing it right.   

2021 Ford Mustang Mach E                                   

Another exciting vehicle from Dearborn is the new Mustang Mach E crossover. Slated for delivery in late 2020, the Mustang Mach E is Ford’s first full-fledged foray into the all-electric segment. It looks good, it will be quick, and it seems to be at least somewhat reasonably priced, though I do have one small gripe with the Mustang Mach E. Did they ​have ​to call it a Mustang? I’m not one to get hung up on the mostly arbitrary sanctity of model names, but this is a bit ridiculous. Aside from styling cues, this vehicle has absolutely nothing in common with the traditional Mustang, and I think it’s something of an affront to the Mustang heritage.                   

2020 Tesla Model Y                           

Tesla is planning to start deliveries of their new crossover, the Model Y, in the summer of this year. The Model Y, as all Teslas are, will be an important car because it will assuredly disrupt sales of its gas-powered competitors in a big way. Tesla’s entrance into a more reasonable price bracket with the Model 3 made quite a splash in the sedan segment, and we can expect the Model Y to do the same in the increasingly hot crossover market.               

2021 Tesla Roadster                       

Another Tesla sure to shake things up, though at a much bigger cost, is the upcoming Roadster. Set to go on sale after the Model Y, the Roadster is a $200,000+ supercar with quite a few big claims to support. Tesla has claimed that the Roadster will do 0-60mph in ​under two seconds​, and will be able to reach speeds in excess of 250mph with seating for four. If it’s as potent as Tesla says it will be, I’m sure Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren will be sweating once it hits the streets; though I’m sure those brands have at least a small fanbase unwilling to switch to a supercar that doesn’t make any noise.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette                           

We already know quite a bit about the new C8 Corvette, but since it hasn’t technically hit the streets yet, it still belongs on this list. The C8 is Chevrolet’s first mid-engined Corvette and it marks the biggest transformation of the iconic sports car since its inception in the 1950s. It is still very much a Corvette though, with pushrod V8 power, two seats, and two doors. Dealers are preparing to make deliveries as early as next month, and I can’t wait to see them on the road.               

2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class                   

Representing for the luxury sedan category on our list is the all new 2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class, set to be available for purchase later this year. The S-Class is a staple of the Mercedes brand, but more importantly, it’s a technological leader in the industry. Mercedes tends to debut lots of new tech in their flagship sedan, and other manufacturers often follow suit. With this in mind, the new S-Class is sure to bring with it many new innovations, and induce lots of innovative ripples throughout the industry. 

2021 Land Rover Defender

Arguably the quintessential British 4×4, the Defender has been absent from the US since 1997, because its lack of airbags (and Land Rover’s refusal to engineer their addition) failed to comply with US safety standards. The used market for the Defenders that had already made it stateside has been hot since then, and there was no hint of any new iterations of that classic Landy recently. 

And now, the Defender’s return is imminent. It has a lot of modern updates, but it still retains a fair amount of the rugged, utilitarian styling that gave the original its charm.

2020 Lotus Evija

In the awesome but unobtanium category (for most of us), Lotus is bringing out one of the sexiest, most exciting hypercars we’ve seen in a long time. And… it’s electric. In fact, exciting is sort of an understatement. It’s the most powerful electric car ever, with nearly 2,000 horsepower and a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. Oh, and it charges insanely fast, too—18 minutes to charge 100% (to a very respectable 250-mile range.)

Even the name is pretty exceptional; it’s probably partially a clever riff on the electric vehicle acronym of “EV,” and it also (loosely) means “living” or “breathing” in Hebrew. 

2021 Cadillac Escalade

Because the ‘Sclade is the perennial choice of A-list Hollywood celebs, reality show stars, and ballers everywhere, it has to stay on top of its style game. The 2021 iteration fittingly made its TV debut in commercials alongside Academy Award-winning actress Regina King during the 2020 Oscars.

It’s big (even bigger than before), and bold, adding 7.1 inches in length over the previous model, and a massive grill. Inside, there’s more space, and some serious tech updates to everything from the suspension and transmission to the giant, curved  OLED screen that probably has better image quality than the TV on your wall at home. A diesel engine will also be an option for the first time.

*Featured image of Oscar®-winning actress and acclaimed director Regina King behind the scenes with the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

GMC HUMMER EV

GMC will introduce the GMC HUMMER EV, bringing bold design and remarkable capability to the electrified vehicle space, during this weekend’s big game, in an ad titled “Quiet Revolution.”

The spot juxtaposes the staggering anticipated performance metrics of GMC’s first all-electric truck with the remarkable quietness inherent in the operation of an electric vehicle.

The GMC HUMMER EV truck will showcase the GMC brand’s design and engineering potential, and will feature1:

  • 1,000 horsepower
  • 11,500 lb-ft of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds

“GMC builds premium and capable trucks and SUVs and the GMC HUMMER EV takes this to new heights,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “We are excited to debut our revolutionary zero-emissions truck during the biggest night in TV advertising.”

The GMC HUMMER EV will be revealed on May 20, 2020 and built in Michigan at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant2.

The 30-second TV spot is scheduled to air during the second quarter of the big game. The spot highlights the anticipated performance of GMC’s all-electric super truck, which will generate remarkable metrics in terms of horsepower, torque and acceleration while providing incredible on- and off-road capability. All of this is combined with the vastly reduced noise and zero emissions inherent in the operation of an electric vehicle.

As part of the digital and social media marketing push surrounding the big game ad, GMC will take over the YouTube homepage masthead on Friday, Jan. 31. Customers can follow the conversation at #GMCHummerEV.

More information is available at www.gmc.com/HummerEV.

1Based on General Motors estimates.
2The GMC HUMMER EV will be built in Michigan at GM’s Detroit Hamtramck Assembly with globally sourced parts.

About GMC
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @GMC or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

Vaughn Lowery, Cadillac, General Motors, 360 MAGAZINE, auto, xt4, suv

CADILLAC XT4 SPORT AWD

“Spunky with muscle tone and loads of curb appeal!”360 MAGAZINE

By Krishan Narsinghani × Vivek Lalchandani × Vaughn Lowery

Big, boujee, and imposing. Three words which are normally used to describe Cadillac SUVs. With more people buying smaller SUVs and crossovers rather than sedans, Cadillac had no choice but to roll out this new compact crossover. So, can the XT4 AWD hold its weight in this ultra-competitive market?

Design

Let’s start with playing the shield game, ever heard of it? Try counting how many Cadillac shields you can find on the vehicle – let’s keep a count. Starting out front and center is the signature Cadillac emblem located inside, you guessed it, a shield shaped grill (2). Admittedly it looks terrific and adds the touch of luxury that Cadillac loyalists expect. Outlining the grill are full LED headlights across all trims with signature lobster claw lookin’ DRLs. Looking at the side profile, the XT4 has one of the best profiles of any compact crossover out there. It’s slightly boxy like other Cadillac crossovers and SUVs but still has curves and swooping lines like its European competitors, the Audi Q3, BMW X1/X2 and the Range Rover Evoque. All XT4s come standard with 18” wheels but 20” inch wheels are optional. Also visible from the side profile are two more logos prominent on each front fender (4). Wrap around to the back to find full LED vertical taillights wrapping around slightly to the side of the vehicle. They work well on the XT4, making it appear bigger and wider. An interesting attention to detail is the two lower trims, Luxury and Premium Luxury, come with red taillight lenses whereas the top Sport trim comes standard with clear taillight lenses to add to the sporty aesthetic. Below is a dual exit exhaust setup with a single tip for each side. Rounding off the rear is the Cadillac shield placed right above the license plate which is placed within another shield shaped cutout (6). Overall, the XT4 is a very handsome breed that exudes luxury and sportiness.

Interior

The XT4’s interior is a much-needed upgrade over the past piano black cladded plastic feel. The soft touch materials, soft leather seats (ventilated and heated) and design integrate well with the exterior design. Slide back the shade over the sunroof and watch the white leather pop – making the interior feel airy and open. This must have sunroof is unacceptably optional. The design is refreshingly modern and upscale with a minimalistic approach. Cadillac nailed the balance between on screen vs. physical buttons… there’s even a volume knob! Step into the backseat and you’ll find class leading rear leg room. It’s a six foot passenger’s dream come true. The materials get slightly worse in the rear of the cabin but not obnoxiously. The rear passengers get their own climate control zone, lined up to resemble our favorite logo (7).

Technology

Looking into the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, Cadillac has come a long way in intuitiveness and display quality. The system is very easy to use with either the touchscreen or the control knob like its European competitors. Climate controls have their own set of physical buttons also lined up to resemble the Cadillac shield (8). The fully integrated display is cleaner than the stuck-on tablet looks of many vehicles nowadays. Its only downside must be that the screen is slightly tilted away from the driver attracting potential glare. CUE also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with one touch NFC pairing for the latter. Optional features include a head up display, digital gauge cluster, thirteen speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system, wireless phone charging, massaging front seats, and a rear view camera built into the rear view mirror that resembles a Cadillac shield (9).

Safety

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking and rear park assist. Level up to the premium luxury trim and you get front and rear park assist, lane change alert with blind spot alert, and rear cross traffic alert. Other optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, automatic high beams, advanced adaptive cruise control, and enhanced automatic emergency braking. Unfortunately, Super Cruise from Cadillac is not available. XT4 follows suit with its GM siblings by alerting the driver of blind spot detections and lane departure warnings with the vibration of the driver’s seat.

Performance

Cadillac has made a name for itself in driving performance and the XT4 does not disappoint. Using a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the XT4 makes 237hp at 5000rpm and 258 lb/ft torque from a respectable 1500rpm. That’s 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. Not bad for the 3600lbs being carried plus a slight disadvantage due to the shape being less aerodynamic than rivals. Handling feel is good for a crossover and it rides very well on the 20-inch wheels. Stick with the 18s and expect a very comfortable and cushy ride. Go with the 20s and opt for the active sport suspension to get the best ‘drivers’ version of this vehicle. Heck you should be able to keep up with a base model Dodge Charger on a rainy day. All in all, casual drivers should have enough power and handling feel to fulfill their needs. Fuel economy is everything in today’s age and eco-goers can appreciate the fuel consumption of this one The FWD models get 24/30 city/highway while AWD models get 22/29 city/highway. The AWD system Cadillac threw at this is interesting in that it’s a dual clutch setup, enabling it to disconnect power going to the rear wheels to help fuel economy.

Overview

In a saturated market, 360 Magazine can confidently say the XT4 drives for comfort, boasts luxury, and combats rivals with dashing looks. One may argue that Cadillac has never built a crossover or SUV that truly belonged in the same conversation as major German or British players but now we have a winner. If you want a crossover that will haul your family, let others know you made it, and provides a fabulous trip experience, Cadillac will gladly sell you this one. Pricing begins at a reasonable $35,600 base. Counting nine shields on this vehicle, not including the logo on the wheels and the steering wheel (surely we missed a few), the branding imposes itself on consumers and spectators.

Rolls-Royce, Cullinan, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, bespoke, luxury, auto, SUV, NYC, travel

ROLLS-ROYCE BREAKS RECORDS

·         Annual sales of 5,152, the highest in the marque’s 116-year history

·         Sales reflect growth of 25% on 2018’s previous record of 4,107 

·         Significant sales growth in all regions worldwide

·         Cullinan, the brand’s new SUV, makes major contribution to sales growth

·         Black Badge continues to enjoy strong demand, particularly amongst younger clients

·         Strong demand for Phantom, Wraith, Dawn and Ghost (in its final year of production)

·         Spectacular Bespoke commissions and Collection Cars reaffirm Rolls-Royce’s status as the world’s foremost manufacturer of luxury products

·         Significant new investment in manufacturing plant at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood

·         50 new jobs created to meet expanded global demand

·         Record number of Apprenticeship Programme recruits in 2019  

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has delivered an historic annual sales record in 2019, with a global performance unequalled in the company’s 116-year history. A total of 5,152 cars were delivered to customers in over 50 countries around the world, an increase of 25% on the previous high set in 2018. With these historic results, Rolls-Royce continues to make a meaningful contribution to the overall performance of its shareholder, BMW Group.

Commenting on the results, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “This performance is of an altogether different magnitude to any previous year’s sales success. While we celebrate these remarkable results, we are conscious of our key promise to our customers, to keep our brand rare and exclusive. We are pleased and proud to have delivered growth of 25% in 2019. Worldwide demand last year for our Cullinan SUV has driven this success and is expected to stabilize in 2020. It is a ringing testament to the quality and integrity of our products, the faith and passion of our customers and, above all, the skill, dedication and determination of our exceptional team at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and around the world and our dedicated global dealer network.”

Worldwide Sales Growth

Sales grew across all regions during the year, driven by strong customer demand for all Rolls‑Royce models. The company reported significant sales growth in every one of its key global markets. North America retained top status (around a third of global sales) followed by China and Europe (including UK). Individual countries that achieved record sales results included Russia, Singapore, Australia, Qatar and Japan. In 2019, Rolls-Royce motor cars were sold in more than 50 countries worldwide through a global network of 135 dealerships. As part of its commitment to long-term sustainable growth, Rolls‑Royce announced two new dealerships during 2019 – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Brisbane and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Shanghai Pudong. Development of the new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars flagship dealership in Berkeley Street, London – more than twice the size of the previous location – is underway and is due for launch in 2020.

Strong Demand for All Models

Phantom retains its rightful place as the company’s pinnacle product, with Dawn and Wraith continuing to dominate their respective sectors; strong demand was experienced for all three models during the year. Cullinan, the marque’s new SUV, successfully translated the media plaudits and public acclaim into the largest advance order book and fastest post‑launch sales growth of any Rolls-Royce model in history. In November 2019, the marque completed its dark, edgy Black Badge family with the addition of Cullinan Black Badge alongside Ghost, Dawn and Wraith variants, all of which were highly sought-after by customers seeking a more individual, rebellious expression of the Rolls‑Royce brand.

Cullinan: ‘Effortless Everywhere’ delivering on its promise

In its first full year of availability, Cullinan exceeded even the highest expectations raised by its successful launch. The world’s pre-eminent super-luxury SUV has become the fastest-selling new Rolls-Royce model in history. The fervor throughout the year around the arrival of Cullinan was matched only by the media and public sensation occasioned by the launch of Cullinan Black Badge, ‘The King of the Night’, in November. This completed the Black Badge family of unapologetic, dynamic products created for an emerging generation of super-luxury consumer; people who refuse to be defined by traditional codes of luxury, follow their own path and make their own rules.

Farewell to Ghost – But Not for Long!

2019 marked the end of Ghost production after 11 years of uninterrupted commercial and critical success. Since its launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, Ghost has established itself as an undisputed modern classic. The most popular Rolls-Royce model of the Goodwood era, Ghost attracted a new audience of younger, often self-made, entrepreneurial customers to the Rolls-Royce brand. An extended wheelbase version was introduced in 2011 and an updated Ghost Series II was unveiled in Geneva in 2014. The last Ghost of the current generation left the Goodwood production line at the end of 2019. Ghost has been a highly successful and vitally important car for Rolls-Royce. Over its 11-year lifecycle – a truly remarkable record for any motor car – it became the biggest-selling Rolls-Royce not just of the Goodwood era, but in the entire history of the marque. The commercial success of Ghost placed Rolls-Royce in a position to scale up its production and make the massive investments that have led to it becoming the truly global brand it is today.

Ghost’s successor is due for launch in mid-2020 after five years in development. With market availability from the fourth quarter, the successor will elevate the Ghost name, and the company itself, to new heights of excellence and ambition in design, engineering, materials and driving dynamics.

Bespoke: The Jewel in the Crown of Rolls-Royce

Global demand for Rolls-Royce Bespoke reached a new peak in 2019. The Bespoke Collective at The Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, comprises several hundred creative designers, engineers and craftspeople. These highly talented men and women take enormous pride in fulfilling unprecedented levels of customer requests for Bespoke personalisation and delivering on beautiful individual commissions such as the Rose Phantom. Undisputed global leaders in their pursuit of perfection, the Bespoke Collective captured the imagination of customers, enthusiasts, media and fans alike in 2019 with some of the most spectacular Collection Cars ever created in the history of the brand. Bespoke IS Rolls-Royce! Among the year’s Bespoke highlights was the Zenith Collector’s Edition of Rolls-Royce Ghost. Limited to just 50 examples, this masterpiece was created to mark the end of Ghost’s remarkable 11-year reign.

Wraith Eagle VIII celebrated the centenary of Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop transatlantic flight (powered by twin Rolls-Royce Eagle engines). Tranquillity Phantom, inspired by space exploration, features a unique Gallery inspired by the X-Ray coded aperture masks used on the British Skylark space rocket and, for the first time in a Rolls-Royce, incorporates meteorite as an aesthetic embellishment. New accessories added to the existing, much celebrated Bespoke offering included the exceptional Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest.

An Expanding Family

At more than 2,000 strong, with 50 nationalities represented, the workforce at the Home of Rolls-Royce is now at its largest since the opening of Rolls-Royce’s Global Centre for Luxury Manufacturing Excellence, in 2003. During 2020, 50 new jobs were created to meet expanded global demand.

This year’s intake of 26 new entrants on the company’s highly successful Apprenticeship Program included the first-ever Sir Ralph Robins Degree Apprenticeship candidates. Named after the ex-CEO of Rolls‑Royce plc, Sir Ralph has served as a non-executive Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since its inception in 2003.

Since the launch of the Apprenticeship Program in 2006, almost 200 participants have completed a combination of hands-on practical training alongside skilled Associates and vocational training at local colleges. A number of these remarkable young men and women have gone on to hold important technical and supervisory roles within the company.    

Confidence in the future

The year saw significant new investment in the manufacturing plant at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, reaffirming both the company’s commitment to its UK operations and its buoyant outlook for the years ahead. Projects included further refinements to the already world-class manufacturing facilities, equipment and processes, to maximize efficiency and ensure the highest levels of quality as demanded by Rolls-Royce customers. A new two-story development, due for completion in the first quarter of 2020, will add more than 1,000 square meters to the ground floor Assembly Hall, and create additional first-floor office space. In closing, Mr. Müller-Ötvös said, “There is no other company like Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: we are all conscious of what a privilege it is to design, build and deliver the best car in the world for our customers.  PersonalIy, I continue to feel honored and humbled to have led this great company for the past decade.”

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FISKER OCEAN

Fisker Inc. – designer and manufacturer of the world’s most emotion-stirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – is giving early reservation holders an exclusive sneak peek of the Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury SUV at a private event in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific. The world’s most sustainable vehicle will be captured on camera for the first time ever – with a live stream sharing the moment at the following link HERE.
 
“With the Fisker Ocean making its public debut at Consumer Electronics Show 2020 this coming week, we wanted to give our reservation holders a special preview to get up close to our production intent prototype right before it makes its way to Las Vegas,” said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. “The Fisker brand is committed to real, direct and authentic engagement and interaction with our passionate customers at every touchpoint – and we wanted to reinforce this by having them be the first people to see the actual vehicle. We’re delighted that the rest of the world will be able to tune in with a live stream straight from this private event – and we look forward to fully showcasing the Fisker Ocean at CES.”
 
About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally desirable and eco-friendly electric vehicles. Passionately driven by a vision of a clean future for all, the company is on a mission to become the No. 1 e-mobility service provider with the world’s most sustainable vehicles. The company is engaged in intensive research and development around next generation electrification technologies, including the patent pending Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery.

To learn more, visit www.FiskerInc.com and download the revolutionary new Fisker mobile app from the App Store or Google Play store. 

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2020 ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN

By Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had an opportunity to glide through the five Burroughs of NYC in an all-terrain super-luxury SUV during the Holiday Season.

Unassuming and illustrious are the best words to describe the 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV. Worth its weight in gold! Approximately priced around $394,275, it’s the most expensive off-roader in it’s class and by far the most luxurious in the world.

Design

Handcrafted from the soil up, every nook and cranny has the Rolls-Royce stamp of approval. The overall shell of the vehicle is sleek and seamless. Every pillar and appointment makes perfect sense. Outside, the frontfasia is bodacious with integrated laser headlights and a pronounced grill. The Spirit of Ecstasy (SoE) sits on the hood and is retracts at a moment’s notice. 22″ inch part polished wheels and tires have a weighted emblem in the middle so as the car rolls (no wordplay intended) it stays center so there’s no mistaking who fabricated this monster. Swooping lines lead towards the back wisease. At first glance, it’s profile is somewhat reminiscent of an Range Rover Autobiography. On the sides, are LED parking lights. Boxy, beautiful yet masculine. At the rear, are gem-like light fixtures with turning signals. The boot has a clamshell tailgate which opens up and out with dual doors.

Push the button on the door knob to enter. Right before you enter the cabin, you are greeted by illunlminated ‘Cullinan’ treadplates alongside of lambswool floor mats. Even if the interior lights aren’t on, the Charles Blue interior leather seats are just as magnetic as Angelina Jolie’s electric eyes. One will feel like they’re swimming in Bali at Geger Beach wrapped by a navy blue beach towel in leather. Equally drowned by a sea of blue, the moonroof unveils the sky like a drophead, making the cabin feel more open and airy. Literally two to three people can promote their entire bodies out of the dual panel sunroof. It’s definitely one of the largest in its segment hands-down. Per usual, all of the appointments are wrapped in leather and stainless steel as easily as every headrest is embossed by SoE. Classic dials throughout and an analog clock sits on the dashboard with the same kind of realness as Big Ben in London.

Continue along to the back seats, the same luxurious integrity is apparent with large screens with trays which go flush. Instead of a back panel window in the trunk space, it’s laid right on side of back passengers. All of the rear windows possess dark tempered glass fit for the likes of the Queen herself, Beyoncé. As we dropped a passenger off at the Hard Rock Hotel in Time Square, tons of bystanders huddled around to take pictures.

Technology

Once again, the BMW’s iDrive system is dominant in the infotainment unit. The knob toggles through various screens, but this season they have a concierge which makes it a tad easier to locate and designate a destination – similar in type to Lexus Enform. Eight different settings for driver/passenger massages – excellent way for a driver to refresh during a long road trip.

During these colder months, the steering, arm rests and seats are heated. And, if you haven’t received a formal crash course on your Cullinan, you can refer to the animated digital owner’s manual which can easily search many of its amenities. The custom Rolls-Royce signature audio system has tweeters, floor subwoofers and enough watts to make you thump like you’re at a rock concert.

Safety

With more bells than whistles, you won’t leave a lane or come close to a dinging anything on this vehicle. The over the head 360 panoramic backup cam gives you a spaceage Jetson POV of what’s around the vehicle at all times. Night vision with heat detectors can help you navigate through woodsy areas without hitting a deer. In the urban center, we were alerted while behind a school bus – cameras came about when pedestrians accosted the vehicle’s walk around radius. Moreover, with a reinforced steel skeleton and airbags virtually for every piece of your body, you’re pretty safe in this vehicle.

Performance

Weighing in at around 5,863 lbs, this V12 turbo is more than powerful. With 570 HP and 627 pound-ft of torque, this SUV plows. Of course, the AWD allows you to claw corners and steering provides you with turning capabilities as if you’re in a sportscar. We pounded the asphalt and it felt like we could conquer 0-60 mph in less than 4.9 minutes while we entered the Garden State Parkway. There’s a reason why RR makes airplane engines because we felt like we were flying! Mentioning mpg makes no sense if you’re purchasing an automotive beast like this one – but here you go – 12 city / 20 highway.

Conclusion

If you’re in the market to floss and experience what many will never – this car should make it onto your bucket list. Out of all the Rolls-Royce tribe, this is the most practical as you can apply it for everyday use as well as a red carpet experience.

Pre-order.

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CHEVROLET SUBURBAN RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD STAR

Iconic vehicle starred in more than 1,750 films and television series since 1952

Yesterday, the Chevrolet Suburban became the first vehicle ever awarded an Award of Excellence star at Hollywood & Highland. Presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and unveiled at a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, the award recognizes Suburban for its 67-year career in Hollywood film and television.

“For six decades the Chevrolet Suburban has been Hollywood’s longest-working actor,” said Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Appearing in classic feature films and on must-see television shows, the Suburban is a well-established industry mainstay. With the Chevrolet Tahoe also making an impact in movies and on television, it’s impressive to have both vehicles now join an illustrious group of actors and characters that are forever known as Hollywood legends.”

During its acting career the Suburban evolved to become the ultimate character actor, able to play the hero, the villain, or the family alike.
 “There’s really nothing else like the Chevrolet Suburban in this business, for two reasons,” said Dennis McCarthy, Hollywood picture car coordinator. “First, it’s one of the most versatile vehicles in the business, able to fit with any type of character. Second, it can help instantly give a scene added importance. When a convoy of black Suburbans appears on screen, you know that’s not the time to leave your seat to buy popcorn.”

The relationship between the Chevy Suburban and Hollywood began in 1952, when it first appeared on the silver screen. Since then, Suburban has starred in more than 1,750 films and television series. It has appeared in at least one television series every year since 1956, and at least one film every year since 1960. Suburban has also appeared in more than 30 award-nominated films.

The filmography is even more impressive when combined with the Chevy Tahoe. Together, Tahoe and Suburban have appeared in more than 2,500 films and television shows. Since the Tahoe was introduced in 1995, it has appeared in at least one film and television show every year.

According to Tim Kozub, design manager for Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, their on-screen persona also influenced the all-new Suburban and Tahoe, which will be unveiled later this month: “This is a great example of how life and art influence each other. The popularity of Suburban and Tahoe in film was first inspired by the real-life roles they played in the military, in law enforcement and family trips around the world. Today, their role in Hollywood inspired the design of the all-new models, as we integrated the sense of capability, action, and importance associated with Suburban and Tahoe on screen.”
For more information on the Tahoe and Suburban, please visit Chevrolet.com.

ABOUT CHEVROLET

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found HERE.

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2019-2020, and Rana Ghadban is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please go HERE.