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Kia again halted Georgia vehicle production, blaming chip shortage

Kia again halted Georgia vehicle production, blaming chip shortage

By Matt Kempner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Cars #Business Kia Motors has again temporarily halted work at its sprawling vehicle assembly plant in Georgia, citing a shortage of semiconductor chips. It’s a problem other automakers also have wrestled with, increasing challenges for consumers trying to find and buy new cars, SUVs and pickup trucks. Kia stopped production Tuesday “because of supply chain conditions related to the ongoing worldwide semiconductor chip shortage,” spokesman Rick Douglas wrote in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He said regular production for all three shifts would resume Wednesday. The chip shortages first hit…
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751-HP 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQS Has Tesla Model S in Its Sights

751-HP 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQS Has Tesla Model S in Its Sights

BY JENS MEINERS | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars The flagship model of the Mercedes-EQ electric lineup gains a high-performance AMG version. Mercedes-AMG has revealed this upcoming performance version of the Mercedes flagship EQS electric sedan. The AMG EQS increases power by 133 hp over the new 2022 EQS580 4Matic, for a total of 649 horsepower. Adding the AMG Dynamic Plus package can bring that up to 751 horsepower. U.S. buyers will be able to see the 2022 AMG EQS in dealerships early in 2022, Mercedes said.  Mercedes-Benz's high-performance affiliate AMG has made a lot of different cars, from high-powered four-bangers…
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Car Hacking Danger Is Likely Closer Than You Think

Car Hacking Danger Is Likely Closer Than You Think

BY SEBASTIAN BLANCO | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars #Technology A Detroit Free Press report shows there were 150 automotive cybersecurity incidents in 2019 alone. Connected cars are great, until they're not. A recent Detroit Free Press articleshows that vehicle hacks are more common and more dangerous that most people realize. There were at least 150 automotive cybersecurity incidents in 2019, part of a 94 percent year-over-year increase since 2016, according to a report from Upstream Security. Oh, and here's a phrase we're loath to see, even though we're likely to come across it plenty more in the future: ransomware for cars.…
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2022 Porsche Macan Does More with Less

2022 Porsche Macan Does More with Less

BY ELANA SCHERR | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars Even in its base four-cylinder form, Porsche's updated compact SUV is a joy to drive. "Oh, that's the Macan," the woman said. "I like those." Just as we were feeling smug about our ride, it became obvious she was talking about another Macan, parked a few spots over. Ah, well, it is the bestselling Porsche after all, and one can't be too annoyed to see someone else in the same dress at a party. Besides, it's a good dress, both fashionable and practical, as a sporty SUV should be. And the one she was…
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2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance Has 831 Horsepower

2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance Has 831 Horsepower

BY CONNOR HOFFMAN | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars The first plug-in hybrid from AMG uses a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 and an electric motor on the rear axle, and it'll arrive in the U.S. for the 2023 model year. The 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance is the first of AMG's plug-in-hybrid models, which will also include the next AMG C-class.  It's powered by a twin-turbo V-8 paired with an electric motor on the rear axle, and it has 831 horsepower and 1082 pound-feet of torque.  It will arrive in the U.S. for the 2023 model year.  Mercedes-AMG has just revealed the first in…
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Toyota Confirms Corolla Cross Hybrid Coming Next Year

Toyota Confirms Corolla Cross Hybrid Coming Next Year

BY JOEY CAPPARELLA | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars Like its Corolla sedan sibling, Toyota's new small crossover will soon have a gas-electric variant to boost mpg. Toyota will launch a hybrid version of the Corolla Cross subcompact SUV. We don't know powertrain details yet, but we hope it will have more power than the Corolla sedan hybrid. The Corolla Cross hybrid will arrive sometime next year, likely as a 2023 model. The new Toyota Corolla Cross will join many of its brethren in offering a hybrid powertrain, as Toyota has confirmed that a gas-electric variant will arrive soon. The company had…
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2022 Subaru BRZ Goes after the Kid in You

2022 Subaru BRZ Goes after the Kid in You

BY JAMIE KITMAN | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars The second generation of Subaru's sports coupe adds power and refinement but keeps the joy alive. The cynics among us thought the Subaru BRZ and its near identical Toyota twin, the GT 86, were doomed. Launched in 2013, these compact, lightweight, and modestly powered rear-drivers enjoyed agile handling and easy chuckability. They left us smitten, even if they seemed increasingly out of step as the years passed while the world tripped out on mega-horsepower and 23-inch wheel and tire combos. Mercifully, the world isn't as SUV-minded as we'd feared, and both cars eked out…
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How a Hot Car Becomes a Hot Wheels Car

How a Hot Car Becomes a Hot Wheels Car

BY ELANA SCHERR | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars Making a wide-body 1970 Pontiac Firebird into a Hot Wheels Legend at the Hot Wheels design headquarters in El Segundo, California. The only sound in the room is a slight whir from the launcher at the base of the ramp. Bryan Benedict lines up the Pontiac Firebird, and it shoots forward, up through a loop and over. It's just a blur of green and the hiss of tires against track. The crowd cheers. It's a small crowd, but that's okay. We're cheering for a small car. Benedict is the design director…
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Tested: 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Heats Up the Sports-Sedan Segment

Tested: 2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Heats Up the Sports-Sedan Segment

BY ELANA SCHERR | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars Genesis's refreshed G70 has more glam inside and out, plus it's still good fun to drive. It's hot. Palm Springs, California, gets heat-wave-mirage hot in the summertime, but not all the shimmer during this drive is due to the 100-plus-degree temperatures. The updated 2022 Genesis G70 adds glitter to any scene, what with its diamond-hatched front end and beveled, gloss-black wheels. Genesis'scompact sports sedan has a new, glitzier look and a more comfortable feel for 2022, but its quick and composed character on the road remains very familiar. The G70 has impressed us before—it…
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Check Out This New Mercedes G-Wagen 4×4 Squared Rolling around Los Angeles

Check Out This New Mercedes G-Wagen 4×4 Squared Rolling around Los Angeles

BY BRIAN SILVESTRO | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars Despite the camo, the upcoming G-wagen is easy to pick out of a crowd. The G-Wagen 4x4 Squared is arguably one of the coolest vehicles ever to come from Mercedes-Benz. With its revamped suspension, fender flares, and massive tires, it was the perfect SUV to stand out amongst the masses of standard G-wagens, Range Rovers, and Porsche Cayennes on Rodeo Drive. It's no surprise then, to see a new version testing on the streets of Los Angeles. A video published on YouTube last week by KindelAuto shows what looks to be an upcoming…
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