There is a plug-in hybrid coming from Mini with the battery concealed under the rear seats. An electric motor powers the rear wheels while the gas engine takes care of the front. There will be a Save Battery mode whereby the gas engine takes over and the battery can retain its charge. The new model will be based on a redesigned Countryman and may appear in 2019 according to various reports.
Hyundai Motor America and Bisimoto have again partnered for the SEMA show, this time developing a 1,040 horsepower, rear-drive “Santa-Fast” SUV. Bisimoto is well known for street, show and race vehicles. The Bisimoto “Santa-Fast” Santa Fe is no exception, pumping out the power from a flex-fuel turbocharged, Hyundai-based 3.8L Lambda V6 power plant positioned longitudinally and driving the rear wheels. It carries a six speed manual transmission.
Ever fancy driving a McLaren on ice? The company will hold such an event some 200 miles into the Arctic Circle “in one of the most expansive winter testing facilities in the world” in Ivalo, Finland. Guests will experience the McLaren 570S Coupe tackling a variety of track configurations, encompassing both ice and snow surfaces. Away from the track McLaren is teaming up with local travel provider Luxury Action to offer a program of winter activities, including a husky safari and snowmobile expedition. Guests will be accommodated in a luxury hotel that was once the home of the President of Finland, who probably never thought of driving a McLaren on ice and snow either.
Canadian autoworkers union members have ratified a new four year contract with Fiat Chrysler that calls for the automaker to invest about $330 million into its plants north of the border. Talks now turn to Ford.