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  • Car spotters, rejoice: now is your chance to finally see Christian von Koenigsegg's latest creation in the flesh. The Koenigsegg Regera hybrid hypercar is a great example of Christian's knack for innovation, utilizing a twin-turbocharged V-8 coupled with 3 electric motors and gearless "Koenigsegg Direct Drive" transmission to rocket it to over 250 mph. It's also one of the few cars to make the Bugatti Chiron nervous, although we haven't seen the two 1500-horsepower cars go toe-to-toe yet. The Regera might be impossible to buy right now, but there's still hope for people who want to see the car up close. YouTuber Cali Autos recorded a video of a slew of supercars in Malibu on Thursday, all preparing to head up to Pebble Beach for Monterey Car Week. The Koenigsegg Regera is the star of the show, sitting alongside a squadron of other Koenigseggs including multiple Agera RS' and the CCX/CCXR with the "Ghost" package. The video includes some super-detailed sho..

    Watch the Only Koenigsegg Regera in America Head to Pebble Beach

    Car spotters, rejoice: now is your chance to finally see Christian von Koenigsegg's latest creation in the flesh. The Koenigsegg Regera hybrid hypercar is a great example of Christian's knack for innovation, utilizing a twin-turbocharged V-8 coupled with 3 electric motors and gearless "Koenigsegg Direct Drive" transmission to rocket it to over 250 mph. It's also one of the few cars to make the Bugatti Chiron nervous, although we haven't seen the two 1500-horsepower cars go toe-to-toe yet. The Regera might be impossible to buy right now, but there's still hope for people who want to see the car up close. YouTuber Cali Autos recorded a video of a slew of supercars in Malibu on Thursday, all preparing to head up to Pebble Beach for Monterey Car Week. The Koenigsegg Regera is the star of the show, sitting alongside a squadron of other Koenigseggs including multiple Agera RS' and the CCX/CCXR with the "Ghost" package. The video includes some super-detailed sho..
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  • There have been a lot of rumors floating around about the BMW X2 and X7 sport-utility vehicles in recent years; now, we can now confirm they will be coming to North America in the near future. According to a leaked 177-page BMW document discovered by SupraMKV.com, BMW plans on releasing an X2 and X7 in the States—as well as an M2 Competition model for those sports car purists offended by the idea of Bimmer crossover.The BMW X2 will come in two different variations, according to the leaked document: a front-wheel-drive model and an all-wheel-drive model. The front-wheel-drive variant will go by the BMW X2 sDrive 28i, while the all-wheel-drive variant will go by the name BMW X2 xDrive 28i. As you can probably already deduce, both models will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the same 228-horsepower powertrain found in the current BMW X1 (which the X2 will share much of its platform with).The BMW X7 has also been anticipated for a while, and the large luxury seven-seat..

    Leaked Documents Confirm BMW X2, X7, M2 Competition Destined for North America

    There have been a lot of rumors floating around about the BMW X2 and X7 sport-utility vehicles in recent years; now, we can now confirm they will be coming to North America in the near future. According to a leaked 177-page BMW document discovered by SupraMKV.com, BMW plans on releasing an X2 and X7 in the States—as well as an M2 Competition model for those sports car purists offended by the idea of Bimmer crossover.The BMW X2 will come in two different variations, according to the leaked document: a front-wheel-drive model and an all-wheel-drive model. The front-wheel-drive variant will go by the BMW X2 sDrive 28i, while the all-wheel-drive variant will go by the name BMW X2 xDrive 28i. As you can probably already deduce, both models will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the same 228-horsepower powertrain found in the current BMW X1 (which the X2 will share much of its platform with).The BMW X7 has also been anticipated for a while, and the large luxury seven-seat..
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  • More than two-third of Smart car dealerships in the U.S. are going to stop selling the tiny cars altogether as the brand moves electric, according to Automotive News.Similar to Volvo, Smart made the decision to switch its North American models to battery-powered vehicles in February. This model would eliminate the ability for dealers to sell any of the remaining gas-powered options in Smart's fleet that is to be sold outside the U.S. The new powertrain has an 81-horsepower electric motor powered by a small 17.6 kWh battery, providing between 96 and 100 miles of range with a charge time of just 2.5 hours, depending on the model. Pricing will range from $23,800 to $28,000 before incentives.Currently, Smart has 85 dealers which peddle the brand's vehicles. When Daimler reached out to dealers to ask if they would continue selling the brand once Smart transitions to a fully electric brand, 58 of the dealers (or 68 percent) said they would no longer continue selling the vehicles,..

    The Smart Brand Is About to Get a Bunch Smaller in America

    More than two-third of Smart car dealerships in the U.S. are going to stop selling the tiny cars altogether as the brand moves electric, according to Automotive News.Similar to Volvo, Smart made the decision to switch its North American models to battery-powered vehicles in February. This model would eliminate the ability for dealers to sell any of the remaining gas-powered options in Smart's fleet that is to be sold outside the U.S. The new powertrain has an 81-horsepower electric motor powered by a small 17.6 kWh battery, providing between 96 and 100 miles of range with a charge time of just 2.5 hours, depending on the model. Pricing will range from $23,800 to $28,000 before incentives.Currently, Smart has 85 dealers which peddle the brand's vehicles. When Daimler reached out to dealers to ask if they would continue selling the brand once Smart transitions to a fully electric brand, 58 of the dealers (or 68 percent) said they would no longer continue selling the vehicles,..
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  • Many manufacturers are beginning their fight for electric supremacy, a battle which is primarily dominated by Tesla currently. Volkswagen has previously stated its intentions to take on the king directly by readying a series of electric vehicles under the I.D. concept family. Part of that fight might be fought with the Crozz EV concept which, once it enters production, will apparently be coming to the United States, according to Autoblog.The first vehicle to be built and released on the Volkswagen MEB modular electric platform will be the I.D. Slated for a release in 2020—the year that many manufacturers appear to be aiming for. By that time though, this long-range EV will be VW's late entry to an already booming game. Within a year, the Crozz is expected to make its debut onto American soil, something which was previously believed to be reserved for the Chinese and European markets only.Described as a "smartphone on wheels," the Crozz may rival the Model 3 in terms of simplicit..

    Volkswagen to Bring Crozz EV Crossover to America, Report Says

    Many manufacturers are beginning their fight for electric supremacy, a battle which is primarily dominated by Tesla currently. Volkswagen has previously stated its intentions to take on the king directly by readying a series of electric vehicles under the I.D. concept family. Part of that fight might be fought with the Crozz EV concept which, once it enters production, will apparently be coming to the United States, according to Autoblog.The first vehicle to be built and released on the Volkswagen MEB modular electric platform will be the I.D. Slated for a release in 2020—the year that many manufacturers appear to be aiming for. By that time though, this long-range EV will be VW's late entry to an already booming game. Within a year, the Crozz is expected to make its debut onto American soil, something which was previously believed to be reserved for the Chinese and European markets only.Described as a "smartphone on wheels," the Crozz may rival the Model 3 in terms of simplicit..
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  • Related Stories A migration to Texas, done the Toyota Way DALLAS — While negotiators in Washington prepare to redraw the rules of the North American trading bloc, Toyota is doubling down on the continent in a way that seeks to balance both the politics and economics of auto manufacturing. It's not without risks. Toyota's plan to invest $800 million in a new U.S. plant shared with Mazda, without abandoning its partly built factory in Mexico or its expansion plans in Canada, achieves a few things: It gets Toyota on the good side of President Donald Trump, who months ago blasted the automaker over its Mexico plans. It launches a bidding war among states in a process that could spread Toyota's political clout. It does nothing to alienate Mexico, which was left hanging earlier this year when Ford scratched plans for a car factory. It helps accelerate Toyota's push to rebalance its product mix ..

    Why Toyota is doubling down on N. America

    Related Stories A migration to Texas, done the Toyota Way DALLAS — While negotiators in Washington prepare to redraw the rules of the North American trading bloc, Toyota is doubling down on the continent in a way that seeks to balance both the politics and economics of auto manufacturing. It's not without risks. Toyota's plan to invest $800 million in a new U.S. plant shared with Mazda, without abandoning its partly built factory in Mexico or its expansion plans in Canada, achieves a few things: It gets Toyota on the good side of President Donald Trump, who months ago blasted the automaker over its Mexico plans. It launches a bidding war among states in a process that could spread Toyota's political clout. It does nothing to alienate Mexico, which was left hanging earlier this year when Ford scratched plans for a car factory. It helps accelerate Toyota's push to rebalance its product mix ..
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  • The US doesn't have many friends in Latin America Even some of Venezuela's harshest critics in Latin America condemned the United States after the White House said it was considering a "military option" on Friday.

    Latin America closes ranks after Trump threatens to use military in Venezuela

    The US doesn't have many friends in Latin America Even some of Venezuela's harshest critics in Latin America condemned the United States after the White House said it was considering a "military option" on Friday.
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  • There is no doubt about it, the U.S. military has let its short range air defense (SHORAD) capabilities wither on the vine. It seemed as if America's air superiority advantage combined with 1990's battle doctrine just didn't require much in terms of ground forces being able to defend themselves from aerial attack, especially while on the move. Two wars in permissive aerial environments—Afghanistan and Iraq—didn't help the SHORAD cause either, nor did the budget cuts of the current decade. But the tactical realities of the modern battlefield have changed, and it turns out that the Army, and the USMC for that matter, do need SHORAD capability and they need it bad. The Pentagon's combat doctrine has morphed drastically in recent years, with troops on the ground possibly being tasked with operating in contested environments where air superiority is not guaranteed. America's once large air superiority margin has also shrunk, especially when it comes to expedit..

    America’s Startling Short Range Air Defense Gap And How To Close It Fast

    There is no doubt about it, the U.S. military has let its short range air defense (SHORAD) capabilities wither on the vine. It seemed as if America's air superiority advantage combined with 1990's battle doctrine just didn't require much in terms of ground forces being able to defend themselves from aerial attack, especially while on the move. Two wars in permissive aerial environments—Afghanistan and Iraq—didn't help the SHORAD cause either, nor did the budget cuts of the current decade. But the tactical realities of the modern battlefield have changed, and it turns out that the Army, and the USMC for that matter, do need SHORAD capability and they need it bad. The Pentagon's combat doctrine has morphed drastically in recent years, with troops on the ground possibly being tasked with operating in contested environments where air superiority is not guaranteed. America's once large air superiority margin has also shrunk, especially when it comes to expedit..
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  • Formula One has a growing fan base in America, and new owners Liberty Media have taken note of the trend. Talks of adding a second or even third race have floated around since Chase Carey took over for ex-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, but according to the new chief, he's not in a big hurry. Carey looks to execute a five-year plan for F1's future in America, one that will bring the series to the country's biggest travel destinations like New York City.The current home of the USA Grand Prix is in Austin, Texas, at Circuit of The Americas. It's been held there for six years with turnout growing marginally each year, showing good signs of what's to come if more races do sprout up on our soil. In an interview with Germany's Auto Bild, Carey claimed that he wants to think in long-term rather than the right-now approach of his predecessor. "I don't want to criticize Bernie, because he did many things very well," Carey said. "But I think he went too much f..

    Formula One Boss Chase Carey Has ‘5 Year Plan’ for Series’ Future in America

    Formula One has a growing fan base in America, and new owners Liberty Media have taken note of the trend. Talks of adding a second or even third race have floated around since Chase Carey took over for ex-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, but according to the new chief, he's not in a big hurry. Carey looks to execute a five-year plan for F1's future in America, one that will bring the series to the country's biggest travel destinations like New York City.The current home of the USA Grand Prix is in Austin, Texas, at Circuit of The Americas. It's been held there for six years with turnout growing marginally each year, showing good signs of what's to come if more races do sprout up on our soil. In an interview with Germany's Auto Bild, Carey claimed that he wants to think in long-term rather than the right-now approach of his predecessor. "I don't want to criticize Bernie, because he did many things very well," Carey said. "But I think he went too much f..
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  • FEW things are more tragic than the death of a woman in pregnancy or childbirth. In America, as in other rich countries, such deaths are extremely rare. An American woman is more likely to be struck by lightning than to die in childbirth. Nonetheless, 700-800 pregnant women and new mothers die each year. By some measures, America’s maternal mortality is seve..

    Is pregnancy in America much deadlier than in other rich countries?

    FEW things are more tragic than the death of a woman in pregnancy or childbirth. In America, as in other rich countries, such deaths are extremely rare. An American woman is more likely to be struck by lightning than to die in childbirth. Nonetheless, 700-800 pregnant women and new mothers die each year. By some measures, America’s maternal mortality is seve..
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  • Is America encouraging the wrong type of entrepreneurship? Yes, argue Robert Litan and Ian Hathaway, two economists, in a recent article in the Harvard Business Review. In their view, unproductive “rent-seekers”, who exploit special relationships with the government to secure public spending, or gain regulatory protection from competition at everyone else’s ..

    Unproductive entrepreneurship is increasingly common in America

    Is America encouraging the wrong type of entrepreneurship? Yes, argue Robert Litan and Ian Hathaway, two economists, in a recent article in the Harvard Business Review. In their view, unproductive “rent-seekers”, who exploit special relationships with the government to secure public spending, or gain regulatory protection from competition at everyone else’s ..
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