Welcome to the February edition of automotive news brought to you by AutoBidMaster. Here, we strive to keep you updated on the latest changes, happenings, and advancements related to the automotive world. Join us as we explore significant events and advancements that could impact the driving experience and the future of automobiles. Let’s delve into industry insights, trends, and the newest innovations that are shaping the landscape of the automotive industry this month.

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New Details of the Tesla Roadster Supercar Revealed

New Details of the Tesla Roadster Supercar Revealed

The Tesla Roadster may be unveiled this year. The vehicle’s manufacturing is planned to begin in 2025. According to Tesla, the vehicle’s design has already been completed, and the Roadster model is supposed to be the most incredible car in the world. In addition, the company promises that the new Tesla Roadster will be able to accelerate to 60 mph (100 km/h) in less than a second. This is due to the implementation of innovative rocket accelerators that will be optional for the model. Without them, the electric car will be able to reach 60 mph in about 1.9 seconds. The declared top speed is 250 mph (400 km/h), and the range is expected to be around 620 miles (1,000 km).

The second-generation Tesla Roadster prototype was unveiled back in 2017, meaning that the supercar has been in development even longer than the Tesla Cybertruck pickup. It was planned to go into production in 2020 and be sold at a price of $200,000, but the start date of the electric car’s production was repeatedly postponed.

Toyota Recalls 660,000 SUVs and Pickups

Toyota Recalls 660,000 SUVs and Pickups

At the end of February 2024, Toyota announced a new withdrawal campaign for a total of about 661,000 SUVs and pickups in the United States. The reason for this decision is a possible serious transmission problem.

The first recall, in particular, included more than 380,000 Toyota Tacoma pickups produced in 2022–2023. It turned out that some of these vehicles may have welding marks on the rear axle. This can cause the locking nuts to loosen and even disconnect, leading to braking problems.

There is no information on whether any accidents involving the Toyota Tacoma have been reported because of this defect. The Tacoma pickup trucks produced in the 2022–2023 model years will be inspected in the United States in April 2024. If necessary, the problem will be fixed free of charge, as is always the case in such cases.

More than 280,000 vehicles in the United States were subject to the second recall. These are Toyota Tundra, including the Hybrid configuration, and Lexus LX600 model years manufactured in 2022–2024, as well as Sequoia model years 2023–2024. These vehicles can suddenly start moving unexpectedly when shifted to neutral, which increases the risk of an accident. Toyota has already received several complaints about this problem. The manufacturer promises that its dealers will carefully check all of these SUVs and pickups and, if necessary, fix the problem for free with a software update.

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Crush Tests by IIHS Will Be More Challenging

Crush Tests by IIHS Will Be More Challenging

The US government is going to tighten safety requirements for passenger cars. That is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is making crash tests more difficult for cars by setting more demanding standards for their vehicle safety rewards. The changes will be implemented gradually and in a few stages.

Starting this year, vehicles must pass a side crash test with a heavier barrier in order to qualify for the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award. The IIHS will also make a combined test more challenging to pass in order to prevent a collision with a pedestrian in the daytime and at night. The organization will also revise the frontal test to improve the vehicle safety evaluation.

The changes will also affect the Top Safety Picks award. To receive it, the car manufacturer must pass an updated crash test with moderate overlap. The rating from experts for obtaining the safety recognition label must be at least “Acceptable,” and for Top Safety Pick+, at least “Good.”

The IIHS noted that the new award criteria will be based on the calendar year, not the year of manufacture of the car model. That is, even when the 2025 models start arriving in car dealerships at the end of this year, they will be evaluated according to the rules of 2024.

Also Read: Safest Electric SUVs with the Best Crash Test Ratings

Bonus: The Best EVs According to Owners’ Opinions Were Named

The Best EVs According to Owners' Opinions Were Named

A well-known analytical company in the automotive field, J.D. Power, has published the results of its latest study related to the experience of owning an electric car based on the owners’ feedback. According to the survey, the BMW i4 received the highest overall score in the premium category. At the same time, the Mini Cooper Electric hatchback received top results in the mass-market electric vehicle sector.

Other premium winners include Rivian’s R1T and R1S, as well as Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y versions. The Ford Mustang Mach-E and the new Hyundai Ioniq 6 also received a large number of points in the mass-market EV segment.

For the fourth year in a row, the study focuses on the first year of electric vehicle ownership and is evaluated on factors such as range accuracy, cost of ownership, driving comfort, quality and reliability, interior and exterior styling, as well as the accessibility of public charging. Interestingly, PHEV hybrid buyers are much less satisfied with their cars than electric car owners are with theirs, with most complaints boiling down to higher-than-expected operating costs.

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Last Word

In this February 2024 digest of automotive news by AutoBidMaster, we’ve highlighted the latest trends and changes shaping the automotive industry. As we move forward, stay tuned for more insightful updates to guide you through the ever-evolving world of vehicles.

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