As the nation’s leading collision repair company, it’s our job to stay up-to-speed on all things automotive. But, even for us, sometimes it can be hard to keep up. This past week has definitely proven one thing about the auto industry: it’s geared up and going places. So, after you’re done prepping for winter precipitation, join us as we cover some of this week’s best – and bizarre – stories in the automotive industry.
The Lamborghini Urus has been a long time coming, and it looks it’s going to be well worth the wait. The 641-hp powerhouse is packing a top speed of 190 mph, which Lambo says makes it the world’s fastest production SUV, narrowly edging out the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Urus is not Lamborghini’s first SUV, but it will be the first one to go into mass production. So, don’t be surprised if you see a few of these ripping and roaring down your local road this spring.
TESLA: IN SPACE
In this galaxy far, far away… you might just find a Tesla Roadster floating around. That’s right, in a somewhat shocking announcement, Elon Musk says he plans to send one of his creations into space to be parked at his future home on Mars. In typical Musk fashion, he soon retracted the statement, but multiple sources have confirmed that there is indeed a payload plan to put the Roadster aboard the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s most powerful rocket yet. The only thing in question is: will Musk actually do it? We’ll just have to wait and see.
With autonomous cars on the horizon, every manufacturer is looking for new ways to tune up the tech of their next town car. And with the ever-growing popularity of this soon-to-be trend, we’re simply counting down the days until we’re stuck in traffic watching ads for tollways. But has GM already gone too far? The new in-car app, Marketplace, allows drivers to shop and place orders while on the go. According to the National Safety Council President, Deborah Hersman, the answer is, “Yes, this is too far.” She has already spoken out against the app, saying, “There’s nothing about this that’s safe.” We’re no experts, but it looks like GM might want to pump the brakes for going to market with Marketplace.
The Detroit Auto Show is right around the corner, and it looks like Lexus is ready to reveal their new flagship – the LF-1. Based on a teaser image, it appears that the new LF-1 will be a crossover concept, marrying the world of sports car and SUV. In addition to the LF-1, North America GM of Lexus, Jeff Bracken, said they plan to roll out an entirely new line of vehicles that push the envelope of what people expect from Lexus.
What a week it’s been for auto enthusiasts, and we didn’t even cover the half of it. We’re always so happy to see our world evolve and change, and with the holidays coming up, every new announcement feels like Christmas day. Whatever the future holds for our vehicles, you can trust that Caliber will always be right there to restore you to the rhythm of your life.