At Caliber, we do our best to stay up to speed on all things automotive. However lately, it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the daily – if not hourly – advancements in the world we know and love. This week, there have been almost too many top stories to count, but we’ll do our best to cover our favorites. So, hop in as we cruise through some of this week’s most noteworthy automotive news.
PUMPING THE BRAKES ON AUTONOMOUS TECH
Year after year, the whispers of autonomous driving get louder and louder. However, due to recent crashes and other incidents, consumers are a little rattled at the idea of self-driving cars. A new survey by Cox Automotive revealed that nearly 50 percent of the 1,250 surveyed said they would never buy a fully autonomous vehicle, which is up from the 30 percent two years ago. It appears that, as consumers start to get a better handle on autonomous tech, the more they want the option to handle the car themselves.
NISSAN PULLS OUT THE RARE GUNS FOR LAGUNA SECA
Every year, people flood to the Laguna Seca raceway to see a variety of vehicles start their engines on the main stage. This year, Nissan aims to steal the show by showing off some of their most rare cars in the week’s vintage races. Those lucky enough to attend will get front row seats to see Nissan classics, like the BRE Datsun 510 Trans-Am, the GTP ZX-Turbo, and the recently crafted Nissan GT-R50 – just to name a few. For this Japanese automaker, it promises to be a weekend of firsts at one of America’s longstanding automotive spectacles.
FORD RANGER RAPTOR HAS FINALLY BEEN REVEALED
We’ve been waiting, and our prayers have been answered: The Raptor is back from extinction. This all-new, twin-turbocharged rebel really brings the Ranger up a notch – or ten. Complete with 10-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, and six driving modes (including Baja), the Raptor is back and more of a beast than ever before. Currently, its production is only slated for global markets, but reports show the Raptor will be shredding through the streets – and trees – soon enough.
LIMITED EDITION JAMES BOND ASTON MARTINS
The moment for which Bond fans have been waiting decades has finally arrived: a fully functioning, gadget-wielding Aston Martin DB5. Aston Martin announced that they’ll be doing a limited run of the DB5s built to spec like those in the movies, and complete with the full collection of lethal gadgets 007 used to thwart Goldfinger. Ironic, considering gold is probably what you’ll need to afford the $3.5 million price tag. Nonetheless, soon, the only name on people’s lips will be.. Martin. Aston Martin.
As you can see, this has not been a particularly slow week for our world, and that’s just the way we like it. We love seeing things evolve, change, and continuously blow us all way. We look forward to getting even more up to speed, as we get people back to the rhythm of their lives.