General Election: Boris Johnson wins support of van owners who drop Corbyn for Brexit

Boris Johnson could surge to victory in tomorrow’s General Election after one in ten van drivers revealed they had switched their vote to back the Conservatives. Research from Vanarama has revealed 35 percent of all van owners will back Boris Johnson to lead the nation in Thursday’s vote.

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Just 29 percent of van drivers say they will vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party as Brexit supporting road users switch their allegiance.

A massive 75 percent of van owners revealed they want to see Britain leave the European Union at whatever cost as many switch parties to make sure of an EU exit.

Brexit was so impotent to van owners a massive 40 percent revealed they would prefer to leave the EU than see England win the Euro 2020 football championship.

Van drivers revealed they had dropped support for the Labour Party for several reasons with Brexit uncertainty and poor leadership mostly to blame.

Over half of van owners said they would not be voting for Labour due to poor leadership from Jeremy Corbyn as 46 percent revealed they did not agree with their confused Brexit stance.

The data revealed a massive 16 percent of van owners had an intention to vote for other parties such as the Greens or the Brexit Party.

Seven percent or 280,000 van owners said they were still undecided on who to vote for and could be vital in key marginals.

Sticking with the national geographic picture the research revealed van owners were more likely to vote for the Conservatives in Eastern and Southern regions.

Breaking down the numbers Labour would still control Northern regions despite many saying they would switch to back the Tories.

Speaking on the findings, founder and CEO of Vanarama, Andy Alderson said: The overarching message this time is clear, they want to get Brexit done and get on with doing what they do best – working hard and earning a living.”

Two in five van owners also revealed the price changes could be enough for them to switch their vote.

Labour proposals to impose a one-off £11billion tax on windfall profits against oil companies could see petrol prices rise.

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The increased costs could be passed onto the customer which would result in wild petrol price rises across the country.

Costs could rise by as much as 16p per litre which could see motorists charged an extra £90 per year to top up their vehicles.

The Conservatives have frozen fuel duty for the past nine years and have revealed no plans to increase it in their manifesto.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has previously attacked the party plans for motorists as he even claimed the Labour leader was out to hit people with massive tax rises.

He said: “It is now clear that Labour has secret plans to clobber hardworking people with a barrage of tax hikes on their family car, that would leave families with less money in their pockets.

“Labour’s extreme economic policies would be a disaster for drivers.”

Labour has plans to hit motorists hard if they form the next government with proposals to axe new sales of traditional petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

The group has committed more than £3.5billion to new electric car charging stations and has promised to make the nation less reliant on vehicles.

Labour’s plans have been criticised by thor own trade union supporters who have claimed their plans could threaten communities.

GMB leader Tim Roache said: “We believe it would mean within the next decade a series of measures such as the confiscation of petrol cars.

“It will put entire industries and the jobs they produced in peril.”

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2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe: The General Did Its Homework

When General Motors launched its latest full-size pickup trucks, we worried that the new Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the related SUVs that would be built off of the pickups’ new platform, would be saddled with similar issues — great mechanically, less so cosmetically. The redesigned trucks’ interior looked barely different than the ones they replaced.

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Fear not, truck fans, because it seems Chevrolet has saved the best for last. The new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are exceptional SUVs. Their styling just might be the best thing in the Chevy showroom, with interiors that demonstrate actual packaging innovation, more space than they’ve ever had and a new powertrain option that promises to be very interesting.

The new look is an obvious refinement of the redesigned 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup, with the indented headlights and split-level grille that creates a face slightly less aggressive than the look of the truck. It flows into more sculpted body sides, with a character line that extends the full length of the truck and culminates in a new rear end that looks clean and modern. The pair look just as massive as ever, with the new Tahoe actually looking almost as big as the old Suburban thanks to its extra length and notably longer wheelbase. The new Suburban isn’t that much longer overall, but its wheelbase is also longer than the old one, creating better proportions for its styling. Both trucks employ some styling tricks to make them look less slab-sided than they used to — notice the black plastic panel that abuts the back doors and makes the glass area look bigger than it is. Overall, I think the looks are a definite success, more so than the Silverado pickup on which they’re based.

Inside, it’s another surprising success. The interior is specific to the SUVs and not shared with the pickup at all; the panels, dashboard and center console are different. It feels and looks considerably better than the pickups, and looks more modern and sophisticated than rival Ford’s Expedition (at least on the RST trim and above; Chevy had no basic LS or LT trims for us to evaluate). The debate over whether a console shifter is better than a column shifter is over because Chevy has moved to push-button shifters for the Tahoe and Suburban. It’s mounted high on the dash, however, so there won’t be any hunting for buttons down low. This might improve how well it works; we’ll have to see how it goes when we get some time behind the wheel. We generally don’t like push-button shifters (see: Honda and Acura) but don’t mind them in some (see: Kia and Lincoln).

They’re certainly now comfortable SUVs in any seat in the house. The switch to independent rear suspension has allowed for a lower load floor and mounting point for the third-row seats, making the third row perfectly comfortable for full-sized adults. The adjustable sliding second row helps in this regard, giving passengers the ability to negotiate amongst themselves for more or less room, or to equalize things all around. The added length in both models definitely helps, however, allowing you to put people in both the second and third row in decent comfort, or to adjust the second row back considerably to provide nearly limousine-like levels of legroom. Headroom is good in both the second and third row, as well, even on models equipped with the panoramic moonroof.

But the goodness of the new Tahoe and Suburban isn’t just in the newfound space or materials, it’s in how the interior packaging has been arranged. The second-row seats don’t just fold up and down; when they’re returned to their upright position, the mechanism also elevates them a bit, allowing for better foot room for the third-row passengers. The second and third rows can also be lowered flat from the cargo area (presumably using an optional powered system), creating a much more usable flat load floor than before.

We can’t yet say how either of the new SUVs drive, but we can actually say how the Tahoe rides from the passenger seat after a brief demonstration at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds — and the word of the day is smooth, at least when comparing a Tahoe High Country with the air springs and Magnetic Ride Control dampers to a Ford Expedition featuring that brand’s Computer Controlled Damping (CCD) active suspension system. The Tahoe proved to be quieter, smoother and better controlled over a number of surfaces both at reasonable cruising speeds and at a more brisk, accelerated pace. If the recent pickups are anything to go by, Chevy’s attention to vehicle dynamics is likely to pay off as handsomely for the Tahoe and Suburban as it has for the Silverado.

The entire package is certainly more appealing, start to finish, and should provide a formidable answer to Ford’s redesigned, aluminum-bodied Expedition that debuted two years ago. Chevy may be late with its response, but its reply speaks volumes about the importance the brand places on this segment.

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Why Yes, That is a Lamborghini Leading Your Plane to Its Gate

If you should happen to be flying into Bologna’s Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi, you may look down and see something unexpected on your way to the gate. Among the weird and wonderful airport vehicles, there may be a Lamborghini Huracan helping your plane taxi to its gate.

It’s the sixth such Lamborghini, and like its predecessors, the Hruacan RWD will be called the Follow-Me Huracan.

Its livery was designed Lambo’s Centro Stile to fit in with the other airport vehicles. Well, to fit in as much as a Lamborghini ever can. That explains the orange paint and the checkerboards, along with the Italian flag down the middle.

And, if you’re at all worried about losing such a short car under a jet’s nose cone, the Follow-Me Huracan also features an orange lightbar and some “Follow me” stickers to make sure no one mistakes this Huracan’s purpose.

The tradition started in 2013 with an Aventador LP700-4 to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary.

Why they decided to continue is less clear, but Huracans appear to have been the preferred car ever since.

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Nyck de Vries: No hard feelings over F1 snub

Acknowledging that just doing the job is not always “enough” to make it into F1, Formula 2 champ Nyck de Vries says he is not bitter about missing out on a 2020 race seat.

Despite winning the Formula 2 title with races to spare, De Vries was passed over by the Formula 1 teams for a drive.

Instead the Dutch racer turned to Formula E, securing a race seat with the new Mercedes EQ team.

But while De Vries missed out on F1, Formula 2 runner-up Nicholas Latifi has been signed by the Williams team.

De Vries insists he is not bitter about it.

He told Racer: “I had a personal target.

“I wanted to win this season to make a point to show the world that we as a team had the capability to win this, but at the same time I know this world is not so straightforward.

“Things change quickly.

“There’s a lot of things that play a role in actually making it to Formula 1 and not just delivering the job is enough.

“I accept that, I’m aware of that.

“I’m a realistic person and I’ve no hard feelings towards that.”

As for Latifi’s promotion, De Vries said: “I’m very happy for Nicholas Latifi who will get the opportunity, he did a good season too, he finished second, he did a good job, and I think he deserves his chance.

“I got an opportunity in Formula E with Mercedes-Benz EQ and I’m super happy and grateful with it, and I’ll do everything I can to make it a successful story together.”

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2021 Silverado and Tahoe debut, Hyundai Veloster N nominated, Ford Escape Hybrid 41 mpg: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban gain size, screens 

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs get larger and roomier, while using the same powertrain as the Chevy Silverado pickup truck.   

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The 2020 Escape Hybrid now tops the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid as the small SUV with the best mileage. 

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A new generation of Mercedes-Benz’s city chic compact crossover SUV has been revealed.

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Fastest charging for Porsche Taycan will be exclusive to CCS standard

The Taycan will only charge at its highest 800V rate on CCS hardware, according to Porsche, which for now limits the electric car in Japan or China.

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Tesla Doesn't Advertise, Yet Cybertruck Marketing Is Still Massive

Tesla’s marketing scheme is beyond impressive, and the Cybertruck reigns as proof.

Popular Tesla owner, EV advocate, and YouTube influencer Ben Sullins (Teslanomics) dives into Tesla’s superb marketing strategy surrounding the Cybertruck, and more specifically, how that inadvertent strategy works and how it compares to that of legacy OEMs, as well as the industry as it currently stands.

Today, while most companies would frown upon individuals “parading around” acting as spokespeople for their products, Tesla and CEO Elon Musk are on the opposite playing field. In fact, primarily due to the advent of social media — where the company and its CEO do all of their “advertising” — Tesla enjoys the lion share of its marketing “free of charge” from owners, fans, and the media.

Some may argue that Tesla’s “we don’t advertise” mantra is simply not true. However, the electric automaker doesn’t advertise in the traditional sense in terms of the most elementary definition. It doesn’t set aside a budget to dish out the big bucks for TV and radio spots, etc.

We often wonder how much impact traditional advertising might have on Tesla’s success, but that’s a different story for another day. We also wonder if a company like Ford could get away with just ceasing advertising of its F-150, since the vehicle is bound to sell well regardless, right? Could it just nix the ads and push that extra money toward future development?

If you haven’t seen enough of the Tesla Cybertruck in all of its glory or, as some may argue, “hilarity,” we’ve got a multitude of images for you below.

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Tesla’s Cybertruck Marketing Pays BIG!

Analyzing how Tesla’s Cybertruck marketing strategy paid BIG this year!

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Tesla Cybertruck Screen Shows Range Of 620 Miles

Tesla says it will go over 500 miles, but 620 is truly shocking.

Will the Tesla Cybertruck have a maximum range of 620 miles? This image from the Cybertruck’s own display seems to suggest this figure is possible.

The image of 620 miles on the screen comes our way via MotorTrend, according to this follow-up tweet:

Officially, Tesla lists the range for the various versions of the Cybertruck as follows:

  • Single Motor RWD: 250+ miles 
  • Dual Motor AWD: 300+ miles 
  • Tri-Motor AWD: 500+ miles 

These figures are just EPA estimates right now as no range testing has officially been conducted on the Cybertruck since it only exists in prototype form right now.

Tesla has been known to often under-promise and over-deliver when it comes to range, but 620 miles is certainly not what we’d expect to see when Tesla says 500+.

Coincidentally, the 620-mile number is precisely what Tesla is targeting to beat for its upcoming Roadster. Per Musk:

While we’d suggest the Roadster doesn’t need so much range, a figure of 620 for the Tri-Motor version of the truck would be a game-changing as it would allow for the truck to tow, haul, etc with little concern over the amount of range loss it such strenuous situations.

What do you think of this 620-mile sighting? Do you think Tesla will be able to deliver on that figure in Cybertruck production form?

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Pilet lands Rolex 24 drive with Pfaff GTD squad

Patrick Pilet has secured a drive for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with the Pfaff Porsche team.

Pilet was named as Pfaff’s fourth driver for next month’s Florida endurance classic in the #9 Porsche 911 GT3 R alongside Zach Robichon, Dennis Olsen and Lars Kern, who will bid for GT Daytona class honours together.

It follows last weekend’s news that Pilet has been axed from the factory Porsche IMSA team in favour of Frederic Makowiecki for the 2020 campaign.

The 38-year-old, who had been Nick Tandy’s partner in the #911 car since 2015, will however be part of Porsche’s Intercontinental GT Challenge programme in 2020.

Olsen, this year’s IGTC drivers’ champion, was not listed among Porsche’s 18 official factory drivers when the list was revealed on Saturday night.

The Norwegian however will contest the full IMSA season with Pfaff alongside Robichon, having made two outings for the team this year at Daytona and Lime Rock Park.

Kern meanwhile reprises his role as the ‘third driver’ for the Canadian outfit for the four Michelin Endurance Cup races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

French oil company Motul has joined Pfaff as a primary sponsor for the #9 Porsche, which otherwise retains its distinctive plaid livery.

#9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R: Patrick Pilet, Zacharie Robichon, Dennis Olsen, Lars Kern ‏

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Nissan To Hike Prices Across Range By Up To 5 Per Cent From January 2020

Nissan India has announced that the company will be increasing prices across the Nissan and Datsun model range with effect from January 2020. The automaker has said that the prices will increase by up to five per cent across the models. The Japanese manufacturer has attributed the price hike due to increased costs. The price hike will vary between ₹ 10,000-50,000 across the Nissan and Datsun line-up, depending on the model. Meanwhile, buyers looking for a Nissan offering can lookout for a number of discounts and benefits that the carmaker has announced under Red Weekends sale.

Speaking on the hike, Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India, said, “Nissan is committed to offer innovative and exciting products under the Nissan and Datsun brand with the best value proposition to its customers in India. In the current challenging market conditions, we are constrained to increase the price of all Nissan and Datsun models due to increased costs. The proposed price increase will be effective from January 2020.”

Under Nissan’s Red Weekends, the company is offering a cash discount of ₹ 40,000 on the Nissan Kicks SUV, along with an exchange bonus up to ₹ 40,000 and corporate discounts up to ₹ 10,000. Those looking to upgrade from a two-wheeler to a Datsun redi-GO can also find attractive offers including benefits up to ₹ 65,000 without exchanging the two-wheeler. The recently launched Datsun GO CVT is being offered with an exchange bonus under Red Weekends. Lastly, customers also stand a chance to win gift vouchers amounting to ₹ 1 crore across Nissan and Datsun offerings.

The Datsun range starts at ₹ 2.79 lakh for the entry-level redi-GO, while the Nissan line-up starts with the Micra Active priced from ₹ 5.29 lakh. The company’s recently launched Nissan Kicks is priced from ₹ 9.55 lakh and the Datsun CVT is priced from ₹ 5.94 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

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Kia Seltos Flies Off The Dealer Lot, Literally

The Seltos is a huge hit in India, but that’s not the reason why this one flew off the showroom floor.

Kia took its sweet time entering the Indian market, but as the saying goes, better late than never. Despite only having a single model on sale in the world’s second most populous country, Kia is already the fourth largest automaker in the country as far as sales volumes. In just a matter of months, the Seltos has blossomed to become the most popular SUV in India, with more than 40,000 units sold and more than 80,000 orders registered.

You could say the crossovers are flying off the dealer lots, but this statement unfortunately has a literal meaning for the Navi Mumbai dealership in Panvel. In a rather peculiar accident documented by Rush Lane, a Seltos display car located on the building’s first floor smashed through the window and ended up hitting another Seltos that was about to be delivered to its rightful owner.

Local reports are suggesting a Kia dealer employee wanted to park the silver Seltos in its display spot, but instead of switching into reverse, he accidently put the crossover in gear and drove it through the window. It landed nose down, causing some serious damages that will surely cost a pretty penny, but what matters the most is that no injuries have been reported following the odd incident.

In a rather unfortunate coincidence, a similar accident took place earlier this year in India at a dealership belong to Kia’s sister brand Hyundai. A prospective Elite i20 customer hopped behind the wheel of the supermini while the car was still inside the building and drove it off through the window before colliding with another vehicle located in the adjacent parking lot.

Moral of the story? The next time you’re near the building of a car dealership, watch out for vehicles on the loose.

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