Deus Drops Vayanne Teaser, Beijing Auto Show May Be Postponed, And Virginia Outlaws Truck Trend: Your Morning Brief


Good morning and welcome to our daily digest of automotive news from around the globe, starting with…

2022 Beijing Auto Show Could Be Postponed Due To Covid-19 Outbreak In China

Covid looks like it’s about to rear its ugly head to potentially disrupt yet another motoring event. This time it’s the 2022 Beijing Auto Show that’s at risk, with China experiencing its worst wave of the virus since the pandemic began. We’ve reached out to the organizers for comment, but Auto News China has suggested the show may be pushed back until June.

DEUS Will Drop Its New Electric Hypercar Named Vayanne On April 13

The DEUS Vayanne will be unveiled ahead of the New York International Auto Show on April 13, 2022. It’s the first time we’ve heard confirmation of what the new Austrian EV supercar will be officially called, named after the city of Vienna. Although the company has not yet revealed precise details about the car, it has previously said that it will be working with Williams Advanced Engineering and Italdesign on this project.

Aurora And Toyota Start Testing Autonomous Sienna In Texas

If you’re in Texas, then be on the lookout for autonomous Toyota Siennas. As part of the Aurora Innovation fleet, the self-driving company has begun testing the minivans on both highways and suburban streets. The minivans will have two safety operators onboard during tests, while the cars can frequently carry out a variety of maneuvers in differing conditions.

Arizona Becomes First State To Allow Digital Driver’s Licenses On Apple Devices For Air Travel

Arizona has become the first state to allow air travel with driver’s licenses and state IDs that are added within an Apple Wallet. For now, the digital driver’s license or state ID is only accepted at select TSA airport security checkpoints at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Users can simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to bring up the ID, and then present it to the identity reader. But you’ll still have to carry your physical license for things such as traffic stops and bar entry.

Virginia Passes Law To Ban ‘Carolina Squat’ Trucks

With the modification being blamed for fatal accidents, the “Carolina Squat” is now outlawed in Virginia. The trend of having the truck “squat,” or have the rear sit dramatically lower than the front, has led to concerns with visibility. Virginia’s ruling comes after a similar law was passed in North Carolina last year.

What’s The Biggest Dealer Markup You’ve Paid?

Excessive dealership markups are becoming a legitimate concern across the U.S., with an estimated 82.2 percent of consumers paid over MSRP for their new vehicle. It’s even got the goat of manufacturers, many of whom aren’t happy with their cars being sold over MSRP. But with production throttled and supply looking to outstrip supply for some time to come, we want to ask you — what’s the most extensive dealer markup you’ve ever paid?

Fire Truck Crashes Into Nine Vehicles While Responding To Earlier Accident

In a bizarre accident, a fire truck managed to crash into nine vehicles on the I-15, in Spanish Fork, Utah. It’s hard to tell from the video, but the emergency vehicle, which was passing stationary traffic on the shoulder, clipped a car that could have been over the yellow line. The fire truck driver then lost control, side-swiping vehicles. No one was seriously hurt, but KSL reported the first two vehicles that were hit each had a woman and four children in them. All were apparently taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while three firefighters were also taken to the hospital as a precaution.

What Else Is Making The News

Conor McGregor Charged For Dangerous Driving

Conor Mcgregor is reported to have been charged for dangerous driving, having been arrested by Irish police on Tuesday. McGregor was allegedly behind the wheel of a Bentley Continental GT at the time, with the vehicle also seized.

Nico Hulkenberg Replaces Sebastien Vettel For Saudi Arabian GP

Nico Hulkenberg will replace Sebastien Vettel for a second weekend running, with the four-time world champion failing to return a negative covid test in time for the second round of the 2022 F1 championship. Hulkenberg similarly subbed for Vettel at last week’s season opener, finishing 17th for Aston Martin.

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