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Dartz’s Freze EV brand reveals first vehicle

Dartz, a specialist SUV manufacturer from Latvia, teamed up in 2020 with a yet-to-be-disclosed Chinese company to revive historic Russian brand Freze as a modern electric-vehicle company.

Last week the revived Freze unveiled its first model, a humble battery-electric hatchback called the Nikrob EV. It will be sold in a handful of European countries with a starting price of 9,999 euros (approximately $12,000), making it one of the most affordable EVs currently in production.

For this you get a two-door hatch with a big enough battery to cover about 120 miles on a charge. Dartz hasn’t provided technical details but there’s likely to be only a single electric motor powering the front axle.

The Freze hasn’t been developed from scratch, however. It’s actually based on the Hongguang Mini EV from Chinese automaker Wuling. The Wuling version has an electric motor up front good for 17.4 hp, and the choice of

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Polestar 2 Is the First Real Car from the Brand

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Polestar’s (Volvo’s electrified performance subsidiary founded in October, 2017) second car to be released is called the, wait for it, Polestar 2. But in many ways the name is misleading because this is the first real Polestar to the hit the market.” data-reactid=”24″It’s fitting enough that Polestar’s (Volvo’s electrified performance subsidiary founded in October, 2017) second car to be released is called the, wait for it, Polestar 2. But in many ways the name is misleading because this is the first real Polestar to the hit the market.

The Polestar 2 you see here with its twin-electric motors, one for each axle, fixed drive-down gear transmission, and 78kwh battery pack powertrain is the first full battery electric vehicle the Swedish brand is selling. Going forward, it will sell nothing but BEVs.

Polestar 1, is a halo car and

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Meet R&T, the New Lifestyle Automotive Brand from Road & Track

From Car and Driver

Meet R&T, the newest kid on the enthusiast block: a sophisticated, worldly, savvy new brand that builds on the 73-year legacy of Road & Track to create a premium keepsake that’s part lifestyle publication and part art book.

Every other month, R&T will hit your mailbox with a mix of striking visuals, immersive storytelling, and deep dives on new cars and future classics. (Check out Vol. 1’s look at the Renault Alpine, the McLaren Senna, and Porsche’s two new Turbo S’s.)

Every issue has a theme. Vol. 1 will cover Motorsports. There are profiles of McLaren Formula 1 boss Zak Brown and NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace. We reveal the story of how COVID-19 shut down the F1 season before the Australian Grand Prix, and we investigate illegal street racing in South Africa. We take a historical look at drag racing, and paint portraits of

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Nissan is most awarded mass market car brand for 2020

Despite a string of bad news for Nissan, from its CEO’s fall from grace, to crashing stock prices, to the halt in production brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a ray of light shines upon the beleaguered Japanese car brand after a study found it to be the most-awarded mass market brand in 2020.

The latest J.D. Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, released last week, revealed that Nissan managed four segment wins, the most of any mass market brand.

 

The all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra is Nissan’s best performing car in the study, scoring 42 points above its segment average (compact car). Meanwhile, the all-new Nissan Versa scored 41 points ahead of segment average (small car). Consequently, the latest Nissan Maxima was 30 points ahead of segment average (large car) marking the third APEAL segment win in a row for the Nissan

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