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Barbie Extra Car is an over-the-top LA Auto Show debut for kids

This sparkly roadster should provide an extra thrill for little ones attending this week’s LA Auto Show.


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Auto shows might just be the best way to get a sense of what you might want to park in your driveway next, but they’re also excellent family outings, in part because there are always things to catch a child’s eye and capture their imagination. At this week’s LA Auto Show, there’s a good chance one of those things will be the Barbie Extra Car, a full-size two-seat convertible designed to promote Mattel’s range of fashion dolls and accessories.

While the Extra Car’s over-the-top exterior won’t give you many hints as to this roadster’s underlying chassis, the dashboard and seats in the cabin just might. This is a Fiat 500e — Barbie’s keeping it eco-friendly, fam. That means the underlying all-electric powertrain is good for 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet

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Rivian’s Former Tesla Employees Lead Debut of 3 New Electric Vehicles

Rivian Automotive Inc. will soon set off on an aggressive sprint to upend the electric-vehicle business, with plans to start selling three models — a pickup truck, SUV and delivery van — in a matter of months. For this ambitious effort, it has harnessed powerful weapons: Former Tesla Inc. engineers who launched the company’s Model 3 sedan. 

Charly Mwangi, Rivian’s manufacturing chief, and Nick Kalayjian, head of engineering, played key roles in bringing Tesla’s lowest-priced car to market in 2018. Each briefly worked at other startups before being lured to Rivian by the unique thrill of launching new vehicles, including the R1T, a truck geared to outdoor enthusiasts, that will go on sale in June.

They are not alone. Bloomberg has identified more than 50 high-level roles at Rivian occupied by former Tesla employees, from director to executive vice president. Including senior managers, that number rises to more than 100.

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VW teases larger ID.6 electric SUV ahead of auto show debut

VW has yet another round of electric vehicles in the pipeline, and it’s not waiting until the official launch to offer a hint of what to expect. Autoblog says the car maker has teased the ID.6 electric SUV ahead of its debut at the Shanghai auto show beginning April 21. The seven-seat EV will be larger than the ID.4 and will be available in two variants, the ID.6 X and ID.6 Crozz. However, the imagery shows that it won’t be as fanciful as the Roomzz concept from 2019 — VW has dropped the sliding doors in favor of more conventional entryways.

While VW hasn’t officially shared specs, Chinese regulatory leaks have suggested you’ll get the same power as the ID.4. You’ll get 201HP from a rear motor in standard ID.6 trim, and around 302HP for a dual-motor, all wheel driver model.

The company has made clear that the ID.6 X

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Chevrolet Teases 2019 Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD, Slated for March Debut

Chevrolet will reveal its all-new Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD medium-duty trucks this March, using the Work Truck Show 2018 to commemorate the unveiling.
The show—North America’s largest gathering of fleet operators, trucks, and truck equipment—gives Chevy a captive audience of potential customers for its Class 4 and Class 5 conventional trucks. The all-new medium-duty Silverado will be available in regular or crew cab models, with or without four-wheel drive. That variability, as well as a wide range of gross weight ratings and wheelbases, should make the trucks popular with a variety of customers.
Styling-wise, the shadowy image Chevy released makes us think the new Silverado will retain the headlamps and design features of the current 2018 Silverado HD. Expect a much larger front clip sitting in front of a current-generation passenger cabin. Chassis and suspension engineering will be much stouter than any Silverado currently on the market, befitting the new
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