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This Is The Ineos Grenadier 'Defender Successor'

This Is The Ineos Grenadier 'Defender Successor' - News

The new Land Rover Defender has a much broader remit than the one that went out of production a few years ago. Sure, it can still handle the rough stuff, but the luxury and technology side of the equation has been cranked right up, as has the price – the range starts at £45,240.

But what if you don’t want all the new fripperies? What if you need a vehicle whose sole focus is all the utilitarian, roughty toughty stuff? The answer these days typically lies in a pick-up, but Ineos Automotive – the four-wheeled offshoot of a chemical company – is banking on a decent number of buyers wanting a ‘true successor’ to the Defender. So it made one.

This Is The Ineos Grenadier 'Defender Successor' - News

The Ineos Grenadier is the vehicle in question, revealed this week in official images for the first time. It looks incredibly similar to the old Defender, with a few Mercedes G-Class hints, which might be a side effect of Magna Steyr being involved.

Magna, the company responsible for producing the first and second-generation versions of the boxy G-Wagen, is Ineos’ engineering partner. On the engine front, BMW will be supplying inline-six petrol and diesel uniots mated to ZF automatic gearboxes.

This Is The Ineos Grenadier 'Defender Successor' - News

Those are the right kind of companies to partner with, but Ineos’ own team is a little lighter on automotive experience. The endeavour is fronted by Dirk Heilmann, an Ineos employee for 20 years who is taking on a car industry role for the first time. Speaking to Car Throttle sister publication Auto Express, Heilmann reckoned this was both a good and a bad thing.

“We’ve got a very talented bunch of automotive designers and engineers we’re working very closely with, which is massively beneficial and helpful, he said, adding, “But equally, I think, being from a different industry and thinking about things in a slightly different way, I think that’s also helped a lot as well.”

The Grenadier is named after the London pub in which the project was originally devised

Meanwhile, chief designer Toby Ecuyer was originally an architect and was designing superyachts not so long ago. “If you can design one thing, you can design another…So, if you can design a toaster well, I think you can design a car really well, too. I think it’s more to do with your designing principles than anything else,” he said.

Although Magna will do much of the development work, assembly will take place in Bridgend, Wales. Beyond that, we don’t know a whole lot, but the project still has some way to go, with first customer deliveries not expected to take place until 2022.

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This Tesla Model Y Has Already Paid For Itself In Just Three Months

Tesla doesn’t directly offer any cash on the hood, but you can certainly work to put some cash in the frunk.

Ryan Shaw has owned his Tesla Model Y for about three months or so. His crossover is the least expensive Model Y currently available – the $52,900 Long Range. Still, that’s a whole lot of money for a new car. Thankfully, Tesla will bring a cheaper Standard Range version to market at a later date.

As soon as we tell you that Shaw’s Model Y really did pay for itself, you’re probably skeptical. There’s no longer a $7,500 federal EV tax credit for Tesla vehicles, and he hasn’t had the car long enough to rent it out enough times to add up. However, Shaw can still stand behind the claim that the electric crossover is paying for itself.

Shaw explains five ways his Model Y has paid for itself. First of all, he took advantage of cash incentives. Shaw lives in California, so he got $2,000. In addition, he got $1,000 from his power company, Southern California Edison.

Since Shaw isn’t using the car every day at this point, he decided to rent it out on Turo. So far, he’s made almost $1,000 via Turo in about a month.

The third, and likely most profitable situation for Shaw related to his Model Y, is his YouTube channel. He has benefited financially from making videos about the car. Sure, it’s one of his jobs, and it’s not something everyone is able to do successfully. But still, without the Model Y, Shaw wouldn’t have that income. So, it’s fair to say the Y is paying for itself here, though it requires some hard work. Shaw actually made videos prior to the Y and saved money for the car’s down payment too.

Also related to his YouTube channel, Shaw has used affiliate links to generate additional income. Again, if he’s promoting products for the Model Y, and he makes money doing so, the car is paying for itself. Shaw explains:

“If you check out the description in my videos, I list off all the equipment I use to make my videos …

This is one of those things where you might say ‘how is this the Model Y paying for itself? It’s a camera lens on amazon,’ but the only reason that link was clicked, is because I made a video about the Model Y, which is a popular subject.”

Finally, the Tesla Referral Program has helped make the Model Y pay for itself. He has enough referrals to pay for his Supercharging for a long time. Moreover, he could end up with more incentives from the program.

Have you used any of the above methods to help pay for your car? If so, share them with us in the comments below.

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Car Reviews

This Video Says Tesla Cars Are Great Even If The Company Isn't

Did Andy Rogerson, from EVM, hit the nail on the head? Or is he wrong?

It’s been a while since we last published a video from the EVM channel. Andy Rogerson had just bought a Tesla Model 3, and we wrote about it on March 16. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to hit hard, and he did not make a review of his car then. That only happened recently, and the youtuber states it seems like a long-lasting marriage. He also says that the vehicle is excellent even if many cannot say the same about Tesla.

His comparison to marriage comes from those moments in which he looks at the car and says, “this is why I chose you,” along with those he wants to split ways with the machine. Considering what he says about Tesla, his metaphor would be perfect if he compared the company to a bad mother-in-law.

Rogerson says the car is great and that there is a reason for all these automotive channels on YouTube to seem to be made by apologists. According to him, anyone that gets to drive a Model 3 would fall in love with it for the product it is. Chris Harris already said that he loved the EV, but did not buy out of fear of having to be part of “the club.”

The bad points of his experience with the car come from the finishing and quality issues, such as the way the rear bumper does not integrate well with the body. What bothers Rogerson is that it is something so evident in his Model 3, like the aspects of your wife’s – or husband’s – personality that you are sure that are due to the way she/he was raised. In Tesla’s defense, the company promised to fix that.

He is also annoyed by the “non-premium” aspects of his car, such as the lack of knobs, the way the frunk lid closes, and the “fake leather” – as Rogerson names the synthetic leather Tesla calls vegan. Imagine a spouse that lacks more sophisticated manners in a situation that requires that.

Apart from the cost-cutting elements of his Model 3, he is positively impressed with his car’s performance and its running costs. The latter is the reason why he never bought a BMW 3 Series, the car he always wanted to have.

Finally, Rogerson mentions some people had bad experiences with Tesla but that they were not due to the car, but instead to Tesla. We get that many times whenever someone reports an issue, such as the paint problems the Model 3 has. All owners so far said they loved their EVs: what they can’t stand is their “mother.”

What do you think about that? Would the experience with these cars be better if the company was different? Is Rogerson wrong in the points he makes? Feel free to share your comments on his video below. Be sure to watch it fully.

Source: EVM 

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Racing

F1 fans can buy a spot on this year's chequered flags

Formula 1 is taking a rather unusual step to race money for its #WeRaceAsOne initiative by selling squares on this year’s chequered flags.

Earlier this week the sport announced a new #WeRaceAsOne campaign, aimed at tackling the biggest issues facing Formula 1 – Covid-19 and racism.

The campaign includes a rainbow logo which will appear on each F1 car to pay tribute to key workers and all those who have been severely affected by coronavirus.

Added to that F1 pledged that it will do more to tackle the issue of racism, which has made headlines in the motor racing world in recent weeks.

F1 chief Chase Carey said: “We will show our full support in fighting inequality throughout the weekend and accelerate our own efforts to make Formula 1 more diverse and inclusive.”

To help raise money for the initiative, Formula 1 is selling the squares on this year’s chequered flags.

‘In support of the #WeRaceAsOne initiative, launched earlier this week by Formula 1 with the goal of tackling the largest issues facing the sport, including inequality and the challenge posed by COVID-19, fans will be able to purchase one of 56 squares on the chequered flag at each race, with their name printed in their own individual square – while the other 24 squares will be allotted to the promoter of each race to pass on to their own fans and guests,’ read a statement on the official F1 website.

‘Once the race is over, fans will then receive their square mounted and framed, along with an image of the flag in action and a hologram to guarantee authenticity.’

Fans can purchase their spot on the Austrian Grand Prix flag by heading this way.

The 2020 Formula 1 season will kick off on July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix before staying at the Red Bull Ring for a double header.

To date only eight grands prix have been confirmed.

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