Ford spokesman Mike Levine did not respond to a request for comment, but tweeted out a GIF of a laughing Ryan Gosling.
Analysts following the reveal were skeptical the vehicle could make a dent in the lucrative pickup segment, especially with Ford and General Motors both working on their own electric pickups.
GM CEO Mary Barra said the automaker's first electric pickup truck model will go on sale in the fall of 2021. "It will be a very capable truck, I'm pretty excited about it," Barra said at an investor conference in New York on Thursday.
Ford aims to sell an electric F-series in late 2021, Reuters reported.
Electric pickups and SUVs could help Ford and GM generate the significant EV sales they will need to meet tougher emission standards and EV mandates in California and other states. The Trump administration is moving to roll back those standards, but electric trucks are a hedge if California prevails
Demand for full-size electric pickups in the near term may not be huge. Industry tracking firm IHS Markit estimates the electric truck segment - both full- and midsize models - will account for about 75,000 sales in 2026, compared with an expected 3 million light trucks overall. The Tesla pickup is not part of that estimate.
Tesla's pickup "will be a niche product at best and poses no threat in the pickup market as we know it today," Matt DeLorenzo, senior executive editor at Kelley Blue Book, said in a statement. "The other downside is that this truck will have no federal tax credits by the time it comes out.”
Tesla's Model 3 sedan is the world's top-selling battery electric car. The California-based automaker has so far sold mostly Model S and Model 3 sedans, but also offers the Model X SUV and starting next year the Model Y compact SUV.
Reactions on Twitter ranged from love to hate of Tesla's sharply angled vehicle.
"I just watched tesla release the #cybertruck and honestly? My life feels complete," wrote @aidan_tenud, while @nateallensnyde wrote "Its nice to see Elon Musk make a cardboard box car he drew in kindergarten."
Musk earlier tweeted that the design was partly influenced by the Lotus Esprit sports-car that doubled as a submarine in the 1970s James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" as well as by the movie Blade Runner.
Reuters contributed to this report
The 2021 Aston Martin DBX made its debut at the Los Angeles auto show with a Mercedes-Benz-sourced V8 engine under the hood. While that's the only engine that will be available at launch, the British company's chief executive confirmed there are several other options on the table.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Road & Track the twin-turbocharged, 5.2-liter V12 found in models such as the DB11 AMR and the DBS Superleggera fits in the DBX's engine bay. On its own, that's not a guarantee that a V12-powered model will arrive; just because there's space to install a 12-cylinder engine doesn't mean it makes sense to drop it in. Palmer didn't confirm or deny that the DBX will gain four additional cylinders, but he stressed that Aston hasn't mined the DBX's full potential yet.
"We'll probably do other engine derivatives, we'll do other spec derivatives. As you do with any lifecycle management," he explained without going into more details about what's next.
The twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 delivers 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque when bolted between the DBX's fenders, which means there's already room for improvement. The same engine makes 603 horses in the GLS 63 and GLE 63 S that Mercedes-AMG unveiled in Los Angeles, and its output checks in at 630 horsepower when it's under the GT 63 S's long hood.
Swapping the V8 for a V12 would also bring the DBX's output above 600 horsepower — the DBS Superleggera's 5.2-liter packs a 715-horse punch — but it would put a Lagonda-sized dent in the vehicle's fuel economy. Aston Martin, like its peers, is under intense scrutiny in the emissions department. Time will tell which direction Palmer's team takes the model, but it's safe to bet we'll see a sportier variant.
"We're committed to doing an AMR in every one of our range, so that would be an obvious candidate," Palmer told Road & Track. When it arrives, there's a good chance it will face serious competition from the long-rumored Urus Performante that Lamborghini is allegedly working on.
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- Many automakers, both startups and well-established players, have announced plans to build all-electric pickup trucks.
- We rounded up all the electric trucks on the horizon from Tesla's new Cybertruck to Ford's upcoming electric F-150.
Tesla is not the only car company preparing to build an all-electric pickup truck, although its new Cybertruck certainly is getting its fair share of attention. When—and if—it hits the marketplace, the Cybertruck will likely have to face some competitors, as numerous other automakers have announced plans to build and sell electric trucks in the near future. Here, we've rounded up the growing field of EVs with cargo beds, both from well-established car companies and new startup players.
GM Electric Pickup Truck
While General Motors hasn't yet made a formal announcement about an electric truck, numerous executives have hinted that it's happening in the near future. The company has reportedly made a $3 billion investment in the electric truck program, which will use a new platform called B1T. These trucks will be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which will be retooled as part of the investment. There's even a rumor that GM may revive the Hummer brand to apply to these new electric trucks. –Joey Capparella
Electric Ford F-150
Ford builds the best-selling pickup truck in the country, so its decision to create an all-electric version is a big deal. The electric F-150 is expected to appear when the next-generation truck makes its debut, likely sometime in 2021. Ford has already boasted about its capability, executing a stunt where an electric F-150 prototype towed a massive freight train filled with 42 F-150 pickups that weighed one million pounds. Ford hasn't shared any specs or details about the electric truck yet, however. –Joey Capparella
Tesla wants people to forget everything they know about pickup trucks. With a weird wedgelike shape and DeLorean-esque stainless-steel shell, the Cybertruck certainly eradicates the segment's long-held conventions. Oh, and it's dentproof, scratchproof, and allegedly bulletproof. But if Tesla's ambitious claims that it can tow up to 14,000 pounds and drive more than 500 miles on a single charge are true, the Cybertruck will be more capable than even the current Ford F-150 and will have a longer range than any EV on the market. The all-electric pickup also boasts some impressive performance claims, with an estimated zero-to-60-mph time that's under three seconds and an adjustable air suspension that can provide up to 16 inches of ground clearance. If it sounds like Tesla intended the Cybertruck to be more capable off-road than a Jeep, quicker than a Porsche, and stronger than all of the best-selling half-ton trucks, well, that's probably not too farfetched. However, when and whether or not the production version will actually yield these bold proclamations is much more dubious. –Eric Stafford
American startup company Rivian is planning to throw its electric truck, the 2021 Rivian R1T, into the ring as early as 2020. This truck is sized between a mid-size pickup and a full-size. The R1T has multiple levels of power and battery capacity to choose from, but a few things are standard in all trucks: all-wheel drive, the ability to tow up to 11,000 pounds, an adjustable air suspension, and Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities. Rivian says the 105.0-kWh, 135.0-kWh, and 180.0-kWh battery packs are estimated to have a range of 230, 300, and 400 miles, respectively. Rivian claims that models equipped with the 180.0-kWh pack can hit 60 mph in a supercar-like 3.0 seconds. The interior of the truck features lots of wood and leather, with large display screens for both the gauge cluster and infotainment screen. In addition to being able to tow a lot, the R1T can carry a lot, thanks to a large frunk and bed and a spacious cabin that fits five adults comfortably. –Mihir Maddireddy
Electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors first made headlines earlier this month when it bought the shuttered Lordstown plant from General Motors. And yesterday, hours before Tesla revealed its Cybertruck, Lordstown announced that it is now accepting $1000 deposits to reserve its electric pickup truck, the 2021 Lordstown Endurance. The truck is initially intended for fleet use, but the company is accepting deposits for private use as well. Lordstown didn't reveal many details on the truck besides that it will have a four-wheel-drive "hub motor" system. Workhorse, which has 10 percent ownership in Lordstown Motors, will transfer 6000 pre-existing orders for its electric-powered pickup, the W-15, to Lordstown. Production of the Endurance is expected to start in late 2020 with deliveries starting around the same time. –Colin Beresford
The Bollinger B2 is the wildest and most expensive of the upcoming electric trucks: priced at $125,000, with geared axle hubs, hydropneumatic suspension, and the ability to carry 16-foot lumber with the tailgate closed. Actually, make that tailgates, plural. There's one on the front, too, which we guess would make it a frontgate. Grill-gate? We'll figure this out.
Thanks to that exotic suspension and drivetrain—which is like a cross between a Hummer H1 and a Citroen DS—the B2 has a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds, thus making it a Class 3 medium truck in the eyes of the Federal Highway Administration. That's why it gets away with no airbags. With locking diffs, disconnecting sway bars front and rear, and up to 20 inches of ground clearance, the B2 should be a monster off-road. And despite looking like a Cubist take on a Jeep Gladiator, the on-road stats are impressive, too: 614 horsepower, 668 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.5-second 0-60 time. Range is estimated at 200 miles, which isn't a lot for a vehicle with a 120.0-kWh battery, but obviously range is pretty far down on the B1's list of priorities. Bollinger is taking deposits now, with production slated to start in the second half of 2020. –Ezra Dyer
LOS ANGELES — Book by Cadillac, a subscription service that General Motors put on hiatus in late 2018, will return early next year with a new direction, said Deborah Wahl, GM's chief marketing officer.
Speaking Tuesday at the J.D. Power/NADA AutoConference L.A. here, Wahl said the first dealers will begin piloting the revamped program in February. While she did not go into details, she promised greater "convenience, flexibility and value for potential subscribers."
Wahl, who in September was named GM's first global CMO in seven years, said the program would be better integrated with Cadillac's dealer network, and said that Dublin Cadillac in California would be among the first to test the new program.
"We do still see a lot of interest from consumers in finding different ownership models, but the right price, value, how we do that, how we bundle those services is what we're working on," Wahl told Automotive News in an interview earlier this year. She did not discuss pricing on Tuesday.
The first Book by Cadillac program, launched in 2017, allowed customers to pay a $1,800 monthly fee that covered insurance and maintenance costs. Subscribers could swap in and out of Cadillac vehicles with no long-term commitment.
Wahl said the learnings from that program were significant. Roughly 70 percent of users, she said, were conquest customers new to Cadillac.
"There's really no one-size-fits-all solution for personal transportation," she said.
Wahl's presentation Tuesday focused on how she is attempting to help GM stay ahead of consumer preferences. She cited another Cadillac initiative, Super Cruise, as a technology customers may not have asked for, but loved.
The hands-free driver-assist system was launched in 2017 on the CT6. The luxury brand plans to expand it to the CT5 starting in 2020 before ultimately adopting the technology throughout its lineup.
Wahl said 85 percent of Super Cruise users are either interested in trying it again or say they have to have the feature on their next vehicle. To date, customers have driven 4.3 million miles with the feature enabled, she said.
It's one piece of GM's ambitious quest to reach zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.
"Over time," Wahl said. "the status quo solves absolutely nothing."
Hannah Lutz contributed.
Elon Musk is again set to shake up the automotive industry when he unveils the Tesla pickup truck, but his other company, SpaceX, might currently be a bit shaken itself. During a scheduled pressure test, the Starship Mk1 prototype rocket exploded. SpaceX and Musk have both downplayed the visually shocking moment and say it is not a major setback.
SpaceX is developing the massive rocket ship to carry cargo and passengers beyond Earth orbit to destinations such as Mars — or even on suborbital trips between destinations on Earth. Musk envisions that the Starship and its Super Heavy first stage would be capable of lifting 100 tons of payload, and together they would be taller than NASA's Saturn V moon rocket.
"The purpose of today's test was to pressurize systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected, SpaceX said in a statement, according to CNN. "There were no injuries, nor is this a serious setback."
It might not be a major setback, but it certainly changes things. Musk took to Twitter to answer a question about the next steps.
Musk suggests that SpaceX might simply move on and jump to testing and perfecting the Mk3, which he says has a "quite different" flight design. How negatively this hurts the release timeline or the current design is unknown, but it is certainly a positive that the explosion happened during a test and no one was hurt.
- On the same day Tesla rolls out its own electric "Cybertruck," startup Lordstown Motors said it's now taking $1000 deposits on an all-electric pickup for late 2020 deliveries.
- Separately, General Motors CEO Mary Barra promised a GM electric pickup truck will be out in late 2021.
- The late-2021 date for the GM truck is in line with when Tesla's electric truck is expected on the market, according to a Reuters report, and the electric Ford F-150 is believed to be on a similar timetable.
Just a couple of weeks after Lordstown Motors acquired GM's Lordstown plant in Ohio, it has announced that it is accepting $1000 deposits as preorders for the 2021 Lordstown Endurance electric pickup truck. The EV starts at $52,500 and will reach the public late next year, the company said. It's entirely possible that would make it the first electric pickup truck on the market—but not the last, as General Motors, Tesla, and Ford are all preparing their own entries in the new market segment.
Lordstown said that the initial focus of the truck will be for fleets, but the company is also taking orders for private use. We know few details other than what can be seen from renderings, other than that the pickup will have a four-wheel-drive "hub motor" system that reduces the number of moving parts and thus, the company says, will make it more reliable and cheaper to maintain.
News of Lordstown's EV comes the same day that Tesla is set to reveal what it's calling its "Cybertruck."
Separately, GM CEO Mary Barra said today that General Motors will build its own electric pickup truck, which she said will become available in the fall of 2021. The only detail she offered was that "It will be a very capable truck." There has been speculation that GM would build an electric pickup, possibly on the same platform as an SUV that could be badged as a Hummer, at its Hamtramck plant near Detroit.
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court said General Motors is not liable for punitive damages over accidents that occurred after its 2009 bankruptcy and involved vehicles it produced earlier, including vehicles with faulty ignition switches.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said on Tuesday that the automaker did not agree to contractually assume liability for punitive damages as part of its federally-backed Chapter 11 reorganization.
GM filed for bankruptcy in June 2009, and its best assets were transferred to a new Detroit-based company with the same name. The other assets and many liabilities stayed with "Old GM," which is also known as Motors Liquidation Co.
Tuesday's 3-0 decision may help GM reduce its ultimate exposure in nationwide litigation over defective ignition switches in several Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn models.
It is also a defeat for drivers involved in post-bankruptcy accidents, including those who collided with older GM vehicles driven by others, as well as their law firms.
The ignition-switch defect could cause engine stalls and keep airbags from deploying, and has been linked to 124 deaths.
A lawyer for the drivers and their law firms did not immediately respond to requests for comment. GM had no comment.
Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs said GM's agreement to acquire assets "free and clear" of most liabilities excused it from punitive damages claims for Old GM's conduct.
He also noted that the judge who oversaw the bankruptcy concluded that the new company could not be liable for claims that the "deeply insolvent" Old GM would never have paid.
The decision upheld a May 2018 ruling by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan, who oversees the ignition-switch litigation.
Drivers have sought a variety of damages in that litigation, including for declining resale values.
GM has recalled more than 2.6 million vehicles since 2014 over ignition-switch problems.
It has also paid more than $2.6 billion in related penalties and settlements, including $900 million to settle a U.S. Department of Justice criminal case.
The case is In re: Motors Liquidation Co, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 18-1940.
Volkswagen is headed to the 2020 Baja 1000 with this absolute beast of a vehicle. It’s called the Atlas Cross Sport R, and it’s the coolest SUV coupe we’ve ever seen. The resemblance to the regular Atlas Cross Sport is noticeable right away, but beyond a general roofline, nothing here looks like a production 2020 Atlas Cross Sport.
Actual details are scant. The powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an unspecified transmission — VW says that the car is only in concept form now. Don’t let the small engine fool you, though. VW says it produces about 480 horsepower. The engine is actually a detuned version of the VW WRC 2.0-liter race engine that’s capable of running at 600 horsepower. For now, Volkswagen is dogging it for the sake of balance and reliability.
VW says it’s developing the Baja vehicle with both Tanner Foust and Rhys Millen, so we know it’s in good hands with those two. The team still has awhile to get everything in order, as next year’s Baja 1000 isn’t until November 2020. Foust is already slated to be one of the drivers for the race.
As of now, the livery is temporary, advertising the new Atlas Cross Sport. VW says it plans to invite designers from schools and colleges nationwide to help design the car’s final look next year. It won’t be hard to make this Baja truck look good, as the design is already fantastic. The photos are the real story here, so keep scrolling through and watch this VW fly through the air.
- The all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 will be priced starting at $22,945, only a few hundred dollars more than the Mazda 3 sedan, which starts at $22,420.
- The CX-30 will be equipped with the Mazda 3's 2.5-liter inline-four engine, which makes 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.
- The compact crossover is expected to go on sale in early 2020.
With Mazda's desirable crossover body style and the underpinnings of the Mazda 3, the all-new CX-30 was only missing an attractive price, and now it has one. Even though it was not named CX-4, it fits neatly between the CX-3 and CX-5 in Mazda's lineup. Starting at $22,945, the all-new 2020 CX-30 is just over $500 more expensive than the Mazda 3.
The CX-30's four trim levels all come equipped with the Mazda 3's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Unlike on the Mazda 3, a manual transmission is not available. Front-wheel drive is standard on the CX-30, but each trim level comes with available all-wheel drive for $1400. We expect Mazda's spark-controlled compression-ignition Skyactiv-X 2.0-liter inline-four to be optional after the CX-30 reaches the U.S. market early next year; it’s already available in the Mazda 3 in Europe.
The lineup closely mirrors the options available with the Mazda 3. The all-new vehicle comes with a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen and Mazda Connected Services, which allows owners to lock and unlock, remote start, and monitor their vehicle through the MyMazda app. The CX-30 also comes standard with Bluetooth, two USB inputs, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Standard driver-assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning, and automated emergency braking.
The Select trim level ($24,945 to start) adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and keyless entry. The Preferred model starts at $27,245 and adds 12-speaker Bose audio, a shark-fin antenna, heated front seats, a memory eight-way driver's seat with lumbar, a gloss-finish black grille, and three months of SiriusXM. The top trim level, the CX-30 Premium, has a head-up display, leather seats, a power liftgate and moonroof, paddle shifters, and LED head- and taillights. That model is priced starting at $29,245.
We expect the CX-30 to go on sale early in 2020.