Year: 2020

Kawasaki patent application describes a three-wheel vehicle that leans

Kawasaki is working on a unique open-air three-wheeler with a rolling body that can lean into turns, according to a patent application published by the European Patent Office and discovered by Motorcycle.com

Like the three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot — which just got an update including a more powerful engine — it seats two people in a side-by-side layout, but it has some key differences. Most notable is the ability to tilt inward into the turning direction, which the applicant says makes it “possible to realize a favorable driving feeling similar to that of a motorcycle or the like.” And that’s the whole point: to counteract the centrifugal forces that normally push the driver away from the cornering side.

As described in the patent, the vehicle includes two front wheels that turn and remain vertical, plus a stationary rear wheel, which

Morgan Plus Four Review | What’s new, BMW engines, performance

MALVERN, England – Replacing a car that’s been around for 70 years takes a bit of thinking. Morgan has done exactly that with its new Plus Four, which replaces the old Plus 4 (note the spelling). I was supposed to see this car at the Geneva Motor Show in March and then drive it at Morgan’s first proper press launch in Barcelona (paid for by the new Italian owners). Covid-19, however, made all that impossible, so I traipsed over to Pickersleigh Road in Malvern to drive this new four-cylinder Moggie.

Fans will already know that this tiny company, founded 110 years ago, has had a clear-out of all its steel chassied models. The last one, the Plus 4, is finished now apart from a few specials to celebrate its 70th anniversary later this year. That car, produced on and off

These are the cars most likely to have major powertrain problems

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These are the cars and trucks that are most likely to have serious problems with their engines or transmissions, which equals costly repairs.

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2009 Toyota TF109 Formula One car crossing the auction block

Collectors who find limited-edition hypercars with a multi-million-dollar price tag a little bit too stodgy will soon have a rare opportunity to add a real Formula One car to their fleet. Toyota donated the first example of the last car it built to compete in the series to a charity auction whose proceeds will go towards COVID-19 relief.

Wearing chassis number 01, this TF109 participated in a battery of tests leading up to the 2009 Formula One season. It was driven by several professional pilots, including Henkie Waldschmidt, Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock, but it never lined up on the starting grid of a race. Instead of stuffing it in a dimly-lit museum, Toyota passed the TF109 to Pirelli who used it as a high-speed test mule for tires. It was stripped of its red and white livery and put

2020 Volvo S60 T8 Luggage Test | Long-term utility update

Life has been good in our 2020 Volvo S60 T8 long-term tester as of late. We haven’t been getting out there on long road trips since, you know, the pandemic began. But, we have been able to spend longer stretches of time in the sedan (measured in days) and dream about those trips to come once it’s safe to do so again. With Scandinavian-themed vacations in mind, we decided it was time to see how utilitarian our S60 would be for a getaway.

The initial numbers tell us that the S60’s trunk is on the small side at 11.6 cubic-feet. Volvo quotes the same figure for our T8 PHEV as it does for the gas-only T5 and T6 — both of those lack a lithium-ion battery pack running along their respective spines. The competition consists of the 3 Series

Uber launches $50-per-hour booking option in some U.S. cities

Uber will offer rides by the hour in some U.S. cities, a feature aimed at helping Americans with essential trips during the coronavirus pandemic. The option, which is already available in a handful of cities in Australia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, will cost $50 per hour. Fares for regular Uber rides are generally based on the level of demand and the trip distance.

Uber said it decided to expand the hourly feature to the U.S. after riders requested an option for extended trips during the pandemic to avoid exposure to different drivers and vehicles when taking multiple trips in a confined time period. The company said it expected the option to be used for trips to grocery stores, pharmacies and doctors appointments, but would monitor use going forward.

Hourly bookings will be available in Atlanta, Chicago,