2017 Ford F-150 Raptor in Portland, pricing available


The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, for sale in Portland, is the most anticipated new truck of the coming year (sorry, Honda Ridgeline). We know it has at least 450 horsepower with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6. We know it comes in Supercab and Supercrew versions. We know it has a sweet Baja mode for desert running. And as of earlier this week you can order one from your local Ford dealer. That means we also know the price of the upcoming model.

Based on a pdf found on Ford’s fleet website (and thanks to Ryan for the reader tip), the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercab will retail for $49,520, and the Supercrew will start at $52,505. Both prices include destination. In terms of pricing hierarchy, that’s more than a King Ranch model, but less than Platinum trim.

2017 ford f-150 raptor base price pricing

The pricing document also shows optional equipment. It appears the Raptor will have two equipment packages. The first, 801A, is $3158. The luxury package, 802A, runs an additional $9,345. Based on the 2016 F-150, these two packages should include some combination of blind-spot warning, LED side mirror spotlights, power front seats, automatic high-beam assist, and a tailgate step.

There are other standalone options listed, like the $1,950 Technology Package. On the 2016 F-150 that brings in a 360-degree camera system, dynamic hitch assist, and lane-keeping assist. Other Ford vehicles use the Technology Package for different equipment, though, so the new Raptor’s tech package could be different than the one on the 2016 F-150. Rounding out the list of are standalone options: Pro trailer backup assist, $395; remote start, $195; auto-dimming and heated side mirrors, $365; LED cargo bed lights, $125; power-sliding rear glass, $450.

Stay tuned for more news as the 2017 Ford Raptor nears it’s on-sale date.

[Source: Autoblog]

Hyundai analyzes 12 trends that will shape the world of 2030


Hyundai announced this year the start of Project Ioniq, its attempt at figuring out what the world of 2030 will be like. Of course the project would also use that information to determine how that world will affect the transportation industry. And it happens to share its name with the company’s newest eco-friendly model.

The first part of Project Ioniq is under way with the Ioniq Lab. This lab will be run by Dr. Soon Jong Lee, a professor at Seoul National University. Lee is also in charge of the Korea Future Design and Research Institute, and ten researchers and ten consultant experts will assist him on the project.

Phase one has now yielded what Hyundai sees as 12 “megatrends” that will affect how the world changes and develops in 2030. This will in turn affect what people are looking for as far as transportation and mobility, and may inform what technologies and segments Hyundai invests in the future. The 12 megatrends are as follows:

  1. Hyper-connected Society
  2. Hyper-aging Society
  3. Eco-ism
  4. Multi-Layered Mash-up
  5. Context-awareness-based Individualization
  6. High Concept Society
  7. Decentralization of Power
  8. Anxiety and Chaos
  9. Sharing Society
  10. Co-evolution
  11. Mega-urbanization
  12. Neo-frontierism

The team has detailed descriptions of each megatrend, and they are interesting, but we’ll try to sum up all twelve of them for you here. If you want to check out all the details, be sure to check out the press release at this link.

Overall, we’re looking at a world where there are many more old people, and a large majority of the population will live in urban areas. Not everyone will live in urban areas, and some people may have new living opportunities because of advancements in aerospace and aquatic engineering. It will be a much more diverse world as well that we will be even more connected with, sharing information more and more. This will make understanding what people share and how they do so vital. Society will also start sharing everything much more, something akin to Uber and ZipCar today, but expanded.

Companies will be looking to combine technologies and collaborate more to be involved in a wider array of businesses. The environment as well as cyber crimes and terrorism will remain ever-present issues. We will also see the development of significantly more capable robots and artificial intelligence. This will see benefits in convenience and development of new technologies, some of which will allow our devices of all types to instantly respond and adapt to our physical and emotional conditions. All of this new technology could also lead to competition in certain labor sectors, but will also lower barriers-to-entry of many industries allowing people to use more artistic and creative skills to become competitive in these industries. These skills will become increasingly valuable, too.

None of this is too groundbreaking, but if these predictions all come to fruition, we’ll be looking at an interesting future. Taking a look far into the future to help ensure the company isn’t left behind is a wise move, as long as the predictions prove somewhat accurate. We just hope there will still be room in this future for enthusiast machines. Who knows how wild a 2030 Veloster could look?

[Source: Autoblog]

Hyundai’s all-new 2018 hydrogen-powered CUV comes into focus


It’s no secret that Hyundai has plans for hydrogen-powered vehicles beyond the currently available Tucson Fuel Cell. Ever since the debut of the Intrado concept at the Geneva Motor Show in early 2014, Hyundai has been dropping hints about what the new big-ish H2 vehicle will offer.

We say “big-ish” because Hyundai Motor Group’s director of eco-vehicle development, Ahn Byung-ki, told Automotive News that the next-gen hydrogen powertrain will find a home in a “totally new” model that will be “somewhere between a CUV and SUV.” So, whatever fancy new automotive segment that phrase happens to define – MUV, for middleweight utility vehicle? – is what Hyundai’s new hydrogen offering will be.

Under the hood, the upcoming vehicle will use a fuel cell that doesn’t need as much platinum and will have a bigger battery and a smaller motor. We had originally heard that this new hydrogen CUV/SUV would arrive in 2020, but Ahn said that the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be “a big event. That’s always a good opportunity for PR.”

With the Intrado concept, Hyundai said it was, “far more than a styling exercise.” We’ve since heard that Hyundai believes that a CUV/SUV model offers the best option for customers buying a fuel cell vehicle. Earlier this year, Hyundai’s head of the company’s fuel cell research, Sae-Hoon Kim, said that, “all customer feedback says range and boot space are the priorities.” The Intrado concept had a supposed range of around 375 miles. What that would translate to outside of the fictional auto show universe is unknown, but it sounds like Hyundai is ready to make all of this more real.

[Source: Autoblog]

How to clean car interior plastic trim

Much of your car’s interior is comprised of plastic trim that can become dirty and brittle over time. Here’s how to properly clean interior plastic trim on your car. Watch all our Autoblog Details videos for more quick car care tips from professional detailer Larry Kosilla.

[00:00:00] Plastics are widely used in most modern cars today. They’re cheap, lightweight, and incredibly durable. Today we’re gonna show you the step-by-step process for cleaning them quickly, and safely, on this episode of Autoblog Details. My name is Larry Kosilla, and I’m a professional detailer. Together with Autoblog, we’re creating the ultimate collection of quick car care videos. This is Autoblog Details.

[00:00:30] Here are the items you’ll need for this task. First, spray the cleaner directly onto the plastic in a small area. Immediately wipe the plastic with a dry microfiber towel in light to medium pressure. The fibers within the microfiber towel are designed to pick up and hold the oils and dirt left behind on the plastic. Next, respray your interior cleaner and then use a soft bristle interior brush to agitate the embedded grime.

[00:01:00] A lather will be created that holds the suspended dirt. Wipe the foam quickly with a microfiber towel before it dries, otherwise the grime will simply be redistributed and not removed. If the stain persists, the next and most aggressive method is to use an interior scrub pad with light to medium pressure. Once again, apply the cleaner first, and very gently scrub the leather. Extreme caution must be taken with this technique to avoid rubbing away the pigment or color.

[00:01:30] The age, condition, and the specific type of leather will dictate its strength
and vulnerability using the scrub pad technique. If you have access to a steam machine, they can be very helpful if used properly. To do this, wrap the head of the nozzle in a microfiber towel. With the nozzle pressure on medium, scrub the plastic to kill bacteria, germs, and allergens. This is a great option, especially on new car acquisitions, pet owners, and families with young children. Most of the time spent with your car is, well, spent inside. So a quick leather cleaning,

[00:02:00] or light wipe-down during each car wash, will help avoid the constant buildup of body oils and grime, keeping your car looking fresh and new. For more how-to car care videos, visit autoblog.com/details. I’m Larry Kosilla from ammonyc.com. Thanks for watching, and that’s pretty gross. [00:02:19]

[Source: Autoblog]

Google Maps now highlights busy neighborhoods


In a new update hitting desktop, Android and iOS today, the Google Maps team has done a little design housekeeping to clear some of the clutter and create a cleaner look across the board. While doing away with certain elements like road outlines, the update also adds a new feature that highlights active neighborhoods or “areas of interest.”

These areas of interest are now shaded light orange are meant to highlight “places where there’s a lot of activities and things to do” like popular business districts or neighborhood strips. According to the Google Maps blog, these areas are determined by “an algorithmic process that allows us to highlight the areas with the highest concentration of restaurants, bars and shops,” although some additional human interaction is apparently needed to determine the busiest spots in high-density areas like New York City.

Here’s that new feature in action, showing some busy neighborhoods in beautiful, Oakland, California.

[Source: Autoblog]

FCA spends $1.5 billion to retool plant for Ram production


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is planning to invest $1.48 billion to retool its Sterling Heights Assembly plant in metro Detroit to build the next generation of the Ram 1500. The investment will allow the assembly plant to go from unibody to body-on-frame construction. FCA also confirmed that production of the Chrysler 200 will end in December in order for the plant to be altered.

As previously reported, FCA is looking to move production of the 1500 from its current assembly plant in Warren to the Sterling Heights Assembly plant (both are in Michigan). While FCA has not released any official plans for the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, Automotive News reports that the plant will be retooled to manufacture the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs.

Earlier this month, FCA announced plans to invest $1.05 billion to retool the Jeep Wrangler factory. FCA’s current investment plans are part of the automaker’s push to put competitive products on the road.

[Source: Autoblog]

Obama Administration wants 200-mile EV that charges in under 10 minutes


When it comes to electric vehicles, you can find issues preventing mass adoption pretty much anywhere. Which is why you can then also look for solutions pretty much anywhere. That’s the method the Obama Administration announced yesterday and it involves everything from shorter charging times to more public chargers, from bigger government fleets of electrified vehicles to an “Electric Vehicle Hackathon.”

The new plan is looking into blistering charging speeds of up to 350 kW.

Perhaps most exciting, there was a commitment made to try and increase the speed of fast charging. Today, Tesla’s Supercharger network has the fastest public charging available (up to 145 kW), but the new plan is looking into blistering speeds of up to 350 kW. That’s fast enough to recharge a 200-mile EV in under 10 minutes. Another cool future was promised by the Battery500 Consortium goal, which wants to create better batteries that cost under $100 per kWh. There was no actual technology revealed at this time, but announcements like this are about new ways to approach the future, not the nitty-gritty technical details.

That’s why the new announcement touts the fact that 12 utilities and charging companies have committed to increase their deployment of EVs and charging infrastructure, that there are 35 new partners (businesses, non-profits, universities, and utilities) for the DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge, and that there will be an EV “Hackathon” this fall to, “discover insights and develop new solutions for electric vehicle charging.”

The White House’s announcement comes on the heels of the first-ever Sustainable Transportation Summit (STS). The STS was sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and was held earlier this month in Washington, DC. After all this activity, almost 50 companies and organizations have signed on to the new “Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure” document, including the usual suspects: Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Ford, General Motors, Chargepoint, the California Air Resources Board, and the State of California (notably, the usual suspects are also missing). You can read the entire announcement from the White House here, but we’ve put the Guiding Principles below.

The Obama Administration has made strong pushes for electric vehicles before, including proposals to increase the tax credit for EV buyers to $10,000, among other things. Most famously, in 2011, President Obama said he wanted a million EVs on the roads by 2015. That didn’t happen, but even in 2016, the Administration is still looking for ways to hit the target, even belatedly.

[Source: Autoblog]