Citroen My Ami Tonic, VW Banking spied on Porsche IPO and BMW M5 2024: Your morning briefing
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The US will investigate how the Anti-Inflation Act is hurting South Korean automakers
Various quarters have raised concerns about how the new inflation-reduction law may discriminate against foreign car brands that don’t qualify for federal tax credits. South Korea has also expressed concern, prompting the US to promise to examine how Korean automakers will be affected by the move.
Citroen My Ami Tonic is “a toy for adults from 14 to 77”
The My Ami Tonic is another special edition from French car manufacturer Citroen, following on from the success of the My Ami Buggy. The Tonic doesn’t have the dramatic looks of the buggy but is marketed as an ‘adult toy aged 14 to 77’ and is at the top of the range. It features the buggy’s tough front and rear skid plates and side skirt extensions, as well as the dark headlight bezels and side skirt extensions.
VW is banking on Porsche’s IPO to fund future electrification plans
Volkswagen Group CFO Arno Antlitz has admitted the company is relying on cash generated from Porsche’s long-awaited IPO to provide the financial backing for the group’s rapid transition to electric vehicles. “This [IPO] is a key element for the Group, especially since the possible proceeds would give us more flexibility to further accelerate the transformation. A decision has not yet been made,” said Antlitz in an internal VW interview, reported Reuters.
2024 BMW M5 Hybrid Prototype drops arch flares and reveals a glimpse of the M4 CSL grille
The latest test car for the 2024 BMW M5 appears to be far more polished than before, replacing the glued-on fender flares with actual sheet metal and adding chrome tailpipes and M-wing mirrors. It’s the grille that stands out the most, though, as the test car’s prototype features vertical bars, much like the snouts found on the M3, M4 and M4 CSL, as well as the XM Concept.
Honda touts Civic Type R accessories in Japan, including this grand piano
Honda Japan has released the price list of accessories for the new Type R, and while it’s unconfirmed if they’ll make it out of the home market, it makes for interesting reading. The most notable add-on is the lighter wing that generates more downforce, priced at a not inconsiderable 275,000 yen ($1,959). Most of the accessories include interior elements such as an illuminated center console and all-season floor mats.
The doctor performs the first Rivian-powered vasectomy after the Texas Clinic lost power
I have performed what is probably the first in the world @Rivian Powered vasectomy today. The electricity in the clinic went out, the patient did not want to postpone the appointment because he was already free. Electrocautery was normal, procedure went great! #rivianstories #rivian pic.twitter.com/VLDg91r37d
— Christopher Yang (@ChrisYangMD) September 1, 2022
Providing power in an emergency is one of the advantages of some electric vehicles, but we can be sure no one imagined one being used to power a vasectomy operation. Christopher Yang MD was due to make the cut when he hit a snag: the power in his clinic had gone out. Yang’s normal course of action would have been to reschedule the appointment, but he claims the patient didn’t want to reschedule the appointment because he had already taken time off from work. Solution? Run away from Rivian Power!
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The latest adventure of the Grand Tour arrives on September 16th
The latest adventure of the Grand Tour hits screens on September 16th. Dubbed ‘A Scandi Flick’, the latest escapades from Clarkson, Hammond and May will feature rally-inspired offerings that explore the snow and ice of Scandinavia.
Rockstar rolls GTA 5 credits
After appearing on three generations of consoles and becoming one of the highest-grossing video game titles of all time, developer Rockstar seems to be saying goodbye to GTA 5. The studio recently posted a “thank you” message on its website to everyone involved in GTA V and GTA Online worked.