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First Look: General Motors teases GMC Hummer EV reveal, promises it will debut this fall

GMC revealed teaser images of the Hummer EV in a new video

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With plans for its debut in May slashed because of COVID-19, GMC has given the 2022 GMC Hummer EV a new debut date.

The exact date has yet to be announced, but General Motors confirmed in a press release today that it will happen this autumn. Our money's on October.

Unlike its fuel-sipper namesake, the Hummer EV is destined to be an all-electric model. We already know quite a bit about it.

2022 GMC Hummer EV SUV truck The GMC Hummer EV SUV (top) and truck (bottom) were teased today in stylized images.Photo courtesy of GMC

The Hummer EV will come in two flavors - truck and SUV. This is the same formula that Rivian is following with its R1T and R1S models. It is expected that the Hummer will go head-to-head with the Rivian models as well as the all-electric Ford F-150 and Tesla Cybertruck when it goes on sale in 2022.

GM will build the truck in Detroit on its new flexible platform and power the model with the company's own Ultium battery, which will give it 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. The models are said to get from zero to 60 mph in three seconds.

Earlier this year, GMC showed off the model's “open air infinity roof". That design, as shown in the teaser video below, allows for the vehicles' A-, B-, and C-pillars to stand on their own bracing the model horizontally allowing for plenty of an open-top-ish experience. There are also modular sky panels.

GMC Hummer EV clay model The new video detailed some aspects of the EV's design process.Photo courtesy of GMC

GMC promises that the model will have Adrenaline and Crab drive modes. It is likely that Adrenaline will unleash the model's horsepower and torque possibilities in a fashion similar to Tesla's Ludacrous Mode. Crab Mode is probably a version of independent four-wheel drive that allows the model to turn on a dime similar to how the R1T executes a tank turn, and pick its way through precarious driving situations.

GM says that the model will be capable of “super fast charging", have next-gen Super Cruise technology, and ultra-vision cameras.

From the scenes shown in the video, the models also look to have front tow hooks and the truck has a short bed. The SUV gets a spare tire out back.

GMC will begin taking orders for the Hummer EV this autumn. Production is expected to commence one year later.

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The Twisted NAS-E California Series is a new all-electric 4x4.

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Earlier this year, a luxury 4x4 retailer in Austin, Texas showed off the Twisted NA-V8, a vehicle based on a classic Defender that comes in five different body styles. Now a limited run of 30 Twisted NAS-E all-electric 4x4 is bowing.

The NAS-E is born of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 body with a soft top and features an electric powertrain, a luxurious interior, and impressive off-roading capability. Each model is compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations.

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

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"As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4x4 option that can stand out at the beach, off-road and at stoplights with a level of exclusivity and prestige that can only come from the timeless British Defender form," said Bruce Riggs, COO, Twisted North America. "With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle."

The model is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection. It will be sold in two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus. The difference mainly comes down to the power allocation. The NAS-E will be powered by a Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 280 pound-feet of torque and 214 brake horsepower. The NAS-E Plus sees its output upped to 309 pound-feet of torque and 320 brake horsepower.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted says that the model has a 200-mile range from its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The SUVs have custom-valved dampers, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, and a traction control system. Four-wheel drive is standard. There are Sport, Eco, and Off-Road drive modes.

The model will be offered in three color options: Malibu, Yosemite, and Tahoe. They will make up the California Series of the models, a limited time 30-vehicle offering.

Twisted NAS-E Tahoe Photo courtesy of Twisted

The NAS-E comes with a good list of features: cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts, a three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests, 4x tip ups located in the load area, Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver, a Twisted Stage One front end, NAS roll cage, Bimini hood, an infotainment system, EV management system touch screen, raptored 'spray down' unique flooring, eight-channel audio system, rearview camera with wideview angle, GPS tracker, immobilizer, and air conditioning.

The NAS-E Plus builds on that to include a NAS brush bar, NAS side steps, roll-bar spotlights, NAS-E body stripe decal, and black side sills.

Twisted offers the model with a comprehensive 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

The Twisted NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus comes in at $210,000. Each has a lead time of approximately nine months and requires a fully refundable deposit to reserve. Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.

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This image of a young child was considered so perverted by some that Audi decided to apologize for it.

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Audi has apologized for an advertisement that shows an image of a young girl eating a banana while she stands in front of an Audi RS 4 Avant.

The apology was issued after outcry from critics on Twitter who pointed to perceived numerous flaws in the ad from the overt sexualization of the child because of the banana involved to the potential danger the child was in because she was standing in front of a parked vehicle that can go up to 174 mph.

In the three-part apology, Audi stated, "We care for children. We hear you and let's get this straight: We care for children. The Audi RS 4 is a family car with more than thirty driver assistance systems including an emergency break system. That's why we showcased it with various family members for the campaign."
The statement continues, “We hoped we could convey these messages, showing that even for the weakest traffic participants it is possible to relaxingly lean on the RS technology. That was a mistake! Audi never intended to hurt anyone's feelings. We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure that it will not be used in future. We will also immediately examine internally, how this campaign has been created and if control mechanisms failed in this case.“
Some of Audi's Twitter followers said that, in their view, the criticism was likely unwarranted while others chose to concentrate on the fact that the model in the photo features a potent power plant. Others pointed out that they felt that the image was pro-pedophilia writing, in German, “I see a pedophile ad here. And child abuse. Disgusting and reprehensible.“

Though this is the first advertising slip up this year for the Audi brand, it's the second major ad folly for Volkswagen Group, Audi's parent company. In May, the company became embroiled in a controversy surrounding an advertisement that features a dark-skinned man being maneuvered around by the hands of a white woman. As the ad developed, the dark-skinned man ended up being flicked away from a yellow Volkswagen Golf, all while upbeat music played in the background.

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