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Next-gen 2022 Nissan Frontier debuts with beefy exterior, big safety improvements

The 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X is the first example of the new model that Nissan showed off today.

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The current Nissan Frontier has been more or less the same truck since the last Bush administration, but its age and simplicity haven't stopped them from commercial success. The 2022 Frontier is here, and the (almost) all-new truck represents a significant step forward for both the nameplate and Nissan's truck business.

The 2022 Frontier will be offered in a wide range of trims and configurations. King Cab models will be available in both two- and four-wheel drive, and either S or SV trims. Crew Cab trucks can be had with two- or four-wheel drive and in S, SV standard bed, SV long bed, and PRO-4X trims. A new PRO-X trim joins the Frontier lineup with 2WD only.

The powertrain has been battle-tested by customers for a couple years now, as it first debuted in the 2020 model-year Frontier. The 3.8-liter V6 produces a class-best 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that Nissan says was developed specifically for U.S. buyers.

2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

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Elsewhere, Frontier four-wheel drive models will continue to have a shift-on-the-fly 4WD system with three modes that are operated by an electronically-controlled part-time transfer case. The trucks are available with a four-wheel limited-slip system that helps transfer traction to the wheels that need the most grip. The off-road oriented PRO-4X model builds on that foundation with an electronic locking differential, Bilstein off-road shocks, and underbody skid plates.

The Frontier's cabin has been overhauled with an eye on utility, function, and versatility. The centerpiece is a new 9-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As standard equipment, the new display ranks at the top of the Frontier's class, and will be joined by a 7.0-inch driver information display in the gauge cluster. Nissan also says that it has added better sound insulation and upgraded carpet to reduce road noise, and notes that its excellent Zero Gravity seats are standard in all Frontier models.

Where the previous Frontier has felt long in the tooth for years, the new truck will sit on the cutting edge of both entertainment and safety tech. Standard features like two USB ports, that large touchscreen, and several power outlets will keep passengers charged and connected, while available features such as a wireless smartphone charging pad and a WiFi hotspot add to the party.

The Frontier will get Nissan's Safety Shield 360 technology, which includes forward collision warnings and an advanced tire pressure monitoring system as standard, but adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and more can be added.

Pricing details haven't yet been released, but Nissan says there will be more information as the truck nears its on-sale date in summer 2021. Around the same time, the automaker will announce more than 85 accessories for the truck, including sports bars, step rails, suspension kits, and more.

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Bugatti is selling just 40 Divos worldwide.

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Only 40 Bugatti Divos will be made. Four of them were recently delivered to U.S. customers. The latest customized version of the supercar to be delivered by the French automaker pushed the limits of what the Bugatti craftspeople are capable of. As company founder Ettore Bugatti once said: "If it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti."

Meet the Bugatti Divo named "Lady Bug".

The Divo premiered in 2018 and shortly thereafter a prospective buyer and noted collector from the U.S. approached Bugatti with an idea in mind. They wanted a strict geometric pattern that featured diamond shapes in a unique color contrast on their Divo. The Bugatti design and development team set about figuring out how to make that happen.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" design process

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Two special metallic paint colors were developed: Customer Special Red and Graphite. The diamond pattern was designed to run precisely from the front over the sides to the rear – matching the silhouette of the Divo.

Bugatti's team spend a year-and-a-half to develop and implement the technical and graphic solutions the Divo owner required. Adding the diamonds to the car was far more complex than they expected. They would have to be painted onto the body with precision and exact definition.

What made it so hard? According to Bugatti, "the digital patterns in the CAD program bear little resemblance to reality: owing to the three-dimensional, sculptural form of the Divo with its contours, curves and ribs, the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted on the surface of the exclusive hyper sports car. As a result, they had to be digitally modified."

Being off by as little as one millimeter would ruin the entire visual effect. The total would be 1,600 diamonds by the time the pattern was fully executed.

Weeks later, designers discovered a way to match the CAD data with reality. They ended up being able to pull the film over the deeply concave surfaces of the Divo without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" graphics application

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During the pattern's development, a test car was used to perfect the pattern. After the initial steps of the application process were applied to the customer's Divo, Bugatti's team need to remove each diamond. Graphite paint and a clearcoat were applied on top of the effect paint in Customer Special Red in order to invert the pattern. As part of this process, the paintwork was sanded, smoothed, checked, retouched and then re-sanded. All in, the total time spent on the paint on the customer's car alone was two weeks.

"Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made 'Lady Bug', Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise. What initially seemed impossible was executed to perfection by the designers and developers in collaboration with the customer," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti."We are proud to have matched the customer's personal taste and expectations with this unique Divo. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship."

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug"

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There were no changes to the car's W16 powertrain for the project.

Each Divo is priced at $5.6 million USD but buyers pay more depending on which options they choose. All Divos are produced by the Bugatti Alelier in Molsheim. The first deliveries of the supercar happened in August 2020. All models will hav been delivered by this spring.

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Polestar currently operates four showrooms in the U.S.

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Polestar, an electric performance car brand, will be opening 15 new sales locations in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Called Polestar Spaces, the showrooms are more in line with what Tesla offers and less like a traditional auto dealership.

Each Polestar Space features minimalist Scandinavian-like design, pulling together the heritage of the company with a modern sales environment. Each location is staffed by non-commissioned Polestar Specialists. Test drives can be coordinated on-site or at home.

In the next few months, locations in Austin, Texas; Boston; Denver, Seattle; South Florida; and Washington D.C. will open. Those new showrooms will be established in connection with established retailer groups in the area. Additional information regarding the D.C. and Florida locations is expected soon.

2021 Polestar 2 The fastback Polestar 2 is a head-turner. Photo courtesy of Polestar

The second-half of 2021 will welcome the opening of additional showrooms in Atlanta; Central and South New Jersey; Connecticut; Dallas; Detroit; Minneapolis; Phoenix; and Orange County, California.

Specific showroom details are available at Polestar.com/Spaces.

"In 2019 we stated our goal of servicing 85% of the addressable EV market within a year of the Polestar 2 launch," said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar in North America. "With these 2021 appointments, we will accomplish that and more- especially with our free pickup and delivery servicing within 150 miles of a brick-and-mortar Polestar location."

Polestar Spaces are already open in Los Angeles (Santa Monica) and Manhattan, plus two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area (Corte Madera and Santa Clara).

The automaker currently offers the Polestar 2 for sale in the U.S. AutomotiveMap recently had the opportunity to test drive the car for review.

It was recently confirmed that the Polestar Precept concept is headed to production. The concept version of the car is noted for its sustainable materials and minimalist design.

Additionally, Polestar and Koenigsegg are working on a project.

Further markets for expansion will be announced later in 2021.

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