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5 Things you don't know about the Bentley Bentayga

It's one of the most expensive vehicles in the world but few can spell its name.

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The Bentley Bentayga is one of the most expensive SUVs in the world. Aside from not knowing how to spell it properly (who can blame you?), here are five other things you didn't know about the model.

It's named after a rugged peak and a portmanteau.

Bentley isn't willing to stick with one story about how the SUV got its name. The first is that it was named after the Roque Benntayga, a sacred rock in in the Canary Islands. The other is that it is a portmanteau of the words Bentley and Taiga. Taiga is the world's largest biome.

The "Bentayga" name has two origins;[7] one comes from "Roque Bentayga",[8][9] an emblematic highland rock situated in massif central Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands; the other one comes from a portmanteau of Bentley and Taiga, the world's largest transcontinental snow forest.

Development of the SUV took it to five continents.

Bentley Betayga

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The development of the Bentayga was the most exhaustive program in Bentley history. It took engineers, designers, and product planners to adventures on five continents. Test drivers put the model through its paces in the dirt and gravel of South Africa; the dunes of Dubai; the muddy fields of Cheshire, England; and the -30°C air North Cape, Norway to searing 50°C desert heat.

The model has stops at three plants before it's finally assembled.

Bentley Betayga

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Initially, the Bentayga started its life at Volkswagen's Bratislava, Slovakia plant before moving to England. Now, the SUV is manufactured at VW's Zwickau-Mosel plant in Germany. From there, the models are moved to Paintbox Banbury in England before reaching final assembly in Crewe, England at Bentley's home factory.

Each model takes over 100 hours to complete on a dedicated production line. A team of 230 craftspeople work on the models, assembling each Bentayga by hand.

Just 608 First Edition models were made.

Bentley Betayga

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Why 608? The number was picked for a reason. That's how much metric horsepower the car's 12-cylinder engine produces.

The Bentayga Special Edition featured black inserts in its 22-inch wheels, Union Jack badging, carbon-fiber accents, and illuminated door sills on the exterior. The cabin came equipped with a brushed metal version of the British flag on the passenger dash panel, unique contrast stitching, embroidered "Diamond within Diamond" quilted seats, and unique ambient lighting.

Each model also came with a Breitling watch. Buyers could pick between three different options. When new, the Bentayga First Edition retailed for $297,400 all-in.

Bentley has made 200,000 Bentaygas.

The super luxury automaker celebrated the 20,000th Bentley Bentayga rolling off the line in Crewe on June 4, just four years after the model's debut.

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Domino's and Nuro announced their partnership in 2019 — and now the robots are hitting the roads.

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After announcing their partnership to work on pizza deliveries via self-driving robots in 2019, Dominos and Nuro have officially rolled out their technology to one part of town.

Beginning this week, if you place a prepaid order from Domino's in Woodland Heights (3209 Houston Ave.), you might have the option to have one of Nuro's R2 robot come to your door. This vehicle is the first do deliver completely autonomously without occupants with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer, in the release. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations."

Orders placed at select dates and times will have the option to be delivered autonomously. Photo courtesy of Nuro

Nuro Domino's delivery vehicle

The Nuro deliveries will be available on select days and times, and users will be able to opt for the autonomous deliveries when they make their prepaid orders online. They will then receive a code via text message to use on the robot to open the hatch to retrieve their order.

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," says Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, in the release. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think."

California-based Nuro has launched a few delivery pilots in Houston over the past few years, including the first Nuro pilot program with Kroger in March 2019, grocery delivery from Walmart that was revealed in December 2019, and pharmacy delivery that launched last summer.

From being located in a state open to rolling out new AV regulations to Houston's diversity — both in its inhabitants to its roadways, the Bayou City stood out to Nuro, says Sola Lawal, product operations manager at Nuro.

"As a company, we tried to find a city that would allow us to test a number of different things to figure out what really works and who it works for," Lawal says on an episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast. "It's hard to find cities that are better than Houston at enabling that level of testing."

You can find out which self-driving vehicles are being tested in your neck of the woods by clicking here.


This article first appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site InnovationMap.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale now.

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The all-electric range of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed. The model is the first modern electric Volkswagen to be sold in the U.S. and a model that the German automaker is resting a lot of hopes on for the future of sales in the country.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with all-wheel drive will achieve an EPA-estimated 260 miles of all-electric range on a full charge. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition, which have more features and equipment and therefore weigh more, achieve an estimated 250 miles of range.

The EPA-estimated fuel economy for ID.4 Pro RWD is 107 MPGe in the city; 91 MPGe on the highway, and 99 MPGe combined. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition does slightly worse achieving 104 MPGe in the city, 89 MPGe on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior The "1st" badging denotes the vehicle as a first edition model. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

These new numbers come as part of a second round of EPA testing. Original testing found that the model did not quite hit its target.

How does that compare to other EVs? The Nissan Leaf Plus offers 226 miles of all-electric power. The Hyundai Kona Electric delivers 258 miles. Volvo's XC40 Recharge has just 208 miles of all-electric range but the Tesla Model Y can go up to 326 miles on one full charge.

First out of the Volkswagen gate will be ID.4 models with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery and rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor. That system delivers 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

At a public DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. With purchase, ID.4 owners receive three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America DC Fast Chargers at no additional cost.

The 2021 ID.4 is on sale now, with pricing for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro starting at $39,995 MSRP, before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The Pro S carries an MSRP of $44,495. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

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