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After sheltering in place, your car's tires may no longer be road worthy

Your tire may not be road worthy after sitting idle in your driveway for a month or longer.

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Your car's tires have been sitting around while you shelter in place. Are they still road worthy? Maybe not. Tiremaker Pirelli has put together a list of checks they advise drivers follow before they hit the road and head back to work.

Look at your tires.

Checking tires visually to see if there are any lumps or deformations caused by the car standing still for a long time, or by the weather conditions. Check also for damage, cuts, abrasions and the tire bulging – and ensure that the valve caps are tight.

Check your tire pressure.

Checking tire pressures, also the spare tire, ideally at a tire dealer with professional monitoring equipment. This helps guarantee optimal performance and safety, as well as the correct rolling resistance to enhance fuel economy.

If you don't own a tire pressure gauge, you can swing by your local gas station that has an air pump to check yours. Most pumps have a gauge built into the air release end. Remember to bring change for the air pump and a wipe to wash down any bits you will come into contact with ahead of using the service.

Inspecting Tire Tread Using a Penny The penny test is a good way to check the depth of your tire tread. Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto

Check the depth of your tire tread.

Tire wear to be above the legal limit of 2/32-inch tread depth. This can be checked using the tread depth indicator on the tire itself. Or, use the penny test.

What's the penny test? Place a penny, with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you, into the tread groove on your tire. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32-inch and it's time to replace your tires.

Listen and feel.

Pay close attention to any vibrations may be felt through the steering wheel after the car has been standing for a long period of time. If these don't go away after the first few miles, get the car looked at by professionals as soon as possible.

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The Ioniq 5 will be the first dedicated electric model designed on Hyundai's new battery electric vehicle platform.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai Motor Company, the parent of the Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis brands, has released a new series of photos and videos teasing the forthcoming Ioniq 5. The midsize crossover is slated to Abe the first model in the company's Ioniq dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) lineup brand.

It will also be the first vehicle that is underpinned by Hyundai's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The architecture is similar to what General Motors unveiled with its Ultium platform. The vehicle, Hyundai says, will showcase a "fundamental shift in design approach" for the company where vehicles are designed around the platform rather than modifying existing vehicles to put in BEV power systems like what is in the Kona EV.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 car teaser preview back Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The fresh design elements in the Ioniq 5 include Parametric Pixels, the smallest unit of digital imaging, as well as the CUV's color, material, and finish (CMF) direction that works to connect digital functionality with its analog counterpart. The car's front end features pixel-inspired lights, u-shaped and squared off at the corners. Its clamshell hood spans the entire width of the car, which is a concerted effort to minimize panel gaps and increase aerodynamics.

The wheels feature aero-optimized design and come in 20-inch diameter, the first ever fitted to a Hyundai EV.

"Ioniq 5 presents an all-new customer experience through innovative EV design that is evocative of the icon that established Hyundai's design DNA," said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. "Beginning with Ioniq 5, our dedicated BEV lineup brand will redefine the relationship between people and their cars, establishing a new standard against which all BEV design experiences will be measured."

In addition to the photos, Hyundai released videos that preview the Ioniq 5's core technologies. Three feature "ultimate camping" scenarios where owners are able to use the Ioniq 5's general power supply (110/220V). In each video, the camper is seen using IONIQ 5's 3.5KW of V2L-supplied power, which they use to roast a turkey in a large oven, listen to music on high-end audio speakers, and exercise on a treadmill—all at a camping site.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 car teaser preview front wheel Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The '5 Min Challenge' video highlights Ioinq 5's ultra-fast charging capability that enables it to drive more than 62 miles with only a 5-minute charge (WLTP).

You can watch all the videos below.

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 1. Cooking

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 2. Sound

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 3. Running

Ioniq 5: 5 Min Challenge (teaser) - Trailer

IONIQ 5 will debut in a virtual world premiere event in February 2021.

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The sharply curves of the rear of the Cadillac Celestiq allude to sophisticated exterior design.

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Today Cadillac provided a sneak peek at the forthcoming Celestiq show car. The ultra-luxury, fully electric vehicle (EV) is designed to be the pinnacle of General Motors EVs. Cadillac says that the car embodies their commitment to "reimagine what's possible in design and technology".

The vehicle is built on the General Motors Ultium platform which allows batteries to be nested in the floor of the car. Cadillac says that the openness of the body of the Celestiq allowed design and engineering teams to "artfully integrate cutting edge technology" into the vehicle.

This has resulted in a flagship that has a dramatic presence, a low profile, and rearward proportions. At a preview in mid-2020, select journalists who saw the car in the flesh described it as very attractive and impressive.

Cadillac will offer the Celestiq with a curated selection of hand-crafted materials. The company has hinted that there will be some customization options available for owners, increasing the likelihood that these vehicles will be made to order with a very low production volume. The vehicles will feature all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and a full-glass roof.

Cadillac aims to give the Celestiq the first four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device smart glass roof. This will allow each occupant of the vehicle to set their own level of roof transparency. Toyota currently offers an electrochroamic roof in the Venza that delivers a variety of transparency options for the entire roof.

At the front of the cabin, the driver and front-seat passenger will be able to enjoy a "pillar-to-pillar freeform display with active privacy" this sounds a lot like what Mercedes-Benz introduced with its Hyperscreen. Console screens between seats in the front and back will separate individualized comfort settings from entertainment displays to minimize distractions.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq teaser The grille and headlight of the Celestiq feature design similar to what was seenn on the Lyriq when it debuted.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Production of the Cadillac Celestiq flagship sedan is still widely considered to be a few years off.

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