Such a Tease

Mitsubishi teams up with Amazon, Chevy collaborates with Disney for new vehicle reveals

Mitsubishi Motors will debut its 2022 Outlander in partnership with Amazon

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

In a world no longer governed by the auto show calendar, automakers are finding new ways to reveal their vehicles to the world. Mitsubishi Motors will debut its redesigned 2022 Outlander in a new way next week thanks to a little help from Amazon. Similarly, a Chevrolet-Disney partnership will serve as the launching point for the reveal of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV.

Automakers spend, on average, upwards of $1 million creating the booths for the products to be displayed at during a major auto show, often in partnership with their local dealership arm. Some have been known to spend five times that amount.

The global unveiling of the Outlander marks the first time that Amazon will utilize its Amazon Live streaming service. Amazon Live is a content arm of the online retailer and entertainment services provider that combines the idea behind television programming by the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and QVC with the interactivity of a Facebook Live. Unlike Amazon Prime programming, Amazon Live is available to the masses sans subscription.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Mitsubishi has released a series of images teasing its 2022 Outlander. Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

"We're focused on creating unique experiences that surprise and delight our customers, and unveiling the new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander on Amazon Live brings the excitement of an auto show directly to customers' homes," said Munira Rahemtulla, Director, Amazon Live. "This collaboration allows us to provide more options for customers to discover new products and brands, and helps Mitsubishi connect with customers in a new and meaningful way."

The Outlander reveal will mark the first time that Amazon Live has served as a platform for a vehicle reveal. The debut will take place on Tuesday, February 16 at 6 p.m. EST.

Chevrolet has partnered with Walt Disney World to bring the story of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and Bolt EV to life during their product debuts. The focus of the Valentine's Day event will be to show how "magic can take place when the imagination is electrified," according to a release.

The all-electric Bolt EV is expected to receive a mid-generation facelift while the Bolt EUV will be launching to audiences for the first time. Chevy's Bolt EUV is a larger all-electric vehicle, designed to slot just above the Bolt EV in the company's lineup.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV A recent video revealed that the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is getting Super Cruise hands-free driving tech. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Last summer General Motors promised to introduce 12 new electric vehicles (EVs) by 2023 and has now upped the ante to 30 new EVs by 2025. The company humorously showcased its efforts in a Super Bowl commercial starring Will Ferrell, Awkwafina, and Kenan Thompson.

Not all aspects of GM's business are behind the move. A report by the Wall Street Journal indicates that that around 150 of Cadillac's 880 dealers will give up their right to sell the brand as part of a buyout rather than spend about $200,000 on General Motors-required upgrades to their establishments. The upgrades are designed to make the dealerships ready to service and support electric vehicles. The buyouts range from around $300,000 to upwards of $1 million for most dealers.

The debut of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and EV can be seen at www.chevy.com/EV on February 14 at 4 p.m. EST.

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New American supercar

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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Electric vehicle features

The VW ID.4 sounds futuristic

The ID.4 is VW's first electric crossover in the U.S.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is finally here. The electric crossover offers compelling features, decent all-electric range, and a reasonable price. On top of all that, Volkswagen focused heavily on the electric experience with the ID.4, down to the sounds it makes in everyday operation.

Where many automakers seek to humanize electric vehicles with familiar gas engine sounds, Volkswagen hasn't bothered with any of that. Instead, the automaker's ID.4 electric crossover features several sounds that embrace the EV's place in the future of transportation.

On startup, drivers are greeted with a sound that Volkswagen says will alert them that the vehicle is ready to go. It's not at all unlike the flying saucer sounds heard in sci-fi movies decades ago, but it's a nice reminder of the ID.4's future-forward drivetrain.



In motion, VW gave the ID.4 what is known as an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, which helps alert people to the presence of a moving electric vehicle. Since the drivetrain doesn't make the same noises that a gas engine does, EVs can move almost silently at low speeds, so it's important to have some kind of warning sound.

Even the turn signal sounds received scrutiny in the ID.4's design, and while they're still fairly traditional, the sounds are subtle and pleasing overall. Beyond that, VW says it developed a library of sounds for typical vehicle control buttons and other functions that are exclusive to its electric vehicles. The goal, according to the automaker, is that the sound aligns with the vehicles' character, visual design, and features, and that people will be able to recognize a VW EV by its unique sound.

The ID.4 is just the first of several EVs that Volkswagen plans to release here in the United States. Larger family vehicles are on the horizon, and we may even see an electric revival of the legendary VW bus.

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