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Everything you want to know about Tesla's Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck will have up to 500 miles in range.

Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Tesla has finally debuted its pickup truck, controversial design and all, just as the Los Angeles Auto Show is kicking off. Tesla is currently taking orders for the truck, which is set to begin deliveries in 2021. Here's a quick look at everything you need to know.

There will be three variants.

The Tesla Cybertruck will come in Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive. The single motor-rear wheel drive base model has a $39,900 price tag. The mid-range dual motor model is $49,900 and the tri motor begins at $69,900.

Tesla Cybertruck The design of the model was influenced by the movie "Blade Runner".Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Range varies by model.

The base model will have a 250-mile range while the Dual Motor AWD truck will go 350 miles. The top-tier Cybertruck will have a 500-mile range.

But can it even tow?

Yes. According to Tesla the Cybertruck can tow up to 14,000 pounds. That's more than what two Honda Ridgelines are capable of.

Tesla Cybertruck driving desert testing Tesla says that the model has Porsche 911-like quickness.Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

It will be quick.

Tesla offers that the truck will have Porsche 911-like quickness, with the ability to get from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

Self-driving capability costs extra.

Buyers can add a $7,000 "Self-Driving" package to their Cybertruck when they order. According to the fine print,

"The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. The activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving features evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates."

It only costs $100 to reserve your Cybertruck.

Tesla will hold your place in line for a $100 fee that is fully refundable. You can pay via ApplePay or a credit card.

Tesla Cybertruck interior seats wheel screen At first place, the interior of the truck is quite sparse.Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

The interior is sparse.

This isn't unexpected given the features and appointments in the Model X and Model 3, as well as the "Blade Runner" design influence.

Tesla promises that deliveries will start in 2021.

The company's website claims that production will start in late 2021. Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive models will begin production in 2022. Production delays are a legendary part of the company's history so don't be surprised if these dates get pushed back further.

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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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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