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Maserati MC20 super sports car prototype to pay homage to Sir Stirling Moss

Maserati found a lot of success with Sir Stirling Moss behind the wheel of their cars.

Photo courtesy of Maserati

Sir Stirling Moss, a British Formula One race car driver, won two out of every five races he entered throughout his career, but never won a World Championship, passed away one month ago at the age of 90. Maserati has announced that a prototype of its new MC20 super sports car will pay homage to the gentleman racer.

Moss's history with the brand goes back to the mid-1950s. He raced his first Maserati, a 250F, in 1954 at the urging of Mercedes-Benz racing boss Alfred Neubauer. His first Formula One victory came that year at the Oulton Park International Gold Cup in Cheshire, England while piloting the car.

Maserati MC20 Stirling Moss tribute prototype concept carThe car will still have some camouflage.Photo courtesy of Maserati

In 1956 he won the Monaco F1 Grand Prix behind the wheel of a Maserati 250F after leading the race from the first to the last lap. Another Maserati captured third that day, driven by Frenchman Jean Behra.

Moss continued driving that car for the 1957 season ("his favorite", as he often recalled) and was beaten only by Juan Manuel Fangio for the F1 driver's championship. Fangio was also behind the wheel of a 250F.

The list of Maserati cars driven by the British driver also includes the Tipo 60 Birdcage, Tipo 61, and 300 S.

The MC20's design will be reminiscent of the Maserati Eldoardo, the single-seater that was driven in Monza in its 1958 debut by Moss. That design is distinctive because it was the first time a non-racing brand had been featured on a race car. The Eldorado Ice Cream Company ushered in a new era of sponsorship that lasts to this day with its company colors replacing the ones assigned by the governing body of racing, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

Maserati MC20 Stirling Moss tribute prototype concept carMaserati has a long heritage of Formula 1 success.Photo courtesy of Maserati

The MC20 is an important prototype for the Italian automaker because it will be the first car to adopt an engine designed, developed, and produced by Maserati. The brand typically relies on another Italian company, Ferrari, to supply power plants for its vehicles.

It's a step forward for the brand, which has languished without much innovation for the better part of a decade under the FCA umbrella. Maserati has announced that all their new models will be electrified, adopting either hybrid or battery electric power. This begins with the redesigned Maserati Ghibli, which is set to debut this year.

Maserati MC20 Stirling Moss tribute prototype concept carThe car wears Moss's name on its rear.Photo courtesy of Maserati

The company is also committing to the vehicles being 100 percent developed, engineered, and built in Italy. This is an especially important commitment as Maserati's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is in the process of merging with PSA Group.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The EQB lands this summer with a not-so-bad starting price.

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Mercedes-Benz is pressing ahead with its electrification goals. Following the release of the EQS flagship electric sedan last year, the automaker is readying the EQB, an electric SUV with up to seven seats. Today, Mercedes announced pricing for the vehicle, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Two trim levels will be offered for the EQB in the United States: Exclusive and Pinnacle, and wecould see an AMG variant at some point down the road.

The EQB comes in two variants, including the EQB 300 and EQB 350, both of which come with all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 offers 225 horsepower and the 350 delivers 288 ponies. Those aren't super-serious numbers and they don't have to be. The EQB competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4, so mind-blowing performance isn't exactly the goal. Mercedes hasn't given range estimates yet, but they should fall in line with the competition.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQBThe EQB will come in two powertrain variants, each with two trims.Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes standard with a 10.25-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Mercedes includes a good list of standard safety features, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and active brake assist. Additionally, the EQB's navigation system routes the vehicle for the best efficiency and can help locate charging stations.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 starts at $56,800, including a $1,050 destination charge. A range-topping Pinnacle trim is available for $59,350. The EQB 350 starts at $60,350. Mercedes says the SUV will go on sale in summer 2022.

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