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Giveaway of new Morgan Plus Four raises millions for charity

The Plus Four is Morgan's newest car, joining the Plus Six and Plus Three.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Motoring Company

The Morgan Motor Company has helped raise $3.4 million USD with the giveaway of a new Plus Four during BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief's "The Big Night In" appeal. The car is worth £62,995 before options.

Around $1.7 million USD in chances to win the car were entered, by interested parties who texted the keyword CAR to a short code then were able to make a $10 voluntary donation to the cause. Those monies will be matched by the U.K. government. The money raised will be split between Comic Relief and Children in Need and will go on to support a variety of charities and projects in the U.K.

2020 Morgan Plus Four The Plus Four debuted just a few months ago.Photo courtesy of Morgan Motoring Company

The winner of the model has been chosen and, after the lockdown has been lifted, they, along with a select group of their friends and family, will be welcomed to the Morgan factory in Malvern, Worcestershire, England to choose their final specification. Once the car has been delivered, Morgan will also cover the cost of the winner's first year of tax and insurance on the car, as well as servicing for two years.

The Plus Four was unveiled just two months ago. It has a bonded aluminum platform and gets its power from a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 255 bhp. The car can get from zero to 62 mpg in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 149 mph. It comes with the buyer's choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Morgan has a long history, having craved automobiles in Britain since 1909. The company has recently undergone a revitalization following an investment by Investindustrial. Last year, 850 Morgans were built with 70 percent of them being exported to the company's dealerships in 32 countries.

Morgan recently celebrated six decades of partnership with their dealership in the Netherlands by creating an exclusive series of five special edition models.

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2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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