Electric Vehicles Coming in 2018

There’s a lot of ‘buzz’ about the advance of electric cars with more and more manufacturers moving to electric engines.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future offering clean, green motoring for everyone.

Uptake of battery-powered models is somewhat surprisingly slow, but that’s not stopping manufacturers entering the electric vehicle market.

Here are 5 expected to hit the Australian market in 2018.

BMW i3 and i3s

On sale since 2015, the city-sized BMW i3 will be updated this year with extra battery capacity, more equipment and a sporty new variant.

The four-seater will retail from $68,700 (plus on-road costs) for the base grade all-electric variant, the range-extending petrol-electric (REX) model selling for $74,700 (plus ORCs).

Sporty i3s and i3s REX models are priced from $69,900 and $75,900 respectively. BMW says the i3 can travel up to 200km on a single charge. The new i3 will be in showrooms from February.

Hyundai IONIQ

The Toyota Prius-sized IONIQ (pronounced ‘ionic’) from Hyundai will arrive in Australia in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric form this April.

The attractive five-door hatch claims 280km of all-electric driving and promises to “democratise” the EVs with an expected price tag of $40,000 (plus ORCs). In the US the IONIQ sells from $29,500.

With aluminium panels to reduce weight and simple suspension to improve packaging, the IONIQ is a useful five-seat family car with none of the typical EV styling quirks.

Jaguar I-PACE

Set to compete with the Tesla’s Model X is Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, the family-sized I-PACE.

Slightly smaller than the oil-burning F-PACE, the I-PACE will feature all-wheel drive by means of an electric motor on each axle, and offer a range of more than 500km.

Expected in showrooms in the second-half of 2018, its anticipated the Jaguar I-PACE will retail from around $120,000 (plus ORCs) – approximately $50,000 more than the larger, entry-spec F-PACE Prestige 20d.

Nissan LEAF

The second-generation LEAF is slated to arrive in Australia late this year.

The four-seat hatch made its international debut in Japan last year promising improved range – Nissan claims more than 400km from a single charge –plus connectivity and autonomous driving benefits over the outgoing model.

Nissan sold more than 300,000 examples of the first-generation LEAF globally, and though pricing is yet to be confirmed, we anticipate an asking price of under $50,000 (plus ORCs).

Renault Kangoo ZE

Available from this month, the Renault Kangoo ZE small parcel van arrives in showrooms after years of local testing with Australia Post.

The all-electric ‘ZE’ (for Zero Emissions) van shares all but its engine with the conventionally-powered Kangoo, and boasts a realistic range of around 80km, Renault says.

It offers a payload of up to 650kg, or 150kg less than the diesel-engined Kangoo due to the weight of its batteries. There’s no word on price yet, but our guess is around $50,000 (plus ORCs).

Source: Electric vehicles coming to Australia in 2018
January 16, 2018 | Matt Brogan | motoring.com.au

Tesla Can’t Make Them Fast Enough

Oh don’t worry, the cars themselves are fast enough, but what a problem to have?

Tesla are taking more orders for cars than they can manufacture.

The Model 3 shook up the automotive world when demand for Tesla’s entry-level car far outstripped even the manufacturer’s high hopes. That demand, as measured by people putting down actual money for pre-orders, raised expectations and put pressure on the company. Well, today’s an important day for Tesla and the Model 3, according to Electrek. This is the day Tesla is expected to put the “pencil down,” calling an end to the preliminary engineering design stage.

Six weeks have passed since Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to the need for “some tweaking” when he said, “Almost all of the Model 3’s design is done and we are aiming for pencil down basically in about six weeks.” There will be further feature set announcements and final design unveilings shortly before production begins in the latter part of 2017, but the initial design phase should be ending now.

Though the sun will still rise for Tesla if it doesn’t hit the announced deadline, the company will benefit if it hits the target. And granted, Musk did say “about six weeks,” which allows some wiggle room. The roughly 400,000 people on the Model 3 reservation list would likely appreciate solid progress as well.

It’s easy to recognize technology pioneers — they’re the ones with the big targets painted on their backs. It’s difficult to overstate the extent to which Tesla’s Autopilot has been in the news during the past three weeks, and some of that may have been the result of pioneer targeting. But business carries on and development continues on several fronts.

Musk has stated that the Model 3 won’t pose the challenges of the Model S and the Model X, which share share the same platform. “[With the Model 3] we are making something that is a lot simpler, but still a car that people will love and where every design decision is factoring in manufacturability and making sure that when we design something that we can manufacture at volume, at an affordable price, and on the schedule we are targeting,” Musk said.

10 Most Expensive Cars in The World #1

According to digitaltrends.com, in 2015 the world’s most expensive car is a Koenigsegg CCXR by Swedish manufacturer Trevita worth a cool $4.8M.  Clearly not satisfied with only making the most expensive car, Koenigsegg also came in at number six with its One:1 worth a tidy $2.0M.

The list of Most Expensive Cars changes from year to year.

Dream wheels: The top ten most expensive cars in the world

The most expensive cars in the world are so much more than transportation. These rolling art pieces encapsulate the priorities of the one percent, and in that universe, flamboyance and swagger take precedence over practicality and efficiency. Lifestyle criticisms aside, these are truly mind-boggling machines, and we’d like to count down our favorites for you here.

For the sake of clarity, we’re categorizing recently made, road-legal production vehicles only — limited runs notwithstanding — and we’re leaving out classic cars sold at auction. We’re also limiting the list to one entrant per nameplate, so don’t expect 10 different iterations of the same Bugatti Veyron.

So whether your name is Buffet, Gates, Stark, or McDuck, these rides are for you — the most exorbitant people-carriers on the planet. They say money can’t buy happiness, but after viewing this list, you just might beg to differ.

10 Most Expensive Cars

1.) Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita ($4.8M)


Koenigsegg makes its sophomore appearance on our list with the CCXR Trevita, and it does so as the most expensive street-legal production car in the world. Why so much coin? With no exaggeration, the car is literally coated in diamonds … and diamonds aren’t cheap.

For the Trevita, the Swedish manufacturer developed a new exterior finish called the Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave, which involves coating carbon fibers with a diamond dust-impregnated resin. We can’t even fathom how much the touch up paint costs.

Underneath the lustrous finish lies a 4.8-liter, dual-supercharged V8 with a total output of 1,004 hp and 797 lb-ft, which means it should have little to no trouble overtaking semis on the freeway. The car’s specifications — in both performance and price — are nearly comical at this point, and just three were ever made.

2.) Lamborghini Veneno ($4.5M)


Poison. That’s the name Lamborghini chose for the modified Aventador you see above — translated from Italian of course — built to celebrate the automaker’s 50th birthday. We can’t speak for the company’s motivations, but the name is fitting for a vehicle that looks so positively deadly, so undeniably venomous.

The car is absolutely stunning from every angle, and to this day, we’re not convinced it isn’t an alien spacecraft surveying our planet for eventual takeover. It just doesn’t seem real. The only thing more remarkable than the look is the price — a whopping $4.5 million.
The Veneno is fast, and that should come as no surprise. Its 6.5-liter V12 spins all the way up to 8,400 rpm to deliver 740 hp and 507 lb-ft, surging the car to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

3.) W Motors Lykan Hypersport ($3.4M)


You may recall the Lykan Hypersport from its starring role in the blockbuster Furious 7, where the Lebanese supercar crashed through not one, not two, but three skyscrapers in Dubai. In a franchise filled with high-end exotics and one-off custom creations, the fact that the Hypersport got so much focus is a testament to its magnetism.

TrueCar – Guaranteed Savings 300x250Let’s start with the styling, which includes jewel-encrusted headlights, scissor doors, and an interior ripped straight from science fiction. It looks like a pissed off armored car from the future, and its performance is right on par with its image. The Hypersport boasts a 3.7-liter, twin-turbo flat-six that yields 770 hp and 708 lb-ft.

It’s not just Dominic Toretto who benefits from this level of performance though, as the Abu Dhabi police force has drafted the Hypersport into patrol duty. Although it’s mainly used for marketing and public relations purposes, the high-flying stunner assures that the authorities can keep up with any baddie that tries to get cute on the freeway. Pedal to the floor, 0 to 62 mph is accomplished in just 2.8 seconds, and top speed is a downright scary 240 mph.

4.) Mansory Vivere Bugatti Veyron ($3.4M)


This list wouldn’t be complete without some version of the mighty Bugatti Veyron. We’re shining our spotlight on the the Mansory Vivere edition here, because not only is it one of the fastest cars in the world, it’s one of the most expensive.

Augmented by German witch doctors Mansory, the 1,200-hp Veyron starts out as a Grand Sport Vitesse Roadster, only to be adorned with a gorgeous carbon fiber body, a new spoiler package, upgraded LED lights, a rebuffed cabin, and a redesigned front grill. Further classifying the Veyron as a work of art, maps of historic race events like the Targa Florio are laser etched into the exterior and interior. Oh, and it can do 254 mph.

5.) Ferrari F60 America ($2.5M)


To celebrate Ferrari’s 60-year tenure in North America, the Italian brand built 10 examples of this stunning bombshell. Based on the F12 Berlinetta, the F60 is undeniably patriotic as it wears a Stars and Stripes color scheme, American flag seat inserts, and classic racing livery all around. Better yet, you can experience the glory with the top down, as the F60 equips a lightweight fabric top that can be operated at speeds up to 75 mph.

The supercar is mechanically identical to the F12, but the Berlinetta isn’t exactly a Fiat Panda to begin with. Its 6.2-liter V12 churns out 740 glorious hp, enough to propel the car to 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds. The ultra-rare flag-waver harkens back to Ferrari’s bespoke past, as the company built several region-specific sports cars in the 1950s and 1960s.

6.) Koenigsegg One:1 ($2.0M)


You can buy a lot with $2 million — a really nice house, about 80 Mazda MX-5’s, or the Swedish “megacar” shown above. A logical thinker could probably think of a better way to spend your life savings, but megacars don’t give a damn about logic. Because they’re mega. And after reading what the car is capable of, $2 million might actually be a steal.

The limited-edition One:1 is based on the Agera R, and it earned its poetic moniker by employing a 1:1 kilogram-to-horsepower ratio. The figure on each side of the colon? 1,340. That’s right, this car has 1,340 hp, and can theoretically top 273 mph because of it. Simply put, this is one of the fastest automobiles ever made, and with its F1-style honeycomb core, carbon fiber intake manifold, and ventilated ceramic brakes, it’s one of the most advanced as well.

Just six examples of the speedy Swede were built, and each one was sold quite quickly. Keep an eye out on Craigslist though, you never know.

7.) Aston Martin One-77 ($1.4M)


1.4 million sure is a popular number in the supercar world, because that’s what it took to get your hands on this limited-edition Aston. We say “took” because all 77 units have been spoken for, so if you were hoping to channel your inner Bond with this car, your luck has unfortunately run out.

New listings added daily!Arguably the most classically handsome car on this list, the One-77 is built around a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, with a handcrafted aluminum body giving it its sophisticated, aggressive look.

Under the vented hood lurks a naturally aspirated V12 that displaces 7.3 liters, which is a lot. It produces 750 hp and 553 lb-ft, which is also a lot. Those numbers make the One-77 the fastest Aston Martin ever made, as this spy chaser will top 220 mph in the right conditions. From a stop, it’ll do 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

8.) Pagani Huayra ($1.4M)


The Huayra is equally as famous for its odd-sounding name as it is for its face-melting performance. Named after the Incan God of Winds, the Huayra (pronounced why-rah) boasts an AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V12 with two turbochargers, resulting in 620 hp and and a massive 740 lb-ft.
Just how swift is it? Around the Top Gear test track, it set a time of 1:13.8, some 3.0 seconds quicker than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It even bested the Ariel Atom 500, which is essentially a go-kart with a 500-hp V8 strapped on the back. It still holds the show’s track record to this day, and that’s just the beginning. With incredible gullwing doors and one of the most intricate interiors ever designed, the Huayra is like nothing else on the road.

9.) Ferrari LaFerrari ($1.4M)


This 950-hp hypercar is so prestigious that its name literally translates to “The Ferrari” in Italian. The automaker’s first mild hybrid, LaFerrari equips a 6.3-liter V12 alongside an electric motor and trick Kinetic Energy Recovery System, which results in a shade less than 1,000 ponies and 664 pavement-crushing torques.

Few cars on the road are more striking, and even fewer accelerate faster. With a dry weight of less than 2,800 pounds, this dragon-like performance car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds, and it’ll prance to 124 mph in under 7. Flat out, it’ll top 217 mph.
The only thing quicker than the car itself is how fast it sold, as all 499 units were snatched up faster than you can say “bank loan.” Ferrari also produced a hardcore, FXX K version specifically for the track, which we’ll delve into later.

10.) Zenvo ST1 ($1.2M)


Kicking off our list is less of a car and more of an unchained animal in the ST1. Assembled in Zealand, Denmark, the Zenvo creates an absolutely obscene amount of power by combining a 6.8-liter V8 with both a supercharger and a turbocharger. Just how much is obscene exactly? How about 1,104 horsepower and 1,054 pound-feet of torque, all channeled to the car’s rear wheels.

Unfortunately for the Danish outfit, the mostly hand-built ST1 has been surrounded with controversy since its debut. During Top Gear’s 21st season, the program tested the supercar around its famous track, only to be met with constant breakdowns, slower than expected lap times, and a good old-fashioned engine fire.

Zenvo disputed Top Gear’s claims, stating the show only published the vehicle’s sluggish laps and that the fire was caused by hours of extreme driving. Nevertheless, the vehicle’s murderous looks and monstrous grunt are nothing to shake a stick at. We certainly wouldn’t kick it out of the garage.


Title: Dream wheels: The top ten most expensive cars in the worlddigitaltrends.com

By Andrew Hard — August 11, 2015

Kieran Brown commented: No offense but there are so many cars you missed. A lot of those shouldn’t be in the list.  Maybe the cars they missed were included in Honorable Mentions or in Most Expensive #2.