Aptera updates Typ-1 design, switches to FWD

In March, Aptera announced it had done all the development necessary to head to production, and that all it needed was to move into acquiring the right equipment and workforce to do so. Soon after the company revealed that a new infusion of $24 million in cash had been acquired, and now Aptera has revealed an updated design for the original Typ-1 called the 2e. The latest design features a lower profile and a new front wheel brace with drive sent to both the front wheels. Previously, Aptera's preproduction models used a belt-driven single rear wheel.

Series 2 Aptera plug-in hybrid


SUV based on Fiat 500 coming in 2010

Fiat will be bringing a four-wheel-drive variant of the acclaimed '500' minicar to market, according to latest German media reports. The Italian carmaker will reportedly release a car in 2010 with a distinct wagon-like appearance which we previewed earlier in our story on the Fiat 500 Giardinetta. Part of the reason for launching a larger, 4WD variant of the 500 is due to the release of Mini's Clubman, which the 500 Giardinetta will hope to steal sales away from. It is almost certain the upcoming Fiat 500 wagon will use the same 4WD system used in the Panda hatch, with which the 500 shares a platform.


Mazda Refines Dynamic Demio

Mazda Refines Dynamic Demio

Mazda Motor Corporation has released refined versions of the Mazda Demio compact on sale in Japan. Known as the Mazda2 in overseas markets, the Mazda Demio has earned high praise in Japan and abroad. The freshened model goes on sale today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Autozam dealerships nationwide. Manufacturer's suggested retail prices range from 1,195,000 to 1,621,750 yen (including consumption tax).

The freshened interior features a glossy black center …

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