Toyota and Lexus have an assisted-driving system, but it’s being pitched very differently than Tesla Navigate on Autopilot. Nissan could be readying a compact EV next. And the Polestar 2 feels like Volvo performance for the EV age. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.
Nissan is reportedly planningto slot below the upcoming Ariya. The model would be sized about like the U.S. market Kicks—or European-market Juke—and have a shortened version of the Ariya’s CMF-EV platform. With Nissan on record saying the Leaf nameplate isn’t going away, it’s unclear whether such a model would effectively be the new Leaf.
Toyota is launching what it calls a “partial hands-free” driver assistance system—think Autopilot alternative—on its Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car and Lexus LS 500h hybrid luxury sedan. Called Teammate, and including “Advanced Drive,” the system permits, and appears to be a conservative approach compared to Tesla Navigate on Autopilot, GM Super Cruise, or Ford Active Drive Assist.
Thethan the XC40 Recharge that actually bears the Volvo badge. It channels the understated Swedish performance mission well, and serves as a niche, otherworldly alternative to a Tesla Model 3 that can seem mainstream next to the Polestar.
And over at Motor Authority: Nio, the Chinese company once pegged as the most likely rival to Tesla—but barely survived a series of financial challenges—has finally.
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