Maserati commits to building electrified sports car at Modena in 2020

first_img 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Enlarge ImageEven though it’s a few years old, the Alfieri concept remains a stunner. Here’s hoping the production version looks even half this good. Maserati Maserati’s GranTurismo and GranCabrio are on the way out, and their replacement — based on the Alfieri concepts we’ve seen in the past — will be built starting next year in a modernized version of the automaker’s historic home.Maserati this week announced its intent to modernize its factory in Modena, Italy, reaffirming the FCA Industrial Plan that was unveiled last year. According to Maserati’s press release, it will “be dedicated to the manufacturing of special high performance, high technology sports cars.” Maserati has had a presence in Modena since 1939.The plant will be upgraded starting in the fall. The hope is to have it ready to start cranking out preproduction prototypes of the Alfieri in the first half of 2020. Production models will likely follow in 2021, according to Autocar’s estimates.FCA keyed us into the Alfieri’s aspirations last year. It’ll run on a lightweight aluminum chassis, adopting the curvy good looks of its concept predecessors. While a plug-in hybrid is rumored to be on offer, the real attention will be on the fully electric variant. It’ll have three electric motors, granting all-wheel drive, and it’s estimated to reach 62 mph in about 2 seconds, with a top speed above 186 mph. Yikes.That’s not all Maserati has in store for the near future. It intends to completely revamp its line by 2022, adding new plug-in hybrid variants of the Quattroporte, Levante and Ghibli. At the same time, the Quattroporte and Levante are also slated to get EV variants. There’s also a new midsize SUV on the way, slotting beneath the Levante. Maserati, much like Dutch Van der Linde, clearly has a plan. 20 Photos More about 2018 Maserati Ghibli Maserati previews new century design with Alfieri concept (pictures) Maserati Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Post a comment 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 71 Photos Review • 2018 Maserati Ghibli: A good car among greats 81 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Future Cars Hybrids Luxury cars Electric Cars Sports Cars 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice Maserati,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec modelcenter_img 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  68 Photos 4 Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 49 Photos 52 Photos 26 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 12 Photos 10 Photos Share your voice 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 69 Photos Comments More From Roadshow Tags 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Cockroach Labs announced managed CockroachDBasaService

first_imgThis week, Cockroach Labs announced the availability of Managed CockroachDB. CockroachDB,  a geo-distributed database, is a fully hosted and managed service, created and run by Cockroach Labs. It is an open source tool that makes deploying, scaling, and managing CockroachDB effortless. Last year, the company announced version 1.0 of CockroachDB and $27 million in Series B financing, which was led by Redpoint along with the participation from Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures and FirstMark. Managed CockroachDB is also cloud agnostic and available on AWS and GCP. The goal is to allow development teams to focus on building highly scalable applications without worrying about infrastructure operations. CockroachDB’s design makes data easy by providing an industry-leading model for horizontal scalability and resilience to accommodate fast-growing businesses. It also improves the ability to move data closer to the customers depending upon their geo-location. Fun Fact: Why the name ‘Cockroach’? In a post, published by Cockroach Labs, three years back, Spencer Kimball, CEO at Cockroach Labs, said, “You’ve heard the theory that cockroaches will be the only survivors post-apocalypse? Turns out modern database systems have a lot to gain by emulating one of nature’s oldest and most successful designs. Survive, replicate, proliferate. That’s been the cockroach model for geological ages, and it’s ours too.” Features of  Managed CockroachDB Always on service: Managed CockroachDB is an always on service for critical applications as it automatically replicates data across three availability zones for single region deployments. As a globally scalable distributed SQL database, CockroachDB also supports geo-partitioned clusters at whatever scale the business demands. Cockroach Labs manages the hardware provisioning, setup and configuration for the managed clusters so that they are optimized for performance. Since CockroachDB is cloud agnostic, one can migrate from one cloud service provider to another at peak load with zero downtime. Automatic upgrades to the latest releases, and hourly incremental backups of the data makes the working more easier. The Cockroach Labs team provides, 24×7 monitoring, and enterprise grade security for all the customers. CockroachDB provides the capabilities for building ultra-resilient, high-scale and global applications. It features distributed SQL with ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) transactions. Features like, cluster visualization, priority support, native JSON support and automated scaling makes it even more unique. Read more about this announcement on the Cockroach Labs official website. Read Next SQLite adopts the rule of St. Benedict as its Code of Conduct, drops it to adopt Mozilla’s community participation guidelines, in a week MariaDB acquires Clustrix to give database customers ‘freedom from Oracle lock-in’ Why Neo4j is the most popular graph databaselast_img read more

Trafalgars top European destination Think la dolce vita

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — The 17 itineraries in Trafalgar’s new 2018 Italy program include new tours to Sicily and a four-day Aegean Cruise option on the company’s Best of Italy and Greece guided vacation.Clients can take advantage of Trafalgar’s 10% Early Payment Discount. The discount applies to the land-portion of select Trafalgar trips when paid in full by Jan. 11, 2018.“Italy is the number one European destination for our Canadian guests who simply fall under the spell of ‘la dolce vita’ and every year we continue to innovate and further enhance our program with a myriad of authentic experiences,” said Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “On several of our itineraries, our new exceptional after-hours VIP dining experiences within the Vatican will be available to our clients during the 2018 operating season and the opportunity to be personally welcomed by the Curator of the Ethnological Museum, Padre Mappelli, for a tour of the papal conclave.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA brand new itinerary for 2018, the Regional Explorer 11-day journey Wonders of Italy, is an exploration of Italy’s art, architecture and old-world charm. With a Local Specialist, guests get an exclusive visit to The Vatican Museums. In Tuscany, a Be My Guest dining experience takes place at the Lenzi family home at Fattoria de Petroio where guests can savour lunch with home-baked bread and hand-harvested wine. Friday, December 8, 2017 Trafalgar’s top European destination? Think ‘la dolce vita’center_img Share Tags: Trafalgar << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

WestJet has a new BDM for Greater Toronto West Northern ON

first_imgTags: New Hires, WestJet Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 22, 2019 WestJet has a new BDM for Greater Toronto West, Northern ONcenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by CALGARY — WestJet has named Andrei Losinski to its Agency Sales team as Business Development Manager, responsible for the territory of Greater Toronto West and Northern Ontario.Not new to the industry and a familiar face to many, Losinski joins WestJet with 12 years of industry experience including stints at Manulife and RBC Travel Insurance.He will be part of a growing team of seven BDMs working with WestJet’s agency partners to promote WestJet and WestJet Vacations products while growing agent and agency earnings and maintaining relationships with WestJet’s travel trade partners.Losinski has already begun his new role and WestJet says it’s “excited to have him on the road meeting with valued agency partners.”last_img read more