In 2020, Genesis presented a compact luxury crossover SUV, and now the off-road version of this model, the GV70 Project Overland, has been unveiled.
Project Overland was equipped with a new better suspension that raised the car by almost 51 millimeters, a set of additional PIAA lights mounted on the roof, Baja Style lights integrated into the front bumper, specially designed roof racks, and wider fenders.
The car was created in cooperation with Delta4x4, a company specialized in off-road vehicles, but without investing in deep chassis modifications. Namely, this prototype marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of this company. It is mounted on 18-inch Classic B Rugged black wheels wrapped in Continental ATR tires.
The GV70 Project Overland will be premiered at the Essen Motor Show in Germany from 02 to 10 December, and interestingly, it will be exhibited at the Continental stand.
Pagani has unveiled a limited edition of its most powerful open-top car, the Pagani Imola Roadster. It is a continuation of the story from the ‘Grandi Complicationazioni’ series, which started with the Imola Coupé model produced in only 5 examples.
The Imola Roadster is powered by AMG’s mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 6-liter V12 engine with 850 hp (634 kW) @ 5,600 rpm and 811 lb-ft (1,100 Nm) of torque from 3,600 to 5,600 rpm, which is enough to push car up to a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). Power is sent to the rear wheels via an Xtrac 7-speed sequential gearbox. It sits on ultra-lightweight 20/21-inch wheels wrapped in 265/30 R20 front and 355/25 R21 rear Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS tires.
The car is based on the Huayra R racing model, and represents the evolution of the Huayra BC Roadster. It is made of light materials, Carbo-Titanium HP62-G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62, so its weight is only 1,260 kilograms. It is equipped with two enlarged front air intakes, dual outlet for warm air in the wheel arch and the side of the bumper, a better aerodynamic solution of the wheel arches that improve stability and better air flow towards the back, central fin, the air scoop and the supports of the rear wing connected to the hood, openings on the arches of the rear wheels for better air flow and cooling of the rear brakes, but also greater downforce.
Pagani has not announced how many examples of its best-performing open-top car it will produce, nor how much it will cost.
The surge in private vehicle ownership, fueled by factors such as population growth, economic prosperity, and urbanization, has overwhelmed existing parking facilities in many cities. Roads that were once designed to accommodate a manageable number of parked cars now find themselves inundated with vehicles, turning once-accessible parking spaces into precious commodities. For this reason, the authorities of the French capital, Paris, decided to hold a referendum on raising the price of parking for large SUVs in the city center on February 4, 2024.
According to available information, the Paris authorities want to introduce a higher price for parking for ICE cars weighing more than 1.6 tons, and electric cars weighing more than two tons, and for now most of them are just like that. Based on the car’s license plate, it will be possible to determine the car’s weight, which will also determine the price of parking.
‘We need to reduce the number and size of cars in the city and therefore we will hold a referendum on how much space should be allocated for this type of vehicle in Paris. The vote is designed to tell those who drive SUVs – No! Such cars will not be welcome in the city centre,’ said David Belliard, deputy mayor of Paris.
The growing number of cars in cities is a complex issue that requires urgent attention and innovative solutions. As urban populations continue to expand, the need for sustainable and efficient transportation becomes paramount. By fostering a shift towards public transportation, investing in green technologies, and designing cities with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity, we can mitigate the adverse effects of the car overload phenomenon and pave the way for more livable, resilient, and environmentally friendly urban spaces .