Ford Eyes China, BMW Performance, & Cool Eclipse
Ford wants to do a deal to bring more electric cars to Chinese consumers. The company has announced it’s working on developing a joint venture with Anhui Zotye Automobile. Zotye Auto is well established in China, and was one of the first automakers to produce all-electric passenger vehicles in that country. Ford expects the market for new energy vehicles will grow to six million units per year in China by 2025. They’re predicting about 4 million of those vehicles will be all-electric. Ford also has joint ventures with other Chinese automakers.
BMW is blending classic looks with a racing spirit. The company unveiled the 2018 BMW M5. The 6th generation high-performance sport sedan features a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 producing 600 hp and up to 553 lb-ft. of torque. As is typical with xDrive, it defaults to all-wheel-drive at start up, but this is the first xDrive system with 2WD capability. Early sales will include a First Edition model, 50 of which are coming to the US.
This may be one of the better views of the total solar eclipse yesterday. Autoguide.com says adventure photographer Alex Strohl teamed up with Land Rover to get the shot. The vantage point was Sawtooth National Forest.