Bentley believes Octopus program will produce electric car breakthrough

Behold Octopus.


Bentley believes in Octopus. That is, Optimised Components, Test and simulatiOn, toolkits for Powertrains that integrate Ultra-high-speed motor Solutions. Got that?

Probably not, so we’ll explain. The British luxury marque on Wednesday announced the Octopus program, which aims to produce a breakthrough in electric motors for future electric cars. According to the company, engineers discovered a breakthrough in high-performance EV motor tech in the past 18 months, and now, the Octopus program hopes to produce real results in the next three years.

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Tesla Model 3 is fastest-selling used car, Chevy Trailblazer hottest new car

A hot new car, also a hot used car.

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Used cars are quickly becoming a far more popular purchase compared to new cars as Americans tighten their belts as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.

But the cars selling quickest are a little surprising. iSeeCars on Tuesday published a study that looked at over 9 million transactions from March through June, from the 2015-2019 model years, to see what cars spent the least of amount of time listed for sale. The top answer is the Tesla Model 3. While the average used car spent 69 days waiting for

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Subaru BRZ orders end in Japan, likely as next-gen car approaches

We’re likely drawing closer to the next-gen car, but man, the current one is good.


The totally not underpowered and quite lovely Subaru BRZ penned one of its closing chapters recently. Subaru’s Japanese website now proclaims that it will no longer accept a “build-to-order” submission for the factory. In other words, you can’t order a BRZ any longer.

Instead, the website says those interested will need to pick out a Subaru BRZ from dealership stock. To be clear, the announcement doesn’t mention production ending, but it’s likely a sign the automaker’s preparing to wind things down for a hiatus,

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be the first production car with rear-seat airbags

The new S-Class will debut later this year.


As Mercedes-Benz’s flagship, the arrival of a new S-Class always means the introduction of some fancy new features that’ll slowly trickle down to the rest of the company’s lineup. We’ve already told you about the updated MBUX infotainment tech coming to the 2021 S-Class, but Mercedes-Benz detailed a number of other features on Wednesday, including the first example of a rear-seat airbag in a production car.

Available with the S-Class Executive Rear Seat Package, these airbags deploy out of the backs of the front chairs. Mercedes says compressed gas inflates “a

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