Month: February 2021

Park City sees possibility of tapping Olympic-related monies for major transportation upgrades

A sculpture off S.R. 224 commemorates the 2002 Winter Olympics, when the Park City area hosted approximately 50% of the competitions. Park City sees there being possibilities for funding opportunities for transportation projects should another Olympics be awarded to the region.
Park Record file photo

Park City leaders twice in the last week spoke of the prospect that a second Winter Olympics could create funding opportunities as City Hall continues to consider what are anticipated to be high-dollar infrastructure projects, particularly transportation improvements.

The recent Olympic mentions are more evidence of the desire of the municipal government to parlay a

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Audi’s new chief engineer will accelerate EV push

Audi is tasking its new technical development chief, Oliver Hoffmann, with speeding up the automaker’s push into electrification.

Hoffmann takes on the job formerly held by Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, who has held the two roles since June 2020 and also has a wider job at parent Volkswagen Group as head of research and development for the entire group.

“This appointment is another element in shaping the new Audi, VW Group CEO Herbert Diess said in a statement. Diess is also Audi’s chairman.

Diess said Hoffmann’s priorities are to accelerate the expansion of Audi’s product portfolio toward e-mobility, develop

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In Los Angeles, It’s Muscle Car Vs Tesla, Creating An Ideological Divide

Where I live in Los Angeles, a daily battle rages between the old and new, loud and quiet.

There is roughly an even divide in my community. On one side, Muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Camaro ZL1. And on the other, EVs like the Tesla Model Y (the most popular new EV here) and the Model 3.

The muscle car represents the old approach to fast cars, EVs the new.

To me, it’s

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Leo Welker blazed paths racing bicycles

On Aug. 29, 1896, a day before his 15th birthday, Leo E. Welker  surprised the crowd at a Colfax 14-mile bicycle race by overcoming a five-minute handicap to win easily. The African American youth and his mother, Alice Battles, had recently moved from the North Dakota frontier boomtown of Devils Lake to Colfax in the same year that 100 Black coal miners arrived there from Oskaloosa.  

The first report of a Black bike racer in Iowa had appeared two years earlier in the Sept. 14, 1894, issue of the Iowa Bystander, the state’s African American newspaper: “Fred Wright of Marshalltown

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New small Jeep to go into production in July 2022, sources say

The first Jeep model built on a PSA Group platform as part of the merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that formed Stellantis will start production in July 2022 in Tychy, Poland, sources with knowledge of the matter told Automotive News Europe.

The small SUV, which is based on the Compact Modular Platform (CMP), will use engines developed by PSA, the sources said.

The new Jeep will be followed by two other models from former FCA brands, a small Alfa Romeo crossover in January 2023 and a small Fiat in July 2023, the sources said. FCA said in December that

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Electric Range Rover expected to arrive in 2024

The fifth-generation Range Rover will be unveiled as a combustion engine model with hybrid technology later this year. It will be a key launch for Jaguar Land Rover because of the current model’s profitability.

Bollore said the new version will showcase a new direction for Land Rover. “The new Range Rover is incredible proof of modern luxury by design from JLR,” he said during the strategy presentation.

Electrification “will not compromise” the SUV brand’s off-road performance, Bollore said.

JLR head of design Gerry McGovern described the new Range Rover as being “breathtaking in its modernity,” in an interview with Automotive

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