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2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 Drops Four Cylinders But Gains a Hybrid

Affalterbach’s muscle car loses its V8 but delivers stout performance as a hybrid.

The 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance gains Formula 1-derived tech to crank up the power, standard rear-wheel steering, and more.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged internal-combustion four-cylinder makes 469 hp before any hybrid assistance.

Factor in the hybrid boost and Stuttgart's latest muscle car pounds out 671 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque.

This exhaust-gas turbo isn’t just a boring snail shell either—it uses an electric motor to spool the compressor, which reduces turbo lag and effectively lowers the boost threshold. This should deliver more linear throttle response and more dynamic control over the car’s inputs. Because of the size of the electric motor and the demand of the turbocharger, Mercedes opts to use its 400-volt hybrid system to also feed the turbo.

Do you think this four-cylinder Mercedes-AMG can live up to the C63’s legacy, or is a four-cylinder C63 a misstep? Tell us your thoughts below.

BY Wesley Wren

Nissan Kicks Off Townstar EV Production

The competition among electric vans is heating up, just as diesel models begin to depart.

Nissan Townstar EV production starts in Maubeuge, France, with the van offering a choice of electric or gasoline powertrains.

The Townstar is based on the CMF-C architecture also used by Renault and Mercedes-Benz, with some being passenger models.

The Nissan van is powered by a 45-kWh battery, which gives it a range of up to 269 miles in the WLTP city cycle.

The van has begun rolling off the assembly line in Maubeuge, France, with the Townstar acting as a successor to the Nissan e-NV200.

The Townstar will start at $34,077 in the UK in electric form, making it one of the more affordable EVs in any market segment.

BY Jay Ramey

Are Solar Trees the Answer to EV Charging?

SolarBotanic proceeds to prototype phase with an innovative charging station concept, but familiar hurdles remain.

UK startup envisions using 3D leaf-shaped cells to collect and store energy for recharging EVs or powering a small house.

The concept offers EV charging at relatively slow speeds, but one which does not need an existing electric connection.

The company is proceeding to the prototype building phase, ahead of the planned start of production in 2023.

We tend to picture EV charging stations mostly as familiar gas station stalls with cords but without the store, and that's perfectly understandable. The vast majority of EV charging hubs look exactly like this, and it's only in the past couple of years that there have been serious efforts to improve the experience.

But what if a charging station looked like a large tree—or a forest of them—providing shade and also generating their own power?

BY Jay Ramey

Here's How Polestar Will Build a Carbon-Neutral Car by 2030

The automaker's approach to sustainability goes well beyond battery development to include seemingly radical marketing ideas.

Polestar continues developing its carbon-neutral car, the Polestar 0, which is planned for 2030.

The company has teamed up with 17 different partners for the project, from traditional automotive industrialists like ZF to a decarbonized research consortium.

Polestar will encourage owners to hang onto their vehicles, while also ending the common automotive practice of marketing a lightly refreshed vehicle as all-new.

As the automaker moves ahead with the Polestar 0, the developments coming out of Gothenburg could set the stage for the industry as a whole. As a fledgling company with grandiose climate goals and a relatively small unit output, the company sits on the edge of radicalism as compared to its competitors. The larger are simply not positioned to take the same stance as Polestar with such ambitious carbon-neutral goals. Even so, the targets and messages Polestar put forward will be disruptive, if they can truly be carried out.

BY Emmet White

Nissan Stops Sale of Automatic Z Cars

Nissan adds another reason to opt for the manual transmission.

The Nissan stop-sale on automatic-equipped Z cars won't affect manual-equipped models.

The situation appears similar to the current recall on nine-speed-equipped Nissan Frontier and Nissan Titan trucks.

Nissan doesn't have a solution to the automatic's problem at this time.

might be the most exciting car the company has brought to the table since its predecessor launched in 2008. This turbocharged sports coupe is available with both manual and automatic transmissions, but the folks at are stopping sale of the automatic-equipped Nissan Z.

This stoppage is limited to the nine-speed transmission-equipped cars. This stop-sale follows a similar issue found on Titan and Frontier trucks, which also use the nine-speed automatic. The problem with Nissan’s pickup trucks that spurred a is that an internal problem with the transmission can prevent the parking pawl from engaging, which could lead to a runaway condition.

It’s hard to say if the 2023 Z is facing a similar issue, though a Nissan spokesperson relayed this message: “Nissan initiated a quality hold on MY2023 Nissan Z automatic transmission equipped vehicles on August 29, 2022, while it investigates this issue. The investigation is ongoing at this time.”

This all points to bad news if you’re expecting a 2023 Nissan Z automatic. The good news is that if you’re waiting on a manual transmission-equipped car, you shouldn’t have any problems. It’s unclear when Nissan will find a solution to the transmission problem, but the engineers are working on it.

Do you think this issue will push more people to manual Nissan Zs? Tell us your thoughts below.

BY Wesley Wren