Year: 2021

Inside Prince William and Kate Middleton’s surprising car history

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton now have access to some of the world’s best cars, and are often seen getting in and out of Royal Range Rovers. 

And while both hold driving licences, neither necessarily have to use them, thanks to servants and chauffeurs who would no doubt drive them wherever they wanted to go.

But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – one of the most famous couples in the world – are normally photographed driving themselves.

And both have had a surprisingly modest automotive past.

Thanks to Kate Middleton’s upbringing, the Duchess spent her formative years in much more humdrum cars than the Aston Martins and Bentleys associated with her new royal life.

And while Prince William is clearly a “car person”, his automotive interest began with the same humble beginnings as any other British millennial.

The pair have driven a wide range of vehicles

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What Car Would You Pay To See In A Museum?

The Bugatti Veyron L'or Blanc edition was painted blue and white, and had ceramic detailing

Photo: Bugatti

We here at Jalopnik love cars in all shapes and sizes. In some cases, their design and construction can outshine the work of many artists and sculptors. But this isn’t historically a view that has been shared by the world’s museums and galleries.

Sure, from time to time galleries like New York’s Museum of Modern Art will host exhibitions on automotive design, and each year a new car gets added to the National Historic Vehicle Register at the United States Library of Congress, but more cars deserved to be celebrated.

Venues like the Petersen Automotive Museum host incredible collections of cars for fans to see in person, while annual meets like Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance offer a chance for the super-rich to showcase their special, and sometimes sinister, machines.

But there’s a host of different reasons why a car should earn its spot behind a velvet rope

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Here’s a buying opportunity for smart used-car shoppers

Americans bought more than 225,000 Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars in September. That’s a 2% increase from August and a 1% increase compared to September of last year.

Selling too fast for certification

But the slight increase masks a startling phenomenon. CPO sales could have been much higher, except that dealers may be selling used cars too fast to pass them through the certification process. That creates a unique buying opportunity for smart shoppers (more on that in a moment).

Kevin Chartier, vice president at Manheim Consulting, explains, “In today’s market, everything is selling so quickly and at such high prices, that I think that in many cases the dealers are selling cars before they get a chance to pull them into their shops to spend the time to recondition them up to full CPO standards.”

(Manheim Consulting and Kelley Blue Book share the same parent company, Cox Automotive.)

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Carmakers shift up a gear in race to go electric

By Nick Carey

LONDON (Reuters) – With electric car sales soaring and regulations increasingly favouring zero-emission vehicles, a flurry of announcements on Monday showed how the global auto industry has kicked into a higher gear as it races to speed past the fossil-fuel car era.

As part of its own 30 billion euro ($34.7 billion) electrification plan Stellantis – born out of a merger of PSA and Fiat Chrysler earlier this year – said it had entered a preliminary agreement with battery maker LG Energy Solution to produce battery cells and modules for North America, where the world’s No. 4 automaker expects more than 40% of its U.S. sales will be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.

That follows a recent announcement that Daimler AG will take a 33% stake in battery cell manufacturer Automotive Cells Company (ACC), founded in 2020 by Stellantis and TotalEnergies in 2020.

Carmakers are racing to

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