Daily Drive Thru: Ford Partners With Lyft, Jaguar Still Focused On Sports Cars, The 2017 BMW I8 And More

Ford announced an exciting new partnership today with ride-sharing startup Lyft to bring its autonomous tech to the masses. We’ll get into the nitty-gritty of that partnership in a moment.

We also have an op-ed discussing the viability of the Genesis brand in the U.S. Many may not have even heard of Genesis, let alone know that it’s the new luxury subsidiary of Hyundai. With Genesis’s debut of its new G70 Sport sedan last week in Seoul, we found out whether the brand has longevity in the cutthroat luxury market.

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Those stories and much more are on tap in this Wednesday edition of the Daily Drive-Thru.

NEWS

Ford to integrate autonomous cars with Lyft network

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Ford is teaming up with ride-sharing startup Lyft to integrate autonomous cars into its network.

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In a partnership announced Wednesday, Ford will link its self-driving software with Lyft’s fleet of taxis in order to test its autonomous technology. The goal is to develop a fully driverless vehicle by 2021. This is, of course, not the first time Lyft has partnered with an automaker, as Lyft in the past has teamed up with Google’s Waymo to test autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

Learn more about Ford and Lyft’s partnership here.

Jaguar’s future to include electrified sports cars

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The sound of its engine alone will make most sports car buyers want the 2017 Jaguar F-Type. 

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While many may think that Jaguar’s ambitious plans to usher in all electrified models by 2020 puts the kibosh on sports cars, they couldn’t be more wrong. A design director from the British automaker told Automotive News that sports cars are staying put in Jag’s portfolio. After the debut earlier this month of the gorgeous, vintage-inspired E-Type Zero concept roadster, we’re looking forward to what’s in store for Jaguar’s electrified future.

Find out more about Jaguar’s future plans here.

Vacuum maker Dyson is building an electric car

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Vacuum maker turned automaker, Dyson sees a future in the pursuit of EV technology.

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Dyson, the maker of everyone’s favorite overpriced, pretentious vacuum cleaners wants to break into the electric car business. In an email to staff yesterday, Founder James Dyson said he’s got a team of 400 engineers working on an electric car. This news comes after Dyson’s recent hire of former lead of communications at Tesla and Dyson’s recent acquisition of Michigan-based battery tech company Sakti3 back in 2015.

Check out more about Dyson’s plans here.

OPINION

Op-Ed: Korean culture could play a role in Genesis’s success

2019 Genesis G70 Front Left Red

From the side, its long hood, short front overhang and multi-spoke alloy wheels create a sleek profile with dark chrome aero trim accents. 

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In 2016, Hyundai decided to take its Genesis and Equus sedans and renamed them the G80 and G90 under the new “Genesis” nameplate. Now, Genesis lifted the curtain on the third sedan to join the trio of luxury four-doors with the G70 Sport, aimed at competing against the stalwarts of Germany. However, unlike the Germans, Genesis doesn’t have the brand recognition of Audi, BMW, or Mercedes.

In a four-day trip to Seoul, Daily News Autos contributing writer Rebecca Lindland got to drive the 2019 G70 Sport and reflected on whether Genesis can find success in the U.S. in its early infancy as a standalone name.

See what she thinks the future holds for Genesis here.

GALLERY

2017 BMW i8

Luxury plug-in hybrid sports cars that perfectly balance performance, style and fuel efficiency are a rare gem when found. Here, it looks like we’ve stumbled upon the trifecta in the 2017 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

Gallery: 2017 BMW i8 Photos

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