Extra! Nissan’s Electric El Camino, Countdown to Judgement Day

In this episode we take a look at Nissan’s newest research facility member: Sparky, the tiny electric El Camino. Audi scores the first autonomous driver’s permit in California and Cadillac is moving even more up-scale.


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If you’re a fan of the Subaru Baja and Chevy El Camino, this first story is just for you. Nissan engineers melded an electric Leaf to a Frontier pickup and the result is this little rig, which they’ve dubbed “Sparky.” According to Nissan, this was used as a team building exercise. [sound bite]“We had a need for a truck, a small truck, something—- We are going to learn to work together.” Wouldn’t you know it, Nissan has no plans to put this derpy-looking vehicle into production. Aw, shucks.

Now, for something a bit more sophisticated. Cadillac announced that they will introduce a new high-end, high technology car into its lineup. No word on a name or what kind of horsepower we can look at, but Cadillac does say it will be positioned above the CTS and XTS in terms of luxury, potentially making this a Mercedes-Benz S-Class competitor. The new model will feature completely new, custom-designed materials on a unique architecture. Speaking of Architecutre, check out this 1974 Baroque Custom Cadillac. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. Cadillac didn’t say if the new car will take any cues from the 1974 Baroque, but we can dream.

In 2010, Audi conquered the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a driverless car. Granted it was slow compared to real racers. Like, really slow. 27-minutes slow. (look vacant at camera, with a clock sound in the background for a few seconds.) Now, Audi is set to conquer the state of California. Thanks in part to new new laws and regulations that were recently put into place, Audi has been granted the first autonomous driving permit in the Golden State. Audi had already been testing their autonomous cars in Nevada, but having a permit closer to their research lab will hopefully streamline things. Audi hopes this technology will be ready for consumers within five years. Yep, 5 years until SkyNet drives you to work. 5 years and 25 days before it becomes self-aware, turning on humanity. [With added intensity.] And only 37 years before Arnold Schwartzenegger is send back to 1997 to kill Sarah Connor… wait, are we still talking about Audi?