This Week In Trucks: Volume 17

VinFast V8 and V9 tour

Asian start-up VinFast is taking the show on the road with the VinFast Canada Roadshow, where it will set up pop-up displays in select high-traffic malls in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto to showcase the new VF 8 and VF 9 SUVs.

2023 VinFast VF 8

Visitors can check out services and smart functions up close like charging solutions, and experience in-person demonstrations of the many features offered on the two EVs. Prospective customers can also enjoy Vietnamese-style coffee while picking the brains of onsite experts to learn more about the brand and its various models.

The Roadshow’s next stop is the Yorkdale Shopping Centre May 20 to June 5 (Toronto), then the CF Carrefour Laval June 10 to 26 (Montreal) and finally wrapping up at a TBA venue in Vancouver from July 8 to 18.

IONIQ 5-based Robotaxi

Will people soon be able to hail a self-driving IONIQ 5 taxi? A concept of the Level 4 autonomous vehicle was first revealed at the IAA Mobility 2021 auto show in Germany to much acclaim.

IONIQ 5-based Robotaxi

Hyundai has partnered with Boston-based startup Motional, specializing in driverless technology, which has installed various bits of hardware and software to help the crossover operate on its own.

The company has created two videos to demonstrating the humanistic qualities of its robotaxis. The first episode focuses on a female engineer working on the project, while the second a group of teenagers interested in the futuristic mobility solution. The concept is expected to become a reality starting next year when the first public passengers are to be transported in Las Vegas.

Countryman Gone Wild

Though the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 is on the smaller side of the SUV segment, a new Untamed Edition makes it just a little bit more rugged for the adventurous set.

2022 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Untamed Edition

The new trim is highlighted by 18-inch all-terrain wheels with GRABBER AT3 off-road tires providing exceptional grip even on loose surfaces. Once arriving at the destination, owners can pitch the included roof tent for a night’s rest from Italian vehicle camping gear manufacturing AUTOHOME.

Design-wise, Untamed wears a cool Momentum Grey paint job and Frozen Bluestone side graphics, and has an interior upholstered in Highland Green leather.

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