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Not long after a rare HSV GTSR W1 Maloo sold for a record AU$1.05 million ($812,847), a pair of GTSR W1 sedans have hit the used car market.

Making these two examples special is the fact that they are two out of four evaluation models in existence that were used for testing by HSV. The more striking of the two is the #E002 example, painted in a bright shade of green known as Jungle Fever.

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According to the auction listing on Grays.com, it was used for hot weather testing in Darwin. It was also featured heavily in various motoring publications and features the signatures of Holden Supercar drivers Jamie Whincup, Shane van Gisbergen, and Craig Lowndes following their 1-2-3 finish at the Sandown 500 in 2018. The car has 17,318 km (10,7760 miles) on the clock.

As for the second HSV GTSR W1 for sale, it is being offered through Australian Muscle Car Sales, has 28,548 km (17,738 miles) on its odo and carries a sticker price of AU$605,000 ($468,354). This car is #E004 of the four evaluation cars produced and started out life as a regular GTS before being equipped with all the parts of the W1.

Just 298 examples of the HSV GTSR W1 were ever produced. Each car came outfitted with the 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 from the C6 Corvette ZR1 that produced 636 hp and 601 lb-ft (815 Nm) in local guise, making it one of the most powerful series-production sedans ever sold in Australia.

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已由 Honda 確定會在 2 月 18 日進行全球首演的 HR-V 大改款,先前 Honda 透過官方宣傳片方式,開始漸漸匯集人氣,在距離發表只剩一週的時候,有一組疑似 HR-V 的外觀照片在網路上傳出,雖然無廠徽,但交叉比對的情況來看,幾乎確定這就是新一代 HR-V 的外型設計。

雖然沒有秀出廠徽,但一般預料這組灰階照片就是 HR-V。

這組照片從臉書上傳出,是一組灰階的照片,包含車頭、車尾、車側及 45 度角的照片,根據比對先前 Honda 釋出的車側尾的畫面,幾乎是一模一樣,另外像是頭燈上方的 LED 日行燈設計,也與先前傳出的偽裝照極為吻合,車外後視鏡的位置也相同,在在都顯示這就是大改款的 HR-V。

車尾 45 度照片來看,可看到與 HR-V 相同的隱藏式後車門把手。

與先前 Honda 釋出的車尾影片交叉比對,幾乎是一模一樣。

日本當地已經有型錄的曝光,將會採 1.5 升汽油以及 1.5 升 e:HEV 油電系統兩種動力選擇,頂級車款預計會有全景天窗、電動尾門這類高級配備,而 9 吋中控懸浮螢幕、Apple Carplay/Android Auto 都會是配備之一。最終的外型及配備等,仍須待 2 月 18 日才能見分曉。

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The theft of catalytic converters is nothing new, but high prices of the precious metals they contain and a global pandemic are combining to make things worse than ever.

Although national numbers are not available, The New York Times reports that local police departments are investigating more and more cases across the country. St. Louis, for instance, reported eight times more thefts in 2020 than it did in 2019. Lexington, South Carolina, Wichita, Kansas, and other cities have been seeing cases rise into the hundreds, too.

The increase comes down to a number of factors, but one of the biggest is that prices for metals contained inside catalytic converters are spiking. The devices, required by law in the US since the 1975 model year, use precious metals like platinum, rhodium, and palladium to help reduce tailpipe emissions in cars, and prices for those elements have reached record highs.

The price of palladium has quintupled in the last five years to about $2,500 an ounce. Same goes for rhodium. It started higher than palladium five years ago, selling for about $640 an ounce, and its price has risen even further. Up by about 3,000%, rhodium can fetch as much as $21,900 an ounce.

At about 12 times the price of gold, to say that there’s a goldmine under your car would be an understatement. Naturally, there isn’t much of the metals in catalytic converters (they’ve gotten smaller since the one from 1974 you see up top), but some scrapyards advertising online say they’ll pay as much as $500 for select converters.

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However, not all catalytic converters are created equal. As a rule, older cars tended to use more of the precious metals, and according to NYT, Priuses are prized since they use their engines less, which means more of the catalysts are left unspent. KXXV, an ABC affiliate in Texas, reports that taller vehicles like SUVs and pickup trucks are also targets due to their height that makes it easier to crawl under and saw the device out.

With owners driving less, it may take longer than ever to notice that your catalytic converter was stolen. Since everything is happening under the car, it can be easy not to notice that the part is gone until you start your car and the exhaust note has increased by several decibels.

Unfortunately, it seems that there’s no easy way to solve these crimes. Although scrapyardss in some states may be required to ask for photo ID when they buy catalytic converters, in many states the black market for them is hard to track. That’s why some police departments are even recommending that you etch your plate number, or other identifying symbols, into yours.

That may seem like overkill, but if your insurance doesn’t cover it, you could find yourself with a big repair bill.