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Volkswagen has announced that not only will the ID.3 and ID.4 get over-the-air updates, but, starting in summer 2021, they’ll get one every three months.

“This will ensure that all delivered ID. models will be kept at the same software level as new cars throughout their entire life cycle,” said Thomas Ulbrich, the VW brand’s head of technical development. “Over-the-Air updates will also be the new normal in cars in the future.”

The OTA updates will be handles by ID.Digital, a newly established software team put together for this purpose. The development of the MEB platform and, more specifically, the ID.3 was mired in software issues initially. The brand sought to remedy that by moving much of its software development in-house as it could.

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Early reviews of the ID.4, though, have complained that despite the crossover’s competence, its infotainment system is almost a deal breaker. Slow and unresponsive, Doug DeMuro complained that it was more akin to an infotainment system from 2007 than something you’d expect in a brand new electric vehicle.

Volkswagen now says that with these over-the-air updates it will be able to quickly improve ID models’ software and customer’s interaction with the car.

Indeed, cars produced as of last week are already getting ID.Software 2.1 as standard. Owners in Europe are now able to update their ID.3s and ID.4s, too. “The introduction of Over-the-Air updates is the next important step in our transformation into a tech company and in the development of new business models,” said Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand.

Williams has unveiled the FW43B, their challenger for the 2021 Formula 1 season, and along with the technical changes comes an all-new blue, white, and yellow color scheme.

The original plan for the FW43B’s launch was to use an augmented reality (AR) app instead of a more traditional unveiling. The app could be downloaded on your device, then when the car was unveiled, you would be able to see it from all angles.

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Where the trouble came about, however, was when people discovered the car hidden in the app’s code and extracted the model to view it ahead of the launch. Williams got word of this, and decided to scrap the AR launch altogether and remove the app from both the Apple App Store and the Android Google Play store.

Williams driver George Russell voiced his disappointment on Twitter: “Massive shame. I’ve seen the app and it was going to be an awesome experience for you guys. Whoever did this, seriously not cool.” However, we did still get a chance to see how the app would have worked, as Russell posted a video of him using it on another account.

You may not have been able to experience the @WilliamsRacing app but @GeorgeRussell63 didn't want you to miss out! 💙 #GR63 pic.twitter.com/AaWXGkZwzO

— GR63 (@OfficialGR63) March 5, 2021

The FW43B is supposed to usher in a new era for the British team, as it’s their first full season since their 1977 inception to not be under the ownership of founder Sir Frank Williams following its acquisition by US-based investment company Dorilton Capital. The car’s technical changes are relatively minimal, as the real overhaul comes with next year’s sporting regulation changes.

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Newly appointed Williams Racing CEO, Jost Capito, said: “Williams Racing is a sporting icon, and a team that has forged a reputation of success through sheer determination and grit intertwined with innovation, passionate and skillful race-craft and an absolute desire to win. Highs and lows are typical in any long-established sporting brand’s journey and historic success can be a strong motivator, but it cannot be relied upon to define future success in the modern era of Formula One.

“Therefore, we have created a fresh new livery for the 2021 car; one that acknowledges our incredible past and retains the spirit, drive and motivation that remains at the core of Williams’ DNA yet looks to the future and signposts our long-term ambition to return to the front of the grid. Whilst we are just starting out on this journey and there is still a lot of work to do, we are happy to see momentum in the right direction and look forward to continuing that progress on track this season.”

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We reached out to Ford of Europe which confirmed that the Mustang EcoBoost was officially retired from the continent at the end of 2020. “Ford discontinued the Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost across Europe at the end of last year”, a spokesperson told CarScoops.

We also asked the Blue Oval’s US branch whether the decision to drop the Mustang four-pot from Europe will affect the model in North America.

“I cannot comment on future product, but we just launched the 2021 model year Mustang lineup, and the EcoBoost offering remains unchanged from the previous model year, as it continues to be an important part of our pony-car lineup that customers love”, a representative told us. [Update: 03/05/2021] 

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The sixth generation Ford Mustang entered production in 2014, and with it came a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine.

Used by the previous Focus RS and then by the latest Focus ST, albeit with less power, the mill made the pony car more affordable. However, Ford decided to drop it altogether from European markets.

Discovered by Autocar, the quiet demise of the Mustang EcoBoost was reportedly tied to low demand for the model, which accounted for only 15 percent of Mustang sales in the United Kingdom since its arrival in 2015.

“The latest Mustang coupe range is V8-only, reflecting customer preference and prior low demand for the 2.3 four-cylinder at 15 percent of sales”, a spokesperson told Autocar. “Engineering resource has to be prioritized across all car models, balancing their popularity, emissions compliance and CO2.”

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The Mustang EcoBoost is no longer listed on Ford’s official websites in Germany, Italy, Spain and France either, and it might have been retired from other European countries too. The 2021 Mustang GT starts at £41,930 ($58,537) in the UK, around £10,000 ($13,961) more than the axed entry-level EcoBoost, and the Mustang Mach 1 has a recommended retail price of £52,930 ($73,894).

The Mustang EcoBoost remains on sale in the United States, in the Fastback, Premium Fastback and Convertible. The 2.3-liter four-banger is linked to a six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic transmission and pumps out 310 HP and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque, whereas the 5.0-liter V8 in the GT is good for 460 HP and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm).

Pricing for the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback starts at $27,155, while the EcoBoost Convertible has an MSRP of $32,655. The GT Fastback will set buyers back at least $36,120 and the Mach 1 is listed from $52,720.

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