Auto briefs: Drone art, snow machine, crossovers

A dynamic piece of floating art made from autonomous drones, a concept vehicle designed to tackle the ski slopes, and a commitment to crossovers were among the items promoted by automakers recently.

  • BMW recently announced a cultural collaboration with Studio Drift to debut a flying sculpture dubbed "Franchise Freedom." This artwork consists of 300 autonomous drones, each equipped with a light source and designed to emulate a flock of birds. Franchise Freedom will debut at sunset in Miami Beach on Dec. 6. The automaker also announced that it will introduce a work by BMW Art Journey winner Max Hooper at the BMW Lounge in Miami Beach.
  • Not long after announcing a partnership with Vail Resorts, GMC debuted a concept vehicle designed to navigate snowy terrain. The Sierra 2500HD All Mountain, which was introduced at Vail Mountain in Colorado, replaces the tires with triangular tank-like treads. The truck also features a 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine with 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.
  • Crossovers have become a particularly popular choice for new vehicles, and Hyundai recently announced that it is committing to introducing eight new or reengineered crossovers by 2020. The automaker will start with the Kona, a small crossover slated to be released in March. Hyundai also said it intends to have a diverse lineup of powertrains in these models, including diesel, electric, and fuel cell.


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