Category: Auto

BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The Next Automakers to Buddy Up?

Cooperation is commonplace among automakers. Chrysler has worked with, or been purchased by, just about everyone at this point, but it’s far from the only manufacturer to get chummy with a rival company. Ford and Volkswagen are busy discussing their future together and Toyota tapped other brands to help it co-develop performance models like the 86 […]

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Rare Rides: A Custom Aston Martin V8 Shooting Brake From 1998

Ever wondered what a bespoke shooting brake might look like if its donor vehicle were a long-wheelbase convertible? Wonder no more, for today’s Rare Ride is just such a vehicle, and is also an Aston Martin. The car which would become Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage model began with the (relatively) lower performance Virage, which debuted […]

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Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs in Michigan

Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo, announced plans for a Michigan expansion on Tuesday. The company is currently seeking a location in the southeast section of the state and intends to hire up to 400 employees over the next five years. According to a corporate blog post, the new new hires will be tasked with installing autonomous […]

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Get Your Batteries From Us: Toyota, Panasonic Announce Joint Venture

Already a pioneer in hybrid drive technology, Toyota’s recent push towards fully electric cars has birthed a joint venture with one of the world’s premier battery makers, potentially opening up a massive revenue stream for the automaker. On Tuesday, the company announced the creation of a joint venture with Panasonic to supply other automakers with […]

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S AWD Review – Sultry Styling, British Quirks

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0-liter supercharged V6 (380 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm; 332 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm) Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive 18 city / 25 highway / 21 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) Base Price: $70,450 (U.S) As Tested: $84,815 (U.S.) Prices include $995 destination charge in the United States. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is not […]

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GM’s 2.7-liter Pickup Engine Comes Up Short in Real-world MPG Test

You’ve read no shortage of commentary about General Motors’ new truck engine on these digital pages — from the 2.7-liter four-cylinder‘s impressive on-paper power figures (310 hp, 348 lb-ft), to the continuing rivalry between GM and Ford, to the rather slim fuel economy gap separating it from its eight-cylinder stablemates. You’ve also read about GM’s […]

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Ghosn’s Bail Petition Rejected, Wife Slams Treatment

For detained industry titan Carlos Ghosn, getting out of the slammer has thus far proven an insurmountable challenge. Interned in a Tokyo jail since his Nov. 19 arrest, the Renault CEO and former Nissan chairman has repeatedly seen his bail appeals fall on deaf ears, with past indictments squashing previous hopes for release. On Tuesday, […]

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‘This Is Pretty Much It’: New GM President Acknowledges Cadillac’s Last Chance For Glory

Cadillac is at a crossroads. While the brand has enjoyed growth in Asia, domestic volume never fully recovered from the Great Recession. It’s come back a bit, with sales dipping and rising between years, but hasn’t managed to keep pace with the overall market. As of 2018, Cadillac possesses the lowest share of the U.S. market […]

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2020 Volkswagen Golf Spotted at German McDonalds?

Despite the 2020 Volkswagen Golf arriving later this year, VW hasn’t done much to tease it. In fact, the only glimpses we’ve had of it were of the Sasquatch variety — unconfirmed, low-resolution images taken in the wild before the elusive creature vanishes. There’s now another one. Last week, Instagram user johannes.vag captured a couple of […]

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Wall Street Doesn’t Think Much of Ford’s Relationship With Volkswagen

Like stern parents who just don’t understand, Wall Street analysts are playing hard to please when it comes to the alliance forged between Ford and Volkswagen. The two automakers made their deepened relationship official at last week’s North American International Auto Show, promising to breed a new generation of commercial vans for the European market, […]

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Volkswagen Officially Announces Record Attempt for Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Volkswagen is currently on a quest to prove electrification is the true path forward for automobiles. However, it’s not doing this by releasing production plug-ins with robust battery ranges. Instead, it’s taking its electric racer to the Nordschleife this summer after achieving total victory at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb last June. The automaker wants […]

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Rare Rides: The 1987 Nissan Be-1 – a Little Retro Ride

Today’s Rare Ride is a Nissan Be-1 from 1987. As the first of four Pike cars, it set the stage for the upcoming Pike cars and commanded immediate attention from consumers. Come along as we check out this hatchback cheerful economy car. We’ve seen one of the Be-1’s brethren previously — when we learned about the industrial […]

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2019 Chevrolet Volt Review – An Elegy

2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier Electric front wheel drive with 1.5-liter inline-four range extender (149 combined horsepower, 294 lb/ft) 42 (EPA Rating, MPG) 106 (EPA Rating, MPGe) 5.6 / 5.6 / 5.6 (NRCan Rating, L/100km) 73.2 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $38,995 US / $44,895 CAD As Tested: $40,830 / $47,320 CAD Prices include $875 destination […]

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Doors Make the Man: Lincoln’s Suicide-doored Continental Proves Exceptionally Popular Among the Well-off Crowd

“Exceptionally popular” is a descriptor that does not jibe well with “Lincoln Continental,” as sales of the division’s flagship sedan haven’t exactly fallen into the category of scorching. Introduced late in 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle, sales of the Continental fell 3.8 percent, year over year, in December, and 27.1 percent for the […]

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America’s Subcompact Car Market Is Now Just Half the Size It Was Three Years Ago, and It’s Falling Fast

America’s demand for subcompact cars tumbled 26 percent in 2018, yet another result that points to the eventual demise of all but a few B-segment cars. 2018’s sharp drop – equal to roughly 94,000 fewer sales in the core eight-car subcompact category – follows an equally harsh decline in 2017, when the segment lost more […]

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Junkyard Find: 1980 Datsun 310 Coupe

Nissan sold lots of the original Datsun 510s in the United States, and so the remainder of the 1970s saw a whole series of model names ending in “10” showing up in Datsun dealerships. Some (e.g., the 610 and 710) were Bluebird-based cars like the 510, but the 310 was really a Cherry-based Nissan Pulsar. […]

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Book ’em Again, Danno: Cadillac’s Revised Subscription Service Coming Later This Year

General Motors is readying another automotive subscription service after canceling “Book by Cadillac,” which was deemed too costly to keep operational, several months ago. However, whether that was due entirely to its own failures or related to the fact that the company is aggressively hunting for capital through its restructuring program is up for debate. […]

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