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The Tundra is an obscure model in the Toyota lineup. In the world that is dominated by the "Detroit Three," Toyota continually strives to create a pickup that is worthy of the masses, even if the sales are far from stellar. The current-generation truck is getting quite old — it debuted in 2007 — so Toyota has given it a full visual overhaul inside and out for 2014. TopSpeed went to the first press drive and came away quite impressed, but how would the truck fair in the real world?

I took possession of a top-level trim 1794 Edition Tundra for a week to put it through its paces. The GM twins are all-new this year, the new Ford F-150 comes out next year, and the Ram should be getting refreshed soon. In this world of fast evolving pickups does the new Tundra have what it takes to stay relevant?

I spent more than 800 miles beating on this beast to see if it had what it takes to be a real truck that sees real work.

Read on to find out what I though of it.

Well this is some surprising news indeed. The man that has helmed Ferrari for more than two decades, Luca di Montezemolo is stepping down, effective October 13th. Sadly, and despite his age of 67, this doesn’t seem to be a simple retirement; there has been some serious tension in the land of the Italian automobile lately.

Not only is Ferrari struggling in Formula One , but Montezemelo has been butting heads lately with Fiat head Sergio Marchionne. Not only is Marchionne upset with the Formula One disappointment, but he and Montezemelo are at opposite ends of the scale when it comes to the future of Ferrari.

Currently Montezemelo has capped Ferrari’s sales at 7,000 cars per year to bolster and maintain the company’s elite status. Marchionne, on the other hand, wants Ferrari to expand, become even more profitable, and to donate technology and engineering to other brands in the Fiat family with the goal of creating more luxurious models across the range. Marchionne wants the new Fiat/Chrysler to become a true competitor to Volkswagen .

According to a report from Bloomberg, Montezemelo has been quoted as saying that “Ferrari is now American,” going so far as to call it “the end of an era.” I hope he is wrong.

This is most disappointing, as Montezemelo has an astonishing record at Ferrari. Since he took over, company revenue has climbed by 1,000 percent, yearly auto sales have tripled, and after years and years of F1 failure, the Ferrari team secured eight World Constructors’ Championships.

Marchionne is anything but an idiot, but I do feel worried for the Ferrari brand as a whole. Montezemelo has obviously had some incredible success in running this prestigious brand, and it is upsetting to see him so unceremoniously forced out of the company that he helped thrust into such incredible success.

Click past the jump to read more about Luca di Montezemolo’s collaboration with Ferrari.

Cadillac recently dropped a press release in our inbox that contained plans to offer advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on some 2017 model year vehicles. Naturally, our curiosity kicked in because words like “intelligent” and “connected” have become even more important in today’s auto industry. So we read through the release and found some nuggets of information that indicated what Caddy’s got up its sleeve.

The first technological advancement will be an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise. A yet-to-be-named 2017 Cadillac will feature this new system, which will offer customers improved driving experience through hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. Super Cruise is being developed to become a boon for drivers, specifically those driving on highways under a variety of road conditions. The description’s pretty interesting, although it’s hard to judge how effective it’s going to be until we see it in action.

Moving on, Cadillac also announced that the 2017 CTS Sedan will feature vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. According to the automaker, this new system is supposed to improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving safety information between vehicles that are approaching each other. It’s going to be like these cars will be able to talk to each other and warn drivers of incoming road conditions that they can avoid beforehand.

We’re not sure how that’s going to work on surface streets, but on the highway, drivers can use these kinds of information to divert their routes before they get stuck in traffic.

That’s pretty cool.

Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s future intelligent technology.

Well it seems that even ultra-rare, incredibly expensive supercars can be caught up in the woes of government-mandated recalls, as the NHTSA has issued a recall notice for the Porsche 918 Spyder . Yes, the 887-horsepower, nearly $1-million hybrid. Specifically, there are potentially 45 cars worldwide that can suffer from an issue that will cause the rear control arm to break.

Can you imagine the havoc as you close in on the 918’s 200-plus-mph top speed and that arm snaps? Yikes.

If you are one of the lucky few in the U.S. who own one of these incredible cars, feel lucky, as only five of the U.S. 918s are suspected to have the issue. There is also no word on any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.

According to Autoblog, Porsche first discovered the issue during some “heavy-duty durability testing” that involved bombing around the Nardo test track in Italy. It seems that so long as you aren’t inflicting track-style abuse on your 918, it should be perfectly safe for driving until the issue can be repaired. As with all recalls of this nature, a quick trip to Porsche dealer will get your 918 inspected, and if necessary, repaired.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Source: Autoblog

Supercar companies spend a lot of time testing their vehicles, and with so much time and effort being put into testing, accidents are bound to happen. Some involve minor mishaps that are taken care of immediately, while other take a little more time to fix. However, there are accidents that nobody wants to happen and usually these are the types that end with somebody getting hurt.

Unfortunately, that’s what happened to Koenigsegg during a recent test run at the Nurburgring. The Swedish supercar manufacturer spent a few days on the ‘Ring with the One:1 and an Agera R -based prototype. Our spy photographers reported that the testing was going smoothly until the Agera R prototype got involved in a major accident, violently crashing into the barriers at the track.

Photos of the crash’s aftermath show the mule suffering some damage to the front and rear sections but more importantly, both the driver and the passenger were also hurt with the former sadly receiving the brunt of the crash. The speed photos we got were apparently taken a little over a minute before the unfortunate accident.

Hopefully, the driver and the passenger of the Agera R recover from their injuries sooner than later. Nobody wants to see something like this happen, especially on what is supposed to a controlled test session.

Click past the jump to read more about the crash

We just recently got a full look at the all-new, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in all of its glory and though I was initially in shock from its new look, it has since grown on me. In fact, it has now gotten to the point where I actually think it may be an upgrade over the NC generation, but I will reserve my final judgement for when the drivetrain information rolls out. In order to truly understand how the Miata got to this point, we need to step back and really dive deep into the history of the MX-5 . Enter in two experts in the field of Mazda roadsters, Bob Hall and Dean Case, and you stand to learn all the information on the Miata’s history that you care to know.

Bob Hall was a part of the team that was tasked with designing the NA Miata roadster , and despite his team’s version not being warmly received on paper, it was a huge success once it made it to the clay-model phase.

Bob and Dean went on to talk about the Mazda Miata’s first true rival, the doomed-from-the-beginning Mercury Capri, and the why British Racing Green and yellow were initially axed from the color options. The video goes on for nearly 22 minutes, so there is a ton more insider information passed on. This is definitely a must-watch for any Miata fan.

The newly launched Jaguar XE , Britain’s lightweight competitors for the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class , will spawn a new family of models, including coupe and station wagon versions. That’s the word from Car Advice, who got the information straight from Nick Miller, chief program engineer for the XE, at the sedan’s official launch in London.

Miller refrained from unveiling any actual details, but he suggested the XE will get more body styles in the future. A coupe and an estate are the obvious choices for this lineup. Naturally, the two-door will compete against the 4 Series, with a high-performance version to take on the beefed-up M4. "I’ll never say never for the future – we’re looking at all different styles for the future," he said.

On a side note, Miller also hinted that the C-X17 crossover will make it to production on the same platform.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar XE.

Source: CarAdvice

The Jaguar F-Type Roadster has been one of the most popular sports cars since it made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show . It’s rarely had any bad press and hasn’t received any negative reviews. Simply put, the F-Type Roadster has been a sparkling ray of light for Jaguar . But all good things come to an end, or burned to the ground in this case.

That’s exactly what happened to this F-Type Roadster in Germany. Multiple media reports out of Germany suggest that this charred piece of metal was once an F-Type Roadster . The accident happened earlier this week when the F-Type’s 26-year-old driver heard an explosion under its hood. The driver managed to stall the car on the side of the road before jumping out. Fortunately, he managed to escape unhurt before flames engulfed the F-Type and turned it into this wrecked heap.

The damage to the roadster is incredible. You can’t make even make it out anymore because the entire front section’s completely gone. It’s a wreck beyond recognition, which is even more difficult to stomach considering that reports indicated that it only had around 5,000 kilometers (around 3,100 miles) on its odometer.

We can only hope that this isn’t the start of an epidemic.

Ok, grab your biggest salt shaker before you venture further into this news; you’re going to need it. The Website 4WheelNews.com is quoting an article published recently in a Japanese car magazine that is apparently called Best Car, and it seems Toyota is working on a version of the GT86 that is turbocharged and has all-wheel drive. Yes, this rumor is sprouting legs yet again.

According to the story, the turbo engine will be a 2.5-liter boxer from Subaru with 300 horsepower. Right now the only engine Subaru makes that is a turbo 2.5 is the old EJ in the WRX STI. This is where I start to take some issue. First, Subaru has stated in the past that the engine in the STI is too tall to fit under the hood of the BRZ and GT86. Secondly, Subaru has been insanely strict about weight and center of balance on this car. Using the heavier EJ25 block instead of the new 2.0-liter FA20 engine that is in the current WRX , seems like an obvious wrong choice. I also question the idea of adding AWD to the mix. Getting rid of the RWD setup will alter this car’s driving dynamic to a point that it will be unrecognizable.

Another odd piece of information in this piece is in regards to the transmission. Apparently, Toyota will offer an eight-speed auto with paddle shifters. Nothing in the Toyota or Subaru family has an eight-speed transmission, so I am suspect about this as well.

Only time will tell what is really going to happen. Rest assured, if there is a turbocharged and AWD BRZ/FR-S/GT86 coming, we will let you know as soon as we have proof.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT 86.

Source: 4wheelsnews

There’s been a lot of talk about the next-generation BMW 1 Series moving to front-wheel drive, but we have yet to see the current model in its facelifted guise out in the open. We’ve already seen camouflaged versions of both the 1 Series hatch and the M135i , but those weren’t too telling. The exterior modifications are not much of a mystery, but there’s a brand-new piece to the 1 Series puzzle that will require some extra patience as we await the official details.

We’re talking about the 1 Series Sedan , which won’t arrive as part of the upcoming facelift, but as the very first 1 Series to ride on the company’s UKL platform and feature front-wheel drive. While such a configuration will ruin the 1 Series for some BMW enthusiasts, it will enable the sedan to compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan , two vehicles offered with front-wheel drive as standard. Read on to find out what we know so far about the 1 Series Sedan.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 1 Series Sedan


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