The 2021 Lexus IS Could Inherit the 2020 Toyota Supra’s BMW-Sourced Inline-Six
Is it possible that Toyota’s existing partnership with BMW could extend into a Lexus? That’s what a report from Japan’s Best Car magazine is saying. According to the report, the next-generation Lexus IS sports sedan will be powered by the same 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter, turbocharged, straight-six that you can find under the hood of a recently released Toyota sports car that’s been dominating the news lately. If the reports are true, the next-generation IS could share the same engine with the Toyota Supra and, by extension, the BMW Z4. Whether using that engine is enough to elevate the IS’ standing in the premium compact luxury market remains to be seen. It would definitely be interesting to see it compete against BMW and the almighty 3 Series with an engine that comes from, well, BMW.
2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition
Just as Mercedes is adept at rolling out First Edition models, it can do the same with Final Edition models. It just so happens that the latter is more fitting for the times, particularly with the SLC-Class, Merc’s largely forgotten retractable hardtop convertible. In case you didn’t know, Mercedes is closing the book on the SLC’s three-generation life, and to commemorate the occasion, the Germans are rolling out the 2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition. Mercedes is offering the special edition SLC on the SLC300 and AMG SLC43 trims of the roadster. There’s no specific number on how many models Mercedes plans to build, only that the special edition will be available in the U.S. in 2020.
McLaren Officially Has No Desire to Offer An SUV - Ever
An SUV is not part of McLaren’s plans, now or in future. McLaren’s design chief, Mark Roberts, made that clear at an event preceding the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show. According to Roberts, McLaren isn’t going to stray away from its core identity as an automaker that delivers the “ultimate driving experience.” Since McLaren believes that developing an SUV strays from that identity, it’s not a question of “if” the company ends up building one, as it is “when” we’re going to stop thinking it will. It’s not happening. Not now. Not in the future. So stop wishing for a McLaren SUV to one day enter our lives. Unless the automaker undergoes a dramatic shift in philosophy, you have a better chance of seeing a 150-horsepower Ferrari city car than a McLaren SUV.
Lamborghini’s First Hybrid will Debut in Frankfurt as - You Guessed It - a Special Edition Model
The wait for Lamborghini’s first hybrid supercar will come to an end at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The yet-to-be-named hybrid monster is a touchpoint for the Italian automaker as it lays the foundation for its own hybrid plans for the future. For now, the hybrid supercar goes by the name “LB48H.” Details are still scarce at this point, but Lamborghini is expected to take styling cues from the Terzo Millenio EV Concept it unveiled last year and graft them onto the hybrid supercar. This model also holds the distinction for being the rarest among all hybrid exotics that have been released in recent years. Lamborghini’s building only 63 units — the 63-car volume is a nod to 1963, the year Lamborghini was born — and, unfortunately for all of us, all 63 units are already accounted for.
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Won’t Look Like the 2015 Santa Cruz Concept After All
Four years after dropping jaws on the floor of the North American International Auto Show, we learn the Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept could finally come to our lives in the next few years. Just don’t expect the production version to look anything like the concept that caused a ruckus in Detroit back in 2015. Time is the biggest culprit behind this shift. It’s been four years since Hyundai unveiled the Santa Cruz, and a lot has changed within Hyundai during that time. The company’s new decision-makers are taking a different approach from the regime that championed the concept’s production back then. It remains to be seen how the different stylistic approach affects the production model’s appeal, but that’s also just one of many questions that Hyundai needs to answer before the production pickup arrives.
Random Act of Kindness Ends with Nursing Student Getting a Free Car
Let’s start your Mondays off on a good note with a story about a young nurse from California and the generosity of a Scion xB owner. Kayla Cooper walked into an Auto City dealership with the intent of purchasing a vehicle. What she got instead was a free car from Dan Laguardia, who handed her the keys to his Scion xB after learning that Cooper couldn’t close a deal on her car purchase. There’s obviously more to this story — we’ll get to that — but, in a nutshell, it shows the power of kindness and generosity in a world that probably needs more doses of both.
Mercedes-AMG Wants to Make You The Perfect Set of Gloves for your ONE Hypercar
There are cars in this business that are exclusive, and there are cars in this business that are exclusive. The Mercedes-AMG ONE belongs in the latter group. It’s so exclusive that Mercedes-AMG only plans to build 275 units of the Formula One technology-derived hypercar. It’s so exclusive that each of the 275 units costs almost $3 million. It’s so exclusive that, apparently, Mercedes-AMG sent all 275 prospective owners a box with a template inside it. The customers are required to imprint their hands on the template so AMG can make them the perfect pair of driving gloves. And if you’re wondering how much these customers had to pay to reserve one slot for the ONE, the answer is around $565,000 based on current exchange rates. That’s only the deposit, folks. The freakin’ deposit.
Details Of the Full-Scale LEGO Bugatti Chiron Are Incredible
Just when you thought you knew everything about the life-sized, brick-version Bugatti Chiron that LEGO created last year, this detailed look at the incredible creation opens up details that we didn’t know about the replica. The credit belongs to the folks over at The Straight Pipes, who managed to get an in-depth look at the LEGO Chiron when it was on display at the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show. We know that this replica was created with over one million bricks. That’s old news. What we didn’t know is that most of the LEGO Chiron’s body is comprised of flexible sheets made of bricks that are shaped like triangles. That’s one of the many details you’ll learn from this 10-minute deep dive into what is arguably the sickest-looking full-scale model that LEGO has ever created.
2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport ‘110 Ans’ Edition
Bugatti is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, and in keeping with its reputation for celebrating anniversaries in style, it’s bringing a special edition Chiron to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The special edition model, called the Chiron Sport “110 Ans,” is essentially a love letter for Bugatti, from Bugatti. It’s limited to just 20 units, and it’s dressed up in the finest exclusive touches you can find in the business. The special edition ode to Bugatti’s heritage will be the centerpiece of Bugatti’s exhibit in Geneva, though it may or may not be joined by a mysterious one-off hypercar that Bugatti is also rumored to have a spot for in its booth in Geneva. But that’s a different story. This is all about the Bugatti Chiron Sport 110 Ans Edition, a fitting celebratory piece to Bugatti’s long and storied history in the business.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss LEGO
Chevrolet has teamed up with LEGO to create a full-sized brick version of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss. The LEGO Group’s Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut is responsible for the design and assembly of the monstrous LEGO Silverado. It’s made up of 334,544 LEGO pieces and weighs 3,307 pounds. Needless to say, completing this massive 20-foot build took some time and a lot of manpower. In total, 18 builders helped complete the life-sized truck, and more than 2,000 hours were consumed in the endeavor. The LEGO Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss isn’t just for show, either. It was built in collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures as part of the latter’s marketing blitz to promote the new LEGO movie, “The LEGO Movie 2: Second Part.” The movie is now in theaters in the U.S.
Bugatti Could Redefine The Pricing of One-Off Builds at The Geneva Motor Show
Bugatti is no stranger to shaking up the industry when there’s an opportunity to do so. That “opportunity” could come sooner than we think because of rumors that the super luxury performance brand is developing a one-off creation for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The whispered price of this one-off? $18 million. Details are still scarce at the point, but it is rumored that this one-off Bugatti has already been built. More importantly, it was built for Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, the former chairman of the Volkswagen Group, and is being launched as part of the automaker’s 110th-anniversary celebration.
The Curious Case of John Cena’s Ford GT
The Ford GT that once belonged to John Cena is back in the news again for the same reason it’s appeared in the news so many times before. As improbable — maybe even impossible — as it sounds, the Liquid Blue Metallic Ford GT is back up for auction for the third time in the last two years. This time, the GT will once again go through Mecum Auctions, which, coincidentally, handled the supercar the last time it went up for auction at its Dallas event…four months ago. Say what you will about the Ford GT’s appeal, but it’s hard to imagine what kind of jinx this GT is carrying that’s turned it into the supercar equivalent of a hot potato.
Audi’s SUV Family is Now Complete with the 2020 Q4 Concept’s Arrival at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Audi has released a handful of teaser renderings of the Q4 e-Tron Concept, an electric compact crossover study. The concept, which will make its début at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, finally unlocks the mystery on when Audi plans to use the Q4 name, the last holdout to the automaker’s Q-family of crossovers and SUVs. Teasers notwithstanding, details about the Q4 e-Tron Concept are scarce at this point, but since it’s carrying the “e-Tron” name, we can at least confirm that this concept will be of the electric persuasion. The Q4 e-Tron Concept’s information mother lode drops in Geneva, which starts on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
2019 Toyota 86 British Green Limited Edition
The Toyota 86 will remain in our lives for the foreseeable future now that Toyota has confirmed plans to develop a next-generation model. But that isn’t coming until 2021. For now, Toyota is keeping the current-generation 86 fresh in our minds with the new British Green Limited Edition that’s available exclusively in Japan. The newest special edition 86 follows a similar blueprint as all the other special edition 86 models in the past. Most of the upgrades are aesthetic by nature, though there are a few performance bits added to compensate for the lack of an engine upgrade. Unfortunately, for us, at least, the 86 British Green Limited Edition is available only in Japan at a starting price of 3.318 million yen. Not that it matters to us, but that converts to around $30,000 based on current exchange rates.
2019 Jeep Wrangler Nacho Concept
Almost a year after debuting at the Easter Jeep Moab Safari, the Jeep Wrangler Nacho Concept made its way east to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show where it once again flexed its muscle for all the world to see. Based on a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the Wrangler Nacho Concept is what happens when a customer goes balls-to-the-wall with Jeep and Mopar’s encyclopedia-like parts catalogs. Everything from aesthetic upgrades to important equipment is represented in the Nacho Concept. The objective, at least according to Jeep, is to showcase a blueprint for off-roaders to follow, particularly those who are looking to create their own custom trail vehicle. The Jeep Wrangler Nacho Concept is unlikely to hit production, but that shouldn’t stop customers from recreating it on their own or go all-out in creating something that makes the Nacho Jeep look tame by comparison. Could there be a Jeep Wrangler Guacamole in our future?
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition
Thirty years have passed since Mazda gave the world the MX-5 Miata, and to commemorate that occasion, the Japanese automaker introduced the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Limited to just 3,000 units, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition is available in both soft-top and retractable hardtop RF trims. The exclusive touches are mostly cosmetic in nature, though that’s expected considering that Mazda followed the same blueprint when it launched the 10th Anniversary Miata in 1999, the 20th Anniversary Miata in 2009, and the 25th Anniversary Miata in 2014. The limited edition MX-5 starts at $34,995. Unfortunately, the time to get one has passed; all 500 allocations of the MX-5 Anniversary Edition in the U.S. were scooped up a mere four hours after Mazda opened the order books.
2019 Jeep Gladiator By Katzkin Leather
After more than 30 years on the shelves, the almighty Jeep Gladiator returned to the auto scene at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Less than a few months later, we now have one of the first custom jobs for the Gladiator courtesy of a company known for making some of the best leather products for car interiors in the market. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Katzkin Leather’s interpretation of the Jeep Gladiator, and it’s an absolute doozy. Comprised mostly of upgrades to the truck’s interior, Katzkin Leather’s work on the Gladiator’s cabin is a visual showcase of the company’s new products. The upholstery package is one of the many options that Katzkin is offering through Mopar, complementing the menu of accessories and options that are already available for Jeep’s returning conqueror. Katzkin’s show of force on the Gladiator was on full display at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
2019 GMC Sierra MultiPro Tailgate V.S. 2019 Ram Multifunction Tailgate
It’s the dawn of a new age for pickup trucks these days as the RAM 1500 and the GMC Sierra square of in a battle of wits involving their respective…tailgates. Unlike in the past where pickups are usually compared by the amount of power they produce or the amount of weight they can carry or tow, we’re entering a new frontier where the term “trick tailgate” is about to become one of the most important elements of a pickup, if it isn’t there already. GMC was the first to showcase its six-function MultiPro tailgate in 2018 on the Sierra truck. It took some time, but RAM has responded with its own trick tailgate, known as the MultiFunction tailgate, at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. So, now that we’ve seen both tailgates and tinkered with them on separate occasions, which of these two is better? For that, we look at the Tale of the Trick Tailgates.
Blind Driver Gets To Drive Around Top Gear’s Test Track
The story of Amit Patel is as fascinating as it is heartbreaking. But between those two emotions, there’s also a story of courage and resilience from a man who lost his sight in 2013. With the help of Toyota and Top Gear, Patel was able to take a lap around the Top Gear race track in a specially prepared Toyota GT-86. With the help of an instructor, Patel was able to successfully lap the famous track in 1:46, a time that would’ve made him the fastest person to lap the track when you compare his lap time to all the celebrities who raced around the track in a Suzuki Llana. Sure, the car is different, but so is Patel’s circumstance. If you woke up feeling down in the dumps today, this is the video that you should watch.
There’s a Reason Why The 2019 Lamborghini Huracan EVO is Missing The "LP610-4" Name
If Lamborghini didn’t stray from its traditional naming strategy, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo would technically carry the name Huracan Evo LP610-4. But, Lamborghini decided to drop the Huracan Evo’s alphanumeric name, in part because the automaker wanted to make it easier for its consumers to understand the model’s identity. Purists may cringe at the thought of not seeing the LP610-4 designation on the Huracan Evo, but from Lamborghini’s perspective, it’s easier to sell the Huracan Evo without the alphanumeric designation that a lot of consumers find confusing. Lamborghini refused to say if it’s going to stick with this new naming strategy, but while it is easier to market the Huracan Evo without the LP610-4 in the name, it’s still going to take some getting used to, especially from those who have developed an affinity for Lamborghini’s alphanumeric names.
Don’t Expect a BMW 9 Series to Arrive Anytime Soon
BMW has no plans to expand the top of its lineup. That doesn’t bode well for those who are dreaming of one day seeing a 9 Series sit a true flagship model. It might be time to wake up because that dream isn’t going to happen. BMW has confirmed that, even though it finds the appeal in a potential 9 Series, it’s not going to happen, in part because the automaker already has a model that competes in all the top-tier segments it wants to be involved in. More importantly, a business plan for the 9 Series just doesn’t make sense given that volume for models in the super luxury sedan segment — that’s the most likely spot for the 9 Series — are already low enough as it is.
Rolls-Royce’s Collaboration with The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Chain is a Celebration of The Chinese New Year
The Chinese market is very important to Rolls-Royce. It’s so important that the British automaker is rolling a trio of special edition Cullinan SUVs to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year, which just so happens to fall on the Year of the Pig. The special edition Cullinans were created in collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental hotel chain. Each of the three SE Cullinans sport unique exterior colors with identifiable badges to commemorate the Year of the Pig. Mandarin Oriental hotels in Miami, Boston, and Washington D.C. each have one of the three Cullinan special editions until today, February 8. They’re not just for display, too. Guests at the hotel can take chauffeured two-mile rides in them. Even better, the international hotel chain is also offering a chance for any of its guest to win the use of one of the Cullinan special edition models for a week.
Mazda Teases New SUV For Geneva
Just as everyone’s attention is focused on the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Mazda coyly dropped a teaser photo of a new crossover that will debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show this March. Without giving any hints on what this model is, Mazda looks like it’s teasing what we believe is the new CX-4. There’s no indication that this model is actually the CX-4, but the image reveals a model that looks too big to be a CX-3 and too tight to be a CX-5. Whatever it is, Mazda has said that this model will incorporate its modern Kodo design language, and, more importantly, it will be available in the U.S. at some point in the future. The 2019 Geneva Motor Show kicks off on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
Cadillac XT5 Goes Dark as Part of New Sport Package
The Cadillac XT5 is attending the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and it’s looking decidedly darker than usual. While it would be nice to hear that the XT5 has taken on a more sinister personality, the truth is actually veiled under the covers of a new add-on package that Caddy is introducing for its SUV. It’s called the XT5 Sport Package, and while the upgrades are mostly cosmetic in nature, they do enhance the XT5’s profile, showcasing the SUV in a different light. The Sport Package is offered on the XT5’s Luxury and Premium Luxury trims at a price of $1,995 and $2,995, respectively. Cadillac will start taking orders for the package in the spring.
One of Dodge’s Most Iconic Paint Colors is Making a Comeback at the Chicago Auto Show
Don’t expect to see a new Dodge Challenger or even a new Dodge Charger at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. But Dodge is bringing a Challenger and a Charger to the Windy City anyway; it’s just that the headline act isn’t either of the two performance cars. It’s the paint they’re wearing, which Dodge calls “Sublime.” The importance of the paint scheme shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who remember it. The Sublime finish is arguably one of the most iconic paint colors that the Challenger and Charger have worn in their respective lifetimes. 2015 was the last time Dodge offered it on the Challenger, and we haven’t seen the Charger sport it since 2007. Now it’s back, and, according to Dodge, it’s available as a factory color option across the entire range of Challenger and Charger models.
Nissan Adds Off-Road Looks To The Pathfinder with the Rock Creek Edition Package
The current-generation Nissan Pathfinder is six years old, but without an all-new model on the way, Nissan has taken to rolling out special edition packages to keep its SUV as fresh as a daisy. The new package, called the Rock Creek Edition, provides an off-road look to the to three-row crossover to go along with a handful of useful equipment that you can use in the outdoors. The Nissan Pathfinder will be on display at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Available to the mid-tier SV and SL trims of the Pathfinder, pricing for the special edition SUV starts at $35,265 for the SL trim and $38,915 for the higher-spec SL trim. The Rock Creek Package itself costs just $995.
The New Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson is a Fat Boy on Four Wheels
The Ford F-150 is once again on the receiving end of a Harley-Davidson makeover. The 2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition is the latest creation in a long line of collaborations between what is arguably America’s most popular car brand and its Wisconsin-based motorcycle counterpart. In keeping with the theme of past F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition models, the 2019 model packs plenty of aesthetic touches, a lot of which are there to celebrate the long-standing partnership between the two American icons. It’s not just about the visuals, either. Form meets function in this creation; the F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition builds on the F-150’s all-world, go-anywhere capability with new equipment that lives up to the tradition of past F-150 Harley-Davidson Editions. The special edition pickup is on the clock to make its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Pricing starts at $97,415 and goes all the way up to $98,433 depending on the exterior paint color of the pickup.
FCA Looking to "Wow" Chicago with A Pair of Special Edition Minivans
Thirty-five years after introducing the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is honoring the minivan OGs with a pair of 35th Anniversary special edition models, featuring the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Pacifica. Like most special edition models, the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Editions are packed with exclusive touches, including fancy paint finishes and special badges. All special edition features come in the form of packages. The special edition package is available to a range of Pacifica and Grand Caravan models, including the Pacifica Hybrid. Pricing details have yet to be released, but the 35th Anniversary packages for both the Pacifica and the Grand Caravan will be available sometime in summer of 2019. The Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Editions will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
Volkswagen Gives Us a Sneak Peak At the New Jetta GLI Ahead of its Chicago Auto Show Debut
Volkswagen has finally dropped the long-awaited teaser for the new Jetta GLI ahead of its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show later this week. The model has been in the headlines since November 2017 when the first batch of spy shots of the sedan surfaced on the Internet. Since then, it’s become a game of “when will we see it?” as spy shot after spy shot began providing a clear picture of what we can expect out of the punch Jetta. It looks like Chicago is where the drop’s going to happen, and judging by the teaser gif that Volkswagen USA released in its Twitter account, we can at least expect the Jetta GLI to carry “the body of a sedan,” and the “heart of a GTI.” With the current-generation Jetta still fresh in a lot of people’s minds — it was launched in 2017 — it’s about time the hotter version arrives to kick off 2019.
Is RAM About to One-Up GMC’s MultiPro Tailgate With Something Even Better at the Chicago Auto Show?
RAM and GMC have been engaged in friendly bantering over the Twittersphere in the last couple of days, in part due to the latter’s new six-function MultiPro tailgate that’s available on the GMC Sierra. Well, as with Twitter beef goes, RAM is preparing its response to the MultiPro tailgate with the promise of a big reveal on February 7, 2019. What’s so special about that day? It’s the first media day of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show where RAM is expected to unveil its own state-of-the-art, too-clever-for-your-own-good tailgate technology. The full details of RAM’s “new” tailgate are still unclear, but the automaker is confident that it can upstage GMC’s new trick tailgate in front of the entire automotive world. Battle lines are drawn as we wait for RAM’s salvo in two days.
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition
BMW is going limited edition crazy on the new 8 Series Coupe. Barely a month after introducing a one-off 8 Series Coupe that had pieces of actual meteorite on it, the German automaker is rolling the M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition. Limited to just 400 units worldwide, the M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition is the first of what is expected to be a long line of special edition 8 Series models that we can expect in the coming years. Exclusive touches to the exterior and interior are the main selling points of the M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition. That includes the all-too-important individually numbered badge in the cabin. Production of the special edition 8 Series starts between April and June 2019 at the automaker’s facility in Dingolfing, Germany. Market allocation of the 400 units, specifically those earmarked for the U.S. market, is yet to be determined.
Here’s The Latest Teaser for the Hispano-Suiza Carmen EV That’ll Debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Hispano-Suiza is making a grand return to the auto scene when it presents the Carmen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. The storied carmaker that traces its roots all the way back to the early 1900s first dropped a teaser of its new offering back in October 2018. That teaser gave us a glimpse of the Carmen’s side profile and not much else. Fast forward to February 2019, and the automaker is back with a new teaser image, this time showing off the Carmen’s carbon fiber monocoque body. As expectations go, the Carmen is pegged as a hyper-lux vehicle that blends a classically inspired design with the latest in automotive technology. The past meets the future as Hispano-Suiza prepares to introduce the Carmen in Geneva. The automaker is already taking pre-orders for the car, so, at the very least, you can expect the Carmen to hit production soon after its Geneva debut.
Toyota’s Pinball-Themed Ad for the Supra is A Nice Symmetry to How the Sports Car Has Been Received
The all-new Toyota Supra took center stage at Super Bowl LIII as the star of its own commercial. The 60-second ad, titled “Wizard,” features the Supra driving around what Toyota describes as a life-sized pinball machine as The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” blares in the background. Unlike the snoozefest that was the Super Bowl, the ad presented the Supra in a new and exciting light. The car can flat-out move, which is fitting considering that it probably dodged more obstacles than the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams players did in the first half of the game. More than that, the commercial also provided a nice symmetry on the mixed public reaction towards the new Supra. If for nothing else, Toyota’s returning sports car proves that it can dodge criticism as deftly as Julian Edelman dodges the Rams defenders.
The Best and Worst Car Commercials From Super Bowl LIII
Super Bowl LIII has come and gone, and with it came a smattering of car commercials from some of the biggest automakers in the world. Let’s get it out of the way off the bat. This was a weird year for car commercials in the Super Bowl in part because most of the commercials actually didn’t air during the game. Sure, there were a handful of ads from Toyota, Kia, Audi, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz, but most of the ads actually ended up on YouTube instead of our TVs. Perhaps it was a way for automakers to save $5 million or so on these TV ads, but if you really want check out all the commercials that these car companies made for the big game, YouTube was the place to be. As for the commercials that actually made the air, well, let’s just say that this wasn’t a particularly impressive year for these ads. There were high spots, but we’re not going remember any of them the way we remember Volkswagen’s Little Darth Vader ad or Chrysler’s tribute to Detroit, featuring Eminem. Those are iconic commercials that are still talked about to this day. As far as this year’s ads go? Let’s hope we can remember one of them in a month’s time.
The Rumors Were True! Volkswagen Really is Making a New Beach Buggy, and It Comes to Geneva
Fifty years after the Beach Buggy took the U.S. by storm, Volkswagen is reaching back into its retro vault to introduce a new buggy concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new concept will sit on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform and will carry the identity of an all-electric dune hopper. Specific details are still scant at the moment, but if anything, the new concept is the perfect shot in the arm for those who have been waiting for a new buggy to come out of Volkswagen in the last five decades. The yet-to-be-named concept — for now, Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen, calls it the “e-buggy” — will make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show this coming March.
Porsche is Succeeding in North America Where Most Automakers Fail: Sedans
The U.S. sedan market was brutal in 2018 for a lot of automakers. But don’t tell that to Porsche; the German automaker is buckling all trends after posting its seventh straight year of record-breaking sales in North America. You would think that the Porsche Cayenne SUV and the Porsche Macan crossover would be spearheading that record growth, but that’s not the case. No, no, no. Of all models, it’s the Porsche Panamera sedan that’s pulling Porsche’s sales sleigh. The four-door saloon not only escaped 2018 with a downturn in sales; it completely went the other way with a 19.5-percent sales growth compared to its sales volume in 2017. While it still looks like the sedan market in the U.S. is steadily losing steam, Porsche remains immune to the trend. Don’t expect it to lose steam, either, now that the Taycan sedan is arriving this year.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Turns On The Waterworks With New - And Emotional - Super Bowl LIII Ads
A few days after rolling out its first batch of Super Bowl LIII-bound commercials, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is doubling down on the ad campaign with three new commercials for its Jeep and RAM brands. There are two commercials for RAM, one of which looks like it has a tie in with the Los Angeles-based football team that’s playing in the game that also shares the “Ram” name with the FCA-owned automaker. The other two commercials, one for Jeep and the other for RAM, carry a much more serious and emotional tone, highlighting both this great country and the important roles we play in shaping our children to be better than all of us. FCA hasn’t announced at which point in the game these three ads will be shown. Rest assured, though, you’re going to want to see all of them.
2019 Jaguar F-TYPE Checkered Flag Limited Edition Coupe
Jaguar is rolling out the special-edition goods with the arrival of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition. Based on the coupé and convertible versions of the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic trim, the Chequered Flag Limited Edition is a celebration of the Big Cat’s history and lineage of sports cars that earnestly began with the arrival of the XK 120 back in 1948. In keeping with a number of past Jaguar F-TYPE special editions, the Chequered Flag Limited Edition mostly comes with exclusive cosmetic touches inside and out. It features a black roof, a new set of exclusive wheels, and enough badges to drive home the point that this is an exclusive 380-horsepower kitty that pays homage to its heritage. The Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Edition is available in the U.S. market at a starting price of $71,900.
Hyundai’s Super Bowl LIII Commercial “The Elevator” Features Jason Bateman
Hyundai is using its Super Bowl LIII commercial to promote its Shopper Assurance program for buyers, and it even tagged actor, director, and comedian, Jason Bateman, along for the ride. Given Bateman’s presence, the commercial is light with its tone with splashes of humor sprinkled in to get the audience’s attention. In the end, Hyundai isn’t promoting a specific model in its ad, though it did include a cameo from the Hyundai Palisade, the company’s all-new big boy SUV. The commercial is all about promoting Hyundai’s Shopper Assurance and, while it didn’t exactly drive home the point of what the program is all about, the ad succeeded in showcasing that it’s available for customers who need it. The 60-second spot will run at some point in the first quarter of the Super Bowl.
Dodge, Jeep and Ram Are Rolling Out Muscle-Flexing Commercials for Super Bowl LIII
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is going to be well-represented at Super Bowl LIII with three commercials from its three major brands: Dodge, Jeep, and RAM. The commercials, which range from 45 seconds to 90 seconds, are all promoting tasty machinery, including two all-new models from Jeep and RAM, specifically the Gladiator pickup and the RAM Heavy Duty pickup, respectively. The Dodge commercial, on the other hand, is promoting its SRT lineup, headlined by the Challenger SRT. The Dodge Charger SRT and the Dodge Durango SRT also feature prominently in the commercial in the 45-second spot.
2019 Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition
The Audi TT is turning 20 years old this year, and to commemorate that milestone, Audi is rolling out a special edition model, called the 20th Anniversary Edition. The exclusive touches included in the TT 20th Anniversary Edition are mostly cosmetic in nature, including a pair of paint colors that are exclusive to the model. Audi only plans to sell 999 units of the TT 20th Anniversary Edition, and only 80 units of that total volume will arrive in the U.S. market. The starting price for the coupe version sits at $52,900 while the roadster version starts at $56,800. The Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is available to order now.
Toyota’s 2019 Super Bowl Commercial Features Antoinette “Toni” Harris
Toyota is no stranger to dropping a truckload of marketing dollars to gain visibility at the Super Bowl. This year is no different as the automaker puts the spotlight on its new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (RAV4 HV) with the help of female football player Antoinette “Toni” Harris. As if the world isn’t getting any football with the Super Bowl already, Harris’ involvement in Toyota’s RAV4 HV commercial could shine the spotlight on both the SUV and her remarkable journey to become the first woman to receive a college football scholarship offer for a non-kicking position. The 60-second commercial will run at the end of the second quarter of Super Bowl LIII, just before the halftime show.
2018 Ford Mustang RTR
Part of the Ford Mustang’s appeal lies in its ability to be easily customized. We’ve seen so many versions of the ‘Stang over the years, and there are a handful of them that are head and shoulders above the rest, including the Ford Mustang RTR. Created by Ford in partnership with Pro Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr., the Mustang RTR stands tall as one of the sickest interpretations of the iconic muscle car. It’s essentially a Mustang on steroids, accomplished in part because Ford is always looking for ways to improve the car’s status as one of the best pony machines in the market today.
Those of you who are familiar with the RTR badge will know that it’s become somewhat of a tradition for Ford and Gittin Jr. to collaborate on this specific kind of creation. In fact, the past decade has given birth to a good number of Mustang RTRs, ranging from the subtle to the over-the-top. Hard to think of the 2014 Mustang RTR as anything but outlandish, but that’s the whole point on why the RTR badge has become synonymous with Ford’s legendary muscle car. This year, a new version of the Mustang RTR is set to make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, and really, where else would it do it? Ford and Gittin Jr.’s aftermarket firm are once again heavily involved in its creation, and the result is nothing short of our expectations. Improved looks, more power, and a seal of approval from one of the best race drifters in the world. This is what awaits us when we get a hold of the latest version of the Mustang RTR.
Updated 01/29/2019: We added a new set of images taken during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
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2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition
As if the Ford GT isn’t awesome enough in its own right, Ford is adding to the supercar’s appeal with the launch of a new Heritage Edition showcase, one where the GT gets dressed up in the iconic light blue and orange Gulf Oil livery. The new Heritage Edition model is a fitting follow-up to the red Ford GT Heritage Edition that Ford introduced earlier this month. The Gulf Oil livery isn’t the only unique feature of this new special edition GT; it also comes with a number of exclusive touches, all added to ensure that this special edition model upholds the exclusivity attached to the Gulf Oil livery.
Update 1/29/2019: We’ve updated this review with images we took at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Enjoy!
10 Surprising Vehicles with More Power than the 2020 Toyota Supra
It seems fair to say that many people were underwhelmed by the Toyota Supra. People knocked Toyota for the Supra’s looks. Some were upset about its high pricing. And a lot of other people didn’t think too kindly to the engine choices that Toyota prepared for its returning sports car. A base version that produces less than 200 horsepower? Really? The range-topping version of the Supra does have 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, but even that came from a BMW-sourced engine. Truth be told, the Supra’s 355-horsepower output isn’t that bad. But it also could’ve been higher, especially when you consider that so many other models from different segments can carry that much power without having to be a sports car, specifically one that has to carry the legacy of one of Toyota’s most iconic nameplates. If you’re wondering how many vehicles have more power than the 2020 Supra, we compiled a list made up of 10 of them. And, if for nothing else, this list may surprise you.
There’s One Thing Bugatti Won’t Do So Don’t Hold Your Breath On This One
Even if some of its peers have done it, Bugatti isn’t as keen on joining the SUV bandwagon. Actually, scratch that. The French luxury supercar brand has no intention of building an SUV, even as CEO Stephan Winkelmann admitted that the “time appears appropriate” for one. You can scratch those dreams of one day seeing a Bugatti SUV because it’s not happening. Bugatti is only the second automaker to completely rule out the possibility of an SUV one day. Instead of taking that route, the company will instead focus its attention on expanding its coachbuilding initiatives. It started with the Divo, but Winkelmann also said that more coach built models are on the way as the automaker celebrates its 110th anniversary. There’s an enormous amount of potential for Bugatti in this segment. Just don’t expect to see a coachbuilt SUV, either. That’s not happening.
What Exactly Is Bentley Planning for the Centenary Special Edition It’s Bringing to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show?
Bentley’s cooking up a mysterious special edition model that it plans to unveil at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Details are scarce at this point, but we know that this special edition model is arriving just as the British luxury carmaker celebrates its 100th anniversary. Bentley released a 30-second video, teasing the arrival of a model that could become one of Bentley’s most iconic special edition models. It would certainly be a fitting way to kickstart the company’s centenary, and if the teaser video showed us anything, this special edition model could be a loose successor to a model that has largely been forgotten in the annals of Bentley’s long and rich history as one of the premier auto brands in the world
2019 Maserati Levante Vulcano
Maserati is dropping some spice back into the Levante SUV with the release of the Levante Vulcano. The special edition model is an aesthetic showcase featuring exclusive touches in the exterior and interior. The SE is also available in two states of tune, though those don’t include the range-topping, 590-horsepower Levante Trofeo or the 542-horsepower GTS. Unfortunately, only 150 units of the Maserati Levante Vulcano will be available. Worse, all 150 units are headed to the European and Asian markets. Details on pricing have yet to be announced by Maserati, though expect it to cost somewhere in the vicinity of $120,000.
Jesus Told a Man to Drive His Ferrari Into a Lake and He Was Happy to Oblige
A 48-year-old man drove his Ferrari into the Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach County, Florida claims that he did it because Jesus told him to. The man, identified as James A. Mucciaccio Jr., made headlines last month when he drove what looked like aFerrari 360 Modena into the water after a conversation with a police officer regarding an issue with Mucciaccio allegedly driving over the speed limit. When the police officer asked to his license, Mucciaccio got into the car, reversed it off the dock, then accelerated forward into the inlet, sending the Ferrari into the water. Apparently, the Lord Almighty himself was behind all of it, or so Mucciaccio claims.
2019 Toyota Supra Launch Edition
Like most new cars these days, the new Toyota Supra is coming with a first-off-the-line version called the Launch Edition. Based on the sports car’s Premium trim, the Supra Launch Edition sets itself apart from the standard Supra through a number of special details and exclusive touches. Only 1,500 units of the Supra Launch Edition will be available, all of which are earmarked for the U.S. market. The first-production Supra is included in the first 1,500 units. Unfortunately, no one’s going to get it anymore since it was already auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for a whopping $2.1 million. The Supra Launch Edition, on the other hand, starts off at just $55,250.
Here’s Another Design Take on the 2020 Toyota Supra and Now We Know What it Should Have Looked Like
Are you one of those who thinks that Toyota could’ve done much better in designing the new Supra? Ever wonder what the sports car could’ve looked like if the design was treated differently? Auto designer Roman Miah took a shot at redesigning Toyota’s new sports car, and the results are, well, interesting. Miah’s design interpretation of the new Supra builds off of what the new Supra looks like and taps into retro resources, specifically the designs of past versions of the Supra. It’s a similar approach to what Toyota did but done in a slightly different fashion. There are a lot of differences between Toyota’s design of the new Supra and Miah’s own rendering. Both versions stayed true to honoring the Supras of the past, but in doing so, they arrived at the same design destination by taking different roads to get there.
If Cadillac Can’t Sell EVs, the Brand Will Get the Same Treatment as Pontiac and Saturn
General Motors’ decision to identify Cadillac as the lead brand towards its plans for electrification comes with a lot of weight and expectations. It could also be the key to Cadillac’s survival as an auto brand. GM’s newly appointed president, Mark Reuss, acknowledged as much in a conversation with Reuters. According to Reuss, electrification is the only place the General can take the brand if there’s any chance for Caddy to survive. It’s a delicate place to be in, but the changing winds in the auto industry have left General Motors with few options on the table for its once proud luxury marquee. If Cadillac doesn’t thrive as an EV brand, it could very well end up with the same fate as Pontiac and Saturn, two GM-owned auto brands that are no longer with us today.
Barrett-Jackson Just Auctioned Off a 2019 McLaren Seen (VIN 005) and it Sold for Crazy Money
A low-mileage McLaren Senna sold for $1.45 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The specific Senna, VIN# 005, sold for more than the $1 million starting price that a brand-new Senna would’ve cost. Unfortunately, McLaren only built 500 units of the supercar, and all 500 Senna units, including 120 in the U.S., already have owners. Actually, only 499 units of the 789-horsepower supercar remain after one of them was charred to a crisp recently. Perhaps that developed spurred the spike in price for the Senna that was being auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson. Perhaps it didn’t. Either way, the winning bidder not only won a Senna, but he also won a Senna with just 281 miles in its odometer. That’s a pretty sweet deal for all parties involved.
2020 Mercedes CLA vs 2020 Audi A3
Mercedes-Benz finally pulled the covers off of the 2020 CLA-Class at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. A lot’s been made about the importance of the CLA, particularly in terms of sales where more than 750,000 units of the model have been sold since its launch in 2013. Competition in the compact luxury sedan segment is at an all-time high, so Mercedes has a lot riding on the new CLA to continue its sales momentum as it enters a new chapter in its life. If the new CLA-Class is to be successful, it’s going to have to compete against models like the Audi A3, which, itself, is due for a next-generation model to replace the existing model that’s been around since 2012. The next-generation A3 is scheduled to debut later this year in hatchback form, so for now, the current-generation A3 sedan, which was updated in 2017, will soldier on and compete against an all-new CLA-Class that’s packing a lot of all-new features. How do the two compact luxury sedans line up against each other? We’re about to find out.
Someone Paid $2.1 Million To Score the First-Production Toyota Supra
The first-production Toyota Supra sold for a whopping $2.1 million at Barrett-Jackson’s charity auction in Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend. It’s a staggering sum, even for a first-production unit of a sports car that has been hyped up for more than five years. The hype is real, folks, even if the reception of the Supra isn’t as hot as Toyota probably expected. Still, the polarizing reaction had no effect on the first-production model’s appeal. Bids flew around furiously before ultimately topping out at $2.1 million. The winning bidder gets to take home the first-production model, which bears the VIN “20201,” a nod towards model year (2020) of the Supra and the first model out of the production line (1). In addition to the first-production Supra, the winning bidder also receives a full VIP race track experience, a customized professional racing suit, a pair of VIP and hot passes to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 - Richmond Raceway, and a chance to drive the race’s pace car with none other than Michael Waltrip. All the producers from the auction will go to a number of charities, including the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
A Hotter Version of The Genesis G70 Sounds Spicy, Doesn’t It?
The Genesis G70 is arguably the best compact luxury sedan on the market today, and if new rumors have any weight to them, the G70 could give birth to a hotter offspring in the near future. Neither Hyundai nor Genesis have confirmed plans to build a performance-spec G70, but Hyundai’s head product planner, Mike O’Brien, dropped an interesting hint at the 2019 North American International Auto Show that suggests that a high-performance version of the G70 could be in the works. If that happens, the BMW M3s and Mercedes-AMG C63s of the world could have a new challenger to worry about sooner than later.
Rejoice, Mitsubishi Fans! Turn 10 Studios’ Mitsubishi Pack for Forza Horizon 4 is an Evolution Overload!
If you’re like most fans of Forza Horizon 4 who have been wishing to get your hands on a Mitsubishi Evolution in the game, all your prayers have been answered. Turn 10 Studios is ringing in 2019 with a bang with the launch of the Mitsubishi Car Pack. If the thought of driving a Mitsubishi Evolution isn’t enough to get your video game juices flowing, the car pack actually includes not one, not two, not three, but four versions of the Evo. That’s on top of a handful of other must-drive Mitsubishis, including the Eclipse. Best of all, the pack is free of charge. It’s available as part of the game’s Series 5 update, which dropped on January 15.
Disney’s Building a Real-Life Version of The Giant Simulator in Cars 3, But None of Us Will Get To Use it
One of the more memorable scenes in Cars 3 is coming to life after Disney announced the opening of its new attraction, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, at the company’s Hollywood Studios park at the end of March. The attraction is based on the giant simulator scene in the third Cars movie that Lightning McQueen used — he actually destroyed it — as part of his training with Cruz Ramirez. Details of the attraction are still vague at this point, but reports indicate that Disney is investing heavily in recreating the giant racing simulator from the movie, complete with a large, custom-made project surface. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens on March 31, 2019.
Here’s How a Simple Security Oversight Brings Hell To 2019 Tesla Model 3 Owners
Tesla owners, specifically those who own the Model 3, have become the targets of a growing number of car break-ins in recent weeks. A number of owners took to forums and social media to report the thefts, a lot of which have happened in the Bay Area. The incidents reportedly involve thieves breaking the rear-quarter window of the Model 3 to lower the seat and see if there are any valuable items in the trunk. If the thieves see something, they break the whole back side window, get in the car, and steal the items. Unfortunately, the Model 3 doesn’t have a sensor to detect that a window has been broken, giving the thieves free run to shatter windows and steal to their heart’s content. For its part, Tesla has started offering and installing a new Enhanced Anti-Theft system that would help prevent these types of break-ins. Unfortunately, the system is only available for the Model S and Model X at the moment.
Forza Motorsport 7 Gets Some New Classic Cars Thanks to the New Barrett-Jackson Car Pack
Just as Forza Horizon 4 received the Mitsubishi Car Pack this month, Forza Motorsport 7 is getting in on the action, too, with its own car pack. Turn 10 Studios’ flagship game received its first updated of 2019 last January 15, and part of that update includes the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack. Seven vehicles are included in the car pack, and all seven fall in the category of historical collectible models, each with its own unique history. There are no modern cars included in the pack — the most recent in terms of year built is the 1975 Ford Bronco Barrett-Jackson Edition — so if you’re a fan of vintage vehicles, this is the pack for you. The Barrett-Jackson Car Pack is available as a separate purchase at a price of just $6.99. Players who own the $29.99 Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass can get the pack for free.
If You’re a Fan of Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear, You Better Not Miss a Single Episode of the Show’s 26th Season
Top Gear’s 26th season is coming up soon, and ahead of the show’s launch, which could happen sometime in late February or early March, the BBC has released a new trailer of what we can expect from Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid in their last full season as the show’s main hosts. The first trailer is what you’d expect from a Top Gear trailer. There’s plenty of intriguing action involving all three hosts, including what looks to be a fun polo match with tuk-tuks serving as substitutes for horses. The trailer also shows the three hosts in a number of competitive environments, and, of course, there are the cars, of which there are many delightful ones in the trailer, including the Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, and Porsche Panamera.
Cadillac Proves Performance Sedans Aren’t Dead as the 2019 CT6-V Sells Out in a Few Hours
Sedans may not be as hot as they once were, but don’t tell that to the Cadillac CT6-V. The high-performance variant of the upscale CT6 sedan sold out within hours of opening the books for preorders, proving that, at least in some cases, the demise of sedans isn’t as bad as we think it is. Cadillac opened preorders for the CT6-V on the morning of January 14. By 2:30 P.M., all 275 units that were earmarked for the U.S. market were scooped up, leaving those who didn’t act quickly enough empty-handed. The Cadillac CT6-V is expected to arrive sometime in the middle of the year at a price that starts at $89,785. Not that it matters because if you didn’t get one, it’s highly unlikely that Cadillac is going to launch a second wave of models anytime soon.
A 7:40 Nurburgring Lap Time For The Toyota Supra? Toyota Thinks It Can Be Done
The Toyota Supra has been dissected and prodded over in recent days like no debuting car in recent memory. It’s fitting, then, that the sports coupe is still generating headlines, this time regarding the possibility of a Nurburgring lap time and Toyota’s expectations on what time it can clock if it ended up doing a lap around the famous race track. Apparently, the Japanese automaker believes that the Supra could turn in a lap time of 7:40, even if it ends up running into its speed limiter on the track’s long straight. Whether Toyota actually has plans to bring the Supra to the ‘Ring is still unclear, but if it did, it should be a spectacle in it of itself, even if the incentives of actually running a lap aren’t that great.
Toyota Makes a Good Business Case for Not Offering the Four-Cylinder Supra in the U.S.
As expected, the U.S.-spec Toyota Supra will arrive with just one engine. Toyota made that crystal clear at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, announcing that the U.S.-bound Supra will only be offered with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine that produces 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. No other engine option will be available for the sports car, including the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that is available in Japan. Depending on the trim and tune, that engine produces 194 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque or 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If you’re not interested in the six-cylinder Supra, there is one option that you can take: buy a BMW Z4.
Did a Chinese and Indian Automaker Steal the Show at The 2019 Detroit Auto Show?
Is it possible that, even with the Toyota Supra and the Ford Shelby GT500 hogging the spotlight, a Chinese automaker and its Indian counterpart stole the show at the 2019 North American International Auto Show? It’s probably not the case, but you have to give it to GAC and Mahindra for representing their brands well at Detroit when so many other established automakers — we didn’t see you there, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz — decided to skip the proceedings. Mahindra brought two notable models to Detroit, including the Marazzo, a front-wheel-drive minivan that actually has a lot of things going for it. Meanwhile, GAC pretty much brought its entire lineup to Detroit, but the real star of its booth was the Entranze EV, a futuristic electric concept van that got a lot of people’s attention. It’s hard to imagine a Chinese and Indian automaker stealing the show at the 2019 NAIAs, but both did it in their own way. And, if we’re being technical about it, both GAC and Mahindra have roots in America, specifically the latter, which has a facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Are we sure that they don’t consider the NAIAs their home auto show?
Our European Friends Will Only Get 900 Toyota Supras This Year
The Toyota Supra is making headlines left and right, and as the unquestioned star of the 2019 North American International Auto Show, it’s only fitting that we uncover more details about Toyota’s new sports car. In somewhat of a surprising twist, Toyota is limiting the Supra’s availability in Europe to just 900 units in the first year of the car’s production. It’s a small volume for a region that has a healthy amount of Supra fanboys, but the good news is that Toyota will also throw in access to an exclusive experience programme and money-can’t-buy rewards for those lucky enough to scoop up the 900 units earmarked for the market. In addition to the promised programs and rewards, Toyota will also offer the first special edition version of the Supra — the Supra A90 Edition — exclusively to the European market.
The Base 2020 Toyota Supra Has Less Power Than the Toyota 86
The Toyota Supra has arrived, and, well, it hasn’t had the glowing reception Toyota probably expected. We’ve pored over and dissected the Supra, but a new revelation from a Japanese spec sheet of the sports car shows that the base version of the Supra comes with a four-cylinder engine that produces a rather disappointing 197 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The horsepower figure, in particular, is shocking because it’s less power than the 206-horsepower Toyota 86, a sports car that was supposed to sit well below the Supra in Toyota’s sports car pecking order. Fortunately, the U.S. is unlikely to get the base Supra, leaving us with one less disappointing version of the sports car to think about.
You Should Probably Cut Off Your Legs if You Want to Ride in the Back of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line
The Hyundai Elantra GT N Line has the makings of a solid hot hatch, though if you’re going to seat in the back of one, you might want to brace yourselves. Space isn’t so much of a problem as it is a minor inconvenience for a model that doesn’t have a good amount of rear head- and legroom in the first place. Still, even with the tighter-than-expected rear section, the Elantra GT N Line is a solid first offering in the U.S. from Hyundai’s new N Line performance trim. Even though it’s still the same model, the Elantra GT N Line, in essence, replaces the Elantra GT Sport nameplate, and does so with slight aesthetic, powertrain, and chassis upgrades. Unfortunately, space in the rear of the hot hatch didn’t change, proving that even highly rated debuting models aren’t immune from minor flaws.
Here’s Why Subaru Is Limiting the 2020 WRX STI S209 in the U.S.
After a lot prodding and, presumably, more incessant begging, Subaru has finally gifted American customers with their own special edition Subie, called the STI S209. Limited to “around 200” units, the STI S209 is the first-ever S-series vehicle to come to the U.S. In truth, the S209 isn’t actually a Subaru, in large part because of the extensive mechanical work the model received to make it legal in America. Hence, Subaru homologated it as an STI model instead so it’s official name is “STI S209.” Name discrepancies aside, the S209 comes with a heavily modified body and an overhauled version of Subaru’s EJ25 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces around 341 horsepower. The S209 will go on sale later this year at a price that will be announced closer to launch. Considering all the work that was done on the car and its super limited status, it’s almost a certainty that all allocated units in the U.S. will sell out faster than it took me to finish writing this paragraph.
Is Cadillac’s Surprise EV Concept a Preview of the Next-Gen Cadillac Escalade?
A few days after identifying Cadillac as the brand that will spearhead its EV initiative, General Motors doubled down on that announcement by revealing a sketch design of an EV crossover concept that could point to its plans for Cadillac in the not-so-distant future. The design was unveiled at the Cadillac XT6’s launch party ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The General didn’t dive into the details behind its first electric vehicle, opting only to say that it will use an all-new skateboard electric platform and will come in either two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It’s also going to be a crossover, adding weight to the company’s renewed focus on crossovers and SUVs to drive the brand moving forward. That said, is it possible that this electric concept is actually a preview of the next-generation Cadillac Escalade?
The Lexus RC F Track Edition Lives Up To Its Name
The updated Lexus RC F has arrived at the 2019 North America International Auto Show, but as intriguing as it looked, it’s likely going to be overshadowed by its evil alter-ego, the much more sinister — and more limited — RC F Track Edition. Lexus’ new track superstar is what its name says it is. It’s lighter than the new RC F, has more power than its predecessor, and is dripping in enough aero aids to make it a tempting proposition for all the track car enthusiasts out there. The Lexus RC F Track Edition arrive later this year. Pricing details will be announced then.
The Cadillac XT6 is a Ground-Rule Double That Should’ve Been a Home Run
Cadillac filled a big void in its SUV lineup at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, unveiling the three-row XT6 to occupy the space between the mid-size, two-row XT5 and the company’s granddaddy SUV, the irrepressible Escalade. The addition of the XT6 gives Cadillac four crossovers and SUVs to choose from, establishing a clear hierarchy for consumers. The XT6, for all intents and purposes, is Cadillac’s luxury-SUV-that-isn’t-the-Escalade. It’s big, looks good, and offers the kind of three-row space families fawn over when they’re looking for a spacious ride. Cadillac’s price for the XT6 remains an open question, but by virtue of the XT6 sitting between the XT5 and the Escalade, expect Caddy’s new big rig to start somewhere in the vicinity of $50,000.
The Toyota Supra is Not a Good-Looking Car
More leaked images of the Toyota Supra have surfaced online ahead of its highly anticipated debut at the 2019 North American International Show. The new — and unobstructed — images actually come from a video that was mistakenly tweeted before getting taken down. Minus a few details that we didn’t know before, the new Supra actually looks like what we’ve expected all along, confirming concerns that the sports car, at least in my mind, isn’t as good-looking as I hoped it’d be. At the very least, it has a polarizing design that’s going to draw strong reactions from a lot of people.
The 2018 Audi PB18 E-Tron Concept Will Go Into Production After All - The Number to Be Built Will Blow your Mind
Hold on to whatever it is you’re holding to, folks, because an Audi executive has reportedly confirmed the German automaker’s plan to produce the all-electric PB18 e-tron supercar that we first laid our eyes on at the 2018 Monterey Car Week last August. The mind-blowing electric supercar concept took Monterey by storm, and if reports are true, Audi will build 50 units of the 671-horsepower model. No timetable was mentioned on when we’ll see the production model, but that’s a concern for another time. The important thing is that there’s some momentum within Audi calling for the PB18 e-tron Concept to spawn a production model. That’s more than enough for us to start salivating over what we can expect out of the supercar when that day actually comes.
Here’s a 1985 Dodge RamCharger Prospector That’ll Make You Forget Your Itch for an Old-School Land Cruiser or Bronco
A 1985 Dodge RamCharger Prospector is available at Barrett Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this weekend. Regarded as perhaps the best-kept secret in the world of vintage trucks and SUVs, the RamCharger Prospector’s status is expected to blow up as prices for old Broncos, Land Cruisers, and Wagoneers become unattainable. Fortunately, the RamCharger Prospector can be still had at affordable prices, including this fine 1985 model that only has 7,563 original miles under its belt. There’s no reserve price attached to this particular piece, so it’s going to be sold to the highest bidder regardless of the final price. If you can score this burgeoning collector’s item, you could be ahead of the game in the quest for 1985 RamCharger Prospectors that are still, at the very least, in good running condition.
2020 Audi SQ7
The current-generation Audi SQ7 was only unveiled last year, but it didn’t take Audi long to start developing an updated version of the punchy SUV. That appears to be the case as new spy photos of an SQ7 test mule have been spotted in the wild. The prototype appeared in the wild with another test vehicle — likely the Q7 — in what can only be described as the latest evidence that Audi isn’t sitting on its laurels when it comes to giving its two performance SUVs the necessary updates that’ll keep it fresh in the eyes of consumers.
Update 01/10/2019: The 2020 Audi SQ7 is being put through pre-production, cold-weather testing and is probably in the final stages of testing. A debut should be coming in the next few months, but until then, we have a fresh batch of spy shots located in the gallery at the bottom of this article. Enjoy!
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover is already working on a next-generation Discovery Sport, but with the model still a few years away from arriving, a facelifted version of the current Discovery Sport is making test rounds. The prototype is wrapped in heavy camouflage, but the overall shape of the SUV suggests that there could be a lot of changes made to the updated Discovery Sport ahead of the next-generation model’s arrival in a few years.
Update 01/10/2019: The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport playing in the Scandinavian Snow. Check out the new shots in our gallery at the bottom of the page.
Six Generations of the Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has been around for almost 30 years. In that time, the SUV segment has evolved in ways no one could’ve dreamed of. Through it all, the Explorer has remained one of the segment’s backbones, a pillar from which the SUV world has stood on for close to three decades. The Explorer’s life reads like a Hollywood script, too. It started off with a bang, establishing itself as one of the most popular SUVs on the market. That success lasted for more than a decade before the Explorer lost its way as other SUVs arrived. Sales eventually cratered, leaving Ford desperate to recapture the magic the Explorer had when it became the breakout hit of the early ’90s. The return to form eventually took place as the SUV segment in the U.S. exploded. With the Explorer now entrenched as one of the most popular SUVs in the market, Ford’s banking on the sixth-generation model to keep that momentum. Whether it does so or not remains to be seen, but the all-new Explorer appears fully equipped to take on that challenge.
The 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition Has an Exhaust Growl You Don’t Want to Miss
The Lexus RC F Track Edition is inching closer to its debut, but ahead of its launch, Lexus dropped another teaser of the hardcore coupe, complete with a sample of the car’s intoxicating engine note. The 13-second teaser also reveals a number of sections of the car. The RC F Track Edition passes by quickly so you’ll have to pause the video to get a glimpse of it. That, or you can just wait a few more days for Lexus to pull the cover off of its latest track monster. The Lexus RC F Track Edition is scheduled to debut on January 14 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, which takes place in Detroit, Michigan.
Hyundai Mobis Touts High-Tech Lighting System as the Key to Safety Among Autonomous Driving Cars
Hyundai Mobis, the parts and services division of Korean auto giant, took part in the festivities of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show with a concept that embraces the role that lights play — yes, lights — in improving the safety of autonomous driving vehicles. Called the Communication Lighting Concept, the coupe-like creation’s importance isn’t grounded in its appearance, but more so in the technology it carries. In this case, the concept is equipped with an assortment of lights and displays that it uses to communicate its intentions to pedestrians and commuters alike, alerting them of potential dangers and hazards on the road. Hyundai Mobis says that the technology can be rolled out in a quick and cost-effective manner, though that would still depend on the willingness of automakers to incorporate the technology into their own vehicles.
Harman Has The Solution To Your In-Car Communication Woes
Technology company Harman was on-hand at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show to showcase a new technology that could redefine the way in-car communication takes place. The new audio technology is called Premium Communications, and it includes three potentially game-changing features — In-Car Communication (ICC), ClearChat with Far-End Noise Cancellation, and Personal Communication Zones — that could create a more pleasurable environment inside our cars. There’s no word yet on whether Harman plans to put this new tech to market.
BMW’s New Futurelight Camper Concept Represents the Future of Outdoor Adventure
BMW’s Designworks division is showcasing its latest project at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. Developed together with outdoor clothing company The North Face, the concept is called the Futurelight Camper, and it’s essentially a futuristic camping tent that traces its roots to the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model Concept that the German automaker unveiled in 2008. If anything, the Futurelight Camper Concept proves that just because camping doesn’t necessarily extend to being a high-tech affair, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it in the comfort of a camping tent that comes with a geodesic-dome frame made from carbon fiber and a high-tech fabric that comes from a process called Nanospinning technology. Unfortunately, it looks like the Futurelight Camper Concept is going to remain a concept for the time being.
BMW Has More Leaks Than a Cheap Tent as the 2020 7 Series Configurator Accidentally Goes Live Early
A fresh batch of leaked images of the new 2020 BMW 7 Series has surfaced online. The new images show the front, side, and rear of the 7 Series in the M760Li, 750Li M Sport, and 750Li. It’s not the first time this week that we’re seeing the new 7 Series before it’s scheduled to debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. In a span of a few days, leaked photos from Russia surfaced on the Internet, giving us a peek at the luxury sedan. No less than a day a later, the full front section of the 7 Series was shown, providing us a clean look at the sedan’s massive corporate grille. Suffice to say; it hasn’t been the best of weeks for BMW’s anti-leaks division if it even has one in the first place.
These Futuristic Wheelchair and Exoskeleton Concepts Are The Fruits of Toyota’s Unlimited Mobility Challenge
Toyota’s Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has unveiled the five finalists of its Mobility Unlimited Challenge. The contest was created to recognize the best new designs that help improve the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis or paraplegia. In the end, five finalists were chosen, including an Italian design house that we know more for its exotic performance car designs. Of the five finalists, two developed exoskeleton designs while another created a concept for the purpose of cultivating the electric wheelchair equivalent of a bike-sharing scheme. All five finalists received $500,000 from Toyota for making it this far in the competition. The winning designer, which will be announced in 2020, will also receive an additional $1 million for taking the competition.
Alpine Has Some Interesting Plans for the A110 Name - Here’s What You Need to Know
The Alpine A110 is a dandy of a sports car, and a new report reveals that more versions of the A110 could be on their way. French news outlet Downshift is reporting that Alpine is developing a more potent version of the A110 to go with a drop-top model, an SUV, and an all-electric version of the same SUV. If all three models come to fruition, the full lineup of models would serve as ideal complements to the model’s existing lineup. The high-performance A110, in particular, would become the third variant of the A110 coupe, joining the standard A110 and the A110 Premiere Edition. The convertible A110 has been given a 2020 launch timetable with the rumored SUV model following two years later.
The Jeep Gladiator Herculean Could Scratch That High-Performance, Off-Road Itch
The Jeep Gladiator only made its debut last November, and, figuratively speaking, at least, it’s already churning the rumor mill like a pro. Word has it that a high-performance version of the Gladiator is already being drawn up, and it’s carrying the name of a Greek god and hero that all of us are very familiar with. The high-performance Gladiator is tipped to carry the name “Hercules,” a nod to the mighty Olympian sired by no less than Zeus himself. Though we’re short an official confirmation from Jeep, the Gladiator Hercules would be a fitting name for a brawnier version of Jeep’s all-new pickup.
2019 Ford Fiesta R2 Rally Car
Poland-based rally racing outfit M-Sport has launched the Ford Fiesta R2 rally car; it’s ride-of-choice for the 2019 WRC Junior Rally Championship. The new racer is the first car to be designed and built from M-Sport’s new facility in Krakow, Poland. It’s also the first racer to be built to the latest R2 specifications. Further adding to its list of “firsts” is the distinction of being the first Ford-backed rally car built out of the new-generation Fiesta. All competitors in the 2019 WRC Junior Rally Championship will compete in this car. The winner of the series will be promoted to the WRC2 series where they will compete in a Ford Fiesta R2 in the 2020 season.
If You Buy a 2019 Ford Ranger, Your Oil Change Could Be More Expensive
If you’re part of the minority who prefers do-it-yourself solutions for your vehicles, you’ll need to know this one important aspect when it comes to changing the oil on the 2019 Ford Ranger. You’re going to have to remove the left front wheel to do it. It’s not the hardest job in the world — you only need a jack and some muscles to do it — but it is inconvenient, especially when you only need to pop up the hood of your vehicle to gain access to the oil filter. But, apparently, Ford made some changes to the U.S.-spec Ford Ranger, which necessitated this move. You’re not going to find it impossible to change the oil on the new Ranger, but you are going to have to work more than you probably expected to get the job done.
Bytons New Touchscreen Will Put Tesla to Shame in More Ways Than One
Chinese automotive startup Byton is looking to make waves at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. As if boasting a seven-inch touchscreen embedded into the steering wheel and an eight-inch touchpad between the front seats aren’t enough, Byton’s also rolling out a 48-inch display that’s equivalent to more than seven iPads put side-by-side. If the massive display — it’s called the “Shared Experience Display “ — ends up on the production version of the M-Byte SUV, it would become the largest screen in the auto industry, making Tesla’s own 17-inch screen look like a pocket display by comparison.
Audi Wants to Electrify You With Its Super Bowl LIII Commercial
For the 10th time in the history of Super Bowl commercials, Audi is joining in on the fun with a 60-second commercial that will air during the second quarter of Super Bowl LIII. The game, which is scheduled for February 3, 2019, is typically defined for the commercials that run during the game as much as the game itself. This year, Audi’s message revolves around electrification, specifically the arrivals of a number of electrified e-Tron models, including the e-Tron SUV and the e-Tron Sportback. A handful of Audi’s electric concepts — the e-Tron GT Concept and the Elaine Concept — are also expected to feature in the 60-second spot.
LEGO and Dodge’s Latest Collaboration Gives Our Mini Figs a Pair of Pony Cars to Play Around With
LEGO and Dodge are no strangers to one another. The two companies have partnered numerous times in the past, and it’s the strength of that partnership that opened the doors for the creation of a new, limited edition Speed Champions set featuring miniature versions of the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T and 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The kit costs $39.95 and, in addition to the two muscle cars, it also comes with three mini figures — two drivers and a race marshal — and a Christmas tree. No, not a traditional Christmas tree, but the start-go, lights-based system that are used to start modern drag races. To commemorate the partnership — and the subsequent product — LEGO and Dodge also teamed up to create a commercial featuring none other than NHRA drag racing champion Leah Pritchett. This early in the year, the product planning is already on point.
The 2021 BMW i8 Could be a 700-Horsepower Hybrid Supercar Aimed Directly at the Heart of Ferrari
It took all of two days before the first supercar news of 2019 arrived. BMW, it seems, is cooking up an indirect replacement for the i8 hybrid sports coupe, only this time, the model in question is pegged as a new flagship M Performance model that could produce a combined 700 horsepower. Very rarely do you see a BMW with the kind of power and performance that can rival the likes of Ferrari and McLaren. If this rumor has legs to it, we could be seeing that very car: a proper BMW supercar that can compete with the best the segment has to offer.
Dodge Challenger Emerges Out of Chevrolet Camaro’s Shadow as Ford Mustang Continues to Lord Over the Segment
The Ford Mustang still rules the roost in the muscle car segment as the Dodge Challenger runs past the Chevrolet Camaro for second place in terms of muscle car sales in 2018. The ‘Stang’s place on top of the standings remains secure, but it’s the Challenger that’s making the headlines, thanks in large part to a stronger-than-expected sales year. Of the three muscle cars, the Dodge pony car is the only one to post year-over-year growth. The Camaro, on the other hand, couldn’t have had a worse year, falling behind its two rivals in the wake of torpedoing sales. 2019 is going to be an interesting year for all three muscle cars, but for now, it’s looking like it’s going to be a two-horse race between the Mustang and the Challenger.
If You Can’t Get Enough of The Grand Tour, There’s Now a Game That Can Scratch your Itch
The third season of The Grand Tour is scheduled to drop on January 18, but for those who can’t wait to get their annual fixes of Jeremy Clarkson and the gang, you can get an early fix courtesy of The Grand Tour Game. Yes, folks, the show has parlayed its popularity into the virtual world of video games. The Grand Tour Game arrives for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 15. That’s three days before the third season drops on Amazon Prime. That’s enough time to prep yourselves for what is expected to be another rollicking season of fun and mishaps from our always charismatic, if not controversial, hosts.
2020 Polestar 2 Performance EV Teased But Will It Be Able to Beat the 2019 Tesla Model 3?
Polestar’s automotive lineup is slowly taking shape after the Swedish automaker unveiled a teaser image of the Polestar 2 sedan. The image doesn’t show much of the car other than a birds-eye-view glimpse of the rear section. It’s probably the most we’ll be getting until the next teaser rolls around. What we know at this point is that the Polestar 2 will make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as an electric sedan that will compete directly against the Tesla Model 3. Pricing for the Polestar 2 is expected to slot somewhere between $45,000 to $50,000.
2019 Ram 1500 Atulux by Aznom Automotive
Aznom Automotive has come up with a doozy of a creation. Using a Ram 1500 as a base vehicle, the Italian coachbuilder has transformed what is a capable pickup truck into something straight out of the Black Mirror. The creation still wears the face of a Ram 1500, but the vehicle’s profile is anything but a pickup. Instead, it’s been transformed into a cross between a pickup and a sedan, a “pick-dan” for lack of a better — and far more sensible — term. The monstrosity carries the name Atulux, which literally stands for “All-Terrain Utility Luxury.” Best have a strong stomach for this one because, in addition to looking the way it does, it also costs more than $250,000, or roughly the equivalent of a fleet of actual Ram 1500s.
Hyundai is Going to "Walk" A Weird Ass Car into the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show
As fascinating a show as the Consumer Electronics Show is, it’s not immune to hosting weird creations. This year’s no different as Hyundai is bringing with it the Elevate Concept, a prototype emergency response vehicle that can also walk. Yes, you read that right. The Hyundai Elevate Concept is a walking car straight out of a future that’s neither here nor there. If for nothing else, Hyundai says that the Elevate Concept, if it ends up becoming an actual production model, will establish an all-new vehicle category called Ultimate Mobility Vehicle or UMV. Whatever Hyundai’s intentions for the concept are, it’s definitely going to grab a lot of people’s attention when it shows up at CES next week.
2018 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky Edition
In an industry where standing out is imperative, BMW has found a way to create a one-off M850i xDrive Coupe using a material that’s literally out of this world. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky Edition, and it comes with applications made from meteoritic material grace selected controls. The one-off M850i is the creation of BMW’s Individual customization division, and it arrived in time for the first meteor shower of 2019, which took place all over the world on January 3. It’s unclear if the M850i Night Sky Edition is earmarked for a specific person. What’s clear, though, is that BMW Individual is off to a rousing start in 2019. If future projects are as interesting as this, Bimmer’s personalization division could have a huge year in its hands.
Nissan Tracks the Juke Again and This Time it Did it Right!
The Tokyo Auto Salon is one of the most unusual auto shows on the calendar year. Among other things, TAS plays host to a number of oddball creations from some of the most established automakers in the world. This year is no different. Nissan, in all its respected glory, is bringing the Juke Personalization Adventure Concept to the Tokyo Auto Salon. That doesn’t necessarily raise any alarms except for the fact that the Juke Personalization Adventure Concept is a muscled-up crossover wearing tracks instead of wheels. It’s not the kind of Nissan Juke you see every day, but it’s probably one you’ll need if you find yourself in a pickle when you’re outdoors in the winter.
The 2020 Mercedes CLA Coupe Is Headlining What Should Be An Exciting 2019 Consumer Electronics Show
2019 is rolling around with the calendar’s first major auto show. That used to be the North American International Auto Show, which traditionally takes place in the middle of January. In recent years, though, the Consumer Electronics Show has taken the mantle from Detroit as the first show where automakers showcase their latest products in front of a crowd still recovering from a holiday-induced hangover. But, CES waits for no one, and just as we’re getting back to the grind after our extended vacations, we’re thrust into a five-day hypnosis of tech news, debuts, and announcements, some of which come from some of the biggest automakers in the world. This year’s CES is no different. We already know at least one model that’s making its debut at the event. But just as car brands have taken a bigger cut of that show’s pie share, CES is still about the latest in technology. In a lot of ways, what we’ll see at CES will define the tech world for the next 12 months, and, in some cases, a lot longer than that.