Ciprian Florea

Ciprian’s passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian’s career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor’s degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession. His automotive adventure started reporting on various motorsport events as a sports writer before moving onto a full-time auto career with various sites, including This Week In Motors and Autoevolution. He’s a proud member of the TopSpeed team since early 2014.

Although he’s into just about any type of vehicle, Ciprian is not your typical car enthusiast. Ask him to choose between a BMW M4 and an Audi RS5, and he’ll gladly trade both for a beat up ’Cuda. Nothing annoys him more than car electronics and he just hates it when performance cars lack a third pedal. Additionally, he can give you several reasons why there’s still no replacement for displacement. Don’t let his grumpiness fool you though, he’s more than excited to provide the latest news and reviews on the most interesting cars in the industry. Nuts about any form of classic motorsport and muscle cars, Ciprian’s currently working on a time machine that would take him back to the 1960s for a long vacation alongside Dan Gurney and Jim Hall.

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Here's a Teaser of Infinities Detroit-Bound Coupe-Like Electric Crossover

Here’s a Teaser of Infinities Detroit-Bound Coupe-Like Electric Crossover

Rides on a new all-electric platform

When it comes to "love it or hate it" designs, coupe-style crossovers are the first that spring into mind. While some hate them entirely, others would buy one in a heartbeat. Whether you like coupe crossovers or not, a new model is about to come under the spotlight. It’s made by Infiniti and will make its global debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.

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2019 Kia Niro EV

2019 Kia Niro EV

The battery-powered Niro is ready to play with the big boys!

The Kia Niro EV is the all-electric version of the Niro subcompact crossover that the Korean automaker launched for the 2017 model year. Unveiled in Autumn 2018 as the e-Niro for the European market, the Niro EV is the U.S.-spec model and broke cover at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. Virtually identical to its European sibling, the Niro EV and e-Niro share the same features and specification, save for the less powerful base model. Kia chose to bring only the more powerful version to the U.S., where it will compete against its platform sibling, the Hyundai Kona Electric (or EV on this side of the pond). The Niro EV is Kia’s first all-electric crossover and among the first battery-powered SUVs for the non-premium market.

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2020 Porsche Macan S

2020 Porsche Macan S

More power, new features

The company’s smallest crossover yet, the Porsche Macan arrived in 2014 and slotted under the highly popular Cayenne. After four years on the market, the compact SUV was updated to mid-cycle specifications. The Macan S is very similar to the base model we saw hit the spotlight earlier in 2018 on the outside. It’s identical inside the cabin as well save for the trim-specific features. However, it’s a different story under the hood, as the "S" badge comes in tow with a larger, 3.0-liter V-6. What’s more, while the four-banger lost a few horses with the facelift, the V-6 delivers a bit more power and torque.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf R

2018 Volkswagen Golf R

The company’s hottest hatch yet gets mild updates

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was introduced in 2012 in Europe, but it didn’t make it to U.S. soil until 2014, when it was launched for the 2015 model year. Slightly larger and sportier than its predecessor, the Mk7 also gained a revamped interior, new convenience and safety features, and a wide range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines. The new-generation Golf also spawned a new GTi model, but a more powerful R version was also launched for 2015. With the regular model having received a facelift in 2016, an updated version of the Golf R followed for 2017.

As it is the case with most Volkswagen facelifts, the mid-cycle update doesn’t bring too many features. However, the Golf R is a bit sportier on the outside and benefits from the many technological improvements made to the lineup. The turbocharged engine was also uprated, but while the Golf R is now slightly more powerful than the Honda Civic Type R, it’s nowhere near as brawny as the impressiveFord Focus RS. How does it compare to the competition? Let’s find out in the review below.

12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R taken at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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2019 Hyundai Nexo

2019 Hyundai Nexo

New-generation hydrogen SUV has better mileage than Tesla Model X

Hydrogen fuel cell technology has been making headlines in the auto industry for a few decades now, with many claiming it’s the future of the fossil-free automobile. However, unlike the electric car market, the hydrogen segment has evolved rather slow, with most automakers opting to stay away from the big development costs and the expensive carbon-fiber fuel tanks. Until Toyota debuted the Mirai, Hyundai was the only company that actually launched a production model. The ix35 FCEV, also known as the Tuscon FCEV in some markets, was introduced in 2013. After several tests, full-scale production began in 2015 and examples were delivered in more than 20 countries worldwide. Come 2018 and Hyundai wants to take things up a notch with a brand-new model, called the Nexo.

Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, the event where automakers launch their high-tech products for a few years now, the Nexo will replace the ix35/Tucson FCEV. And the new hydrogen-powered EV is a significant departure from its predecessor. Not only riding on a new platform, it also features a unique design, a brand-new interior, and bespoke technology. And unlike many vehicles we usually see at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Nexo is ready to go into production and will become available in select markets later in 2018. Let’s find out more about Hyundai’s next-generation FCEV in the review below.

Update 12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review of images of the 2019 Hyundai Nexo taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out int he gallery below!

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

The world’s first all-electric compact crossover!

Although Hyundai didn’t offer an SUV until the Terracan was introduced in 2001 (the 1991 Galloper doesn’t really count since it was a rebadged Mitsubishi), the Korean firm now has four different crossovers on offer. The latest to join the family is the Kona, and it’s the company’s first subcompact offering. But more importantly, it’s the first subcompact SUV to get an all-electric version. Unveiled in February 2018, the Kona Electric is the first of its kind on the European market and crosses the pond to the U.S. for 2019.

Much like any other EV or hybrid based on a conventional vehicle, the Kona Electric is very similar to the gasoline-powered Kona. The styling carries over with a few changes inside and out, while the equipment lines remain pretty much the same. It’s the drivetrain that makes a big difference, as the Kona Electric doesn’t use dinosaur juice. What’s more, the Kona Electric comes with impressive performance and range of a crossover that will cost significantly less than the expensive Tesla Model X. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

Update 12/12/2018 We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric take at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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2019 McLaren 720S Spider

2019 McLaren 720S Spider

The cool and fast 720S goes topless

Introduced in December 2018, right between the auto shows in Los Angeles and Detroit, the 720S Spider replaces the 650S Spider in the lineup and enables McLaren to compete with the 488 Spider and Huracan Spyder. It’s the third member of the family, joining the coupe and the race-spec 720S GT3. The 720S Spider shares all exterior and interior features, as well as the drivetrain centered around the 4.0-liter V-8 engine, with the coupe model. Although it’s 108 pounds heavier than the coupe, the 720S Spider remains the lightest in its class with a dry weight of 2,937 pounds.

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2019 BMW M8

2019 BMW M8

The first 8 Series with an "M" badge

The BMW 8 Series returned in 2018 after almost 20 years. Developed to replace the 6 Series, the 8 Series is sportier, more modern, and enables BMW to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. For the first time ever, the 8 Series will be upgraded to M8 specifications by the company’s high-performance division. The M8 will brake cover sometime in 2019.

When BMW introduced the 8 Series back in 1989, it reshaped the full-size luxury segment with a car that was gorgeous, unique, and loaded with innovative features. Discontinued in 1999, the 8 Series returned almost two decades later in 2018. The M8’s arrival will mark a premiere for the nameplate, which didn’t receive the M treatment in the 1990s. Although BMW did make a prototype, it eventually decided that there’s no market for the M8 and the project was scrapped. Times have obviously changed now, and with Mercedes already offering AMG versions of the S-Class Coupe and with Bentley producing the Continental GT Speed for quite a few years now, BMW needs the M8 to keep up with the competition. Find out what we already know about this grand tourer in my speculative review below.

Update 12-7-2018: We’ve updated this speculative review with new leaked images and new information. Check out the Exterior section below for all the new M8 goodness!

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2019 Mazda 3

2019 Mazda 3

Inspired by the Kai concept

The fourth-generation Mazda3 made its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The hatchback replaces a six-year-old third-gen model that has been highly successful and established the nameplate as a strong competitor in the compact market. The new Mazda3 is heavily based on the Kai concept on the outside and features a more upscale interior plus an innovative engine.

Part of Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 long-term strategy, the new Mazda3 debuts the company’s most recent interpretation of the Kodo design language. It also pushed the hatchback higher on the premium ladder and a five-engine lineup. On top of the usual gasoline and diesel SkyActiv units, the Mazda3 debuts the new SkyActiv-X, the first commercial gasoline engine with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology. The hatchback also features an all-wheel-drive system for the first time.

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Leaked Images Showcase the 2020 BMW M8 Before You're Supposed to See It

Leaked Images Showcase the 2020 BMW M8 Before You’re Supposed to See It

It’s not as aggressive as you’d expect

It’s been only a few months since BMW revived the 8 Series, and we can finally have a look at the first M8 version ever built. No, BMW did not unveil the car yet, we just stumbled across a few photos of the real deal on Instagram. Here’s the upcoming BMW M8 before you’re supposed to see it!

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

A more track-focused GT R

The Mercedes-AMG GT R is the range-topping version of the AMG GT, a coupe introduced in 2014. The GT R arrived in 2017 with a more aggressive design, a beefed-up engine, and increased performance. It’s the most powerful and expensive version of the coupe yet. At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes introduced a track-ready upgrade, called the AMG GT R Pro. Fitted with body parts and drivetrain components inspired by motorsport, the Pro bridges the gap between the road-legal AMG GT R and the race-spec GT3 and GT4 iterations of the sports car. It’s not more powerful than the GT R, but it features upgraded chassis and suspension components, it’s lighter, and a bit more aerodynamic. It’s a worthy rival for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS!

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The 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Scores a Disappointing One-Star Rating in Euro NCAP Crash Testing

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Scores a Disappointing One-Star Rating in Euro NCAP Crash Testing

Not exactly safe!

The brand-new Jeep Wrangler scored just a single star our of five in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The SUV was tested alongside eight other vehicles and scored the lowest rating save for the Fiat Panta, also built by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

It’s finally here! Jeep’s first truck in decades!

Essentially a Wrangler with a five-foot bed, the Gladiator rides on a custom body-on-frame that’s longer than the SUVs. The truck also shares drivetrain components with the Wrangler, including the Pentastar V-6 engine. A diesel mill, already available in the Ram 1500, will be offered in 2020. The Gladiator stands out among its competition thanks to its open-air configuration, unique on the market, and impressive payload and towing capabilities.

The Jeep Gladiator is a new pickup truck based on the latest-generation Wrangler. As the first Jeep-badged truck in almost three decades, the Gladiator made its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Originally believed to arrive with the Scrambler name, the pickup truck revives a nameplate first used in the 1960s.

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2020 Porsche 911

2020 Porsche 911

New-generation 911 arrives with vintage-inspired looks and high-tech features

Just like its predecessor, the 2020 Porsche 911 992 is a mix of old an new. While it rides on new underpinnings and features state-of-the-art technology, its design harks back to previous generations, including the original 911. The new sports car brings a few innovations to the market, but its most notable feature remains the fact that it’s the first 911 to not have a naturally aspirated engine.

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2019 Audi S6

2019 Audi S6

Will the new V-6 model be powerful enough for the BMW M550i?

The Audi A6 was redesigned in 2018 after six years on the market and now its time for other versions of the sedan to get their official launch. First on the list is the S6, which we began seeing on public roads as a camouflaged prototype in 2017. Come 2018 and the four-door moving closer to an official launch, and we already know a lot of details about it.

The sedan is still hidden under wraps, but as before, the S6 will sport the same styling cues as the A6, but it will feature a slightly more aggressive exterior and a more potent drivetrain. The upcoming S6 is more important than ever to Audi, as both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have solid offerings in this niche in the M550i xDrive and the AMG E53 Sedan, respectively. Will the new S6 have what it takes to give its competitors a run for its money? Let’s find out in the review below.

Updated 12/03/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Audi S6 out for the a new testing session, and unlike the previous times, the new prototype dropped some of its camouflage.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Audi S6.

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The 2020 Lincoln Aviator, in Base Form, Packs More Power than Most Competitors from Mercedes, BMW, and Audi

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator, in Base Form, Packs More Power than Most Competitors from Mercedes, BMW, and Audi

EcoBoost power!

Much like Cadillac, Lincoln has been struggling to get back on the luxury horse for quite a few years now. And it seems the company is one step closer with the Aviator, a brand-new SUV that slots between the Nautilus and the massive Navigator.

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5 Reasons Why the 2019 Honda Passport is Better Than the Old One

5 Reasons Why the 2019 Honda Passport is Better Than the Old One

The badge returns after 16 years

Honda just revived the Passport name after 16 years for a brand new SUV that slots between the CR-V and Pilot. Unlike its spiritual predecessor, it isn’t a rebadged Isuzu, but a vehicle designed and engineered by Honda itself. How does it compare with the old model? Well, it’s better in just about every department, which isn’t surprising given that the previous Passport is two decades older. Let’s find out what makes the new Passport a better, modern SUV.

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The Production Version of the 2018 Vision iNext will Bring an All-New Platform, New Autonomous Technology

The Production Version of the 2018 Vision iNext will Bring an All-New Platform, New Autonomous Technology

Still a couple of years away though

Shown for the first time in official photos earlier in 2018, the BMW Vision iNext made its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept vehicle previews the German company’s future platform, autonomous technology, and its take on car connectivity and electrification.

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The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Parades New Upgrades from Mopar in L.A.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Parades New Upgrades from Mopar in L.A.

You can pick from 20 available parts and accessories

The long-anticipated Jeep Gladiator, the company’s first pickup truck in 26 years, made its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Not surprisingly, Mopar has already created a range of parts and accessories for the truck and showcased them on a Rubicon model. The most important of which include a two-inch lift kit, spray-in bed liner, and a truck bed storage system.

Mopar has been providing parts and accessories for Chrysler and Fiat cars for decades now, and it also helped Jeep develop quite a few concept vehicles. Naturally, the Gladiator had to be included now that Jeep finally offers a pickup truck. Mopar presented 20 products for the Gladiator in Los Angeles, but more are definitely underway. Let’s have a look at what you can order once the Gladiator goes on sale.

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The 2020 Shelby GT500 Will Finally Be Revealed on January 14, 2019

The 2020 Shelby GT500 Will Finally Be Revealed on January 14, 2019

Save the date!

The highly anticipated new-generation Shelby GT500 will break cover on January 14, 2019. The news comes straight from Ford, which displayed a 1967 GT500 in a container at the Los Angeles Auto Show with "01.14.19" written on it.

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Say Farewell to the Volkswagen Beetle in Los Angeles

Say Farewell to the Volkswagen Beetle in Los Angeles

Production ends in 2019

After eight years on the market in this generation, and 22 years since the nameplate was revived in Europe and North America, the Volkswagen Beetle is going into the history books for the second time. With production set to end in 2019, the German firm is bidding farewell to the funky two-door with a Final Edition model. The last of the A5-generation Beetle made its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Does the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Look Any Better in Person?

Does the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Look Any Better in Person?

Check out our walkaround from the L.A. Auto Show

When Mitsubishi announced that it will revive the Eclipse nameplate for a crossover a few years ago, many enthusiasts went berserk. Now that the Eclipse Cross has arrived, things have settled down. However, many still think that the compact SUV isn’t worthy of the "Eclipse" badge. But is the Eclipse Cross really that awful?

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The 2020 Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln's First Hybrid SUV, Is Impressively Powerful

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln’s First Hybrid SUV, Is Impressively Powerful

600 pound-feet of torque!

Lincoln launched its first hybrid car, the MKZ Hybrid, in 2011, but it took the luxury brand another seven years to develop a plug-in SUV. The electrified hauler arrived at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show as part of the Aviator lineup, which will replace the MKT. And it’s impressively powerful with 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque on tap.

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The Lexus LC Inspiration Concept Looks Beautiful in Los Angeles

The Lexus LC Inspiration Concept Looks Beautiful in Los Angeles

So yellow!

If you’re at the2018 Los Angeles Auto Showand you spot a yellow car somewhere, there’s a big chance that it’s the Lexus LC500 Inspiration concept. Although it sounds rather fancy, this show car is pretty much a production LC500 with a few extras. And it’s not even new, as it was unveiled back in August 2018. So what’s it doing in L.A.? Grabbing your attention, that’s what!

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Cadillac Introduces the Not-So-Sporty Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition

Cadillac Introduces the Not-So-Sporty Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition

It looks cool though

Anxious to finally see a V-Sport version of the Cadillac Escalade in showrooms? Well, you’ll have to wait a while longer as Cadillac isn’t planning on one until the next-gen SUV arrives. However, the luxury brand just debuted the Cadillac Sport at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sadly though, it’s not as sporty as the badge suggests.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Shows Up in L.A. With DNA From the GT 4-Door Coupe

The Mercedes-AMG GT Shows Up in L.A. With DNA From the GT 4-Door Coupe

There’s a new GT-R Pro Model Too

The Mercedes-AMG GT sports car was just updated for 2017, but Mercedes saw fit to give it some fresh DNA from the 4-Door Coupe for 2020. It now features headlights based on those of the 4-Door, and the front and rear fascias have been mildly updated. The biggest news here is that the 10.25-inch infotainment screen now comes as standard equipment as does the AMG Track Pace system that debuted in the 4-Door Coupe as well. There are no powertrain upgrades to speak of, though, so the base model still delivers 469 horsepower while the GT C pumps out 550 horsepower. The GT R carries on with 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport is a good looking beast with 700 HP under the hood

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport is a good looking beast with 700 HP under the hood

You can’t drive it on public roads though

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is an insanely cool sports car that most of us can’t own because it’s expensive and sold out in a matter of days. But, you know what’s crazier than that? Unveiling a track-only variant of it at the same time with a new-generation version of the same car. That’s exactly what Porsche did today!

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Mazda3 Moves Up the Premium Ladder with Gorgeous Interior, New Materials

Mazda3 Moves Up the Premium Ladder with Gorgeous Interior, New Materials

The future looks bright!

The new-generation Mazda3 just made its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show. It looks hotter than ever, boasting an evolution of the company’s KODO design language seen in the RX-Vision and Kai concept. It also features new engines, including a diesel and an innovative gas unit featuring innovative spark controlled compression ignition. More importantly, Mazda moved its compact into the premium market.

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Here Are The first Offical Photos of the Jeep Gladiator

Here Are The first Offical Photos of the Jeep Gladiator

It’s here!

Ladies and gentlemen, the long-awaited Jeep Gladiator is finally here! Okay, okay, the official debut will actually take place a bit later today, but several photos surfaced the web alongside technical specifications ahead of time.

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Quick Visual Comparison: 2019 Porsche 911 991 vs 2020 Porsche 911 992

Quick Visual Comparison: 2019 Porsche 911 991 vs 2020 Porsche 911 992

Can you spot the changes?

The 992-generation Porsche 911 is nearly upon us. Set to break cover at the2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new-generation 911 will bring a new yet still familiar design forward, new technology under the skin, and a crop of revised turbocharged engines. While the oily bits are still being kept under wraps, the exterior design is no longer a mystery. What has changed for the new generation styling-wise? Find out in the comparison below.

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Here's the Audi E-Tron GT in Typical Audi Camo

Here’s the Audi E-Tron GT in Typical Audi Camo

Oh god, not this again!

Have you grown tired of Audi’s black, white and red camouflage seen on recent prototypes and production-ready cars? Well, it seems the German firm still finds the livery interesting and just slapped it on the e-tron GT ahead of its big unveiling at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2018 Bentley Continental GTC

2018 Bentley Continental GTC

Is it good enough to give the S-Class Cabriolet a run for its money?

The third-generation Bentley Continental GTC is the cabriolet version of the coupe that the British firm introduced in 2017. Almost identical to the coupe design-wise, it features a new soft-top system and borrows all of its technology and drivetrain components from the hard-top version.

Heavily inspired by the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, it looks sportier than before and boasts a longer wheelbase. The redesigned soft-top also turns it into a three-box vehicle when the roof is in place. The new Continental GTC arrives just in time for the upcoming Volante version of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, but it also competes against the fancier Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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See the New 2020 Porsche 911 992 In Action Before it Debuts!

See the New 2020 Porsche 911 992 In Action Before it Debuts!

Driven by Mark Webber in Weissach

The upcoming 992-generation Porsche 911 is no longer a mystery design-wise. While we still don’t know much about the oily bits, we’ve already seen the sports car without camouflage in several photos. Now it’s time to see it in action on the race track with former Formula One driver and World Endurance Championship winner Mark Webber behind the steering wheel.

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2020 McLaren Senna GTR

2020 McLaren Senna GTR

The closest thing to a Formula One car!

The McLaren Senna is an upcoming, track-only variant of the radical Senna supercar. Named after famed F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the supercar will also pay tribute to the iconic F1 GTR in race-spec trim. Previewed by the Senna GTR Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the track-bound supercar will arrive in production form in 2019.

McLaren is already testing the Senna GTR, and our paparazzi spotted the car a couple of times on the track. The supercar is still camouflaged though, and it appears that it’s still missing important parts from its aerodynamic package. But the British firm unveiled a few details about the track-only vehicle, and we will discuss them in the speculative review below.

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The 2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck Middle Fingers Tesla with a 3-Second Sprint to 60 mph and 400 Mile Range

The 2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck Middle Fingers Tesla with a 3-Second Sprint to 60 mph and 400 Mile Range

An SUV is coming as well

Tesla might have already announced an all-electric pickup truck, but the folks from Rivian just took the spotlight and launched a production version of its own vehicle ahead of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Debuts Below the Radar With a Unique Look

2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Debuts Below the Radar With a Unique Look

The Conti GT goes topless, features new neckwarmer

After a full year on the market, the new Bentley Continental GT went topless to become the third-generation Continental GTC. Unveiled without much fuss or a big public event, the GTC shares styling cues and underpinnings with the already familiar coupe. However, it also features a new soft-top and a few extra features inside the cabin.

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Mild redesign on the outside, new tech on the inside

Launched in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, prompting other premium brands to either join the niche or improve upon existing models. Come 2018, and Land Rover has introduced the second-generation crossover, placing it again high above the competition.

Redesigned on a brand-new platform, the second-gen Evoque ditched its old Ford-sourced engines and adopted JLR’s new four-cylinder diesels. More importantly, almost all drivetrains are now 48-volt mild hybrids, with a plug-in hybrid set to join the lineup in 2019. Land Rover took a rather evolutionary approach to the Evoque’s design inside the out, so it remains familiar. The redesign is more of the facelift variety styling-wise, but everything is new under the shell.

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1994 - 2002 Honda Passport

1994 - 2002 Honda Passport

The company’s first SUV for the U.S. market

The Honda Passport was the Japanese company’s first entry into the SUV market in the United States. The Passport was born from a partnership between Honda and Isuzu as a badge-engineered version of the Rodeo. The Passport arrived in the U.S. for the 1994 model year, three years after the Isuzu Rodeo. The second-generation model was introduced for 1998 and production came to a halt in 2002.

Launched to compete against the Ford Explorer, Jeep Cherokee, and Nissan Pathfinder, the Passport was Honda’s desperate answer to the SUV craze that was taking off in the U.S. And even though it wasn’t impressively popular back in the day, it gave Honda a good start in the crossover field ahead of the CR-V’s American launch in 1997. The Passport is bound to return for the 2019 model year, so let’s have a closer look at its predecessors from the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor

Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor

Still looks familiar though

While spy shots suggest the high-anticipated mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is just around the corner, we have yet to see it in the metal without camouflage. Thankfully enough, Chevy has been using lighter camo recently, thin enough to notice most of its exterior features. And these new renderings provide an accurate depiction of the upcoming sports car.

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McLaren's Next Supercar Debuts Dec 8th but Can it Share the Limelight With the Speedtail?

McLaren’s Next Supercar Debuts Dec 8th but Can it Share the Limelight With the Speedtail?

What is it?

McLaren just confirmed that it will launch a new supercar on December 8, less than two months since it introduced the amazing Speedtail. The Brits didn’t specifically say what new model they’re introducing, but the teaser photo and video posted on social media suggest its a version of an existing nameplate. To be more specific, we’re talking about the McLaren 720S Spider.

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The Long, Illustrious History of Jeep Pickup Trucks

The Long, Illustrious History of Jeep Pickup Trucks

Anticipating the modern Gladiator’s debut

It has recently been confirmed that Jeep will unveil a pickup truck version of the JL Wrangler at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Called the Gladiator, according to leaked documents, it will be Jeep’s first pickup truck since 1992. And, needless to say, fans have been clamoring for a Jeep with a bed ever since the Cherokee-based Comanche was discontinued.

The Gladiator name will also make a comeback after no fewer than 47 years, but Jeep built more than two pickups throughout its history. It actually made six of them, and even though they were built under different ownership and names, they’re all iconic in their own right. With Jeep’s first truck in more than two decades underway, we decided it’s the perfect time to look through the company’s history as a pickup manufacturer.

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We Caught the McLaren Senna GTR Prototype, but It's Missing a Few Important Pieces

We Caught the McLaren Senna GTR Prototype, but It’s Missing a Few Important Pieces

Expect to see it in 2019

Shortly after the radical McLaren Senna came out, the British firm confirmed that a GTR version is underway. We’ve already seen the car in the form of a production-ready concept, so its design is far from a mystery, but a bunch of spy shots we just received from our paparazzi hint that an official unveiling will take place soon.

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A Successor to the Lamborghini Espada Could Hit the Market by 2025

A Successor to the Lamborghini Espada Could Hit the Market by 2025

Lambo’s first four-seater in 40 years

Lamborghini could introduce a spiritual successor to the iconic Espada by 2025. That’s the word from company CEO Stefano Domenicali, who said in an interview that Lamborghini is pondering a new 2+2 GT car.

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2019 Honda Passport

2019 Honda Passport

The nameplate returns after 16 years

Discontinued in 2002, the Honda Passport made a comeback for the 2019 model year. Introduced at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the modern Passport fills the gap between the CR-V and the Pilot.

Based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, the SUV shares many of its underpinnings and drivetrain components with the three-row Pilot and Ridgeline pickup trucks. It has a similar unibody construction, but it’s presented as a more rugged, off-road capable crossover. More importantly, it’s Honda’s very own design and not a rebadge Isuzu, like the old Passport. Unlike other Honda SUVs, it also benefits from a range of accessories, much like Mopar is offering for FCA vehicles. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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Nissan's Own Carlos Ghosn Accused of Misconduct, Arrested

Nissan’s Own Carlos Ghosn Accused of Misconduct, Arrested

He will be "promptly removed" from his position

Nissan Chairman and Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn has been arrested by prosecutors in Japan for "significant acts of misconduct." Nissan said Ghosn and another board member had been under investigation for months following a whistleblower report. As one of the auto industry’s most important executives, Ghosn will be "promptly removed" from his positions, according to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

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2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The DB11 cost twice as much. Is it worth it?

The fact that BMW revived the 8 Series nameplate after almost two decades is definitely one of the headlines of 2018. But equally important is the fact that the Germans announced two brand-new versions of this car: there’s an M8 just around the corner, and BMW just introduced the 8 Series Convertible.

The first drop-top version of the 8 Series in history, the Convertible, is here to tackle the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. However, the topless German is also an option against more expensive grand tourer, like the Aston Martin DB11 Volante. Let’s find out how it compares to the notably more expensive British convertible in the comparison below.

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2019 Audi R8

2019 Audi R8

The ultimate road-going R8?

Introduced in 2015, the second-generation Audi R8 was facelifted for the 2019 model year. The mid-cycle upgrade arrived rather soon, suggesting that the supercar might be redesigned in three years or so. The facelift brought a sportier exterior, a mildly altered interior, and important changes under the hood. Likewise, the R8 V10 Plus model was renamed the V10 Performance.

Sharing 50 percent of components with the R8 LMS GT3 race car shown at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the revised R8 looks more aggressive than ever. It’s also significantly more powerful than before, with up to 30 horsepower added to the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. It’s also the first R8 to surpass 200 mph in every trim, including Spyder models. Although it was originally believed that Audi might add a new GT model to the lineup, the sportier car spotted testing in Europe turned out to be just the regular facelift. Let’s find out more about all of that in the review below.

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Kia Tries to Excite us With a Teaser for the Next-Gen 2020 Kia Soul

Kia Tries to Excite us With a Teaser for the Next-Gen 2020 Kia Soul

New design, improved electric model

Kia just confirmed that the third-generation Soul will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and released the first teaser with the subcompact. It doesn’t show us too much, but we can add up to what we already know from the spy shots.

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2018 GM Defense Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 Concept

2018 GM Defense Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 Concept

New-generation hydrogen technology in a military truck

The Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 is a military, heavy-duty version of the popular Silverado pickup truck. Developed by General Motors’ new military defense unit, it’s powered by a next-generation Hydrogen fuel cell and advanced battery systems.

Remember the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 from 2016? GM Defense just revived the project, but it’s now using the bigger Silverado truck and newer technology. Okay, so it’s just a concept for now, but it could become a full-time military vehicle in the future. More importantly, the tech under the shell could find its way into the fuel-cell production car that GM promised to deliver by 2022. Until that happens, let’s see what this truck is all about.

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sport6 SS Concept

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sport6 SS Concept

Chevy’s first hot compact since the Cobalt SS

Introduced in 2008 as a replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt (and its Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ion doppelgangers), the Cruze is two years into its second-generation as of 2018. Available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, it’s offered with two gasoline engines and a diesel engine in other markets. But, unlike its predecessor, it isn’t offered in performance-oriented guise yet. This could change soon, as Chevy unveiled a beefed-up concept car at the 2018 Sao Paolo Motor Show.

Powered by an engine that generates almost 300 horsepower, the concept goes by the name Cruze Sport6 SS. The "SS" badge, most famous for adorning the Camaro, is not new to compact GM cars, having been used on the Cobalt SS, a 260-horsepower coupe sold until 2010. On top of the beefed-up engine, the Cruze SS also features more aggressive exterior features and a sportier interior. It actually looks ready to go into production, but the fact that Chevy chose to unveil it in Brazil without much fuss on social media may be a sign that it’s not going into production anytime soon.

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Replacing the legendary Vantage V12 GT3!

The second-generation Aston Martin Vantage was introduced in 2018 as the company’s latest entry-level model. It replaced the Vantage model that the British firm offered from 2005 through 2017. With a brand-new model on public roads, Aston Martin is now also offering a couple of race-spec versions, one of which is the Vantage GT3.

Developed to replace the Vantage V12 GT3 that Aston Martin has been racing since 2012, the new Vantage GT3 is closely related to its GTE-spec sibling. The British company will use it as a factory race car, but it will also offer it as a customer racer for GT3-spec series around the world, including the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup.

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BMW X7 Pickup Could Be BMW's Answer to the Mercedes X-Class

BMW X7 Pickup Could Be BMW’s Answer to the Mercedes X-Class

Should BMW build it?

Ever since BMW entered the SUV market with the X5 back in 1999, enthusiasts have been clamoring for the Germans to produce a pickup truck. Now that Mercedes-Benz is offering the X-Class, a BMW-badged truck seems to make more sense. With the flagship X7 unveiled a few weeks ago, we can’t help but wonder whether BMW should consider a truck version at last.

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Next-Generation Porsche 911 Tested Under Extreme Conditions

Next-Generation Porsche 911 Tested Under Extreme Conditions

Get ready for an official debut soon!

The 992-generation Porsche 911 is about to go official. We’ve seen it without camouflage and we know a thing or two about its drivetrain options. It should break cover in just a few months, but Porsche is using this remaining time for extensive testing all over the world.

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2021 Ford Bronco II aka "Baby Bronco"

2021 Ford Bronco II aka "Baby Bronco"

FoMoCo’s take on the Jeep Renegade

In March 2018, Ford unveiled its plans for the next two years, which includes many new models and a shift toward crossovers in the U.S. The bigger news includes dropping most cars in favor of SUVs, a hybrid version of the F-150 truck, and a revival of the iconic Bronco. The latter will be joined by a smaller sibling with similar boxy cues. A baby Bronco!

Described as a vehicle "designed to win a growing number of people who love getting away and spending time outdoors with their families and friends," the compact SUV was partially revealed in a teaser photo. In November 2018, photos of the actual vehicle leaked onto the web following a Ford dealer meeting. And based on what we can see, it’s aimed directly at Jeep. Specifically, while the new-generation Bronco will go against the all-popular Wrangler, the smaller crossover will take on the Renegade. There’s no official name for it yet, and details remain a mystery, but it could roll out by 2020.

Updated 11.14.2018 - Leaked photos from a dealer meeting shows the "baby" Bronco before we’re supposed to see it. Check out the photos in the gallery section.

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Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck Leaks Ahead of L.A. Debut

Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck Leaks Ahead of L.A. Debut

We have specs too!

Here it is folks! Jeep’s Wrangler-based pickup truck just leaked online before its official debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Not only we get to see it ahead of time, but we have info and specs too.

The photos and the spec sheet come courtesy of the JeepGladiator forum, which claims they were briefly posted on FCA’s media website today. Luckily, a member managed to download them before they were taken down and we can now see the Gladiator in all its glory. Oh, the sheet also confirms the truck will carry the Gladiator nameplate. While this isn’t surprising, it wasn’t clear whether Jeep wanted to use the Gladiator or Scrambler name.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N

2019 Hyundai Veloster N

The company’s second N model is coming to the U.S.!

Introduced in 2011, the Hyundai Veloster replaced the Tiburon (known as the Coupe in other markets) in the United States. Essentially a hybrid between a hatchback and a coupe, the Veloster is available in a three-door configuration only and uses small-displacement four-cylinder engines exclusively. Offered in base and Turbo trim, the Veloster can now be ordered with the N upgrade following its second-generation redesign. The higher-performance variant crafted by the still-new N division is the first beefed-up Hyundai offered in the U.S.

Previewed by a series of concept cars with mid-engined configurations, the high-performance Veloster debuted alongside the standard hatchback at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Both boast sportier styling, new technology, and improved engines, but the N model also sports a number of aggressive aerodynamic updates, exclusive features inside the cabin, and turbocharged engine powerful enough to give the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST a run for their money.

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Aston Martin SUV Confirmed for 2019 with DBX name

Aston Martin SUV Confirmed for 2019 with DBX name

It’s quite capable on the unbeaten path

Aston Martin confirmed plans to jump on the SUV bandwagon back in 2015, when it created the DBX Concept, a sporty, coupe-style crossover with only two doors. Following several rumors and spy shots, the British firm confirmed the DBX nameplate and released the first official photos of the SUV.

The info comes as Aston Martin began testing the DBX on the demanding Welsh Rally course and also confirmed that the vehicle will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2019. The SUV is still wearing camouflage, but we can finally see how the production body and design look like.

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Genesis Teases Updated G90 with Redesigned Front End

Genesis Teases Updated G90 with Redesigned Front End

New headlamps, sportier grille

Launched in 2017 as the company’s flagship sedan, the Genesis G90 is in for a facelift for the 2020 model year. Hyundai’s luxury arm has yet to release an official debut date, but published the first teaser photo, and it seems facelift will be quite extensive.

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Ford's "Baby" Bronco Leaked in Dealer Meeting Photos

Ford’s "Baby" Bronco Leaked in Dealer Meeting Photos

The Blue Oval’s take on the Jeep Renegade

Back in March 2018, Ford confirmed that it will revive the iconic Bronco, as well as add a smaller, "baby" Bronco crossover to its lineup. Come November and the "baby" Bronco revealed itself earlier than planned in leaked images from a dealer meeting.

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Updated Mazda CX-5 Brings Turbo Engine and Luxury Trim

Updated Mazda CX-5 Brings Turbo Engine and Luxury Trim

More than 200 horsepower!

It’s been less than two years since the second-generation CX-5 went into production and Mazda is already rolling out an update. While it’s not exactly a facelift design-wise, the upgrade adds a more powerful turbo engine and two new trims with more premium features. And higher prices obviously.

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Hyundai Palisade Leaked Ahead of L.A. Debut

Hyundai Palisade Leaked Ahead of L.A. Debut

It’s big, boxy, and bold!

Excited to see Hyundai’s new full-size SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show? Well, your wait was just shortened by more than two weeks thanks to an official photo that leaked onto the web.

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Will Debut This Week

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Will Debut This Week

Will it be as hot as the hatchback?

The sedan version of the new Toyota Corolla will officially debut this Thursday, November 15, according to a tweet from the Japanese automaker’s American account. Unveiled in hatchback form at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the four-door Corolla will make its first public appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 30.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

A more powerful AMG GT R? Yes please!

Introduced in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is no longer the company’s flagship sports car, but a full lineup of vehicles. In three years, AMG not only developed a Roadster but also launched a higher performance coupe and a beefed-up convertible too. Oh, and it also created two different race cars based on the GT. In all, the AMG GT includes seven members, which is darn impressive. But Mercedes-AMG won’t stop here. Although rumors of a Black Series model have yet to be confirmed, recent spy shots suggest that such a version is indeed underway. And we might just see it in the metal in early 2019.

With the GT R in showrooms, a Black Series model might not make much sense, but Mercedes has plenty of room to either slot it between the GT S and GT R or place it above everything else as a range-topping model. The latter scenario is more likely, so we could get an AMG GT with close to 600 horsepower and built in a very limited run. We should find out more later this year, so make sure you stick around for updates. Meanwhile, have a look at my speculative review below.

Updated 11/12/2018: Our spy photographers caught the beefed-up GT R testing on public roads again! Check out the photos in the gallery section.

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Is this Proof that Cadillac Is Making a Mid-Engined Sports Car?

Is this Proof that Cadillac Is Making a Mid-Engined Sports Car?

A new-generation XLR could be underway

It’s no longer a mystery that GM is working on a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette. The sports car has been spotted testing numerous times, we’ve seen sketches of the interior, plans of the engine, and even leaked pricing information. But General Motors may be hiding a vehicle based on the upcoming C8-generation Corvette: a mid-engined Cadillac.

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Mercedes-AMG A35 vs Audi S3

Mercedes-AMG A35 vs Audi S3

Battle of the (mild) hot hatchbacks

When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class in 2018, it basically dropped a giant anvil on the hatchback market. Fitted with never-before-seen technology and infused with design cues from the bigger sedans inside and out, the new A-Class trumps the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 in just about every department. With a handful of models already available, Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the AMG A35. Offered for the first time, it slots above the A250 and below the upcoming AMG A45.

The A35 is Mercedes’ answer to the long-standing Audi S3 and BMW M135i and arrives just when these two hatchbacks are getting a bit long in the tooth. But while the 1 Series is almost out of the market, to be replaced by a front-wheel-drive model, the S3 was facelifted recently and will be around for a few more years. That’s why we decided to throw the S3 into the lion’s den and find out how it compares to the new Mercedes-AMG A35.

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Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut

Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut

Mazda’s first production model with the SkyActiv-X engine

After almost six years on the market, the current-generation Mazda3 will retire to make way for a redesigned model. The Japanese firm confirmed the new Mazda3 will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and released a new teaser of the car.

Actually, Mazda previewed two vehicles, as the photo includes images of both the sedan and hatchback versions. Not much can be seen in the photo, but it gives us a glimpse of the sedan’s roof and the hatchback’s rear end.

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Tesla Launches "Track Mode," Turns Model 3 Into Drift Machine

Tesla Launches "Track Mode," Turns Model 3 Into Drift Machine

This is how it works

One of the coolest advantages of electric powertrains over internal combustion engines is that power and torque are available instantly. And this is one of the reasons why the Tesla Model S is the quickest production car with a 0-to-60 benchmark of only 2.5 seconds. Now, Tesla wants to put the Model 3’s instant torque to good use on the race track through a new driving mode. It’s called Track Mode and turns the compact sedan into a drift machine.

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BMW Reveals New Details On M8, Sets Market Release for 2019

BMW Reveals New Details On M8, Sets Market Release for 2019

The V-8 will generate more than 600 horsepower!

For the first time ever, the 8 Series will spawn an M8 version. We know it’s coming, we’ve seen it in concept form, and also as a race car. We still don’t know too many details about the drivetrain, but BMW just released a bit of information and more photos of a camouflaged car.

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Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 Could Cost $170,000

Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 Could Cost $170,000

Ouch!

Arguably the hottest and most discussed car to be unveiled in 2019, the Chevy Corvette C8 remains a mystery, with very little official information to run by as of November. Thankfully, the rumor has provided us some data in recent months and now it’s back with pricing information, placing the mid-engined sports car at $169,900 before options.

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2018 Mercedes B-Class vs. 2019 Mercedes B-Class

2018 Mercedes B-Class vs. 2019 Mercedes B-Class

A big step forward?

Mercedes-Benz is in the process of replacing almost all of its current-generation vehicles, including the compact cars. It’s been only a few months since the German firm unveiled the new-gen A-Class, and we saw the slightly bigger B-Class make its global debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Restyled to look sportier on the outside and more upscale on the inside, the new B-Class also shares lots of technology with bigger sedans such as the E-Class and S-Class. How does it compare to the outgoing model?

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

The mid-engined Vette is coming in early 2019!

The Corvette Zora ZR1 is one of the rumored names for Chevrolet’s upcoming mid-engined sports car. Set to be unveiled in 2019, it will be part of the eighth-generation Corvette, also known as the C8. For the time being it’s not yet certrain whether Chevy will keep making a front-engined Vette, but the midship sports car has already been spotted on public roads as a prototype.

Whether Chevrolet will keep offering a front-engined Corvette or not, the company’s goals with the C8-generation car are more than obvious. Chevy is not only aiming to offer a competitor for the Ford GT, but also wants to enter the entry-level supercar market dominated by the Porsche 911 Turbo, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and the McLaren 720S. Keep reading to find out what we already know about the upcoming Corvette Zora.

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2022 Bugatti SUV

2022 Bugatti SUV

Is the Lamborghini Urus about to be dethroned?

Ever since it was brought back to life in the late 1980s, Bugatti has offered only one vehicle at the time. And between the EB110 and the Veyron, there was a 10-year hiatus when the French built only concept cars. This strategy will end soon, as Bugatti finally seems ready to add a second vehicle to its current portfolio, in the form of a luxury, performance-oriented SUV.

Rumors about Bugatti planning to add a second vehicle to the lineup have been flying around ever since the company unveiled the 16C Galibier concept in 2009. For many years, it was believed the Bugatti would finally build a sedan, mostly because the French have developed no fewer than three four-door concept cars since the early 1990s. However, while Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann thinks that a modern version of the Royale limousine would be popular, an SUV makes more sense financially. With that in mind, we rendered what the upcoming Bugatti SUV might look like and gathered all the information we know so far into a speculative review.

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2019 Lincoln Black Label Navigator

2019 Lincoln Black Label Navigator

Customized for car collector Jay Leno

Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Lincoln Navigator finally has what it takes to compete against the current Cadillac Escalade. It also comes in a long-wheelbase version and with the company’s recently introduced, more luxurious Black Label package. The latter has become so appealing that even TV celebrity and car collector Jay Leno ordered one. However, Leno requested some aftermarket extras and showcased the SUV at the 2018 SEMA Show.

Although it’s pretty much a stock Black Label model, it stands out thanks to its unique paint, wheels, and customized interior. Although it was conceived by the Lincoln Design Studio, this Navigator was actually customized by Van Nuys and Galpin Motors & Auto Sports. The Black Label Navigator will join the 1966 Lincoln Continental the Jay Leno purchased earlier in 2018.

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The 2019 Acura ILX was Showcased at SEMA with Some Awesome New Accessories

The 2019 Acura ILX was Showcased at SEMA with Some Awesome New Accessories

Is Acura finally joining Chevy and Mopar on the dealership customization market?

After six years on the market, theAcura ILX was updated for the second time for the 2019 model year. Heavily revised on the outside and equipped with new tech, the ILX now feels like a redesigned car. At the 2018 SEMA Show, the ILX stepped into the spotlight with a new range of accessories.

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2018 Acura RDX A-Spec by Graham Rahal Performance

2018 Acura RDX A-Spec by Graham Rahal Performance

Surprisingly powerful!

Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Acura RDX looks sportier than ever and boasts enough luxury features and state-of-the-art tech to give the German competition a run for its money. Unfortunately, it’s only marginally more powerful than its predecessor, even in the new, sportier A-Spec trim. This is where the Graham Rahal Performance update comes in, adding some extra grunt for the 2018 SEMA Show.

Founded in 2017 by race-winning Honda IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, Graham Rahal Performance (GRP), which owns an Acura dealership, decided to meddle with compact luxury crossover. In an effort to add style, power, and performance to the RDX, GRP customized the SUV’s exterior and interior and upgraded the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The end result is the most powerful third-generation RDX ever created, but it’s only for display purposes. At least for the time being.

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The Wrangler-Based Jeep Scambler Pickup to Debut at the LA Auto Show!

The Wrangler-Based Jeep Scambler Pickup to Debut at the LA Auto Show!

Jeep’s first truck since 1992 is just around the corner!

The much-rumored Wrangler-based pickup truck from Jeep is just around the corner. The utility vehicle that will likely mark the return of the Scrambler name after more 30 years will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2018 Dodge Super Charger Concept

2018 Dodge Super Charger Concept

Powered by the most powerful crate engine yet!

The Dodge Super Charger is a concept car that marks the 50th anniversary of the second-generation Charger, produced for the 1968 to 1970 model years. Unveiled at the 2018 SEMA Show, the Super Charger is a restomod that combines the design of the original Dodge Charger with modern parts from Mopar and the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Demon. More importantly, it showcases a new Hemi V-8 engine that cranks out an incredible 1,000 horsepower.

The big news here is that the 7.0-liter mill is a crate engine that you’ll be able to buy from FCA starting in 2019. The Super Charger was created specifically for the massive mill, which was dubbed Hellephant as a tribute to the original Mopar 426 Hemi engine, nicknamed Elephant due to its size and power. Obviously, Hellephant combined both the classic Elephant and the modern Hellcat monikers. The Hellephant is also the first 1,000-horsepower crate engine offered by an OEM carmaker.

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Here's the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible Before You're Supposed to See It

Here’s the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible Before You’re Supposed to See It

Just as sexy and sleek, but without the roof!

Unveiled earlier this year, the new BMW 8 Series was scheduled to lose its roof and become a Convertible at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. If you were excited to see it in topless form, the wait is pretty much over, as the drop-top grand tourer just broke cover via a set of leaked photos.

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2019 Ford GT Carbon Series

2019 Ford GT Carbon Series

The lightest GT yet!

The second-generation Ford GT was launched for the 2017 model year as a revival of the limited-edition supercar that the Blue Oval first produced between 2004 and 2006. The modern GT is also a tribute to the original GT40 from the 1960s and marked Ford’s return to endurance racing. Following a handful of special-edition model, Ford created the Carbon Series, a lightweight version of the standard GT.

Fitted with an extended range of carbon-fiber parts as standard, including wheels, the Carbon Series is nearly 40 pounds lighter than the regular GT. It also features extra carbon inside the cabin, as well as customized seats and a dashboard badge. Is it more powerful? No, but the fact that it’s lighter makes it a more nimble car on the race track.

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2018 Chevrolet ECOPO Camaro Concept

2018 Chevrolet ECOPO Camaro Concept

The iconic drag race car goes fully electric!

First introduced in 1969 and revived in 2012, the COPO Camaro celebrates 50 years with a revised version at the 2018 SEMA Show. For the first time, the drag racer is joined by an electric version. Called the ECOPO Camaro, it’s just a concept car for now, but it’s probably a preview of things to come.

The ECOPO Camaro was built in partnership with pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, as well as with the involvement of Patrick McCue, the man behind the record-holding “Shock and Awe” electric dragster. Showcased alongside the 2019 COPO Camaro and about two dozen other Chevy vehicles at SEMA, it also suggests Chevy might offer an electric motor as a crate "engine" in the future.

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2019 McLaren Speedtail

2019 McLaren Speedtail

Revolutionary aerodynamics, central driver’s seat

The McLaren Speedtail is the latest iteration of the Ultimate Series. Although it follows the Senna, it actually replaced the P1, the spiritual successor of the F1. But unlike the P1, the Speedtail features a three-seat layout with a center-mounted drivers seat, just like the F1. Powered by a hybrid drivetrain, it’s the fastest, most powerful, and most aerodynamic McLaren built to date!

Dubbed a Hyper-GT and previously referred to as the BP23, the Speedtail is somewhat of a new concept from McLaren. While it has the output of a hypercar, it looks more like a super-streamline vehicle than a race-inspired supercar and sports a luxurious interior packed with innovative materials. Arguably the coolest thing about it is the central driving seat, a feature borrowed from the iconic F1. It’s the ultimate McLaren road car!

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The 10 Best Lamborghinis Ever Built

The 10 Best Lamborghinis Ever Built

Italy’s most iconic Bulls!

One of the most iconic sports car manufacturers, Lamborghini was born out of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s frustration over a bad experience with a Ferrari he bought and the way Enzo treated him. Having built tractors since 1948, Ferruccio decided he could do a better sports car and launched Automobili Lamborghini in 1963. But while Ferrari has produced over 50 nameplates to date, Lambo remained a lower profile carmaker. Sant’Agata has only produced 21 models up until 2018, including some limited-edition nameplates based on existing supercars.

Some became iconic from day one, while some gained notoriety as they became classics, A few of them remain somewhat anonymous due to the period they were launched or their subpar performance. Still, there are plenty of cars to choose from to round up a Top 10 list, and we did just that. It includes both modern and classic models, but I went for specific versions instead of nameplates, as these usually spanned over many years and included many different iterations. Check out my list below and let me know if I should’ve included other models too in the comments box.

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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW X7

Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW X7

The arrival of the BMW X7 marks a historic moment for the German firm. It’s the company’s largest SUV yet and rounds out a crossover lineup that includes no fewer than seven vehicles, from the X1 to X7. It also enables BMW to compete in the very exclusive full-size luxury market, where only Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, and Lincoln have had access until now.

Placed above the X5 in the lineup, the X7 is more than just a bloated midsize SUV. It sports a unique design on the outside, and it’s equipped with the best technology BMW has to offer right now. On the other hand, it’s identical to the X5 inside the cabin. Find out what we love and hate about it below.

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The McLaren Speedtail Sets a New Company Standard that Will Be Hard to Beat

The McLaren Speedtail Sets a New Company Standard that Will Be Hard to Beat

Hold onto your seat, this thing is wild!

McLaren’s highly anticipated "Hyper-GT," the Speedtail, was unveiled today with a set of new benchmarks for the British company. The teardrop-shaped supercar is not only the most powerful but also the fastest McLaren ever built.

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2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

Replacing the old Vanquish Volante

Aston Martin has just replaced the six-year-old Vanquish with the DBS Superleggera. Introduced in June 2018, the DBS name returns after a six-year absence with a brand-new design, underpinnings from the DB11, and a turbocharged V-12 engine. Now that the coupe is ready to hit the streets, Aston Martin is readying a Volante version. The convertible was spotted testing alongside the coupe and could arrive by the end of the year.

Designed to replace the aging Vanquish Volante, the DBS Superleggera Volante will benefit from Aston Martin’s new design language. The cabriolet will be identical to the coupe below the waist, but it will feature a canvas top instead of the usual metal roof. A more luxurious interior, new technology, and a beefed-up drivetrain will round out the package.

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2020 BMW X7 M

2020 BMW X7 M

More power for BMW’s largest SUV yet!

Confirmed in 2014, the BMW X7 arrived in 2018 to take its place as the company’s flagship SUV. Now that the full-size rig is finally here, we can’t help but wonder whether an M version is underway. Does it make sense? Should BMW build one?

The large SUV market is pretty big in the U.S., where BMW is building the X7, but neither the Cadillac Escalade nor the Lincoln Navigator are powerful enough to create demand for an M version. However, Mercedes-Benz is making an AMG version of the GLS, which is taking all market share in the performance department. The AMG-prepped GLS alone is a reason enough for BMW to roll out an X7 M, but it should also be part of the company’s plans to expand the nameplate now that all crossovers are set to be offered in M form. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

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The 2019 Audi R8 is More Attractive and Powerful than Ever

The 2019 Audi R8 is More Attractive and Powerful than Ever

The new Audi R8 looks like a proper race car!

It’s been only three years since Audi introduced the second-generation R8, and the supercar has already been upgraded to its mid-cycle specs. It’s A bit more aggressive on the outside and now cranks out more power in both standard and beefed-up versions. Previously known as the V10 Plus, the range-topping model was renamed the V10 Performance. The German supercar will go on sale in Europe in early 2019.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

A new generation for Merc’s people mover

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class arrived at the 2018 Paris Motor Show to replace a dated seven-year-old model. Just like its predecessor, it competes in the subcompact MPV segment. Essentially a bigger A-Class, it combines the utility of a small crossover with the sporty stance of a hatchback, and, thanks to its latest update, technology from the company’s bigger vehicles.

Developed to give the slightly newerBMW 2 Series Active Tourer a run for its money, the third-generation B-Class sets a new benchmark on the executive MPV market. Just like the latest A-Class, it features an interior design based on larger sedan like the E-Class and S-Class, as well as semi-autonomous driving tech. Unfortunately, the B-Class will remain a European vehicle for the most part as Mercedes-Benz has no plans to bring it to the United States.

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Porsche 911 Speedster Concept I vs Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II

Porsche 911 Speedster Concept I vs Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II

Did it really move closer to production or is Porsche trying to fool us with the same concept in a different color?

Back in June, Porsche celebrated 70 years since it unveiled its first production car with a Speedster concept based on the current 911. Come October, and the German firm introduced a new concept car of the same variety, also stating that a limited-edition production car will follow in 2019. The two concepts are very similar, which made us wonder whether Porsche is trying to milk the Speedster ahead of its introduction as a production model.

Is this new concept a more production-ready version of the first car, which was already pretty close to a standard 911? Let’s find out by comparing the roadsters inside and out.

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Chevrolet is showing its newest crate engines in three vintage concepts

Chevrolet is showing its newest crate engines in three vintage concepts

Cool restomods with big power at the 2018 SEMA Show

The 2018 SEMA Show is just around the corner, and U.S. automakers are slowly introducing new upgrades and accessories. On top of a few customized vehicles, Chevrolet also prepared three new crate engines. The cool thing about this is that they will be displayed in a trio of vintage, restomod-style vehicles.

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2018 Renault EZ-Ultimo

2018 Renault EZ-Ultimo

The ultimate ride-sharing experience

The Renault EZ-Ultimo is a futuristic concept car that the French firm unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. A fully autonomous car, the EZ-Ultimo rounds out Renault’s trilogy of concept robo-vehicles designed for shared mobility. It joins the EZ-Go and the EZ-Pro, also unveiled in 2018.

Described as a "robo-vehicle for a premium mobility experience," the EZ-Ultimo was developed for increasingly congested city traffic and to meet new urban trends in which more and more people drop personal cars in favor of shared car services. Powered by an all-electric drivetrain, the concept car is intended to be offered as a service for "a single trip, a circuit or a day booking" provided by premium travel companies and resorts. One of Renault’s most luxurious vehicles ever, the EZ-Ultimo previews a production car that might become available over the next decade.

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2019 BMW 3 Series

2019 BMW 3 Series

The Once And Future King

Unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the G20 is the seventh generation of the iconic BMW 3 Series. It replaces the seven-year-old F30 model and introduces a new design language, state-of-the-art technology, and updated engines.

Borrowing features seen on recently introduced models like the 5 Series sedan and the X5 SUV, the 3 Series looks sportier than ever and it’s finally on par with its competitors in the technology department. It continues to feature four- and six-cylinder engines, but for the time being there aren’t any diesels to pick from. However, BMW confirmed that both oil burners and hybrids are underway. The Germans claim that "no single model has embodied the concept of the Ultimate Driving Machine better than the latest BMW 3 Series." Let’s find out if it’s true or not in the review below.

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS Shock

2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS Shock

Shockingly yellow!

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was just updated for the 2019 model year, now sporting a brand-new face that makes it more aggressive than ever. As it is always the case, Chevy began rolling out various upgrades and accessories for its popular coupe. With the 2018 SEMA Show just around the corner, Chevrolet created the Camaro Shock, an SS-based pony car that showcases a new exterior color and various accessories and concept parts.

Finished in Shock Yellow, hence the Camaro Shock name, this production-ready concept is packed with accessories and performance parts created by the same designers and engineers responsible for the Camaro itself, for seamless integration. While some are already available, other parts will hit the market later this year and in 2019. As usual, you can shop online for the parts on Chevrolet’s website and choose to have them delivered either at home or at a dealer delivery. You can also choose to install them yourself or have them fitted by professionals at a Chevy dealership. Let’s see what’s new.

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There Were Tons of EVs and Hybrids in Paris This Year

There Were Tons of EVs and Hybrids in Paris This Year

This is the eco-friendly side of the Paris Motor Show

Hybrids and EVs were a rare breed a couple of decades ago and finding them at major auto shows was a difficult mission. But things have changed as all major automakers are making big efforts toward electrification and auto shows are packed with eco-friendly vehicles. The 2018 Paris Motor is solid proof of that, with more than ten hybrids and EVs on display.

Granted, many of them are still in concept form, but the majority of these show cars will make it into production in a couple of years, while others will inspire future products. Let’s take a closer look at the most important hybrids and EVs from this year’s Paris Motor Show.

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Shelby Brought Some Serious American Muscle to Paris

Shelby Brought Some Serious American Muscle to Paris

V-8 engines and loads of oomph!

The 2018 Paris Motor Show is packed with cool cars, but you have to look really close to find some American muscle. If you’re a fan of powerful U.S.-built machines, the Shelby was the place to be. The American tuner made a surprising appearance in France and brought along its most spectacular vehicles.

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The Shelby Series 2 Makes its European Debut in Paris

The Shelby Series 2 Makes its European Debut in Paris

Lightweight muscle in a new-old roadster body

Since most American automakers offer only a small fraction of their vehicles in Europe, it’s not surprising that the U.S.-based brands skipped the 2018 Paris Motor Show. But surprisingly enough, Shelby American came to France to showcase its latest products, including the new-old Series 2 sports car.

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Fresh Batch of M Performance Parts Unveiled for 2019 BMW 3 Series

Fresh Batch of M Performance Parts Unveiled for 2019 BMW 3 Series

Turn your 3 Series into an M3 without the expensive sticker

The 2018 Paris Motor Show kicked off at full blast with many new cars unveiled during the first press day. Among them, the new-generation BMW 3 Series is taking all the headlines. Redesigned from the ground up, the German compact sedan is already available with a batch of new M Performance Parts, which BMW launched during the same event.

The purpose of these accessories is to enable you to customize your 3 Series and even get it to look very close to an M3 without the premium that comes with the performance sedan. The M Performance Parts bundle is mostly about visuals though, so don’t expect any extra performance.

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2019 Audi E-tron Quattro

2019 Audi E-tron Quattro

Audi keeps its promise, debuts Tesla Model X fighter

The E-tron Quattro is Audi’s first-ever all-electric SUV. It was previewed by a similar concept car back in 2015 and made its debut as a production model in 2018. Developed as a competitor for the Tesla Model X, the E-tron Quattro joins Audi’s existing range of hybrid models that also use an "e-tron" badge.

Smaller than the Q7 but notably bigger than the Q5, the E-tron created its very own niche in the Audi lineup. It’s not big enough to offer full-size capability, but it’s not too cramped either. At the same time, it’s the perfect compromise for urban driving, as it’s not as difficult to park as the company’s range-topping SUV. The big question is, does it have what it takes to give the Tesla Model X a run for its money? Audi has yet to unveil all essential information, which makes predictions difficult, but we still know enough to paint a fair picture. Find out more in the review below.

Updated 10/03/2018: We’ve added all the latest, straight from the 2018 Paris Motor Show!

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VinFast Shows Off BMW-Based Sedan and SUV in Paris

VinFast Shows Off BMW-Based Sedan and SUV in Paris

Vietnam’s first volume car manufacturer!

VinFast, a Vietnamese carmaker founded only one year ago, made its global debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Vietnam’s first volume car manufacturer and also the country’s first vehicle company to take part in a major international motor show debuted not one, but two automobiles at the French event.

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC Shows Off It's Amazing Technology at the Paris Motor Show

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC Shows Off It’s Amazing Technology at the Paris Motor Show

It’s the company’s first electric SUV!

One month after it made its official debut, the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the company’s first all-electric crossover, showed up for public display at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Displayed alongside the new-generation GLE Class, the EQC has quite a few technologies to showcase in France.

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