BMW and Porsche Tease an Ultrafast EV Charger That Nobody Can Use
Charging electric cars is a major concern for EV owners. In fact, it is one of the aspects that affect the decision-making process of any prospective buyer as well. Companies have come up with fast chargers and superfast chargers that are relatively close to competing with traditional refueling times, but they aren’t quite there yet. All of that may change, though, as BMW and Porsche have announced a new ultrafast electric car charger that is faster than even Tesla’s supercharger!
The Reasoning Behind the 2020 C8 Chevy Corvette’s Delay is Stupid at Best
We recently learned that the Corvette C8 is going to miss the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January 2019. According to GM Authority, anonymous sources have said that the automaker is delaying the mid-engined ‘Vette by six months after the engineers discovered a "major electrical issue" with the car. If true, this screw-up is quite embarrassing for the automaker.
A New Technology Is In Works That Could Probably Save Internal Combustion Engines
Now that the car industry is tightening emission rules, and the world is moving towards electrification and adopting the technology wholeheartedly, we enthusiasts are close to losing our minds. No doubt, electric cars are good, but they do not offer the same spiritual experience that a car with an internal combustion engine does. A German startup says it has developed a technology that uses microwaves to help counter emissions output to a certain extent.
2019 Skoda Scala
Skoda announced the Rapid’s replacement in July this year, and now, the company has launched its successor under the nameplate "Scala." That was quick! Although we crib and cry when a car is teased for ages and not launched, we must admit that we missed that phase with the Scala. We saw just a couple of spy shots before the company released a few teasers and technical specs, and the car itself, all in quick succession.
In Case You Forgot Volkswagen Was Shady, It’s Now Under Fire For Illegally Selling Pre-Production Cars as Used Cars
The way things are going, Volkswagen should be renamed as Volkscandal. Instead of focusing on rebuilding the “Volks’" trust after the Dieselgate fiasco, the German automaker continues to roll on the same saga. This time, the company has sold Pre-production prototypes that didn’t meet regulatory approval in the U.S. and Europe. Dear VW, why would you want to continue working unethically despite being one of the world’s largest carmakers?
Faraday Future Lays Off More Employees as it Dies a Slow, Miserable Death
Faraday Future is being ripped apart piece by piece as it dies a slow, agonizing death. After running short on funds in October this year, Faraday’s downfall began as it announced a number of layoffs and financial setbacks. After living under the rock for a month, when it was assumed that Faraday may come back with some sort of positivity, the company decided to play the blame-game and lay-off more employees.
You Can Now Pay to Have an EV Powertrain Bolted into Your Classic Aston Martin
Although a noble thought by Aston Martin, this basically kills the whole point. Wondering what we are talking about? Aston Martin Works plans to protect the classic cars in the future by allowing them to live as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). It has produced the first model under its plan called the Heritage EV Programme.
Tesla Model S Drove On Autopilot and Saved The Drunk Driver’s Life
We have been hearing stories about how the autonomous system has failed in cars and even killed people in some cases. How about we talk about a life-saving incident for a change? A 45-year old man in his Tesla Model S was spotted by the cops cruising on an expressway fast asleep. They chased the car for minutes before successfully stopping it. Imagine the dire consequences had it not been for the Autopilot system.
Volkswagen Will Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines by 2026
Finally, Volkswagen has made the announcement. After investing billions of dollars into electrification already, the German automaker said that the next generation of its cars will be the last with internal combustion engines, which will be phased out completely by 2026.
Uber Planning To Revive Its Self-Driving Car Program With The Help Of A Former NHTSA Official
Uber has decided to revive its self-driving car program nine months after the fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona that took the life of an innocent pedestrian. Uber has hired a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official, Nat Beuse, to work in the company’s self-driving car program. According to Reuters, Nat Beuse previously oversaw vehicle safety research at the NHTSA.
Car for Sale: Rare 2007 Ferarri 599 GTZ Nibbio Zagato
The Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Zagato was unveiled back in 2007 and was just limited to nine units worldwide. Compare this model to modern-day Ferraris, and you will notice how radically different this is from what the Italian manufacturer makes now. Upfront, it looks nothing but a Ferrari, but the rear is where it looks different. This is exactly what modern-day automakers must do, instead of following the Russian doll design. The 599 GTZ you see here is actually up for sale, assuming you can afford it.
The Next Generation of BMWs Will Have Their Own Distinct Design
Following in the footsteps of Audi and Mercedes, BMW has adopted the ‘Russian Doll’ design; wherein every product basically looks the same. It feels like the cars have taken the ‘twinning’ concept way too seriously. For instance, it is hard to differentiate between the Audi A4, A6, and A8 if not for their lengths. And, this design approach is getting more and more common for brands. Maybe they use it as a ‘brand recall’ strategy, but it is getting out of hand. So, finally, BMW has decided to put an end to it.....finally
Buy This Penthouse and Get a Lamborghini and Rolls Royce Free
Looking for a house? May we suggest the Mansions at Acqualina in Florida? It exudes royalty and luxuriousness, and the realtor will give you a Lamborghini and a Rolls-Royce for ‘free’ when you buy this penthouse. No, there is no catch to it. Just that the penthouse costs slightly above-average; it is priced at $38 million.
Watch a BMW M760i Lineup with a Porsche Panamara Turbo
Mazda Says Hell No to a Performance Version of the New-Gen 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback
The 2020 Mazda 3 was launched at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and looked quite impressive overall. The first two generations of the Mazda 3 were offered with turbocharged versions, moniker’d as MPS, or Mazdaspeed 3, depending on the market it was sold in. However, Mazda decided to break the pattern with the third-gen by not offering the performance version, and it is doing the same with the fourth-generation 3 as well.
If You’re Waiting for a 992-Gen Porsche 911 Hybrid, Don’t Hold Your Breath
Were you excited to see the new Porsche Carrera S and Carrera 4S at the Los Angeles Auto Show? Who wasn’t? The eighth-generation of the 911 is more refined than ever and is all set to carry the rich legacy of this renowned model. However, another bit of news that grabbed eyeballs is that there might be a hybrid version of the 911. Before you get your hopes high, the 911 hybrid is still at least four years away.
BMW Says it can "Force" Your Hybrid Vehicle into Electric-Only Mode Inside Cities
With governments across the world taking steps to de-pollute the atmosphere, especially in developed cities, BMW has come up with a unique solution. The automaker says it can force its hybrid cars to switch to electric-only mode in cities. This is a fix that gives us hope that combustion engines, in some form, could survive for a little longer.
A Drove Of Italian Bulls Parades In Japan To Commemorate The Asian-Pacific Premiere Of The Aventador SVJ
Have you watched The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift? Well, this parade looked exactly like that; the sole difference being that there were only Lamborghinis dominating the roads. Lamborghini recently unveiled the Aventador SVJ in the Asia-Pacific region, and what followed it could make any enthusiast go weak in the knees.
The Audi E-Tron GT Concept Previews an Electrically Powerful Future
It feels as though we have only been hearing about Audi’s e-Trons lately. Audi is producing various electric cars with the e-Tron moniker, and we have to admit they are causing a scare amongst other automakers. This time at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the German manufacturer has unveiled the Audi e-tron Concept GT - A future fighter that will go against the Tesla Model S.
The Audi Q4 Will Supposedly Stand Out from the Lineup, But We Have Our Doubts
Audi’s SUV barrage just does not seem to be ending. After introducing its flagship SUV, the Q8, and the fully-electric SUV e-tron, Audi is now preparing to include the Q4 in its range. The automaker says that it will stand out from the other ‘Q’ SUVs, but we are not sure how.
Audi’s Flying Taxi Takes Off Successfully
While some companies are investing their time and money in autonomous car taxis, Audi has gone one step ahead with flying taxis. Audi, Airbus, and Italdesign have teamed up to present a flying and driving prototype of ’Pop.Up Next’ at the Drone Week in Amsterdam. Pop.Up Next is a basically a flying taxi that combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. Sounds funky, right?
2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades
The 2019 Nissan Maxima has made its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It looks much better than the outgoing model, comes with added safety features, but does not get any sort of performance upgrades. Sure; it may be powerful enough, but did Nissan miss out on an opportunity to stand out from the competition?
The Jeep Gladiator Stays True to its Roots with a Standard Six-Speed Manual Transmission
A tough pickup truck that we have been dreaming about for ages is finally here. The news of a pickup truck from Jeep’s stable is not new; and by not new, I mean, it’s been doing rounds for almost a decade. Finally, the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator has arrived. The wait has been worth it because it is as tough as it can get, and it comes with manual transmission as it should! Put your tongues back in, purists.
The New Lincoln Aviator Offers Third-Row Seating, Advanced Technology
Lincoln showcased the prototype of the Lincoln Aviator at the New York Auto Show earlier this year. Lincoln planned to slot the Aviator as a mid-size three-row SUV. That opened the gates for the automaker to manufacture the production model of the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, which it unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid Looks Sporty and Delivers 50 MPG
In less than a month after launching the next-gen Corolla, Toyota follows it up by launching a new hybrid version of the popular sedan at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Corolla Hybrid will be Prius-derived powertrain and is expected to arrive in showrooms in the second quarter of 2019.
The 2019 Mazda 3 Finally Hits the Mark with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition
After months of teasing, Mazda has finally revealed the 2019 Mazda 3. It comes loaded with new features and is packed so nicely with the much-anticipated Skyactiv-X engine with Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition. And, to make the purists happy, the compact car comes with a manual transmission as well! Yes, it gets brownie points for that.
Here’s All You Need To Know About GM’s Major Restructuring
General Motors is in the midst of major restructuring, which it confirmed by announcing that five of its North American plants will be shut down, including the plant in Ohio that manufactured the Cruze and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that was once part of an epic neighborhood battle. This also marks the end of the Chevrolet Volt Hybrid. However, the biggest announcement was that around 14,000 employees have been given pink slips.
This Facelift Makes The Genesis G90 Look Like A Brand-New Car
In simple terms, a facelift means refreshing the car with mild updates. However, Hyundai seems to have gotten it wrong. What was supposed to be a mild facelift to its luxury subsidiary’s flagship car actually looks like a new generation altogether. The refreshed Genesis G90 was unveiled in South Korea to replace the model that, despite being young, started to look too old in the tooth.
Poorly Secured Trashcan Goes Rogue on the Highway
We are all familiar with flying objects on expressway drives; but that involves bugs, birds, or sometimes, pieces of paper. This poor lady, however, saw a trash can approaching her car at warp speed and we got to say, it gave us a mild heart attack just watching it.
BMW To Get Into Ride-Hailing Service Business
BMW said that it will launch its own ride-hailing service in China next month. According to Reuters, BMW is the first foreign car manufacturer that has been granted a license to operate a ride-hailing service in China. The license has been obtained in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province in southwest China.
After DHL, FedEx Adopts Electrification For Its Fleet Of Trucks
Electrified cargo vehicle can help much more than electric cars when it comes to conserving nature. A couple of months back, DHL and Ford joined hands to develop electric trucks that the former would be using its delivery fleet. This time, it is FedEx and Chanje doing the same thing by introducing electric vans.
This Weird Looking Vehicle With A Stripper Pole Inside Is Up Grabs!
This old, strange-looking bus that exudes teen spirit, thanks to its fancy butterfly-doors and customization within, has surfaced at an auction. The vehicle is a late 90s born Muack MSV 1120S, manufactured by the now-defunct custom vehicle manufacturer, Mauch Special Vehicles based out of Worthington, Ohio.
Here’s Your Chance to Own the First Pagani Huayra Roadster!
The Pagani Huayra Roadster is one hell of a car, and what makes it all the more special is that it is limited to just 100 units worldwide. The Huayra Roadster is based on the Huayra coupe and includes one huge improvement - unlimited headroom. Now, the very first example, chassis No. 001, is up for sale on James Edition. You can have it to call your own, assuming, of course, that you’re not afraid to ask how much the seller wants for it.
This Italian Village Witnessed 58,000 Speed Violations In Two Weeks
The little town known as Acquetico in Italy recorded a mind-boggling 58,568 speeding violations in just two weeks! After residents, largely comprising of senior citizens, complained about speeding vehicles on a certain stretch of road, the Mayor decided to install speed cameras that may now become permanent fixtures thanks to the results.
For Some Reason the Chinese Don’t like that "New Car Smell" So Ford is Working on a Solution
I’ll try to be as humble as possible: What is wrong with people these days? How can someone NOT like new car smell? According to a study, one out of ten Chinese people dislike the new car smell. While it may seem erratic and should just be ignored, Ford is actually working to eliminate this from its cars! This is just weird.
Think You’ll Get Bored In a Self-Driving Car With Nothing To Do? Study Says You’ll Probably End Up Having Lots of Sex
An interesting study has concluded that self-driving cars will lead to passengers having more sex in the car, and could eventually turn out to be the go-to option for ‘sex for hire’ as well. Although it sounds a little hysterical for now, this could affect urban tourism a lot more than you might think.
Watching This IIHS Simulation of a T-Bone Crash Will Inadvertently Exercise Your Sphincter Muscle
We have seen many bone-jarring videos of red-light runners getting wrecked - literally wrecked. But some people still don’t realize what a bad idea it is to jump a signal. For those folks, and for others as a humble reminder, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) posted a video demonstrating how dangerous it can be to break the rules.
Beechmont Ford Performance Has Another Crazy Deal - this Time It Involves Nitrous and Mustang GTs
Beechmont Ford Performance, an Ohio-based dealership, is in the news again. And, for good reason. Its claim-to-fame was selling 700-horsepower Mustang GTs for a mere $40,000. This time, the showroom is selling brand new Mustang GTs with a bottle of nitrous fitted in the boot. Can it get any crazier than this?
Pricing for the All-New 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 is Here and It’s Not Cheap
The 2020 G80 BMW M3 Will Be Offered with a Manual Transmission, but You’ll Have to Give Up AWD
Recently, we found out that the upcoming 2020 G80-Gen BMW M3 would come with a manual transmission. Although there was no official word or any other details available, we have now learned from BMW Blog that the manual M3 will not come with an all-wheel-drive system.
TAG Heuer And Max Verstappen Collaborate To Design A Special-Edition Wristwatch
Tag Heuer and the Formula 1 prodigy, Max Verstappen, have partnered to create a special-edition watch that will make you go weak in the knees. It is based on the Swiss watchmaker’s signature Formula 1 wristwatch but gets a few tweaks here and there by the 21-year old Dutch racer.
Thanks to The California Wildfires, Air is 60 Times Dirtier than World Health Standards!
California is facing a wrath of wildfires that are burning down everything in sight. Apart from life and man-made things, the wildfires are affecting the environment as well. Air quality in the surrounding areas is dreadful, to say the least, and according to a Bloomberg report, the particulate levels are 60 times more than the standard limit.
Mitsubish May Finally Update the Shogun, aka Pajero After 20 Years of the Same
A wise man once said that SUVs don’t need upgrades and facelifts regularly as these beasts age gracefully. I think that man worked at Mitsubishi because, at a time when companies update their monsters every 3-4 years, the Japanese automaker is continuing with same old design on their Shogun that, essentially, dates back to last century. However, Mitsubishi has announced that the SUV could finally get a makeover.
The Three Million Mile Man Takes His Last Ride To Heaven
The owner of the famous three million mile Volvo P1800S, Irv Gordon, has passed away aged 77, during his trip to China. This news comes courtesy of sources in the American Volvo community. Gordon holds the Guinness World Record for highest mileage count for a single production car ever and became famous in the classic car circle for accomplishing this feat in his invincible Volvo P1800S.
The Audi RS7 Sportback was Spotted Again as It Nears its Date with the Production Line
The new Audi RS7 Sportback has been spotted yet again; this time much closer. The alter ego version of the A7 will have a lot of performance bits added to it. We’ve seen Audi turn its other models into S and RS versions and the results have been quite impressive. Not much is known about the RS7 Sportback, and most of what we do know is based largely on rumors and speculation.
Add a Vulcan 20-mm Cannon from an F-16 Fight Jet to a Prius and the Cool Factor Skyrockets Toyota
You expect such insanity from Magneto, Joker, Doctor Doom, or Lex Luthor. They may be fictional characters, but here’s one crazy dude who came up with an idea to turn an environment-friendly Toyota Prius into a pee-when-you-see, one-car cavalry. Civilian cars have been made into dogs of war before, but this time, Black Rifle Coffee Company, a coffee producer, has incorporated an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon on a humble Toyota Prius, and the result is blowing our mind!
Ford Doubles Down On Electric Scooters With New Investment
The electric two-wheeler industry is suddenly on the rise with a lot of automakers partaking and investing in it; some by manufacturing, some by investing in various mobility services. Recently we heard Musk subtly indicating that Tesla may soon get into electric cycles. General Motors has similar plans as well. The latest addition to this list is the Blue Oval, which announced its arrival in style purchasing Spin - an electric scooter rental firm.
Waymo All Set To Launch Self-Driving Taxi Service Next Month
Waymo is on the verge of becoming the world’s first commercial self-driving taxi service. According to Bloomberg, Google’s autonomous driving division Waymo will launch the world’s first autonomous taxi service early this December. Waymo will launch this service under a new brand name that is yet to be disclosed.
Toyota Moves to Replace the Tundra Pickup Burned During a Heroic California Wildfire Rescue
California is facing its deadliest wildfire in history, and so far, 42 people have lost their lives to "Camp Fire. The count would have been much higher if not for good Samaritans like Allyn Pierce. Pierce, a nurse by profession, drove his Toyota Tundra into the flames and evacuated patients from the intensive care unit that he manages. Although he came out unharmed, his Tundra bore the brunt, quite literally. When the Japanese automaker found out about this, it offered to replace his Tundra.
Check Out This Cool Tesla Model 3 Key Fob
The Tesla Model 3 keycard has had polarising opinions from the very beginning, but there’s no denying that is a pain in the ass to use. In fact, even Musk was quoted saying, “We really need to provide a normal key to the customers of the car.” The answer to this – a key fob -was “leaked,” thanks to an FCC application. The key fob is now available at Tesla’s website for $150, but don’t rush over there just it - it’s already sold out.
Honda Is Reviving the Passport Name Plate for 2019 at the L.A. Auto Show
Honda is all set to bring back the familiar ’Passport" nameplate after going into exile 16 years ago. The Japanese automaker will be using the moniker on its latest SUV that will be unveiled on November 27 at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show. The Passport will be Honda’s sixth offering in the SUVs and light trucks segment after the HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey minivan.
New Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spotted Before Los Angeles Motor Show Debut
The first prototype of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS has been spotted testing in Germany prior to its debut at the Los Angeles motor show. This is the top-of-the-line Maybach model. Mercedes is planning to expand the Maybach line-up with lavish models, and what better way to do that than to add the GLS to a portfolio known mainly for stretched limos!
Vauxhall Plans to Capitalize on the VXR Badge in the Future
Vauxhall’s performance sub-brand, VXR, may eventually come out of solitude in the future. Although the company has been focusing on the GSi badge lately, the VXR hasn’t been killed off. Now that almost all automakers are making performance-oriented electric cars, Vauxhall could go ahead and slap its cars with the VXR badge.
Book by Cadillac Becomes Un-Bookable
Cadillac was one of the first companies to offer a subscription service. But it looks like General Motors is not interested in the idea anymore, and is planning to wind up the service by the end of this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the automaker will shut down the service from December 1 this year.
Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Cruise Past Mars on the Way to Deep Space Nine
Starman seems to be an “out-of-the-world” driver. Giving stiff competition to Le Mans drivers, Starman, in Musk’s Tesla Roadster, has been on it for nine months and has gone beyond the Red Planet. SpaceX shared Starman’s current position in a diagram, showing that the Roadster has reached beyond Mars.
Top Midsize Crossovers and SUVs of 2018
Crossovers have taken the market by storm. In fact, the impact is so hard that sedans may soon have to be declared as extinct machines. This year, we saw a lot of crossovers and SUVs, some with facelifts, some with new generations, and some brand new names. Out of all of them, we’ve chosen a mix of 12 SUVs and Crossovers that you need to consider if you’re in the market for one.
Watch a Golf 7 R Performance Pack Max Out at 163 MPH
Volkswagen had showcased the R400 as a concept in 2014, and it was supposed to lead to a production model known as the R420. This would have been the fastest and most powerful Golf to ever roll of the production line, with some 420 horsepower, but the whole program was axed before production could even start. The closest we’ve come to the R400 or R420 is the Golf R Performance Pack, and someone has decided to put it to the test.
Best Used Off-Road SUVs 2016
SUVs have played a dominant part in the industry. SUVs help you conquer places no other vehicle can. More or less, every segment in the auto industry has seen a make-shift revolution except SUVs. They’re still rugged, butch, and intimidating as ever. In fact, these beautiful monsters age gracefully and are known for their longevity and reliability. See the Landcruiser for example; or even the 4Runner. They’ve been around for decades and are still selling strong. Here is a list of 5 ultimate, off-road SUVs of 2016:
Want a Personal Hoverbike? Well You Can Order the HoverSurf S3 Right Now
All of us have dreamt of riding one of these hovering vehicles. We have seen them in movies, video games, and always wondered whether it will ever become a reality. Well, the future is actually here. A Russian company, Hoversurf, has announced that its Hoverbike S3 is ready for production and preorders are open. It is priced at a modest $150,000.
Ford To Invest In Microweather Technology For Autonomous Cars
Ever wondered what will happen to the autonomous cars when the weather conditions are bad? What if it’s raining and your self-driving car gets cold feet err., cold tires? Ford has given it a thought and invested in a company called ClimaCell. ClimaCell specializes in "microweather" technology capable of tracking location-specific, short-term weather patterns; and it has caught Ford’s attention. The Blue Oval recently participated in a Series B funding round that raised $45 million for ClimaCell.
Grab a Helmet - Jet Suit Racing May Be a Thing Next Year
A lot of innovations in real life have come from movies, like the flip phone that was derived from the first mobile communicator in Star Trek, for instance. The next big thing, that surprisingly took long too come, is an iron-man inspired suit. Richard Browning, the creator of this suit that allows you to take flight, and is powered by jet engines, said he would launch a new racing series over water next year featuring men and women from different sporting backgrounds.
In the Future Cars and Traffic Signals Will Talk To Each Other but Will it Happen Before Level 5 Autonomy?
The world’s top automakers are working towards creating a technology that would allow cars and traffic signals to communicate with each other. This way, there won’t be any major congestion, carbon footprint would be reduced, and there would be fewer accidents. Given the traffic conditions, this is the need of the hour, but is it feasible while humans are still behind the wheel and in control?
Tesla Electric Bike? Where Do I Deposit My Money?
There’s no stopping Elon Musk. After successfully venturing into cars, hyperloops, tunnels, and rockets, he is now planning to build e-bikes as well. Speaking to Recode Decode, Musk hinted that Tesla would probably get into the e-bikes market, which is growing exponentially in the U.S.
Mercedes and Tesla Could Climb Into Bed Together Once Again
Did you know Mercedes-Benz and Tesla worked together closely back in 2009? In fact, the German automaker saved Tesla from bankruptcy by acquiring almost 10-percent stake in the company. Since then, both companies have grown apart and taken their own paths, but Mercedes-Benz is still open to working with Tesla in the future.
Jaguar is Working On a Technology To Counter Motion Sickness
Motion sickness is way more common than you can imagine. As per industry research, more than 70-percent of people suffer from motion sickness, and Jaguar Land-Rover believes it can counter this problem and reduce it by 60-percent. To do so, the automaker has come up with a technology that will come as standard on all of its future cars.
2019 BMW X7 vs 2019 Mercedes GLS
This is the battle of the heavyweights... quite literally. If there’s anything scarier than seeing two huge beasts on the road, it is seeing them race each other. Well, that is exactly what we will be doing here. We will be pitting two of the most luxurious SUVs on the market today, and the brands’ biggest offering as well in terms of size – the 2019 BMW X7 and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The Range-Topping Tesla Model 3 Now Comes Standard with the Performance Upgrade
Tesla has been changing Model 3 prices very frequently lately. In its latest change, the automaker has added the $5,000 performance upgrade package as standard equipment on the top-trim of the Model 3 without any increase in the price. This time, the change is a good thing!
You Can Now Browse Tesla’s Parts Catalog for the Model 3, Model S, Model X, Roadster, and Even OEM Tools
Lately, Tesla has been talking about ‘Right to Repair,’ and how it is trying to get on board with the idea. Now, Tesla has taken the first step by releasing its parts catalog for Model 3, Model S, Model X, and Roadster. There’s even a tool catalog that will allow you to, eventually, order all the specialized tools you need to tear down and rebuild any Tesla model.
This is good news for you if you like to work on your own car, or if you prefer to have a mechanic outside of Telsa perform maintenance and repair.
1949 Lincoln Mercury Coupe EV by ICON
We see a lot of restomods where people or companies thump new engines into classic cars. But how about putting an electric powertrain into a vintage car? This is not a new concept; in fact, there are quite a few companies who have been working on this for quite some time now. The conversion companies were in a large number even in the last century, and a perfect testament for this would be the formation of the Electric Auto Association back in 1967. However, this takes a lot of skill, money, and precise execution. One such classic car fanatic company, which has done many conversions in the past, is ICON; and this time, the company has turned a 1949 Mercury Coupe into an EV.
Toyota Will Finally Show Off the 2020 Supra at the Detroit Auto Show
It’s official. After years of anticipation, Toyota has finally announced that the new 2020 Toyota Supra will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in 2019. Toyota says that that the auto industry’s “worst-kept secret” is finally out, and production of the new Supra will begin in the first half of 2019.
2018 Dodge Charger Evolution
Wisconsin-based Speedkore is the same performance company that built an absurd 1,650-horsepower Dodge a few years back. It was seen in the Fast and Furious movie as well. This time around, they’ve built a more balanced, calmer version of the same Dodge Charger and moniker’d it as the ‘Evolution.’ The Evolution packs half the power of its predecessor, but has more utility. Speedkore claims that the Evolution represents “the most advanced 1970 Dodge Charger” anywhere on the globe, which may actually be true. Speedkore is known to play with carbon fiber and has used its skills on this beast as well. Despite the heavy engines and strong body, the company has built a muscle car that weighs just about 3,200 pounds - that’s anywhere between 228- and 638-pounds lighter than the original 1970 Dodge Charger!
BMW M3 Touring Might Soon Become a Reality and We Want One
Someone rightly said – When one door closes, another one opens; and behind this door is a BMW M3 Touring. Don’t build your hopes yet, but if reports are to be believed, we might be blessed with the wagon variant of the Bavarian’s smallest sport sedan. It could be sold side-by-side with the 3 Series Touring, codenamed the G21.
Porsche Classic’s "Project Gold" Brought in $3 Million at Auction - All For a Good Cause
Porsche turned 70 this year, and the automaker decided to celebrate it by auctioning off the Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series - a collection of 51 vehicles - at RM Sotheby’s "The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction 2018” event. The highlight of the auction was a 993 that was finished in flashy Golden Yellow Metallic paint. After nearly 40 bids, it’s destined to go to a new home with a price tag of €2.7 million or about $3.1 million at current exchange rates.
Skoda Aims to Dethrone The Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus ST by Hybridizing the Octavia vRS in 2021
According to Christian Strube, Skoda’s head of research and development, the fourth-generation Octavia might go hybrid; and since Octavia has been one of the longest and the strongest selling models in the company’s line-up for quite some time, it’ll be the vRS version that gets its electric digs first.
In the Not-So-Distant Future, Tesla Might Take on Uber and Lyft
Despite all the controversy, things seem to be going well for Tesla. A couple of days back, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla has achieved a $312 million profit in the third quarter of 2018 - only the third time it has achieved a quarterly profit in its history of 15 years. However, this was not the only announcement made in the meeting. Musk spoke about Tesla Network – an upcoming self-driving ride-hailing service that could pose a serious threat to Uber and Lyft.
The Hyundai Veloster N Heads to the U.S. to Take On the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus
The all-new Veloster will be introduced to the world at the Thunderhill Raceway track in Northern California, before its official market launch later this year. What makes this Veloster special is that it’s the first ‘N’ model from the South Korean brand here in the U.S. The Veloster N has been developed at Hyundai’s facility at the Nurburgring, and it poses a serious threat to the hot-hatch market.
You Might Spot Electrified Peugeot Sports Cars Ripping The Roads As Early As 2020
The 2019 McLaren 720S Goes On A Diet To Become Lighter And Faster But More Expensive
2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT
Skoda recently launched the Kodiaq GT and announced that it is destined to serve as the automaker’s flagship product on the Chinese market. With a "GT" badge, one would assume that the Kodiaq GT would be about extreme performance but, in its best form, it pumps out just 217 horsepower. It does feature some enhancements inside, though, so at least it has that going for it. All four Skoda products currently offered in China are SUVs – the Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Kodiaq GT.
The Inkas Superior Is Made for Military and Law Enforcement but we Want One
Canada-based Inkas is known to armor passenger cars; but did you know it also manufactures vehicles for military and law-enforcement agencies? Their latest offering is the Armored Personnel Carrier/Armored Medical Evacuation Vehicle. The name is self-explanatory – this is a vehicle that serves many purposes while tackling hostile environments.
The 2019 Renault Kadjar is a Car We Can’t Love or Hate
The Renault Kadjar facelift comes three years after it was launched and, while it definitely looks refreshed, it just doesn’t live up to the hype it created back when it was launched in 2015. For 2019, the Kadjar even receives Renault’s latest engine, along with some changes to the inside and outside.
Burn off $226 in About 8 Minutes While You Ride Shotgun Around the Nurburgring in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8
We’ve all seen videos of fast cars burning rubber on the Nürburgring. Have you ever imagined being in one of those record-setting cars? If you answered yes, well, you can finally do it courtesy of Jaguar. Starting in mid-November, Jaguar will add the XE SV Project 8, equipped with the Track Pack, to its Jaguar Race Taxi fleet. If you’re interested, a professional driver will whip you around in the XE SV Project 8 for $226 per lap.
2021 Tesla Model Y Reconfirmed with Production to Start in 2020
Elon Musk has let out a few details regarding the Model Y at Tesla’s third-quarter earnings call earlier this week. According to The Drive, Musk recently approved the production of a prototype of the Model Y, and that the company is targeting volume production in 2020. There’s no word on an official debut, however, previous tweets indicate "late this year to mid next year."
Mercedes Want’s Maybach to Build Standalone Models but We’re Skeptical
Mercedes is looking to capture as much market share possible with the Maybach brand. While AMG is doing well on its own with performance cars, Maybach is still relying on Mercedes and building high-end versions of the S-Class sedan. However, Autocar reports that Maybach could soon revive itself as an independent brand that builds its own standalone vehicles - Much like AMG has gone with the GT lineup.
Aston Martin Rakes in $26 Million for Tooling and Design Drawings for the Vanquish
While preparing for its IPO on the London Stock Exchange earlier this month, Aston Martin released a share prospectus targeting potential investors. In this 321-page document, the automaker has revealed some interesting tidbits that were not publically revealed earlier. The one that caught our attention was a $26-million deal wherein someone bought the tooling and design drawings of the outgoing Vanquish grand tourer.
Chevy is Working Desperately to Move that Sleek Grille on the SEMA-Bound Camaro SS Into Production
It’s no secret that the front fascia of the 2019 Camaro wasn’t received all that well with fans, and Chevrolet seems to have realized this. At the upcoming SEMA show later this month, Chevrolet will introduce the Camaro SS Shock Concept with a new grille design — one that Chevy wants to bring to the production model as quickly as possible.
Royce is Now Selling Eggs.. Faberge Eggs!
It’s fascinating to see uber-luxurious automakers going off-beat, especially into collectibles and limited-edition things that basically have nothing to do with cars. We have seen automakers dive into the collectible market before, but this time Rolls Royce has teamed up with Fabergé to create a one-of-a-kind bejeweled egg.
The Battle of Hybrid Muscle Is Coming as Chevy Considers a Hybrid Camaro to Take on the Hybrid Ford Mustang
It’s a bittersweet feeling to see muscle cars go hybrid. Ford just recently hinted at a hybrid Mustang in its latest promotion, and now Chevy is pondering a hybrid Camaro. No, we did not spot it being tested or anything, but Chevrolet recently ran a survey with existing Camaro owners to see what they thought about the prospect of a hybrid Camaro.
The World’s Longest Sea Bridge is Strong Enough to Withstand Anything Mother Nature Can Throw at It
The world’s longest sea-crossing bridge was officially inaugurated on Tuesday at a ceremony in the southern city of Zhuhai by Chinese President Xi Jinping and will be open for public use on the 24th. The project came at a cost of $20 billion and connects China with a few remote territories of Hong Kong and Macau. Wondering why are we talking about it? Well, the bridge is 34 miles long, is exceptionally strong, and will be a hoot-and-a-half to drive.
All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
McLaren’s latest hypercar, the Speedtail, is the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1 supercar. It’s the one that many 90’s kids will remember as the fastest car with the best handling from Need For Speed 2. As the F1’s successor, does it have enough clout to carry the legacy of the car that arguably set the tone for McLaren?
The Next-Gen Skoda Rapid will go by the Name ’Scala’
Every Tom, Dick, and Harry was coming up with a name for the new Skoda hatchback that was going to replace the Skoda Rapid. After all the random guesses, Skoda revealed the name, and it’s "Scala." The automaker chose to go with this word which means ‘stairs’, or ‘ladder’ in Latin.
$7.2 Billion - That’s the Check FCA Gets to Cash for Offloading Magneti Marelli
This was in the to-do list for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ever since the company’s new CEO, Mike Manley, filled the shoes of the late Sergio Marchionne. Now, the company has sold its component unit, Magneti Marelli, to Calsonic Kansei Corporation for €6.2 billion, which is approximately $7.2 Billion at current exchange rates.
Meet the Not-So-Rugged Skoka Fabia Combi Scoutline
Skoda has unveiled the rugged-looking Fabia Combi Scoutline. It comes with all the features that the new Fabia hatchback has but, even though the car seems loaded, it does not come with what a rugged car is supposed to have – an all-terrain drive system and a strong engine.
APR Is Bringing a Wild, 536-Horsepower Volkswagen Golf R to the SEMA
Kia’s New SUV Will Be The ’Soul’ Of The Los Angeles Auto Show Next Month
This year, nearly one-third of the cars to be showcased at The Los Angeles Auto Show will have eco-friendly powertrains, and the 2020 Kia Soul is expected to be one of them. We haven’t seen or heard much about the 2020 Soul as the automaker has managed to keep a tight lid on details thus far.
Audi Should Start Delivering the E-Tron GT in 2020
Earlier this year, Audi announced its plan to build a four-door performance electric car. This was when the automaker teased the E-Tron GT. With the E-Tron revealed already, it looks like the GT version will be equally impressive. Although nothing concrete was provided back then, we now have a few details.
London Electric Vehicle Company’s TX eCity Taxi Will be Expensive and Offer High-End Features
London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has announced that its latest TX eCity taxi will launch in Paris, France. Although the date yet to be set, it will be launched sometime in the first half of next year. The vehicle comes at the perfect time as Paris ramps up its fight on air pollution.
Best Used Hybrids from 2016
Hybrid cars have existed for quite some time now. The joy of driving one is a different experience altogether – the whirring electric motor, the aggressive start from a standstill, the excellent fuel economy returns, to name a few. In today’s competitive world, a customer can choose a hybrid from any stable, and in any shape or size; that’s how big the market has grown. However, these cars cost a lot more than their pure gasoline counterparts, with the last entry in this list demanding a premium of $8,000! So, what is the next best option - Buying a used hybrid car! When you buy a used hybrid vehicle, you don’t have to take the depreciation hit in the initial years, and you just pay half of the original price for a 3-year-old car. So, let’s check out the best 2016 hybrids models you can buy.
A Stronger, Faster Peugeot 508 May Well Be On Its Way
At the Paris Motor Show, Peugeot showcased the plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 crossover and the 508 liftback and wagon. All three were showcased with a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, gasoline engine and dual electric motors that produced a combined output of almost 300 horsepower. If this wasn’t enough, Peugeot is now rumored to be working on electrified 508 ‘R.’
The Jaguar I-Pace Will Deliver Subpar Range Compared to the Tesla Model X, Hyundai Kona, and Chevy Bolt
This was Jaguar’s time to shine; maybe even score a touchdown with no one else in sight. And still, Jaguar missed its target. Jaguar has released the EPA-estimated figures for the 2019 I-Pace, and the 234-mile range is a little less than what we had hoped for.