Brought into U.S. dealerships for the 2018 model year, the E-Class Cabriolet shares styling cues with its Coupe sibling. However, a big change compared to its predecessor has occurred under the skin. Unlike the previous model, the new E-Class Cabriolet shares underpinnings with the brand-new E-Class sedan, which rides on a rear-wheel drive architecture, dubbed MRA, that’s lighter and extremely flexible. This is a big deal for the midsize drop-top, which previously sat on the same platform as the C-Class, making it rather short and cramped compared to its competitors. It’s also roomier than ever and equipped with the company’s latest technology.
One Minute News: BMW Teases the iX3 Concept and It Doesn’t Have the X3’s Grille
The BMW iX3 is BMW’s first pure electric EV that’s built around the brand’s “fifth-generation electric powertrain.” The concept is said to have extended range, or at least 200 miles (guess that’s extended to the Germans) and has officially been teased for the first time. We thought we had seen in all its glory in spy shots previously but thanks to this teaser we can at least say that the grille is new compared to anything we’ve seen so far. It should still be heavily based on the X3 SUV with some minor changes here and there. It will be followed by the i4, the I Vision Dynamics, and the iNext crossover.
All European Vauxhall and Opel Dealership Franchise Contracts to be Axed by Mid-2020
In an ever-growing market where customers want something new literally every day, you either adapt, or you perish. Guess Vauxhall chose the second option. As reported by Telegraph, Vauxhall and Opel are terminating the contracts of all 326 dealerships in Britain as they battle to deal with plunging sales and a changing market. Yes, all of them! Read on to know more:
Ever wonder why torque and horsepower always seem to cross at exactly the same place every single time you see a car on the dyno? Well, Engineering explained has the reason for you and it’s explained in a way that you can probably understand. Go ahead and check out the video below.
Report: VW will Launch the T-Roc R, Tiguan R, and Arteon R Sometime This Year
As of the time of this writing, the Volkswagen Golf R is the only car offered by VW with an R badge. All of that is apparently about to change, as reports indicate that VW will be giving the R treatment to a big portion of its lineup, beginning with the T-Roc R, Tiguan R, and Arteon R. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor, but there’s more to it.
Hyundai Will Create a New Niche with the Santa Cruz Pickup, but It Still Has a Couple of Years to Marinate
The Hyundai Santa Cruz is both a crossover and a pickup. Whether you believe that to be true, what’s important is that the concept will go into production this year. Or next year. Hyundai has been a little iffy on the timetable, but it’s pointing to the same conclusion. The company loves the Santa Cruz, and it has plans to build a production version. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing.
With the fourth-generation of the 718 Cayman coming to life in 2016 it didn’t take long for Porsche to pump out the Cayman GTS with a little extra power, nicer materials, some blacked out trim, and more features as standard equipment. It’s a car that looks fabulous in the garage and it can look fabulous on your desktop as well. So, check out our hand-picked wallpapers below and download one of five — the choice is yours.
In Just a Couple of Years A High-Performance Toyota Corolla Hatch could Take on the Civic Type R and VW Golf R in the U.S.
Whenever we talk about hot hatches, the Ford Focus, or the VW Golf R, or the Honda Civic Type-R come to mind. There are many other manufacturers with powerful hatchbacks except for one - Toyota. For some reason, the Japanese giant has not protruded in this segment aggressively. However, this is set to change very soon. As reported by Motoring, Toyota is all set to finally have a contender in this ever-growing segment. Continue reading to find out more:
Want a Real, 1969 - 1970 Ford Boss 302, Boss 429, or Mach 1 Mustang? You Can Get a Fully Licensed Model Thanks to Classic Recreations
If you missed out on owning a 1969-1970 BOSS 302, a 1969-1970 BOSS 429, and a 1969-1970 Mach 1 Mustang, you’re about to be blessed with manna from heaven. Ford has announced a licensing program with noted coachbuilder Classic Restorations to build turn-key versions of the three aforementioned classic muscle cars. Each of the models will be built to the specifications of each customer using Ford’s newest chassis and drivetrain technology, as well as the automaker’s licensed reproduction parts.
Video of the Day: More Idiots Caught on Dash Cam Because We Can’t Get Enough
So many accidents are avoidable and yet there’s a near-endless supply of new videos on Youtube. This one is from January of 2018 and has some footage we haven’t seen yet. Go ahead and check it out, then talk all the smack you want in the comments section below.
Pops’ Rants: GM’s Decision to Fire Johan De Nysschen Might Have Been a Big Mistake
Cadillac just fired president Johan de Nysschen, four years after it brought him in from Infiniti to revive the luxury brand. The news made headlines all over the world and sparked debates on whether the brand will do better without de Nysschen. The consensus seems to be that he made a string of bad decisions and that Steve Carlisle might be the man who will make things right. Well, I disagree.
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Barely a Day After its Unveiling, The Jaguar XE 300 SPORT Already Holds A Unique Record
More than a few people were disappointed when news broke that Jaguar was ditching plans to build the XE SVR. To (probably) make up for it, the British automaker released the XE 300 SPORT, a special edition version that serves as a nice headline piece ahead of the updated 2019 models. To help drive up the buzz surrounding the XE 300 SPORT, Jaguar brought it to Flevonice, Netherlands, where it could have a go at the world’s longest ice track against Olympic champion speed skater Shaolin Sándor Liu. Yes, the XE 300 SPORT raced against an Olympian. You’ll never guess who came out on top.
Watch the Porsche 911 GT3 RS Make That 6:56.4 Run Around the Nurburgring
Earlier in the week, we covered news that Porsche may have set a new personal best track lap record around the ‘Ring’s North Loop with a time of 6 minute, 56 seconds. Now, Porsche is confirming that time with an onboard video of the run, and damn, is it fast!
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The Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV Is So Ugly It Actually Hurts
We’ve seen some pretty slick-looking concepts from Mercedes-Maybach in the past - the Vision 6 and Vision 6 Cabriolet certainly come to mind quite easily. However, this latest creation, dubbed the Ultimate Luxury concept and leaked prior to a full debut at the Beijing Motor Show, is making our collective stomachs churn.
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The Honda Small RS Concept is Indonesia’s Solution for a Tiny Civic Type R
There are markets in the world that aren’t getting as many Honda Civic Type Rs as they’d like. Some aren’t even getting any to begin with. Well, worry no more, because Honda is presenting a possible solution at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show. The “solution” is called the Small RS Concept, a car that was conceived as part of a goal to envision what a small sports hatchback should look like. In that sense, consider the Small RS Concept as “mission accomplished” for Honda.
Arguably the most intriguing fact about the new M5 is that gained all-wheel-drive. The rumor had been circulating for quite a few years, and BMW finally decided to offer it as standard in the United States. The move is far from surprising, as both Audi and Mercedes-Benz have adopted all-wheel-drive for most of their performance cars. So basically BMW is bringing the M5 in line with its main U.S. rivals, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the Audi RS7. Now, you can give it a nice home as a wallpaper on your desktop :)
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to pace 102nd Indianapolis 500
For the 15th time since 1978, the Chevrolet Corvette will serve as the pace car for one of the world’s most prestigious races, the Indy 500. In keeping with the occasion, we’re not going to be seeing just an ordinary Corvette in Indy; we’re seeing a 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1 with all the cosmetic bells and whistles of a fully functioning pace car.
A Combination of Poor Diesel Sales and Brexit Leads to Jaguar Land Rover Job Cuts and Reduced Production
2018 hasn’t been a good year for Jaguar Land Rover. The automaker is reporting massive declines in sales volume as fears over Brexit begin to take hold of the company. The decline in demand for diesel models has also contributed to the stagnant sales, forcing the automaker to slash as many as 1,000 jobs and reduce production output in the U.K.
Ford to Bring the New 1.5-liter Three-Banger to the U.S. Market; Will it Wind Up In the Next-Gen Ford Focus?
Unveiled earlier this month, the new-generation Ford Focus introduced a brand-new platform from the company, as well as a number of new or updated engines. Set to arrive in the United States sometime next year, the Focus could also bring Ford’s brand-new, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost unit to North America.
A Volvo-AMG S60? It’s Not Entirely Out of the Question…
The days of staying true to one brand have really become a thing of the past. After all, you’ve got BMW and Toyota Teaming up to build the next Z4 and Supra, Nissan and Mercedes teamed up to build the Mercedes X-Class, and Geely is buying up stock like it’s going out of style, with the most recent acquisition making Chairman Li Shufu the largest single shareholder of Daimler. And, that’s why we’re here today – that partnership, according to Manager Magazin, could extend to Daimler buying some stock in Geely and eventually supplying Mercedes Engines to Volvo. So how about it; a Volvo-AMG S60, anyone?
Volkswagen Considering Battery Swapping in China But Says No Way Jose to the United States
In theory, battery-swapping is a good way for electric vehicles to remain on the road longer. Depleted battery packs can be removed in favor of a fully charged replacement, and EV owners won’t have to worry as much about the amount of range they have left in the batteries. The whole process is quicker than charging a depleted battery and the process of replacing and installing sounds easy, or so it seems. Reality, however, paints an entirely different picture. Battery-swapping comes with a much more complicated procedure behind it, so much so that Volkswagen has no intention of offering the technology in the U.S. or any other market in the world. The only potential exception? China.