Watch Out Tesla Model S - The Audi E-tron GT Will be All About Power
The Audi E-tron GT is coming, and it will, by all accounts, be epic. Ever since Tesla made such glorious strides in the electric car fandom, the car world has been waiting for the rest of the big automakers to catch up. With the introduction of numerous expensive electric SUVs in the past couple of years, the car community as a whole gained the much needed electric car boost. But a true Tesla Model S competitor was still nowhere to be found. Until now. The Audi E-tron GT will be its competitor. And I am not the only one to say it. Siegfried Pint, Head of Development for Electric Drive at Audi, said that the new car is “steered towards performance.”
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS
The 2019 Porsche Panamera and the Panamera Sports Turismo get some extra pizzazz with both being offered with a GTS badge. This is not the first time Porsche has used the GTS moniker on its cars; the second-generation Panamera and the Panamera Sport Turismo have gotten the same treatment and have been quite successful. The GTS versions have always been a good bang for the buck, as you get performance specs and features that are optional on other models, without actually costing a bomb.
Mercedes Launches The S560e Plug-in Hybrid
Mercedes is on a roll with electrified cars lately, especially after the launch of the new EQC. While the long-term plan is to have electric cars on the market, the German automaker’s portfolio in the foreseeable future includes hybrids and plug-in hybrids. To cap it off, Mercedes has launched the S560; in Europe for now.
First Driving Impression: An Honest Take on the 2018 Tesla Model S
The first time I ever saw the Tesla Model S was sometime in 2012 or 2013 at one of the car shows in Europe. I will guess that it was in Geneva. I left the Tesla stand a bit underwhelmed by its interior, but the performance, the size, and the sheer fact that someone is buying an electric car like that was more than enough to show me its importance. After that, I drove it only once. And not for a long time at that.
Now, finally, I got my third chance with the Tesla Model S at the Continental AG organized event called the #blackchili. In Nice. Yup, the South of France. I know, I am a lucky guy.
This time I had the Tesla Model S for 40 or so miles. Not the P100D, but the one with 373 horsepower. More than enough, believe me. Considering I drove the car for less than 50 miles, it may seem like I don’t have anything to write home about. How can I call this a short test drive then!? Well, I can because I will tell you about the Tesla Model S from the perspective of a guy who drove European cars all his life, and who never really had an EV stint like this.
The Porsche Taycan Will be Priced to Compete with the Tesla Model S - At Least in Base Form
The Porsche Taycan is arguably the most technologically advanced model Porsche has ever built, but it’s not going to be priced that way. In fact, the Taycan looks like it’ll be more affordable than we thought. A Porsche executive revealed that the Taycan will like carry a starting price of €80,000 or around $92,500 based on current exchange rates. That said, top-spec versions of the Taycan aren’t going to come cheap, potentially reaching €200,000, or a little over $230,000.
The BMW i4 Will Basically Be an All-Electric 4 Series GT; Should Deliver 375 Miles of Range
Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids
Kia has been one of the top automakers to adopt electrification in its portfolio. At a point where other manufacturers would probably focus on stabilizing the sales of their present electrified models, Kia is relentlessly working towards increasing its fleet of plug-in hybrid models to counter CO2 emission regulations all across the globe. This is what commitment looks like: competition!
Tuner squeezes extra power and torque from BMW M550d xDrive
When driving the latest BMW M550d xDrive you don’t really feel that what it needs is extra power and torque, but that has never stopped tuners from turning things up to eleven. German tuner mcchip-dkr has unlocked more of everything from the quad-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, and it now offers two stages of power.
BMW Loves Diesel, so Don’t Expect to see an All-Electric Lineup Anytime Soon
BMW makes and sells many diesel engines in Europe and other parts of the world that are not North America, and it doesn’t plan on stopping anytime in the near future. This point was confirmed on the sidelines of the Paris motor show by a high-ranking company official who also believes that generally speaking “the discussion about electro-mobility is a little bit irrational” in the current context.
2019 BMW 3 Series
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.
2019 BMW 3 Series vs 2019 Mercedes C-Class
The rivalry between the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class is the automotive equivalent of the rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The stakes are different, sure, but there are no two models that are linked to one another than the 3 Series and the C-Class. It’s fitting, too, that just as Mercedes unveiled the 2019 C-Class a few months ago, it didn’t take BMW long to roll out the next-generation 3 Series. With both models offering something new to the table, it’s only fitting that we compare both models to see which one has the edge over the other.
The Next-Gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Will Feature Level 3 Autonomy
Mercedes-Benz is upping the ante by introducing Level 3 autonomy in its next-gen S-Class that will launch in 2020, improving on technology found in the current-generation model that has level 2 autonomy. After featuring in the S-Class, the German automaker will use the autonomous system in other cars as well.
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Unveiled
Porsche just dropped details on the new 2019 Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo, building a bridge between the Panamera 4S and the even-faster Turbo model. At the heart of the matter is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which spins out a hefty 453 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm. For those of you keeping score at home, those figures improve upon those offered by the naturally aspirated ‘eight found in the previous Panamera GTS, besting the outgoing model by 13 horsepower and a whopping 73 pound-feet of torque.
The GTS once again employs four-wheel grip to put it to the pavement, plus some Porsche Traction Management wizardry to boot. An eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission makes the connection. Flat out, the Panamera GTS sprints to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 179 mph for the GTS Sport Turismo and 181 mph for the GTS.
Complementary upgrades include a lower ride height compared to slower-trim Panamera models, with adjustments made to the standard Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management system. The corners are stuffed with some rather enormous brakes too, with discs measuring in at 390 mm (15.4 inches) in front and 365 mm (14.4 inches) in the rear.
The spec also includes the Sport Chrono Package and a Sport Exhaust as standard, while the wheels are upgraded to 20-inchers with the standard Sport Design package. Inside, you get Black Alcantara upholstery bits and anodized aluminum trim, while the optional GTS package tosses in new stitching, logos, and a fresh tachometer face. Optional equipment includes a new heads-up display unit.
Order books are open now, with the Panamera GTS starting at $128,300, and the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo starting at $134,500. Deliveries are scheduled for the second half of 2019.
VinFast is a new manufacturer from Vietnam that brands itself as “the first volume automotive manufacturer” in the nation, as well as the first to ever take part in a major motoring venue such as the 2018 Paris motor show. It used the event to reveal its first two models in production trim, theLUX A2.0 sedan and the LUX SA2.0 SUV, models whose planned production is set to kick off in mid-2019 out of a brand new plant built in the north of the country.
Both vehicles are meant to evoke the beauty of their land of origin, and both vehicles are modern and pleasant to look at. But it’s the A2.0 sedan that looks like the classier design of the two, featuring a clean overall design with striking front and rear fascias and an interior that looks a lot like what Volvo is doing with its latest models.
VinFast apparently asked the local public to vote on the car’s design, and a reported 60,000 people cast their vote and choose out of a total 20 possible models designed by Italdesign Giugiaro, Pininfarina, Torino Design and Zagato. Most popular designs for the sedan and SUV were two by Italdesign Giugiaro, but they were further refined by Pininfarina with which VinFast collaborated to create the two cars that debuted in Paris.
2018 BMW 3 Series vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series
BMW has unveiled the seventh generation 3 Series, signaling a new era for the company’s iconic compact luxury sedan. The new 3 Series is a lot bigger than its predecessor, effectively questioning why we still call it a compact sedan. There’s nothing “compact” about the new 3 Series. Not only is it larger than any 3 Series on record, but it’s also lighter, more powerful, and filled to the brim with a lot of interesting tech features. At launch, the new 3 Series will be available in 330i and 340i trim levels. More versions, including the next-generation M3, will become available in the future. Pricing for the new 3 Series starts at $41,245.
Tesla Claims Model 3 Achieves "Lowest Probability of Injury" Ever Tested by NHTSA
Tesla’s compact Model 3 sedan is clearly one of the safest cars on the market today, receiving a perfect 5-star safety rating after being tested by the NHTSA. To add to that, Tesla has claimed that the Model 3 scored the lowest probability of injury score ever recorded by the NHTSA.
The Model 3 is fresh off receiving a 5-star rating from the NHTSA after completing the full NCAP tests earlier this year. The smallest Tesla was awarded five stars across the board, including each sub-category, and for standard safety equipment. Now, Tesla posted on their blog that the Model 3 is also the car with the lowest likelihood of injury in case of a crash out of all the cars ever tested by the NTHSA.
Learn more about how safe the Model 3 is and why NHTSA doesn’t quite agree with Tesla
It Looks Like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Swapped his Mercedes for a New Rolls-Royce Phantom
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is known to have a taste for fancy luxury cars, and it appears that his latest ride is none other than a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Kim arrived at his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the luxury sedan — eagle-eyed observers saw the Rolls-Royce logo on the car’s wheel center caps — prompting speculation that the North Korean president has a new ride to go along with the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Grand armored limousine that he used during his summit with his South Koran counterpart, Moon Jae-in, earlier this year.
Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning
This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?
2018 Honda Civic Deep Orange 9
Graduate students at Clemson University have completed building one of the coolest Honda Civics you’ll ever see. It still looks like the current Civic, but a lot of what lies under the surface has changed, none more important than the car’s powertrain. No longer is this Civic running solely on a traditional gas engine. It still has one in the form of a 2.0-liter, supercharged, four-cylinder engine, but it also features an electric motor that helps bring the car’s total output to 600 horsepower.
WLTP Kills Another One In Europe, This Time Its a Jaguar
The stringent World Harmonized Light Vehicle test Procedure (WLTP) has struck again. This time, Jaguar bears the brunt. Introduced at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar XJR575 is no longer available in Europe. Since the powerful sedan is a gas-guzzler, Jaguar had no option but to retire the car in Europe.
BMW Seriously Doesn’t Want the 2019 3 Series Compared to the Older 3 Series
The Bavarian automaker has lost its patience with people criticizing the last few generations of the 3 Series. This has irked the automaker, and motivated it to aim for new driving benchmarks with its latest mid-size luxury sedan. BMW’s development chief, Klaus Frohlich, said that the latest G20 version had to be the best driving car in its class.
The 2019 BMW 3 Series is here but these 2020 Jaguar XE Spy Shots Promise it Won’t Go Unopposed
Jaguar is preparing its smallest sedan offering, the XE, for a refresh and these spy photos show some of the changes that will be made to it. The car is quite heavily camouflaged, with camo covering most of its lower body but we can spot the redesigned front fascia and possible new rear light cluster design.