2018 Benelli TNT 135
Benelli was finding it difficult to locate its identity amidst the modern and competitive world, even more after a Chinese firm, Qianjiang acquired it. But now, it seems like a thing of the past. Benelli is trying to revive its fortunes by showcasing products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly helping their reputation get back to their original charm.
The firm has got itself a new importer – Benelli USA, a part of the SSR Motorsports in Greensboro, North Carolina. And the first Benelli coming to the USA from them is the TNT 135 monkey bike that made its appearance on our streets a few years ago, which was later discontinued. Now, it is coming back to snatch the throne from the Groms’ and the Z125s’.
A New Toyota Yaris Sedan will Take on the Kia Rio and Nissan Versa Without an iA Badge
The Toyota Yaris will be ditching the “iA” badge for the forthcoming 2019 model year. That’s one of the many changes we can look forward to when the 2019 Yaris Sedan arrives sometime in the fall. In addition to the simpler and more direct name, the new Yaris will also be offered in three different trim levels, a big improvement from its predecessor, which was only offered in one specification. The sedan will also get a good diet of stylistic improvements that should get potential customers excited about what it has to offer.
The GMC Sierra AT4 is Here to Put the Hurt on the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon, and the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
The latest GMC Sierra is one mean-looking truck, and it puts the Ford F-150 to shame in many departments. For starters, it looks really cool thanks to that massive front grille, the tall headlamps, and the no-nonsense bumper. It also comes with a lot of premium features in Denali trim. Last but not least, it’s available with a carbon-fiber bed, the first such feature to be offered on a production truck. Say what you will, but it definitely beats the F-150’s aluminum construction. But GMC didn’t stop there and just took things up a notch with the Sierra AT4. Unveiled ahead of the 2018 New York Auto Show, the AT4 is a slightly more off-road capable, yet fancier version of the regular Sierra 1500.
Is PSA Bringing Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Vauxhall, or Opel to the United States?
We’ve known for a while that PSA was planning to invade the U.S. auto market and it has, in fact, already done so by kicking off its Free2Move mobility platform in Seattle last year. And, more recently – back in January of 2019 – PSA announced that it had chosen Atlanta, Georgia as it’s home away from home. The next move is adding certain PSA models to various car-sharing services, but PSA has reportedly already chosen what brand it will begin selling in the U.S. first, but we’re not privy to the information quite yet.
Yamaha enters the electric world with the new TY-E trial motorcycle
Entering the electric bandwagon, the Japanese Blue team has officially announced its future plans with its new electric trials bike, the TY-E. This came just days after Yamaha filed a patent for TY-E name, which is now in its concept stage.
Setting sights on the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup races in France and Belgium, the Yamaha Factory Racing chaps have worked out of Yamaha’s ‘Evolving R & D’ unit to get on with this rad looking concept. It is a 154 lbs lightweight, low-speed high torque machine built to take on any terrains.
Mercedes; ehhh Daimler; has a new EV, but You’ll Never See it
Over in China, Mercedes has partnered up with BYD to create a company known as Shenzhen Denza New Energy Automotive Co. You’ve probably never heard of them before, but they have an EV known as the Denza 400 that was built just for China. The Denza just got a facelift, and with it, comes a new name to symbolize its new range. It’s now known as the Denza 500, and while it might look like a hatchback, it’s actually a sedan with, well, no ass at all.
Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program
Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.
2018 McLaren 570GT MSO Black Collection
First unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, the McLaren 570S hit the segment as a more accessible, daily-driver-friendly way to get into the McLaren lifestyle. Following in its footsteps was the GT model, revealed at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. Now, there’s a new bespoke variant of the 570GT on offer, and it’s called the MSO Black Collection, bringing customers a custom exterior style, extra aural presence, and a slew of top-shelf standard features.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 570GT MSO Black Collection.
Video of the Day: Hyundai i30N Squares Off with the Peugeot 308 GTi
Peugeot, Volkswagen, and even Ford all have a major history in the “hot hatch” market, and then you’ve got Hyundai who recently decided to venture into previously uncharted waters with the i30 N hatchback. Developed by Hyundai’s N division, it delivers 271 horsepower in range-topping form, has front-wheel drive, and a lovely six-speed manual. And, it might look like a Golf GTI fighter since it lives in the same niche, but it’s real competition, at least on paper, is the Peugeot 308 GTi, which comes to the fight with 268 ponies from a turbo, 1.6-liter, four-banger. With both models rocking out similar specs in the power department, which one is actually better all comes down how they perform on the track. And, that’s exactly what Auto Express has done. Check out the video below to see which one reigns supreme!
We Could See the BMW iX3 at the Beijing Motor Show
BMW has been far from quiet about its plans to electrify damn near anything with four wheels and a BMW badge, with models like the BMW iNEXT, i4 (based on the i Vision Dynamics,) and the iX3 planned to show their production-ready faces this year. As it turns out, the iX3 could very well be the first of the three that we get to see and it could happen at the Beijing Auto Show in China.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Five Seater
The SUV and crossover market is about as jam-packed as it could possibly be and yet automakers still manage to cram yet another model into the mix. Case in point: the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas five-seater. Essentially a smaller version of the seven-seater Atlas we were introduced to in 2018, it promises to provide a slightly smaller footprint on the road with seating for five. Of course, this specific niche is already filled by the Tiguan, so there’s a bit of confusion here, but maybe not. See, the Touareg won’t be offered in the U.S. after 2018, so the seven-seater Atlas will become the range-topping “luxury” model while the five-seater Atlas will take its place above the Tiguan. We don’t know much about the five-seater as of now, but let’s talk a little more about it.
How would you spec your Audi RS5?
It took Audi quite a few years to offer a competitor for the BMW 4 Series, previously known as the 3 Series Coupe, as the A5 made its debut back in 2007. The performance-spec RS5 took another three years to arrive in showrooms as a competitor for the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. With a brand-new A5 launched in 2016, an updated RS5 was finally introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Now that the German coupe made its way to the United States, you can configure the RS5 of your dreams from the comfort of your home.