The hybrid Polestar 1 is an attractive Grand Tourer that promises good performance in a refined package. However, there is more than meets the eye with this car. Pretty much any model currently on the market is developed and engineered well enough to be enjoyed on a racetrack or a mountain pass and while YouTuber
PARIS – The Renault brand will shift its focus toward more-profitable compact segment vehicles rather than small cars, which now make up 70 percent of its sales, new CEO Luca de Meo said. De Meo, who took over as head of Renault Group on July 1 after running Volkswagen Group Spanish brand Seat, said the
“She’s pretty and petite … a compulsive perfectionist. She’s about to have a migraine!” Believe it or not, that’s a direct line from a 1977 advertisement put out by Parke-Davis, the pharmaceutical company. It appeared in a brochure for ergotamine tartrate tablets. At the time it was apparently OK to say that a combination of
Gordon Murray designed a three-seat automotive icon in the 1990s, and now he’s at it again. Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) formally introduced the T50 limited-edition supercar on Tuesday, and the company is making a lot of claims about its lightweight structure, high-revving engine, and driver engagement. Murray calls it “the ultimate analog supercar.” Only 100
The 2021 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickup hog mollies are back this year—how could you miss them? Mechanically related to the Chevrolet Silverado HD twins, the GMC versions are comparatively a little more rock ‘n’ roll. New this year are versions of the pickup that take it further off-road (X31) and take it further into
Dramatic vision has emerged out of Houston, Texas, showing police chasing a gold-colored Dodge Charger SRT 392 that was attending a car meet. The clip was filmed on August 2 and the meet featured all kinds of cars, as well as motorcycles and quadbikes, performing burnouts and donuts in an empty parking lot. It appears
Brad Hunstable has a big plan for supplying electric vehicle motors that involves no less than a radical new design for motors, with more than 70 patents. It requires the creation of a high-speed, lights-out manufacturing approach. It is a bet that he can outproduce China’s fastest low-cost mass producers of motors. And on top
German carmaker Audi has apologised for an ad showing a little girl eating a banana in front of a high-performance car, which drew a torrent of criticism on Twitter. “We hear you and let’s get this straight: We care for children,” Audi tweeted in its apology. “We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure
CDK Global Inc. avoided a major financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic and related economic recession as the dealership management giant ended its fiscal year. The Hoffman Estates, Ill., company on Tuesday reported revenue of $449.6 million for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, down 8 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
This story began when Kyle Conner showed us a post from The Vehicle Finder on Facebook. No info, just images. Some of them just presented a Model S being apparently repaired, but then we saw the one you have above: the Tesla had an engine on its front axle. If you look closer, you’ll see it
Come along for the ride as we take Chevrolet’s blazing 2009 Corvette ZR1 to its terminal velocity on the high-speed oval. Read the story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_0810_2009_corvette_zr1_vs_porsche_gt2_vs_ferrari_599_vs_nissan_gtr/index.html
By Dacia J. Ferris Posted on August 4, 2020 Tesla’s newest Gigafactory under construction in Texas continues to keep pace with expectations set by the company during its other building projects in Shanghai and Berlin. In doing so, the all-electric carmaker’s construction strategy looks to be quite scalable given the size of the Texas Gigafactory
Jaguar Land Rover lost a UK court bid to get the trademark rights for the shape of its iconic Defender SUV, freeing billionaire Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos Group to go ahead with the Grenadier off-road vehicle. A London court on Monday dismissed an appeal by JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors. The UK Intellectual Property Office
The new 2021 Hyundai Veloster N was only just unveiled for the U.S. market but the car is already on sale in South Korea. While the 2021 Veloster N doesn’t look any different than the outgoing model, it is now available with a wet eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, in addition to the six-speed manual. Not only
MILAN — Ferrari has trimmed its sales forecasts for this year after reporting decreasing core earnings, although in line with expectations, in the second quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ferrari said Monday that its adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) would come in between 1.075 billion euros and 1.125 billion euros
Jeep‘s Groundhog Day spoof with actor Bill Murray is one of two Super Bowl commercials to be nominated for the 2020 Emmy Awards. The one-minute Jeep spot, which topped the USA Today Admeter rankings, is up against Amazon’s “Before Alexa” ad from Super Bowl LIV as well as ads from Apple, Procter & Gamble and
With its long-awaited mid-engine platform, the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is a major step forward for “America’s Sports Car.” But not every aspect of the eighth-generation Corvette is ideal for enthusiasts. Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained looked at five “flaws” of the C8 Corvette, and why fans may be wrong to complain about them. The first
Porsche has thrown its support behind gay pride in Germany, showcasing a line-up of rainbow-colored 911 models prior to the nation’s Christopher Street Day pride festival. The six Porsche 911 models pictured include a red GT3, an orange GT3 RS, yellow GT3 RS, green GT3 RS, blue GT3 RS, and a maroon-colored GT3. Porsche has
Symboliq and Optiq. General Motors‘ trademark filings for those names in Switzerland late last month suggest that’s what Cadillac will call two of its upcoming electric vehicles, according to GM Authority. They would join the Lyriq and Celestiq, the two EV nameplates that Cadillac has confirmed to be in the pipeline so far. Symboliq and
DETROIT — General Motors filed a motion for reconsideration of its racketeering case against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now alleging that FCA and co-conspirators are guilty of “corporate espionage” that directly harmed GM. “New facts about the direct harm FCA caused GM have come to light and they are detailed in our amended racketeering complaint. These
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. formally launched the FordPass Rewards Visa card, which offers customers money back on vehicle-related purchases, among other perks. The credit card, which became available in July, allows cardholders to earn 5 percent back on certain Ford transactions, plus another 5 percent through the FordPass Rewards loyalty program. The card offers
Electrification of passenger cars in Europe accelerated in June, according to the latest report from JATO Dynamics. The overall market went down 24% year-over-year to 1.13 million. The data shows that some 16.2% of new passenger car registrations were xEVs (BEVs, PHEVs and HEVs). The xEV growth year-over-year is impressive – 65% from 111,300 to
The Honda Civic Type R is a legend in the world of hot hatches and has been a staple the segment since the late 1990s. A brief history Honda first introduced the ‘Type R’ nameplate on the Civic with the EK-generation launched in 1997. It was an instant success, but it was only the start.
Tesla could be on track to complete its new plant near Berlin more quickly than its Shanghai facility, according to a local government minister. The U.S. electric car maker has said it wants to finish the factory in Gruenheide by the middle of 2021, and faster than the Chinese operation, which went up in less
A Saleen Mustang had a brief but memorable appearance in 2003’s “2 Fast 2 Furious,” getting torn to shreds by a semi truck after just a few minutes of screen time. That scene almost didn’t happen, according to Craig Lieberman, who served as technical advisor for the first two “Fast and Furious” films. It wasn’t
When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. in March, Hyundai Motor America reached out to its South Korean headquarters to decide how to help. The company settled on funding what had been a gamechanger in South Korea’s coronavirus response — drive-through testing centers. In the U.S. the company has donated $4.4 million to testing centers
TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda will create a trio of companies tasked with developing software for the next generation of smart cars. In detailing the plans, Toyoda said old business strategies no longer guarantee success in an industry being rocked by technological upheaval. Toyoda spoke here last week. These are edited excerpts.
By Eric Ralph Posted on August 2, 2020 SpaceX has successfully landed NASA astronauts in the ocean for the first time in almost half a century, completing the most important mission in the company’s history and setting it up for an imminent operational launch debut. Roughly 19 hours after NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company conducted “zero” consumer research when designing its upcoming Cybertruck. He says he doesn’t pay attention to competitors or know anything about other electric vehicles on the market. And criticism that the Autopilot name is misleading for Tesla’s driver-assist system, which has been linked to a number of accidents?