Automobile News & Reviews
The excruciatingly drawn-out decline of the traditional sedan may be getting all the headlines, but thats not the only segment ailing in this crossover-crazy market. The two-seat convertible segment has waned for more than a decade now, and it looks like its only getting worse in 2019. As we initially reported nearly two years agoand after 23 years of continuous production the Mercedes-Benz SLC (ne SLK) has been officially discontinued. A Mercedes rep tells us there is currently no direct... [read more]
When Ram announced its new Heavy Duty pickup trucks , the biggest news was the fact that you could add an all-new 6.7-liter Cummins turbodieselgood for 400 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. But how much would it cost to get your hands on the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty? Now we know. Ram announced today thatit will take $35,090 including destination to get behind the wheel of a base-model 2500 Tradesman regular cab 42.If you want the 44 model, it... [read more]
Today, Subaru released a teaser image of a concept it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5. This model is the latest in a series of radical Viziv concepts that bear little direct resemblance to Subarus production cars. Still, the concept will provide some clues on what Subaru is cooking up for its future product portfolio. The concept might preview the next Crosstrek, although the Adrenaline name implies something high performance. The shadowy teaser obscures the vehicle's... [read more]
Volkswagen chose the Chicago Auto Show to reveal the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI . With the GTI's 228-hp engine, an independent rear suspension, and Volkswagen's VAQ limited-slip differential, the new GLI looks like it should be just as fun to drive as the GTI. We have a feeling it will be much better than the previous Jetta GLI . To get a better idea of what Volkswagen has done with the GLI, we caught up with Adam Reinhardt, one of... [read more]
The Blue Oval will unleash an all-new Ford Focus ST this summer in Europe, and we get nothing. Why, Ford , why? Sure, we love our Mustangs and F-150s , but we also have a hankering for just about any hot hatch, and this one sounds extra-sweet, as it packs a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four making 276 horses and 310 lb-ft of torque. Thats a decent power bump over the last versionand the first and last Focus ST to come to... [read more]
California state senator John Moorlach (R-Orange County) has introduced a bill to that state's legislature that wouldadd lanes to both north- and southbound Interstate 5 and State Route 99 that would have no posted speed limit. SB319 does not itselfstatethe specific stretches of road where the lanes would be added, but local reports indicate the lanes would run from Stockton to Bakersfield, adistance of approximately 240 miles via I-5or 230 miles via CA-99. While some reports tout the lanes as... [read more]
When Land Rover first announced the Discovery SVX back in 2017, we couldn't help but get excited. It featured JLR's 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 tuned to make 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque, but it also had a lifted suspension, all-terrain tires, skid plates, and a roof-mounted light bar.This hardcore off-road Discovery with more than 500 hp was going to be awesome. With a big emphasis on the was. Sadly, as AutoCar first reported, the Discovery SVX is dead. The... [read more]
Honda announced it will close its Swindon, U.K., manufacturing plant in 2021 when production ends on the current-generation Civic. All Civic hatchbacks in the U.S., including the Civic Type R , are made at the Swindon factory. The decision comes as Hondaevolves its EV strategy. The significant challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its global manufacturing operations, and focus activity in regions where it expects to have high production volumes, Honda said in a statement. Honda chief executive Takahiro... [read more]
An SUV is not part of McLarens plans, now or in future. McLarens design chief, Mark Roberts, made that clear at an event preceding the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show. According to Roberts, McLaren isnt going to stray away from its core identity as an automaker that delivers the ultimate driving experience. Since McLaren believes that developing an SUV strays from that identity, its not a question of if the company ends up building one, as it is when were... [read more]
The wait for Lamborghinis first hybrid supercar will come to an end at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The yet-to-be-named hybrid monster is a touchpoint for the Italian automaker as it lays the foundation for its own hybrid plans for the future. For now, the hybrid supercar goes by the name LB48H. Details are still scarce at this point, but Lamborghini is expected to take styling cues from the Terzo Millenio EV Concept it unveiled last year and graft them... [read more]
It's possibly one of the most filmed locations for car chases in all of LA, and before it was replaced in the name of progress', the 6th Street... continue reading
Four years after dropping jaws on the floor of the North American International Auto Show, we learn the Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept could finally come to our lives in the next few years. Just dont expect the production version to look anything like the concept that caused a ruckus in Detroit back in 2015. Time is the biggest culprit behind this shift. Its been four years since Hyundai unveiled the Santa Cruz, and a lot has changed within Hyundai during... [read more]
Subaru will add another study to its Viziv line of concepts that its been parading at motor shows over the past half-decade. This latest one, the seventh in the series, is called Subaru Viziv Adrenaline, and its set to make its debut next month, at the 2019 Geneva motor show.
The 2019 Ford Focus ST is the performance-oriented version of the fourth-generation Focus, a hatchback unveiled in 2018. Introduced in February 2019, the new Focus ST brings many changes to the table, including a bigger EcoBoost engine, more power than ever, and state-of-the-art technology. Unlike its predecessors, the new Focus ST won't come to the U.S., as Ford decided to stop offering most of its passenger cars in North America. The previous-gen Focus ST was already more powerful than its... [read more]
Citroen is a manufacturer that many still associate with clever technical innovations wrapped in a unique styling package and, by that definition, the new Ami Concept fits right into the brands historic mold. Its also not the first Citroen to be called Ami, so maybe the automaker is timidly trying to play the history card with this petit concept.
I recently went in for my annual physical, with surprisingly good results considering all the Doritos and chocolate I consumed in 2018. It also happens to be the half-way mark of our F-150s year-long stay with us. With close to 14,000 miles on the odometer, how is our truck doing? Cosmetically its in great shape. The passenger side view mirror suffered minor damage when a staffer misjudged a concrete post in our garage, which is making me doubt my decision... [read more]
Switching to an electric vehicle for the first time can be intimidating, and not just because of range anxiety. From the techy gauges to changing the way you operate a car, it can take time to learn how to drive an EV efficiently. Fortunately, Kia has made electric motoring more accessible with the 2019 Niro EV; with its conventional design and emphasis on user-friendliness, the latest electro-wagonoid from Korea minimizes the learning curve of going electric. The 2019 Niro EV... [read more]
Lets start your Mondays off on a good note with a story about a young nurse from California and the generosity of a Scion xB owner. Kayla Cooper walked into an Auto City dealership with the intent of purchasing a vehicle. What she got instead was a free car from Dan Laguardia, who handed her the keys to his Scion xB after learning that Cooper couldnt close a deal on her car purchase. Theres obviously more to this story well... [read more]
Heavy-duty truck wars are well underway. Although the Ram HD and Ford Super Duty are rather well geared for it, it seems that the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD just beat them to the punch in some segments. This is an all-new truck and is a huge improvement over the outgoing model. As such, I've compiled a list of facts that will shed some light on the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD. They will teach you why the new HD... [read more]
Toyota had an eventful time at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. It was not just the Sequoia getting honored with the TRD Pro badge, or Toyota presenting the 2020 Tacoma. The automaker revealed the TRD Off-road version of the RAV4. Toyota's trusted compact crossover was beefed-up and launched with more off-road capability. Does the RAV4 TRD Off-Road make a compelling case for itself as an 'off-roader"?
Alex Laughlin walks away with $50,000 in Radial vs. The World Victory There was something special about the Lights Out 10 event from the moment the gates opened through the epic conclusion on Sunday afternoon. The Radial vs. The World entries were bolder, the performances crazier, and the racing was the most intense as competitors swung a big hammer on every run down the track. Seventy-five entries were whittled down to just 32 cars after the five rounds of qualifying... [read more]
Ever since its earliest days, the very foundation of hot rodding has always been about combining a whole lot of ingenuity with whatever parts one had readily available to create a machine the owner could be proud of. Somehow all that changed as car customization evolved to a point where the masses considered Pro Touring cars to be the epitome of what a car could become as an era full of exorbitantly expensive builds was inadvertently ushered in creating an... [read more]
BMW has very recently launched its first ever X7 SUV, a seven-seater that occupies the top position in the manufacturers high rider lineup. With a starting price in the U.S. of $73,900, it is $13,200 more expensive than the smaller X5, so it needs a good story to help get sales moving. In this case, it needs one that turns everyday obstacles and situations into fantastically exaggerated mythical encounters.
Jenson Button continues to charter the unknown in his post-F1 career and, after tackling the Japanese Super GT Championship and coming home with the champion's crown and also taking a stab at Le Mans, the Briton will now race in the legendary Baja 1000 off-road race. To prepare, he and his outfit, Rocket Motorsport, will partake in next month's Mint 400 aboard an 850 horsepower Brenthel Industries Truck. This year, Ross Brawn and Jenson Button will celebrate a decade since... [read more]
If you think the new 2020 BMW 7-Series grille is too big, but you still want the car, then why not buy the most powerful and fastest version of it so that people dont have a chance to see your cars monumental nostrils? That version is the reworked 7-Series called the 2020 Alpina B7. It was just revealed last week in Palm Springs and is touted as the worlds fastest three-box sedan.
Toyota has been jacking up its trucks and SUVs and slapping them with the TRD Pro cadge for a long time now. The 'TRD Pro' suffix is a privilege of sorts these days, and the vehicles that are honored with it go on to become big. Seeing mainstream Toyota vehicles injected with TRD DNA are a blessing. At the Chicago Auto Show, the Japanese giant decided to add one more model to its lineup that included the Tundra, Tacoma, and... [read more]
In 1978, Manuel Reyes found himself an honest to goodness 1936 Ford coupe. Soon after, plans began to incubate and visions of a street rod emerged. But Manuel's... continue reading
The Bentley Bentayga Speed is the range-topping version of the company's first-ever SUV. Launched in early 2019, it joins the standard gas model, the diesel, and the hybrid versions of the British hauler. The Speed badge is borrowed from the Continental GT, which Bentley introduced for the first time back in 2008. Just like the Continental GT Speed, the Bentayga Speed is a slightly beefed-up version of the regular model. It's also equipped with unique features, while some of the... [read more]
There are cars in this business that are exclusive, and there are cars in this business that are exclusive. The Mercedes-AMG ONE belongs in the latter group. Its so exclusive that Mercedes-AMG only plans to build 275 units of the Formula One technology-derived hypercar. Its so exclusive that each of the 275 units costs almost $3 million. Its so exclusive that, apparently, Mercedes-AMG sent all 275 prospective owners a box with a template inside it. The customers are required to... [read more]
Like, wowits been 50 years since the original Woodstock music festival, where hundreds of thousands of hippies descended upon Max Yasgurs farm in upstate New York. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and other similarly iconic acts played over four days in the summer of 1969 at the greatest concert ever, and one of the most memorable relics of the eventbesides the music, of courselives again in the form of a 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 van called Light. The bus... [read more]
Just when you thought you knew everything about the life-sized, brick-version Bugatti Chiron that LEGO created last year, this detailed look at the incredible creation opens up details that we didnt know about the replica. The credit belongs to the folks over at The Straight Pipes, who managed to get an in-depth look at the LEGO Chiron when it was on display at the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show. We know that this replica was created with over one million... [read more]
Ford Performance has finally unveiled the all-new Ford Focus ST. Although it does not feature a lot of exterior and interior changes, the hatch is pumped up on the inside. Under the hood sit's as much as 276 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque just waiting to be unleashed. On paper, the 2020 Ford Focus ST seems very promising. Does it have enough to take on the Volkswagen Golf GTI/GTD?
An Israeli startup called MDGo could put a real dent in the ambulance-chasing business if its bid to leverage deep learning and biomechanical modeling succeeds in turning cars into triage doctors. The idea is elegantly simple: Use information gathered by a vehicles numerous multiaxis accelerometers and other sensors during an accident in order to help predict the injuries inflicted on the occupants, and share this data with first responders so theyre prepared to provide precisely the care needed. For example... [read more]
Before we critique the controversial touchpad, take a moment to enjoy the 2019 Acura RDX s 10.2-inch infotainment screen. Not just for its impressive size or for the fact that even base models use the same screen but also for its perfect placement. Perched high on the dash and set back, the screen requires minimal effort to see at a glance, unlike the systems in many competitors. Such an optimal screen position makes touchscreen functionality impossible (unless youve got elastic... [read more]
Back in 2017, Ford axed the V-6 engine option for its iconic Mustang muscle car, leaving a rather sizable gap in terms of price and power between the base trim-level four-cylinder and the upgraded V-8 GT. Now, its looking like the Blue Oval might change that with the upcoming 2020 model year update.
If you want to make ludicrous power and demolish the quarter mile with a modern import, the Nissan GT-R makes for a pretty solid foundation. Ever since it was first revealed back in 2007, tuners have been busy turning wrenches and coaxing ever-higher output levels from the GT-Rs venerable twin-turbo V-6, and these days, its evidenced by bigger and bigger dyno pulls, and smaller and smaller ETs. One of the biggest stars in constellation GT-R is Gidi Chamdi, who is... [read more]
Four remain Radial vs. The World as Eliminations whittles the field down from 75 Day four of the Lights Out 10 event at South Georgia Motorsports Park was marked elimination day as the field of 75 was narrowed down to the quickest 32. The headlining class, Radial vs. The World, saw record runs and an all-time quickest field as it took a 3.88 performance to even get into the show. Eliminations brought drama as rivals and friends lined up to... [read more]
Watch a Stock 2019 Lincoln Navigator Take on a Hennessey-Tuned Lincoln Navigator in an Oversized Drag Race
The 2019 Lincoln Navigator is quick, but the Hennessey Lincoln Navigator is a speed demon. John Hennessey did the deed and gifted the massive SUV with 150 horsepower over the stock version, rounding up all the horses of the Lincoln Navigator engine to 600. Thats insane. Yet, before I tell you to press play on that video down below, I have to set my heart to rest. Its getting harder and harder to like massive SUVs. Seven-seaters are just too... [read more]
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show Will be Graced by a 965-Horsepower Hybrid Known as the 2019 Puritalia Berlinetta
The Geneva Motor Show is a still a month away, but were already getting the low-down on some of the ultra-hot debuts slated to show. One of the first out the gates is the 2019 Puritalia Berlinetta, a bespoke two-door from the Naples-based Puritalia Automobili, which promises nearly four-figures of output thanks to a high-tech V-8 hybrid powerplant. It this a sign of the times?
We usually feature high-end models from brands like BMW, Audi, Ferrari, or Lamborghini as our wallpapers of the day because, well, everyone loves a good sports car or supercar. Theres no denying that. But, at the end of the day, the world is in love with SUVs and Crossovers too and, for some reason, everyone seems to be in love with the 2020 Kia Telluride as well. Maybe its because its the first Kia developed specifically for the U.S. market... [read more]
Have you driven your snow machine on a frozen lake? How about your truck. Well it all seems to cold for us. Brr... Press "Play" below to listen to this episode
Hyundai is slowly but surely shifting its image from what it used to be a decade ago to one of a manufacturer that is on par with more established rivals. This is being achieved not only by making better everyday cars but making sportier cars too. The next one in line is the 2020 Hyundai i20 N - a model that's slated to take on the Ford Fiesta ST and Renault Clio RS.
Kevin Rivenbark Tops the Radial vs. The World charts as qualifying concludes It is something that everyone has come to expectthe final qualifying sessions of Lights Out 10 at South Georgia Motorsports Park produced the wildest and quickest field in the history of Radial vs. The World. Pro Modified standout Kevin Rivenbark steered the GALOT Motorsports-backed 1969 Camaro to the top of the qualifying sheet with a new class record of 3.613 at 205.01 mph. Just to qualify for the... [read more]
Ferrari has long prided itself on offering the finest driving machines around, and for years, the formula was quite simple - engine in the middle, power at the back, sharp suspension in the corners, and lots of wing at both ends. Now, however, as new technology finds its way into the performance sector, the Prancing Horse has been forced to adapt, which means the adoption of stuff like hybrid powerplants. And as it turns out, electrified assistance will become a... [read more]
Toyota launched the 2020 Tacoma model at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Although its sibling, the Sequoia TRD Pro, stole its thunder at the, one cannot sideline the Tacoma. After all, it is the best-selling mid-size pickup truck currently on the market. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma does not bring a lot of changes to the table; mechanically or cosmetically. Do you think there is enough to differentiate it from the 2019 model and keep up with the rising competition?
The light goes green. The front tires jump, chirp as they lose traction, then settle as I pull away from the line. Such has been my experience with the Volkswagen Atlas . And before you jump to conclusions and assume Im gunning it at every stoplight, let me assure you that I am not being overly aggressive in my acceleration. Unfortunately, our V-6-equipped brute is not equipped with the $1,800 optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, which means the entirety of the... [read more]
The first-ever BMW X4 made its debut in standard and Competition trim, and were so intrigued by it that weve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day in the same week of its debut. I know, thats a little fast, but just look at this thing. Its BMWs first competitor for the Mercedes-AMG GLC63, and it has tons of technological goodies and DNA from the X3 M. More importantly, however, is the new S58, twin-turbo, inline-six thats good... [read more]
Its kind of difficult to not talk about the weather in California these past couple weeks, but as I sit here writing thisits actually not raining and the suns shining over the Sacramento Valley! That said, however, Ive spent the entire day indoors at Cal Expo taking in everything under numerous rooftops comprising the 2019 OReilly Auto Parts Sacramento Autorama: hot rods, lowriders, race cars, andthe main thing I typically look forward to at this event now in its 69... [read more]
The eCOPO Breaks into the 9s at the NHRA Winternationals, but Does it Break our Fuel-Burning Hearts?
It was a moment that perfectly encapsulated what the eCOPO proposes for drag racing: you could actually hear the crowd wow and woo throughout every pass of Chevrolets muted monster. As the Top Fuelers finished their runs and echoed down to the big-end, the eCOPO snuck up to the line, instantaneously turned voltage into vulcanized rubber for the burnout, and churned out a 9.837 at 134.07 during the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona. We are really close, I said during SEMA... [read more]
I dont know about you guys, but where Im at up here in the mountains of northern California, Mother Nature has decided to dump a winters worth of snow in just a few weeks time. Its great for the skiing and snowboarding, but if you dont have the right equipment at your disposal, youre gonna have to improvise - as the folks in this video quickly found out.