BaT Auction: 19K-Mile 2006 Aston Martin Vanquish S

This 2006 Aston Martin Vanquish S is finished in Onyx Black Metallic over a two-tone Black and Moon Shadow leather cabin, and shows 19,338 total miles. Just 1,086 Vanquish S models were produced worldwide between 2004-2007, and power comes from a 6.0-liter DOHC V12 paired with a 6-speed automated manual transmission. Compared to the standard Vanquish, the S features increased output of 520 horsepower, revised gear and rear-axle ratios, and updated styling. The selling dealer states that this particular car carried a $255k MSRP and is stock aside from 3M clear bra applied to the nose and rear quarter panels when new. This Aston Martin is now being offered with factory books, a clean Carfax, and a clean New York title. Read More

VW I.D. Buzz Cargo: EV microbus gets a commercial version

In case Volkswagen’s upcoming I.D. Buzz electric microbus looked like a retro-inspired cutesy people carrier, VW’s Commercial Vehicles division is making sure it’ll hold its own as a work van as well. Volkswagen has released photos of the I.D. Buzz’s Cargo variant concept.

VW says the Cargo’s payload is nearly 1,800 pounds, and that it’ll have an IoT-connected shelving system that helps keep track of all the items on board. The van’s doors can be opened electrically. Compared to the regular Buzz, the Cargo’s rear overhang is longer for logistical reasons. The Cargo rides on the electric MEB platform, which Volkswagen says is a good fit for a commercial vehicle due to its low center of gravity and ability to free up interior space. Read More

Thrill Your 3 Favorite Friends in Polaris’ New 4-Seat RZR XP 4 Turbo S

My first adventure with Polaris’ RZR XP Turbo S is one that’s been emblazoned into my recollection. The arid desert, sweltering sun, fine talc-like sand caking every surface of exposed flesh, and the wild, white-knuckled, maniacal laugh-inducing ride provided by my right foot, an open stretch of the Mint 400 circuit, and the ludicrously capable RZR XP Turbo S. It remains one of my fondest memories. Read More

2020 Chevy Tahoe spied with independent rear suspension

Here’s our first glimpse of the next Chevrolet Tahoe, set to debut sometime next year. Unfortunately, the vehicle is covered top to bottom in cladding, so it’s not easy to make much of it.

The biggest difference we can see is what appears to be an independent rear suspension replacing the longstanding live axle design, similar to shots of the Suburban in May earlier this year. Hardcore truckers might moan, but GM is aiming for enhanced ride quality and comfort here. To be frank, most Tahoes are just mall crawlers anyway, so this is probably for the best. Read More

Cummins Reveals PowerDrive Plug-In Hybrid System

Cummins introduces Hybrid PowerDrive at IAA.

Right after acquiring Efficient Drivetrains, Cummins is moving forward with its intentions of electrification, presenting its new PowerDrive 6000 for plug-in hybrid trucks at the IAA in Germany.

Cummins PowerDrive was developed for both configurations of plug-in hybrids – series (better at low-speed applications) and parallel (better at highway speeds). The example demonstration vehicle Class 6 (33,000 lbs / 15,000 kg) Kenworth T370 truck – equipped with PowerDrive 6000 and Cummins B6.7 diesel – offers up to 50 miles (80 km) of range, which is kind of an interesting proposition. It’s even better when you can use power export capability to power tools in the area, without running the engine. Read More

BaT Auction: 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

This 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 is finished in Racing Yellow over black leather and was acquired by the seller as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle in September 2017. It has been driven approximately 3k miles since and now has 13k total miles. Power comes from a 3.8-liter flat-six paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, and factory options include carbon fiber 918-style bucket seats with yellow stitching, a 16.9-gallon fuel tank, black-finished bi-xenon headlamps with PDLS, the Light Design package, Sport Chrono package, aluminum pedals and footrest, a CDR Plus audio system, satin black-finished wheels, Racing Yellow seat belts, and an aluminum-look fuel filler cap. The car is stock according to the seller, it and carries a CPO warranty valid through February 29, 2022 or 100k miles. This GT4 is now being offered with records since the seller’s purchase, CPO documentation, a build sheet, an over-rev report, factory books, three keys, a fitted cover, a clear Carfax, and a clean New York title in the seller’s name. Read More

NHTSA gives 2018 Tesla Model 3 perfect marks for crash safety

The 2018 Tesla Model 3 aced its federal crash-test regimen and earned top, five-star scores on all of its sub-tests, safety officials said this week.

The Model 3 follows the Model S and Model X, which have both aced the NHTSA’s tests. The insurance industry-funded IIHS has only rated the Model S sedan so far, and it earned mostly top “Good” scores on its crash tests, except an “Acceptable” rating for driver’s side front small-overlap crash protection. Read More

BMW 8 Series Convertible Spied Wearing A Seductive Red Dress

It looks like this preproduction model stopped by the M workshop for some enhancements.

Sometimes just a simple color change can completely alter the way you see something. We recently spied BMW’s new 8 Series convertible almost completely uncovered, wearing just a bit of camo on its hard boot cover and decklid. That car was finished in a rather elegant shade of blue, but this time we’re met with a much sportier variant all decked out in arrest-me-red with black trim replacing all the chrome. If there wasn’t a tiny bit of stick-on camo over the fender badges we’d almost certainly see a tiny M right there, identifying this car as an M850i. And it does look ravishing. Read More

Nissan’s new ‘Dark Sky’ is a mobile observatory

Okay, Nissan’s latest concept, Dark Sky, is essentially a modified Navara pick-up truck with a trailer attached.

Don’t be too quick to write it off though, as it features the latest upgrade of Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPILOT driver assistance technology, and is a collaborative exercise with the European Space Agency (ESA). Read More

Tesla Model 3 Alerts For Car Stoppage Ahead, Prevents Possible Accident

This owner’s Tesla Model 3 alerted him of a potential accident two car lengths ahead.

This new Tesla Model 3 owner took to Reddit to explain a recent situation involving his car’s safety features. The car in question is a single-motor Model 3 Long Range without Tesla Autopilot, and he’s only owned it for a few weeks, so he’s not yet fully aware of all of its features. While he plans to get Autopilot down the road, he hasn’t opted for the technology yet. Nonetheless, the car may have saved him from a collision. Read More

Fear Not – a Lincoln MKT Might Still Cart You Off to the Afterlife

Seldom talked about by the teeming masses, the slow-selling Lincoln MKT crossover gets a lot of buzz among certain subsets of the population. People transporting corpses, for example, or perhaps prom-goers who’ll soon learn their tolerance for badly mixed alcoholic drinks.

The aging, whale-faced MKT fills a niche role, and Lincoln isn’t ready to ditch its livery clientele just yet, despite rumors of its imminent demise. It seems Ford Motor Company has more respect for the occupants of hearses than drivers of small passenger cars. Read More

Peugeot Presents Stunning e-LEGEND Concept With 100 kWh Battery

e-LEGEND Concept is the first long-range electric from Peugeot.

Peugeot will presents at the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show the all-electric e-LEGEND Concept, which carries the DNA of the French brand and references back to the Peugeot 504 Coupé from the past.

Our main focus is on the specs, which seem strong for Peugeot. The car is equipped with 100 kWh battery for up to 600 km (373 miles) of WLTP range, and you can replenish up to 500 km (311 miles) in 25 minutes. Read More

BaT Auction: 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible 400 4-Speed

This 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible has been refinished in orange over black vinyl and is powered by a replacement 400ci V8 paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. The car was acquired by the seller in 2016, with subsequent maintenance including fluid changes and suspension lubrication. This GTO is offered with partial historical documentation and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

Toyota enters $82 million partnership to roll out hydrogen trucks in Los Angeles port

Toyota Project Portal 2.0 fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck

After showing its second-generation fuel-cell semi-truck at the Port of Los Angeles in July, Toyota announced last week it will build 10 more fuel-cell trucks for the project.

In addition to the trucks, the project will add two new heavy-duty hydrogen filling stations, two new hydrogen forklifts at Toyota’s warehouse at the next-door Port of Long Beach, and two new zero-emissions yard tractors at the nearby Port of Hueneme. Read More

First Drive: 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

CIRCUITO ESTORIL,  Portugal –  Let’s just forget all this nonsense about driving aids emasculating the modern supercar, shall we? Yes, yes, I know all you manly men out there rue the very invention of electronic stability control, how you long for the days when Dodge Vipers ruled the earth and mere mortals were afraid to mash throttles. The good old days, I think you call them, the implication always that supercars had gone soft, mushy and, perhaps worst of all, accessible. Read More

These are the 10 fastest American cars around the Nürburgring

2018 has been a good year for lap times around the daunting Nürburgring. Granted, the sheer number of ‘new segment’ lap records that tumble tend to teeter towards tedium – Too much caffeine, James. —Ed. – but this year alone we’ve seen a new front-wheel drive benchmark courtesy of the Honda Civic Type-R (7m 43.8s), a new four-door sedan fastest lap with the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 (7m 21.2s), a production record with the Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota (6m 44.97s), and a brand-new outright fastest lap courtesy of the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo. Read More

GM ignition switch criminal case is dismissed

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in New York on Wednesday dismissed a criminal case brought against General Motors in 2015 over the largest U.S. automaker’s handling of an ignition-switch defect linked to 124 deaths.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan approved a request filed Monday by federal prosecutors to dismiss the two-count criminal information. Read More

BaT Auction: 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV

This 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV is finished in red over a black interior and has been driven approximately 2,500 miles since it was acquired by the seller three years ago. Power is from a 2.0L twin-cam inline-four modified with high-compression pistons, a performance camshaft, and dual Weber carburetors, while shifting is through a 5-speed manual transmission. Service during current ownership included rerouting the exhaust system, a suspension refurbishment, and interior repairs. This GTV is offered with service records, a spare exhaust system, a car cover, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

Inboard unveils their new 750W electric scooter and takes aim at scooter sharing

Inboard Technology is best known for their highly acclaimed M1 electric skateboard, which is fairly unique among a large pack of competitors due to its removable and swappable batteries.

For weeks they’ve been teasing their customers with the imminent launch of “something”, while revealing very few hints. Today they’ve finally dropped the veil to show off the company’s new electric scooter, complete with an impressive list of features not found on any other electric scooters on the market. Read More

Tesla Model 3 Delivery Push In Full Ramp Mode

It seems that people are going to be floored when they learn how many Tesla Model 3 sedans are being delivered currently.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has admitted that delivery logistics is the new problem for Tesla, especially in regards to its hugely popular Model 3. Now that the automaker is finally out of “production hell,” it has entered delivery hell. However, since the company is aware of the problem, and has been for some time, it’s able to get to work establishing a quick fix. Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1973 Citroen GS sedan

German market 1973 Citroen GS sedan for sale. From the seller’s description:

Citroen GS with 44,000 miles (71,000 kilometers), 4-speed manual. Very well-preserved German market car – very rare in the U.S. Mechanically very sound, mostly original paint, and very original, intact interior. Well maintained by previous and current owners, this GS performs as it should and everything works. Comprehensive folder of receipts goes back decades. Recent complete tune up and replacement of front spheres and exhaust system by SF Bay Area Citroen specialist. Very smooth and fun to drive – the car easily keeps up with modern traffic in town and on highways. The exterior is very nice, with small dings here and there, and two small spots of bubbling at the door edges. Otherwise entirely rust free body and undercarriage. The interior is very original, with magnified drum speedometer – all gauges function. Red cloth interior has worn well, with small spots of wear and sun damage on the top of back seats. Matching door cards in great shape. Dash is perfect and free of cracks. Air-cooled flat four and four speed manual trans very strong, quiet, and work as they should. Manual steering is light, precise, and very fun at speed. Read More

2018 BMW X2 Review: Quirky Comes At A Cost

Verdict 4.9 / 10

Customers have long chosen lifestyle vehicles over their more conventional counterparts. These cars make statements about their owners – they say they’re edgy, different, and willing to embrace some impracticalities in favor of making a statement. BMW has monetized these folks in a way few automakers have managed with its even-numbered range of X crossovers. Read More

Motorcycle Cannonball’s start of Stage 10 has a new leader in their trek across America

1923 Harley-Davidson JF. Photo by Kurt Ernst.

Stage 10 of this year’s Motorcycle Cannonball will begin in Sturgis, South Dakota, and end in Billings, Montana. Leader Chris Tribbey dropped a valve on his 1911 Excelsior and only completed 114 of Stage 9’s 299 miles on Sunday from Pierre, South Dakota, to Sturgis, giving the race lead to Dean Bordigioni aboard his 1923 Harley-Davidson JF. Dean is the only Class I bike (single-cylinder/single-speed transmission) still in the competition who has completed every mile and has 11 Class II (multiple-cylinder/multiple-speed transmission) bikes right on his tail. Read More

Toyota Eager To Revive MR2 Or Celica To Join Supra And 86

A partnership with another automaker might be necessary to make a business case for the sports car.

Rumors continue to circle about Toyota adding another dedicated sports car to its range, and the new vehicle could potentially revive classic vehicles like the Celica or MR2 (speculatively rendered above).

“We want to have Celica back, we want to have the MR2 back,” Masayuki Kai, the Supra’s Assistant Chief Engineer, told Road & Track. “Now that we’ve brought Supra back, what will come next depends on the market needs.” Read More

Aston Martin speeds ahead with October IPO worth perhaps $6.7 billion

LONDON — Luxury British carmaker Aston Martin is seeking a valuation of up to 5.07 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) from its stock market flotation and has taken steps to prepare for any eventuality over Brexit, it said on Thursday.

The company, famed for making the sports car driven by fictional secret agent James Bond, said last month it was pursuing an initial public offering (IPO), the first British carmaker to do so for decades. Read More

BaT Auction: Period Works Prepared 1981 Audi Ur-Quattro Turbo Coupe

This 1981 Audi Ur-Quattro was one of the first examples brought to Great Britain by the Volkswagen/Audi Group. Assigned the registration number BRP 223X in September 1981, it was featured in period V.A.G publicity materials and press articles, including CARS Magazine’s coverage of Audi Sport’s efforts in the 1982 Monte Carlo Rally. Later that year it was assigned to David Sutton Motorsport, who managed the official Audi Sport UK rally team, where the car was converted to rally specification and used as the team’s practice and reconnaissance car, being driven by the Works drivers including Hannu Mikkola and North American Rally Champion John Buffum. It also went on to compete in multiple rallies, including the 1983 Rothmans Circuit of Ireland alongside Stig Blomqvist’s Quattro and Harald Demuth’s 80 Quattro sedan, with privateer Robert McBurney behind the wheel. In 1985, David Sutton’s Audi Sport UK team sold the car to a Madeiran privateer who competed at various international rallies, including the Rali Vinho Da Madeira between 1985 and 1987. Since being imported back to the UK and restored in 1990, BRP 223X has resided in private collections and participated in a number of historic rallies and gatherings. A major service, involving an engine refresh was performed in 2017, and it is now being offered in the United Kingdom with a history file, MSA logbooks, records from recent service, and a clear V5C registration document. Read More

You Thought Toyota’s Lexus LC Sales Expectations Were Inconceivable … And You Were Right

Unless your surname is Porsche and your given name 911, the sales volumes generated by premium two-doors are frighteningly small. Lexus nevertheless brought to market the two-pronged Lexus LC range, as an indirect successor to the SC, with lofty expectations.

Moreover, Lexus was public with its goals, going so far as to respond directly to TTAC to defend the company’s reasoning. Read More

Standard dash cams coming to Teslas

Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that the company plans to make dash cams standard in its products with a new software update rolling out in the next few weeks. 

Since most Teslas already have forward cameras for the Autopilot system, it seems it should be simple for Tesla to enable the feature.  Read More

Hyundai to sell 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks in Switzerland

SEOUL — Hyundai said on Wednesday it will sell 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks in Switzerland over the next five years through a new alliance, betting the vehicles could beat battery-powered models sold by the likes of Tesla.

South Korea’s Hyundai and Japan’s Toyota are among a handful of carmakers doubling down on hydrogen vehicles amid an intensifying global race to develop greener technologies to replace combustion engines, as regulators around the world crack down on emissions. Read More

Charging industry agrees on carbon credit standards

Electrify America 350 kw chargers at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.

Driving on electricity produces less carbon than driving on gas. Yet in most places, no one gets credit for lowering those carbon emissions.

That is, until now. In an effort to reduce the cost of installing electric-car charging stations, a new agreement by the Electric Vehicle Charging Carbon Coalition (EVCCC), calculates carbon credits to benefit the charging station provider. Read More

Rolls-Royce signs deal to trial hybrid-electric train conversions

LONDON — Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to conduct a trial conversion of diesel trains to hybrid-electric engines in Britain, in a deal which could be rolled out to hundreds of trains across the country starting in the 2020s.

The British company, which is best known for making aircraft engines, said on Wednesday that its German Power Systems business had signed an agreement with Porterbrook, the UK’s largest owner of passenger rolling stock. Read More

Aston Announces Project 003 Hypercar, All We Get Is This Sketch

Project 003 will go mainstream.

When Aston unveiled the Valkyrie, jaws dropped, weak-willed people fainted, and the wire services lit up with messages stamped “BREAKING” and “URGENT.” It, along with the Mercedes-AMG Project One, ushered in a new era of hypercars, replacing the likes of the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder. This new era is wild, with futuristic aesthetics and engineering marvels. But Aston is already looking toward the future with a third hypercar in the planning stages. It’s dubbed Project 003 after the Valkyrie (Project 001) and Valkyrie AMR Pro (Project 002). While those are hardcore hypercars, Project 003 is aimed at a more general audience – if there is such a thing in the hypercar world.  Read More

Aston Martin confirms its third mid-engine hypercar

Consider the rumors confirmed. Aston Martin will build a third mid-engine hypercar that’s currently codenamed 003, following the Valkyrie (code 001) and track-specific Valkyrie AMR Pro (code 002). Aston Martin says 003 will borrow lots of technology from its forebears, including hybrid electric propulsion and carbon fiber-intensive construction. But there are some significant changes being baked into this third hypercar that will set it apart from the first two. Read More

The De Tomaso Pantera That Packs A Secret Punch

De Tomaso may have held a reputation for being quintessentially Italian, but it owes a lot to America and Belgium. In the 1970s it was best known for the Pantera, named after the Italian word for Panther, and it ended up remaining in production for two decades.

Ford owned 81% of De Tomaso, hoping to shoehorn its American muscle into a refined Italian mould. To that end, it helped export the Pantera through its various dealerships. Claude Dubois, a famous Belgian racing driver and team owner was its representative in Belgium and as a result became a concessionaire for De Tomaso. It was he that brought this specific example currently in our classifieds to Europe, one which packs a secret punch. Read More

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