Ford Confirms Plan To Retire C-Max, Grand C-Max From Europe

Production of the two minivans at the Saarlouis plant will come to an end.

It was the end of July when Ford of Europe warned us about the possibility of retiring the C-Max and Grand C-Max, so the decision to axe the two minivans doesn’t come as a big surprise. The two compact MPVs are built at the Saarlouis factory in Germany where the Euro-spec Focus also comes to life. The Blue Oval is already in talks with worker representatives to figure out a way to minimize job cuts as a result of ending production of the five- and seven-seat minivans. Read More

Ford Mondeo Facelift Prototype Keeps Hiding The Obvious

Almost untouched on the surface, but significantly improved underneath.

Ford is basically killing all its sedans in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the company has the same plans for the European market. The Blue Oval has the new Fiesta and Focus already on sale on the Old Continent, and is preparing an important facelift for its third non-SUV model, the Mondeo, which acts as the automaker’s flagman in this region. Read More

1990 BMW M3 By Vilner Combines Tartan With E36 M3's Engine

This E30 M3 has been thoroughly modified and the end result is sensational.

Saving the best for last, the final project for 2018 released by the Bulgarian aftermarket specialists at Vilner is this lovely 1990 BMW M3 E30 finished in Imola Red II. The legendary sports sedan has been completely modified, starting on the outside where it has been granted with all the original body panels of the ultra-rare Evolution II. Read More

1.35 Million People Die Every Year In Car Accidents, Study Finds

Unsurprisingly, motorcyclists account for more than 1/4 of all road deaths.

Road safety is often a topic on our pages as, let’s face it, it’s one of the leading killing factors on the planet these days. In fact, a new report says about 1.35 million people die on the road each year and that’s a frightening number. To put it into perspective, 1.35 million is roughly the population of a city the size of Copenhagen. Read More

Mid-Engined Corvette Unlikely To Show Up In Detroit

Chevy doesn’t have anything planned for the upcoming 2019 NAIAS.

We’ve been bombarding you with stories about the once-elusive mid-engined Corvette and it looks like the road to reveal is even longer. That’s because the C8 will not attend the 2019 North American International Auto Show, with a company representative telling GM Authority that Chevy won’t be bringing its highly anticipated sports car to Detroit. As a matter of fact, the company with the bowtie emblem does not have any debuts planned for NAIAS, be it a car or an SUV. Read More

VW Passat 2019 facelift to bring new tech and improved hybrid

Volkswagen is due to follow next year’s reveal of the Golf Mk8 with an updated Passat range, and new spyshots show the car being put through its paces.

Test mules for the Ford Mondeo rival are hard at work cold weather testing in the Arctic circle, and a number of tweaks to the exterior are hidden behind camouflage. The front-end will be brought into line with the yet-to-be-revealed Golf, so expect reprofiled headlights and new grille and bumper designs. At the rear, redesigned tail-lamps will feature.  Read More

2019 Jaguar I-Pace: A Very Rare Extended Test Drive

We get behind the wheel of one of the first I-Paces in the U.S.

After only 5 customer deliveries in the month of October, Jaguar increased its US delivery total to 165 in the month of November. So with less than 200 I-PACEs on US roads, securing one for an extended road test isn’t easy. However, thanks to InsideEVs occasional contributor and new I-PACE owner John Higham, we were able to secure one for a 250+ mile road trip, less than 24 hours after he picked it up from Stevens Creek Jaguar in San Jose California. Read More

2020 VW Jetta GLI Coming To Chicago Auto Show In February

The sporty sedan should get Golf GTI levels of power.

We’ve been talking about the new Jetta GLI for more than a year now considering spy shots of the sporty sedan first emerged onto the web back in November 2017. Even though a VW official had estimated the Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Elantra Sport would debut in January 2019 at NAIAS in Detroit, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a bit more. Read More

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 14 December

BMW 745i, £3999: This cut-price alternative to our 740Ld long-term test car caught our eye. It’s a 2002 car with 81,000 miles and full service history. The 4.4-litre V8 produces 328bhp and can muster 0-62mph in 6.3sec. Economy is a reasonably impressive 25.9mpg, too.

Auction watch

Volkswagen XL1: This XL1 is sure to have created a stir when it went under the hammer recently. The slippery plug-in diesel hybrid, a 2015-reg car with next to no miles and registered to VW, made £103,167. It’s believed to be the first XL1 to be sold at auction.  Read More

James Ruppert: how long ago did your 'new' car leave the factory?

The Vehicle Identification Number is the birth date and the dealer should be able to tell you when it left the factory and give you the opportunity to quiz them on what it has been up to in the intervening period. 

I would like to think that you are an avid enough Autocar reader to know about anorak stuff, like midlife model facelifts, engine upgrades and specification changes. Perhaps the best knowledge is what cars are not selling. Anyone who knows where the new, unsold vehicles are parked – usually it is airfields – will have an idea of which models need their age verified. Right now, sadly, it is JLR products among those clogging up the taxi lanes and you can get an XJ with more than £20,000 off.  Read More

Autocar confidential: the future of Audi design, Bugatti needs more advanced EV technology and more

This week’s gossip from the automotive industry brings news of challenges facing Kia’s upcoming electric cars, the impact an electric delivery van like VW’s Buzz Cargo concept could make to emissions, and possible powertrains for any future Bugatti hypercars.

Can Kia keep up?

Kia reckons the biggest setback for its new electric crossovers, the Soul EV and e-Niro, in the UK won’t be demand but battery supply. Representatives for the firm reckon they won’t get hold of more than 1000 examples of the e-Niro in the first full year of it going on sale, while Soul EV numbers are yet to be decided as production capacity for the battery packs could increase.  Read More

Former Land Rover Employee Reunited With Car After 70 Years

Dorothy Peters first joined the company in 1946.

One former Land Rover employee got a chance to take a literal drive down memory lane when she got to get behind the wheel of one of the very vehicles she worked on 70 years ago.

Dorothy Peters joined the company in 1946, aged 15. She worked at the service department at the Lode Lane factory work on the very first Series Land Rovers to be built at the site. Now aged 87, Peters was reunited with one of those very cars, the 16th off the production line. Read More

2019 Ford Ranger fuel economy officially announced

We got a sneak peak at 2019 Ford Rangerfuel economy last month when a Monroney window sticker was spotted by a forum user. But now we have the official numbers, including those for four-wheel-drive Rangers, which the forum user hadn’t caught. The two-wheel-drive Ranger numbers are the same as in the leak, with 21 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway and 23 in combined driving. The four-wheel-drive models drop to 20 mpg in the city, 24 in highway driving, and 22 combined. Read More

2019 Ford Ranger 2WD Gets EPA-Estimated 23 Combined MPG

4WD gets 22 mpg, which is good enough to make it the most fuel-efficient gasoline midsize truck in America.

Fuel economy ratings for Ford’s all-new Ranger pickup are out, and things look favorable for the mid-sizer. EPA estimates say the pickup will return a combined 23 mpg in two-wheel drive format, with the four-wheel-drive model just behind at 22 mpg. According to Ford, that’s enough to make it the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered midsize pickup truck in America. Even then, it ties the Chevrolet Colorado diesel for combined mileage, while leading midsize competitors from Nissan and Toyota by a modest margin. Read More

BaT Auction: 33k-Mile 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC was sold new in Atlanta, Georgia and remained with its original owner until acquired in 2006 by its current owner, who added just over 2,700 of its 33k miles following 12 years. The car is finished in black over a Palomino leather interior and powered by a 5.5-liter V8 paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. A Mercedes-Benz “A” service was performed in October 2018 by the seller, who is the owner’s longtime mechanic. This C126 is offered with an original window sticker, a clean Carfax report, and clear Virginia title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: Chevy V8-Powered 1970 Porsche 914

This 1970 Porsche 914 was built in the 1990s using a 305ci Chevrolet V8 paired with a 901 5-speed manual transaxle. Engine modifications include a Comp camshaft, a Weber 8867 carburetor, and an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, while other alterations include stiffer springs, headers, and Cherry Bomb mufflers. The car was acquired three years ago by the seller, who has since driven it approximately 5k miles and recently installed a mechanical temperature gauge and re-routed the throttle cable. This 914 is now offered with a clean Georgia title in the seller’s name. Read More

Driverless Volvo Trucks Are Already Being Used At A Mine

Volvo Trucks attempt its first commercial autonomous transport solution.

For years, tech companies like Tesla and Otto have been developing driverless trucks. In 2016, Otto’s driverless semi-truck drove for 120 miles autonomously on the highway to deliver 50,000 cans of Budweiser. As of recently, Volvo Trucks took autonomy to the next level by commissioning six FH16 driverless trucks to be used to transport limestone for Norwegian mining company Brønnøy Kalk AS.  Read More

BaT Auction: 1992 Lexus SC400 at No Reserve

This 1992 Lexus SC400 is finished in white over grey leather and powered by a 4.0L V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The car has spent time in New Mexico, Nevada, and Canada, and it was acquired by the seller out California in January 2018. A new timing belt was installed during a 90k-mile service within the last 500 miles, and new brake components and steering rack were installed earlier this year. Now showing just over 88k miles, this SC400 is being offered for sale at no reserve with a clean Carfax report, a stamped maintenance booklet, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 20k-Mile 2006 Honda S2000

This 2006 Honda S2000 was purchased new by the seller at MotorWorld of Pennsylvania and spent time in Florida before being relocated to Texas in 2009. Finished in Laguna Blue Pearl over black leather, this example is equipped with a 2.2-liter VTEC inline-four mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Now showing just under 20k miles, this AP2 S2000 is being offered for sale with the window sticker, a clean Carfax report and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet 6-Speed

This 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S has 29,998 miles and is powered by a 3.8L flat-six mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Finished in Arctic Silver Metallic, the car features a black interior with adaptive sport seats finished in leather. It was first purchased in Ohio in 2007, and options include Sport Chrono Package Plus, a sport steering wheel, and factory sport exhaust. The second owner bought the car in 2017, and the selling dealer acquired it three weeks ago. This 997.1 cabriolet is now offered in North Miami Beach, Florida with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and a clear Ohio title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1962 Turner MK II Race Car

This 1962 Turner MK II is one of approximately 150 made and is powered by a Ford Kent 1.6L inline-four mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. This right-hand drive example was converted into a racer by a previous owner, and reportedly sat for five years before the seller acquired it in 2013 and commissioned a drivetrain and suspension overhaul from PRD Engineering USA at Sonoma Raceway. The exterior is finished in white and features customized bodywork with louvered front fenders, while the stripped interior includes a fire suppression system, battery disconnect, RPM limiter, and lap timer. The car has achieved several class wins and podium finishes in the last three years while competing in vintage events at Laguna Seca, Sonoma and Coronado. This Turner was reportedly race prepped in October 2018 and is offered by the seller on behalf of its owner with a 2016 dyno sheet, a VARA logbook, and a California bill of sale. Read More

BaT Auction: 1968 Chevrolet C10 Pickup

This 1968 Chevrolet C10 pickup is finished in Light Green over a tan vinyl interior and was refurbished by the previous owner. Just 500 miles have since been added, and power is provided by a 327ci V8 backed by a 3-speed automatic transmission. The selling dealer recently performed an oil change and installed a new master cylinder, rebuilt carburetor, new front brake lines and hoses, Pitman arm, and rear wheel cylinders. This C10 is now being offered in Houston with a clean Texas title. Read More

Analyzing The Technical Details Of The 911 GT2 RS

Take a closer look at the motorsport-level quality of the GT2 RS.

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the king of the 911s and is often considered to be a Turbo that has been turned up to 11. There are tons of videos of the GT2 RS on the internet being driven on public roads and on race tracks, but there aren’t many showing the underpinnings of the incredible machine that was once was the fastest production car to lap the Nürburgring. In this video, PCA (Porsche Club of America) pays a visit to TPC Racing to get up close and personal with a 2018 GT2 RS. Read More

BaT Auction: 47k-Mile 2000 Acura Integra Type R

This 2000 Acura Integra Type R is finished in Flamenco Black Pearl over a black cloth interior. It shows 47,750 miles, and is powered by a 1.8-liter VTEC inline-four paired with a 5-speed close-ratio transmission. The seller acquired this ITR around a year ago, and prior-installed additions include an aftermarket battery, Mugen license plate bolts, OEM foglights, and a rerouted hood release cable to prevent theft. This Acura is now being offered with 180+ pictures, records from the previous owner, a clean Carfax, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: Alfa Romeo 1,300cc Normale Engine and 4-Speed Gearbox

This Alfa Romeo 1,300cc Normale inline-four is stamped AR1215*41737 and paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox. An accompanying description outlines a rebuild under previous ownership included machining the block for additional oil passageways, align honing, and fitment of new cylinder liners and pistons. The rotating assembly was balanced and the timing assembly rebuilt with new chains, while the cylinder head was resurfaced, ported and polished, and fitted with new valves. The engine has been stored as a display piece in the seller’s garage since acquisition and has never been run, while further gearbox details are unknown. This Alfa Romeo engine and transmission are offered in Santa Monica, California with a bill of sale. Read More

Pininfarina Picks Battista As Official Name For PF0 Hypercar

The name comes from Battista Pininfarina founder of the famous coachbuilder.

Forget the PF0 because Pininfarina now announced that its upcoming electric hypercar officially goes under the model name Battista. The vehicle’s moniker stems from the first name of Carrozzeria Pininfarina founder Battista Farina

Pininfarina promises the Battista to be “fastest and most powerful car” ever to come from Italy, which is a tall order given the country’s fame for producing sporty machines from famous brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini, among many others. The company will partner with Rimac on the vehicle’s powertrain that will allegedly produce 1,900 horsepower (1,417 kilowatts) and 1,696 pound-feet (2,300 Newton-meters) of torque. According to the company, the model will be able to sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than 2 seconds and have a top speed of at least 250 mph (402 kph). The battery pack will allow for over 300 miles (483 kilometers) of range on a charge. Read More

BaT Auction: 1964 Volvo 1800S

This 1964 Volvo 1800S was sold new at Herzog Motors in Beaverton, Oregon and remained with the same owner for over 31 years. Finished in red over a black interior, the car is powered by an SU-carbureted B18 inline-four backed by a 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. Prior to the seller’s acquisition earlier this year, the car is said to have remained registered solely in Oregon and had spent the previous 12 years in storage. A fluid change, tune-up, valve adjustment, and carburetor rebuild were subsequently performed, and approximately 100 miles have been added since. This 1800S is offered with a few records, Volvo Club material, and a clear Washington title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1962 MG MGA Mark II Roadster

This 1962 MG MGA Mark II Roadster was reportedly stored for over 20 years in New York before being refurbished in the 1990s. It was then acquired by the seller from a Connecticut dealer in 1996. Approximately 4k miles have since been added, and the car moved to Florida with the seller in an enclosed transporter. Finished in Signal Red over a black interior, this MGA is powered by a 1,600cc inline-four paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox. A $2k+ service completed in November 2018 consisted of carburetor and master cylinder rebuilds, as well as a new battery and wheel cylinders. The sale includes owner’s and service manuals, tonneau and car covers, recent service records, and a clean Florida title in the seller’s name. Read More

Pininfarina names 1900bhp electric hypercar ‘Battista’

Sources also hinted that the final car will utilise brand-name equipment, such as braking systems and seats, from well-established high-end component makers.

The business plan is for Automobili Pininfarina to produce the car ‘asset light’, leveraging existing technology and using technology partnerships rather than sinking huge sums into proprietary technology. Most of the company’s efforts will go into interior and exterior design and fit and finish. Read More

Ford Patents Heated Belts Because Everyone Hates The Cold

Who wouldn’t want to be bound in a vehicle by straps of warm electricity?

Remember last winter when you got into your new Ford SUV on a cold day and the icy seat belt froze you to death? Yeah, we don’t either, but Ford seems interested in making sure such a thing never happens. The company recently filed a patent application for a heated seat belt to help ensure the thin strip of fabric across your chest and lap stays toasty warm. Read More

Go Off-Road with One of These 8 Top Luxury SUVs

It’s difficult to imagine a journey with greater juxtaposition than one between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, yet the locations offer similar sensory overload as they tap into our craving for adventure and freedom.

Recently, the first Robb Report Dream Machines event was attended by 32 of our RR1 private club members in search of both. With the Aria Resort & Casino as base camp, and where evenings were spent dining with chefs Michael Mina and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, we drove roughly 270 miles to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and back while field-testing eight of the top SUVs on the market. Along the way, they revealed their own dual nature of comfort and all-terrain capability. Read More

BaT Auction: 1994 Toyota Supra

This 1994 Toyota Supra is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0L inline-six paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission and shows just over 126k miles. The car is reportedly one of 364 produced for the model year in Renaissance Red with a sport roof, and is believed to have remained in Alabama since new with two previous owners prior to the selling dealer’s acquisition. Factory equipment includes a hollow rear spoiler, premium sound system, and leather seating surfaces. Maintenance conducted in preparation of the sale included mounting new rear tires, replacing the brake pads and rotors, and performing an oil change. This MKIV Supra is offered by the selling dealer with the original owner’s manual, two keys, an AutoCheck report, and a clean Alabama title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1982 Porsche 911SC Targa

This 1982 Porsche 911SC Targa was registered in North Carolina and Virginia prior to moving to South Carolina 12 years ago, when the car was acquired by the seller’s father. Power is from a 3.0L flat-six mated to a 5-speed manual transaxle, and the Guards Red exterior features a Carrera-style rear spoiler, fog lights, and 16″ Fuchs wheels. 139k are shown on the odometer, 30k of which were added by the seller’s father before he passed away in 2017. Ownership was then transferred to his wife, who is being represented by their son in this auction. This 911SC is now offered with a clean Carfax report, the factory manuals, and a clean South Carolina title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1975 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

This 1975 Toyota Land Cruiser was purchased out of Nebraska by the seller 10 years ago and housed in North Carolina until being moved to Florida in 2017. Power is provided by a 4.2-liter inline-six mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox, and modifications include steel wheels and stainless hardware for the hood and doors. A brake overhaul, carburetor cleaning, and installation of a new battery were performed in August 2018. This FJ40 is offered with 10 years of service records and a clean Florida title in the seller’s name. Read More

Automakers, UAW say strong rules a must in U.S.-Japan trade deal

WASHINGTON — Detroit automakers and labor unions on Monday insisted that any U.S. trade deal with Japan contain strong provisions to combat currency manipulation and pry open Japan’s largely closed auto market before lowering any U.S. autos tariffs.

At a hearing on U.S. negotiating objectives for trade talks expected to start early next year, the United Auto Workers union called on the Trump administration to demand imposing strict quotas on Japanese vehicles and parts, with any increases based on the growth of U.S. automotive exports to Japan. Read More

First Drive: 2019 Porsche Macan and Macan S

Palma de Mallorca, Spain – The latest Porsche Macan has undergone more of a mid-life refresh than a full-model rework. That stated, the changes do run deep and touch all aspects of the vehicle, including design, comfort, connectivity and, more importantly, the driving dynamics.

Lift the hood and the Macan’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder pretty much carries over. It puts 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm at the driver’s disposal. The up-level 3.0L turbocharged V6 in the Macan S is new — the single twin-scroll turbocharger now sits in the middle of the vee. The result is a silky 335 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,360 rpm — the peak torque, which is up 15-lb.-ft. and arrives 1,000 rpm earlier, is what truly impresses. Roll into the gas and the S responds without turbo lag. Read More

Porsche Macan 2019 review

The engine is a VW unit, the same in most regards as that found in hot Golfs, except that whereas it produces 242bhp in the Macan, it can generate as much as 306bhp in a Golf. It seems strange for a VW to outscore a Porsche in this way, doubly so when you consider the near-100bhp gulf between it and the Macan S, but I expect the need to retain respectable fuel and CO2 numbers in the new, harsher WLTP test counted against fitting a more powerful engine. Read More

BaT Auction: 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S Mark 1

This 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S is a left-hand drive example that was sold new in the US and purchased 14 years ago by the seller, who has since driven it 10k miles. The car underwent refurbishment in 2008-2009 which included a repaint in Tartan Red as well as interior reupholstery. Power is from a 1,275cc inline-four with a Longman GT14 cylinder head and Kent 276 camshaft, while shifting is through a 4-speed manual gearbox. Modifications include Speedwell alloy wheels, steel coil springs, and a modern brake master cylinder. This Mini is offered with stock wheels and seat covers, a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

This Cool Slot Car Racing Video Makes Us Wish We Were Tiny

The detail in this 1:32 scale track is off-the-hook awesome.

Sometimes, we’re not sure what’s cooler: awesome cars, or toy cars. Case-in-point is this oh-so-sweet scale slot-car setup shared by Right Over Crest on YouTube. Mind you, this isn’t a small slot-car track you find at big box stores for $60 – it’s a very sweet large-scale build at a place called the Petrol Lounge in Austin, Texas. And well, just look at it. Read More

Watch This Epic Drift Scene Shot From A Drone

This is a drift chase scene unlike anything you’ve seen before.

It’s crazy how drone technology and popularity has just exploded in the last five years. Back then, consumer based drones were almost non-existent and not to mention quite expensive. Now, at the end of 2018 anyone can go out any buy a drone for a few hundred dollars or more, and start filming from the sky right out of the box. In this film dubbed “Drift Hard”, a drone operator chases a wide range of different cars going sideways. Read More

Your car parts may start getting more expensive

Prices for car parts could start going up four to 17 percent due to new tariffs levied by the U.S. government, according to a recent Reddit post allegedly from a parts store manager.

Reddit user “Nicoderm,” who says they’re a manager at a NAPA parts store, wrote that on December 12th through January, mechanics and hobbyists can expect to see an increase in prices. Read More

BaT Auction: 1985 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Convertible 5-Speed

This 1985 Ford Mustang GT convertible was ordered in January 1985 by the seller, who sold it to a friend in 1993 and bought it back in 2013. Factory equipment includes a 5.0L High Output V8, 5-speed manual transmission, 3.08 Traction-Lok rear end, leather sport seats, tinted glass, Light Visibility Group, A/C, cruise control, and an immersion engine block heater. An aftermarket exhaust system with ceramic-coated headers has been added along with a number of suspension upgrades, later-model wheels, front and rear shock-tower braces, a 140-mph speedometer, Momo steering wheel, and a custom stereo system. The seller has added approximately 47k of the 77k indicated miles, and July 2018 work included a new carburetor, new rear axle U-joints, and oil/filter change. This Fox Body convertible is now offered with the original window sticker, dealer material, a Marti report, delivery tags, service records since new, two custom car covers, and a clear Massachusetts title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1970 Porsche 911T 2.2L Engine Project at No Reserve

This 1970 Porsche 911T 2.2L flat-six engine is a disassembled project that was acquired by the seller earlier this year following a 28-year period of storage. It was reportedly taken apart, cleaned, and inspected by an air-cooled engine builder. The crankcase, oil pump, cylinders, and a tensioner rebuild kit are included, and work performed by the seller consisted of refreshing the cylinder heads with new exhaust guides and re-ground valves. This 911T engine project is now being offered for sale at no reserve in Northwood, Ohio. Read More

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