Audi’s Stadler Out as CEO, but Perhaps Only Temporarily

An emergency board meeting held in the wake of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler’s Monday arrest led to the chief executive’s suspension from the company. It was Stadler’s idea, apparently.

As the former CEO cools his heels in a Munich jail, held on suspicion of fraud and evidence suppression related to Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal, the automaker’s board named sales and marketing chief Abraham Schot as interim CEO. Whether or not Stadler returns to his former post depends on his innocence. Read More

BaT Auction: Original-Owner 1975 Porsche 914 2.0

This 1975 Porsche 914 has been with its current owner since new and is powered by a fuel-injected 2.0-liter flat-four paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle. The car was given a refurbishment in 1997 including new paint and mechanical work and has since been driven only 4k miles of its 61k indicated miles. A post-storage service in 2017 consisted of a tune-up, valve adjustment, suspension work, fuel system overhaul, and more as detailed below. This 914 is offered by the seller on behalf of its owner with a window sticker, receipts from new, and a Maryland title in the owner’s name. Read More

Ford And John Cena Settle GT Lawsuit, Money Going To Charity

Hustle, loyalty, and respect don’t get you far in a court of law.

John Cena and Ford have settled their lawsuit over the WWE wrestler selling his Ford GT before the 24-month required ownership period was over. Cena and the Blue Oval reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum, and the automaker agreed to donate the money to charity. 

“I love the Ford GT and apologize to Ford, and encourage others who own the car to respect the contract,” Cena said in a statement published by Jalopnik. “I am pleased we could resolve this matter outside of court, and that a worthy charity will benefit from one of the most iconic cars in the world.” Read More

Audi CEO’s Dieselgate arrest threatens fragile truce among VW stakeholders

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1969 Chevrolet Concours Estate

Restomod 1969 Chevrolet Concours Estate for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

concours estate 4 door station wagon restomod, professionally restored frame off restoration, powder coated frame, solid floors, clean body, doors shut tight, great body lines. factory luggage rack, chevy 15 x 7 rally wheels, power front disc brakes, power steering, cold a/c., am/fm radio. Equipped with a built 4.3 chevy engine, throttle body fuel injection, 700R 4 speed automatic transmission. Factory 12 bolt rearend, great on the highway, and very good on gas. @ 80 MPH the RPM’s are at 1800. Great classic look, burnt orange and beige two tone exterior, black vinyl interior. Power back window, two way opening gate, nice center console with guages, wood steering wheel. This car is in excellent condition, great highway cruiser, healthy running car that sounds just like a V8. Solid southern car, great cruise night car. Originally a V8 car. Read More

Part of Ford’s 1966 Le Mans podium sweep, this GT40 Mk II could set an auction record

1966 Ford GT40 Mk II, chassis P/1016. Photos copyright and courtesy of RM Sotheby’s, unless otherwise noted.

In a soft rain, just past 4:00 p.m. on June 19, 1966, a trio of Ford GT40 Mk IIs rounded the White House corner on the Circuit de la Sarthe, running in a carefully orchestrated pack. In the most controversial finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans has ever seen, Ford didn’t just beat rival Ferrari, it humiliated the legendary brand in its own backyard, taking first-, second-, and third-place. This August, chassis P/1016, the third-place 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II, crosses the block in Monterey, California, where RM Sotheby’s estimates the selling price could hit $12 million, setting a new benchmark for a Ford GT40 sold at auction. Read More

Ford Falcon GTHO becomes first Australian-made car to publicly sell for $1 million

Photos courtesy Lloyds.

After several years and a number of attempts with some of the island continent’s most prominent vehicles, an Australian-built car has now sold for seven figures after an all-original Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III hammered for AUS$1.03 million at auction over the weekend.

Described by auctioneer Lloyds as “the holy grail of Aussie Fords,” the Phase III debuted in 1971 amid Australia’s supercar wars, during which Ford and Holden (with some input from Chrysler) battled to establish dominance at the annual Bathurst 500-mile endurance race. With a 351 Cleveland V-8 good for nearly 400 horsepower pulling around less than 3,000 pounds, the Phase III notched quarter-mile times below 14 seconds and top speeds of more than 140 MPH to become the fastest four-door production car in the world. Read More

I’m Tellin’ Y’all, It’s Sabotage: Tesla CEO Alleges Skullduggery Among the Ranks

We’re less than two weeks away from the end of the second quarter, and it’s all hands on deck at Tesla (minus the hands being laid off). After missing past production targets for its Model 3, workers at the automaker’s Fremont, California assembly plant are engaged in an all-out effort to build 5,000 Model 3s a week by the end of June — a necessary goal to placate investors, as well as start up production of more lucrative model variants. Read More

BaT Auction: 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet at No Reserve

This 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet was reportedly purchased by its previous owner out of the Washington, DC area three decades ago, and was primarily kept at his weekend home before its recent acquisition from his estate by the seller. Power comes from a fuel-injected 2.2L M127 inline-six paired with an automatic transmission. A repaint in original black was completed 30 years ago, and mechanicals were reportedly maintained by the same local Mercedes-Benz specialist during the ensuing decades. This W111 is offered at no reserve with a copy of its factory data card and a clean Virginia title in the seller’s name. Read More

Audi A7 Sportback With Black Pack Heads To Sweden For Photo Shoot

The new A7 is a real head-turner and an enticing alternative to the Mercedes CLS.

In automotive world invaded by mainstream and premium crossovers and SUVs of all sizes, it’s a good thing at least some of the automakers out there are still offering a wide variety of sedans. Take for example Audi and its new A7 Sportback, which although technically is not a sedan considering the more practical rear hatch, many people still see it as a sedan. Read More

What does a “green car” mean to you? Twitter poll results

Our readers are nothing if not consistent.

When we asked our Twitter followers last week to choose what they consider a “green car,” a solid majority said nothing but a pure electric car qualifies. 

Under a picture of a gas guzzling Dodge Challenger SRT8, literally painted green and parked in a spot marked “reserved for green vehicles,” we asked the question, “What does a green vehicle mean to you?” Read More

One Year On: Inside Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works

It’s a year since Jaguar Land Rover officially launched its new Classic Works centre. The company had always had a collection of classics, once crammed into the reception at the Browns Lane factory and various sites around Coventry, but it moved into a whole new league when it opened the new 14,000 square metre building in June 2017. Read More

Have A Look At Pink Floyd Drummer's Truly Unique LaFerrari

Nick Mason’s La Ferrari turns heads in London.

Nick Mason, the man who made his name drumming for iconic rock band Pink Floyd, is one of the most famous petrolheads on the planet.

The man has an impressive collection, including a McLaren F1 GTR, and also has a fleet of Ferraris, among which is a Ferrari F40, Enzo, and one of just 39 250 GTOs.

Another prancing horse in his stable is a LaFerrari, naturally. Mason’s LaFerrari is the only one of the 500 built to be finished in Blu Pozzi, and we have to wonder why – it’s stunning! Read More

These are the five most expensive Cadillacs ever built

Cadillac, the one-time “Standard of the World,” is nearly synonymous with American luxury.

But while the automaker’s cars have always been pretty expensive, only a few models have crossed the six-figure price tag threshold.

Excluding Cadillac’s concept cars and coachbuilt one-offs and limiting the list to vehicles assembled by the company itself, we’re talking about only a small handful. We’ve rounded up some of the priciest from that group. Read More

Your Corner Wrench: Got a sunroof? Keep those seals and drains in check

This happens more than a few times, where someone with a sunroof takes a short trip through an automated car wash. Everything goes smoothly until the sunshade goes back, only to greet the driver (and passengers) with a deluge of water instead of sunlight coming through the sunroof. Convertible owners probably won’t get caught in this situation, for the overwhelming majority would never think of taking this water-logged cruise. But owners of cars equipped with a sunroof or glass roof can run into this on a regular basis, usually thinking, “It’s a sealed hardtop. What could go wrong?” Read More

In the Garage: Getting in tune

CALGARY — Upon reflection, Daryl Caswell chalks up the direction his life took to his early interest in metal. Fascinated by steel and brass at a young age, the born-and-raised Calgarian says he was interested not only in the custom 1951 Chevy he’d pass on his way to school, but also musical instruments such as trumpets and horns. Read More

On the Road: Tribute with a capital T

DRUMHELLER, Alberta — While sipping coffee and chatting in his friend Joe DeMott’s workshop, Ken Hudgeon would often share a dream he had of building and racing a Model T.

“Ken was obsessed with racing the Ts in Montana,” DeMott says, referring to the Montana 500, a timed event that’s been held annually since 1961. “He was always talking and reading about hot rodding a Model T motor and building a car so he could participate.” Read More

Tesla’s new Model 3 assembly line inside a ‘tent’ is ‘way better’ and cheaper than other line, says Elon Musk

Tesla’s new Model 3 general assembly line at the Fremont factory is creating a small controversy in the Tesla community because it is being built inside a building that appears to be a tent, which is not standard in the industry.

CEO Elon Musk has now commented on the project and said that the new line is ‘way better’ and cost a fraction of the other general assembly line. more… Read More

Volvo To Use 25 Percent Recycled Plastics From 2025

Look at these seats. They are made of recycled bottles.

Volvo vehicles are not only some of the safest on the road, but are also among the greenest available today. With hybrid technology offered for almost every new model, the automaker wants to become one of the leaders in the new electrified world. This ambition now also includes recycled plastics.

The Swedish premium brand has just announced that it aims to have at least 25 percent of the plastics used in every new Volvo car made from recycled material from 2025. This new plan has been highlighted with a special XC60 T8 PHEV SUV, which looks just like any other XC60 out there, but features a number of plastic components replaced with equivalents made of recycled materials. Read More

New Audi RS7 Sportback Spied Looking Fierce At The Nurburgring

Don’t worry, the RS7 will still have usable rear seats as the roll cage mounted in the back is only used during the testing phase.

The badges at the back may say it’s a fairly standard Audi A7 Sportback in the “55 TFSI” flavor, but in reality we’re dealing with an entirely different type of animal. Even though the Four Rings from Ingolstadt haven’t revealed the S7 yet, they’re eager to put the full-fat RS model through its paces around the many corners of the challenging Nürburgring. Read More

The most expensive numberplates sold in the UK

Personalised numberplates are very divisive things, prompting either admiration at the name or message on the plate, or derided for being a vanity item and dismissed as a waste of money. 

Whatever you think of them, boggle at the top ten most expensive numberplates ever sold in the UK below. For reference, we’ve even calculated what else you could buy with the money, in car terms.  Read More

Red Bull Confirms Honda F1 Engine Deal

Red Bull has officially confirmed that it will switch to Honda power from the 2019 Formula 1 season onwards.

As reported by Motorsport.com last night, Red Bull Racing management has opted to ditch Renault engines in favour of Honda units for the 2019 F1 season.

The move was announced on Tuesday morning, and spells the end of a 12-year partnership between RBR and Renault that has yielded 57 grand prix wins so far and four world championship doubles between 2010 and ’13. Read More

Red Bull Confirms Honda F1 Engine Deal

Red Bull has officially confirmed that it will switch to Honda power from the 2019 Formula 1 season onwards.

As reported by Motorsport.com last night, Red Bull Racing management has opted to ditch Renault engines in favour of Honda units for the 2019 F1 season.

The move was announced on Tuesday morning, and spells the end of a 12-year partnership between RBR and Renault that has yielded 57 grand prix wins so far and four world championship doubles between 2010 and ’13. Read More

Porsche Cayenne S 2018 UK review

While a dash of cynicism is often recommended when dealing with a manufacturer’s quoted performance times, to give credit to Porsche the Cayenne S feels every bit as fast as it says it is.

Our test vehicle was equipped with the £774-a-pop Sport Chrono Package, which includes a steering wheel-mounted drive mode selector. Rather delightfully, this also adds a launch control function, which we were able to try out on track at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone. Read More

2018 Kia Ceed: £18,295 price for Ford Focus rival

Kia is taking a direct aim at the Volkswagen Golf with the new Ceed, which it claims will be the most high-tech car in its class. UK sales commence in August for the £18,295 hatch.

This new price is a £2930 increase over the outgoing Ceed’s £15,365 starting figure, although Kia claims a boost in material quality and packaging for the new model. The increased price puts the entry-level Ceed £510 ahead of the Volkswagen Golf and £1295 ahead of the Hyundai i30, but £340 cheaper than the Honda Civic. Full UK specs are yet to be revealed. Read More

VW: T-Roc Cabrio Doesn't Make “Rational Sense;” Yet It's Coming

Why was it approved for production? Because Volkswagen believes it looks very good.

We still can’t wrap our heads around the idea of a crossover convertible even though the Range Rover Evoque Convertible has been around for a while and there were others before it, such as the odd Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Another mashup is in the works as Volkswagen will be launching the T-Roc Convertible in 2020. The peeps from Wolfsburg are perfectly aware people won’t exactly be flocking into the company’s dealerships to place an order for the automotive oddity, yet the head honchos gave it their proverbial stamp of approval. Read More

2019 Opel Astra Spotted Masking Modest Facelift

A facelift is nice and all, but we’d rather have an OPC version.

The Astra K came out about three years ago and with life cycles getting shorter and shorter, it comes as no surprise Opel is already working on a midlife refresh for its compact five-door hatchback. A former Car of the Year winner, the VW Golf rival from Rüsselsheim has traveled to Spain where a barely disguised prototype was caught on camera by our spies. Read More

James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market

We now know, accordingto the boffins at Thatcham Research, just what the safest car in the UK is.

I was thinking that it could be one of those barn finds we see, so many of which have not turned a wheel in decades. Instead, the title belongs to the Volvo XC90. Apparently, since it was launched in 2002 and after 50,000 have been sold, no driver or passenger has been killed inside one. Read More

BMW M4 GTS Spied Testing With Extreme Aero Kit

Because the GTS isn’t already hardcore enough…

Guess who’s back? That’s right, the BMW M4 GTS is all set to return if these hot spy shots are any indication. Limited to only 700 cars, the most track-focused M4 of them all is likely getting a part deux, but it won’t be more of the same as it looks like some significant upgrades are in tow for the hardcore coupe. Read More

2019 Audi A1 Sportback Premium Hatchback Unveiled

If you always wanted to spend sports sedan money on a hatchback, good news! The new 2019 Audi A1 is out now, and it has all the characteristics of an over-the-top, premium, sporty and luxurious city car. And it packs a big punch, too. 

So let us be clear from the get go: 2019 Audi A1 is worth every penny, objectively. There isn’t another car in this class with so much technology and advanced features packed into it. Whether it gives you the right amount of fun, considering that you some serious machines for the same kind of money, is another matter altogether. This car, we reckon, is the ideal city runabout for someone who already has an R8 in the garage-someone who wants their trips to the local grocer to be special and memorable. Read More

Wald Mercedes GLC Class Black Bison Kit Revealed

By the standards of Japanese tuner Wald International, this thing is a bit down to earth. Their latest Black Bison treatment covers a not-so-popular crossover, and turns it into a real hottie. The Wald Mercedes GLC Class X235 gains the charm and sportiness the original just lacks. 

And the interesting thing is, it does that without getting carried away with tricks of styling. Those who have seen the works of Wald will agree that Wald Mercedes GLC Class is a pretty tame kit. This tuner usually comes up with enormous spoilers and wings, huge air intakes, massive grilles, and extra wide fenders. With this car though, they have held back and added to the GLC just the right amount of flamboyance, enough to rid the crossover of its dull and unattractive natural style. Read More

BaT Auction: 2,700-Mile 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

This 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith was built in September 2014 and delivered on November 26 of that year through Rolls-Royce Orlando in Florida. Finished in Midnight Sapphire over Seashell and Navy Blue, the car now has just 2,658 miles and is powered by a 624 horsepower twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This example carried an MSRP of $361,550 and was ordered with over $63k in options, including a Starlight Headliner, 21″ polished wheels, front ventilated seats, elm wood cluster accents, the $38,825 Wraith Package, and more as described below. A service and multi-point inspection was just completed by Rolls-Royce of Houston in June 2018. The selling dealer acquired this Wraith from its original owner a few months ago and is now offering it with the window sticker, an invoice for the June 2018 service, factory books and accessories, clear Carfax and AutoCheck reports, and a clean Texas title. Read More

BaT Auction: 1991 BMW 318is at No Reserve

This 1991 BMW 318is is finished in Brilliant Red over a tan cloth interior and spent time in Florida and Alabama before its acquisition by the seller in Vermont following a BaT auction in July 2017. Power is supplied by a 1.8L M42 inline-four coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission, and the car is described as remaining unmodified apart from tinted windows and a sunroof wind visor. A service in 2015 included a new water pump, radiator, driveshaft, and clutch, while an oil change was performed earlier in 2018. This E30 coupe has covered approximately 1200 of its 66k indicated miles over the past year and is now offered at no reserve with eight years of records, a clean Carfax report, and a clear Vermont title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1972 GMC K2500 4×4 Pickup

This 1972 GMC K2500 is a 3/4-ton model that was previously owned in Southern Wisconsin where it was used on a farm early in its life. The truck was restored about fifteen years ago by one of the previous owners and was acquired by the seller in 2016. It was refinished in metallic blue and features a black cloth interior along with rubber mats in the footwells and the bed. Power comes from a 350ci V8 that is backed by a three-speed automatic transmission, and both driveshafts were rebuilt within the past month. Now showing approximately 37k miles on the 5-digit odometer, the truck is offered for sale with a clean Wisconsin title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 36k-Mile 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL

This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL is a black-on-black example which was reportedly purchased by the seller from its original owner in May 2018 and shows 36k miles. Power is from a 6.0-liter V12 paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and other features include a 5-link independent rear suspension. The car received an oil/filter change in April 2018 according to the included Vehicle Master Inquiry, and recently passed Connecticut safety and emissions checks. This R129 is offered with a factory hardtop, Carfax report, books and keys, and transferrable Connecticut registration. Read More

Mercedes-Benz EQ C: future Model X rival kick-starts brand's EV campaign

Mercedes-Benz has followed suit of Audi by using development cars for its upcoming EQ C as rolling billboards for its electric programme.

Mercedes’s first standalone electric car will arrive after its archrivals, which include Tesla’s Model XJaguar’s I-Pace and Audi’s soon to arrive E-tron – the latter of which has employed a similar strategy of test car-based promotion – so the progress of its development is being emphasised with striking new camouflage and a social media tagline: “#switchtoEQ”. Read More

BaT Auction: 1971 Peugeot 504 Sedan at No Reserve

This 1971 Peugeot 504 was bought new in Palo Alto, California and reportedly acquired from its original owners by a local body shop, where it sat for at least 10 years until a shop employee got it running and registered about a year before the seller’s acquisition in 2015. The car is powered by a carbureted 2.0L inline-four backed by a 3-speed ZF automatic transmission sending power to an independent rear suspension. Modifications include a manual-choke Weber carburetor and a VDO tachometer in place of the factory clock. The seller has added about 500 miles since his purchase, and work over the past four years includes re-coring the radiator, new rear muffler, new tie rod ends and suspension bushings, a tune-up, timing and valve adjustments, tire replacement, and more. This 504 remains in the San Francisco Bay Area and is offered at no reserve with parts for a manual transmission swap and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

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