Daihatsu's Tokyo Auto Salon cars are absolutely adorable

There are some pretty weird and wonderful cars coming to the Tokyo Auto Salon in January, from Honda’s vintage-style S660 coupe to the off-road Mitsubishi Delica D:5. But as cool as they are, none can approach Daihatsu for sheer cuteness. The company is showing off special versions of its tiny Kei class cars at the custom car show. We’ve got photos of most of them, but we’re going to highlight the best of the bunch, below. Read More

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB prototype raced in the Monte Carlo Rally, now going to auction

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There’s no shortage of expensive, rare Ferraris, including those that have racing history. But this 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB that will be auctioned at Gooding and Company’s Scottsdale auction is a bit unusual. For one thing, it’s the one-and-only prototype of the 275 GTB model line. This was the car that was used to develop the new sports car as well as several of the features that were firsts for the brand, including independent rear suspension and a rear transaxle. It was also the test bed for the Read More

NBA sneakerhead P.J. Tucker has Rolls-Royce Jordan 3s that match his Cullinan

There aren’t many sneakers that 33-year-old Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker does not own. The only sneakers he hasn’t gotten his hands on are likely rare grails normal people have never even heard of. His collection surpasses 2200 shoes, and he spent more than $200,000 on sneakers just during the 2017-2018 season. For sneaker fanatics, nearly every time he steps on the court is a throwback to a moment in shoe history or the creation of a new one. Tucker debuted Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God Nike collaboration. He wore Stewie Griffin-themed Nike LeBron 6s that are valued at about $20,000 on Christmas day. Highly sought-after Nike Off-Whites are like Converse Chucks to him. Read More

2019 Mercedes-Benz A 220 Drivers' Notes Review | Pint-sized luxury

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the German brand’s new entry-level model in the United States, slotting under the current CLA-Class (a car that’s set to be replaced sometime next year). In other markets, the Mercedes A-Class comes in different flavors (including a sleek hatchback), but for now, we’re only getting the A 220 sedan. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four cranking out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, though our tester sent power to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s a similar powertrain to the CLA 250, though our editors universally agreed that the A-Class feels like it’s gone to finishing school. Final pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect the car to start below $35,000 before options. Read More

McLaren shows off personalization options for the Speedtail

The entire McLaren Speedtail production run has been spoken for, and McLaren wants to make sure no two Speedtails are exactly the same. A wide range of personalization options is offered to the 106 clients that have put down a deposit for the upcoming “Hyper-GT,” and McLaren has now disclosed how it plans to make the cars unique. The 250-mph 1050-horsepower gasoline-hybrid cars will be available from early 2020 on, so there’s a year’s time to configure them according to one’s taste. The supercar maker has recently showed off some of its special editions, and the Speedtail configuration options follow in the same exquisite vein. Read More

Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur shows how you can customize a Macan S

In a world of fakes, frauds, wannabes, and try-hards, the Porsche Macan is the real deal. It’s a true-to-word performance SUV (or crossover, depending who you are) that delivers an extremely rare blend of lifted utility and fun driving. Porsche recently updated the Macan for 2019 with a newly available 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, and now Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur has given it a subtle once-over to solidify its luxury claims. Read More

Volkswagen powering up for EV onslaught with preview of 360-kWh mobile quick chargers

AAA made major news all the way back in 2011 when it announced it would make available trucks equipped with mobile charging stations to help stranded electric vehicle drivers. Although it has rarely been used, as most EV drivers are well aware of the limits of their battery-powered rides, it’s an idea that has merit and was maybe just a bit ahead of its time. Creating a new lane of mobile charging, Volkswagen has just announced its intentions to bring to market a “power bank,” a standalone independent power source with up to 360 kWh of total battery storage capacity. Read More

Hennessey hires John Heinricy as chief engineer for Venom F5

Hennessey hasn’t yet shown the world a finished prototype of its Venom F5 hypercar. For a car like no other in its history, the Texas tuner is taking new steps, such as hiring ex-General Motors engineer John Heinricy as the full-time chief engineer for the Venom F5 program. Heinricy, who earned the nickname “Heinrocket” over a lengthy competitive career, has worked with Hennessey since 2010 as a consultant and test driver for both Venoms, the original GT and now the F5. The boutique maker credits Heinricy with helping the 1,244-horsepower Venom GT set a Guinness World Record for acceleration with a road-legal car, getting from standstill to 186 miles per hour in 13.63 seconds. Read More

Tesla names Larry Ellison, Kathleen Wilson-Thompson to board

Tesla Inc on Friday named two independent board directors as part of a September deal with federal regulators to move past the turbulence following Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk’stweet about taking the electric carmaker private.

The company said Oracle Corp’s founder Larry Ellison and Walgreens Boots Alliance’s global head of human resources Kathleen Wilson-Thompson joined the board as independent directors, effective Dec. 27. Ellison bought 3 million shares of Tesla earlier this year. Read More

Tesla's Musk says cave rescuer's defamation case should be dismissed

Elon Musk, Tesla Inc’s chief executive, asked a U.S. judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a British diver who helped rescue a boys soccer team trapped in a Thailand cave and said Musk defamed him by calling him a pedophile and child rapist.

In a filing on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Musk’s lawyers said their client’s comments about Vernon Unsworth were free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment even if they lacked any factual basis. Read More

Porsche's best seats are plaid and checkers, not leather

Look inside a Porsche today and, unless it’s a custom design, the interior will likely have a muted atmosphere. The seats, doors, and dashboard are only offered in reserved tones, with the exception of small accents here or there. The neat and clean look is a signature of German design, but Porsche used to throw in a plethora of unique patterns to keep things interesting, including checkers, stripes, and even colorful plaid. Porsche recently detailed some of its favorites in a video with two of its specialists. Read More

2019 Chevrolet Blazer: What we know so far

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is set to burst onto the scene next year as yet another choice for crossover-hungry consumers. Judging by the reaction thus far, people are excited about the new Blazer’s bold, athletic exterior and the cabin that draws design cues from the Camaro. Plus, the Blazer name is already familiar, having appeared on Chevy SUVs since the 1980s (with or without the word “Trail” that has permanently hit the trail out of town).

This reborn Chevy Blazer will arrive in dealerships in early 2019, right around the same time we’ll get our first drive of this new five-passenger midsize crossover. Until then, let’s review all the specs, features and pricing details we know so far.

How big is it?

Chevy has not released full dimensions for the 2019 Blazer, but on the outside at least, it will slot in between the Equinox and Traverse. We do know, however, that the Blazer will have 64.2 cubic-feet of cargo space when the rear seats are flattened. That’s only about a cube more than the Equinox, meaning the Blazer is much closer in size to its little brother than its jumbo, three-row one (98.2 cubic feet). We would expect the Blazer to be a bit wider than the Equinox, though, and its sliding rear seat could afford it some extra legroom. Read More

2019 GMC Sierra Denali Drivers' Notes Review | Half measures

Associate Editor Reese Counts: This truck feels a full generation behind the competition. It’s a half measure that feels more like a mid-cycle refresh than a whole new truck. There are a few high points: the 6.2-liter V8 is great (if thirsty) and the bed is wider than anything else in the class. The tailgate, too, is nifty, though some might write it off as a novelty. I also dig the tech, particularly the infotainment system and heads-up display. Ram might brag about its giant touchscreen, but I think I actually prefer the GMC’s user interface. Read More

Porsche Taycan, 4S, and Turbo pricing becomes clearer

As we eagerly await the launch of the all-electric Porsche Taycan (née Mission E), would-be customers are signing up to place deposits on the performance EV. One such customer, contributor at The Drive, Alex Roy, received updated Taycan pricing and nomenclature from his local Porsche “Brand Ambassador.” It appears the car will start in the low $90,000 range, and come in three variants: Taycan, Taycan 4S and Taycan Turbo. Read More

Autoblog goes to Australia to drive some of Ford's forbidden fruit

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Suzuki Jimny pickup concept heading to Tokyo Auto Salon

Some of the best news this year is coming at the tail end of 2018. Suzuki’s Jimny is already pretty awesome, but for the upcoming 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon, Suzuki is preparing something quite special for its little off-roader: a Jimny pickup!

Suzuki based the concept on the Sierra trim level. The truck is designed to be an active sidekick for customers who need the convenience of a pickup for either DIY stuff or adventuring. The retro style is immensely cool: gold bodywork, wood sides, different grille, light bar, white roof and matching white wheels with chromed hubcaps — the entire thing is like a 1970s Suzuki aftermarket parts catalogue applied to a new Jimny. The cab has been shortened to ditch the rear seats, and a short bed has been tacked on without lengthening the wheelbase. If you ask us, the wheelbase even looks shorter than stock. Read More

Tesla sets up Shanghai financial leasing unit as China plans accelerate

BEIJING — Tesla Inc has registered a financial leasing company in China, a local business registration filing shows, in the latest sign the U.S. electric car maker is attempting to speed up its push into China.

The California-based carmaker, led by billionaire Chief Executive Elon Musk, has opened a wholly-owned financial leasing unit in Shanghai’s free trade zone with registered capital of $30 million, according to China’s National Enterprise Information Publicity System. Read More

McLaren 720S Spa 68 edition honors McLaren's first F1 win

A couple weeks after McLaren announced a special six-car run of 570S models to commemorate significant moments in the automaker’s history, the company has debuted another special edition with racing ties.

The “720S Spa 68” collection, fittingly commissioned by McLaren Brussels, honors McLaren’s first Formula 1 win which took place at the ’68 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps 50 years ago. It was Bruce McLaren’s fourth and final F1 victory before his sudden death in 1970. As McLaren notes, the maiden win in June ’68 was later followed in the years since by eight constructor championships and 12 drivers’ championships, the first of both in occurring 1974 with Emerson Fittipaldi driving. Read More

New allegations against Ghosn concern payments to Saudi businessman

BEIJING – Fresh misconduct allegations brought by Tokyo prosecutors against ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn center on the use of company funds to pay a Saudi businessman who is believed to have helped him out of financial difficulties, two company sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Prosecutors arrested Ghosn for a third time on Friday, accusing him of aggravated breach of trust in transferring personal investment losses to the automaker. The prosecutors’ statement said they believe that around October 2008, Ghosn was trying to deal with losses on paper of 1.85 billion yen ($16.6 million) incurred on a swap contract he had with a bank which it did not name. Read More

Smaller Audi electric SUV coming in 2020 alongside E-tron GT

One year ago there was one battery-electric SUV on sale, the Tesla Model X. This year there are two, with the addition of the first legacy OEM entry, the Jaguar I-Pace. Over the next two years, at least nine more all-electric high haulers will get in on the buzz, from old-timers like Mercedes-Benz to fresh turks like Rivian — and this doesn’t include Chinese automakers nor the ever-faltering Faraday Future. Autocar reports Audi has another electric crossover up its Ingolstadt sleeve after the E-Tron, preparing for a concept showing sometime early next year before going on sale in late 2020 around the same time as the E-Tron GT. Read More

Beyond the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor | Standing on top of a continent

Autoblog recently traveled to Australia to drive the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor. While we were there, Senior Producer Christopher McGraw and Associate Producer Alexander Malburg left the truck behind one morning to climb Australia’s tallest mountain. This story is part of a larger series of stories from Australia.

Before this trip to check out the not-for-America 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor, I had never once stood on top of a country, let alone a continent. It is a surreal feeling, being able to look in every direction as far as you can, and having to look downwards at the peaks surrounding you. And 50 years ago, we wouldn’t have needed to get out of the driver’s seat to experience this. Read More

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Subaru Forester STI e-Boxer concept arriving at Tokyo Auto Salon

Subaru is bringing a Forester STI e-Boxer and Impreza STI concepts to the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon. Earlier this year, Subaru revealed its 2019 Forester e-Boxer exclusively for the Japanese market. It has a 2.0-liter flat-four, that works in tandem with an electric motor. The total system output is a rather meager 156 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. However, that’s the non-STI powertrain. Subaru says this concept has further refined e-Boxer running gear, which we hope means more power. Read More

9 states and Washington, D.C. propose regional cap-and-trade for transportation

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First-of-its-kind regional program could give states another tool to manage emissions.

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BMW Z4 sDrive30i priced at $50,695 out-the-door

Somehow this fell through the end-of-year holiday cracks, but we have a price for the entry-level 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i: $50,595, which is $49,700 plus $995 handling and destination. This is the model will launch first next year, sometime in spring, followed by the M40i. Not only does it keep the little Z-car glued to MSRP earth, it carries over the same price as last base-model Z4 in the U.S., the 2016 sDrive28i, while adding 15 more horsepower. Read More

Nissan's Kelly examined at Japanese hospital after securing bail

TOKYO — Nissan director Greg Kelly was being examined in a hospital on Wednesday, a source said, a day after he was released on bail from a Tokyo jail where his former boss Carlos Ghosn is still being detained.

Kelly, an American who was released late on Christmas Day after more than a month in detention, has been charged with conspiring to under-report Ghosn’s income. He posted bail of 70 million yen ($640,000). Read More

China-market Jeep Grand Commander coming to U.S. as a Chrysler?

There’s nothing like winding down the year with news to spin heads, eh? Allpar cites “sources” as suggesting the Chinese-market Jeep Grand Commander will come to the U.S. as a Chrysler. This Speculation with a capital “S” has several rationales. The late Sergio Marchionne said Chrysler will focus on utility and not sell cars, making it fit for a new three-row crossover. The road-focused Grand Commander couldn’t live up to U.S. perceptions of Jeep values, which is why the lateral brand move. A new model would give the Pentastar a second nameplate alongside the Pacifica, since the 300 sedan dies come 2020. And a big Chrysler school runner would allow the near-immortal Dodge Journey to end its life with something approaching dignity. Read More

Junkyard Gem: 350,000-mile ex-taxi 1990 Chevrolet Caprice

For most of the 1990s through well into the current decade, nearly all American taxis were 1992-2012 Ford Crown Victorias (and most of those were P71 Police Interceptors that served rough stints in law enforcement before being thrashed as taxis for another decade or so). Before that, though, the box Caprice, made for the 1977 through 1990 model years, performed the bulk of taxi duties in this country. Here’s a final-model-year Caprice with lots of taxi miles, finally at the end of its long road in a Denver self-service wrecking yard. Read More

The Nissan 370Zki is perfect for driving through a winter wonderland

WEST PINE CREEK, IDAHO — Nissan has an affinity for snow. A few years back, we blasted a trio of Winter Warrior concepts around some Midwestern ski slopes. Those Chicago Auto Show-bound crossovers were equal parts awesome and outlandish thanks to a set of four-wheel tracks, but 2018’s sequel really takes things to a new level. At least that’s the conclusion we came to after figuring out just the right moment to flat-foot the Nissan 370Zki concept out of a corner in the mountains of Eastern Idaho. Read More

Driven by design: Bringing home a first-generation Audi TT

HAMBURG, Germany — Few cars have survived the transition from concept stage to series production as gracefully as the original Audi TT. The minimalistic, round shape of the first-generation car was first shown in the mid-1990s, and the actual production TT that surfaced in late 1998 was almost identical to the concept. Sure, it gained rear side windows, but what customers got was very, very close to what the designers wanted them to have. Read More

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e First Drive Review | Welcome to the Snow Belt

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We test the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e. If the lack of all-wheel drive has been what’s kept you from enjoying the impressive efficiency of a Prius hybrid, this is the car for you.

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Coolnvintage Land Rover Defender 90 First Drive Review | The luxurious side of rough-n-'tumble

LISBON, Portugal – Based on the spy shots and forum chatter alone, the uproar about the upcoming Land Rover Defender‘s apparently modern styling is having the side effect of building nostalgia for the late, great Defender which was offered in a kaleidoscope of body styles between 1983 and 2015. Riding high on that old-school Land Rover lore, boutique shops have been transforming original examples into steeds so plush and mean they barely resemble their crude ancestors. There’s everything from punchy Chevy LS V8-powered boulevardiers to more ruggedly sympathetic treatments out there, with something for all flavors of enthusiasts. Read More

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor Walk-around Video | A look at the beast from Down Under

Autoblog recently traveled to Australia to drive the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor. This story is part of a larger series of from that trip.

So, as you can see here, we have a two-liter, four-cylinder, bi-turbo diesel engine. Now, that engine makes roughly 210 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque. As far as gas mileage, it makes roughly the equivalent of 28 miles per gallon. Much like the F-150 Raptor, it has a completely different grille with Ford in the front. The lower bumper is exclusive to the Ranger Raptor, and as you probably have noticed, it’s a super wide truck. In fact, this truck is almost six inches wider than the regular Ranger. Read More

The Merry Mixer 2.0 is the most festive truck ever

Transcript: The most festive truck ever just got an upgrade. The Merry Mixer 2.0 by Ozinga is a 2019 Kenworth T880 ready-mix concrete truck. 32,000 LEDs are wrapped around the truck and synced with 11 songs that last for around 45 minutes. The ultra festive truck is fitted with 4 outward-facing speakers controlled from the driver’s seat. Did you see the giant Grinch on top? The truck itself is powered by compressed natural gas. The light show is powered by 3 deep cell marine batteries via a 3,000 Watt inverter. Batteries get recharged with the help of the truck’s alternator. Traveling over 2,000 miles the Merry Mixer has been to three states. Ozinga recently gave away 44 toy trucks while celebrating its 90th year in business with 90 acts of kindness. Share with your most holly jolly pal. Read More

Watch a BMW fly through the air then slam into the top of a tunnel

A man and his BMW went flying in Slovakia over the weekend, and not in a good way. Footage from a highway camera shows what might be an X3 launching from a ramp-like structure on the side of the road, up into the top of a tunnel just ahead. What’s most incredible is how much airtime the BMW gets once it’s up there. The driver appears to have carried a fair amount of speed to get the vehicle up that high. Read More

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