Nissan recalls over 215,000 crossovers and sedans for fire risk

Nissan has a recall notice out for over 215,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. due to a fire risk. At fault is an anti-lock brake pump seal that could break. If the seal is bad, brake fluid could leak onto the electronic circuit board, causing a malfunction. Nissan says that if this happens, the ABS warning lamp will turn on, and stay on. This is your cue to stop driving, because continued operation could lead to a brake fluid induced electrical short, which in turn has a chance at causing a fire. Read More

Mercedes-AMG Project Ones sports artistic camo during track testing

Just as the public has been getting a slow drip of information about the Project One, Mercedes-AMG has been slowly accumulating its own details and information on the potentially revolutionary hypercar as it goes through test after rigorous test. As such a hotly anticipated car, Mercedes-AMG is well aware spy photographers and car enthusiasts are stoked about any brief look at the car testing on-track. So, the company decided to get ahead of the intrigue by releasing its own testing images. Read More

2019 Subaru Ascent, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe earn highest IIHS safety ratings

Two important crossovers introduced this year, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2019 Subaru Ascent, have finally been crash tested by the IIHS, with both receiving a Top Safety Pick+ rating. Both crossovers earned the highest score of “Good” in every crash test, including the tricky passenger small overlap frontal test. Each comes with forward collision prevention technology that adequately warns the driver, and can bring the car to a complete stop before hitting an object at speeds up to 25 mph.

One of the other key tests to merit the Top Safety Pick+ award is headlight performance. In this case, each gets a “Good” rating to earn the award, but there’s a caveat. Only high-end versions of each vehicle have highly rated lights. On the Subaru Ascent, the “Good” headlights are LED units on the Limited and Touring trims, and the Hyundai’s are LED units that come with the Limited and Ultimate trims. The lower trim levels of both vehicles come with halogen headlights. The Ascent’s halogens were rated “Poor” for not providing enough illumination while also causing glare for oncoming drivers, while the Santa Fe’s lights were rated “Marginal,” the next highest rating from bottom, for simply not illuminating enough, but they didn’t cause glare. 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

5 great air compressors for your car | Autoblog's favorites

Flats happen. But don’t get depressed, get a portable air compressor. Here are 5 of our favorite portable air compressors to keep in the trunk in case of emergency.

Oasser air compressor – $89.99
Electric, portable, and rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 130 PSI and digital display.

EPAuto air compressor – $42.87
Plugs into a 12-volt cigarette lighter socket, and provides 100 PSI with a LED flashlight. Read More

2018 Ford F-150 SC from Roush gets 50 more horsepower for 650 total

A couple of years ago, Roush Performance introduced a wild, 600 horsepower F-150 with off-road suspension and even a warranty. Now, the company is seriously upping the ante with the 2018 Ford F-150 SC. In many ways, it’s the same truck, but now has a different TVS R2650 supercharger bolted to the 5.0-liter V8. This adds 50 more horsepower for 650 total. It also brings the torque number up from 557 to 610 pound-feet. Read More

Our favorite car-related apps

When used correctly, your phone doesn’t have to be a driving distraction. Your smartphone is a powerful tool so why not put it to good use and let it maximize your driving experience? Here are 7 of our favorite apps that can be used to enhance your drives.

GasBuddy – this app helps you locate fuel stations with real-time pricing and reviews. Read More

2019 Genesis G70 gets exact same base price as BMW 3 Series

The Genesis G70, the smaller, entry-level luxury sedan of the lineup, goes on sale this week and starts at $35,895 including destination charges. That just happens to be the exact same base price as a 2018 BMW 3 Series to the dollar. We see what you did there, Genesis.

Anyway, the base G70 comes with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder that makes 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, as well as plenty of tech gizmos for that price. Whereas you’ll have to pay extra to get driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist in other luxury cars, those and a whole suite of features like them are standard in the G70. If you’re like us, though, the trim you’re probably most interested in is the row-your-own four-cylinder Sport model. This car starts at $38,895. So for $3,000 you’ll get the limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes with performance pads, a sport exhaust system and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped with Michelin PS4 summer rubber. Genesis tosses in a few other cool bits from higher trim levels like full LED headlights, the Lexicon 15-speaker audio system, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel plus heated and cooled front seats. That’s a pretty good deal, especially when you take into account how much we liked driving the darn thing. Read More

Cadillac to expand V-Series but discontinue CTS-V and ATS-V

Cadillac said Tuesday it will expand its V-Series performance sub-brand with the arrival of the CT6-V sedan in 2019 (formerly known as the CT6 V-Sport), with plans to add high-performance variants across its portfolio. The flipside to that expansion is the sunsetting of its two existing V-Series performance cars, the ATS-V (both coupe and convertible) and CTS-V sedan.

The CT6-V will arrive next spring, roughly a year after it bowed at the New York auto show. It will feature Cadillac’s new “Blackwing” V8, a twin-turbo engine that displaces 4.2 liters and produces an estimated 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, sending it through GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission to drive all four wheels. Read More

You can finally use Google Maps on Apple CarPlay with the latest iPhone update

Apple finally caved earlier this year when it announced that third-party navigation apps would receive permission to be integrated into Apple CarPlay. That meant you’d soon be allowed to use Google Maps instead of the vastly inferior Apple Maps on your car’s screen. Now, that day has come. If you update your iPhone to iOS 12 and the Google Maps app to version 5.0 on said phone, Google Maps will magically appear on your car’s dashboard the next time you plug your phone in. Hallelujah. Read More

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 35 previews an even hotter A 45

While the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is handsome and we’re excited to soon try it out, we also knew that it would only be a matter of time before AMG did something with it, and that thought has been more enticing. Now AMG has revealed the fruits of its labor, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A 35. A bit surprisingly, it’s notably less potent than the current A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder making 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That’s OK, though, because Mercedes confirmed that a more powerful A 45 (and presumably other 45 models) is on the way, and was being developed alongside the A 35. Also, 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque is nothing to sneer at, since it’s more power and torque than the VW Golf R, and the Honda Civic Type R only makes 4 more horsepower and has the same torque. It’s also just 8 horses less than a Subaru WRX STI, but 5 more pound-feet of torque. Read More

Automakers are hiring more people, despite automation robots

Even as many automotive assembly lines look like a scene from a dystopian science fiction movie, with robots performing everything from welding to painting with nary a living, breathing human being in sight, automakers are hiring more people.

That’s according to an analysis published by Bloomberg, which analyzed employment and other data from the 13 publicly traded automakers with at least 100,000 workers at the end of their most recent fiscal years. It found that between the end of 2013 and 2017, 11 of the 13 companies had grown their staffing levels by a combined 3.1 million employees, a gain of 11 percent. Nissan and General Motors were the only two that shrank their labor forces, by 2.8 percent and 18 percent, respectively — and GM’s numbers were affected by its sale of its European Opel-Vauxhall division in 2017 to PSA Groupe. Read More

Get ready to pay more for a new car after latest tariffs on China

New tariffs imposed by the Trump administration against Chinese-made goods figure to take a chunk out of automakers’ profits and make cars more expensive for consumers, industry experts say.

The Trump administration on Monday levied a new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. They take effect Sept. 24 but increase to 25 percent on Jan. 1. The new tariffs target more than 100 automotive products including engines, gaskets, washers and rubber seals, tires, hydraulic and brake fluids, transmission shafts and cranks. They add to 25 percent tariffs already in place on $50 billion in Chinese goods. Read More

2019 BMW 3 Series G20 shown under wraps

A teaser image of the new generation BMW 3 Series has surfaced online. Still covered under a sheet but showing off its new front end and standard LED lighting, this should be the 2019 G20 3 Series seen before its official Paris debut.

BMWBlog.com says the car in the photo is likely an M340i M Performance version. The site bases its estimate on the kidney grille’s outer edges, which would mark it as a M Performance car. In any case, the kidneys are similarly prominent as on other recently introduced BMW vehicles, giving them a different look from the outgoing F30 generation car; the headlights are also less separated from the kidneys as on the F30. Read More

British automaker group meets with EU, says Brexit could cost billions

BRUSSELS/LONDON — London and Brussels should rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which could add at least 5.7 billion euros ($6.65 billion) in car tariffs and snarl up production, Britain’s automotive industry body warned on Wednesday.

Carmakers are worried that port and motorway holdups could slow the movement of components and finished models, crippling output and adding costs, if Britain fails to reach agreement with the European Union over its departure from the bloc on March 29. Read More

Porsche, Hyundai invest in WayRay augmented reality for road and track

A number of incipient future technologies such as solid state batteries, Level 5 autonomy, and augmented reality simply await the breakthrough moments that will enable mass-market scalability. The last one of those took another step closer to its breakthrough with news of Porsche leading an $80 million Series C investment round for six-year-old Switzerland-based AR startup WayRay. The German carmaker was joined in the augmented reality play by Hyundai, JVCKENWOOD, China Merchants Capital, a group of sovereign wealth funds, and Alibaba Group, a previous investor. Read More

Chrysler reportedly to drop 300 sedan, build Portal millennial minivan

Automotive News Canada pointed its divination stick at Chrysler as part of its Future Product Pipeline series. The publication dug up two revelations, one being that the Chrysler 300 has two more years to live, ending production come 2020. The article said nothing about the 300’s platform twin, the Dodge Charger. The death of the 300 would leave the Pentastar brand with just one offering, the Pacificaminivan. AN Canada’s other revelation was Chrysler would allay that fate by putting the “six-passenger multi-purpose” Portal concept into production for 2020. Read More

2019 BMW Z4 30i and 2020 M40i officially unveiled in production trim

Yes, you’ve seen the BMW Z4 in full production guise already. The German roadster got a full reveal at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance less than a month ago. But that was specifically the M40i First Edition, which separates itself from lesser Z4s by its Frozen Orange Metallic paint and anthracite fabric top. The models you see here — the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster and 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster — are the regular-grade versions that’ll soon be available at a dealership near you. Read More

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi adopts Android infotainment in coup for Google

PARIS — The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi carmaking alliance said on Tuesday it will adopt Alphabet’s Google Android operating system, handing a victory to the U.S. tech giant as it pushes for a bigger share of the infotainment market.

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, with combined sales of 10.6 million vehicles last year, said future models will “integrate Google applications and services” including Maps and the voice-commanded Google Assistant. Read More

2019 Ford Edge ST starts at under $44,000

The much-ballyhooed first Ford ST crossover, the 2019 Ford Edge ST, is nearly here, and it finally has a price. The hot crossover starts at $43,350 including destination charge. This marks an increase of $1,705 over the former sportiest Edge, the Sport, which had a base price price of $41,645.

Of course the Edge ST brings a bit more to the table than the old Edge Sport. Most notably is that the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 picks up an extra 20 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque for totals of 335 and 380 respectively. It also gets a new eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters to replace the Sport’s six-speed unit. The suspension is retuned for the ST, and, of course, the ST gets more aggressive sheetmetal, sport seats and that important red “ST” badge. Read More

2019 Cadillac XT4 vs. other compact luxury crossovers: How they compare

After years of every other luxury car maker stocking their showrooms with trendy crossovers, Cadillac is finally joining the fray. Its latest addition is the 2019 Cadillac XT4, a tidy little crossover that proudly bears signature Caddy designs such as the tall slender taillights. And based on our first drive of the car, it impresses in many ways, such as its refined engine, classy interior and excellent ride quality.

That’s good news for the little Cadillac, but it needs to stand out in a big segment. To see if it has any other areas where it shines, or maybe some where it’s a bit dim, we decided to compare its specifications with those of four of the segment’s bestselling compact crossovers, the Lexus NX 300, Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. And for good measure, we threw in the XT4‘s crosstown rival, the Lincoln MKC. Read More

Lotus Esprit S1 gets wet and wild in “Forza Horizon 4” James Bond trailer

It only makes sense. When the official trailer for Forza Horizon 4 (FH4) first debuted at E3, details showed the game is set in Britain. Those who were ahead of the curve might have recognized this as a foreshadowing of sorts. Celebrating the launch of FH4‘s XBOX One and Windows 10 demo on Sept. 12, Playground Games announced that the next version of the beloved racing simulator will launch with an available Best of Bond pack that includes many of James Bond’s storied rides.

As expected, the list is heavy on the Aston Martin, but there are plenty of other goodies, too. Included in the 10-car pack are the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1969 Aston Martin DBS, a 1986 Aston Martin V8, a 2008 Aston Martin DBS, a 2015 Aston Martin DB10, a 1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback, a 1977 Lotus Esprit S1, a 1981 Citroën 2CV6, a 1999 BMW Z8, and a 2010 Jaguar C-X75. If you can name every movie that all of these vehicles are from, pat yourself on the back and grab a martini. Read More

DOJ launches fraud investigation over Elon Musk's tweets

Sept 18 (Reuters) – Tesla said on Tuesday it received a request for documents from the U.S. Department of Justice over Chief Executive Elon Musk’s public statements in August about taking the electric carmaker private.

“We have not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process,” a Tesla spokesman said in an emailed response to Reuters questions about an investigation. “We respect the DOJ’s desire to get information about this and believe that the matter should be quickly resolved as they review the information they have received.” Read More

Audi E-Tron vs. Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X: How they compare on paper

The all-electric crossover segment is suddenly heating up. Tesla was first to market with its Model X, and the California-based automaker has a several-year head start on the rest of the field. But now it has competition, with the Jaguar I-Pace already hitting dealerships across the globe and the just-announced Audi E-Tron hot on their heels.

We decided to see how Audi’s new entrant compares with its British and American rivals, so we downloaded their spec sheets (at least those that are available) and dumped them all into the spreadsheet you see below. As you’ll soon find out, there are lots of similarities between these three electric crossovers, but each has a unique selling point or two with which to entice buyers. Read More

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet Review | Who needs a roof?

Welcome to Colorado and to the interior of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet. We have the top down, the windows up, only so you can hear me, and I’m driving this car so you don’t have to. It’s a brutal job, but someone’s gotta do it. Powering this gorgeous droptop is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that makes 329 horsepower and 354 pound feet of torque at sea level. Now if this engine was naturally aspirated, it would lose roughly 89 horsepower at the altitude that we’re driving up to today, which is 9,000 feet, because of the thin air. Having the twin-turbo alleviates a lot of that power loss, and this E400 does not feel underpowered whatsoever. Read More

New European bicycle speed record set behind Porsche Cayenne Turbo

A cyclist in the slipstream of a Porsche CayenneTurbo has set the European bicycle speed record on a short, 2-mile runway at an airfield in Yorkshire, England. His top speed was 149.16 miles per hour.

Neil Campbell set the record riding a bike made by British manufacturer Moss Bikes. The bicycle is a mix of carbon fiber and 3D-printed components, with interchangeable gears, an elongated wheelbase and special tires. The Cayenne Turbo he drafted behind was driven by British champion drag racer Andy Frost and fitted with a rig that provided an aerodynamic cocoon for Campbell to ride in. Read More

Audi E-Tron SUV gets the inevitable Sportback variant in 2019

Audi just showed us its first all-electric vehicle last night, but we won’t have to wait long for the next one. An Audi E-Tron Sportback is slated for debut in 2019, and an E-Tron GT concept car is coming to the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.

First the E-Tron Sportback: There are no specific details on this vehicle other than Audi’s plan of using the same modular platform the E-Tron is built on. Expect something along the lines of an SUV “coupe” body style typical of other Germans like the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe. Now that all the E-Tron’s details are out there, it’s probably safe to assume the Sportback version would be extremely similar in everything but shape and price (i.e. higher). You can get up to speed on the new E-Tron here. Read More

2019 VW GTI gets retro-inspired Rabbit Edition, standard LSD, higher price

The 2019 VW GTI is in for a variety of updates, most of which are quite welcome. The big addition is a limited production trim level called the Rabbit Edition. Volkswagen says it’s inspired by the original GTI, though the adaptive LED headlights, black wheels, spoiler and mirror caps are the only exterior changes, and they don’t seem particularly related to the original car. Inside it gets Rabbit tags on the seats, red-stitched floor mats, push-button start, plus standard forward collision prevention, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. It’s also only available in four colors: white, black, silver and “Cornflower Blue.” Read More

Ferrari reveals limited-edition Monza SP1, SP2 sports cars in Italy

Ferrari has revealed a pair of retro-inspired new vehicles to loyal customers at a private event in Maranello, and thanks to Instagram user Ferrari Icona, we know what they look like, and can discern a few details.

The open-topped, limited-edition sportscars are the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2, a one-seater and two-seater done in the classic barchetta (Italian for “little boat”) style of lightweight open-topped or convertible two-seaters. Per Reuters, they’re part of a new segment dubbed “Icona,” inspired by past Ferraris like the 250 Testa Rossa and based on the 812 Superfast. That car, a souped-up replacement for the F12 Berlinetta, features a 6.5-liter V12 that makes 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, though there’s no word on whether the engine specs for the new speedsters have received any upgrades. Read More

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