New Range Rover Evoque teased with wire-frame installations

A next-generation Range Rover Evoque is on its way, and Land Rover has found a unique way to tease its looks — the carmaker has created full-scale wire-frame installations in the shape of the new crossover.

The installations were done by the Evoque’s design team, and they were displayed in four locations: in Kensington and Chelsea, where one might imagine seeing quite a few production Evoques, and near London landmarks. Read More

This autonomous robot could steal farmer's jobs

Sweeper is an autonomous bot that detects and harvests mature sweet peppers. Developed to give Europe a leading edge in agricultural robotics, the bot is considered a first-gen “greenhouse harvesting robot.” Sweeper is built on an autonomous moving platform and uses a robotic arm with plenty of sensors to manipulate crops. The bot can maneuver its way autonomously through the crop until it detects a mature pepper. It can scan the bottoms of the veggies to determine the maturity of the peppers. Once it selects a mature pepper, sweeper approaches it and a cutting tool is deployed to harvest it. What do you think of autonomous robots taking over crop harvesting? Read More

Volkswagen will devote 3 German plants to electric vehicles

FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, ramping up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards, the company said Wednesday.

Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would begin local production of electric-powered vehicles at its facilities in Emden and Hannover in 2022. A plant in Zwickau was designated previously for e-car production. Read More

The first 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson

Ford announced recently that it would be building a few more Ford GTs and accepting new applications. It also revealed the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition that fully embraced the car’s history with the Gulf Oil paint scheme. But getting an approved application from Ford won’t be the only way to get one of these blue and orange beauties. Ford will be auctioning the very first of these special edition cars at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on January 19. Read More

Subaru WRX STI Diamond Edition is the most powerful ever offered

The U.S. is no stranger to seeing Subaru create special-edition WRX STI models that are significantly more potent than what it sells here. Just in the last few years, we saw the W208 and the Type RA-R with over 320 horsepower, compared to the 300 in the standard American STI. That latter one particularly stung, since our Type RA just had 310 horsepower. But what we’re not accustomed to seeing is Subaru’s home market of Japan being cut out of a special-edition STI, which is exactly the case with the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Diamond Edition. Read More

How to sell your used car | 4 basic steps

Need to sell your used car, but feeling overwhelmed by the idea? Try breaking it down into these four basic steps, and it won’t seem so complicated.

Step 1: Prep. Get your paperwork in order, making sure you have the title, bill of sale, and a small check if necessary in your state. Clean your car inside and out. This is a simple thing that can make a huge difference in sale price. Take great pictures. Remember, you’re competing against all the other cars for sale out there. Take photos of the outside from a few angles and some clear shots of the inside. Make sure they’re not blurry, too dark, or too light. Read More

Jeep Gladiator leaks online ahead of LA Auto Show debut

This is it! At least, we think this is it. According to a posting on JeepGladiatorForum.com, these images and texts for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck were briefly posted on Fiat Chrysler’s media site, and at least one enterprising individual managed to snag them before they were taken down. And, while everything is pretty much as we (and everyone else) have been expecting, it’s also extremely big news and confirms some important information. Read More

2020 Audi RS7 spied in production form

The 2020 Audi RS7 has been spied once again. Although it has a bit more camouflage than the last time, it’s now wearing all its production parts. As such, this is our best look yet at the new super sedan from Audi.

Up front, the slatted grille from the regular A7 is finally gone. In its place is a mesh grille made up of wide hexagons. They actually are similar in shape to the whole grille. Audi heard you liked hexagons, so it put hexagons inside of a hexagon. We also get another look at the triangular outboard grilles that help distinguish this car from the regular model. Read More

2019 Chevy Camaro SS 10-Speed First Drive Review | Shifting perceptions automatically

MALIBU, Calif. — The updated 2019 Camaro SS might be the third-best-selling muscle car, behind the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang, but it makes a mighty bid for relevance. That’s due in large part to the enthusiasm of guys like Mr. Camaro himself — Chevrolet chief engineer Al Oppenheiser, sitting with me at breakfast ahead of my first drive of the new 2019 Chevy Camaro SS 10-speed. Read More

Tesla, GM and Nissan lobby together to lift the cap on EV tax credits

Tesla is joining rivals General Motors and Nissan in a new coalition that has launched in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to extend federal tax credits meant to encourage sales of electric vehicles.

The EV Drive Coalition says it wants to lift the cap on the number of consumers who can take advantage of the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit first established by Congress in 2008. Currently, the credits are available only for the first 200,000 electric vehicles sold per manufacturer. The tax credit for that manufacturer is then reduced by half every six months until it disappears. Read More

Elon Musk's 'Teslaquila' takes a shot from the tequila industry

MEXICO CITY — Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Mexico’s tequila producers could be headed for a collision after the agave-based liquor’s industry group opposed the flamboyant billionaire’s efforts to trademark an alcoholic drink dubbed “Teslaquila.”

Musk is known for ambitious and cutting-edge projects ranging from auto electrification and rocket-building to high-speed transit tunnels. Read More

Ford, Walmart to collaborate on automated delivery vehicles

MIAMI, Fla. — Ford, Walmart and delivery service Postmates will collaborate to design a service that could someday use autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries and other goods to Walmart customers, the companies said on Wednesday.

The project is the latest to grow out of Ford’s broader effort to develop businesses that could use automated delivery vehicles. Ford was already working with San Francisco-based Postmates to develop delivery services using automated vehicles. It’s in a similar partnership with Domino’s for automated pizza delivery. Read More

Behold the Aston Martin SUV: Officially named DBX, coming in 2019

It’s official. The Aston Martin DBX SUV is named and it’s on its way, folks. Oh, and Aston really wants you to know it can drive on dirt. Every official photo we have of the thing shows it doing something off the pavement. In other definite news on the SUV, it will be revealed in the last quarter of 2019 and be built at Aston Martin’s new St. Athan factory in the U.K. Everything else about the tall Aston will remain a mystery for now. Read More

Zotye, Ford's China partner, set to sell SUVs in U.S. in 2020

Zotye Automobile, a Ford Motor Co partner in China, said on Tuesday it planned to begin selling SUVs in the United States in 2020. The company is setting up a U.S. sales and distribution arm in Lake Forest, Calif., and plans to sell vehicles in the United States through franchised dealers.

Ford is not involved in those plans by the Chinese automaker, spokesmen for the companies said. Read More

2019 Hyundai Veloster N vs. hot hatch rivals: How they compare on paper

The highly anticipated top-rung of the Veloster line, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, is on the verge of hitting dealers. And the company has finally dropped all the specifications, and perhaps most importantly, the car’s official pricing that starts at $27,785. So you know what that means: it’s time to see how it stacks up to the competition.

The Veloster N falls into an interesting niche in the hot hatch world. It’s the most potent of its model line, but it’s not as powerful as vehicles such as the Civic Type R, Focus RS and Golf R. But it also doesn’t have the price of those cars. As such, we decided to compare it with other sub-$30,000 sport compacts. We examined each car’s power, fuel economy, size and pricing. You can see all the vital statistics in the chart below, as well as additional photos and analysis after that. As always, specifications only tell so much, so be sure to check out our detailed reviews of these cars. Also be sure to check out our comparison tool if you want to compare these with other models. Read More

2019 Hyundai Veloster N price starts at $27,785

Pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N has been announced, with an MSRP starting at $27,785, including destination. Opting for the N Performance package will add $2,100.

Standard performance equipment for the base Veloster N includes the 250-horsepower turbocharged inline-4, a six-manual tranmission with rev-match downshifting, five different drive mode settings, an electronically controlled suspension, ventilated brakes, 18-inch wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires, six-way manually operated sport seats and an N-exclusive steering wheel. Other standard equipment includes LED headlights, proximity entry and push-button start, automatic climate control, two USB ports, Hyundai’s 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system. Read More

Another 'Baby Driver' Subaru WRX goes up for auction

We saw one of the “Baby Driver” Subaru ImprezaWRX stunt cars sell last year for nearly $70,000. That was a bit nutty, but now there’s another one up for auction, listed on Live Auctioneers.

Just like the first, it’s a red 2006 WRX Limited with a 2004 STI engine and rear-wheel-drive conversion. This means it has the 2.5-liter boxer engine instead of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. All of the modifications were done by All Pro Subaru with a total of five cars receiving the special treatment. Beyond those mods, there’s an upgraded rear differential, but that’s pretty much it. Read More

19 cars that are also American Gladiators

Jeep Gladiator

If a name works great for a car, chances are it would also work for an American Gladiator. You know, the roid-tastic athletes from the competition show from the early 1990s of the same name featuring iconic games like the Assault, Atlasphere, Powerball and the Eliminator. When I was a kid, it was basically my favorite TV show not starring Patrick Stewart. A reboot in the mid 2000s starring Hulk Hogan completely missed the mark and was terrible, but added a few more common names to the pile. Read More

Report: Waymo to start driverless ride-hailing program in December

Waymo, Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving subsidiary, will launch the world’s first self-driving ride-hailing service next month in suburban Phoenix to compete with Uber and Lyft. That’s according to Bloomberg, which cites an anonymous source familiar with the plans.

The service will be launched under a new brand whose name is reportedly being kept a close secret before a formal announcement. The program will launch with dozens or hundreds of authorized riders in a roughly 100 square-mile area who are likely to be drawn from Waymo’s Early Rider Program of 400 volunteer families who’ve been riding in Waymos for more than a year. New customers will gradually be added. Read More

'Spaceballs' Winnebago model to be auctioned

What’s the most famous movie motorhome? OK, besides the EM50 from Stripes. Or Cousin Eddie’s “tenement on wheels” from Christmas Vacation. That’s right, it’s probably the Winnebago seen in the 1987 Mel Brooks spoof Spaceballs, the RV/spacecraft piloted by John Candy and Bill Pullman as a play on the Millennium Falcon. A real Winnebago was used for filming, including the interior scenes, but exterior special effects scenes were filmed using a 1/12-scale model that’s now coming up for auction. Read More

Toyota to replace heroic nurse’s fire-scorched Tundra pickup

As the California wildfires rage on, more and more harrowing stories are coming out. A recent one involves a nurse from the Paradise, Calif., area. According to The New York Times, Allyn Pierce drove his Toyota Tundra through the fire to get to a hospital and help take care of patients and get them evacuated. On the way, the nurse had some close calls, and his truck came out worse for wear with scorched paint and melted body panels and lights. Read More

EPA plans new limits on heavy-duty truck emissions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose new rules to significantly decrease emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxide from diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks, an agency official said.

Industry groups and state environmental officials have urged the EPA to set new nationwide rules as the state of California has been moving forward with plans to set new state emissions limits. California also wants nationwide rules, in part because more than half of all trucks delivering goods in the state are registered in other states. Read More

2019 Ford Ranger and Yakima offer large list of outdoor accessories

The Ford Ranger is coming in early 2019, and Ford is going after the adventurous/outdoorsy type with this truck. Instead of having to buy outdoor adventure accessories through separate retailers, Ford partnered with Yakima to offer its range of products at dealerships.

This means you’ll be ready to take your Ranger on an overlanding adventure as soon as you roll off the dealer lot if you so choose. Right away, Ford will be offering Yakima kayak racks, bike racks, truck-bed storage accessories and truck-bed tents. The benefit for customers here is the ability to roll the cost of all the accessories they choose into the cost of the vehicle. And all accessories come with a three-year or 36,000-mile Ford warranty, with extended warranties available for purchase. Initially, Ford will offer only a few parts, but over time it will offer pages of accessories. Eventually, some of these accessories will be offered for the F-150 and Explorer, too. Read More

GM Maven car-sharing will include Ford and other competitor vehicles

GM’s car-sharing subsidiary Maven is undergoing another expansion. This time, it’s not just to a new city.

Maven plans to open up its new peer-to-peer car rental service to allow owners to rent out non-GM vehicles.

It is also setting its sights on bigger changes in the future, according to Julia Steyn, vice president of GM Urban Mobility and Maven, said Monday during a presentation at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco. Read More

Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover sales are taking off

Earlier this month, it was reported that Jaguar Land Rover is due for a turnaround plan to cut costs and improve cash flow. The owner of JLR, Tata Motors, is scheduling a 18-month plan called “Project Change,” worth $3.2 billion.

But it seems a step in the right direction has already been taken with the introduction of Jaguar’s electric I-Pace: InsideEVs is reporting that Jaguar sold 1,200 I-Pace models in October, which represents strong growth for the brand and the new model. 8.7 percent of Jaguar’s total October sales consisted of the I-Pace, meaning that the total October sales volume of 13,764 units was largely boosted by the new electric crossover. Total sales were up 11.6 percent, and it was overall the best October ever for JLR. Read More

Bob Bondurant driving school closes a month after entering Chapter 11

On Oct. 2, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In its filing, the 50-year-old racing school said it owed between 50 and 99 creditors an amount between $1 million and $10 million, and had $1 million to $10 million. The school released a statement at the time saying, “Our plan is to emerge from this process as a stronger company and continue to drive this company into the next 50 years.” Instead, on Monday, Nov. 12, the Chandler, Arizona-based facility closed its doors with no official explanation. Read More

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The best places to be while on the road

There are a lot of aspects that make you love your car: the way it looks, how it drives, the features it possesses and what the interior is like. Yet, it’s that last one that’s arguably the most important — whether you’re on the open road or stuck in traffic, it’s the one element you constantly see, touch and even smell.  Read More

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV electric range, according to CARB

Subaru’s first plug-in vehicle is coming, and it’s coming soon. The end of 2018 is upon us already, and the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is almost ready for primetime. This time around, it has a plug, a feature that is notably absent from the car’s nomenclature, à la the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. It will also borrow its PHEV technology from Toyota and now, we have California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents that suggest the Crosstrek Hybrid’s all-electric range. Read More

Of course the Dubai police have a hoverbike

The Dubai Police have the coolest fleet of police cars in the world. They have cars like a Bugatti Veyron, Audi R8, Lamborghini Aventador and others. While it’s all fine and great, Dubai just doesn’t seem to be satisfied with keeping to the ground. Enter the Dubai Police hoverbike. Made by Russian company Hoversurf, the hoverbike seen flying about in this video appears to be a version of the Scorpion 3 hoverbike we saw a year ago. Dubai said it was planning on using these aircraft then, and it looks like they’re still set on that path. Read More

Jaguar F-Type convertible rally car might be the coolest F-Type ever

The Jaguar F-Type is a sweet sports car. Rally cars are awesome. Put the two together, and you have one seriously cool ride, which is exactly what Jaguar did. The company took two F-Type convertibles and turned them into rally-ready race cars. They’re built to commemorate a 1948 XK 120 that took home several European rally victories, and they share some of the visual tweaks of the Checkered Flag Edition F-Type. Read More

2019 Mazda CX-5 debuts with turbocharged engine and near-$40K price tag

We’ve seen a couple differentleaks concerning the 2019 Mazda CX-5, but now Mazda finally has official word on what’s coming our way. One exciting development is the addition of the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine on higher trim levels. It’s great to see Mazda sharing that engine to other models after originally debuting in the larger CX-9. In the CX-5, it makes 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque on 93 octane. Read More

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison by AEV pricing: Here's what $48,045 buys you

Chevrolet has put a price to the Colorado ZR2 Bison pickup developed with AEV: The extended cab runs $48,045, the crew cab costs $49,645. Both prices include the $995 destination charge, and Chevy says those figures represent a $5,750 premium over the 2019 Colorado ZR2. We’re confused over where Chevy gets that amount, because configuring a 2019 extended cab with the ZR2 package costs $42,690, which is a difference of $5,355. Read More

Royal Enfield shows off retro-futuristic Concept KX bike

Royal Enfield is one of the more memorable motorcycle makers. Shuttered in the 1970s, the original British bikemaker is long gone, but the 1931-born Bullet model is still going strong as it’s been built by Enfield’s India-based offshoot since 1955. It has received improvements during that time, but we’re still talking about the same bike that’s the best part of a century old by now. That doesn’t mean Royal Enfield doesn’t like to experiment: At the EICMA bike show this year, Royal Enfield showed its Concept KX bobber bike, a mixture of the quaint, the retro and the super-futuristic. It’s almost steampunk-like in its execution, inspired by the 1938 Royal Enfield KX model. Read More

VW is ready to build 50 million EVs, CEO says

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen’s electric vehicle platform and battery procurement plans are being readied to handle production of 50 million vehicles, Chief Executive Herbert Diess told German trade publication Automobilwoche.

The electric vehicle platform has been “booked” for 50 million cars, Diess said, adding that battery procurement had also been readied to handle this amount. Read More

Next-gen Audi TT to become a four-door coupe?

Four years ago, Audi showed the TT Sportback concept at the Paris Motor Show, the third TT-based fancy revealed in 2014 after the two-door Allroad Shooting Brake and four-door TT Offroad concepts. At the time, former Audi R&D head Ulrich Hackenberg suggested “a possible TT family.” A few years of pandemonium delayed whatever plans Audi had at the time, but it appears the Ingolstadt carmaker will move ahead with a production version of the TT Sportback concept. Both Auto Express and Auto Bild report that the next generation will become a four-door coupe, replacing the two-door coupe and roadster on sale now. Read More

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