First Drive: 2019 Volvo S60, V60 #wagonlove

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The 2019 Volvo S60 sedan marks a big beginning and a notable end for the Swedish automaker. It’s the first Volvo to be built in the United States — at a new plant in South Carolina — and its arrival signals the end of the old Ford-derived platform, with its transverse five or six-cylinder engines. Now aligned with the rest of the vehicles in Volvo’s stable, this third-generation S60 sits on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and runs with forced-induction 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E engines. Read More

Mercedes EQA: electric hatch to be built at upgraded Smart factory in France

The flexible platform is planned to support either front, rear or four-wheel drive, with either one or two electric motors and a scalable battery mounted low down within its flat floor structure, operating on an 800V electrical system that can provide rapid charging.  

Predictably, the smallest of Mercedes’ EQ models follows the same stylistic path taken by the EQC, with conventional proportions and smooth surfacing in a treatment Mercedes describes as its electric aesthetic. A long wheelbase helps provide the new concept with short overhangs, while a combination of wide tracks and 20in wheels in a double-spoke optic provide a suitably sporting stance. Read More

2019 BMW 3 Series Goes Official in Paris

So following a series of teasers the new 2019 BMW 3 Series finally lands in full official glory. And oh my God, does it look good! BMW design has been hit and miss lately, but this one’s definitely one of the hits. Well, at least in this unique m look you see here. 

There are apparently other variants of the new 3er which don’t look as savory. In any case, the handsome new 2019 BMW 3 Series injects a healthy dose of macho to the fairly bland look of its predecessor. The angular headlights, the straight taillights, and the sculpted bumpers all project confidence and style. Good news is, the new 3er also has the mechanicals to back those looks. Read More

Compact, Mid-Size, or Corvette Z06? Hertz Now Renting Special-Edition Vette

It’s likely that the most memorable car Hertz ever made available for the great unwashed to rent was the Shelby GT350-H of 1966. In that era, we described the extra-zoot Mustang as “a real guts sports car—with hair on its chest all the way down to its navel.” Ford, which later owned Hertz from 1987 to 2005, paid tribute to the original 1000 rentable GT350s in 2006–2007 and again in 2016 with the sorta-breathed-on GT-H, celebrating the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the program, respectively. But to celebrate its 100th anniversary as a going concern, Hertz turned to another former owner, General Motors, for a vehicle endowed with hair from its palms to its toes: the 650-hp Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Read More

Lewis Hamilton Previews the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

Lewis Hamilton greets me in his air-conditioned trailer holding a box of raw cremini mushrooms. “Want one?” he asks, extending his arm. I decline. “Suit yourself,” he says, and pops one in his mouth. “I quite fancy mushrooms. Well . . . not those kind of mushrooms,” he adds with a laugh. He is still wearing the last look from his earlier photo shoot for Robb Report, an outfit he chose himself after eschewing a more traditional suit. The black trousers and houndstooth-and-velvet coat by Colombian-​born designer Haider Ackermann are far too glamorous for our digs—a Star Waggon parked on a dusty runway in Inyo-kern, roughly 3 hours by car from Los Angeles in Southern California’s high desert. What the locale lacks in panache, however, it makes up for in scenery—an arid pastel landscape set against the Sierra Nevada foothills. For racing fans, Hamilton needs no introduction. Last year he earned his fourth Formula 1 world championship, putting Read More

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 gives Raptor and Ram a new off-road rival

The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 blends off-road hardware into a modern, thoroughly updated pickup truck that doesn’t skimp on power, luxury, or safety equipment. From its higher suspension setup to its available carbon-fiber cargo bed and the new MultiPro tailgate, the 2019 Sierra AT4 is a direct shot across the bow — or cargo beds, if you prefer — of staunch rivals like the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram and Toyota Tundra. Read More

The new Toyota Corolla will have Apple CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa

Still no word on Android Auto, though.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is making its global debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, and it has a few surprises hidden inside its tiny hatchback — most notably Apple’s CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa.

Toyota first added CarPlay earlier this year in the 2019 Avalon. It was a shift for the Japanese automaker, which famously abstained from adopting either CarPlay or Android Auto in its cars for years. Up until 2015, Toyota was on record as preferring its own in-house proprietary operating system, and even when Toyota eventually switched to another company’s system in 2016, it was to adopt Ford’s SmartDeviceLink app platform, not Apple or Google’s software. Read More

These are the 20 cool cars we can’t wait to see at the 2018 New York Auto Show

After the annual supercar festival that was the Geneva Motor Show, the New York International Auto Show is a much more laid-back affair with more of a focus on cars for everyday life.

But don’t you worry. There’s still plenty of automotive hotness to go around.

For over 115 years, the New York Auto Show has been one of the largest car shows in the US and a place for carmakers to see and be seen. Read More

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