U.S. and European autos stocks fall on Trump’s 20% tariff threat

LONDON — European and U.S. autos shares fell sharply on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened a 20 percent tariff on all car imports from the European Union if EU “tariffs and trade barriers” are not removed.

Europe’s autos stocks sold off rapidly, down as much as 1.3 percent, and Germany’s DAX index fell into negative territory, down 0.2 percent as big German carmakers Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW, which are heavily reliant on U.S. car sales, suffered. Read More

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Unveiled with Bold Design, Lots of Tech

Yes, it’s yet another Chevy SUV, but this one is a bit different. This one, at least, has a cool name. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer revives a nameplate belonging to one of the most Chevrolets of all time, and their original SUV in a way. It is also a product very much of its time. 

Whereas the original Blazer was a big, heavy, somewhat cantankerous car, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a big softie. Actually, it’s not even that big. It sits between the Equinox and Traverse in Chevy’s range, and it has an interior that is, at best, modest in size.What the new Blazer has going for it is the looks. It kind of looks like a Camaro SUV, especially at the front. The combination of small headlights and large front grille gives the SUV a lot of attitude. Read More

The War on Tesla, Musk, and the Fight for the Future

Upfront: If you think that anything is justified against a person simply because that person is wealthy, this is not an article for you. If you think it’s okay to lie, mislead, or otherwise attack a person simply because of their financial status, consequences be damned, then you should probably look elsewhere. You won’t have far to look. Read More

2018 BMW 8 Series revealed at Le Mans

The new BMW 8 Series Coupe has been designed to offer the performance of a Porsche 911 with the luxury of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, according to the car’s global product manager.

The new two-door premium sports car revives the 8 Series nameplate last seen in 1999. The model has been conceived to kick-start BMW’s push into the super-luxury market, and global product manager Sarah Lessmann said that the brief was to “define how a sports car should be”. She added: “Everyone in the project had the vision of BMW getting back to sports cars, and not just sporty cars.” Read More

Germany’s Merkel talks retaliation if U.S. sets auto tariffs

BERLIN, June 15 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted at a new front in the trade row with the United States on Friday, warning that Europe’s strategic interests rode on the future of Europe’s car industry and hinting at competition probes of U.S. internet giants.

Just as U.S. President Donald Trump had given national security as a reason for threatening punitive tariffs on German cars, “We should think about the strategic significance of the auto industry for the European Union so we can prepare an exchange with the U.S.,” she said. Read More

Trump's Auto Tariffs Will Mean Higher Car Prices And Could Trash Canada's Industry

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.

1st Gear: Nobody Wants The Auto Tariffs

That’s to the tune of up to two million fewer cars sold annually, according to analysis by researcher LMC Automotive. That’s around 10 percent of the market. Why are we doing this again? Ah, right, because we’re America, bitch. Read More

QOTD: The Last of the Fun, Attainable Sports Cars?

Judging from a quick perusal of Twitter, 98 percent of auto journos eat, sleep, and work behind the wheel a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the remaining 2 percent daily drive a bizarre French car or perhaps some 1970s Saab. It’s possible a few own a Ford Mustang.

This is a highly unscientific tally, mind you. Read More

Autonomous Shared Cars Will Require Different Interior Materials Because People are Slobs

I’m a member of ZipCar, which I love for the convenience. But one thing that always reminds you that you’re in a shared car is the state of the interiors. I’ve experienced the following in a ZipCar: Sticky steering wheels, candy wrappers and potato chip bags shoved into various orifices, stained seats, liquid stains on the dashboard, and–three times!–cigarette ashes on the dashboard/console/seating. Read More

Most Americans fear driverless cars

A lot of Americans are fearful of autonomous cars, but 33% are at least somewhat likely to buy one once they are available, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

Why it matters: To the degree the survey is accurate and reflects a broad global trend, everything from the world’s sprawling car industry, to roads and cities themselves, could be on the cusp of a fundamental transformation. Read More

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Long-Term Verdict: Award Worthiness Confirmed

Thirteen months ago, I plugged-in our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV for the first time—filling it not only with electrons but expectations.

It had been named our 2017 Car of the Year, I wrote, because it wasn’t just a good EV, or the first affordable EV to eliminate “range anxiety,” but because it was both of those things and (perhaps most importantly) a good car regardless. More than a year and nearly 17,000 miles later, our Bolt has maintained its worthiness of our early praise. Read More

Why Ford Killed Its Cars

My colleagues, as well as much of the car enthusiast community, are dealing with a collective freakout upon learning Ford will be killing off all its sedans and hatchbacks and keeping one real car, the Mustang, in North America. Ford is doomed, they say. But I don’t share that perspective—no one wanted to buy those cars anyway, and this came down to just being a cold, hard business decision. Read More

Watch This Guy Ride His Dirt Bike Across Lake Como

We’ve seen motorcyclists do some crazy things, but this has got to be one of the most ambitious. Last year, rider Luca Colombo rode his Suzuki 450 clear across the top of Lake Como, setting the world record for a freshwater distance cross on a motorcycle, which is apparently a category of record that needed to be set. This is the first time we’ve seen the video, and thought it’d be a great thing to share. Read More

Luminar’s New Lidar Could Bring Vision to Every Robocar in The World

Self-driving cars are nearly ready for primetime, and so are the laser sensors that help them see the world. Lidar, which builds a 3-D map of a car’s surroundings by firing millions of laser points a second and measuring how long they take to bounce back, has been in development since 2005, when a guy named Dave Hall made one for the Darpa Grand Challenge, an autonomous vehicle contest. In the decade-plus since then, if you wanted a lidar for your self-driving car, Velodyne was your only choice. 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

Where Should the Clock Be Located On a Car’s Dashboard?

Those of you who own cars are undoubtedly familiar with your own. But because I’m a ZipCar member, I’m used to getting into a different vehicle each time I need a set of wheels. At the mercy of what’s available, I rarely get the same vehicle twice.

I’m a very smart person with a degree in Industrial Design, so when getting into an unfamiliar car I can usually locate the steering wheel right away. But I often have to cast about for the clock. The clock is important for ZipCar drivers because you have to return the car at a pre-arranged time or you get charged a penalty. Read More

Here is the Lincoln Continental we were promised in 2002 and what it should have looked like

This is the 2002 Lincoln Continental concept. Yes, you read that right: 2002. It’s still so good that it not only puts the current Lincoln Continental to shame, but Lincoln should seriously just go ahead and put it into production.

Would it be a kind of admission of defeat for Lincoln to go back to a style it showed off back in the first Bush administration? Yes. But again, look at this car. Read More

Enough With The Lies — Electric Cars Are Far Greener Than Gas Cars #Basta

The weather forecast for electric vehicle (EV) naysayers is getting worse. Storms have battered the entrenched camps, and after successful waves of pushback and myth busting, yet another study tells the world what we all should know → EVs are clean and getting cleaner.

Tough Day Again For Naysayers…

All things considered, EV naysayers are getting smaller and smaller in number. A decade ago, the simple mention of dropping a gas engine for an electric motor would raise lively debates that would turn downright vicious online. But as the technology matures, as it constantly beats on gasoline cars, and as numerous carmakers are finally getting serious about EVs, they are becoming mainstream. One nagging myth surrounding them is that they pollute. This new (or updated) study paints a different picture. Read More

Cadillac CT6 V-Sport: 550-HP Twin-Turbo V8 and All-Wheel Drive

Cadillac revamps the big-luxury CT6 with Escala-inspired styling and a brand-new twin-turbo engine making an astounding 627 lb-ft of torque.

Cadillac just gave the CT6 an aesthetic refresh that greatly echoes the styling of the dramatic Escala concept car. And even better: There’s a new high-performance CT6 V-Sport, with an all-new twin-turbo V8 kicking out 550 horsepower.

The CT6 V-Sport, shown here, will hit the market in the first half of 2019. The CT6, you’ll recall, is the longest and most luxurious of Caddy’s sedan lineup, above the CTS, ATS, and soon-to-be-terminated XTS. It’s Cadillac’s answer to the German onslaught of luxury sedans, going toe-to-toe with 5-Series and 7-Series, E- and S-Class, and A6 and A8. Read More

“Top Gear” Has Become What “The Grand Tour” Should Have Always Been

With The Grand Tour, we hoped Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would do something new. Freed from the BBC and given a giant production budget, the former Top Gear hosts were given a golden opportunity to break out of the formula they’d perfected. Two seasons in, The Grand Tour has shown moments of greatness, but they’re tempered by the same stale jokes, catchphrases and tropes we came to expect from their final seasons on Top Gear. Read More

2018 Kia Stinger GT Review: Serious Contender

The Stinger makes a name for itself in a segment filled with heavy hitters.

– Miami, Florida

Verdict 7.0 /10

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it, they say. In this case, Kia has cracked open its own history books, and taken a lesson from the chapter of what not to do. The Stinger is no Amanti – that is, a half-hearted attempt to compete with more premium products. The Stinger is the real deal, and it should have companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz worried (if they aren’t already). Read More

Leaked images show digital gauge cluster for Mazda3

Most everything divulged about the 2019 Mazda3 so far has focused on the trick Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) Skyactiv-X engine. If a series of photos posted on a Chinese website are accurate, it looks like Mazda has novel plans for the cockpit as well. The three images show a three-color, all-digital gauge cluster in two different configurations. The first configuration places a three-digit speedo in the center of a blue-ringed tachometer, with gear indicator and water temp displays on the left, fuel range calculator and what appears to be a funky clock on the right. Read More

Tesla Model 3 review: the fast and infuriating

I was standing next to the Model 3 when a guy on a bike rode by and yelled, “How is it?” My typical interactions with people who ask about Tesla’s affordable sedan (so many people ask me about the car) typically take about five minutes. I point out the highlights and issues I’ve encountered while driving. Without thinking, I threw him a thumbs up. It was a gut reaction to a car I’ve come to adore but have also been confused by. I should have yelled, “It’s complicated! Read More

Reviewed: The 2018 Ford Mustang

It used to be a pony car that was laughed at in places with turns. These days, however, the Ford Mustang is a real-deal sports car that competes with the best the world has to offer. The Blue Oval brand has updated its mean machine for the new model year, and the 2018 Ford Mustang is packing a bit more heat and some fancy new tech behind the steering wheel. Read More

The American Sedan Is Dying. Long Live the SUV

With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs that mint them money.

Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne started it off by killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to reorient Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV around Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. The profit boom that’s followed has emboldened Detroit’s other CEOs to consider snuffing out sedans such as the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala. Read More

The Le Mans-Winning Chevrolets: Corvette C1 Coupe and C6.R

For the first Made to Drive installment in 2018, we got back together with our good friend and all-around good guy Bruce Meyer and a pair of American heroes from his impressive collection. We met up with him and his ‘Vettes at Thermal Club for some track time in these iconic endurance racers—specifically, the Briggs-Cunningham-prepared C1 that brought the Corvette name to Le Mans for the first time in 1960, along with the indomitable force of red-blooded horsepower that won its class in 2009, known simply as the C6.R. Read More

WATCH: Tesla Roadster’s acceleration is like nothing you’ve ever seen

A short while back Elon Musk announced the introduction of a surprise model in Tesla’s line up, the Roadster. Yes it comes at an opportune moment in trying to divert attention from the woeful production delay surrounding the Model 3 (the company expected to have rolled 1,500 off the line by now but only 260 have actually materialised). But let’s take nothing away from the Roadster as a pure exercise in what electric vehicles can achieve. Read More

1991 Acura NSX: The Multi-Tool Supercar

In this week’s film, we sit shotgun with Sean Lee for a drive around Los Angeles and its famed canyon roads in his first-generation 1991 Acura NSX. Tastefully modified with period-correct parts, this lithe streak of silver is an evolution of the stock car that was already a fantastic blend of sport and practicality, and though it isn’t factory-original, it has respectfully followed the trajectory, embodying the idea of “OEM plus.” It is, in a sense, more of an NSX than it was before; Sean has built upon the car, honing and enhancing this Honda (sorry, “Acura”) without coming at the cost of the car’s original identity. Read More

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