BMW Goes Big with the New X7

BMW is hoping you are passionate about its trademark kidney grille design, because the new 2019 X7 three-row SUV, hitting dealerships in March, sports the largest kidney grille ever integrated into the nose of any BMW model.

Like that shiny chrome grille, everything about this new X7 is sized XXL. It’s almost 10 inches longer than BMW’s X5 and looks even bigger courtesy of its towering 71-inch height and bolt-upright stance. Parked alongside its closest rival, Mercedes-Benz’s GLS, the X7 is longer by 1.3 inches. Read More

Lighter, more powerful Porsche Cayman T due next year

In June, AutoGuide discovered VIN decoder documents that Porsche sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning certain vehicles for the 2019 model year. The paperwork translates the unique alphanumeric identifiers for the government agency. Four cars were mentioned: the Panamera GTS, Panamera Sport Turismo GTS, 911 Speedster, and 718 Cayman T. Both Panameras and the Speedster have been confirmed. A new Auto Express report confirms the 718 Cayman T is on the way, treading a similar purist-focused path as its 911 T inspiration. Read More

Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring in Wind Chill Pearl (a $395 option)

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

Class: Large Car

Miles driven: 368

Fuel used: 17.9 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 20.6 mpg

Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway

CG Report Card
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. “Big” rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, “Tall” rating based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Room and Comfort A
Power and Performance B
Fit and Finish A
Fuel Economy C+
Value B
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy A
Tall Guy B

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 22/31/25 (city, highway, combined)

Fuel type: Regular gas

Base price: $42,200 (not including $920 destination charge) Read More

Watch Schaeffler Audi RS3 EV set 130 mph world record — in reverse

If there’s one thing people remember about Dutch DAF cars and later, DAF-developed but Volvo-branded 300-series cars, it’s that their Variomatic continuously variable transmissions enabled them to run backwards as fast as they could go forwards. This resulted in weird feats like backwards racing at the Zandvoort track in Netherlands — and when the front wheels still do the steering, the footage shows a lot of cars toppling over. Later on, electric cars like the Nissan Leaf have been used for speed records in reverse, like completing a lap of the Goodwood track going backwards. Read More

Watch These Race Cars Deliver An 11-Minute Symphony Of Horsepower

You’ll want to crank the volume all the way up for this.

What is it about motor racing that makes it enjoyable to watch? That question could have several different answers and we won’t presume to know or label them all. Such things are certainly a matter of opinion, and of course it also depends on the kind of motorsport you’re watching. One thing we will say is this – the video above showcasing a range of awesome machines launching hard during the 2018 Hill Climb Masters event is tremendously enjoyable. Read More

McLaren BC-03 hypercar looks to be a production Ultimate Vision GranTurismo

McLaren revealed the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo concept October 17, 2017. On October 14, 2018, Instagram user and known exotic car collector dan_am_i posted a slide from a private presentation McLaren gave to some special clientele. The slide read, “MSO – Bespoke Commission BC-03,
Customer Review, October 12, 2018,” and was rumored to refer to a production version of the Gran Turismo concept. It’s said that MSO showed those in attendance a sketch of what’s to come. Read More

A teen driving with other teens is deadlier for everyone on the road

While it may seem a bit obvious to most of us that teen drivers driving around with teen passengers is a more dangerous proposition than them driving solo or with parents, what’s not as obvious is how huge a difference that really makes. AAA conducted a study of traffic collisions involving teen drivers, and the organization discovered that the rate of fatal injuries increased by a whopping 51 percent when the teen driver had teenage passengers versus when teen drivers were driving solo. Even more shocking, that fatality rate was an increase for all people involved, including the teenage occupants, occupants in other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Read More

Tesla Confirms Early 2019 Arrival Of $35,000 Model 3

22 M BY MARK KANE

Tesla Model 3 Standard now expected in February-April of 2019.

Tesla recently announced that is expanding its Model 3 family with a surprising new battery size versionMid Range – and removed the rear-wheel drive Long Range version, the question now is when will we finally see the Standard Range version?

The official answer is 4-6 months, which could be February-April 2019, if there are no delays. Read More

Porsche 718 Cayman T Likely on the Way for 2019

When Porsche submitted a VIN decoder guide to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its 2019 model year vehicles, AutoGuide noticed a new addition — the 718 Cayman T — back in July. Details were spartan, with most specifications listed as TBD. However, the guides did specify a 2.0-liter powerplant and some weight savings over the standard model. Read More

Porsche 911 Carrera T Will Live On In Next-Generation

The purist Carrera will return with a 992-Series body, we just don’t know when.

The new Porsche 911 is coming soon. The 992-series of the forever-young supercar will debut in a little over a month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. With the new model will eventually come some unprecedented changes, not the least of which include hybrid power. One thing that won’t change –  or rather, disappear – is the much-loved 911 Carrera T. Read More

Hyundai’s Chief Designer: EVs Shouldn’t Reek of Aerodynamics

Consider his new term for when a car screams that it’s electric: “Aero Affected.”

Hyundai last year said it will introduce 14 electric cars by 2025. Chris Chapman, senior chief designer at the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif., has put a lot of thought into how those vehicles will look and feel. We sat down with Chapman last week during a break in our first drive of the Hyundai Kona Electric and the newly designed Nexo fuel-cell car (shown above). Read More

What is a trim level on a car or truck?

This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you’re buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer’s Glossary.

Sometimes called grades, the trim typically categorizes the specific performance level, packages, options, features, and extras on the base vehicle. Each trim level comes at a different price, meaning a trim somewhat determines how nice a car is.

But let’s rewind to what comes before the trim name: make and model. The make is a manufacturer, such as Toyota, while the model is a specific car, such as the Corolla. Think of it as opposite of our own names, with the family name coming first, and the given name coming second. Trim names change from manufacturer to manufacturer, but typically they are labeled with a combination of letters (such as “XLE”) or a marketing classification (such as “Premier”). Read More

Rare Rides: A Buick Dealers’ Delight – the 1984 Bitter SC

Buick’s on again, off again relationship with the Opel brand is currently very much on, as two Opels badged as Regals tempt buyers, and one Opel badged as Cascada tempts rental companies. But these recent exercises in marketing are somewhat tame in comparison to the experiment General Motors conducted in the 1980s with a little company called Bitter. Read More

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Drivers' Notes Review | Filling in the gaps

When the 2019 Ram 1500 debuted earlier this year at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the biggest news was arguably the addition of the 48-volt mild hybrid system. Dubbed eTorque, the system is standard on V6-equipped models and a $1,450 option on trucks with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. It’s not a hybrid in the traditional sense. Despite Ram’s claim that the system adds up to 130 pound-feet of torque on the V8, it only does so for a fraction of a second and doesn’t actually change the engine’s total output. You’d be hard pressed to notice a difference if you didn’t know the system was there. But that’s kind of the point. Read More

Tesla Places Pointless ‘Self-Driving’ Option On Hiatus

Tesla Motors is abandoning the “fully self-driving” purchasing option on all of its vehicles. The option debuted in 2016 as a way to ensure your new car would be future-proofed and able to incorporate autonomous features. But those upgrades never really came — leaving customers who spent $8,000 angry enough to file a class-action lawsuit against the company for failing to deliver on its promises. At least they still got those EV tax credits and free access to the company’s fancy new Autopilot chip (which is also a bit of a mystery item). Read More

BMW M2 Competition 2018 UK review

What’s it like?

Those revised suspension settings do make for a tighter and more unyielding ride quality at low speed around town, but in every other respect they are a huge step forward. Even on a bumpier road at higher speed there’s enough sophistication in the damping of this car that the wheels can rise and fall individually over the shape of the road without the body being skipped or jolted about. The M2 Competition is so much more settled and composed than the M2 that it feels like an entirely new car rather than an updated one. Read More

Mystery Mustang Appears in New Ford Ad

Ford Motor Company dropped its first Bryan Cranston-filled “Built Ford Proud” commercial today, offering the Breaking Bad alumnus an opportunity to cast aspersions at the company’s rivals, including industry startups. It’s filled with Ted Talk-bashing, futurespeak-trashing bravado linked together with a thread of get ‘er done, implying that talk is cheap, and real progress takes hard work. Read More

APR To Unveil 536-HP VW Golf R RLMS At SEMA

Inside, there will be a track-ready cabin with a racing seat, harness, roll cage, and fire extinguisher.

APR specializes in tuning Volkswagen Group’s vehicles, and the company is bringing a very special Golf R to this year’s SEMA Show at the end of October. The firm calls this steaming hot hatch the RLMS, and this beast is ready for the track with 536 horsepower on tap.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is still the basis for the power, but it has the extra advantage of APR’s 3+ turbocharger kit and the firm’s two-piece wheels with Toyo tires. To dress up the look, there’s also a widebody kit that barely visible in the company’s teaser image above. Read More

BMW Recalls Electric Car Chargers For Risk of Shock, Fire

OCT 16 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC

The recall centers on the capacitors within the TurboCord Portable Chargers that may fail.

Usually, we see BMWs being recalled for the Takata airbag issue or certain, smaller and not so impactful potential issues. In most cases, owners will get to take their BMW’s to the nearest authorized service center, where the technicians will correct the factory brought upon the issue in a few hours. However, with the advent of plug in hybrids and electric vehicles, BMW seems to be entering a completely new recall world. Read More

Geely presents the new Lynk & Co touring car

Volvo touring cars are an important part of the company’s racing history, and the torchbearer for the familiar Polestar blue flame comes from an unexpected sibling in the Geely carmaker portfolio: Lynk & Co. The new brand has bet on car sharing and mobility solutions earlier, so a motorsport-themed outing is certainly a new foray for it. Read More

Auto Historians Cite Collectible Automobile® for Excellence

An international society of automotive historians has named Collectible Automobile® magazine—a companion publication to Consumer Guide® Automotive—the winner of its top award for the presentation of history in a periodical.

The Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) presented CA with its Richard and Grace Brigham Award for 2018. According to the organization, the award is given to the automotive history magazine that represents the most “exemplary editorial, graphic or historical content” published in the previous calendar year. Judging of nominees is based on all issues published in that time. During 2017, the 96-page bimonthly publication covered such topics as the 1978-82 Chevrolet Corvette, the Gaylord, an abortive Studebaker-Porsche compact-car collaboration, the 1955 Chrysler Falcon show car, and Shelby Mustangs. The magazine also ran a two-part interview with retired General Motors designer William Porter. Read More

See How Cold Weather Impacts Tesla Model 3

Cold weather impacts every EV and ICE car, but precisely, how does the Tesla Model 3 fare?

One of our most highly respected sources, Trevor Page from Model 3 Owners Club, is situated in the great white north. Trevor lives in Canada and has to deal with extreme cold weather on an almost year-round basis. He’s shared with us before about dealing with EVs in the frigid climate. Most notable is his previous take on charging and range loss in Tesla vehicles in cold temps. But, more importantly, he now has a Tesla Model 3 and he’s updated us with his observations surrounding how the cold weather may impact the EV. Read More

2018 Kia Stinger GT AWD Review – Icing On The Cake

2018 Kia Stinger GT1 AWD

3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (365 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 376 lb/ft @ 1,300 rpm)

Eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

19 city / 25 highway / 21 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

12.7 city / 9.6 highway / 11.3 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

20.8 (observed mileage, MPG)

Base Price: $46,350 US / $51,919 CAD

As Tested: $48,350 US / $52,119 CAD

Prices include $900 destination charge in the United States and $1924 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, because of cross-border equipment differences, can’t be directly compared.

Kia has done a remarkable job at building a brand here in the U.S., and has done so without treading the well-worn path of appealing to enthusiasts. No, the Kia brand is built on solid small cars and utilities, with price and a great warranty being top of mind. Not squealing tires.

You knew that had to change. There is plenty of money in Kia’s corporate warchest to move away from the meat-and-potatoes commuter appliances to a nice, exciting cake or pie. Thus, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT — a tasty treat for the eyes and the butt dyno. But does it satisfy? Read More

How Uber quietly raised $2 billion

Uber Technologies has found a way to tap debt markets when burning through billions of dollars of cash: Keep financial details closely guarded and hire former Goldman Sachs bankers to oversee the deals.

The ride-hailing company this week sold $2 billion of bonds in what’s known as a private placement. The secretive approach, bypassing Wall Street’s broader bond market, allowed Uber to limit the financial information it disclosed — and then only to a small and select group of buyers. That kept prying eyes away from the books of a firm that is still losing money as it expands globally. Read More

2019 Kia K900 First Drive Review | The Stinger GT grows up

The Kia K900 has been an afterthought in the luxury market almost since it was launched about 4 years ago. Or maybe a never-thought. Through September of this year, Kia sold just 260 examples, which was about 90 fewer than the same time last year. And with sales like that, most of us figured Kia would just let the model quietly disappear into the ether, especially with the launch of the new Genesis luxury brand, and Kia’s new halo, the Stinger. Considering the car’s yacht-like demeanor and forgettable looks, we wouldn’t have missed it. Yet Kia is determined to keep the K900 alive in America, and has introduced a completely redesigned model. Perhaps even more surprising than the fact that the model is back, is that it’s actually quite good. Think of it as a bigger, more plush Kia Stinger. Read More

Can Bryan Cranston fix Ford’s image issues?

There’s a new face of Ford Motor Company.

The automaker struggling with fading fortunes and a sinking stock is seeking to get its swagger back with a series of ads debuting this weekend featuring Bryan Cranston, the star of the award-winning series Breaking Bad, and his wry, no-nonsense demeanor. Read More

Is Cadillac Working On A High-Performance XT4 V-Sport?

This teaser on the Cadillac website seems to say so.

Thanks to a rogue sketch on the Cadillac website, the American luxury brand all-but confirmed its working to V-ify its XT4 subcompact crossover SUV. The sketch shows the crossover sporting a big driver-side exhaust pipe (presumably a second pipe also protrudes from the passenger side) and a stylized ‘V’ badge on the tailgate. Read More

Genesis Previews G70’s New 3D Instrumentation

Everyone who spends the majority of their time obsessing about cars seems to low-key adore the Genesis G70. It’s handsome, comfortable, and apparently handles like a sports sedan should. The dealership will even sell it to you with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive if you can live without the 365-horsepower twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6. It also undercuts the starting price of its self-selected rival, the BMW 3 Series, by a full ten grand — softening the blow of any shortcomings it may possess. Read More

These Rare Vintage Auto Show Photos Will Take You Back In Time

It’s a slice-of-life view of a 1970s auto show through the eyes of an enthusiast.

Are you ready for a blast from the past? Every now and then we come across a cool time-capsule story, and a couple days ago one popped up on Reddit from a user named TopspinTEC. He posted some photos that his father had taken back in the day at an auto show, and they captured our automotive hearts so much that we had to reach out to him for permission to share and get more on the backstory. Read More

Ford Mustang Hybrid Revealed In Bryan Cranston's New Ford Ad?

So is Walter White trading his Pontiac Aztek for an electrified Ford Mustang?

A new video from Ford highlights the company’s high-tech future, including possibly providing our very first look at the upcoming hybrid Mustang. The vehicle makes only a brief appearance in the Bryan-Cranston-hosted ad, but it’s the most electrifying moment in the whole clip.

Within just a few seconds of video, the commercial shows an old Mustang and a modern one. After taking a look under the hood, the front end changes and reveals a much different look for the pony car. The grille features new trim that largely closes off the opening, and there’s an illuminated pony logo. The lower fascia also appears to have a simpler shape than on the existing vehicle. Read More

We won’t be getting the Ford Ranger Raptor after all

Despite the fact it’s been spied testing in southern Ontario, North America will not see a Raptor version of the Ranger when the midsize off-road pickup makes its global debut.

When the truck was first announced, the 210-horsepower 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel truck seemed a perfect fit for Canada, but from the start Ford added the caveat “for Asian markets only.” Read More

Tesla taking orders for shorter-range US$45,000 Model 3

Tesla Inc.’s long-promised $35,000 version of the Model 3 sedan is still nowhere to be found, but it’s inching closer to that price point.

The electric-car maker has started taking orders for a mid-range battery Model 3 that goes about 260 miles between charges for $45,000. That’s about $4,000 less than the starting price of the sedan that went on sale last year, excluding incentives or options. Read More

Eighteen-carat badges available for $2.3m McLaren Speedtail customers

This is probably a long shot, but some of you currently reading this might be thinking, “How can I make my newly purchased McLaren Speedtail even more exclusive?”

Well, my absurdly opulent friends, Woking’s favourite carmaker has today announced that all 106 customers will be given the option to customize their newly acquired 243-mph-plus Hyper-GTs with bespoke ‘McLaren’ badges, ones made entirely from 18-carat white gold. Read More

Tesla Offers Up Another Reason Not to Order Its Cheapest Car

Tesla’s Model 3 line as evolved once again, this time adding a new model closer to the bottom of the range while eliminating the second-cheapest configuration (and currently the cheapest Model 3 you can actually get delivered).

Announced Thursday night, the rear-drive Model 3 Long Range — which started at $44,000 but required the addition of a $5,000 premium package — is gone from the lineup, replaced by a Mid Range sedan with two driven wheels and a lower-capacity battery. The price for 50 fewer miles of range? $45,000. Read More

In-Depth Look At Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range Electric Miles

Wow did the Tesla Model 3 news stream in late last evening.

After we signed off and attempted to call it a day at InsideEVs — though our days never really end in the usual sense — Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to make some pretty major announcements. Late last night we learned that you can now order a mid-range Model 3, the single-motor Long Range variant is set to go away, and Full Self-Driving will also become unavailable, at least temporarily. Fortunately, our respected friend, data giant, and Twitter user Troy Teslike (@TroyTeslike) got to work deciphering data. Read More

As Dealers Meet, Ford’s Focus Switches from Customer Conquest to Retention

The plan may as well carry the heading “Operation Don’t Leave Us.” As Ford dealers meet in Las Vegas, the automaker has shifted its focus from luring buyers from other brands to keeping Ford owners in the family.

Helping firm up that relationship are a series of “Built Ford Proud” ads poised to hit the airwaves this weekend, with Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston serving as the brand’s spokesman. For dealers, product assurances top the most-wanted list. Apparently, they got them. Read More

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Gets Production Green Light

The German automaker is getting serious about its EV plans.

Less than a day after we saw the first spy photos of an all-electric Porsche wagon (or a shooting brake, whatever you prefer), the German company has confirmed it will put the Mission E Cross Turismo concept into production. Yesterday, during a high-rank meeting within the automaker, the board of directors has given the study the green light for production, confirming rumors from earlier this year. Read More

Porsche confirms sportswagon Taycan for production

Yesterday, we published photos of a minimally disguised Porsche test mule, estimating that the images showed the eventual “Sport Turismo” wagon derivative of the upcoming Porsche Taycan electric sedan. Today, Porsche appears to have confirmed that the Taycan will indeed get a “sportsback” variant, as it announced that there will be a production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo. Seen at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the Cross Turismo concept was a slightly crossover-style wagon version of the Mission E concept car, which previewed the Taycan. Read More

Lexus Minivan Rendered To Imagine Carrying The Family In Style

We aren’t sure if the vehicle could actually happen, but this rendering shows that a Lexus minivan could have an interesting look.

Last week, a report from the Philippines quoted Raymond Rodriguez, president of Lexus Manila, Inc., as calling a minivan from Toyota’s luxury nameplate as “only a matter of time.” Whether or not this premium people mover actually arrives in showrooms, it’s interesting to imagine what a Lexus van might look like. Motor1.com’s new rendering uses Rodriguez’s statements and some creative license to fantasize about the exterior styling of the opulent, roomy model. Read More

VW and partner SAIC start building $2.5B Audi plant in China

BEIJING — Volkswagen AG’s China joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp has started building a $2.5 billion new energy vehicle (NEV) plant in Shanghai, which will make VW’s luxury Audi brand cars, a possible first for the venture.

The new plant is a key step for Audi to diversify production of its cars in the world’s largest car market from its long-standing local partner, China FAW Group Corp. This shift has been delayed amid resistance from local dealers. Read More

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