At the Lexus manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky., a factory worker runs her hands over the body panels of a newly minted ES 350. Using only her eyes and sense of touch, she can detect distortions in the metal by a fraction of a millimeter. If the car doesn’t pass muster under her discerning eye, it won’t end up on the showroom floor.
This hot hatch looks rad. Guess you could Puth it that way.
Who would have thought that something as aggressive-looking and snazzy could be custom-made to have a pop singer’s name on it? Well, Honda just made one with this Civic Type R, designed by Charlie Puth himself.
Headlining this year’s Honda Civic Tour, Charlie Puth is looking to unite fans of the iconic hot hatch and his legion of followers in his collaboration with the Japanese marque. The Charlie Puth-designed Civic Type R will be displayed during the stops of the Honda Civic Tour. We put the schedule of the tour below at the press release section just in case you want to drop by.
“We don’t want to fight in public via Twitter.”
EU promises swift response to any U.S. auto import tariffs originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Third-generation Century luxury sedan drops the V12, adds tech and symbolism.
Three decades ago – long before the invention of today’s ubiquitous SUV – all-wheel drive was a technology nearly absent on all but the most serious off-road vehicles. Yet, a few early adopters wanted the advantages that putting power to all four corners afforded—not just for mud-slinging brutes but for high-performance rally cars and even road-going sports models. And although the Audi Quattro debuted in 1980, it is probably the Porsche 959 that will be remembered as the high watermark of early all-wheel-drive sports cars. Make that supercars.
Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas by 0.118s to lead a Mercedes one-two in qualifying for the French Grand Prix on Formula 1’s return to Paul Ricard.
Mercedes looked strong during practice, and had the advantage throughout a qualifying hour during which rain threatened and fell lightly but never seriously impacted conditions.
Hamilton took control of the Q3 top 10 shootout by posting a 1m30.222s lap on ultrasofts on his first run, putting him a tenth ahead of Bottas and almost two tenths clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
You know what’s worse? The car’s allegedly rented.
It seems like a bad time for people renting cars recently. Last week, a rented AMG GLE Coupe rolled over an inclined roundabout in France. It was really unfortunate for the Mercedes and the driver, plus the fact that a $2,324 (2,000 euros) “caution” deposit was reported to be given by the renter.
The 25th anniversary of anything is a big deal, but Bonhams is outdoing itself to celebrate the silver anniversary of its annual auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The sale, set for July 13 at the legendary English estate in Chichester, will feature about 85 cars and carries a total presale estimate of roughly $53.4 million to $66.8 million. When there’s a 1931 Bentley Blower on offer and it’s not the best car in the lineup (or even the second-best), you know there’s an epic sale ahead. Here are five frontrunners.
Does the BMW i3 (Sport) still impress after living with it for a time?
I had a little over 72,000 miles on my i3 REx when I had the unfortunate luck of crossing an intersection at the same time a woman was looking at her phone when she should have been stopping for a red light, She subsequently t-boned my car on the passenger side, sending it to an early retirement.
Nostalgia at its finest.
Remember the Benz three-wheeled motor vehicle that we featured last week? Well, if you suddenly felt then urge to get your hands on one, All Time Stars, the classic car arm of Mercedes-Benz, is selling a Benz Patent Motorwagen on their website. It’s just a replica, though, but this is the closest thing to the real thing. Best part? It’s fully-functioning with interesting features to boot.
For the uninitiated, the Patent-Motorwagen is the first vehicle that has been patented to run via an internal combustion engine in January 29, 1886. A bit of history here, Gottlieb Daimler patented an internal combustion engine, too, later in the same year, and began with the construction of a horseless four-wheeled carriage. That started the iconic Mercedes-Benz brand, and, as the cliche goes, the rest is history.
“Normal” versus performance car, which will win?
Now, don’t expect an out-of-this-world result in this video. We didn’t. These cars are like at the opposite ends of the speed spectrum; a “normal” car versus a vehicle that’s made to perform. Okay, not so much at opposite ends as there are slower cars than the Golf, but you get the gist. We certainly had this coming.
The Crewe manufacturer has teamed up with Bang and Olufsen.
Bentley says that it has teamed up with the Danish maker of premium sound systems, Bang & Olufsen, to put a groundbreaking sound system setup into its new Continental GT coupe. The Danish company’s revolutionary BeoSonic interface has been designed to shape the sound around the car’s occupants, and provides four distinct audio profiles: Bright, Energetic, Warm & Relaxed.
The idea that Autocar should participate in the creation of a brand-new Vauxhall concept car right from the ground up began late last year as PSA chief Carlos Tavares was inking the deal he’d announced a few months earlier to buy Vauxhall and Opel, the former GM brands in Europe.
From the outset, it was clear that to have any chance of future success Vauxhall-Opel will need to change enormously, not just in the predictable ‘lean and mean’ ways but also by presenting a reimagined, thoroughly modernised design philosophy leading to even more desirable, saleable products. No pressure…
Not only is the Ford Focus ST Mk2 of 2005 to 2011 one of the great hot hatches but also, thanks to high numbers of used ones, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a good one that fits your budget.
Fill your boots with any number of ST-2s or 3s. The basic ST-1 is rarer and not worth bothering with, unless condition and price swing it. The ST-1 has cloth-covered Recaros; the ST-2 has Xenon headlights with washers, a heated windscreen, ESP and two more speakers; the ST-3 has leather Recaros front and rear and those rear seats are a two-seat bench, while the ST-1 and ST-2 have a three-seat affair.
The U.S. market is chock full of good SUVs with all kinds of fancy designs and high-tech features. So great ones like the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, which doesn’t look fancy, has to rely on its value-for-money factor to lure the customers. And it does offer great value.
Starting from just $21,895, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is only a mere hundred bucks more expensive than last year’s model. But it has had upgrades worth a lot more than that. For one thing, the coveted and much praised EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is now available on all 2019 Crosstrek trim levels. The system features Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management; Adaptive Cruise Control; Lane Departure and Sway Warning; and Lane Keep Assist.
How do you reimagine an icon while upholding its essential character? Such was the conundrum faced by Mercedes-Benz designers and engineers when tasked with updating the endearingly anachronistic G-Class, which underwent a significant re-working for 2019.
The G-Class, aka G-Wagen or Geländewagen, was born 40 years ago when the Shah of Iran, a stakeholder in Mercedes-Benz, urged the manufacturer to build a military-inspired passenger vehicle. The G-Wagen quickly developed a reputation as a go-anywhere, climb-anything trailblazer, earning a first place finish at the grueling Paris-Dakar rally in 1983. But it also evolved into a fish out of water when it found increasing duty on public roads, eventually morphing into perhaps its most incongruous form with the boulevard-bruising AMG models, whose growling power seemed mismatched to topsy-turvy handling on tarmac.
The new RS7 sounds sinister.
New video shows the Audi RS7 hustling hard around the Nürburgring. The exterior of the Audi looks pedestrian; however, the exhaust note and its performance around the track should give away its real potential. Granted, all you have to do is look closely at the rear end, and you’ll notice the massive oval exhaust tips sticking out from the bumper. The test mule spotted here also sports chunkier wheel arches to help give the fastback sedan an more aggressive stance.
The five-seat Q8, based on the three-row Q7 crossover, keeps the latter’s wheelbase but is lower, has shorter overhangs, and gets a wider track. In fact, it shares the VW/Audi MSB platform with the new Lamborghini Urus SUV. There’s no turbo V-8 under this hood, though—power comes from Audi’s three-liter TFSI twin-turbo V-6 that twists out 340 hp and 369 ft lbs of torque. It’s hooked to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox and a quattro all-wheel-drive configuration (with a default 40/60 front-to-rear torque split) to get power to the ground. And if conditions dictate, the system can send up to 70 percent of the torque to the front wheels or as much as 85 percent to the rear.
Tyres need to be maintained in order to be safe when you are driving around. If you are not sure what the warning signs are for tyres which are not in good condition, then read on. Not only will you learn how to spot potential trouble before it causes major difficulties, but you will find out how to put matters right.
Minivans are great for a lot of things, but intimidating the neighbors is not among their many attributes.
While you could spend the weekend welding spikes onto one and giving everyone on your block “the stare down,” alternative options exist. You could purchase some custom wheels and replace the chrome accents with something darker, or you could have Chrysler do it for you if you’re in the market for a Pacifica.
With a dark exterior and electric mobility, this is the stealthy way to haul the family.
Chrysler launching a blacked-out S Appearance Package for the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid for the parents that to have the most diabolical looking minivan in the dropoff lane at school. The option will cost $595 and will arrive on the Pacifica Hybrid this fall. It’ll give the hybrid minivan a perfect look for hauling the kids during Halloween.
This chameleon color was actually available from the factory and carried a five-figure price.
The McLaren 675LT Spider debuted in December 2015, and all 500 examples had reserved buyers by the end of the month – quite a nice holiday present. Now, what must be the weirdest car of the production run is up for sale in the United Kingdom for 285,000 pounds ($377,834 at current exchange rates). The convertible supercar wears the wild shade MSO Amazon Colour Stream that is immediately reminiscent of the chameleon paint from so many custom cars in the 1990s. The paint shifts between shades of green, blue, and purple, depending on the angle that you view it.
Generally when we write about sticker prices for the upcoming model year, it’s to document a price hike – sometimes minor, sometimes major. Rarely does a manufacturer cut prices, especially in a hot segment.
However, it appears that’s exactly what The General is doing across three of its brands. A few machines take a haircut and give up some standard equipment, while others will simply have a Monroney bearing a smaller number next year.
The truck’s trailer was ripped open after a crash caused by careless driving.
Yogurt spill closes four lanes of Canada’s busiest highway originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
JUN 21 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY
You never know what incredible discovery you’ll come across trolling through various patent applications from the world’s automakers. Take this one reportedly filed by Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA), for instance. It offers up a system that allows passengers to add energy to an autonomous vehicle by pedaling or turning a crank. No, we’re not making this up.
The organizers of televised U.S. awards shows, who annually serve up a night of lectures, sermons, hypocrisy, and guilt for an increasingly small audience, should realize that the show doesn’t necessarily have to go on.
It’s certainly not going on in Germany. Axel Springer, a top publishing house for numerous German media sources, including AutoBild, has now wrestled the prestigious Golden Steering Wheel award out of everyone’s hands. There’ll be no thanking of grade school teachers by auto execs this year. Blame, well, the auto industry.
Autoblog answers all your questions about the 2018 Subaru Outback.
2018 Subaru Outback Buying Guide | The original crossover, explained originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Tesla’s efforts to scale back its workforce will significantly impact its solar roof business. Its 9 percent staffing cut reportedly translates into the closing of roughly a dozen facilities in the United States. The company got into selling photovoltaic shingles after acquiring SolarCity for $2.6 billion. At the time, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who previously served as chairman of SolarCity’s board of directors, called the purchase a “no brainer.”
Her account was streaming “The Voice.”
Uber driver was streaming Hulu show just before self-driving car crash originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The Jetta’s name comes from the jet stream, and this one should go like the wind.
Think of the vehicles that you usually see setting world speed records, and it’s safe to assume that the image of a high-velocity Volkswagen Jetta doesn’t immediately jump into your mind. However, VW wants to change that perception because the automaker is preparing a 2019 Jetta to attempt for a title in the BGC/G class at Bonneville Speed Week in August. The sedan needs to go quicker than 208.472 miles per hour (335.5 kilometers per hour) to claim the title.
2018 Volkswagen GTI S
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, DOHC (220 hp @ 4700 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm)
Six-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive
25 city / 33 highway / 28 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)
27.4 (observed mileage, MPG)
Base Price: $27,265
As Tested: $27,265
Prices include $850 freight charge.
Depending on how pedantic you feel like being, one can argue that the original Volkswagen GTI was not the first hot hatch. Alec Issigonis, with the revolutionary Mini, clearly inspired Volkswagen to move to the space-saving front-engine, front-drive, two-box form factor, even though the Austin/Morris original never had a true hatchback. No matter. Whatever the lineage, there’s no arguing that keeping mechanical bits in a separate box from the fleshy bits can yield impressive room from a small car.
Autoblog answers all your questions about the 2018 Nissan Altima
2018 Nissan Altima Buying Guide | What you need to know about this midsize sedan originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Toyota Uses NASCAR to Remind People How American It Is
17 million Toyotas have been built on American soil. more
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.
Defendant in Tesla lawsuit says he’s a whistleblower.
Defendant in Tesla sabotage lawsuit seeks whistleblower status originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We might not have the ideal climate for them, but in Britain we love our convertibles. And when those sunny days do finally arrive, there’s never a bad time to drop the top and enjoy some wind in your hair.
Our idea of soft-top perfection isn’t all about raw performance and speed, either. The following 10 cars are our picks of the best convertibles and cabriolets for open-air cruising.
Alliance not discussing full merger.
‘Zero’ chance of Renault taking over Nissan, Mitsubishi, says Ghosn originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Porsche barely bothers to disguise the upcoming coupe.
Porsche has had test mules on the road for the next-gen 911 since 2015, and development has progressed quite a bit from those early cars. These new spy shots catch one lapping the Nürburgring and show off a coupe that looks nearly ready for an official unveiling.
Where most automakers use swirling camouflage to hide their test mules, Porsche takes the simple route of just applying some black tape to conceal the styling. The new 911 appears wider than the current one, and the front end seems smoother than the existing model. Two new creases in the hood are a nod to 911s of the past.
“Build them here!”
Trump threatens 20 percent tariff on European Union cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
It seems there were no shortage of comments left on our 2019 Chevrolet Blazer story after it went up last night. Sorry for keeping you all up, feverishly pounding those keys. But could there not be? The decision to resurrect a fairly fondly remembered name and apply it to a less-rugged vehicle was bound to spark controversy. Twitter, that bastion of right-thinking hot takes, was aflame.
This year’s Pikes Peak race to the clouds will be headed by the VW I.D. R Pikes Peak electric race car. The I.D. earned this honor by setting the fastest time during the qualifying session in which Romain Dumas climbed the first 8 kilometer section of the course in 3:16.083.
That was more than 11 seconds faster than the second fastest time, which will kind of make the race itself pointless, and VW I.D. R’s win a forgone conclusion. After all, it had a huge gap in qualifying over the second quickest car. Mind you, Pikes Peak is a hill climb and qualifying times are only used to determine the starting order for the race. They are not really important. The race could still hold surprises.
Because green is the new black.
2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan gets sinister S package originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
This, despite Trump criticizing building vehicles abroad.
On the last three Friday’s of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at near-luxury sport sedans. The hot deals are on the 2018 Acura TLX SH-AWD, Audi A4 2.0 quattro Komfort and Mercedes-Benz C 300 2.0 4Matic
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.
F1: Hamilton fastest as Ericsson has fiery crash in France in practice originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The mash-up of fledgling technology that requires human vigilance to ensure safety and our natural inclination to become distracted by mobile devices appears to be the cause of the fatal Tempe, Arizona Uber crash in March.
According to a lengthy police report obtained by Reuters, the driver of the autonomous Volvo XC90 operated by Uber Technologies may have been watching the TV show The Voice in the moments leading up to the collision. The impact killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the darkened street with her bicycle.