Gran Turismo Sport Adds 8 Cars, Oval Track With January Update

Get behind the wheel of a classic Porsche, Aston Martin, and Ferrari on a gigantic oval circuit.

Arriving hot on the heels of Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7’s latest updates, the January improvements to Gran Turismo Sport go online on January 17. The pack includes eight new cars and an extra track, in addition to a few other fresh features.

The newly added cars puts an emphasis on classics over modern machines. The oldest of the bunch is a 1953 Aston Martin DB3S race car, but a 1956 Porsche 356A 1500 GS GT Carrera Speedster comes in a close second. Fans of classic muscle should enjoy getting behind the wheel of a 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, and folks who want a more exotic vintage ride can drive a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT. The machines then jump forward a few decades, and a 1998 Honda Integra Type R joins the game’s roster. There’s also a 2000 TVR Tuscan Speed 6, and a 2001 BMW Z8. The newest vehicle here is a Japanese market 2007 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S (better known to most folks as a 350Z). Read More

Sounds Good: 1966 Jaguar XKE OTS 4.2 Series 1

This 1966 XKE S1 Roadster (currently live on BaT Auctions) looks wonderful in a light, almost pastel shade of yellow over tan leather and knock-off wire wheels, though we’re especially attracted to the beautiful noise its reportedly matching-numbers 4.2-liter twin-cam six emits. This unit, called the XK6, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and with its modest ~5000 rpm limit, remains an excellent reminder that tons of revs are not a prerequisite for mechanical music–click through to here this one rip through the gears. Read More

The Mazda3 gets even more competitive pricing for 2019

Mazda has just priced the all-new 2019 Mazda3 first unveiled at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, and it’s striving to stay super-competitive in the small-car segment.

Base models GXs will start at $18,000 and will include an 8-speaker audio system, plus Mazda Connect infotainment system with an 8.8-inch colour screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Read More

Chevrolet ‘Real People’ reliability ad pulled after claims challenged

A new “Real People, Not Actors” commercial from Chevrolet has been pulled following legal challenges against the claims made it in being filed by Ford, Toyota and Honda.

The Detroit News reports GM received emails from those companies’ lawyers pretty quickly after the ad went to air, stating Chevrolet had until January 14 at 5pm to respond to demands to stop making reliability comparisons they felt inaccurate. Read More

BaT Auction: 1938 Ford Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon

This 1938 Ford Model 81A Deluxe “woodie” station wagon is powered by a 239ci flathead V8 paired with a 3-speed manual transmission. The car was refurbished during previous ownership with reported rebuilds of the engine and transmission, along with new brown vinyl upholstery and overhauls of the braking and steering systems. A repaint in maroon was conducted during the seller’s ownership, as were modifications including a Magnum 4″ dropped axle, hydraulic brakes, Wheelsmith wheels, and an adjustable front seat. This Deluxe woodie has known ownership history back to the early 1970s and was purchased by the seller in 2014. It is now being offered with a clean Washington State title in the seller’s name. Read More

Rare Rides: The 2015 Jaguar C-X75, as Seen in Spectre

Today’s Rare Ride is a fairly elaborate concept. A project that came a long way but was not to be, in a case of much ventured and little gained.

It’s the Jaguar C-X75, from 2015.

Jaguar debuted the C-X75 concept in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show. Looking to the future, Jaguar’s concept was a plug-in hybrid, with propulsion provided by four electric motors — one at each wheel. Combined, they produced a total of 778 horsepower. The batteries for the motors were charged by dual diesel turbines, instead of a standard internal combustion engine. Paris was impressed, and Jaguar continued its work. Read More

BaT Auction: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe 5-Speed

This 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 was delivered new at Niello Porsche of Concord, California and has reportedly been owned by a single family in the San Francisco Bay Area since new. It now shows just under 100k miles and is powered by a 3.6L flat-six paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle and all-wheel drive. Finished in Baltic Blue Metallic over a Linen full leather interior, the car was optioned from the factory with an electric sunroof, staggered-width forged alloy wheels, powered sport seats, a CD player, and more. The air conditioning system was recharged in 2018, and a new battery was installed at that time as well. This 964 C4 is offered on dealer consignment with service records since new, a window sticker, factory literature, a tool kit, spare keys, a jack and spare tire, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title. Read More

BaT Auction: 10k-Mile 2005 Honda S2000

This 2005 Honda S2000 shows just 10k miles and is finished in Suzuka Blue over blue leather. The car was sold new by Lynnwood Honda in Edmonds, Washington and was recently acquired by the selling dealer from its believed original owner. Power is provided by a 2.2-liter VTEC inline-four mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a factory equipped limited-slip differential. An oil change was conducted in preparation of the sale. This AP2 S2000 is now offered by the selling dealer with the original books, keys, a clean Carfax, and a clear Washington State title. Read More

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Pricing Puts Audi On Notice

Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for its new A-Class sedan while throwing the gauntlet Audi’s way. The 2019 A220 starts at $32,500, which happens to be the exact cost of a base A3. The cars even share an identical $995 destination fee.

Considering both models feature 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engines producing 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, we anticipated similar MSRPs. But Daimler might as well put a photo of the A3 in crosshairs on the A-Class’ window sticker. Read More

Very Rare Early Production Model: 1943 Volkswagen Type 60

This 1943 KdF Type 60 is a super rare early production model, and is believed to be one of roughly 40 remaining out of ~840 built between 1937 and ’45. Further described as the “genuine article,” the car is thought to have been delivered new to a German Red Cross director in Potsdam-Babelsburg, and the seller also claims that it’s been verified through Volkswagen’s official archives. Troublesome politics aside, these early cars are historically important and very interesting from a technical standpoint, representing as they do the most original expression of Porsche and staff’s initial engineering and design work. Spec includes an 1100cc version of the famous air-cooled boxer four, producing just 25 hp yet still capable of propelling that unmistakable shape up to 100 km/h (62 mph). The car has been restored to what looks like a nice standard, and though more recent activity isn’t mentioned, it has reportedly participated in vintage touring events in the past. Find it here on The Samba somewhere in Connecticut for $269k. Special thanks to BaT reader E.H. for this submission. Read More

Chevrolet Pulls Latest ‘Real People, Not Actors’ Ad From TV

It made some reliability claims that other automakers and a consumer advocacy group found highly dubious.

Chevrolet has surely invested considerable time and cost into its “real people” advertising campaign. Since the very beginning a few years ago it’s been the subject of some controversy, mostly questioning the whole real people not actors aspect. Fine print typically accompanies the commercials explaining where the stats mentioned in the spots come from, but this time that print – along with the vehicles featured – apparently ruffled too many feathers. Read More

BaT Auction: 1973 Ford Bronco

This 1973 Ford Bronco was sold new in Nevada and reportedly remained with its original owner until 2014, when it was acquired by the seller. A subsequent refurbishment included a repaint in original green and white, interior refreshment, suspension and drivetrain work, and more. Power is supplied by a 302ci V8 mated to a column-shifted 3-speed manual gearbox and 2-speed transfer case, and the truck was optioned with the Ranger package from new. This U15 wagon has been driven approximately 2k miles since completion of the work and is offered with build receipts and clean British Columbia registration in the seller’s name. Read More

Toyota’s North American CEO Isn’t Exactly Brimming With Enthusiasm for EVs

“(Tesla CEO Elon Musk) has excited a lot of people about EVs,” Lentz said. “I worry a little bit we are over-stimulated in our belief that EVs are going to take over the world quickly. Today, if you look at just alternative vehicles (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, BEV, or fuel-cell) there are 94 nameplates out there. And they sold about 600,000 (units) last year. But only seven sold more than 2,000 a month.” Read More

Green Deals: 4-pack 100W A19 LED Light Bulbs $20, more

Sansi Lighting Direct via Amazon offers a four-pack of its 100W A19 LED Light Bulbs for $19.99 shipped when promo code MKT13WATT is applied during checkout. That’s good for 20% off the regular going rate and the best that we’ve seen. Opting for LED light bulbs delivers savings year-round with a total annual cost of $1.57, which equates up to 90% savings. These are brighter 100W bulbs which is part of the higher-price tag on today’s deal. Rated 4.7/5 stars. Read More

VW Transporter Facelift Spied With Bigger Grille

There are new taillights, too.

While we know that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has a new Transporter under development, the company also has a refreshed example of the existing T6 on the way. These spy shots provide a glimpse at the minor styling tweaks on the way for the van.

VW’s camouflage doesn’t do much to conceal the updated T6’s revised styling. A larger grille now extends below the taillights, rather than the existing styling that puts a crossbar beneath the lamps. There’s also a skinny inlet in the lower fascia, and small driving lights continue to be in the corners. Read More

10 Year Challenge: Car Edition

  • Image Credit: BMW / James Riswick

10 Year Challenge: Car Edition

The 10 Year Challenge has been making its way around Facebook and Instagram, “challenging” people to post side-by-side photographs of themselves now and 10 years ago. It’s not exactly the Ice Bucket Challenge in terms of effort or importance, but hey, it’s something to do.  Read More

286bhp Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR now official

The Golf GTI TCR stands out from the standard Golf GTI with a more prominent front splitter, wider side sills, a TCR-specific spoiler and a large full-width diffuser at the rear. Buyers will be able to specify TCR decals over the rear of the sills, a body side foil featuring the honeycomb shape reflected in the design of the grille, and puddle lamps that project a TCR logo to the side of the car when the door is opened. LED headlights come as standard, along with Front Assist automatic emergency braking and an Active Info Display digital instrument cluster. Read More

BaT Auction: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 Six-Pack 4-Speed

This 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A is one of just 989 examples to leave the factory with a 4-speed manual gearbox and is finished in High Impact Go Mango Orange. Built to homologate the Dodge Challenger for SCCA’s Trans-Am series, Challenger T/As received power from a 340ci Six Pack V8 and also came equipped with power front disc brakes, heavy-duty shocks and suspension, fiberglass hood with Fresh Air package, hood pins, 15″x7″ Rallye wheels, dual side-exit exhaust, and an appearance package. This example was purchased by the seller out of Arizona four years ago and has recently received rebuilds of the engine, transmission, as well as overhauls of the suspension and brake systems. Work also entailed recovering both front bucker seats, refinishing the fiberglass hood, and more as outlined in the listing below. Approximately 1,800 miles have been added since the work was completed, and this Challenger is now being offered with 4 years of records, documents from the Challenger T/A Registry, and a clean California title in the seller’s name. Read More

2018 Honda Ridgeline Long-Term Review | Is it truck enough?

It’s difficult to add much more in the way of driving impressions about our long-term 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E than what has already been said in our previous long-term updates. What I can add is some perspective gained from a trip to upstate New York.

I made the eight-hour trek from Michigan with my girlfriend to visit my roommate from college, Kelby. Now, Kelby is a truck guy through and through. He grew up in a southern New York town with a population hovering somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 people at any one time. Everybody there, including his family, drives trucks. For the longest time, he’s driven a Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with an eight-foot bed. None of the panels match, there’s rust all over and the interior looks like it’s been through Hell. My friend loves that thing like it’s his child. To him, trucks are designed to get a job done — I’m inclined to agree. So, I was curious what he’d think of my fancy Ridgeline when I showed up at his door. Read More

Finland: Plug-In Electric Cars Captured 4.7% Of New Car Market

Finish drivers are increasingly choosing plug-in cars

2018 was a very successful year for plug-in electric cars in Finland. The number of new registrations increased 86% year-over-year to a record 5,691 at a very high 4.7% market share.

The market was driven mainly by PHEVs (86% of all), but since September, the growth of plug-in hybrids weakened due models eliminated by lack of WLTP-certification. All-electric models are in minority, but growth is above 50%. Read More

VW Amarok AT35 truck is designed for arctic exploration

We don’t get the Volkswagen Amarok in America, but that’s not going to stop us from pining over this one-off truck designed for life in the Arctic Circle. Called the Amarok AT35, this truck began as a normal Amarok before VW handed it off to the folks at Arctic Trucks — an apt name for the project they took on. Its purpose in life is to traverse the frigid wastelands of Iceland as it supports winter driving experiences for customers. Read More

Ford is building an electric F-150, too, besides a hybrid version

Ford is planning to build a completely electric version of its popular F-150, the automaker has confirmed, alongside the hybrid powertrain variant it announced several months ago.

“We’re going to be electrifying the F-Series, battery electric and hybrid,” Ford president of global markets Jim Farley was quoted by the Detroit Free Press during a conference in Detroit, adding the move would future-proof the truck. Read More

2020 Hyundai Ioniq shows off fresh styling, upgraded interior

Hyundai of Europe revealed a refreshed 2020 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Being refreshes, the changes are mild, but mostly welcome. Starting on the outside, the Ioniq’s plain slatted grille gives way to a more conventional-looking metallic finish mesh grille. The detailing on the mesh makes the car look more premium than the outgoing model. New jewel-like LED headlights and triangular taillights are available, too, the latter of which matches the angular new Elantra nicely. Read More

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gets More Angular Styling and a Big New Screen

The Hyundai Ioniq has only been on sale for a couple of years, but the Korean brand already is refreshing the regular hybrid and plug-in-hybrid versions of the compact hatchback with a handful of new features. While we only have details on the Europe-spec models so far, most if not all of the changes should make their way to our shores later this year. Hyundai says that an updated Ioniq Electric will “follow soon after,” likely later this year as well. Read More

BaT Auction: Supercharged 1972 MG MGB Roadster at No Reserve

This 1972 MGB roadster is powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter four paired with a 5-speed Tremec manual transmission and was refurbished under previous ownership with fresh paint, refinished chrome, a new vinyl top, and interior work. The car was reportedly part of an Arizona collection before spending two years with its previous owner in Pennsylvania. It was acquired by the seller five years ago, and a chassis lube, oil change, and leak repair were performed in the past nine months. This MGB is offered at no reserve with recent records, a jack and tire change tools, and a clean Utah title in the seller’s name. Read More

Electric Ford F-Series, Lincoln crossover, Tesla charger, Chinese minivan: Today's Car News

2018 Ford F-150

Ford plans to build an all-electric F-series truck. Lincoln’s making electric “elegant.” Tesla has released a new portable Level 2 home charger. And Chinese automaker GAC showed a U.S.-designed concept at the Detroit auto show. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

At a meeting with investors following the Detroit auto show Ford Global Vice President for Marketing and Sales Jim Farley said, “We’re going to electrify the F-Series,” specifying, “battery electric and hybrid,” in a presentation to investors. Read More

2019 Detroit Auto Show in the Rearview – A True Winter of Discontent

One of the repeating refrains I heard in Detroit this year went something like, “It’s the last winter show, and yet it’s not even that cold!”

Cold, of course, can be relative – Southern Californians tend to define it differently than Midwesterners. Still, Sunday and Monday were tolerable for life-long Northerners like myself, but Tuesday did offer a chill that reminded us that it was still January. Read More

Nooses and racial hate at GM Toledo plant described in CNN report

Nooses — not one noose, several.

Swastika T-shirts.

Liberal use of the N-word.

Veiled threats and coded epithets such as calling black men “Dan,” as in “dumb-ass …”

A not-so-veiled threat by a worker brandishing a clutch assembly against his black supervisor in anger. And another employee telling his boss, “Back in the day, you would have been buried with a shovel.” Read More

In 2018, A Stunning 19% Cars Sold In Iceland Were Plug-Ins

The automotive market is changing towards electrification

Iceland is the 2nd-ranked country in the world (after Norway) with the highest plug-in electric car share in new sales. As of the end of 2018, Iceland closed with a record 3,439 sales (up 15%) and 19% average share!

The share is growing not only because plug-in car sales increased, but also because Iceland experienced a decrease of overall car sales the past year (16%). Read More

BaT Auction: 1959 Triumph TR3A

This 1959 Triumph TR3A is finished red over a tan interior and powered a by a replacement 2.1-liter inline-four mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. A body-off restoration was carried out under previous ownership between 2014 and 2017, and the seller purchased the car on BaT in February 2018. He has added approximately 200 miles over the past 10 months, and also recently installed a new steering box and electric cooling fan. This TR3A is now being offered with photos from the restoration, a tonneau cover, and a clear California title in the seller’s name. Read More

This Suzuki SJ-10 Jimny Is Still Adorable Even After 40 Years

This one is now on its way to America.

The new Suzuki Jimny is a wonderful piece of forbidden fruit for Americans, given its adorable dimensions and retro styling. Thankfully, the 25-year rule in the United States makes it easy to bring classic examples of this diminutive off-roader into the country. As an example of what you can get, check out this 1978 Suzuki Jimny SJ10 that’s currently on the way to the U.S. It’ll be available from ATL JDM in Atlanta. Read More

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Is a Sledgehammer That’s Easier to Wield

This review has been updated with test results.

Ugh. Mercedes should have left well enough alone,we thought to ourselves when we first heard about the updates made to the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S coupe, cabriolet, and sedan. The list reads like something a technophile would stash under his or her mattress. It includes a larger standard infotainment screen, an available gigantic digital instrument cluster, nine-stage traction-control software, new AMG Dynamics chassis programs, one new driving mode, touch-capacitive nubs on the steering-wheel spokes, and little control nodules on the steering wheel that have their own miniature screens. It’s not often that extra displays or lines of code make a car more appealing to drive, especially one with the raw emotional appeal of the steroidal and brutish C63. Sigh, right? Read More

Trump 'inclined' to impose new U.S. auto tariffs, says senator

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to move ahead with tariffs on imported vehicles, a move that could prompt the European Union to agree a new trade deal, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley on Wednesday.

“I think the president’s inclined to do it,” the Republican senator told reporters. “I think Europe (is) very very concerned about those tariffs … It may be the instrument that gets Europe to negotiate.” Read More

Australia reclaims its rightful position as simultaneous-burnout champ

While we Canucks are dutifully scraping the ice off of our windshields every morning, the car nuts in Australia are in the middle of their summer, smashing burnout world records with their shirts off. Sigh.

Apparently it’s something of a point of national pride Down Under, where they’ve been battling to take and re-take the world record for the biggest group burnout for the past few years. Read More

BaT Auction: 1973 BMW 3.0CS

This 1973 BMW 3.0CS is powered by a replacement 3.0-liter inline-six equipped with Weber carburetors and paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. The selling dealer purchased the car on BaT in 2016 and has since driven it approximately 1,000 miles. Service records dating back more than 30 years document an exterior repaint in Atlantic Blue in addition to the 1996 engine replacement and partial interior reupholstery, while recent work addressed the electrical system, brakes, fluids, and more. This E9 is offered with service records and a clean Florida title. Read More

Lincoln Promises ‘Elegant’ EVs, but Will They be Visible?

Numerous observers walked away from the North American Auto Show, and more specifically Cadillac’s NAIAS Eve unveiling event, wondering whether electric crossovers are even more homogenous looking than their internal combustion brethren.

So, when Ford’s North American president, Kumar Galhotra, claims a Lincoln vehicle born of the Ford Mach E (or some similar name) will carry on the brand’s tradition of “quiet luxury,” one wonders how a vehicle without the need for a traditional grille will avoid getting lost in a sea of anonymity. Read More

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 to Be Auctioned for Charity

It has become a ritual of sorts in recent years for automakers to offer up for auction the first copy of a highly anticipated new model to benefit a charity. The car will bear a VIN in a low number, often #001, as is the case with the soon to be freshly minted 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 offered here, it’s an opportunity for those with the means to score an instant collectible while applying a cold-cash compress to their ego without appearing too arrogant. After all, it’s for charity, right? Read More

Lotus cars to be 'Made in China' at new Geely plant, according to documents

BEIJING/SHANGHAI — The Chinese owner of Lotus plans to start producing the British sports car brand in China for the first time with the opening of a new 9 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) factory in Wuhan city, company job advertisements and government documents showed.

The previously unreported plans are Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s first move to shake up the British brand since its purchase of a majority stake in 2017. Read More

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Review: Grown Up Golf

Verdict 7.0 / 10

It’s easy to overlook the stoic Volkswagen Golf R compared to exuberant rivals like the Honda Civic Type R, Subaru WRX STI, and Ford Focus RS. Of the quartet, the Golf R has the most understated style, a higher asking price, and on paper, at least, less performance. But it makes up for its shortcomings with quality, agility, and general quickness. And with standard features – including a digital gauge cluster that’s essentially VW’s take on the Audi Virtual Cockpit – in abundance, it’s a more grown-up choice in a segment filled with boy racers. Read More

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