Watch Toyota Unveil 2020 Corolla That Updates A Legend

The livestream starts at 7:00 PM PST / 10:00 PM EST.

With over 40 million units delivered since 1966, the Toyota Corolla is one of the bestselling automotive nameplates in the world. The Japanese automaker is now about to unveil the latest generation of the venerable model at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China. You can watch the sheet come off live from the stream embedded above at 10:00 PM EST or your local equivalent. Read More

2018 Mazda6 Signature Review: Better When Boosted

Verdict 6.1 / 10

There aren’t a lot of really exciting mid-sized sedans; just some good, solid options attempting to fend off a tsunami of SUVs. But enter the new-and-lightly-improved Mazda6. It’s no average mid-sizer.

Instead, it borrows a few fun-to-drive cues from the Miata – sharp styling, too – and turns it all up a notch with a new turbocharged engine borrowed from the CX-9 crossover SUV. It’s the “Zoom Zoom” alternative to doom and gloom. Read More

Safari-Ready 1978 Porsche 911 SC Defies Conventions

Most 911s only go off-road by accident. This one tears up the dirt on purpose.

At this point, we’d love to get all uppity about someone having the guts to go off the tarmac in a supercar, but it’s a Porsche 911. Not that a 911 isn’t a storied supercar, but it’s unique among the crowd as having a devoted group of owners who absolutely love configuring the car for dirt trails as well as paved race tracks. This custom 911 isn’t the first such project we’ve seen, and it probably won’t be the last. At least, we hope so, because rally-spec 911s are insanely cool. Read More

BaT Auction: 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

This 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe shows just under 58k miles and has been with the seller in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maine for over 20 years. Power is from a 3.2L flat-six mated to a 5-speed manual transaxle, and modifications include 17” turbo twist alloys, Brembo brakes, a Fabspeed performance chip and dual exhaust system, a roll cage, and more. Over 13k miles have been added by the seller, the majority of which were accumulated during his first few years of ownership. This 911 is now being offered for sale with some of its removed stock parts, records from the seller, shop manuals, a clean Carfax report, and a clean North Carolina title in the seller’s name. Read More

Commentary: Tesla's carrot sells more electric cars than California's stick

2018 Tesla Model 3

If you build them, they will come—as long as what you build is attractive.

That’s the message of Tesla’s dominant sales reports and awards this month. Buyers seem to be clamoring for the Model 3.

There was a time when electric cars seemed unattractive to a lot of drivers. Even with reports of global warming multiplying in the 1990s, gas was cheap, SUVs were on the rise, and electric cars had batteries the size of pickup beds, took overnight to recharge, and could go about 40 miles. Read More

The American car dealer with 700 Japanese classics

‘I saw the Figaro in 1989 at the Tokyo Motor Show, and I said I’m going to have one of those,’ says Gary Duncan. ‘Now I’ve overdosed!’

He’s not joking. As he says this, there are 115 Nissan Figaros lined up behind him, along with 25 Suzuki Carry mini-trucks, 15 Honda Beats – and around 700 vehicles in total. Read More

Graham Rahal’s New Ford GT Looks Pretty In Purple

The next step is to add a different set of wheels.

American racing driver Graham Rahal is apparently a fan of going fast off the track, too, and he now has an eye-catching, custom Ford GT to do it. His Instagram post showing off the machine says that he wants to “be bold” and “stand out from the ordinary.” This vibrant color should make an easy job of getting Rahal attention on the road. Read More

Renault Sold Over 5,000 Electric Cars In October 2018

Renault EV sales speed up.

In October, Renault sold over 5,017 electric cars – according to the preliminary report – which is just over 100 less than in its best month ever (March 2018).

Year-over-year growth amounted to 67% and EVs now account for nearly 3% of passenger car sales for the brand (in Europe, where most of EVs were sold, the share was 6%). Read More

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1970 Chevrolet K20 4×4 pickup restomod

From the seller’s description:

View the pictures of this outstanding example of a 1970 Chevrolet K20 4×4; in excellent condition. All steel, a real 70′ K20, previous frame off restoration, with an 8″ lift and dual Rancho adjustable shocks, all around. True 8-lug heavy duty axels. Powered by a big block, 454 with manual transmission (4-speed). P/S, P/B, new exhaust, Flow Masters, Warn 12,000 lb., winch, polished aluminum wheels, with new Wildcat rubber. This truck is a true attention getter, with excellent power, aggressive sound and no rust. Only 2-owners in the last 32-years. Tuned and serviced by Kilpatrick Engine in Waukehsa, a well known classic and hot rod shop. Read More

Tesla will soon be compatible with all DC fast charging—in Europe

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2018 Tesla Model 3

When the Tesla Model 3 arrives in Europe in early 2019, it will carry a special toolkit: the ability to charge—quickly—in more places than any other electric vehicle.

Tesla revealed this week that Model 3 sedans sold in Europe will come with a CCS charge port (inlet). Full compatibility with the standard will be assured with the installation of a module behind the charging receptacle. Read More

For the first time in its 51-year history, Baja 1000 runs without Rod Hall

Photo courtesy Rod Hall Racing.

Racing Baja in the Sixties took place at a far different pace than today’s races. One could get lost a dozen times driving used four-wheel-drive rigs and somehow still finish in the points. Rod Hall would know: He ran the first iteration of what is known today as the Baja 1000 and went on to compete in every one of the 50 runnings of the race, a streak that he will break this week after declining to enter the 51st Baja 1000. Read More

Bondurant Racing School shuts its doors, possibly for good

Aerial view of the Bondurant Racing School facility at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. Image courtesy Google Maps.

After celebrating its 50th anniversary in February 2018, the Bondurant Racing School (originally, the Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on October 2. Now, as multiple news outlets are reporting, the school abruptly shut its doors on Monday, November 12 — in the midst of a Dodge SRT class — saying only that more details would be released later in the week. Read More

Ford CEO says partnering with VW is a 'delicate dance'

MIAMI, Fla. — Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett told Reuters the company was open to investment by automakers and others in its autonomous vehicle business, but cautioned that expanding partnerships with German automaker Volkswagen AG was a “delicate dance.”

Volkswagen’s supervisory board is scheduled to meet on Thursday to review a 10-year strategic plan by Chief Executive Herbert Diess that is expected to propose using alliances with rivals to cut development costs for electric and autonomous vehicles and potentially other types of vehicles. Read More

BMW X5 M Goes Back Тo Nurburgring For A New Test Session

That thing looks fast on track.

The first spy photos of the next-generation BMW X5 M date back from July 18 last year when we saw a heavily camouflaged prototype out testing. Now, some 18 months later, most of the disguise is gone but the brand from Bavaria is still not ready to launch its performance SUV. The prototype from the video at the top is probably performing final evaluations on the Nurburgring and we are happy to report everything looks (almost) ready for production. Read More

2020 BMW M3 gets manual, RWD, AWD — but just how, exactly?

BMW Blog has been trying to put the pieces together that make up the production 2020 F80 BMW M3. According to one of the blog’s sources, the first maxed-out version the new G20 3 Series sedan will come with a six-speed manual as well as an automatic transmission, in all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive drivetrains. The question yet to be answered is whether there will two distinct options, one or the other, or if the M3 will use the switchable M xDrive system from the M5. Read More

Royal Guests Officially Open Second McLaren Production Facility

The site will focus on producing lightweight composites.

McLaren’s new £50-million ($64M) production facility in Yorkshire has been officially opened by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Named the McLaren Composites Technology Centre, or MTCT for short, the facility will focus on producing innovating lightweight carbon fiber and composites, which in turn will help the company produce lighter and more efficient vehicles in the future. Read More

HRE reveals byzantine, 3D-printed titanium wheels

Yesterday marked the first time this blogger has watched a seven-minute video about making a set of wheels. The 3D-printed conceptual wheels, product of a collaboration between HRE Wheels and GE Additive AddWorks, were worth it. Also known as “additive manufacturing,” 3D printing for vehicles isn’t new, with BMW having produced more than 1 million such parts so far. Titanium 3D printing has served aerospace, as well as the medical field, exemplified by the titanium skull created for Patches the dog. This is believed to be the first time 3D printing and titanium have come together to produce a wheel. Read More

BaT Auction: 1990 Ferrari Mondial T

This 1990 Ferrari Mondial T was sold new in Switzerland, was imported to Canada in 2006, and came to the US in 2018. The car is finished in Grigio and powered by a mid-mounted 3.4L quad-cam V8 paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Equipment includes a tan Connolly leather interior, gated shifter, electric sunroof, air conditioning, and aftermarket CD player. New belts were installed during an engine-out service in 2013, and the fuel door and trunk solenoids were repaired in October 2018. This Mondial was acquired by the selling dealer three months ago and shows 86k kilometers (~53k miles). It is offered with partial service records, factory literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clear Michigan title. Read More

QOTD: Minding Your Mileage?

Without getting deep into the emotional weeds of a contentious scientific debate, one which many would argue we’re not even allowed to have, let’s instead speak in broader terms. Emissions are bad. Always were. They’ll get you in trouble with the EPA and force you to promise fleets of electric cars while funding ads featuring your competitors. They blanket China in orange gloom to this day and once nearly suffocated an entire Pennsylvania town. Read More

Tesla Model 3 Winter Tire Test With Rear-Wheel Drive

Who better than this “Canuck” to show us how the Tesla Model 3 handles heavy snow with winter tires? YouTuber Tesla Canuck had no idea he’d be filming, so he lets us know right away that he doesn’t have his proper equipment and is using his phone for video. This is because he set out in his Model 3 and a snow storm raced in. As you can see from the video, it’s coming down quite hard and there is already some four to five inches on the roadway. Nonetheless, he can’t seem to get the car to lose control. Read More

Experian Automotive Says Tesla’s Customer Loyalty Is Unmatched


Studies demonstrate that Tesla has forged a unique bond with its customers. Last year, Consumer Reports found that Tesla has the highest rate of customer satisfaction of all car brands. Now, according to more recent research conducted by Experian, it turns out these high levels of satisfaction are translating into exceptionally high rates of customer loyalty as well. Read More

Green Light For JLR's Traffic Signal Avoidance System

Vehicle-to-infrastructure tech is being trialled to cut jams and improve air quality.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is trialing technology that can help drivers avoid red traffic lights, the company has announced.

The so-called “vehicle-to-infrastructure” technology will connect cars to a city’s traffic lights and inform the driver the speed at which they should drive as they approach junctions or signals. Read More

Are winter beaters worth the price — and risks?

It may be that one iconic trait that truly defines what it is to drive and survive a typical Canadian Winter: Hibernating the newer ride — or the sporty toy, or the valuable classic — and hauling out a winter beater to slog through the salty, slushy and risky roads.

A lot of the considerations around obtaining a beater (a pre-owned, low-priced ride) are truly emotional in nature. It’s hard to put a price on the perceived (and real) values of keeping the other vehicle away from the harshness of a Canadian winter, including the increased risk of collision damage. But several changes in our buying habits over the last few decades — and revisions to specific regional economies — may change your mind about putting a beater into winter service. Read More

2020 Porsche 911 Shows Oh-So-Familiar Shape On Video

Spoiler alert: it looks like a 911.

With the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show right around the corner, it’s only logical that automakers with big debuts planned are kicking their teaser campaigns into high gear. On that list is Porsche with its eighth generation of the 911, perhaps the most popular car among our spy photographers. We’ve seen the new one from virtually all angles, inside and out, but one more teaser can’t hurt, right? Read More

Why the mega-SUV is still alive — and more popular than you’d think

Much as we are now years into a new era of efficiency and electrification, there is a segment lingering in the background of the automotive realm that many had thought would have died off by now. That’s right — the full-sized SUV is still alive and well in the Canadian (well, North American) market. These grandiose behemoths continue to find new buyers and contrary to popular belief, they aren’t simply relegated to being your local Uber XL drivers, either. Read More

Ford Dealer Selling “New” 2005 GT For $449,900

If money’s burning a hole in your pocket.

Ever wanted to buy a brand new Ford GT? It’s still not too late – the Blue Oval company is extending the production run of the new supercar by adding 350 more cars through 2022. But now you can also buy a virtually brand new GT from the previous generation of the model.

A Ford dealer in Illinois is offering a 2005 GT with just 104 miles (167 kilometers) on the odometer. That’s probably the mileage of the car after it was taken off the assembly lines and driven through the showroom’s halls and parking lots. Maybe a couple of short test drives too, but nothing that can ruin its new car title. Read More

Audi Settles It Once And For All – R8 To Remain V10-Only

“It’s the best engine for the car…We’ll stick to the V10.”

Back in February 2016, an interesting roadmap of Audi’s product lineup emerged onto the web to show an assortment of new cars and SUVs. Fast forward to present day, all those vehicles you see hiding under a cover on the right column in the image below have been revealed: RS5 Coupe, C-BEV (that’s the E-Tron), Q8, A6, A7, and A8. Read More

BMW 8 Series Already Getting Widebody Treatment

What’s under the hood? Likely a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8.

BMW’s latest and greatest coupe, the 8 Series, is already on the production lines and is available in some markets around the world. It is assembled at the company’s Dingolfing factory in Germany alongside the 5 Series and 7 Series, and its most powerful version to date is the M850i xDrive with a 4.4-liter V8 developing 530 hp. We are patiently waiting for the M8, which should boost peak power to more than 600 hp, but meanwhile, we’ve discovered what is most likely the first tuning project for the revived 8 Series in the world. Read More

G-Power Lives Up To Its Name With 789-HP BMW M5

Because there’s no such thing as having too much power.

BMW is already catering those with a big thirst for power by offering an amped-up Competition version of the M5, but what if 617 horses are still enough? Enter G-Power. Already a supercar disguised as a four-door sedan, the M5 is reaching new heights in terms of engine output as the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 has been massaged to deliver a whopping 789 hp or 172 hp more than you get in the Competition. Read More

BaT Auction: 1953 Chrysler Town and Country

This 1953 Chrysler Town and Country is finished in brown and beige over lizard-skin Naugahyde upholstery and a wood-lined cargo area, and is powered by a 331ci Hemi V8 backed by a Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission. The car was purchased new by the father of its previous owner and is said to have remained with the same family until 2018, when it was acquired by a friend of the seller. It was reportedly stored in a barn from 1964 through 1987, and show boards detailing further history are included in the sale. Reportedly one of 1,399 examples built, this wagon is offered by the selling dealer on behalf of a friend and fellow dealer with a clean Oregon title in the name of its previous owner. Read More

Your Next Euro VW Passat Could Be Built By Skoda

If the reports are accurate, the midsize sedan will be made alongside the Superb in the Czech Republic.

As we’re sure you have heard by now, the EV invasion from Volkswagen is upon us. In order to prepare for an armada of zero-emissions vehicles, the folks from Wolfsburg need to reshuffle car production to free up capacity and optimize output as much as possible. This is expected to have an impact on conventional cars powered by combustion engines, with VW announcing just yesterday to turn the Emden and Hanover facilities into electric vehicle plants by 2022. Read More

BaT Auction: Supercharged 2002 BMW 540i Touring 6-Speed

This 2002 BMW 540i Touring was acquired by the seller as a stock example three years ago. Subsequent work at JVR Auto and Performance in Port Washington, New York included installation of a VF Engineering supercharger for its 4.4-liter M62 V8 as well a 6-speed manual gearbox, 3.46:1 limited-slip differential, KW coilovers, long-tube headers, BMW 760iL wheels, and more. Approximately 15k miles have been added since completion of the work in October 2017. This E39 is offered with a Carfax report, records from the previous owner, receipts for recent work, and a clean New York title in the seller’s name. Read More

BaT Auction: 1975 Porsche 911 Targa

This 1975 Porsche 911 Targa is finished in satin black paint over a tan interior and powered by a 2.7L flat-six paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The seller acquired the car from Arizona earlier this year and states that it was fitted with SSI headers, billet valve covers, a replacement starter and alternator, and a relocated oil cooler under previous ownership. The targa top has been replaced with a single-piece fiberglass unit, and a power window kit has been installed. This 911 is offered with a clean Florida title in the name of the seller’s company. Read More

BaT Auction: 1975 BMW 2002

This 1975 BMW 2002 is finished in silver with a grey cloth interior and is powered by a 2.0-liter M10 inline-four and 4-speed manual transmission. It was acquired by the seller in 2017 from the second owner who reported that the car was previously repainted and reupholstered by the original owner. A service conducted earlier this year included a new condenser, fuel filter, new battery, and ignition parts, and an engine oil and antifreeze change were completed less than 100 miles ago in preparation for sale. This 2002 is offered with a good history file going back to the 1970s, old California blue license plates, and a clean New Mexico title in the seller’s name. Read More

U.S. EV Obituary: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, We Hardly Knew Ye

The latest Plug-In Cadillac died as it lived: in obscurity

According to GM Authority, the plug-in hybrid variant of the Cadillac CT6 has been unceremoniously killed in the U.S. A Cadillac spokesperson confirmed this to GM Authority, stating “Although production of the CT6 Plug-In for North America is discontinuing for the 2019 model year, alternative fuel vehicles remain a part of our future product portfolio as we move deeper in to our 10-year plan.” Read More

BaT Auction: 1958 Packard Hawk

This 1958 Packard Hawk is one of 588 built in the final year of Packard production. Finished in white with a gold roof and reflective fins, the car is powered by a supercharged Studebaker 289ci V8 paired with a BorgWarner 3-speed Flightomatic transmission. The Butterscotch leather interior features an AM radio and an engine-turned dashboard. This Hawk was purchased by its current owner in 2017, and is offered by an employee on his behalf with a clean Arizona title in his name. Read More

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