• Trade War Watch: Ford Blames Trump for Sky-high Steel Prices

    Ford Motor Co. is blaming Donald Trump’s commodity tariffs for elevating U.S. steel prices higher than any other market on the planet. Regardless of your opinion on the president’s policies (the economy is reportedly booming), it’s a little hard to rebuff Ford’s criticisms on this one. The automaker’s now going straight to the source in […]
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  • Germans Poised to Earn Money by Owning a Nissan Leaf

    With governments everywhere attempting to reduce powerplant emissions while simultaneously moving the teeming masses out of ICE vehicles and into electric cars, an energy brick wall quickly approaches. You’re faced with a situation where more people are drawing more power from the grid, but — for environmental or financial reasons — generating more power is […]
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  • The Ranger’s No Cannibal, Ford Says

    Good news: the Ford F-150 will not be discontinued as a result of the runaway popularity of the 2019 Ford Ranger. Phew. As the Blue Oval readies its midsize pickup for a winter launch, Joe Hinrichs, head of global operations, claimed Monday that the automaker doesn’t expect much cross shopping among would-be Ford pickup buyers. […]
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  • BMW recalls 268,000 diesel models in UK over fire risk

    Recall is spread across twelve models in range, after internal investigations revealed intake manifold can melt on certain modelsBMW has revealed it intends to recall 268,000 diesel-engined models in the UK over a potential fire risk caused by a leaking part.
    The recall specifies that the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler can, in some cases, leak glycol liquid. BMW, which found the issue in an internal investigation, says "in combination with typical soot particles and the high temperatures
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  • QOTD: Much Ado About Winter Aesthetics?

    If you’re living at low altitudes in the Southeastern U.S. or a partial day’s drive from the Gulf Coast, this Question of the Day is not for you. Barring exceptionally wacko weather, denizens of these temperate climes needn’t worry about traction loss caused by the solidification of moisture below 32F. In other words, snow, slush, […]
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  • New Gumpert RG Nathalie fuel cell EV – details and first ride

    We get up close and personal with Roland Gumpert’s new Chinese-backed, methanol fuel cell-powered electric supercarSay the name Roland Gumpert and many will think back to the Apollo, a hardcore road-legal racer that, back in 2009, claimed the new production lap record at the Nürburgring. But much has changed since then. 
    Roland himself is an industry veteran who went from running Audi’s rally programme in the 1980s to becoming the overall director of Audi Sport. in the
  • Dyson electric car will be built in Singapore in 2021

    Dyson confirms two-storey manufacturing facility to be completed in 2020, ahead of production commencingDyson's new electric car is edging closer to production, with the company confirming a new manufacturing facility will be built in Singapore and finished by 2020. 
    The purpose-built two-storey plant is part of a £2.5 billion investment in the electric car project, with the production model set to be launched in 2021. The announcement follows the unveiling of its proving gr
  • James Ruppert: why it's time to buy a Ford Mondeo

    £5k can get you a decent-spec Mondeo from this decade
    Mondeos are still good value, but are now becoming retro-coolFarewell, then, Ford Mondeo. Apparently, the Blue Oval is just going to make trucks and Transits.
    I’d be happy if it just stuck to small (Fiesta), medium (Cortina) and large (Granada), plus coupé (Capri). That is pure nostalgia speaking, though – and, in fairness, it does seem as though the Mondie will be around for a while yet, as saloons will only be off th
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  • Autocar confidential: a 'turning' point for Bugatti, Jaguar I-Pace waiting times, Maybach's future & more

    Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industryThis week's snippets of automotive news include news on Infiniti upcoming SUV, the Bugatti Divo, Jaguar I-Pace wait-times, the plan for Maybach and Skoda on diesel.
    Infiniti on a new SUV model:
    Infiniti design director Karim Habib has hinted that a smaller, dedicated SUV sibling to the QX50 could be shown next year. While remaining coy about the details, he said we will see “a couple of ne
  • 90 years of the Autocar road test: How interiors have changed

    Car interiors have evolved dramatically over the decades:
    Today’s cars’ cabins are an extension of the modern home, but it wasn’t always soThe science of ergonomics didn’t really exist in 1928.
    The cabin of a car from that era was a chaotic place: dashboards had dials sited wherever was convenient for the plumbing or cabling they required, switches were scattered with the same expedience and there was still no convention for pedal placement.
    Alvis’s FA 12/50, apart
  • Lamborghini considers Aston Martin Valkyrie rival

    Lambo hypercar would be “in the vein of Veneno”
    To rival the Aston Martin Valkyrie, Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the firm is contemplating an “extreme aero” limited-series production car
    Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the firm is considering an “extreme aero” limited-series production car to rival the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie.
    Such a car would be “in the vein of Centenario and Veneno”
  • Faraday Future Confronting Layoffs, Pay Cuts, Probable Corporate Doom

    Following a previous article about Faraday Future, the manufacturer reached out to yours truly to clarify a few things. First of all, the company deemed the headline and body a bit “jagged.” Understandable, as no manufacturer wants to be called “America’s Worst Automaker” by some bespectacled creep sitting behind a keyboard. Faraday’s spokesperson also noted […]
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  • More Bad News for Passenger Car Buyers

    Flat new vehicle sales and an industry that’s far more interested in making crossover lovers’ dreams come true add up to a poor environment for a traditional new car buyer. We’ve already told you how high demand for a shrinking supply of off-lease sedans and hatchbacks has sent used car prices through the roof compared […]
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  • Audi E-Tron Delayed As EVs Suffer from Global Supply Issues

    Audi’s first electric sport utility vehicle, the much-touted E-Tron, will arrive at dealerships a month later than anticipated. According to the automaker, a software development issue has stymied the rollout. While nothing has reportedly busted, Audi claims it needs to obtain the necessary regulatory clearances for some ones and zeros that were modified during the […]
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  • Housekeeping: One Last Call to Vote for Your Best and Worst Cars

    Yeah, yeah. I know. You’re being bombarded with calls to get out and vote. After all, there are midterm elections in the US of A this year. And the midterms are important! Get out and vote, regardless of your politics. But before you do, why don’t you nominate your 10 best and 10 worst cars […]
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  • Day-rate Disruptors: Rental Agencies Sure Seem Excited About Mobility

    Car rentals have evolved rather dramatically in the new millennium. While you can still reserve over the phone before walking into an office to pick up the manager’s special for the agreed upon timeframe, alternatives are many. ZipCar transformed how some people get around an urban environment by allowing customers access to an array of […]
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  • You Won’t Have Trouble Finding the 2019 Nissan Maxima in L.A.

    At Nissan, all eyes are on the vastly revamped 2019 Altima, currently trickling onto dealer lots with a revolutionary variable compression four-cylinder under some hoods and available all-wheel drive. A very different roll-out is underway north of the border. All of the hubbub surrounding Nissan’s new midsizer doesn’t leave much oxygen in the room for […]
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  • First drive: Skoda Vision RS - new PHEV powertrain sampled

    The Vision RS concept previews the style of the forthcoming Scala - and the firm’s new hybrid powertrainThe Skoda Vision RS, unveiled at the Paris motor show recently, effectively previews three different aspects of the firm’s future.
    The hatchback showcases the look of the Czech company’s forthcoming Ford Focus-rivalling Scala, which will replace the Rapid in its line-up. It also features elements that preview the look of future performance vRS models – despite there cur
  • The Subaru Ascent Is Doing Just What Subaru Expected: Cannibalizing

    Operating in a higher price spectrum and with Subaru’s typically tight grip on the incentive account, there’s no telling what the new Ascent is doing for Subaru’s bottom line. But as Subaru conservatively predicted, the Ascent isn’t generating much in the way of greater sales activity inside Subaru showrooms. Instead, the Ascent is growing Subaru’s […]
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  • Fiat Chrysler Offloads Magneti Marelli Parts Unit for $7.1 Billion

    A key goal of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ financial fitness regimen, started under former CEO Sergio Marchionne, has come to pass under his successor, Mike Manley. On Monday morning, FCA announced the sale of its Italian parts unit, Magneti Marelli, to Japan’s Calsonic Kansei, itself owned by KKR & Co. The deal, worth $7.1 billion, sees […]
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  • QOTD: A Weirdo, Just Like Me?

    We’re an odd bunch around here, as I’m sure you’ll agree. Some of the B&B are pretty far into the field as well. It what makes this place tick, as it has for years. The tastes of your authors run the gamut, from weird old hatchbacks to strange sedans. Any mention of Oldsmobile causes heart […]
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  • Junkyard Find: 2003 Nissan 350Z Coupe

    These days, I find many discarded Nissan Z-Cars from the 280Z through 300ZX eras, with the occasional 240Z or 260Z thrown in to add variety. 350Zs, though, have retained sufficient value to evade the high-inventory-turnover self-service yards where I get most of my Junkyard Finds… until now. Just as BMW Z3s and Mazda RX-8s began […]
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  • 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross: new teaser video hints at crossover's design

    New video hints at Volkswagen T-Cross styling
    The firm's smallest SUV will be revealed in full later this weekVolkswagen has given its clearest look yet at the upcoming T-Cross compact SUV, with a new video featuring close-up shots of the finished car's styling.
    Jürgen Stackmann, the firm's marketing chief, posted a short video on his official Twitter account that showed elements of the crossover's exterior and interior styling. The T-Cross will be revealed in full on Thursday (25 October).
  • 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross details teased ahead of official reveal

    Volkswagen prepares to expand European SUV line-up to four models; on sale next yearVolkswagen has begun to tease the final design of its upcoming T-Cross compact SUV, ahead of an official unveiling later this month.
    The company showed off a close-up of the supermini-SUV's headlights and daytime running lights on Twitter, while also hinting at what paint options to expect when it goes on sale early next year. 
    The T-Cross, which Autocar has already driven in prototype form, will become
  • Private hire firm plots self-driving cars in London by 2021

    Addison Lee will partner with self-driving start-up Oxbotica to develop autonomous techPrivate hire taxi firm Addison Lee is aiming to offer self-driving transportation services in London by 2021 as part of a deal with autonomous software specialist Oxbotica.
    The two companies have reached an agreement to collaborate on the development and operation of self-driving vehicles in the capital. They will start by working together to create detailed digital maps of 250,000 miles of roads around London
  • JLR Solihull plant begins two week shutdown as sales decline

    China trade tensions and import duty changes blamed for decline in overseas demandJaguar Land Rover's Solihull factory has begun a planned two week shutdown, following a significant decline in global sales in September.
    The company had already begun adjusting the output of its factories in response to market demand, with 2000 workers at the Castle Bromwich factory responsible for the Jaguar XE, XF and XJ saloons moving to a three-day working week until after the Christmas period. The Solihu
  • Toyota boss Akio Toyoda: no-deal Brexit must be avoided

    In his role as chairman of Japan's motor industry association, Akio Toyoda has called for a UK-EU Brexit deal
    Toyota chairman leads Japanese car industry call for frictionless UK-EU bordersToyota boss Akio Toyoda has warned of the potential impact Britain’s withdrawl from the European Union could have on the Japanese car industry, saying that a no-deal Brexit should be “avoided at all costs.”
    In a statement issued in his role as chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers As
  • Used car buying guide: Ford Fiesta ST

    ST-2 style pack: it included grey alloy wheels, red brake calipers and illuminated kickplates
    The previous Fiesta ST, the Mk7, was the best warm hatch you could buy new. Today, it’s up to £10k cheaper and still a hoot to drive. We have the top tips for buyersA bargain when new and a steal when used, a good Ford Fiesta ST Mk7 is downright irresistible.
    Take the one we found below. This four-year-old ST-1 is being advertised by a private seller. Registered in 2014 and with 38,500 miles
  • 90 years of the Autocar road test: Design and engineering

    Today, turbochargers are commonplace... ...but they only came to Europe in 1973
    The mechanical evolution of the automobile, as seen through our testers’ eyes over the yearsThe four-valve cylinder head was seen as a powerful marketing tool in the 1980s, when a ‘16v’ badge on the back of a Mk2 Volkswagen Golf GTI added sexiness to the car.
    Yet multi-valve heads were old hat by the time Autocar started testing cars in 1928. The Stutz Bearcat used a multi-valve head in 1916 and bot
  • Right of the Dial: FCC May Open Automotive Safety Radio Frequency for Telecom Use

    The Federal Communications Commission has decided to review how the radio spectrum intended for wireless communications should be divided. While a seemingly normal part of its duties, the reassessment could open up a part of the spectrum that was previously reserved for automotive applications. The super-high 5.9 GHz frequency reserved for cars was deemed important because it […]
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  • 90 years special: The history of Autocar's road test procedures

    The Fifth Wheel fell out of favour, along with those trousers
    Our methodology has changed, but the goal has remained the same: to measure and record all of the data that mattersThe profile of a typical Autocar road tester has changed a great deal over nine decades – and in a way for which the current road test editor can only apologise.
    There are currently no Le Mans-winning drivers or ex-Formula 1 competitors among our number. And editor-at-large Matt Prior’s ability to design high-
  • 90 years special: McLaren Senna vs Austin Seven road test

    The Autocar’s first road test was in 1928
    Can the first car this magazine road tested have anything in common with the most recent? We find outPerhaps the single most remarkable thing about The Autocar (as it was then) conducting and publishing the world’s first road test back in 1928 is that neither we, nor anyone else, didn’t do it a hell of a lot sooner than that.
    By 1928, the car as we know it was more than 40 years old, for goodness’ sake.
    The first cars were 19th-ce
  • You Might Not Want It, but That Doesn’t Mean There Isn’t a Case to be Made for a Hotter Cadillac XT4

    Exactly were the Cadillac XT4 lands in terms of sales volume remains to be seen. The brand recorded its first sales of the just-released compact crossover in September, with 212 examples leaving U.S. lots. Offered with just a single engine (a healthy turbocharged 2.0-liter four) and single transmission (nine-speed automatic), the XT4 is Cadillac’s desperately […]
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  • Atlas Shrugged: Volkswagen’s Big Crossover Doesn’t Have Much Time for Four-cylinders

    The three-row Atlas was the midsize utility vehicle Volkswagen needed, but the model’s entry-level 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is apparently the engine Volkswagen doesn’t want. For 2019, the Atlas seems some unusual rejigging occur at the bottom end of the trim ladder. Unless you’re totally stoked with the idea of having the least amount of power […]
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  • 2019 Jaguar XF

    The 2019 Jaguar XF mid-size luxury sedan isn’t the jewel of the automaker’s lineup it once was. It’s not the popular crossover nor the groundbreaking electric car that both occupy space on the same lot. By the look of the XF, it doesn’t seem to mind. Available as a sedan or as a head-turning wagon, the XF soldiers on into...
  • 90 years special: we predict the future of the Autocar road test

    Will cars in 90 years still have wheels, or will they just float or even fly? Wheels are old tech, so perhaps their time has come.In 2108, we’ll be celebrating 180 years of the Autocar road test (we hope). This is what we think we’ll be drivingSo what will the cars tested by Autocar 90 years from now be like? One thing seems certain: despite all the talk, they won’t be fully autonomous.
    There may be fully autonomous devices on the road but they won’t be cars. If you&rsquo
  • 90 years special: we predict the future future of the Autocar road test

    Will cars in 90 years still have wheels, or will they just float or even fly? Wheels are old tech, so perhaps their time has come.In 2108, we’ll be celebrating 180 years of the Autocar road test (we hope). This is what we think we’ll be drivingSo what will the cars tested by Autocar 90 years from now be like? One thing seems certain: despite all the talk, they won’t be fully autonomous.
    There may be fully autonomous devices on the road but they won’t be cars. If you&rsquo
  • 90 years special: Magic moments from Autocar road testers past and present

    “Pass me more tyres, these ones have melted”
    We talk to current and past staffers on the 90th anniversary of the first Autocar road test, including McLaren's Jamie Corstophine, Top Gear's Chris Harris and our very own Matt Prior, to discover their favourite momentsNinety years. That's how long this publication has been road testing cars.
    The Autocar was the very first motoring magazine to use a standardised series of tests to deliver a verdict, and over nine decades later, we're stil
  • 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 […]
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  • Blue by You: With a U.S. Ranger Raptor Off the Table, Ford Frustrations Mount

    News this morning of Ford deciding not to bring the Raptor Ranger to American shores (via Autoblog) whipped your normally placid author into frothy indignation, prompting him to print off a Blue Oval and emphatically throw his entire collection of competition-grade Elkadart Razor steel-tipped darts at it. Okay, maybe the situation is not that dire here in the […]
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  • 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 […]
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  • 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 […]
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  • BMW M2 Competition 2018 UK review

    Vastly more composed and better-controlled on a challenging road than a regular M2, with a markedly improved power delivery, the M2 Competition is a huge leap forwards for BMW M's affordable coupe.
    On the evidence of the launch event in Spain, the BMW M2 Competition is the M2 we’ve been waiting for. The original model, which you can no longer buy, was always a charming and entertaining sports coupe, but anybody who drove one with any degree of enthusiasm across a cresting or undulating roa
  • 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. […]
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  • 2018 Kia Stinger GT AWD Review – Icing On The Cake

    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 […]
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  • Tesla removes ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ from options list

    CEO Elon Musk says package caused confusion after Euro NCAP test showed it could be misleading
    Tesla has removed the option of ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ from its options list in order to reduce “confusion”, after testing revealed the software’s marketing can be misleading. 
    Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research yesterday revealed their first testing results of driver assist functions, including lane keep assist and autonomous braking. Their conclusion when testi
  • 2019 Dodge Charger

    Time marches on. Cars get redesigned once, twice, three times. Most cars do, at least. The 2019 Dodge Charger carries on with the same basic platform it’s had since 2005. A styling update in 2011 gave it more of a Coke-bottle shape, and a 2015 refresh tweaked the front end, but it’s still the same basic Charger we’ve known and...
  • 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 […]
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  • 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 […]
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  • Care by Volvo subscription service reaches Canada with some changes

    Canadians will now have full access to something they’ve never had before. Well, other than recreational marijuana. As of Tuesday, Volvo’s subscription ownership service, Care by Volvo, will now be available to Canadians—with a couple caveats. The service allows Canadians use of a new Volvo vehicle for two years and up to 15,000...