• Ford’s Car Cull Decision Spills Over to Michigan Workers

    The decision to ditch all passenger cars save for the Mustang didn’t lead to immediate pain among Ford’s American workforce, but it soon will. As the automaker’s restructuring plan has only just begun, Ford found itself spared from the kind of vitriol flung at rival General Motors, which recently outlined a workforce reduction of up […]
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  • Infiniti Teases Electric SUV Destined for Detroit Debut

    Infiniti will unveil a new concept previewing its first electric car at the North American International Auto Show next month. On Friday, Nissan’s luxury division released a digitally shrouded image of the model to help build anticipation. While Infiniti spent much of the past year showcasing interesting concept vehicles, precious few have a snowball’s chance in […]
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  • Tesla Workers Are Attempting to Unionize Again

    Employees at Tesla’s solar-panel factory in Buffalo, New York, are launching a drive to unionize with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the United Steelworkers. The campaign aims to unify about 300 production and maintenance employees at the the facility.  If it succeeds, it will be the first time the automaker has failed to stop its […]
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  • Sub-Ranger Ford Pickup Spotted?

    We’ve heard rumblings about Ford’s plan to bestow a small, unibody pickup on North American customers before, but now there’s photographic evidence. Images published by Ford Authority show what appears to be a van tooling around the automaker’s Dearborn campus, but is actually a compact pickup wearing an entire tent of camouflage. A telltale trademark […]
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  • Trade War Watch: China to Temporarily Suspend U.S. Auto Tariffs

    China announced Friday its intent to reduce tariffs on imports of American-made cars as it tries to negotiate a trade deal with the United States. As you’ll recall, the People’s Republic imposed additional punitive tariffs on U.S. cars and auto parts earlier this year after promising it would lower the trade barriers on a global […]
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  • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e First Drive – Keeping Green On the White Stuff

    While an inarguable success for Toyota, the Prius lost considerable clout through some odd styling decisions, a market trending toward crossovers, and smug owners who put a sour taste in everyone else’s mouth. I was never really a fan of the model, but I appreciated what it offered — outstanding economy, sufficient utility, and rather […]
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  • GM Starts the Formal Process of Cutting, Promises Jobs for Hourly Workers

    It won’t be a joyous Christmas for many General Motors workers. As it embarks on a wide-ranging cost-cutting plan, GM plans to cull six models and mothball five plants in the U.S. and Canada, eliminating up to 15,000 jobs in the process. On Friday, the automaker said the process of notifying federal agencies of its […]
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  • Infiniti previews first electric model ahead of Detroit debut

    Infiniti's first EV will be a compact SUV, demonstrating a new EV platform and fresh design languageInfiniti will unveil a concept that previews its first electric car at January's Detroit motor show, and it has today released a darkened preview image of the model.
    The car is an SUV that's believed to be similar in size to the BMW X1. It's said to preview the brand's "new-form design language for electrification, infused with Japanese DNA".
    Details of the car's powertrain have yet
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  • The Toyota Tacoma Is Now Much More Than the Top-Selling Midsize Truck – It’s Now One of America’s Best-Selling Vehicles, Full Stop

    One year ago, the Nissan Altima, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Fusion were all significantly more popular than the Toyota Tacoma. The Altima, for example, sold 32-percent more often than the Tacoma, which was generating record volume in 2017. Fast forward one year, however, and the Tacoma is operating at an entirely […]
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  • Promoted: Mitsubishi – Lake To Peak

    If you want to conquer the toughest terrain, Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross, Outlander PHEV and Shogun Sport are the SUVs to haveMitsubishi is renowned for its rich four-wheel-drive heritage, with a line-up of rugged yet stylish and practical SUVs that have been honed in some of the world’s most gruelling and demanding off-road locations.
    That’s why we decided to take three heroes from Mitsubishi’s SUV range to the heart of the Lake District, following a pair of extreme triat
  • QOTD: Is Your Heart Open to These Doors?

    What is it about suicide doors? Some 47 years after the last pair of full-size, rear-hinged doors faded from the domestic automobile landscape, we continue lusting after them. And automakers continue teasing us with sedans that open like a barn. Remember Lincoln’s go-nowhere Continental concept of the early 2000s? That’s just one of many pieces […]
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  • Piston Slap: You Dirty, Dirty Panther You!

    Casey writes: Hey Sajeev, You once answered one of my questions regarding my Fusion of Malcontent, a car which NEVER stopped giving us issues even after we sold it: the new owner refused to put it into his name and we got many tickets from red light cameras. Anyway, last month I purchased a beautiful […]
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  • Preview: how faster cars will shake up Formula E

    The technical changes of the Gen2 car explained
    The introduction of a new, more powerful car, will mean a new start for the electric single-seater championshipThe fifth season of Formula E starts this weekend in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – but it really marks a new beginning for the electric single-seater championship.
    That’s due to the arrival of the new Gen2 race car, which is more powerful and features a larger battery, increasing speeds and allowing cars to complete an entire race wit
  • Bosch reveals self-driving shuttle concept ahead of CES debut

    The Bosch concept knows when it needs cleaning
    Autonomous shuttle previews German supply firm’s plans for autonomous vehicle infrastructure and operationAutomotive supplier Bosch has revealed a self-driving shuttle concept ahead of its debut at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US.
    The electric four-seater previews the German company’s intentions to offer a “unique package of hardware, software, and mobility services for shuttle mobili
  • Euro 6 diesels could be banned in three European cities

    European court overrules EU decision to relax nitrogen oxide emissions limits on diesels in Madrid, Paris and BrusselsDiesel cars registered before September 2018 can be banned from Madrid, Paris and Brussels after European justices overturned a relaxation of EU emissions limits.
    The three city authorities have now been given the power to stop all diesel vehicles that don't comply to the latest Euro 6d TEMP rules from entering. The ruling by the European Court of Justice
  • Audi Q3 35 TFSI S Line 2019 UK review

    Practical, plush compact SUV deserves a stronger engine, but should need little else to claim Audi’s usual market success
    The second-generation Audi Q3 is a larger, more substantial-looking and generally more serious second swing at compact SUV segment dominance from Germany’s car brand of the four rings. It’s also yet more fresh meat for the apparently unstoppable conveyor belt of downsized, upmarket ‘soft-roaders’ that, over the past 12 months or so alone, has bro
  • Ford Mustang Bullitt

    Ford celebrates the iconic movie’s 50th anniversary with a ‘remake’ editionThree years after it began, Ford’s great European sales experiment with its sixth-generation Mustang muscle car is still going strong.Having introduced the car in the spring of 2015, Ford has now officially registered a little over 40,000 Mustangs on our side of the pond – in the same timeframe and territory in which Audi registered about 75,000 TTs, Porsche about 50,000 911s and Mazda about
  • Our best times behind the wheel of a Lotus

    As Lotus celebrates its 70th anniversary, our writers take a look back at the most memorable experiences they've had in Chapman's creations"Simplify, and add lightness" and "lots of trouble, usually serious" are two phrases associated with sports car manufacturer Lotus which, though juxtaposed in their meaning, stand as a metaphor for the mixed bag of creations that have left the company's Norfolk factory over the last 70 years. 
    Despite the propensity of most Lotus cars to provide an
  • Aston Martin developing straight-six hybrid powertrain

    Aston's bespoke petrol-electric inline-six could replace the AMG-sourced V8 in futureAston Martin is developing its own straight-six powerplant - possibly with hybrid tech - to eventually replace the Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8, according to a source close to the firm.
    It is believed that work is already under way on the powertrain, which will be crucial to helping Aston meet tougher future emissions legislation. The most likely first recipient of the powertrain would be the soon
  • Lincoln Teases These, Wants Your Imagination to Run Wild

    So many of us want this to be more than just a sick tease that results in nothing new on the showroom floor. Would we buy it even if it wasn’t? That’s debatable. Regardless, all we have now is the tease, plus plenty of clues. Posted Thursday afternoon to Lincoln Motor Company’s social media accounts, […]
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  • It Begins: Ford Restructuring Ends Production at Blanquefort Plant in France

    As part of Ford’s massive restructuring plan, which is said to focus primarily on its European assets, the automaker will end assembly at its Blanquefort transmission plant in France next year. Its 850 employees will now have to find gainful employment elsewhere by August. However, there was a brief glimmer of hope after transmission supplier Punch Powerglide (encouraged […]
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  • Guns, Drunks, and Rage: Waymo Self-driving Vans Targeted by Angry Arizonians

    Waymo began testing its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans in the Phoenix-area city of Chandler, Arizona two years ago, and the local populace hasn’t left them alone since. A report in the Arizona Republic describes a multitude of incidents where citizens, apparently enraged by the sight of the Waymo vans, decided to threaten and attack their […]
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  • Distressed Dealers Convince Lincoln to Postpone Standalone Stores

    This time last year, Lincoln was busy promoting its Experience Centers — storefronts that promote the brand and its products, but don’t serve as active dealerships. Then, in August, it asked around 80 Ford/Lincoln dealerships to commit to building separate Lincoln-only facilities by July. It was an attempt to elevate the premium brand by making it […]
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  • Renault Keeps Ghosn as Chairman and CEO As Probe Reveals No Wrongdoing

    Two automakers, two investigations, and two very different outcomes for one man. Renault’s board of directors met in France today, deciding that CEO and chairman Carlos Ghosn should stay on in his current role in the wake of an internal investigation that members say showed no signs of criminality. Meanwhile, Ghosn sits in a Tokyo […]
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  • As Plant Preps for Downtime, America’s Grand Caravan Love Appears Unshakeable

    The only minivans coming out of Detroit these days aren’t actually rolling out of Detroit, but a plant a stone’s throw from the Detroit River, on the Canadian side. Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor Assembly Plant, home to the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan, will go dark for two weeks starting on New Year’s Eve, presumably […]
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  • Young Driver lessons: teaching your kids the rules of the road

    Graham Hope2018-12-13 17:10
    We spend the day at a Young Driver lesson to find out the benefits of teaching your children to drive youngIs it ever too young to learn to drive? Apparently not, according to Young Driver. Britain’s leading driver tuition programme for children and teens has seen a spike in interest in its courses for the very youngest pupils.
    Earlier this year, it expanded its national fleet of electric Firefly cars – used to teach five to 10-year-olds – from three
  • Renault will keep Carlos Ghosn in CEO role

    Renault won’t follow Nissan in ousting arrested chairman as its internal investigation finds no wrongdoingRenault’s board has voted to keep Carlos Ghosn as its CEO and chairman after an internal investigation found no wrongdoing or illegal activity with regards to his pay. 
    The move comes less than a week after Ghosn, who was removed from his role as Nissan director and chair, was formally charged by Japanese prosecutors for financial misconduct. He stands accused of under-repor
  • Porsche 911 '992' Carrera S: first ride

    Our first experience of the eighth-generation 911 is reassuringly familiar – but that doesn't mean nothing has changed under the skinWhether it was the noise of the flat-six engine from behind, or the slight burst of oversteer as my driver attempted to apply that unit’s 444bhp through cold rear tyres, a ride around Hockenheim proved that much is reassuringly familiar about the new Porsche 911 Carrera S.
    That’s entirely by design, of course. As Porsche’s R&D boss, Mich
  • Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette Reportedly Delayed for Six Months

    It was long assumed that the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette would premiere at the North American International Auto Show next month. However, General Motors recently confirmed this was not to be. In fact, it doesn’t appear as though the automaker has any big announcements scheduled for the event. Did something go wrong? Big time, according to GM Authority. […]
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  • Volkswagen’s Not Wasting Many Resources on the Next Passat

    Maybe the writing’s on the wall for the midsize car; many would agree it is. And, perhaps Volkswagen feels this will be the last Passat. Whatever the motivation, the German automaker isn’t putting maximum effort into the next-generation model, due out for the 2020 model year. While the brand’s upcoming sedan will receive a much-needed […]
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  • Toyota to replace 65,000 defective Takata airbag inflators

    Toyota on Wednesday issued a follow-up recall to replace defective Takata airbag inflators—again—on 65,000 vehicles. This time, however, Toyota said that it will replace the inflators with new units produced by another third-party supplier. The automaker announced the recall on Wednesday, which affects certain 2003-2005 model year...
  • Honda Pilot recall, Millennials and classic cars, 2019 Toyota Prius e-AWD driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

    2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline recalled over airbag issue The 2019 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Honda Pilot are subject to a new recall over concerns that their side-curtain airbags may not deploy properly. US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's...
  • Stricter drink-drive limits don't reduce accidents

    Tristan Shale-Hester2018-12-13 15:40
    Scotland’s road traffic accident rate has actually increased since tougher drink-drive laws were introduced in 2014Tougher drink-drive laws don’t reduce accidents, according to a new study, with accidents in Scotland actually increasing since stricter limits were introduced.
    Researchers from Glasgow University found the road traffic accident (RTA) rate in Scotland has also increased to higher levels than in England and Wales since the country intr
  • Four in 10 people know a drink driver

    Tristan Shale-Hester2018-12-14 00:01
    Research finds 37 per cent of people have friends who they believe have driven while over the drink-drive limitSome 37 per cent of people know someone who has driven while over the drink-drive limit, according to new data. 
    Research shows 65 per cent of motorists believe there is more pressure in general to drink alcohol during the month of December and the Christmas period, while 28 per cent would be unprepared to try and talk a friend out of driving if
  • QOTD: Unlikely Complaints?

    Sitting in a new, unfamiliar vehicle can breed a nearly limitless range of emotions and observations. Excitement, lust, desire … and annoyance. Just as one design flourish or interior feature can turn interest into a buy, another can turn off prospective customers to such a degree that a sale becomes impossible. Sure, to the experienced […]
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  • MG to launch MG 3 budget racer

    The MG Car Club is hoping to attract more entrants to its championship events
    SAIC interns have been tasked with preparing the supermini for MG Car Club racing events on a budget of £5000MG has announced that it will launch a low-cost racing version of its MG 3 hatchback in early 2019. 
    Interns at parent company SAIC Motor’s UK Technical Centre, in collaboration with the MG Car Club, have been tasked with preparing a 3 for track use with a budget of just £5000 as part
  • US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant

    A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's South Carolina production plant. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday that $25 million will be funneled into an intermodal project in Greer, South Carolina, to expand the Port Authority's lead railroad tracks and extend rails...
  • Buy/Drive/Burn: Large Luxury Sedans of Compromise in 2018

    Three large and luxurious sedans compete for around $70,000 of your hard-earned and imaginary Internet dollars. Surely this is a segment where compromise will not be a concern, right? Nope. Today we proceed in order of engine displacement, largest to smallest: Genesis G90 The Genesis brand’s largest vehicle debuted as the G90 for the 2017 […]
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  • New Porsche 911 Cabriolet detailed in revealing shots

    Porsche's 992-generation 911 will be joined by another drop-top version in the first half of next yearPorsche revealed its eighth-generation 911 at last month's Los Angeles motor show, and now the Cabriolet version has dropped all of its disguise in new spy shots.
    The drop-top is due to arrive in the next few months as more variants of the 911, including the faster GTS and Turbo models, are slowly added to the range. The first prototype in these shots is sporting a bold green paint scheme,
  • Hertz partners with Clear to streamline car rentals

    Car rental giant Hertz and TSA PreCheck rival Clear have partnered to make the rental car counter a less stressful stop for travelers. On Tuesday, the two companies announced the Hertz Fast Lane powered by Clear to speed up the rental process with facial recognition. Clear has rolled out its facial recognition services at many airports in the U.S...
  • Audi to unveil latest infotainment system at CES 2019

    Luke Wilkinson2018-12-13 10:20
    Audi to display “mobile movie theatre” style entertainment system, which will eventually work with its automated driving technologyAudi will present its plans for the future of in-car entertainment at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), showcasing its latest infotainment system alongside a new “mobile movie theatre”. Both systems will be displayed in the new e-tron SUV.
    • What is Audi's Virtual Cockpit?
    The German car maker states
  • New 450kW EV charger from BMW and Porsche is as fast as filling up with petrol

    Hugo Griffiths2018-12-13 10:40
    BMW and Porsche’s prototype 450kW FastCharge unit can give 62 miles of range in just three minutes, once vehicle technology catches upA new electric vehicle charger capable of delivering 100km (62 miles) worth of charge in just three minutes, and fully charging an EV’s batteries in just 15 minutes, has been developed by a number of German companies, including BMW and Porsche.
    The companies' 450kW (kilowatt) FastCharge system – while still a protot
  • New 2019 Audi A4 on the way with A6 and A8 tech

    James Brodie2018-12-13 10:00
    A new Audi A4 will arrive next year to take on the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, and our exclusive image previews how it could lookBack in the summer, Audi updated the A4 with a handful of small design tweaks and new standard equipment, but the brand is planning a much heavier overhaul for its compact exec in 2019.
    With a new BMW 3 Series arriving to much fanfare, and the heavily-updated Mercedes C-Class impressing, the A4 – which has been on sale sin
  • New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: revealing spies preview four-door's design

    BMW's Porsche Panamera rival is set to arrive in the middle of 2019, after two-door coupe and convertible 8 SeriesBMW is set to extend the 8 Series range with a four-door Gran Coupe version, and new spyshots show the car with minimal disguise.
    The model takes over from the market position occupied by the old 6 Series Gran Coupe, and is directly aimed at cars such as the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS. It's shares its mechanicals and underpinnings with the 8 Series coupe, but with an exte
  • The most important man at VW you've never heard of

    Volkswagen head of catering Hern Cordes has a lot on his plate
    We meet the man tasked with fuelling the 62,000 employees at VW's Wolfsburg plant
    Volkswagen, as with many major car companies, is a vast operation. In Germany alone the firm has six production plants and employs more than 130,000 people. And in order to ensure they’re fuelled to make millions of cars each year, they all need feeding.
    That’s a massive logistical challenge, and the man responsible for it is Hern Cordes, Vo
  • Insight: what fuels Volkswagen's production line?

    Volkswagen head of catering Hern Cordes has a lot on his plate
    We go behind the scenes at Volkswagen's Wolfsburg plant, to find out what's on the menu for its 62,000 employees
    Volkswagen, as with many major car companies, is a vast operation. In Germany alone the firm has six production plants and employs more than 130,000 people. And in order to ensure they’re fuelled to make millions of cars each year, they all need feeding.
    That’s a massive logistical challenge, and the man respon
  • Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DIG-T 160 Tekna 2018 UK review

    Downsized engines and revised infotainment keep the nation's favourite crossover competitive
    A year on from its mid-life facelift, the second-generation Nissan Qashqai is comfortably still the country’s most popular crossover - but this is a rapidly growing corner of the market, and competition is fierce.Rivals were beginning to eclipse the class-defining Qashqai with more dynamic handling and more up-to-date infotainment - although not, it must be said, with higher sales. So, to maintain
  • Gap-filler: Cadillac to Debut XT6 in Detroit

    It’s no wonder the Cadillac brand is having a rocky time of late — the marque fields only two crossovers, and one of those, the XT4, only reached lots at the end of September. Having pledged to return its headquarters to its ancestral homeland of Detroit, Cadillac also plans to unveil a new vehicle there […]
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  • Headlights Still Largely Suck, Just Not As Much As Last Year

    A collective groan must have echoed through the automotive industry a couple of years back, after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began testing headlight performance. Early results showed that most headlights, even those on expensive vehicles, fell well short of optimal performance. Most fell short of acceptable performance. Since then, improvements have begun — […]
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  • Insurers Rejoice! Headlamp Replacement Costs Are Still Really High, Says IIHS

    Unless you’re still tooling around in a hand-me-down rig donated by your grandfather, chances are good you’re not in possession of a car outfitted with sealed-beam headlamps. That car might also have real 5 mpg bumpers, further insulating you from lofty repair costs. For owners of newer cars, plenty of pain awaits after a fender-bender, […]
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