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Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has its first outing with Romain Dumas

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Romain Dumas' first sight of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak was, like the rest of the world, via the weekend livestreamed press conference. Between stints at Monza, viewing it on his phone, he watched the covers come off the very car he'll be racing in just 62 days. His initial reaction? "Wow, that's a proper one!"

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Jaguar may kill supercharged V6 to make way for inline-six

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:40

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This could be the last year to score a Jaguar with the carmaker's 3.0-liter supercharged V6. Autocar reports that Jaguar deep-sixed the XE S and XF S in the UK due to poor sales and difficulty coping with European emissions regulation changes taking place this year. The mag expects the XJ and F-Pace to lose the V6, too, but suspects the F-Type might retain the engine. It's possible, however, the bent-six with up to 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque might finally be retiring for a reaso

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Court blocks Trump administration from delaying higher CAFE penalties

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:20

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A federal court in New York on Monday blocked the Trump administration's decision to delay a rule that would raise penalties for automakers who do not meet federal fuel efficiency requirements.

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Mitsubishi planning to bring back Lancer as hybrid crossover

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:20

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It looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer is about to undertake a daring transformation from a ten-year-old saloon to a crossover. The Eclipse has already shed its coupe roots and become the Eclipse Cross, and now it's the Lancer's turn to become a high-rider.

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2019 Jeep Renegade reveals front fascia details

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:40

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Over the past few months, details of the new 2019 Jeep Renegade subcompact crossover SUV have been trickling out via spy shots. The latest batch show that the front fascia, specifically the front bumper, is getting a number of subtle changes.

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Infiniti Q Inspiration inspires electrified vehicle platform

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:30

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This year's Detroit Auto Show was a bit light on forward-looking concepts, so the Infiniti Q Inspiration was a highlight, what with it's gorgeous curves and elegant interior. And lucky for us, Infiniti has decided to bring the lovely sedan to production. It will have a substantial difference to the concept, though ...

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Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Air is the world's first child seat with airbags

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:05

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The world of child car seats is vast and varied. There are dozens of companies that offer hundreds of options, each offering different levels of protection for smaller occupants. Maxi-Cosi, one of the first companies to introduce child seats in Europe back in the 1980s, has introduced a new level of protection with its AxissFix Air. It's the first child seat with a built-in airbag.

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Shell and Airflow create Starship 18-wheeler to further shake up the segment

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:45

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We need to add another high-tech 18-wheeler entry to the growing list of players at the table: Shell collaborated with AirFlow Truck Company the truck you see above, dubbed Starship. The tractor-trailer combo isn't the wildest rival in the bunch, but it features the best of current technology aided by a host of major and minor tweaks from stem to stern. Shell considers the the Class 8 Truck equivalent of the Project M T25 city car it worked on with legendary English designer Gordon Murray.

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Volvo Trucks plans to share electric truck battery tech across brands

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:10

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Volvo Trucks plans to share battery technology across its brands to tame development and production costs for the crucial but expensive component, as the world's second-largest truck maker ramps up electric offerings, the company told Reuters on Monday.

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Ford passes on GM's 9-speed automatic transmission

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:00

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Ford and General Motors signed an agreement five years ago to jointly develop nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions as a way to lower costs and achieve higher fuel economy amid tightening federal rules. But now, Ford is saying no thanks to the nine-speed box developed by its crosstown rival.

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2019 Lamborghini Urus First Drive Review: The prodigal son of Rambo Lambo

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:30

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If you're fascinated by the absolutely bonkers, 1980s-era Lamborghini LM002 like we are, it's hard not to hope the new 2019 Lamborghini Urus is a proper sequel to the late, great, notorious sport 'ute. The new silhouette is far friendlier than the '80s-era jumble of trapezoidal planes and, more crucially, this time around motivation comes from a much more powerful twin-turbo V8, not a massive V12 as it was the wild, Countach-powered LM. So where does the Urus sit in the supercar-on-stilts spectr

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Target targets 600 EV chargers in 2 years

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:00

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Last week, Volkswagen announced its Electrify America would build EV charging stations at over 100 Walmart locations around the country, adding to our needed recharging infrastructure. Today, Target followed suit, saying it will do its own buildout, raising the number of chargers at its properties from 18 to more than 600 parking spaces over the next two years. They'll be located at more than 100 sites in 20 states.

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2019 Toyota Avalon vs. full-size sedans: How they compare on paper

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:50

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Full-size sedans aren't exactly in great demand at the moment, and at least one of the vehicles in this comparison has been rumored to be on the endangered species list. Yet, we've just had our first drive in the 2019 Toyota Avalon, and if anything has a chance of rejuvenating the segment a bit, it's an all-new version of what has long been the segment's benchmark.

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BMW to pare back presence at 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:10

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BMW recently announced its intention to skip next year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, issuing a statement about re-evaluating its trade-show strategy that amounted to the age-old "It's not you, it's me." Only this time it appears to be true: Bimmer is now planning to significantly pare back its presence at the 2019 show in Frankfurt, in its own backyard.

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Coming BMW X3 M likely getting Competition version

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:40

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The BMW X3 M remains an open secret — open because we know many of its details and we've seen it testing on the Nürburgring already, secret because BMW still hasn't confirmed it. What will follow, according to Spanish outlet Motor.es, is a slightly less-open secret: a Competition Package for the X3 M. Whereas the standard X3 M is expected to produce around 450 horsepower, the Competition Package would up that to 475 hp.

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GM Korea drops bankruptcy plan after last-minute wage deal

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 14:38

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General Motors' South Korean unit dropped a plan to consider filing for bankruptcy after winning concessions on pay, bonuses and benefits from its labor union in a tentative deal reached on Monday.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup with four doors, five seats, due around 2020

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 14:31

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You could boil three years of coverage on the Hyundai Santa Fe pickup to a question mark. The "crossover truck" debuted at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, then got swallowed in the executive turmoil at Hyundai Motor America. Reuters reported last year that the Santa Cruz would finally arrive by 2020 as part of the South Korean carmaker's push into SUVs. Motor Trend recently spoke to Brian Smith, the CEO at HMA, and got a crucial detail on the eventual truck. Forget about the sleek, two-door concept

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Volvo S90 Ambience concept is complete with light show and scents

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 14:15

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We've written about Volvo's interior concepts earlier, including different Lounge Consoles presented in 2015 and 2016 for the XC90 and S90, respectively. The idea with these is that a sumptuous Volvo interior is turned into something even more rarified, as the backseat passenger either wants to get some work done while on the move, or to just relax in a comfortable ambience. That basic idea has been honed again for this year's Beijing Auto Show, where Volvo debuts the S90 Ambience Concept.

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2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 First Drive Review: It's lit

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 14:01

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I was shook. I've driven a lot of racetracks in a lot of exotic cars. But lately I haven't been on track as often as I would like. And my most recent foray on a very wet circuit left me feeling unacceptably slow. Cobwebby. So a first drive of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Road Atlanta was bringing on a set of nerves.

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Porsche could offer Weissach Package on non-RS models

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:35

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Digital Trends interviewed Porsche GT-car boss Andreas Preuninger, and asked whether the lightweighting Weissach Package could find its way to non-RS cars. Preuninger might have loosed at least a few worms from the proverbial can when he told the site, "I won't rule out some lightweight package will find its way to other model lines in the future." Even though Preuninger added, "We have nothing planned yet, we're very busy; don't expect to see the Cayenne Weissach next month," the opening will h

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