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  • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

    Four years after Chinese brand Land Wind revealed the X7 SUV, a nearly identical copy of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, the British luxury brand has scored a win in Chinese court. Autocar reported Friday that the Beijing Chaoyang District Court sided with Land Rover and found Jiangling Motor Corporation, the Chinese automaker that produces Land Wind vehicles, in violation of intellectual property laws. Specifically, the court named five areas Land Wind copied from the Evoque and JMC has caused consumer confusion. The Land Wind X7 looks identical to the Evoque, but it costs about $18,000...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Tesla referral program returns, but with a twist

    Tesla operated a very generous referral program for years but axed it on Feb. 1 due to high costs. Less than two months later the referral program is back—with a few twists. A lot of the benefits remain from the old program, but they've been drastically scaled back. For example, the old...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
    New Chevrolet electric car coming, $300M investment in Michigan plant

    The General Motors Orion Township plant in Michigan will be home to a new Chevrolet electric car, the automaker announced Friday. GM will invest $300 million in the facility, to build the new Chevy electric vehicle and bring 400 new jobs to the plant. The announcement did not address specifics on...

  • Left to right: Volkswagen ID, ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts
    Volkswagen looks to develop European batteries for EVs

    Last week Volkswagen Group announced plans to double-down on building electric cars with 20 new models and an additional 7 million cars over five years. So far it's said that the battery cells for its MEB vehicles will come from four different global suppliers: CATL, LG Chem, Samsung, and SK...

  • First completed tub at McLaren Composites Technology Center in Yorkshire, England
    McLaren's new carbon fiber center delivers first tub

    McLaren continues to post record after record in sales, meaning capacity at its plant in Woking, England, is tighter than ever. And with more models on the way, the company last November established a separate plant in Sheffield, England, to build the carbon fiber monocoque tubs that underpin each...

  • Faraday Future completes first pre-production FF91 on August 28, 2018
    Faraday Future sells headquarters in leaseback deal

    Faraday Future has sold its headquarters in Gardena, California, and is leasing it back for now. Real estate company Atlas Capital purchased the site on March 8 and is leasing it back to the electric car startup, which originally bought it in 2014 for $13.2 million, The Verge reported on Wednesday...

  • First Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R rolls off the line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan

    Ford on Wednesday announced a shakeup in production plans for future electric and self-driving cars. Under the latest plans, the Flat Rock Assembly Plant south of Detroit will become a production hub for Ford's electric cars, though the site will also continue to build Mustangs—including a seventh-generation Mustang expected in 2021. EVs to be built at the Flat Rock plant will be next-generation designs based on a new modular platform. These will follow the much-hyped, Mustang-inspired electric SUV due in 2020, which Ford will build at its plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico. To accommodate the...

  • PSA Peugeot Citroën logo
    Could PSA Group be a potential partner for FCA?

    There's growing speculation that France's PSA Group is, at the very least, open to the idea of a merger or acquisition of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The heads of both automakers reportedly told journalists separately at this month's Geneva International Motor Show that the possibility of an...

  • 2019 BMW 3-Series
    Ineos' Land Rover Defender rival to be powered by BMW

    Ineos, a chemicals giant based in the United Kingdom, has established an automotive division tasked with developing a hardy vehicle along the lines of the original Land Rover Defender to target mining explorers, forestry workers, farmers and off-road enthusiasts. The off-road vehicle is being...

  • Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
    Softbank, other investors may buy $1B stake in Uber's self-driving car unit

    Uber's troubled self-driving car division finally got back on the road last December after development came to a halt last March due to an accident in which one of the division's prototypes hit and killed a woman while she was pushing a bicycle across a stretch of road in Tempe, Arizona. The...

  • Ford Explorer and Lincoln Navigator production at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky
    Ford ups Expedition, Navigator production a second time due to soaring demand

    Ford announced Tuesday that it will increase production of the Expedition and its pricey Lincoln Navigator twin by 20 percent this summer to meet soaring demand. The increase comes after Ford upped the production of the SUVs by 25 percent a year ago when the vehicles were last redesigned. The...

  • Faraday Future FF91 prototype
    Faraday Future selling land purchased for proposed Nevada plant

    Faraday Future only a few short years ago planned to spend $1 billion to build a sprawling high-tech facility north of Las Vegas to churn out its electric cars. However a cash crunch in late 2016 meant the Chinese-backed, Californian EV startup had to scale back its plans, including abandoning the...

  • 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase

    Sometimes, the finest of automobiles can't escape a pesky recall. In this case, it's the Bentley Mulsanne, which has been recalled over rear seat safety belt buckles that may detach. Apparently, the rear seat buckles may totally detach from the seat in the event of a crash, which is a mighty ironic flaw in itself. The issue means the vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards. As fine of a vehicle the Mulsanne is, it still needs to comply with federal regulations just like any $20,000 car on the road. Bentley isn't in the business of mass producing hundreds of...

  • 2020 Ford Explorer hybrid
    2020 Ford Explorer fights punctures with self-sealing tires

    The 2020 Ford Explorer will do its darnedest to make sure a tire puncture won't immediately put a driver on the side of the road with self-sealing tires from Michelin. Michelin's self-sealing tires aren't new—they were developed for the Chevrolet Bolt EV—but the 2020 Explorer marks the...

  • 2017 Peugeot 3008
    Peugeot will focus on compact, mid-size segments for its US return

    We already knew that the French brand Peugeot will once again be sold on U.S. shores after exiting the market in 1991. Now we know more about how the French company plans to tackle operations on these shores thanks to a Tuesday report from Automotive News Europe (subscription required). The Peugeot...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE
    Toyota patent details fragrance system to bombard thieves with tear gas

    Toyota has an idea that sounds like it came from James Bond's Q Branch. It would turn a seemingly harmless fragrance dispenser into something of an anti-theft device. A new patent from the Japanese automaker details a system that can spew tear gas at would-be carjackers. Australian website WhichCar...

  • 2019 Infiniti QX30
    Infiniti says goodbye to the QX30, Western Europe

    Western Europeans will have one fewer luxury brand to consider when shopping for a new car. Nissan's luxury division, Infiniti, announced a global restructuring on Tuesday that will see the brand exit Western Europe in early 2020. The changes do not affect any operations in Eastern Europe, however...

  • 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots
    VW Group commits to 70 EVs by 2028

    Volkswagen Group announced plans to launch 70 new electric cars by the end of 2028, up from a previous plan of only 50, at its annual press conference held Tuesday in Wolfsburg, Germany. The first of these 70 EVs is the 2019 Audi e-tron that's just gone on sale. Some of the others we know of...

  • 2008 Lamborghini Estoque Concept

    If Lamborghini continues on the path of success as it has in recent years, next decade will realize a new model line for the Italian firm. It won't be an SUV, though. Instead expect a 2+2 grand touring car. The firm's CEO Stefano Domenicali spoke with Autocar and in a Saturday report and declared growth through 2025 will put Lamborghini in a position to launch a new nameplate. He specifically ruled out another SUV like the Urus and said a GT car could help push sales to 10,000 cars. Right now, Lamborghini caps its production artificially at 8,000 cars per year to protect exclusivity. However...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Tesla to raise prices after March 18

    Tesla announced Sunday that it will raise prices by about 3 percent on average across the board. The only exception will be the base Model 3, known as the Standard Range, which will keep its $36,200 starting price. The increased pricing will be introduced after March 18, so potential buyers have a...

  • 2019 Volvo S90
    Volvo to limit top speed on vehicles to 112 mph

    Beginning with 2021 model-year vehicles, Volvo will impose an electronic speed limiter of 112 mph on all its vehicles. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Volvo announced the decision on Monday, and Motor Authority reached out to Volvo spin-off Polestar to learn if the decision will also apply to the...

  • Ford builds last Taurus in North America on March 1, 2019
    Ford ends North American production of Taurus

    In a sign of the times, Ford in 2015 unveiled its redesigned Taurus in China, where large sedans still sell in significant numbers. With sedan sales on the decline in these parts, Ford didn't even bother introducing the redesigned car here and instead continued producing the previous generation for...

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    BMW Group and Daimler partner on self-driving cars

    BMW Group and Daimler will partner on self-driving cars, the two automakers announced Thursday. The announcement follows last week's briefing on a 50:50 joint-venture company BMW and Daimler have set up to oversee all of their various mobility services under the one roof. In the area of...

  • 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    FCA announces $4.5B investment for next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, electrified SUVs

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Tuesday it would spend $4.5 billion at its production plants in Michigan to build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, an unnamed three-row SUV related to the Grand Cherokee, and its upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs. Those products, and more for...

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