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  • One-off Toyota Century GRMN owned by Toyota President Akio Toyoda

    The Toyota Century is a full-size luxury sedan that's spawned just three generations since the nameplate was launched 50 years ago. It's big, bold and deliciously retro, and it's the choice of ride of Toyota President Akio Toyoda. But a normal version didn't suffice for Toyota's sports car-loving boss as he has a one-off version that sports a body kit and GRMN badging. GRMN is the range-topping trim for Toyota's GR performance sub-brand and typically signifies serious performance upgrades. We now have video of the car in motion. First discovered by Motor1, the video was taken at Gazoo...

  • Rolls-Royce and Fabergé partner to build a special Spirit of Ecstasy egg
    Rolls-Royce and Fabergé build a special egg housing the Spirit of Ecstasy

    Just when it seems Rolls-Royce has reached a new plateau in the bespoke luxury space, the automaker announces a new project we never would have imagined before. Today that involves a partnership with famed jewelry maker Fabergé. The pair have crafted a special Fabergé egg that houses...

  • Iranian Lamborghini Murcielago
    Iranian team "reverse engineers" a Lamborghini Murciélago but forgets the V-12

    To reverse engineer a car is a big accomplishment. Lots of knowledge is gained and that can be used to create something new and wonderful. Or, if you're an Iranian firm looking to make an odd splash, start with a Lamborghini Murciélago and reverse engineer to build...a Lamborghini...

  • 2017 Lamborghini Huracán
    Tourist racks up $47,000 in speeding fines with rented Lambo

    It can happen to anyone. You're on vacation driving along roads you've never driven on before and you inadvertently creep past the speed limit, only to get nabbed by a speed camera or speed trap. For one tourist in Dubai, it happened multiple times in a matter of hours, and he clearly must have...

  • Josef Juza owns 114 Volkswagen Golfs
    This man loves VW Golfs so much, he owns 114 of them

    Do you have a favorite car? Are you fortunate enough to own it? Josef Juza has a favorite car and it's the Volkswagen Golf. He doesn't own just one, however. Juza currently owns 114 Volkswagen Golfs. “When I sat in a Golf for the first time I just had the feeling that this car had been built...

  • Carvana car vending machine
    Insert coin: Carvana continues to open car-vending machines across US

    Carvana aims to cut out the middleman (read: the dealership) in the car buying process and has developed its own way of doing business...which involves car-vending machines. The company continues to erect the massive vending machines across the United States, with the latest structure opening up in...

  • Tesla sets world record towing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

    Tesla has set a new Guinness World Record. One of the automaker's Model X crossover SUVs towed a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for 987 feet to become the heaviest tow by a production passenger electric vehicle. The attempt took place in Melbourne, Australia with help from the country's national carrier Qantas. According to Qantas, the passenger jet weighs a hefty 286,600 pounds with minimal fuel left in the tanks. To be clear, the figure is far beyond the Model X's tow rating of 5,112 pounds. Tesla isn't the first to tackle a major towing job. Porsche previously set its own record after a Cayenne...

  • Lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano consumes a Ford Mustang
    Watch lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano melt a Mustang

    Lava and hot gasses have spewed out of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island since Thursday, causing the evacuation of thousands of residents in the surrounding area. There haven't been any injuries but approximately 35 structures have been destroyed by the various fissures that have opened up...

  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    A Range Rover Sport SVR obliterated a record set by a Ferrari

    In 2016, a Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Fabio Barone ripped through the tight, twisting ribbon of asphalt known as Tianmen Road. Located in China, this 7.0-mile stretch features 99 sharp corners, sheer drop offs, and little room for error. Barone completed his run in just 10:31. And now that run is...

  • 2018 Volvo XC90 rolls off the assembly line in Torslanda, Sweden
    Volvo drives new cars over rocks before you do

    Every new car Volvo builds at its various assembly plants has driven over a patch of bumpy road reminiscent of a small Scandinavian town, long before the car lands on a dealer lot—and that's something that won't change when the automaker begins building its redesigned S60 in South Carolina...

  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy with Tesla Roadster payload
    SpaceX sends Falcon Heavy rocket to Mars carrying Tesla Roadster payload

    Hats off to Elon Musk because he's done it. He and his team at SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket on a mission to Mars—with a Tesla Roadster strapped to the nose. This is a test run for what's likely to be more missions to Mars, and it's being used to gather data...

  • Bad day at bank drive through leads to car flying through air
    Bad day at bank drive through leads to car flying through air

    Dashcams are a wonderful device to have hooked up inside your car. You never know what you might happen to catch with that little camera. It could be as simple as minor fender bender, as amazing as a massive meteor lighting up the sky, or a bit of crazy weather crossing your path. You might capture...

  • Honey bees in Leipzig as part of a project by Porsche

    Porsche is clearly committed to the environment, and ways in which it can keep things clean and thriving. A line of electric cars is on the horizon. Hybrid options are already available for a number of models. And Porsche cares about bees. Yes, honey bees. These vital insects are endangered in some parts. Bee populations have suffered tremendous losses, and to lose them would be devastating to crops and flowers. Porsche is hard at work trying to counteract a bit of this bee tragedy. In Leipzig, Germany, where Porsche has a number of operations, including a plant, there's an effort to take...

  • This is what happens to an ambulance during an accident
    Watch what happens to an ambulance during a side impact crash

    An ambulance is an incredibly tough workhorse. You know it's going to be strong, but did you ever think how strong an ambulance really is? Well, Braun Ambulances put together a crash test demonstration to show just how tough this life-saving box on wheels really is. The demonstration involves one...

  • Tesla installs solar panels at Puerto Rican hospital
    Tesla installs solar panels at Puerto Rico hospital

    Tesla is a busy company these days, as is chief executive officer Elon Musk. While the company and Musk juggle Model 3 production bottlenecks, an electric semi reveal, and more, it also landed in Puerto Rico recently to help restore power to the United States territory. Much of the island remains...

  • Aston Martin Residences in Miami, Florida
    Work on Aston Martin residential tower gets underway

    Aston Martin's offerings include plenty of luxurious sports cars and track-honed machines, but the brand is diversifying its business into a new area: residential real estate. Construction of the Aston Martin Residences in Miami began this month and the luxury condos and apartments will be ready...

  • Teen converts truck to resemble emergency vehicle - Image via Seven News, Australia
    Teen builds own emergency truck, responds to distress calls

    Many kids dream of joining the police force or becoming a firefighter, though most normally wait until adulthood before fulfilling it. That isn’t the case for a 16-year-old from Melbourne, Australia. The youngster, whose identity cannot be revealed because of his age, converted a white Isuzu...

  • Project Neptune created by Triton Submarines and Aston Martin
    Are you ready for an Aston Martin...submarine?

    If James Bond can have his submarine cars, why can't Aston Martin get in on the action? The British purveyor of gorgeous luxury sports cars has teamed up with the right company to make that happen. Aston Martin has consulted on the design of a new submersible with Triton Submarines and it's called...

  • Illustration for the #Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia

    Turns out if you prevent half your population from driving you also restrict your car market. Yesterday we reported that as of next June, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will lift its ban on female drivers. Today, a report from Reuters indicates the move could bolster a lagging car market in the oil-rich country. Saudi Arabia has not allowed women to drive since it was founded in 1932, but that changes in June of 2018 thanks to an order from the country's leader, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The change isn't likely based on a new view of equality, though. It's more likely economic. As Reuters...

  • Saudi ban on female drivers to be lifted
    Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female drivers, finally

    It’s hard to believe that in this day and age women are forbidden from driving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Well, that’s finally set to change as the oil-rich country’s leader, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on Tuesday issued a decree to lift the asinine ban which was introduced...

  • Frangivento Asfané Charlotte Roadster - Image via Motor1
    Italian firm unveils bizarre supercar complete with built-in fish tank

    As proof positive that not every supercar originating from Italy is a masterpiece of design, behold the oddball Asfané Charlotte Roadster from Frangivento. It’s an electric supercar claimed to be capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in under 3.0 seconds, but the car’s real claim to...

  • Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon - IZOD IndyCar Series photo LAT/USA
    Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti robbed at Indianapolis Taco Bell

    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is in a pretty rough neighborhood. Don't believe me? Ask Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti. Hours after Dixon claimed the pole position for the 101st Indianapolis 500 with a speed of 232.164 mph, he and Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint in the drive-thru lane of a...

  • 1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage alleged to be first car to be caught speeding
    First car ever caught speeding to be displayed in the UK

    This 1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage is largely held to be the very first car to receive a speeding ticket, and it's headed for the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Palace Court in the United Kingdom. The UK in the 19th century was a tough place to have an automobile. The law at the time required...

  • Malcolm Bricklin
    Malcolm Bricklin’s next venture is to get car dealers to invest in...art galleries

    Malcolm Bricklin is almost 80, but he’s still full of ideas it seems. His latest concept is selling art using an inventory system much like that of a car dealer network. Bricklin, the man who brought Subarus and Yugos to the nation, revealed his plans during a recent interview with Automotive...

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