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  • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Valencia, Spain, January 2019

    Automakers often use focus groups made up of current owners to help them develop the next model of any given vehicle. They want to know what works and what doesn’t, so they “clinic it.” Porsche didn't bother with that for the 992-generation 911. Motor Authority spoke with August Achleitner, vice president of the 911 and 718 product lines, about what Porsche's goals were for the 2020 911. "Mr. 911," as he is known, told us that the company already knew from feedback from owners what it wanted to work on, what the weak points were, and what changes needed to be made due to...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Shooting Brake spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Cadillac naming strategy: Car News Headlines

    Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled a redesigned CLA but still testing are the high-performance versions from AMG. Today we have the first shots of the CLA35 Shooting Brake. While it won't be coming here, its mechanical package will be shared with a CLA35 sedan that should be in showrooms later this...

  • Lister Knobbly concept
    Lister reveals modern Kobbly concept and promises to build it

    There was a time, back in the 1950s, when the Lister name was just as synonymous with racing and sports car victories as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and other famous marques. It was thanks to the performance of Lister's Knobbly race car, which was driven by some of the all-time greats, including...

  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019
    Tesla Model Y will be revealed March 14, priced 10 percent higher than Model 3

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday revealed new details about the Model Y via Twitter, including confirmation of a debut on March 14 at the company's design studio in Los Angeles. Invited guests will also get a chance to ride in the small crossover SUV, which is expected to start production in 2020...

  • 2020 Cadillac XT6
    Cadillac turns to torque for new powertrain naming strategy

    As it prepares to add electric motors into its powertrain mix, Cadillac is introducing a new naming strategy that will help shoppers know where a particular powertrain sits in the model hierarchy—regardless of fuel type. The naming strategy will combine a vehicle name with a 3-digit number...

  • Mercedes-AMG video explaining 2019's Formula 1 design rules
    Mercedes-AMG explains why F1's 2019 design rules should mean closer racing

    Teams competing in the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship over the course of the past month have revealed their race cars for the new season, and in the lead up to this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix Mercedes-AMG has dropped a video to explain some of the new design rules aimed at...

  • 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 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Shooting Brake spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Shooting Brake spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz used March's Geneva International Motor Show to unveil a redesigned CLA Shooting Brake, and sadly the automaker has no plans to introduce the second-generation model here. That means we'll miss out on cool AMG-enhanced version of the svelte compact wagon that are still being...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Golf spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    New VW Golf's arrival pushed back to early 2020

    Volkswagen is out testing a redesigned Golf, the nameplate's eighth generation. The new Golf was originally due to start sales in Europe in late 2019, with a debut planned at September's Frankfurt International Motor Show, but VW has decided to push back the market arrival to early 2020. The car...

  • 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...

  • Toyota Lunar Rover concept
    Toyota lunar rover concept is out of this world

    Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have their sights set on sending humans back to the moon. The automaker and Japanese space agency announced an agreement to study the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration. What Toyota brings to the agreement is its...

  • #SnowPony, a Ford Mustang made entirely from snow
    Frozen asset: Family builds lifelike classic Ford Mustang out of snow

    The waning days of winter are a bleak time for everyone ready to move out of nature’s freezer, but it’s even worse for vintage car fans itching to pull their rides out of hibernation. One Nebraska family, however, found a way to have a little fun before the white stuff is gone for the...

  • Hurley Haywood in 'Hurley' documentary

    Motorsport fans will get a closer look at the success and private life of American racing driver Hurley Haywood in a new documentary later this month. The idea for the documentary, simply titled "Hurley," began in 2014 when Haywood's autobiography was in the works. Directed by Derek Dodge, with Patrick Dempsey as the executive producer, the film weaves an important message for Haywood after the racing legend came out as gay in 2018. Juggling success and his sexuality became a fixture of his life for decades. Haywood excited fans on the racetrack, but gave little insight to his life off 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...

  • Golden Sahara II
    Glowing Goodyear tires unveiled beneath restored Golden Sahara II custom

    In the video clip above, you see James “Jim Streets” Skonzake use a remote control to drive the Golden Sahara II custom car onto the stage of the "I’ve Got a Secret" television show. Streets bought the car from George Barris and took it on a national tour that included an...

  • 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...

  • Teaser for De Tomaso Project P
    De Tomaso to return with help from Apollo?

    Dormant Italian performance marque De Tomaso could be about to make a return. A camouflaged car referred to as the Project P and resembling a De Tomaso Pantera was spotted last week in Geneva driving together with an Apollo IE supercar. The same people behind Apollo, Consolidated Ideal TeamVenture...

  • 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
    2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 limited to 180 mph, slower than Camaro ZL1

    When the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 hits the streets this summer, it will have a top speed slower than its arch-rival, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. According to a Wednesday report from Car and Driver, Ford will limit the Shelby GT500 to 180 mph. The Camaro ZL1 has a top speed of 202 mph, while the...

  • 2020 Audi Q3 Sportback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    The Audi RS Q3 Sportback stepped out in front of the spy cameras for the first time this week. The vehicle is the high-performance version of the Q3 Sportback due out later this year. It was previously thought that the Q3 Sportback would be called a Q4 but this name has been reserved for a battery-electric model. It's hard to believe but Porsche's 917 racer turned 50 this year, and incredibly its performance in its heyday would still be considered impressive today. To mark the anniversary, Porsche has restored the very first 917 to be built. This was the green and white example shown at the...

  • 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...

  • 2021 Audi RS 4 Avant facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Audi RS 4 Avant spy shots

    Audi's A4 just received some minor tweaks for 2019 but a more substantial update is on the way for the car's mid-cycle refresh, as evidenced by the recent sighting of prototypes. Now a new prototype has been spotted, and this one is for the high-performance RS 4, which unfortunately Audi only...

  • 2022 Ford Ecosport replacement spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2022 Ford Ecosport replacement spy shots

    Ford has been spotted testing a new subcompact crossover SUV related to the recently redesigned Fiesta. The prototypes are heavily camouflaged, although we can clearly see the design's been influenced by the Fiesta. Ford isn't bringing its redesigned Fiesta to the United States due to the decision...

  • 2019 Ferrari SF90 Formula 1 car in 90th anniversary livery
    Ferrari's F1 car to don 90th anniversary livery for 2019 Australian Grand Prix

    Ferrari as an automaker celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017, but its race team, Scuderia Ferrari, is much older. In fact, this year marks the 90th anniversary of Ferrari's racing endeavours. To celebrate, Ferrari will race in this Sunday's 2019 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix using a special...

  • 1969 Porsche 917 (001)
    Porsche restores the first 917 to its original glory

    The Porsche 917 is one of the most insane automotive creations ever dreamt up by humanity, offering a performance level that remains as impressive today as it was during the 1970s, when it dominated events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nürburgring 1000 km. Some iterations were tuned to...

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