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  • Smart ForEase concept, 2018 Paris auto show

    Smart this year is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the start of sales of the original ForTwo, and part of the celebrations included the unveiling of the ForEase concept on Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show. The ForEase is based on the battery-powered Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio but has been transformed into a sporty speedster instead of a convertible. While Smart says the concept has been developed to reinterpret urban driving in fun and a refreshing way, we know elements of the design will feature on future Smart cars. Some of the standout design treatments include the new LED patterns of...

  • Concept rendering for Cruise purpose-built self-driving car
    Honda will invest $2.75B in GM's Cruise self-driving car business

    In the race to develop the world's first safe, reliable and robust driverless ride-hailing service, General Motors and its Cruise self-driving car unit just received major backing from rival automaker Honda. The companies announced Wednesday that Honda will invest $2.75 billion in the Cruise unit...

  • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
    Aston Martin shares start trading at $24, value company at $5.6B

    Talk of Aston Martin going public by way of an initial public offering (IPO) dates back as far as the brand’s 2008 sale by Ford to a consortium led by Prodrive founder David Richards, but the company finally took the plunge on Wednesday with its shares listing on the London Stock Exchange at...

  • 2019 Acura ILX
    2019 Acura ILX brings brand's new design language, $2,200 price cut

    Acura's ILX enters the 2019 model year with a fresh set of clothes, representing the second time the compact luxury sport sedan has been updated since its 2013 debut. The latest tweaks inject the ILX with some much-needed aggression and adds the corporate “diamond pentagon” grille that...

  • 2019 Vinfast Lux A2.0, 2018 Paris auto show
    Vietnam's Vinfast launches at Paris auto show with pair of rebodied BMWs

    Vietnam is getting into the vehicle manufacturing business with its own brand. Called Vinfast, the first two products from the newly established car company include a mid-size sedan and SUV, and they were presented to the public for the first time on Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show. But rather...

  • 2019 bmw 3-Series M Performance parts
    BMW is ready with M Performance parts for the new 3-Series

    BMW has only just revealed its redesigned 2019 3-Series at the 2018 Paris auto show, yet the M division is ready to roll with some fresh parts. From style upgrades to real-deal performance bits, future 2019 3-Series owners have enticing options ahead of them. On the looks side of things, the M...

  • Audi CEO Rupert Stadler

    Volkswagen on Tuesday terminated Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler after lengthy discussions between the automaker's legal team and its board of directors. Stadler, who has been jailed since June in Germany, was also stripped of his position on VW's board of management. "Due to his ongoing pretrial detention, he is unable to fulfill his duties as a member of the board of management and wishes to concentrate on his defense," VW said in a statement. Replacing Stadler in the interim will be sales executive Bram Schot. VW in its statement also maintained its position that Stadler is...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC, 2018 Paris auto show
    2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC: 200-mile luxury electric SUV debuts

    The luxury brands have been late to the electric revolution but that's about to change as a flood of new models arrive in the coming years, particularly from the German brands. Mercedes-Benz alone will launch 10 electric cars by 2025, one of which is the EQC small SUV that made its debut last month...

  • Peugeot E-Legend Concept, 2018 Paris auto show
    Peugeot e-Legend concept is a modern take on the iconic 504

    Peugeot has taken a dive into its past in order to find inspiration for its future. The e-Legend concept is a self-driving coupe designed as a fresh take on the French marque's brilliant 504. There are no inline-4 diesels or gas-swilling V-6 engines to be found here, however, as the e-Legend is an...

  • Rotary engine
    Mazda confirms rotary range extender for upcoming EV

    Mazda is bringing back the rotary engine, but not as we know it. The Japanese automaker on Tuesday used the backdrop of the 2018 Paris auto show to confirm plans for a rotary range extender in a future electric car. Mazda said it is working on two EVs and one will feature a small, lightweight and...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG A35, 2018 Paris auto show
    2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 hot hatch revealed with 302 horsepower

    Mercedes-AMG has revealed its first take on Mercedes-Benz's new generation of compact cars. The car is the new A35 based on the A-Class hatchback, and it was revealed on Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show. The A35 isn't a direct replacement for the outgoing A45. That model is due out later. That's...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz B200, 2018 Paris auto show
    2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class revealed: Practicality in a luxury wrapper

    Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled a sportier, more high-tech B-Class minivan at the 2018 Paris auto show. The redesigned model is the nameplate's third iteration. It is also the third body style from Mercedes' new generation of compact cars, following the A-Class hatchback unveiled in February and...

  • 2019 BMW 3-Series, 2018 Paris auto show

    The 2019 BMW 3-Series that debuted Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show not only represented the seventh generation of the sedan, but it’s also a substantial leap forward for the iconic four-door that has withered for nearly a decade. The new 3-Series dramatically improves its interior tech and driver assistance features—in line with similar improvements to the 5-Series—instead of wholesale changes to its powertrain menu. Like the sedans before it, the BMW 3-Series will (at least initially) skip a manual transmission. Inside, the new 3-Series is equipped with BMW’s...

  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan limo by Klassen
    Get ready for the bulletproof $2M Rolls-Royce Cullinan limo

    Rolls-Royce pulled the wraps off of the Cullinan luxury SUV this May, but buyers who need a little more room will be glad to know there are options for their options. Klassen, a German company with a pedigree in turning premium vehicles into luxurious limousines, has shown images of its Cullinan...

  • Bentley Mulsanne Hallmark Series Silver
    Bentley Mulsanne recalled over rearview camera quirk

    Even the pinnacle of luxury can fall victim to recalls. In this case, it's Bentley's range-topping Mulsanne sedan. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recieved notice on September 14 that Bentley will recall 10 vehicles over a rearview camera defect. According to NHTSA and the...

  • Lotus Hethel headquarters renovations
    Lotus to transform Hethel headquarters, build new customer experience center

    The Lotus headquarters will soon undergo a transformation. The company has submitted plans for a new customer experience center, heritage center and museum. Lotus' Friday announcement comes as the company celebrates 70 years since founder Colin Chapman built his first car, and the Hethel, England...

  • 2019 Chevy Silverado RST Off-Road concept
    Chevy shows off 2019 Silverado concepts heading to SEMA

    Chevrolet has shown off a group of four 2019 Silverado 1500 concepts it plans on bringing to the 2018 SEMA show next month. Each of them houses a plethora of Chevrolet Performance accessories, which makes each truck more of a mannequin than a "concept." The first truck, the 2019 Silverado High...

  • VW-Microsoft technology partnership
    VW chooses Microsoft as tech partner for digital services, mobility

    Volkswagen plans to invest $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025, and it has named Microsoft as its partner for future endeavors. VW announced Friday it has entered a strategic partnership with Microsoft for all future digital services and mobility efforts. Microsoft will advise and work...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept

    Volkswagen wants to one day forego real-world testing for self-driving technology. As a result, the German auto giant announced it is developing virtual "test drivers" of the sort to validate self-driving technology. The brand calls it "virtual validation," and the process could help technologies come to market quicker than ever. It's something Ford is also capitalizing on. With virtual testing, Volkswagen would no longer have to rely on physical hardware rigs to test a driver assistance system or self-driving technology. Instead, the system will learn in the virtual world inside what the...

  • Koncepto Milenya passenger drone
    Philippine inventor demonstrates drone that can carry a person

    A former Philippine dancer and camera operator has turned into an inventor as he revealed his drone that actually carries a human being. Kyxz Mendiola has invented a drone that features a cockpit for a single person and multiple propellors similar to those found in smaller drones. Think of it as a...

  • 2019 Ford Mustang
    The deal is back: 800-horsepower Ford Mustang GT for $39,995

    For Mustang fans, there may be no greater dealership from which to buy the popular pony car than Lebanon Ford. This is the Ohio-based outfit that offers up serious power upgrades for far less cash than you think would be required. The latest offer? A 2019 Mustang GT packing 800 horsepower on sale...

  • Toyota flying car patent
    New patent emerges for Toyota's flying car

    Toyota last year threw its hat into the ring to build a flying car, and the automaker has since filed to protect a new design of its own. First discovered by AutoGuide, Toyota looks to have filed a patent that shows a "dual mode vehicle." Additionally, the patent covers the wheels for the flying...

  • Mercedes-Benz MBUX user interface
    Mercedes-Benz cars will soon suggest safest areas to park

    In the near future, Mercedes-Benz cars will tell drivers the safest place to park to avoid crime-filled and unsafe areas. New technology from the brand is under development to reference police statistics and highlight the best parking areas. According to Drive, which reported on the technology...

  • Ford GT Race Car, 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona
    Breakthroughs in racing helps speed up car development at Ford

    It's long been known that race car technology eventually filters down to and improves cars designed for the road. However, the technology can also benefit the way cars are designed and the speed at which they are developed. That's what Ford is discovering by getting its race car engineers to work...

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