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  • Daimler and the BMW Group merge mobility businesses

    Daimler and BMW Group announced in March that the two rivals would join forces and combine their various mobility services under one equally owned joint venture. The two German auto giants have since confirmed that the mobility joint venture will be headquartered in Berlin. The company, which hasn't been given an official title, will see various mobility services such as Daimler's Car2Go and BMW Group's DriveNow operations merge into one. The largest portion of the company's mobility business is ride and car sharing, but the joint venture will also be responsible for self-driving cars and...

  • 2018 Hofele Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
    German tuner Hofele starts exclusive program for Mercedes cars

    We're sure there are few out there that will find the sheer luxury of a Mercedes-Maybach lacking, but there are options for those rare—and well-heeled—individuals seeking just a little more opulence and exclusivity. One of the more established names in the business is Germany's Hofele...

  • Audi Select launches in Dallas, Texas
    Audi launches car subscription service in Dallas

    Three years after launching its Audi On Demand short rental service, the German premium brand has waded into the full-blown car subscription segment with Audi Select. Audi announced Thursday that the new Audi Select car subscription service will launch in Dallas, Texas, starting with a flat...

  • Ford Trucks F-Vision Future Truck concept
    Electric self-driving semi concept previews Ford's long-haul vision

    Ford isn't exactly known for semitrucks around the world, but that may soon change. At the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany on Thursday, Ford showed off its F-Vision Future Truck concept. Ford Otosan, based in Turkey and the automaker's largest commercial vehicle production base, debuted the...

  • Polestar 1 in New York
    Polestar won't sell from traditional dealerships

    Polestar said on Thursday it would not sell its cars from traditional dealerships in North America. Instead, the Swedish offshoot of Volvo said it will operate franchised "galleries" called Polestar Spaces. The galleries will be located in city centers. Trained product experts–not salespeople...

  • Revolution Racecars The Revolution
    Radical co-founder working on new track-focused sports car

    Radical is a top-tier producer of track-day specials. The British company was founded in 1997 and today sells a number of models for track enthusiasts and racers all over the world. One of the company's co-founders, Phill Abbott, is looking to make a new mark in the race car space. He plans to do...

  • Renault EZ-Pro self-driving delivery vehicle concept

    Following Renault's vision of a self-driving future for ride-hailing with its EZ-Go concept, the French automaker has bestowed the world with a self-driving concept for delivery vehicles. It's called the EZ-Pro, and it was revealed on Wednesday. Unlike some self-driving delivery vehicle concepts, the EZ-Pro imagines a future where humans and the technology work alongside one another. In fact, the concept isn't just one vehicle, but a platoon of self-driving cars. At the front of the pack is a self-driving EZ-Pro with a cockpit made for a human operator. Renault said the operator manages the...

  • Mercedes-AMG Project One
    Keep your eyes peeled: Mercedes-AMG Project One prototypes hit the road

    Mercedes-AMG's Project One hypercar is approaching the final stage of development. From the few photos AMG has supplied, the car looks absolutely menacing out on the road, even with many of the finer elements still missing. But what the photos can't provide is the sound the car makes thanks to it...

  • Teaser for Aston Martin 003 hypercar debuting in 2021
    Aston Martin 003 hypercar teased, might race at Le Mans

    Aston Martin's Valkyrie hasn't even started deliveries but the British automaker is already teasing the hypercar that will come after it. Aston Martin on Thursday released a teaser sketch for a new hypercar code-named the 003 and slated to arrive on the market in late 2021. For those counting, the...

  • 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport
    Cadillac renames CT6 V-Sport a CT6-V as ATS-V, CTS-V bow out

    Cadillac's CT6 V-Sport unveiled at March's 2018 New York auto show will be called a CT6-V when it arrives in showrooms, General Motors production development boss Mark Reuss has confirmed. “As a result of the overwhelming response the CT6 V-Sport received when revealed in early 2018...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept
    Newest VW ID Buzz concept previews electric cargo carrier

    Volkswagen used this week's 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany to present a cargo carrying version of its ID Buzz concept. You'll recall we first saw the ID Buzz at the 2017 Detroit auto show, with VW later confirming a production version due here in 2022 as a spiritual...

  • JD Classics center in Maldon, United Kingdom
    Classic car restorer and dealer JD Classics sold to new owner

    JD Classics can breathe a sigh of relief as it's been sold to a new owner. AM Online reported Tuesday that the major classic car restorer and dealer found a buyer in Woodham Mortimer, a company controlled by HPS Investment Partners LLC. Woodham Mortimer's purchase of JD Classics secured 60 jobs at...

  • Roush Ford F-150 Supercharged

    Roush is ready to deliver serious power to the Ford F-150. The Blue Oval brand-focused tune unleashed on Tuesday a supercharged pickup dubbed the F-150 SC. Lift the hood and you'll spy Ford's 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Sitting atop it is a TVS R2650 Eaton supercharger and that pushes the engine output up to 650 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. The truck also receives an upgraded exhaust system that delivers adjustable sounds through an active baffling setup. Not content with street domination, the Roush F-150 SC boasts an off-road ready ride. Up front, the truck sits two inches higher than...

  • Porsche Augmented Reality Infotainment from WayRay
    Porsche, Hyundai investing in holographic augmented reality tech company

    Porsche led a round of Series C investments into WayRay, a Swiss company working toward bringing holographic augmented reality (AR) displays to production, WayRay announced on Tuesday. Hyundai also joined in on the investment, which raised $80 million. Since 2012, WayRay has raised more than $100...

  • 2019 Genesis G70
    2019 Genesis G70 pricing starts at $35,895

    The 2019 Genesis G70 will do its best to woo sport-luxury sedan buyers with a starting price of $35,895 as it goes on sale this week in the United States. Those yearning for the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 will find a $44,745 price tag to start. All prices include a mandatory $995 destination...

  • Slide from Ferrari Capital Markets Day presentation made Sept. 18, 2018
    Ferrari provides first details on Purosangue SUV

    Ferrari's new CEO Louis Camilleri on Tuesday provided a presentation for investors outlining the Italian firm's plans for the coming years. Key among them is the introduction of an SUV, a vehicle Camilleri referred to as the Purosangue, Italian for “thoroughbred,” though a different...

  • J Mays
    Veteran Ford designer J Mays joins appliance maker Whirlpool

    Longtime Ford designer J Mays has a new position at appliance maker Whirlpool. The veteran designer has been appointed vice president and chief design officer of Whirlpool Corporation, based in western Michigan. Whirlpool announced Mays' appointment on Monday. He'll be responsible for "translating...

  • 2019 Nissan Armada
    Nissan, Mitsubishi next-gen infotainment to be powered by Google's Android

    Google's Android operating system will be at the core of next-generation infotainment systems from Mitsubishi and Nissan arriving on the market in 2021. The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance announced Tuesday that future infotainment systems will feature the Android operating system to outfit its...

  • 2020 Toyota Supra prototype

    Toyota confirmed Wednesday that its new Supra sports car will be built alongside the related BMW Z4 (shown below) at a plant in Graz, Austria. The plant is operated by independent vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr and has produced the G-Class for Mercedes-Benz for several decades and more recently started producing the E-Pace and I-Pace for Jaguar. Soon it will add the Z4 and Supra platform twins. Newspaper Kleine Zeitung first reported the possibility in 2016. The new Supra, the fifth generation of the iconic Japanese sports car, is expected to debut early next year, most likely at January's...

  • 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster
    2019 BMW Z4 power details revealed: More turbos, more power, no manual

    BMW released powertrain and performance specifications for the 2019 BMW Z4 on Tuesday, nearly a month after revealing the new two-seat roadster at Pebble Beach. Base Z4s, dubbed the Z4 sDrive30i Roadster, will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The...

  • McLaren 600LT online configurator
    For those without the means to own: McLaren 600LT configurator now live

    The vast majority of the population won't have the means to actually purchase McLaren's 600LT, but the company has been so kind to launch an online configurator. The configurator allows anyone to design a version of the track-focused sports car to his or her dreams. But even the public gets a...

  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
    DOJ wants to know if Tesla CEO Elon Musk broke the law in going-private tweets

    On August 7 Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted about taking the automaker private. While it may have seemed to slip out of the news, the tweet had not slipped the minds of federal agencies. The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) now has an open investigation into...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron quattro, in European trim, at San Francisco launch event
    Get renewable energy for your 2019 Audi e-tron

    Future owners of the 2019 Audi e-tron can be extra green with a new partnership between the automaker and Arcadia Power. Audi announced Monday it will join forces with Arcadia Power to support renewable energy production. The collaboration can provide renewable energy for owners that charge their...

  • Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
    Ferrari plans 15 cars by 2022, including Purosangue SUV and V-6 models

    Ferrari's new CEO Louis Camilleri has given his first major product update since taking over the reins of the fabled Italian marque following the death of his predecessor Sergio Marchionne in July. Speaking at a press conference at Ferrari's Maranello headquarters on Tuesday, Camilleri described an...

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