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  • Site of Aston Martin plant in St Athan, Wales

    Aston Martin is in the final phase of converting a former military hanger in St Athan, Wales into a second plant to join the existing plant in Gaydon, England. Gaydon will remain the home of Aston Martin sports cars while St Athan will be where Aston Martin builds its SUV and planned Lagonda cars. St Athan will also be an electric car hub for the Brit automaker, which makes sense as the Lagonda brand was revived earlier this year as an EV-only brand. The first modern Lagonda will be an electric SUV due in 2021, but the St Athan plant will be pumping out electric cars before then. Aston Martin...

  • Bugatti Divo
    Bugatti's W-16 engine will be last of its kind as hybrid future approaches

    Bugatti does things on a grand scale. Since 2005, the French automaker has shoehorned a massive 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W-16 engine into the rear end of its supercars. The latest and greatest machine to use this engine is the Divo hypercar, which is based on the Chiron. That duo might be the...

  • Jaguar-Land Rover classic infotainment system
    Modern infotainment comes to classic Jaguars and Land Rovers

    Modern convenience, meet classic motoring. Jaguar-Land Rover announced last Friday that it now offers Classic Infotainment Systems with modern modern audio, navigation, and infotainment functionality for a number of its vintage vehicles. The Classic Infotainment Systems are compatible with most...

  • Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic
    Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic concept aims to haul people and goods more efficiently

    Mercedes-Benz is the latest to tackle the future of transportation with this rather strange-looking concept vehicle. The company debuted the Vision Urbanetic concept on Monday. The concept's goal? It hails from the a Mercedes-Benz Van division, and it's meant to haul people and goods in the most...

  • Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in 'The Fate of the Furious'
    "Fast and Furious" spinoff "Hobbs and Shaw" begins production

    After years of speculation, Universal confirmed Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham will star in the first spin-off of the "Fast and Furious" franchise titled "Hobbs and Shaw." On Monday, Johnson took to Instagram to announce production has begun for the film. Johnson will reprise the role...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE first drive
    Chevy Camaro engineering boss says Mustang's been "eating our lunch"

    The Chevrolet Camaro's chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, knows the sixth-generation pony car hasn't been a runaway sales success. He offered up the truth when speaking to Automotive News (subscription required) in a Sunday report: the Mustang has been "eating our lunch." Oppenheiser made the comment...

  • 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

    Ford's F-150 Raptor receives significant updates for 2019. No, there isn't a new V-8 option. Instead, the updates have centered on improving the truck's off-road credentials. Among them is a feature called Trail Control that Ford likens to a cruise control system for off-roading. When hitting challenging terrain, Trail Control automatically adjusts power and braking to each individual wheel to enable the driver to focus on steering and ensuring the truck crosses smoothly. It also can help in digging the truck out if it happens to get stuck, for example in extreme sand or mud. Trail Control...

  • 2019 Lexus LY 650 yacht
    65-foot yacht unveiled as latest Lexus flagship

    Lexus has been dropping hints about entering the private yacht game over the past couple of years and on Friday it finally confirmed it with the reveal of the LY 650, a 65-foot luxury yacht billed as the automaker's fourth flagship. The others are the LC coupe, LS sedan and LX SUV. The LY 650...

  • 2019 Lister LFP
    Lister LFP promises to be world's fastest SUV

    British sports car marque Lister is developing a tuned version of the Jaguar F-Pace. Previously labeled a Lightning, Lister has since confirmed the vehicle will go by the name LFP and sit alongside the F-Type-based LFT in the company's growing aresenal of tuned Jaguars. Full details are yet to be...

  • Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
    FCA opening $30 million autonomous testing facility

    Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles' Chelsea Proving Grounds (CPG) is home to a new multi-million dollar autonomous technology testing facility. The automaker announced on Wednesday it has invested $30 million in the new facility, which begins testing this month. While CPG spans nearly 4,000 acres, the new...

  • Volvo 360C concept
    Volvo 360c concept: No steering wheel, pedals, engine or human driver needed

    Volvo is the latest automaker to provide a vision for the future of private automotive transport, a future where doing the driving will be optional. Volvo's vision comes in the form of the 360c concept, the now-familiar pod on wheels capable of operating in full self-driving mode, classified as...

  • Lancia Delta Futurista by Automobili Amos
    The Lancia Delta Futurista restomod has arrived, and it's not cheap

    Built by Automobili Amos, the Lancia Delta Futurista aims to "Make Lancia Great Again". This is a Delta Integrale restomod that's been given new life through a meticulous transformation. We described it as the Singer of Lancia Deltas when we first learned of the car back in June, and it wears the...

  • Gio Ponti's Linea Diamante realized at 2018 Grand Basel show

    A never-before-seen car design has been brought to life...65 years after it was completed. Yes, it was 65 years ago that Italian architect and industrial designer Gio Ponti penned his Linea Diamante, or "Diamond Line," and now a completed mockup of the car has been revealed. The covers came off on Tuesday at the inaugural Grand Basel show, a gathering in Basel, Switzerland for aficionados of all things design, especially automotive design. Ponti, who passed away in 1979, first conceptualized the Diamond Line in 1953 as a reaction to swollen automobiles with tiny windows and dark interiors...

  • Apple patent for non-linear sunroof
    Apple patented haptic seats and sunroof

    Apple filed to patent more than 2,000 ideas last year, and we'll likely never see many of them reach daylight. But, automobile patents are becoming more common from the technology giant. The most recent patents, both awarded in the last couple of weeks, involve a trick sunroof and haptic-feedback...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
    Rabbit Edition hops into 2019 Volkswagen GTI lineup

    Volkswagen is digging back into its archives for a special-edition Golf GTI. The Rabbit Edition will join the GTI lineup for 2019. The brand hasn't released pricing or fuel economy estimates for the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and note the vehicle pictured above is the 2018 Golf GTI. However, we do...

  • McLaren F1 GTR 25R
    McLaren F1 supercar can now be certified by the factory

    McLaren built 106 examples of its iconic F1 supercar from 1993 to 1998. That includes 71 versions for the road, 28 for the racetrack, and seven prototypes. McLaren wants to make sure each of these cars remain in tip-top shape and is thoroughly documented. The new McLaren F1 Certification program...

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins
    Apple's self-driving car program sees first traffic accident

    Apple is developing self-driving technology using a fleet of nearly 60 Lexus RX 450h crossover SUVs fitted with various cameras and sensors used to guide the vehicles. One of the vehicles was involved in an accident on August 24, California's DMV confirmed in a traffic accident report, the first...

  • Mercedes-EQ logo
    Drive with Mercedes EQ app to check whether electric cars suit you

    Drivers around the world will need more information and education on electric cars if automakers are to realize zero-emissions goals. Mercedes-Benz has taken a creative step to show drivers that they may be ideal candidates for a switch to the electric lifestyle. The German luxury brand is testing...

  • Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]

    The turn signal is one of the most essential passive safety measures onboard every single new car. Yet, millions of drivers choose to ignore the ability, and let's face it, the decision puts other drivers at risk. Tesla appears ready to flick the indicators whether a driver likes it or not. The Silicon Valley-based electric car manufacturer has filed for a patent that flashes the left or right turn signal when drivers forget (or choose not to) use them. According to the patent, the technology relies on the Autopilot electronic driver aid to sense if other cars are nearby. If it detects the...

  • Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantom Privacy Suite
    Total seclusion: Rolls-Royce Privacy Suite turns Phantom into rolling meeting space

    Elites will have no need to wait until their destination to discuss pressing matters, at least not when they're in the back seat of Rolls-Royce's Phantom. On Friday, the British ultra-luxury marque debuted its new "privacy suite" for the extended-wheelbase Phantom at the Chengdu auto show currently...

  • 2020 Tesla Roadster
    Tesla has a surprise reveal for Grand Basel show; is it the production Roadster?

    The Grand Basel show in Switzerland will play host to a new Tesla reveal, the electric car manufacturer confirmed Friday. Tesla sent invites to owners declaring it has a "surprise" to showcase at the show that celebrates all things design, as well as "automotive masterpieces." Noting the show's...

  • 2019 Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Mustang on the dyno
    Hennessey's 808-horsepower Heritage Mustang hits the dyno

    Hennessey Performance Engineering in August unveiled the 2019 Heritage Edition Ford Mustang to celebrate hitting the 10,000-build milestone. The fiery red car, which features a design inspired by the livery of a 2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition supercar owned by Hennessey boss John Hennessey, is based...

  • 2018 Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder, 2017 Geneva auto show
    Koenigsegg yet to deliver any engines to Spyker

    Dutch sports car marque Spyker announced in March 2017 that it will start using V-8 engines for its flagship C8 line sourced from Sweden's Koenigsegg, instead of the aging Audi units that have powered the C8 since the nameplate's launch in 2000. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to have been any...

  • Marcello Gandini talks about the origin of the name Countach
    This is how Lamborghini's Countach got its name, and it's not what you think

    It seems like most Lamborghini model names are associated with bullfighting. That's not true with all of Lamborghinis though, as the most famous example of moniker derivation lies with the Countach. Bertone designer Marcello Gandini is the man responsible for some all-time great automotive styling...

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