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  • PSA Group has a luxury brand called DS—the name is borrowed from the iconic Citroen DS introduced in 1955—that the French auto giant is building up into a genuine alternative to Audi and...

  • 2020 Aston Martin DBX spy shots and video

    Aston Martin will roll out an SUV called the DBX later this year. Prototypes are currently testing in public and reveal a number of design details pegged for the high-performance off-roader.

  • 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee spy shots

    A prototype for Jeep's next-generation Grand Cherokee has been spotted.

  • TechArt cars now offer the style, comfort of a Rolf Benz sofa

    Renowned tuner TechArt has built up a reputation over the years for its impressive aero and power mods for Porsche cars, and soon we'll be able to add refined interiors to the list. TechArt has teamed up with fellow German firm Rolf Benz to develop a range of interior options for Porsche cars...

  • 2019 Opel Astra spy shots and video

    Opel engineers are out testing a prototype for a facelifted version of the Astra compact hatchback. The facelifted Astra is expected on sale in markets where Opel operates sometime next year. The tweaks constitute a mid-cycle update for the current Astra which made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt...

  • Meet the woman who the Lotus Elise is named after

    Despite no longer being on sale in the United States, the Lotus Elise has been pivotal in keeping the British sports car marque alive during decades of financial hardship. Development started shortly after Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli bought Lotus from General Motors in 1993, with the car's...

  • Engineers from Audi are out testing prototypes for a new generation of the A1 subcompact hatchback.

    The current A1 debuted in 2010 and sadly was never offered in the United States. We’re...

  • Mercedes-AMG ready to say goodbye to V-12

    Mercedes-AMG last year launched a Final Edition version of its G65 and there are reports the SL65 is soon to be on its way out as well, two models powered by a V-12. But could this be part of the normal product cycle or instead a move away from V-12s at AMG? Based on recent comments made by the...

  • 2019 BMW X5 spy shots and video

    BMWs typically have a shelf life of seven to eight years but that won’t be the case for the current X5 whose successor is nearing the end of its development. Though still carrying a lot of camouflage, the prototype reveals a new, more dynamic look dominated by the pronounced shark nose hood...

  • Report: Audi Q1 due in 2020

    Audi sells a compact crossover SUV called the Q2 overseas. The vehicle is similar in size to the Q3 sold here but sportier and even more car-like in its demeanor. Audi sees room for an even smaller SUV, however, and plans to launch it in the coming years. The model will be called the Q1 and...

  • 2019 Subaru Forester teased ahead of 2018 New York auto show

    A teaser shot for Subaru’s all-new, fifth-generation Forester has been released ahead of the vehicle's debut at this month's 2018 New York International Auto Show. The show is where Toyota will unveil the fifth-generation version of the rival RAV4. Both small SUVs are due in showrooms later...

  • 2019 Subaru Ascent spy shots

    When it was dropped at the end of the 2014 model year, Subaru’s Tribeca was both the oldest and least popular model in the automaker’s lineup. But given the strong demand for reasonably priced SUVs with third-row seats, it was only a matter of time until a replacement was launched. The...

  • Hyundai’s been caught out by the consumer shift to SUVs and pickup trucks, and this is reflected in the automaker’s sales which in the first half of the year are down nearly 11 percent...

  • 2018 Renault Mégane RS makes debut, spicier Trophy model already confirmed

    Renault’s newest rival to the Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R has finally been revealed. The car is a new generation of the Mégane RS, and it’s due on sale in markets where the French brand’s cars are sold in the spring of 2018. The debut took place...

  • Lincoln Navigator, MKC hybrids reportedly coming in 2019

    Ford in 2015 committed to launching 13 electrified cars by 2020. And in January, we got an idea of what seven of those 13 electrified cars will be. Automotive News (subscription required) has now fleshed out the identity of more of the vehicles, based on information from its sources. For luxury...

  • 2018 Bentley Continental GT spy shots and video

    Bentley’s Continental GT is now one of the oldest models in production, with the original coupe having first appeared on the scene as far back as the 2003 Geneva auto show. Yes, the vehicle has undergone numerous updates since then but the basic styling and underlying platform have continued...

  • Audi RS Q5 coming soon with RS 5’s 450-horsepower V-6

    A new generation of the Audi Q5 has just gone on sale and available in standard form and sporty SQ5 trim, the latter with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 good for 354 horsepower. Eventually, a high-performance RS Q5 will be added to the fold. It’s part of Audi Sport’s plan to add more SUVs...

  • 2019 Audi A8 teased ahead of July 11 reveal

    Audi will unveil the new, fourth-generation A8 on July 11 at an event in Barcelona, Spain. Describing the upcoming flagship sedan, CEO Rupert Stadler said the car will be “generously dimensioned” and feature “a completely new operating concept.” The operating concept...

  • Smart was one of the first mainstream automakers to introduce an electric car when it launched the first ForTwo Electric Drive on the market late last decade.

    Smart is now launching a successor,...

  • BMW details M xDrive all-wheel-drive system debuting on M5

    BMW M is putting the final touches on its new M5, a car that will be unlike any of its predecessors. It will come as standard with all-wheel drive, though the system will be able to operate in rear-wheel drive form. Yep, you don’t have to worry about the car’s ability to go sideways on...

  • 2018 BMW M5 spy shots and video

    A new generation of the BMW 5-Series has arrived, and just around the corner is the car's high-performance M5 variant. A prototype for the new M5 has been spotted, and it’s wearing the least bit of camouflage gear we’ve seen yet. Our photographer confirms that the engine fitted to the...

  • BMW 1-Series Hatchback gets minor updates ahead of redesigned model’s arrival

    BMW is out testing prototypes for its next-generation 1-Series Hatchback, but before the new car arrives the current model on sale overseas since 2011 will be given one last update. Being so late in the life cycle, the changes implemented are relatively minor. (It’s actually the car’s...

  • McLaren rules out 4-door car but says 4-seater possible

    McLaren’s most practical model at present is the 570GT which sports a bit of additional storage space on top of the engine bay. But the car is still only a two-seater which means McLaren has no alternative to rival Ferrari’s GTC4 Lusso four-seater, as well as Lamborghini’s...

  • Audi rules out modern Quattro sports car, again

    Few cars have inspired popular sentiment towards a brand the way the original Audi Quattro did throughout the 1980s. Audi clearly has a soft spot for the car still, as we’ve seen not one but two concepts previewing a potential modern successor. The first concept was unveiled at the 2010 Paris...

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