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  • Back in 2009, defunct Italian design house Stile Bertone designed a supercar based on the bones of the C6 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

    It was called the Mantide, and it was the brainchild of talented...

  • 2021 Ford F-150 spy shots

    Ford's top-selling F-150 is about to come in for a redesign, with a new V-8, plug-in hybrid and electric options all planned.

  • 2021 Buick 3-row crossover spy shots

    Buick's new crossover is a twin under the skin with the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT6.

  • Famous Porsche tuner Gemballa plans own supercar

    Gemballa wants to transition from a pure tuner to a low-volume automaker, starting with a new supercar boasting over 800 horsepower.

  • 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan R spy shots and video

    The Volkswagen R performance division looks to be readying a new addition to its lineup based on the Tiguan small SUV. A test mule for a potential Tiguan R has been spotted in Germany, suggesting that VW's go-fast division will soon launch another SUV. The division only February launched the T-Roc...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV spy shots and video

    Kia is working on a redesign of its Soul subcompact crossover SUV, and part of the plan is a repeat of the current model's electric option. A prototype for the new Soul EV has just been spotted at the Nürburgring and on some of the German racetrack's surrounding roads. We know it's the...

  • Audi's first volume electric car, the e-tron, is almost here. Production of the first customer example, finished in Catalunya Red, was completed on Monday at the car's plant in Brussels, Belgium, a...

  • Opel GT X Experimental concept debuts new design language

    Opel on Wednesday provided the first look at a new concept previewing the design destined for models arriving in the mid-2020s. The concept is called the GT X Experimental, and it's a compact crossover designed under the themes of “bold and pure,” the characteristics of Opel's new...

  • Reserve a 2019 Audi e-tron following September 17 global debut

    Anyone looking to be among the first to take delivery of Audi's upcoming e-tron electric SUV will be able to configure and reserve one starting September 17. The date is when Audi will present the completed vehicle for the first time, with the debut confirmed by Audi on Thursday to be in San...

  • Mini teases design of electric Hardtop due in 2019

    Mini on Thursday gave us our first look at some of the design of its electric Hardtop due in 2019. The vehicle was previewed as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, and judging by the latest teasers design elements from the show car will make it onto the upcoming production model...

  • 2020 Buick LaCrosse spy shots

    The Buick LaCrosse will soon come in for a facelift as evidenced by a camouflaged prototype spotted testing recently. The LaCrosse was last redesigned for 2017 so this facelift represents a mid-cycle update for the large sedan. Expect it to arrive in the second half of 2019 as a 2020 model. The...

  • 2019 Audi S7 spy shots and video

    Audi’s A7 didn’t start the modern coupe-like sedan trend, but with its muscular proportions, beautiful surfacing and Kammback rear it managed to make us almost forget the segment’s progenitor, the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The handsome four-door has been redesigned for the 2019 model...

  • Porsche is working on its next-generation 911 and the automaker has indicated that hybrid technology will play a role.

    However, we've now learned that it could play a bigger role than previously...

  • BMW teases new X5 ahead of 2018 debut

    BMW has a redesigned X5 arriving this year, and the automaker has given us the first official look at the new mid-size SUV. The look comes in the form of a teaser video highlighting the rigorous testing that's gone into developing the new X5, the nameplate's fourth iteration. What's immediately...

  • Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and GT4 on the way

    Aston Martin on Friday confirmed two more race cars based on its newest Vantage sports car. They are new GT3 and GT4 variants that Aston Martin Racing will reveal this summer ahead of delivery to customer teams prior to the 2019 motorsport season. The news comes ahead of this weekend's debut of the...

  • Honda launches Everus brand in China with EV concept

    Honda and its Chinese partner GAC have launched the new brand Everus in China—and the first model will be an electric car previewed by the Everus EV concept unveiled Wednesday at the 2018 Beijing auto show. Honda says the production version of the Everus EV concept will be in Chinese...

  • No replacement planned for Audi R8 supercar

    Late last year we heard that Audi could phase out its R8 supercar after the current model ends its run. Now the automaker's R&D boss Peter Mertens has revealed that there are no plans at present for a successor. “I would say so,” Mertens told Car and Driver when asked to confirm at...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Touareg to debut on March 23 in Beijing

    Volkswagen has locked in the reveal date for its third-generation Touareg, which we'll straight up tell you isn't coming to the United States. The covers will come off the new mid-size SUV on March 23 in Beijing, China. The formal debut will likely take place at the Beijing auto show scheduled for...

  • A new generation of the Kia Soul is brewing, and judging by our spy shots the funky look we've grown accustomed to with past versions of the Kia compact crossover SUV will be retained.

    The boxy...

  • 2019 Honda Insight to deliver 50 mpg or better

    Honda used this week's 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to present its 2019 Insight. Though officially a prototype, the version we were treated with shows the final design direction Honda is taking with its new Insight. Crucially, it shows that the revived hybrid nameplate is...

  • Hyundai hybrid sports car confirmed

    Hyundai is working on a plug-in hybrid sports car with two seats, senior executives have confirmed to Australian media. The Korean automaker revealed on Monday at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show that it is working on as many as 18 eco-friendly models for launch by 2025, one of which is tipped to...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

    Volkswagen is in the midst of an SUV onslaught that will see existing models like the Tiguan and Touareg not only redesigned but joined by several all-new models. It all started with the Atlas that debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show and has continued with the redesigned Tiguan at the 2017...

  • BMW 1-Series, Range Rover SVAutobiography, VW Tiguan R-Line: Today’s Car News

    BMW is busy preparing the next generation of its 1-Series Hatchback. The car is closely related to the 1-Series sedan, though unlike the sedan the hatch will be sold in markets outside of China. Unfortunately, the United States isn’t expected to be one of them. Land Rover has unveiled the...

  • 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 spy shots

    Earlier this week we brought you spy shots of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Today we have the first shots of the pickup’s corporate cousin, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. The current Sierra was introduced in 2014 and updated in 2016. The Sierra seen here testing is more of an extensive update...

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