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A Glimpse Into the Post-Marchionne FCA Product Plan Coming June 1

We love FCA’s five-year plans. The automaker does not adhere strictly to them, but they provide a detailed snapshot of what the company sees as possible and which brands and vehicles are part of the

2018 Ford F-150 XL Diesel Commercial Truck First Test

The diesel variants of Ford’s F-150 XL and XLT are available only to commercial fleet buyers. Equipped with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine, these trims will not show up at a Ford dealer

2018 Ford F-150 Diesel First Test: Knowing Your Audience

I know better. Driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on a Sunday afternoon is a circle of hell unto itself. After three days of touring wide-open interstates and empty state highways in Colorado and

Subaru: Sedans, Traditional Cars Are Still Relevant

When Ford announced it was significantly cutting back its lineup of traditional cars in favor of SUVs and trucks, we all wondered whether other automakers would follow suit. So far, they haven’t. And
Hear the BMW 8 Series Coupe Zip Through the Winding Roads of Wales

Hear the BMW 8 Series Coupe Zip Through the Winding Roads of Wales

BMW will debut the production 8 Series Coupe on June 15 a day before the start of Le Mans. Until then, this video gives us a better indication of what to expect from the new two-door. Engineers at BMW
Tesla Model 3 Performance Variant to Hit 60 MPH in 3.5 Seconds

Tesla Model 3 Performance Variant to Hit 60 MPH in 3.5 Seconds

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed specifications for two dual-motor, all-wheel-drive versions of the Model 3. The higher-performing version will hit 60 mph in 3.5

2019 Subaru Ascent First Drive

Subaru commands less than 4 percent of the U.S. auto market, making it a relatively small player in the industry. And although it’s not keen on becoming as big as Honda or Toyota, Subaru has known for

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7L First Test Review

Ram has long been the disrupter in the half-ton pickup market. Without the burden of holding on to the sales throne and free of the pressure of toppling the longtime sales king, Ram has been blessed

2019 Hyundai Veloster First Drive: Grand Funk

Full disclosure: I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the Hyundai Veloster. Back in my Chrysler days, I proposed the same kooky asymmetrical door layout for the original Neon. Seeing my

Reinventing the Wheel – Technologue

Electric motors are round. Wheels are round. It’s a pretty natural impulse to combine the two. No lesser automotive luminary than Dr. Ferdinand Porsche did it first, inventing the wheel-hub motor in

2019 Bentley Continental GT First Drive: Worth the Wait

The original press drive for the all-new, 2019 Bentley Continental GT was slated for November 2017, in Barcelona, Spain. In an unusual move, Bentley pushed back the launch of the replacement for its

Previewing the Cars and Trucks of the Carroll Shelby Tribute Car Show

Shelby American unveiled its 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake continuation series and showed off its new Shelby Series 2 roadster at its garage in Gardena, California, this week. The continuation
Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Acura RDX

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Acura RDX

Much like Lexus, Acura is flirting with polarizing design on its new vehicles. Adopting the bold face of Acura’s updated design language, the new RDX walks the fine line between drawing in customers

One-Off Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol Debuts

Last month, Nissan announced it would build another crowd-sourced concept for the annual Overland Expo West show in Flagstaff, Arizona. After receiving input on the modifications from Facebook and
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Enters Production in Austria

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Enters Production in Austria

Mercedes-Benz announced this week that the second-generation G-Class has officially entered production in Graz, Austria. The G-Class has been built by Magna Steyr ever since its launch in 1979. The
Next BMW X5 Coming Later This Year

Next BMW X5 Coming Later This Year

BMW CEO Harald Krüger confirmed at the company’s Annual General Meeting this week when we will see the next-generation X5. As we suspected, the midsize SUV will debut later this year. Although Krüger

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets 2.7-Liter Inline-Four Option

Chevy gave us the basic facts of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s engine lineup when the truck debuted in Detroit earlier this year, but the automaker kept specs and other technical details close

Celebrity Drive: Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski of Discovery’s ‘Deadliest Catch’

Quick Stats: “Wild” Bill Wichrowski, “Deadliest Catch” Daily Driver: 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4 Squared (Bill’s rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10) Other cars: see below Favorite road trip: Blue Ridge

2018 Audi S5 Sportback First Test: A Little More Indulgent

Somebody put it into our heads that it’s important to be well rounded. Surely the trait has its benefits; it’s one of the reasons we like the Audi A4 so much. But although we appreciate its fuel

1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Returns as Continuation Model

Last year, Shelby American rolled out a modern 2017 Shelby Super Snake wide body concept along with a Shelby F-150 Super Snake street truck. Earlier this year, it introduced the 1968 Shelby