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Patent Reveals GM Is Working on a High-compression, Twin-turbocharged, Hybrid Powertrain

General Motors has recently filed a patent that could point to the future of the company’s high-performance offerings, including the C8 Corvette. After 18 months in review by the United States Patent

QOTD: Which Model Needs to Get a Grip?

Tuesday morning, as a fresh dumping of snow blanketed your author’s region, we discussed a crucial (and obvious) ingredient for safe winter driving: winter tires. Far less crucial for day-to-day

Have You Driven a 涉 Lately? Production of Ford Fusion May Move to China

It’s no secret that the American buying public shuns four door sedans as if they were an especially virulent leper. Through the first 11 months of this year, the segment is off by over 300,000 units.

Moving Forward: Audi Dissolving Dieselgate Task Force

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has announced his company will dismantle the task force assigned to investigate how many of its diesel cars came equipped with defeat devices. The company established the team

Transit Authorities Tepid On Electric Buses Despite Promising Tech

Despite a surplus of cities seeking ways to reduce air pollution, electric buses haven’t taken off in the United States as expected. While analysts still anticipate a sudden surge in electrification

Hey, Look – Volkswagen Finds Itself In the Midst of Another Diesel Recall

Volkswagen, most recently seen lecturing European governments on the need to ditch the diesel subsidies that, until recently, made it the continent’s most popular fuel, has a bad case of timing. Just

Automakers Formally Take Aim at California’s Zero-emission Vehicle Mandate

Compared to the rest of the United States, California is on the bleeding edge of government-appointed environmentalism. When the Trump administration suggested reexamining Obama-era fuel economy and

No Fixed Abode: Oh, That the Roman People Had but a Single Neck – or a Single Transportation Choice!

“In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.” Thus spake Tony Montana, anticipating the recent

Deadly Sins: Range Rover Velar Sales Dampened by Hubris

Arrogance (noun): the quality of being over-confident; synonyms: conceit, egotism, attitude of Range Rover Velar sales team. That’s not trademark TTAC snark, either. Take it from Andy Goss, the

Acura Drops Another Hint of a U.S.-bound CDX

Officially, there is no word. Unofficially, Acura seems plenty content with the idea of bringing the Chinese-market CDX subcompact crossover to North America, so long as there’s a business case for

QOTD: Whats Your Favorite Diamond-Star Motors Crapwagon?

Earlier this week in TTAC’s always entertaining Slack chat, Adam Tonge suggested (without sarcasm) how the B&B might enjoy discussing the market entrants of the Diamond-Star Motors company and

2018 Jeep Wrangler First Drive – Finally Modern, Still Not Soft

It’s always risky trying to soften up an object that’s known for being badass in order to better please the larger market. After all, who wants to see a movie in which Danny Trejo and Norman Reedus

Ace of Base Redux: 1990 Honda Accord DX Coupe

In 1990, the Nintendo Game Boy was flying off store shelves, neon clothes was very much in vogue, and President Bush was busy denouncing broccoli. And — oh, yeah — Honda rolled out a new Accord for

Drive Me: Volvo Tweaks Script on Its Autonomous Play

Back in 2015, Volvo Cars reiterated that it would test hundreds of autonomous vehicles in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and China by 2018 as part of its Drive Me project. Using cars equipped with

Buying an EV? Expect a Crapshoot of an Experience at the Dealer, Study Finds

You’ve decided to take the plunge. To lay down significant cash for a personal vehicle that burns no gasoline and isn’t a bicycle. Unlike the plethora of dino juice-sipping models competing for your

This New Florida Bill Would Make It Illegal to Have Your Car Stolen

Florida lawmakers are pushing a new bill that would make it illegal to have your car stolen if you haven’t bothered to take the keys out of the ignition. While accidentally prepping a car for

Pepsi Buys 100 Tesla Trucks: Do They ‘Have the Right One, Baby?’

PepsiCo nearly doubled the number of new electric big rigs Tesla will have to manufacture after reserving 100 units. Adding to the list of orders by more than a dozen companies, including other

GM Patents Exterior Airbag; Pop-Up Headlights Set for Triumphant Return?

Resident internet sleuth Bozi Tatarevic has unearthed an interesting patent granted to General Motors last week. Described as a “Fender Located Pedestrian Airbag,” it is intended to provide protection

Still Hot After All These Years: Not Every Passenger Car Model Has One Foot In the Grave

I often joke that not only are we all destined to buy a crossover in the near future, we’ll one day become crossovers. Oh, how the TTAC guys laugh… Still, it’s hard to avoid the

Rare Rides: The 1992 Plymouth Laser – a Manual, Turbo, All-Wheel Drive Beauty From DSM

Our last Rare Ride was the little hot hatch Isuzu I-Mark RS, which was just oh-so-80s. Today we move forward in time just four years, to a different sort of sporty hatch. This one’s Japanese and