One size does not fit all; picking the right crossover is a matter of balancing wants and needs. Ford offers lots of SUVs of varying sizes and prices, with its three smallest being the EcoSport, Escape, and Edge. Each offers distinct capacities and features, and some are simply better to drive than others. Now that
Electric car charging firm IONITY is as joint venture between BMW Group, Ford, Daimler AG, and the Volkswagen Group with Porsche AG, has been joined by new shareholder Hyundai Motor Group – accelerating IONITY’s mission to make long distance EV travel across Europe a reality. The Hyundai Motor Group includes the Hyundai and Kia brands.
GAYDON, England — Jaguar Land Rover will halt production at its British factories for a week in November, joining BMW and Toyota in plans to help mitigate any immediate disruption from a no-deal Brexit. CEO Ralf Speth said JLR had to make plans now, including a stop to production at its four British factories during
Fantastic news for high-performance luxury SUV fans: The Aston Martin DBX, the marque’s first SUV, has been confirmed to pack a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 producing 550 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Aston is wrapping up testing for its all-new luxury SUV, which includes durability runs at the iconic Nürburgring, because of course it does. See all
Fremont Police’s new Tesla police cruiser ran out of battery while leading a chase, but it was actually a user error. Last year, Fremont’s police department bought a used 2014 Tesla Model S 85 for $61,478.50 (including taxes and fees) to replace a 2007 Dodge Charger that was being retired in their fleet. Their goal
Two Democratic governors have lined their up states to join the 13 others in adopting California’s rules to curb automobile greenhouse gas emissions, even after the Trump administration moved to nullify state authority on fuel-efficiency rules. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday directed his state’s environmental agency to begin drafting rules to cut tailpipe emission
The all-electric Porsche Taycan was recently unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and, after the media launch, the first video reviews of the car have started to be come in. Porsche has so far only introduced the Taycan in Turbo and Turbo S guises, with the car tested by Autocar being the range-topping S version.
Volkswagen Group’s supervisory board backed CEO Herbert Diess and Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch a day after German prosecutors charged the top managers with market manipulation related to the company’s diesel-emissions cheating scandal. In a special meeting Wednesday called to discuss the prosecutors’ decision, the board also rejected the charges, saying VW complied with disclosure rules,
Windshield chips can be a bother. Drive behind commercial trucks on the highway, spend time at construction sites, or just get unlucky with flying stones, and you can get a chip or crack in your windshield. Now, one company is looking to remedy that problem for the Ford F-150. Hyperperformance Glass Products is using the
The 2020 Nissan 370Z is old enough to be an awkward 12-year old middle school student. With an interior that was barely modern in 2009 and a gravely powertrain to match, the Z’s old-school approach may put some potential buyers off. As far as pure sports car experiences go, however, sometimes age is a merit.
For a car that entered production just earlier this year, the fifth-gen Toyota Supra has had its fair share of accidents. The latest to come to our attention took place during a time attack challenge on a race-track that left a mildly-modded 2020 Supra in ruins. The video that follows begins with the driver, Jackie Ding,
Dodge’s edgy marketing has a youthful feel, but its vehicles aren’t getting any younger. The brand is still pushing the envelope on performance with the Charger and Challenger, which continue to get styling tweaks. The big-bodied speedsters have whetted racing appetites through the years with a broadening menu of powerful factory engines as Dodge works
Pro driver Randy Pobst hot laps the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Motor Trend’s 2017 Best Driver’s Car.
It’s available by subscription only. Canoo, a new BEV startup, revealed its products and strategy yesterday in Torrance California. The company intends to market a subscription-based compact mini-van sized BEV or as Canoo describes its vehicle as an “Urban Loft on wheels” starting in 2021. Founded in 2017 by ex-BMW and Über BEV executives, Canoo
PARIS — Plastic Omnium has appointed a new management team and revised its corporate governance, with co-CEO Laurent Burelle, the scion of his family’s company, becoming chairman of the board, and Laurent Favre, a veteran automotive industry executive, stepping in as the sole CEO. Jean-Michel Szczerba, who shared CEO duties with Burelle, will take on an
By Simon Alvarez Posted on September 24, 2019 The start of Gigafactory 3’s operations appears to be drawing closer, with Tesla’s China division posting a series of new job listings directly related to the manufacture and promotion of the Model 3. Amidst these updates, footage taken of the Gigafactory 3 complex suggests that the preparations
SAN FRANCISCO – Former Uber Technologies Inc. engineer Anthony Levandowski broke his long silence about allegations that he stole driverless-vehicle technology from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit to say that he didn’t do it. For the better part of a year, Levandowski was the fulcrum of Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber. Lawyers, colleagues and executives called as witnesses
Perhaps the most headline-grabbing feature of the 2020 Audi S6 is the fact that you can’t get it with a petrol engine anymore in Europe but there are other things lurking around the second-sportiest version of the German executive that you should take notice. Audi has taken the fake-exhaust trend to a whole new level
PARIS — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ merger offer for Renault, which was abandoned in June, was no longer on the table and looked unlikely to be revived for now, Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said. FCA withdrew its $35 billion offer for Renault after blaming French politics for derailing the talks. The French state, which has a
The green Land Rover logo will soon be sliding downhill fast — not on vehicles, but on skis, snowboards and uniforms. As part of a marketing push to raise U.S. awareness and sales, Land Rover has signed a three-year sponsorship with the U.S. governing body for Olympic ski and snowboard sports. Combined with its sponsorship
First Mustang Built The first Mustang built, which was sold accidentally, is being reunited with its original seller Friday after 55 years. Harry Phillips, of George G.R. Parsons Ford in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, unwittingly sold the car to an airline pilot named Stanley Tucker. The car should never have left the lot, as it
The 2020 Fiat 500X is an Italian American crossover SUV styled after the discontinued Fiat 500 minicar but built in Italy with the Jeep Renegade subcompact crossover. We give it 5.6 out of 10 overall for its character and relative rarity, but other qualities are just average. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The
A woman in Missouri has discovered why you don’t keep aerosol cans your car. According to Christine Debrecht, her daughter kept a can of dry shampoo in the center console on her Honda Civic. It remains unclear how long the can was in her car, but temperatures climbed to approximately 90° (32.2 C°) last week
Fiat is hanging on in North America, but barely. The lineup is losing the 500 and 500e, leaving it with three choices for the 2020 model year. Lower gasoline prices removed a major selling point for the brand’s small cars, leaving them with an uphill climb in a market dominated by light trucks. 124 Spider:
Pro driver Randy Pobst hot laps the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Motor Trend’s 2015 Best Driver’s Car. The Cadillac CTS-V is one of 10 contenders competing for the title of 2015 Best Driver’s Car. The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 1st on the Motor Trend Channel –
Entry-level vehicles are tough to do. You don’t have a big budget or reams of rich materials at your disposal if you want to sell the final product for $20,000 or less. You can’t skimp on design; consumers are too smart and demanding today. Nor can you cut corners on safety and convenience features; consumers
As production of the new, enhanced Passat ramps up after orders opened last month the popular plug-in hybrid GTE model has been added to the range – and is now available to order. The updated Passat GTE has an electric-only range of upto 36 miles (WLTP), an increase over the previous 31 mile which was
FRANKFURT — Ford is recalling about 322,000 cars in Europe because the batteries could potentially catch fire due to acid leakage. The recall affects Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy vehicles built between February 2014 and February 2019, a Ford spokesman told Automotive News Europe. Ford said leaking battery acid around the battery’s negative terminal could cause
The popular Subaru Outback has been a longtime favorite among MotorTrend staffers. The wagon comes with standard off-road chops, a spacious interior, and a great ride. It’s also a tremendous value and earns top safety scores. And the 2020 Subaru Outback improves in every way. An all-new platform makes the ride better, it comes with
Months after launching its new Supercharger V3, we haven’t seen many next-generation stations from Tesla, but now we have confirmation that the automaker is bringing a Supercharger V3 to Florida. In March, Tesla launched the new version of its Supercharger to enable a new top charge rate of 250 kW. The update has been long-anticipated because Tesla has