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Canepa Porsche 959SCWhen it comes to the Porsche 959, Canepa Design is the outfit that knows everything. The Scotts Valley, California-based sports and race car restorer has been helping import and modify Porsche 959s for decades. Canepa has served up its Gen I, Gen II, and recent Gen III upgrades for the 959 for years now. But the Canepa crew has reached a new level...
Posted: April 26, 2018, 12:45 pm
ZF's distracted driver technologyA recent study of over 6 million text messaging sessions reaffirms what traffic safety advocates have long espoused: drivers are definitely using their phones behind the wheel and they're doing it when traffic is at its peak. Drivemode, a safe driving app, determined from its data that morning rush drivers prefer listening to music and news on the...
Posted: April 26, 2018, 12:00 pm
2018 Lexus LC 500hAs the industry marches toward greener cars, battery and hybrid drivetrains are expanding into vehicle segments never before concerned with fuel economy ratings or much with emissions. No segment is excluded from this progress, not even luxury grand tourers. Toyota, along with its luxury division Lexus, is the king of hybrids, so it was no...
Posted: April 26, 2018, 11:30 am
2018 Jeep Grand CommanderJeep's Grand Commander made its debut on Wednesday at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The three-row crossover SUV has been developed exclusively for the Chinese market so won't be sold in the United States. The low approach and departure angles belie Jeep’s off-road credentials, which is probably why. The Grand Commander was previewed by the...
Posted: April 26, 2018, 11:30 am
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienMercedes-Benz's GLC is about to come in for a minor facelift. The changes represent a mid-cycle update for the small luxury SUV which first arrived in 2015 as a 2016 model. We should see this updated version in the second half of next year as a 2020 model. The GLC is an important model for Mercedes. The automaker sold 48,643 of them in the United...
Posted: April 26, 2018, 10:00 am
2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Get ready to say goodbye to beloved nameplates such as the Fusion and Taurus, as well as the Fiesta, as Ford has confirmed that its passenger car lineup will be pruned to just two models by around 2020: the Mustang and Focus Active (a soft-roader version of the redesigned 2020 Focus.) The move is only for North America where Ford sees the shift...
Posted: April 26, 2018, 8:30 am
2020 BMW 8-Series (M850i xDrive) prototypeBMW has dropped the first details on its new 8-Series ahead of the car's debut in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 8-Series will mark BMW's return to the French classic, with a dedicated race version set to compete in the GTE class for production-based cars. The road-going 8-Series has now reached the final stage of development and will be in...
Posted: April 26, 2018, 7:00 am
2018 Ford TaurusFord’s shift toward selling predominately trucks and SUVs in the U.S. took another step Wednesday as the company announced it would not replace its long-running Fiesta, Fusion, and Taurus sedans with new versions. The Ford Focus will survive, but only as a tall-riding hatchback. “Given declining consumer demand and product...
Posted: April 25, 2018, 10:52 pm
MG X-Motion SUV conceptThe 2018 Beijing auto show hosted numerous debuts this week, and MG released its X-Motion SUV concept. The concept vehicle previews a future large SUV model. The X-Motion follows last year's MG E-Motion concept, an all-electric sports car concept. MG said Wednesday it aimed to echo the E-Motion's design in what it calls "Emotional Dynamism." We...
Posted: April 25, 2018, 10:00 pm
2016 Audi Q5Audi issued a recall Tuesday for more than 350,000 cars and crossover SUVs in the U.S. electric coolant pumps in the vehicles that can overheat and present a fire risk. The recall covers the 2013 to 2016 A4, the 2013 to 2017 A5, the 2012 to 2015 A6, and the Q5 from 2013 to 2017. All of the recalled vehicles are powered by Audi’s turbocharged...
Posted: April 25, 2018, 9:36 pm
2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybridVolvo said Wednesday that it wants half of its cars to be fully electric by 2025, the next step in its plans for a fully electrified future. The Swedish automaker made its dedication clear at the Beijing auto show this week, where every single car on display was a plug-in hybrid model. Volvo said it plans to position itself as a major player in...
Posted: April 25, 2018, 9:00 pm
Jaguar XJ50 special editionThe Jaguar XJ celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, the British luxury brand has introduced a special XJ50 model. The XJ50, revealed on Wednesday at the Beijing auto show, aims to up the aging sedan's elegance with a handful of features to distinguish it from other XJ models. The XJ50 boasts Autobiography-style front...
Posted: April 25, 2018, 8:00 pm
2018 Isdera Commendatore GTYou've probably never heard of Isdera. The company is a niche sports car manufacturer from Germany, and since its founding in the early 1980s has churned out less than a hundred cars, all of them mostly crafted by hand. One of the most famous is the original Commendatore 112i launched in the early '90s. The sleek supercar featured a mid-mounted...
Posted: April 25, 2018, 7:00 pm
Jay Leno's 1966 Lincoln ContinentalWill Jay Leno ever stop expanding his collection of amazing cars? Probably not. One of the world's best-known car buffs recently made room for the latest addition: a 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible. What's so special about this particular Continental is that it's completely unrestored and all-original. As Leno points out, only a couple bumps...
Posted: April 25, 2018, 6:00 pm
Honda Everus EV conceptHonda 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 showrooms by the end of the year. No details were released...
Posted: April 25, 2018, 5:00 pm