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2019 Mini CooperAlpina is known for building even more luxurious and higher-performance versions of BMW vehicles, but the German tuner nearly built a Mini model. The Mini brand, which the BMW Group owns and operates, was a candidate for the Alpina treatment, Andreas Bovensiepen, Alpina CEO, told Autocar in a report earlier this month. The project began in the...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 6:00 pm
2021 Ford Bronco test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienThe 2021 Ford Bronco may not come exclusively as an SUV. It's rumored the Blue Oval is developing a Ford Bronco pickup as well. A Monday report by Automobile cited sources familiar with the program and AutoForecast Solutions that both say the truck is in the works. AutoForecast Solutions said production of the new truck should commence in 2024...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 5:00 pm
2019 Honda Insight2020 Honda Insight hybrid sedan gets $135 price bump, efficiency stays the same The new Honda Insight sedan will cost incrementally more in base versions, but its estimated fuel economy won't change at all. Sticking around, VW redesigns 6-speed manual transmission VW redesigned its 6-speed manual for multiple cars sold around the world, a signal...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:34 pm
2020 Land Rover Defender 3-door spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienLand Rover is working on a redesign for its iconic Defender, the original version of which bowed out of production in 2016 after a run lasting more than three decades. The redesigned Defender gets revealed this year ahead of a market launch in early 2020, and once again the nameplate will offer buyers multiple body styles to choose from. A...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 3:45 pm
2019 Tesla Model XTesla trims down its Model S and X lineup, and CEO Elon Musk reveals when older cars could get the new full self-driving chip. The Trump administration acts to freeze fines for fuel-economy violations. And our latest Twitter poll asks whether readers see value in solar panels on a next vehicle. All this and more on Green Car Reports Following the...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 3:45 pm
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1Turn 16 at Atlanta Motorsports Park is a test of a driver’s courage and a car’s ability to stick to the track. Though it’s only a slight right-hander, it follows the turns 13, 14, and 15 left-handers that link to create one big, high-speed arc. Turn 16 is the moment of truth when the weight shifts from the right side of the car...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 3:40 pm
2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienGeneral Motors has filed yet again to trademark the "Zora" name, which has fueled rumors the mid-engine C8 Corvette will wear the nameplate. The Drive discovered the trademark filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which the automaker filed on Dec. 12. It's not the first time GM has filed to trademark the name; it first moved...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 3:30 pm
1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1They called it “King of the Hill”—and when it emerged in 1990, the Chevy Corvette ZR-1 would forever reformat what drivers thought about GM’s ever-evolving sports car. In the 1950s, the Chevy Corvette staked out a new performance frontier for General Motors. In the 1960s, the Corvette hit its thrilling peak of style and...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 3:14 pm
2019 Nissan Skyline (Japan spec)Chevy's new C8 Corvette set for a reveal on Thursday night will carry the Stingray name in base guise, just like the outgoing C7 Corvette. While the name might be a carryover, there will of course be the new mid-engine layout and possibly a more powerful V-8 than the 455-horsepower LT1 V-8 in the C7 Corvette Stingray. Mercedes-AMG's GT R Pro track...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 3:00 pm
2019 Tesla Model SAnother cut in federal tax credits, another shakeup in Tesla's model lineup. Tesla has cut its prices to split the difference in cost to buyers after the federal tax credit on its cars dropped from $3,750 to $1,875 on July 1. The drop is part of an ongoing phase-out of Tesla's federal tax credit after the company reached 200,000 electric cars sold...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 3:00 pm
2019 Honda InsightThe mighty frugal Honda Insight returns for the 2020 model year, though shoppers will be met with a $135 price hike. Honda said on Monday the hybrid sedan will cost $23,860 after a $930 destination charge. Aside from a new Platinum White Pearl exterior color available, no options or standard features change for the 2020 model year. Those kicking...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:45 pm
Mercedes-AMG GT R ProMercedes-AMG used the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce its updated 2020 GT sports car range, and among the fleet was a new flagship model: the GT R Pro. The limited-edition model is based on the track-focused GT R added for 2018 but brings even more goodies aimed at slashing lap times. We're talking a Nürburgring lap time of 7.04.632...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
Toyota Prius Prime PHV test vehicle with solar panels in JapanSeveral companies have recently proposed placing solar panels on top of electric cars to give them extra range. First, there was German startup Sono Motors, which the company says can get up to 21 extra miles from 330 solar cells, making up a 1.21 kilowatt array spread over its roof, hood, and doors. Then came World Solar Challenge team Solar Team...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
VW MQ281 6-speed manual transmissionVolkswagen isn't prepared to say goodbye to the manual transmission and debuted its redesigned 6-speed unit Monday. The brand said the redesigned manual transmission focuses on efficiency and shaving carbon dioxide production while driving. Total, the gearbox will help save up to 5 grams per kilometer driven, depending on the engine application...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
2019 Subaru OutbackA small number of 2019 Subaru Outback and its sedan cousin, the Subaru Legacy, will be recalled. According to information Subaru filed with the NHTSA on July 11, the Japanese automaker is recalling 2,107 Outback and Legacy models. Legacy sedans and Outback wagons share a similar skeleton and are produced at the same production facility. The recall...
Posted: July 16, 2019, 1:31 pm