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McLaren Speedtail tops 250mph at Kennedy Space Center
  30 times in a row
The dynamic development program for the fastest and most technically advanced McLaren ever has concluded in fitting fashion with McLaren chief test driver, Kenny Brack, taking the new Speedtail up to its maximum speed of 403 km/h (250mph) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
The efficient drivetrain for the purely electric BMW iX3
  250mile range for iX3
The BMW iX3, the production of which will commence in 2020, facilitates locally emission-free driving in a novel and efficient form, whilst also being suitable for everyday use. A range of more than 440 km* within the legislative WLTP test cycle will be achieved with a net-battery size of 74 kWh. The first purely electric Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is the trailblazer for BMW eDrive technology of the fifth generation, which, starting 2021, will also be deployed in the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT.
GMA Partners With Racing Point F1 on T.50 Supercar
  Has Most Advanced Aerodynamics Ever
Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) is partnering with the Racing Point Formula One Team to further develop and test the aerodynamics of its forthcoming T.50 supercar. According to Professor Gordon Murray, the driver-focused new model will have the most advanced and most effective aerodynamics ever seen on a road car.
We drive the 2019 Kia Sorento SXL AWD
  by Ali Arsham
Kia’s best-selling Sorento has received some upgrades this year and Kia has been trying to make it more upscale.  We were intrigued so we just had to test it ourselves to see if their claims are just hype or for real. What we found was that just as in the past, the Sorento is still a great deal and its success is no accident. Well proportioned, the Sorento goes for a refined and rugged exterior look, which was established when it underwent a complete redesign for the 2016 model year. 
How a vehicle tracking system can help maintain your car
  by Hartley Ewing
Imagine living in a world with no cars. I'm sure a lot of us would find that tough. Cars play a huge part in our everyday life, whether we use it to commute or it's how we make a living. When cars first entered the scene, they were viewed as a luxury, something only the rich and the affluent can afford. Now, a lot of people consider it a necessity. This article talks about the importance of having a vehicle tracking device in maintaining our vehicles.
Karma Automotive Unveils New 2020 Revero GTS
  New Performance Version of Karma Revero GT Debuts
Karma Automotive has launched its new 2020 Revero GTS during AutoMobility LA and the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new GTS, a performance version of the company’s luxury electric Revero GT which debuted earlier in 2019, will feature a host of performance upgrades, including new Karma IP and technology.
Mustang Mach-E World Debut
  Ford's first all-electric vehicle
For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family, bringing the famous pony into the electric age with Mustang Mach-E, an all-new, all-electric SUV born of the same all-American ideals that inspired the best-selling sports coupe in the world. Ever since the original Mustang took the world by storm in 1964, it quickly came to represent the best of the American spirit: Freedom, progress, fast performance and a touch of rebellion. 
McLaren announces a 2-seat roadster
  804 HP open cockpit roadster named Elva
McLaren Automotive today reveals its new Ultimate Series roadster, the McLaren Elva. As the brand’s first open-cockpit road car, the Elva adds a new dimension to the range-topping Ultimate Series lineage. Like its McLaren P1, McLaren Senna and Speedtail predecessors, volume of the new McLaren Elva will be strictly limited: just 399 are being offered for customer order.
Chevrolet Confirms 2020 Stingray Quickest in its History
  LT2 V-8 engine and dual-clutch transmission combine for speed
Jaws dropped when Chevrolet first announced the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe would accelerate 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds with the available Z51 Performance Package. Today, the brand confirms the sportscar with the available Z51 Package can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and cross the quarter mile mark in 11.2 seconds at 121 mph.
Lower cost Porsche Taycan announced
  2020 Taycan 4S priced under the 911
It was only in September that the new electric sports car from Porsche celebrated its high-profile premiere on three continents simultaneously. Now, the company is already presenting the third version of the sports saloon with the Taycan 4S. Following the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo, the Taycan 4S is therefore the new entry-level model in the series.
We drive the BMW M340i
  by Ali Arsham
Over the past 40 years, no other BMW has embodied the concept of the Ultimate Driving Machine better than the BMW 3 series.  When the first BMW 3 series arrived on U.S. shores in 1976 as a successor to the iconic BMW 2002, it built upon the sport sedan foundation pioneered by that model and launched a new name: the BMW 3 series that would become BMW’s most successful model.
Chevy unveils 2021 Colorado truck
  New design features on ZR2 race truck and ZR2 SEMA vehicle
Today, Chevrolet debuts a new look for its Colorado midsize truck franchise. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will make its first public appearance at the 2019 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic on Oct.10, driven by Hall Racing. The 2021 Colorado ZR2 will then debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Chevy introduces first Corvette Hardtop Convertible
  Convertible will be priced only $7,500 more
Open-air driving has always been a part of the Chevrolet Corvette’s heritage. In fact, when the Corvette debuted in 1953, it was available only as a convertible. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible builds off that heritage as the first hardtop and mid-engine convertible in Corvette history.
BMW Concept 4
  No word on whether it will be an EV
The 68th IAA Cars show in Frankfurt is the venue for the unveiling of the BMW Concept 4 – a future-focused interpretation of the BMW Group’s enduring DNA that represents the magic of coupe driving at its most exciting.  “The BMW Concept 4 embodies the aesthetic essence of the BMW brand. It combines perfect proportions with a clear and precise design,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
Photos & Video: Porsche unveils Taycan electric car
  0-62 in 2.8s, 280-miles of range
Porsche has unveiled today its highly-anticipated first all-electric car, the Taycan, and it looks very much like the Mission E Prototype and exhibits impressive performance. Porsche is sticking with its traditional naming convention, calling these high-power models Turbo and Turbo S even though, obviously, neither has a turbocharger. The Turbo S's numbers are big: 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque, and a price starting at $186,350. The less expensive, $152,250 Turbo will have 670 horses and 626 lb-ft of torque.
Four great off roaders and one sweet AWD sedan
  by Ali Arsham
At a recent press event, we got a chance to test the off-road abilities of a few new vehicles. What we discovered is that all of them had strengths and weaknesses and some surprised us.
  • Range Rover HSE P400e
  • Ford Ranger Lariat 4x4
  • Chevrolet Silverado Custom 4WD Trail Boss
  • Toyota RAV4 Adventure
  • Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL R-Line 4Motion
26 times from 0-200 km/h and back
  The new Porsche Taycan demonstrates its staying power
Performance typical for the brand that can be reproduced virtually as required: the Porsche Taycan’s electric powertrain is designed to enable it to reach full power output even when accelerating multiple times in direct succession. Numerous hot laps around a circuit are no problem for the first fully electric sports car from Zuffenhausen. In an initial test, a pre-series version of this 440 kW (600 PS) all-wheel drive car accelerated from 0–200 km/h 26 times in succession. 
We drive the Chevrolet Silverado 2.7 turbo
  by Ali Arsham
The truck market provides huge profits and consequently there is tough competition to get you to select each brand.  Chevrolet thinks that the new Silverado is the best. While we can’t make that decision after driving one example of the Silverado without driving the competition, we can tell you that the Silverado is one sweet truck. Our model was the LT trim level with the new 2.7 liter four cylinder. 
Chevy unveils C8 mid-engine Corvette
  Takes Corvette to new level
Chevrolet officially introduced the first-ever mid-engine Corvette supercar late Thursday night outside Los Angeles starting at under $60,000. The most anticipated car of the year, the long-rumored Corvette C8 carries the legendary “Stingray” badge. Even as the C8 relocates the engine amidships like an Italian sports car in a move to give it more nimble handling, the car does not lose its signature V-8
We drive the Honda Passport Elite AWD
  by Ali Arsham
Honda makes some of the best cars in the world and they are also focused on the huge SUV market and their latest creation, the Passport, is a sweet ride.  Honda already has many SUVs in their fleet but the Passport was designed to be more rugged looking and adventurous. Most people don’t buy SUVs to go off roading and do adventurous stuff; they just want to look like they are active while on their way to the mall. The Passport offers rugged styling that captures its role as an adventure vehicle. 
The Porsche Taycan visits Shanghai
  Three demo runs in Shanghai, USA and UK
A still camouflaged Taycan prototype is making three appearances on three continents in the period of three weeks, visiting China, the UK and the US – each important sales markets for the first all-electric sports car from Porsche. The livery on the roof is a tribute to each of the guest countries: in Shanghai the prototype featured a dragon graphic. Behind the wheel: Li Chao, a driver from the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
Radical Unleashes Race-Bred Road-Legal Rapture
  Radical Sportscars has blurred the lines between road and race performance
Radical Sportscars has blurred the lines between road and race performance with the introduction of its new flagship road-legal sports car, the Rapture, unveiled in a live-streamed launch today at the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Rapture is the latest road-legal model from one of the world’s most successful racing car manufacturers. It has been designed to bring unparalleled performance to the street by building on the British marque’s extensive experience of top-level motorsport engineering and design.
We Drive the 2019 Acura RDX A Spec
  by Ali Arsham
The list of available SUVs is growing rapidly but the choices are becoming a bit easier as manufacturers try to separate themselves from each other. SUVs come in different sizes and different price points and the Acura RDX is right in the meaty section of the curve. The 2019 Acura RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura models designed and engineered around Acura's Precision Crafted Performance brand values. You can find more information about car parts for the Acura RDX here.
We drive the Lexus NX300h
  by Ali Arsham
Lexus wants you to choose them when you are considering buying an SUV. They have a wide range of luxury SUVs from small to large and the NX seems to be one of those that appeals to a large audience.  They sell a lot of them and you certainly see them in parking lots all over the place so we were curious to learn more. The NX300h has been refreshed recently. The entire front fascia of the new NX has been cleaned up, with the upper portion of the grille and the front bumpers redesigned to blend into the hood and front doors. 
We Drive the 2019 Acura RDX A Spec
  by Ali Arsham
The list of available SUVs is growing rapidly but the choices are becoming a bit easier as manufacturers try to separate themselves from each other. SUVs come in different sizes and different price points and the Acura RDX is right in the meaty section of the curve. The 2019 Acura RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura models designed and engineered around Acura's Precision Crafted Performance brand values. You can find more information about car parts for the Acura RDX here.
Ferrari's latest supercar, the SF90 Stradale
  The most powerful Prancing Horse car ever
Ferrari introduced a new chapter in its history with the introduction of its first series production PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), the SF90 Stradale, images, videos and information on which can be seen on the dedicated web site: SF90stradale.com. The new model is extreme on every level and represents a true paradigm shift, because it delivers unprecedented performance for a production car.
We drive the Volkswagen Tiguan SE
  by Ali Arsham
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a vehicle that is perfectly sized for most families. It is big enough to handle most of your chores yet not too big to be able to handle the big cities. It is also affordable and economical so what is not to love? Not much as we found out. The Tiguan, redesigned for 2018, marks an evolution in Volkswagen’s clean and timeless design DNA. 
SS Styling Changes Lead 2020 Camaro Updates
  Will it be less of a dog in NASCAR?
A new front-end appearance for the SS and a new LT1 V-8 performance model add style and choice to the 2020 Camaro lineup, while a newly available 10-speed automatic transmission enhances models equipped with the available 3.6L V-6 engine. The new Camaro SS front-end appearance is based on the distinctive design of the Camaro Shock show vehicle that debuted last fall at the SEMA Show. The SS now features a repositioned bowtie emblem in the upper grille and a body-color bar between the upper and lower grilles.
Porsche 911 Speedster Debuts at NY Auto Show
  192 mph top-end
Last year, Porsche celebrated its 70th anniversary of building sports cars by showing two 911 Speedster Concept vehicles to the public. Now, the production version is celebrating its North American debut in New York. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.0 liter flat-six engine capable of up to 9,000 rpm that is also used in the current 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS models, the 2019 911 Speedster develops 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque, accompanied by a highly emotional, racing inspired soundtrack.
Toyota Promotes Global Vehicle Electrification
  Providing Nearly 24,000 Licenses Royalty-Free
With consideration for the amount of time, money and resources needed to develop sustainable mobility to help combat rising emissions and continuing to utilize currently available technology, Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today two measures related to its patents and technical knowledge to further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles.
Ford reveals plug-in hybrid SUV
  6 different variants
Ford today unveiled the stylish and distinctive range of all-new Kuga SUVs, debuting sleek new exterior design with premium proportions that deliver improved roominess and comfort. Ford’s most electrified vehicle ever, the sophisticated all-new Kuga Titanium, sporty Kuga ST‑Line and upscale Kuga Vignale.
Testing of Porsche Taycan has entered the final stage
  Final version to be revealed in September
In Scandinavia, just a few kilometres away from the Arctic Circle, it is proving its potential in terms of driving dynamics on snow and ice. At the same time, Porsche engineers are taking advantage of the summer in the Southern Hemisphere. In South Africa, they are conducting performance tests, as well as final adjustments in terms of continuous performance and reproducibility. In Dubai they are carrying out hot-climate endurance runs and testing battery charging under extreme conditions.
We drive the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen
  by Ali Arsham
If you think you would like an SUV, may we suggest a nice European wagon instead? The Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is an ideal car for small families that is affordable, fun, roomy and efficient. Most people don’t need a giant SUV to drive around town and the Golf is perfectly sized for the city life.
Remembering Joe Girard
  "The World’s Greatest Retail Salesman"
We would like to join the automotive community in remembering the legendary car salesman, motivational speaker, and Automotive Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Girard. Girard passed away on Thursday February 28th after falling in his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. We are sad to see such a prominent figure in the automotive sales industry to go but are happy to remember his amazing life story.
Bugatti develops unique hyper sports car
  for a Bugatti enthusiast
The successful continuation of their heritage poses a challenge for traditional companies. Once again, the French luxury brand Bugatti has shown that it can transform these challenges into unique models. With its one-off car "La Voiture Noire "Bugatti has again proved that it makes the world’s most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive hyper sports cars.
The New Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept Vehicle
  Electrification Meets Beauty And Dynamism
Alfa Romeo is breaking into the electric vehicle world at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, revealing the new concept of the Alfa Romeo Tonale premium compact SUV. The Tonale is the first plug-in hybrid and the first premium compact SUV for Alfa Romeo. It rewrites the rules of today's fastest growing segment using the brand’s trademark language made up of gorgeous Italian design and unparalleled driving dynamics.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo
  a celebration of excellence
Ferrari has revealed the first official photographs of the F8 Tributo, the new mid-rear-engined sports car that represents the highest expression of the company’s classic two-seater berlinetta. The name is an homage to both the model’s uncompromising layout and to the engine that powers it – with a massive 720 cv and a record specific power output of 185 cv/l, it is the most powerful V8 in Prancing Horse history for a non-special series car and sets the benchmark not just for turbos, but for engines across the board.
We drive the 797hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye
  by Ali Arsham
Muscle cars come in different flavors but it is safe to say that they have come a long way since the 60’s.  Some may argue that others have strayed from the original flavor, but the Dodge Challenger is probably the most authentic muscle car today.  It is the most traditional and it does not pretend to be anything else.  A muscle car needs lots of power and we thought that the Hellcat edition with 717 hp was all that we needed.  Dodge must have felt otherwise because for 2019 they have introduced the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with a full 797 hp.
Next generation of the Porsche Macan will be electric
  Porsche will eventually electrify their entire line
Porsche brings electric mobility to its site in Saxony: The Supervisory Board of Porsche AG has decided to manufacture the next generation of the Macan as a fully electric series. This will be the first all-electric compact SUV from Porsche, and is due to roll off the assembly line at the start of the next decade.
Polestar unveils the Polestar 2
  All-electric to compete with Tesla
Polestar has taken the next step in its development as the electric performance brand with the reveal of the new Polestar 2. Polestar 2 is the new all-electric fastback that brings electric performance cars to a broader and increasingly progressive audience. It offers avant-garde design and a unique customer experience in the premium compact electric segment. Polestar 2 is the first electric car to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3, with the range starting at a guide price of 39,900 euros.
We drive the BMW X3 M40i
  by Ali Arsham
The X3 has been a huge hit for BMW and they have sold more than 1.5 million since they launched the model in 2003. The all new X3 came out recently and they have tried to make improvements everywhere. One of the new X3 models is the first ever M Performance model in the X3 lineup, the X3 M40i. After driving the new M Performance model, we concluded that X3 is one of our favorites in the segment, at least until the full M version comes out.
MotorWeek 2019 Driver's Choice Award winners
  Jaguar iPace, MX-5, Hellcat and Ram 1500 feature
At the Chicago Auto Show, the Jaguar I-PACE was named MotorWeek’s 2019 Drivers’ Choice Award in the Best Luxury Utility category, and overall for Best of the Year. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has won the 2019 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Convertible for the second consecutive year.  The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and all-new 2019 Ram 1500 are winners of the Drivers’ Choice awards for “Best Performance Car” and “Best Pickup Truck.”
Scenes from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
  North America International Auto Show
As they convert over from cars powered by inefficient internal combustion engines to electric motors there wasn't much to show at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month. Only 30 new cars launched in front of sometimes nearly empty convention halls, down from 69 the year before. Many name brands didn’t bother to show up. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Mitsubishi were official no-shows. Hopefully 2020 will be more exciting when the show moves to June.
Performance like never before
  Walter Rohrl tests the Porsche Taycan
His first ride in the new Taycan was a few months ago. Even on just a short lap the car still left its mark, both on the development team to which he belonged at the time, and on Walter Rohrl himself: “It’s a very exciting time because technology is moving forward at an incredible rate. I’m anxious to see what the car can do compared with last time.”
McLaren 600LT Spider
  The sky's the limit
McLaren Automotive today releases first images and details of the third new model in its £1.2bn Track25 business plan - the McLaren 600LT Spider. The fifth car to carry the Longtail name, the new convertible fully embodies the McLaren Longtail philosophy of increased power, reduced weight, optimized aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics and limited availability.
The Toyota Supra returns at $50K
  2020 Model
Sports car enthusiasts have been waiting more than 20 years for the return of Supra and will soon be able to purchase the 2020 Toyota GR Supra for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $49,990. For those fans and collectors anxious to be among the first owners of this iconic sports car, the initial 1,500 production Supras for the U.S. will be Launch Edition models starting at $55,250. 
Winners of the 2019 Car, Utility and Truck of Year
  Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona/Kona EV and Ram 1500
After hundreds of hours of test drives, research and evaluation by independent jurors, the Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona/Kona EV and Ram 1500 were revealed as the winners of the 2019 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards presented today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Cadillac Shows Brand's First Fully Electric EV
  Cadillac Model Will Be The First Of GM's Next-Generation EVs
Cadillac furthered its recent product blitz today with the reveal of the brand’s first EV. This will be the first model derived from GM’s future EV platform. GM announced on Friday that Cadillac will be at the vanguard of the company’s move toward an all-electric future.
2020 Cadillac XT6 Makes Global Debut
  All-new three-row crossover
Cadillac expands its popular crossover and SUV lineup with today’s global debut of the 2020 XT6. “The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac.”
We drive the 2019 Lexus RX 450h L
  by Ali Arsham
Three row SUVs are very popular and the Lexus RX has been feeling left out. So, Lexus made the RX longer and made room for two more people.  And because it is a Lexus, you can still have your luxury in gas or hybrid versions. We tested a new RX450hL to see if it is as good as advertised.
Brabham BT62 to be offered in street legal version
  In Europe and soon Australia
The Brabham Automotive BT62 will now be offered in a road legal form in Europe and soon Australia. The Australian high-performance manufacturer built the BT62 to be an unrestricted track car, with performance and power that significantly surpasses that of a GT car. While that hasn’t changed, the iconic marque is responding to some customers’ desire for occasional road use – particularly to drive their BT62 to and from the circuit.
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
  Stronger, faster, more sustainable
Three years after the premiere of the first Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Porsche now unveils its successor: The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport represents a consequent further development of the successful model from Weissach. For the first time, the near-standard mid-engine racer comes in two versions ex-works: the “Trackday” model for ambitious amateur racing drivers and the “Competition” variant for national and international motor racing.
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