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August 5, 2019


The new Audi A1 'citycarver' is a lightly raised city car

Welcome to a lightly-crossovered Audi A1. Called the ‘citycarver’ – yep, all lowercase – it’s basically a normal A1 with 4cm of extra ground clearance for “easier entry and better visibility”. So much for the cool, urban youth – sounds like this thing’s aimed squarely at the elderly and infirm… Besides the extra ride height you get black plastic wheel...


With a new CEO ready to take over next month, BMW finds itself in the latter half of the decade with a seemingly endless variety of models, aimed at very narrow segments that few suspected even existed 10 or 15 years ago. And therein lies the problem: The proliferation of niches and sub-niches has reached a level where it has...

Pagani Huayra Roadster BC Gets 800 HP and a $3.5 Million Price Tag

Pagani Automobili has unveiled its newest hypercar, the Huayra Roadster BC. And just like its Zonda and Huayra brethren before it, this new Pagani is bonkers. The Roadster BC was conceived as a one-off project for a cherished Pagani customer. With the car's vast cost—nearly $3,500,000 at today's exchange rate—Pagani wasn't sure if it was feasible to make more than...

Quick and efficient: VW ID R used a quarter the energy of a gas car for Nürburgring lap

Two months ago, Volkswagen announced it had obliterated the previous EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with its ID R time-attack special. Two months later, after crunching all of the data, the ID R also lays claim to the most efficient lap ever performed. The ID R used only a quarter the energy of gas-powered cars with similar performance...

Merc’s X-Class Gets An Attitude Adjustment – And Is Much Better For It

While the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is about as plush as a mid-size pickup truck can get, it’s not particularly exciting, especially compared with the off-road focused concept that Mercedes unveiled in late 2016. That X-Class, painted in a shade of matte yellow and outfitted with numerous off-road focused parts, got the world worked up about what the production vehicle would look...

Shorter range Audi E-tron planned for Europe

Audi is already introducing a new version of its E-tron quattro electric SUV in Europe with smaller batteries. The short-range model will have a 71-kilowatt-hour battery pack in place of the original's 95-kwh battery pack. Audi confirmed to Green Car Reports that the new model won't be sold in the U.S. In Europe, it will be rated at 186 miles...

Aston Martin Reports Losses Of $95 Million For The First Half Of 2019

British automakers Aston Martin have posted a huge loss for the first half of this year, something which has led to a drop in the company's share price. The manufacturers published a document recently that highlights a $95.55 million pre-tax loss for the first six months of 2019. The same period in 2018 saw them record a profit of $25.2...


Another legendary badge is set to return—this time it's the Type S moniker used by Acura on some of its most well-known models from the past. Set to debut this month during Monterey Car Week, the Acura Type S Concept could be a thinly disguised preview of the redesigned TLX. A recent leak showed off what appears to be images...

Red Cross tests new Land Rover Defender in the desert

The new Land Rover Defender is imminent and, like its predecessor, will be put to work for many public and emergency services, as well as overseas charities. After pushing it to the limit in the desert, the Red Cross has already signed a three-year deal with Land Rover. The Red Cross threw the new Defender headlong at the harsh desert...

The 600-HP BMW Alpina XB7 Will Be the Closest Thing We Get to an X7 M

Before we get into the good news, some bad news: BMW has no plans to build a high-performance M version of its X7 SUV. But that doesn't mean that BMW is leaving the realm of very large, very fast three-row SUVs to be conquered by the likes of Mercedes-AMG with its GLS63. That leads us into the good news: BMW's...

Elon Musk Could Reveal the Tesla Pickup Soon; Says It’s "Close" to Being Ready

Tesla has been quite hush-hush about its electric pickup truck. Other than a few details that Musk lets out through his tweets, we have nothing. However, those tweets are worth their weight in gold. The latest tweet from the EV czar is about its launch date. A twitter user asked when the truck would be revealed, and Musk replied saying...

Burly Bug: Bugatti Wants a Crossover, Bad

According to Volkswagen Group honchos, the worst is over for Bentley—or is it? VW chief strategist Michael Jost let it be known recently that the earliest target date for the next all-new Bentley is 2024, which is another way of saying that the Continental and Bentayga families will have to keep the fire stoked in the meantime. In the short...

Aston Martin Rapide E: electric supersaloon prototype ride

Ignoring the converted DB6 Volante, the forthcoming Aston Martin Rapide E will be the British manufacturer’s first proper electric car when it arrives in the not-too-distant future. Based on the petrol-powered Rapide, this electric supersaloon harnesses a pair of electric motors to produce 602bhp, resulting in a 0-62mph time of under four seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph....

2013 Hyundai Veloster recalled

Hyundai has recalled the 2013 Veloster over concerns about the ECU software. According to the company, the software installed on the ECU could cause premature ignition and make the engine stall. The issue also creates a risk of fire. If the engine stalls at high speed there's an increased risk of crash or a fire, putting drivers and other road...

Funky eCargo Revealed At Oxford EV Summit

As major cites continue to drive down their carbon footprint, Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV) has unveiled a new cargo-carrying solution at the Oxford EV Summit. The EAVan isn't actually a van, but rather a bike... and then some. The pedal-powered machine operates under the current regulations for eBikes, but had been 'engineered down from a van' to make it...

BMW M Boss Confirms 480 HP and 510 HP, AWD and RWD For New M3

It seems that most of our prayers have been answered, as the head of BMW's M division, Markus Flasch, has just confirmed a few important changes to the M3 moving forward. Slated for a reveal later this year in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2021 BMW M3, codename G80, will be showcased alongside the M4. But that's getting...

Opel Grandland X Hybrid4
Grandland X Hybrid4: prices for Vauxhall's first plug-in hybrid announced

The electrified compact SUV is available in four trim levels, each equipped with a 296bhp petrol-electric powertrain that entails significant benefit-in-kind tax savings for company car drivers. Entry-level Business Edition Nav Premium trim offers the most attractive financial incentive, representing a saving of £145 per month over the 1.5-litre diesel-powered Elite. Standard at this level are an intelligent speed limiter,...

965bhp Puritalia Automobili Berlinetta to make UK debut at Salon Privé

Following its reveal earlier this year at the Geneva motor show, Puritalia Automobili has announced that its Berlinetta hypercar will make its UK debut at Salon Privé in September. The model blends traditional Italian craftsmanship with the brand’s own hybrid powertrain, combining a front-mounted V8 combustion engine with an electric motor. CEO and founder of the company, Paolo Parente, said:...

2021 Renault Talisman Wagon Spied for the First Time With Facelift

We're pleasantly surprised by how much attention this car has received, far more than the Laguna that it replaced. The wagon came out in 2016 but received a large range of new engines in 2018. But addressing the cosmetics could prove more complicated. These spyshots show the Grandtour wagon sporting the facelift for the first time, its camouflage allowing us...

Land Rover releases some new upgrades for the old Defender

The new Land Rover Defender is coming, we know. But the old Defender is already here, and now so are a slew of Land Rover Classic upgrade options to freshen up the old beast. Defender drivers (can we call them Defender-ers?) previously relied on aftermarket brands for that little extra tweak to the tires, brakes, suspension or engine, but now...

Tata Motors To Introduce Its Next Electric Car By End Of FY2020

Tata Motors will be introducing its next electric vehicle for the Indian market by the end of the financial year 2019-20. The carmaker recently announced its partnership with Tata Power to set up 300 fast chargers across 5 metros in India. Speaking to on the sidelines, Shailesh Chandra, President Electric Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy, Tata Motors, said that...

2020 Lexus LX 570 Sport is a three-row, six-figure luxury bus for up to eight

The Lexus LX 570 has largely stuck to the same luxury SUV formula for years now, but for 2020, the brand plans to spice things up a little with a new Sport Package. Lexus announced the additional equipment package Monday and said the sporting gear will only be available for three-row models. If buyers opt for the Sport Package, they...

All-electric Porsche Taycan could outsell the 911

This September, Porsche will officially reveal the highly anticipated all-electric Taycan at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite being an all-new model, it seems the German marque won't have any trouble finding buyers for it. In fact, it might even outsell the brand's most revered model – the 911. Bloomberg reports that Porsche already has around 30,000 reservations for the...

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