By Joey Klender Posted on November 11, 2019 Tesla’s recently released 2019.36.2.1 over-the-air software update promised a roughly 5% power increase to owners of the Model 3, Model S and Model X. Two owners of Dual Motor Model 3s tested the improvements by equipping only one of the vehicles with the performance update and racing
One of the most intriguing reviews from season 27 of Top Gear featured Chris Harris, the Tesla Model 3 Performance, and three of the market’s finest European sports sedans. The review kicked off with a drag race between the all-electric Tesla, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S, an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and a BMW M3.
BEIJING/SHANGHAI — Fewer new energy vehicles (NEVs) could be sold in China this year than in 2018, an official at the country’s biggest auto industry association said on Monday, as customers hold back on purchases following a government decision to cut subsidies. NEVs include plug-in hybrids, full-electric vehicles and those powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
Ford Motor Co., which has been using Bryan Cranston as its celebrity spokesman, is adding another star to its marketing mix. Actor Idris Elba will serve as “creative partner” to help launch a Mustang-inspired electric crossover Nov. 17 and appear in a global marketing campaign for the vehicle. Ford is leveraging the fact that Elba
Mercedes-Benz on Friday held the opening ceremony for the new G-Class Experience Center in Austria. The site is located at a former airport just 20 minutes drive south of Graz, the city where the G-Class is built, and the first members of the public will be able to make a visit starting in early spring
Even though the Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4 are mechanically related, they are different cars for different purposes. The Supra is a street racer, for the fortunate youthful few living out their “Fast and Furious” fantasies or more mature drivers yearning to relive their own youth. The Z4 is a roadster made for cruising
The Dodge Challenger screams “America” like few other cars currently on the market. It’s big, old-school, especially compared to European models, and can be had with a big, bad V8. So, if one were to put on a custom wrap, maybe something like the star-spangled banner or the Dixie would be appropriate, right? In much
It took General Motors and the UAW a summer of negotiations and a national strike lasting almost six weeks to reach a new contract on wages, benefits and job security. The agreement includes a commitment by GM to invest $1.5 billion to modernize and expand its 36-year-old Wentzville Assembly plant, just west of St. Louis.
Satisfies roadster cravings Great inline-six Soft top > hard top Sticker shock Muddled design Stressed turbo-four BMW‘s all-new Z4 roadster enjoys a heritage that dates to 1956 in the gorgeous BMW 507. Beginning officially with the low-volume Z1 in 1989 and skipping right over the nonexistent Z2, the Z models began in earnest with the
SHANGHAI — Tesla Inc. unveiled its first vehicles built in China, a milestone for Elon Musk’s company as it prepares to start sales of domestically-made electric sedans in the world’s largest auto market. Assembled in Tesla’s new Shanghai Gigafactory, which only broke ground in January, the first Model 3 sedans came in blue and were
Pros: Good starter car Good looks Nice interior finishes Cons: Underpowered engine Noisy interior Poor back-seat headroom Not too many economy cars offer the styling and value that the 2020 Nissan Versa does. With handsome looks and interior finishes, the Versa is a good option for college undergraduates who are looking for wheels to take
DETROIT — Its president has stepped aside. One former vice president is headed to prison, and two of the three chief negotiators during 2011 contract talks are accused of taking sizable kickbacks. Five other ex-officials have pleaded guilty to corruption-related crimes. After two years downplaying the scandal as isolated misdeeds, the UAW is acknowledging the
Last week we reported that the latest over-the-air Tesla software update improves driving visualization to detect and render traffic cones. Then on Thursday we also shared a video of a Tesla navigating its way through traffic cones, courtesy Tesla hacker @greentheonly. Now @greentheonly is reporting that the traffic cone feature is only being delivered to
Nissan’s GT-R has been around for quite some time, and its most capable iteration to date is the 2020 Nismo. The lighter and more aerodynamic model with improved grip features plenty of visual and technical upgrades, all meant to make it more exciting to drive. The handcrafted 3.8-liter V6 gets its turbochargers from the GT3
Magna International has lowered its 2019 financial outlook to reflect the estimated impact of the UAW strike at General Motors in the United States. The strike lasted 40 days and stretched from the latter part of the third quarter and into the fourth. Magna, which supplies body exteriors and structures and power technologies, said Friday that it experienced
“The Fast and the Furious” was almost entirely different altogether, but Jesse’s Volkswagen Jetta is one of the more peculiar stories. Back again is Craig Lieberman, technical director for the first three films of the franchise, and this time, he had a special guest. He sat down with Scott Centra, who originally built and owned
A portly curb weight that’s as heavy as some well-equipped off-roaders holds the 2020 Lexus LC back when it comes to performance, even though the car’s chassis boasts a ride that borders on perfection. We rate the 2020 LC at 8 out of 10, tossing the competent handler points for its acceleration, its ride quality,
This incident occurred on November 4th in San Francisco, northbound on the 101 freeway. As for the reason, well, it’s pretty obvious… It all starts around the 12-second mark of the video, when the car in question can be seen scraping the side of the concrete divider as the road curved slightly to the right.
Acura had to do something about its frumpy ILX sedan, which was the last of its core models saddled with the brand’s old styling language and dated interior for the 2018 model year. Convention would suggest loading it up with incentives until a new generation came along, or perhaps a nip and tuck followed by
Sometimes big SUVs require big compromises when it comes to fuel economy, ride quality, or price. But some of the largest SUVs on the market strike a good balance between these key buying criteria, while providing plenty of room for the whole family and their gear. Keep reading to learn about some of the best
SPRINGDALE, Utah — There’s a batch of consumers who’ve been clamoring for a diesel-powered Wrangler for a long time. Kevin Metz, the Wrangler’s senior brand manager, joined the Jeep team 15 years ago and remembers two main questions coming from the public: When will Jeep bring out a pickup, and when will Wrangler get a
The single image suggests this is a hardtop take on the company’s earlier roadster concept. Here is the first glimpse of the Karma SC2 concept ahead of its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. It arrives at the event along with a high-performance Revero GTS. The teaser image only shows half of the SC2 in
Pros: Comfortable ride Superbly crafted interior Great value Cons: Anonymous exterior styling Leisurely transmission shifts Wallowy suspension The 2019 Kia K900 was one of the surprise vehicles at the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year program. Despite the mainstream badge on the hood, many judges praised the big Korean car as a proper full-size luxury
To focus on the need to turn used-vehicle inventory quickly, Erich Gail likes to think about those cars as if they were fresh fruit. “When the oranges come off the truck on day one, they’re juicy and they’re ripe. They’re ready to go,” the CEO of Cardinale Automotive Group told Automotive News. “And every day,
By Joey Klender Posted on November 9, 2019 An owner of a Tesla Model 3 Performance variant fell victim to a “coal roll” attack from a large diesel truck early Friday morning, showing the ongoing hatred of electric cars from some drivers of traditional combustion engine vehicles is still very much alive. “Coal rolling” is
Rocket vs Refinement, Hooligan vs Gentleman, GT-R vs Bentley: Who will win in this all wheel drive turbo charged duel? The 621-horsepower, $273,000 Bentley Continental Supersports or the 485-horsepower, $87,000 Nissan GT-R?
Big, three-row SUV are apparently one of the trends nowadays in the States, and Kia is looking to lure customers with the Telluride. A sister model to the Hyundai Palisade, it goes against the Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, among others. The Telluride has a squared styling and a nicely finished and specced
Since time is a valuable commodity for Porsche’s affluent customers, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary hopes it can convince discriminating electric vehicle drivers with the fastest recharging capability currently on the market. The Taycan, the brand’s first EV and a rival to the Tesla Model S, has an 800-volt electrical architecture that is twice as powerful
TOKYO — The odds were against it, but the beleaguered Tokyo Motor Show — championed and reinvented by Toyota boss Akio Toyoda — not only met its ambitious attendance target but exceeded the 1 million-visitor goal by good measure when doors closed this week. Toyoda, who also is chairman of the show’s organizer, the Japan
Ford used this week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas to present the 900-horsepower, zero-emission, manual transmission-equipped Mustang Lithium. The electric Mustang is only a prototype for now but some of its technologies could appear on future products. 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody by SpeedKore Performance Group Another star at SEMA came from Wisconsin’s SpeedKore