Month: August 2020

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma gains new Nightshade and Trail Special Editions this year, but otherwise carries over the things that keep it the top-selling mid-size pickup truck in the U.S. It’s excellent at off-road driving in TRD spec, has a useful pickup bed and an available crew-cab body, and can be configured with part-time four-wheel
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A routine traffic stop in Massachusetts on August 21 led to the discovery of a large-scale marijuana trafficking operation with authorities uncovering large bales of pot, dozens of illegal guns, millions of dollars in cash, and surprisingly, around 45 cars, possibly including eight exotics and 37 other vehicles, the majority of which are reportedly older
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TOYOTA CITY, Japan — In its quest to build ever-better cars, Toyota says it also needs ever-better factories. That is the thinking behind the newly christened GR Factory that celebrated its first vehicle line-off last week here near Toyota Motor Corp.’s global headquarters. The boutique workshop occupies a corner of Toyota’s Motomachi assembly plant campus
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REE Automotive and Mahindra & Mahindra signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore a strategic collaboration on all-electric commercial vehicles for global markets. The idea is to jointly develop and manufacture EVs, utilizing REE’s corner module (in-wheel motors) and modular platform (including powertrain, suspension and steering components in the arch of a vehicle wheel), as well
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Bug stains marring the launch of General Motors’ most profitable SUVs? Add mayfly mayhem to the list of auto industry problems in 2020. GM believes the insects, also known as fishflies, are responsible for stubborn black residue dotting more than 2,600 Chevrolet Tahoes and GMC Yukons that were built in Arlington, Texas, and waiting to
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The 2021 Toyota Tundra works hard to pull its weight in the full-size pickup class, but despite a muscular V-8 engine it falls behind the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 in our rankings. It’s light on luxury, lower on towing and hauling ratings, and in gas mileage too.  We’d still buy one if we put
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NAGOYA, Japan — If things had gone according to plan, a cavalcade of Toyota vehicles would have rumbled into Tokyo this month, heralding the 2020 Summer Olympics and wrapping up an unprecedented seven-year, five-continent endurance drive by the country’s flagship automaker. Instead, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, forcing the cancellation not only of the Summer Games
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Volkswagen of America executives are still working with their German counterparts to lock up sufficient allocation of the ID4 — VW’s new Tiguan-size battery-electric crossover — from the single German plant supplying Europe and North America. Some 99 percent of Volkswagen’s 650 U.S. dealers have signed up to sell the ID4 when it goes on
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The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the pivotal vehicle in McLaren Automotive’s transition to a 100 percent electrified portfolio, but the British exotic automaker’s future product plans are now coming into clearer focus. Last week, McLaren released details of its newest vehicle architecture, which, in a different direction for the brand, has been specifically developed to
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Porsche’s second-generation Panamera came in for its mid-cycle update this week, with some new powertrains on the list and the styling and chassis receiving revisions, too. The Panamera is a seriously quick car for its size. In fact, one variant has lapped the Nürburgring faster than a C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. 2023 Porsche 911 GT3
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The 2021 Legacy costs just $23,820 in base trim. With its standard all-wheel drive, twin 7.0-inch infotainment and vehicle-function screens, active safety features, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, it’s a great bargain and very well-equipped, without spending a dime more. The Legacy’s warranty and options aren’t anything dramatic, but its larger available infotainment
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Buick is deepening its partnership with Amazon to attract younger buyers, with voice assistant technology and online shopping. The features are part of the latest phase of Buick’s tie-up with Amazon. The new components include a virtual Amazon showroom and a custom Alexa “utterance,” a phrase that lets people ask about Buick vehicles from any
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