Today’s customers expect vehicles to offer confident performance and a spacious and comfortable interior with the latest technologies, no matter whether it’s a mainstream or luxury car. Ford and Lincoln have brought the goods to their respective three-row SUVs debuting for 2020. But is the Lincoln Aviator really worth the big price premium over its
Stuffed to its roof racks with baggage, the Range Rover should have been an instant failure when its fat Michelin tires finally rolled onto U.S. soil in March 1987. Instead, a brilliant launch strategy crafted mostly by former Volkswagen, Fiat and Chrysler executives that focused on image, capability and customer service got the Range Rover
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Say hello to the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX Exceed, also sold as the Outlander Sport in the U.S. It’s quite a fun-looking small SUV, isn’t it? Eager to see how it performs in the real world, we recently sampled this bright orange example for a week and were left with mixed feelings, to put it mildly.
The annual Geneva auto show was plunged into crisis in March when a late decision by Swiss authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus forced the cancellation of the 90th event. The show’s organizers, the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) Foundation, initially refused to pay back stand fees to exhibitors, generating anger among automakers that
The recipe is familiar. Take a front-wheel-drive economy and add some spice. That’s how the Volkswagen Golf GTI reinvented the affordable performance car. With the eighth-generation GTI on the way, VW delved into the car’s origin story. In 1974, a handful of staffers hatched a plan (no pun intended) for a sporty Golf model, with
There are so many different ways to modify a vehicle and a dizzying array of different tuning sub-cultures around the world. One of the weirdest and the one that we still can’t wrap our heads around, is ‘stance’ culture. For whatever reason, some people think it looks cool to have cars rocking absurd amounts of
TOKYO — The new strategy to put Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi back on their feet can be summed up by how the alliance told the listening world. The plan was laid out last week simultaneously by the three heads of the three carmakers, looped in from three locations in an international webcast conveyed in three
In big news for Corvette fans: There will not be a price increase for the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stringray. It’s a silver lining in the production storm that battered the launch of the C8 that was reimagined as a mid-engine sports car after 50 years of longing by Vette enthusiasts. That means the base price
DETROIT — In the second week of production after the coronavirus shutdown, the Detroit 3 aimed to find a balance: Keep factory floors from spreading infection while racing to fulfill orders from dealers desperate for inventory. All three companies have had confirmed cases of the virus within their plants since they reopened May 18. But
By Eric Ralph Posted on May 30, 2020 SpaceX has become the first private company in history to launch astronauts into orbit, overcoming myriad industry, bureaucratic, technical, and weather hurdles to send NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on their way to the International Space Station (ISS). A milestone either 6, 10, or 18
It is not unreasonable to assume that, given the GT-R’s absence from Nissan’s high-profile roundup of upcoming products, that it might be on the chopping block. So, we reached out to Nissan for comment on the twin-turbo, giant-killing GT-R sports car’s future, and whether it will survive to join the automaker’s gaggle of new products.
Of all the ambitious projects attempted in the short history of self-driving technology, no company has been more audacious than Zoox. Since the startup’s founding nearly six years ago, its executives have pursued an arduous path that involves developing their own autonomous driving system, creating their own vehicle platform from the ground up and building
As consumers continually turn towards SUVs and crossovers, it seems as though fewer and fewer enthusiast-focused cars are available. Many manufacturers, such as Ford, are caving to the pressure of buyers and in some markets, such as the United States, have completely stopped selling traditional cars and sedans (except, in Ford’s case, for the Mustang).
MUNICH — BMW may offer more incentives to workers to persuade them to leave and help the automaker to reach a target of eliminating about 5,000 positions. BMW has been unable to meet its headcount-reduction goal with existing measures, CFO Nicolas Peter said in an internal posting confirmed by the company. Those have included placing
Bugatti has just launched the Chiron Pur Sport and describes it as the company’s most extreme hypercar yet. The $3.6 million heavy hitter has been designed for the track, and comes with enough leeway in its stability control that steering via the throttle is possible. 2021 Acura TLX Acura unveiled its redesigned 2021 TLX this
Maintenance costs are a very delicate subject when it comes to certain models, especially old luxury cars and blue-blooded exotics. But how much is too much for a 2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo? The answer comes via Reddit, where user ‘easycome89’ gave up on his 1998 Buick Regal last May and decided to pay $10,000 (plus
DETROIT — Before the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S. in March, General Motors’ North American team had four major initiatives for the year: grow retail share, prepare for an electric vehicle future, improve dealer relations and enhance the customer experience. The crisis led to plunging sales, significant financial losses and a nearly two-month production shutdown.
A few minutes after the checkered flag waved at 2017’s rainy 24 Hours of Daytona, Acura’s bossman, Jon Ikeda, was cheering inside the luxury brand’s suite at the raceway. The #86 NSX GT3 car crossed the line in a respectable fifth place—but Ikeda was not only acclaiming a successful debut for the new Acura race
British car manufacturing came to a screeching halt in April, down 99.7% against the same month last year. It was the lowest output since the Second World War, according to the industry body, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Just 197 premium and luxury sports vehicles rolled off factory lines, with 45 of those
While automakers move heaven and earth to get their manufacturing operations safely up and running and their dealers selling vehicles again, the disruptive COVID-19 pandemic may have also reconfigured the way companies think about recruiting and retaining employees, says the executive who leads Toyota’s manufacturing and human resources in North America. Chris Reynolds, chief administrative
A Porsche Taycan Turbo electric car is being offered in a sweepstakes for a fund benefiting cancer patients and survivors. You can buy chances to win a Porsche Taycan Turbo starting with 100 entries for $14 and it can go up to 2,000 entries for $140 as part of the sweepstake. It benefits the Dempsey Center:
The Nissan 370Z, like many models in the company’s range, isn’t just aging—it’s old. But it’s a credit to its sharklike sheetmetal that it still looks reasonably fresh after a dozen years on sale. The brand new, upcoming Nissan Z—which the company just teased in a video—has the delicate job of reigniting enthusiast interest after
Renault is cutting 15,000 jobs worldwide as part of a €2bn (£1.8bn) cost-cutting plan after seeing sales plunge because of the virus pandemic. “This plan is essential,” said interim boss Clotilde Delbos, who announced a bigger focus on electric cars and vans. Some 4,600 jobs will go in France, and Renault has said six plants
One of the most successful — and revered — special-edition, high-performance Mustangs, the Mach 1, is returning to the Ford lineup as a 2021 model. The Mach 1 replaced the Mustang GT in 1969 and offered higher performance and better handling than most other versions of the pony car. Except for the ultralow-production Boss and
With the same body style and a near identical footprint at less than half the price (when comparing entry-level versions), one could be tempted to call the new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport “the poor man’s” BMW X6. And at $30,545, it is actually better priced than some of the other mid-size SUVs, including the three-row
The decision to withdraw Datsun from Russia reverses the ambitious global growth plans for the brand envisaged by Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Reviving the Datsun name, previously used by Nissan for export markets until 1981, was a key strategy of Ghosn, who wanted to expand in emerging markets by using older alliance technology to
GROUPE RENAULT PRESENTS ITS DRAFT PLAN TO REDUCE FIXED COSTS BY MORE THAN 2 BILLION EUROS OVER THREE YEARS The objective of reducing fixed costs by more than 2 billion euros over 3 years aims to restore the Group’s competitiveness and ensure its long-term development within the framework of the Alliance. The draft plan is
Buick on Friday provided a first look at its redesigned 2021 Envision arriving at dealerships early next year. The small crossover SUV features a bolder, more expressive look than its somewhat staid predecessor which has been on sale since 2016 and never managed to really excite the market. Sales in the United States have averaged
You’d be forgiven for forgetting about the mid-size Acura TLX sedan. Up against heavyweights from other luxury automakers, the TLX fell behind. Up against best-selling crossovers from Acura, the TLX got lost in the shuffle. This time around, the 2021 Acura TLX sculpts a daring shape around zesty turbocharged engines and powertrains to jog our