TOKYO — Just three years ago, when his competitors were already selling all manner of electric vehicles, Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda finally ordered the startup of his company’s EV project. But he took a surprising approach. Toyoda asked its leaders to think like a startup. Funding wasn’t guaranteed, he told them: Make a
O, ye of little faith, take heart: We will see a new Nissan Z sports car next year. “We are not forgetting about Z,” Ivan Espinosa, corporate vice president of global and Japan product planning, tells MotorTrend in an interview at the Tokyo Motor Show. “It is one of our emblematic cars.” You can forgive
SEOUL – Hyundai Motor Co. pledged to boost annual sales of EVs to over half a million units by 2025 as part of a bid to focus on new technologies and catch up with rivals, but some analysts saw the target as conservative and warned of the costs. The announcement by Hyundai, the world’s fifth-largest car
By Eric Ralph Posted on October 24, 2019 A senior SpaceX director says that the Starship Mk1 prototype could lift off for the first time before the end of 2019, a flight debut SpaceX hopes will successfully demonstrate the next-generation spacecraft’s exotic ‘skydiver’ landing method. SpaceX is in the late stages of building the first
Continuing its participation in the increasingly popular Formula E series, Nissan used the eve of the Tokyo Motor Show to show the redesigned race car that will compete in the next season. Nissan’s Formula E car has a new Japan-inspired look for season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship series. The red, black,
Tesla Inc. posted a surprise quarterly profit on Wednesday, making good on CEO Elon Musk’s promise, and said it was “highly confident” in exceeding 360,000 deliveries this year. The electric automaker said net income for the third quarter fell 54 percent to $143 million, but shares in the company nonetheless surged 17 percent in after-hours trading because Wall
The new Tesla Model 3 has picked up four awards, including Car of the Year, in a string of major industry accolades for the new electric model. Tesla’s smallest and cheapest car was the UK’s third best-selling model in August – the first time an electric vehicle (EV) has made the top 10 best sellers.
While the original DS3 was a supermini pinned against the Mini Cooper, the new one has become a crossover and is targeting the likes of the Audi Q2, Mini Countryman and BMW X2. Named the DS3 Crossback, it has several unique design elements, both inside and out, like the sharp creases that merge together with
AMSTERDAM — Honda has brought forward a goal to only sell battery-powered and hybrid cars in Europe by three years to 2022. Honda is axing its diesel cars in Europe as it adds full-electric and hybrid powertrains in a green technology push. Honda had said it intended to move 100 percent of its European sales
Hyundai’s engineering teams from Korea and America took to the Bonneville Salt Flats in September to attempt land speed records with two of its green-tech models. The company’s engineering teams fielded a Hyundai Nexo aimed at tackling the record in the fuel-cell-vehicle category, and a Sonata in the gasoline-electric-hybrid category. Senior powertrain engineer Dean Schlingmann piloted
With the 2020 GLE, Mercedes-Benz sheds the crossover SUV’s occasionally compromised past. Set to go on sale in the spring of 2019, the 2020 Mercedes GLE-Class is as much a high-riding E-Class wagon as it is an off-roader. For most buyers, that’ll be just fine. The GLE sets the standard for mid-size crossover SUV luxury.
A Nissan Xterra driver is lucky to be alive after unwittingly recreating a scene from the Final Destination franchise. According to Whitfield County Fire Chief Edward O’Brien, the driver of the SUV apparently dropped something on the floor and learned over to pick it up. As their eyes were off the road, the Xterra slammed
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. doesn’t yet have a long-range electric vehicle on the market, but it’s working to woo on-the-fence consumers by rolling out plans for a robust charging infrastructure. The automaker last week announced details about its charging strategy for the first time. It will offer free mobile charge cords so customers can
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is a design stand-out. We’ve covered that. But to take away sales from segment monarchs like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Sonata will have to do more than stand out; it has to excel. Numbers only tell part of the story—we’ll have to wait for a full comparison test
PARIS — PSA Group reported a rise in third-quarter revenue on strong demand for its pricier utility vehicles, but the automaker said overall vehicle sales fell, and it lowered outlook for major auto markets. Revenue for the July to September period rose 1 percent to 15.6 billion euros ($17.3 billion), PSA said in a statement on
Tesla (TSLA) is set to announce its third-quarter 2019 financial results today, Wednesday, October 23, after the markets close. As usual, a conference call and Q&A with Tesla’s management is set, following the results. This time it’s going to be an hour later than usual: 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET). Here we take a
The Bloodhound Land Speed record project has been around under various names for more than 10 years now. It was announced in 2008, and the intention then is the same as it is today: go 1,000 mph on land, in a car. Over the last decade the Bloodhound team has been working toward that singular
MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will build a new battery assembly complex in its Mirafiori plant in Turin, with an initial investment of 50 million euros ($56 million), the automaker said Tuesday. Batteries produced in the new complex will be used by the new generation of full electric models that the company is planning to
For many, the Model 3 was their chance to finally afford a Tesla. The car is still being praised by the media and clients alike, but some people are not happy with it. We do not mean the competition, but rather owners that had issues with it. Unfortunately, they are not just a small bunch.
With the world steadily turning its back on luxury saloons, we get less such models. Luckily, Bentley is one company that’s not willing to drop them, despite the success of the Bentayga SUV. Based on the latest Continental GT, which shares its platform with the Porsche Panamera, the Flying Spur is aimed at those who
FRANKFURT – Continental said on Tuesday that slower automobile production growth over the next five years had forced the supplier to book a 2.5 billion euro ($2.8 billion) impairment. The auto industry slowdown has already prompted profit warnings from various suppliers, including Continental, in the past few months. “We do not anticipate that global production
Dean Evans, the marketing whiz behind Hyundai’s sometimes cheeky and sometimes moving Super Bowl ads, is leaving his position as head of U.S. marketing with many laurels to rest on. But that’s not how he operates. Evans remains passionate about the auto industry after 30 years living through its ups and downs and plans a
When it debuted in the United States for the 1997 model year, the Acura Integra Type R was an instant hit, thanks to its crisp, precise handling and a glorious, 195-horsepower inline-4 that would scream to its 8,400-RPM redline without skipping a beat. Two decades later, it has already become one of the most sought-after cars of
Regardless of trim, the 2020 Subaru Forester is well-equipped and an exceptional value among compact crossovers. Like last year, the 2020 Forester is available in base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring trim levels. It costs $25,505 to start, including destination, for a 2020 Forester base version with an automatic transmission. The top 2020 Forester Touring
When it comes to driving, it doesn’t take high speed or you being out of control to cause a bad wreck. In this case, all it took was getting hit at a certain angle that the car was propelled upwards, ending up either on its roof – and it was entirely the Jeep driver’s fault.
As an autonomous future looms large, automakers such as General Motors, Ford and Toyota are racing to capitalize on self-driving technology. And while the technology itself still faces significant hurdles, there is even more uncertainty about the best ways to commercialize it. With billions of dollars of investment at stake, it is critical for automakers
We pit the brand new 2011 Ford Mustang GT against its V-8 powered rivals from Chevrolet and Dodge in the ultimate battle for muscle car supremacy. Read the full story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_1006_2011_mustang_gt_2010_camaro_ss_2010_challenger_srt8_comparison/index.html Shot by: Mike Suggett, Jim Gleason and Duane Sempson Edited by: Mike Suggett
Hot on the heels of the face-lifted 2020 Titan, the larger 2020 Nissan Titan XD debuts with a refreshed look inspired by the Titan Warrior Concept like its smaller sibling. For 2020, the Nissan Titan XD will only be available as a crew cab with a 6.5-foot bed and four-wheel drive as standard. Two-tone exterior
Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans. The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking. The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s Jim Hackett and Wall Street analysts started this year frustrated with one another. Sure, the automaker had been underperforming, but the CEO appealed for time to show he was fixing things. He assured them the redesigned Explorer rolling out months later would be a proof point. But rather than help