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2020 Mustang Hybrid: What to Expect From Ford’s First Hybrid Pony Car

It’s official. The Ford Mustang Hybrid will make its debut in 2020. The electrified pony car will likely be the first of its kind: an American rear-drive coupe with a hybrid powertrain. Hybrids have come a long way; supercars including the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 take advantage of the additional power of electric motors to achieve optimal performance, and this will only become more common as electrified powertrains spread across the industry. Although Ford is still developing the...

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Collin Woodard

This SUV-Car Mashup is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury Concept

Earlier this month, Mercedes began releasing teasers for a concept we believed was a Maybach SUV. With the Bentley Bentayga already on the road and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan just around the corner, it made sense that Mercedes would build a Maybach version. Past reports suggested it would be based on the next-generation GLS, and concepts such as the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet had us looking forward to seeing Mercedes’ take on an ultraluxury SUV. But could we have predicted the...

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Zach Gale

2018 Cadillac CT6 Super Cruise: Can the Car Really Drive Itself?

We live and breathe car performance metrics like horsepower, lb-ft, zero-to-60 and lateral g’s. Terms such as kilowatt-hours—how much energy batteries can hold—is being added to the list as more electric vehicles are hitting the road. Now, with semi-autonomous cars starting to arrive, there’s a weird-sounding acronym we’ll need to know – FLOPS.

FLOPS? No, not those thin rubber soles for the beach. Rather, it represents how fast a car’s computer can calculate floating point...

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Collin Woodard

Ford Doesn’t Want the Transmission it Planned to Borrow From GM

Several years ago, we reported that Ford and General Motors had agreed to work together on a pair of next-generation transmissions. GM was tasked with developing a nine-speed automatic for front-wheel-drive vehicles while Ford worked on a 10-speed for rear-drive applications. In theory, they’d be able to use the other’s transmission and each save money. In reality, things went a little differently.

Automotive News reports that while GM has been happy to use Ford’s 10-speed in several...

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Kelly Pleskot

Infiniti to Build Platform Based on Q Inspiration Concept

When Infiniti debuted the Q Inspiration concept at the Detroit auto show earlier this year, it billed the sleek sedan as a preview to its future design language. Now, we also know it will be the basis for a new electrified platform that Infiniti will launch within five years.

The platform will underpin a new electrified vehicle that will be one of five new cars Infiniti will build in China in the next five years. Infiniti has not yet detailed this model.

Infiniti’s original Q Inspiration...

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Collin Woodard

Next-Gen Ford Focus ST May Only Offer a Manual Transmission

The Ford Focus ST isn’t the newest or most refined hot hatch you can buy, but it’s still quick and fun to drive. And despite its relatively affordable $26,045 base price, it’s only available to a relatively small group of drivers in the U.S. That’s because the Focus ST is only available with a stick. From the sound of it, Ford has no plans to change that on the next-generation Focus ST, either.

Autocar reports that based on what it’s heard, the redesigned Focus ST will be...

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Alex Nishimoto

Volkswagen Hopes to Break the Pikes Peak EV Record With This Car

As part of Volkswagen’s push toward electrification, the German automaker will attempt to capture the all-electric car record at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VW already showed off renderings of its purpose-built I.D. R Pikes Peak race car, and now we get to see the real thing.

Like other Pikes Peak entrants with record-setting ambitions, the I.D. R looks a lot like a sports car prototype, complete with a sleek composite body, a bubble canopy, and an aggressive aero...

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Collin Woodard

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Starts at $36,395

When Toyota originally revealed the 2019 Avalon, the massive grille got a lot of attention. But as we found in our first drive, the redesigned Avalon also offers a luxurious interior and a long list of standard features. Now, we also know pricing.

The base model, the Avalon XLE, starts at $36,395 including destination. For buyers who want more features while keeping the XLE’s comfort-focused ride, the Limited model costs $42,695. For a sportier driving experience, Toyota offers the...

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Kelly Pleskot

Watch the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Hit 212 MPH

As we found out when we rode shotgun in the new Corvette ZR1, the model is not just quick, it’s ferocious. Don’t believe us? Watch this video that shows the car hitting an average of 212 mph on a test track in Papenburg, Germany.

The Corvette makes two runs on the track, one against the wind and one with the wind. By taking the average of the two, Chevrolet comes out to a top track speed of 212 mph. According to Chevrolet, that’s enough to make it the fastest production Corvette...

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Zach Gale

How to Add CarPlay and a Reverse Camera on the Cheap

I drive new cars every day, so I’m spoiled by the latest gadgets, gizmos, and safety gear. My other half doesn’t care a lick about cars (opposites attract!), but appreciates the finer features rolling out in the new cars I drive—especially Apple CarPlay and reverse cameras. So when we purchased an extremely high value (read cheap) six-year-old Smart car last November, I promised to at least bring it up to 2018 specs on those two fronts.

Weeks later at the 2018 Consumer Electronics...

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Kelly Pleskot

Kick Back and Enjoy the Northern Lights in the Volvo S90 Ambience Concept

Many automakers attempt to enhance the sensory experience on their top luxury cars with features like cabin perfume atomizers and ambient lighting, but Volvo is kicking it up a notch on a special S90. Although just an interior concept for now, the Volvo S90 Ambience Concept is a preview of features that will come to production.

Based off the three-seater S90 Excellence sedan, the concept was created primarily for China. Using a smartphone app, passengers can pick between seven visual...

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Erika Pizano

PHOTOS! A Visual History of the Toyota Avalon

Entering its fifth generation for the 2019 model year, the Avalon has served as Toyota’s flagship sedan for more than two decades. Back in 1995, the Avalon nameplate was introduced to take the place of the Cressida, which had been discontinued a few years earlier. The Avalon was focused on comfort and even offered a front bench seat for a while to accommodate a total of six. Although most Avalons have been powered by V-6 engines (compare the original Avalon’s 192-hp output to the 2019...

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Zach Gale

2019 Toyota Avalon First Drive: A Flagship Split in Two

Toyota’s past and future collide in the 2019 Avalon, a flagship full-size sedan that must regain the trust of buyers put off by the outgoing model’s stiff ride quality, yet Toyota must also attract younger buyers with a car that’s sportier than any of its previous four generations. So does the Avalon return to its roots as a mature, vaguely premium, comfortable sedan, or does it lean further toward the Nissan Maxima’s sporty side of the spectrum?

Yes.

Toyota’s new Avalon strategy...

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2018 Subaru Crosstrek Long-Term Update 1: The Subaru Comfortable

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is appealing for a number of readily apparent reasons, ranging from its handsome and rugged looks to its competitive pricing and ample cargo and passenger room. However, what many won’t know without driving it is the amount of ride comfort the Crosstrek provides. This was a nice surprise—and one of my favorite qualities—because compact vehicles are not always known for ride quality. The Crosstrek’s is one of the best I have felt.

The raised hatchback does a...

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Zach Gale

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Long-Term Update 10: Going Ultra

Calling it the “A4 Minus $4,500” probably wouldn’t be good for business, but that price cut is at the heart of the A4 Ultra’s appeal. Compared to the all-wheel-drive A4 I’ve driven over thousands of miles, the front-wheel-drive A4 Ultra is less powerful, more efficient, less fun, and—oh yeah—way cheaper. Now that I’ve driven the A4 Ultra base model, our long-term A4, and even the spiffy S4, I can speak to how much of our long-termer’s well-rounded package is retained in the...

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Kelly Pleskot

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai has few crossovers in its lineup, but all of them are getting a makeover. This year, the automaker began selling the new subcompact Kona and will bring out a face-lifted Tucson in the fall. Meanwhile, Hyundai is completely revamping the Santa Fe. Replacing the midsize, two-row Santa Fe Sport, the new Santa Fe seats up to five passengers while offering them more modern amenities than the old model. But has Hyundai made a more visually compelling crossover?

The Santa Fe’s front...

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Kelly Pleskot

Infiniti Hopes to Triple its Sales in China Over Next Five Years

Infiniti will launch five new vehicles in China as it prepares to triple its sales over the next five years in the world’s largest auto market, the automaker has revealed. The announcement comes ahead of the Beijing auto show which takes place next week.

The first new vehicle coming to China is the redesigned QX50 midsize crossover that’s now on sale in the U.S. The model will enter production at Infiniti’s factory in Dalian, China, and all copies produced there will be sold in China....

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You Can Own This Original-Condition BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile”

Not all Batmobiles are black and driven by caped crusaders. This pristine 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL happens to be Chamonix Metallic White and is one of only a handful of 3.0s built with the “Batmobile” aerodynamics package.

The car will cross the block at RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2018 sale in May along with several other choice BMWs and other marques.

It appears to be in original condition and wears the optional aerodynamics kit that includes a front air dam, short roof spoiler, and a wild-looking...

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Collin Woodard

This Tiny Honda Hot Hatch Concept is the Definition of Forbidden Fruit

As far as mainstream automakers go, Honda’s current lineup is pretty darn fun to drive. You don’t even have to spring for the Si or Type R to enjoy driving the Civic, and it’s almost impossible to not have a great time behind the wheel of the 2.0-liter Accord Sport. Heck, even the Fit is pretty sporty. But despite all of that, we’re still going to complain about the fact there’s no chance Honda will bring this tiny hot hatch concept to the U.S.

Revealed this week at the...

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Kelly Pleskot

Audi e-tron SUV Can Recharge in as Little as 30 Minutes

Audi is expected to bring out the production version of the e-tron SUV sometime this year. Ahead of the debut, we now know what to expect from the electric SUV in terms of range and recharging, at least for European markets.

Early press releases said the e-tron could travel 310 miles on a single charge. Now, Audi is placing range at 248.5 miles based on the new WLTP driving cycle, an update to the NEDC test cycle. It’s unclear how this rating would translate to the EPA cycle that’s used...

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