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Custom Car Guru George Barris Pulled Out All the Stops for This Corvette

Celebrities and other rich types are spoiled for choice these days, especially when it comes to filling their garages. Want to cruise around in a comfortable, easy-to-drive coupe? There are at least eight mainstream manufacturers that each offer more than one rolling status symbol. How about a plush big-money SUV? Lucky for you, we’re living in an era that’s seen the rise of the ultra-luxe SUV, with Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, and more joining the high-riding game.

It wasn’t...

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Alisa Priddle

Maserati Lineup Will Never Go All Electric, U.S. Boss Says

Maserati is getting help. FCA’s Italian luxury brand struggled in the first quarter of 2019, but the brand is getting additional sales and marketing help globally, FCA CEO Mike Manley told investors today on a call to report first-quarter earnings.

Maserati shipments were down 41 percent, and net revenue fell 38 percent in the first three months. That’s on top of a 28 percent drop in sales in 2018. Those numbers are not a good trajectory for a brand that FCA’s five-year plan designated...

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Stefan Ogbac

5 Things We’d Want From a Kia Pickup Truck

A pickup truck could one day join Kia’s lineup, we learned recently. That info came from Michael Cole, chief operating officer and executive vice president at Kia Motors America, who added that it’s not a priority right now. Even so, it got us thinking about what we’d want in a Kia-branded pickup.

Read on for five things we’d love to see on a potential Kia truck model.

Off-Road Vibes

We know a production version of the Hyundai Santa Cruz concept is well underway, and that the...

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Stefan Ogbac

Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

One of the big reveals at the 2019 New York auto show was the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, the brand’s largest utility vehicle. The redesigned model sports an evolutionary design, featuring softer lines and more rounded corners than its predecessor. Although its overall profile hasn’t changed much, the 2020 GLS-Class features enough updates that you won’t need a magnifying glass to see what’s different. The softer lines also don’t take away from its imposing looks.

The first...

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Stefan Ogbac

The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Arrives in June, and It’ll Look Like This

BMW has given us a glimpse of the next member of the 8 Series family, the four-door Gran Coupe. Like every Gran Coupe model in the Bavarian automaker’s lineup, it’s essentially a four-door version of a coupe that’s highlighted by a swoopy roofline. It’s also longer and has a higher roofline than its coupe and convertible sibling, giving more space to rear passengers.

Originally previewed by the M8 Gran Coupe Concept that debuted at the 2018 Geneva auto show, the 2020 BMW 8 Series...

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The Benz Velocipede Ruled the Automotive World 125 Years Ago

Way before the Ford Model T crawled out of the primordial ooze—and way, way before Ford’s Raptor churned that ooze into paste—and even before Benz had a Mercedes, Benz & Company introduced the world’s first mass-produced car: the Benz Motor Velocipede, which debuted 125 years ago in April 1894. By the time it was discontinued just after the dawn of the 20th century, some 1,200 Benz Velos were puttering around Germany, England, and France.

At launch, the Velocipede weighed...

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Is the Regular Volkswagen Golf Done in the U.S.?

Say it ain’t so. The base Volkswagen Golf is reportedly exiting the U.S. market after the current generation calls it quits next year. According to a report by Motor 1, the standard version of the upcoming eighth-generation Golf—as well as the SportWagen variant—will not be available here. However, there is some good news, as the GTI and the Golf R will still need their passports when the new models finally roll out. Speaking to Motor Authority, VW spokesman Mark Gillies...

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Alisa Priddle

What’s it Like Driving a McLaren 600LT Spider? Watch and Find Out

 

The McLaren 600LT bridges the gap between the British marque’s Sports series and Super series cars, and as such it offers the best of both worlds. The automaker claims the 2019 600LT Spider will do 0–60 mph in 2.8 seconds. MotorTrend road test editor Chris Walton notes that we’ve already done this in a 570S with less grippy tires—and the 570S coupe took our Best Driver’s Car title in 2016, so it has serious chops.

After driving the 600LT at the Arizona Motorsports Park, Walton...

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These are the Top Cars From the Hot Wheels Legends Tour Atlanta

We flew out to the Peach State to cover the next leg of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a series of a car shows across the United States where participants compete for a place at the final stop at SEMA 2019.

Each show is hosted in a Walmart parking lot, and although we arrived early, there was already a strong showing of attendees. One of the big draws of the Legends Tour is the Hot Wheels vending machine, a rolling diecast dispenser and a mobile shop for event-specific collectible cars. By 8...

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Alex Nishimoto

Chevy Has Heard Your Collective Gagging, Introduces Face-Lifted 2020 Chevrolet Camaro SS

The sixth-gen Camaro, in any guise, is incredibly good to drive. But as fun as the turbo-four or V-6 models can be—especially in 1LE guise—there’s something about a V-8 Camaro that’s perfect. And now, with the addition of the LT1 model to the 2020 lineup, it just got a little bit cheaper to take home a 455-hp Camaro.

Priced to start at $34,995, the new LT1 shaves $3,000 from the base price of the previous least-expensive V-8 Camaro model, the 1SS. According to Chevy, the LT1 combines...

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Stefan Ogbac

Could the Porsche 918 Successor Look Like This Hot 917 Concept?

If you’re expecting the Porsche 918 successor to look like a spaceship, then you might be disappointed. Speaking with Autocar, Porsche design boss Michael Mauer revealed that the automaker is debating whether it should go futuristic or nostalgic for the design of its next hypercar. The news comes right as Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 917 race car’s global debut. You may recall that Porsche revealed a 917 concept design study for the first time last month. The brand...

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Forget the Econobox; Rent This 600-Plus-HP Shelby Mustang Instead

If you can’t afford to buy a Shelby of your own, the next best option is to rent one—and now you can. Shelby American has teamed with Sixt Rent a Car to offer special versions of its supercharged GT-S models. They’ll be available to rent starting this summer for about $200 to $250 a day, with the first 20 examples entering the Sixt fleets in Southern California, South Florida, and Las Vegas. No number was given in terms of expected build run.

The orange and black beasts with Le...

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Alisa Priddle

Here are 5 Things Ford Is Doing to Improve Your Customer Experience

Ford has 99 million customers globally, half of them in the U.S., and adds about 6 million new customers a year. But when it comes to offering a good customer experience that will keep them coming back for more, the automaker is mid-pack.

Not good enough, top leadership said. So Elena Ford was appointed to the new position of Chief Customer Experience Officer in October 2018, and she became a champion for how the company bearing her family name can make it easier to buy, own, and operate a...

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Kelly Pleskot

2020 Ford Escape: 6 Things We Learned From its Designer

Andrew Bazinski wasn’t afraid to completely change the script on the 2020 Ford Escape. With Bazinski leading the exterior design of the new model, Ford created a product that is almost unrecognizable from its predecessor, embracing a low-slung, carlike appearance. Read on to learn what inspired the new look, and other revelations from the designer.

The design takes after the Focus…

 

The Escape’s connection to the new European Ford Focus is immediately apparent. The grille,...

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Kelly Pleskot

2020 Subaru Outback: Here’s What’s Different From the Old One

When the new Subaru Outback debuted at the 2019 New York auto show, many had trouble spotting the changes. We’ve already gone over the subtle design tweaks made to Subaru’s crossover-ized wagon, but what about the nitty-gritty details? Break out your calipers and measuring tape, as we’re about to dive deep into the 2020 Subaru Outback’s specs sheet.

Exterior dimensions

Today’s crossovers get bigger and bigger with each new iteration. Such is the case with the Subaru Outback, but...

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Erika Pizano

Here’s What the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Can Do Off-Road

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS made its debut at the New York auto show just a couple of weeks ago, and we recently got a taste of its off-road capabilities. We traveled to Big Dune, Nevada, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, to get inside a couple of early preproduction V-8 GLS 580s and experience the new tech. We’ll take a deeper dive into the GLS at a later date, but this time we got to experience how the E-Active Body Control (EABC) works over soft and bumpy surfaces. Although more...

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Kelly Pleskot

This Is How Much Tesla Is Now Seeking in Capital Raise

Just one day after announcing plans to sell notes and stock to raise much-needed capital, Tesla boosted the size of its offering to as high as $2.7 billion on Friday.

The Palo Alto, California, electric car and solar panel maker said it’s increasing the offer due to the positive response from Thursday’s announcement that it would try to raise $2.3 billion.

Also, CEO Elon Musk more than doubled the amount of stock he would buy from $10 million, to $25 million.

The offer, detailed in a...

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Stefan Ogbac

Watch the Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger Race a Stock Ford F-150 Raptor

Last month, Hennessey announced that it will work its magic on the 2019 Ford Ranger to up the performance ante on the midsize pickup. Enter the VelociRaptor Ranger, which features a modified engine and suspension to maximize off-road capability. If you’ve been drooling over the global Ranger Raptor that we don’t get in America, Hennessey has a solution, and it comes with more power and torque to boot.

Hennessey originally estimated that the tuned 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four will make...

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Kelly Pleskot

Hear the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Tear Up the Track in This New Video

Finally, Chevrolet will debut its much anticipated mid-engine Corvette on July 18. While we wait, the automaker has released a new video previewing the sweet sound of that exhaust.

“Take a short thrill ride to get a sneak peek of what’s going to happen on 07.18.19,” Chevrolet teases in the YouTube description. “You won’t believe your eyes—or ears.”

In the video, the history of the Corvette flashes before our eyes, with Zora Arkus-Duntov strapping into a Corvette prototype....

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etahaney

Aston Martin Vantage AMR Gets a Seven-Speed Manual Transmission

Aston Martin Vantage finally adds a third pedal for its limited-edition Vantage AMR. The new seven-speed manual transmission AMR was launched at the World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

The new wheels are limited to 200 examples and available in five designer variants for $179,995. The marque says 141 of those 200 will be available in either Sabiro Blue, Onyx Black, China Gray, or White Stone. If you want something even more exclusive, the final 59 will celebrate...

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