GM’s remaining Mich. tax credits valued at $2.27 billion after $325 million reduction

The automaker agreed to voluntarily reduce the remaining value of its state tax credits from $2.6 billion is part of a deal that will require the company to maintain an in-state workforce of at least 34,750 and invest $3.5 billion in Michigan facilities by 2029. Read more here:: Automotive News

Michigan, Tesla settle suit over direct vehicle sales

The settlement says Tesla may “operate under existing Michigan law; sell cars to Michigan customers as long as the sales contract indicates the sale took place in a state other than Michigan; and, indirectly own service and repair facilities in Michigan through a subsidiary.” Read more here:: Automotive News

Tesla reaches deal clearing way for Michigan service centers, report says

In a partial victory for Tesla, a settlement with Michigan clears the way for the electric vehicle maker to open service centers in the state through a subsidiary, Bloomberg reported. Customers will still have to title their cars in another state and transfer them to Michigan. Read more here:: Automotive News

Plan to gut Obama-era auto mileage rules is getting dialed back, report says

Instead of capping mileage and tailpipe greenhouse gas emission requirements after the 2020 model year, the EPA and Department of Transportation plan to require annual 1.5 percent increases in the stringency of those requirements for 2021-26 vehicle fleets, Bloomberg reported. Read more here:: Automotive News

Just a Reminder That the 1975–1980 Oldsmobile Starfire Was a Thing

For some, the so-called Malaise era, loosely defined as the automotive period between 1973 and 1983, was an irredeemably dark time in American automotive history. As a result, few cars from the time are celebrated and many have even been forgotten—though, to be fair, not a great number those vehicles survive today. But as we …

Four-Cylinder Toyota Supra Coming to Europe; Is the U.S. Next?

The Toyota Supra is as synonymous with the inline six-cylinder engine as Seth Rogen is to marijuana. Or is it? While the 2020 GR Supra is sold exclusively with a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the United States, the two-door sports car also offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four under its hood in Japan—and come March, …

2020 Jeep Gladiator North Edition Is Ready to Tackle Winter

Jeep is introducing a host of North Edition models to take the sting out of the coldest months of the year. Offered across the entire lineup, from the Compass to the Gladiator, North Edition models aren’t much different than regular Jeeps, but they bundle together a few helpful features for driving in ice and snow …

GMC Shot a Freaking Sofa (and Lots of Other Stuff) at Its Carbon-Fiber Pickup Bed

Carbon fiber is strong and lightweight, making it a favored component in race cars and exotic road vehicles, and GMC is out to prove the material’s worth to the masses. GMC, you see, recently introduced the carbon-fiber CarbonPro bed for its mainstream Sierra full-size pickup, and the brand is using a new commercial to show …

500,000 Teslas Being Investigated Over Unintended Acceleration Claims

The U.S. government is looking into claims that certain Tesla vehicles suffer a defect that can cause sudden unintended acceleration. According to a petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 110 crashes and 52 injuries linked to the issue. Keep in mind that unintended acceleration is a buzzword both …

Watch Out, NASA, Forget SpaceX—Lexus Is Designing Vehicles for the Moon

It seems Lexus‘s design department has grown a little bored with designing vehicles for Earth. The company recently released a series of design sketches for a distraction of sorts for its in-house artists: Lunar rovers and various spacecraft. And this isn’t the first time Toyota or one of its divisions has let their minds wander …

Ogle Suzuki’s Jimny 4×4—Because It’s Not Coming to the U.S. and That’s All You Can Do

You’re forgiven for not knowing exactly what the Suzuki Jimny is—or for calling it the “Jimmy,” which was a GMC SUV in the ‘90s. The little 4×4 isn’t sold here in the U.S., which is really too bad because it’s the small, affordable, elemental SUV that’s been missing from American dealerships since Jeep’s Wrangler went …

Lebanon pressed Ghosn not to accuse specific Japanese government officials

The Ghosn incident is seen as serious enough to affect relations between Japan and Lebanon. The small Middle East country is dependent on overseas aid and for decades has walked a tightrope in a region where various powers have fought for control and influence. Read more here:: People

Tesla Cybertruck—Did Top Gear Do It First?

Head to the MotorTrend App and check out Season 14, Episode 2 of Top Gear to see if the guys should be credited with the Tesla Cybertruck design! Sign up to the MotorTrend App while the deal of the year is still going on! Looking at the design of the polarizing marketing sensation/flop that is …

New Buick EV Crossover Might Just Preview Chevrolet’s Upcoming Bolt SUV

It’s no secret that Buick is big in China, which is why it makes sense that General Motors is attempting to bolster the tri-shield brand’s electric vehicle portfolio in that country. (Which, it should be pointing out, is rapidly pivoting toward championing EVs and other emissions-reducing vehicles.) And Buick, it turns out, has an EV …

The 2020 Audi A5 and S5 Family Receives Mild Botox Injections

Audi has refreshed the A4 sedan‘s swoopier (and better looking) A5 siblings for 2020. The A5 family‘s changes for 2020 closely mirror those applied to the A4 and amount to incremental improvements for the two-door coupe and Cabriolet, as well as the four-door A5 Sportback and the hotter S variants of all three. Mechanically, there …

2020 Audi A4 Allroad Shows The Brand’s Wagon Game Remains Strong

With the 591-hp Audi RS6 Avant and A6 Allroad station wagons finally set to reintroduce midsize Audi wagon greatness to the U.S. market this summer, you may be thinking a return for the smaller A4 Avant can’t be far behind. Though Audi hasn’t ruled out bringing back the regular-grade A4 Avant here, it at least …

Rare 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 “Little Red” Is Back and Nearly Unrecognizable

Two years ago, this gleaming Candy Apple–red, one-off 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 EXP prototype dubbed “Little Red” was wasting away in a Texas field like an abandoned cow carcass. It has since been totally restored by its rescuer, Craig Jackson, who swooped in and bought the rare Shelby GT500 coupe in 2018 when it was …

1964 Porsche 901 vs. 1986 Porsche 959: Who’s Your Daddy?

October 22, 1964 proved to be a fateful day. The 53rd, 54th, and 55th Porsche 911s were built that day, only they weren’t called 911s. See, a year earlier at the 50th Paris Motor Show the Porsche 901 had debuted. Reaction was mixed. So big! So fat! It’s true—much of the assembled press bemoaned how …

We Spotted the 2021 GMC Terrain AT4, and GMC Wouldn’t Talk About It

The 2021 Terrain is the next member of GMC‘s truck and SUV lineup to add an off-road-focused AT4 trim level, and we snuck a peek at the new SUV at the 2021 Yukon’s debut. The compact crossover’s burlier AT4 treatment includes butcher looks, meatier tires, and additional off-road-friendly kit. We’re assuming those upgrades, however, given …

The 2021 GMC Yukon Coolest Features: “Hurricane Turns,” Built-In Gun Safe, and More

Events like the snowbound introduction of the 2021 GMC Yukon are great, because after the camera drones land, the applause dies down, and the frigid bleachers clear, all the product experts head to the bar and start to jabber away. Usually, they don’t discuss the weather, or other useless topics—no, during happy hour, the engineers …

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S: Brace Yourself for Its MPGe, Range Numbers

Porsche has created a convincing Tesla fighter with the Taycan Turbo S, certainly in terms of performance. Delivering 751 horsepower in Overboost mode, or 617 hp in normal driving, this top-shelf Taycan is poised to be one of the quickest electric cars on the market. But its incredible performance will come at a price, if …

2021 GMC Yukon Denali Review: A Quick Spin in GMC’s New Big Boy

Prior to the gala launch of the 2021 GMC Yukon in Vail, Colorado—GMC is the official vehicle of Vail Resorts—the Professional Grade folks let us take their new flagship Yukon Denali for a brief spin in a carefully groomed snow-covered parking lot. Full disclosure: This drive never topped 15 mph. Still, it was roughly as …

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0: Same Great GTS, More Filled (With Cylinders)

The 2020 Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 is here, and its engine beats to the pounding of six cylinders, not four as in regular 718 Cayman coupes and Boxster roadsters, including the four-cylinder GTS. The “4.0” in its name represents the six-cylinder engine’s displacement and is a dead giveaway that this is the same engine that …

Toyota Yaris-Based Crossover Coming to Feed The SUV-Hungry Masses

Like Tupac, we appreciate a good tease; even if it makes us sound a little sleazy. Toyota knows we clearly don’t want it if it’s easy, which must be why the brand is teasing its upcoming subcompact crossover with the above sketch. The currently nameless model will rest on Toyota’s Global Architecture-B (or GA-B) platform …

Might This New-Concept Rotary Range Extender Fly?

Turbine cars seemed inevitable in 1963, when 50 Chrysler Turbine demonstrators hit the streets. Low parts count, reduced maintenance, and absolute smoothness were the selling points, but by 1979 efficiency and emissions woes scuppered the automotive turbine. Now, micro-turbine range extenders like those in Jaguar’s C-X75 and Mitsubishi’s MI-Tech concepts are beginning to hit the …

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan First Test: I Almost Love It

We’re big fans of the Honda Civic; there’s no use trying to hide that. Even competing against sparkly new redesigns of the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 in a recent compact sedan comparison, the three-year-old Civic came out on top. We also thoroughly enjoyed our year-long loan with a Civic Type R, which stole first place …

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona: Which One Should You Buy?

Automakers crank out subcompact crossovers by the bushel, but you can’t accuse them of copying each other. Proof: the Mazda CX-30 and Hyundai Kona. Although similar in price and size, each offers distinct performance and attributes that successfully position it against the other. There are plenty of reasons to choose one over the other—here are …

Frugal, Funky, and Fun: The 10 Safest Small Cars for 2020

Here at MotorTrend we measure the fun stuff, but testing car safety is out of our wheelhouse. For that, we turn to the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Those agencies crash, smash, and break poor, innocent cars all for the sake of keeping you safe on the …

2020 Audi A4 First Look: What to Know About the Refreshed Luxury Sedan

The Audi A4 ranks near the top of its class thanks to its advanced cabin technology, excellent build quality, quick acceleration, and solid ride. For 2020, Audi improves on this formula with new features. Read on to learn what’s new on the U.S.-spec 2020 Audi A4. Unchanged engine choices The 2020 A4 sedan offers either …

Report: Toyota’s Land Cruiser Is—*gulp*—Going Hybrid

While it might seem like news enough that there will be a next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser, just wait—there’s more! The next Toyota Land Cruiser will debut in August with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, according to Japan’s Best Car Web. Don’t worry, the iconic 4×4 SUV won’t be going fully soft. Best Car Web also reports …

2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL First Look: Breaking Away from Chevy?

Chevrolet is happy to collect 80 grand or more from fiercely brand-loyal buyers looking for a top-shelf Tahoe or Suburban, but fancy folks looking to spend that kind of money are usually snobbier about their brands. They’re the folks who will end up at the GMC store, where range-topping Denali-spec products account for 30 percent …

Aston Martin DBX Prototype First Drive: Setting a New Benchmark

The guttural V-8 growl is as familiar as the iconic winged logo on the leather-clad steering wheel. But overlaying it are sounds never before heard in an Aston Martin: a distant ticking of gravel peppering the underside, the muffled thud of rubber on rock, the swoosh of muddy water cascading over the hood. We’re dancing …

New 2021 Ford Bronco Photos: The Jeep Wrangler and a G-Wagen Had a Baby

We’ve seen the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco imagined in renderings and teased by Ford itself, not to mention sniffed out clues about its removable roof and doors, but we’ve seen precious little of the new SUV in the wild. (Well, aside from Ford showing us the Bronco R racing version late last year.) That changed …

2020 Nissan Sentra SR Interior Review: Pros and Cons

It’s easy to appreciate an improved new-car design like the 2020 Nissan Sentra, but that beauty is only skin deep. Eventually, you’ll need to actually step inside, use the controls, and drive the car. With Nissan‘s new compact sedan, interior updates transform the Sentra from a car that felt years behind the competition to one …

BMW i8 vs. Polestar 1: Concept Cars Come to Life

The BMW i8 and Polestar 1 have a shocking amount in common for two cars that feel so different. They both employ small-displacement, forced-induction engines that would have been laughed at in this price bracket a decade ago. They both remain largely unchanged from the concept cars on which they are based. They both represent …

12 SUVs With Surround View Camera Systems for Under $40,000

Getting useful technology in your SUV once required spending a lot of money because certain features were limited to the priciest models in an automaker’s lineup. With technology eventually trickling down to smaller SUVs and becoming an important selling point on all models regardless of size, it was only a matter of time until features …

Punchy ’Tweeners: 2020 Audi SQ7 and SQ8 Build on Q7, Q8 with 500-HP V-8s

Excuse us while we pretend to be Santa for a moment, but Audi was on our nice list last year for gifting American enthusiasts the 591-hp RS6 Avant superwagon—a long-awaited decision we wholeheartedly support. As cool as the RS6 is, we rather doubt many buyers outside of Audi’s hardcore faithful will be lining up to …

Bridgestone Airless Tires Are Coming to a Semi-Truck Near You—But First, Bikes

Air does a lot for a traditional pneumatic tire. For starters, it helps support the tire in supporting the weight of your car. Air also helps absorb impacts, cushioning the tire (and your butt) over bumps. By varying how much air is in a tire, the pressure within the tire can be adjusted for a …

Elon Musk Says Talking Teslas Are Coming, Demonstrates With Video

Tesla‘s eager-to-always-promise-more CEO Elon Musk tweeted this weekend “Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real.” Let’s unpack that bombshell. First off, it’s not really what it sounds like. No, you won’t be able to carry on a conversation with your Tesla in the near future. Instead, the car will use …

2021 GMC Canyon First Look: New AT4 Off-Roader Takes Over For All Terrain

The mid-size pickup-truck wars aren’t slowing anytime soon, and GMC is keeping the arms race alive with the likes of Ford’s Ranger and Honda’s Ridgeline (and its Chevy-badged Colorado twin) by making small but impactful updates to its Canyon midsize pickup truck for 2021. The updated GMC Canyon receives an all-new AT4 off-road model, similar …

2021 GMC Canyon First Look: New AT4 Off-Roader Takes Over For All Terrain

The mid-size pickup-truck wars aren’t slowing anytime soon, and GMC is keeping the arms race alive with the likes of Ford’s Ranger and Honda’s Ridgeline (and its Chevy-badged Colorado twin) by making small but impactful updates to its Canyon midsize pickup truck for 2021. The updated GMC Canyon receives an all-new AT4 off-road model, similar …

2021 GMC Canyon First Look: New AT4 Off-Roader Takes Over For All Terrain

The mid-size pickup-truck wars aren’t slowing anytime soon, and GMC is keeping the arms race alive with the likes of Ford’s Ranger and Honda’s Ridgeline (and its Chevy-badged Colorado twin) by making small but impactful updates to its Canyon midsize pickup truck for 2021. The updated GMC Canyon receives an all-new AT4 off-road model, similar …

“Ford v Ferrari” Snags Oscar Nominations for Best Picture + More

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated one of our favorite movies of the year—Ford v Ferrari—for a Best Picture Oscar. The excellent film tells the story of tuner and icon Carroll Shelby and racing driver Ken Miles as they beat the formidable Ferrari team at the 1966 running of the 24 …

“Ford v Ferrari” Snags Oscar Nominations for Best Picture + More

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated one of our favorite movies of the year—Ford v Ferrari—for a Best Picture Oscar. The excellent film tells the story of tuner and icon Carroll Shelby and racing driver Ken Miles as they beat the formidable Ferrari team at the 1966 running of the 24 …

Report: Next-Gen Toyota 86 to Get a New Name

Sports-car enthusiasts were no doubt thrilled to learn that a new Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are on their way—this despite relatively low sales volumes. Today, Autocar published a report with more details on the twins, including the fact they’re getting more power. Yes, the companies listened. Indeed, perhaps the largest complaint leveraged at the …

This Modded Toyota Century Looks Like a Janky Chrysler 300, Costs $550,000

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: The Toyota Century is a Japanese Rolls-Royce. It’s exclusive, comfortable, and beautifully hand-crafted by a group of extremely talented takumi. Toyota takes its Century so seriously that it allows only four people in the entire world to paint the sedans. So, why Tom’s Racing, a company …

Driving the 2020 Honda Talon 1000R Will Make You Feel Young Again

I’m cold. On a blustery winter day in the high desert near Barstow, California, the near freezing wind rushes though the exposed bodywork and is only slightly impeded by the multiple layers of clothing that I’d hoped would insulate me. We’re doing about 40 mph through an especially fun part of the trail, plunging down …

Specs Check: 2020 Porsche Macan vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe vs. Range Rover Evoque

The four-cylinder Macan might be Porsche‘s entry-level SUV, but its price point puts it right at the heart of the sporty, four-cylinder premium compact SUV segment. That Porsche badge brings a lot with it: a reputation for engineering excellence and a prestige earned over decades of building one of the world’s most iconic sports cars. …

2020 Kia Telluride S Long-Term Arrival: SUV of the Year, For a Year!

Any readers following along with my disappointing year chaperoning our long-term 2018 Volkswagen Atlas know that it was a complicated one. A cavernous, comfortable interior and gutsy V-6 were not enough to overcome its lackluster driving dynamics and the persistent steering problem that plagued my experience throughout much of the year. Although my opinion changed …

These Are the Pros and Cons of Owning a Jeep Wrangler

The MotorTrend Garage is constantly filled with drool-worthy long- and short-termers, but nevertheless our plucky 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon remains one of our more popular fleet regulars. We typically aim to crest 20,000 hard miles by the time our yearlong loans run up, but our Wrangler is within spitting distance of that number with …

Driven: Dual-Motor Nissan Leaf EV with Twice the Power Is Half as Dorky

At CES 2020, Nissan‘s near-production-ready Ariya SUV concept glittered under the lights. Fifteen miles to the northeast, on a specially prepared course at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, sat a squat little prototype Leaf with the Ariya’s proposed powertrain—and we got to drive it. Nissan calls the powertrain e-4ORCE, a name that barely makes sense …

Polestar 1 vs. Acura NSX: Opposite Ends of the Hybrid Sports Car Spectrum

Turns out great all-arounders can exist on opposite ends of the spectrum. On one there’s the Acura NSX, a speedy hybrid sports car that happens to be comfortable. On the other there’s the Polestar 1, a comfortable hybrid GT that happens to be speedy. Drive either anywhere, and you’ll arrive with a smile on your …

Polestar 1 vs. Acura NSX: Opposite Ends of the Hybrid Sports Car Spectrum

Turns out great all-arounders can exist on opposite ends of the spectrum. On one there’s the Acura NSX, a speedy hybrid sports car that happens to be comfortable. On the other there’s the Polestar 1, a comfortable hybrid GT that happens to be speedy. Drive either anywhere, and you’ll arrive with a smile on your …

2020 CES Roundup: The Future Car Tech You Can’t Miss

Once known as the Consumer Electronics Show, but now exclusively referred to as CES, the huge annual electronics show in Las Vegas is increasingly becoming an auto show. We were there all week sniffing out the latest technological advances headed to new cars in the distant and not-so-distant future. There were even a few all-new …

2020 CES Roundup: The Future Car Tech You Can’t Miss

Once known as the Consumer Electronics Show, but now exclusively referred to as CES, the huge annual electronics show in Las Vegas is increasingly becoming an auto show. We were there all week sniffing out the latest technological advances headed to new cars in the distant and not-so-distant future. There were even a few all-new …

2020 Honda Civic Type R First Look: Is The Crazy Hot Hatch Crazy Better?

After arriving to much anticipation in the U.S. in 2017, Honda‘s Civic Type R heads into 2020 with a significant refresh. The first-ever Type R to reach our shores, the Civic showed up with a 306-hp turbo engine and wild styling peppered with spoilers and wings and things. Our favorite hot hatch‘s in-your-face attitude is …

A Toyota Yaris With a 268-HP Three-Cylinder Engine Is Officially a Thing

After years of watching the rest of the world pull handbrake turns, squeal tires around city blocks, and generally raise mayhem in Toyota‘s spicy GR special-edition models, we’ve long been hurtin’ for anything wearing the Gazoo Racing badge to arrive on our shores. At long last, one has—that’d be the new GR Supra!—but now there’s …

Electric Hummer Pickup Truck Coming to Your GMC Dealer

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Hummer name is making a comeback within General Motors, and will be applied to an electric pickup. We’d heard rumors and speculation for the past year that Hummer was set to return to GM’s portfolio after a long hiatus—the brand was shuttered in 2010 in the face of …

Text-n-Drive Safely! 8 Innovations to Hasten Your Robo-Car Future

Much of what’s on display in the little booths that line the automotive halls at the 2020 CES techstravaganza is nitty-gritty hardware developed by devoted engineers toiling in the trenches to realize the autonomous-vehicle future that we’re promised (or is it “threatened?”) is just around the corner. Most of this stuff bores us to somnambulism, …

GM Employees Race C8 Corvettes on the Street, Get Arrested

We can attest to how much fun it is to drive the all-new 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray, a car that needs a racetrack to exploit its full potential. The latter is especially worth remembering the next time you’re tempted to seriously drop the hammer on public streets, in any car—a lesson two General Motors …

2020 Porsche Macan Review: Entry-Level SUV Packs a Punch

This is it. The cheapest new Porsche you can buy. The 2020 Porsche Macan starts at $52,250, including destination, a little over half what you’ll pay for a base 911 Carrera. What that gets you is a premium compact SUV powered by a 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a description that could equally be applied to …

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Review: Cool and Collected

Admit it: The first mod you ever did to your car was either to make it go faster or look cooler. Forget about making it stop better or corner better or ride better. You wanted speed and style. Automakers do this, too, sometimes. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35, thankfully, doesn’t fall into this trap. A …

1999 Porsche 911 GT3 vs. 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Weissach: Still Screaming Two Decades Later

It’s deeply familiar but also clearly out of its time. The key is left of the steering wheel, as you’d expect, and the engine catches after just a few cranks. It feels almost modern. Something sounds different, though. The engine sound has more bass to it than a new 911 GT3, and there’s more mechanical …

The 2021 Ford Bronco Is Brought to Life In Doorless, Roofless Jeep Wrangler Mode

Excitement for the new Ford Bronco seems to be reaching a fever pitch. We recently got a good look at the Bronco R Baja racer prototype, and the baby Bronco’s grille design appears to have leaked last week. Now the same source of that lil’ Bronco preview, Bronco6G, has taken a shot at giving us …

2020 Mazda CX-30 First Test: Great Without Even Trying

They try so hard. These days automakers churn out all kinds of subcompact crossovers in an attempt to pander to your attitudes and lifestyle. Whether you want to project active outdoorsiness, sporty flair, or funky individuality, there’s a micro-SUV for you. Stare long enough, though, and the options can seem a bit contrived. Drive them, …

Sony Made an Electric Car and It’s Like a PlayStation/Tesla Mashup

The biggest surprise at CES 2020, at least for us, wasn’t some game-changing foldable smartphone or a robot that can wash the dishes for you. Instead Sony, a company that’s famous for making consumer electronics like the PlayStation and Walkman, and for starting the mirrorless DSLR trend, announced a car. It’s a battery-electric vehicle called …

Toyota Is Building an All-New City for Driverless Cars—and 2,000 Humans

The auto industry is growing obsessed with futuristic transportation infrastructure, from connected cars to smart cities and the like. But where can all this new immersive technology be tested? A traditional closed test track can’t replicate the unpredictability of real life on the streets and sidewalks of America, and few of us normal people are …

Charmin’s Tiny Wheeled Toilet Paper Delivery Robot Will Save Your Behind

We’ve all been there. It’s a dark, lonely place—when you’re sitting on the throne, looking to wrap things up, and you look over to see an empty toilet paper roll. You can’t exactly hike up your pants and waddle for backup, at least not if you have the personal capacity for shame. But if Charmin …

Qualcomm Enters the Autonomous-Car Computing Ring with Snapdragon Ride

A few years ago, I attended Nvidia’s GPU Technical Conference, and during its Steve Jobs–ian keynote address, Nvidia founder Jenson Huang invited Elon Musk onto the stage for a friendly chat about technology. But by August of last year, the valentines floating back and forth that day had ended. After severing ties with Mobileye, who …

Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR First Look: Like Avatar Movie, It Isn’t Really About Blue People

Concept cars and films go oh so well together, don’t they? The R8-previewing Audi RSQ in I, Robot comes to mind, as does Ironman’s Acura NSX Roadster in The Avengers, or Bond’s stunning Aston Martin DB10 in 2015’s Spectre. Mercedes is taking things a step further with the Vision AVTR which isn’t in a movie …

2019 Volkswagen Amarok Forbidden Fruit Drive: What the U.S. Is Missing

The Amarok has been in Volkswagen‘s lineup since 2010, but the truck has always stayed away from the U.S. A popular pickup in South America, the Amarok competes against the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, and Mitsubishi L200. The body-on-frame truck was conceived under VW‘s Commercial Vehicles division, and although the automaker is considering …

2020 Acura NSX First Test: Fine Motor Control

Putting the words “hybrid” and “supercar” next to each other in 2010 would have been a mistake. That, or an oxymoron made to poke fun at the dullness hybrids were (and are still) typically derided for. In the middle of the decade the Porsche 918 transformed the conjunctive “hybrid-supercar” from irony to fantasy, but it …

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 First Test: The Best of Its Kind

We got our first taste of the gob-smacking 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 a couple months ago when Ford Performance hosted the media for a first drive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With each event that day, we were blown away by how quickly the car went down a prepped drag strip, how happy it was …