Tesla clears road for Rivian, others to sell EVs without dealers

Michigan ruled that sale contracts Tesla signs with Michigan consumers will have to indicate that the transaction took place elsewhere. But customers won’t actually have to leave the state to complete the contracts. Michigan dealers are reviewing the settlement. Read more here:: Automotive News

Chevrolet Camaro E/28 Electric SUV: GM’s Answer to the Mustang Mach-E?

Ford rustled more than a few feathers when it revealed the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E late last year, but it wasn’t because anyone had beef with the idea of a sporty, all-electric SUV. What most took issue with was the model being branded as a Mustang. Ford must have known its controversial decision would rub …

2019 Honda Insight: Is It a Good Road Trip Car?

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m always looking for road warriors to put miles on long-term cars I’m borrowing, since I live but 3 miles from MT HQ. So when friendly new guy Nick Yekikian spoke of making a round trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30(!) hours, I threw him the keys in …

2020 Subaru Outback Trim Guide: The Features You Get Across the Lineup

No modern wagon has duplicated the success of the Subaru Outback, and we’ve seen automakers try. Considering the AWD crossover-like wagon’s sales success, the arrival of a new model is big news. So with the 2020 Subaru Outback representing the first model year of a new generation, here’s how to distinguish the trim levels from …

This 1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Is Aqua Awesome

Issac Chiu, owner of the 1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible you see here, is not what you’d call a typical lowriding enthusiast, given that his passion for cars has spanned multiple genres over the years. But lowriders have always held a special place in his heart. His parents swear his first word was carro, so it’s …

Toyota Is Giving Away a Really Cool Supra Poster

Toyota is pulling a page from Oprah Winfrey’s playbook and giving its fans a free car … poster. Yes, this poster of the 2020 GR Supra isn’t quite as valuable (or useful) as an actual car, but it’s still pretty rad. It’s also something fans of the German-Japanese sports car ought to take advantage of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …