Mercedes-AMG’s Future Includes 800+HP Hybrids, Hot-Rodded EVs

The hallmark of performance in the auto industry, increasingly, is electrification. Torquey electric motors, either on their own or assisting a gas engine, have helped push vehicle performance to new heights. So, it is not surprising that Mercedes-AMG, the V-8-lovin’ performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, is pursuing an electrification strategy that includes plug-in hybrids as well …

Mercedes-AMG’s Future Includes 800+HP Hybrids, Hot-Rodded EVs

The hallmark of performance in the auto industry, increasingly, is electrification. Torquey electric motors, either on their own or assisting a gas engine, have helped push vehicle performance to new heights. So, it is not surprising that Mercedes-AMG, the V-8-lovin’ performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, is pursuing an electrification strategy that includes plug-in hybrids as well …

Genesis X Concept First Look: X Gon’ Give It to Ya

A Genesis electric vehicle? Oh, it’s coming, don’t you worry. While Hyundai Motor Company’s already revealed the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 battery electric vehicles, the Korean company continues to play its nascent luxury marque’s production BEV plans closer to the chest. Still, Genesis is due to debut such a model in the next …

2022 Porsche 911 GT3’s Enviable Engine and Manual Transmission Will Cost You

Pull out the laptop or grab a seat at the computer, because the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 configurator is up and running. As such, U.S. customers can now virtually build and order their new 911 GT3 arriving in Porsche showrooms this fall. They also can now see how much the latest high-performance, track-ready 911 to …

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat vs. 392: Which Should You Buy?

If you’re in the market for a performance-oriented three-row SUV with mainstream badge on its rump, your options are disappointingly limited—there’s the Dodge Durango SRT and the Ford Explorer ST. That’s it. But making choices is hard, and you make enough of them every day, anyway: What’s for dinner? What time should I get up …

2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye First Test: Committing All Seven Deadly Sins

Pride Avoiding pride in The Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye is not my kind of car. My tastes lean toward agile canyon carvers over brute-force muscle machines, and I could be the only person to ever pick up a Hellcat wearing Birkenstocks and tie-dye wool socks. I pride myself on preferring a holistic approach to performance …

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Small Pickup Eyes New Ford Maverick

Feast your eyes on this incredibly cool not-quite-SUV, not-quite-pickup truck. What you’re looking at is a barely shrouded image of the new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz ahead of its April 15 debut, and Hyundai is adamant its new car-based small-to-midsize truck will be a bold, segment-shattering automobile. The unibody Santa Cruz might be more segment-bending, …

The History of the Funky, Fun Subaru BRAT

Once upon a time there was a brat—and no, it wasn’t a tantrum-throwing two-year-old inside the grocery store, but rather a little trucklet parked out front. It was the Subaru BRAT, which stood for Bi-Drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter. Bi-drive meant that there was a part-time all-wheel-drive system, actuated with a switch. Now, was the BRAT …

Non-Tremor Ford Super Duty Pickups Now Offer a 12,000-LB Winch

About a year back, Ford announced an optional winch package for Ford Super Duty pickups with the Tremor off-road package selected—which, as you might recall, requires selection of one of the two optional upgraded engines: a stout 7.3-liter gas V-8 or a torque-rich 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8. Twist our arms, Ford. But if you …

Stellantis Fuel Cell Vans Promise Clean, Green Commercial Range

We’ve largely enjoyed a lot of cricket noises on the alternative powertrain front where Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Stellantis is concerned—at least ever since the Daimler divorce. (Remember the fuel-cell-powered Commander 2 Concept of 2001, which included a full refinery under the hood to separate hydrogen from methanol, which must have been slightly easier to come by than hydrogen …

Here’s How President Biden’s “American Jobs Plan” Impacts Motorists

Fact: The United States of America’s various infrastructure systems are slowly crumbling, and massive investment is required to bring our country into the modern era. How the country acquires the funds to fix such issues has long been a matter of debate. Nevertheless, the current occupant of the White House, President Joseph R. Biden, is …

Ford adds short-term emissions targets en route to 2050 carbon neutrality goal

The automaker said it hopes to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its global operations 76 percent by 2035, using 2017 figures as a starting point. Ford also hopes to cut the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from its vehicles 50 percent by 2035, using 2019 numbers as a starter. Read more here:: Automotive News

With WRC Off the Table, Toyota Will Rally the GR Yaris Down Under

Last year, in the midst of the hype surrounding the upcoming release of Toyota’s bite-sized monster GR Yaris (you know, the one that the U.S. can look at from afar but never actually own?), plans for the car to compete in FIA World Rally Championship were scrapped. The effort, headed up by Finnish rally sensation …

2022 GMC Hummer Edition 1 VIN 001 Sells for $2.5 Million

Charity auctions for first-off-the-line vehicles have become a thing of late, and given the hammer prices on vehicles like the first 2021 Ford Bronco ($1,075,000) and this latest multi-million-dollar 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 just sold by Barrett-Jackson, it doesn’t seem like the trend is ending anytime soon. Nor should it! The headlines generate …

New Ford Bronco Previews Aftermarket Support from RTR, ARB, and 4 Wheel Parts

We are on the verge of one of the biggest automotive title fights in history. It isn’t the newest Golf R and Civic Type R going toe to toe or even Lamborghini and Porsche once duking it out on the Nürburgring. No, it’s actually the upcoming battle between the new Ford Bronco and the Jeep …

You’re Living in 2021, the New Lexus LF-Z Electrified Concept Is Living in 2025

Lexus was an early adopter of hybrids, having introduced the RX hybrid SUV in 2005 and offering hybrid variants of many of other models since—just like its parent, Toyota. Also like Toyota, Lexus seems to be dragging its feet a bit on battery electric vehicles (BEV); the luxury automaker’s first effort, the UX-based UX300e, won’t …

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric vs. XC40 T5 Comparison Test: Kilowatts or Gas?

Convenience. It all comes down to convenience. Our society is built around the convenience afforded by the internal combustion engine. Whether moving ourselves or our goods, gasoline and diesel have made everything possible. As has a network of hundreds of thousands of branded gas stations around the globe; miles apart or across the street, they …

[OFFICIAL BUT NOT REALLY] Volkswagen Is Dead, Long Live Voltswagen

It’s official (but not really): Volkswagen of America is changing its name to Voltswagen of America. A press release dated April 29 ‘leaked’ yesterday to VW of America’s media site, claiming the German company’s U.S. arm was switching its official name by switching the ‘k’ to a ‘t.’ The release was re-posted today, providing official …

Jeep’s 2.0-Liter Turbo Engine Makes 340 HP With SRT Tune

It’s noteworthy that the Jeepster Beach concept, one of Jeep’s one-off creations revealed at the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari, produces mega power out of its turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 powerplant. The concept’s forced-induction four-banger churns out a staggering 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, an impressive boost of about 25 percent (70 hp and 74 …

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon vs. 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo: Long-Roof Scorchers!

It’s a wonderful time to be an automotive enthusiast, but that time may be drawing to a close. So, covet, flog, or fantasize about the road-scorching 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S and 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo wagons while you can. Hybrids and battery electric vehicles can produce equally impressive performances, too, and those …

First 2021 Ford Bronco, VIN 001, Sells for Over $1 Million

This weekend, the first official 2021 Ford Bronco, the SUV with VIN 001, was auctioned to the highest bidder by Barrett-Jackson—for $1,075,000. Of course, the proceeds are going to charity, specifically in support of the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound. Both charities are geared toward spreading understanding of the outdoors and a sense of …

Don’t repeat mistakes that led to microchip shortage

The crunch that has squeezed the auto industry in recent months should be mostly over by the middle of this year. But carmakers shouldn’t be so quick to forget the lessons of this crisis: Not only will there be a next time, but that next time will likely be worse. Read more here:: Latest Auto …

Take a Look Inside the Production 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes-Benz has been testing and teasing its Tesla Model S-fighting EQS all-electric luxury sedan for a long time now, and in a final step ahead of the full unveil has pulled the sheet off the wild new interior. Yes, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will have a dashboard-spanning “Hyperscreen” display, but that’s just one of many …

2022 Genesis GV70 Interior Review: World-Class Luxury

We just had our first chance to climb in and poke around the all-new 2022 Genesis GV70 compact luxury SUV, and goodness—it has quite the interior. It appears moving down a segment in size and price from the South Korean luxury brand’s first ever SUV, the mid-size GV80, didn’t have much if any effect on …

The 2022 Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition Goes Incognito—Literally

Following the V-8-powered IS500 F Sport premiere last month, Lexus unveiled the 2022 IS500 F Sport Performance’s exclusive Launch Edition at Sebring International Raceway. Limited to 500 examples, the Launch Edition will carry over the same 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 rated at 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque but distinguishes itself from the regular-production …

Dodge Charger, Challenger Security Mode Will Slow Thieves’ Rolls—to Idle

Just over 150 cars are stolen per day in the United States. Vehicle theft may be (relatively) uncommon, but it’s very inconvenient and invasive—and altogether more familiar to Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe owners than most. Why? These powerful American muscle cars are popular among thieves, and are often stolen for parts and plain …

(Record Scratch!) You’re Probably Wondering How Lexus Got a Record Player in Here

Shout “enhance!” a few times at your computer like you’re in some kind of CSI-type show, or just peer more closely, and you might notice something odd in this 2021 Lexus IS‘ glove box. An arm, a needle, a vinyl record … yup, that’s a turntable. In the glovebox. In 2021. And if you aren’t …

Zoinks! 2022 Nissan Z Car’s Pricing, Specs, and Details Spill Forth

The next Nissan Z car is easily one of the most hotly anticipated cars of 2021, and we’ve been scraping around everywhere to find as much information on the new sports car as we can. So far we’ve covered everything from the ultra-close-to-reality prototype, to patent drawings, to leaked photos of what is likely the …

New Jeep 4xe Charging Network Makes Hybrid Off-Roading Easier

In conjunction with the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep is announcing a Jeep-branded EV charging network for its new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid. The Jeep 4xe Charging Network, operated by Electrify America, will provide Level 2 (240-volt) charging that’ll fully recharge the 4xe’s 17 kilowatt-hour battery pack in about two hours. The chargers …