How Gasoline Engines Can Survive in an Electric Car Future

Combustion engines won’t completely disappear any time soon, if ever. Certain transportation tasks or operating environments simply don’t lend themselves to battery– or hydrogen-powered electric propulsion. A century and a half of research and development has greatly increased the efficiency of combustion engines, and engineers have loads of additional tricks up their sleeves that promise …

Busting Myths About Electric Vehicles at Reuters Car of the Future Conference

The warnings about electric vehicles abound: Dealers don’t want to invest in vehicles no one wants, the electric bits are too expensive to buy and maintain, and finding a place to charge these vehicles is a nightmare while finding a plug is a scavenger hunt. But executives taking part at the Reuters Car of the …

1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Gets Stunning Ringbrothers Restomod Makeover for Charity

Ringbrothers has revealed a one-off 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer produced to support Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization focusing on disaster response and humanitarian crises. Fundraising company Omaze is giving away the overhauled classic Blazer in an online sweepstake that began on June 7 and will run through September 16. After some years of customizing Blazers—among …

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT43 4-Door First Test: Pretensions of Performance

Brand purity and authenticity seem to be in peril. At least in the auto industry. Some examples stand out as being notably egregious: Four-door cars are widely being labeled as coupes; signature design elements, such as BMW’s Hofmeister kink and kidney grille, are losing their once traditional forms; and SUVs are morphing into lifted sedans. …

In Spite Of…Everything, Lordstown Endurance Electric Pickup Said to Be On Track

Lordstown Motors appears to be shifting chairs on the deck of the Titanic. The electric truck startup kept a scheduled media event one day after CEO Steve Burns and chief financial officer Julio Rodriguez resigned after an investigation by the company’s board. The virtual meeting with the Automotive Press Association out of Detroit started with …

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring First Look: Wingless Wonder

It’s Touring time! For the 2022 model year, the popular wingless Touring trim returns for the 992 GT3, bringing with it a knapsack of subtle aesthetic changes over the standard be-winged GT3. More importantly, this also stokes the digital flames of Porsche-centric Facebook groups and forums wherein Touring fans argue as to why their spoiler-free …

What’s the Best 2021 Toyota Corolla Trim? Here’s Our Guide

All-new from the ground up just last year, the 2021 Toyota Corolla sedan is once again a strong contender in the compact segment it entered way back in 1968. And although Toyota offers a comprehensive array of trim levels, what really matters is what’s under the hood. The 1.8-liter four in the L, LE, and …

Is Your Jeep Feeling Chippy? The Brand’s New Gorilla Glass Windshield Might Solve That

Jeep owners who have reported their windshields getting a bit chippy over the course of their ownership experience may now finally have an option that will keep their glass intact. Jeep has recently announced that its dealers can now order a Gorilla Glass windshield for modern Wrangler SUVs and Gladiator pickups. <!– –> In case …

The Worst Part About the Ford Bronco Sport Is Its Name

Driving the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is an exercise in explaining what it is and, equally important, what it isn’t. The new Bronco Sport is many things—off-road–capable, great to drive, and well designed—but what it isn’t is the Ford Bronco. I couldn’t drive anywhere in the Bronco Sport without hearing one of the following …

The 4-1-1 on the Hottest 911s: Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 Compared

If you don’t consider yourself a Porschephile, the Porsche 911 model lineup can be maddeningly complex. The 992-generation 911 (which launched in 2019) consists of Carreras, Cabriolets, and Targas, S and 4S models, multiple versions of the 911 Turbo, and a 911 GT3—and there are more on the way. In the coming years, we’re expecting …

The EV Tech That Will Improve Range, Cost, and Environmental Impact

With most crystal balls indicating an impending mad dash toward widespread adoption of electric cars, the R&D community is working overtime to solve the thorny problems limiting the market penetration of plug-in vehicles to around 4 percent of global passenger vehicle sales: not enough range or raw materials, and too much mass and cost. Here …

Maserati’s Next-Gen GranTurismo Is Gorgeous Even in Camouflage

The silent, smooth, uninterrupted torque delivery of an electric powertrain is exactly the sort of experience befitting a high-dollar, mega-luxe grand tourer. And it looks like Maserati agrees, if the the new GranTurismo is any indication. The next generation of the brand’s iconic 2+2 will feature the company’s first 100 percent electric powertrain, but that’s …

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 First Test: Don’t Call It Carroll

Ever since the Ford Mustang ditched its live rear axle, it’s seemed as if the Blue Oval was only interested in providing ultimate handling prowess on Shelby versions. Various “performance packs” and special editions never got it done, and you had to slide into a Shelby GT350 or GT500 to go around a corner properly. …

2022 Subaru Forester Gets Sharper Styling, Likely Wilderness Trim

It’s been just over three years since Subaru rolled out its current Forester SUV, and the auto industry’s update cycle dictates a new or revised model should arrive soon. Right on schedule, what we believe will be the U.S. market’s 2022 Subaru Forester has broken cover in Subaru’s home market of Japan. Fresh Digs As …

Subaru Outback’s Onyx Trim Finds Its Way to the 2022 Ascent

There’s a lot to like about the Subaru Ascent, the company’s large three-row SUV. It features a standard turbocharged engine that feels as peppy as many six-cylinder options, and includes the sort of interior amenities and safety scores families crave. For 2022, Subaru doesn’t mess with success, but it does add a new trim level—the …

Vin Diesel Announces “Fast and Furious” Saga Ending Soon

UPDATE 6/14/21: Actor Vin Diesel, star of the blockbuster “Fast and Furious” movie franchise, told The Associated Press in an interview this weekend that the series’ core storyline is being wrapped up by 2023 or 2024. There will only be two more movies in the main Fast universe following this month’s release of F9, the …

2022 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door First Look: Feeling Six-y

When the competition involves Porsche, Audi, and BMW, it is vital to fine-tune the mechanicals, upgrade tech features, and maintain a fresh appearance. Enter the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, a luxury fastback that drives like an untamed sports car. While Mercedes is mum on details related to the V-8-powered 2022 GT63 and GT63 S 4-Door …

How the Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Truck Is so Darn Cheap

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning caught our attention for two reasons: it is an electric full-size pickup, and it’s set to wear a starting price of $41,669 when it goes on sale in May 2022. Weeks after the electric Lightning was unveiled to the public, people are still talking about it, thanks to its relatively …