Month: September 2018

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, so goes the saying. Object lesson: Volkswagen’s decision to retire its New Beetle after 20 years on the market. It’s a bit of a shame, but reality bites. Motor Trend loved the New Beetle, naming it our 1999 Import Car of the Year upon its launch. After the
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Mercedes-AMG has dropped the “Project One” moniker for its new hypercar as it inches closer to production. A year after the prototype debuted to the public, the model will be known as “ONE” from now on. Mercedes says the name befits its new top-of-the-line vehicle—as in “the One.” “The name stands for the highest automotive
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While the Accord battles the Camry for sales supremacy, the Altima now offers something its Toyota and Honda rivals don’t at any price—all-wheel drive. That distinguishing option is far from the only change Nissan made to the new 2019 Altima, which boasts a V-6-replacing turbo-four and an interior that will make last-gen Altima owners jealous.
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Chevrolet will introduce four concept Silverado trucks next month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The vehicles show how customers can accessorize the Silverado with parts backed by Chevrolet or other companies. First up is the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country concept, which is a bit more extreme than the luxurious High Country currently offered.
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The ES is the first Lexus vehicle with Apple CarPlay, and it’s standard on the ES 300h along with Siri Eyes Free voice control. Android Auto is still not offered, but owners of Amazon Alexa-enabled Android phones can take advantage of the service’s car-to-home and home-to-car verbal commands (iPhone compatibility is scheduled for late 2018).
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Traditionally, Mercedes-Benz’s attempts at building entry-luxury cars have been middling at best. The CLA, its most recent indiscretion, came with a frustrating dual-clutch transmission and a plasticky interior. But Mercedes’ suboptimal reputation might soon change with its A-Class sedan. Intended to be Mercedes’ newest bargain-basement model and slotting beneath the CLA, the A-Class sedan is
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Weight is down, by a significant amount. McLaren claims 100 kilograms even, meaning the 600LT should be 220 pounds lighter than the 570S. The splitter, sills, diffuser, and rear wing are all made from carbon fiber and coincidentally produce that same 220 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. The aluminum control arms—snatched from the 720S—help
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When Motor Trend started Best Driver’s Car back in 2007 (when it was known briefly as “Best Handling Car”), only one car in the field offered more than 500 horsepower—the 505-hp Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which we characterized as a “fire breather.” Lord only knows what our 2007 staff would have made of an SUV showing
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The 2019 Nautilus furthers Lincoln’s mission of reminding luxury buyers it not only exists but is also worth their attention (and money) beyond trips to and from the airport. As a replacement for the five-passenger midsize MKX, the Nautilus looks to sway buyers out of their Lexus RX and BMW X3 crossovers. Don’t miss our
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We’ve long known that Jeep will have a pickup based on the current generation JL Wrangler. For a few years now, we’ve also heard rumblings of a Ram midsize pickup. Now, suppliers have confirmed to Automotive News that Ram will build its own midsize truck, and it will be body-on frame. The suppliers revealed that Ram’s midsize pickup
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We’re quite fond of the Ram Power Wagon, our new long-term vehicle and the winner of our recent off-road truck comparison. Now, the model receives a Mojave Sand package that doesn’t make it more or less capable, but adds a few cosmetic touches. The package includes a new beige paint job and all-black wheels. Other
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