Opinion

On Black Friday of this year, the cable TV channel formerly known as Velocity officially changed its name to the MotorTrend Channel, a move we had long telegraphed but finally made official. With this change, we add 73 million homes and 17 million passionate automotive television viewers to an audience that already spans print, web,
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It happens every year: The day after the final out is recorded in the World Series, the collective media looks ahead. The Champagne isn’t even flat yet, but the pundits are trotting out their best predictions for how things will shape up next season. For another Of-The-Year perspective on what’s ahead, check out our story,
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Do you see the Divo as a Chiron variant? With the Divo, my first exercise, I looked at what we can do as a different approach in terms of performance, because we are known for longitudinal acceleration and top speed—and we’ve been limited to 261 mph (420 kph), which for me is enough. I personally
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Our annual Of The Year awards celebrate the very best car, truck, SUV, and auto industry personality. They also capture a moment in time and serve as reminders, upon future reflection, that excellence comes in all shapes, sizes, and magnitudes. Some years we recognize a localized peak—a game changer whose impact is felt more deeply
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My better half, the Applied Arts major, got way out ahead of me on this technology by investing in nine cryptocurrencies ranging from well-known names like Bitcoin and Ethereum to whimsical ones like Aragon, Dragonchain, and Golem Network. All cryptocurrencies utilize blockchain technology, which relies on a distributed ledger method of record-keeping rather than centralized
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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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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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Electric cars. The horsepower of the apocalypse, whispering harbingers of the automotive end times. Plug-in hybrids. A soul-destroying halfway house to that dismal future, because driving pleasure can only be had with a full complement of cylinders firing at all times, right? Wrong. After spending time with Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, I’m convinced
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It used to be that sport-utility vehicles were for workmanlike pursuits—a nicer version of a pickup, something to carry your horse tack or fishing tackle, something for the rancher to drive when helping out the hired hands on the Ponderosa. The emphasis was on enclosed utility. But it was still essentially a truck. And although
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Sergio Marchionne told it like it was. Shortly before his death I asked the FCA CEO whether Donald Trump’s trade wars and Britain’s turmoil over Brexit—its departure from the European Union, one of the world’s largest trade blocs—posed a threat to his company’s business. He paused a moment, then powered ahead: “These are strange times,”
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The first time it happened, I was hovering curbside—illegally—in the LAX arrivals area waiting for my betrothed to land. A backpacker sidled up alongside my passenger side on the diagonal. Our eyes met and she looked away—to the front of the car as she walked around it. I could see her brow furrow at the
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We’re going on five years of proclamations regarding the demise of the frumpy family four-door sedan—flattened by the sport-utility vehicle. And although SUVs have indeed become the popular transport of choice, let’s not chime the death knell for the three-box car just yet. Don’t miss our comprehensive 2019 New Car Ultimate Buyer’s Guide (SUVs and
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Stop the 40-ton presses and cool the autoclaves. There’s a new light/strong/cheap material poised to join the vehicle engineering toolbox, and it’d be recognizable to the designers of Conestoga wagons. Forget titanium, carbon fiber, and high-strength steel. The hot new substance on the automotive scene is … wood? Yes, wood might no longer be just
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Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Select Make Acura Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Buick Cadillac Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Ferrari FIAT Ford Genesis GMC Honda Hyundai Infiniti Jaguar Jeep Karma Kia Lamborghini Land Rover Lexus Lincoln Lotus Maserati Mazda McLaren Mercedes-Benz
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There are the automotive icons who are household names. Then there are those who work diligently without public recognition to create the magic that makes those icons famous. Those two groups are the subjects of fascinating new books. Quick: What do the automotive child seat, head-up display, door lamps, adjustable lumbar supports, retractable seat belts,
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