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Ford chose to show off the 2020 Explorer this week, and the big news is that its three-row crossover has gone rear-wheel drive again. Ford says it plans to offer both an ST version and a hybrid, but the base model will get a 2.3-liter turbo-four and a 10-speed automatic transmission. And if 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of
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After the test team was done with the Power Wagon, we passed it off to our EQUA Real MPG test team for fuel economy results. Although the EPA doesn’t think fuel economy figures are relevant for heavy-duty pickups, given how each tank of 89 octane I feed the Ram sets me (or more accurately, Motor
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“How was it?” a former colleague asked me upon my return from the Kingdom of Bahrain where I drove a Panamera Sport Turismo GTS around the island and lapped the slightly lighter Panamera GTS around the Bahrain International Circuit. Turns out, my old coworker now works for Porsche in Germany, and after 22 hours’ worth
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BMW is conducting final tests on the M8 coupe before it heads to series production. The automaker has revealed that the car will pack more than 600 hp from its twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The potent flagship is now undergoing testing at the Estoril grand prix racing circuit in Portugal. Being an M model, of course,
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Just a few months ago, our spy photographers caught a next-generation CLA prototype out testing, possibly in AMG form. Now, the CLA has returned wearing a different grille and less camouflage. Though that earlier prototype appeared to wear Mercedes-AMG’s Panamericana grille, this CLA sports a front end inspired by the CLS-Class. The camouflage obscures the
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The R8 is already one of the most capable cars in the Audi lineup, but a new limited edition increases the supercar’s performance even further. By raiding the Audi Sport parts bin, the automaker has created the R8 V10 Plus Competition package. Among other updates, the model sheds weight and boosts aerodynamic performance over the
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Entering its fourth generation, the BMW X5 receives a new architecture, new engines, and an optional off-road package. Design changes are more subtle, but all together, they contribute to a more refined look compared to its predecessor. The question is: Did BMW go far enough given this is a full redesign and not a midcycle
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The Subaru Outback is an enigma. Essentially a wagon variant of the Legacy sedan with the stance and off-road capability of a crossover, the Outback is a vehicle for people who don’t necessarily like crossovers. Despite its unusual position in the market, it’s Subaru’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S., and for good reason. We continue to praise the current model
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Once the standard bearer in its segment, the BMW 3 Series has lost its way in recent years. Lackluster acceleration, uninspired handling, and a dated interior have relegated the 3 Series to the middle of the pack. Now, the automaker is introducing the seventh generation, and it has the potential to put the popular model
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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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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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The Nissan Altima is a staple of the midsize sedan class, but that hasn’t always been the case. From the model’s humble beginnings as a compact sedan to its rebirth as a midsizer in the early 2000s to the new 2019 iteration that offers cutting-edge engine tech and all-wheel drive, this photo gallery covers all
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We’re in the middle of Rennsport Reunion VI, an over-the-top celebration of everything Porsche that takes place every other year. And while we knew Porsche planned to reveal something new, there was no way we could have predicted it would be a new 935. That’s right. There’s a new 935, and it’s not a concept.
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We reported a year ago that Porsche was thinking about giving diesel the axe, and now it’s finally happening. In a statement, the automaker announced it will no longer offer diesel vehicles, shifting its focus to electrified cars. Porsche cites a change in consumer demand. Diesels accounted for 12 percent of its global sales last
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As you’re probably aware, Cadillac has different tiers for its performance vehicles. V-Sport cars make up the tier underneath full V-Series models that provide the most power. It’s much like how there’s a difference between the BMW M550i and the M5. Perhaps to give its flagship sedan an image boost, Cadillac is renaming the CT6
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The 2019 BMW Z4 was unveiled last month sporting an aggressive look that takes the roadster in a bold new direction. But until now, BMW has been light on details, especially regarding the base engine option. On sale starting March 2019, the 2019 Z4 will initially launch with the sDrive30i variant, which is powered by
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Take a look at BMW’s Z series, which stretches all the way back to 1989 with the Z1, and you’ll see a few common design themes across the entire lineup. But you’ll see a more obvious design lineage when you look at just the Z3 and last two Z4s. The 2019 BMW Z4 diverges slightly
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In celebration of National Dog Day (or International Dog Appreciation Day if you live outside the U.S.) on August 26, Land Rover has announced a line of pet accessories built especially for its vehicles. Land Rover has grouped these accessories into packs, which will be available this winter. The Pet Load Space Protection pack includes a spill-resistant water
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Monterey Car Week is filled with jaw-droppingly gorgeous cars, and we’re not just talking about classics. Culminating with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Monterey Car Week has grown in significance over the years, becoming an increasingly favored location for luxury automakers to grab the attention of the rich and super-rich. That’s why, for every pre-
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When you think of a car cruise, you think of hot rods, muscle cars, and a few vintage oddballs. You don’t think trucks, but then you don’t know the Dream Cruise. We spotted nearly as many trucks rolling down Woodward this year as cars, and we’ve picked out 13 of the most interesting examples. More
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