Autos

Watch a Street Racing Infiniti G37 Push a BMW Underneath a Semi-Truck – The Drive

If you had a half-competent drivers’ ed program, decent parents, or even a quality group of enthusiast friends, you know that street racing and aggressive driving is illegal, dangerous, and can turn your own or others’ lives upside down if something goes wrong. Apparently, the driver of this Infiniti G37 in Southern California didn’t get the memo, and decided they were going to go full Brian O’Conner on a highway…

Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Volkswagen’s Road to Recovery – Barron’s

Major global automotive companies carry the lowest price/earnings ratios of any major industry group, and Germany’s Volkswagen is the least expensive of the bunch. Hurt by a potential $25 billion-plus liability for its U.S. diesel emissions scandal, VW’s nonvoting preference shares (VOW3.Germany) trade for 128 euros ($150.66), or…

Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T Automatic: The Base Model No Longer Sucks – Jalopnik

The base-model Chevrolet Camaro was such a dork for so long. It was weak, slow and generally incapable of eliciting enthusiasm. But now it’s one of those dorks who grew up, sold an app and became a millionaire. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T has taken off the taped glasses and become worthy of your attention. The small sub-$30,000 turbocharged Camaro isn’t about to unseat the V8 SS as the big…

Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Global demand for electric cars hits the accelerator – Press Herald

DETROIT — Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution; some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner. Those lofty ambitions face numerous challenges, including one practical consideration for consumers: If they…

Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Momentum is building for electric cars, but where will they recharge? – Christian Science Monitor

August 11, 2017 Detroit—Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution; some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner. Those lofty ambitions face numerous challenges, including one practical consideration for consumers: If…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

China Car Sales Accelerated in July – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

SHANGHAI—Vehicle sales in China revved in July, extending a recent rally and further allaying concerns following a dip this spring in the world’s biggest car market. Passenger-car sales were up 4.3% from a year earlier, accelerating from June’s 2.3% pace, the government-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said on Friday. There were 1.68 million cars sold. Sales for the first seven months of 2017 were up 2% from the…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Woman Survives 7-Story Plunge From Parking Garage In BMW – HuffPost

“I can just imagine what she was thinking when I had said, ‘a car just landed on me, I gotta go,’” he said.

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Chevrolet Camaro may be getting cheaper – CNET

In an attempt to position the Camaro to better battle the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger in showrooms, Chevrolet is considering a number of options, including price adjustments for entry level cars and V8-equipped models. When speaking to Automotive News, General Motors vice president of global product development, Mark Reuss, acknowledged that comparable Mustangs and Challengers generally carry a lower base price than the Chevy, and the Camaro’s large price…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

How the Volkswagen GTI changed sports cars forever – Autoweek

At this point, it’s easy to take the Volkswagen GTI’s existence for granted — with Japanese, domestic and other German hatches with a more sizzling pedigree, the GTI almost gets lost in the mix. Of course, it’s still one of the most competent front-drive sports cars on the market, despite having less power than the Ford Focus ST and the Honda Civic Type R. As Donut Media shows…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Video: BMW plunges 7 floors from Austin parking garage – WAVY-TV

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The gripping surveillance video begins with an SUV making a slow turnaround in a downtown alley, before suddenly braking as the driver hears a noise. That driver, William Burch, had his window down and heard the noise — what he would soon find out was a BMW falling from a parking garage level, seven stories above, as seen in video released by the Austin Police Department on Thursday. The…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

For electric cars to take off, they’ll need place to charge – Lexington Herald Leader

Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution; some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner. Those lofty ambitions face numerous challenges, including one practical consideration for consumers: If they buy electric…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Chinese car sales accelerate again in July – MarketWatch

SHANGHAI–Vehicle sales in China revved in July, extending a recent rally and further allaying concerns following a dip this spring in the world’s biggest car market. Passenger-car sales were up 4.3% from a year earlier, accelerating from June’s 2.3% pace, the government-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said on Friday. There were 1.68 million cars sold. Sales for the first seven months of 2017 were up 2% from the year-earlier…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Trump officials begin review of Obama emissions standards for cars – Washington Post

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on June 2. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) The Trump administration gave notice it intends to relax the rules governing greenhouse gas emissions on new model cars Thursday, in its latest move to undo President Barack Obama’s climate policies. In a notice on the federal register, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

Chevrolet unveils 2018 Camaro ZL1 Monster Energy Series race car – Nascar

RELATED: Drivers react to unveiling | See the new Chevrolet for ’18 DETROIT — Chevrolet dipped into its rich motorsports history in assembling the race car that will tackle the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, announcing Thursday that it will bring the Camaro ZL1 name to the sport’s top division. History, in this case, doesn’t mean a relic, not with seven-time series champ Jimmie Johnson’s grand introduction of the…

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017

As Eclipse Madness Sweeps US, A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares – NPR

Carhenge lies in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse. Christian Heeb/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Christian Heeb/Getty Images Carhenge lies in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse. Christian Heeb/Getty Images Later this month, the moon’s shadow will fall on Carhenge. “Holy cow man, guess what? There’s going to be an eclipse,” says Kevin Howard, the head of the visitor’s bureau for Alliance, Neb.,…

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Massive Fire Destroys At Least 150 Cars at Illinois Classic Car Dealership – The Drive

A massive five-alarm fire tore through a landmark classic car dealership in central Illinois Tuesday night, destroying its main building and at least 150 vintage cars that were being stored inside, according to the Alton Telegraph.​ Firefighters were first called to the scene at Country Classic Cars in Staunton, Illinois just after 8 p.m. and found the 510-foot-long, 50-foot-wide structure already in flames, which quickly spread to the rest of…

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Internal BMW Document Seems to Confirm Automatic-Only Toyota Supra – The Drive

As the 15-year wait for the next Toyota Supra draws to a close, the rumor mill surrounding the BMW-Toyota collaboration continues to churn. Unfortunately, the latest bit of news is sure to disappoint enthusiasts around the world: According to a BMW model code document obtained by the SupraMkV forum, the new Toyota Supra will only be available with an automatic transmission. This lines up with a report we highlighted earlier…

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Intel is building a fleet of 100 self driving cars and it wants to start testing them this year – Business Insider

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Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Driving The Latest Deluxe Wagon, BMW 5 Series Touring – Forbes

Nargess Banks BMW 5 Series Touring is a handsome deluxe wagon – perfect for city commutes and an active weekend Once-upon-a-time station wagons were cool. Then along came the SUV and they lost their luster. Growing up in the seventies, most of our friends drove wagons for they offered a logical layout – sedan seating and driving comfort, twinned with a deep trunk and a long roof to hold a…

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Intel to build a fleet of over 100 self-driving test cars starting later this year – TechCrunch

Intel is moving quickly to ramp its autonomous driving technology efforts now that it has closed its acquisition of Mobileye, the Israeli self-driving sensor and computing company. The plan is to build a fleet of over 100 test vehicles with SAE Level 4 capabilities (fully self-driving) with the first of those hitting roads later this year. The test fleet is designed to show off Intel and Mobileye’s hybrid autonomous driving…

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017