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Bolder, more emotive 2020 Skoda Octavia rendered

The sun is setting on the Mk3 Skoda Octavia, which debuted six years ago in...
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Tesla’s interchangeable travel-pod system shows modularity in transportation

If any company had to build something as outlandish as a pod system with a fixed electric powertrain platform and an interchangeable upper pod based on use, it would probably be Tesla (or maybe we could count this Mercedes Benz concept too). Designed as a part of his thesis project, Fábio Martins’ conceptual Tesla Pod system is pretty intriguing, and especially makes sense, given that Musk is launching the Boring Tunnel project that will only work with a handful of cars that are compatible with ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Design, Tesla, Platform, Automotive, Public, Pod, Commercial, Private, Popular, Musk, Random, Mercedes Benz, Fábio Martins


2019 Ram 1500 Review

The Ram isn’t the most powerful, spacious, or affordable of the light-duty, full-size pickup herd, but a modestly equipped version walks all over rivals in terms of ride quality, technology, and cabin comfort. The post 2019 Ram 1500 Review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Ram, Truck, Pickup, Ram 1500


Elon Musk says Tesla vehicles will soon get a ‘Sentry Mode’

Tesla owners may soon have a way to see (and record) damage that happens to their vehicles when they’re unattended. Tesla will roll out “Tesla Sentry Mode” for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet Tuesday. Musk didn’t provide anymore information about when this feature might be available and how it might work. TechCrunch has reached out to Tesla for more details. The name suggests that this feature would stand guard, so to speak by either keeping the dash cam on ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Transport, Tesla Model S, Tesla Autopilot


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 58: Scarlett having clutch issues....time to head home

Tuesday, Jan 22.Ah, the vicissitudes of a Ural owner's life.As I riding during lunch, seeking a better cell signal (and failing to do so), I started hearing this metallic rubbing noise coming from the clutch area on Scarlett.Dammit.It only happened when in gear and shifting gears, not in neutral.Rode back to the campsite (no noise once the clutch lever is released) and drove Scarlett onto the trailer.I checked the clutch release rod against the new spare I'd recently received from Randy of Uniqu...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sun City, Martha, Ural, Randy, Scarlett


In review: 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

Some automakers are moving away from diesel but others are sticking with it, and that includes Chevrolet, which offers an oil-burning version of its Equinox. It's a practical little machine, but don't expect earth-shakin' power: this diesel's all about efficiency, not muscle. Find out more in my review over at AutoTrader. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Chevrolet, Diesel, Jil McIntosh, Chevrolet Equinox Diesel


Triumph Teased the Concept Rocket TFC

That’s Triumph Factory Custom Folks seem pretty pumped about the upcoming Triumph Rocket III, and now they have something else to get all fired up about. The Triumph Concept Rocket TFC (Triumph Factory Custom). According to Motorcycle.com, Triumph sent out the image above and a short message. The message said the following about the Concept Rocket TFC: The concept for the next TFC model is an all-new Rocket TFC, the ultimate motorcycleThe world’s largest production motorcycle engine t...
Tags: Motorcycles, Triumph, TFC, Motorcycle News, Triumph motorcycles, Triumph Factory Custom, TFC Triumph Factory Custom, Concept Rocket TFC, Triumph Factory Custom Folks


And Then There Were Two: Toyota Builds Second Century GRMN

Built for current Toyota patriarch Akio Toyoda, the Century GRMN celebrates both the man and his desire to create a more emotive and performance-driven automaker. With the V12 gone, the standard Toyota Century is powered by a direct-injected, 5.0-liter V8 with a two-stage electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery. The powertrain is good for a […] The post And Then There Were Two: Toyota Builds Second Century GRMN appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Luxury cars, Autos, Toyota, New Cars, Tokyo Auto Salon, Akio Toyoda, Toyota Century, News Blog, GRMN, Gazoo Racing, Gr, Toyota Century GMNR, Century GRMN


MISTYCUFFS. 2topia’s Wild Laverda Ghost Strike 668 Restomod

Written by Andrew Jones I won’t lie. The first thing I did for this story was hit up the Google oracle and ask the god of the internet, “What the hell is a Laverda Ghost Strike 668?” An esoteric model, even amongst its quaint Italian brethren, the bike was seemingly named after a Steven Seagal movie. And just like the movie itself, its yellow and black plastic looks have probably not aged as well as they could have. But what if a customiser embraced all that plastic and 90’s posturing and add...
Tags: Google, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, North Carolina, Steven Seagal, Charlotte North Carolina, Nate, Piaggio, Zane, Andrew Jones, Racer, Restomod, Paul Skinner, Laverda, 2topia


BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The Next Automakers to Buddy Up?

Cooperation is commonplace among automakers. Chrysler has worked with, or been purchased by, just about everyone at this point, but it’s far from the only manufacturer to get chummy with a rival company. Ford and Volkswagen are busy discussing their future together and Toyota tapped other brands to help it co-develop performance models like the 86 […] The post BMW and Mercedes-Benz: The Next Automakers to Buddy Up? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Chrysler, Toyota, Bmw, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz


Porsche’s Iconic Whale Has Been Tailored For Speed At Le Mans

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Tags: Racing, Porsche, Autos, Goodwood, Moby Dick, Vintage Racing


The Feuxzy drone fights forest fires with sonic waves

Feuxzy makes a case for the use of drones in swift-action danger-scenarios where human life is much too precious. Designed to monitor park, woods, and forests, the Feuxzy is shaped like a saucer and comes built with chemical sensors, thermal sensors, thermal cameras and AI that help it detect forest fires. Also built into the Feuxzy is a sonic fire extinguisher that shoot beams of low-frequency bass sounds between 30 and 60 Hz to disrupt the air around the fire, sending pressure through the air ...
Tags: Design, Drone, Automotive, Product Design, Charles Bombardier, Fire Extinguisher, Robots/Drones, Martin Rico, Adolfo Esquivel, Feuxzy


Beyond Snow Tires: Nissan's AWD Altima-te Features Tank Treads

With a snowstorm walloping a large swath of the U.S., more than a few drivers are undoubtedly wishing they'd invested in winter tires. Many have probably resolved to buy more snow-capable vehicles. In that latter category, Nissan has created something that will be tough to beat: The Altima-te AWD, which has been tricked out with continuous-track propulsion, i.e. tank/caterpillar treads. Unsurprisingly, it looks pretty darned fun to drive: Sadly it's not a production model, but a ...
Tags: Design, Cars, Canada, Montreal, Nissan


Elon Musk offers to help dig CERN’s new particle collider tunnel

CERN plans to put the Large Hadron Collider to shame with its proposed much larger Future Circular Collider -- and Elon Musk wants to help. Because, you know, he's not busy enough. The post Elon Musk offers to help dig CERN’s new particle collider tunnel appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Elon Musk, News, Cars, Trends, Cern, Emerging Tech, Future Circular Collider


Compact Ford Pickup Is a Go, Farley Says

Following rumors, spy photos, and vague language on the part of Ford brass, the Blue Oval automaker has admitted a new, smaller model is set to join its truck lineup. The vehicle in question will give consumers something else to think about than just Ranger, F-150, and Super Duty. As reported by Automotive News, Ford’s […] The post Compact Ford Pickup Is a Go, Farley Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Blue Oval, Automotive News Ford, News Blog, Product Planning, Compact Pickups


Rare Rides: A Custom Aston Martin V8 Shooting Brake From 1998

Ever wondered what a bespoke shooting brake might look like if its donor vehicle were a long-wheelbase convertible? Wonder no more, for today’s Rare Ride is just such a vehicle, and is also an Aston Martin. The car which would become Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage model began with the (relatively) lower performance Virage, which debuted […] The post Rare Rides: A Custom Aston Martin V8 Shooting Brake From 1998 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs in Michigan

Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo, announced plans for a Michigan expansion on Tuesday. The company is currently seeking a location in the southeast section of the state and intends to hire up to 400 employees over the next five years. According to a corporate blog post, the new new hires will be tasked with installing autonomous […] The post Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs in Michigan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Get Your Batteries From Us: Toyota, Panasonic Announce Joint Venture

Already a pioneer in hybrid drive technology, Toyota’s recent push towards fully electric cars has birthed a joint venture with one of the world’s premier battery makers, potentially opening up a massive revenue stream for the automaker. On Tuesday, the company announced the creation of a joint venture with Panasonic to supply other automakers with […] The post Get Your Batteries From Us: Toyota, Panasonic Announce Joint Venture appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Autos, Toyota, Panasonic, EVs, Suppliers, Joint Ventures, News Blog, Toyota Panasonic Announce Joint Venture


Review: The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin

Most manufacturers have at least a couple of retro-styled motorcycles on sale. But Triumph has more skin in that game than anyone else: Hinckley’s modern classics outnumber their other models by a significant margin. The new Speed Twin adds yet another name to the roster. So is the range too crowded now, or is the Speed Twin different enough to be significant? I headed to the usually sunny Mediterranean island of Mallorca to find out. The Speed Twin gets its name from the groundbreaking pa...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Mallorca, Mediterranean, Triumph, Kawasaki, Brembo, Hinckley, Motorcycle Reviews, Shoei, Triumph Bonneville, Nissin, Thruxton, Vance Hines, Pirelli Diablo Rosso


2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S AWD Review – Sultry Styling, British Quirks

Automotive journalists are often accused of falling in love with wagons just because of their bodystyle. Sometimes, however, a wagon is likable for reasons that have nothing to do with shape. Take the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Sure, it’s a sexy looking wagon, but Jaguar hasn’t forgotten that there’s more to life that just being […] The post 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S AWD Review – Sultry Styling, British Quirks appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Reviews, Autos, Jaguar, Car Reviews, New Cars, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Jaguar XF Sportbrake Sure


Porsche Cartoon

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Tags: Autos, Porsche Cartoon, Flatsixes, Jerry King, Porsche Comic Strip


Waymo plans to open a self-driving car factory in Michigan

Waymo and Magna plan to build thousands of self-driving cars at a factory in southeast Michigan, including autonomous versions of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, announced Tuesday that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation voted to approve the company’s plan to set up a manufacturing facility in the state to build its self-driving vehicles. The MEDC ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Companies, X, Austria, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Transport, Chrysler, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Michigan, Self-driving Cars, Emerging-technologies, John Krafcik


Flirting With the Guardrails in a 991 GT3 Cup Hillclimber

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Tags: Autos, Porsche Motorsports, 991, GT3 Cup, Hillclimbing, Humberto Janssens


If Batman became a race car driver, he’d hit the track in the Vuhl 05RR

Mexican sports car Vuhl revealed the hardcore 05RR, a roadster that blurs the line between a track car and a street-legal car. The 05RR stands out with a design that looks right out of a video game and a 385-horsepower engine. The post appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Supercars, Batman, VUHL


GM’s 2.7-liter Pickup Engine Comes Up Short in Real-world MPG Test

You’ve read no shortage of commentary about General Motors’ new truck engine on these digital pages — from the 2.7-liter four-cylinder‘s impressive on-paper power figures (310 hp, 348 lb-ft), to the continuing rivalry between GM and Ford, to the rather slim fuel economy gap separating it from its eight-cylinder stablemates. You’ve also read about GM’s […] The post GM’s 2.7-liter Pickup Engine Comes Up Short in Real-world MPG Test appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Engines, Fuel Economy, Chevrolet Silverado, News Blog, MPG, 2.7-liter GM


Tuner Novitec Has Unleashed The Ferrari 812 Superfast's 'Angry Face'

Ferrari aftermarket tuning specialist Novitec has sprinkled some preliminary magic dust onto the 812 Superfast, with striking results
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Ghosn’s Bail Petition Rejected, Wife Slams Treatment

For detained industry titan Carlos Ghosn, getting out of the slammer has thus far proven an insurmountable challenge. Interned in a Tokyo jail since his Nov. 19 arrest, the Renault CEO and former Nissan chairman has repeatedly seen his bail appeals fall on deaf ears, with past indictments squashing previous hopes for release. On Tuesday, […] The post Ghosn’s Bail Petition Rejected, Wife Slams Treatment appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Tokyo, Law And Order, Nissan, Renault, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, News Blog, Renault-Nissan Alliance


Zero Motorcycles Teases New Image of SR/F

We reported not long ago that Zero has a new motorcycle in the works. It’s called the SR/F and the company just teased a new image of the bike (shown above). While you can’t tell a ton from the image, you can see that it looks remarkably similar to the Zero SR. With that said, it should still be an all-new bike built on an all-new platform. Zero will unveil more details on February 25th. It likely wants to get people talking about its bike again. While it stirred up some commotion with th...
Tags: Motorcycles, Electric Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Motorcycle News, Lightning Motorcycles, Zero Motorcycles, Zero SR/F, Lightning Motorcycle


QOTD: What’s Your Lower Limit?

No, this isn’t a question about resurgent — and somewhat ironic — demand for the Geo Metro and its tepid ilk, but Timothy Cain probably has something to say about the chances of success of a latter-day model. Rather, this is a question about the way you drive, and the decisions of those who govern […] The post QOTD: What’s Your Lower Limit? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, Geo Metro, News Blog, Speed Limits, Timothy Cain, Question of the Day


Old Enemies BMW And Mercedes Could Build Cars Together

Two of Germany’s biggest car makers are exploring options for shared platforms to cut costs and free up cash for autonomous car tech
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