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This 2020 BMW M5 Celebrates 35 Years of Bavarian Goodness

A forthcoming special edition celebrates 35 years of the BMW M5. However, production is limited to 350 units globally with 35 for the U.S. More than a looker, this special 2020 BMW M5 can reach nearly 200 mph.  The BMW M5 is celebrating 35 glorious years of sport-luxury driving. Commemorating this event is the 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years. Yeah, it’s quite a mouthful. However, this special version of the M5 Competition is limited to 350 units globally, and only 35 will make it to the U.S.A. Be...
Tags: BMW, Car News


Scorpion EXO-R710 Review: a True Value Superstar

Quick Specs Under $200 / Intermediate Oval / 3.55lbs / 1,610g A $200 SNELL/DOT-Certified Bargain, & My New Full Face Value Pick The Scorpion website proclaims the EXO-R710 to be the best fiberglass helmet you can buy for its $200 price point, and I have to say that I can get on board with that claim. The fact is that I haven’t worn, tested, or ridden in every $200 fiberglass helmet out there (though I’ve got a couple other affordable ones in my garage), but for one to be better than this one, ...
Tags: Review, Motorcycle Helmet Reviews, Full-Face Helmet Reviews, Scorpion


McLaren GT: A Brief Walk Around This Unique Grand Touring Car

The McLaren GT is an entirely new model and the brand’s first true grand touring car. To increase everyday ease of use, braking and steering were optimized for lower speeds. Although intended for long distance driving, the new McLaren GT is still quick as lightning.  McLaren has been on a roll lately, as far as street cars are concerned. They are looking at expanding in a certain way as a company. No, they are not going to make an SUV or a crossover. Perish the thought. No, for a while now, th...
Tags: Autos, Mclaren, North America, Sirius, Pontiac, Alcantara, Bowers Wilkins, SSG, Car News, Tony Borroz, Speedtail


AutoSens Detroit 2019 Begins This Week With Major Announcement

AutoSens, a leading and influential global summit on autonomous driving, is returning to Detroit. Technical sessions and presentations from from Microsoft, Sony, General Motors, and MIT are planned. AutoSens takes aim at the biggest challenges facing autonomous driving by encouraging collaboration.  As AutoSens Detroit 2019 begins, conference organizers say they are now expanding to a third location. The Michigan Science Center will host AutoSens Detroit 2019 as the global conference on autono...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Microsoft, Events, Mit, Autos, Brussels, North America, Detroit, TomTom, Motor City, Detroit Michigan, Wayne State University, Robert Bosch, Stead


Best Convertibles For 2019? Here Are 10 Fast & Fun Options

Not everyone loves driving with the top down. Yet I can think of no better way to welcome the warm and sunny weather than driving a convertible. No matter what you call them (convertible, ragtop, Targa, soft-top, cabriolet, spider, etc.), convertibles have somehow lost their favor among the sea of new crossovers and modern SUVs. It’s easy to understand why. Setting The Stage Convertibles are not the roomiest or the most practical choice. In some cases, a convertible is usually “choppier” than ...
Tags: Apple, US, Magazine, Porsche, Ford, Autos, Fiat, Jaguar, Epa, Bmw, Mclaren, North America, Audi, Mercedes, Jonathan Ross, Abarth


How to Recruit and Retain Better Mechanics in a Talent Drought

It’s hard enough for small and large automotive service businesses alike to attract, hire, promote, fire and enforce protocol with techs and mechanics in their shops. Whether you’re looking to hire an entry level technician or a Master Certified Automobile Technician, the complications are amplified in our current economy, where qualified candidates are harder and harder to come by and workplace “ghosting” is becoming a trend. Openbay is here to empower auto service providers with all the knowl...
Tags: Recruiting, Autos, Bmw, North America, Industry News, Marc, Richard Rawlings, Management Tips, Automotive Service, Service Provider Resources, Auto Mechanic, Zers, Automotive Technician, Automotive Service Business, Auto Shop Management Tips, Certified Automobile Technician


China’s Zotye Seeks More U.S. Dealers, Parent Company Readies More Brands for North America

Following last week’s announcement that the T600 will serve as the tip of Zotye’s spear, probing into North America, parent company HAAH Automotive Holdings dropped hints that the brand might be one of several Chinese nameplates offered in the United States. Zotye USA emerged in 2018, after HAAH signed a distributorship agreement with Zotye Automobile International Co. […] The post China’s Zotye Seeks More U.S. Dealers, Parent Company Readies More Brands for North America appeared first on The T...
Tags: China, Autos, Automotive Industry, North America, Industry News, Zotye Auto, Market Strategy, News Blog, Zotye, Chinese brands, Duke Hale, HAAH Automotive Holdings, Market Planning, Zotye USA, United States Zotye USA, HAAH


Ducati Signs an Agreement for an Electric Scooter

A Bit Unexpected We’ve reported on the possibility of a Ducati electric motorcycle in the future. Now it seems there will be a Ducati scooter long before there’s a Ducati motorcycle. According to electrek, the company recently signed an agreement with a Chinese scooter company called Vmoto. Vmoto makes electric scooters and the new licensing agreement would open the door for a Ducati scooter.  Vmoto said that it will create a special luxury scooter specifically for the Ducati brand. That scoote...
Tags: Europe, Motorcycles, Ducati, North America, Electric Motorcycles, Bosch, Motorcycle News, Ducati electric scooter, Vmoto Vmoto, Vmoto, SOCO Vmoto, Charles Chen Vmoto


Nissan 370Z Roadster Bound for the Chopping Block

Almost exactly a decade after the 370Z went on sale in North America, Nissan has confirmed that the convertible version of the aging sports coupe will disappear from the company’s lineup after the 2019 model year. News of the discontinuation comes as anticipation builds (it’s had a long time to build) for a next-generation Z […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, North America, Nissan, Convertibles, News Blog, Product Planning, Nissan 370Z, 370Z, Discontinuation


GM’s electric future includes a pickup truck

GM will make a full-size electric pickup truck as part of an “all-electric future” that will include a complete range of EVs, CEO Mary Barra said during the automaker’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday. GM reported Tuesday higher-than-expected profit in the first quarter, a result fueled by cost cutting and sales of its more expensive trucks and SUVs. GM also benefitted from its stake in ride-hailing company Lyft and French automaker PSA Group. GM revenue fell 3.4 percent to $34.88 billion compar...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Europe, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Mary Barra, Gm, North America, Cadillac, Chevy Bolt, Opel, Barra, PSA Group GM


GM Reports Profit Boost As Sales, Market Share Shrinks

General Motors’ first-quarter earnings report revealed turmoil in international markets and a shrinking presence in North America, but net income rose to $2.1 billion, up from $1.1 billion a year ago, and adjusted earnings per share ($1.41) beat out estimates of $1.11. Still, that wasn’t enough to stop its stock from sliding in pre-market trading, […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Earnings, North America, Profits, Trucks, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado, News Blog


QOTD: Smart Idea, or No?

Monday brought news few people feared: the dwindling, one-model Smart brand (we refuse to use a lowercase “S”) is gonzo after 2019, at least in North America. Finally, some of you might be thinking. It’s not likely there’s a large contingent of readers who can claim to be an owner of a Fortwo, or a […] The post QOTD: Smart Idea, or No? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Smart, Autos, North America, Daimler, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


Confirmed: Smart Brand Dead in North America After This Year

The brand discontinuation we’ve all been waiting for has come to pass. One month after the city car-building Smart brand’s salvation at the hands of China’s Geely, parent company Daimler has announced the 2019 model year will be Smart’s last in North America. Say goodbye to a single electric model with a range of 58 […] The post Confirmed: Smart Brand Dead in North America After This Year appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Sales, Brands, Smart, Autos, North America, Daimler, Geely, News Blog, Smart ForTwo, Discontinuation, ForTwo


Daimler pulls the plug on electric smart car sales in US, Canada

Daimler is ending sales of its diminutive all-electric smart fortwo cars in the U.S. and Canada, officially pulling the plug on a vehicle that has struggled to gain ground in North America as the German automaker prepares to bring the brand to China, TechCrunch has learned. won’t be sold in the U.S. and Canada after the 2019 model year, Daimler AG confirmed after two sources familiar with the decision shared the information with TechCrunch. “After much careful consideration, smart will discont...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, China, Cars, Tech, Smart, Canada, Automotive, United States, North America, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, Swatch, Adt, Mercedes Benz CLA, Daimler AG


On ICE: Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Wonder Engine Isn’t in a Hurry to Get Stateside

Much-touted engines seem to take a while to arrive in North America, at least when it comes to Mazda. To the brand’s credit, those engines, at least in the case of the Skyactiv-D diesel, do eventually make it to these shores — though many wonder whether Mazda should have even bothered. The Skyactiv-X is a […] The post On ICE: Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Wonder Engine Isn’t in a Hurry to Get Stateside appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autos, North America, Engines, Mazda, News Blog, Product Planning, Mazda 3, Skyactiv-X


2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary & GT-R NISMO: Godzilla Gets Bigger Teeth & New Clothes

New for 2020 are the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition and GT-R NISMO. The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition harks back to the Nissan GT-R Skyline R34. The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO receives carbon fiber body panels to save weight. Nissan fans rejoice! The Japanese car maker has something good in store for the 2020 Nissan GT-R supercar. Making its debut at the New York International Auto Show is the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition, and alongside it, the new GT-R NISMO. But for the new variant...
Tags: Porsche, Autos, North America, Audi, Nissan, Rays, Paul Walker, Alcantara, Brembo, Hiroshi Tamura, Tamura, New York International Auto Show, Car News, Nissan GT R NISMO, Alvin Reyes, Lancer GSR


QOTD: Hitting the Breaking Point?

A few miles north of the American border lies a humble, affordable town called Vancouver — a town which just set a record. That record? The highest gas prices anywhere in North America, ever. Surely, a feat worth celebrating, especially by Car Twitter personalities who own half a dozen vehicles but believe gasoline should cost […] The post QOTD: Hitting the Breaking Point? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Vancouver, North America, Gas Prices, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


The Mazda CX-5 Diesel’s Economic Case Is Nonexistent

Finally. Mazda’s promised diesel-powered CX-5 is now open for pre-order in the United States, years after we began chronicling the Skyactiv-D’s lethargic march to North America. TTAC’s coverage of Mazda diesel delays goes back nearly six years, when the future of Mazda’s Skyactiv-D was linked to a future Mazda 6. It was a story that […] The post The Mazda CX-5 Diesel’s Economic Case Is Nonexistent appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: United States, Autos, North America, Engines, Diesel, Fuel Economy, Mazda, News Blog, Ownership Costs, CX-5, Mazda CX-5 diesel


The 2019 New York International Auto Show

2019 is a curious year for the New York International Auto Show – at first look, there are some automakers that are notably absent – BMW, MINI, Volvo, and Mitsubishi skipped the show this year. In automotive parlance, the show is leaner, or more “muscular”. However the space on the show floor was taken up by some fresh new faces, most prominently with Rivian, the U.S.-based company producing electric adventure vehicles with a 400-mile range. There were some significant launches; among them, Hyun...
Tags: Vw, Ford, Autos, Chargers, Toyota, Lincoln, Bmw, Corsair, Dodge, North America, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Kia, Volvo, Subaru


A Brief History of The High-Tech Safety Features In Your Car

Advanced driver assistance systems are among the biggest selling points for vehicles today. Some safety features we likely take for granted, like seat belts and anti-lock braking systems.  Here is a look at the most common high-tech safety features on the market and how they work. Over the last few decades, the technology available in our cars has advanced by leaps and bounds. While Bluetooth phone call capabilities; and the seamless integration with mobile devices to allow for music streaming...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Safety, California, Autos, Toyota, Bmw, Honda, North America, Mitsubishi, Richard, Car Tech, Volvo, AAA, Blind, Bosch


Former Top Nissan Exec Arrives at Hyundai, Asked to Look After North America

José Muñoz, who resigned as Nissan’s chief performance officer in January, is now on the Hyundai payroll. Muñoz jumped ship as turmoil roiled Nissan’s upper ranks and investigations began in the wake of former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s arrest. The exec, seen as a close ally to Ghosn, previously served as chairman of the automaker’s North American business […] The post Former Top Nissan Exec Arrives at Hyundai, Asked to Look After North America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, North America, Nissan, Hyundai, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, Munoz, Executives, Jose Munoz, News Blog, Auto Executives, Nissan Exec Arrives


Chevron Announces Techron Protection Plus Powersports & Small Engine Fuel System Treatment

Adding a good fuel additive can help stabilize fuel and keep your motorcycle’s engine performing at its peak. A good fuel additive should be a part of your regular maintenance no matter where you live, how often, or where you ride. It’s a simple thing to do that can go a long way towards helping keep your bike in tip-top condition, and now Chevron has a new product for it called the Techron Protection Plus Powersports & Small Engine Fuel System Treatment that’s good for a wide variety of motorcy...
Tags: Amazon, Walmart, Motorcycles, North America, Chevron, AutoZone, San Ramon Calif, Motorcycle News, Chevron U S A Inc, Chevron Products Company, Techron Powersports Small Engine, E85 Techron Powersports Small Engine, Joe DeFina Chevron, Techron Powersports Small Engine Treatment


VW Tarok Concept Has Potential But Will We Actually See It?

The VW Tarok concept is about balance more so than brute force. VW says they don’t have plans to bring it to the U.S. market. However, it will be on display during the NY Auto Show.  Could the traditional players in the U.S. truck market soon see a new participant in the game? Well, no says Volkswagen but reading between the lines, it does seem like a strong possibility. Meet the VW Tarok concept, a lean, mean hauling machine, set to enter production in South America in the near future. VW wil...
Tags: Vw, Brazil, Autos, Detroit Lions, South America, John, Volkswagen, Concept Cars, North America, Honda Ridgeline, Wayne State University, Volkswagen of America Inc, New York International Auto Show, Car News, Carl Anthony, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit


Chinese Auto Market Continues Its Decline; U.S. Future Also Looking Bleak

China’s auto sales declined for the ninth consecutive month in March, further proving that the market isn’t as infallible as once thought. The assumption was that, as North America surpassed peak growth and flattened out, Chinese auto sales would continue an upward trajectory. But, while China did surpass the U.S. in becoming the world’s largest […] The post Chinese Auto Market Continues Its Decline; U.S. Future Also Looking Bleak appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Autos, Automotive Industry, North America, Financing, Auto Sales, Forecasting, News Blog, U.S. auto sales, Auto Loans, Car Prices, Chinese auto sales


Freshly Forbidden Fruit: 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition

To our collective horror, Ford decided not to sell the new Fiesta ST in North America. Instead, the automaker chose to cull its passenger car lineup during a period of declining demand and profitability in order to focus on higher-margin trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. No one in this office is particularly excited about the idea, but most […] The post Freshly Forbidden Fruit: 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Ford, United Kingdom, Autos, North America, Special Editions, Ford Motor Co, Ford Performance, Fiesta ST, Ford Fiesta, News Blog, Performance Edition, 2019 Ford Fiesta ST, 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition


Six Totally Awesome Concepts at the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari

The Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah is a cultural oasis for the off-road community. Each year, thousands of enthusiasts descend upon Moab to tackle the trails, canvass the outdoors, and soak up the sights. To mark the 53rd anniversary of the event, the Jeep and Mopar brands will showcase six of their most unique concepts. “The Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides the perfect venue to interact with and gather feedback from our most loyal and passionate customers,” explained Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jee...
Tags: Moab, Autos, Detroit Lions, North America, Jeep, Nacho, Don, Rubicon, FCA US LLC, Moab Utah, Wayne State University, Motocross, Car Talk, Carl Anthony, Easter Jeep Safari, Katzkin


Six Totally Awesome Concepts At This Year’s Easter Jeep Safari

The Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah is a cultural oasis for the off-road community. Each year, thousands of enthusiasts descend upon Moab to tackle the trails, canvass the outdoors, and soak up the sights. To mark the 53rd anniversary of the event, the Jeep and Mopar brands will showcase six of their most unique concepts. “The Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides the perfect venue to interact with and gather feedback from our most loyal and passionate customers,” explained Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jee...
Tags: Moab, Autos, Detroit Lions, North America, Jeep, Nacho, Don, Rubicon, FCA US LLC, Moab Utah, Wayne State University, Motocross, Car Talk, Carl Anthony, Jeep Easter Safari, Katzkin


10 tips for renting and driving a car in Spain

For the first few years I lived in Spain, I didn’t have a car. There’s really no need to get behind the wheel if you’re living in a city or visiting another city on vacation. But sometimes you get the urge for a road trip, and the Spanish rail and bus system doesn’t always reach the best off-the-beaten-path destinations. That’s when it’s time to hop in a car and see Spain from behind the windshield. Renting a car will get you to little villages, mountains, secluded beaches, and vineyards you’d n...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Cars, US, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Tenerife, Driving, North America, Madrid, Car Rental, Barry, Seville, Dailycheapo, Sergio


Tesla first-quarter deliveries drop on challenges shipping Model 3 overseas

Tesla delivered 63,000 of its electric vehicles in the first quarter of the year, nearly a one-third drop from the previous quarter, the company reported late Wednesday. Tesla cautioned that it expects first-quarter profits to be negatively impacted by lower than expected delivery volumes and several pricing adjustments. Deliveries included about 50,900 Model 3 vehicles and 12,100 Model S and X SUVs. Tesla said despite the challenges that it “ended the quarter with sufficient cash on hand.” Tesl...
Tags: Europe, China, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, North America, Electric Car, Model X, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, Wednesday Tesla


A Look at Six Car Design Specialties, Part 6: CMF (Color, Material, Finish)

We've all had the experience of submitting something to our boss and finding s/he doesn't like it. In a conventional job they send you back to your desk to get it right. But in the case of these designers we're chatting with here, you might be sent to go wandering through a jungle on a different continent for two weeks, in search of a color no one's ever seen before. Welcome to the CMF (Color Material Finish) group at the Acura Design Studio, where designers Gypsy Modina and Violet Park are task...
Tags: South Korea, Design, California, China, Africa, Cars, Dave, Italy, Michigan, Volkswagen, North America, Detroit, James, Cape, Acura, CCS



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