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A little more of everything | 2017 Porsche 911 GTS First Drive

The man in charge of Porsche's rear-engine sports car says the 911 S may not be long for this world, and we have this car to thank. The GTS model, which is a collection of popular equipment on top of a 911 S, has proven, well, popular. If the GTS does even better this time around, the S may be deemed unnecessary. Maybe. We'll see. The third rung up the growing 991.2 911 ladder, the GTS is again available as a Carrera coupe or convertible with rear- or all-wheel drive, as well as in the…
The car that could soon wipe the 911 Carrera S out of existence.

An oil slick at this MotoGP race sends the field flying

Grand Prix motorcycle racing is one of the most entertaining forms of motorsport. While races may be shorter than what four-wheeled fans are used to, they're almost always packed to the brim with excitement. At this weekend's MotoGP race at France's Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix Race Circuit, an oil slick on the track caused a sizable portion of the Moto3 field to careen off the track in a frankly comical fashion. The race was halted while the mess was cleaned up. Unbelievable scenes in…
Luckily, no one was seriously injured.

Takeaways from the executive shakeup at Ford

Ford's new CEO Jim Hackett was a college football player at the University of Michigan, and he evoked his coach, the late Bo Schembechler, during his introductory remarks on Monday. "My old football coach used to say you either get better or you get worse. You don't stay the same." That's the perceived problem with Ford right now. It's staying the same as a range of competitors from General Motors to Tesla take risks to try to get better. Couple that with a spongy stock price that never seems…
Making sense of the news out of Dearborn.

MotoGP champ Nicky Hayden dies after cycling accident, Italian media report

ROME - American former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has died of severe brain damage five days after he was hit by a car while cycling in eastern Italy, Italian media reported on Monday. There was no immediate confirmation from his Red Bull Honda team or the hospital treating him. A spokeswoman for Cesena's Maurizio Bufalini hospital said a statement was expected later. Hayden, 35, was struck by a car while training on his bicycle along Italy's Adriatic Coast, the force of the impact…
The force of the impact shattered the car windshield.

Subaru PHEV possible next year, pure EV in 2021

Despite what its larger competitors are doing, Subaru has avoided the draw to create its own electric vehicle. Tighter emissions regulations around the globe, though, have the company reconsidering its options. The company is pouring a record amount of money into research and development, according to a report from Bloomberg, and that includes EV technology. Also, Subaru could introduce a plug-in hybrid as early as next year, and an all-electric vehicle by 2021. Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga…
Subaru increases R&D spending for EV, driver assist, autonomous, and connected vehicle technology.

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New-car buying 101: Avoid the hassle

More than a century since cars became accessible to the working class, car buyers often remain wary of buying a new or pre-owned vehicle. With today's available resources (including this site) there are fewer reasons for it to be difficult, even for…
A significant percentage of car buyers remain put off by the buying process.

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