20 Articles
Official

They want negotiations with states to keep increasing standards

Major automakers are telling the Trump administration they want to reach an agreement with California to avoid a legal battle over fuel efficiency standards, and they support continued increases in mileage standards through 2025.

Spy Shots

Here's the new Hellcat

Dodge recently teased an updated 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat sports coupe complete with an all-new hood with dual scoops. It didn't reveal anything else about the vehicle, saying more details were coming. And now we have more details, but not in the way Dodge probably wanted. We can now see the updated Hellcat with the new hood.

Official

Autonomous cars with safety drivers will give rides in Frisco, Texas

Silicon Valley self-driving startup Drive.ai said on Monday it will launch a pilot program for an autonomous ride-hailing service in July in Frisco, Texas, with safety drivers present.

Report

France family is working with Goldman Sachs on potential deal

The majority owners of NASCAR, the company which operates the namesake U.S. car-racing series and other motorsport events, are exploring options including the sale of their entire stake, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Report

Fatal accident was likely caused by software issue

Uber Technologies Inc said Monday it has hired a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman to advise the company on its safety culture after a fatal self-driving crash in Arizona.

Buying Guide

Learn about fuel economy, safety ratings and features

Learn about fuel economy, safety ratings and features for the popular pickup

Official

Lots of carbon fiber and other parts to boost sportiness and save weight

BMW says it will make a series of weight-saving and sportiness-enhancing M Performance Parts available when it launches the 410-horsepower M2 Competition performance coupe this summer.

Report

'It's cooler than Trump's'

President Vladimir Putin traveled to his inauguration on Monday for a new six-year term in a Russian-made limousine, ditching his old stretch Mercedes to send a patriotic message of self-sufficiency amid increased tensions with the West.

Spy Shots

This previews a likely production version of the rugged overlander

Last year at SEMA, we saw a fairly radical Chevy Colorado ZR2 concept from American Expedition Vehicles (AEV). The already capable pickup had been fitted with a ton of gear for serious off-roading, including an upgraded suspension, 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires, skid plates, a snorkel and a winch. We were in love. Then Chevrolet trademarked the "ZR2 Bison" name (AEV uses a bison in its logo), which had us hoping for a production version of the SEMA concept. Now, our spy shooters have caug

Breaking

Video also shows lava busting through a gate across a road

Emergency authorities battling lava flows and gas erupting from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano warned some residents to "go now" as a new fissure opened and more structures were destroyed.

A bid to lure young talent to work on EVs and self-driving cars

Ford's interest in acquiring a massive abandoned and blighted train station in Detroit for office space is a huge story around town and also one of its worst-kept secrets, with the automaker reportedly lining up dozens of properties in the surrounding Corktown neighborhood and business district as part of plans to build a new urban campus.

Spy Shots

The factors that distinguish it from the SQ8

We're fairly certain that the upcoming Audi Q8 flagship crossover SUV will make its debut soon, reportedly this summer, since we've seen it without any camouflage. It also appears that it will have a full complement of performance models. In addition to an S Q8 spied by some other outlets, there appears to be an RS version on the way, shown in the photos above.

Report

Knocks "quaint, vestigial" investment theory, then can't let it alone

Elon Musk is taking on Warren Buffett over investment strategy. On Twitter, because of course. And it centers on candy and moats.

Rumormill

Former CEO Martin Winterkorn cannot leave Germany

The indictment of former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has resulted in an interesting arrangement regarding the new CEO's freedom to travel. According to Bloomberg, U.S. authorities have granted Herbert Diess a "safe-passage deal," which enables him to travel without having to fear being detained due to the ongoing Volkswagen Dieselgate investigation.

Quick Spin

Pure unadulterated Ram in basic Tradesman form

The 2019 Ram 1500 is the first major redesign for FCA's best-selling model since 2009. The outgoing truck was a favorite among the Autoblog staff, and this new model only looks to be a wholesale improvement. This Ram 1500 Tradesman may be the entry-level model, but it gives us a good baseline for the rest of the range.

Official

When a Volvo switches on hazards, nearby Volvos will know

Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks are separate companies, and have been for almost 20 years. The separation occurred in 1999, when Volvo Group sold its car manufacturing business to Ford, which in turn sold Volvo Cars to Geely in 2010. But despite being separate, the vehicle makers share a name, and now they will also share data between their products to prevent accidents.

Report

Application comes three days after BMW lets the trademark lapse

BMW re-applied to trademark "M7" this month, which might mean something, or might mean nothing. After many years of batting away requests for a BMW M7, the carmaker applied for the trademark in September 2011, getting approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in April 2012. Instead of renewing the trademark before it lapsed this April 28, BMW waited three days and re-filed for the name on May 1. Now the automaker will need to go through the approval process again.

Comparo

The new G 550 and G 63 vs Range Rover, LX 570 and Bentayga

During our first drive of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the all-new SUV's product manager was asked to identify competitors that might have been benchmarked in its development. The look on his face was about the same as if someone had asked him to recite King Lear in Klingon. As far as Andreas Hoeppel was concerned, the G 550 and AMG G 63 doesn't actually have a rival, or at least something the engineers and designers thought to compare it against. The G-Class is a G-Class, who cares what the

Teased

Road-going version of carbon-fiber three-seat race car

Let's recap what's coming from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. The small-batch U.S. manufacturer showed the 004S last November, a carbon-fiber bodied, 2,600-pound, three-seater road car that comes with a gated, six-speed manual but offers a paddle-shifter as a cost option. A track-only version called the 004C will be developed to run in GTE, GTLM, GT3, and GT4 racing, as well as Germany's VLN series that includes Nürburgring races in the SPX class. Then we have the 004CS, which is the road-go