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Returning to the roadster roots of the formerly British brand

Returning to the roadster roots of the formerly British brand.

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It's not complete, but it's interesting

It's not complete, but it's interesting.

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The story of the GT40 triumph will also be turned into a TV series

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Though Ford reportedly tells dealers it reserves the right to change its mind

The Lincoln MKC will retain its name with the 2019 refresh, but will become the Corsair by 2021 — if Ford decides to go ahead with the name it has chosen.

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A Japanese car magazine has all the details

A Japanese car magazine has all the details

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First came the mourning for the Dodge Viper, which ended production last year. Then came the Viper's continued sales run as a "Zombie Car;" we just wrote about how the Viper has racked up 11 sales so far this year, two of them in April. Now Car and Driver reports that the two-seater snake will return shorty for its second encore after being discontinued in 2009. The mag isn't equivocal about it, either, writing, "trust us: A new Viper is happening." It won't, however, be the same Viper that brou

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Is this when we start hearing about fun Fords for everyone but us?

Now that Ford's hacking its U.S. car lineup down to the Mustang and the not-exactly-a-car Focus Active, we'll spend awhile getting to read about hot cars for other markets. First up: Motoring predicts that Ford is finally preparing a Fiesta RS. We've had four years of rumors about the super-hot hatch with nothing to show — or we could cite 14 years of hankering if we go back to the 2004 Fiesta RS concept. Motoring believes this time's for real because when it asked Ford Performance Europe

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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.

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Plus a really interesting 'Spend My Money' segment

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale. We talk about driving the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV we had at our office. We speculate about the Ford Maverick and Michigan Central Station, talk Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid news, and help spend a listener's money on a pair of vehicles.

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It would be a way for VW to get sales without a totally new vehicle

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There will be Ferrari hybrids, but no full-electric ones just yet

Ferrari is readjusting its electric car timeline. Earlier, the company's chairman Sergio Marchionne had said that an electric Ferrari would be part of its 2018-2022 strategy, but now it seems that the advent of the full-electric era is being pushed into the future.

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It looks like all future Mitsubishis will be crossovers or SUVs

It looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer is about to undertake a daring transformation from a ten-year-old saloon to a crossover. The Eclipse has already shed its coupe roots and become the Eclipse Cross, and now it's the Lancer's turn to become a high-rider.

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And the M3, not to be outdone, may get an upgrade too

The BMW X3 M remains an open secret — open because we know many of its details and we've seen it testing on the Nürburgring already, secret because BMW still hasn't confirmed it. What will follow, according to Spanish outlet Motor.es, is a slightly less-open secret: a Competition Package for the X3 M. Whereas the standard X3 M is expected to produce around 450 horsepower, the Competition Package would up that to 475 hp.

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Yeah, but who exactly are its competitors and buyers?

The new Land Rover Defender should take a bow in concept form later this year, celebrating the company's 70th anniversary. The production version is expected to debut and go into production next year. Among the short- and long-wheelbase versions predicted from spy shots, and the several body styles expected to sit atop them, Autocar reports that a single-cab pickup will join the Defender lineup about a year after launch. The point to stress is that Autocar believes there will "most likely" only

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Why that might be plausible — and why it might not

AutoGuide reports that the coming Ford Focus ST will run with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 275 horsepower. This is a novel assertion for several reasons, the first being that it mimics a similarly unsourced rumor from one year ago in Autocar, down to the cylinder count and horsepower. Auto Guide leaves out the particulars about how Ford would coax more than 180 hp-per-liter from the L Dragon engine; Autocar's 2017 article said the Blue Oval would rely on twin-scroll t

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Is it too well-established to mess with?

The round Volkswagen logo is one of the most easily recognizable carmaker emblems, together with the Mercedes-Benz star and the Chevrolet bowtie. Messing with it would be akin to Coca-Cola introducing the ill-fated New Coke, but VW still wants to hone the logo to be ready for the electrified future.

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Should we expect that name for EV or hybrid Subarus?

Subaru's advancing to the electrified frontier, and it's reportedly picking a name for its plug-in hybrid. That name is said to be "Evoltis."

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Lexus' European boss says segment's too important to ignore

Despite sales of the Lexus CT hybrid hatchback ending last year in the U.S., Lexus isn't planning to abandon its segment in favor of the new compact crossover, the UX. The CT remains on sale in some countries, and Lexus's European boss is adamant the brand has to keep offering cars in that segment.

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Smaller electric hatchback would replace i3 in 2023

With just two BMW i cars currently available — and aging — we've been hankering to know what new EVs are coming down the pipeline for the Bavarian automaker. We've had news of the iNext and i4, caught wind of an iX3, and as BMW is in the early stages of a large electrification push, there has been a multitude of "i"-prefaced trademarks registered. The next we can expect, if the rumors from Spanish outlet Motor.es are to be believed, will be a diminutive i1 EV, based on the same platf

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This is what you get with an M4 engine in an M2

Today's big BMW news is that photos of the upcoming BMW M2 Competition have leaked on the internet. The M2 Competition will replace the 365-horsepower single-turbo M2, and it gets the twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight six from the M3 and M4, albeit detuned slightly to 410 horsepower on this occasion.

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