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Restoration Update: The Humbler Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV // On The Move // Episode 11

The MOKAN-demic Pre-Order!

Ok fellas So the H.A.M.B. Drags are canceled and a couple of fellas started getting ideas. First, Deuced up! came up with some art and then, theHIGHLANDER came... continue reading

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Mil-Spec Creates a Hummer H1 Alpha in a Tuxedo

Mil-Spec Automotive, a company specializing in high-end bespoke custom builds located in Birmingham, Michigan, is at it again with another luxuriously menacing AM General Hummer H1. Consistent with all of the companys builds , the finished productit has a customeris packed with finely crafted details that slightly bewilder by their appearance in an H1: plush leather, machined accessories, high-end finishes, above-and-beyond build quality, redesigned parts, engineered upgrades, and functional bling. Simply put, it excels at everything youd never imagine doing... [read more]

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Audi Q4 E-Tron Sportback Shows the Sleeker Side of the Concept SUV

At the 2019 Geneva Auto Show a little over a year ago, Audi showed us the Q4 E-Tron concept , a preview of its upcoming compact electric SUV. Weve still got a while to wait for the production Q4 to hit showroomsits not due until 2021but Audi has just introduced a little something more to whet our appetites: A new concept called the Q4 E-Tron Sportback. The pictures tell the story: This is a coupe version of the Q4 E-Tron... [read more]

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This Mercedes SLR-AMG Concept Rendering Is What the Next-Gen AMG GT Should Be

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was, if you wish, an example of fusion (car) food done right. A stint between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, the SLR had one paramount task - two, in fact. On one hand, it had to pay proper respect to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, while on the other, it had to generate F1 race car-level thrills on public road even for the noob driver. For that, it packed a 617-horsepower supercharged V-8 and an all-carbon fiber chassis, among... [read more]

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Key Fobgoblin's Grand-Theft Fobbery of 2,000 New-Car Key Fobs Solved Via eBay

In February 2018, Detroit's Big Three automakers began noticing something strange with many of the new vehicles shipped out of Southeast Michigan to dealerships: They were missing one of the two key fobs they're delivered with. The Great Key Fob Caper of 2018, as we're calling it, was onand it would last a full six months and spawn numerous complaints and investigations by Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler before the key-fob disappearances suddenly came grinding to a panic-button stop... [read more]

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Bringing the Historic Bullitt Mustang To Light w/ Kevin Marti // On The Move // Episode 13

Building Engines at Home With Roadkills Freiburger and Finnegan

Racers, start your engines! One thing first, thoughbuild them! If youve been following David Freiburgers Instagram and watching MotorTrend Working from Home , you know hes been cleaning out his garage packed full of engine parts and memorabilia while weve all been in quarantine. Along the way, he decided to assemble a 350 small-block Chevy, dubbed COVID 350, out of the treasure trove of parts he has stashed away. Well, now Mike Finnegan is challenging him to a build-off! Finnegan... [read more]

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2021 Lexus LS Lands in Japan, Portends U.S.-Market Changes

Lexus has updated its flagship LS sedan for the Japanese home marketso while its not exactly the model were sure to be sent soon, it offers a good preview of the forthcoming refreshed U.S.-market LS luxury four-door. Of note, the LS is not an all-new model, but rather the sort of honing of an existing product typical of a mid-cycle update. The LSs changes may be minor, but Lexuss focus on details, particularly the interior materials (and the techniques used... [read more]

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Dumbest Move of the Week: The Bronco Name Will Be a Sub-Brand

The highly anticipated arrival of the Ford Bronco is officially scheduled for July 13, and while we already know that Ford is revealing three models of the Bronco the two-door, four-door, and the Bronco Sport compact crossover - we didnt expect the Bronco to be more than just a model within Fords SUV lineup. Thats not the case because Bronco will be more than that; it will be its own comprehensive sub-brand under the Ford umbrella, complete with its own... [read more]

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The 2021 Kia K5 Is Priced to Compete

The 2021 Kia K5 is here to fill the shoes of the Kia Optima , the car that is largely responsible for the brands rebirth in the U.S. market. It has plenty of work to do in the mid-size sedan space, competing with cars like the Toyota Camry and its Korean compatriot, the Hyundai Sonata . Now Kia has just announced the pricing for all of the K5s trims. The K5 LX will start at $24,455, more than $1,000 less... [read more]

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Take a Look Back at Per Eklunds 850-Horsepower Saab 9-3 As it Makes Its Record-Setting Pikes Peak Run

Per Eklund is a Swedish rally driver that built an impressive and highly successful career from 1973 to 1997. He never made it to the top of his sport, but Eklund is still regarded as one of the finest rally racers of his era. One of his most impressive feats, however, took place after his active years in rally racing. It was in 2000 when Eklund drove his Saab 9-3 Viggen 4x4 at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Competing... [read more]

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Jeep Hopes to Fend Off the Ford Bronco by Giving the Wrangler More Standard Equipment

Ford has decided to go all guns blazing on Jeep with the Bronco. The Blue Oval seems to have gotten everything covered; from stuff like removable doors and roof to tire packages that match the Wranglers profile. It started looking like Jeep was losing out on all its unique selling points, but it has decided to do something that the Bronco probably cant in its infancy stage offer more bang for the buck. According to MoparInsiders.com, Jeep could start offering... [read more]

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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the range-topping version of Charger four-door sedan lineup. An upgrade to the more familiar Charger SRT Hellcat, the Redeye borrows its looks, drivetrain, and technology from the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. And just like the coupe, the sedan includes drivetrain components from the Challenger SRT Demon. Since there won't be a Demon version of the Charger, the 2021 SRT Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful version of the American sedan. What's more... [read more]

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Ferraris Likely Working on a More Powerful Portofino for 2021

Ferrari may add a more powerful trim to its Portofino model line in the coming months, according to a recent filing by the Italian automaker with the Environmental Protection Agency for a vehicle simply called the 2021 Ferrari F164 BCB . While the array of numbers and letters may mean little to the layperson, Ferrari fans will note F164 is the internal model code for the Portofino. Its possible this EPA filing signals Ferraris intent to introduce an updated Portofino... [read more]

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Jaguar Trademarks "EV-Type" - Is This a Hint at an Electric F-Type Successor or an Electric E-Type Revival?

Trademarks are funny business sometimes automakers file them just to hang onto a certain name, and other times they manifest into official product names. And now, Jaguar has trademarked the name EV-Type, leading us to believe that the company is planning a second EV after the all-electric Jaguar XJ arrives next year. What that second electric model will be, however, is a complete mystery, but the name EV-Type name does give us some clues.

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This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Review Will Have You Willing to Pay $60,000 for One

If you could get into the possession of a 90s Japanese sports car without paying a dime, what would it be? For some, the poison would be the Acura Integra Type R because 1) the cars an icon and a blast to drive and 2) used Integra Type Rs cost an arm and a leg these days.

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Bid on Dale Jr.'s Old NASCAR Chevy SS Race Car!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. may no longer spend his weekends competing in NASCAR , but the North Carolina natives mark on the sport remains as deep as ever. So why not let the world know youre a Dale Jr. fan by bidding on one of his old racing machines? Related: How to Buy Used NASCAR PartsCheap! This NASCAR Chevy was driven by the son of the Intimidator himself on five occasions between 2012 and 2014, according to documents provided to RM... [read more]

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The $400K-Plus 2021 Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Can Keep a Secret

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarity set aside their differences to create a car? The two famous characters from Arthur Conan Doyles crime novels operate on opposite sides of the law but share a passion for puzzles, so would make sense if they designed something like the 2021 Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos. Make no mistake, the Kryptos (thanks to its secret messaging) is as much an enigma as it is a means of transportation. Passion... [read more]

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Artemis The Secretive Audi Special Operations Division Thats Working on the A9 E-Tron

New word has risen from within the bowels of Audi and, as it turns out, the company has a special operations group, known only as Artemis, thats dedicated to developing new business models for rapid prototypeing methods to speed development of existing models as well as data collection. So, what in the world does that mean? Good question. Word has it that Artemis is busy developing the A9 E-Tron to take on the Mercedes EQS, but thats only the tip... [read more]

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The Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Somehow Quicker Than the 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0

In the 20-plus years that its been around, the Toyota RAV4 has evolved from a humble crossover that was looking to break into a small but fledgling segment to one of the most popular models in what is the most popular segment in the industry today. When was the last time you heard a RAV4 beat a full-blown sports car like the Supra in a sprint-to-60-mph time? Whats that? Never? Well, consider this the first of what looks to be... [read more]

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Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock

The 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is the special-edition, SRT-tuned version of the Dodge Challenger. Developed for racing at the drag strip, but still road-legal, the 2021 Challenger SRT Super Stock bridges the gap between the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the Challenger SRT Demon. In short, the Super Stock is pretty much an upgrade package for the Redeye model. Fitted with a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 807 horsepower and capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.25... [read more]

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Music Video of the Day= Hot Rod Lincoln

It's probably one of the most iconic hot rod songs of all time. Hot Rod Lincoln by Charlie Ryan, or Johnny Bond, in this case. Someone put together... continue reading

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Driving on a Cloud: How Do Air Suspensions Work?

Your car would be unbearable to drive without its suspension. Youd likely need a chiropractic appointment by the time you made it out of your neighborhood. Not only does a suspension support (or suspend) the weight of a vehicle, it keeps body movements under control when you hit a bump and improves ride quality by isolating the vehicle from road imperfections. Load-bearing duty typically falls on steel or composite coil or leaf springs, but there are better solutions. What if... [read more]

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Will There Be a 7th Gen Chevy Camaro? It Doesn't Look Good

First off, in the interest of full disclosure, we dont know any more about the fate of the 7th generation Chevy Camaro than most online psychics. The only people that do know, at GM, have a habit of saying almost nothing about anything future product related. But speculation is fun. It was a great chance to have our friend, vehicle designer Micheal Castiglione, sketch up what he thought a 7th gen Camaro could look like in this age of MPG-driven... [read more]

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2021 Jeep Wrangler Gets More Features as New Ford Bronco Looms

The Jeep Wrangler is the ultimate go-anywhere SUV for many off-road adventurers, but soon, it will face stiff new competition from the Ford Bronco. To keep things fresh, the Jeepour 2019 SUV of the Year will reportedly receive a host of new features on various trim levels for 2021, according to Mopar Insiders , including more infotainment, safety, and off-road equipment. More Full-Time 4WD Availability, Some Mojave Love Previously, the Sport model (like most of the Wrangler lineup) could only... [read more]

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The Willys M274 Mechanical Mule Looks Goofy but Seriously Hauls

The Willys MB Jeep (and its direct civilian descendants ) gets all the glory, but there are plenty of military vehicles that play important roles well away from the front line. Think about the trucks that deliver fuel to frontline tactical vehicles , fight fires, or transport tanks and APCsthey get less of the glory but are a critical part of any battlefield success. The M274 Mule looks ridiculous, frankly, but with more cargo capacity than a contemporary Jeep and... [read more]

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This Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Pickup Is Begging to Fight the Ford Ranger Raptor

The 2021 Dodge Durango was launched a few days back and has been welcomed warmly by enthusiasts all around the globe. Dodge has set a cat among the pigeons in form of the 710-horsepower Hellcat engine under the hood of the 2021 Durango. This is certainly bound to reinvigorate the powerful SUV segment. However, it looks like the SUV could do well in another segmentl, thanks to a rendering by X-Tomi Design. X-Tomi has rendered the 2021 Dodge Durango as... [read more]

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Suzuki Across

The first fruit to stem from the Toyota-Suzuki partnership struck a while back is called the Across and wears the Suzuki badge, although its pretty clear that the outer shell is nothing else but a slightly tweaked Toyota RAV4 body. That aside, the Across features an interesting plug-in hybrid powertrain that mixes a 2.5-liter internal combustion engine with two electric motors, one for each axle. Heres all you need to know about the new Suzuki Across.

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2021 Mazda 3 Turbo Packs 227 HP and All-Wheel Drive

It looks like Mazda Mexico let the brands upcoming turbocharged 3out of the bag a wee bit early. Originally slated for a July 8 reveal (according to a teaser Mazda released a few weeks back), the latest addition to the Mazda 3 family had the wraps formally pulled off of it over the weekend in a video posted to Mazda Mexico's YouTube channel and hosted by Miguel Barbeyto, the president of Mazda's Mexican arm. Per Barbeyto, the most powerful variant... [read more]

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An R32 Nissan Skyline Just Became the Worlds Fastest AWD Vehicle With a Sub-7-Second Quarter Mile!

The Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is one of the most revered Japanese cars of the past few decades and there's a good reason why: packed with technology quite like no other sports car back in its day, the R32 GT-R is the jack of all trades that also manages to master each and every one of them. Recently, one became the fastest AWD car in the world and the fastest GT-R in the world, beating all the fancy new R35s.

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Ineos Grenadier

When folks like us are obsessed with a car, we draw it on papers, doodle about it, and all of that. But, if you have billions of pounds in your bank account, you just build a fully-functional vehicle from scratch. This is how the Ineos Grenadier came to life. Ineos is a British petrochemicals group founded by Sir Jim Ratcliffe which now has an automotive division in its portfolio. Such was his love for the classic Defender that he tried... [read more]

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Lambo Is Teasing a New Model for July 8, But What Is It?

For a long while now, Lamborghini has been pretty happy with a two-car lineup. We had the Gallardo and Murcielago pair until around a decade ago, and now the Italians are relying on the Huracan and Aventador. But things are started to change as Lamborghini introduced a third model in 2019. It's called the Sian FKP 37, and it's also the company's first hybrid. Come July 8, only two days from now, and Lambo will launch a new model. We... [read more]

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This Video Will Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Ariel Motors and the Atom Road Car

Atom is the maker of some really sweet vehicles but the Brits actually started out with building bicycles in the early 1870s, before shortly swapping to cars and for six decades between the 1910s and the 1970s, to motorcycles. The OG Ariel Atom came in 2000, and it turned the companys fortunes around big time. This is a run-through of Ariel Motors history and lineup delivered to you by Donut Media.

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Mazda 3 Turbo Power Figures Unveiled, And Its Disappointing As Hell

At the end of June, we broke the news that a turbocharged Mazda 3 was in the works and, while we knew it would lead to a Mazdaspeed revival, we thought it would at least have some performance chops. Unfortunately, thanks to a video posted by Mazda Mexico, we know that isnt the case at all, and the Mazda3 turbo will be little more than a range-topping hatch will a little bit of daily-driving power. Talk about dropping the ball... [read more]

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Chevrolet Bolt - Driven

Chevrolet Bolt has been around for less than four years, but it is one of the earliest mainstream EVs to have hit the market. The Bolt hasnt taken the market by storm, but it is an important product for Chevrolet in the EV segment. The automaker is constantly updating the little EV, and for the 2020 model, it comes with a few more miles in the battery pack. To put things into perspective, it is the best non-Tesla model on... [read more]

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Ford Makes Bronco a Brand for 44 SUVs

The 2021 Ford Bronco is probably the most-anticipated new vehicle being unveiled this year. Ford knows it and is making strategic marketing hay out of the iconic name by making it a brand unto itself. Thats right: Bronco is being billed as a new outdoor brand by Ford, with four-wheel drive standard across the lineup and Built Wild as a tagline. It will include the true Bronco family of two- and four-door 44 SUVs that borrow the body-on-frame construction of... [read more]

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2020 Chevy Blazer Turbo Review: Still Charming, But Delivered Unevenly

Dont half-ass your Blazer. Chevys charismatic midsize SUV shines brightest in RS form , where it really does act like the V-6 Camaro of SUVs. But the new turbocharged 2020 Blazer doesnt captivate in quite the same way. Although the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer 2.0T in 3LT trim was mostly enjoyable to drive, this mid-level model left us wanting more. Heres what the Blazer does right and what it could do better. The 2020 Blazers first issue is the Equinox, or... [read more]

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One Week With the 2020 Lexus LX 570Big Grille, Big SUV

As far as luxury body-on-frame family SUVs go, the Lexus LX 570 sits toward the top of the lineup in terms of capability. In terms of technology and design? Not so much. Just when you thought the enormous grille couldnt get any bigger, it grew. And because the current generation debuted in 2007 (the year I graduated from high school), the technology and packaging are pretty old. Still, the 2020 Lexus LX 570 can go where most SUVs cant. And... [read more]

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BMW Resorts to Tesla-Style Trolling With Latest BMW M3 and M4 Teaser Image

BMW has released a teaser image of the future M3 and M4, giving us our first slightly decent look at the two high-powered sedans. The image shows the front-end of the all-new M4 (G82) alongside the rear section of the just-as-all-new M3 (G80). The German automaker dropped some cheekiness in the image, hiding two well-placed Easter eggs for all those who attempt to get a clearer picture of the two models exterior designs. So in case any of you try... [read more]

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The 11th 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Production Model Goes Up For Bid

With a long and grand tradition of building what can justifiably be referred to as supercoupes, in a style that is virtually unique to the famed Maranello automaker, the 1965 Ferrari 500 superfast was the brands crowning jewel, attracting a clientele of celebrities, royalty, and wealthy tycoons. The 11th 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Production Model Goes Up For Bid Harnessing 395 bhp, 4,962 cc in a five-liter Colombo V12 engine with three Weber twin-choke carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front... [read more]

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New Leaked Image Shows Us What the 2021 Ford Bronco Looks Like With Its Top Off

Ford is going all guns blazing leading to the unveiling event. From starting an official page on Instagram just a month before its debut to planning long-slot commercials well in advance, Ford is giving the reincarnated moniker the royal treatment it deserves. The planning is so intricate that even the reveal plan for the Bronco is planned well in advance. According to Bronco6g, Ford will be releasing a teaser showing the silhouette of all the different body types including the... [read more]

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Review: Can It Compete With Honda and Hyundai?

Thanks to low gas prices and a growing demand for SUVs, midsize hybrid sedans arent the most popular vehicles on the market right now. Still, these cars deserve a second look because they boast spacious interiors and excellent fuel economy. The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE is no exception, offering buyers an alternative to the ubiquitous Prius. But is it worth the money? Find out our thoughts below. Is It Efficient? In a word, yes. The Camry Hybrid is much... [read more]

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The 2020 H.A.M.B. Drags: CANCELED!

It was an easy decision to make, but a painful one to realize. Obviously, the recent Covid spike has hit the country pretty hard. Both Joplin and Austin,... continue reading

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Sometimes You Just Have To Wait For The Tow Truck

Russ has a breakdown The Car wash really sucks, when it sucks up your only key Transmission Issues Chevy Starting Problems Fuel Pumps Misfire Stalling Pontiac TransAm Horse Power Buick Roadmaster Impala SS LT1 Engine Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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Dodge Emphasizes Its Move Toward Performance As It Kills Off the Grand Caravan and Dodge Journey (Finally)

FCA announced that Dodge will end production of the Grand Caravan after the 2020 model year. The iconic minivan traces its roots back to 1983 when the Caravan made its debut and started the whole minivan craze in the United States. The Grand Caravan goes into the history books as the best-selling minivan in the U.S., with almost 123,000 units sold in 2019. The decision, which seems a bit weird, comes as Dodge decided to focus on performance models.

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2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat First Look: The Family SUV From Hell

We all knew it was coming. Dodge has an ever-shrinking lineup and diminishing status within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Still, the brand's kept the lights on thanks to a singlebut effectiveparty trick: The outrageous performance of its Hellcat-line of vehicles. The trim's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine has kept the aging Dodge Challenger and Chargermodels alive. Now its power and provenance finds its way under the hood of the2021 Durango . Donning the SRT Hellcat mark, the three-row SUVboasts 710 hp and... [read more]

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This Mustang Mach 1, Ford Ranchero Mashup is Exactly the Car Ford Needs to Produce

Pickup trucks have been manufactured since the early days of the Ford Model T, and by the 1950s, they had become so popular that many buyers purchased them for lifestyle rather than utilitarian reasons. As a result, Detroit-based automakers introduced car-based truck, the most iconic being the Ford Ranchero and the Chevrolet El Camino, launched in 1957 and 1959, respectively. Although these kind of two-door, car-based trucks wouldn't make much financial sense in the modern era, some enthusiasts are still... [read more]

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - Driven

Everything about the Tesla Model Y looks like the car of the future. From its pod shape, to its silent but explosive acceleration, to its all-encompassing infotainment screen with no physical buttons, the electric-car makers new entry-level crossover is more about sensibly reducing gasoline usage. It gives you a peek into the decades to come, and it gives you a rollicking good time while you do it. Its not just an electric car, but a special vehicle that triggers a... [read more]

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BMW Takes Subscription Models Too Far, Wants You To Pay to Use Things Like Heated Seats and Safety Features

BMW is taking a page out of service-based pricing by turning a lot of traditional car options into software services that can be enabled (and disabled) at any point in them. The German automaker made the announcement in a VR presentation that was streamed live from company headquarters in Germany. BMW tackled a series of digital updates to a lot of its models, but the most significant part of the presentation involved plans to turn a lot of its options... [read more]

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