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Toyota has joined the flying car craze by backing a group working on a drone-like vehicle that would soar 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground at speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph). The “Skydrive” is being developed by Cartivator, a startup with around 30 young volunteers working with drone expert Masafumi Miwa from Tokushima University. The aim is to get the car flying by next year and have it commercialized in time to light the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games torch. The 2.9 meter (9.5 foot) long SkyDrive would be the “world’s...Continue reading »

THE EIGHTIES WERE FILLED with great pairing–pudding and Popsicle sticks, Crossbows and Catapults, Darryl Hall and John Oats–but all pale in comparison with the combination of the Mercedes E-class and AMG. The former served as a donor platform for the latter’s most iconic creation: The Hammer. That brutish, rear-drive hot rod, with its 355-hp V8, dusted most leading sports cars of the era. Thirty years on, it still defines everything an AMG sedan can and should be.   So, when I arrived at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in...Continue reading »

The popularity of hatchbacks is finally growing. Successful overseas, hatchbacks have had a hard time gaining ground in the states. Although usually cherished by car enthusiasts, most American consumers shy away from the extra cargo room a hatchback provides. However, things are changing. Chevrolet claims there was a 9 percent increase in small hatchback sales last year. Ergo, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatch. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Premier sedan performed well in our Big Test of compact sedans by taking the silver medal behind the Honda...Continue reading »

There has been a change of heart in Bavaria. After decades of keeping its 7-series full-size sedan far away from the M division (except for mostly visual M Sport packages), BMW finally has affixed an M badge to its largest sedan. Several M badges, actually—we counted 12 but may have missed a few. Even festooned with badges, the M760i is not a full M creation along the lines of the M3 or the M5. Instead, it slots into the same M-adjacent lineup (BMW calls it M Performance) populated by the M240i, the X4 M40i, and the M550i. Even so,...Continue reading »

The if-it-ain’t-broke approach to fixing things apparently translates well into German because you have to squint your eyes to see how Audi has altered the A5 with this new-for-2018 redesign. Wheelbase and overall length are a touch longer, while height is the same and width is down by a mere 0.3 inch. The grille, headlamps, and taillamps all have broader proportions, and those zeppelin-like creases in the hood are apparently how Audi’s metal benders earn their pay. The clamshell hood is a lovely touch, and we’re also fond of the...Continue reading »

Performance alloys have taken the automotive industry by storm. These alloys are widely used in the manufacturing of car wheels ever since the 20th century. The alloy is generally made up of magnesium and aluminum as they are lightweight metals and tend to increase the performance and speed of the automobile along with adding a shiny touch to it. Ever since its launch in the automobile industry, performance alloys have almost replaced the traditional steel wheels as they provide a range of benefits. They Are Light Weight The primary advantage...Continue reading »

Driving, insist the folks at McLaren, is a pastime that should be invested in and improved. And they’re true to their word: Invest $285,794 in the 2018 McLaren 720S, and you’ll probably find yourself driving smoother and faster than you ever have before, both on the track and on your favorite quiet back road. This new McLaren is as scintillatingly quick as you’d expect a 710-hp supercar to be. But with all that power comes a chassis that both flatters and encourages drivers, regardless of their ability behind the wheel....Continue reading »

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse wears the brand’s best styling and proportions since the early 1970s. Introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show, the third-generation LaCrosse is built off the P2XX platform, the latest version of the long-wheelbase Epsilon II platform. The 114.4-inch-long wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than that of the second-generation model, as well as that of the current Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS. However, the ’17 Buick is 3.8 inches shorter overall than the Chevy and 4.5 inches shorter than the Caddy. This...Continue reading »

Last month, Mercedes-AMG debuted a four-door concept version of its GT sports car, complete with 805 horsepower from a hybrid drivetrain that includes a twin-turbo V8. At the concept’s debut, AMG boss Tobias Moers told us that the car would hit production next year, initially without the hybrid V8 drivetrain–just a conventional internal combustion engine. As it turns out, the sleek four-door may feature a lowly six-cylinder engine alongside AMG’s workhorse 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 when it debuts. This rumor comes from our...Continue reading »

It’s pretty obvious that a lot of materials and precise engineering goes into the construction of a trophy truck. However, taking the process apart and understanding it exactly underscores the kind of quality, dedication and precision that’s needed to craft such as machine. As this infographic illustrates, everything on a monster truck is monster-sized. Huge shock absorbers require a stronger suspension than on standard-sized trucks, and their engines are tooled to put out up to 850 horsepower. Forged metal wheels are much tougher...Continue reading »