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Production of the Chrysler 200 officially ends today, closing what was a long and ambiguous death watch that began in January when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted that the sedan–along with the smaller Dodge Dart–would not be replaced. FCA previously suggested it was searching for a partner to build the 200, but the discussion fizzled and led to layoffs and a temporary shutdown at the automaker’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan where the sedan was produced. Poor sales led to the 200’s...Continue reading »

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The goal is the quick build-up of a sizable number of stations in order to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers. This will be an important step towards facilitating mass-market BEV adoption. The projected ultra-fast high-powered charging network with power levels up to 350 kW will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging...Continue reading »

Before the Ducati Monster there was a line dividing sport bikes and the rest of motorcycles. In 1993, the line was drawn in lurid day-glo greens and pinks and purple. The Japanese made brilliant race replicas, gaudy things with sky-high redlines and racing pedigrees. The Italians too, splashing their charisma across the giant fairings of distinctive superbikes and almost unapproachable homologation machines. So when the Ducati Monster debuted, every inch essential and pared down, shouting athleticism with its architecture while remaining...Continue reading »

EPA fuel economy numbers have been released for the 2017 Honda CR-V, and it looks like the new small crossover will be even more fuel-efficient than before. It achieves up to 28/34 mpg city/highway, for a combined 30 mpg with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. When paired with all-wheel drive and the aforementioned 190-hp turbo engine, fuel economy dips just slightly to 27/33/29 mpg city/highway/combined. Honda will still offer last year’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the base LX trim level, and that model is rated 26/32/28 mpg with...Continue reading »

Motorcycle riders know that the gear they’re using on the road is a matter of life and death; or at the very least, serious injury. Without the right boots, helmet, alpinestars jackets, and the right motorcycle gloves, you are putting your flesh in grave danger every time you take your bike out for a joyride. Even if you only use a 50cc Yamaha scooter, hitting asphalt at 20mph is nothing to scoff at, anyone who has left a layer of skin on the blacktop knows the truth of that. Since the first thing you will do when you go head over handlebars...Continue reading »

Luxury vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has used a platform in Stockholm, Sweden, to reveal its concept double cab pickup truck — the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class. The vehicle is being developed as part of a three-way joint venture with parent company Daimler’s alliance partner Renault Nissan. As a result, it will be produced alongside sister models the Nissan Navara and the Renault Alaskan. There’s already been high praise delivered to the Concept X-Class from key figures at Mercedes-Benz. Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the...Continue reading »

It’s a magical time, isn’t it? Here is a hatchback with 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Here is an all-wheel-drive system capable of adjusting power distribution rearward and side to side. Here, from a major automaker with an appropriately sized legal department, is a button that if you press it enough times, the word “drift” appears on the center display. Actual functionality of Drift mode aside (spoiler alert: it’s OK), its existence speaks volumes of Ford’s mindset. This 113-year-old automaker...Continue reading »

Hyundai Motor America announced its new “Ioniq Unlimited” electric vehicle subscription-based ownership experience at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. This innovative new ownership experience offers a truly worry-free means to drive Hyundai’s newest zero-emission, eco-focused vehicle, the 2017 Ioniq Electric. Ioniq Electric shoppers will be able to select one fixed payment that includes unlimited mileage, electric charging costs, scheduled maintenance, wear items and all typical purchase fees such as registration. The Ioniq Unlimited...Continue reading »

Have you ever asked yourself, “Gee, what would ‘Fast Eddy’ drive?” Probably not, unless you’re a Corvette fanatic and/or fan of General Motors’ late designer Ed Taylor, known by many as “Fast Eddy.” But the folks at the Aria Group, a 21-year-old design firm and fabrication company that builds concept cars for major automakers and helps Singer restore its gorgeous 911s in Irvine, California, are fans of the man. As an homage to Mr. Taylor (who, not at all incidentally, is the father of Aria co-founder Charles Taylor), Aria...Continue reading »

Last month, the long-awaited return of the Ford Bronco and Ranger was confirmed, sending shockwaves through the car internet. Since the Bronco and Ranger will share a platform, it sounds a lot like the throwback SUV will be developed in Australia, which is where the current Ranger is engineered. Australia’s Motoring reports that Ford Australia will lead development of the new Bronco and Ranger, despite the fact that the Bronco will be built in the U.S. The current-generation Ranger, which isn’t sold in the U.S., was developed...Continue reading »