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Lexus has initiated a safety recall on approximately 450 GS F, LC 500, and RC F models produced from September 2014 until December 2017. The recall is due to a condition affecting the high pressure fuel pump. Involved vehicles are equipped with an engine that has two high pressure fuel pumps that use pulsation dampers to reduce fuel pressure fluctuations. There is a possibility that the pulsation damper in one of the high pressure fuel pumps could become damaged by fuel pressure resonance that occurs under specific operating conditions. This...Continue reading »

Since the Viper left the building, the Challenger has been the sole Dodge to don fat racing stripes across its hood, roof, and tail. It was feeling lonely and a little self-conscious. So, in solidarity, the 2018 Durango will wear fat racing stripes. Available on R/T and SRT trims—those are the big honkin’ V-8s with 360 or 475 horsepower—a set of contrasting center stripes can be ordered in blue, red, gray, silver, or black for $1195. That makes the Durango the only Shelby-ish three-row SUV. In our tests, though, the Durango SRT...Continue reading »

Uwe Michael, Head of the Electrics/Electronics Development Division at Porsche, on battery technology, charging times, apps and artificial intelligence – and how his team are remaining true to the Porsche ethos in this area. Mr Michael, why is Porsche forging its own path in terms of charging technology? Fast loading is a great match for our intelligent performance strategy. We’ve closely examined what customers really expect from e-mobility, and what they actually want. There are two key challenges in this respect: the power and...Continue reading »

The Subaru Outback is an incredibly popular range of vehicles that are technically under the SUV banner but in the real world, can probably better be described as a station wagon. In fact, it’s the second highest selling car model in the SUV category behind the ever-popular Toyota Prado – and for very good reasons. But what, exactly, makes the Subaru Outback rank consistently high in the sales charts? And does the latest model have enough under the bonnet – and in the interior – to match its much-lauded past? Let’s...Continue reading »

How do you make someone’s eyes go wide as the sun? Show them the window sticker for this: the most expensive Subaru ever sold in the US. This is the more-different-than-it-looks 2018 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Type RA, a car that would absolutely kill at scrabble if you got enough letters at once to make it; also if you could use proper nouns. Anyway, that wide-eyed viewer is probably just thinking something to the effect of, “Forty nine grand for a 310-horsepower Subaru? Who on Earth is going to want a $49,000 trackday-special Subaru...Continue reading »

Mercedes-Benz revealed the all-new A-Class hatch today in Amsterdam, complete with the new corporate face, a fully upgraded interior, and tons of tech features. On the outside, Mercedes has given the A-Class its new corporate face, first seen on the new CLS. Sharp headlights meet a flattened oval grille, giving the car a more mature look overall. Inside, drivers get an S-Class-esque steering wheel, dash, and Mercedes’s signature ambient lighting. The new A-Class is the first production Mercedes to feature the company’s all...Continue reading »

The global e-mobility production network of Mercedes-Benz is ready for electrifying the future. While the start of production of the fortwo Coupé and Cabriolet at the smart plant in Hambach in 2017 already represent the start of the fourth generation of electric vehicles of the brand, the first electric vehicle of the new product and technology brand EQ will roll off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. Production of the EQC, an all-electric SUV, will start in 2019. In 2019, the EQC will be the first series vehicle...Continue reading »

Under the leadership of Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus has embraced carbon fiber in its quest to continually make its cars lighter. Speaking to British magazine Car, Gales says Lotus is doubling down on carbon, confirming that the automaker will release its first-ever carbon-tub sports car in 2020. This carbon-tub car is set to be a replacement of sorts for the ultra-hardcore 3-Eleven, which was the quickest Lotus ever built until the crazy Exige Cup 430 arrived last year. The new car will not be an all-out track weapon like the 3-Eleven, though. “It...Continue reading »

Audi is following other automakers into the energy market, with an experiment to link its vehicles to the energy grid, to create a ‘virtual power plant VPP that can be dynamically sold to utilities. Automobile, home and power supply combined to form an intelligent energy network: In a pilot project the Audi Smart Energy Network for the first time interacts with the power grid. As part of a research project, Audi is running a pilot project with households in the Ingolstadt area and the Zurich region in conjunction with other partners....Continue reading »

The long, low sweep of bodywork absorbs the early morning sun and radiates a warm glow, the candy apple red paint providing the aura of smoldering coals. It’s a dreadfully chilly morning in the Mojave Desert as we huddle close to the car to catch some reflected warmth. It’s not the first time we’d stood around at Willow Springs International Raceway and gawked at an all-new Ford GT, waiting for clearance to begin hot laps. Seven weeks earlier, we were in this very spot with a black GT awaiting the same test. Our resident...Continue reading »