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Electric vehicles are generally focused on efficiency, but, as Tesla and Formula E have demonstrated, there’s huge potential for performance from electric powertrains. BMW has showcased the power of electricity with its i8. Today, BMW has announced its new i3, which, among other updates, includes a slightly hotter variant called the i3s. The interior remains mostly unchanged, still making use of sustainable materials and providing a sense of openness. The Giga World trim level now offers Giga Brown leather (tanned using olive leaf...Continue reading »

Audi’s familiar 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 designations soon will disappear as the company introduces a new naming scheme for its powertrains. Eventually, all Audi models will wear a double-digit designation ranging from 30 to 70 in increments of five, in accordance with its power output. The justification for the switch is that engine displacement matters less than it used to with the prevalence of forced induction and electrification. That’s true, but the new system will take some time to get used to. The new 2019 Audi A8 will be the first...Continue reading »

Are you in the market for a new car? How are you going to finance the vehicle? Have considered the benefits of using a lease agreement for the finance deal? Lease agreements make a lot of sense when you look at the advantages they present over traditional hire purchase agreements. If you are interested in driving more value for your money and paying less to do so, then consider these five benefits of signing a lease agreement on your visit to the dealership. The Benefits of Leasing your Next Vehicle #1 Minimal Deposit and Low Payments When...Continue reading »

Ford has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Anhui Zotye Automobile, a major manufacturer of all-electric vehicles in China, to form a joint venture to develop and sell a new line of all-electric cars in the market. China is the fastest-growing market in the world for new energy vehicles (NEVs). Ford expects the market for NEVs in China to grow to six million units per year by 2025, of which approximately 4 million vehicles will be all-electric. Zotye Auto is a pioneer in the Chinese all-electric vehicle segment and was one...Continue reading »

In a society as dependent on cars as ours is, especially depending on where you live, the sad reality is that you may have to deal with an auto accident injury. Sometimes, an injury is a minor annoyance, while other times, it can have a severe impact on your lifestyle and finances. The decisions you make early on will often guide how your recovery goes, so here are a few things to consider when putting together your approach. Set Yourself Up Right Legally (Even if you may not go to court) Chances are that you may be a bit frazzled after...Continue reading »

One little-known upside of hybrid or electric vehicles—especially those that pile on the miles—is that their brakes last surprisingly long. Thanks to regenerative braking systems, which recapture some of the energy as you decelerate, traditional brake pads have a lot of assistance. It’s not unusual, for instance, for a Toyota Prius to go 100,000 miles on its original set of pads. That introduces another issue, actually: corrosion. At times, it can change the way traditional friction brakes perform, or the way they “bite” when...Continue reading »

Ford took a big gamble three years ago when it introduced its all-aluminum F-150 and it paid off…bigly. The automaker’s engineers, dealers and loyal customer base all came through, and sales have been going up ever since production of the next-gen pickup ramped up to full steam. Nevertheless, the full-size pickup segment remains highly competitive and Ford isn’t ready to rest on its lightweight laurels, so it updated the F-150 for 2018. It’s far from a new vehicle, but is a significant refresh that I had the opportunity to check...Continue reading »

Last year, Mercedes-Benz announced that it was going all-in on straight-sixes, launching the M256 family of 3.0-liter gas- and diesel-powered motors. AMG also has plans for this engine too. Impre Autos News reports that AMG is developing a 430-hp version of this engine as the basis for a new lineup of AMG 53 models. This engine and model designation is set to appear first in the next-generation CLS, which is set to make its debut in non-AMG form next year. The E-Class coupe (pictured above) and convertible will also eventually get this...Continue reading »

Tesla’s next passenger vehicle under development, the Model Y compact crossover, will be built on the platform and underpinnings of the California automaker’s much hyped Model 3 sedan, CEO Elon Musk has confirmed. “Upon the council of my executive team . . . who reeled me back from the cliffs of insanity—much appreciated—the Model Y will in fact be using substantial carryover from Model 3 in order to bring it to market faster,” said Musk in yesterday’s quarterly financial call. Musk also acknowledged that the SUV market...Continue reading »

If you have a whole lot of money, one of the world’s leading engineering groups will help you out with your supercar dreams. Take the Lykan Hypersport, Dom Toretto’s favorite mid-engined car, for instance. Only seven of these Lebanese wonders were built by W Motors, a United Arab Emirates based company, yet most of the engineering work was done by Rimac in Croatia. Rimac knows a thing or two about limited production, having stopped the Concept One after just eight units, seven of which remain on the road today. No problem...Continue reading »