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Not all Lamborghinis are mid-engine supercars, but those are the cars that define the brand. Two-seat, mid-engine cars lend themselves well to the wedge-shaped design Lamborghini first pioneered with the Countach back in 1971, but tall, family-hauling SUVs? Not really. That meant that Mitja Borkert, the 43-year-old German (pictured above) who heads Lamborghini Centro Stile, had quite a task making the new Urus SUV make like a real Lambo. We spoke with him at the car’s US premiere in Detroit to find out how he did it. Borkert approaches...Continue reading »

We purchase insurance and follow the rules of the road to prevent costly, life-threatening accidents. Still, they happen to people every day. Most of us are prepared to pick up the phone or reach out to someone nearby for help, but once the dust has settled, it may not be over. Here are five important points to think about while you’re safe and sound. You have to know when to file a claim. So maybe your accident wasn’t a big deal, the other driver promised to pay for it, et cetera. There are an infinite number of ways an accident...Continue reading »

Although many electric light vehicles have shorter ranges between “refuels” than gasoline vehicles, some EVs have ranges equal to or greater than some gasoline-powered models. For the 2017 model year (MY) the maximum range for an all-electric vehicle (AEV) is 335 miles (Tesla Model S 100D), while the minimum range for a gasoline model is 224 miles (Dodge Viper). Fuel cell vehicles (three are currently on the market) have mileage ranges close to the maximum range of an AEV. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) use both gasoline...Continue reading »

Volkswagen Group will invest more than $3.3 billion (2.8 billion euros) in North America over the next three years to give a boost to its core brand as the automaker seeks to become a key volume supplier in the region. The spending through 2020 will mostly go toward new models, including two more planned SUVs designed to finally turn VW’s fortunes, after lingering at less than a 2 percent share in the world’s second-biggest car market. Some 1.2 billion US dollars (1 billion euros) of this will go toward projects in the U.S. The aim...Continue reading »

General Motors filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Bolt EV called Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls. The Cruise AV is designed to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls when it goes on the road in 2019. As you can see above, Cruise AV is much different from the self-driving Chevrolet Bolts GM is testing...Continue reading »

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive alliance, announced the launch of Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1 billion to support open innovation over the next five years. In its first year, the fund expects to invest up to $200 million in start-ups and open innovation partnerships with technology entrepreneurs focused on new mobility, including vehicle electrification, autonomous systems, connectivity and artificial intelligence. With further annual investments, Alliance...Continue reading »

Lexus’ striking new concept vehicle – the Lexus LF-1 Limitless – will take center stage in the Lexus display during the 2018 North American International Auto Show, which takes place January 13-28. The all-new Lexus LF-1 Limitless reflects the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles. It was created by the CALTY design studio in Southern California and will be introduced during the Lexus press conference taking place January 15 at 8:35 a.m. EST. Following its appearance at the LA Auto Show in November, the all-new RX 350L will make...Continue reading »

Purchasing a new car or truck is a huge decision. After spending months researching your options, you finally make your choice and buy a new truck. Pickup trucks are extremely popular because of their sturdiness and ability to haul just about anything. To keep your truck from becoming damaged when hauling items in the back, it’s imperative to have a bed liner installed to protect your investment. Here are the top five reasons to get a bed liner. Safely Haul Cargo Trucks are great for hauling cargo, from furniture to groceries to...Continue reading »

When it comes to your car, you may not be spending enough time and attention on the maintenance of the vehicle. Keeping your vehicle in good working order is essential not only for making it last longer but for keeping you safe as well. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with proper car maintenance can save you from having to waste money on costly repairs and reduce your risk of having to deal with dangerous malfunctions. Here are five simple steps to take to maintain your vehicle properly. Check the Tires Start your regular inspection...Continue reading »

The track is still moist in spots, the marbles on both sides of the racing line shout “caution,” and the maintenance squad has begun to steam clean the roadside drainage system. Tension is in the air as we approach today’s subject. Only three people have driven this car so far without a watchdog in the passenger seat. I’ll be number four. Over the last 24 months, Porsche’s hand-built, electric-powered sport sedan—the metallic white Mission E that’s charged fully and ready to roll—has clocked less...Continue reading »