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A serpentine pass with 11 hairpin turns, running down the side of a mountain in western Norway. I’ve seen this road before in photos, but in person, I’m both giddy and in awe. The pavement looks like haphazardly draped garland on this perfect bit of sculpted land. The Trollstigen (“Trolls’ Path” in English) is a huge tourist attraction, and I can see why. But I’m about to have way more fun than the pedestrians who made their way to the summit in buses and shuttles. I’m going to drive this road....Continue reading »

Mercedes-Benz is joining Audi in analyzing electric turbochargers for its production cars. But while Ingolstadt will roll out its first e-turbo in its A8 luxury sedan, Stuttgart is studying the technology for use in small performance cars, like the A45, CLA45, and GLA45 AMG models. Auto Express spoke to Mercedes-AMG compact car boss Steffen Jastrow about the cutting-edge tech, which reduces turbo lag, improves fuel economy, and occupies less space under the hood than a standard turbo. “Of course we need more power for the next-generation...Continue reading »

The Audi A6 could be seen as a singular kind of sleeper. It sells in volumes that are one-half to one-third those of its German competition. The sedan doesn’t command a conversation much less the imagination, its history bereft of iconic brand identifiers. Think of the way the E28 BMW 5 Series turned the segment into something to be proud of, or those double headlamps from the W210 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or that other E from 1986 simply known as Der Hammer. There is currently no RS6 sedan in the US to draw halo attention to the clan....Continue reading »

We’re sitting 8,700 feet above sea level in the idyllic old mining town of Dunton Hot Springs, nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. We’ve come to drive the newest and cheapest Mercedes-Benz, a midsize work van called the Metris. As the day begins, Mercedes van boss Bernhard Glaser states the obvious, “We’re setting up camp in the US.” It’s a good line, perhaps a little too fitting given our surroundings, but it’s accurate. Though the US commercial van market is dominated by Ford and...Continue reading »

One Ferrari FXX K is rare. But four FXX Ks in one place is super rare. But even if you are so lucky to see so many of the racers all at once, you aren’t likely to see them running Imola together. So yes, you want to watch this, and turn the volume up for good measure. Considering the rarity of these vehicles, not to mention the fact that their owners can only drive them under the careful supervision of Ferrari, we imagine the logistics of getting all these cars together was either very, very easy (since the cars stay with Ferrari...Continue reading »

Like most any automaker, Ford is eager to build as many F-150 pickups as it can sell. And considering that the truck has long stood as the top selling vehicle in the United States, that means building (and selling) a lot of them. Further, Ford reports that its factories are finally fully up to speed and ready to build as many F-150s as dealers can sell. Unfortunately another factor is reportedly preventing the new aluminum-bodied pickup from reaching its potential. According to Automotive News and as we’ve heard before, the Blue...Continue reading »

That quote is from Dr. R. Adams Cowley, widely viewed as the father of modern-day trauma medicine. It’s an apt description of the straits Mitsubishi finds itself in here in the United States. The company’s golden hour has been a long time coming, but with the death of the Lancer Evolution, and a stable that consists of the ancient Lancer, the lamentable Outlander Sport and the abhorrent Mirage, the 2016 Outlander marks the start of this vital 60 minutes. It was with this in mind that we shipped out to San Francisco to test...Continue reading »

Mitsubishi is on a slight upswing in the US recently after its first, though small, profit in the country in seven years. The company is now reportedly looking to boost its product lineup, and one of the first big changes in a while comes with the launch of the refreshed, 2016 Outlander. Even with significant upgrades for the three-row crossover, the price is actually $200 lower than last year to start at $23,845 (including $850 destination on all models). The most obvious tweak for the 2016 refresh is the Outlander’s attractive,...Continue reading »

The GT-350 has now been officially unveiled. The GT-350 uses the same “S-550” platform that underpins the 2015 Mustang.   If the S.V.T team can do a performance Mustang as good as the Mustang team’s old Boss 302, not much at all should go wrong. Figure about $50,000 for this 2016 model. We anticipate that this version will ride on a significantly stiffer suspension with adjustable dampers. Early test vehicles, spotted around the company’s Dear born, Michigan, headquarters, wore cross-drilled carbon-ceramic brake rotors....Continue reading »

Suzuki Motor Corporation has held an opening ceremony of the new automobile assembly plant (Cikarang Plant) on 29 May, 2015, which was completed within the Greenland International Industrial Center (GIIC) located in Bekasi Regency, east of Jakarta, by PT. Suzuki Indomobil Motor (SIM), Suzuki’s subsidiary in Indonesia. The ceremony welcomed guests including Mr. Rahmat Gobel, Minister of Trade and Mr. Yasuaki Tanizaki, Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Indonesia. From Suzuki, Chairman and CEO Osamu Suzuki attended...Continue reading »