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Porsche Panamera hybrids are so popular, battery makers struggling to keep up

Delivery times of 3-4 months for hybrid models<p>LEIPZIG, Germany — Battery suppliers are struggling to cope with buoyant demand for Porsche's Panamera hybrid sedan, the sports car maker told Reuters, in a sign parent Volkswagen's shift to cleaner vehicles may be paying off, but also of the challenges …

Electric Vehicles

Aston Martin owners rev up for possible sale or stock IPO

Financial firms are advising, but an IPO sure worked for Ferrari<p>LONDON — Aston Martin's owners have hired financial advisory firm Lazard to prepare for a stock market listing or sale of the British sports car maker made famous by fictional spy James Bond, sources familiar with the matter told …

Boats

The Grand Tour's new lap specialist is Brit Abbie Eaton

A low-key introduction for a fast shoe.<p>The second season of <i>The Grand Tour</i> is here, and along with it comes a new hotshoe to set lap times at the so-called Eboladrome. After dispatching with Mike Skinner whose "The American" schtick fell very flat, the Amazon Prime show brought younger, far more …

Cycling

Junkyard Gem: 1995 Jaguar Vanden Plas

Once a Jaguar gets to its third owner, the junkyard isn't far away.<p>Sold in Europe as the Daimler Six, the 1995 Jaguar Vanden Plas had all the luxury bling that mid-1990s high-rollers needed. This one now resides in the imports section of a self-service wrecking yard near Denver, just like any …

Trucks

Thor Trucks is the newest electric semi startup

The scrappy startup is targeting the same regional-hauling market as Tesla.<p>Are zero-emission semi trucks the new black? It certainly seems so, with all the hype (and pre-orders) surrounding Tesla's recently unveiled electric semi and versions from Cummins and Daimler that preceded it, plus …

Trucks

Need for Speed Payback updates add cars, parts, new game mode

Good news! Much of the content is free.<p>Next week, <i>Need for Speed Payback</i> will get a range of new content for players including cars that weren't previously available, additional parts for some vehicles, and a new game mode. If you're like us, the car availability is one of the big draws, and it …

Trucks

Volvo pushes self-driving Drive Me program back by four years

Safety questions push back introduction.<p>Volvo is pumping the brakes on its Drive Me autonomous vehicle program, delaying by four years plans to deploy a fleet of 100 self-driving cars in Sweden and acknowledging its technology isn't ready. Volvo says the move will help it better understand how …

Transportation

Ambulance use drops in cities with Uber, study shows

But Uber says call 911 in an emergency.<p>It's no secret that taking a ride in the back of an ambulance isn't cheap. For many in the U.S., a single ride can cost several thousand dollars. Because costs have spiraled so high, many people are looking for alternative transportation to the emergency room. …

Uber

Top Secret's V12-swapped, 222 mph Toyota Supra up for auction

It's a Toyota V12, too<p>This coming January, during the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, an auction house called BH Auction will offer a modified 1994 Toyota Supra. It's no ordinary modded Supra, though, it's a famous gold-colored Supra from Japanese tuning company Top Secret, and its claims to fame are …

Aston Martin

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo First Drive Review | Long name, astonishing quickness

Jaw-dropping wagon can hit 192 mph with its twin-turbo V8 and offers a 30-mile electric range.<p>Unlike in Southern California, where there seems to be a Tesla in every pot, the chances of pulling up next to a Model S P100d here near Malaga in southern Spain are pretty slim. So it's easy to be smug …

Porsche

2018 Jaguar XE S AWD Drivers' Notes | Don't stop me now ...

... because I'm having a good time!<p>The 2018 Jaguar XE S AWD plays in a tough segment. The relative newcomer jumps into the fray with the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C Class, Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS. While it's available with a number of engine and drivetrain combinations, this model came with …

Golden Retriever

Toyota Gazoo Racing to reveal GR Super Sport Concept in Tokyo

We'll see it at next year's Tokyo Auto Salon.<p>Gazoo Racing is the motorsports organization that runs Toyota's Le Mans, World Rally Championship and Super GT teams. All of these were brought under one umbrella back in 2015, and since then Gazoo Racing has been increasing its influence and foothold …

Trucks

China's automakers finally poised to sell cars in U.S., Europe

"We have in the Western world an outrageous arrogance. We think we're ahead. It's going to change."<p>BEIJING — After a decade of development, often through buying or benchmarking foreign technology and know-how, Chinese automakers are looking with greater ambition at selling their cars in major …

Electric Vehicles

'Crack that code': Ford CEO Jim Hackett promises fuel-efficient SUVs

Having cake, eating it too: People want crossovers with the mileage of sedans<p>DETROIT — Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett said on Thursday the automaker is reviewing its product portfolio as consumers show a preference for sport utility vehicles that have fuel efficiencies closer to sedans.<p>Hackett, …

Trucks

Tesla responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales

Installations fall this year for the first time after previous annual increases of 50 percent<p>After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.<p>The reason? An …

Markets

Subaru limited-edition WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tA pricing revealed

They do not come cheap.<p>Back in June, Subaru announced that it was going to produce a limited edition of 500 higher-performance WRX STIs and BRZs. Now we know what they'll cost.<p>Let's take the WRX STI Type RA first. That's going to set you back $49,855, including destination and delivery. (As a frame …

Trucks

Renault opens Alpine plant, will build 6,000 per year

Brand and A110 sports car are revived after decades.<p>DIEPPE, France — Renault has invested in plant capacity to build up to 6,000 sports cars annually under the revived Alpine brand, the company said on Thursday, as it formally opened the new production line in Dieppe, northern France.<p>The French …

Personal Finance

Audi Sport to build performance EVs starting in 2020

We'll see more fast EVs from Audi Sport in the 2020s.<p>We've known for some time that Audi is planning to launch new electric vehicles under the E-Tron sub-brand, with three all-new models coming in 2020. We've also been told the company would focus on electric crossovers. We've even seen the E-Tron …

Electric Vehicles

New autonomous testing ground in Michigan will help battle bad weather

The American Center for Mobility opens as region gets buried in snow and cold.<p>If one of the big weaknesses of autonomous vehicles is their ability to navigate in the snow, consider this a trial by fire. The American Center for Mobility says it has opened its $110 million driverless car testing …

Transportation

2019 Ram 1500 shows chrome grille and more production parts

Expect to see more in Detroit next month.<p>We've seen the 2019 Ram 1500 running around in camouflage a few times already. This time around, we get a good look at some more production parts.<p>This set of spy photos shows a production-ready chrome grille up front, with chrome wheels to match. The shots …

Trucks

Supertanks and Mech Suits and Jet Packs galore | Translogic best of 2017

Things got crazier than usual this year.<p>As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at yet another tech-packed year for our <i>Translogic</i> video series. From tearing up the trails in a luxury super tank, to getting to sit in the cockpit of an actual fully functioning mech suit, our host Jonathon Buckley had …

Technology

Watch: Our favorite and least favorite cars of 2017

Some cars we loved, others not so much.<p><i>Autoblog</i> Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore sat down with <i>Yahoo Finance</i> to talk about our favorite, and least favorite, drives of 2017. Watch the video above, and head here to read more about the best cars we drove this year. For more about our least favorites, …

Technology

CAD renderings appear to show new mid-engine Chevy Corvette

Thanks to the people at Corvetteforum.com<p>Thanks to some very well-informed members over at Corvetteforum.com, we have what looks like genuine CAD renderings of the next-generation mid-engine Chevy Corvette. You guys called it when you said these would be up on <i>Autoblog</i> in the next few hours. We …

Chevrolet Corvette

Polestar 1 order books open early 2018, dealers open mid-2019

America will be one of the first markets with dealers.<p>Volvo's sporty electric-focused subsidiary Polestar has been making steady progress toward launching its first car, the 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid Polestar 1. The company began building its factory in Chengdu, China, and now has announced …

Sweden

Misadventures in mobility with GM’s Maven

The hassles of signing up for Maven left me frustrated, without a car and headed for Avis.<p>I'm all for new mobility solutions and the sharing economy when it saves me money and makes my life easier. On a recent trip to Los Angeles for Automobility L.A. (<i>née</i> the L.A. Auto Show), for example, my …

Wells Fargo

2018 Volvo XC40 First Drive Review | The Masspirational crossover

Peppy crossover offers all of the essentials for daily driving, including safety tech<p>Volvo spent decades producing sensibly sensuous sedans, blocky chopped-roof coupes, slightly awkward hardtop convertibles, glass-backed shooting brakes and even a couple of ostensible sports cars. But if you ask …

Trucks

BMW M8 will likely launch next year; GTE version tests at Daytona

Here's how it might be powered.<p>BMW confirmed that the 8 Series Coupe will go into production at the carmaker's Dingolfing plant in 2018, with a scheduled launch next year, too. That puts the new flagship's arrival a year earlier than speculation, and we assume the convertible and gran coupe …

Le Mans

Compromise version of tax bill reportedly spares EV credits

Negotiators apparently are keeping with the Senate version, which keeps the $7,500 subsidy.<p>House and Senate Republicans working to hash out differences between their respective versions of tax reform packages have reportedly spared a federal tax credit meant to spur sales of electric vehicles. …

Electric Vehicles

Lexus LC 500 stands apart from the go-fast sport luxury crowd

The Lexus LC 500 balances power and style in a unique way in its segment.<p>We at <i>Autoblog</i>, by and large, love the LC 500. For its concept-car looks, derived almost verbatim from the 2012 LF-LC concept. And for the charming V8, which growls and burbles appropriately but doesn't subscribe to the …

Luxury

How to store tires over the winter properly

If you live anywhere where it gets cold, and in particular where the roads are salted, you might store your sports car or classic vehicle over the winter. There are lots of things you can do to help make that go easier — sitting isn't great for machines to begin with — but let's focus first of all …

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