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1,000-hp Yenko/SC Stage II Corvette now available to a lucky few

Only 25 will be produced<p>The Yenko name, synonymous with custom Chevrolets from the 1960s, has resurfaced a few times of late. Most recently, Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) announced an 800-horsepower Yenko/SC Corvette, an equally powerful Yenko/SC Silverado pickup, and Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro …

Sports Cars

Junkyard Gem: 1976 Cadillac Seville

Chevy Nova-based Seville sold well but damaged the Cadillac brand<p>Cadillac was <i>the</i> premium brand for most North Americans as the 1970s dawned, with very strong sales and an ironclad reputation for quality. Then gas got expensive, marketing took precedence over engineering across Detroit, sales of …

Seville

2018 Mazda CX-5 is the only IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus compact crossover

It actually has good headlights available<p>We've highlighted a number of vehicles tested by the IIHS, and specifically ones that come up just a little short of being lauded with the organization's highest safety rating of Top Safety Pick+. The reason most of these vehicles fall short is sub-par …

Mazda

2019 Mercedes A-Class Sedan will be most aerodynamic new car on sale

With a drag coefficient of 0.22, the A-Class cheats the wind nicely<p>When it comes to drag coefficients, what's the slipperiest production car you can buy new in 2019? If you guessed the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan, you got it right. The sedan, slated for production in late 2018, will have the Cd …

General Motors

Tesla shares drop on report that it's asking suppliers for refunds

Memo describes the request as ‘essential to Tesla's continued operation’<p>Shares of Tesla fell more than 4 percent in trading before the bell on Monday, after a report that the electric car maker has turned to some suppliers for a refund of previously made payments in a bid to turn a profit.<p>Tesla has …

Tesla

It's official: Detroit Auto Show is moving to summer

Outdoor exhibits and driving courses are proposed for the show<p>It's officially official, everyone, the Detroit Auto Show is moving to the summer. In 2020, the show's calendar of events will start on June 8. This date will mean sunny, warm weather in the city, and it also means that the show won't be …

Detroit Auto Show

Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari new CEOs inherit Marchionne's to-do list

FCA's plan was outlined last month; now comes the execution<p>MILAN — New Fiat Chrysler boss Mike Manley faces the task of executing his predecessor's plan to boost production of SUVs and catch up on electric cars to keep the world's seventh-largest carmaker competitive in the absence of a merger.<p>Jeep …

CEOs

Fiat Chrysler's Marchionne being treated in Zurich

More of his chairmanships have been reassigned<p>ZURICH — Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne was being treated in a Zurich hospital on Sunday with a serious illness after suffering complications following shoulder surgery.<p>A Fiat Chrysler spokesman confirmed Marchionne was in Zurich's …

Automotive Industry

Lewis Hamilton retakes F1 lead with 'miracle' victory in Germany

Vettel crashed out in the rain on lap 52<p>HOCKENHEIM, Germany – Lewis Hamilton raced from 14th to first to seize a "miracle" German Grand Prix victory in a Mercedes one-two on Sunday and retake the Formula One championship lead from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who crashed. Vettel, now 17 points …

Auto Racing

Toyota drops hints on the Supra's torque, weight, and stiffness

'It will be the most fun-to-drive car in its class'<p>We have a few more details in the excruciatingly slow drip of information on the coming Toyota Supra. The carmaker's UK blog published an interview with the coupe's chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, conducted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Tada's …

Toyota

Who are Mike Manley, Louis Camilleri, and Suzanne Heywood?

Here's a brief summary of the new executives' history<p>MILAN – Fiat Chrysler aid on Saturday that boss Sergio Marchionne, 66, would not be returning to work because he was gravely ill. In addition to being FCA chief executive, Marchionne was also CEO and chairman of luxury sports car brand Ferrari …

Joseph Muscat

Ken Block's Ford Escort RS Cosworth lost in a fiery rally crash

Block and co-driver are okay, but the Cossie burned beyond recognition<p>Remember Ken Block's rally-spec Ford Escort RS Cosworth? Sadly, memories and some charred structures are the only things that remain of the Cossie, as the car is no more.<p>After hitting a rock at the New England Forest Rally in …

New England

Sergio Marchionne exits Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari amid health crisis

Successors are expected to be named very soon<p>MILAN/PARIS, July 21 – Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne is to be replaced permanently at the helm of the global carmaker as well as Ferrari, after suffering serious complications from surgery, people with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday. The …

Automotive Industry

Porsche builds 'Classic Project Gold' restomod for its 70th anniversary

Carmaker's gift to itself to be revealed in August, auctioned in October<p>Upending the usual mechanics of gift-giving, Porsche's making itself a birthday present to celebrate its 70th year in business, then it will auction that gift to the highest bidder. The company's historics division, Porsche …

Northern California

What is a vehicle title or pink slip?

What to know about a very important document<p><i>This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you're buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer's Glossary.</i><p>The vehicle title is a very important document that's sometimes known …

Selling

Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas

Life jackets won't save you: ‘You drown if you do, you drown if you don't’<p>The drownings of 17 people when a "duck boat" in which they were riding sank in a storm on a Missouri lake on Thursday was reminiscent of an accident involving the amphibious tourist vessel in 1999 in which 13 people …

Coast Guard

Waymo’s autonomous vehicles are driving 25,000 miles every day

Love the idea or not, self-driving commercial service begins this year<p>Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, has driven 8 million miles on public roads using its autonomous vehicles.<p>Waymo CEO John Krafcik shared the company's milestone …

Autonomous Vehicle

Georgia sheriff buys Dodge Charger Hellcat, and the feds want a refund

Department of Justice wants taxpayers’ $70,000 back<p>A sheriffs office in Georgia recently purchased a new 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. It's currently being used and driven by Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway. Now the U.S. Department of Justice wants its money back. All $70,000 of it.<p>According …

U.S. Department of Justice

The Furrion Elysium RV takes luxury to a new level

Sell your home. Buy this RV.<p>The Elysium concept glamper was created by tech company Furrion. It has tons of technology and is luxurious as they come. It even has a heli pad.<p><b>Transcript:</b> The Elysium concept glamper is a state-of-the-art RV. Tech company Furrion created this RV with tons of technology …

Hot Tubs

2018 Honda Accord Buying Guide | Sedan questions answered

Autoblog answers all your questions about the 2018 Honda Accord midsize sedan<p>Honda first unveiled the Accord in 1976 after the success of the smaller Civic convinced the company to soldier on as an automobile manufacturer following a string of product flops. The company chose the name "Accord" to …

Honda Accord

Toyota might stop importing certain models if tariffs pass

Prices would probably increase, too.<p>In case you hadn't heard, the entire automotive industry, both domestic and foreign, is very much against the automotive tariffs proposed by the Trump administration. And while the industry is lobbying hard against such tariffs, companies are also having to …

Tariffs

What is a new car incentive or rebate?

They can save you money if you know what you’re doing<p><i>This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you're buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer's Glossary.</i><p>Car dealers aren't in the business of giving money away. …

Personal Finance

Junkyard Gem: 1984 Maserati Biturbo

The twin-turbocharged Italian coupe of the Decade of Greed.<p>The first affordable Maserati sold in the United States, the Maserati Biturbo was a properly finicky, high-maintenance Italian machine that took the most magical word of the 1980s and <i>doubled</i> it. Biturbo projects are quite affordable today, …

Northern California

Watch Faraday Future's high-speed FF91 field tests

Testers drove the electric SUV at speeds of up to 155 mph<p><i>Reporting by Mariella Moon for</i> Engadget.<p>Faraday Future hasn't given up on the FF91 despite going through a financial crisis and losing executives along the way. Now, a few months after a Hong Kong investor reportedly threw the startup a $1.5 …

Electric SUV

Ferrari patents a fancy and fascinating electric turbocharger

Turbine and compressor aren’t physically connected<p>While turbocharging has improved vastly over the years, and it has enabled cars to become both more powerful and more efficient, there's always room for improvement. Turbochargers scavenge exhaust gas pressure and use it to turn a compressor that …

Turbines

Terrafugia Transition flying car going on sale next year

It'll have a lithium-powered hybrid system, other upgrades<p>Those flying cars we've been waiting for since "The Jetsons" first aired are right around the corner. Earlier this week, we got news that the BlackFly personal aerial vehicle aims to go on sale next year. Workhorse Group's SureFly looks …

Flying Car

Mark Wahlberg is now a Chevy dealer in Columbus, Ohio

Movie star, burger kingpin, now car dealer<p>First burgers, now Chevys. Actor Mark Wahlberg is getting into the auto-sales game, announcing that he's opening his own Chevrolet dealership in Columbus, Ohio, with a partner who owns several Detroit-area franchises.<p>Wahlberg, 47, will take over the …

Mark Wahlberg

Lynk & Co's 03 sedan shown in camouflage

Under the wraps is the production version<p>The first official photos of Lynk & Co's upcoming sedan, the 03, have surfaced. In the photos, the development mule 03 still wears camouflage, but it shouldn't stray too far from the concept we've seen.<p>The 03 will initially be a Chinese-market car, built on …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

BMW M cars will all be hybrid or EV by 2030

M division boss says electric tech will be up to the task by then<p>The CEO of BMW's M division, Frank Van Meel, has stated earlier that the future of the division will include electrified cars. As BMW plans to have electric or hybrid cars form 40 percent of its production output by 2025, M cars will …

Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen releases Pikes Peak onboard footage from I.D. R

See Romain Dumas do his record record run up the mountain<p>About a month ago, Romain Dumas broke the Pikes Peak hillclimb record in the Volkswagen I.D. R prototype specially crafted for the purpose. The record time sliced just under eight minutes, clocking in at 7 minutes and 57.148 seconds. Ever …

Pikes Peak