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Ford reportedly considering small unibody pickup

Ranchero revival? Courier special delivery?<p>In a future where Ford is focused on trucks and SUVs, it stands to reason that it would expand its portfolio of each. On the truck front, what more can be done? One possibility is a return to a vehicle of the past — a car-based pickup.<p><i>Automobile</i> magazine …

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Ford Fusion name may live on as a Subaru Outback competitor

Could it be called the Fusion Active?<p>When news broke that Ford would be killing off nearly all of its cars in America in favor of more crossovers and trucks, company CEO Jim Hackett said, "We're simply reinventing the American car." That reinvention may include a new Fusion, but instead of the …

Ford Fusion

Donald Trump is the president I didn’t want, but now I know we need

I admit that I was wrong about Trump. He's not a clown, and he is delivering on his promises.<p>Over the years, my caricatures of Donald Trump have evolved but not as much as my opinion of him.<p>When Trump announced he was running for president, I admit that I didn't take this millionaire, hotel …

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Alfa Romeo GTV Coupe: What We Know about the Two-Door Giulia

The top Quadrifoglio trim will use a hybrid powertrain.<p><b>What It Is:</b> Alfa Romeo is resurrecting its storied GTV nameplate and applying it to a sultry two-door coupe that is expected to offer as much as 600 horsepower and some form of hybrid technology. The news was announced as part of FCA’s …

Hyundai reportedly eyeing a takeover of FCA

Hyundai's CEO wants to launch the bid before Sergio Marchionne retires<p>The CEO of Hyundai Motor Group plans to launch a takeover bid for Fiat Chrysler ahead of the planned retirement of FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne next spring, <i>Asia Times</i> reports, citing unnamed sources close the situation. …

Automakers warn tariffs will cost hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs

This, on top of cars costing $5,800 more<p>WASHINGTON — A day after warning that vehicles could cost thousands of dollars more, two major auto trade groups on Wednesday warned the Trump administration that imposing up to 25 percent tariffs on imported vehicles would also cost hundreds of thousands of …

Polestar 1 will get a carbon-fiber ‘dragonfly’ and other parts

It'll help save weight and add stiffness to the hybrid grand tourer<p>For the latest teaser on its forthcoming high-end plug-in hybrid coupe, Polestar gives us some details on the Polestar 1's carbon-fiber chassis "dragonfly" and exterior components, which will add up to a stiff ride. It's the first …

The Car Gods Have Graced This One-Off Custom Alfa-Romeo 4C With Incredible Good Looks

An Italian design house has taken an already-gorgeous Alfa Romeo 4c and somehow turned it into something significantly prettier called the Alfa Romeo …

Seeing the sights with Subaru EyeSight's Touring Assist

We don't get it in the U.S. ... yet<p><i>Autoblog recently went to Japan to drive cars, ride trains, and talk to carmakers about automotive history and the future of mobility. This video is part of a larger series of special reports from Japan.</i><p>TOKYO — The interesting thing about Subaru's EyeSight …

iPhone beats Samsung in court, but Apple has to pay you $50

The iPhone won a huge -- and lucrative -- legal battle against Samsung Galaxy phones , but will wind up giving some of it back to pissed-off iPhone owners, and next-gen iPhone chips might already be underway. Here's what happened in the world of iPhone this week.<p>After a major seven-year litigation …

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Jaguar Hints at Expanded Line of Future Sports Cars

New models could borrow from F-Type<p>As crossovers take over the market, Jaguar has prepared an appropriate offensive with the F-Pace, E-Pace, and the all-electric I-Pace. But that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten about sports cars. Speaking with <i>Autocar</i>, Jaguar’s product strategy boss suggested the brand …

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Subaru Admits it Manipulated Fuel Economy and Emissions Data in Japan

Potentially since 2002<p>Volkswagen may be the most well-known automaker that’s been caught dodging emissions regulations, but it’s far from the only one. In only the last few years, Fiat Chrysler’s been accused of something similar, BMW and Daimler have been accused of colluding with VW, and …

Shift list: All the new cars you can buy with a manual transmission

You'll be surprised by the size of the list<p>The overarching trend of the past few years has been that the manual transmission is on the way out. People like automatics, they can be faster than manually shifting, and they're frequently better at saving fuel. But there's still a sizable enough …

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Honda program teaches young drivers to use manual transmission

Passing the stick to the next generation, with the help of vintage cars<p>With the manual transmission becoming less common as time goes on, there are fewer opportunities to learn how to use it and subsequently order a car with one. In response to this, Honda hosted an experience in the Los Angeles …

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Memminger Roadster 2.7 is the ultimate VW Beetle

It has a 210-horsepower air-cooled engine<p>As charming and cute as classic Volkswagen Beetles are, there's no getting around the fact that they're not especially sleek, nor are fast. At all. That is with the exception of this, the Memminger Roadster 2.7. It's a custom Bug built by a German …

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Truckers help troopers prevent man from jumping off Michigan bridge

Your feel-good story for the day<p>Life is full of really depressing news stories, so here's one to make you feel better. According to <i>Fox 2</i>, a man was attempting to commit suicide by jumping off an overpass on I-696 between Huntington Woods and Oak Park in Michigan, a bit north of Detroit. The news …

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Subaru moves to trademark the name ... Evoltis

Should we expect that name for EV or hybrid Subarus?<p>Subaru's advancing to the electrified frontier, and it's reportedly picking a name for its plug-in hybrid. That name is said to be "Evoltis."<p>While Evoltis sounds about as engaging as "Avensis" (Toyota) or "Magentis" (Kia), at least it's not as …

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You can soon see (and delete) everything Apple knows about you

Apple will soon let you download all the information it has stored about you, modify it, or even delete it. The privacy change is required by a new European law, but is also in-line with Apple’s policy to not spy on its customers. This sets it apart from rivals like Google and Facebook.<p>Apple …

Aye Captain! Hennessey's 2018 Lincoln Navigator has 600 HP

Twin-turbo Lincoln SUV goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds<p>Texas tuner John Hennessey wants to steer the 2018 Lincoln Navigator into some serious performance SUV waters, presently dominated by the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Range Rover SVR. Upping the power of Lincoln's range-topping sport-utility, …

Mercedes Flexperience subscriptions: Drive a different car each month

Flat-fee program planned for the U.S. sometime this year<p>Mercedes-Benz will soon jump into the U.S. car subscription pool. Carmakers like Audi, Cadillac and Porsche, as well as tech companies like Clutch Technologies and Flexdrive, have already begun trialing multi-vehicle subscription services …

1,900-hp Rimac C_Two electric supercar is Richard Hammond-proof

After fiery Concept_One crash, the successor gets cheeky new safety gear.<p>All's well that ends well, especially when you escape relatively unharmed after driving a 1,000+ horsepower supercar off a mountain.<p>That's exactly what happened last summer when Richard Hammond, former host of BBC's "Top Gear" …

Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept brings back the WRX wagon in Geneva

It's headed for production in 2020, and here are the basics<p>Last month, we ran a dimly-lit teaser image depicting the taillight of the new Subaru Viziv Tourer concept, slated for a Geneva Motor Show reveal. Now the wraps have come off the handsomely bronze concept, and it all looks good for a future …

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Detroit Auto Show might move from January to October, and here's why

How does a fall car show on the riverfront sound?<p>As we've reported occasionally over the past several years, auto shows have been in decline, with more automakers deciding which shows to attend and which to sit out, and how otherwise to spend their marketing money. Or, in the case of the Detroit …

Buick Regal TourX vs. Subaru Outback 3.6R vs. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Comparing America’s mainstream wagons, take 2<p>There’s nothing worse than plans that have gone belly up, but there we were, pulled over in the middle of rural Wyoming, with a ruptured intercooler and a gaping hole where the passenger-side headlight once was on our 2018 Buick Regal TourX, courtesy of …

2017 Subaru Legacy Sport Long-Term Update 5: How it Compares to the Updated 2018 Model

Driving the refreshed 2018 Legacy back-to-back with our long-termer<p>In what qualifies as next-level product hype, Subaru gave us a Crimson Red 2018 Legacy 2.5i Sport to drive around for a few weeks last month. After 10 months and nearly 18,000 miles on our gray 2017 model, the bright newness of the …

2018 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Turbo-Four First Test

Ian Callum's ability to design such beautiful cars with regularity must drive the other guys nuts. Just look at the F-Type. Proportion is spot on. The body's gesture needs no superfluous creases to create "surface excitement." Every line counts. Less is, indeed, more, and the F-Type's mere shape is …

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Watch as Hennessey Exorcist summons an unholy 217 mph run

Yep, that's four more miles per hour than a Corvette ZR1. Mission accomplished.<p>For speed that makes your head spin, better call the Exorcist — the 1,000-horsepower Hennessy Exorcist Camaro. Hold the green pea soup, please. After all, that'd make quite a mess at 217 miles per hour, which is the …

Hyundai may be working on Theta III power for a mid-engine car

Could it be a mid-engine Veloster, or something even more interesting?<p>Hyundai's been showing off mid-engine concepts and flogging mid-engine prototypes for at least four years. The fanciful 2014 Passo Corto gave way to a Veloster Midship concept just a few months later, the following years bringing …

Automotive Industry

Subaru teases new Viziv Tourer concept ahead of Geneva

2020 WRX wagon, anybody?<p>Subaru has released a teaser image of the Viziv Tourer concept due to be shown at Geneva next month. The name Viziv, which in Subaru concept car speak means "Vision for Innovation," has been tacked on quite a few concepts in recent years, including the Viziv Performance and …

Another Tesla Model S shooting brake is on the way

Italian outfit Ares Design wants to give it a far more luxurious interior.<p>Italian design house Ares Design is joining the ranks of specialists yearning to convert the Tesla Model S sedan into a shooting brake, releasing an image of an attractive, sporty wagon that slots somewhere in-between the two …

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