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Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the …

Look in on the future of motorsport with Formula E

We'll admit, the idea of the Formula E is an exciting one to us – all-electric, open-wheel racers silently zipping around on the streets of the world's greatest cities should appeal to any futurist/racing enthusiast. As the series approaches the start of the inaugural, ten-race season in Beijing, …

For The Duke's birthday, the car chases from McQ

No cowboy hats. Just a Trans Am, a Belvedere, a MAC-10, and a historic stunt.<p>On this date in 1907, John Wayne was born. The Hollywood icon and proto-action star is best known for the Westerns and war films that defined his career, but one of his last films saw him take on a modern-day detective …

Alfa Romeo 4C vs. Porsche Cayman and Lotus Elise

Alfa's comeback sports car is super-focused, but is that enough to beat England and Germany?<p>Alfa Romeo divorced itself from the US so long ago that we now only remember the sweet moments, not the overwhelmingly bitter reasons for the marque's departure. Twenty years have passed since the last 164 …

Lamborghini dispatches Huracán Polizia

After the Dubai Police, there is perhaps no law-enforcement agency with a better-stocked garage than Italy's Polizia di Stato. And on 22 May in Rome, the long arm of the law got a little longer, thanks to Lamborghini.<p>In a ceremony attended by Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann and Italian State Police …

Lamborghini

Top 5 Concept Motorcycles

Car manufacturers occasionally dip a toe into the world of two wheels. It’s usually in the form of an expensive bicycle designed to be strapped to the back of a giant SUV, and bought by middle-aged businessmen.<p>But that hasn’t stopped petrolhead designers from daydreaming about radical motorcycles …

Motorcycles

Race Recap: 2014 Indianapolis 500 started strong, ended stronger [spoilers]

Sunday marked the 98th running of the Indy 500 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The weather was absolutely beautiful (76 degrees Fahrenheit, not a cloud in the sky), and for the first three-quarters of the race, it was business as usual. Despite the absolutely insane speeds (in excess of 200 …

This multi-million-dollar McLaren F1 got wrecked today

Chassis #072 flips, crashes into tree in Italy.<p>Ouch. The car shown above is McLaren F1, chassis #072. As you can see, it's dressed with the factory downforce package and is quite beautiful. Its owner also happens to have a matching McLaren MP4-12C dubbed "Bespoke Project 8", which was the subject …

2014 Audi Q5 TDI First Test

Torque vs Horsepower, It's All In The Timing<p>A few weeks before I got into this Audi Q5 TDI, I spent several days in the SQ5, which is basically a lifted S4 wagon. The SQ5 is a land rocket for families that will leave some sports car drivers wondering if they made the right choice in vehicle. As you …

The 2015 Volvo XC90 went through a button exorcism

One touchscreen to control them all.<p>This is the inside of the new Volvo XC90. In case it's not immediately apparent, as a three-row SUV this is Volvo's most important new product in the US. They've also gotten rid of pretty much every interior button.<p>It's bold, but it's clever. The clever comes …

The boxer is back at Villa d'Este

Another stunning BMW Motorrad concept debuts at Lake Como.<p>Just a year ago, we brought you news of BMW's Concept Ninety, a Roland Sands-designed homage to BMW's legendary R90S. That Villa d'Este concept soon saw production as BMW's nineT special. We can only hope the latest BMW concept to debut at …

Formula E headed to Long Beach in 2015

The FIA Formula E electric open-wheel racing series has some big names associated with it, whether its Dario Franchitti in the commentary box or former Formula One drivers behind the wheel, and the championship is still announcing races for its inaugural season. While a Los Angeles round has been …

Maserati returns to Indianapolis to commemorate historic win

This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend, folks, and you know what that means: racing. There was the Monaco Grand Prix for Formula One fans, and back Stateside there was the Indianapolis 500. You might expect to see a name like Maserati pop up at the former more than the latter, but that wasn't …

On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter teased in new trailer

The tagline for the 1971 film <i>On Any Sunday</i> was "Motorcycle, Sport and the Men Who Ride On Any Sunday." Funded by Steve McQueen and directed by Bruce Brown – he also directed <i>The Endless Summer</i> and his son Dana Brown made <i>Dust to Glory</i> – the film dug into the world of professional and amateur …

2015 Corvette Stingray gets new options, colors, Z51-look package

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has already established itself as a legitimate successor to the crown with fantastic performance and dynamic looks. But it's a year old now, and that means it's time for some subtle tweaks to the mix. Pricing information for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette isn't …

Tony Fernandes putting Caterham up for sale?

<b>UPDATE</b>: <i>Caterham has issued an unequivocal press release, stating explicitly: "Despite press romours to the contrary, Caterham Group is not for sale." The statement goes on to say that the sports car maker is "actively searching" for new investment as a means to support its continued development.</i> …

2015 BMW X4 First Drive

After A Quarter-Million X6 Sales, Munich Goes Back To The Well<p>BMW has been in the line-blurring business of late, with the original X5 "Sports Activity Vehicle" muddling the line between SUVs and sport sedans in 1999, the 5 Series Gran Turismo challenging what our definition of "Gran Turismo" means …

A MINI Two-Seater Sports Car? Superleggera Vision Teases Us

MINI has been a huge success story for its parent company BMW. Customers all over the world have fallen for the car's retro looks and wide range of …

Roadsters

First Bentley SUV teased in video short

The Bentley SUV is coming and there's not a thing we can do to stop it. The latest indication that the wing-badged behemoth is on the way is this teaser video, which (thankfully?) doesn't show us a whole lot of the new vehicle, aside from its Continental GT-inspired headlights and its …

Could Renewable Bamboo Be As Strong As Carbon Fiber For Lightweight Cars?

Carbon fiber now appears poised to enter the mainstream of automotive materials, but a less high-tech material could be waiting in the wings as …

Carbon Fiber

2015 BMW i8 Tech Highlights Revealed: Video

Follow Antony<p>If you bought a 2015 BMW i8 based on its styling alone, we'd not begrudge you for it. While BMW's i3 has gone for high-tech and …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Kobayashi's Caterham Seven is selfish

Only 10 people will get them, and passengers are out of luck.<p>Japan is a huge export market for Caterham's cars—in fact, the second largest, according to the company. And Kamui Kobayashi is clearly the highest-profile Japanese F1 driver in a while, and the only one on the grid in 2014. So a …

2014 Jeep Cherokee: Introduction

An Extended Test Of Jeep's Radical New SUV<p>When we look back at some of the more shocking product launches of recent years, the Jeep Cherokee is certainly high up on the list. And we aren't just talking about its off-the-wall, polarizing design.<p>For starters, it brought back the iconic Cherokee …

Hyundai, Kia ranked greenest automaker in U.S.

Hyundai has upset Honda for the title of the Greenest Automaker in the United States, according to the latest ranking by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), an independent nonprofit organization.<p>The Korean automaker and its sister brand Kia have reduced their average fleet emissions by …

Chrysler Nine-Speed Automatic Software Tweaked

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee faced numerous hurdles on its way to dealerships because of Chrysler‘s new nine-speed automatic transmission, but even after the automaker tweaked the transmission’s software once before, it’s not done yet. <i>Automotive News</i> reports that the complex automatic transmission is due …

Chrysler

Considering a Porsche Cayman S or Boxster S? Buy the GTS instead

Because no one does a Special Value Package like Porsche.<p>It doesn't matter if you favor the left or right side of your brain, or if you don't put any stock in the whole brain-hemisphere thing—the Porsche Cayman and Boxster GTS are attractive propositions. Especially for those on the fence about …

Alfa Romeo

KTM Tracker by Roland Sands

I’m surprised we don’t see more KTMs on the custom scene. Maybe it’s because the Austrian bikes offer great performance straight out of the box, and a love-it-or-hate-it style that’s hard to tweak.<p>Roland Sands is a fan of the brand, and also one of the few customizers brave enough to tear down a …

Motorcycles

Bentley Previews SUV Again in New Video, More Details Revealed

The canvas that is Bentley’s first-ever SUV has been painted over, and the new work is starting to take clearer form. After hitting the reset button on its poorly received EXP 9 F concept, Bentley stormed back with a teaser of the SUV’s newly Continental-ified front end. Rumor also spread that the …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs