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Is Subaru close to ditching 6-cylinder engines?

Despite niche outliers like the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 and 7.0-liter V8 in the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, we live in an era where small-displacement, turbocharged engines are becoming the norm. In many model lineups, a boosted four-cylinder now holds the place that a six might have just a …

You Won't Believe Who Just Created An Engine With 3 Turbochargers

The engine, known as the High Performance Drive E Powertrain Concept, features not one, not two, but <i>three</i> turbos to provide fuel-efficient horsepower. The company's newfound devotion to the four-cylinder engine is set to permeate its complete lineup of cars. In fact, starting with this current …

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A Complete History of Batman Video Games

Becoming the bat.<p>75 years ago, Bob Kane and Bill Finger created a character that would go on to become one of the most enduring icons of the century, …

Tesla expects another higher-volume deal with Toyota in next few years

Four months have passed since Toyota ended its relationship with Tesla Motors, in which the electric-vehicle specialist supplied full lithium-ion battery packs to the Japanese behemoth for its RAV4 EV rollout, of which 2,500 vehicles will be completed. Now, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has been …

GM's board of directors was 'shocked' and 'stunned' by recall woes

With nearly 30 million cars worldwide covered under recalls, General Motors hasn't exactly had the best year. While sales haven't suffered too badly in the US, the cost of all of the safety campaigns has been a big drain financially for the last two quarters. As investors' representatives within …

Yamaha considering electric leaning trike?

Recent patent filings appear to indicate that Yamaha might be thinking about bringing a leaning, three-wheeled electric scooter to the US. While the idea of a trike cycle is hardly new – after all Yamaha already has its own Tricity – this one would have its dual wheels in the back with each one …

Ford hybrid sales rebound following MPG controversy

Ford hybrid customers apparently have very short memories. With two EPA fuel economy reratings in the last year, sales of the C-Max, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ haven't been too terribly dented, <i>Ward's Auto</i> reports.<p>All three vehicles saw sales dips following the August 2013 rerating, although …

Infiniti Q50S getting G37's hydraulic steering for 2016

<b>UPDATE:</b> Autoblog <i>spoke with Infiniti spokesperson Nick Twork, who clarified some of the details originally outlined in this story. First, all current Q50 models without Direct Adaptive Steering use hydraulic power steering. The proposed new system would be adapted from the previous G37S, which used</i> …

Ram pickups to keep it steel through 2020

One of the hottest topics in the industry these days is automakers' expanding use of aluminum, especially for vehicle bodies and platforms. While the lightweight metal has historically been the preserve of premium brands and sports cars, Ford shocked the industry when it announced that its 2015 …

Chrysler investigating complaints of vehicles with faulty power modules

Chrysler owners are hopping mad after experiencing a series of electrical gremlins in some of the company's vehicles. Issues range from mere annoyances – windows rolling down and radios turning off of their own accord – to serious safety issues, with headlights that randomly shut off at night and …

Evo pits BMW M3 against Porsche Macan in drag battle

If you want to move five passengers in very rapid fashion and you've got a $75,000 budget, two newly introduced four-door models immediately come to mind – both are the highest performing vehicles in their respective segments. But which is faster off the line, to the 60-mile-per-hour benchmark or …

Road Rage: Uber and Lyft Scramble for Lead in Cutthroat Hired-Car Market

There's a war on the streets — but you might not have noticed. Uber and Lyft, the smartphone-era car-share services whose rivalry has escalated steadily over the last year, have continually raised the stakes and matched each other move for move, some questionable tactics included — though Uber's …

2015 Ford Mustang RTR teased ahead of SEMA debut

Drifter Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and his tuning shop, RTR has shown off a preliminary rendering of the tuned 2015 Ford Mustang it's going to rock this year's SEMA show. About two months after that, they'll start showing up fully built in select Ford dealerships, plus garage rats can order the parts …

Dodge Viper to out-Hell the Hellcat with supercharged V10?

The Viper wouldn't be the Viper if it wasn't the most powerful model under the Chrysler umbrella. But with the arrival of the Hellcat engine in the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper has fallen behind in the bragging rights department: where the new supercharged V8 produces 707 horsepower and …

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Cadillac dealers frustrated over Escalade production snarls

Lincoln went through it during the launch of the MKZ last year, Jeep went through something similar with its Cherokee launch, and now the 2015 Cadillac Escalade has apparently caught the bug: dealer delivery delays because of quality control checks. <i>Automotive News</i> reports that Cadillac dealers have …

Hyundai Prius-Fighter Hybrid could preview next attack on Toyota's champion

Hyundai is no stranger to the hybrid game, selling a gas-electric version of the Sonata in the US since 2011. The 2015-model-year version gets 38 miles per gallon combined, which is certainly admirable but not quite in the same league as the hybrid champion Toyota Prius (50 mpg combined). New spy …

Safety systems supplier Mobileye raises $890 million in IPO

Israel-based vehicle safety technology company Mobileye (NYSE: MBLY) has successfully launched its Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange, raising approximately $890 million to value the company at a reported $5.3 billion.<p>You may have never heard of Mobileye, but that doesn't mean …

Autoblog readers come clean with their own controversial automotive beliefs

You Shared Your Unpopular Opinions And We Respond<p>Last week, the editors here at <i>Autoblog</i> sounded off with their unpopular automotive opinions, voicing the controversial sentiments for which we often catch flak from other enthusiasts upon expression. Along with our own, we invited the <i>Autoblog</i> …

Automakers post big July sales amid growing consumer confidence

Automakers posted one of their best months in years in July.<p>The car companies sold more than 1.4 million vehicles last month, a 9.1% gain from the same month a year earlier, according to AutoData Corp.<p>Most of the big automakers posted increases near 10% or better. Honda was the only major …

Automotive Industry

Volkswagen sales fall, but German luxury brands rise

Luxury European automakers reported strong sales in the U.S. in July, but the biggest European mainstream brand, Volkswagen, had a tough time of it.<p><b>Volkswagen</b><p>Volkswagen said its July sales were 30,553, down 14.6% from a year earlier, as the brand's new-design Golf compact had only just begun to hit …

Automakers have best July since 2006

<b>Detroit</b> --<p>Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.<p>Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent compared with last July, while Hyundai's rose 1.5 percent. Of major automakers, only Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.<p>It was the …