September 2016

Electric Mini and BMW X3 Are a Go, Says CEO

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

An electric Mini? There’s a weak Austin Powers joke in there somewhere, maybe, but that movie (alarmingly) came out 19 years ago. After teasing the possibility earlier this year, BMW CEO Harald Krüger confirmed an all-electric Mini will arrive in 2019, Bloomberg reports. Krüger claims a Mini EV, as well as an electric version of the compact X3 […]

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Renault Finds a New Partner to Help Boost Sales: Iran

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Few good news stories seem to originate in Iran, but Renault wouldn’t agree. The French automaker has inked a deal with the government of Iran to massively boost vehicle production in the middle eastern country. The joint venture announced today between Groupe Renault and the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) seeks to increase investment […]

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Land Rover Defender Lands in 2018, Borrows Discovery Platform

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

The regulator-friendly replacement for the recently departed Land Rover Defender is on the way, and has already begun on-road testing, the automaker’s CEO confirms. Speaking to Britain’s Autocar, Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth says the new Defender adopts the lightweight aluminum architecture of the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery. The platform and design upgrade is good […]

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UAW Plant Chairman Confirms Ford Ranger, Bronco Revival in Trump Comments

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Will they, or won’t they? That’s the question nagging the minds of Ford Ranger and Bronco fans as they patiently await an official announcement from the automaker on the models’ return. The Blue Oval will only confirm that two new products will take the place of the soon-to-depart Focus and C-Max at the Michigan Assembly […]

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Buick Goes Upmarket With Avenir Sub-Brand, Toe-Stepping Be Damned

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Buick’s stunning Avenir Concept from the 2015 North American International Auto Show will not reach production, but the concept’s Avenir nameplate will be used as a Buick sub-brand. In the same vein as GMC’s upmarket Denali sub-brand, Avenir will become the high-end trim level “on three [Buick] models around the globe in the next 18 months,” […]

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‘Good Times’ Return for Volkswagen Around 2020, Diess Predicts

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

After the awkward auto show apologies of the past year, Volkswagen executives are looking forward to a rosy time in the near future after the brand stabilizes itself. Those “good times” will return, according to global brand chief Herbert Diess, but not before three to four years of rough slogging. In a Bloomberg TV interview from […]

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Ford UK, Always the Optimist, Enters Mustang GT in MPG Marathon

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Throughout its life, the Mustang GT has been called many things, from sexy, to speedy, to downright stupid — but never has it been called a fuel sipper. Ford UK doesn’t seem to care. For the UK’s annual fuel economy challenge, one of Ford’s entries will be the 410-horse Mustang GT convertible, which is rated for an optimistic […]

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Ram Rebel TRX Concept: Fiat Chrysler Floats a Raptor Fighter

September 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

It looks like the media attention heaped on Ford’s newly improved 2017 F-150 Raptor has made Fiat Chrysler Automobiles a little jealous. The automaker unveiled a brash off-road truck concept at the Texas State Fair today, testing the waters for a possible production version. Think of the Ram Rebel TRX as a Hellcat 1500. From […]

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: More Power, More Speeds, More MPG

September 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ford Motor Company has issued specifications for its 2017 F-150 Raptor off-road performance pickup, and you can thank the company’s engineers for the attractive numbers. The next-generation Raptor makes serious gains not just in horsepower and torque, but also in fuel economy. The mileage boost should make those dirt-flinging romps through the countryside just a […]

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