Month: September 2018

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, so goes the saying. Object lesson: Volkswagen’s decision to retire its New Beetle after 20 years on the market. It’s a bit of a shame, but reality bites. Motor Trend loved the New Beetle, naming it our 1999 Import Car of the Year upon its launch. After the
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Mercedes-AMG has dropped the “Project One” moniker for its new hypercar as it inches closer to production. A year after the prototype debuted to the public, the model will be known as “ONE” from now on. Mercedes says the name befits its new top-of-the-line vehicle—as in “the One.” “The name stands for the highest automotive
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Kia’s best-selling product here in the U.S. has been completely redesigned for 2019. As part of the Forte’s overhaul, Kia reimagined the exterior with styling cues it says are inspired by the Stinger. Does the small sedan live up to that claim, or is it all hype? Is the Forte refreshing or revolting? Let’s examine
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BMW has increased the battery capacity of the i3, allowing it to travel 153 miles on a single charge. That range may not be competitive with the Tesla Model 3 or even the Chevrolet Bolt, but it’s a considerable improvement from the current i3 and nearly double that of the original. When the i3 launched
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The 2019 Nissan Titan and Titan XD soldier on mostly unchanged since their recent redesigns. But the trucks receive a few much-needed updates that will make them a little more comfortable than before. A 7.0-inch touchscreen is now standard on all models instead of the previous 5.0-inch unit. Finally, Titans receive Apple CarPlay and Android
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The Nissan Altima is a staple of the midsize sedan class, but that hasn’t always been the case. From the model’s humble beginnings as a compact sedan to its rebirth as a midsizer in the early 2000s to the new 2019 iteration that offers cutting-edge engine tech and all-wheel drive, this photo gallery covers all
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The ES is the first Lexus vehicle with Apple CarPlay, and it’s standard on the ES 300h along with Siri Eyes Free voice control. Android Auto is still not offered, but owners of Amazon Alexa-enabled Android phones can take advantage of the service’s car-to-home and home-to-car verbal commands (iPhone compatibility is scheduled for late 2018).
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Trivia question: Which vehicle does BMW expect to perform Olympian feats again and again? The answer lies in the cities chosen for the launch of the original vehicle in 1999 and subsequent generations in 2006 and 2013. It is the X5 midsize crossover, which BMW launched in Atlanta, home to the 1996 Summer Olympics. It
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The current-generation Honda Fit debuted for the 2015 model year, and it received a mild refresh for 2018. That means we’re still a few years off from a completely new version. Although we might not see a new Fit before 2020, Honda is getting ready, even testing a prototype on public roads. Despite the heavy
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This past weekend’s inaugural Nitro Rallycross event added a healthy dose of four-wheel excitement to the 2018 Nitro World Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. After two days of intense competition, Timmy Hansen of Sweden emerged as the winner of the first-ever Nitro Rallycross. Held at Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park),
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When Audi introduced the first-generation Q3 to Europe in 2011, it had some idea that compact crossovers were about to be the new hot commodity, but it couldn’t have predicted just how hot they would become. The first-gen Q3, developed just before Volkswagen Group’s switch to modular architectures, wasn’t originally meant for the U.S. market,
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