Daily Archives: May 31, 2018

Will the next VW Golf R dish out 400 horsepower?

Volkswagen is hard at work prepping the MkVIII Golf, which should arrive sometime in the next year or so. That also means we'll have a fresh take on the GTI and the hot hatch Golf R. It seems, however, that VW is eager to turn the Golf R from a hot hatch into a scorching one. And by scorching, we mean 400 horsepower. According to AutoExpress, Volkswagen...

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California will begin testing digital license plates that cost $700

California will become the first state to test digital license plates after state officials agreed to introduce the technology. To start, the city will take delivery of 24 plates for its in-house fleet of vehicles. The digital plates use the same technology found in Kindle eBook readers coupled with a wireless communication system. For a sizable sum and a...

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Hyundai N division ponders stand-alone sports car

Hyundai dove into the realm of performance cars with the birth of its N division, which soon gave way to the i30N and Veloster N. In the future, "N" could stand for "Nutso" for Hyundai's skunkworks. Top Gear reported Tuesday that a stand-alone sports car could be in the pipeline for the Korean performance division. Albert Biermann, who currently heads the N...

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Matt LeBlanc will leave Top Gear after its next season

Matt LeBlanc has decided that the next season of Top Gear will be his last. Serving as one of the main hosts alongside Chris Harris and Rory Reid, LeBlanc cites the serious time demand and extensive travel as his main motivation for walking away from the show. In his own words, LeBlanc says that it's "great" fun to host Top Gear. However, the "time...

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FCA in talks to use Waymo self-driving tech in showroom-bound models

Waymo is making huge strides in the race to develop a safe and robust self-driving service. The Alphabet-owned company formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project on Thursday announced that starting in 2018 it will order up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids to join its self-driving fleet. It follows Waymo's announcement in March that...

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GM’s self-driving car business receives $2.25B from world’s biggest tech fund

General Motors' self-driving car business (GM Cruise) has been given a huge vote of confidence by SoftBank Vision Fund. The fund, which controls more than $100 billion in assets and is considered the world's biggest tech invester, on Thursday announced it will inject $2.25 billion in GM Cruise in return for a 19.6 percent stake. An initial payment of $900...

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 spy shots

Mercedes-Benz in February unveiled a new A-Class hatchback and followed it up with an A-Class sedan April. They're the first of eight members planned for the automaker's new generation of compact cars. Some of those eight members will have high-performance variants developed by Mercedes-AMG. And this time around there will be direct replacements for the...

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Brabham names Bend Motorsport Park as home base for honing its supercars

Ferrari has Fiorano, McLaren has Dunsfold, and now Brabham also has a home base for developing its supercars. Brabham on Tuesday named The Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend, Australia as its “home circuit.” The site, about 60 miles from Brabham's Adelaide headquarters and production facility, is recognized by the FIA and comprises a number of...

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Edd China has a second new car show: “Built By Many”

Leaving “Wheeler Dealers” last year over creative differences may end up being the best thing to happen to our favorite car restorer Edd China. That's because he's now working on not one, but two new car shows. Only last month we saw a pilot episode for “Edd China's Garage Revival,” a show where China travels abroard to meet owners...

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2018 Dodge Demon is done, final car thunders off the line

It was easily the most anticipated car of 2018 but Dodge's Challenger SRT Demon, like all good things, must come to an end. That end actually took place on Wednesday where the very last Demon, example 3,300, rolled off the line at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' plant in Brampton, Canada. The car doesn't have an owner yet. And no, FCA isn't planning to lock it...

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