Bugatti Commemorates 110 Years with Chiron Sport “ans 110 Bugatti”

Covered in Blue Steel carbon fiber and steel, it hits 260 mph.

by on Apr.16, 2019

The Bugatti Chiron ans 110 Bugatti is one of 20. The limited edition racer marks the company's 110th anniversary.

If a 25-year anniversary is silver and 50 years is gold, what’s 110? Bugatti!

Perhaps more precisely the limited-edition Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti,” the specialty $4 million racer to commemorate the founding of the company in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti as well as the country where the company was created. The car is designed to “serve as inspiration for a company that follows its founder’s spirit.”

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The limited-edition Chiron Sport “110 Ans Bugatti” also emphasizes the company’s French heritage with an exterior livery, if you will, in the tricolor, “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge.” That scheme rolls over to some parts of the interior as well. Just 20 of the cars will be built. Read the rest of this entry »

First Drive: 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Stylish looks with ample power and comfort — a recipe for success.

by on Apr.16, 2019

The Chevy Colorado Z71 offers a do-it-all vehicle in a growing and competitive segment.

Even with the car business facing some stiffening headwinds, trucks are still going strong and manufacturers are driving interest the segment with new models.

For example, the Chevrolet Colorado has been vital to the growth of the midsized truck market, which has expanded recently, prompting manufacturers to tinker with variants such as the one I drove recently.

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The 2019 Colorado Z71 Crew Cab Short Box with four-wheel drive has a bold presence and plenty of curb appeal as well as a spirited powertrain as well as the ground clearance to ride confidently on dirt roads or even off road. Read the rest of this entry »

New Dodge Challenger Gets “Angry” in the Quarter Mile

"Angry Bee" gets NHRA approval to race.

by on Apr.16, 2019

The new 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 has been approved by the NHRA to race.

So often sports car owners are looking for a vehicle that can go from the street to the track with a minimum of effort. However, that’s usually for road-style track vehicles, not a drag racer — until now.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is now National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) approved so burning rubber at the stop sign can help warm up the tires for a first pass in the quarter mile at the track.

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The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, which is named for distance of the quarter mile, can be modified for competition in NHRA Stock and Super Stock Sportsman class competition for the 2019 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Aston Martin’s Long-Awaited EV, the Rapide E Rolls Into Shanghai

Low-volume sport sedan will be followed by two electric crossovers.

by on Apr.16, 2019

Two years late, Aston Martin debuted its battery-electric speedster, the Rapide E, at Auto Shanghai.

Few countries are plugging into battery-power more rapidly than China, so it would seem appropriate that Aston Martin would bring its first all-electric model, the Rapide E, to Auto Shanghai for its formal debut.

Originally intended to be developed as part of a joint venture with China’s LeEco, the project is nearly two years behind schedule and, with the Chinese start-up pulling out of the project, Aston now plans to build just 155 of the battery-electric vehicles. But it says it will use what it has learned for future BEVs, including both a plug-based version of its upcoming DBX crossover, as well as the Lagonda crossover due out in 2021.

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Calling the unveiling of the Rapide E “a huge moment for Aston Martin,” CEO Andy Palmer said that it “signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future. As a car company we cannot afford to passively allow that future to come to us; we have to actively chase it. Read the rest of this entry »

Infiniti Qs Inspiration EV Concept Charges into Auto Shanghai

First new Infiniti battery-car “to be built in China, for China."

by on Apr.16, 2019

Infiniti brand design chief Karim Habib helps debut the new Qs Inspiration battery-car concept.

Infiniti has formally unveiled its new Qs Inspiration battery-car concept at 2019 Auto Shanghai and confirmed it will strongly influence the maker’s design direction as it begins rolling out its first all-electric models.

With its tall, blunt nose, and low, fastback roofline, the Qs is meant to “reinterpret” the traditional look of three-box sedan designs. Meanwhile, the flexible architecture underlying the Qs will wind up being used for an array of upcoming battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

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Eventually, Infiniti officials have said, the goal is to offer battery-based powertrains for all of the Infiniti line-up, whether plug-in hybrid or pure electric. But the automaker noted that its first BEV will be “built in China, for China.” That comes as no surprise to many industry observers considering the New Energy Vehicle mandate enacted in late 2017 which has already transformed China into the world’s largest market for plug-based vehicles.

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Cadillac Lifts Covers on New CT5 Sedan

Despite push into utes, brand remains “very much committed to sedans.”

by on Apr.16, 2019

The Sport edition of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 reveals the brand's commitment to sedans that are fun to drive.

Cadillac has rolled out a procession of new utility vehicles during the past several years, including the compact XT4 that debuted at the New York International Auto Show in 2018. General Motors’ luxury brand is back in the Big Apple this week with another new entry, though the debut of the CT5 sedan shows Caddy won’t be a one-trick pony.

The brand remains “very much committed to sedans,” said Caddy President Steve Carlisle, even if the options will be fewer than had been planned earlier in the decade.

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Meant to replace the old CTS, the new sedan slots under the big CT6, the current Cadillac flagship which is, at least for now, set to go out of production in the next year. As such, the new model will have to put the best face forward for the brand, especially in the Chinese market where sedans remain a popular choice among high-line consumers. Read the rest of this entry »

German Prosecutors Charger Former VW CEO Winterkorn with Fraud

Lawyers charge four other executives as well.

by on Apr.15, 2019

Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged by German prosecutors with fraud related to the diesel emissions scandal.

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged with fraud on Monday by German prosecutors for his role in the automaker’s diesel emissions testing scandal. The scandal came to light in 2015.

“Former Chief Executive Dr. Martin Winterkorn is being charged with a particularly serious case of fraud, a violation of the law against unfair competition and breach of fiduciary trust,” the prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

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Prosecutors also said that Winterkorn and four other managers faced charges, but did not give the names of the other four or say whether they were still employed by Volkswagen. Winterkorn’s lawyer, Felix Doerr, declined to comment, saying he had not seen all of the paperwork, according to Reuters. Read the rest of this entry »

Fiat Chrysler Confidently Pays First-Ever Dividend

Payout marks optimism about rest of 2019 performance.

by on Apr.15, 2019

Fiat Chairman John Elkann told shareholders at the FCA annual meeting that he expected strong results in 2019.

The top executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobile N.V. delivered an upbeat assessment of the company’s future prospects during the company annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam, agreeing to pay a dividend to shareholders for the first time since Fiat took effective control of the Chrysler Group in 2009 and brought it out of bankruptcy.

In the first shareholders gathering since the death of Sergio Marchionne, FCA’s longtime chief executive, it fell to John Elkann, Fiat’s chairman, to deliver an optimistic forecast for 2019 despite the drop in the company’s business in North America and the slowdown in the sales of Jeep, which has emerged as the company’s principal brand.

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Elkann, the representative of the founding Agnelli family, which has run Fiat for more than 100 years, told investors the Italo-American group was ready to play a part in the “new and exciting” era for the auto industry. Read the rest of this entry »

2nd Generation Audi Q3 Grows Larger, More Sophisticated

Compact luxury crossover to start at $35,695.

by on Apr.15, 2019

A late entry for the 2019 model-year, Audi's second-generation Q3 is just reaching U.S. shores.

Audi’s compact Q3 crossover is making its formal first public showing at the New York International Auto Show this week and will be available in a variety of different trim packages starting at $35,695, the automaker announced just ahead of the annual NYIAS media preview.

The 2019 Audi Q3 grows larger and more powerful, while also adding more premium features, including the now-standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi’s interiors have long been an industry benchmark, but the automaker has given the cabin a distinctive new look that emphasizes the upgrades infotainment and digital display technology.

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Audi is facing a raft of competition in one of the market’s fastest-growing segments, so it’s no surprise it has decided to give the Q3 an upgrade, rather than just a facelift. The carmaker is also offering a variety of different trim levels that let buyers choose something that’s more sporty or, if they prefer, a bit more elegant. Read the rest of this entry »

American Automakers Leaving Their Mark at NYIAS

Crossover lead the pack with a little muscle mixed in for good measure.

by on Apr.15, 2019

U.S. automakers are looking impress NYIAS attendees this year with a mix of utility vehicles and muscle cars.

Among the dozens of new vehicle debuts coming to the New York International Auto Show, American automakers have plenty to brag about this year.

Like their foreign counterparts, they cover the crossover and sport-utility market like a swarm of locusts with luxury performance iterations to lower-priced, well-appointed smaller models that will still turn heads during this year’s event.

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However, while the foreign makers have also sprinkled a smattering to speed with some sports cars and supercars, one maker has provided the American counterbalance: brute force muscle that certainly taps into the patriotism that always garners attention. That said, there will be more surprises to come during this year’s show. Read the rest of this entry »

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