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Musk Promises New Tesla Roadster Will Be World’s Fastest Production Car. “Period.”

“A hardcore smackdown” for gas-powered sports cars.

by on Nov.17, 2017

Is this going to be the fastest production car ever?

Forget the Dodge Demon. Don’t bother with the new 5,000 hp Devel Sixteen. If what Elon Musk revealed late Thursday night has any bearing on reality, the world of performance is about to change. “Period.”

Officially, Tesla had promised the evening would finally bring the twice-delayed unveiling of the company’s new Semi truck, an 18-wheeler meant to offer a clean alternative to traditional diesel rigs. But CEO Musk had something in his back pocket, and when the trailer of one of those big trucks opened up, out popped a sleek, cherry red 2+2.

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“People have been asking us when we’re going to make a new Roadster,” said Musk. “We’re making it now.”

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Toyota Teases “Future Adventure Concept” Coming to LA Auto Show

New Toyota FT-AC follows up on recent FT-4X concept and signals replacement for FJ Cruiser.

by on Nov.16, 2017

The teaser pic suggests a more classic SUV design for the Toyota FT-AC concept.

Toyota and its high-line Lexus brand will be putting the spotlight on SUVs at the upcoming LA Auto Show – to no one’s surprise considering utes now account for half of the overall American new vehicle market.

Lexus has already given us a hint of its new RXL, a three-row version of the ever-popular RX line, and now it’s Toyota’s turn to tease us, the Japanese giant releasing this carefully lit front view of what it has dubbed the FT-AC.

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Short for “Future Toyota Adventure Concept,” it picks up where Toyota left off last April with the FT-4X concept, and the retro-styled FT-AC appears to signal what may be heading our way to fill the slot left open by the demise of the old FJ Cruiser.

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Lexus Launching New Three-Row RXL at LA Auto Show

Hybrid and gas models in the mix expected for 2019.

by on Nov.16, 2017

A teaser image shows part of the new Lexus RXL's taillights and badging.

The big dog in the midsize luxury SUV segment is apparently set to get a bit bigger, Lexus announced plans to launch a three-row version of its familiar RX sport-utility vehicle at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

The move should come as no surprise. If anything, one might wonder why it has taken so long for the luxury brand to bring out a three-row version of the RX, the best-selling midsize ute on the market. Since it was first introduced 20 years ago, the standard-edition RX has become the go-to vehicle for suburbanites looking for an alternative to a minivan.

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“How can the top-selling Lexus RX get even better? Make more of it,” Lexus hinted in a terse release accompanied by this close-up detail of the RXL’s back end.

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Tesla Hit by Lawsuit, Called “Hotbed for Racist Behavior”

Tesla responds.

by on Nov.15, 2017

Tesla's Fremont plant has been at the center of numerous discrimination lawsuits this year.

(We’ve updated the story to reflect comments from Tesla on the new lawsuit.)

Tesla has been hit with another lawsuit over the working environment at its Fremont, California assembly plant, this one alleging the factory is a “hotbed for racist behavior.”

The battery-carmaker, which bills itself as a progressive force for change in the auto industry, has been hit by several previous lawsuits, including one alleging sexual harassment and gender discrimination on the factory floor. The latest, brought as a class-action, claims black workers were targeted by racial slurs and that Tesla did not act in response to their complaints.

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Tesla sent a response to TheDetroitBureau.com on Wednesday that contended the lawsuit is a “hotbed of misinformation.” The automaker asserted it “is absolutely against any form of discrimination, harassment, or unfair treatment of any kind,” and contends that when it was advised of racial tensions between groups of African-American and Hispanic workers it stepped in and ultimately discharged three employees.

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Hyundai Planning to Add, Update 8 CUVs by 2020

Kona model will kick off ute assault.

by on Nov.15, 2017

The Hyundai Kona made its official public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Struggling to adapt to rapid changes in the U.S. new vehicle market, Hyundai plans to introduce eight all-new or significantly updated crossover-utility vehicles by 2020, the automaker revealed during a media briefing on Wednesday morning.

The wave of new models will range from a sub-compact, or A-segment ute up to a three-row, eight-passenger offering. The Hyundai Kona, set to be unveiled at the upcoming Los Angeles Motor Show, will become the first of the new products to go on sale.

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“CUVs are what’s really driving growth in the U.S. market,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of corporate planning, and the lack of a full range of utility vehicles is a key reason why analysts say Hyundai has lost momentum over the last several years after a decade of rapid growth.

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Musk Promises to “Blow Your Mind” With Electric Truck

Long-delayed debut scheduled for Thursday evening.

by on Nov.15, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is telling folks to be ready to have their "mind blown" with the long-awaited introduction of Tesla's semi truck on Thursday.

Prepare to have your mind blown “clear out of your skull,” or so promises Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO confirming the repeatedly delayed debut of his company’s new battery-powered semi-truck will finally take place on Thursday evening.

Big trucks suck down diesel fuel at a tremendous rate and they generate a disproportionate share of transportation-based pollution. In Los Angeles, for example, the semis waiting at the city’s two huge ports are considered one of its primary smog sources. So, there’s growing demand for clean trucks. Musk, for his part, has been broadly hinting that Tesla’s answer is a semi that will share some of the same powertrain technology as its battery-powered Models S, X and 3.

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“This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension,” said the never-subtle, South African-born entrepreneur in his latest truck tweet. (more…)

McLaren Teases Next-Gen P15 Hypercar

Fastest McLaren ever, but only 106 to be built.

by on Nov.14, 2017

McLaren offers a trease of the new P15's taillights.

McLaren is familiar with the idea of going to extremes, as its legendary F1 and the more recent P1 models clearly demonstrated. But the British sports carmaker aims to one-up itself with the debut of the newest member of its Ultimate Series set for December 10th.

Internally codenamed the P15, McLaren promises that the new hypercar will be “the most extreme road-legal McLaren ever.” Expect that to mean, among other things, a top speed well in excess of 200 mph using what is rumored to be a 4.0-liter V-8 blasting out something just short of 800 horsepower.

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The P1 isn’t the only ultra-exotic in the works at McLaren, however. The automaker also is working up what is being referred to internally as the world’s first Hyper-GT. And it will borrow at least some elements of the original P1’s design, notably the unusual, staggered three-seat cabin with the driver in the middle.

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All Booked Up – Cadillac Expands Subscription Service

Luxury brand introducing Bok to LA, Dallas shoppers.

by on Nov.13, 2017

Want a different Cadillac? Book by Cadillac participants can use an app and have a different model to their home or office.

It’s become conventional wisdom that the automobile will go through more changes during the next five years than it has the last 50. That goes for the car-buying process, as well.

Millions of Americans are already leasing, rather than buying, and others are opting for “nearly new” certified pre-owned rather than new vehicles. Still more may opt for more radical solutions, including new subscription services like the one Cadillac introduced earlier this year.

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Dubbed “Book by Cadillac,” it allows a customer to choose from a menu of different models, switching from products like the XT5 sport-utility vehicle to the big XT6 sedan as often as 18 times a year. The subscription model was launched in New York and is now rolling out in two other major U.S. markets, Los Angeles and Dallas. (more…)

First Look: Chevy Lifts Veil Off the Corvette ZR1 in Dubai

The “King Kong” Corvette is the fastest, most powerful version ever…but more is in store.

by on Nov.13, 2017

At 755 hp and with a top speed of 755, the 2019 ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever.

The Corvette rumor mill has been buzzing at an intense pace in recent months, with something big expected to come out before the end of the year. And so it has. Though the big news isn’t the long-awaited, mid-engine Vette, the C7 variant making its debut at the Dubai Motor Show is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes as close as ever to giving foreign supercar brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini a real run for the money – and, indeed, at $130,000, this 755 horsepower King Kong Corvette is a veritable bargain.

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“Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, during the ZR1’s Dubai, Dubai Debut.

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“Widespread shortcomings”: Key Analyst Trashes Tesla Model 3 After Test Drive

“Relatively poor” fit and finish, says Bernstein analyst.

by on Nov.10, 2017

A handful of Model 3 sedans at the Fremont plant waiting to be delivered to early customers.

Already hammered by manufacturing problems that have severely limited line rates at its Fremont, California assembly plant, Tesla’s Model 3 is being trashed by a key automotive industry analyst after taking the compact battery-electric vehicle for a test drive.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s first entry into the mainstream automotive market and, unlike its earlier models which appeal to affluent buyers with multiple vehicles, the new sedan is going after everyday owners who may have only one vehicle at home. As such, getting quality right is expected to be a critical challenge for the California-based automaker.

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“Our inspection revealed widespread shortcomings in fit and finish ,” wrote Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, after taking the Model 3 for a test drive out of Tesla’s showroom in Brooklyn. “Tesla representatives acknowledged some of the fit issues, but stated that they believed that Model 3 was much further ahead than where Model X and S had been at this point in production.”

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