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Claim of wagon demise at Jaguar incorrect, says design chief

Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum took to Twitter yesterday to explain he was misquoted in a recent Automotive News article that claimed he had ruled out Jaguar ever launching another wagon. In his Tweet, Callum said he had simply stated there would be no wagon based on the XE, as opposed to stating there would no new wagons from Jaguar at all. I...

Australia Supercars Championship is new name of V8 Supercars

In response to changing trends, the popular Australian touring car series known as V8 Supercars has been rebranded with a new name that does away with the “V8” component. The FIA-sanctioned series from July 1 will be known as Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, with airline Virgin Australia signing up for the role of naming rights...

2017 Audi A4 L debuts at 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Yet another China-exclusive long-wheelbase sedan has debuted at this week’s 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The latest is the A4 L based on the new “B9” A4. Its wheelbase measures 114 inches in length or about 1.6 in more than on the standard A4. This translates to more interior space for rear-seat passengers. But it’s not just...

VW drops Golf R 400 in favor of 306-horsepower GTI Clubsport S

Volkswagen is out testing a new version of its GTI. The car offers more performance than last year’s 261-horsepower (286 hp with overboost) GTI Clubsport and makes its world debut at the upcoming Wörthersee Tour GTI tuning fest in Austria. The car may look like the previous GTI Clubsport but there's a small S after the...

Parking via smartphones and tablets: technology is ready, regulations aren't

It’s been nearly ten years since Lexus introduced to the U.S. market a system through which its big luxury sedan, the LS, could park itself. Since then there have been many luxury models, and even some relatively inexpensive mainstream models, to adopt versions of such a system, which sizes up a parking spot and does the steering as you...

Porsche's Patrick Long takes a 911 R on historic Tour de France Automobile stage

As Porsche factory driver Patrick Long points out in this last installment of his driver's training course video series, 55 corners and 2300 feet of elevation change over the course of 7.5 miles is bound to be a good time in the proper car. But it is even more fun when the driver has the proper training. Oh, in this case, the proper car is a...

Tesla's upgraded Model S is the first 300-mile electric car

The first mass-production electric car to boast a highway range greater than 300 miles on a single charge is here. It's the 2016 Tesla Model S 90D. Tesla's updated Model S 90D is now rated at 303.2 miles of highway range, according to measurements taken by the EPA. Technically, as InsideEVs points out, the latest Model S is rated at 294 miles of...

Ford brands new diesels EcoBlue

Europeans will now have access to Ford's newest line of diesel engines, which fall under the EcoBlue banner. Ford today unveiled the 2.0-liter version of its EcoBlue, but it says that more new turbodiesels are headed to showrooms in Europe. The 2.0-liter will be available in a range of tunes, starting with a 100PS model (about 98 horsepower) and...

Porsche begins making deliveries at its Atlanta Experience Center

Porsche enthusiasts now have a new option for taking delivery of their new sports cars (and crossovers). That's because Porsche has opened an Experience Center located on the grounds of the automaker's new Atlanta, Georgia, headquarters. The Experience Center officially opened yesterday with California forensic attorney and accountant Tracy...

Buick unveils China-only LaCrosse Hybrid

Buick's largest market is also now home to the brand's most fuel-efficient sedan. No, that's not the United States. It's China, where Buick took to the stage at this week's 2016 Beijing Auto Show to unveil the LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (or HEV). Although Buick hasn't confirmed the source of the LaCrosse HEV's powertrain, it is likely...

FreeValve camless engine shown in Qoros concept at 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Engineering outfit FreeValve, a sister company to Swedish supercar marque Koenigsegg, is developing a new type of engine that does away with the camshaft. The so-called “camless” engine relies on pneumatic valve actuators to open valves, which are then closed by air pressure or springs. The process is referred to as Pneumatic Hydraulic...

BMW X3 M, Mercedes sports car platform, new Citroën C6: Car News Headlines

BMW’s next-generation X3 is set to receive the M treatment. Today we spotted a prototype for the new X3 M. What's immediately clear is that the prototype is wider, lower and much more aggressive looking than testers for the regular version of the upcoming SUV. Mercedes-Benz is out testing its new modular sports car platform. The new...

Report: Geely to go global with new Volvo-based brand

Chinese automaker Geely may be about to introduce a new mainstream brand selling cars developed with Volvo. Since acquiring the Swedish automaker from Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] in 2010, Geely has set about transforming it into a luxury marque. That leaves room for Geely to compete in mainstream segments. Geely currently has a number of brands in...

Lego unveils its take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Lego enthusiasts can now put together their own Porsche. The Danish toy manufacturer has unveiled a brick-by-brick version of Porsche's 911 GT3 RS sports car. Although it looks slightly bionic, the Lego 911 GT3 RS is full of proper Porsche cues all the way down to a script RS logo on the model's wheel centers. With 2,704 pieces to assemble, Lego's...

Mercedes out testing platform for next SL, SLC

Mercedes-Benz has started testing on public roads a new modular platform for its next-generation SL and SLC sports cars. Engineers are using the modified body of a Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe to hide the platform whose official title is Modular Sports car Architecture (MSA). Comparing the tester with a standard S63 Coupe highlights its dramatically...

Citroën C6 makes return… as China special

Citroën’s last C6, which bowed out of production in 2012, is one of the best examples of the quirkiness of the French brands that many find so appealing. It's a luxurious, full-size sedan that sports a coupe-like profile—something it featured before the design was the industry du jour. It also features novelties such as a...

Pininfarina designs Formula E race car concepts for Mahindra

The first designs commissioned by Italian legend Pininfarina by the company's new owner has been shown: A trio of Formula E electric race car concepts. Indian conglomerate Mahindra bought Pininfarina late last year, fueling months of speculation about what would happen to the decades-old Italian firm noted for penning some of the most beautiful...

2019 BMW X3 M spy shots

Feast your eyes on the first spy shots of BMW’s upcoming X3 M. The high-performance crossover SUV will be based on the next generation of the X3 due out next year, and when it arrives will do battle with the Porsche Macan Turbo as well as a new GLC63 from Mercedes-AMG. We've also heard Audi Sport is preparing an RS Q5 and Jaguar Land Rover...

BMW builds long-wheelbase X1 for China

BMW has been cranking out its X1 compact crossover since 2009, when it debuted for the 2010 model year. The X1 has proven exceedingly popular as global sales of the model have topped 800,000 units. Over 200,000 of those sales came by way of the Chinese market, and it's there where BMW will launch an updated version of the X1. ALSO SEE: Jaguar...

How turbocharger wastegates work

Your turbocharger. It's the snail of mystery attached to your engine, allowing it to breathe in more deeply. With the wonders of forced induction, a smaller engine can create the horsepower and torque of a larger-displacement engine. There are many parts to a turbocharger, which means you might have questions about any number of those parts. Today...

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