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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...

Jaguar takes wraps off long-wheelbase XFL

Jaguar traveled to the Beijing Auto Show to unveil a model uniquely tailored to the Chinese market: A long-wheelbase version of the automaker's midsize XF sedan. Dubbed the XFL (which is unrelated to the short-lived alternative professional football league in the United States), the sedan boasts a little more than six additional inches of rear...

Jay Leno tests out the wild Ford Festiva-based Shogun

What happens when you combine one of the humblest small cars of the 1980s with one of the era's most powerful engines? You get the Ford Shogun, an outlandish custom that could have only been born out of the excess of the early 1990s. Not only that, but the Shogun is part of Jay Leno's private collection, and he shows it off to us in the latest...

Infiniti releases more details on QX Sport Inspiration concept

Infiniti has released some additional details about its new QX Sport Inspiration, a show car that will undoubtedly preview the automaker's QX50 replacement and other future SUVs. The QX50, which was previously known as the EX, is getting a little long in the tooth. With the exception of a mild facelift in 2011, it has been on the market since late...

1966 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 restoration video, part two: disassembly

Last week we learned that Rob Kaufman, owner of classic car dealer RK Motors Charlotte, purchased the Ford GT40 Mk II that won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. While chassis number P1046 was in perfectly good shape, it wasn't outfitted as it was when it won Le Mans. It had done time as a transmission test mule and had changed hands several times over...

2017 Bentley Mulsanne First Edition debuts at 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Bentley has unveiled the second of its First Edition special edition models. It’s based on the recently updated 2017 Mulsanne flagship and just 50 examples will be built, making it substantially more exclusive than the previous Bentayga First Edition of which 608 were built. The Mulsanne First Edition can be ordered as a standard Mulsanne...

VW T-Prime SUV concept, 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman, 2017 Lexus IS: Today’s Car News

The 2016 Beijing Auto Show is currently underway and one of the big surprises was Volkswagen’s T-Prime Concept GTE. Though we knew VW was bringing an SUV concept to the Chinese show, what we were surprised to learn is that the concept previews a new full-size SUV to be positioned above the Touareg. Porsche used the Chinese show to unveil its...

Mazda builds one millionth MX-5 Miata

Sports car fans should mark today as a day to celebrate the one millionth example of Mazda's MX-5 Miata roadster. Miata number 1,000,000 rolled off the line last Friday at the automaker's assembly plant in Hiroshima, Japan. The automaker says it will exhibit the millionth Miata at a number of events next month, beginning with the parade at the...

New Mazda CX-4 debuts at 2016 Beijing Auto Show

It’s been one of the worst-kept secrets of the year but Mazda’s new CX-4 is finally here. First hinted at by the Koeru concept car unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the CX-4 made its debut earlier today at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. Its arrival marks Mazda’s jumping on the coupe-like crossover bandwagon. At present the...

VW T-Prime Concept GTE revealed, hints at new flagship SUV

Based on its auto show debuts of late, Volkswagen wants consumers to know that it is working on two things: SUVs and plug-in hybrids. At the 2016 Beijing Auto Show on this week, VW unveiled a vehicle that fills both bills, the T-Prime Concept GTE. A premium SUV based on the latest MLB platform that also underpins the Audi Q7 (among several other...

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