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  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by jedlicka
    +25 +1

    The first cars of every major car maker

    But few have survived and here we take a look at how some of those survivors (plus a few that didn't make it) got started. Sometimes things are a lot more convoluted than you think though, with some companies claiming two (or even three) first cars… In chronological order, let's take a look at the first car made by every major carmaker:

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by baron778
    +29 +1

    I drove more than 70 cars this year. Here are the things that annoyed me the most.

    I test and review dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs every year.Most are impressive. But there are some things that annoy me.

  • Expression
    2 weeks ago
    by funhonestdude
    +17 +1

    2019 Porsche Cayenne Review: SUV, Thy Name Is (Finally) Porsche

    A Porsche is a Porsche, of course of course, unless the Porsche is an SUV. So goes the lament of the unappeasable purist, who sees every stilted hotcake built by an exotic automaker as an affront to history. Time for a reality check: Today's performance car market mostly rides on the subsidies provided by booming SUV sales. If you're a 911 fan, that means you, by definition, also better be a fan of the company's crossovers if you know what's best for the fabled sports car...

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by bradd
    +14 +1

    New Vehicles Keep Getting Heavier - Or Are They?

    The problem with common wisdom is that it’s often not all that wise. Take for example, the “fact” that vehicles are getting heavier all the time. At an average of 4,044 lbs for model year 2017, light duty vehicles in the U.S. aren’t exactly lightweights. However, as is usually the case, that single metric doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact when placed in a larger context, the vehicle weight story is actually surprisingly positive and tremendous progress has been made over the past four decades.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +12 +1

    Aston Martin just gave us a first look at its new DBX SUV that will take on Bentley and Lamborghini

    Aston Martin confirmed on Tuesday that is upcoming luxury SUV will be called the DBX. In addition, Aston gave the public its first look at the first SUV in company history. The first photos to feature the DBX show one of its prototypes powering through the Welsh countryside. Unlike Aston Martin's GT cars and sports cars, the DBX is built in a new factory at St. Athan in Wales as opposed to company headquarters in Gaydon, England.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by robmonk
    +3 +1

    The Tragedy of Goodyear’s Allegedly Defective G159 Tire Keeps Getting Worse

    In July 1999, Jim Wright and his wife Joyce were traveling along a New Mexico roadway in their 1995 Fleetwood American Eagle RV when, suddenly, the vehicle’s left-front tire failed. The tire was a Goodyear G159, a tire now linked to numerous fatal crashes but has never been recalled and has never faced a serious federal investigation until recently. Wright tried—and failed—to regain control of his RV, which eventually slammed into another motorhome head-on.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +1

    Volkswagen Dives Deep Into Electrification, Announces $50 Billion Investment

    Volkswagen is scheming an all-out industry assault in order to become the next leader on the electric forefront. On Friday, the automaker said that it would invest $50 billion (44 billion euros) in order to develop electric cars and other new technologies.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by darvinhg
    +14 +1

    Why older headlights are a 'major safety concern' for American motorists

    Find yourself wondering whether your headlights are out, only to discover they've been working the whole time? It might be because the plastic covering the bulbs has become clouded or yellowed. In fact, at an average of 11 years old, the typical vehicle on the road today is generating only 22 percent of the light that it did when its headlights were new, according to a new study by AAA. "We were really shocked by the amount of deterioration in light output that we saw," said Greg Brannon, AAA's director of automotive engineering. "It's a major safety concern out on the roadways today."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by tukka
    +18 +1

    Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995

    In October, we finally got a chance to drive the Hyundai Kona EV, a rather wonderful little electric vehicle. Based on the internal combustion-powered Kona, it packs in 64kWh of lithium-ion to give it an EPA range of 258 miles (415km). On top of that, the little Kona EV also sported a rather nifty Smart Regeneration System that uses the car's cruise control radar to maximize energy recuperation when following other cars. The one thing we couldn't tell you back then was how much this EV would cost.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by hxxp
    +17 +1

    BMW i3 electric car will sell for $42K in the US: Watch out Ford and Nissan

    Have it your way: 124 miles in power saving mode, or 0-60 in 7 seconds in bat-out-of-hell sports car mode. $42k might be a lot, but this is a BMW -- and this particular BMW is the first mass production vehicle with a carbon fiber body, which rests atop an aluminum chassis, giving it a weight 500 pounds less than other EVs.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by jcscher
    +6 +2

    Where is Death Valley Dodge?

    Death Valley Dodge at unknown location during 1,000 mile drive around the California desert including Death Valley. Do you recognize the rock formations?

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by DokterDuke
    +7 +1

    The sexiest car to come out of Detroit in 40yrs

    The 2014 Equus Bass 770 is one of the first ground-up boutique muscle cars to come out of Detroit since the automotive bailout in 2009. The engineers at Equus Automotive were inspired by American classics like the Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger and Challenger to create the perfect combination of vintage styling and modern tech — spoiler alert: there's a 640-horsepower Supercharged Aluminum V8 under the hood.

  • Video/Audio
    4 years ago
    by versetty777
    +1 +1

    BMW X5 attacks ditch

    Do not have enough power for this move?

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by ladyliberty
    +17 +1

    BMW Uses Frickin’ Lasers for High Beams That Don’t Blind

    Conventional wisdom and legally-required safety labels have trained us to understand that we shouldn’t look directly at laser lights, lest we become blinded by their eye-searing output. That’s still almost universally true, except when it comes to BMW’s laser-powered headlight concept. These lasers were designed to prevent blindness—specifically when it comes to oncoming drivers and high-beams...

  • Image
    4 years ago
    by Tzvetelin
    +10 +1

    2015 Jaguar XJ spotted - latest pictures

    Facelifted Jaguar XJ with minor cosmetic upgrades spied testing ahead of Geneva show

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by roxxy
    +15 +1

    End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

    Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution which will transform not just transport but the cities themselves. “The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people,” he says. “There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city.”

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by zobo
    +28 +1

    How does a legendary American car vanish for 30 years?

    The Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe's extraordinary story includes beating Ferrari, being driven by Phil Spector, and being discovered again after 30 years.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +35 +1

    Bentley Bentayga’s Mulliner Tourbillon Clock Is a Near-$170,000 Option

    We had a chance to catch up with Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer at the 2015 Frankfurt show, and he was in a very good mood, for good reason. He had just unveiled the Bentley Bentayga, a vehicle that has been billed as the most powerful, luxurious, and fastest (its 187 mph top speed barely nips the highest spec Porsche Cayenne) SUV in the world. “Luxury doesn’t have any limits,” Durheimer proclaimed, “We are defining the segment.”

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +25 +1

    The EPA shot itself in the foot by opposing rules that could've exposed VW

    It was the cheat heard round the world: last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused Volkswagen of gaming emissions testing. The German automaker programmed millions of cars — sold worldwide — to release fewer emissions during the testing procedure, while projectile vomiting pollutants at up to 40 times the legal limit when the cars were on the road.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +34 +1

    GM Has ‘Aggressive’ Plans for Self-Driving Cars

    General Motors is quietly developing autonomous vehicle technology and plans to have a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Volts roaming the campus of its technical center in suburban Detroit next year. The company has been relatively quiet about the technology, which companies like Google, Tesla Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi have championed with big promises and impressive demonstrations. But General Motors is no stranger to autonomous tech...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +24 +1

    The Secret to Smarter Cars Is Computer Gaming Tech

    Driverless cars, which take passengers from A to B with minimal human input, are already hitting American roads. A variety of automakers and technology firms are experimenting with driverless technology, ranging from entirely driver-free vehicles to driver-assist functions like automatic lane following. What makes much of this possible is an array of sensors and cameras, which absorb data about the environment around them.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by canuck
    +43 +1

    Honda's New Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Feels More Like A Real Car

    The most notable thing about Honda Motor new hydrogen-powered FCV, to be unveiled Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show, is not the silent burst of acceleration it provides when your foot touches the pedal, or the fact that it emits nothing but water vapor from the tailpipe. It’s not even that the FCV can go more than 400 miles between three-minute hydrogen fillings - assuming you have access to a hydrogen station.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by timex
    +42 +1

    Why Tesla’s Autopilot and Google’s car are entirely different animals

    In the buzz over the Tesla autopilot update, a lot of commentary has appeared comparing this Autopilot with Google’s car effort and other efforts and what I would call a “real” robocar — one that can operate unmanned or with a passenger who is not paying attention to the road. We’ve seen claims that “Tesla has beaten Google to the punch,” but while the Tesla release is a worthwhile step forward, the two should not be confused as all that similar.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by messi
    +19 +1

    No human drivers in 20 years: Steve Wozniak

    The Apple co-founder and chief scientist at Fusion-io talks about the disruptive trends that excite and concern him.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +50 +1

    EPA Says Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen SUVs Cheated On Emissions Tests

    The EPA says Volkswagen cheated on emissions tests on more diesel cars than previously believed. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a second notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act to the automaker, covering about 10,000 model year 2014 diesel cars sold in the U.S. In addition, the notice covers an unknown volume of 2016 vehicles. The cars all have 3.0-liter engines. Here’s more from the agency...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +24 +1

    Mysterious billion-dollar car company is taking on Tesla

    No one knows who’s running it, but a mysterious electric car company is building a billion-dollar manufacturing plant and poaching the best minds in the auto world. The company is called Faraday Future, and it began operating out of an old Nissan research facility in California sometime last year. The name Faraday comes from the English scientist Michael Faraday, who contributed massively to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by hedman
    +28 +1

    VW engineers have admitted manipulating CO2 emissions data-paper

    Several Volkswagen engineers have admitted manipulating carbon dioxide emissions data, saying the ambitious goals set by former Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn were difficult to achieve, Bild am Sonntag reported. The paper said VW engineers tampered with tyre pressure and mixed diesel with their motor oil to make them use less fuel, a deception that began in 2013 and carried on until the spring of this year.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +37 +1

    Tesla Now Faces a Billionaire-Backed Competitor Staffed by Its Former Engineers

    Is there room enough for both Tesla Motors and Faraday Future in our electric-car, uh, future? A Chinese billionaire is backing what hopes to be a rival to Elon Musk's enterprise. The 18-month-old company, based out of Southern California, aims to roll out its first long-range, premium model, comparable to Tesla's Model S, by 2017. The engineer who oversaw the chassis design of the Model S, Nick Sampson, is now Faraday's research-and-development chief.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by everlost
    +27 +1

    You probably shouldn’t drive a $1.6 million car around NYC, but we did

    Late last month, National Geographic Channel and Uber teamed up to promote a new series on scientific breakthroughs—called, appropriately enough, Breakthrough—and they chose to do it with a fleet of alternative energy vehicles on the streets of Manhattan. Obviously we've got a healthy interest in forward-looking cars here at Ars, so it seemed like a good idea to hop on a train to check out what all the fuss was about.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +32 +1

    Porsche Blames 'Fast and Furious' Star Paul Walker's Death on Himself

    Porsche’s latest legal filing. Paul Walker, the late star of the high octane film franchise The Fast and the Furious, died in a car crash two years ago. He had been riding as a passenger in a 2005 Carrera GT made by Porsche. Last week the German carmaker filed legal papers aiming to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Meadow Walker, the actor’s daughter, in September. The company had earlier denied responsibility for the fatality.

  • Video/Audio
    3 years ago
    by nigelf30
    Video/Audio
    +16 +1

    JFK assassination (22 Nov) 1963

    John F Kennedy travelling in the presidential Lincoln Continental convertible was assassinated in Dallas, Texas 52 years ago today (22 November). He was shot twice, and an hour after his death Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the crime. No serving US president has travelled in an open top car since. The car is now at the Henry Ford museum in Michigan.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by wildcard
    +30 +1

    VW cars can also cheat European emissions tests, BBC learns

    A laboratory test carried out for BBC Panorama shows that Volkswagen diesel cars programmed with a "defeat device" can cheat official European pollution tests, as well as tests in the US. The company told the BBC it believes this is the first time the cheating software has been filmed in action. VW has admitted it used the device to rig tighter pollution tests in America. But it's been more ambiguous about whether it used the same tactics to actively cheat official European tests.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +17 +1

    Tesla wants to make fully self-driving cars happen way ahead of schedule

    A week and a half ago, we learned that Tesla is on a quest to hire more engineers to accelerate the development of its self-driving car technologies. Tesla was already no slouch in the autonomous-vehicle world, having released its Autopilot feature into the wild just over a month ago. We sampled Autopilot as soon as it hit the streets and were quite impressed, to put it mildly.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by messi
    +50 +1

    Volkswagen's U.S. sales plunge 25% in wake of emissions scandal

    Volkswagen said U.S. sales plunged 25% in November in the wake of the German automaker's massive emissions cheating scandal. The company admitted in September that most of its diesel cars in the U.S. had software that allowed it to pass emissions tests, even though the cars dumped 40 times the allowed levels of pollutants into the atmosphere. The EPA ordered it to stop selling those cars in the U.S.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by collude
    +31 +1

    The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

    The competition is fierce, the key players are billionaires, but the path—and even the destination—remains uncertain.