Given the popularity of 6×6 off-roader conversions, we’re surprised it took this long, but it’s finally happened. A Florida company has created a Jeep Gladiator 6×6 conversion. The So Flo (short for South Florida) Jeeps SF 6x6G ditches every piece of factory sheet metal except the doors, according to the company. The bed is stretched
The 2021 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickup hog mollies are back this year—how could you miss them? Mechanically related to the Chevrolet Silverado HD twins, the GMC versions are comparatively a little more rock ‘n’ roll. New this year are versions of the pickup that take it further off-road (X31) and take it further into
The location of Tesla Inc.’s next U.S. assembly plant ultimately was decided by asking employees one question: Where do you want to live? “I went around the room with my team and said, ‘Where do you want to spend time? Where would you potentially move?’ ” CEO Elon Musk told Automotive News. “Austin was their top
TOKYO — Subaru Corp. slumped to an operating loss in the latest quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic broadsided sales and production, especially in the key U.S. market. In the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, Subaru booked an operating loss of 15.7 billion yen ($146.2 million), reversing an operating profit of 92.2 billion yen ($858.6
By Joey Klender Posted on August 3, 2020 Tesla CEO Elon Musk opened up about his company’s decision to bring its next North American production facility to Austin, Texas, and also shared his thoughts on a third United States factory within the next few years. Musk joined Jason Stein for the second part of the Automotive
Behold, the only American car you can factory order and pick up at a dealership that features body assembly completed by an independent coachbuilder, just as luxury automobiles like Duesenbergs—and Lincolns—often were in the classic era: the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition. Anyone can plainly see the extensive modifications the coachbuilders made in stretching the
DETROIT — General Motors filed a motion for reconsideration of its racketeering case against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now alleging that FCA and co-conspirators are guilty of “corporate espionage” that directly harmed GM. “New facts about the direct harm FCA caused GM have come to light and they are detailed in our amended racketeering complaint. These
VW,s I.D.3 is the start of the Volkswagen Group pure electric offensive, with the underpinning set to spawn a variety of models from within the group. Most recently used in the SEAT El-Born, shown as a potential electric hot hatch. First announced in May 2019 and reserved by over 30,000 pre-bookers across Europe, the ID.3
The Honda Civic Type R is a legend in the world of hot hatches and has been a staple the segment since the late 1990s. A brief history Honda first introduced the ‘Type R’ nameplate on the Civic with the EK-generation launched in 1997. It was an instant success, but it was only the start.
MILAN — Ferrari has trimmed its sales forecasts for this year after reporting decreasing core earnings, although in line with expectations, in the second quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ferrari said Monday that its adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) would come in between 1.075 billion euros and 1.125 billion euros
Jeep‘s Groundhog Day spoof with actor Bill Murray is one of two Super Bowl commercials to be nominated for the 2020 Emmy Awards. The one-minute Jeep spot, which topped the USA Today Admeter rankings, is up against Amazon’s “Before Alexa” ad from Super Bowl LIV as well as ads from Apple, Procter & Gamble and
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is as extreme as muscle cars tend to get, but Shelby American was never going to sit back and let Ford have all the fun. To make its mark on the super muscle car, Shelby rolled out the GT500 Signature Edition packing over 800 horsepower. 2020 Ford Shelby GT500SE
Porsche has thrown its support behind gay pride in Germany, showcasing a line-up of rainbow-colored 911 models prior to the nation’s Christopher Street Day pride festival. The six Porsche 911 models pictured include a red GT3, an orange GT3 RS, yellow GT3 RS, green GT3 RS, blue GT3 RS, and a maroon-colored GT3. Porsche has
TOKYO — Lithium ion batteries revolutionized electrified driving by being small, light and powerful. The trio of scientists who developed them even won the Nobel Prize in October for their work. But the advent of solid-state batteries is poised to usher in another leap forward. Solid-state batteries differ from lithium ion batteries in using a
A new Volkswagen Golf GTI arrives in the United States for the 2022 model year—in fact, it and the Golf R are the only confirmed versions of the company’s compact hatchback coming to our shores. Before it arrives, Volkswagen is sending off the seventh generation 2021 Golf GTI with some new goodies for its final year on
When global supplier Hyundai Mobis said last year it would shutter an overseas manufacturing facility and build a new electric-vehicle components plant in Ulsan, South Korea, it did not mention China. But as it prepared to invest in Korea, the diversified Hyundai Motor Group-affiliated supplier also slashed production in Beijing. It was a telling moment
This is an ongoing journal of my first few weeks with Model Y. Check Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 One of the most important jobs for our Model Y is getting the whole family up to our summer/ski condo in Vermont from our home outside of NYC. The trip is around 180 miles. Our
Mercedes-Benz dropped off the long-term GLE 450 4Matic in early April, right as the shutdown from the global pandemic was getting underway. There was nowhere to go, and as such by the end of May, the poor, underused Mercedes family hauler had only 1,984 miles on it. An ominous mileage total if there ever was
TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda will create a trio of companies tasked with developing software for the next generation of smart cars. In detailing the plans, Toyoda said old business strategies no longer guarantee success in an industry being rocked by technological upheaval. Toyoda spoke here last week. These are edited excerpts.
Tesla has been under plenty of scrutiny for the overall quality and fit and finish of its vehicles. More specifically, the paint on the Model 3 is said to be cheap and thin. However, while we’ve heard several cases of this, we’ve also heard the opposite. Maybe the issues are more obvious than they are
McLaren’s range of models consists of the Sports Series, Super Series, and Ultimate Series (as well as the out-of-place GT). With this in mind, one could be excused for thinking the 600LT, which sits in that ‘entry-level’ Sports Series, would be a bit of a softy. And they would be wrong. Ever since being unveiled,
Tesla could be on track to complete its new plant near Berlin more quickly than its Shanghai facility, according to a local government minister. The U.S. electric car maker has said it wants to finish the factory in Gruenheide by the middle of 2021, and faster than the Chinese operation, which went up in less
A Saleen Mustang had a brief but memorable appearance in 2003’s “2 Fast 2 Furious,” getting torn to shreds by a semi truck after just a few minutes of screen time. That scene almost didn’t happen, according to Craig Lieberman, who served as technical advisor for the first two “Fast and Furious” films. It wasn’t
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company conducted “zero” consumer research when designing its upcoming Cybertruck. He says he doesn’t pay attention to competitors or know anything about other electric vehicles on the market. And criticism that the Autopilot name is misleading for Tesla’s driver-assist system, which has been linked to a number of accidents?
Speculation has always been regular part of the auto-journo gig, and today we’re armchair-quarterbacking the current Subaru BRZ‘s future. If you happen to check out Subaru’s Japanese website at this link, translate the page from Japanese to English (unless you’re fluent in the language, in which case, good for you), and scroll down to the ominous message blared
Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. Acura’s return to its performance roots accelerated this year with the debut of a redesigned TLX midsize sports sedan on a new platform with an optional turbocharged six-cylinder engine. But there is much more to come, and it will happen
By Joey Klender Posted on August 1, 2020 Earlier this week, I wrote an article talking about the German car companies and their obsession with mentioning Tesla. Volkswagen, Audi, and BMW are all gunning for Tesla in terms of electric vehicle technology and manufacturing. While the three German giants admit that Tesla holds a multi-year
It’s hard to pull off a Jeep Wrangler in pink, but designer Afzal Kahn managed to do just that. This special Wrangler, painted in “3D texture pink military paint,” is currently up for grabs. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. The pink Jeep features a special design package from the Chelsea Truck Company.
Viral videos and reports of customer outbursts over mask requirements in retail stores have become another part of the new normal as the coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S. With upset consumers on either side of the debate, dealers are grappling with whether to put their own mandates in place and how to handle
Switching to electric vehicles (EV) is one of the ways we can help the UK meet its net zero targets, and as part of the move to decarbonise its fleet in line with the SSE Group’s EV100 commitment, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has been trialling the Nissan ENV200 electric van with staff across