Details on the 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP hot hatch have been trickling out, and it sounds and looks impressive. Before the company could announce it, someone found it on the dashboard of the car. Twitter user Will Pierce shared a photo of the dash, and the time wasn't just on a piece of paper, it was molded into the plastic trim of the dashboard.
The 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody may be world's most badass Charger right now, but it won't be for long. This weekend, Dodge will unveil an even more serious Charger, a one-off racer that will run at Pikes Peak. Tim Kuniskis teased the race car during the Widebody reveal.
Dodge basically showed it to the public a few months ago. Dodge also tweaked the front and rear bumpers and added wider side skirts to help the flares blend into the body. The Hellcat gets a unique rear spoiler, whereas the Scat Pack sticks with the same one its scrawnier twin uses.
Just as with the BMW X3 M and X4 M, the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, X1, and 3 Series wagon are getting available accessories from the M performance division. Inside, a special steering wheel with 12 o'clock marker, carbon fiber trim and Alcantara is available along with carbon fiber shift paddles and a set of floor mats. This brings us to the BMW 3 Series wagon, which sadly won't be coming to America.
The completely redesigned 2020 Kia Soul has finally been crash tested by IIHS, and the results are quite good. The subcompact crossover earned the organization's highest rating of Top Safety Pick +, which topped the previous generation's plain Top Safety Pick rating. The main reason for the higher overall rating is because of an improved passenger-side small overlap crash test result.
The BMW M Next concept is unquestionably the highlight of the company's big "Next" conference. It looks like a modern M1 and has a 600 horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain, so how could it not? It's called Project BEV, and its a development mule BMW created for experimenting with electric powertrains.
At Autoblog, we have a special fondness for the Citroen C4 Cactus. A couple of our past editors were particularly into the odd crossover and even managed to drive one of the first-generation models in the U.S. So our initial reaction was sadness when hearing from Top Gear that the model was being discontinued after the current generation. What made the C4 Cactus so lovable and strange when it first launched was its styling (above), and in particular, its AirBumps.
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson compact crossover received a number of updates for the new model year. Each model year of Tucson has a number of slightly different headlight configurations, but the best possible headlights on the 2018 model were rated the second highest score of "Acceptable." The 2019 Tucson now has a couple of headlight configurations rated the highest score of "Good." This improvement was enough to give the Tucson the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating — at least those examples equipped with the best headlights. As for the rest of the Tucson's scores, it earns the "Good" rating in every single crash test, including the passenger-side small-offset crash.
UPDATE: A photo has surfaced on a Land Rover fan Instagram page called landroverphotoalbum that shows the exterior of the four-door Defender in the instrument panel. A few months ago, we saw a photo of what was allegedly the 2020 Land Rover Defender interior. Now we have spy photos of a Defender prototype that give us a clear look at what's in the luxury SUV, and they match up pretty much perfectly with the leaked photo.
When it comes to reducing carbon emissions and other air pollutants, we typically focus on consumer vehicles, but they're far from the only vehicles that could use improvement. In particular, low-speed local vehicles such as buses and delivery vehicles could be excellent targets for electrification. Nissan chose a more fun example, though, in the form of an ice cream van based on the Nissan e-NV200, an electric commercial van available in Europe.
AAA recently released the results of its annual traffic safety survey, and it revealed some concerning things about marijuana use and driving. One of the most surprising results was that 70% of respondents didn't think driving after having used weed within an hour would result in an arrest. Some of this may have to do with legal gray areas as marijuana becomes increasingly legalized, plus the fact that ways of quickly and accurately detecting marijuana usage haven't proliferated to the level of alcohol breathalyzers.
Happy summer solstice, everyone! To celebrate, we have a particularly unusual eBay find connected to the Pontiac Solstice sports car. A seller has leftover inventory of fiberglass hardtops designed to turn the Pontiac Solstice roadster into a shooting brake. The seller says they came from a since-closed Indiana company, and they're clearly inspired by another aftermarket part and even a GM concept that never saw the light of day.
As first reported by Automotive News, a German court presented its ruling in favor of Volkswagen on a lawsuit regarding the original designer and copyright holder of the Volkswagen Beetle design. The court's statement tells us that the lawsuit was brought by the daughter of late car designer Erwin Komenda, who worked for Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s. The court did recognize the right of Komenda's daughter to bring the lawsuit as Erwin Komenda had clearly been an employee of Porsche and involved in the development of the Beetle.
Pricing for the 2020 Nissan Altima midsize sedan is out, and most trim levels have gone up in price. The smallest increase is on the base S trim, which creeps up $100 to $24,995. The SR trims see the highest increase at $350.
If you've been looking to add some Ferrari F1 cars piloted by legendary drivers, this is your year. On top of Michael Schumacher's 2002 Ferrari F2002 going to auction by RM Sotheby's, Gooding & Co. just announced it will be selling a 1975 Ferrari 312T used by the late Niki Lauda to win that year's championship. The auction house also says this is the first time a Ferrari 312T has been offered at auction.
A few weeks ago, Cadillac gave us our first look at its new small luxury sports sedan in the form of the CT4-V. Based on what we know about other recent Cadillacs and their trim and design, this CT4 is probably a Luxury or Premium Luxury trim, since it has plenty of bright chrome and red taillights instead of dark gray ones. The mesh grilles of the V are swapped for a main grille studded with small Cadillac badge shapes and the lower grille has simple slats.
The IIHS has finally crash tested the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, and it has earned the organization's second highest commendation of Top Safety Pick. It matches the hatchback that was tested earlier, meaning all versions of the Corolla have this high safety rating. Getting the car to the Top Safety Pick rating are excellent crash test results.
Tesla has expanded its selection of games included in its infotainment system with perhaps the most logical one for a car: a racing game. Yes, Tesla made it clear that you can play this racing game using the steering wheel of your Tesla.
It's been five months since Ford finally showed us the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The company told us all about the engine's construction, the dual-clutch transmission, its extreme aerodynamics and even sold off the rights to the first one.
After all, its not like Honda had the Ridgeline, let alone any passenger cars, back then to tote its bikes. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Honda's American motorcycle sales, the company fully restored a 1961 Chevy Apache 10. It's not one of the original delivery trucks, but it has been given an accurate and hand-painted livery down to Honda's original American home office address.
Although we've pretty much seen the production 2020 Mini Cooper S E electric hatchback, we've been in the dark about when the car, and more importantly its specifications, will officially be revealed. Of course it's also clearly and closely based on the regular Mini Hardtop, and it even features the Mini Cooper S hood scoop. In our prototype drive, we learned that the motor is based on the one from the BMW i3S, so it should make about 181 horsepower, just 8 shy of the gas-powered Mini Cooper S. But the range estimate given during the prototype drive was a rather low 120 miles.
Ford finally revealed some of the last details, such as fuel economy, for the non-hybrid 2020 Explorer. The 2020 Lincoln Aviator has just two engine options, a base turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, and the same engine coupled to a hybrid system with 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. With all-wheel drive it gets nearly the same fuel economy as the fast Ford with 17 mpg in the city, 24 on the highway and 20 in combined driving.
Despite the incredible proliferation of crossovers throughout BMW's lineup, the brand has been slow to add M variants of the high-riding machines. Until this year, the only BMW crossovers to get the M treatment have been the X5 and its low-roof twin, the X6. The company has gone to significant lengths to upgrade the vehicles for M duty, which we focused on during this drive, since we've covered the crossovers' practicality and comfort in our previous reviews of the basic models.
Once upon a time, many SUVs had two-door variants. It's hard to believe in this age of five-door "coupes," but it's true. And we're not just talking about Jeeps and Fords and other truck-like SUVs; even more luxurious vehicles like this 1990 Land Rover Discovery got versions with fewer doors.
Just as with its Chevy twin, pricing for the 2020 GMC Sierra HD has been revealed. Unlike the Chevy, though, prices haven't dropped across the board. The ultimate base prices for the 2500 HD and 3500 HD are technically less than the 2019 models at $37,195 and $38,395 respectively, but that's because those are the reintroduced regular cab models.