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CEO of Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo steps down from job

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021
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SAN RAMON, Calif. — The executive who steered the transformation of Google's self-driving car project into a separate company worth billions of dollars is stepping down after more than five years on the job. John Krafcik announced his departure as CEO of Waymo, a company spun out from Google, in a Friday blog post that cited his desire to enjoy life as the world emerges from the pandemic. “I'm looking forward to a refresh period, Read More »

Restomod Hummers, compact pickups, and a long-lost turbine truck | Autoblog Podcast #672

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021

In this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by News Editor Joel Stocksdale and Associate Editor Byron Hurd. It's a packed week, and they start off discussing some of the cars they've driven recently. Joel kicks it off by talking about how much he enjoyed the Porsche Cayenne Coupe GTS. Greg follows up with thoughts on the Mini Cooper Countryman, which gives Byron the chance to talk about another fun, small car -- Read More »

Virtual NYIAS highlights | The cars that weren't shown in New York this week

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021

In just about any other year, this week would have been the New York International Auto Show. While we didn't travel to the Big Apple for days of glad-handing and ill-conceived introductory gimmicks, we did get a reasonably large sample of new and conceptual cars to pore over this week. Here are the highlights.  Mini Electric Pacesetter by JCW Mini's Electric Pacesetter weighs 287 pounds less than the Mini Cooper SE that it's based on, giving Read More »

Lincoln Aviator backup camera failure spurs recall

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of certain Lincoln Aviator SUVs to fix faulty rearview cameras. The recall is for 2020 and 2021 model-year Aviators. A total of 34,975 vehicles in the U.S. and another 3,053 in Canada and 379 in Mexico are affected. The image processing module can fail, resulting in the loss of the camera feed when in reverse. Ford says it knows of no accidents or injuries related to the defect. Read More »

Ex-Jerry Seinfeld 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS boasts $250K in extras, and it's for sale

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021

Jerry Seinfeld likes Porsches. He likes vintage Porsches, and he also likes new Porsches. Apparently, he was taken with the 2016 911 GT3 RS when it came out, because he ordered this one new. Being a Porsche connoisseur, he didn't just buy it off the lot. This GT3 RS was custom ordered with a raft of special features that doubled its price. Seinfeld has since moved on, and the current owner is selling this Porsche Read More »

Mitsubishi is auctioning its entire UK heritage fleet with no reserve

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021

Mitsubishi will exit the United Kingdom in the fall of 2021 after struggling for several years, and its losses can be your gain. Before it leaves, it will auction its fleet of 14 beautifully-preserved classic models with no reserve. There are 14 classics that need a new home, and the collection includes something for everyone. Enthusiasts can bid on a 1974 Lancer 1400 that stands out as the first Mitsubishi ever registered in the United Read More »

Stellantis will launch three hydrogen-electric commercial vans in 2021

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021

Stellantis will release a trio of hydrogen-electric commercial vans in select European markets before the end of 2021. It developed these cargo haulers to give buyers who live reasonably close to a hydrogen station a zero-local-emissions option without the long charging time and the relatively short driving range of an electric van.  Peugeot, Citroën, and Opel will inaugurate this technology by launching hydrogen-electric variants of the Expert, the Jumpy (sold as the Dispatch in the Read More »

Biden aims to juice EV sales with tax credits, rebates: Will it work?

Posted in REVIEWS on April 2, 2021
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DETROIT — Dangling tax credits and rebates in his drive to fight climate change, President Joe Biden wants you to trade your gas-burning car, truck or SUV for a zero-emissions electric vehicle. Some buyers would find his offer persuasive. Yet Biden's goal is a daunting one: Even if Congress approves his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, along with its incentives, it would take many years to replace enough internal combustion vehicles with EVs to make a Read More »

Prodrive to build $1.4 million street-legal rally raid supercar

Posted in REVIEWS on April 1, 2021

U.K.-based race car builder Prodrive's next project is a supercar described by founder and CEO David Richards as a "Ferrari of the desert." Based on its BRX-T1 Dakar race rig, the vehicle will be powered by a Prodrive-modified Ford 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. As with the rally raider, its design will be led by Ian Callum. According to Autocar, the road car will likely be called the Hunter, and will hew closely to the Dakar-bred BRX-T1. Read More »

New car sales rose last quarter despite ongoing chip shortages

Posted in REVIEWS on April 1, 2021

Automakers on Thursday reported a rebound in first-quarter U.S. sales from a coronavirus-induced slump last year, but numbers were dulled by a global chip scarcity that forced many companies to cut production. The need for increased personal safety during the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted sales for automakers, as people prefer to travel by their own cars to using public transportation. However, the semiconductor chip shortage and severe winter weather in southwest United States in February Read More »