Watch a Nissan Maxima plow into a gas pump in California

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021

The driver of a seventh-generation Nissan Maxima is extremely lucky to be alive after veering off a highway in California and slamming into a gas pump. The fiery incident was caught on tape by a nearby surveillance camera. Firefighters in Ceres, a town about 80 miles south of Sacramento, told local news channel CBS 13 that the 23-year-old woman driving the sedan lost control on Highway 99 and jumped a curb before ramming into one Read More »

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLE will reportedly replace the two-door Cs and Es

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021

Mercedes-Benz will consolidate its range by replacing the two-door variants of the C-Class and the E-Class with a single nameplate, according to a recent report. Called CLE, the model will make its global debut in 2023. Plans to streamline the carmaker's lineup have been in the pipeline for years. One American dealer compared the portfolio to the menu at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant, and it's the low-volume niche models that are getting the boot. Coupe Read More »

The wait is almost over for the 2022 Subaru WRX

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021

The current generation of Subaru WRX launched seven whole years ago, and now it's finally being replaced this year with an all-new version for 2022. That's what Subaru has confirmed today with the release of the above teaser. Unfortunately, that's about all the company had to say about it. Certainly there's some general statements about how it'll be exciting: "The newest WRX will be here so fast, it will take your breath away." But that Read More »

Pedant's corner: why the term 'gigafactory' grates

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 29, 2021
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It seems barely a week can go by without mention of a new electric car battery gigafactory. As the shift to electrification accelerated, both car firms and battery production specialists are racing to build gigafactories, and governments are seemingly tripping over themselves to help. The latest news is that Nissan is set to commit to a big new battery gigafactory in Sunderland, which is fantastic news and an important boost for the UK industry. But Read More »

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Interior Storage Review | Rolling backpack

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021

It's Bronco week here at Autoblog thanks to finally being able to drive the most eagerly anticipated new vehicle of the past two years. If you haven't already read Byron Hurd's Ford Bronco review, do so now, and come on back here for a deep dive inside the Bronco's baby brother. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport you see here is an Outer Banks trim, the version that skews a bit more to the luxury end Read More »

Porsche Macan EV interior caught in fresh spy photos

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021

Porsche's upcoming Macan electric has been spied in the wild again, this time with its windows down and some interior parts uncovered, giving us a glimpse of the small crossover EV's cabin for the first time.  While this may be our first peek inside the new Macan's cabin, there really aren't any surprises here. The central infotainment and console screens are borrowed from the Taycan electric sedan, as is the dash-mounted drive selector, which takes Read More »

When do electric vehicles become cleaner than gasoline cars?

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021
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DETROIT — You glide silently out of the Tesla showroom in your sleek new electric Model 3, satisfied you're looking great and doing your bit for the planet. But keep going — you'll have to drive another 13,500 miles (21,725 km) before you're doing less harm to the environment than a gas-guzzling saloon. That's the result of a Reuters analysis of data from a model that calculates the lifetime emissions of vehicles, a hotly debated Read More »

American father, son tell Tokyo court they regret helping Ghosn flee

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021
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Carlos Ghosn was smuggled out of Japan inside an audio equipment case. (Reuters) TOKYO — U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son Peter told a Tokyo court on Tuesday that they regretted helping former Nissan Motor Co Ltd chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan, where he faced trial for alleged financial crimes. Flanked by guards, the two men, who were brought into court handcuffed, bowed deeply to the three judges who will decide Read More »

Stellantis UK boss explains Ellesmere Port decision delay

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 29, 2021
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Stellantis is still weighing up the feasibility of retaining its Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port, and UK managing director Alison Jones has explained the key considerations at play as talks with the government continue.  Speaking at the annual SMMT Summit, Jones laid bare the issues faced by the Cheshire site, where the big-selling Vauxhall Astra family car has been produced since 1991. Stellantis has already confirmed that the next-generation Astra, due in the coming months, will Read More »

GM's Fairfax, Kansas, plant closed through mid-August due to chip shortage

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021

General Motors is further extending downtime at its Fairfax Assembly facility in Kansas City, Kan., due to ongoing microchip supply issues, the company confirmed late Monday. The plant will now remain idled through at least Aug. 16, Automotive News reports. The facility, which produces the Cadillac XT4 and (for now, anyway) the Chevrolet Malibu, was already slated to be on standby until after the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend, but GM was forced to extend Read More »