1929 Mercedes-Benz crowned Pebble Beach Concours champion

1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer, 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Best in ShowThe 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer that claimed the Best of Show honors at the 67th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance almost didn't make it to the show. Owner Bruce R. McCaw of Bellevue, Washington, struggled with the idea of restoring it for several years. “The question was whether or not to restore it. I always hate to restore something...
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New VW bus is coming; cargo van, hatchback also due by 2022

Volkswagen ID Buzz at PebbleVolkswagen has been hinting at a return of its Microbus for years. VW first teased it in 2001. It then appeared as a concept car called the Bulli at the 2011 Geneva motor show, again as the electric Budd-E Concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2016, and finally as the I.D. Buzz Concept at the 2017 Detroit auto show. Now, VW announced...
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Great Ferraris from The Quail

Great Ferraris at The Quail 2017The Monterey Car Week is an orgiastic feast of the eyes for any car fan. It's an exclusive week-long celebration of the automobile, with events seemingly trying to upstage each other in terms of exclusivity and cachet. Aside from the actual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance itself, where the Best of Show is crowned and dollars are sure to follow...
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BMW Concept Z4 noses the roadster in a sporty new direction

BMW Z4 ConceptBMW took the wraps off its Concept Z4 on Thursday, hinting at the next generation of its two-seater sports car. Shown on the 18th green of The Lodge At Pebble Beach Golf Course during Monterey Car Week, the concept car previewed the production roadster that BMW says is coming in the next 12 months. The next-generation Z4 will share its platform...
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The advantages of the Mercedes-Benz 48-volt system

2018 Mercedes-Benz S500As fuel economy and emissions standards continue to tighten around the world, automakers continue to seek ways to make power while using less fuel. Mercedes-Benz, never one to let its engines rot on the vine, is taking the next step to do just that with a 48-volt system for a new 3.0-liter inline-6-cylinder engine. This amounts to a mild hybrid...
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2019 Audi e-tron quattro spy shots

2019 Audi e-tron Quattro electric spy shots - Images via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienAudi is bringing an electric SUV to market in the form of the e-tron quattro and it's due next year as a 2019 model. First introduced as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, the SUV will be sized between the Q5 and Q7, which originally lead to speculation that it would use Q6 in its name. Instead it will just be called the e-tron quattro...
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2018 Ford GT Heritage edition to honor 1967 LeMans winner

2018 Ford GT Heritage editionFrom the beginning of the reborn Ford GT program, the idea was to bring the car to market in time to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Ford GT40's 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford made much ado about the historic accomplishment by competing with the new GT in LeMans last year and releasing a 2017 GT model year '66 Heritage...
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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to be next year’s NASCAR Cup car

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 NASCAR race carIn a break from the traditional sedan, Chevrolet today announced that the Camaro ZL1 coupe will be its car of choice for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series starting next season. Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson joined Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM product development, to introduce the new race car at the GM's...
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2018 Acura RLX gets new look, but will it be enough to compete?

2018 Acura RLXThe Acura RLX hasn't exactly been a sales blockbuster. Last year, Acura sold a grand total of 1,478 of them while BMW parted with 32,408 5-Series and Mercedes sold 46,740 E-Classes. Now, Acura is hoping a new look will boost sales. Ahead of its public debut during Monterey Car Week August 15-19, Acura has released images and preliminary...
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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS: Living with a street and track star

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTSLife gets in the way, even when you're behind the wheel of a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS. Instead of zipping around scenic Lake Tahoe or pushing things to the limit on a South African racetrack, as we've been fortunate to do before, I just spent a week behind the 911 GTS' wheel through rain and shine, in gridlock traffic, on city streets, and...
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Jeremy Clarkson hospitalized for pneumonia

Jeremy ClarksonIt's been a tough year of shooting for the trio of car crazies from "The Grand Tour." First, Richard Hammond crashed in a Rimac Concept_One and broke his leg, and now Jeremy Clarkson has wound up in the hospital with pneumonia. The brash British presenter, who says he doesn't do hospitals, wasn't actually shooting his car show at the time...
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2017 Audi RS 7 Performance first drive review: living with a $137K hatchback

2017 Audi RS 7Audi Sport's slogan is "Born on the track. Built for the road." While most of us would love to test the limits of any Audi Sport model on a racetrack, we'd also be happy to merely have the opportunity to slide behind the wheel of any RS model for a week, especially if it's a $137,000 RS 7 Performance. I had that chance recently, and I learned...
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Mercedes outlines 3-pronged approach to self-driving cars

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-ClassThe race for the autonomous car is on, and how it will shake out is anyone's guess. The future could see fleets of automated taxis, people could subscribe to car companies and use an app to call up their autonomous pods, or buyers could choose to drive on their own, then flip a switch and let the car do the work. Then again, all of these scenarios...
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India chooses jobs over self-driving cars

Ford Fusion autonomous car prototypeThe self-driving car is a hot topic in the automotive industry. Who will get there first? How will it change transportation and the new car market? How safe will autonomous cars be? All of these questions and more are on the minds of those in the auto industry, as well as governments around the world. But there is one other consideration: when the...
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2018 Audi TT RS first drive review: overcoming imbalance

2018 Audi TT RSIf you were going to design a sports car, you wouldn’t start with the layout of the Audi TT. You wouldn’t choose a front-wheel-drive architecture. You wouldn’t turn the engine sideways, and you damn sure wouldn’t locate it ahead of the front axle. Instead, you’d start with a rear-wheel drive platform, mount the engine...
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2018 Audi RS 3 first drive review: Less money, but no less fun

2018 Audi RS 3Audi’s turbocharged 5-cylinder cars have a short but distinguished history. The Audi Quattro buRst onto the scene in the early 1980s and won multiple driver's and manufacturer's titles in rally racing. In 1987, an Audi 5-cylinder was the first car to run up Pike’s Peak in less than 11 minutes back when it was still a gravel trail. And...
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2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom sets new standard we’ll never achieve

2018 Rolls-Royce PhantomThe newest Rolls-Royce Phantom was unveiled Thursday in London, the eighth-generation of the benchmark ultra-luxury sedan and the most recent iteration since 2003. The new Phantom is the second generation developed under BMW ownership and features an aluminum spaceframe "Architecture of Luxury" that will eventually underpin future Rollers as well...
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Seth Curry sinks shot into Infiniti Q50’s sunroof

Infiniti ambassador Steph CurryIt's not exactly Michael Jordan versus Larry Bird for McDonald's circa 1993, but as we can see from this outtake in filming for his commercial for the Infiniti Q50, NBA star Stephen Curry might as well say "nothing but interior." The Golden State Warriors shooting guard signed on with Infiniti as a brand ambassador in June, and now he's shooting...
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