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Volkswagen Is Actually Considering an ID.3 Convertible

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
Volkswagen, the company that is selling an open-top crossover namely the T-Roc convertible is thinking about shaving the roof off the ID.3. How do we know? Well, the carmaker prepared a very short press release about it worded What if? and to add fuel to the rumor fire, chairman Herbert Diess took to Twitter asking for his followers opinion about a potential ID.3 cabriolet.

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This Comedian Has More Than 80 Different Examples of the Volkswagen Bus

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Gabriel Fluffy Iglesias is known far and wide as a great comedian, but hes also established himself as a connoisseur of all things related to Volkswagens iconic Bus. The 44-year-old comedian owns a collection of classic VW Bus models amounting to $3 million. He keeps them in his personal museum, which was designed to carry a passing resemblance to Volkswagens production facility in Wolfsburg, Germany.

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New Facts About the Tesla Cybertruck Have Emerged

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
Some time ago, Tesla unveiled their boldly-styled Cybertruck. The futuristic-looking EV puck-up truck was and still is talked about a lot. We also know that it will be on sale sometime in late 2021. Despite its official introduction, however, the Cybertruck remained a work in progress and now, more details about it came out.

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Work Hard, Playmobil Hard: Hop on the Plastic VW Bus Bandwagon

The days of clean first-generation (or T1) Volkswagen Buses trading hands for a couple of thousand dollars are long behind us. Sure, not every Bus commands the six-figure sum of an especially well-kept 21-window van , but even lowlier Buses of the era in halfway decent shape tend to sell for five figures. Whats the VW Bus fan with a crisp Grant in their pocket to do? Playmobil just might have the answer with its Volkswagen T1 Camping Bus... [read more]

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The New Need for Speed Has Been Delayed At Least a Year Because Guns Are More Fun

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The next Need for Speed game will not be released until the latter part of 2022 at the earliest. That douses any hopes that the game would still come out in its original 2021 schedule. But thats not happening anymore, and the reason is the new Battlefield video game. According to reports, Electronic Arts has directed Criterion Games to pause the development of the new Need for Speed game so that it could help fellow E.A. subsidiary DICE in finishing... [read more]

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Lightnin Bugs TV Debut

It's easy to argue that Norm Grabowski's Kookie Kar is the most iconic T Bucket of all time. A large part of the car's notoriety was derived from... continue reading

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Porsche Taycan Art Car

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
By introduces we mean presents, because this colorful Taycan is not part of Porsches lineup. Instead, the car will be auctioned through RM Sothebys between April 6 and April 13, with all the proceedings heading to the Suisseculturale Sociale non-profit organization which seeks to support the COVID-19 pandemic-struck art scene from Switzerland.

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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge First Look: One Swede SUV Coupe

Here it is the first electric-only Volvo model. Remember, the fancy-schmancy Polestar 2 isnt technically a Volvo, despite the close association between the Swedish automaker and the former tuner-shop-turned-brand. The new 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge is the first Volvo model to offer only an electric powertrain with no gas or hybrid variants in the pipeline and it sets the stage for Volvos EV-only future alongside the brands other battery-electric Recharge offerings . Conceptually, its fairly simple to wrap your head... [read more]

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Can an Abandoned 1968 Buick LeSabre Start and Drive After Sitting 26 years?

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
If you are reading this, theres a 99-percent probability that you are a car enthusiast. If you are, then at some point youve probably been romanticizing about finding an abandoned car, restoring it, and driving it. Such a feat would certainly be worthy of been immortalized in the automotive archives, or in this case, most likely YouTube. Speaking of which, this video from Vice Grip Garage just so happens to showcase rescues like these.

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How Your iPhone May Hasten Autonomous Driving

Virtual CES 2021 sucked as much as Virtual Everything Else did, but compelling news broke regarding lidar and autonomous driving. Im not dialed in enough to sort lidar hype from heroics, so I connected with Tom Jellicoe, an optics expert at the Technology Partnership, a U.K.-based consultancy. Jellicoe was kind enough to Cambridge-mastersplain these latest third-generation lidar sensors and their VCSEL array semiconductor lasers to me. For the newbies: Todays lidar works by emitting pulsed laser light into the surrounding... [read more]

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Care To Buy The Most Annoying Custom Nissan GT-R In The World?

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The Nissan GT-R is far from subtle, and thats honestly its mission. Its meant to be fast and look good doing it. It excels well at this, but what if someone took things a bit further? Well, do you recognize the car we have here? This is the same fully engraved, gold-plated Nissan GT-R that was shown off at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon and, while it might seem weird to talk about a car that has had its 15... [read more]

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How Do You Remove the 2021 Ford Broncos Hard Top?

Ford Bronco tops come off almost as easily as Mardis Gras blouses. The Ford Bronco removable hardtop allows you (and a friend) to transform your trail buster from completely weatherproof to totally alfresco in a matter of minutes. Here are the four easy steps to complete freedom. Note that these instructions apply to the 2021 Ford Bronco s standard molded-in-color or optional Shadow Blackpainted hard tops (well have to report again once weve tinkered with the four-doors soft top). So... [read more]

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How Do You Remove the 2021 Ford Broncos Fenders?

Unlike removing the 2021 Ford Broncos hard top or doors, this procedure is not for everyone. Removing the Broncos fenders is not trivially easy, and it shouldnt be done frequently. You could take the top and doors off every time you drive your Bronco, replacing them when you park it, but removing these panels is a much bigger deal. And please dont plan on four-wheeling with these panels off, as this leaves sensitive parts vulnerable to damage. The best reason... [read more]

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How Do You Remove the Ford Broncos Doors?

How do you remove the doors of a new 2021 Ford Bronco? Undo a couple of bolts and an electric plug, and yank. Its almost that easy, but backing up, the very first step really should be acquiring the Ford accessory bags that protect the doors. These protective sleeves will greatly increase your comfort level in handling these 4354-pound doors when theyre loose. So how do you remove the 2021 Broncos doors? Read on. Removal Step one: Lower the power... [read more]

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Great Alternatives to the BMW Z4

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
The BMW Z4 is a bit like the black sheep of the family. Its part of the BMW lineup but its sort of there because it has to be. The fact that the new Toyota Supra is based on it, does not help either, as its Japanese twin managed to steal the show, with its controversial use of a BMW engine and platform. This does not mean that the new Z4 is a bad car, on the contrary. But we... [read more]

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Look Quick - Heres the Lamborghini Urus Evo Testing On Public Roads!

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Lamborghini has started the development of the Urus Evo as spy photos of a camouflaged prototype have started to come into circulation. The prototype was seen testing in the snow alongside a current version of the Urus. A handful of changes are expected in the Urus Evo, regarded as an updated version of the super SUV that Lamborghini launched in 2018. The testing phase is still in the early stages so dont expect the Urus Evo to debut at least... [read more]

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Can An Old Lexus Really Give You A V8 With Luxury and Reliability?

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
Most of us would agree that luxury and performance cars are unattainable for most of us. Because of this, we spend a lot of time looking for the best possible bargain. Things are not that simple, however, as when you eventually stumble upon an offer that looks like a bargain, things are often not as they seem. The YouTube channel JayEmm on Cars answers a question many of us have asked. Can you get luxury, reliability, and power, at a... [read more]

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The 2022 911 GT3 With A Manual? Porsche Execs Are Literally Betting On It

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
With the new Porsche 911 GT3 out of the bag and the online configurator alive and kicking, Porsche is gearing up for customer orders. It will take some time before we know how many new GT3s Porsche managed to push or whether they were configured with a manual or the PDK dual-clutch gearbox. However, if we look back at how many customers ordered their previous-gen 911 GT3 with a manual, its expected that the manual option on the 992 GTE... [read more]

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Archaeologists Uncover the Lamborghini of Chariots Outside Pompeii

According to the archaeological powerhouse behind the ongoing Pompeii excavations, an elaborately adorned ceremonial chariota sick sled experts dubbed the Lamborghini of chariotswas recently unearthed from the ash-covered ruins. This just reminds us how good you supercar kids have it these days. Blasting your eyes with the latest and greatest mega-wedge is just a few swipes away on Instagram, and if you live near any metropolis sprawl, your local Cars and Coffee attracts enough haute metal to fill the parking... [read more]

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2022 Kia Carnival Pricing Released: You Must Pay This Much to Ride

Kia's replacement for the Sedona , the new-for-2022 Carnival , is the South Korean brand's latest and greatest minivan. Wellsorry, Kia says it's, um, a multi-purpose vehicle , on account of its SUV-like styling. Hey, the schtick gives the Carnival handsome proportions, a strong presence, and might actually tempt some buyers away from the sport-utes that have been dominating sale charts not to mention the roads lately. But if buyers want to get into this new most-handsome of MPVs, they're... [read more]

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2021 Jeep Renegade Islander Special Edition Joins Sun-Seeking Wrangler

A little while ago, we told you the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Islander Special Edition was back after more than a decade. Now we can add the news that, for the first time, this appearance package comes to the compact 2021 Renegade , and its available right now. The new 2021 Renegade Islander Special Edition uses the Latitude trim with the 2.4-liter engine as a base. Front-wheel-drive comes standard, although all-wheel-drive is an option. The big news is about the interior... [read more]

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The Darc Mono RV Is Giving Us Overland Fever

Even though it wears a name that seemingly never went before a focus group, the Darc Mono is no sinister viral disease: It's actually an off-road RV/ overland rig with the capabilities to take you anywhere and a level of opulence that ensure you'll be comfortable wherever you end up. Using an Iveco Daily 44 as its base, the Darc Mono is fitted with 37-inch Hankook Dynapro all-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch wheels, and available features include an adaptive suspension... [read more]

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Best Car Scratch Removers

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Your cars get scratches no matter how careful you are with them. Theyre inevitable annoyances that car owners have to deal with it. Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate car scratches and bring some shine back to our precious rides. The car scratch remover market is booming with all sorts of products that effectively addresses the issue of car scratches. A lot of these products can be used at home and, more importantly, they only cost anywhere from $10 to... [read more]

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FDRs Armored 1942 Lincoln Limo Would Be At Least $1 Million Today

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
The Petersen Automotive Museum is home to a lot of the most famous vehicles in history. One model, in particular, was the recent subject of a video hosted by the museums chief historian, Leslie Kendall. Its an armored 1942 Lincoln Zephyr that happened to be the presidential ride of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States of America.

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A Twin-Turbo Lexus IS F Could Bring Some Pain To the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Lexus recently launched its first V-8-powered sedan in almost a decade in the form of the IS 500 F Sport. Its been just about a week since it was launched, but it looks like the automaker already has one more in the pipeline. According to Motoring, Lexus is working on a twin-turbo V-8 car that will take on the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M3. To make to deal sweeter, the automaker could resurrect the IS F moniker for it.

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What a Biden Presidency Means for the Auto Industry and You

When Donald Trump was elected president four years ago, MotorTrend wrote a critical analysis of what the Trump administration would mean for our way of transport. Republican-leaning readers dared me to deliberate this issue in a similarly critical manner the next time a Democrat resided in the Oval Office. I shall not disappoint. Corvette Joe Biden is president of the United States , and like all new CEOs of America, he has a list of goals, including how he wants... [read more]

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Can Top Gear America Save Rally Racing?

Rally racing is the most dynamic motorsport on earthor at least it used to be. From the 1970s to the late 1990s, rally racing did wear that crown and rally cars were some of the most coveted vehicular icons of their time. The sport birthed world-renowned stars in both driver and vehicle, like Colin McRae and the Subaru WRX STI. But recent years have not been kind to the sport of rally racing and it is in need of a... [read more]

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If You Care About Your Teslas Warranty, Dont Use It to Power Your Home

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The winter storm wasnt been kind to the Texans with basic services like power and water taking a big hit. A lot of good Samaritans have come to the rescue, including Ford, who had asked the dealerships to loan out the F-150 trucks with Pro Power onboard generators to people without power at home. In such dire situations, one would assume that using EVs as a stationary power source would also be a good idea, but as it turns out... [read more]

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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV First Drive Review: Chevy's Model Why?

Weve known the tall-hatch Chevrolet Bolt EV winner of our 2017 Car of the Year caliperswas getting an SUV sibling for some time now. As details of the 2022 Bolt EUV began to emerge, the MotorTrend internal Slack channels lit up with questions: Whyd Chevy make the two vehicles look so similar? Why is the new one named like a trim level? How does Chevy expect showroom sales personnel to steer buyers into one or the other of these plug-in... [read more]

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This Lamborghini Huracan Rendering Has Tons of Terzo Millennio DNA

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
The Lamborghini Huracan was an impressive machine and after five years on the market, Lamborghini introduced an even stronger model that was more aggressive and lugged around the EVO name. The Huracan EVO was powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 that delivered a cool 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque enough for a 2.9-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 202 mph. Right in the middle between the Huracans launch and the launch of the EVO, Lamborghini... [read more]

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The Hot Rod & Motor Sports Show

The Hot Rod Motor Sports Show was a shindig put on by The National Speed Directory (coolest name ever) and the Russetta Timing Association in the Los... continue reading

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Skoda Octavia

By info@topspeed.com (Dim Angelov)
Skoda has long been the popular brand choice for pragmatic people who want a comfortable and practical commuter. The Octavia makes the backbone of the lineup and is one of its most popular models. The Octavia has always been about getting a lot of a car at an affordable price. But with new cars having more and more tech on board, cars are gradually rising up in value. This begs the question, can the best-seller of the Czech brand still... [read more]

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This Recreation of The Top Gun Maverick Trailer With Legos Is Just Too Cool

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
U.S. brick filmmaker Augustus Danko is such a big fan of LEGOs and the Top Gun movie that he decided to marry his two loves and create an incredible fan-made trailer of the upcoming blockbuster movie using only LEGO bricks. The two-and-a-half-minute trailer faithfully recreates the first Top Gun: Maverick trailer starring Tom Cruise right down to the smallest of details. The trailer took five months to complete and it features 3,240 frames. Danko even enlisted the help of other... [read more]

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If The Renault Espace Looked Like This, Youd Definitely Want One

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
A digital artist has created a modernized rendering of the Renault Espace F1, and its got us itching for one. The rendering is based on the concept model that Renault unveiled at the 1994 Paris Motor Show to celebrate the nameplates 10th anniversary and the French automakers involvement in Formula One. Nothing came out of the Espace F1, but 27 years later, its still fondly remembered as one of the gnarliest minivan concept vehicles ever showcased at an auto show.

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Alfa Romeo Is Plotting a Larger-Than-Giulia 5 Series Competitor

By info@topspeed.com (Robert Moore)
Big Alfa Romeo Sports sedans dont really exist today, with the last important model that comes to mind being the 166 that was produced between 1996 and 2007. But, what if Alfa Romeo, now under the leadership of Stellantis, decided it wanted to forget about the SUV segment for a moment and compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, and even the Audi A6 or Maserati Ghibli? Well, believe it or not, an uncited report is... [read more]

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Apocalypse Hellfire 6x6

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Theres no way 6x6 trucks can sneak away without catching any attention. There are quite a few aft...

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2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR First Drive: Its the Little Things

Its the pinnacle of six years worth of tuning, JLR Special Vehicle Operations vehicle dynamics manager Ross Restell says as he shows us around the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR. And after a few hours behind the wheel on some quiet English back roads, were not about to argue. From a distance, the revised F-Pace SVR may not look all that different from the SVR crossover it replaces, which originally debuted in Europe in 2016. Even the power output550 hpremains the... [read more]

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Alternate Timeline: The Nissan MID4 Concepts Could Have Humbled The Acura NSX

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby Garlitos)
Automakers, in general, often make decisions that change the course of their respective histories. We dont often see these decisions in public, but every so often, concept cars play the role of avatars, giving us a peek at what couldve been had a specific automaker decided to greenlight some of these concepts. Theres a laundry list of concept cars that never made it to production and probably altered the history of some brands but were here to shine the spotlight... [read more]

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25 Incredible Facts About The Stunning Bugatti Divo

By info@topspeed.com (Safet Satara)
Revealed at The Quail as part of Monterey Car Week, the new Bugatti Divo represents the next step into the extreme for the company that produces the fastest car on the planet - the Chiron. The new car takes a slightly different approach to life compared to the Chiron. Apart from being extremely fast and ridiculously powerful, the Divo moves a bit more to the dynamism and cornering abilities, so the top speed is its second priority. While it is... [read more]

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Can Top Gear America Save Rally Racing?

Rally racing is the most dynamic motorsport on earthor at least it used to be. From the 1970s to the late 1990s, rally racing did wear that crown and rally cars were some of the most coveted vehicular icons of their time. The sport birthed world-renowned stars in both driver and vehicle, like Colin McRae and the Subaru WRX STI. But recent years have not been kind to the sport of rally racing and it is in need of a... [read more]

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Walk On Air: 2021 Cadillac XT5 and XT6 Get Mild Hybrid System in China

Good news! As of 2021, the Chinese-market Cadillac XT5 and XT6 will get a 48 volt mild hybrid system, new gold paint, andif the above photo, which we swear on our mothers' lives was actually included with the press release , is any indicationthe ability to levitate. As of model year 2021, the Chinese-market XT5 and XT6s standard 2.0-liter turbo four now comes with a 48-volt mild hybrid system, which Cadillac says boosts fuel economy by roughly 5 percent in... [read more]

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Ringbrothers Works Spooky Magic on this 68 Mercury Cougar Restomod

You cant swing a custom, billet-hewn Cougar emblem these days without scratching up a few high-dollar restomods. Theres an entire spectrum out there, ranging from the crate-motor-and-decal jobs to the Singer types. Ringbrothers is no Singer, but its builds are certainly special. Weve seen a number recently, and all embody some fundamentally interesting idea. Whether its a 1,080-hp, Hellcat-powered AMC AMX or a 48 Cadillac with ATS-V oily bits , the Ringbrothers folks like exploring the boundaries. Thats why were... [read more]

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Jeep Sold Hundreds of Thousands Of Vehicles With a Spelling Error

By info@topspeed.com (Iulian Dnistran)
You know how Jeep hides all sorts of easter eggs into its brand-new cars? Well, today were going to talk a little about this. Probably. Not. Long story short, the Jeep Cherokee XJ was sold for a whopping 13 years with a spelling error hidden in plain sight. Let me explain.

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More Top Gear America Coming May 7th, 2021!

Fear not loyal viewers! This Friday is not the last episode of Top Gear America for this season; you've got five more coming at you starting May 7th, 2021, exclusively on the MotorTrend App! Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry and Jethro Bovingdon are just getting warmed up. Overlanding in sports cars, ultra-luxury SUVs in the snow, land speed racing in home-built hot rods and saving rally racing (coming Friday, February 26, 2021)most new shows would call that a good first season... [read more]

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2021 Volkswagen ID4 First Test: VW's Everyday Electric SUV

Thanks largely to Tesla , manufacturer of the quickest car weve ever tested , weve come to expect great rapidity from electric vehicles . But if EVs are going to become mainstream (and both governmental and automaker pledges indicate that is going happen eventually, ready or not), then they cant all be high-priced rocket ships for early adopters. Enter the 2021 Volkswagen ID4 , the electric ambassador forthe post- Dieselgate VW. The ID4 is meant to be a true volks... [read more]

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Pricing Betrays a Well-Equipped Three-Row SUV

Jeep's all-new Grand Cherokee L , the first-ever three-row Grand Cherokee SUV that also ushers in the next-generation Grand Cherokee ( the two-row version arrives for 2022 ), is almost here. To prepare Jeepers eager for a seven-seat Grand Cherokee, the automaker has released official pricing for the three-row family hauler. The Grand Cherokee L will be costlierbut better-equippedthan the two-row, current-generation Grand Cherokee that it'll be sold alongside for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Grand Cherokee L starts... [read more]

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First Walkaround Video Shows Just How Awesome The McLaren Artura Is

By info@topspeed.com (Tudor Rus)
When McLaren woke up from its sleep in 2010 and started churning out fantastic supercars, some said it will only be temporary. One decade later, McLaren is still doing its thing, combining sleek-looking, low-slung cars with insane performance. With the Artura, the supercar maker managed to prove yet another thing: it is not afraid to switch it up every now and then just as it is not afraid to play with new tech.

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It's a Wrap! This Sweet VW Jetta GLI Concept Honors Its Past

If theres one piece of the Volkswagen Jetta GLIs history we all recall, its the little sports sedans Blue Lagoon hue from the mid-2000s. Wait a minute? You dont remember this short-lived GLI color? Dont worry, youre not alone. Even so, VW has introduced this Blue Lagoon Jetta GLI concept as a nod to a past it believes the wider enthusiast community fondly recalls. That said, the Blue Lagoon Jetta GLI concept is an attractive take on the sportiest Jetta... [read more]

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COVID-19 Forces Cruise Origin to Rethink and Redesign Its Robo-Taxi

Timing is everything. Cruise, a self-driving vehicle startup, developed the 2022 Cruise Origin autonomous ride-hailing vehicle and showed it to the world in January 2020. Two months later the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly the Origin, a six-passenger pod for ride-hailing , was being viewed by new sets of health-critical eyes. A small vehicle that squeezes in six people, three per bench, facing each other, is not ideal in a world looking to prevent the spread... [read more]

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