14th July 2013

The Manliest Carpool: 5 Rides for Busy Dads

Not every dad can rock the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 as the family whip. Even with a disposable income, it’s occasionally necessary to haul groceries, store Little League equipment, and yes, take over the neighborhood carpool duties. Thus, for dads, the word “practical” and “car” are sometimes lumped into the same sentence, which is why Chevrolet teamed up with Harris Interactive to ...
7th July 2013

Electric Teamwork: Seven Carmakers Agree on Single EV Fast Charge Standard

With the rise of electric vehicles comes the risk of confusing methods to charge the batteries. Thankfully, seven automakers have collaborated and reached an agreement to standardize EV fast charging methods in the United States and Europe. The automakers include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche, and Volkswagen. All seven have agreed on one vehicle inlet/charging connector as well as the method in which the car communicates with the charging station. They also considered the ...
5th July 2013

Renault-Nissan to Open New Research Office in Silicon Valley, Fourth Major Automaker in Area

Attention all college grads with an engineering degree (and a slight interest in cars): add the Renault-Nissan Alliance to your job hunting list of automotive companies that have been actively  seeking and hiring talent to fill engineering and technology jobs. The group announced that in a few weeks it will open its doors to a new research office in Silicon Valley, which is home to a number of high-tech giants. According to a prepared statement yesterday, ...
28th June 2013

2013 North American International Auto Show – Everything You Need to Know

We’re on the showroom floor of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and will be covering all angles of the show. From vehicle unveils like the highly-anticipated 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette to our Reporter’s Notebook, we’ll be providing unsurpassed coverage of everything we come across. From this very spot, you can access all of our show coverage including vehicle ...
24th June 2013

Tesla to build electric Mercedes

Tesla and Daimler are set to collaborate on a new electric Mercedes-Benz. According to Gigaom.com, the fourth-quarter earnings report released by Tesla earlier this week revealed the company is set to supply a full powertrain for an unnamed electric Mercedes-Benz in the near future. Those components include a motor, transmission, inverter and all of the software necessary to keep the car whirring along. Funds from the deal are supposed to begin trickling in by the ...
17th June 2013

2012 CES Wrap-Up: The Cloud’s the Limit

Over the past few days, we’ve covered touchscreens, voice commands, head-up displays, applications, smartphone integration, and various other technologies featured at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But what does much of it come down to? The cloud. Technology in cars is finally at a point where it needs to move as quickly as it does with home computers. As a ...
16th June 2013

2013 Automobile Of The Year: Let The Testing Begin – Rumor Central

It’s that time again. No, we’re not talking college football, major-league baseball post-season action, or even habitual trips to the cider mill for freshly-pressed juice and sugary treats. It’s time for Automobile’s editors and contributors to break out of the offices, retreat to a secretive spot in western Michigan, sample some of the latest and greatest sheetmetal on the market, and ultimately name one vehicle as the 2013 Automobile Of The Year. Our testing and deliberation runs this ...
16th June 2013

Staff Picks: The Best and Worst Cars We Drove in 2012

And just like that, we’re closing the book on 2012 and preparing to start 2013. Motor Trend staffers were lucky enough to drive a wide assortment of fantastic cars, with everything from the 74-hp Volkswagen Up! to the 691-hp Lamborghini Aventador passing through our garage. Of the hundreds of cars we’ve driven this year, these are the cars that stood out most to our editors in 2012, for better and for worse. Erick Ayapana, Associate Online ...
13th June 2013

Driving the 2013 Smart Fortwo ED

Mercedes-Benz USA 2013 Smart Fortwo ED. Of all the new features on the 2013 Smart Fortwo ED, including a larger battery pack and a more powerful motor, one is engineered to garner the most attention: its price. Accounting for the maximum federal income tax credit of $7,500, the price of the 2013 model, scheduled to go on sale next spring, can be reduced from $25,750 to $18,250. From there, any available state subsidies could be applied. In ...