Here in the Midwestern United States, winter still has a few months longer to make us miserable before we can put it in our rearview. Too often, drivers will end up in snowy situations which could be easily avoided if they had the right accessories in their trunk. One of the most helpful items you could have in your trunk during the winter months has to be a good ice scraper.
Cadillac will unveil its high-performance CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing sedans on Feb. 1 and will accept reservations for the cars the same day. As a special enticement, those first 250 cars will get a numbered plaque on the steering wheel, which indicates the model, transmission, and build sequence. Note that the plaque comes only on cars equipped with the high-performance steering wheel, which based on the teaser image below appears to have carbon fiber accents.
There's some scuttlebutt going around that the next-generation Ford Mustang might not appear until late 2028, and that the reason for the delay is because it will be going fully electric. This is the good old pony car coupe we've known and loved for over half a century. The report comes from Autoline (at the 4:31 mark), which sources an industry data firm called AutoForecast Solutions.
The 2021 Buick Envision is officially official. Yes, that Envision — the one we showed you back in May 2020 — is now for sale, and we now have all of the finer details about the redesigned crossover, which is lower, wider and more technologically robust than its predecessor. One could argue that we already knew the most important thing about Buick's updated CUV: It looks good.
It turns out the mysterious case of the jetpack guy casually flying around at a few thousand feet above the ground in California could actually be something completely different, albeit just as dangerous. According to documents collected by The Black Vault (via The Drive) through the Freedom of Information Act, an American Airlines pilot who made the jetpack sighting reported to the FBI that "what he saw was exactly like the drone in the YouTube video below." Not only is it possible, it seems significantly more likely that an unmanned drone would reach such heights than a real-life Iron Man carrying enough fuel to take off, joyride at 3,000-6,000 feet for a few minutes and then safely land.
The very first production example of the 2021 Ram TRX is headed to auction, the company confirmed Thursday. The truck, in Launch Edition Anvil Gray, will cross the block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale on March 26 to benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s 2-1-1 helpline. Being one of the 702 Launch Edition models makes it special already, but this particular example will come with a presentation box with a bound book custom-developed by the Ram Brand team.
Instead, Volkswagen is limiting our Mk 8 consumption to the high performance GTI and Golf R. If you do want a base Golf, VW says it’s produced enough model year 2021 Golfs at the Puebla, Mexico plant to sustain sales through the end of the year. If you want to wait for the Mk 8 GTI and Golf R, Volkswagen confirmed yet again that those models are on track for a 2022 model year launch.
Of course, as our large son Wollie has already done so many times, Lola will have to be pressed into service as a test kid for car reviews. One of the things I love about Wollie’s Britax is that it’s super easy to swap from car to car when you install it using a seatbelt — a useful trait when, in normal times, my job involves driving multiple cars in a week. Due to the bulk of a car seat, it can still be a challenge to maneuver it into some cars, and putting it in the back seat of a small coupe can be a bit like moving a couch up a flight of stairs (Pivot!).
Motorists who complain that the Toyota Land Cruiser is past its prime need to sail across the Bering Strait and hop behind the wheel of a 2021 Lada Niva. It white-knuckled into the 2020s, but its successor is on deck for a 2024 launch. One of the four new cars Lada plans to introduce in its home country of Russia by 2025 is the second-generation Niva.
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 plays in what’s become the most popular of all luxury segments: two-row crossovers. It does so with typical Cadillac nebulousness, straddling the line between size segments with the promise of getting more for your money than what the Germans might offer.
Official Ford order guides have leaked for the 2021 F-150 Raptor and Tremor packages, confirming that the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will return as the base engine in Ford's range-topping off-road pickup. The guide images, leaked to F150Gen14.com's forum, also give us a top-down glimpse of what Ford has in store for the F-150's two off-road-heavy packages. Secondly, this is our first solid confirmation that the High Output variant of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 is returning, having been absent from the initial slate of F-150 models (which obviously excluded the Raptor).
Volkswagen faces a fine of more than 100 million euros ($121 million) for missing EU targets on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its 2020 passenger car fleet, the world's largest carmaker said on Thursday. It cut average CO2 emissions in the fleet in the European Union by around 20% to 99.8 g/km, but that was around 0.5 g/km above its target, Volkswagen said. Concerned about global warming, as well as air pollution, European policymakers have clamped down on exhaust emissions, forcing carmakers to spur development of low-emission technology or face a penalty of 95 euros per gram of excess CO2 they emit.
There would be fewer accidents if drivers could tell each other about accidents and other potentially dangerous obstacles. According to Ford, these alerts can also be passed on to emergency services, increasing their general awareness and, hopefully, shortening response times. Ford has been working on this service for some time.
Say goodbye to bigly and hello to Bigster — the Dacia Bigster, that is. Yeah, we got the joke out of the way in the headline, but increasingly obscure references aside, the latest from Renault's subsidiary is more exciting than it sounds. This is a car-based, C-segment (compact, in non-European terms) SUV concept that doesn't offend the eyes, which alone is a win.
While custom coachbuilt Teslas aren't new, not even convertibles, this example from Italian design house Ares Design is one of the nicest we've seen. In addition to the roof, the rear doors and B-pillars were removed, and the front doors were lengthened. With the significantly revised rear section housing the top and losing the doors, custom-built rear seats were installed.
Volkswagen's Dutch division reignited a debate that has split the enthusiast community for more than a quarter century: what color is a Polo Harlequin? Volkswagen of Holland even painted the door handles, which were left black on the 1995 Polo. Volkswagen explained selling the Polo Harlequin to the public was not its original intention.
Now is as good a time as any to pick some up, especially since TireRack.com is having a clearance sale on select brands and styles right now that could save you up to 50% off. In addition, they're also offering free shipping on any order over $50, so you could end up saving some serious cash.