Hyundai-Kia names former Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley designer as design chief – Autoblog

Luc Donckerwolke, former designer for both Bentley, Audi and Lamborghini, is succeeding Peter Schreyer as the lead designer for both Hyundai and Kia. This follows a significant shuffle within the Korean automaker’s upper management. Schreyer — himself a former Volkswagen Group designer — will head design management. Chung Eui-sun, the son of company chairman and CEO Chung Mong-koo, was promoted as executive vice chairman. The head of Hyundai Motor America, Kyung Soo-lee, is leaving his position after just more than a year on the job.

That’s a lot of moving pieces at the top of Korea’s largest automaker. Donckerwolke has been with Hyundai-Kia since 2015 when he left the Volkswagen Group to take over Genesis design. Some of his most famous designs include the Lamborghini Murciélago, Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley Flying Spur and

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Looking for the best car battery? Here are 4 great options – Autoblog

Looking for the best car battery? Car batteries last for years, but sooner or later you’ll need a replacement.

Odyssey PC680 Battery – $128.99
Claims to have a 70% longer cycle life compared to conventional deep cycle batteries.

Optima YellowTop Dual Purpose Battery – $232.99
Great for trucks with winches vehicles with high-demand electronics and audio systems.

DieHard Advanced Gold AGM Battery – $185.99
Claims 20 times more vibration protection than the DieHard Gold Model, allowing a longer life.

ACDelco Professional AGM Automotive BCI – $182.27
This battery has “improved acid circulation,” which improves the overall lifespan.

Before replacing a car battery, it’s important to make sure your new battery will actually fit. Check your owner’s manual for this information.

What brand of car battery do you swear by? Let us know in the comments.

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2019 Audi A7 and A6 road test review

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. – Audi calls its latest party trick the “digital awakening.” In markets outside of the U.S., top-of-the-line 2019 Audi A6 and A7 models get special LED head and taillights that perform a miniature light show when you unlock the car. It’s like the sequential turn signals found on some Audi cars, but with a lot more choreography. And it’s the perfect metaphor for Audi’s latest generation of plush C-segment sedans.

Both the A6 and A7 share the same drivetrain, chassis and interior, with slightly different bodies, and enter a new age of what Audi calls “future premium.” In the years to come, the automaker predicts, luxury will be less about how it makes you look or feel, and more about what conveniences the car can offer.

That philosophy is blatantly clear as soon as you slip into Audi’s beautiful redesigned cabin.

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Why this 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO will sell for at least $45 million – Autoblog

If you want to read in vivid detail about the car in question, RM Sotheby’s provides a lengthy tale of “the world’s most important, desirable, and legendary motor car.” Trying to regurgitate it here really wouldn’t do it justice. Instead, here are some of the bullet points.

  • No. 3 of 36 Ferrari GTOs built. Known as 3413.
  • Considered by experts to be one of the most authentic and original of those 36, all of which survive
  • One of only 4 of those 36 to receive upgraded at the time with Series II GTO/64 body work by Scaglietti. It is more aggressive in appearance, more aerodynamic and many say attractive
  • Won the 1962 Italian GT Championship
  • First in class at the 1963 Targa Florio in its original body work
  • First in class at the 1964 Targa Florio in the Series II body work you see today, as detailed in the Sotheby’s story
  • Won its class in

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John Cena?s former 2017 Ford GT heads to auction at Monterey – Autoblog

The now-infamous 647-horsepower Liquid Blue 2017 Ford GT formerly owned (and then flipped) by actor and wrestling star John Cena is once again for sale, this time destined for the auction block this weekend at Monterey Car Week. And in a twist, Jalopnik reports it’s being auctioned by the same dealer Ford also sued for flipping it.

Chico, Calif.-based New Autos Inc. is sending the car to the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction Saturday night in downtown Monterey, advertising it as one of just 138 produced for 2017, the first model year, and with the VIN number 77, a nod to Cena’s birth year.

Ford late last year sued Cena for flipping his GT for a profit shortly after he acquired it for $466,376.50, citing a clause barring a sale of any of the first

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U.S. judge gives preliminary approval to $48m VW investor settlement – Autoblog

WASHINGTON – A U.S. judge in California has granted preliminary approval to a $48 million settlement for investors who said Volkswagen made false and misleading statements over its excess diesel emissions. Lawyers for the investors, who include police and other municipal pension funds, had estimated that the maximum they could have recovered was $147 million. But Judge Charles Breyer said the settlement agreed in August appeared “fair, adequate and reasonable.”

VW, in a statement, said on Friday that the “proposed settlement agreement eliminates the uncertainty and considerable costs of protracted litigation in the United States and is in the best interests of the company.” The ruling was issued late Wednesday.

In total, Volkswagen has agreed to pay more than $25 billion in the United States for claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers, and has offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting U.S. vehicles. The buybacks will continue through 2019.

The German

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We Grab a Burger in a Ford Raptor—and End Up Meeting an Earl

I was driving along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood when the realization zapped me like a bee sting: I need a hamburger. Fortunately, I was a mere block away from one of my faves, Carney’s, a diner built in 1975 out of two ancient Union Pacific train cars. I parked and walked up the ramp then down the long aisle to the open kitchen.

“Do you have anything ketogenic?” I asked. The cook stared. “Just kidding. Double cheeseburger, chili fries, chocolate shake.” I took a seat by a window looking out on the Sunset traffic.

“That your truck I saw pull in?” An older gentleman, I’d guess in his 80s, was sitting at the next table, also waiting for his order.

“Yes, but . . . it’s not really mine. I’m just test-driving it for the week.”

“They let people test-drive cars for a whole week now?”

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Monterey 2008: Cadillac unveils 2010 CTS Sport Wagon – Autoblog

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Dramatically Designed Alternative to Larger Vehicles Makes Debut at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH , Calif. – Amidst the beauty and history of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Cadillac treats car enthusiasts to a world premiere of its latest production-car design. The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon makes its debut this weekend on the Monterey Peninsula, showcasing a dramatic design that elevates and updates the classic wagon body style.

Not unlike many historic Cadillac designs, the new CTS Sport Wagon is an unmistakable and dynamic presence. The car’s intricately cut rear profile injects fashion-forward design into the formerly utilitarian world of wagons. Cadillac’s upcoming wagon offers ample interior space and includes a range of six-cylinder engine choices, making it a compelling alternative to

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