Audi E-Tron GT sedan teased before L.A. Auto Show debut – Autoblog

Audi said it was bringing its E-Tron GT concept car to the L.A. Auto Show, but now we have some teaser images of what is claimed to be the E-Tron GT sedan. The pictures popped up on Germany’s Bild and show Audi’s design boss Mark Lichte with the vehicle in question. It’s not exactly clear from Bild’s report if these images are for a concept or a production car, but it does claim the E-Tron GT Sedan will be ready for the market in 2020. We’re inclined to believe these teasers offer a decent representation of what the production E-Tron GT sedan will be like. A few details about the sedan were also released. Supposedly, it will have a 100 kWh battery pack, good for 248 miles of range. Acceleration to 62 mph is set to happen in under 4

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How to find a car that’s perfect for audiophiles – Autoblog

We get it: you’re into music, and you want options that make it easy to listen to the music formats you like. Luckily, many modern cars offer an array of options for streaming or playing tunes. There’s the well-known Bluetooth functionality that most cars have. Satellite radio is another important one. But since many folks use their smartphones as media devices in the car, the adoption of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay have become important and convenient interfaces.

But how do you find a car that supports the music-playing options you want? You could sort through every manufacturer’s spreadsheet looking for what trim package will get you satellite radio, or you could simply hop on over to our Car Finder tool. It’s simple: selecting the Music filter eliminates any cars that don’t have both Bluetooth and satellite radio. We’ve found that the presence of both of these features generally indicates that

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Ford unveils new China SUV, hoping to reinvigorate sales – Autoblog

BEIJING — Ford Motor Co unveiled a new China sport utility vehicle on Tuesday, and said its plan to release a spate of new models will help turn around tumbling sales in the world’s top auto market from the start of next year.

Ford, fighting to recover from a severe sales slump in China, will start selling the entry-level SUV, called the “Territory”, early next year. The car is jointly developed with local partner Jiangling Motors Corp Ltd (JMC).

The car, based on a no-frills model from JMC, is aimed at appealing to consumers in China’s smaller, so-called lower-tier cites, which have been a major engine of growth in the market over the past decade. It would compete with models from local firms like Geely and Great Wall Motor.

The SUV is one of the 50 new or redesigned vehicles Ford has said it plans to launch in China starting this year and

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Mil-Spec 003 Hummer H1 first drive review

We’re in something of a golden age for automotive restomodding, and into a heady mix that includes Singer’s reimagined 911s, Icon’s fancy off-roaders, and lots of updated Land Rovers. The latest company with ambitions to become a top-tier custom car brand is Mil-Spec, which aims to do what the aforementioned companies do, but with the big, brash, blunt Hummer H1. And in particular, the company is aiming to make its Hummers a compelling alternative to a used Hummer H1 Alpha. The Alpha is generally considered to be the best of the breed with the most powerful diesel engine offered, larger brakes, and a nicer interior compared with its predecessors. To find out whether the company’s early efforts live up to that ambition, Mil-Spec invited us to drive their third completed vehicle, Mil-Spec 003.

It started life as a 1995 Hummer H1,

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BMW M cars will all be hybrid or EV by 2030 – Autoblog

The CEO of BMW’s M division, Frank Van Meel, has stated earlier that the future of the division will include electrified cars. As BMW plans to have electric or hybrid cars form 40 percent of its production output by 2025, M cars will be part of that. And now, Van Meel says that by the end of the next decade, all BMW M models will have electrified tech in them.

According to CarAdvice, Van Meel spoke with Australian journalists in Spain, telling them the timeline for hybrid M tech will be there step by step, stressing that timing is crucial for BMW M to deliver a successful product. Van Meel doesn’t want an electrified M car to be half-baked, heavy or unsatisfying due to a rush to market before the technology has been perfected.

“Look at today’s electrification

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Get ready to pay more for a new car after latest tariffs on China – Autoblog

New tariffs imposed by the Trump administration against Chinese-made goods figure to take a chunk out of automakers’ profits and make cars more expensive for consumers, industry experts say.

The Trump administration on Monday levied a new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. They take effect Sept. 24 but increase to 25 percent on Jan. 1. The new tariffs target more than 100 automotive products including engines, gaskets, washers and rubber seals, tires, hydraulic and brake fluids, transmission shafts and cranks. They add to 25 percent tariffs already in place on $50 billion in Chinese goods.

China has retaliated in both cases, enacting earlier tariffs on American agricultural exports, and most recently enacting its own tariffs on $60 billion in U.S.-made goods. President Trump reportedly threatened on Monday to subject a further $267 billion in Chinese imports to tariffs — which would cover nearly everything China sells

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Cadillac XT6 SUV will be revealed in Detroit in January – Autoblog

Cadillac will hold an event on Jan. 13 on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show to reveal its long-awaited new XT6 three-row crossover, Automotive News reports.

The XT6 is seen as a critical product for Cadillac, which has been caught flatfooted with a lineup heavy on sedans amid the boom in crossovers and SUVs. It’ll slot between the midsize XT5 crossover, and the full-size Escalade luxury SUV. Cadillac recently started selling the smaller XT4 crossover as well. The XT6 is expected to arrive in showrooms around mid-2019.

We’ve seen several spy shots of the XT6 cloaked in heavy camouflage, including some views of the uncovered dashboard and console layout earlier this week that showed a wide, sweeping dash and elements seemingly borrowed from the CT6 sedan.

Cadillac is also reportedly working on a “master

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Volvo is coming to the L.A. Auto Show without any cars – Autoblog

Volvo is coming to the L.A. Auto Show with its full range of 2019 model year cars and a new concept … oh wait, never mind. Volvo’s not doing that. This just in, the Swedish manufacturer is renting space in L.A. but is choosing to not bring any vehicles or vehicle-shaped things at all. Why is Volvo using its marketing budget to show absolutely nothing, you might ask?

Well, Volvo is still going to show some hip videos with neat soundtracks most likely, but it is most concerned with discussing its vision for the future of automobility. Cue the eye rolls across the automotive world. Instead of a bunch of its terribly old-fashioned vehicles (read: sarcasm) on display, Volvo’s large setup will be dominated by a giant sign(?) spelling out: This is not a car.

Alright, we get it, Volvo. The industry is changing, and the L.A.

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1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sells for $70 million – Autoblog

The Ferrari 250 GTO is well-known as one of the most valuable cars on Earth, and quite rare with just 39 examples built. It’s a reputation backed by incredible sale prices, one of the most recent being an auction record of $38 million at Bonhams’ Monterey auction in 2014. Not all of them cross the auction block, and one reportedly was sold in a private sale for a stunning $70 million, thought to be the highest price ever paid for a car.

The price and the sale was confirmed by Fox News after the news outlet talked to a Ferrari historian. It was reportedly sold to American businessman. The duPont Registry reported on the sale a little earlier, having learned of the sale in a forum, and notes that the buyer may have been David MacNeil, CEO of WeatherTech, the

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Hyundai Palisade SUV supersizes it at L.A. Auto Show – Autoblog

Hyundai is adding to the SUV fracas at the L.A. Auto Show with the debut of its new 2020 Palisade SUV today. We got a sneak peek a couple of weeks ago here in Detroit, but now we can give you our full impressions as it’s revealed in California.

Let’s start with size, because the Palisade is larger than any SUV currently offered in Hyundai’s lineup, including the Santa Fe XL. It’s considered a midsize SUV and will compete with vehicles like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent and others. Hyundai is aiming to attract buyers who might have passed on the Santa Fe XL due to its smaller size compared to other mid-sizers. The Palisade can be had in a true eight-seat configuration, however, a captain’s seat second-row option can make it a seven-seater.

To move all the extra

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