Watch Lucid Air EV dominate Laguna Seca – Autoblog

It’s been a little while since we last heard from Lucid Motors about its luxury, performance, autonomous-when-you-want-it-to-be Air EV. There were acquisition rumors regarding Ford, then a move to a new headquarters and, most recently, investment talks with the same Saudi fund that was in the mix when Elon Musk kicked off Maybe-Take-Tesla-Private Month. Before all that, though, Lucid was taking the Air out for testing. Really fast testing. Well over 200 mph testing.

Now, the startup has resurfaced, again getting back to the thing we all really want to talk about: driving the Lucid Air. In its latest missive, Lucid describes tackling Laguna Seca with its powerful EV.

The Air that Lucid brought to the famed circuit was essentially a “showroom intent” prototype with the interior swapped out “for a 6-point roll cage and fire-suppression system [with] high-temperature brake pads

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Mercedes-AMG G63 starting price climbs to $148,495 for 2019 – Autoblog

Mercedes-AMG launched the 2019 G-Class as a more luxurious, more efficient, more powerful, and more capable version of the model that came before it. It retains the same ethos and personality, but it is improved in just about every way, all while keeping its classic boxy shape. Now we finally know what those upgrades will cost, with Mercedes-AMG announcing the 2019 G550 will start at $125,495, and the 2019 G63 will start at $148,495 (all mentioned prices include destination).

Those numbers present relatively small upticks in cost compared to the previous 2018 model. The 2018 G550 order books opened at $124,595, only a $900 difference. The gap for the performance variant widens a bit, as the 2018 G63 started at $144,790, a $3,705 difference.

One of the biggest differences between the G550 and the G63 is the upgraded power numbers. While the 2019 G550 uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter

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This GTO-El Camino mashup is the muscle truck of our dreams – Autoblog

There were a hell of a lot of great muscle cars in the mid-1960s, from the baroque Dodges and Plymouths of the earlier part of the decade to the wild big boys like the Boss 429 and Olds 442 W30. Right in the middle of the decade, two of the most iconic of the bunch emerged — the Pontiac GTO and second-generation Chevy El Camino. And this one is a 1964 Chevy El Camino with the heart and face of its GTO cousin, and dubbed the El Chieftain GTO. It’s currently for sale at RM Sotheby’s Auburn auction, with no reserve status or estimate listed.

This looks like a product that Pontiac could have sold at the time — its builder, Ron Lindeman, did an excellent job making it look like a factory product, right down

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Zotye, Ford’s China partner, set to sell SUVs in U.S. in 2020 – Autoblog

Zotye Automobile, a Ford Motor Co partner in China, said on Tuesday it planned to begin selling SUVs in the United States in 2020. The company is setting up a U.S. sales and distribution arm in Lake Forest, Calif., and plans to sell vehicles in the United States through franchised dealers.

Ford is not involved in those plans by the Chinese automaker, spokesmen for the companies said.

Ford had tapped Zotye to provide lower-priced electric vehicles to some of its dealers in China.

“There is no current plan for Zotye USA to sell EVs in the U.S. market,” Zotye spokesman Chris Hosford said in an email on Tuesday.

Zotye USA is owned by HAAH Automotive Holdings, headed by President and Chief Executive Duke Hale, a longtime executive at several automotive import operations. Possible models include the Zotye T600 and T700 crossovers (shown above).

​​​​(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Bernadette Baum and

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Suzuki: ‘No comment’ on returning to the U.S. with the Jimny – Autoblog

It is impossible not to love the Suzuki Jimny. A prototypical cute ute, with equal parts cuteness and utility, it not only defined its segment, it became a cult classic. Now, it’s back, but unfortunately unlikely to come to the American market as the Jimny, Samurai or anything else.

“We have no comment on the Jimny or Suzuki returning to the U.S. market,” says Nathalie Geslin, a spokesperson for Suzuki in France, from the floor of the Paris Motor Show, where the adorable Jimny made its recent premiere. “For that you’ll have to ask Suzuki headquarters in Japan.” In France, this is what is known as Le Brushoff.

Geslin did confirm that, in the markets around the world where the Jimny will appear, it will be available only in one spec: an adaptable, RWD/AWD, closed hardtop with a manual transmission with available Low range, and powered by a

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Ford Edge ST vs. Focus ST vs. Fiesta ST race: See which is quickest – Autoblog

Ford really wants to convince you that its Edge ST performance crossover is fun and worthy of the ST badge. So it lined its 335-horsepower crossover up against (admittedly lighter) cars with 247 and 197 horsepower for a drag race. Guess which won?

Pitting the Focus ST and Fiesta ST, which are soon-to-be discontinued in the U.S., against the upcoming Edge ST may not be an even drag race, but it’s a good opportunity to hear the new crossover’s exhaust. It’s certainly more aggressive than your run-of-the-mill Ford Edge, but the dual-mode system remains docile when you want it to be.

Of course, if Ford had put these cars against each other on a road course, the results might have been very different. But to see the results of the straight-line competition, go ahead and watch the video above. We’re pretty sure

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Watch and listen to the Tesla Semi accelerate – Autoblog

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GM will recall more than 3.3 million vehicles in China for suspension defect – Autoblog

BEIJING (Reuters) – General Motors’ joint venture in China, Shanghai GM, will recall more than 3.3 million Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles stating Oct. 20 because of a defect with the suspension system, China’s market regulator said on Saturday.

GM Shanghai said in a text message to Reuters that the suspension arm may be deformed under extreme operating conditions, but there are no known casualties related to the issue. The recall includes cars produced between 2013 and 2018, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement.

GM will contact those affected and repair the vehicles free of charge, it said. (Reporting by Josephine Mason and Hallie Gu; additional reporting by Yilei Sun; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Michael Perry)

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Audi investigated for falsifying documents and forging VINs in South Korea – Autoblog

Audi is under investigation in Germany for falsifying documents, mileage readings and vehicle identification numbers in South Korea since 2013. According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the investigation currently focuses on three non-board-members, but “there could be more.” And yes, this is (of course) related to the far-reaching Dieselgate emissions cheating bombshell that we’ve been hearing about for the last few years.

Last year, one unnamed Audi employee in South Korea was convicted of fraud in a case that’s linked to this new German investigation. That employee was sentenced to 18 months in prison for tampering with documents in order to make them appear legal and certified for sale in South Korea.

According to reports, evidence of the crimes turned up during an internal audit conducted by Audi in 2016. But it wasn’t until the following year that German authorities came into possession of the

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Nissan recalls over 215,000 crossovers and sedans for fire risk – Autoblog

Nissan has a recall notice out for over 215,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. due to a fire risk. At fault is an anti-lock brake pump seal that could break. If the seal is bad, brake fluid could leak onto the electronic circuit board, causing a malfunction. Nissan says that if this happens, the ABS warning lamp will turn on, and stay on. This is your cue to stop driving, because continued operation could lead to a brake fluid induced electrical short, which in turn has a chance at causing a fire.

Here is the list of the cars affected by this recall: 2017-2018 Nissan Pathfinder; 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima; 2015-2017 Nissan Murano; and 2017 Infiniti QX60. Not every vehicle within that time range is at risk, but if you see the ABS light on in your instrument cluster for more than 10 seconds

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