2019 Toyota Supra goes on sale first half of next year – Autoblog

We finally have a rough on-sale date for the 2019 Toyota Supra. Toyota’s Australian branch revealed that the car is slated to hit dealers globally in the first half of 2019. And that’s not just an Australia-specific time frame, since the branch explicitly said it doesn’t have the exact time for sales there. This is also a very broad estimate for when the car will be available, but hey, it’s not bad for a car that we haven’t actually seen undisguised yet.

Speaking of which, we’re only giving a 50/50 shot that we’ll see the undisguised version of the Supra at its Goodwood Festival of Speed Debut. Toyota Australia said that the car that will be there will just be a prototype. That could mean it’s a pre-production model in production spec shown without camouflage, or it could be

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/07/09/toyota-supra-sale-date-goodwood/

This yellow Camaro and other weird/wonderful cars at Mecum Auctions Portland – Autoblog

Mecum Auctions is stopping into Portland, Ore., this weekend (June 22-23), and before I stop by to check out the lots, I figured I’d do some Internet shopping before hand to see what sort weird and wonderful four-wheeled treasures will be on hand … you know, in case my imaginary Uncle Mort dies leaving me $150,000 and clear instructions to spend it on something ridiculous. Oh Uncle Mort, you’ll be missed.

So, here are some of the cars, trucks and others that caught my eye in the Mecum Auction Portland online catalog, which I urge you to thereafter check out and do some shopping yourself. Why not? It’s fun.

This extremely yellow 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28 with “rare factory T-Tops” Did you notice that it’s yellow?

This adorable teal 1967 Ford Bronco Sport.

This old ... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/06/22/mecum-auctions-portland-favorite-cars/

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban SUVs get new V8 trim – Autoblog

Chevrolet is adding a new special-edition trim level to its largest sport utility vehicles in order to expand the availability of its popular 420-horsepower V8 for the full-size Tahoe and Suburban.

They’ll be called the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus editions, and they’ll be equipped with the 6.2-liter V8, which adds 460 pound-feet of torque. The engine made its debut as an optional performance package for both the 2018 Tahoe RST and 2019 Suburban RST, and it will continue to be available as an add-on for RST trims.

The V8 features direct injection, active fuel management and continuously variable valve timing, and it pairs with GM’s Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control active suspension system for improved control during cornering and more comfortable cruising ride.

The Premier Plus editions will also come with new heated

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/08/13/2019-chevrolet-tahoe-suburban-v8/

What is a new car incentive or rebate? – Autoblog

This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you’re buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer’s Glossary.

Car dealers aren’t in the business of giving money away. They’re in the game to make a buck – and can you blame them? So is everyone else selling a consumer good. So when you hear about an incentive (that is, a rebate, low interest rate, or cash back offer), you should know what’s going on before you assume you’re getting a free lunch.

There are a few main types of incentive:

  1. A cash-back or rebate offer
  2. A low- or zero-percent interest offer
  3. A “factory-to-dealer” incentive

On a very basic level, an incentive does one of two things for a car dealer: it gets people into the ... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/07/20/incentive-rebate-apr-glossary/

2019 Cadillac XT4 interior has actual buttons, no more touch-sensitive panel – Autoblog

Cadillac makes some highly stylish cars that are excellent to drive. In the realm of infotainment, there was room for improvement. The CUE infotainment system is infamous for being complex and annoying. One particular sore point was the touch-sensitive panels used for basic functions and their unrefined, “haptic feedback” clunk. Thankfully, spy photos show that Cadillac is changing tack both with buttons and infotainment controls in general.

As seen above, there don’t appear to be any capacitive buttons in sight. Instead, the XT4 has the “piano-key” buttons that are in vogue now. The most prominent are metal-finish buttons that control climate settings indicated by corresponding symbols above the buttons. Below that are additional buttons for seat controls and at least one safety feature, the parking warning. These should be vastly easier to manipulate than tapping and hoping you’ve engaged the correct function. This

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/02/22/2019-cadillac-xt4-interior-spy-photos/

Here’s your chance to own a 261-mpg Volkswagen XL1 – Autoblog

Usually limited-run production cars with six-figure pricetags boast incredible power and handling prowess, but not the quirky little Volkswagen you see here, which will be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions in the U.K. This is the 2014 VW XL1, a coupe designed purely for maximum fuel economy, and it sure succeeded by being super light, super aerodynamic, and having a super efficient powertrain. Combined, it helped the car hit a claimed 261 mpg on the European test cycle.

The whole car weighs just under 2,000 pounds, and that’s thanks to loads of lightweight materials. The body is made of carbon fiber, the wheels of magnesium, the suspension components of aluminum, and the brakes of carbon ceramic. That carbon fiber body also has a coefficient of drag of just 0.189. For reference, the highly efficient Hyundai Ioniq only manages a drag coefficient of

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/10/22/vw-xl1-ultra-efficient-ultra-aerodynamic-for-sale/

The best automotive Black Friday deals on Amazon – Autoblog

Looking for an awesome deal? Amazon has some winners for us car lovers this Black Friday.

DieHard Batteries and Chargers – Up to 33% off
If you’re worried about your battery dying, now is a great time to snag a deal.

Philips CrystalVision Ultra Headlight Bulbs – Up to 63% off
Been driving around with a busted headlight? Replace it with these super discounted bulbs.

Power Stop Evolution Brake Kits – Up to 50% off
If you’re a real grease monkey, the deals on these brake kits might be too good to pass up.

All DieHard Wiper Blades – 50% off
Winter is fast approaching. What better time to replace your wiper blades?

DieHard Tires – Save $25
Not everyone will be in the market for new tires, but if you are, you might as well pay $25 less.

Happy deal hunting!

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Cadillac’s Johan de Nysschen clarifies a few points on the brand’s future – Autoblog

Last week, Motor Trend ran coverage on a journo roundtable with Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen. During the roundtable, de Nysschen cited a few reasons for the decline in sedan sales, including gas prices, “young consumers” — read, millennials — less interested in driving dynamics than lifestyle accessories, and the state of U.S. infrastructure. Jalopnik homed in on the last two reasons, and those became the story, including here in our post on the roundtable. So de Nysschen called Jalopnik to add more context.

The original reaction pieces painted de Nysschen’s rationales as an excuse for sporty sedans not selling well, when the issue is Cadillac’s sporty sedans not selling well. His main clarification: “I wasn’t advocating the idea that the world is black and white, that if you’re a young buyer a millennial or a teenager that you don’t enjoy driving.”

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/03/19/cadillac-johan-de-nysschen-clarifies/

Burt Reynolds’ movie re-creations fetch $379,500 in Vegas – Autoblog

The recent death of Hollywood legend and automotive enthusiast Burt Reynolds helped drive up the value of four of his former cars from the 1970s and ’80s, which sold last weekend at Barrett-Jackson‘s Las Vegas auction for a combined $379,500.

Reynolds, who died Sept. 6 at age 82, had offered three Pontiac Trans Ams — two of them re-creations of the cars he drove in “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Hooper” and the third from 1984 used to promote his United States Football League team, the Tampa Bay Bandits. The fourth was a 1978 Chevrolet R30 pickup truck, styled like the one featured in “Cannonball Run.”

The “Bandit” re-creation, a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that Reynolds ordered to be as “movie-correct” as possible but featuring a custom-built 200-4R automatic transmission, sold for $192,500. The car features a freshly built ... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/10/03/burt-reynolds-cars-auction-barrett-jackson/

2019 Audi Q8 is officially Audi’s most expensive SUV – Autoblog

The 2019 Audi Q8 is the German luxury brand’s latest entry into the lucrative luxury SUV market. Pricing was announced today, and you can take home a base Q8 Premium for $68,395, including destination charges. That’s just over $2,000 more than a top-level Q7. Audi will be offering the Q8 in Premium Plus trim at $72,395 and Prestige trim at $77,545 at launch as well.

Calling the Q8 Premium trim “base” is a bit of an oxymoron though. It comes standard with three-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, panoramic sunroof and also, screens galore. You’ll get three giant ones ranging from 8.6 inches for the lower LCD to 12.3 inches for Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. LED headlights, adaptive dampers, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also made the cut on the Premium trim. The Premium Plus gets blind-spot warning, wireless phone charging, rear collision and cross

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/06/2019-audi-q8-suv-pricing/