Autocar confidential: Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Honda’s Swindon factory and more

Mercedes-Benz’s sales and marketing boss says the B-Class won’t be axe  Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week’s gossip from across the automotive industry  This week’s snippets of automotive news include the latest on Honda’s Swindon factory, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, French luxury brands and future Lexus models. Honda’s Swindon factory: Does Honda’s factory in […]

This is what a zero-star crash test looks like

Global NCAP tests seven Indian-market models It’s easy to assume that all cars sold by major automakers in the year 2016 would perform reasonably well in crash tests, but there are still plenty of regional markets filled with vehicles that are made to be barely good enough. Global NCAP demonstrated […]

AUDI RS 3 FIRST DRIVE: LITTLE PACKAGE, BIG BOOM 2017

2017 Audi RS 3 BASE PRICE $55,000-$60,000 (est) VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 2.5L/400-hp/354-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC I-5 TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT 3,450 lb (MT est) WHEELBASE 103.6 in LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 176.3 x 70.9 x 55.1 in 0-60 MPH 3.8 sec (MT est) […]

BUGATTI CHIRON FIRST DRIVE 2018 REVIEW: THE BENCHMARK

2018 Bugatti Chiron BASE PRICE $2,998,000 VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, AWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 8.0L/1,479-hp/1,180-lb/ft, quad-turbo DOHC 64-valve W-16 TRANSMISSION 7-speed automated manual CURB WEIGHT 4,400 lb (mfr) WHEELBASE 106.7 in LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 178.9 x 80.2 x 47.7 in 0-60 MPH 2.4 sec (mfr est) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB […]

CHEVROLET EQUINOX 2018 FIRST DRIVE: BIG BET

2018 Chevrolet Equinox (1.5T) BASE PRICE $24,475-$35,330 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINES 1.5L/170-hp/203-lb-ft* turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSIONS 6-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT 3,350-3,500 lb (est) WHEELBASE 107.3 in LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 183.1 x 72.6 x 65.4 in 0-60 MPH 8.9-9.1 sec (MT est) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB […]

A SMALL PIECE FROM THE NSX 2017 ACURA MDX HYBRID FIRST DRIVE REVIEW

All 2017 MDX hybrids are equipped with AcuraWatch, a suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies that includes a collision mitigation breaking system, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and road departure mitigation, auto high-beams, and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. […]

MERCEDES-AMG GT ROADSTER AND GT C ROADSTER FIRST DRIVE 2018 REVIEW

A commentary on both the universal nature of music and its lasting power, “The Song Remains the Same” launched Led Zeppelin’s experimental, controversial, wildly successful, and now widely overlooked fifth album, Houses of the Holy. Virtuoso performances from Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham combined with Page’s technical […]