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Porsche’s “Mr. 911” is moving on and the newest sports car will be his swan song

August Achleitner (left) hand over Porsche 911 lead engineer role to Frank-Steffen Walliser (right) There are many Porsche purists out there but just one “Mr. 911” as far as the automaker is concerned. Porsche announced Tuesday at the 2020 Porsche 911’s debut that August Achleitner, 63, will move on from the iconic sports car—just as the company revealed his final act. On Friday, Porsche announced that Frank-Steffen Walliser will take over the role. Walliser will assume responsibility for the 911 and 718 at the beginning of 2019 and the changeover will…

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GM president takes over Cruise self-driving car business

GM Cruise AV self-driving car As a sign of the growing importance of its Cruise self-driving business, General Motors President Dan Ammann is taking over as CEO of the San Francisco-based startup. GM announced Thursday that Ammann will take over from current Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt on January 1, 2019. Vogt founded Cruise (originally Cruise Automation) together with Daniel Kan in 2013 and has led the company ever since, helping it to grow from 40 staff to more than 1,000 today. He will remain as president and chief technology officer…

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Nismo Heritage Parts expands to include R33, R34 Skyline GT-R

Nissan’s Nismo division recognized a desire for factory replacement parts and last year began to offer Nismo Heritage Parts for the R32 Skyline GT-R. On Thursday, the division expanded to include the R33 and R34 Skyline GT-R models. The parts are a collaborative effort between Nissan, Nissan Motorsports and Autech. The companies have spent years studying the resupply and remanufacturing efforts needed to provide not only major components for the Skyline GT-R, but more obscure components, too. We’re talking about power window switches, bumper reinforcements, and a door window regulator.…

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The cars, crossovers, trucks, and SUVs you need to see

The calendar year’s final major car show felt more like a beginning—not an end. This year at the 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2020 Porsche 911 signaled a new chapter for the automaker and its iconic sports car. We learned that the man responsible for the car’s recent success would soon step down, and that its most hardcore track version is a fitting finale for the 991 generation. The new 911 and 2020 Jeep Gladiator finished neck-and-neck in LA as the worst-kept secret among gearheads. The long-awaited Jeep pickup made…

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE priced from $54,695

The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will start at $54,695, including destination, when it reaches showrooms next spring. The starting price is $2,000 less than in the previous model year but the base model for 2020 comes with a 4-banger and rear-wheel drive, whereas the previous base model had a V-6 and all-wheel drive. Nevertheless, the 2020 GLE even as the base GLE350 model is a well-sorted vehicle, with its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 sending 255 horsepower to the rear wheels. Upgrading to the all-wheel-drive GLE350 4Matic will cost you an additional…

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Ferrari builds bespoke SP3JC roadster on bones of F12 tdf

The most loyal of loyal Ferrari customers are sometimes provided the opportunity to commission their own coach-built Prancing Horse via a program known as Special Projects. There have been some real beauties over the years, such as 2016’s 458 MM Speciale, as well as some oddball creations that leave you wondering how the designs were approved. We won’t name names. Thankfully, the latest from Ferrari’s Special Projects program tends toward the former, though the color choice could have been better. However, there’s a reason for the odd mix as you’ll…

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S officially revealed: Here it is

After countless spy shots and endless speculation, the 2020 Porsche 911 made its appearance Tuesday evening ahead of the 2018 LA Auto Show. Not much about the iconic sports coupe was a secret to fans of the brand, patiently awaiting the 992 model, which is officially the eighth generation of the two-door “everyday supercar.” Porsche unveiled the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles after months of speculation about the car’s future. What was unveiled was largely expected: the car retains the…

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Three-row SUV with family matters

Hyundai’s on-again, off-again relationship with crossovers not named “Santa Fe” is complicated. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade that just made its debut for the 2018 LA Auto Show isn’t named Santa Fe either, but follows closely the Santa Fe XL that it replaces atop the automaker’s lineup. When it goes on sale next year, the big three-row crossover will seat up to eight—with two cupholders per person—seven USB ports, and available all-wheel drive. MORE: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N first drive review: Hot hatch, Korean style, Nürburgring bred Like the XL, the…

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Ford saves 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 for 2019 Detroit auto show

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 teaser Muscle car fans hoping for a surprise reveal of the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at this week’s 2018 Los Angeles auto show are in for disappointment as Ford is saving the debut for January’s 2019 Detroit auto show, a company spokesman confirmed to Motor Authority on Tuesday. Instead, the Blue Oval’s focus in L.A. this week is the launch of the 2020 Lincoln Navigator. The handsome luxury crossover SUV was revealed on Tuesday and goes on sale next summer. As for the Shelby…

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BMW mulls second US plant

BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina BMW is considering a second plant in the United States, the automaker’s CEO Harald Krüger told Reuters in an interview Tuesday. The plant would be for engines and transmissions and supply BMW’s existing vehicle plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina and possibly the new vehicle plant that BMW will open in Mexico next year. The Spartanburg plant has been hugely successful for BMW. It’s the biggest BMW plant in the world, with 2017’s total production coming in at 411,000 units, 70 percent…

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