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2020 Toyota Camry, Avalon receive TRD treatment

Toyota will use the upcoming 2018 Los Angeles auto show to introduce new TRD versions of its Camry and Avalon sedans. TRD, an acronym for Toyota Racing Development, is an established performance sub-brand that already offers enhancements for Toyota’s pickup trucks and 86 sports car. Now we can add the Camry and Avalon to the list. Before all you Toyota fans get too excited, note that the enhancements are on the mild side. The highlight are the reinforcements made to the chassis and new shock absorbers that together provide superior…

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2020 Toyota Corolla revealed, hybrid powertrain coming

Following the reveal of a redesigned Corolla Hatchback at the start of the year, Toyota has now followed up with the reveal of a redesigned Corolla sedan. The covers came off at a private reveal late on Thursday but the general public will be able to get up close with the car later this month at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show. The new compact sedan is confirmed to reach showrooms next spring as a 2020 model. This represents the 12th generation of the Corolla nameplate, and this time around…

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This 2005 Ford GT was never titled, and it’s now for sale

Brand new 2005 Ford GT for sale Ford’s (in)famous vetting process for its modern GT supercar is fairly intense, but there’s perhaps something even better for sale currently. This 2005 Ford GT is brand new, never titled, and only shows 6 miles on the odometer. Hawk Ford in Niles, Illinois, has placed the car for sale, which features a red exterior color with white stripes. Motor Authority confirmed with the dealership that the car is still for sale as of Thursday. Brand new 2005 Ford GT for sale So the…

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Charge reveals EV conversion for classic Mustangs

Is the future of classic cars one where electric powertrains triumph? A British firm by the name of Charge thinks so, and it’s revealed a classic Ford Mustang with an electric powertrain swap. The company revealed the car in October, but it’s more than just a quick internal-combustion engine to battery pack redo. The Mustang, based on a 1960s body shell reproduction, is fitted with an adaptable all-wheel-drive system that can also send power exclusively to the rear wheels. The powertrain comes from Arrival, which devised a setup to produce…

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Chevy previews future SUV styling with FNR-Carryall concept

Chevrolet FNR-Carryall concept Chevrolet will use this week’s 2018 Guangzhou auto show in China to present the FNR-Carryall concept. The concept is the second crossover SUV after the 2019 Blazer to sport Camaro-inspired styling, with elements like the slit-like headlights and large intakes mimicking the designs used on the popular muscle car. According to Chevy, the aggressive, almost muscular look represents the new styling direction for SUVs from the brand. You’ll note the concept also wears the sporty RS badge, which is why it’s been fitted with 22-inch alloys, Brembo…

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Ford partners with Walmart for new self-driving delivery pilot

Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service Ford has begun various trial delivery services with its self-driving car prototypes across the United States, but now it has announced its most ambitious program yet. The automaker said on Wednesday it has partnered with Walmart and Postmates for a self-driving delivery service. The program will see all sorts of goods from Walmart delivered to customers, including groceries, toiletries, and other goods. Postmates is already a Walmart and Ford partner, which lets the automaker get the latest self-driving pilot program off of…

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Maserati names FCA dealer network head as new North America chief

Al Gardner, Maserati North America chief As part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley’s executive shifts, Al Gardner has been selected to lead Maserati in North America.  Harald Wester, Maserati’s chief operating officer, made the announcement on Monday, according to Automotive News (subscription required). Gardner will now report to Jean-Philippe Leloup, formerly of Ferrari. Leloup was selected to lead a new division titled Maserati Commercial. Gardner takes over Maserati North America from Tim Kuniskis. Kuniskis previously led Maserati globally but was tapped to lead the Jeep brand last month. Gardner has been FCA’s…

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VW owners can now unlock their car with Apple’s Siri

VW Car-Net Siri integration Volkswagen owners can now tell Apple’s Siri to execute a host of commands controlling their cars, including unlock and lock them. The brand announced Monday its Car-Net smartphone integration app has been updated to include Siri functions for Apple users. Users must run iOS 12 to use the handy new functions, which begin like any other Siri command by saying, “Hey, Siri.” VW owners can say things like “Hey, Siri, lock my car” and also sound the horn or flash their car’s lights. Although the function will…

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Aston Martin reveals DBX name, first prototype for SUV

Aston Martin on Wednesday gave us our first look at its highly anticipated SUV with the reveal of an early prototype. The automaker also confirmed the DBX name for the vehicle which will enter production at a new plant in Wales next year. The reveal is scheduled for late 2019, suggesting we’ll see it arrive as a 2020 model. Some readers will recall that Aston Martin used the DBX name for a 2015 concept previewing the SUV (shown below). There were rumors the automaker would go with a different name…

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