Will Aston Martin’s SUV be called a Varekai?

Teaser for production Aston Martin DBX due in 2019Aston Martin is developing its first-ever SUV for launch in 2019 or 2020. The vehicle was previewed by the DBX concept at the 2015 Geneva auto show and has been confirmed for production at Aston Martin’s new plant under construction in Wales. Autocar recently discovered a trademark application for what might be the SUV’s name: Varekai. Varekai is…

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2018 Kia Optima modified to ace crash tests

2018 Kia OptimaAfter adopting some mid-year changes, the 2018 Kia Optima earned top marks in independent crash-testing last week. The Optima previously earned the Top Safety Pick Award but now qualifies for the more challenging Top Safety Pick+ after Kia made some changes to improve the mid-size sedan’s performance in passenger-side impacts. The Top Safety Pick+…

from https://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1115809_2018-kia-optima-modified-to-ace-crash-tests

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan to go on sale Friday, March 23

2018 Honda Accord HybridWhile mid-size sedans are losing the U.S. sales battle to crossover utility vehicles, they still sell hundreds of thousands of units each year. An entirely redesigned Honda Accord launched for 2018 just a few months after a redesigned version of its U.S. arch-rival the Toyota Camry, but the Accord won numerous awards for its design, features, and…

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Uber’s self-driving trucks are now in service

Otto self-driving truck prototypeUber has officially put its self-driving semi-trailer trucks into operation under the new service Uber Freight. In fact, Uber has had the self-driving trucks in service for a few months in the state of Arizona, The New York Times reported last week. It comes after the startup Otto, which Uber has since acquired, sent a self-driving semi on its…

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SCG004 coming with Nissan GT-R engine tuned to 700 horsepower

Teaser for Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG004C race carAmerica’s Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) is working on a new sports car with a central driving position and a standard gated shifter (a paddle-shifted ‘box will be available). It’s called the SCG004, and like the SCG003 supercar from SCG it will be offered in road and race trim, as well as a hybrid version that can legally be driven on the…

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LS7-related crate engine delivers 750 naturally aspirated horsepower

Mercury Racing 7.0-liter SB4 V-8 crate engineMercury Marine wants to put a greater emphasis on high-performance car engines in the near term, and if the 7.0-liter SB4 crate engine is any indication of the company’s future, then sign us up. The SB4 crate engine is based on General Motors’ LS7 7.0-liter V-8, which last did duty in the fifth-generation Camaro’s Z/28 model. However, Mercury…

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Ford’s electric future, Model 3 parts, VW battery buy, Accord Hybrid MPG: The Week in Reverse

2016 Ford C-Max EnergiWhich CEO actually admitted that underestimating electric cars was probably unwise? What did Ford reveal about its plans, finally, for new hybrid and plug-in electric cars? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, March 16, 2018. Friday, we consulted with colleagues…

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