1983 Ford Mustang GT: Driving an Original 10Best Cars Winner

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I’m behind the wheel of a 34-year-old Mustang GT. A soft burble from its V-8 lolls in the air. The tach needle lazily rises and falls as the manual shifter eases through all five gears. I’m rolling down Telegraph Road, not far from Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters. My destination is 1983. READ MORE ››

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1983 Ford Mustang GT: Driving an Original 10Best Cars Winner – Feature

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Jeep Things: What to Know About the All-New 2018 Wrangler

Jeep Things: What to Know About the All-New 2018 WranglerThe windshield still folds flatThe zipper-free softtop is not a complete pain in the neckUnlimited no moreIt’s longer but cuts an equally tight circleGround clearance is up across the boardThe Rubicon’s front bumper is ready for a winchThe stop/start is on/offHigher-compression Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed automatic combo promises slightly improved fuel economyTurbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder features electric assistAn optional diesel engine is on the wayShift pickin’s: new eight-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissionsAvailable full-time AWD joins traditional part-time 4WDThe Rubicon packs some off-road heat right from the showroom

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The Car Was Not Invented in America, But We Invented What the Car Meant

The Car Was Not Invented in America, But We Invented What the Car Meant

The car was not invented in America, but we made it ours. We’re not talking here about technical innovations such as vehicle mass production or interchangeable parts or the electric starter. Those were all America’s, sure. Europe can lay claim to just as many automotive achievements—unibody construction, disc brakes, even front-wheel drive. But we invented what the car meant. We were the ones who built our dreams around it. READ MORE ››

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In-Vehicle Delivery Will Mean More Than Shopping Convenience for the Trades

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With so many of its high-performance vehicles effortlessly swallowing up mile after mile of autobahn, the notion of a new Mercedes-Benz slashing commutes may seem like business as usual. But it’s the practical thinkers in the commercial-van division, not the power-crazed tinkerers at AMG, who are at play here. And they’re out to cut the time their vehicles spend on the road by making them smarter, not faster. One innovation that Mercedes-Benz is developing for the next-generation model of the Sprinter (interior, above) takes the idea of in-vehicle delivery and ratchets it up for the trades.

Automakers such as Audi and Volvo have been experimenting with in-car package delivery for a couple of years now. The idea is that goods you order online are delivered right into the trunk of your parked car. What’s a convenience for consumers, though, could become a valuable time saver for skilled laborers, as Mercedes pivots beyond manufacturing vehicles and toward providing comprehensive mobility solutions.

Picture yourself as a trades worker or service technician wheeling a Sprinter on the job. You get up in the morning, drive to the office, receive your marching orders, and pick up the supplies you’ll need for the first job of the day. You then drive to the job site to carry out your work, return to the office to drop off parts and equipment that need to be sent out for service, and load up again for the next job.

That’s a lot of time spent shuttling back and forth—time that could be better spent on the work site. Picture instead, as Mercedes does, your work van parked in front of your home overnight. A courier locates the vehicle via GPS, opens the cargo bay with a single-use, smartphone-based digital key, and drops off the parts and tools you’ll need the next day.

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Come morning, you can drive directly to the job site and get right to work without having to stop in between. The manager back at the office can send updated work orders straight to the vehicle’s dashboard screen. Once parked for the night, you notify the courier to pick up any extra equipment or parts to send back for repair and to leave your supplies for the next day’s work.

That time-is-money model is the not so distant future Mercedes has planned for operators of the new Sprinter. Watch for more as we near the introduction date for the van, scheduled for early 2018.

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2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid Tested: Hot and Heavy

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A six-figure price tag used to be a clear sign of exclusivity in the automotive world, but rapidly ballooning sticker prices have eroded the inherent specialness of cars residing around the $100,000 mark. Heck, high-end pickup trucks can cost nearly that much now. READ MORE ››

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2018 Lexus LC500h – Instrumented Test

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Style and Speed: 2017 BMW X6 M Tested in Depth

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Buying a BMW X6 M is not a logical choice. Its low-swooping roofline makes the rear seats uncomfortable and the cargo area nearly useless, and most of its best attributes can be found at a lower price in the much more sensible (relatively speaking) X5 M. But despite the impracticalities of BMW’s take on the SUV/coupe mashup, trend-setting drivers with an appetite for power have few other choices. Mercedes-AMG’s GLE63 S coupe is one; it matches the X6 M note for note on performance and style. Otherwise, the X6 M’s combination of unstoppable power, all-wheel drive, and a sloped roof is hard to come by elsewhere. Skeptics who deride you for spending six figures on an SUV that can’t even accommodate an average Costco haul can be silenced by a firm prod of the gas pedal. READ MORE ››

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2017 BMW X6 M – In-Depth Review

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Detroit Automakers Are Driving in Different Directions Toward the Tech-Filled Future

Detroit Automakers Are Driving in Different Directions Toward the Tech-Filled Future

The 20th century dominance of American car companies, thanks to corporate oligopoly and labor monopoly, started eroding with the Japanese invasion of the 1970s and 1980s. In this century, they have careened from vestigial dominance to historic bankruptcy (Ford alone escaped) to remarkable recovery and—recently—to frustration and humiliation at the hands of a Silicon Valley upstart. For much of 2017, investors valued Tesla higher than General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles even though, in 2016, GM sold more cars every three days than Tesla sold all year. READ MORE ››

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