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Car fanatic journalist living in the PNW covering all things automotive.

Volvo unveils its first US factory in South Carolina

Volvo South Carolina

Today Volvo is going to unveil the all-new Volvo S60, which will be built at its first US plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Volvo says that the establishment of its new US plant is part of its strategy, "Build where you sell." Volvo also has two manufacturing plants and an engine plant in Europe, three car factories and an engine...

Nissan wants to find the fastest Gran Turismo gamers

Nissan GT Sport Cup

Nissan is searching for the best Gran Turismo gamers out there and is giving them a chance to compete in an official FIA championship. What's at stake? A a trip to the NISMO Festival at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan and to the Tokyo headquarters of Polyphony Digital. Sony PlayStation partnered with the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, to create...

Bentley Bentayga will Race to the Clouds this weekend

Bentley Bentayga Race to the Clouds

Bentley is out to set a new production SUV record this weekend at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. After a quick short months, Bentley's team has created a race-ready version of the Bentley Bentayga SUV for the 96th running of the "Race to the Clouds." The special Bentley Bentayga will be piloted by Rhys Millen, who will have to...

Mercedes-Benz EQC prototypes are ready for summer

Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mercedes-Benz has released several photos of electric EQC crossovers driving in the Iberian peninsula for their series of summer tests. After finishing the winter tests earlier this year the prototypes are now being put through drills in intense temperatures up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. "With the finishing straight in sight, we are now able to absolve another extremely demanding test...

Polestar 1 carbon fiber chassis is inspired by a dragonfly

Polestar 1 pre-orders

Polestar has released some new details about the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe, specifically how the extensive use of carbon fiber helped it cut 500 pounds from the weight of the coupe. This is also the first time that the Volvo Car Group has used carbon fiber in the construction of one of its vehicles. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)...

2018 Kia Niro earns Top Safety Pick+ rating

2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that the 2018 Kia Niro has earned its highest rating possible - Top Safety Pick+ if you select the optional front crash prevention and HID headlights. To qualify for the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award, the IIHS says that a vehicle must have good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front,...

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nurburgring Editions make us jealous

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nurburgring Editions

Alfa Romeo has revealed new Nurburgring editions of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Why are we jealous? Alfa Romeo is only planning on producing 108 units of each model and none of them will be headed to the U.S. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nurburgring editions get a numbered badge in the carbon fiber...

Next-Gen BMW 2 Series could lose the convertible

2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible

Convertibles and coupes are a hard sell with most buyers choosing a more practical option, like a sedan or crossover. So it shouldn't be too surprising that a new report claims that the BMW 2 Series convertible will be discontinued after the current generation's production run. According to BimmerToday, the next-generation 2 Series will only be offered as a coupe,...

Jaguar Land Rover launches Carpe subscription service

2019 Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar Land Rover has jumped on the subscription service bandwagon, since it has announced the availability of its new service in the U.K. The car subscription service, called Carpe is a monthly service with pricing starting at 1,154 pounds ($1,534 US) for the Jaguar E-Pace SUV. Jaguar Land Rover decided to launch the Carpe subscription service after an initial trial...

McLaren’s fifth model will have top-exit exhausts

mclaren top exit exhausts

McLaren has released a second teaser of a new model that it's going to reveal later this month. McLaren hasn't released much about its fifth model, but this latest teaser reveals that it will have a pair of top-exit exhausts. Even with this second teaser we still don't know if McLaren's newest model will be a 570LT or something completely...

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