IF MOVING IS TRAUMATIC, then the Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon is a six-figure Xanax prescription–especially when a 900-mile, one-day relocation is involved.This story originally appeared in the July, 2018 issue of R&T. - Ed.It helps if the person moving doesn't have much stuff. My friend Lance carries his life on his back. A 30-year-old digital nomad who makes his living as an online automotive influencer, Lance hasn’t had a permanent home in years. His one big possession, a Honda CBR600 motorcycle, was recently stolen from in front of a friend’s place in San Diego, where he was crashing. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Lance took the theft as a sign to shuffle on. His plan was to cart his few possessions to his parents’ place in Fresno before taking his insurance payout for the bike and venturing overseas.Fortunately, just as the need arose, I was offered the schlep-worthy E63 S wagon—capacious, comfortable, stylish, and speedy as Robert Downey … [Read more...] about Road & Track Test: 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon
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Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Light At The End Of The Tunnel Much like Apple’s WWDC event earlier this week, a lot of micro-news could be parsed out of yesterday’s annual Tesla shareholder meeting, like the supposed SpaceX option package on the upcoming Roadster, Supercharger network growth, a teaser image of the Model Y small crossover, and the fact that Elon Musk thinks two wheels are bad. Only one bit of news truly matters, though: where is the company at on Model 3 production? This is Musk’s most persistent challenge, and the one for which he has been most unprepared to answer for publicly: actually delivering on his many promises. Yesterday Musk said that he sees Tesla finally being able to produce 5,000 Model 3s a week, a goal that was originally set in Q3 2017 for the end of that year. (It’s almost … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Thinks Tesla Will Escape Model 3 Production Hell This Month
By Peter M. DeLorenzoDetroit. Needless to say, I have been inundated with emails from readers and others awaiting my take on Sergio Marchionne’s latest plan for FCA. And even though it will disappoint some, my comments will be brief. For starters, it is plainly obvious that FCA is no longer, it is now JARM (for Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Ram and Maserati). The reason Fiat, Dodge and Chrysler weren’t mentioned during the press event is that those divisions are simply going to cease to exist here. Yes, the minivan will survive, and the True Believers in Auburn Hills will churn out muscle cars as long as that plan is sustainable (which isn’t long), but Chrysler will fade away and the Fiat brand will be confined to the markets where it has a chance. (As if the Fiat dealers here in the U.S. need to be reminded, the brand never should have been brought here in the first place, and it cost them dearly because they bought into Sergio’s charade hook, … [Read more...] about THE AUTOEXTREMIST BRAND IMAGE METER VII: THE TRIFECTA OF NOT GOOD EDITION.
Automaker will test dangerous driving scenarios Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Toyota will build its own test facility for autonomous vehicles on a 60-acre plot of land, the automaker announced today. Toyota’s autonomous test facility, located in Ottawa Lake at the Michigan Technical Resource Park, will open this October. It will host “edge case” driving scenarios deemed too dangerous to perform on public roads. The facility sits inside the Resource Park’s 1.75-mile oval test track. It will include an urban mock-up and slick surfaces as well as a four-lane divided highway with high-speed entrance and exit ramps. Watch Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Teaser Video ? Watch Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Teaser Video Related Videos Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Teaser Video ( 00:06 ) … [Read more...] about Toyota Building its Own Test Facility for Autonomous Cars
Learning more about the new 2019 ES at a local launch event Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car At a local launch event in Southern California, Lexus revealed the new 2019 ES. As the automaker’s best-selling non-SUV, the ES is hugely important to the brand, and the outgoing car needed an update. Here’s what we learned at the event–and don’t miss our full 2019 Lexus ES First Look right here. The new platform allows the ES’ hoodline to sit 2 inches lower than the outgoing model, as well as for the rear track to be 2 inches wider, and the front track to be 1.5 inches wider. Lexus designers are referring to the exterior styling as following that of the popular “four-door coupe” with its fast roofline. However, there is surprisingly easy ingress and egress for a 6-footer into the rear seat. In fact, the ES’ rear seat has more legroom than … [Read more...] about 2019 Lexus ES: Our First In-Person Impressions (and 2019 ES Photos)