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Recent articles by Erik:

Wiesmann Might Actually Be Doing This

Wiesmann, the German automaker that at any given point in time may or may not exist, released some images today of its new car, powered by a BMW-sourced eight-cylinder engine. There’s no name for it yet, but it sure does look like a Wiesmann. → Read More

We'll See Mazda's First Electric Car Next Month

Mazda is a small company compared to its rivals, mostly seen these days trying to perfect the internal combustion engine, talking some shit about electric vehicles, and building a new rotary engine. Electric is the future, Mazda’s stance has been, but maybe a more distant one for us than others. Well, the future is almost here. → Read More

The BMW i3 Might Stick Around A Lot Longer

The BMW i3 probably should’ve been a Mini all along, but it wasn’t. And while sales were at first tepid after its 2013 launch, they’ve picked up in recent years to a surprising degree. The i3 might eventually die, but it will still be sold for several years, a BMW executive told the Financial Times, though the company has no plans to update it. → Read More

The Byton M-Byte's Screen Is So Big; I'm Still Not Quite Over It

The China-based startup Byton unveiled the production version of the M-Byte, its first car, this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. You might remember the M-Byte and its giant-ass screen. Friends, the screen is still here, in a car Byton says will come to the U.S. in 2021. → Read More

The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Sets Up An All-Electric S-Class And The Lighting Is Wild

The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is a concept that shows what the S-Class may be someday: an all-electric, 469-horsepower barge with 435 miles of range. It’s one of the latest reveals at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, which, this year, seems to be just a bunch of European dudes standing around uttering “electromobility” over and over to themselves. → Read More

Nissan Loses Another Top Boss To A Money Scandal

Another boss at Nissan is out, German automakers wonder about their place in this world, and Bugatti might make a car that seats four humans. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Monday, September 9, 2019. → Read More

The Only Good Thing About Low-Profile Tires Is When You Get To Replace Them

Low-profile tires are ruining modern cars, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with these monstrosities. → Read More

Faraday Future's New CEO Gave Us The BMW i8, But The Actual Future Remains Uncertain

Do you remember Faraday Future? Last time we were talking about it, it was getting $225 million for one more go at this whole “making a car” thing. Before that, there were furloughs, a near bankruptcy, and some lawsuits. Now, it has a new CEO, the man who gave us the BMW i8 and co-founded Byton. Will he be the man to save Faraday? → Read More

Car Talk's Long Goodbye

Let’s get something out of the way up front: Ray Magliozzi hates cars. And not in a my-car-is-a-pain-in-the-ass-and-it’s-always-breaking kind of way (though there is some of that too), but in a they’re-killing-the-planet kind of way. “How could you not?” Ray told me earlier this year. “They’re ruining the fabric of our lives.” → Read More

Ford's Finally Getting Serious About Electric Vehicles

Ford’s big EV play, drama at the United Auto Workers negotiations, and some more executive-level intrigue at Renault-Nissan. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, September 3, 2019. → Read More

Elon Musk's New York Gigafactory Has Been A Disaster

Elon Musk has overpromised and underdelivered, again, Ford is gearing up for the new Explorer, and Nissan is still dealing with executive turnover. All that and more await you in The Morning Shift for Monday, August 26, 2019. → Read More

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Will Start At $59,995

Chevy said the mid-engine C8 Corvette would cost under $60,000 when the car launched, but didn’t reveal specifics. Now we know for sure. The 1LT base model will start at $59,995, Chevy said Thursday, with two other, more leather-y trims tacking on several thousand more. → Read More

Ford's Dual-Clutch Transmission Continues To Be A Disaster

Ford’s dual-clutch transmission, code-named DPS6 and used in its Fiesta and Focus, has been troubled for years. It’s the subject of a potential $4 billion lawsuit. It had Ford secretly telling dealers to fix it. Worse, Ford reportedly knew it was bad for years and failed to make fixes. Ford said today it would be extending warranties on some Fiestas and Focuses because of it, in what has surely… → Read More

The Greatest Try Ever Is What I Watch When Things Get To Be Too Much

I can’t remember when, exactly, I first saw this clip from a rugby match played on January 27, 1973 between the Barbarians and New Zealand. Which is strange because I do remember the feeling quite distinctly, goosebumps rising as I watched a sport—rugby union—I only half-understood. → Read More

Jaguar Knows Its Time Is Running Out

There’s a new Land Rover Defender in the works, a new and electrified Jaguar XJ, and a new Range Rover. According to Autocar, there is also an all-electric version of the Range Rover coming, in addition to an all-electric Land Rover Discovery, said to be coming by 2025. Jaguar knows that it must change or die. → Read More

Here Are the Most and Least Stolen Cars in America

You may want to find an extra-secure place to park your Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat. → Read More

This Is What We Should Be Doing With The Old Cars

“I like old cars,” you say to yourself, “you know, the classic ones. But how can ensure they will be around for the future?” Friend, you need some more electrification in your life. → Read More

Steering Is Important But So Is Not Mistaking the Throttle for the Brake

Hackensack, New Jersey, is built along the Hackensack River, which is hazardous to drive in, except with an amphibious vehicle, which you don’t own. The Mercedes ML is also, it turns out, not an amphibious vehicle. → Read More

The UAW Has No Reason Not to Push for Everything

The UAW kind of sucks, but it is still a union, and therefore inherently good. They started negotiations this week for new contracts with the Big Three, ahead of their current contracts’ expirations in September. It wants the usual things—more pay, better job security, better benefits, etc.—but it’s also bargaining at a time when everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop. → Read More

Ford's Making a New Crossover to Take on the Subaru Outback: Report

Ford promised a lot of new vehicles after it said last year it was axing virtually its entire car lineup in the United States. One of those new vehicles, according to Autocar, is a crossover intended to compete directly with Subaru’s Outback, or something like the Focus Active, which the company had initially said it would still sell here before killing it too. → Read More