Autos

Electric Vehicle Sales Surpass Diesel for First Time in Europe

For the first time in history, it’s been reported that sales for electric cars have exceeded diesel car sales in Europe. According to a Financial Times report citing research from leading Berlin-based analyst Matthias Schmidt, 20 percent of cars sold in the EU and Great Britain were fully electric while sales of diesel vehicles, including hybrids, have fallen below 19 percent. Diesel cars previously accounted for over half of all new cars in Europe as recently as 2015. Gasoline cars are still the majority, accounting for 40% of current car sales, but their numbers are also on the decline. Government subsidies have made EVs more attractive over the years as buyers grow increasingly eco-conscious, and more facilitating infrastructure such as charging stations have been erected around E...

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s GRMN Yaris Is a Hardcore Japan-Only Hot Hatch

Toyota’s GR Yaris debuted back in January 2020, and has since appeared in various guises from a low-power spec to one covered in a face mask-inspired paint job, and now the Japanese marque’s Gazoo Racing division has unveiled the ultimate Yaris thus far — the GRMN Yaris. Limited to just 500 editions with all heading exclusively to Japan, the GRMN has been treated to rigorous fine-tuning derived from tests conducted by performance drivers, who in turn evaluated what needed to change to make the GR Yaris an even more formidable JDM hot hatch. The result is nothing short of impressive. Aside from a “Circuit Package” and “Rally Package” aesthetic makeover that introduces everything from BBS rims to 18″ brakes and Bilstein shock absorber with adju...

Aston Martin Teases the “World’s Most Powerful Luxury SUV”

Aston Martin on Tuesday teased a revamped DBX model that is billed to be the “world’s most powerful luxury SUV.” “Change is coming,” the automaker wrote on Twitter, alongside a short visual of the new car. “Power talks.” Change is coming.Power talks. The world’s mostpowerful luxury SUV. 01.02.22#AstonMartin#NewSeatOfPower — Aston Martin (@astonmartin) January 18, 2022 At the time of writing, most details about the vehicle are still under wraps. The video includes shots of the model’s wheels and carbon-fiber body components, though it does not provide a full look at the car. While existing DBX models enlist engines from AMG, reports from Motor1 state that the forthcoming SUV will be equipped with Aston Martin’s twin-turbo V12. Additional...

Subaru Shows Off All-Electric STI E-RA Race Car Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon

Subaru revealed an all-electric race car at the Tokyo Auto Salon over the weekend. The STI E-RA concept car produces 1,073 horsepower through its Yamaha electric motors and includes torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive setup was built per FIA’s E-GT motorsport regulations, which will set the grounds for an electric sports car racing championship kicking off in 2023. The model of the car features cutouts that will aid in pulling air out from under the wheel wells, as well as a front splitter and high-rise rear wing. Subaru said in a press release that it built the race car to gain “experience and training of new technologies in the world of motorsports in this carbon-neutral era.” It also wants the STI E-RA to break records in 2023 with a six-minute and 40-secon...

Jetson Has Made a Flying Car That Runs 63 Miles per Hour and Doesn’t Require a Pilot’s License

Swedish startup Jetson has designed a personal electric aerial vehicle that doesn’t require a pilot’s license to operate. The Jetson ONE is a compact, futuristic-looking flying car that has a top speed of 63 miles per hour and eight electric motors that collectively generate 102 horsepower. And according to Federal Aviation Administration rules, “no pilot’s license is required to fly the Jetson, because it weighs less than 250 pounds and has a top speed of less than 55 nautical miles per hour,” CNET reported in an interview with Jetson’s founders Peter Ternström and Tomasz Patan. The aluminum and carbon fiber vehicle, which is controlled via a three-axis joystick, takes off vertically and can run for a continual 20 minutes. It features safety precautions such as emergency controls, a...

Lexus Taps JAOS for an “OFFROAD” LX 600

Lexus has now unveiled a new offroad kit for the LX 600 SUV over at the Tokyo Auto Salon, created with the help of Japanese tuning house JAOS. Aptly dubbed the LX 600 “OFFROAD,” the new option features an extensive body makeover tailored to take on any harsh terrain you’ll encounter. The vehicle receives upgraded parts from lightweight infusion-molded CFRP including its front and rear bumper skid plates and fenders, while mudguards, an exhaust muffler cutter, side steps and door handle protectors round out the rest of the enhancements. 20-inch 10-spoke Enkei forged rims now take over down low, complete with a Titanium Gold finish for a sportier aesthetic, paired with hefty 285/55R20 Tokyo Open Country A/T Tires for more traction. Performance-wise, the two automakers have ...

UNDEFEATED and Galpin Unveil Two Custom Land Rover Defenders

UNDEFEATED has partnered with Galpin Auto Sports, the infamous car custom garage for Pimp My Ride seasons 5-6, to deliver two unique takes on the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 models. The “Jaguar Blue” Land Rover Defender 110 is built for camping trips and features a range of amenities and features. A Nomad Kitchen Co. setup slides out from the trunk to reveal a prep table, sink, camping stove, fridge, drawers, and storage compartments. Up top, the roof is equipped with a custom hitch-mounted lockbox, a full-length roof rack, 270-degree awning, and a deployable tent. Custom “Undefeated 110” and “Galpin Motors” badges are displayed on the rear and ivory “Steelie” Forgiato rims with floating Undefeated logo center caps are fitted with military...

Toyota Gazoo Racing Debuts GR GT3 Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon

Toyota Gazoo Racing has just unveiled a Batmobile-looking GR GT3 Concept at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. Revealed alongside a Japan-exclusive Toyota GRMN Yaris, TGR did not release a whole lot of info regarding the sleek race car, and it doesn’t seem like it was built upon any current sports car — it does, however, have a bit of 2000GT in it. The company’s official statement says that this concept promotes “driver first” car development and will most likely be hybrid or all-electric as it is accelerating activities “to make the world of motorsports sustainable.” Equipped with a rather aggressive aero kit, this is one serious concept. In other automotive news, Tesla’s Cybertruck is reportedly now delayed until 2023. Click here to view full ga...

Tsportline Releases $3,500 USD Carbon Fiber Yoke Steering Wheel for the Tesla Model S

Tesla tuner Tsportline has just released a premium racing Yoke steering wheel for the Telsa Model S. This new design sees the top section joined for a full 360 wheel and features carbon fiber matched with a 3M metal structure and baltic birch plywood for extensive layers. It is then sealed with polyurethane adhesive to prevent moisture, cracking, and deformation then topped with Glasurit clearcoat. The entire wheel takes two weeks to make and is hand upholstered with European leather. This uses the original OEM airbag but will null the heated steering wheel functionality if you’ve got the cold weather package. The wheel can be found now over at Tsportline for a price of $3,499 USD. In other automotive news, Toyota Gazoo Racing debuts GR GT3 Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon. Click here to ...

Tesla’s Cybertruck Is Reportedly Now Delayed Until 2023

Tesla is reportedly delaying the release of its Cybertruck until 2023, according to Reuters. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that the company now plans to start the initial production of the Cybertruck in the first quarter of 2023. “The person said the delay comes as Tesla is changing features and functions of the electric pickup to make a compelling product as competition heats up in the segment,” Reuters wrote. Tesla is currently competing with companies such as Rivian and Ford in the electric pickup truck market. Rivian began production on the first-ever electric pickup to hit the market in September. Meanwhile, Ford is expected to unveil its 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro, the first in a series, sometime this spring. CEO Elon Musk first announced Tesla’s electric pickup truck ...

NMoto Golden Age Transforms BMW Scooter Into Art Deco Streamliner

NMoto, an exclusive motorcycle manufacturer based out of Miami, has revealed its latest project, reworking the BMW C400X with a retro streamliner kit. Dubbed the Golden Age, the design is inspired by the 1936 K.J Henderson Courtney Prototype created during the height of the Art Deco movement. The carbon fiber body kit features rounded front and rear subframes, a distinct double-nosed kidney grille inspired by BMW’s recent designs, Golden Age badges along the rear, and nostalgic headlights and turn signals. A Diamond Stitch leather seat offers a dash of premium comfort, and the rear FlexCase storage is large enough to fit two helmets. The BMW C400X is designed to be the ideal daily driver for smooth city cruising, equipped with a 2020 350cc engine capable of tops speeds of over 90 mph...

This 1-of-40 Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO 400R Is Worth $2.2M USD

Nissan Skyline GT-Rs are some of the world’s most revered cars, especially models in the R33 and R34 line-up, but none are more coveted and worthy of a unicorn status than the formidable R33 NISMO 400R. Just 40 400Rs were built to commemorate the Japanese marque’s Le Mans racing car, and now, Harlow Jap Autos has the 40th example up for sale. This pristine car is completely original, sporting a “Deep Marine Blue” paint job alongside all of the classic 400R touches, from the special badges and side stripes to all of the special edition NISMO goodies. Packing a tuned version of the twin-turbocharged inline-six 2.8-liter engine, this rare GT-R offers 400 HP and 346 lb-ft of torque that’s paired with a carbon fiber propshaft (which is only found on the 400R), a ti...