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What Do You Want to Know About the All-Wheel Drive 2019 Mazda 3? What Do You Want to Know About the All-Wheel Drive 2019 Mazda 3?

The 2019 Mazda 3 has arrived. It has two versions, a front-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive. We got in the front-wheel drive version earlier this year, but I’m about to get in the AWD version in a few hours, on a snow course in California. What do you want to know?

In Praise of Boring Cars In Praise of Boring Cars

Many years ago I owned a second-gen Ford Tempo, which sucked. Sometime after that I owned a Saturn Ion, which also sucked, but a bit less. (The first time my dad rode in it, all he could be moved to say was, “This is a very basic car.”) Right now, I’m driving a rental Nissan Versa on a trip west. And you know what? I…

This Is Just an Unreal Save

Twelve Hours of Sebring, IMSA’s annual endurance race in Sebring, Florida, started off pretty wet this year. That was almost a serious problem for driver Tom Blomqvist. Almost.

Here's How Koenigsegg's New Seven-Clutch Gearbox Works

The Koenigsegg Jesko is too good for dual-clutch. It’s too good for three clutches, or four or five or six. No, the Jesko’s transmission has seven clutches, in an effort to make the time between gear shifts as minimal as possible, among other uses. Here’s how that works.

Toyota Is Doubling Down on U.S. Production Toyota Is Doubling Down on U.S. Production

Many “import” cars of importance these days are made in the U.S.—BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Volvo, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Hyundai all have huge operations here. That also includes Toyota, which announced today it’d be investing even more in its already substantial U.S. production facilities.

Ferrari's Vaping Paint Job Has Instantly Backfired Ferrari's Vaping Paint Job Has Instantly Backfired

This season, Ferrari’s F1 cars will feature the phrase “Mission Winnow,” standing for Philip Morris’ apparent but not nominal initiative to get people to switch from cigarettes to vaping. There’s nothing really noble about that, though, and the backhandedness of it all has already got them in trouble.

Joe Girard, the World's Greatest Car Salesman, Is Dead Joe Girard, the World's Greatest Car Salesman, Is Dead

Joe Girard, who held the Guinness world record for most cars sold in a calendar year, is dead at 90. Girard sold 1,425 cars in 1973, mostly Chevys, and 13,001 cars throughout his career. He also, annually, mailed a copy of his W-2 to a former boss who’d fired him, attaching a note that read, “You fired the wrong guy.”

The UAW Is Preparing For War The UAW Is Preparing For War

The UAW is gearing up for a contract fight, Elon Musk argues that he shouldn’t be held in contempt of court, and the Renault-Mitsubishi-Nissan partnership might not be dead. All that and more for The Morning Shift this Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

The Renault Espace F1 Was as Ridiculous as It Was Awesome

The Renault Espace F1 was an Espace—a minivan—with a 3.5-liter, 800 horsepower, V10 RS4 Grand Prix engine in the rear and four bucket seats. Why did this exist? Shut up, it doesn’t matter. (Fine, I’ll tell you, it was made in 1995 for the Espace’s 10th anniversary.) The Espace F1 rules.

Metallica — 'Fade to Black' Metallica — 'Fade to Black'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Carlos Ghosn's Stupid 'Worker Disguise' Totally Backfired Carlos Ghosn's Stupid 'Worker Disguise' Totally Backfired

Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of Renault who was arrested months ago on charges of financial misconduct, was released this week from jail, having spent 108 days in lockup. He came out disguised as some kind of maintenance worker or laborer, for some reason, a move that his lawyer admitted today was a terrible idea…

Jeff Buckley — 'Mojo Pin' Jeff Buckley — 'Mojo Pin'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

A New Acura Legend Might Be Premiering at Pebble Beach A New Acura Legend Might Be Premiering at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach isn’t until August, which means we’ll still have to wait a bit, but according to Car and Driver, Acura is cooking up a new sedan for us, to be revealed then. Remember the Precision concept? No? Well, it’s going to look something like that. Could it be ... a new Legend?

The 2020 Buick LaCrosse Is a Reminder That Buicks Don't Have to Look Bad The 2020 Buick LaCrosse Is a Reminder That Buicks Don't Have to Look Bad

Look, I’m not gonna lie, the 2020 Buick LaCrosse looks pretty good. Out officially yesterday, as reported by GM Authority, it’s a reminder that an old dog can learn new tricks. It’s also sort of befuddling. Why couldn’t Buick make a car that looks this good, say, 20 years ago?

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Looks Really Sharp The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Looks Really Sharp

Hyundai released photos of the 2020 Sonata late yesterday and, uh, I think it looks great? Almost Genesis-like? This once-boring sedan is now lower, wider and longer, and it’s probably sharper than ever.

The Tesla Model Y Is Finally Just About Here The Tesla Model Y Is Finally Just About Here

The Tesla Model Y electric crossover is coming in less than two weeks, China’s still in a car slump, and the cobalt market so critical for EVs is boom-bust. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Monday, March 4, 2019.

Most Americans Say Electric Cars Are the Future, According to Volvo's Research Most Americans Say Electric Cars Are the Future, According to Volvo's Research

Nearly three-quarters of Americans think the future of cars is electric, according to a new study commissioned by Volvo, the Swedish automaker. Does that number seem high? It does! But maybe also realistic.

Here's How Polestar Is Coming After Tesla Here's How Polestar Is Coming After Tesla

The Polestar 1 is a hybrid sports car priced like a supercar, at $155,000; the Polestar 2 is an all-electric sedan priced like a Tesla Model 3, starting at $45,000. The Polestar 2 (which debuted this morning) is also cool as hell. Should Tesla be a little worried? Yes, Tesla should be a little worried.

The Polestar 2 Is Volvo's Electric Mass-Produced Shot At Tesla The Polestar 2 Is Volvo's Electric Mass-Produced Shot At Tesla

Polestar is Volvo’s new all-electric brand, and while the Polestar 1 coupe was a striking design it’s just a limited-production model. Now, meet the big gun—the Polestar 2, a mass-produced five-door fastback aimed directly at the Tesla Model 3. We know this because Polestar even says so.

The Porsche Macan Is Going Electric The Porsche Macan Is Going Electric

The Porsche Macan is Porsche’s best-selling vehicle, powered by an internal-combustion engine, a crossover that handles better than it has any right to. It will also be going electric soon, the Financial Times reports.

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