Eight-speed trans comes to GM trucks, but where’s the V6 version?

GM is pimping a new eight-speed automatic transmission for its full-size trucks, but only for the 6.2-liter V8. Where is the eight-speed gearbox for the V6?

One-of-a-kind BMW i8 brings $825K in charity auction

A bidder at Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction got a one-of-a-kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition for the princely sum of $825,000.


First BMW i8 PHEV sports cars delivered at Pebble Beach

The first BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars were delivered to some pretty elite customers at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last week, according to the German automaker.

Taliaferro Shift Cable Reinforcement Kit a step in the right direction

The guys at Genuine Saab designed an aluminum brace that should make the shift cable in my 9-3 more sturdy, eliminating most of its sluggishness. Does it?

Porsche with a plug: Confessions of a first-time PHEV user

My time with the Porsche Panamera S e-hybrid was very interesting, especially considering it was my first experience with a plug-in hybrid and my first time driving a car that would cost more to replace than my house. As with most first-time experiences, there was a learning curve.

McLaren P1 GTR is an unapologetic hybrid race car

The McLaren P1 GTR was unveiled last week as a “design concept” that, according to the automaker, aims to be the “most track-tailored and most-powerful produced by McLaren Special Operations to date.” Do we wish we could get some track time in one? Of course we do.

Officially official: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is coming

Well, we told you so: The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is going to be a real thing. Four doors. Eight cylinders. Eight forward speeds. Seven hundred seven horsepower. And it’ll do the quarter in 11 seconds flat.

Audi Q3 is coming: Cute ute with tech!

In the cute ute category, the Q3 is coming, and the pricing is not bad to start — especially considering its wide array of tech including on-board wifi.

VW e-Golf part of automaker’s carbon reduction strategy

VW will purchase carbon credits to offset emissions associated with production of the VW e-Golf as part of the its “holistic approach to e-mobility.”

Re-Volt-ing: New Chevrolet Volt to debut at 2015 NAIAS

Hard to believe the Chevrolet Volt is already due for a reboot, but it is, according to GM, and it will debut at the North American International Auto Show.

Getting psyched for the Jaguar XE

I am really excited about the prospects of the entry-level Jaguar XE since it fills the hole left by the X-Type, which I really liked, even though it was basically a Ford Mondeo with prodigious Coventry tuning and a better interior.

Fortissimo Fiat. Living with the Euro Twin Clutch Transmission

Que bella.  The Fiat literature promises “a sportier driving experience with AUTOSTICK Shifting and providing as much as 15% better fuel economy (we’ll check that claim that later this week) and lower emissions.”  How?  By automating a traditional manual transmission.  Wow, well what’s not to like? Some caveats: During low speed driving, vehicle momentum changes more »