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Senate passes NAFTA replacement North American trade deal

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher rules on labor and automotive content but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed on an 89-10 bipartisan vote, sending the measure to President [...]

2021 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0 revealed

While downsizing is the order of the day in the automotive industry, Porsche is upsizing by bringing the naturally-aspirated flat-six engine to the 718 GTS range. Enthusiasts will undoubtedly see the move as right-sizing.  The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 will replace the existing four-cylinder-powered models, which Autoblog can confirm [...]

2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Tremor gets factory winch option

Ford seems serious about going after the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Tremor already brought plenty of off-road capability to the Blue Oval's heavy duty pickup truck, and the company just announced another off-road-centric option for the trim: a factory-approved winch. The winch is a 12,000-pound unit built by Warn. [...]

Students create a 2JZ-powered Toyota Supra convertible from a Lexus

The students at Nihon Automobile College (NATS) put together some pretty wild custom cars for each year's Tokyo Auto Salon. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing this year is what looks like a 2020 Toyota Supra. It features the bold orange paint scheme of the famous fourth-generation Supra in The Fast and the Furious. It even gets [...]

C8 Chevy Corvette torque limit during break-in explained by Tadge Juechter

The chief engineer for the C8 Chevrolet Corvette, Tadge Juechter, made an appearance on Jay Leno's Garage last November with a 2020 Corvette convertible. During the drive portion, after Leno gave the 'Vette the whip, Juechter mentioned that the C8 Corvette is "torque managed," meaning that the software limits torque output until the driveline has [...]

Carlos Ghosn undergoes questioning by Lebanese prosecutor

BEIRUT/TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn's lawyer said he was "very comfortable" with legal proceedings in Lebanon on Thursday, after the fugitive ex-Nissan boss was questioned over an extradition request from Japan where he faces criminal charges. Ghosn fled Japan to Lebanon, his childhood home, last month as he awaited trial on charges of under-reporting earnings, breach of trust [...]

Ghosn blames France’s Macron for planting the seeds of his arrest

PARIS — Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said on Wednesday that a surprise corporate move, orchestrated five years ago by French President Emmanuel Macron, who was then economy minister, soured relations between Renault and Nissan and contributed to his ouster. Ghosn, the former head of the car alliance, said Nissan executives and Japanese officials were shocked by a 2015 [...]

Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR concept car at CES is inspired by ‘Avatar’

It seems like movie tie-ins are becoming more common for concept cars. First Porsche designed a spaceship for "Star Wars," and now Mercedes has created a concept car inspired by and named after the "Avatar" film series from James Cameron. It's called the Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR (which stands for Advanced Vehicle Transformation), and Mercedes' goal is [...]