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Next Subaru WRX, STI up to Three Years Away

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Subie fans waiting for a next-gen WRX or STI will have to wait a while longer – as long as three years, according to a new report from Australia’s Motoring. Speaking to journalists at the Australian launch of the new Subaru Crosstrek (called XV down under), Subaru Australia Managing Director Colin Christie said a new WRX and STI will arrive in two and a half to three years.

The Muscle Cars on Display at the 2017 Inline Tube Open House

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Forget the birds, bees, and flowers. The surest signs that spring has come to Detroit are pothole-patching crews descending on the asphalt like ants on a jelly sandwich, immediate complaints about the Tigers’ deficient bullpen, and Inline Tube throwing open its doors to help kick off the car show season.

Rearview: Motor Trend in June 1967, 1987, and 2007

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Before we moved our archives a few miles up the road to the Petersen Automotive Museum for safekeeping, our library spanning Motor Trend’s entire history was one of my favorite places to kill time, flipping through the old issues that are now under lock and key. For our new in-depth monthly “Rearview” feature, I’ve decided to look back at some highlights from 50, 30, and 10 years ago.

Toyota Drops the Incredibly Unpopular Regular Cab Tundra for 2018

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Now that pickup trucks have graduated from the role of farm and construction site conveyance to family hauler, space and seating have become as important as bed length and payload capacity. Not surprisingly, regular cab pickups and even extended-cab models have become a scarce sight on local roads.

Nissan’s 2018 Leaf Is On Its Way Toward A Self-Driving Future (with video)

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The next-generation Nissan Leaf won’t only offer as much as double the range of the present 107-mile version, it will also come with the basis for autonomous driving. This latter bit was revealed by the Japanese automaker’s latest teaser – not an underexposed photo, but a video highlighting its Pro Pilot Assist semi-autonomous system.

The Prince of Parsimony: Squeezing Max Mileage From a Chevy Cruze Diesel

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - This is a simple hypermiling test. Take a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, turn off the A/C, keep the windows rolled up, get on a California freeway, set the cruise control at 55 mph (10 mph under the limit), and see what sort of fuel economy results.

General Motors Ends NHTSA Safety Oversight, Promises to Keep in Touch

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - General Motors’ safety practices are no longer under the watchful eye of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The three-year oversight period was part of a settlement GM reached with US regulators back in May 2014, resulting from its failure to recall defective ignition switches attributed to 124 deaths and countless injuries.