BMW Celebrates Centennial by Unveiling Futuristic Mini Cooper

In early June the auto world had a bit of fun during an unveiling event in London where the Mini Vision Next 100 was shown to an eager audience. The BMW design was centered on a vision of the future, set 100 years from now. With the advent and recent surge of autonomous driving technology, chances are very high that people will not have the need to drive their own vehicles at the start of the next century. For decades, Mini Coopers were based on the concept that driving is fun and should be enjoyed. With this in mind, the Mini Vision Next 100 is intended to be a fully customizable, shareable vehicle. While many new cars today feature custom settings for the gauges, seats, and mirrors, this concept Mini takes the idea to the next level. The exterior skin is designed to display any...

July 12, 2016
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New Russian ATV Puts All Others To Shame

When you love motorsports and cars enough to keep up with the E3 blog, chances are you played with toy trucks and cars as a kid. Many of our favorite Hot Wheels and Tonka Trucks came in larger-than-life proportions not seen in the real world. Well get ready to awaken the excited 9 year old inside of you with the Sherp ATV. This monstrous piece of off-road technology comes from designer Aleksey Garagashyan and has hit the ATV world by storm. This mini monster-truck's most prominent feature is its set of 4 gigantic self-inflating tires which perform in EVERY terrain including deep open water. Sand, snow, swamp, ice, mud, you name it and the Sherp dominates it no problem. This behemoth can climb obstacles up to 28 inches tall and can turn within its own wheelbase with a unique skid...

July 12, 2016
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26,000 Vehicle Recall – Fiat Chrysler Jeep SUVs and Vans

Following the very public news of a recall possibly being responsible for the death of actor Anton Yelchin, automotive manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces another large, and potentially hazardous, recall effecting over 26,000 of its most popular vehicles. The transmission pumps installed in model-year 2015-2016 Dodge Journey SUVs, Grand Caravan minivans, and Chrysler Town & Country minivans have been found to be faulty. This recall also impacts 2016 Ram ProMaster vans. The pumps do not meet required specifications which can lead to the loss of propulsion, significantly increasing the likelihood of a crash. If you own one of these vehicles, contact your local dealer immediately to schedule a repair. The dealership will replace the transmission pump free of charge. You can...

July 11, 2016
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Fight Breaks Out at Gateway Motorsports NASCAR Truck Race

NASCAR fans were in for a surprise at Gateway Motorsports Park as a full-on fist-fight turned wrestling match broke out between 2 drivers, Jon Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher. The fight broke out shortly after the second of two crashes between the drivers, which took both trucks out of the race. It is unclear who was “at fault” for the crash but both drivers blamed it on the other. After safely stopped, Townley and Gallagher exited their trucks and began a heated discussion. A few words were exchanged followed by blows and grappling. Officials broke up the scuffle once they reached the infield grass. In an official statement, NASCAR Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said that repercussions were likely following the incident. "We've...

July 11, 2016
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Monster Trucks Movie Set for 2017 Release

Monster truck fans, get ready! The big, crazy, gas-guzzling, dirt-slinging, show-stealing performance rides you love are set to hit the big screen in January 2017 in a comedy/action/animation film titled, appropriately, Monster Truck. Thus far, not much is known about the film except for its IMDB.com-listed cast and synopsis: “Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.” The cast includes Till, known for his role as Havoc in...

July 1, 2016
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Rollaway Defect Blamed for Star Trek Actor’s Accidental Death

Earlier this month, the film industry and fans worldwide were dealt a shocking blow when popular young actor Anton Yelchin was found unresponsive in the driveway of his Studio City, CA home. In the early morning of June 19, friends of the 27-year-old veteran actor best known for his role in 2009’s Star Trek (a role he’ll reprise posthumously in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, slated for release July 22) found Yelchin pinned between his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick pillar. A medical examiner with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office declared Yelchin dead later that day, identifying the cause of death as blunt traumatic asphyxia.  Now, the investigation into Yelchin’s untimely demise has led to a proposed class-action lawsuit against manufacturer...

July 1, 2016
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First Ever Shelby Cobra to Hit the Auction Block

The annual RM Sotheby’s auction at Monterey Car Week this year already has its star feature lined up – a tiny blue roadster built by Texas chicken farmer-turned-racecar driver and iconic automotive designer Carroll Shelby. Per his posthumous wishes, Shelby’s first automotive creation, the original Shelby Cobra CSX2000, will go up for auction, alongside a number of other historically significant Shelby Cobras during the Monterey auctions slated for August 19 and 20. Shelby created this historic ride in 1962, essentially shoehorning a 260-cubic-inch Ford VA between the wheel wells of a British-made AC Ace. Instantly, a legend was born. The car remained with Shelby throughout his life and, over time, he used for development and testing, occasionally loaned it to...

July 1, 2016
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Leno Gets Lucky in Heart-Stopping Car Crash

Since leaving his Tonight Show desk, former late night talk show host Jay Leno has enjoyed a new career in automotive-centric television, hosting his popular CNBC show, Jay Leno’s Garage. But filming of a recent episode went a bit awry, as evidenced by video footage of a heart-stopping rollover car crash. The video is entertaining only because we know that everyone emerged fully intact with no injuries save for a few bruises and perhaps a shaken-up ego or two. In the video, Leno is taking a ride with 80-year-old veteran stunt driver Bob Riggle at California’s Irwindale Speedway. Their aim for the episode was to get the 2,500-horsepower vehicle up on hits back two wheels – a trick Riggle is known for having perfected over his decades of experience. "This has been...

July 1, 2016
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Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 Concept Shocks

Making its world debut earlier this month in London, the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 concept certainly turned heads, offering a glimpse into just how today’s designers believe the iconic luxury ride’s street versions may look a century from now. The somewhat other-worldly-looking car’s official title is 103EX and its design is a striking departure for the brand. Measuring nearly 20 feet long and five feet tall, this fully autonomous coupe is something of a super yacht on wheels. It sports a glass canopy that retracts when the coach doors swing open, and a “Crystal Water” lower surface exterior material designed to make the car look as if it were floating. Should the car ever make it to the production line, it will be powered by a zero-emissions powertrain...

July 1, 2016
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Strategic Vision's 2016 Total Quality Impact Awards Winners Released

Each year, San Diego-based Strategic Vision, a research-based consultancy that helps companies understand human behavior and decision-making patterns, releases its list of the top vehicles in multiple segments. This year, the firm collected thousands of consumer surveys, analyzed their data, crunched the numbers and boiled it all down to a total of 31 cars, trucks, and utility vehicles, as well as four manufacturers leading their respective packs in 2016. Factors considered include both quantitative and qualitative issues; tangible features like seat comfort, the effectiveness of side-view mirrors, and cornering abilities; intangibles such how easy a vehicle's technology is to work with and the image that a vehicle conveys; and emotional aspects that focus on the feelings evoked by...

July 1, 2016
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