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2019 LA Auto Show: Highlights, headlines, and everything awesome

You'd think the LA Auto Show would focus solely on electric cars, but that's not the case. While we saw some pretty cool hybrid and electric cars, high-performance models were everywhere, and it's clear that buyers still love SUVs. We've singled out the most noteworthy cars unveiled during the event.
Tesla Cybertruck

With the Cybertruck, Musk brings a phaser to a gunfight. Will anybody buy it?

Tesla built a better pickup truck based on its specs. It's big, it's powerful, and it looks like nothing else on the market, But can Elon Musk's Cybertruck win buyers in a market where image is king, trucks are a huge part of individual identity, and cyberpunk is a head-scratcher?
Audi Digital Matrix Light

Audi once again pushes the envelope with headlights that are frickin lasers

Audi has pioneered countless technological advancements and improvements, from safety systems to vehicle construction methods. But good lord do they like themselves some headlights. Audi has easily been the most influential headlight maker and now they are back with frickin laser headlights.

The Lamborghini Museum houses 55 Years of technical innovation

The Lamborghini story begins with angry words between Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini and ends with a company that currently creates some of the most exciting and revolutionary technologies is all the car world. Their Museum is a perfect place for a trip down a technological memory lane.
2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR engine

Technologies that can still save the internal combustion engine

The good old internal combustion engine has been powering the world for over a century now, and despite the much-needed technological advancements in electric vehicles, gasoline power is not going away anytime soon. These new technologies will keep our gas-powered engines going into the future.

Everything to get excited about at 2019 LA Auto Show

The 2019 LA Auto Show is this week and it brings with it a whole host of reveals, announcements, and surprises. We will be there to bring you all the news as it happens, as well as getting in-depth with the most important new cars.
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

How tech is making trucks comfier, smoother, and better for everyday drivers

Trucks are more expensive than they’ve ever been, but they are also more advanced, safer, and more comfortable than they’ve ever been, thanks in large part to widespread use of new technologies and better construction materials.
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Ford unveils all-electric Mustang Mach-E

Ford is making a huge leap of faith, planting their most prestigious performance car badge on a vehicle that shares precisely none of the Mustang’s traditional first principles. It’s incredibly fast and supremely cool, but is it really a Mustang?
Electric GT e-Crate Motor front

Exclusive: Hands on with the world’s first electric crate motor

Electric GT has developed the world’s first electric crate motor to drop into any project car you might have. We had to get our hands on it personally and talk to the mad geniuses behind this world first.
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Inside Volkswagen’s plan to finally bring affordable electric cars to the masses

Volkswagen is opening its first factory dedicated to electric car production, the first step toward a goal of selling 22 million electric cars worldwide by 2028. Digital Trends got a firsthand look at the factory building the Volkswagen ID.3, the automaker's first mass-market electric car.
2019 civic type r

I drove a Type R to SEMA and saw the past, present, and future of car culture

I’m blessed to be driving the first Type R to grace the shores of America, and I’m on my way from LA to Las Vegas to attend the 2019 SEMA show. This convention in the inhospitable Nevada desert is a celebration of all things car customizing, and it shows what will be popular in the coming years.
Electric GT Fiat 124 vs BMW 2002

We put a classic car up against an electrified classic. Here’s what we learned

Electrified vintage cars are all the rage right now, but they all seem to be lacking in soul. Electric GT has a new take on vintage EVs, and I took a traditional classic to put the two cars head-to-head.
Cognitive Dissonance

The real reason why you don’t like CVT transmissions is deeper than you think

Cognitive dissonance is a mental discomfort caused by holding opposing ideas simultaneously within your mind’s eye. The concept of cognitive dissonance re-occurred to me recently as I drove a Honda hybrid vehicle that featured a CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission.
Bollinger B2 Front

The Bollinger B1 and B2 have Tonka looks with Tesla power

Imagine combining a Tesla Model S with a vintage Land Rover 4x4, and the result would look something like the Bollinger B1 and B2. The lines of these electric trucks are so straight and sharply creased, they’re eerily menacing.

Hydrogen was the fuel of tomorrow, so what happened?

Hydrogen vehicles solve so many of the problems associated with battery electric cars, and yet they have all but disappeared from the discussion on the future of the automobile. We look into happened to hydrogen tech, and determine if it still have a future.

Will autonomous cars eradicate driving jobs? Don’t hold your breath

Andrew Yang would have you believe that autonomous cars and trucks are going to take all driving jobs away from humans, but while that could potentially happen in the distant future, experts and industry insiders suggest autonomous driving won't displace workers anytime soon.
2019 Honda Passport front

The Honda Passport: A more hardcore off-roader than you think

The new Honda Passport bills itself as an adventure-ready crossover with some real off-road credibility. It certainly looks the business, but is it any good when the pavement ends? The answer is yes, mostly, but the reasons why may not be what you think.
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Exclusive: Papadakis tells us the parts he needs to make a 1000 horsepower Supra

Award-winning engine builder Stephan Papadakis set out to wrest 1,000 horsepower out of the new Toyota-BMW B58 engine found in the 2020 Toyota Supra. In the third episode, Papadakis shows us how he assembles a high performance racing engine.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Why the corvette convertible now has a hardtop roof

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How do you get a Bugatti to 304 mph? Grit, really good tires, and a lot of tech

Andy Wallace talked to Digital Trends about how he set a world speed record in a Bugatti Chiron, and he told us about the technology that made the run possible. Michelin engineer Benjamin Vilpert also explained what went into testing tires capable of safely carrying a car to speeds planes normally take off at.
CarGenerator Inventor Jonathan Schloo

CarGenerator lets you power your entire house with your car

Generators are the kind of devices you’ve always wanted to buy – or know you need to buy – but can never pull the trigger on. But here’s the thing gentle reader, there should be no need for you to invest in a generator as your car’s alternator is pumping out juice any time your engine is running.
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Everything that’s new and updated from Audi in 2020

Audi is holding steady, with only minor changes to most of its product lineup for the new year. The strategy is simple and designed to allow the new RS6 Avant performance wagon take the spotlight. Here's the full rundown of all 2020 changes.
Gerry McGovern, design director for Land Rover

Exclusive: How Land Rover’s designers resurrected the Defender

Few vehicles are as iconic and celebrated around the world as the Land Rover Defender. We spoke with the designers that had the difficult task of propelling the Defender nameplate, creating a modern vehicle while keeping it true to its roots as an exceptionally capable vehicle.
1000hp Supra Stephan Papadakis

Exclusive: 1000 hp Supra could be six-figure project Papadakis says

Stephan Papadakis has released the second installment of his quest to squeeze 1,000 horsepower from the new Toyota Supra engine. We sat for an exclusive interview as he delves into the hard parts he has to find or make to achieve his goal.
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At IFA, Qualcomm and BMW unveil the world’s first 5G connected car — almost

At a keynote presentation during IFA 2019, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon and Christoph Grote, BMW's senior vice president of electronics, announced plans to evolve future vehicles with 5G, which will push next-generation connected cars even futher. Digital Trends sat down with the pair for a deeper dive.
Jaguar I-Pace vs Jaguar F-Pace

800 miles in an F-Pace SVR and 8 miles in an I-Pace shows Jaguar’s split personality

We head to Monterey Car Week in Jaguar’s new 550hp F-Pace SVR and also spend some time with the luxury automaker’s all-electric crossover, the I-Pace, while we’re in town. One model showcases the best of what Jaguar’s current lineup has to offer, the other hints at the potential for a quieter, more efficient, and perhaps less interesting future.
Volvo XC90 R

Performance, Luxury, and Subscription – Everything That’s New with Volvo in 2020

Volvo took Digital Trends to Banff, Canada to drive the new 2020 XC60, XC90, and V60 Cross Country SUVs. This year, the venerable Swedish automaker is focused on performance with new Polestar models, new safety and tech features, and making Volvos more convenient and affordable through the Care by Volvo subscription service.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 v. GMC Sierra 1500: The differences and similarities

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 are a lot alike, they're essentially the same truck under the sheet metal, but they're aimed at different buyers. We've broken down the similarities and the differences between these two popular pickups to help you decide which one deserves your driveway.
honda passport rooftop tent

When the apocalypse comes, you’ll wish you had this Honda Passport

Welcome to the year 2025. The ice caps are gone, society has crumbled, and Twinkies have run out. Luckily, you have a car outfitted for this cruel new world. You were lucky enough to stumble upon the Passport Adventure Lifestyle Project.
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Exploring the past, present, and future of infotainment technology in the Lexus RX

Lexus equipped the original RX with an early infotainment system that served as the foundation for future software. It hit the market at the right time, and motorists welcomed it with open arms; they wanted more tech. Lexus then introduced touchscreens, moved away from them, and returned. Here's why, and what's next.
Stephan Papadakis standing in front of a Toyota Supra

In exclusive interview, legendary racer tells us his plans for 1,000hp new Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra is barely off the trucks at dealerships, but award-winning engine builder Stephan Papadakis is already tearing into it to find more power. He thinks 1,000 horsepower is possible from the new BMW/Toyota joint venture. Best of all, he’s capturing the whole process on a series of four videos. We caught up with him to ask him how he plans to tackle this challenge.
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Vonnen can make you a 911 Hybrid before Porsche can

Vonnen has created an aftermarket hybrid system designed to boost performance on Porsche 911 models made since 2012. The system installs over the stock drivetrain and adds up to 150 foot-pounds of torque. The system works with both manual and twin-clutch transmissions, and supports both RWD and AWD Porsche 911s, plus Boxsters and Caymans.
Maven car sharing Chevrolet Bolt EV

Is your EV actually powered by coal?

Where you live in America determines how your electricity is generated. If you’re considering buying or leasing a new electric vehicle to help reduce climate changing emissions, where you live has a huge impact on your carbon footprint. Read this before you flip the switch.
Man texting while driving car

These age brackets admit to the most distracted driving

Mobile phone use is rampant, and more people than ever admit to using them while driving. In-car tech can help us put the phone down, but are the new features really saving us from distracted driving? A new survey from Liberty Mutual has all the scary answers.