These Are Your Hottest Automotive Takes

My hot take, which I have said over and over and over again: if we want more cool little sports cars, we need better public transit. Because we live in a country where a vehicle has to be able to do everything because there’s usually no other option, most of the options we have for … Read more

Tesla’s Charging Takeover Is Complete

Good morning! It’s Tuesday, February 13, 2024, and this is The Morning Shift, your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know. Electric Car Charging Still Sucks, But That Might Change 1st Gear: Stellantis Adding Tesla Charger In 2026, Now … Read more

Cops Raid Toyota Plant In Japan

Photo: Yoshikazu TSUNO (Getty Images) Toyota is having a bad time. The company’s kei car wing has been forging crash test results, and its diesels have had “irregularities” in horsepower and torque ratings — irregularities so vast, apparently, that Japanese officials had to raid one of the company’s factories today. Jalopinions | The Best Type … Read more

The Suzuki Jimny Is So Good Even Akio Toyoda Loves It

Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda revealed a stable of his favorite cars at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon. As you’d expect, four of the six vehicles onstage at the car show were from Lexus or Toyota, but there was one vehicle that stood out by virtue of both its greatness and the notable fact that it … Read more

Toyota Is Moving Prewar 700-Ton Press Halfway Around The World

Toyota closed its São Bernardo Plant in November 2023, marking the end of its first overseas production facility. The closure caps off a period of continuous car production in São Paolo, Brazil, lasting over 60 years. The plant was home to a Komatsu 700-ton press that predates Toyota’s carmaking business itself. And now that the … Read more

Hertz Is Getting Rid Of 20,000 EVs

Happy Friday! It’s January 12, 2024, and this is The Morning Shift — your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, all in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know. Jalopinions | The Best Type is Jaguar’s E-Type 1st Gear: Hertz Is Selling A Third Of Its … Read more

The Lexus LBX Morizo Is The Luxurious GR Yaris Toyota Needs To Build

Image: Lexus Toyota was lucky enough to give U.S. buyers the GR Corolla. It’s the textbook definition of a hot hatch, and we love it. Unfortunately, there are still some fun products that we don’t get, like the GR Yaris itself, and some stuff that some would rather stay off our shores, like the recently … Read more

Toyota GR Yaris Gets Optional 8-Speed Auto, Rally Inspired Interior And Vertical Handbrake

The Tokyo Auto Salon kicked off today, and Toyota took the opportunity to unveil the facelifted version of the GR Yaris, which has been one of the most talked-about and pined-after performance cars of the past decade. Updates to the forbidden (to the U.S.) GR model include a styling overhaul, more power, improved ergonomics, an … Read more

Automakers turn to hybrids in the middle of the EV transition

2023 Prius Prime on display, April 6, 2023. Scott Mlyn | CNBC DETROIT — As sales of all-electric vehicles grow more slowly than expected, major automakers are increasingly meeting their customers in the middle. More and more companies are reconsidering the viability of hybrid cars and trucks to appease consumer demand and avoid costly penalties … Read more