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Thom Taylor

Designer-turned-writer Thom Taylor is a veteran of many magazines and website articles, writing eight books about automobile design, car culture, and automotive history. He and his wife have two kids, two dogs, and no SUVs.


McLaren Announces a New Unnamed Speedster

The Pebble Beach Concours is quite the place for exotic car announcements and 2019 was no exception. McLaren has ambitious plans to launch 18 new models between now and 2025 based on its “Track25” business plan. At a private gathering, McLaren CEO Mike Flewett announced a new addition to the Ultimate Series McLaren entering production …


2020 VW T-Roc Cabriolet Is Coming (But Not Here)

Those of you in a funk over the cancellation of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and can’t afford a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible can now rejoice! No, the CrossCab is not coming back, nor will there be a price cut on the Evoque ‘vert. What appears to be a worthy replacement is on the …

Trucks & SUVs

Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit Filed

A lawsuit has been filed by six Washington state troopers alleging their Ford Explorer SUVs made them sick due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The suit calls out 2014-2017 Police Interceptor Explorers. Saying Ford knew about the problem they say “Ford has recently issued an emission recall notice for all Ford Interceptor SUVs built between 2011-2018.” …

2020 Toyota Supra

More Powerful Toyota Supras Are Coming

The Toyota Supra has a heritage of being a true sports car, and the new 2020 version is no exception. What’s different is that its development was not exclusively Toyota’s but a tandem effort with BMW. The BMW Z4 is the basis for the Supra, and vice-versa. Each has their own power plant and bits, …

Hybrids & Electrics

GM, VW Say “No Future” in Hybrids

Model cancellations, consolidations, and a march toward electrification are leading car manufacturers to make drastic decisions. Today, the Wall Street Journal announced that both General Motors and Volkswagen are killing off their Hybrid models. For them, it’s either conventional engines or electric — no middle ground. What they’re saying “Our strong preference is to go …

Car dealership

New Car Discounts For August

It’s August, so car manufacturers and dealers are anxious to get 2019 models outa here to make room for the new 2020s. In July alone JD Power says that on average manufacturers put $4,074 on the hoods of new cars. That means August should be even better for discounts says There are always a …

Hybrids & Electrics

Gorgeous Karma SC1 Concept Coming to Pebble Beach

Karma will be reaching beyond their Revero sedan when they debut their new SC1 Vision Concept in Pebble Beach, California. The Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance has become a fertile venue for high-end manufacturers to debut concepts and production cars. After all, the Concours attracts many monied participants and spectators–the precise audience these high-end cars want …

Acura ILX zooming down urban street
Automotive News

Forbes’ Top 32 New Cars to Avoid

It’s that time of the year for Forbes’ “New Cars To Avoid” list. Is This Valid? Cars are a lot better than even 10 years ago, but there can still be some sorta-semi lemons in this year’s crop. The issues can range from dated designs to plunging resale values. Reliability can still be an issue, while …

Trucks & SUVs

GM Hit With Lawsuit Over Diesel Engine Damage

There is more dirty diesel news to report. Wednesday a class action lawsuit was filed in Detroit alleging GM “sold hundreds of thousands” of diesel trucks that pumped metal shavings into fuel-injection system damaging engines according to the Detroit News. The lawsuit claims that US diesel fuel is thinner than European diesel. This causes air …

Sixth-Gen Camaro Design Director Wouldn’t Change a Thing;

Sixth-Gen Camaro Design Director Wouldn’t Change a Thing

This isn’t the first rodeo for the sixth-generation Camaro exterior design director Tom Peters. Though recently retired, he prevailed within GM Design for probably longer than he’d like to admit. But, that’s a huge badge of honor in a profession that tends to shed designers like over-ripened fruit.  Having overseen many designs from two generations …


John Force Wins 150th NHRA National Title

For the ever gregarious, fast-talking John Force his Funny Car win this Sunday in Washington was his 150th win at a National Hot Rodding Association national event. It’s a first in drag racing history. It was also his first win in 25 races. Force Says It All The 70-year-old Force said, “I may not be …

2020 Subaru WRX driving on a canyon road.

Top 10 Cars with the Most Speeding Tickets

Spoiler Alert: You won’t see any vehicle you’d expect to find on this list of cars with the most speeding tickets. In other words no Ferraris, Porsches, or BMWs. Or Mustangs, in spite of those videos showing their owners losing control while exiting an event. The Metrics A new study by Insurify put this list …

2019 Buick Regal GS

2019 Buick Regal Continues Sedan Sales Slide

The continuing crossover/SUV zeitgeist expands unabated, with still more casualties along the way. Buick Regal is the latest to show signs that the sedan apocalypse is inflating. Regal sales decreased by 34% in 2019 Q2 compared to 2018 Q2. Total sales in 2019 through July are 6,393. The competition The Acura TLX, Regal’s direct competitor …

2019 Nissan TITAN Pro4X parked in the city
Trucks & SUVs

Nissan Drops Titan Diesel and Regular Cab

Nissan sold only 2,242 Titan trucks last month so it was only a matter of time before they started looking to prune slow sellers. Today it was announced that Nissan has killed the Nissan-specific 5.0-liter Cummins diesel engine. Nissan has also axed the single-cab Titan body style. You can still purchase the Nissan Titan crew …


Tuned Toyota Supra Already Makes 420 HP

Litchfield Motors in Tewkesbury, UK, is a large British tuner that massages all things fast from Porsches to Ferraris; and those fast Nissan GT-R racers. They’ve been around over 20 years, and are known as one of the premier tuner shops in Europe. They recently snagged a 2020 Toyota Supra to breathe some extra smack …

Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What’s Going On Over At Jaguar?

Two things are causing Jaguar to bleed red ink at the moment. Brexit, that pesky unknown no one can predict, and crawling to the electrified dance. Still, the British automaker does have lots of new products ready to spring on auto enthusiasts. Jaguar looks to soon be replacing every model it currently produces. In addition, …

2019 Toyota RAV4 Top IIHS Safety Pick
Trucks & SUVs

2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Toyota RAV4 crossover its highest safety rating.  It checked off every safety category the IIHS has to get the “2019 Top Safety Pick” rating. Those safety categories cover specific items under umbrella headings for crashworthiness, crash avoidance, and child seat anchors. Within each of these …


2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Insane 0-100-0 In 10.6 Seconds

If a 0-100-0 in 10.6 seconds Mustang doesn’t arrest those mid-engine Corvette daydreams, you don’t dream hardcore enough. Ford will sell you the most powerful street-legal Mustang—actually the most powerful street-legal Ford, ever built. It’s just announced the 2020 Shelby Mustang will pack 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. Can the human brain even …

Ford F-350 diesel truck at the work site
Trucks & SUVs

Ford’s 7.3-Liter V8 Is a Low-End Torque Monster

America’s best selling truck will soon have the largest displacement gas-powered V8 engine available in any truck. Ford just announced the new 7.3-liter V8 will be powering Super Duty pickups and commercial vehicles up to their big F-750 Medium Duty trucks and stripped chassis for motorhomes and other aftermarket customers. Features The engine’s compact architecture …

Trucks & SUVs

A Blazing Mess For Chevy’s New Blazer

There are a lot of people upset about the new Chevy Blazer. But for wildly different reasons. Some say it’s another example of GM squandering an iconic brand by labeling a weak-sauce crossover as “Blazer”. Many were hoping Chevy would take the brand seriously—as seriously as Ford takes the Bronco brand. They wanted to see …


These Are the 20 Most Stolen Cars

Fast Dodges and big-hauling pickups are the vehicles of choice for thieves these days. As USA Today reports, a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute lists the top 20 vehicles most likely to be stolen. Topping the list is the Dodge Charger with a Hemi engine. Joining the list at number two is …

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Standard Features Revealed

Ready to order your new 2020 Corvette? Wait! You don’t know what options, colors, combinations, and other stuff are waiting for you in all of that fiberglass fantasticness? Motorbiscuit will be your friend forever once you know everything Corvette. By going to GM’s Fleet Order Guide you can download a PDF with anything and more …

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD parked in gravel
Trucks & SUVs

GM Makes Almost All of Its Money on Truck Sales

Loaded Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and a 10.7% profit margin in North American have General Motors executives dancing in the halls of Detroit’s silver silos. The news helped spike GM shares 3.3% to over a one-year high according to Reuters.  “The alarm may be softly ringing for GM to finally reawaken …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

2020 Porsche Taycan Set to Outsell the 911

In this brave new world of auto electrification, one of the most highly anticipated 2020 cars is the Porsche Taycan. “Highly anticipated” is an understatement. Porsche just announced that 30,000 pre-orders (at $4,000 each) have already been received for the as-yet-unseen all-electric Porsche. That’s some serious demand! What’s more, as Bloomberg reports, the Taycan is set …