The Carrera Panamericana was a border-to-border sedan and sports car racing event on open roads in Mexico similar to the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio in Italy. Running for five consecutive years from 1950 to 1954, it was widely held by contemporaries to be the most dangerous race of any type in the world.
Through the years, the major selling points for luxury SUV have been powerful engines, spacious cabins, deafening soundproofing and high-quality materials inside out. Curiously, electric vehicles of the upper market segment easily meet and even outperform these criteria. As evidence, for today we have prepared a lineup of the freshest premium electric SUVs of 2022 that will be putting the final nails into the coffin of internal combustion!
As the official sponsor of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run we thought it was only fitting to send two of our Car Specialists out to experience the 54 mile (87km) journey in a 1904 Cadillac Model F Four-Passenger Tourer. As hundreds of cars set out to celebrate the 125th year of the longest-running motoring event in history, Nick Wiles and Felix Archer take you on an intimate and definitive experience along the way.
Foxconn, the Taiwanese company known for assembling Apple products, has unveiled three electric-vehicle prototypes. WSJ’s Stephanie Yang attended the launch event to see how the company is diversifying its business to gain a foothold in the auto industry. Photo: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg News
Pininfarina and Poltrona Frau have developed the concept of a new autonomous car called Teorema. The goal is to explore the interactions among passengers in a new way by creating a new “sense of community” for the people riding inside the fully autonomous vehicle.
Pininfarina has developed Teorema’s exterior look, focusing on a futuristic and aerodynamic form. In the interior, the concept car’s seats envisioned by Poltrona Frau can fold down flat, turning into a bench or a chaise longue. Passengers can travel while facing each other or alternatively lie down in a more intimate position while the car drives itself to the selected destination.
The upgrade to Tesla’s Full Self-Driving, or FSD, software will be released to drivers who pass a safety evaluation Tesla is expanding access to the company’s city-driving tool to some customers. In this video, WSJ explains what’s in the new software and the controversy surrounding its limited release. Photo: Tesla
As the election approaches, Germany’s carmakers will face the same challenges as its new leaders: a need to innovate, tackle climate change and reassess its trade relationship with China. How this world-renowned motor industry navigates the road ahead could tell a lot about Germany’s future.
Video timeline: 00:00 - Germany faces numerous challenges 00:49 - Can Germany’s cars reveal its future? (or whatever the title is) 02:13 - Is Germany too reliant on trade with China? 03:46 - Germany’s reluctance to digitalise 05:09 - The race to go electric 06:41 - The future of electric cars 08:17 - What’s in store for Germany’s new leader?
In 2021, the average age of vehicles on the road reached a record 12.1 years. Every driver that chooses to hold on to a car for another year is postponing a trip to the dealership, and some industry analysts wonder if rising vehicle ages and prices indicate trouble for new car sales in the future. Automakers are stuffing cars with new technology and improvements but will that be enough to keep buyers wanting the latest and greatest?
Welcome to the feel-good camper from Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo offers loads of comfort facilities, such as a completely integrated kitchenette.
The number of semiconductors in a modern car, from the ignition to the braking system, can exceed a thousand. As the global chip shortage drags on, car makers from General Motors to Tesla find themselves forced to adjust production and rethink the entire supply chain. Illustration/Video: Sharon Shi