Ranger Raptor Automotive News 

Enthusiast Love From the Blue Oval: Ford is Building a Ranger Raptor

While the crossover market is red hot — and has no signs of cooling — it’s interesting to note that the mid-size pickup segment is gaining steam. For years, the Toyota Tacoma has had the space almost to itself, and while Chevrolet and Hyundai are looking for a piece of the action, Ford is hardly letting that go unnoticed. The Blue Oval is bringing back the Ranger, and now we know they’re also going to answer the pleas of enthusiasts by way of a Ranger Raptor. Now, we had the…

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Hybrid Electric Jaguar Automotive News 

Sign of the Times: A Hybrid Electric Jaguar Land Rover is the Future

While many enthusiasts aren’t, to put it mildly, exactly thrilled about it, the writing is on the wall: Internal combustion’s days are numbered. So Jaguar Land Rover going hybrid electric shouldn’t be terribly shocking. But what might be more surprising is the timeline, as the company recently stated that after 2020, no vehicle in its entire lineup will rely solely on a traditional powerplant. But to keep things in perspective, we feel we should say that a hybrid electric Jaguar is far from the end of the world. For Captain…

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BMW Concept Z4 Automotive News 

Don’t Change a Thing: The BMW Concept Z4 is Drop-Dead Gorgeous

We’ve said it before: Concept cars are a bit of a tease. They’re an invitation for designers to let their imaginations off leash, and often spurn ungainly — but necessary — appendages like door handles or mirrors in favor of heartbreaking lines, and details that would be impossible to mass produce. But we have reason to be hopeful when looking at the stunning new BMW Concept Z4, because recent history demonstrates BMW is better than most at translating dreamy designs into driveable reality. Just look at the i3 and the…

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Toyota Stick Shift Automotive News 

New Toyota Stick Shift Patent Aims to Raise MPGs

The enthusiasts at AutoNation Drive have written plenty about how much we love manual transmissions, and lamented at how they’re falling out of favor with buyers. So when we heard about a recently filed Toyota stick shift patent, it made us hopeful about the future of the gearbox. The patent refers to a “Controller for vehicle and control method for vehicle,” and while we imagine marketing will come up with a better-sounding name by the time it reaches production, the technology is pretty interesting. Essentially, the system aims to raise fuel…

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Hyundai Santa Cruz Truck Automotive News 

Officially Confirmed: Hyundai Santa Cruz Truck is Coming

It’s not a secret that Americans love pickup trucks — you basically can’t write a country song without mentioning one. That said? As buyers have opted for colossal cowboy Cadillacs, the mid-sized pickup has become something of an endangered species. But the fact that the Hyundai Santa Cruz truck has been confirmed indicates we’re seeing a shift in the market. While it’s been rumored to be in the works since the debut of Hyundai’s Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2015, few industry…

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