BMW, Audi, And Mercedes-Benz Want To Buy Nokia’s Maps To Fend Off Google

Keeping with old the adage of the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Germany’s Big Three are working together to buy a controlling stake in Nokia’s Here mapping unit. The move is partially to keep it out of the hands of Google, Apple, or Facebook, but mainly to give the automakers a leg up on both self-driving vehicles… » 5/06/15 6:17pm 5/06/15 6:17pm

Spa Shows What Happens When Hybrid Prototypes Run Out Of Electric Power

Let this insane three-way battle between the #8 Audi, #17 Porsche and #7 Audi LMP1-class World Endurance Championship prototypes illustrate all the fun nuances of hybrid race cars. Running out of the added electric power must hit you like a brick when you’re in the middle of a battle like this.
» 5/03/15 8:56am 5/03/15 8:56am

Fractured Vertebra Sidelines Kazuki Nakajima At 6 Hours Of Spa

The rain at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps only got worse at the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Spa weekend. In the heavy rain of Free Practice 1, the #1 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima rear-ended the #8 Audi of Oliver Jarvis near Les Combes corner, fracturing one of Nakajima’s vertebrae.
» 5/01/15 9:15pm 5/01/15 9:15pm

Volkswagen To Formula One Rumors Go Nuts After Piëch's Resignation

Volkswagen is almost everywhere! They’re truly the People’s Race Car in some respects. They’re just not in Formula One. Rumors of a VAG-backed F1 effort pop up from time to time, most recently under the Audi brand. Now that supposedly anti-Ecclestone chairman Ferdinand Piëch is out, will we see VW in F1?
» 4/29/15 2:09pm 4/29/15 2:09pm

The Mad Genius Of VW's Former Chairman And His Legacy Of Audacious Cars

Volkswagen Group board chairman Ferdinand Piëch stunned the business world this weekend by quitting in a huff (or getting ousted, depending on who you ask) following a very public disagreement with the board over who his successor will be. As he departs the company, I have to wonder what he’s taking with him. » 4/28/15 12:33pm 4/28/15 12:33pm

Amazon Wants To Deliver Packages Right To Your Audi's Trunk

We all have the same complaint. I want to order stuff off of Amazon, but I also want the metaphysical feeling of buying it from a store. I don’t want to actually buy things from a store, mind you, but I want to pretend that I did. Amazon and Audi are here to help, by delivering packages not straight to you, but… » 4/23/15 9:51am 4/23/15 9:51am

Saying Goodbye To The Audi R8 V10 Plus, The Best Modern Halo Car

I need to warn you that this isn’t going to be just a straightforward review of the Audi R8 . The R8 has now been around for nearly a decade. Plenty of ink, both the Internet kind and the real kind, has been spilled describing how it drives. I will definitely address that, of course, but I have to start… » 4/14/15 12:25pm 4/14/15 12:25pm

Why I'm Excited About A Possible Mercedes Competitor To The Audi TT

Merecedes-Benz! They’re doing all kinds of nutty stuff these days, like making insane-looking hatchbacks and pickup trucks. In a bid to beat BMW as the world’s top-selling luxury automaker in five years they’re expanding into all sorts of segments, and according to one report, they may even make a competitor to the … » 4/03/15 8:40pm 4/03/15 8:40pm