How One Frenchman's Assassination Killed The Iconic AMC

On the evening of November 17th, 1986, Georges Besse collapsed in the gutter outside his home in Paris. He had been shot four times in the head and chest, his body covered in blood. His death, while unfortunate, was not the only one that night. It also marked the end of the American Motors Corporation. » 3/29/14 1:00pm 3/29/14 1:00pm

Renault And Caterham Are Apparently Over Each Other

There's been another big breakup on the heels of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's. No word if Renault and Caterham are making a "conscious uncoupling" too, but they're definitely dissolving their sports car venture. » 3/26/14 8:00pm 3/26/14 8:00pm

Fiat-Family Playboy Disses New Renault Twingo As A Copycat

Lapo Elkann is the heir to the Agnelli family that rules Fiat from, I believe, Mt. Olympus, and he seems to live the sort of life you'd expect. He was a factor in the rebirth of the 500, which may be why he's posting stuff that calls out Renault as copycats. Too bad he has no idea what he's talking about. » 3/26/14 7:00pm 3/26/14 7:00pm

The invisible and secretive blood of Formula 1 (with pretty pictures…

F1's turbocharged racing engines, past and present, require fuel that's perfectly adapted to their incredible demands. We talked to the man in charge of tailoring Shell's fuel for Ferrari, and also got close to one of the 1000+ horsepower monsters that made F1 in the 1980's so thrilling. Check it out. » 3/16/14 12:17am 3/16/14 12:17am

Yes, That's An Engine In The Hatch Of This Awesome French City Car

One of my favorite cars from the 84th Geneva Motor Show must be the new Twingo. It's got a hidden engine in its boot which powers the rear wheels. That's pretty much the perfect recipe for an agile compact, but it's also unusual nowadays and different doesn't always sell in the automotive world. Corollas do. » 3/04/14 4:30pm 3/04/14 4:30pm

French Cars Might Work In The U.S. Now, If They Ever Make A Return

A return to the U.S. market is probably the last thing on the minds of Peugeot-Citroen and Renault. There have been no new French cars for sale here in almost 25 years. The companies are still on shaky financial ground. But the cars being pressed with saving them look good, and good enough for Americans. » 2/19/14 9:00pm 2/19/14 9:00pm

How Formula One's Amazing New Hybrid Turbo Engine Works

A 1.6-liter V6 turbo revving at 15,000 rpm with unlimited boost that turns small drops of fuel into 600 horsepower aided by an electrical system that pumps out another 160 electron-charged horses. This is the pinnacle of engine development. » 1/22/14 9:00am 1/22/14 9:00am

Why DRM in Cars Is Going to Drive Everyone Mad

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Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce that… » 11/14/13 10:51am 11/14/13 10:51am

Mitsubishi Will Survive In The U.S. By Selling… Renaults?

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 11/05/13 9:29am 11/05/13 9:29am

Renault Clio Cup. Back to school

I’ll be perfectly honest, an invitation to drive a Renault Clio at the Dubai Autodrome at first didn’t fill me with excitement: it’s a Renault hatchback; how good could it be? Words are swiftly eaten though when I find out the hot hatch I will be driving is the lightweight Cup car, a racing derivation that has been run … » 9/23/13 11:41am 9/23/13 11:41am