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The Citroën My Ami Cargo Is a Very Weird—and Very French—Delivery Vehicle

Ford is gearing up to kick off sales of its electric E-Transit van, a full-size delivery vehicle that in its longest and tallest format can swallow almost two of Citroën’s My Ami Cargo delivery vehicles. We are making this apples-to-elephants comparison because of the delightful contrast in recent EV cargo vehicle news. The Ami (in high-capacity passenger format, with room for two!) is about to make its debut in the United States as a rideshare rental in Washington D.C. and Portland, Oregon; the massive E-Transit begins public testing later this summer. Meanwhile, in France, the ridiculously tiny Ami is being pressed into delivery duty. See all 15 photos The My Ami Cargo offers a surprisingly capacious 14.0 cubic feet of cargo space in the place where the passenger seat used to be—ro...

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Next Gen NASCAR Racer Takes on More Realism

Chevy’s NASCAR entrant wears a newly symmetrical body (previously, NASCAR racers’ bodies were asymmetrical, optimized for a life spent turning left), and rides on more modern chassis bits. The rear suspension is now an independent design, and the steering is handled by a rack and pinion setup; you’ll also notice the wheels are much larger than before—they’ve jumped in diameter from 15 inches to 18 and wear less chubby looking (thus more normal-appearing) tires—and are now made from lighter aluminum, not steel. See all 14 photos As much as Chevy touts these improvements as more closely tying the NASCAR racer to the production Camaro ZL1, the bow-tie brand’s NASCAR entry really shares the majority of its important bits with other Next Gen racers, including those...

Things Are Wheelie Getting Out of Hand: Chevy Steering Wheel Thefts on the Rise

Imagine waking up, downing your coffee, and stumbling out to your Chevrolet Equinox or Malibu only to find that the entire steering wheel is missing. According to a report from Detroit TV station WJBK-FOX2, that’s precisely what happened to a couple of dozen residents of the Detroit suburb of Eastleigh. (The missing steering wheels, that is—we’re speculating about the coffee and the early-morning stumbling.) Apparently, this is a new twist on the classic old crime of airbag theft. The National Insurance Crime Bureau notes that approximately 50,000 airbags go walking every year. Thieves sell the stolen airbags to less-than-scrupulous shops who prefer to pay $250-$300 to the villains rather than a $1,000 or more to a dealer. Pandemic-related shortages have made airbags scarce, he...

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE First Test: Its Own Thing

Chevrolet Camaro Full Overview It seems that nearly every review of the Chevrolet Camaro compares it to the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, and with good reason—these three nameplates are historic foes going back 50 years. Well, Constant Reader, that won’t happen today, because the subject of this test is the four-cylinder 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE, an endangered species that combines the Camaro’s smallest engine with the SS model’s suspension. Truth be told, a read of the spec sheet had us thinking that this Camaro’s natural enemies might be sport compacts like the Hyundai Veloster N and Volkswagen Golf R. Its 275-hp 2.0-liter turbo I-4, six-speed manual, and emphasis on handling over tire-smoking power would put it in the ballpark, we thought, but a coupl...

How to Build a Race Track in the Dirt: Has Top Gear America Gone Roadkill?!

Top Gear America is back from the midseason break, but the guys are missing a place to call home—their own race track. They don’t even have a dirt track to play on. The oldest permanent road course in the United States—Willow Springs International Raceway—has been a great homebase for now, but the guys want a place of their own. Trouble is, world-class racing facilities like Laguna Seca, Spa-Francorchamps, and Fuji Speedway can cost in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars to build. Fear not, this is Top Gear America—Dougy, Jet, and Bobby (heavy Boston inflection, please) know how to build a dirt track. Dougy (Dax Shepard), Jet (Jethro Bovingdon), and Bahwbee (spelled phonetically for Mr. Rob Corddry) are the tough-guy-builder names our noble hosts assign themselves to give more ...

New F9 Trailer Shows Real Cars Really Crashing Really a Lot

There’s a new trailer for F9, the upcoming release in the Fast and Furious saga that was previously delayed, and it has a lot of what you expect: Pounding music, Vin Diesel looking cool while perpetually shifting gears, and crashes, crashes, and more crashes. But there are a couple of other elements in this behind-the-scenes-ish trailer that are worthy of note: Cameras, dollies, car-cannons, ramps, and other stunt rigs. We imagine that is very deliberate, because one of the (very legitimate) criticisms of the FnF movies (particularly 2004’s 2 Fast 2 Furious) was that there were too many computer-generated stunts. Maybe the public night be fooled, and maybe they wouldn’t be, but car fanatics like us know how a car should move, and it was pretty obvious that a lot of t...

Can Your Rooftop Cargo Box Withstand Porsche-Like Speeds, Track Use?

Created in collaboration with Porsche Design, a newly developed performance roof box from Porsche Tequipment is now available for customers to purchase at Porsche dealers. How can a roof box find itself categorized as “high performance?” Well, it is tested at speeds up to 200 kph, or approximately 125 mph, meaning it has a high-speed designation that should be perfect for dry lakebed runs, autobahn blasts, or flagrantly illegal speeding here in America. See all 30 photos Based on the “form follows function” design principle, the curvy roof box features a Porsche logo at the rear, two side blades, and has customizable options. The side blades are available in high gloss black and three additional popular colors from the Porsche model range, including Dolomite Silver ...

Changing Your ’80s or ’90s Ride’s Oil This Weekend? Motul Has Rad Options

Unless you’ve been cut off from the internet or spent the previous few years under a large rock, you’re probably aware that ’80s and ’90s-vintage cars are red-hot. These rad-era rides were on the posters on recently minted adults’ walls when they were kids, and those recently minted adults now have the cash to go out and buy the Toyota Supras, Ferrari 355s, and old Mercedes-Benzes they grew up worshipping. The nostalgia can run thick for those who manage to snag their dream ride —perhaps thicker than oil. So it seems fitting that the oil they put in their engines drips with the same hazy nostalgia, right? See all 21 photos Enter Motul’s new line of classic engine oils, which are geared toward cars of a certain age (and beyond). While not limited to ̶...

The Genesis G70 Wagon Will Shooting Brake Your Heart

This week, Genesis—the fairly-newly-minted luxury brand from Hyundai—announced it will start selling their wares in Europe starting this summer, and today their social media accounts teased the camouflaged derriere of a wagon version of the G70 sport sedan. Naturally, we have no hope of getting this car in North America, because SUVs are where the money is. “We have lots of exciting new products coming to the US this year, including the GV70 SUV, new G70, and more,” said a Genesis representative, increasing our adrenaline flow before shattering our dreams with: “I can definitely confirm that the G70 shooting brake will not be coming to the US at this time.” Not that we really have reason to be surprised or upset, because although thousands of MotorTrend readers and ...

Ford Bronco Gets Built-In Upfitter Switches, Pre-Wiring for Easy Power Accessory Installs

The 2021 Ford Bronco SUV, which isn’t out yet and is not to be confused with the smaller Ford Bronco Sport that is available at dealerships now, is going to get pre-wired upfitter switches to make powering accessories easier. These factory-installed auxiliary switches (and attendant wiring) will be standard on two- and four-door Black Diamond, Wildtrak, Badlands, and First Edition Ford Bronco trim levels and optional on the Base and Outer Banks versions. There was no mention of availability for the Big Bend trim. The six upfitter switches will be located overhead for easy access, akin to their location on current F-Series trucks. Ever-useful accessory switches are not a new addition for Ford or other manufacturers, which have all been offering this option for many years. The Jeep Wra...

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Fast Facts: Shaking Loose This Pickup’s Appeal

Ford Ranger Full Overview We’ve just spent a week with a Ford Ranger Tremor, the off-roadiest version of Ford’s midsize Ranger pickup. We came away with these seven takeaways that every off-road-curious truck buyer considering a Tremor should stuff in their pocket. 1. Ranger Raptor? More Like Ranger ZR2 See all 8 photos We’ve seen the Ford Ranger Tremor compared to the larger Ford F-150 Raptor (we’ve even made some ourselves), but that’s not quite fair, as a key ingredient in the Raptor formula—extra horsepower—just isn’t on the Tremor menu. Really, the Tremor’s closest analogue is the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, a direct competitor which has been impressing us for years with its insanely good off-road ability. 2. …or Ranger Gladiator See all 8 photos ...

What’s the Best 2021 Toyota Camry Trim? Here’s Our Guide

Toyota Camry Full Overview The Toyota Camry is a bona fide legend when it comes to affordable, reliable, drama-free transportation, and especially in the case of the current model, even the base trim comes well equipped. But what if you want a more stylish exterior, a few luxury touches, and the best driver assist features Toyota has to offer? The Japanese automaker provides five basic trims to choose from, and we’re here to spell out exactly what those trims get you. Shall we? 2021 Toyota Camry LE At around $26,000, the base Camry LE provides few frills but just about everything you need. Notably, Toyota includes all of its essential driver assist features—limited speed range adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane tracing, automatic high-bea...