Daimler and Bosch have developed an autonomous driving concept we can get behind: Driverless valet parking. Debuting at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the autonomous parking center combines a Bosch "smart" structure and Mercedes-Benz vehicle communications technology with a smartphone app to manage and track the parking process and vehicle location. http://bit.ly/2v1bMlR
Detroit's epic pony car rivalry has spawned some unlikely heroes in the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Both are now world-class performance vehicles (and world-class bargains, too), but the 2018 Mustang GT dials that up a notch with a 0-60 run clocking in under four seconds. That's Porsche 911 territory. http://bit.ly/2vTrE6k
Bugatti still hasn't ruled out developing a second car to sit alongside the Chiron. "We are at the predevelopment phase, preparing technically and asking clients what they expect," company boss Wolfgang Dürheimer told Autocar. If approved, Bugatti's second model won't arrive until about 2024.
Pagani has upgraded a customer's Zonda. The modifications include a manual transmission in lieu of a sequential gearbox, and plenty of additional carbon fiber in order to keep weight in check. The engine is still a naturally-aspirated 7-3-liter V12 borrowed from AMG. http://bit.ly/2uYp9TI
Bugatti has confirmed the Chiron might be its last gasoline-only car. Its successor is still several years away, but it's almost certain to arrive with some form of electrification. It won't be a pure electric car, however.
BMW has announced it's voluntarily recalling every car equipped with a Euro 5-era diesel engine in Europe. Entirely voluntary, the campaign will draw upon "knowledge gained in the field over the last years" to make the engines cleaner. It affects cars registered between 2009 and 2014, though whether it extends to the United States is up in the air.
Jaguar has sent the XJ to the gym to create the XJR575. It uses a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for a 4.4-second zero-to-60 time. It also receives a full body kit, specific rims, and "575" emblems.
BMW is celebrating the 7 Series' 40th birthday with a limited-edition model named 40 Jahre. Limited to just 200 examples, it comes with the M Aerodynamics Package, 20-inch alloy wheels, and Shadow Line trim. Buyers can choose Petrol Mica or Frozen Silver.