Mercedes-Benz details G65 Final Edition

Mercedes-Benz is gradually killing off G-Class variants as it prepares to introduce a brand-new model early next year. The V12-powered G65 is riding into the sunset with a limited-edition model named, appropriately, Final Edition. It receives edition-specific tweaks such as bronze accents inside and out. Production is limited to just 65 examples worldwide.   


RIP: Australia's car manufacturing industry

General Motors is closing its Holden factory today, putting an end decades of auto manufacturing in Australia. Holden was the last car factory Down Under; Ford and Toyota both shut down their facilities in recent months.   


Mercedes-Benz airbag recall affects 495k cars

Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly half a million car in the United States over an airbag issue. Grounding problems can cause the airbags to deploy without warning, according to a safety bulletin. The campaign affects B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLA, GLC, GLK, and CLA models built between 2012 and 2017. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail.   


Tesla Model X scores low on reliability

The Tesla Model X is one of the least reliable cars in America, according to Consumer Reports. The electric crossover suffers from issues with body hardware, paint and trim, and the climate control system.   


Alphabet invests $1 billion in Lyft

In a further blow to Uber, Alphabet's CapitalG has invested $1 billion in ride-sharing giant Lyft. "This brings Lyft's post-money valuation to $11 billion," the company said in a statement.   


Polestar 1's price tag could make your wallet beg for mercy

Excited for the new Volvo-based Polestar 1? Well, if its limited numbers weren't enough to discourage you, the expected price tag might be. Think "Porsche 911 Turbo" rather than "Chevrolet Corvette," Polestar reps say, and that's if the company actually decides to offer them for retail sale. For the moment, the only expected path to ownership is a subscription-based service.


Toyota's new Prius V takes shape

Toyota is testing its new liftback variant of its Prius hybrid. It is expected to arrive some time next year as a 2019 model.


South Korea to test diesel engines for NOx emissions

South Korea will introduce strict pollution control measures in 2021. Diesel-powered cars built after January 1st, 2018, and registered in the Seoul area will need to go through a NOx test as part of their annual inspection.   


Tesla sued over racial discrimination

Tesla is getting sued by three former employees over alleged racial discrimination. The suit claims the factory in Fremont, California, is hostile towards black employees; it notes supervisors used racial slurs and drew racist graffiti. The company hasn't commented on the suit yet.   


Jaguar XK to return?

Jaguar design boss Ian Callum wants the brand to return to the 2+2 coupe market. His team is working on a replacement for the XK, though the project hasn't been approved for production yet. The model will be built alongside the next-gen F-Type if it receives the green light.