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Sat, 19 Jan 2019 01:03:04 +0000
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As President Trump and Congress feud over the government shutdown, regulatory agencies that test and approve vehicles for sale in the U.S. remain closed. That could impact the launch dates for several much-anticipated vehicles slated for launch in the next several months. This buzzkill is in contrast to the acres of shiny new vehicles unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which is open to the public from January 19–27. What’s more, automakers are gearing up for next month’s Chicago show that bills itself as the largest consumer show in America.

Before a new (or significantly reengineered) car can go on sale, it must be certified by the federal government. Under the Clean Air Act, this is the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor does the verification. But the lab is among the agencies not being funded during the shutdown, which began on December 22 and has now stretched nearly a month. On the bright side, many new vehicles awaiting certification are not slated to go on sale until spring and the majority are fall launches, so while automakers will grown increasingly concerned if the shutdown continues for too long, in most cases there is still time before panic sets in.

The unease is a bit stronger for diesel-powered vehicles. The emissions-reporting scandal is still fresh in American minds, and many automakers have canceled or significantly reduced their plans to offer diesel-fueled vehicles in the U.S.—the exception being large pickups that remain huge profit-makers for Detroit. Indeed, some diesel-powered vehicles have faced long wait times for certification even prior to the shutdown as federal agencies have been more meticulous in the wake of the cheating scandal.

Below we’ve gathered a list of the vehicles that the shutdown could affect; read on for more information on their statuses.


Ram

When the shutdown hit, the EPA had completed the federal emission testing and certified the 2019 Ram 2500 heavy-duty pickup, but had not finished testing tailpipe emissions for the Cummins diesel version of the 3500. That process is on hold, FCA CEO Mike Manley confirmed at the auto show. Both trucks are scheduled to go on sale this spring. The automaker says other vehicles are undergoing their normal quality validation testing and no shipments are not being delayed at this time. That includes the 2019 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel that is still in the certification process.


Jeep

A diesel-powered Grand Cherokee variant is still in line awaiting its turn for certification. The new Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup is not due until spring, so there is no impact yet to that highly anticipated model.


Volkswagen

Volkswagen will show the new Jetta GLI (a standard 2019 Jetta is pictured) next month at the Chicago Auto Show. It is slated to launch in March. Executives think the launch will remain on schedule—if be a bit tight—if federal employees return to work by the end of January, but a delay for the car looms.


Ford

Ford has a lot of vehicles (GT500, Explorer, Escape, and Lincoln Aviator) slated to go on sale this year, and many of them are in the queue for certification. Nothing is due in the next few months so no delays at this time. But if the shutdown is prolonged, there will be concerns. The 2020 Ford Explorer is due in June, while the Aviator also goes on sale this summer. The GT500 is not due until fall. We have not yet seen the new Escape yet, so it likely has more time.


Cadillac

Cadillac’s big XT6 crossover is due this spring so there is still time before it feels any impact as long as the backlog does not become onerous. GM officials say they have no launch delays at this time but, like other automakers, are currently awaiting decisions in the certification process for a number of 2019 and 2020 models.


Porsche

There is some concern that the mid-cycle refresh of the volume-leading Macan could be delayed, as it is slated to go on sale in March. Same applies to the Cayenne hybrid. The next-generation 911 isn’t coming to the U.S. until July or August, so there should be plenty of time for testing to be conducted.


Kia

Kia’s new Telluride three-row crossover goes on sale this spring but no reports of delays at this time.


Hyundai

The three-row 2020 Hyundai Palisade CUV will be available this summer. At this point, officials say no Hyundai model is on hold awaiting EPA certification due to the shutdown.


Honda

Nothing from Honda is being impacted. The new Passport goes on sale next month but is already certified.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:25:19 +0000
The Government Shutdown Might Delay These New Vehicles

Karma Automotive has announced a partnership deal with legendary Italian design house Pininfarina, with its “first results expected in the second quarter of 2019.” That means we can seemingly expect an all-new model from the resurgent company, which now is committed to pure battery-electric vehicles. Will Pininfarina’s design keep founder Henrik Fisker’s signature Guy Fawkes grille?

Karma CEO Lance Zhou announced the design collaboration with Pininfarina at the Automotive News World Congress, held at the General Motors Renaissance Center near Cobo Hall, site of the North American International Auto Show. The partnership does not entail any kind of permanent structure or equity swap between Karma and Pininfarina.

Karma gave no other details about the upcoming Pininfarina design.

“The agreement with Karma represents another important step in the growth strategy of Pininfarina in the North American market, following the opening of our new design center in Los Angeles,” said Pininfarina CEO Silvio Pietro Angori. “We are happy to support Karma through our expertise into design and creation of luxury, customized vehicles, and into premium brand lifestyle.”

Karma Automotive says it sold more than 200 cars last year. The 2017–18 Karma Revero (pictured here) was assembled in Moreno Valley, California, and was based on the 2012 Fisker Karma plug-in electric hybrid sedan.

In its latest iteration, the automaker is based in Irvine, California, but funded by China’s Wanxiang Group, which has been described as China’s largest manufacturer of auto components. Wanxiang Group also purchased battery supplier A123 Systems, which was said to be a large reason for Fisker’s collapse.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:07:22 +0000
Pininfarina Is Designing a New Car for Karma

The transition to self-driving cars, when and if it happens, will represent what may be the single greatest change to the world of vehicle design. Car designers are thrilled about the opportunity, as they typically are about any so-called “white spaces”—flying cars, invisible cars, three-row crossover landaulets. But they are also daunted by such a future, in part because, as with any radical transition, there are a multitude of variables, not just in terms of capability and technology, but also consumer preference and behavior. And many of these core issues are as-yet entirely unclear.

“I look at autonomous as being a bigger change in human interaction with mobility than when we went from a horse and carriage to a horseless carriage,” says Stuart Norris, who runs General Motors’ advanced design studio. “And of course, we don’t know what we don’t know. Nobody is running autonomous vehicles at scale. You can’t just go to a traditional market-research event. The market doesn’t exist.”

Obvious and elemental among both the opportunities and the challenges is a wholesale rethinking of the notion of what a car can look like. Unconstrained by traditional requirements like a seating position that delivers visibility and controls within direct reach of a driver, the car’s exterior doesn’t need to evince classical proportions, and need not necessarily even have glass. Instead of being designed from the outside in, cars may become designed from the inside out.

“We’re able to explore completely different form factors because the interior becomes the defining shape of the vehicle and ingress/egress becomes a different ball of wax when you take away a traditional driving position, steering wheel, and the like,” says Norris. “You’re almost an interior architect, or designer of street architecture or furniture.”

Of course, a car is still an emotional purchase for an individual—and, despite hyperbolic prognostications, we highly doubt that individually owned vehicles will suddenly disappear. (And if they do, note how we even respond with favor or disfavor to the vehicles our ride-share drivers appear in: Oh, no, not another black Sonata?!) Sadly, while there is a plethora of options for lovely and compelling designs that speak to our human desire for grace and elegance, many of the autonomous concepts we’ve seen have retreated into outré lozenge/tube/cube form factors.

Bentley’s vision for what a luxurious autonomous car could look like.

“It’s a new freedom, entirely liberating,” says Paul Snyder, chair of the transportation design department at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, one of the nation’s premier schools for automotive design. “Though I’m unclear why everyone has responded to it by creating rolling toasters.”

This sensibility is echoed by other designers with whom we spoke. “I don’t understand why, if it’s a mobility product, it has to be ugly,” says Sangyup Lee, head of Genesis global design. “I would rather have a beautiful exterior to accommodate a wonderful user experience.”

One of the key current issues in creating designs for fully autonomous vehicles is how to deal with the cameras, radar, lidar, sensors, cellular connectivity, and other technologies that allow the car to see, process, and respond to roads, humans, infrastructure, and other obstacles. Right now, many of the developmental prototypes actually on the roads have these simply attached like carbuncles to the car’s grille, hood, roof, body, and trunk. But this will not fly in the future. Not just because it is hideous and people will not tolerate it, and not just because it limits aerodynamics—which are incredibly important to electric-powertrain range—but because it does not inspire confidence in consumers.

The interior of the Chevrolet-FNR concept, which has autonomous capabilities.

“You can see that the products are out there in the field being tested, they are not a holistic design experience. They’ve plonked a Ghostbusters-like machine array on the roof just to get the technology working,” says Norris. “It needs to come together as a holistic design solution. So the customer doesn’t feel like they’re being driving around in some cobbled-together science project.”

Again, this sentiment finds support among other colleagues working in the field. “The first challenge—not an opportunity yet—is what is going to happen with all of the sensors,” says Karim Habib, head of design for Infiniti. “This will require a new graphic sensibility.”

Moreover, we have yet to truly understand even elementally what it is that consumers may want from their experience in and with a self-driven vehicle. We’re a bit ahead of ourselves. “Technologically, we will likely get there, but psychologically, we have a long way to go,” says Andrew Smith, executive design director for Cadillac. “You know the dog that chases the car? We’re the dog that caught the car, and now what are we going to do with it? The big question is, how do you make AI not creepy?”

Some portion of the answer may come from simply allowing consumers (or riders or users) to retreat from all of the technology while being shrouded in it. According to Habib, anecdotal research from Infiniti’s advance design studio in China shows that, after the hellish commute that so many Chinese drivers have to endure, many of them just hang out in their parked car for 30 minutes once they return home, simply to decompress. Perhaps the self-driving car, for all of its connectivity, becomes a kind of sanctum or retreat from connectivity, the way that the airplane used to be before in-air Wi-Fi became ubiquitous.

We got a ride in the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept in 2015.

“Customers want just . . . nothing,” says Habib. “You’re always on. People need downtime. There’s an indication that the car can be an oasis of peace and quiet. Instead of all of this push marketing and calendar reminders, maybe we just need a meditation app?”

The design focus for AI thus becomes not a technological one, but a human one, about human behavior and preference and safety, and confidence. “We don’t talk about this as a self-driving car, but as a robot that moves people around,” says Norris. “There’s the really interesting psychological component of this. How do we combine a visual and an aesthetic that the makes the customer comfortable? That is not intimidating, that is approachable, that doesn’t become toy-ish and whimsical, that people can trust?”

It’s clear this particular white space will take some time to fill.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:23:44 +0000
Designing for Autonomy: How Car Designers Are Preparing for the Future

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit isn’t generally a hotbed of battery-powered vehicles; automakers tend to lean toward debuting new EVs at the Los Angeles auto show, owing to the vehicles’ popularity there and California’s mandate for zero-emissions vehicles. But this year’s Detroit show was different, with the city playing host to a number of new electric cars and concepts in addition to those vehicles already on the market. Read on for our roundup of the EVs of NAIAS.

Cadillac EV SUV
Although it doesn’t yet have a physical concept vehicle to show, Cadillac revealed renderings of a large electric-powered SUV it plans to build as one of the first vehicles to use General Motors’ future electric platform. Details were thin, with Cadillac revealing only that the platform will be scalable to simplify development of different vehicle types, accommodate a wide range of battery sizes, and be capable of front-, rear-, or all-wheel-drive. [Read more]

Chevrolet Bolt
Now in its third year of production, the Bolt was the first EV to deliver 200+ miles of range (238, to be specific) at a price tag under $30,000 after incentives, and while there were several vehicles at the show that can make the same claim, the Bolt remains the most prominent of Detroit’s EV efforts. [Read more]

GAC Entranze Concept
Chinese automaker GAC introduced a concept car called the Entranze, which was styled at its newly opened design studio in Los Angeles. This seven-seat SUV-ish vehicle is stated to have an electric powertrain, although the company didn’t provide specifics. We’ll have to wait until the production version goes on sale (presumably in China) in the second half of 2019 to find out more.

GAC GE3
GAC also brought a production electric vehicle called the GE3. Details about the front-drive hatchback were scant, but we know it has a 132-kW (177-hp) electric motor and a top speed of 97 mph. GAC claims a range of 190 miles, but that’s at a constant 37 mph; real-world range would be shorter. GAC’s North American launch is some ways off—and has been delayed slightly by the trade tiff with China—but it appears likely that it would sell a small EV like this in the United States.

Hyundai Kona Electric
The electric version of Hyundai’s Kona has the longest range of any affordable electric car—258 miles according to the EPA. The Kona EV also offers a surprising amount of off-the-line scoot, and is overall quite pleasant to drive. [Read more]

Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept
The QX Inspiration concept car gives us a preview of Infiniti’s first all-electric SUV—or, more specifically, a line of electrified SUVs. “Electrified” indicates electric elements in the powertrain, and Infiniti has announced that this platform will support gas-electric hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains as well as a full-electric battery-powered version. [Read more]

Infiniti Prototype 10
This sleek electric concept debuted last year during Monterey Car Week—just prior to which we photographed it in our studio and spoke with its designer—doesn’t have a running powertrain, but it is theoretically electric and is intended to show the brand is serious about building fun and emotional EVs. [Read more]

Kia Niro EV
The all-electric version of Kia’s Niro was revealed last year but hasn’t yet reached the market. The Niro EV offers 201 horsepower, 291 lb-ft of torque, and 238 miles of range. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’d be surprised if the Niro EV didn’t fall under the barrier of $30,000 after federal tax incentives. [Read more]

Kia Soul Electric
Another new EV from Kia is the electric version of the all-new 2020 Soul. The Soul shares its powertrain and 64-kWh battery pack with the Niro, but despite its boxy shape it has 1 additional mile of range for a total of 239. As with the Niro EV, pricing for the electric Soul has not yet been announced.

Mahle MEET
Mahle is a German parts supplier, and its Mahle Efficient Electric Transport (MEET) is a city-car concept powered by two small 48-volt electric motors. It is said to squeeze 124 miles of range from a small 20-kWh battery pack, but the top speed of 62 mph probably wouldn’t fly in the States.

Nissan Gen 2 Formula E Car
Nissan’s stand included this Formula E car, which can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 mph. A pair of the cars is being campaigned by the Nissan e.dams race team with Oliver Rowland and Sebastien Buemi behind the wheels.

Nissan IMs Concept
The IMs concept made its world debut at the 2019 Detroit show. Its 483-hp, all-wheel-drive dual-motor powertrain promises blistering performance, while its 115-kWh battery pack is good for a stated range of 380 miles. This is still merely a concept, but it shows that Nissan is contemplating electric replacements for sporty sedans like the Maxima. [Read more]

Nissan Leaf Plus
This is the new long-range version of the Leaf, though its 226 miles of range falls short of competitors like the Bolt and Kona Electric. Small blue trim strips on the bumpers differentiate the Leaf Plus from other Leafs, and the car has been raised by 0.2 inch to accommodate its larger battery pack. [Read more]

Quadrobot Model U1
Equipped with a swappable battery pack and a small forward cabin, this little box also has modular cargo space, four-wheel steering, and a skateboard-style chassis that incorporates its electric drivetrain, steering, and suspension. The car’s maker says the chassis—which it calls Quadropod—may be sold as a separate unit to other manufacturers.

Rinspeed MicroSNAP
Another future mobility solution, this Rinspeed concept first showed up at 2019 CES and features a skateboard chassis and a removable cabin that were displayed separately at the Detroit show. The upper portion can be customized to autonomously deliver cargo, online shopping purchases, or people.

SVEN
This little EV pod comes from share2drive, a German company. The idea is, as the company says, to “fill the gap between private and public transportation.” It has three seats and is said to be “prepared for autonomous driving.” Top speed is 75 mph, and it offers a numerically similar maximum range of 75 miles.

Toyota Concepts
Toyota had a big show with the debut of the new Supra, but it also brought several of its far-out electric concepts from the past few years, including the i, the i-RIDE, the i-WALK, the i-ROAD, and the FCV-2.

Volkswagen e-Golf
The Volkswagen e-Golf is an EV we admire for its functionality and everyday livability. Unfortunately, its 125-mile range is peanuts compared to the latest batch of affordable EVs with ranges of 200 miles or better. You can bet that VW’s coming crop of EVs will do better—much better. [Read more]

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Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:40:48 +0000
Charged Up: The EVs of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

If you’ve never made it to the annual CES event in Las Vegas, we have a warning for you: It’s a freaking madhouse, but we think in a good way (some may take umbrage with this). It’s so big that it takes over three separate areas of Vegas, including 11 official venues, some 4,500 exhibitors, and more than 2.5 million square feet of exhibition space. Most of the action, however, is at or near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

We had a chance to dash in and around the central hall, where we waded through the mass of humanity and where most of the mainstream automakers were posted up along with car-related tech—much of it high-end sound system stuff. (Official vehicle debuts included the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-class and the longer-range Nissan Leaf Plus.) Cool cars were strewn about everywhere and we were able to snap off a few photos of some of the raddest, biggest, and strangest things we saw. Some have been on display already at other shows, but CES is a great opportunity to revisit those ones all over again.

Schaeffler 4ePerformance concept
The German tech giant uses this car as a test bed for its electric-vehicle technology development, and it’s a monster. Based on Audi’s RS3 race car, the 4ePerformance features a 220-kW electric motor at each wheel cribbed from Schaeffler’s Formula E race car campaigned in 2015–16. It pushes an insane 1,180 horses in all, deploys active torque vectoring, and, when you mash the juice pedal, it can hit 124 mph in just seven seconds. Whoa.

Cub Porsche 911 GT3 RS
A maker of traffic awareness and blind-spot detection systems primarily for mobile homes and campers, the folks at Cub knew a way to get us to wander over—station this Cub-wrapped 991-Series GT3 RS that participated in a recent Fuelrun Midnight Run in its booth. We’re betting it has all manner of Cub sensors all over it so it can more easily sense when some midnight runner in an Aventador is approaching.

Kenworth / Toyota Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle
We’ve already told you about this bad mother of a big rig, and the cool part about it is that 10 of these are promised to be running around the Port of Los Angeles by 2020. With 300 miles of range per fill-up—which takes about 30 minutes from empty—it can do some real hauling, and it’s whisper quiet at idle, which truckers dig while they’re sitting around waiting for cargo. While the test truck had a single-speed transmission, the production versions will have a four-speed. Let’s see, this or a Mirai?

Infinite Auto Design Corvette
We’re suckers for killer Vettes, and while weren’t able to get the lowdown on what this wild C7 build by IAD had under the hood, it sure looks like it could stomp fools who might try to mess with it. In the back is a colossal audio setup by AudioControl.

FOMM Concept Electric Sports Car
This darling little two-seat EV sports car concept was built by the FOMM Corporation using electronic componentry form the Japanese electronics giant Funai Electric Co., Ltd. Funai is looking to break into the dashboard display market and the car is meant to showcase its tech—Funai also built the inverter for the car. For its part, FOMM is using the scissor-doored concept as a way to gain more visibility for its fledgling electric vehicle called the FOMM 1 it launched in Thailand using similar underlying components. The FOMM sports car, which is about 10 feet long, has four in-wheel motors and is rated at about 26 horsepower in all. While there’s no way it would ever be sold here, it’s a neat little machine that would be fun to run around Bangkok in.

Addictive Desert Designs Ford Ranger
First shown at last year’s SEMA show, Ford recycled this 2019 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCrew FX4 done up by the folks at ADD, because Xbox is very CES. Using the Xbox Design Lab controller program as inspiration, the ADD team added 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires and an ADD roof rack and tire carrier, and then sprayed it in an arctic-style color scheme with Xbox accents. When you’re done getting after it on the trails, you can play games one the Xbox One X consoles installed in the back.

Kenwood 1973 Plymouth Barracuda
One of the biggest purveyors of audio systems out extant, Kenwood is using this sweet ’Cuda as a way to demonstrate that vintage muscle cars can be technologically up to date as well. Built by Luxe South Bay, the Plymouth features the latest in Kenwood in-dash entertainment, speaker systems, and Kenwood’s drive recorder. It also features Escort radar tech that’s integrated with the Kenwood system, upgraded A/C, and a HushMat system designed to help properly absorb all that sound. We’d probably like to hear the car just as much, but the stereo can at least be turned down.

Powerbass Ford F-350
We were just walking along minding our own business when the floor started to shake, and there it was, this colossal 2017 F-350 fitted with Powerbass products trying to bring down the convention-center roof. The owner wasn’t around when we stopped by so we weren’t able to get any specifics, but one of the Powerbass guys said it can raise or lower between eight- and 20-inch lifts thanks to all of its suspension components. It’s hard to put into perspective how big this thing is, but think fire truck and you’re in the ballpark.

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC
Back in 2013, Nissan rolled out a race car version of its Leaf billed as the world’s first ever electric race car. It didn’t exactly leave a lasting impression, but it served as a test bed for Nissan engineers to help it develop the Leaf and possibly position it as a platform for e-racing. The latest version of the Leaf Nismo RC, which made its North American debut at CES, has come a long way, roughly doubling the power and torque of the first car. It features two electric motors positioned front and rear that deliver power to each axle independently. The motors produce roughly 320 horsepower in all and there’s an impressive 472 lb-ft of torque on tap from the moment you put your right foot down. It looks the part, too, with a low, wide, and mean stance, plus a livery cribbed from Nissan’s Formula E car.

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Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:40:33 +0000
9 Cool Cars and Trucks We Spotted at 2019 CES

Barrett-Jackson auctions have always played to American enthusiasts of American cars, with the vast majority of its lots typically having been built right here in the U.S.A. Muscle and pony cars feature heavily in collectible American classics, and to that end, there’s no shortage of Chevrolet Camaros this year at Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale event. Here are seven cool Camaros to keep an eye on while you’re watching the auction live on Motor Trend Network January 12–20, 2019.

1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 1LE
The current Camaro 1LE is an Automobile favorite with pretty much any of its three engine options, but to understand the significance of the model designation you have to go back to 1989, when Chevrolet first offered a 1LE trim options group to better equip the Camaro IROC-Z for SCCA Showroom Stock racing. The 1LE trim wasn’t a specific package that could be ticked off on a list, but instead was automatically specified when a car was ordered with deleted air conditioning and the G92 performance axle. Extra 1LE items included performance brakes, an aluminum driveshaft, a baffled fuel tank, and firmer shocks and springs. With just 1,400 miles on the odometer, this 1LE is one of just 62 built in 1990, the second and final year of production, and one of just 34 with a five-speed manual gearbox. It still wears its original Goodyear Eagle tires and all factory documentation from new is included. A total of 111 1LE cars were produced in 1989 for a final build tally of 173.

1968 Camaro Z/28 RS
We love the metallic green paint on this ’68 Z/28, and the fact that it has a recently rebuilt, matching-numbers 302-ci V-8 under the hood makes this one all the more sweet. Paired to a four-speed manual gearbox and wearing period-correct Firestone Wide Oval reissue tires, this Camaro also has its original NCRS shipping data report, receipts for the engine rebuild, and original Protect-O-Plate, and is said to have been authenticated by model expert Jerry MacNeish.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO
Delivered new at Dale Chevrolet in Waukesha, Wisconsin, this is said to be an honest-to-goodness COPO Camaro. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order, essentially a special-order program through which dealers could spec special equipment. This Camaro was ordered with a 427-cubic-inch/425-hp Corvette engine, Muncie four-speed manual gearbox, and Posi-traction differential. Barrett-Jackson claims this car was given a rotisserie restoration to concours standards, but we’d find it pretty tough to keep this one mothballed and show-field-ready if it were under our ownership.

2010, 2013, and 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebees
Four Camaros as used in three different recent Transformers films are being sold as a single group to the highest bidder with all proceeds to benefit Operation Homefront, a charity organization supporting military families. The Camaros are all screen-used Bumblebee cars, with the pair of 2010 cars being used in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the 2013 car in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the 2016 car in Transformers: The Last Knight. Each comes with a V-8 engine and automatic transmission, but none are street legal and all are sold on scrap titles. We’re guessing a museum is probably the most fitting final destination for these ex-movie cars. (You can head here for photos of the rest of the Bumblebee bunch.)

Barrett-Jackson ushers in a new year of high-octane auction action during its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, featuring some of the world’s most coveted collector vehicles and authentic automobilia collectibles, January 12-20, 2019, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. As in decades past, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions will be the epicenter of Collector Car Auction Week and entertain thousands of automotive enthusiasts with interactive exhibits, entertainment, and activities. Check your local TV listings to see it live on MotorTrend Network and download the app for exclusive, live coverage.

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