Test Drive: 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo

We drive the luxurious SUV through historic Fredericksburg, Virginia

It seems like a small thing: a lefthand turn at a lightless intersection in Fredericksburg, Virginia. But in many respects, this moment defines the capabilities of the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo SUV. The Trofeo is a new version of the Levante SUV, with side air-intakes that hint at a powerful twin-turbo V8-engine with 590 horsepower built by Ferrari. The Trofeo accelerates like a cannon: zero …

LA Auto Show: How Mercedes-Benz’s Current Design Philosophy References the Retro

The carmaker looks back in order to look to the future

The Vision Mercedes Simplex concept will never be made into a production car. One can tell simply by looking at it: it’s a replication of a car that the world first saw in 1902. If Mercedes-Benz has no interest in traveling back in time, then why bother making a concept like this? Stefan Lamm, VP of advanced design in North America, explains that it began …

LA Auto Show: Surveying the 2020 Land Rover Defender’s Silhouette

Speaking with Gerry McGovern about the new iteration of the off-road classic

At the LA Auto Show (on now through 1 December) we spoke with Land Rover‘s Dr Gerry McGovern about the brand’s 2020 Defender, a vehicle whose design has been somewhat polarizing. McGovern and his team see the new vehicle as a triumph: beginning with the pronounced lip that’s visible just below the front and rear windows of both doors, and wraps entirely around the windscreen …