The Best Car Shows to Stream On MotorTrend: Automobile’s Staff Picks

With much of the country working remotely and generally avoiding going outside for much activity, we asked around the virtual Automobile office to get a list of the shows you should definitely watch when you’ve had enough of the daily news.

It’s true, gasp: not all of us here at Automobile spend a lot of our time absorbing automotive entertainment outside of work hours. Totally understandable, right? It’s healthy to have varied interests. On the other hand, a lot of us—perhaps a disturbing number of us—do spend entirely too much of our free time watching other people do what we do all day long.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying: we make a lot of automotive entertainment. And we watch a lot, too. So, here’s our list of the shows you can stream now on MotorTrend that keep us coming back for more, even when we’re already

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Saudi-Russia Oil Price War, COVID-10, and electric vehicle sales

Auto analysts expect consumers to start avoiding car dealerships, be it for electric vehicles or traditional cars, but executives in the industry say the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet affected new-vehicle demand or factory production, Reuters reported on March 19. Keep in mind that industry executives’ cheerleading abilities tend to rival that of dealership salespeople, and anyway production levels have been roiled for a couple of years now thanks to the Trump administration’s trade war rhetoric.

General Motors, Ford Motor Co., and Fiat Chrysler have all ordered most of their salaried employees to work from home, and Fiat Chrysler has closed most of its European factories through March 27. What the coronavirus pandemic has additionally affected is auto-industry stock values, along with everything else. General Motors appears especially hard-hit the week after it rolled out 10 future electric vehicles before Wall Street analysts. The best thing you can say about

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Celebrate 40 Years of Audi Quattro AWD With These Icons

Name a branded all-wheel drive system. What came to mind first? Was it Quattro? If it was, that’s because Audi has been working for forty years to help you put the power down no matter the weather or road surface. Here’s a list of our favorite Quattro-equipped cars, whether they were designed for the street, track, trail, or otherwise.

1980 Audi Quattro

Before Audi got involved with rallying, supercars, and mega wagons, there was this. Audi engineer Jörg Bensinger wanted to build a sporty car with four driven wheels, and thus the 1980 Audi Quattro was born. Often referred to as the “Ur-Quattro,” meaning that it was the first one, this car was the first all-wheel drive Audi, using a longitudinal permanent four-wheel drive system. It launched with a 2.1-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine producing 197 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. It would go on to

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This 1993 Puch 500 GE is an Ultra-Rare Variant of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Ceci n’est pas une Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Well, this is a G-Wagen, it just isn’t a Mercedes G-Wagen. Confused yet? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. The family tree of the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen is gnarled and expansive, with an inordinate number of special editions and military versions that we Americans never even got wind of, let alone bought from a dealer.

Heck, we have a hard time imagining a stripped-out utilitarian version of the blinged-out rolling clout-box that is our version of the G-Class here in the States. Since we first got our greedy little hands on the G-Class in 2001, Mercedes has only offered the leather-lined luxury variant of the venerable G to America, while the rest of the world enjoys the full range of off-road scented flavors.

That’s not to say you can’t wrangle a luxury G-Wagen in Europe, it’s just that you have to make

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Best Special Edition Orange Cars

I love the color orange. I especially love a bright shade of that zesty hue when sprayed onto some automotive sheetmetal, though it’s hard to find orange on anything outside of sports and muscle cars. At best, mundane commuters like crossovers and sedans will settle with a deep metallic orange-ish bronze, eschewing bright highlighter-spec or creamsicle oranges.

That’s a shame, considering how good our short-term Kia Stinger GTS looks in Federation Orange. First offered on the 800-unit run of the GTS, this vibrant color is now happily available on regular Stingers in loaded-out GT2 trim. Seeing this sleek four-door liftback swathed in a shade usually reserved for Sunny D got me thinking about the auto industry’s relationship with orange. We’re used to seeing orange on Lambos and Porsche 911s, but what about some of the limited-edition oranges that defined the entire special ordeal?

In no particular order, here are some

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2020 Automobile All-Stars Photo Gallery: Subaru WRX STI S209 vs. Porsche 718 Spyder in Special Edition Face-Off

The automotive industry has done its damnedest to stretch the definition of what constitutes a special edition vehicle. Between limiting it to special colors, wheels, trim pieces, and badging, we’ve lost trust in the vaunted and countless “Special Edition” cars that appear after nearly every auto show. When everything’s special, nothing is.

That’s not to say these are brothers-at-arms. Both fall under the purview of a skunkworks division within their respective automakers, and both are elevated performance variants of existing cars—but both have entirely different end goals and methods of execution.

Porsche is hardly a stranger to the special edition, what with a roster chock-full of ultra-low-production models spanning way back to its founding years in the 1950s. The good news is, Porsche rarely pulls a half-measure when developing these unique models, and the 718 Spyder is hardly an exception.

Developed mostly under the purview of

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