Buying a Used Car As a Fixer-Upper
Fixer-upper cars are usually purchased as-is, off the street, with little or no expectation or knowledge of the vehicle’s true breadth of problems. These cars can be a great bargain to the home mechanic or a huge headache. Purchasing a vehicle with the intent of fixing it to become roadworthy and (mostly) reliable is a great way to save money in both the short term and, sometimes, over the long run. It can also become a costly mistake.
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23 hours ago
2019 Ram 1500 pickup growls into Detroit for NAIAS 2018 debut
Not to be outdone by other truck makers, most of whom have unveiled new pickup trucks over the past year, Ram rumbled into Detroit with a new 1500 half-ton pickup. The unexpected debut from Ram definitely turns heads and makes a statement up on its car show pedestal.
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3 days ago
2019 Hyundai Veloster arrives with Turbo and N models in tow
Hyundai has brought forth a new generation for the Veloster coupe with an all-new 2019 model year design for the car alongside a turbocharged option and a new, high-performance model under Hyundai's N lineup. Also in Detroit is the Veloster special edition made for the upcoming Marvel Ant-Man and the Wasp movie.
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3 days ago
Nissan XMotion concept SUV makes bold and powerful slide into Detroit
Nissan has unveiled a new conceptual sport utility, the XMotion ("cross motion"), that is touted as fusing Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with American utility. The vehicle features the company's new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.
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3 days ago
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept carves into Detroit as new flagship
Lexus claims that no other vehicle has come to the luxury segment as a "flagship crossover" before this – the LF-1 Limitless Concept. With many similarities to the Lexus RX and NX lineup, which are already best sellers in the segment, the LF-1 Limitless is designed to accommodate any powertrain at the disposal of Toyota-Lexus, including plug-ins, hybrids, fuel cells, or gasoline options.
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4 days ago
Infiniti's Q Inspiration Concept showcases a new era of design
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Infiniti has unveiled a new concept vehicle meant to showcase the company's design language going forward. The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept integrates next-generation technologies into its futuristic design.
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4 days ago
GM hopes to put driverless Cruise AV on roads in 2019
Imagine hailing a ride through your ride-sharing app, and when it arrives to pick you up, there's nobody inside. Just four seats. No steering wheel, no pedals, and no human control whatsoever. Would you get inside? GM hopes that you will, and the company wants you to try it out next year with the Cruise AV.
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4 days ago
Visteon Introduces Open-platform DriveCore for Autonomous Development | EV Meme
Visteon Corporation unveiled its DriveCore autonomous driving platform at CES 2018. Designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of autonomous driving technology, DriveCore allows automakers to build autonomous driving solutions quickly and in an open collaboration model.
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5 days ago
Heavy rains at CES 2018 highlights self-driving technology limitations
At the Consumer Electronics Show annual showcase of technology in Las Vegas this year, something important was inadvertently highlighted. Inclement weather at CES 2018 caused several manufacturers and suppliers to cancel or significantly alter their autonomous vehicle showcases. Nissan, for example, discontinued showings of its new ProPilot technology in the 2019 Nissan LEAF electric car (demos of the LEAF otherwise continued). Other manufacturers embraced the chance to show some of their latest capabilities.
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7 days ago
AEye Introduces iDAR System for Autonomous Vehicles | EV Meme
AEye, a startup with significant investors, has announced the AE100, it’s first robotic perception system for autonomous vehicles. The AE100 is a solid state system based on the company’s Intelligent Detection and Ranging (iDAR) technology. iDAR is made of up three components working in synergy.
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7 days ago
Lotus Evora GT410 Sport bursts forth
Lotus has unveiled the newest in its lineup of Evora models, the GT410 Sport. The GT410 replaces the Evora Sport 410 model, bringing with it a 3.9-second 0-60 mph sprint. With a ridiculously low dry weight and an equally mind-boggling horsepower to weight ratio, the Evora GT410 Sport really wiggles the eyebrows.
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8 days ago
Nissan Working On "Brain-to-Vehicle" Technology | EV Meme
Nissan has unveiled it’s latest research into automated vehicle technologies with “brain-to-vehicle” (B2V) tech aimed towards improving reaction times for drivers and improving driving enjoyment through vehicle learning.
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15 days ago
Toyota drives next-gen autonomous vehicle platform to CES
Toyota will bring its Platform 3.0 automated driving platform to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The new platform is designed over a Lexus LS 600h and comprises long-range sensors over 360-degrees.
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15 days ago
2018 MINI Cooper S E Countryman : Review
It should be clear by now that BMW has fallen in love with plugs. The MINI Cooper Countryman is the latest of the German automaker’s line to get electrified. So far, every plug-in that BMW has built has been a winner, from the big X5 to the beautiful 5-Series. The Countryman, being the biggest MINI (ha!), is no exception to the “plugs are better” rule at BMW.
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16 days ago
Review: 2018 Toyota C-HR sub-compact ticks all the basics
New for 2018, the Toyota C-HR is a subcompact crossover aimed towards a younger, more urban audience. It features edgy looks, a larger-than-expected interior, and Prius-like efficiency and handling. Some of these are good things.
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18 days ago
Is Premium Fuel Really Worth It? - CarNewsCafe
There is often some debate about whether paying for premium grade fuel is worth the cost versus the benefits that might be had. Some vehicles, of course, require the higher-octane premium fuel, but most do not. Most of the reasoning for higher octane use is in fuel economy savings and performance benefits. Those can be the largest benefits, especially in areas where ethanol is commonly added to regular fuels.
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20 days ago
Bushings On Electric Motors?
Most vehicles have electric motors on them. Some propel the car itself, others act as power generators, actuators, and so forth. Many modern vehicles utilize electric motors to raise and lower windows, raise and lower the cargo hatch, to move seating, and for other convenience tasks. Some vehicles, of course, use electric motors to supplement the engine’s power output (hybrid cars) or as the primary means of moving the vehicle (electric cars). Most electric motors do not have internal bushings as required operational parts. Bushings are used to stabilize the rotor (output) shaft, the motor itself, and connected parts. Usually these bushings will be used to reduce noise and vibration.
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22 days ago
Review: 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Coupe is pure joy on wheels
New for 2018, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and convertible get the complete AMG performance treatment in the C43 and C63 models. The C43, formerly the AMG C450, has a new transmission and a more classic profile. And it's the AMG C43 Coupe that New Atlas recently took for a test drive.
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23 days ago
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is Everything Its Name Implies
The Acura MDX is a best-selling crossover-SUV for a reason and with the Sport Hybrid model in 2017, Acura added the kind of fuel economy that this utility needed to appeal to a broader crowd. For 2017, the MDX sees significant changes inside and out to go along with this new hybrid offering.
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24 days ago
Tesla one of four manufacturers meeting NHTSA automatic braking goals


ByAaron Turpen

Posted on December 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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In its latest report on automatic emergency braking (AEB) standards for automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have announced that Tesla is one of only four manufacturers so far that has reached the goal of supplying AEB on more than half of its produced vehicles in model year 2017. This first manufacturer’s report on the voluntary crash avoidance standard lists four manufacturers offering AEB on more than half and another seven with the tech on more than thirty percent of their 2017 model year vehicles.
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29 days ago
How Tesla's Semi will dramatically alter the trucking industry
The Tesla Semi offers something to the trucking industry that could drastically alter the entire freight moving sector. The trucking industry has seen major changes since it began roughly a century ago and has, despite the assumptions of many outsiders looking in, been one of the more technologically-advanced industries in our nation.
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4 weeks ago
2017 Mazda CX-5 - iSeeCars.com
The Mazda CX-5 was introduced in 2013 as a new small crossover and it immediately rivaled mainstays in the marketplace with its dynamic feel and fun everyday drive. For 2017, Mazda revamped the CX-5 to add more comfort, a better interior and advanced safety systems as standard equipment. It's now one of the highest-rated crossovers in any class.

With these upgrades, Mazda didn't mess with its winning formula. The CS-5's SKYACTIV chassis and drivetrain remain much the same and just as sporty and fun. Mazda also left the CX-5's pricing structure and trim point levels roughly the same, keeping this little crossover poised to remain a high seller in the small, two-row crossover market.

There's a lot to love about the 2017 CX-5, from its charismatic good looks to its award-winning interior and engaging drive.
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4 weeks ago
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - iSeeCars.com
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans received a completely new design in 2015. For 2018, the coupe and convertible finally get their updates. There's a lot going on with this premier car, and Mercedes hasn't been skimpy on the trim level and engine options.

The C-Class is one of Mercedes-Benz's most prolific and well-known model lines, with body styles that include the sedan, coupe and convertible, offered in a variety of models whose names denote drivetrain choice and model trim. These start with the base C300 and run through performance-charged AMG models and subtrims. Both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive are available on most models, as are extensive lists of luxury upgrades.
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4 weeks ago
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - iSeeCars.com
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the four-door version of the Wrangler. Styling is largely the same, and anyone who thinks of Jeep is likely to think of a Wrangler Unlimited just as quickly as a standard Wrangler. This is literally the face of the Jeep brand. While sharing much in common with its standard two-door sibling, the Unlimited has several differences.

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be the last of the JK series of Jeep Wranglers, with a new model designated JL coming for 2018. Carrying the torch for the original Willys that inspired the Wrangler, the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited is the more practical option for Wrangler lovers.
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4 weeks ago
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Brings Practicality to Off-Road Excellence
No vehicle has more off-pavement credibility than the Jeep Wrangler and with the extra doors added to the four-door Wrangler Unlimited model, the Jeep suddenly transforms into a more family-friendly off-road powerhouse.
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4 weeks ago
Study shows tailgating can slow everyone down
When unexplained traffic jams happen, says an MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) study, you can probably blame tailgaters. The researchers say that if drivers kept an even distance between cars rather than driving too close to the vehicle in front, traffic flow would remain even. This "bilateral control," could double the speed of the average vehicle on busy highways.
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5 weeks ago
Review: 2018 Buick Enclave takes the family to the premium level
The Enclave was completely revamped for the 2018 model year, and all for the better. This premium three-row crossover features more interior room, a better drive, and a new exterior look. We spent a week exploring the 2018 Enclave, and can see what all the fuss is about.
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5 weeks ago
EWG Sends Politically-Charged "Recall" Notice To Toyota Over EPA - CarNewsCafe
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) sent a politically-charged open letter to Toyota asking them to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s offer of a partnership. The letter says that the EPA, citing its director Scott Pruitt specifically, is working to destroy the agency’s ability to do its own job and that the offer of management practices evaluations is merely cover for that.
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5 weeks ago
Honda's latest driving simulator ups the actuators for greater range of motion
Honda has become the first car manufacturer to adopt a new driving simulator technology that uses more servos than the average flight simulator most driving sims are based upon. The Driver-in-Motion 250 (DiM250) uses nine servos to move the cockpit, adding extra dimensions to movement.
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6 weeks ago
2017 Ford Fusion - iSeeCars.com
There's no question that the Ford Fusion is one of the best-looking cars in its segment. Ford learned a lot from its brief ownership of Aston Martin and put that to good use in its design department. The current generation of the Fusion was introduced in 2013, with head-turning gasps.

For the 2017 model year, Ford put the Fusion through significant revision, mostly to the interior. The 2017 Fusion retains the attractive items that have kept the car a hot seller, including multiple engine choices, great looks and a roomy interior.
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6 weeks ago
2018 Dodge Durango - iSeeCars.com
The 2018 Dodge Durango is spacious, comfortable and versatile. There are both daily use options and muscular options, allowing for the mundane and the indulgent to have their wishes. Beyond its uniquely bold and powerful look, the Durango has a soft spot for kids too.
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6 weeks ago
2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris continues where the Metris was introduced two years ago. It's a North American version of the Spanish Vito, differing from that model mainly in engine and drivetrain. The Metris replaced the Sprinter van formerly sold under the Mercedes-Benz banner.

The 2017 Metris comes in four basic variants, all of which are based on the same midsize commercial van design. The Metris Cargo is focused on - you guessed it - cargo hauling. The Passenger adds two rows of bench seating in the rear. For those focused entirely on utilizing the no-frills get-the-job-done mentality of commercial vehicles, the Metris Worker Cargo and Worker Passenger offer fewer options in exchange for a lower price.
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6 weeks ago
2018 Subaru WRX - iSeeCars.com
The Subaru WRX, named for the World Rally Cross, is designed as a rally racing sports car that is road legal and capable of hauling up to five people. In everyday use it's not as comfortable or as ergonomic as other sedans in the compact segment because, at its core, this is a sports car. Not a family hauler.

That said, the WRX is fully capable of hauling the family to the soccer game, grabbing some groceries and making weekend trips to grandma's. Even if grandma happens to live at the end of a long stretch of unpaved road. Which would be the WRX's preference anyway.
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6 weeks ago
Subaru targets families with new Ascent 3-row SUV, its largest ever vehicle
Subaru has unveiled its largest vehicle ever at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Ascent is a family-sized SUV that stretches the Subaru Global Platform to its limits to create enough space for three rows of seating. Retaining much of the look of the Ascent Concept that debuted at the New York Auto Show in April, the production Ascent comes with an all-new engine and Subaru's tried and true Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
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7 weeks ago
Toyota to build megawatt-scale renewable power and hydrogen fuel plant in California
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota has announced it will build the world's first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station in California. This 'Tri-Gen" facility will use locally-sourced agricultural bio-waste to generate huge amounts of power, lots of hydrogen, and clean water. Yes, that probably means cow poop.
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7 weeks ago
Review: 2018 BMW MINI Countryman hybrid – the MINI gets a plug
BMW is busy electricking all kinds of things. The latest is the MINI Countryman hybrid, the first of the British brand's line to get a power cord and go mainstream. Unlike MINI EV experiments of the past, the Countryman PHEV retains all of the good qualities of the (wait for it) biggest MINI.
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7 weeks ago
New-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS makes its debut
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new flagship design vehicle in the new-generation CLS at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The car features a new exterior design, a new six-cylinder engine, and new suspension technologies. It will enter the market in late 2018 as a 2019 model.
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7 weeks ago
All-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler specs released at LA Auto Show
The flagship of the Jeep brand, the Wrangler is one of the most easily-recognized and cultishly followed vehicles in America. When Jeep announces a new-generation of the Wrangler, it's an event as momentous as Haley's Comet: both rare and much-anticipated.
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7 weeks ago
2017 Subaru BRZ - iSeeCars.com
The little Subaru BRZ is one of the Toyobaru Twins with its sibling the Toyota 86. It's a small coupe boasting a solid entry-level rear-drive sports car package aimed at driving enthusiasts who don't need the fastest or most expensive bragging rights. The BRZ is notable for its great look, fun drive and readiness for upgrade that make it a car for enthusiasts.

This year, the BRZ receives the most extensive update since its introduction in 2013. These updates include a bump in power, some transmission tweaks, styling upgrades and some new standard equipment. A new Performance package is also added, which is a must-have for serious drivers wanting to get track ready quickly.
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7 weeks ago
2017 Toyota 4runner - iSeeCars.com
The Toyota 4Runner is a traditional body-on-frame sport utility, which has its appeal and drawbacks. Among modern crossovers and SUVs, the 4Runner stacks up differently depending on its trim point and purpose. As a truck with extra seats and an all-terrain vehicle, the 4Runner shines. But as a daily driver and family hauler, not so much.

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner carries over largely unchanged from the 2016 model. A couple of trim point name changes - the Trail and Trail Premium are now the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium, respectively - are about all that's new this year.
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7 weeks ago
Why Brake Bleeding Isn't Always Enough
When doing a major brake job, such as replacing lines, repairing a caliper, and so on, it’s normal procedure to bleed the brakes in order to get the air out of the system and re-pressurize it. Sometimes this doesn’t work, though, and the do-it-yourself mechanic is left frustrated. Why won’t the brakes re-pressurize?

We often then turn to the master cylinder, assuming that it’s failed or isn’t pressurizing the system properly. That’s partially correct, but most often the problem is that the brake master cylinder hasn’t been bled when the rest of the lines were. A master cylinder with air in it will keep the brakes feeling spongy, whereas a failed power brake booster usually “locks up” the brake pedal, not allowing a press easily.
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7 weeks ago
2018 Dodge Durango SRT : Review
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is an encapsulation of the Dodge mindset. The company has made a name for itself not with mainstream cars, normalized sport utilities, or futuristically questionable design motifs. Nope. They’ve made their reputation based on shoving as much muscle as possible into designs as powerful-looking as possible. The universal design characteristic of Dodge vehicles is a muscular, growling appeal.
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7 weeks ago
2017 Kia Niro Is a Great Crossover and Surprising Hybrid
The Niro is the latest addition to the Kia family, entering into the compact crossover market as a hybrid-only option. Oddly, the 2017 Niro’s hybrid system plays second fiddle to the little crossover’s basic excellence as a small five-seat compact hatch.
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7 weeks ago
Review: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe may not bling it, but does bring it
There are a lot of three-row crossovers on the market to choose from, with the segment having largely replaced the minivan as the preferred family option found in suburban garages across North America. Among the plethora of choices, the Santa Fe is neither attention-getting nor is it exciting. It is, however, highly competent.
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7 weeks ago
5 Underappreciated Euro Cars of the 1970s -
Looking at the 1970s, a decade that saw the hippie generation give way to a tacky, tie-dyed, over-exuberant version of themselves, we saw the automotive market do the same. Many a supercar was killed in its infancy as gas-guzzling excesses were dropped during the oil crisis that happened in the early part of the decade. This saw many small makers of low-volume, high-priced performance and specialty vehicles disappear as consolidation and a much tougher sales climate loomed.

During the 1970s, though, some great vehicles were largely overlooked. Usually due to the uncertainty created by these market forces or because something else came along to displace it before its time. Here are five of those cars, focusing on the European makes. Where the United States saw the near-death of the muscle car, Europe was seeing vast sea changes in performance expectations.
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8 weeks ago
2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Brings On the Commercial People Hauling
The Mercedes-Benz Metris van was first introduced two years ago as a replacement for the Sprinter commercial van. In this people-hauling Metris Passenger variant, we found a lot to like in this commercial Mercedes that fits in a handy niche between common options on today’s North American market.
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8 weeks ago
A Toyota 4Runner Family Adventure in Sinks Canyon, Wyoming
In the western center of the state of Wyoming is a cool little town called Lander. A handful of miles southwest of that town is Sinks Canyon, a state park in the Wind River Mountains where a river flows through a glacier-carved canyon into the town’s valley below. I and my family traveled there on a quick weekend getaway. After seeing it, we plan on making a longer visit with more exploring soon.
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8 weeks ago
Review: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid delivers the goods
The Acura MDX is a midsized three-row crossover SUV that has gained a reputation as a solid choice in the luxury family buyer's market. For 2017, the MDX saw significant changes to its look and, more interestingly, the addition of a hybrid model.
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9 weeks ago
Mazda to unveil new Mazda6 flagship sedan in LA
Mazda has announced that a new iteration of its flagship Mazda6 sedan will be unveiled at the LA Auto Show on November 29. The 2018 Mazda6 will include two new engines options, one of which could compete with some of the eight-cylinder-powered competition.
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9 weeks ago
Review: 2018 Infiniti QX30 crossover scales down sportiness and luxury
Sitting somewhere between a small hatchback and an SUV, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 from Nissan's luxury arm combines a sporty drive experience with a faster-paced body style. But like any all-in-one enterprise, there's bound to be the odd compromise.
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9 weeks ago
Volkswagen sponsoring old-school Beetle in Baja 1000
VW of America has announced that it will be sponsoring the ProjectBaja.com Class 11 VW Beetle in the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 race in mid-November. The race team is based in Denver, Colorado and plans to take the old-school Beetle out into one of the toughest races on the planet.
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10 weeks ago
Jeep teases all-new 2018 Wrangler ahead of LA Auto Show
Currently in its third generation, the Jeep Wrangler is instantly recognizable. A descendent of the Willys Jeep of the Second World War, the Wrangler entered the market in 1987 on the YJ chassis and progressed through the TJ and current JK chassis. Jeep has teased its fourth-generation Wrangler coming for 2018, which will be built on a new JL chassis and debut at the LA Auto Show on November 29.
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11 weeks ago
2017 Infiniti Qx60 - iSeeCars.com
The Infiniti QX60 is the upscale brand's model of the popular Nissan Pathfinder crossover-SUV. Unlike the smaller crossovers in Infiniti's lineup (like the QX30), the QX60 is not aimed at sportiness nor is it the muscular powerhouse that the huge QX80 personifies. Instead, the QX60 is a luxurious family-oriented vehicle whose emphasis is on comfort and efficiency.
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11 weeks ago
2018 Dodge Durango SRT review: Only in America
Dodge likes to build muscular-looking vehicles and then make special editions that really live up to that look – with some kind of blackout or gunmetal color thrown in to further bring the point home. The Durango SRT is the latest in the "shove horses under the hood" phenomenon that is Dodge.
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11 weeks ago
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Is More Than Just a Smaller Rogue
Nissan introduced the Rogue Sport as a smaller crossover option to fit between the subcompact Juke and the compact Rogue. Aiming for a more sophisticated urban audience, the Rogue Sport has a lot in common with its European cousin, the Qashqai.
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11 weeks ago
Mitsubishi Electric puts the hybrid system on the crankshaft
Mitsubishi Electric has begun mass-producing the first crankshaft-mounted integrated starter-generator system for 48V hybrid systems. This system will be used by Mercedes-Benz and is on display at Tokyo Motor Show 2017.
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12 weeks ago
MIT app listens to your car to find out what it needs
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is developing an app that uses a phone's microphone and accelerometer to diagnose a vehicle's potential problems. It will enable wannabe mechanics and the safety-conscious, but could also be useful to others.
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12 weeks ago
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class - iSeeCars.com
The world of luxury has its own classes. These segments are topped by the ultra- and uber-lux categories of vehicles that are as beautiful as they are exclusive. Playing in that field are some very high-end models, including the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. With a starting price hovering in the neighborhood of some rural housing and top-end models whose sticker might sound like a suburban home purchase, the SL-Class manages to deliver on the expectations that kind of 6-figure tag implies.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has four models, each of which with a different powertrain: the SL450, SL550, AMG SL and the AMG SL63. All four are as luxurious as you can imagine, with a drive dynamic and road presence that has no comparison.
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12 weeks ago
2017 Volkswagen Golf Gti - iSeeCars.com
The Hot Hatch car category is a vaguely defined arena in which some manufactures compete and others merely dabble. For most, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is the benchmark against which all other hot hatch cars are weighed. For 2017, VW kept the winning formula that the Golf GTI has had and added a few standard features to some trim points. It's otherwise unchanged from the 2016 model year.

Most who loosely define what constitutes a hot hatch versus other compact hatchbacks will point to performance metrics and handling characteristics. These items are also what differentiate the Volkswagen Golf from the Golf GTI. The GTI model has a larger displacement engine, better running gear for superior handling, and several performance-enhancing and visually engaging exterior elements.
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12 weeks ago
2017 Toyota Tacoma - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma continues with the pickup truck's full redesign for the 2016 model year. Changes for 2017 are minimal, with only the addition of a power rear-sliding window option as new. The TRD Pro packaging returns after a year's hiatus, bringing back the off-pavement-monster model option for the Tacoma.

Most of the 2017 Tacoma's appeal comes from its new look and powerful history. The Tacoma has long been a best-seller in the midsize pickup truck segment, for a variety of reasons. Currently, the main reason may be because it's the newest and best overall value offering in the truly midsize segment. The excellent and unmatched TRD Pro package may also be part of it this year.
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12 weeks ago
2017 Nissan Murano - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 Nissan Murano is largely unchanged from its redesign of two years ago, but some of this year's updates  boost its scoring with us - namely in technology. The Murano is one of the most refined and upscale offerings in the non-luxury midsize crossover segment with a decidedly eye-catching appeal that still remains value oriented.
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12 weeks ago
2017 BMW X1 - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 BMW X1 was introduced last year as a new Sport Activity Vehicle from the German automaker. Meant as an entry into the compact luxury crossover market, the X1 is neither a traditional crossover nor a traditional sedan. It's somewhere in between. The X1 is based on the MINI Cooper's underpinnings, making it light on its feet and high in performance for a compact.

The 2017 X1 is peppy and nimble with eye-catching looks and a niche feel that makes it stand out among stiff competition. This 5-passenger luxury compact crossover has standard all-wheel drive, premium content, a good-sized touchscreen for infotainment, and just one well-outfitted trim level. With this much standard equipment, it's difficult to overlook the X1's promise of fun and versatility.
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12 weeks ago
2017 Fiat 500x - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 Fiat 500X continues from the introduction of the compact crossover last year. Meant for a global market, the 500X is built alongside the Jeep Renegade, with which it shares some components and underpinnings. The Fiat 500X is aimed toward a more refined, slightly upward-traveling audience with unmistakable Italian looks mixed with contemporary styling.
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12 weeks ago
2017 Buick Encore - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 Buick Encore is newly refreshed, but largely the same as it has been for a couple of years. This means it has an excellent interior, great ride quality and good versatility - all the things it's been known for. Holding to the Buick name, the Encore has a smart interior and excellent drive dynamic to go with its tiny size.

The Encore is a compact premium crossover that seats up to five. There are six trim levels and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive is offered. Two engines are also on tap, both based on a true-performing 1.4-liter 4-cylinder. Its standard automatic transmission is one of the smoothest you'll ever experience.
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12 weeks ago
2017 BMW 5 Series - iSeeCars.com
The 2017 BMW 5 Series is all new for this model year and it's also one of the highest-rated cars we've reviewed. The 5 Series carries the BMW flag forward as the best-selling sedan in the make's lineup, and this year's updates mean a lot to the car's excellence going forward.

The 5 Series is most well known for its excellent drive dynamics and everyday usability combined with smart performance. That doesn't change for the 2017 model, which now sits on an entirely new platform. The new 5 is 1.2 inches longer and just over half an inch taller, but you wouldn't know it by just looking at the car. Its exterior has been adjusted to give it a lower, sleeker look instead.
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12 weeks ago
Review: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a beautiful, road-confident car that brings the Italian brand into the American luxury market with gusto. We love its unique, sleek style, its fast pace, and the Giulia’s love of the road.

Most of the attention in the North American press has been on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the halo model for the brand. Yet it’s the more mainstream trim levels of the Giulia (base and Ti) that are actually far more important to Alfa Romeo and their success here. The Giulia is not only the first Alfa four-door sedan to be seen in North America in decades, it’s also competing in the luxury sports sedan market on several levels. From the entry-level base model up to the top-end Quadrifoglio, much of Alfa’s success here will depend on how well-received the Giulia is.
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12 weeks ago
Honda shows two electrifying EV concepts in Tokyo
Honda is showing concept vehicles in Tokyo that are based on the same electric vehicle technology platform. The Honda Sports EV Concept features a throwback look, and the Urban EV Concept features the future of what Honda will aim for in EV design. The latter will become a production model.
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12 weeks ago
Daimler debuts all-electric heavy-duty E-Fuso Vision One truck
Daimler Trucks and its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus, has launched the E-Fuso Vision One electric heavy-duty truck. The companies also announced that the entire range of trucks and buses in the Mitsubishi line will be electrified in the next few years.
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12 weeks ago
Mazda Kai Concept unveiled in Tokyo as a smooth-sculpted Mazda3
Mazda unveiled a four-door hatchback concept in Tokyo and it's what the next-generation Mazda3 needs to look like. The Kai Concept is a saloonish design with smooth, buttery lines as a new generation of Mazda's KODO design language.
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12 weeks ago
Toyota introduces LPG hybrid taxi for Japan
Toyota has unveiled the production version of the JPN Taxi concept for the Tokyo Motor Show, using a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and electric drivetrain to achieve 19.4 km/l (45.6 mpg, 5.51 l/100km). Safety equipment is also a big part of this new taxi model. It will enter Japanese dealerships immediately.
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12 weeks ago
Porsche looks to the past for faster, lighter 2018 911 Carrera T
Porsche has looked back to its 1968 911 T for a reimagined 911 Carrera T for 2018. This model has a better drive dynamic through drivetrain changes and performance enhancements that aren't available on the standard 2018 911 version. The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T will also be the lightest model in the 911 Carrera range.
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12 weeks ago
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Is More Than Just a Smaller Rogue
Nissan introduced the Rogue Sport as a smaller crossover option to fit between the subcompact Juke and the compact Rogue. Aiming for a more sophisticated urban audience, the Rogue Sport has a lot in common with its European cousin, the Qashqai.
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12 weeks ago
Diagnosing Steering System Issues - Not Always the Pump
We often assume that problems in the steering system are the power steering pump. It’s an easy and often likely suspect, but it’s not always the cause. Knowing how your vehicle’s power steering system works will help explain what to look for when things aren’t working correctly.
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12 weeks ago
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450 : Review
When you’re looking at a two-seat car that has a sticker in the six figures, you tend to expect the very best in performance, comfort, luxury, and excellence. Those things come with the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. There are four models of the 2017 SL, starting with the SL450 that we drove and moving up through the SL550, AMG SL, and the AMG SL63.
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october 2017
Daimler demos self-driving snowplows
As autonomous vehicle technology advances, their designers and the companies behind them are exploring new ways to exploit them. Daimler has been developing heavy-duty applications for self-driving vehicles for a while, and its most recent take is particularly practical – airport snowplows.
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october 2017
Toyota envisions the fuel cell bus of the future
Toyota has unveiled a concept vehicle to be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, the Sora fuel cell bus. The bus is aimed for production in 2018, with more than 100 of them to be used in the Tokyo metropolitan area ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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october 2017
Review: 2017 Kia Niro crossover is surprisingly normal for a hybrid
The latest addition to Kia's lineup, the 2017 Niro, is a compact wagon-style hybrid that seats five and is capable of an EPA-estimated 50 mpg. The most surprising thing about the Niro, however, isn't its miles per gallon – it's how "normal" this little hybrid crossover is.
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october 2017
Nissan Rogue gets ProPILOT driving assist tech
Nissan has announced that its best-selling model, the Rogue, will be the first global model to receive the company's new ProPILOT Assist technology. ProPILOT Assist is the first of what Nissan says is the foundation for fully-autonomous vehicles.
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october 2017
2017 BMW 530e iPerformance Brings the Plug To the Excellent 5-Series
BMW completely redesigned the 5-Series sedan for the 2017 model year and the new iPerformance models bring plug-in hybrid functionality to the best-selling full-sized sedan. The expected drive dynamics of a BMW are coupled with the high efficiency of an electrified powertrain in a surprisingly excellent package with the 530e.
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october 2017
Infotainment Distractions Study Finds Most Are Too Distracting for Driving - CarNewsCafe.com
A study from the University of Utah has found that the infotainment features in most 2017 model year vehicles are too distracting and should not be enabled when the vehicle is in motion. The study found that in-vehicle info systems take drivers’ attention off the road too often and for too long to be safe.
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october 2017
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