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 hours 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 hours 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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3 days 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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4 days 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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4 days 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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13 days 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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18 days 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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19 days 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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21 days 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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22 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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25 days 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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26 days 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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26 days 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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26 days 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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27 days 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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27 days 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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28 days 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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28 days 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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4 weeks ago
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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4 weeks ago
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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4 weeks ago
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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4 weeks ago
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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4 weeks ago
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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4 weeks ago
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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5 weeks ago
Review: Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger is commercial people-hauling done right
Not many of us think about commercial vans. Yet all of us have ridden in one or may even eventually have cause to own one. These are the workhorses of the delivery world and Mercedes has long been a part of that. The Metris is its current offering, and the Passenger variant is made specifically for shuttling people.
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5 weeks ago
Toyota Project Portal Hydrogen Fuel Cell Big Truck Works the Docks | EV Meme
Toyota’s Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell-powered big rig will be plying the streets of Southern California now that’s its finished its current stint as a drayage hauler for the Port of Los Angeles in testing and development.
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5 weeks ago
Review: 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Heads turned and fingers pointed as we rumbled through the car show parking lot, looking for a prime spot to put the big Hellcat in the lot filled with a mixture of modern and classic cars. Garage-issue, souped up pickup trucks and oddball mishmashes of street rods made from combinations of Detroit-based brands were ignored as the big Dodge cat slid down the aisles.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat is well-known amongst automotive enthusiasts and when one appears, they all stop and admire. And no one seemed terribly surprised when five of us climbed out of the big muscle coupe, though. The Challenger’s interior roominess is also well-understood amongst modern car lovers.
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6 weeks ago
Nissan hots up the Leaf with Nismo concept
Nissan plans to unveil several concepts at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, but perhaps the most surprising of those will be the electric Leaf Nismo Concept. This will see the world's best-selling electric car receiving the Nismo treatment, with exterior design highlights, a revised suspension, and a retuned computer for improved performance.
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6 weeks ago
2017 Ram Ram Pickup 3500 - iSeeCars.com
There are heavy-duty trucks and there are heavy-duty pickup powerhouses. The 2500 class of pickups might be HD for the masses, but the 3500 class is the workhorse for the serious-minded towing and hauling set. In that heavy group of big trucks stands the 2017 Ram 3500.

Carrying over virtually unchanged from the 2016 model year, the Ram 3500 continues to be the best-in-class marketing machine for the brand.
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7 weeks ago
2018 Subaru STI review: Roomy rally car fits more than just the co-driver
"Coolest family car ever." So said the random guy at the farmer's market when the five of us parked the 2018 Subaru WRX STI and piled out of the car. With a huge Tokyo Drift spoiler, luminescent black paint, neon green brakes, and a hood scoop that means business, the STI rumbles with energy.
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7 weeks ago
2018 Lexus LS gets its hybrid on
The 2018 Lexus LS flagship sedan will soon enter showrooms in the US. To go with that, Lexus has detailed the hybrid model's specifications as well as some trim level and price point notes. The longer, lower new sedan is the pinnacle of the Lexus offerings and we've been waiting for it since the Detroit Auto Show.
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7 weeks ago
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is All the Efficiency and Comfort It’s Cracked Up To Be
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is nothing short of ground breaking. It’s got all of the things expected of a top-shelf, modern minivan with oodles of interior comfort, plenty of seating space, easy-access through sliding doors, and more. It’s also got a plug-in hybrid powertrain that achieves 84 mpg. It’s hard to ignore that.
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7 weeks ago
Removing the Power Steering Pump Pulley
There are many times where removal of the power steering pump’s pulley is needed. Some p/s pump replacement kits, for example, do not include a replacement pulley and expect the mechanic to remove the pulley from the old pump and install it on the new one. Sometimes the problem isn’t a broken p/s pump, but instead a bent or broken pulley.
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7 weeks ago
2017 Land Rover Discovery
The SUV formerly known as the LR4 is now the Discovery, making America’s version of the most famous of Rovers a part of the world again. To go with the name change, Land Rover made a few upgrades to the Discovery as well. The diesel engine sees some changes, handling and maneuverability are improved, and the Rover’s well-deserved off-pavement prowess is retained despite interior luxury upgrades.
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7 weeks ago
Proterra and LG Chem Co-Develop New Heavy-Duty Market Battery Cell | EV Meme
Proterra, the leading manufacturer of electrified buses, and LG Chem, a leading manufacturing lithium-ion batteries, have teamed to create a battery cell made specifically for heavy-duty vehicle applications. The batteries are designed to have exceptional energy throughput, acceptance of high charge rates, and optimal energy density.
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8 weeks ago
HRL Creates Method To 3D Print High-Strength Aluminum - CarNewsCafe.com
HRL Laboratories, a combined research entity for advanced materials owned by the Boeing Company and General Motors, has come up with a way to use 3-dimensional printing to create parts made of high-strength aluminum, including AI7075 and AI6061. This method also creates a pathway towards making products from other additive-intense alloys with various metals and welds, including high-strength steels and superalloys.
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8 weeks ago
Holograms Make Car Design Faster, More Experimental at Ford - CarNewsCafe.com
Designers at Ford are combining traditional vehicle design methods, such as clay and current-generation prototypes, with holographic technology from Microsoft. Using Microsoft HoloLens technology, designers can visualize changes to a hard-designed object without going through the painstaking process of sculpting and molding.
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8 weeks ago
Review: LEGO-compatible Mabot modular robot kit proves fun for kids of all ages
Bell Robot's Mabot modular robot building kit that is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign is LEGO-compatible, simple enough for a first grader to build with, and fun enough that even nerdy dads like me will obsess over it. There are points that could use improvement, perhaps, but for the asking price, Mabot is good value and great fun.
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8 weeks ago
VW Group Promises 50 Battery-Electric, 30 Plug-in Vehicles by 2025 | EV Meme
During the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the Volkswagen Group (VW, Audi, Porsche, etc) announced its Roadmap E. In what may be the most comprehensive electrification initiative in automotive, the VW Group’s plans include a fully electrified model portfolio by 2030, at latest.
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8 weeks ago
Electric FUSO eCanter Begins Deliveries Globally, Starting in NY | EV Meme
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus, a division of Daimler Trucks, launched the FUSO eCanter in New York City. UPS took delivery of the first eCanter trucks as part of a global rollout of the electrified version of the most popular mid-size box truck in the world. The eCanter is the world’s first series-produced, all-electric light-duty truck. It will be sold in the United States, Japan, and Europe this year and will spread to other markets thereafter.
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8 weeks ago
2017 Fiat 500X Brings Italian Fun To the Whole Family
The Fiat 500X was introduced last year as the first four-door crossover in the Fiat lineup for North America. Its exterior look is much like the tiny 500, but its underpinnings are co-designed with Jeep. For 2017, the 500X sees little change from last year.
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9 weeks ago
Researchers Suggest Pharmaceutical Model for Battery Innovations - CarNewsCafe.com
Researchers at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering have proposed using the model pharmaceutical companies use to move product from research phases to market. Their paper, published in MRS Energy & Sustainability, suggests an industry model for automotive battery innovations that is based on the research-development-market model used by pharma. The battery innovations market is littered with failure, they note, whereas the pharma model is not.
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9 weeks ago
Tesla shares blame for fatal Autopilot crash according to NTSB report
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has completed its investigation into a fatal crash involving a semi-truck and a Tesla Model S utilizing automated driving systems. The reasons for the crash are complex, but the report highlights issues with self-driving vehicles that should be of concern.
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9 weeks ago
BMW i Vision gran coupe enters Frankfurt as a vision of BMW's electric future
BMW has unveiled a new concept vehicle, the i Vision Dynamics, a four-door gran coupe with a range of 600 km (373 miles) per charge and a top speed of over 200 km/h (120 mph). The sporting sedan is a "look ahead to the e-mobility experience of the future," BMW says.
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9 weeks ago
Jaguar Announces I-Pace eTrophy race series to support Formula E
Furthering its support of Formula E electric racing, Jaguar has announced the world's first production battery electric vehicle race series. Called the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, the series will support FIA's Formula E championship, utilizing the same race circuits on the same weekends.
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9 weeks ago
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA glides into Frankfurt with spiral lighting
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the Concept EQA, a compact coupe-style crossover that features two electric motors, a variable drivetrain, permanent all-wheel drive, and a Sensual Purity design motif. This all-electric concept has a range of up to 400 km (249 miles) per charge. Those headlights, though ...
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9 weeks ago
Land Rover gets rough and ready in Frankfurt with Discovery SVX
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the Land Rover Discovery SVX is the first Land Rover that will be built at the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division's new Technical Centre. The vehicle is specially outfitted and engineered to be an extreme off-road-capable machine that lives up to Land Rover's luxury status.
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9 weeks ago
0-249 MPH and Back to Zero In 32.6 Seconds – Bugatti Chiron Sets New Record - CarNewsCafe.com
The $3 million dollar Bugatti Chiron and its 1,500 horsepower just set yet another world record. Driven by Juan Pablo Montoya, one of the best race drivers in the world, the Chiron ran from 0-400 km/h (249 mph) and then back to zero again in a mere 32.6 seconds, traveling a total of 1.43 miles.
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10 weeks ago
Jaguar resurrects the E-type with an electric motor as the E-type Zero
Jaguar Land Rover Classic has been restoring and rebuilding ultra-classic JLR models for some time. The company has revealed a new take on a classic at its Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London, with an electrified E-type called the Zero. It's faster than the original, and looks just as good.
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10 weeks ago
Review: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Toyota brought back the TRD Pro package for the 2017 Tacoma pickup truck. We were stoked about that as the TRD Pro is the Tacoma trim level to get for serious off-road fun. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is available only as a crew cab (“Double Cab”) in four-by-four with a short bed. The towing package is standard, as are better shock absorbers, improved suspension and body clearance heights, skid plates, and a lot more.
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10 weeks ago
Nissan Unveils 2018 LEAF As All-New Electric Car | EV Meme
The 2018 Nissan LEAF was unveiled yesterday with pomp and flair. As the best-selling electric car on record, the LEAF is often Nissan’s showcase of new technology. With the 2018 model redesign, Nissan went premium-level while lowering the LEAF’s price tag.
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10 weeks ago
Ford, Dominos Pizza Collaborate on Autonomous Pizza Delivery Study | EV Meme
Dominos Pizza and Ford are collaborating on a study to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery.  The autonomous vehicle study includes researchers from both companies investigating consumer reactions to interacting with a self-driving vehicle as part of the delivery experience.
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10 weeks ago
Mercedes-Benz Unveils EQ fortwo Autonomous Urban Mobility Concept | EV Meme
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new smart vision EQ fortwo urban mobility concept vehicle. This autonomous, flexible-use, public transportation vehicle is an on-call taxi cab that requires no driver. The car can be individualized by its passengers through smartphone connections and front grille and side panel projectors. The show car is the first vehicle from the Daimler Group to take the logical step of dispensing with a steering wheel and pedals.
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10 weeks ago
Cummins Unveils Next-Gen Energy-Diverse Products and Tech Solutions | EV Meme
Cummins put on display the company’s latest near-zero natural gas engine technology, super-efficient diesel engines (with plans to introduce a new heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022), and a fully-electric class 7 demonstration tractor.
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10 weeks ago
Review: How does the Honda Ridgeline fare after a two-year hiatus?
Honda entered the "lifestyle pickup" market in 2005 with its car-based Ridgeline pickup truck. It was designed to appeal to a growing segment of the population that had tired of minivans and confining crossovers and wanted something that blended the family-friendly comfort of a crossover-SUV with the carrying flexibility of a pickup. Production of the first-generation vehicle ended in mid-2014, but after a brief hiatus the Ridgeline is back following its debut at NAIAS 2016. New Atlas gets behind the wheel.
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11 weeks ago
BMW i3s sacrifices some range, gains a lot of muscle
BMW will be introducing a new model to the i3 electric car lineup, the i3s. This sportier version of the best-selling i3 reduces range by a few miles and gains a lot of power and sport handling to compensate. The BMW i3s will debut in Frankfurt at the International Motor Show in September.
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11 weeks ago
2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Brings Hybrid Efficiency to the Best-Selling Nissan
We drove both the standard Rogue and the Rogue Hybrid for the 2017 model year and were impressed at the extra efficiency and drive dynamics that $1,200 in price difference brings to the Hybrid model. This is possibly the best Rogue yet.
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11 weeks ago
Intelligent Rear View Mirror debuts in 2018 Nissan Armada
Nissan will unveil a production version of its long-awaited Intelligent Rear View Mirror in the upcoming 2018 Armada SUV. The Armada (called the Patrol outside of the US) will be the first vehicle to have the new rear view mirror that can see "through" objects obstructing the driver's view.
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11 weeks ago
2017 BMW 530e : Review
The BMW 5-Series is completely new for 2017, with a new platform that is longer and taller and stuffed with technology. None of that changes the excellent drive dynamics and performance of the 5 Series and with the 2017 BMW 530e iPerformance, that’s further augmented by the powerful efficiency of a plug-in hybrid.
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11 weeks ago
2017 Kia Soul Turbo! is turbocharged fun in a usefully tiny package
The Kia Soul Turbo is the common name for the Kia Soul ! trim (also called the Exclaim) and it’s new for this year. Kia basically took the well-made little crossover-ish hatchback and added what everybody wanted to see: turbocharging to boost the car’s little inline-four-cylinder over 200 horsepower.
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12 weeks ago
Hesitation, Jumping - Transmission Problem?
Transmission hesitation, or at least what sounds like automatic transmission hesitation, is a relatively common issue with older vehicles. As vehicles age, things inevitably begin going wrong. But hesitation can be several things.
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12 weeks ago
Audi Changing Model Designations To Include kW Outputs - CarNewsCafe.com
Volkswagen’s luxury brand, Audi, is changing model designations and nomenclature to indicate power output in kilowatts (kW). Model names won’t change, but designations denoting the vehicle’s engine or powertrain choice will. The designations will be universal for both standard combustion engines, hybrids, and electrics.
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12 weeks ago
Review: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is plug-in goodness for the whole family
The Chrysler Pacifica is the newest minivan on the market, introduced for this model year as an all-new model to replace Fiat-Chrysler's best-selling vans. The Pacifica Hybrid is an option that surprises on several fronts ... not the least of which is that it's a plug-in hybrid minivan.
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12 weeks ago
Deutsche Post DHL and Ford Unveil Electric Delivery Van | EV Meme
Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford have presented a jointly-produced electric delivery van in Cologne, Germany. The van is called the StreetScooter Work XL and is based on a Ford Transit fitted with an electric powertrain under battery power. The bodywork is designed to fit Deutsche Post DHL specifications.
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august 2017
Review: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia brings Italian style Stateside
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is important for the Italian brand as it marks the return of Alfa Romeo to the North American market as a mainstream vehicle, especially in its more accessible four-cylinder models. The Giulia exudes Italian style and appeal, and it handles wonderfully well, but is it the complete package?
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august 2017
Chevy ZR2 takes to the desert with Hall Racing
The Vegas to Reno race is the longest-distance and most gruelling desert offroad race in the United States. This year, Baja 1000 dominators Hall Racing have teamed up with Chevrolet to put a Colorado ZR2 pickup into the mix. For the most part, the truck is stock with just a handful of modifications for this competition.
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august 2017
Review: Kuickwheel Serpent-C is fun and easy, but don’t get cocky
The idea of a small, lightweight, portable, and electrified skateboard like the Kuickwheel Serpent-C is intriguing. We can all imagine ourselves going Tony Hawk all over the place on a board that propels itself. We'd be doing that, of course, on our daily commute to work on that "last mile." You know, to give a practical side to the deal. The reality is that most of us can't really board that well. Not like Hawk, anyway. But that doesn't mean we can't have fun. Lots of it.
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august 2017
Chevrolet's 2018 Equinox Diesel boasts segment-topping fuel economy
Chevrolet has revealed its 2018 Equinox will be offered with three engine options, including a new 1.6-liter diesel. That diesel option will have a cruising range of up to 577 mi (928 km) per tank and be EPA rated at up to 39 mpg (6 L/100km) on the highway, which GM boasts will top the compact SUV segment – even when compared to gasoline-electric hybrids such as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (30 mpg) or the Nissan Rogue Hybrid (35 mpg).
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august 2017
Infiniti Prototype 9 Is An Electric Retro Roadster - CarNewsCafe.com
Infiniti has revealed an open-wheeled electric retro-roadster prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Prototype 9 is a re-imagining of a 1940s race car and has been designed and built with time-honored, hand-crafted techniques. The Prototype 9 is powered by Infiniti’s new electric powertrain from Nissan’s Advanced Powertrain Department.
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august 2017
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