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Model E: Now Ford plans a 200-mile electric vehicle

Posted on 11/27 10:25 in Shows | 0

Now Ford wants to be the in the 200-mile, $35,000 EV business.In the meantime, Ford will push the range of its existing Focus Electric from 76 miles to 100 miles.

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2017 BMW i3: The new normal for EVs is 100-plus miles range. If not 200.

Posted on 02/10 11:13 in Shows | 0

When the revised, 2017 BMW i3 electric vehicle ships this fall, its range jumps from 81 miles to 114 miles.The carbon fiber Bimmer is using a denser, more productive lithium-ion battery rated at 33 kWh, up from 22 kWh.

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BMW 7 Series vs. Audi A8 vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Which is the world’s best $100,000 car?

Posted on 06/07 17:50 in Shows | 0

Here’s a close look at how three of the biggest names stack up on technology and overall desirability: the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.The Audi A8 dates to 2009 with a 2013 mid-life refresh.

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The outlandish Rolls-Royce self-driving concept car of the future: Vision Next 100

Posted on 06/17 16:15 in Shows | 0

It’s the 100th anniversary of BMW, and each of its car groups is preparing a “vision car” — a concept car — that conceptualizes what their products might look like in two to three decades.According to Rolls-Royce,”Rolls-Royce has stepped bravely into the future to propose a no-compromise, fully autonomous, coachbuilt, personalized vision to those customers who wish for an emotional attachment to their car.

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Mini’s 100-year vision: shared self-driving electric cars, changeable paint jobs

Posted on 06/17 20:39 in Shows | 0

When not being used, the future Mini parks itself, and connects to a recharging network on its own.This is the Mini Vision Next 100 concept, part of parent BMW’s 100th anniversary.

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BMW i3 batteries get recycled for home power backup

Posted on 06/22 19:18 in Shows | 0

The BMW i3 battery system comprises two or more modules attached to the garage wall: a controller (the all-blue box in the photo) and a BMW i3 battery pack.While BMW touts the value in finding a second life for i3 battery packs, it could also be a new i3 pack as well.

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BMW, Intel, Mobileye lay groundwork for self-driving car

Posted on 06/30 21:53 in Shows | 0

Automaker BMW, chipmaker Intel, and vision systems developer Mobileye are ready to announce a collaboration aimed at ushering in a self-driving car within five years.The world’s premier automakers see individual driver assist technologies today, and self-driving within the decade, to be potential differentiators.

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Why self-driving cars are drawing ever closer — except from Apple

Posted on 09/13 21:08 in Shows | 0

Uber announced it’s about to start testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh.Uber this week plans to begin a limited test in Pittsburgh of self-driving cars that will pick up and chauffeur passengers.

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Top tech cars of the 2016 Paris Motor Show

Posted on 10/03 17:02 in Shows | 0

Here are the top cars of the biennial Mondial de l’Automobile, with a focus on models that will make it to North America.The Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ represents the beginning of a new platform for the company’s electric cars.

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BMW’s 100-year vision: a smart motorcycle that won’t tip or crash

Posted on 10/12 20:14 in Shows | 0

Looking ahead to its second century, BMW this week completed the vision for its four groups: BMW, BMW Motorrad (motorcycles), Mini, and Rolls-Royce.According to BMW, “The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 stands for the ultimate riding experience.

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Consumer Reports announces most, least reliable cars — with plenty of surprises

Posted on 10/25 23:32 in Shows | 0

New cars and cars with lots of technology continue to be a challenge for automakers to build and buyers to figure out, according to Consumer Reports’ annual car reliability ratings.They do look cool, but owners’ ratings pushed the Model X into the 10-worst-models ranking and dragged Tesla down to 25 of 29 brands.

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Consumer Reports announces most, least reliable cars - with plenty of surprises

Posted on 10/26 20:42 in Shows | 0

New cars and cars with lots of technology continue to be a challenge for automakers to build and buyers to figure out, according to Consumer Reports’ annual car reliability ratings.Meanwhile, Asian brands led by Lexus and Toyota took seven of the top 10 spots along with Buick (!

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Chips, ahoy: Intel joins Delphi-Mobileye self-driving collaboration

Posted on 12/01 19:06 in Shows | 0

This week Intel joined Delphi and Mobileye in a partnership that would produce the sensor components and autonomous driving software, some of it embedded on Intel chips, that would let automakers create self-driving cars.The self-drive technology package would be turned over to automakers in 2019, with the expectation vehicles would go on sale a year or two later.

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NextEV aims to leverage Formula E racing tech to take on Tesla

Posted on 12/06 19:35 in Shows | 0

Startup circuit Formula E was founded in part to do the same thing for electric vehicle development.Now, Chinese startup NextEV aims to take its learnings from Formula E and turn them into a competitive all-electric mass-market crossover — aiming squarely at Tesla’s Model X.

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Hands on with Audi's exciting (no, really) traffic light countdown timer

Posted on 12/09 19:19 in Shows | 0

When the traffic light ahead turns red, if your car has Audi Traffic Light Information, an indicator shows up in the instrument panel: a traffic light icon and a countdown timer with the predicted time to green.The information is transferred to Audi, which then sends it via Audi Connect to cars equipped to receive Audi Traffic Light Information.

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CES 2017 delivered a clear vision of the car of the future

Posted on 01/10 20:44 in Shows | 0

A large part of the smartphone’s power is the connection to the cloud to enable new services and experiences across different devices.To that end, automakers — and industry suppliers — are beginning to flesh out their visions of what the “mobility experience” looks like in the future.

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Best cars of CES 2017 - almost the Car Electronics Show

Posted on 01/12 14:58 in Shows | 0

Just as well, because it could almost be called the Car Electronics Show.The North Hall of Las Vegas Convention Center was taken over by the automakers and suppliers, makers of car electronics such as Garmin, and a few resolute makers of aftermarket car speakers.

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Top 10 tech cars of the 2017 Detroit auto show

Posted on 01/13 19:17 in Shows | 0

Here’s our take on the top cars of NAIAS 2017, especially those with technical appeal.The Detroit show’s public days run Saturday, Jan.

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Trump blasts BMW for, er, building almost 50,000 more cars in the US than it sells in the US

Posted on 01/17 15:37 in Shows | 0

In verbal retaliation, Germany’s economy minister said the US needs to build better-quality cars if it wants to sell overseas.The reality is that BMW already builds a lot of cars here — thousands more than it sells in the US.

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Hands on with BMW's self-driving 5 Series

Posted on 01/18 17:43 in Shows | 0

And BMW actively plans to make the most of the free time afforded the drivers as well as the passengers.This self-driving BMW employed existing technology to show what’s possible even today.

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