Hands-On Way to Keep Service Customers? (3/17/17)

Mar 17 8:31am First Shift Player - First Shift with Jennifer Vaughn
Service customers like text updates, study finds; Green-car funds at risk; BMW chief to join Merkel in Trump meeting; LeEco bailing on Calif. site?; Porsche's banner year.
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A BMW you can nap in is just a few short years away from making its debut

Mar 17 8:10am Cars–Digital Trends
BMW is working with Intel and Mobileye to launch a self-driving car in 2021. Inspired by the Vision Next 100 concept, the yet-unnamed model will be capable of going from point A to point B without the slightest human input. The post A BMW you can nap in is just a few short years away from making its debut appeared first on Digital Trends.
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UK: 2017 Toyota Yaris Prices Start from 12,495

Mar 17 8:02am Automotorblog: Daily news on cars and motorcycles
If you live in the UK and want a viable and an efficient fuel-consumption car, especially designed for the city, then you should take into account the newly-arrived 2017 Toyota Yaris on the local market. Toyota UK has announced that the model is already available from £12,495 in the Active grade, and can go all the way up to £19,295 in the Excel variant. All variants are equipped with the latest safety systems as standard – Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High-Beam, and so on – adding improved materials inside and updated infotainment system and satellite navigation. The car`s The post UK: 2017 Toyota Yaris Prices Start from £12,495 appeared first on Automotorblog: Daily news on cars and motorcycles.
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QOTD: Can We Interest You In A Car Show?

Mar 17 8:00am The Truth About Cars
There’s something ironic about it, and I don’t mean in the way Alanis Morissette uses the term: The media days at the major auto shows offer unmatched access to the vast majority of vehicles on sale in the United States today. The stuff that gets locked up and put behind barriers once the shows open […] The post QOTD: Can We Interest You In A Car Show? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Spyker C8 Preliator Gets Koenigsegg V8

Mar 17 7:27am Motorward
Two European boutique car makers have joined forces to present exotic car buyers a viable alternative to the Ferraris and Lamborhginis they are so used to. We are talking about the new Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder which made it Geneva debut last week with a Koenigsegg V8 in its midst.  The new Koenigsegg powertrain will be used in […] The post Spyker C8 Preliator Gets Koenigsegg V8 appeared first on Motorward.
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How autonomous vehicles will forever change how we buy, own, and insure cars

Mar 17 6:15am Cars–Digital Trends
In the brave new economy of autonomous electric cars, you may never own the car you drive -- and that has the potential to disrupt the entire automotive economy. The post How autonomous vehicles will forever change how we buy, own, and insure cars appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dealer Service Scores Improve, Hows Yours?

Mar 17 4:00am The CarGurus Blog
I bought my first new car in 2003 from a Honda Dealer. The car, a straight-off-the-boat 2004 Honda Pilot, still had its plastic wrapping and something like two miles on the odometer. I loved the car, but buying it was a high-pressure affair. The Pilot was in-demand at the time and, at least according to […]...
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2017 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Kicks Off in Japan from $113,465

Mar 17 3:16am Automotorblog: Daily news on cars and motorcycles
Toyota`s luxury arm Lexus is well-known for building high-end models with an extremely high appetite for performance characteristics, and one of the division`s finest models is no other than the all-new 2017 LC Coupe. The 2017 Lexus LC Coupe was already introduced in the Old Continent, the model being previewed in magnificent videos, media galleries and reviews, but those living in Japan should know that the model has already reached the local market. The model is extremely expensive and those wanting to have it at their door should through in no less than $113,465, or the equivalent of 13,000,000 yen. The post 2017 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Kicks Off in Japan from $113,465 appeared first on Automotorblog: Daily news on cars and motorcycles.
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2017 BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo with 608 hp

Mar 17 3:15am Motorward
While you are waiting for the next BMW M5, based on the new 5 Series, to arrive there is a way to satisfy your suprfast 5er needs. This is it, the 2017 BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo, and it is so good – at least on paper – that there doesn’t seem to be a need for […] The post 2017 BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo with 608 hp appeared first on Motorward.
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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Juro Specs and Pricing

Mar 17 2:59am Motorward
Mitsubishi SUVs enjoy great reputation and a good-sized custom base in the UK and the company tries constantly to impress this base with new features and technologies. The latest offering is an upgraded 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Juro, blending hybrid goodness with lots of new equipment in one well-rounded package.  If we cut right to the […] The post 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Juro – Specs and Pricing appeared first on Motorward.
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US: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Arrives in Showrooms from $51,960

Mar 17 12:36am Automotorblog: Daily news on cars and motorcycles
Acura has announced the availability of the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid in the United States, the model hitting the showrooms in two variants and a starting price of $51,960. The two versions comprise the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package, available for $51,960, adding as well the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package, this one costing $58,000. Prices do not come with the $975 destination charge. For the aforementioned prices, you get plenty of safety gizmos, new features inside, mechanics and plenty of performance under the hood, which for a plug-in hybrid this is quite exceptional. Both variants The post US: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Arrives in Showrooms from $51,960 appeared first on Automotorblog: Daily news on cars and motorcycles.
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Limited-edition 2017 Jack Daniels Indian Chieftain motorcycles gone in 10 minutes

Mar 16 7:00pm Cars–Digital Trends
Jack Daniel's Distillery and Indian Motorcycle collaborated on the 2017 Limited Edition Jack Daniel's Indian Chief. Only 100 bikes will be made, each with Jack Daniel's design elements and an American flag made from barrel wood. The post Limited-edition 2017 Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain motorcycles gone in 10 minutes appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Volvo Passes Around the Hat Ahead of Possible IPO

Mar 16 6:00pm The Truth About Cars
Volvo denies that it wants to return to publicly listed status, but a new round of fundraising has many believing the Swedish automaker is about to end its 20-year absence from the stock market. According to the Financial Times, the Geely-owned company hopes to raise about $500 million from a new batch of preference shares. […] The post Volvo Passes Around the Hat Ahead of Possible IPO appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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J.D. Power Showers Buick and Lexus With Praise Over Service Satisfaction

Mar 16 5:00pm The Truth About Cars
J.D. Power and Associates continued its courtship of Buick and Lexus in its latest scorecard for consumer satisfaction with dealer service departments. While J.D. passes out awards around like a teacher giving PARTICIPANT ribbons at an elementary school science fair, its consumer index is a decent way to track automotive trends. In this instance, that trend […] The post J.D. Power Showers Buick and Lexus With Praise Over Service Satisfaction appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Hyundai is Recalling Almost 980,000 Sonatas for Detaching Seat Belts

Mar 16 4:40pm The Truth About Cars
Hyundai is issuing a recall for 977,778 Sonatas because some seat belts could detach from the anchor pretensioner. The recall includes 2011-2014 model year Sonatas and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrids. According to NHTSA’s recall report, the pretensioner is attached to the sill before the seat belt linkage is connected to it. “If, during vehicle assembly, the […] The post Hyundai is Recalling Almost 980,000 Sonatas for Detaching Seat Belts appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Tesla looks good in 2020 despite near-term risks, says analyst

Mar 16 4:27pm Autos
Guggenheim analyst Rob Cihra told CNBC investors have to value Tesla on what it can deliver in 2019 or 2020.
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2018 Buick Regal All-Wheel-Drive Models Getting Two Automatics?

Mar 16 4:00pm The Truth About Cars
Newly published emissions certification documents on the California Air Resources Board website now confirm the existence of the Buick Regal TourX wagon — and much, much more. The CARB documents show GM’s 250+ horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powering both front- and all-wheel-drive Regal hatchbacks, plus the anticipated all-wheel-drive-only TourX wagon. But how AWD Regals get their power […] The post 2018 Buick Regal All-Wheel-Drive Models Getting Two Automatics? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Buick, Lexus Retake Service Lead (3/16/17)

Mar 16 3:41pm ANTV Player - AN TV
Buick, Lexus back on top in service satisfaction; VW exec must stay in jail until Jan. trial; VW law firm raided; Calif. digs in on emissions rules; Sonata recall | BMW i8 Spyder'd.
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Apparently, Mller Wasnt As Interested In FCA Partnership As We Thought

Mar 16 3:00pm The Truth About Cars
To say that there was some speculation surrounding Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller’s response to a potential partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automotive would be a severe understatement. Müller said there had been no contact between he and FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, but he’d not ruled anything out. He seemed to have an indifference about the subject, which […] The post Apparently, Müller Wasn’t As Interested In FCA Partnership As We Thought appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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A Detroit Jail Will Remain Home Sweet Home for Nabbed VW Exec

Mar 16 2:00pm The Truth About Cars
Suspecting that a Volkswagen executive might fly the coop if released on bond while awaiting trial, a U.S. District Court judge slammed the cell door shut until early next year. Oliver Schmidt, who was arrested early this year during a stopover in Miami, is currently cooling his heels in a Detroit jail after being slapped […] The post A Detroit Jail Will Remain Home Sweet Home for Nabbed VW Exec appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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EPA Confirms 2025 Reg. Review as Trump Promises More American Automotive Might

Mar 16 1:00pm The Truth About Cars
Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will reopen a review of the current auto emissions directives passed in the final throes of the Obama presidency. This is cause for celebration for automakers, who’ve practically begged the president to repeal the mandates on grounds that the goals are far too uncompromising and ill-suited for the present-day market. Speaking at the […] The post EPA Confirms 2025 Reg. Review as Trump Promises More American Automotive Might appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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This 2017 Toyota Corolla iM Is The Best Corolla, So Why Do 93% Of Corolla Buyers Choose The Sedan?

Mar 16 12:29pm The Truth About Cars
A year and a half since Scion introduced the iM in the United States, little more than a year since Toyota announced the Scion brand’s discontinuation, and six months since the Scion iM began to operate as the Toyota Corolla iM, almost every Toyota Corolla buyer chooses the inferior Corolla sedan instead of this hatchback. Fortunately, […] The post This 2017 Toyota Corolla iM Is The Best Corolla, So Why Do 93\% Of Corolla Buyers Choose The Sedan? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Tesla may not be finished tapping capital markets, UBS warns

Mar 16 12:18pm Autos
The new capital raised by Tesla may not be enough to alleviate investors' concerns, UBS says.
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Trump will have a tough time easing fuel efficiency rules. Here's why

Mar 16 12:07pm Autos
The White House will reassess automobile fuel standards, but experts don't expect much change.
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Volkswagen exececutive ordered to be held in US until trial

Mar 16 12:00pm Autos
VW's chief of environmental and engineering center in Michigan is to be detained in the U.S. until his trial.
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FCAs Marchionne Changes Tune on VW After Unflattering Remarks From Mller

Mar 16 11:00am The Truth About Cars
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne changed his stance on the appeal of a potential merger with Volkswagen AG, saying he now has “zero interest” after being publicly spurned by company CEO Matthias Müller. Marchionne had previously expressed a repeated interest in sharing business with the German automaker, especially with regard to green technologies. However, after an initial remark where […] The post FCA’s Marchionne Changes Tune on VW After Unflattering Remarks From Müller appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Nvidia joins forces with Bosch to develop a self-driving car computer

Mar 16 10:44am Cars–Digital Trends
Nvidia and Bosch are partnering on a new computer for mass-produced self-driving cars. It will be based on Nvidia's Drive PX technology, with a new super chip called Xavier at its core. The post Nvidia joins forces with Bosch to develop a self-driving car computer appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dieselgate continues as German prosecutors raid Audi offices, factories

Mar 16 10:05am Cars–Digital Trends
Two Audi factories and other facilities were raided by German prosecutors in connection with the ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal. The raids only focused on information related to U.S.-market diesels. The post ‘Dieselgate’ continues as German prosecutors raid Audi offices, factories appeared first on Digital Trends.
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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF First Drive Review Adding Balance

Mar 16 10:00am The Truth About Cars
Let’s get right to it. Retractable hardtop MX-5 owners will pay a 113-pound penalty for their motorized, targa-topped fun. 113 pounds. Mazda engineers and marketers do not take that sum lightly. But we can, because unless you are stripping down your Miata for competitive track work — in which case you will select the softtop […] The post 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF First Drive Review – Adding Balance appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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QOTD: What is the Honda Ridgeline?

Mar 16 9:00am The Truth About Cars
Underneath its skin, the Honda Ridgeline is a significantly altered Honda Pilot, a large three-row utility vehicle related to the next-generation Honda Odyssey minivan. That’s hardly the stuff of which traditional, body-on-frame pickups are made. But the Ridgeline has a separate, exposed bed, an elevated ride height, and competitive payload ratings. Therefore, it’s a pickup truck. […] The post QOTD: What is the Honda Ridgeline? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Prior Design Mercedes S-Coupe Aero Kit

Mar 16 8:19am Motorward
The world is not short of body kits for the coupe version of the current Mercedes S-Class. This car has been a tuners’ favorite since the day it was released. But only a few of the available treatments are actually good enough to justify messing the car’s beautiful stock looks, and this new Prior Design Mercedes […] The post Prior Design Mercedes S-Coupe Aero Kit appeared first on Motorward.
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2018 Kia Stinger performance, specs, and news

Mar 16 8:15am Cars–Digital Trends
The 2018 Stinger is Kia’s first real attempt at a performance car. The rear-wheel drive sedan generates up to 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, and goes on sale later this year. The post 2018 Kia Stinger performance, specs, and news appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Trump Vows Fight for Auto Jobs (3/16/17)

Mar 16 8:14am First Shift Player - First Shift with Jennifer Vaughn
Trump in Detroit: A fight for jobs, 'Painful adjustment' ahead?, Environmental groups defend mpg targets; Marchionne: 'Zero interest' in VW merger; Audi Q4 confirmed; Tesla cash hunt.
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BAC Mono Hits the Ice in First Winter Driving Event

Mar 16 8:05am Motorward
When you think of a track toy like BAC Mono snow and ice are the probably the last places you want to use it. But in order to show off the car’s versatility, and partly because why not, the makers of the Mono took it to the frozen lake of Are in West Sweden and […] The post BAC Mono Hits the Ice in First Winter Driving Event appeared first on Motorward.
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Ask Jack: The Waffen or the Pirate?

Mar 16 8:00am The Truth About Cars
Today’s Ask Jack, just like the calls in those old teen horror movies, is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE. Hey Jack, I’m a woman in her 30s with four cars — Chevrolet Tahoe Z71, Ford Fiesta ST, Chevrolet C5 Corvette with 421 rwhp and coilovers, as well as an MX-5 Cup race car. The Fiesta was […] The post Ask Jack: The Waffen or the Pirate? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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GM Downsizing! Which Cars Should Go?

Mar 16 4:00am The CarGurus Blog
Sometimes downsizing is the most responsible way to rein in spending and guarantee a future of financial well-being. Getting a smaller house, selling those extra cars, and starting to spend a little bit less every month can have lasting positive effects on your life. Don’t worry, this hasn’t become a self-help or financial advice blog. […]...
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European car sales rise in February but big carmakers slump

Mar 16 3:43am Autos
Large markets like Germany and volume brands like VW, Opel, Vauxhall and Peugeot posted lower sales.
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Official: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Mar 16 2:10am Motorward
After the launch of the new NSX, Acura now wants to hybridize everything within reach and they began with the MDX SUV. They have come up with the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid which they refer to as the ultimate MDX, the “most powerful, refined, sophisticated and technologically advanced Acura SUV,” which is remarkable considering it […] The post Official: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid appeared first on Motorward.
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How an English proverb shaped the fast-yet-forgiving McLaren 720S

Mar 15 8:15pm Cars–Digital Trends
The 720S marks the first time that McLaren replaces one of its cars, so getting it right was indispensable for its credibility. One of the company's top executives told us what went into developing it, and how it stands out from the 650S. The post How an English proverb shaped the fast-yet-forgiving McLaren 720S appeared first on Digital Trends.
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People want driverless features but are afraid of autonomous cars, AAA reports

Mar 15 5:47pm Cars–Digital Trends
U.S. drivers who own cars with semi-autonomous features are more likely to trust autonomous tech, but most still fear it. Experience is the most likely path to wider acceptance and willingness to pay for self-driving technology. The post People want driverless features but are afraid of autonomous cars, AAA reports appeared first on Digital Trends.
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BMW Under Investigation Over Car Leasing Practices to Military Members

Mar 15 5:16pm The Truth About Cars
The U.S. Justice Department requested information from BMW AG’s leasing unit last year, hoping to get a handle on how it deals with delinquent payments from military personnel. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is intended to provide a wide range of protections for individuals required to enter active duty by suspending certain civil obligations, including outstanding […] The post BMW Under Investigation Over Car Leasing Practices to Military Members appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Breakingviews: Here's what's behind Tesla's sudden surge in China

Mar 15 4:45pm Autos
Tesla revealed that its 2016 sales in China topped $1.1 billion, accounting for 15 percent of the total.
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German prosecutors raid VW, Audi offices

Mar 15 4:30pm Autoblog Audi
Filed under: Government/Legal,Green,Audi,Volkswagen,Emissions,Diesel Investigators want to find out who is responsible for the diesel emissions cheat.Continue reading German prosecutors raid VW, Audi offices German prosecutors raid VW, Audi offices originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments...
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Clearing the Air: Lucid Motors Base Sedan Starts at $52,500, Unless You Still Need 1,000 Horsepower

Mar 15 4:15pm The Truth About Cars
Lucid Motors’ production EV turned out to be a much more reasonable entry than anyone expected. The media buzz was that LM’s Air would be a super-sedan offering up to 1,000 horsepower and a 400 mile range — a real Tesla killer. With a 1,000 horses and instantaneous torque, it would actually shame just about everything else on […] The post Clearing the Air: Lucid Motors Base Sedan Starts at $52,500, Unless You Still Need 1,000 Horsepower appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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What Trump's fuel economy plan means for you

Mar 15 3:48pm Auto news - CNNMoney.com
If the federal government eases fuel economy regulations that could mean less expensive cars but at the cost of more money spent on fuel.d...
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In Michigan, Trump proclaims the 'assault on the American auto industry' is over

Mar 15 3:44pm Autos
"We're going to use the full economic powers of our country to protect our workers," Trump said.
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Trump Grants More Time for MPG Debate (3/15/17)

Mar 15 3:14pm ANTV Player - AN TV
In Detroit, Trump grants more time for mpg debate; 30 cities vow to buy EVs; GM to lay off 1,100, then rehire 500; Audi CEO: No repeat of diesel crisis; Ford recalls '17 Mustang.
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Trump begins process to roll back fuel economy goals, automakers rejoice

Mar 15 3:02pm Cars Technica – Ars Technica
Traditional automakers complained that the rules were made hastily.
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Consumer Reports 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Basically Lives In The Dealer Service Bay

Mar 15 3:00pm The Truth About Cars
In the latest episode of Consumer Reports’ Talking Cars YouTube show, hosts Jon Linkov, Gabe Shenhar, and Mike Monticello discussed the persistence with which their bought-and-paid for 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti has visited the dealer. Only recently purchased by Consumer Reports’ undercover team, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia has hardly been able to undergo […] The post Consumer Reports’ 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Basically Lives In The Dealer Service Bay appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Watch: Trump speaks in Michigan after meeting with automakers

Mar 15 2:58pm Autos
Trump said earlier Wednesday his meeting will focus on "bringing back car production" to the state and the country.
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Get ready for the most insane Porsche 911 yet theres a new GT2 on the way

Mar 15 2:30pm Cars–Digital Trends
Porsche's CEO Oliver Blume has confirmed that a new 911 GT2 is coming with over 620 horsepower. This could very well be the fastest production 911 ever built - and the most expensive. The post Get ready for the most insane Porsche 911 yet — there’s a new GT2 on the way appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Watch: Trump to speak in Michigan after meeting with automakers

Mar 15 2:27pm Autos
Trump said earlier Wednesday his meeting will focus on "bringing back car production" to the state and the country.
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German Audi and VW Offices Raided in Ongoing Diesel Emissions Investigation

Mar 15 2:00pm The Truth About Cars
As Volkswagen Group’s emission scandal settles down in the United States, things in Europe remain unresolved. German police raided the headquarters of Volkswagen and Audi as part of the never-ending investigations into the company’s diesel cheating. The German blitz was carefully orchestrated as investigators simultaneously hit Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, the corporate offices at its Neckarsulm plant, […] The post German Audi and VW Offices Raided in Ongoing Diesel Emissions Investigation appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Nvidia and Bosch team up to build an AI supercomputer for your self-driving car

Mar 15 1:58pm Cars Technica – Ars Technica
The key is Xavier, Nvidia's forthcoming supercomputer system-on-chip.
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Lucids base-model Air wont have 1,000 hp, but it wont cost $100K either

Mar 15 1:54pm Cars–Digital Trends
The Lucid Air electric car will start at $60,000, before incentives are factored in. The base model will be less powerful than the version Lucid unveiled last year, which will start at six figures. The post Lucid’s base-model Air won’t have 1,000 hp, but it won’t cost $100K either appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Which Platform Will the Jeep Wrangler Pickup Use?

Mar 15 1:00pm The Truth About Cars
We know it’s coming. Jeep CEO Mike Manley, while speaking at the North American International Auto Show, definitively stated the next-generation Wrangler will spawn a pickup. However, nobody has said anything about what the soup base for this new Wrangler stew is going to use. When Jeep showcased the Gladiator pickup concept way back in the DaimlerChrysler […] The post Which Platform Will the Jeep Wrangler Pickup Use? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Jaguars electric I-Pace concept car hits the streets of London

Mar 15 12:46pm Cars–Digital Trends
The Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV concept was unleashed from its cage for an outing in London's Olympic Park. The I-Pace goes on sale next year as Jag's first production electric car. The post Jaguar’s electric I-Pace concept car hits the streets of London appeared first on Digital Trends.
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