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Audi first to Automated Driving Permit in CA

A whopping 230,000 driverless vehicles could be on the road PER YEAR by the year 2025 according to a recent IHS Automotive study. Audi knows this. That’s why their receiving of the first California-issued Autonomous Driving Permit is very, very good news for them.

Ford and Automatic team up makes cars extra smart

With Ford SYNC, you’re able to interface with your vehicle through your steering wheel for calls, music, and directions. With Automatic, car owners are able to get vehicle diagnostics sent to their smartphone. Together, Ford and the team behind the Automatic device are creating a smarter system.

Google Self-driving car gets temporary steering wheels

We haven’t heard much from Google about its autonomous car project for quite a while, but now the company is giving an the public an update on one of its most ambitious technology projects to date. This includes moving test driving into private tracks and somewhat sneaking around California’s steering wheel requirement.

Mercedes bringing hybrid tech to luxury S550 in 2015

Mercedes is pairing brains with brawn, as they introduce their first luxury hybrid car, the S550 plug-in. Marrying their penchant for luxury cars and hybrid technology sounds simple enough, but in true Mercedes fashion, they upped the ante. What you’re left with is a familiar car with technological breakthroughs at every turn.

Formula E concludes inaugural ePrix in Beijing

Just because you’re environmentally conscientious doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on motorsports. For those with eyes set on electric vehicles, Formula E is the place to be to see how this new breed of automobiles can be trailblazers, figuratively and, in this case, literally.

BMW ponders MINI Superleggera EV coupe amid possible car cull

BMW is biding its time on giving the beautiful MINI Superleggera electric roadster concept the green light for production, warning that the city car line-up could facing a culling as some of the flabbier models are axed. The Superleggera was revealed back in May, an attempt to blend British heritage with Italian open-top style, but also to tease the possibility … Continue reading

First Drives and Reviews

2015 Audi A3 e-tron First Drive

Say hello to the newest member of Audi’s A3 lineup for 2015: the A3 Sportback e-tron. Sure, at first glance it may look just like a regular A3 Sportback, but don’t let that fool you: this one’s special. As with many things in life, two is better than one; so, aside from a regular 1.4 TSFI engine there’s also a … Continue reading

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat first-drive

Before I tell you about my driving experience with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, I’m just going to get this off my chest: this is one powerful, fast and, yes, chest-poundingly badass car. Your knee-jerk reaction might be “holy cow, $60k+ is a lot for a Challenger!” While that might be true, for a car even Dodge’s own CEO describes … Continue reading

2015 Acura TLX first-drive: The subtle sports sedan

Acura has something to prove with the new 2015 TLX. Honda’s top-drawer division credits itself with having co-created the midsize luxury sedan segment with the original TL, though it’s now one of the most competitive and the big German brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW have weighed in with their own take on the category, Meanwhile rivals like Lexus have been … Continue reading

2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

The 2015 Lexus NX isn’t your accountant’s Lexus. Aggressively designed, and breaking new ground for Lexus with its first turbocharged engine, the new NX attempts to distill what has worked for the RX into a package more appealing to hip urbanites, young families, and those who might more regularly find mountain bikes in their trunk than Whole Foods bags. True … Continue reading

First Drive: 2015 Porsche Macan S and Macan Turbo

We’re a long way from the outrage of the first four-door Porsche, and a compact SUV/crossover was almost inevitable. The 2015 Porsche Macan is a direct result of the successes of the Panamera and Cayenne, with a name derived from the Indonesian word for tiger and a surprisingly broad price range depending on your heavy-handedness with both the options sheet … Continue reading

2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

Hyundai has something to prove in the midsized segment, and the 2015 Sonata is the car it’s aiming to do that with. Dropping the droopy design for a tauter, more sturdy appearance, and stepping up its game with more usable performance, clever electronic toys like smart cruise control, and interior space that belongs with a class above, the new Sonata … Continue reading

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