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The Auto Vivisectionist: Inside GM’s Secret Teardown Lab

The Auto Vivisectionist: Inside GM’s Secret Teardown Lab

It's the killing ground where hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of SUVs, sports cars, and sedans meet their grisly end before they have more than a handful of miles on the clock. Some of General Motor's earliest work on building new models comes as much from tearing apart cars as it does piecing together fresh parts. That's the odd double approach of the Competitive Teardown Area, the high-security garage where cutting edge 3D printing and rapid prototyping sits alongside socket sets and angle grinders. The luckier cars start as homegrown constituent parts and leave as near-complete mockups of tomorrow's models; the unlucky ones - often wearing badges from Ford, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, and other GM rivals - are making their final journey in one piece when they roll in through gates. It's the sort of place where, ordinarily, you'd need to be part of GM's engineering inner-circle to walk around, but SlashGear was invited to pay a special visit.

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BMW i3’s cure for range anxiety is a gas-guzzler on demand

BMW i3’s cure for range anxiety is a gas-guzzler on demand

BMW isn't counting on brand cachet and outlandish styling to sell the new i3 EV, with the "range-extender" gas generator option getting an even more fossil-fuel-reliant companion in the shape of access to a loaner X5 SUV. The backup option, which BMW will market as an "add-on mobility" feature Bloomberg reports, will effectively offer i3 converts access to the more traditionally powered X5 for a number of weeks each year.

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BMW i3 unofficially priced up for US and Europe ahead of November debut

BMW i3 unofficially priced up for US and Europe ahead of November debut

BMW's i3 electric car will be priced from $34,500 in the US, the German company has hinted, with the range-extending gas engine to be a roughly $2k option when the car hits forecourts in January 2014. Europe will get the i3 first, Autoblog reports, with sales and leasing beginning in November from around €35,000 for the 168 HP electric-only version of the angular eco-friendly car.

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Garmin HUD offers head-up display directions from your smartphone

Garmin HUD offers head-up display directions from your smartphone

Garmin has outed the latest must-have gadget for the Top Gun wannabe, the Garmin HUD, a head-up display that hooks up wirelessly to your smartphone. Designed to connect via Bluetooth to an iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone 8 device running either the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON apps, and HUD projects navigation directions, speed, and other information onto the windshield, meaning drivers don't have to take their phone out of their pocket, or glance down at it.

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GM and Honda fuel-cell team sees engines and infrastructure come 2020

GM and Honda fuel-cell team sees engines and infrastructure come 2020

GM and Honda will collaborate on fuel-cell car development, the two companies have confirmed, preparing hydrogen power systems, storage, and refueling infrastructure for a 2020 launch timeframe. The team effort will see GM and Honda work with third-parties on building out networks for hydrogen availability, with the goal being a broadly accessible three-minute refuel. Both companies already have fuel-cell powered cars on the roads, though in limited numbers.

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GM OnStar remote start made standard for 2014 range

GM OnStar remote start made standard for 2014 range

GM will make remote start standard across 36 of its 2014 model year cars - spanning Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC - at no extra cost, the company has announced, as part of a push around its RemoteLink mobile app. The feature, which will be accompanied by remote unlocking and the ability to sound the horn, has previously been part of the paid OnStar package, but soon the company will offer five years of service at no extra cost with new vehicles. It's part of a general push to boost the geek-appeal of GM's line-up, including throwing in 4G LTE service.

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2014 Lexus IS Prototype Test Drive

2014 Lexus IS Prototype Test Drive

Lexus has come a long way since the days of the buffed-up Toyota luxo-barge, and the 2014 Lexus IS is arguably the best illustration of that. True, the new 3-Series rival may not have the same wealth of outlandish madness as the LFA sportscar (though it does borrow some of the $375k limited-edition's cabin features) or the brutish luxury of the LS, but the striking design and eager pricing make for a freshly competitive car. Lexus brought us out to the Rockingham Speedway to see how the 2014 IS ticks.

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Better Place folds as battery-switching EV plan can’t go the distance

Better Place folds as battery-switching EV plan can’t go the distance

Ambitious plans to make electric cars as quick to refuel as their gas counterparts, by setting up a huge network of swap-out battery stations, have ended in liquidation, as Better Place folds up after chewing through $850m in investment. "After a year's commercial operation," the company said on Sunday, "it was clear to us that ... wider public take up would not be sufficient and that the support from car producers was not forthcoming." Better Place's most recent funding chase proved a tougher sell than earlier rounds, and there's no longer sufficient cash to keep things operational.

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