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The Best SUVs to Buy in 2016

The Best SUVs to Buy in 2016

Looking for the best SUV to buy in 2016? It's shaping up to be a good year for families seeking a fresh take on a familiar formula: how to get the entire brood from point A to point B in comfort and with a dash of style while also hauling all of life's essentials and accessories. A host of new SUVs are hitting the streets in 2016, ranging from entry-level people movers to full-on luxury cruisers, and we've picked five that represent the best of what's fresh for the coming year.

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Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

HERE's plans for the self-driving future can finally emerge from their autopilot holding-pattern, with the company and its new automaker owners holding a quiet but enthusiastic coming out party in San Francisco today. Representatives from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler joined HERE execs to talk about the development of high-definition mapping, location-based services, and cars that whisper to the cloud and - eventually - drive themselves.

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Soon, every Audi, BMW, and Mercedes could be a digital mapper

Soon, every Audi, BMW, and Mercedes could be a digital mapper

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz have snapped up HERE, and the digital cartographers are wasting no time in investigating how the luxury cars can shape smarter maps. The deal, which closed late last week and netted former HERE owner Nokia a $2.7bn payout, brings technology like HD Maps - high resolution data ideal for tomorrow's self-driving cars - into the reach of the German trio, but also gives HERE unprecedented access to driving data.

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VW set to borrow $21bn to pay for dieselgate

VW set to borrow $21bn to pay for dieselgate

VW is set to take out a massive loan to cover costs associated with the diesel emission scandal that the automaker is currently embroiled in. reports indicate that the loan will be in the form of a credit line for a whopping $21 billion. To secure that loan, VW has to be ready to sell off some major assets.

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Audi to “fix” cheating 3L diesel engines via software update

Audi to “fix” cheating 3L diesel engines via software update

Audi AG was already in hot water when its name got dragged into Volkswagen's "dieselgate" scandal but earlier this month it took a direct hit when it was alleged that the 3.0-liter diesel engines that it has made itself was also guilty of using the so-called "defeat devices" to deceive emissions tests. Now Volkswagen's luxury marque is submitting its solution to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) to get these affected engines in line. And apparently all it will take is a software upgrade.

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Audi talks autonomous EV charging and 150 kW for e-tron quattro

Audi talks autonomous EV charging and 150 kW for e-tron quattro

Audi's electrification plans include self-driving tech, with engineers developing an e-tron EV that can automatically trundle to its charger, Roomba-style. The upcoming Audi e-tron quattro - currently a concept but set to spawn a production version in 2018 - will be the German automaker's most serious all-electric vehicle so far, opening the door to a number of cutting edge charging technologies intended to make EV ownership more straightforward.

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Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Last year, I beat Audi's autonomous race car on the track. Robots might not have feelings, but that didn't stop Audi's engineers calling me back for a re-match with the latest, greatest version of the self-driving RS7s. AJ, Bobby, Jack, and now Robby all have two things in common: first, they’re named after famous race car drivers, and second, they've successfully driven autonomously on racetracks, on the autobahn, and on a cross country trip.

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2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro first drive – Diesel redeemer?

2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro first drive – Diesel redeemer?

Damned by diesel, or redeemed by electric? The timing seems ill-fated for Audi's brand new 2017 Q7 e-tron quattro, a plug-in hybrid that arrives under the NOx cloud of the VW group's ongoing emissions scandal. Though on paper it makes sense - the plentiful torque of a V6 diesel paired with the eco-peppy zing of a plug-in EV - the fuel's already patchy reputation in the US hasn't been helped by the recent "dieselgate" revelations.

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“Audi at Home” car-sharing service launches in SF and Miami

“Audi at Home” car-sharing service launches in SF and Miami

Two relatively new housing locations will be first on Audi's list for their new vehicle-sharing program called "Audi at Home." Residents of two residential communities will be able to reserve vehicles via their smartphone for "spontaneous booking" of vehicles, each made to suit a specific set of tastes. This system will be launched at the LUMINA luxury condominium project in San Francisco and Four Seasons Residences in Miami, and will eventually be spread to additional locations across the United States.

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