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Audi aims to offer three electric vehicles by 2020

Audi aims to offer three electric vehicles by 2020

Audi plans to offer a trio of electric vehicles by the year 2020, according to company CEO Rupert Stadler. These electric cars, if everything goes as planned, will make up between 25-percent and 30-percent of the auto maker’s sales by the year 2025, a big goal that underscores Audi’s push into the electric vehicle market. Stadler reportedly announced this plan to Audi managers some time last week, and more recently discussed the matter to a German newspaper. In addition to launching electric vehicles, Audi is also said to be planning an autonomous vehicle to be developed under a subsidiary named SDS Company.

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An impassioned defense of the 2016 Lexus GS F, a car misunderstood

An impassioned defense of the 2016 Lexus GS F, a car misunderstood

I cannot, rationally, say that you ought to buy the 2016 Lexus GS F, but I hope that a least one or two of you does. It has its share of hurdles, I know, like the love-it-or-hate-it design, not to mention the price. At $84,440 - rising, with the 17-speaker, 835W Mark Levinson audio system (which you really, really want), plus the fancy blue mica paint and a trunk mat, along with delivery, to $87,470 in total - this isn't just a lot to pay for a Lexus, it's a lot to pay for any luxury performance four-door.

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport First Drive – Weekend warrior

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport First Drive – Weekend warrior

There are three things you care about when hurtling towards a left-hand hairpin corner at 130-mph: grip, brakes, and more grip. Almost everything else in the universe vanishes to an impossibly small point when faced with the very real demands of shrinking asphalt, a retaining wall, and 3,300 lbs of accelerated metal. You're not thinking about your job, wondering whether you remembered to pay the electric bill, or mentally re-ordering the films in the Fast and Furious franchise according to progressive levels of both baldness and perspiration on the part of its leads. It's just you and the immediacy of the physics you're juggling with one hand on the wheel, the other clenched around the shifter, and both feet cycling the pedals like the Tour de France if PEDs were finally made legal.

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Apple Car project reportedly finds new leader in Bob Mansfield

Apple Car project reportedly finds new leader in Bob Mansfield

It looks like Apple might be bringing in the big guns to head up the development of its oft-rumored electric car. According to new reports, longtime Apple executive Bob Mansfield is now leading the team tasked with bringing the car, which has been codenamed Project Titan, to life. This news comes after Mansfield stepped back from his public facing position to work closely with Tim Cook on what were called "special projects."

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Ford SYNC 3 brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto to all 2017 models

Ford SYNC 3 brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto to all 2017 models

While the push for self-driving cars may have gotten a slight hiccup with scrutiny over Tesla-related accidents, the drive to make cars smarter, at least by proxy, hasn't died down one bit. Case in point, Ford has just announced the availability of its SYNC 3 connectivity platform to its entire 2017 lineup, making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available to all customers, whether they're buying a car, SUV, light truck or even an electric vehicle.

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2017 Genesis G80 debuts, dropping Hyundai brand name

2017 Genesis G80 debuts, dropping Hyundai brand name

Much of Hyundai's success over the years has been tied to the Genesis sedan, and now the Korean car maker is spinning the name off into its own luxury sub-brand. The first official release will be the 2017 model year Genesis G80, which has just been unveiled. You might think with a new branding that the car would get a complete restyling, but that's not the case here, and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. The new G80 still sports the same stylish good looks as it's had since it was the 2015 Hyundai Genesis.

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Chrysler recalls 410k vehicles to replace wiring harness

Chrysler recalls 410k vehicles to replace wiring harness

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 410,000 vehicles locations in the United States, Canada, and beyond due to potential issues with some wiring harnesses. The 2015 Chrysler 200, Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City vans, and more could all potentially suffer from an electronic issue related to the wiring and some software, both of which will be updated/replaced as part of this newly announced recall. There haven’t been any reports of crashes or injuries resulting from these issues.

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Honda Softbank partnership to deliver smarter AI for cars

Honda Softbank partnership to deliver smarter AI for cars

Artificial Intelligence will be a primary focus for a new team-up between auto brand Honda Motor Co. and internet company SoftBank. Artificial Intelligence for vehicles - AI that makes vehicles able to read emotions and react to its driver intelligently. This announcement comes not long after release of a deal which would have SoftBank acquire chipmaker ARM. The collaboration between SoftBank and Honda is not an acquisition, but a brand team-up.

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Don’t expect the Apple Car until 2021 warns insider

Don’t expect the Apple Car until 2021 warns insider

Apple has softened its ambitious Apple Car launch date target, it's reported, adding another year to the much-rumored project which is now said to be pencilled in for 2021. Widely known as "Project Titan", the Cupertino firm's goal of adding an electric car to the fleet was believed to be aiming for a 2020 debut, though nobody at Apple will go on the record confirming there's even a vehicle on the drawing board.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review – Turbo all the things

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review – Turbo all the things

Brand purists are simultaneously the best and worst buyers a car company can have flocking to its showrooms, and few automakers understand this better than Porsche. While it's an ego boost to have a loyal group of followers celebrating your heritage, that same cohort can turn on you in a heartbeat should it feel that the march of progress has in some way desecrated the traditions that they hold most dear. Still, this hasn't kept the German sport car builder from pushing past the boundaries of its own illustrious past, first with front-engine V8s (the 928), then while swapping air-cooled sixes for modern water-cooled designs (the 996), and now by going all-in on the turbo zeitgeist with the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera.

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Tesla’s ‘Master Plan’ part 2: solar, self-driving, and sharing

Tesla’s ‘Master Plan’ part 2: solar, self-driving, and sharing

As promised earlier today, Elon Musk has posted about Tesla’s master plan (part 2). If you’re unfamiliar with the first part of that master plan, check it out here. Got the gist of it? Musk explains the rationale behind the original master plan, pointing out that it was largely shaped by the limitations of the funding behind it at the start. The automaker has proven successful since then, though, and with that success comes an evolution of its goals. In the second iteration of his Master Plan, Musk zeroes in a handful of new plans including solar energy, vehicle sharing, and autonomous driving.

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China slams brakes on autonomous car public testing

China slams brakes on autonomous car public testing

Public testing of autonomous cars in China has been put on hold, with regulators insisting automakers must wait until the government has figured out the necessary regulations. Several self-driving vehicle projects are underway in the country, but the moratorium means that, for now, prototypes can only be trialled on private facilities.

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