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Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

The Toyota Prius pictured above features a shade of green that is probably the last color you'd want adorning the Japanese manufacturer's popular hybrid, but it actually serves a special purpose. The new color option uses science and technology to help drivers conserve electricity by reducing how much heat the car absorbs from the sun. Dubbed "Thermo-Tect Lime Green," the color is the first use of solar reflective paint in a production vehicle.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review

How is it possible for an automaker's best-selling vehicle to be the one that's landed the farthest from the tree in terms of brand identity? In a world where the Porsche name is synonymous with segment-defining sports cars, the great paradox is that the Porsche Cayenne SUV remains the most popular model in the showroom, outselling the 911 and the Boxster by a huge margin.

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2017 BMW M760i xDrive brings M sportiness to luxury 7 series

BMW has just revealed a new sedan that marries two of the car maker's most esteemed lines. While it dons the appearance and materials of a member of the luxurious sixth generation BMW 7 family, the new 2017 M760i xDrive boasts of the performance that only the BMW M roster can offer. That thanks to an M performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder V12 gasoline engine teamed up with some of BMW's most sophisticated car technologies to date and construction materials that deliver both rigidity without sacrificing lightness.

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Actev’s Arrow Smart-Kart: the first kids’ electric go-kart

Actev Motors is a company founded in 2014 by race car drivers and enthusiasts and technology leaders. Their first product is, however, something you might not immediately expect from its roster: a kid's toy. But don't let that categorization fool you. The Arrow Smart-Kart is no simple ride-on car for kids. It brings together Actev's expertise in racing as well as the latest smartphone technologies to deliver an electric and smart go-kart that will please both children as well as their parents, the latter thanks to safety features.

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All-New 2017 Nissan Titan Joins XD At Chicago Auto Show

First we had the Nissan Titan XD, a not-quite-heavy-duty pickup that showed there was life in the Japanese brand's truck division after years of neglect. Now we've got the 2017 Nissan Titan showing its face (in digital form) at the Chicago Auto Show as the second prong in the automaker's two-tier attack on the full-size segment.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Adds Safety, Style at Chicago Auto Show

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has been unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, and while it's been four years since the current generation of this crossover was last redesigned the refreshed version of the people mover doesn't make any dramatic changes to its affordable character. Instead, the focus has been on boosting the list of features available with the mid-size (Santa Fe) and compact (Santa Fe Sport) crossovers, as well as massaging the sheet metal just enough to keep customers interested.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

These days, cars aren't just designed to be powerful or sleek. They're also designed to be eco-friendly from the ground up. Especially with Volkswagen's epic blunder, car makers are putting even more emphasis on fuel efficiency and environment friendliness. At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is unveiling its own on the trend, blending new and old in one package. With the 2017 Optima Hybrid, the car maker is putting forward its newest fuel efficient powertrain, top of the line intelligent systems, all wrapped in a body inspired by last year's gas-powered Optima sedan.

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Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia is really serious about reaching its 25% fuel efficiency milestone by 2020. How serious, you ask? Serious enough to unveil three hybrids at this week's Chicago Auto Show, two of which come from the car maker's popular Optima lineage. While the 2017 Optima Hybrid already exemplifies Kia's vision of fuel economy, the 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid Elecric Vehicle, or PHEV, takes things even further, not only with a more powerful hybrid engine but also by adding an all-electric range, allowing drivers to enjoy as much as 27 miles on the electric motor alone.

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2017 Kia Niro HUV brings fuel economy to crossovers

Who says only sedans can have all the environment friendly fun? At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is definitely showing that hulking utility vehicles can also join the party. The 2017 Kia Niro, which was already teased November last year, is a first of many things for the car maker, but what sets this Hybrid Utility Vehicle or HUV apart is exactly that. The Niro combines the engaging driving experience and functionality of a crossover with the fuel economy of hybrid engines, packaged in a design that will make you think twice about how hybrids look.

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Ford challenges Uber in Kansas City with on-demand bus service

Residents of Kansas City are about to get a new option in on-demand, ride sharing services. Ford has announced that it's teaming up with the Boston-based Bridj to bring its on-demand shuttle service to the city, making use of the former's Transit vans, which are often used in the commercial sector for carrying equipment. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority says the service will debut in early March with 10 Ford shuttles hitting the streets.

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Sherp ATV is a go anywhere truck with massive tires

The little vehicle you see here isn’t exactly a truck and it isn't exactly an ATV. It's a bit of a mix of the two and according to the folks who have seen it in action and the video you can watch below, the Sherp looks to be a capable little beastie. The hallmark feature of this thing are the massive tires that are self-inflating and have their own patent. Those tires are 1600x600x25, gigantic enough to allow the Sherp to embarrass obstacles up to 70cm tall.

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