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2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Review – Silicon Valley on wheels

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Review – Silicon Valley on wheels

It's a blessing and a curse to be the benchmark by which all others are judged, but the Mercedes-Benz S-Class shoulders its obligations well. Launched first in 1972, and now in its sixth generation, the beefy sedan has always possessed a perhaps unusual duality. On the one hand, it's the go-to vehicle for comfortable wafting, but on the other it's a high-tech test bed for the latest and greatest Stuttgart's geniuses can come up with.

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This astonishing Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 concept is sublimely crazy

This astonishing Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 concept is sublimely crazy

The Rolls-Royce of the future will be an astonishing, autonomous, space-age coupe worthy of Minority Report, at least according to the brand's new VISION NEXT 100 concept. Latest in owner BMW's look ahead to the next century of automotive design and technology, the striking Rolls-Royce 103EX VISION NEXT 100 is certainly the most dramatic of the cars we've seen so far.

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How Toyota will turn social stalker to make cars smarter

How Toyota will turn social stalker to make cars smarter

Toyota is working on ways to sift through your Facebook, follow your Twitter, and slide into your LinkedIn to make its cars smarter, the company's tech division chief has revealed today. Zack Hicks is CEO of Toyota Connected, the new company Toyota established in April to free drivers from "the tyranny of technology" and, so its parent hopes, encourage you to head to a Toyota or Lexus dealership next time you're in the market for a car.

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Ford GT 1:3-scale Lego model unveiled for Le Mans

Ford GT 1:3-scale Lego model unveiled for Le Mans

To celebrate its return to Le Mans, as well as the racing debut of the incredible Ford GT super car, Ford commissioned a 1:3-scale model of its new flagship made completely out of Lego. The project was handled by master Lego modeler Pascal Lenhard, and took about three weeks of work. But the Lego expert not only recreated the modern Ford GT, he also build a model of the Ford GT40 Mk2 p/1046, which won Le Mans back in 1966.

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Nissan’s 2020 fuel-cell plans put bio-ethanol in the tank

Nissan’s 2020 fuel-cell plans put bio-ethanol in the tank

Nissan is getting into the fuel-cell car business, but unlike rivals like Toyota and Honda, it's not looking to hydrogen to power its environmentally-friendly vehicle. Instead, Nissan is looking to harness bio-ethanol electric power, using a range of different fuels - including some sourced from sugarcane or corn - to power an electric car.

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1960’s VW Beetle gets “LEGO Creator Expert” set

1960’s VW Beetle gets “LEGO Creator Expert” set

Today the folks at LEGO have revealed their next ultra-detailed vehicle set: the "1960's Volkswagen Beetle." That's complete with a surfer theme and a fabulous azure-blue paint job. Color scheme, that is to say. Please don't paint your LEGO bricks. This set also has an "authentic" 4-cylinder air-cooled engine and fuel tank and a fully accessible interior with beige seats that tilt forward. Four different license plates, too.

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2016 Nissan Titan XD Review: Not-quite HD pickup makes cannonball splash

2016 Nissan Titan XD Review: Not-quite HD pickup makes cannonball splash

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a puzzling truck. Let me explain. I've been driving trucks since I was a teenager, learning the joys of parking a battleship in an urban environment after my transition from country mouse to city mouse for college. In the intervening years I've seen the full-size pickup market blossom into the behemoth-laden bastion of Big Three profits that it's become today, with ultra-luxury trucks now as common as BMW and Lexus sedans at country clubs across the nation.

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Daimler promises long-range electric Mercedes to debut in October

Daimler promises long-range electric Mercedes to debut in October

It took years of trying, but Tesla has finally pushed the concept of an all-electric car into the mainstream, and with the recent excitement over the new Model 3, there's no doubt that traditional auto giants are now rushing to get their own EVs to market. One such manufacturer is Mercedes-Benz. The German automaker's parent company, Daimler, has now promised that a prototype all-electric model will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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2018 Volvo V90 Preview – Roll out the welcome wagon

2018 Volvo V90 Preview – Roll out the welcome wagon

Volvo's attack on the midsize luxury segment and the German cars which dominate it, the 2017 S90, arrives this year, but the seasoned Swedophile knows more interesting sheet metal is still to come. Due to arrive on US shores in 2017 is the Volvo V90, a wagon that aims to give American buyers traditionally averse in recent years to that particular body style something to sway them.

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Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² makes its US debut in 2017

Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² makes its US debut in 2017

Mercedes-Benz's G-Class line of SUVs, while some of the most capable off-road vehicles available, are often relegated to little more than expensive grocery haulers for the super rich and famous. It certainly isn't going to change this image, but Mercedes has revealed that the most high-end model of line, the G550 4×4², will be coming to the US in 2017.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider First Drive

2017 Fiat 124 Spider First Drive

In recent years modern automotive enthusiasts have become a spoiled lot. It’s hard to blame them though – we live in an era of unprecedented access to hair-raising performance, one in which 600 horsepower hardly raises an eyebrow and the prospect of a sub-four second dash to sixty miles per hour almost seems quaint. But amongst this output arms race, a contingent of sports car fans still yearn for a wholly different approach to driving bliss.

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2017 Volvo S90 first-drive – Sweden declares war

2017 Volvo S90 first-drive – Sweden declares war

Volvo may be too laid back to call out its German rivals, but make no mistake, the 2017 S90 is a serious gauntlet thrown down in the midsize luxury segment. Determined to prove the XC90 was no fluke, and instead the first step in an aggressive full-range refresh, the 2017 Volvo S90 takes much of its SUV cousin's charm and condenses it into a form-factor better suited to take on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series.

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