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Turning your Chevy into a 4G hotspot just got much cheaper

Turning your Chevy into a 4G hotspot just got much cheaper

GM is cutting the cost of its OnStar 4G LTE data plans, halving the price of data for its WiFi hotspot and connected apps services. The automaker began installing LTE modems in almost every car it sells in the US in 2014, and it's been a well-received move: Chevrolet, for instance, has sold more than 2.1 million such vehicles in the past two years.

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This Smart is the cheapest convertible in the US

This Smart is the cheapest convertible in the US

Can you buy a brand-new, rear-wheel drive convertible in the US for under $20,000? That may sound unlikely, but city car company Smart has priced up the new 2017 ForTwo Cabriolet and, while the size and style might be controversial still, you can get a soft-top for less than $19k.

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2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Range-Anxiety

2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Range-Anxiety

Electric cars may be the future, but so is range anxiety. That's the lingering conclusion after testing two of the most popular, competitively-priced EVs on the market, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE, and the 2016 Nissan Leaf SL. Unlike anything from Tesla's forecourt, you'll get change from $40k even buying brand new, and various subsidies tickle the sticker prices even lower. Question is, are either of these all-electric chariots really ready to join the rat-race?

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HERE makes bold play to define common language for self-driving cars

HERE makes bold play to define common language for self-driving cars

Mapping company HERE is driving ahead with its scheme to design the common language for all autonomous vehicles, submitting its Esperanto-for-autos to a vehicle safety standards body. Now dubbed SENSORIS, the car-to-cloud system was announced twelve months ago as an open specification for vehicle sensor data to be collected and transmitted to the cloud by connected vehicles.

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Uber rolling out driver tracking features in select US cities

Uber rolling out driver tracking features in select US cities

Uber has announced that it will soon begin using its immensely popular app to track the behavior of its drivers. This includes things like tracking overall speed (and alerting drivers when they're excessively going over the speed limit), monitoring how harshly drivers brake over the course of a trip, and even using the phone's gyroscope to see whether or not the driver uses their phone when they should have their eyes on the road. The feature will score drivers on their driving habits, all in the name of making Uber trips safer.

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Toyota recalls more than one million vehicles due to new airbag issue

Toyota recalls more than one million vehicles due to new airbag issue

Toyota has issued an recall today for 1.4 million vehicles affected by faulty airbag problems. Of course, Toyota is no stranger to airbag problems, as the recent Takata recalls had a pretty major impact on the company, but this new issue is entirely unrelated to the Takata airbag disaster. Even better is that Toyota has managed to issue this recall before any reports of injuries or deaths, which gets a huge thumbs up after the Takata problem, which was responsible for multiple deaths.

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It’s official: Check out the 550hp 2017 Porsche Panamera

It’s official: Check out the 550hp 2017 Porsche Panamera

Porsche has shrugged the silk off of the new 2017 Panamera, its redesigned four-door that promises lashings of performance for those who need more space than a 911. Revamped with styling borrowed from the 2017 Porsche 911 - which we drove earlier this month - along with the latest Cayman and 718 Boxster, the new Panamera gets a swooping, coupe-esque roofline but still has room inside for four.

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This is what Volkswagen will pay 2.0 TDI Diesel owners

This is what Volkswagen will pay 2.0 TDI Diesel owners

So you're a Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI owner - or you used to be - and your big question this morning is "how much is VW going to pay for my car?" The ink is hardly dry on the proposed settlement between the emissions-test-cheating German automaker, regulators in the US, and a suit brought by drivers themselves, but already we have a good idea of what your diesel is worth whether you purchased outright or leased it.

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Top Gear USA cancelled by History Channel, Rutledge Wood reveals

Top Gear USA cancelled by History Channel, Rutledge Wood reveals

Sad news for fans of Top Gear's American series - co-host Rutledge Wood has revealed that tonight's show will be the final episode to air on History Channel. It would seem the network has decided to pull the plug on Top Gear USA, ending the show's nearly six year run rather suddenly. Wood took his Facebook page to express his disappointment in the decision and to thank fans for watching throughout the years.

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VW dieselgate settlement: What you need to know

VW dieselgate settlement: What you need to know

Volkswagen has agreed a nearly $15bn fund to cover the majority of dieselgate complaints in the US, offering to buy back or repair emissions-cheating cars, plus throw in a cash bonus. It's been a complicated path to this point, and it's not all settled yet - today's settlement only covers the 2.0-liter TDI engine, which is not the only powerplant in VW's line-up accused of misleading in emissions tests - but it's big news for almost half a million US owners.

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Toyota C-HR interior design debuts in its black and blue glory

Toyota C-HR interior design debuts in its black and blue glory

Toyota has unveiled the interior design for its new crossover called the C-HR. The C-HR is a car that Toyota designed with an eye towards more stylistic freedom and to promote engineering creativity and I have to say that Toyota certainly met that goal. This is one of the most interesting looking vehicles to come from Toyota, a brand not known for edgy design and style.

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Ford gets retro gloriously right with GT ’66 Heritage Edition

Ford gets retro gloriously right with GT ’66 Heritage Edition

Ford's GT is already pretty darn special, but if you demand even more super-exclusivity from your supercar, the blue oval has you covered. The automaker has taken the wraps off the 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition, a limited-edition version of its incredible coupe that's intended to honor the 1966 Le Mans winner.

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