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2016 Audi S6 and A6 first-drive – Autobahn blitz

2016 Audi S6 and A6 first-drive – Autobahn blitz

There are some interesting options when you're in the market for a big sedan from the mid-$40s upwards, but the 2016 Audi A6 and S6 are hoping to make their case that they're all the car you need. Overshadowed in recent years by the stunning A7/S7, Audi's handsome sedan is making a renewed play for 2015 with updates across the styling, engines, transmissions, and the accommodations inside. I headed to the autobahns of Dresden, Germany, to see how the A6 and S6 hold up.

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Tesla “solid metal snake” robo-charger in works

Tesla “solid metal snake” robo-charger in works

Tesla is working on a robotic charging system which will automatically plug in its electric cars like the Model S, described by CEO Elon Musk as "a solid metal snake." The intelligent charger would presumably be positioned as a way to bypass one of the lingering frustrations around EVs, namely that drivers have to remember to plug them in. While Musk gave no timescale for the robo-charger's release, he did confirm that it would work not only with future models but all existing Tesla cars.

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Shelby American to produce 50th anniversary Cobra

Shelby American to produce 50th anniversary Cobra

Back in the 60s Carol Shelby and crew created an incredibly fast car by taking a small and lightweight body and shoehorning in a massive American V8. The car went racing in Europe and caused more than a bit of embarrassment when it beat up on Ferrari and other established brands around the racing circuit. Those cars were also made for the street and are some of the most expensive and desirable of the sports cars from the 60s.

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Tesla P85D to get 155mph unlock as range explained

Tesla P85D to get 155mph unlock as range explained

Tesla will push out a firmware update for the Model S P85D and 85D dual-motor EVs in the new year which will boost the top speed to 155 mph and tweak the torque, while also addressing lingering confusion over range of the new cars. At launch, and like all other Model S versions until now, the P85D and 85D are electronically limited to 130 mph, but Tesla will nudge that cap higher and in the process match the limiter commonly found on most high-end sedans. However, while early reports suggested dual-motor drivers would in fact see improved range over the RWD cars, it turns out the reality is not quite so clear-cut.

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Tesla Model S P85D roasts predecessor in EV drag race

Tesla Model S P85D roasts predecessor in EV drag race

When you talk about torque, the instant shove of a performance EV like the Tesla Model S can't be ignored, but P85 owners used to being top of the tree may have some egg on their face if they take on a new P85D. The all-wheel-drive luxury sedan has already demonstrated its capabilities against a worthy - and traditionally-powered - challenger in the shape of the Lamborghini Aventador, but what about when old takes on new in an EV show-down? Thankfully we now know what that looks like, too.

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BMW ConnectedDrive Store hits US in spring 2015

BMW ConnectedDrive Store hits US in spring 2015

BMW will launch its ConnectedDrive Store, offering apps and services like real-time traffic for download and activation directly from the car's infotainment display, in the US come spring 2015. The system, already available in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, will be offered across all of BMW's current range in the US, taking advantage of the baked-in cellular connection the cars have to deliver smartphone-free app downloads.

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Ford wants to make you a social pariah

Ford wants to make you a social pariah

Ford is hoping to make drivers more antisocial - and thus more safe - while at the wheel, with new apps for its SYNC infotainment system warning contacts when the car is on the move. Integrating Ford's own SYNC AppLink system with Life360, the smartphone app will automatically fire off a spray of "I'm driving, don't distract me" style messages to a preset list of contacts when the car gets underway. There's also find-my-friend location tracking built-in, and triggered by voice.

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New McConaughey Lincoln Ads prepped for bowl games

New McConaughey Lincoln Ads prepped for bowl games

This week we're getting a sneak peek - a full viewing, in this case - at a set of Lincoln MKZ video spots with Matthew McConaughey. The first set of ad spots Lincoln did with McConaughey became so infamous that they were parodied on Saturday Night Live (SNL). Now Lincoln is back with McConaughey for a couple more - complete with the same attitude and extremely strange timbre that made the first set seem so very odd. The MKV Hybrid midsize sedan also makes an appearance.

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Chevrolet CrossVolt resparks hybrid crossover chatter

Chevrolet CrossVolt resparks hybrid crossover chatter

Chevrolet may be busy preparing the new 2016 Volt for its debut in Detroit in just a few weeks time, but the rumor mill is heaving with the renewed possibility of a companion hybrid crossover, the CrossVolt. GM's lawyers have been busy renewing the CrossVolt trademark at the USPTO, sparking again the chatter of a meatier model to use the Voltec powertrain freshly developed for its revamped hybrid. With almost five years under its belt since it revealed the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept shown here, however, GM's strategy for expanding on hybrids and EVs still isn't clear.

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