Cars

You’ll soon be able to car-share your MINI

You’ll soon be able to car-share your MINI

MINI will bake car-sharing technology directly into future models, allowing owners to loan their cars out when they don't need them. The functionality will initially integrate MINI into the DriveNow network, which operates short-term car rental in select North American and European cities. An optional add-on, the tech will temporarily make the car available for rent by the minute, something MINI believes will make city-dwellers more likely to consider owning a car themselves.

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Chevrolet’s Bolt EV is already crushing its 200 mile target

Chevrolet’s Bolt EV is already crushing its 200 mile target

Chevrolet may only have shown off its Bolt EV concept in January, but pre-production models are already in testing as the car gets fast-tracked to market. "They’re running fast," Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of electrified vehicles at Chevrolet, said today in Detroit, "the fact that we can show you fifty-something cars running is busy." The early cars actually began trials back in April, each a hand-built prototype put through its paces for things like maximum range, cabin comfort, and the performance of the DC fast-charging system.

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Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford announced this week that they'd be shifting their Ford Smart Mobility program from its research phase to implementation. With this, their focus switches to new projects as programs like Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing are given the go-ahead with pilot programs. Ford showed of their third most versatile e-bike with the MoDe:Flex as well, able to be folded down and stored into any Ford vehicle where it's able to be charged. This bike also connects to the rider's smartphone using the MoDe:Link app.

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This is Alfa Romeo’s stunning Giulia

This is Alfa Romeo’s stunning Giulia

What happens when you give a skunkworks team of engineers, designers, and stylists the chance to create an Italian sports sedan? The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is the answer. Unveiled today, the compact four-door packs up to 510 HP from a turbo V6 borrowing tech from stablemate Ferrari, a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and an aggressive - and distinctive - body with plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum to keep curb weight down.

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Chevrolet adding remote theft alerts and proactive service warnings

Chevrolet adding remote theft alerts and proactive service warnings

Your Chevrolet will soon be able to warn you from afar if it's broken into, and even warn you if you're likely to face a repair bill soon. Alongside Chevy's RemoteLink app, which currently allows for remote engine start and unlocking, the company will add Theft Alarm Notification, it confirmed in Detroit today, alerting subscribers to any attempt made to tamper with, or steal, their car when the alarm is activated.

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This 700hp 3D printed supercar wants to reinvent manufacturing

This 700hp 3D printed supercar wants to reinvent manufacturing

Supercars may be outlandish by default, but Divergent Microfactories' Blade goes one step further, blending 3D printing with a 700 HP bi-fuel engine. While it's not the first use of 3D printing in automotive we've seen - Local Motors revealed its fully-printed Strati last year, for instance - Blade distinguishes itself with its combination of 3D printing and carbon fiber assembly that, its inventors argue, deliver the best of flexibility and speed of construction.

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2016 Camaro Convertible revealed with Chevy’s smartest roof

2016 Camaro Convertible revealed with Chevy’s smartest roof

Chevrolet has chopped the roof off its everyman sportscar to create the 2016 Camaro Convertible, though this is no hack-job soft top. While it may not have a folding metal roof, the Camaro Convertible does get what Chevy is calling the most advanced lid of the segment, not only fully-powered in operation but with automatically releasing and securing latches, and a powered hard tonneau cover that makes the whole thing a hands-off experience.

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Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Autoliv emergency brake exerts 15,000 newtons of force to stop your car

Back in the day, the parking brake was known as the emergency brake. I grew up thinking that if you really needed to stop, you cranked that handle up to get the car stopped. After driving for a few years, I realized that locking up the wheels is the best way to lose control of the car, which is why we have anti-lock brakes. The challenge in preventing accidents with other cars and pedestrians is not only to get the brakes activated more quickly, but also to get the brakes themselves to function better.

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Let strangers drive your new Ford to reduce monthly payments

Let strangers drive your new Ford to reduce monthly payments

As a follow-up to their new GoDrive car rental service in the UK, Ford has just announced a new pilot program that will let drivers lower their monthly car payments by renting out their Ford vehicle to others for short periods of time. They're calling the program Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, and it will be tested in a handful of US cities. It aims to work much like ZipCar, allowing users to borrow a set of wheels for just a few hours if needed.

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