Cars

Toyota, Oculus bringing VR driving simulator for teens

Toyota, Oculus bringing VR driving simulator for teens

Toyota and Oculus are teaming up to make driving safer — for teens. The joint venture bring a Toyota-branded driving simulator for Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program to the VR headset, which puts those learning to drive behind the wheel of a real car (stationary, of course), but uses VR to immerse them in a driving environment. In being behind the wheel of a real car with virtual distractions and difficult situations, the hope is that teens will be more comfortable behind the wheel when they do venture onto the real road.

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Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has been challenged in several states by dealership associations in much the same way ridesharing companies have been challenged by the taxi industry. Direct sales pose a threat to the dealership business model, some argue, and should be limited or eliminated altogether. Tesla has battled this issue more than once, sometimes seeing victory (or partial victory) and other times losing. Connecticut might end up proving to be a victory in the near future, with a new bill in place that looks favorably upon direct auto sales.

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Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Elon Musk sat down to talk all things Tesla. The CEO, who has a contentious relationship with both the auto industry and state of Michigan, opened up about the state of the union at Tesla. He answered questions, and gave a prospectus on where the auto maker was going. As stock fell roughly 6%, Musk explained it away, and further detailed their plans for world domination. Or, just being allowed to sell cars.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ramps up speed and power

2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ramps up speed and power

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is being shown at NAIAS 2015 this week as the top model of the brand's sporty SUV model series. This vehicle works with 570 hp (419 kW) and 800 Nm (590 ft lb) of torque from its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 biturbo engine and, according to Porsche, is is able to run the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes. The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S also works with standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) just in case you want to stop.

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Lincoln courts SUV luxe-lovers with 2016 MKX

Lincoln courts SUV luxe-lovers with 2016 MKX

Luxury crossovers and SUVs are booming, and Lincoln is wading back in with a new model, the 2016 MKX, targeting not only the US but China too. Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this morning, the MKX joins the Lincoln MKT and is, so the company claims, its most powerful and best handling version so far, not to mention the quietest inside. It's also an opportunity for Lincoln to throw tech at its high-end SUV, with a range of semi-autonomous parking aids, pop-out cameras, and more.

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Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS gets faster, sportier

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS gets faster, sportier

This week the folks at Porsche have revealed their newest Targa vehicle, bringing this sleek machine to NAIAS 2015 to show Detroit. You'll find this vehicle coming with open-air driving, all-wheel drive, and a sporty exterior. Rolling with Porsche's GTS line features, you'll have a 3.8-liter flat-six with 424 horsepower. Porsche suggests that this vehicle will be blasting 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds - its top speed is 186 miles per hour. This vehicle works with a wider Carrera 4 body than previous releases, 20-inch wheels and sport design side mirrors bringing this GTS machine in with a sharp look.

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Verizon Vehicle promises aftermarket OnStar in 2015

Verizon Vehicle promises aftermarket OnStar in 2015

Connected cars may be gradually increasing on dealership forecourts, but Verizon is aiming to get the millions of 4G-free models online this year too. Verizon Vehicle is in effect OnStar as an upgrade, and not limited to GM vehicles: a dongle that plugs into the car's diagnostics port, a companion smartphone app, and the promise of remote fault identification, roadside assistance, and emergency rescue.

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Infiniti’s Q60 Concept is gorgeous, arrives in 2016

Infiniti’s Q60 Concept is gorgeous, arrives in 2016

Are you a lusty driver? If you are, Infiniti has just the ride for you. Their new Q60 concept is for those with a “lust for driving”, according to Infiniti’s Executive Director of Design, Alfonso Albaisa. He’s clearly enamored with it, describing it as “sultry”, and “ready to pounce”. That’s all wonderful praise, but here’s the issue: concept cars rarely see the road as we find them at these kinds of car shows. They end up as posters on a wall in an office, but not this time.

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2016 Audi Q7 heads off the next generation

2016 Audi Q7 heads off the next generation

The second generation is here - Audi's 2016 Q7 has been shown off at NAIAS 2015, coming with a Singleframe grille up front, far less angled taillights, and a high-tech interior front to back. The Volkswagen Group brings on a new MLB platform that allows for a range of new engines, everything from diesel plug-in hybrid to 3.0-liter, supercharged V6, and 3.0-liter TDI. Prepped for release inside the 2015 calendar year, this vehicle has a whole new look and a brand new far more versatile interior for road-ready driving.

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