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The big questions the Tesla Model 3 needs to answer today

The big questions the Tesla Model 3 needs to answer today

If Tesla is the Apple of the auto industry, then today's big reveal of the Model 3 is the equivalent of the iPhone 7 keynote. Elon Musk & Co.'s plans for an affordable electric car more suited to the needs - and bank balance - of the mass market have been ticking away in the background for some time now, but it's only today, at an event at its facility in Los Angeles, CA, that we'll get the first clear sight of the fruits of those efforts.

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Amazon Echo powered contraption remote starts a GM car

Amazon Echo powered contraption remote starts a GM car

Alexa, the personification of Amazon's still odd Echo canister, isn't exactly a household name compared to the likes of Siri or even Cortana, but it's slowly getting there. Amazon is slowly but surely not only expanding support for its voice-controlled assistant, it has even expanded the devices that bear it. Then, there are the numerous hobbyist hacks and experiments that make Echo a tad more interesting. Like this almost convoluted a certain Jryanishere used to, in the end, get Alexa to start up his GM car at his (verbal) command.

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Roborace racing series is for cars with no drivers

Roborace racing series is for cars with no drivers

With autonomous cars, becoming more and more prevalent as the years go by it's no surprise that someone wants to see these driverless cars race. A racing series called Roborace will do just that when it debuts late in 2016 or early next year. The cars used in the series are electric, custom made, and very cool looking. They have four wheels and are covered with sensors and antennas.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

In a world where full-size trucks are increasingly plush palaces of rolling excess loaded for bear with luxuries that rival traditional premium sedans, the mid-size pickup segment has fallen out of step. For more than a decade these somewhat smaller options - like the class-leading Toyota Tacoma - have focused more on utility than 'wow' factor, a symptom of the less significant market that exists for trucks outside the full-size spectrum and the fact that there was so much profit to be made with their bigger brothers.

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Add navigation to your Escape’s MyFord Touch on the cheap

Add navigation to your Escape’s MyFord Touch on the cheap

If you have a Ford Escape with MyFord Touch interface, you've probably noticed that there's an option for navigation. Unfortunately, if your SUV didn't come with that feature, it'll cost a fair bit to enable it. The price is somewhere around $900, which is a lot to add simple navigation to a device. But one person has found a clever way of getting around that.

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The FTC is suing Volkswagen over its diesel ads

The FTC is suing Volkswagen over its diesel ads

Volkswagen's dieselgate fall-out woes continue, with the news today that yet another US government agency is suing the automaker over its diesel adverts. VW has admitted to fitting a "defeat device" to hundreds of thousands of cars, artificially reducing emissions when the car spotted it was being tested but then pushing out exponentially more nitrogen oxide than regulations permit under normal use.

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Toyota’s automatic braking should be nearly standard 4 years ahead of feds

Toyota’s automatic braking should be nearly standard 4 years ahead of feds

Toyota plans to beat the NHTSA deadline to automatic braking by a whopping four years, announcing it will make the safety tech standard on nearly all of its cars by the end of next year. The technology, automatic emergency braking (AEB), is currently offered as an option on several Toyota and Lexus models, along with features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure guidance.

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2016 New York Auto Show Highlights: Genesis, Lincoln, Mazda, Audi, More!

2016 New York Auto Show Highlights: Genesis, Lincoln, Mazda, Audi, More!

All the silk has all been officially slipped, the cars are under New York’s bright lights, and automakers from around the globe have turned out to take a last opportunity — at least for a few months — to showcase their most recent efforts on a grand stage. While New York springs to life with the thawing temperatures, inside Manhattan’s Javits Center has been a hive of activity, as well. Our team was on the ground and we’ve got all of the highlights of what went down during the press days, and if you can’t make it to New York, our extensive galleries, coverage, and videos are the next best thing, maybe even better.

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Mazda’s Miata RF is a Porsche Targa on a budget, and that’s perfect

Mazda’s Miata RF is a Porsche Targa on a budget, and that’s perfect

Mazda's fourth-generation MX-5 Miata might be the lightweight droptop for purists, but it's the Miata RF that will satisfy the mass market hunting biggest bang-for-buck. The slick fastback style and mechanized roof give the classic roadster a brand new twist, not to mention a degree of Porsche Targa-esque theater, that's likely to appeal to drivers who might want luxury coupe looks but on a much tighter budget.

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Toyota brings Scion refugees to New York

Toyota brings Scion refugees to New York

Toyota's power-boosted 86 coupe made its public debut this week, with the Scion FR-S rescued and rebadged from the ill-fated youth brand. It's the first opportunity to see exactly what styling changes Toyota is making to the affordable sports car before it reappears in the company's US dealerships.

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In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

If the Toyota Prius is the de-facto geekmobile of the green movement, then the new Prius Prime is the moon buggy it aspires to grow up to be. Intended as Toyota's showcase for just what sort of technology it can squeeze into a hybrid - only without pushing the price tag up to lavish Tesla Model S levels - the new car introduces a big dashboard touchscreen, head-up display, and wireless charging, among other things. All the same, when you push gadgetry and limit price, something has to give.

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VW, Porsche recall 800,000 SUVs due to pedal issue

VW, Porsche recall 800,000 SUVs due to pedal issue

Today isn't a great day for Volkswagen, but it doesn't have anything to do with the diesel emissions issue that has been a hot topic for months. Instead, the company is issuing a recall of around 800,000 SUVs. The issue surrounding the recall is due to a potential issue with the pedal system in the vehicles.

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