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2016 Acura RDX climbs luxury ladder in loyalty drive

2016 Acura RDX climbs luxury ladder in loyalty drive

Acura is working on converting entry-level luxe hunters to its cause, and the second step in the strategy that started with the 2016 ILX is this, the 2016 Acura RDX. Revamped and prettified to better match not only Acura's latest design language - glitzy "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps and less plasticky snout included - but the raised expectations of luxury SUV buyers the 2016 RDX gets a new engine, gives economy a bump upwards, smarter all-wheel-drive, and a more capable infotainment system. Meanwhile, there's an even more expensive version at the top end to capitalize on what Acura says is a new breed of drivers.

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Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Electric cars may more commonly be found prowling the city streets than out in the wild, but Kia thinks its Trail'ster electric all-wheel-drive concept is just the thing to get millennials muddy. Shown off at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the chunky car takes not one but two powertrains into the wilderness. Dubbed e-AWD by Kia, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is joined by electric engines at the rear for extra traction in the mud and snow, while inside the materials have gotten more rugged to match the new body kit.

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Tesla home batteries coming to hoard renewable energy

Tesla home batteries coming to hoard renewable energy

Tesla's next product may not have an "insane mode" but the home battery pack CEO Elon Musk has revealed is in the pipeline could make more of a difference than its pricey electric sedans. Speaking during the Tesla investor call, Musk said that he expected the new batteries to be officially revealed in the "next month or two" and then hit production potentially mid-year. And, while in a performance car like the Model S P85D the idea is to get the power from the batteries to the road as swiftly as possible, the real merit of Tesla's home battery packs will be in how they can hoard electricity.

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Chevrolet commits to building Bolt EV for the everyman

Chevrolet commits to building Bolt EV for the everyman

Chevrolet will indeed make a production version of its eye-catchingly orange Bolt EV concept, the car firm has confirmed today, promising to fast-track the all-electric compact with a $30k target price. Revealed alongside the 2016 Chevrolet Bolt back at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Bolt EV concept ditches the range-extending engine of its bigger sibling in favor of sufficient battery power for around 200 miles of range, at least according to GM's calculations. The goal is to get the jump on Tesla's Model 3, which is widely expected to make affordable pure-electric EVs not only more attainable but - importantly - more appealing, too.

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Dubai Police car fleet is packed with power

Dubai Police car fleet is packed with power

Dubai is one of the wealthiest nations in the world thanks to the huge amounts of oil in the Middle East. Being such a rich nation, there are lots of very wealthy people and that means lots of very expensive cars. Dubai is so flush with cash that even its police force has some awesome cars. Here in the States the police use boring Crown Victorias, Dodge Chargers, or SUVs to catch the bad guys.

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2015 Chevy Silverado Custom offers V8 or V6 power

2015 Chevy Silverado Custom offers V8 or V6 power

Chevrolet has unveiled a new version of the 2015 Silverado truck that is aimed at bringing some value back to the new truck market. Trucks have become notoriously expensive over the last few years putting them out of reach of many buyers who are interested. Chevy has unveiled the 2015 Silverado Custom as a way to get "back to basics, with style" for truck buyers.

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NanoFlowcell Quant F electric sports car to premiere in Geneva

NanoFlowcell Quant F electric sports car to premiere in Geneva

At the Geneva auto show last year, Quant showed off the e-Sportlimousine and the company will be back at the show this year with another interesting electric car. This time out it's no limo, the car the company will be showing off is the Quant F sports car. The Quant F is set to make its world debut at the show and is a completely redesigned and re-engineer version of the Quant E.

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox debuts with style updates

2016 Chevrolet Equinox debuts with style updates

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has debuted ahead of its fall release, and with it comes details showing a well-rounded upgrade over previous models. There's new styling complemented by some new safety features, a new interior option, and more. This comes at a time when Chevrolet has seen sustained success with its compact SUV -- last year brought yet another year of increased sales, with 2014 hitting 242,242 units. The auto maker has seen growing Equinox sales for five consecutive years now.

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Tesla sets bold 55k EV goal for 2015

Tesla sets bold 55k EV goal for 2015

Tesla bested its own production records in Q4 2014 but then stumbled at actually delivering cars, including the new "insane mode" toting Model S P85D, dipping in profit and revenue but still promising big things for 2015. 11,627 cars came off the end of the Model S production line, Tesla said today, but a variety of problems - ranging from customers being on vacation, through bad weather, and even issues "with actual ships" - meant almost 1,800 of them failed to reach their buyers. While Tesla reached its 35k production goal for 2014, Elon Musk & Co. have set even more ambitious targets for the coming months, aiming for 55,000 cars in 2015.

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Behold, fresh freeway terror: Ford’s 2016 Police Interceptor Utility

Behold, fresh freeway terror: Ford’s 2016 Police Interceptor Utility

The flicker of red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror and the wail of sirens: getting pulled over on the freeway is seldom fun, but if you're lucky the cop responsible might show you their new 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Freshly revealed ahead of its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show, the heavily-customized SUV doesn't just look the part but - thanks to the input of law enforcement employees themselves - should address some of the frustrations lingering around its predecessor, while also including the ability to recognize a sudden chase and switch the powertrain into pursuit mode automatically.

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