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Daimler drops details on Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Daimler drops details on Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Daimler has finally offered up a bunch more detail on that sexy and massive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 car that will be seen in person for the first time at Pebble Beach this month. We already knew that the car was almost 6-meters in length and we have been wondering what sort of power the luxury concept would use. As it turns out the car is designed to be an electric vehicle, dashing my dreams of a big V12 under the hood. The electric system makes 750hp and the car can reach 100km/h in less than four seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h.

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Cadillac Escala Concept teases CT6’s super-luxe big brother

Cadillac Escala Concept teases CT6’s super-luxe big brother

Cadillac has slipped the wraps off its latest concept car, the Escala, at Pebble Beach this evening, and it's a beguiling vision of the brand's next super-luxury sedan. Promising to wrap up both the future of Cadillac's design and technological systems into one sinuous vehicle, the Escala may not reach dealer forecourts in quite this form, but it's certainly a heavy-handed hint as to the American automaker's upcoming assault on Mercedes-Benz's S Class, BMW's 7 Series, and Audi's A8.

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Genesis G80 and G90 get Amazon Alexa integration

Genesis G80 and G90 get Amazon Alexa integration

Genesis has announced Amazon Alexa and Echo integration with Genesis Connected Services, bringing voice command control to the Genesis G80 and G90 models. Car owners can issue certain commands to their vehicle from within their home or wherever they happen to be, doing things like telling Alexa to start the car, lock or unlock it, flash the lights, honk the horn, and more. You'll just need an Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo.

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Uber’s self-driving cars begin real-world tests this month in Pittsburgh

Uber’s self-driving cars begin real-world tests this month in Pittsburgh

Uber riders in Pittsburgh may have something to look forward to this month, as a new report from Bloomberg claims the company will begin testing its fleet of self-driving cars in the city. The test is scheduled to begin later this month, and at first will feature a handful of Volvo XC90 SUVs, with Volvo expected to deliver a fleet of 100 cars by the end of the year.

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept images tip lots of high-tech luxury

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept images tip lots of high-tech luxury

A bit more than a week ago we caught our first glimpse at the teaser images that Mercedes-Maybach were tossing online to taunt us with visions of the new and massive luxury coupe concept that would be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The images showed nothing but a dark photo with a bit of the outline of the 6-meter long car. This week a bunch of images of the concept car have landed online showing us the inside and outside.

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McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept previews slick dimmable roof

McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept previews slick dimmable roof

A new McLaren is always something worth celebrating, and the British automaker's team of fettlers and tweakers have cooked up something particularly special for Pebble Beach this year. The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept takes the oddly practical 570GT as its core, then lavishes custom parts including a soon-to-be-commercialized Electro-Chromic Roof upon the potent coupe.

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Automatic Pro connected car adapter launches with 3G support

Automatic Pro connected car adapter launches with 3G support

Automatic has unveiled its third-generation connected car adapter - dubbed the Automatic Pro - and though it's similar in many ways to previous iterations, there's one rather major difference this time around. The Automatic Pro will be coming with 3G functionality, allowing for a greater amount of connectivity between users and their cars.

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Ford plans 2021 launch for fully-autonomous ride sharing car

Ford plans 2021 launch for fully-autonomous ride sharing car

Hot on the heels of its big investment into self-driving car sensors, Ford has today committed to having its first high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle on the road by 2021. Intended for ride-sharing, Uber-style on-demand transportation, and other commercial mobility applications, the vehicle will lack a steering wheel, gas pedal, or brake pedal.

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Ford and Baidu pump $150m into firm giving eyes to autonomous cars

Ford and Baidu pump $150m into firm giving eyes to autonomous cars

Ford and Baidu have pumped $150m into Velodyne LiDAR, the sensor company specializing in the super-precise laser mapping systems many believe are vital to autonomous cars' success. Velodyne is responsible for the "turrets" most self-driving vehicles sprout from their roofs, each containing a laser array that can build up a 3D view of the world around them in real-time.

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2017 Genesis G90 First Drive: Rattling the cage of established luxury players

2017 Genesis G90 First Drive: Rattling the cage of established luxury players

Automakers ignore the aspirations of global giant Hyundai at their own peril. Cresting a 10-year renaissance that has seen the Korean automaker carve up its Japanese and American rivals in everything from the entry-level compact segment to the hot-selling SUV market, the enormous and unblinking eye of Hyundai's product planning team has now turned its full attention to the world of luxury. Successful, and lengthy flirtation with the viability of the Genesis nameplate under the auspices of its current hierarchy has lead to the Genesis G90 full-size sedan exploding onto the scene for 2017 as the herald of an all-new, and entirely separate premium brand.

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Volkswagen says German regulator has approved diesel emissions fix

Volkswagen says German regulator has approved diesel emissions fix

German regulator Federal Motor Transport Authority has approved Volkswagen’s technical fix for 460,000 diesel vehicles that cheat on emissions tests. VW announced the approval over the weekend, saying the fix pertains to cars with the 1.2-liter EA189 TDI engine and will cover nearly half a million vehicles, included among them being the SEAT Ibiza and the Volkswagen Polo. This regulatory approval will cover the fix for other European countries, as well.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback revealed ahead of Type-R

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback revealed ahead of Type-R

Honda sells its Civic by the bucketload, so anticipation is high for this, the all-new 2017 Civic Hatchback due to arrive at US dealerships this fall. The third body-style of the latest Civic to see a release, it's of particular interest to American fans of the compact since this is actually the first time they'll be able to buy the five-door version.

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