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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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Audi traffic light connected cars get green light for fall launch

Audi traffic light connected cars get green light for fall launch

Audi's A8 will be the first Level 3 autonomous car to hit the market, coming in 2018, but before then the German automaker plans to push live traffic light alerts directly to the dashboard of select models this year. The new Audi Traffic Light Information system will switch on this fall, and is expected to operate across as many as seven US cities by the end of this year, to try to dilute some of the frustration when you're waiting for the lights to change, as well as encourage you to keep your phone in your pocket and the traffic flow moving.

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Check out the curved OLED in Cadillac’s latest concept car

Check out the curved OLED in Cadillac’s latest concept car

Cadillac is getting into curved OLED, with the automaker revealing a new concept car interior that spreads a fresh driver and infotainment interface across several arched displays. Scheduled for a full public demonstration later this week at Monterey Car Week, the Cadillac "new design concept" features at least three OLED screens that the company has co-developed with LG Display.

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Elio Motor’s 3-wheeled mini-car priced at $7,000 for pre-orders

Elio Motor’s 3-wheeled mini-car priced at $7,000 for pre-orders

You might remember hearing about Elio Motors before. The company is known for crowdfunding its small, three-wheeled car that gets 84 mpg from a 3-cylinder engine, promising a price "around $6,800," and remaining noncommittal on a release date. Well, Elio Motors has announced a new pricing scheme that somewhat overshoots that original price, but will still allow customers to pre-order the vehicle for a guaranteed price of $7,000, as long as they make a binding commitment to purchase one.

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VW’s SEAT gets first automaker app into Apple’s CarPlay

VW’s SEAT gets first automaker app into Apple’s CarPlay

CarPlay may be Apple's attempt to redress the dashboard in an iOS outfit, but Spanish automaker SEAT has managed to squeeze a little of its own tech into the iPhone-powered infotainment. The company has launched a CarPlay compatible version of its SEAT DriveApp, which allows vehicle data and servicing information to be checked while still within Apple's interface.

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Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornaments can’t be stolen

Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornaments can’t be stolen

Back in the late '80s, it was in fashion for people to steal hood ornaments from Mercedes-Benz cars and wear them on a necklace. It's a bit foggy how this all started, but I think it had to do with one rapper or another wearing it in a video back when MTV actually played music videos. That means that every Mercedes within 25 miles of a school was missing its hood ornament. Rolls-Royce isn't having any of that.

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2017 BMW 740e goes green(ish) with plug-in hybrid

2017 BMW 740e goes green(ish) with plug-in hybrid

BMW's tech-packed 7 Series has gained a plug-in hybrid model, with the 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance borrowing tech from its i8 electric coupe sibling for greener luxury. The new car will hit dealerships across the US this month, BMW says, with an $89,100 sticker (plus $995 destination), undercutting the existing 750i by around $10k while also wearing a - slight - green halo.

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Volkswagen hack renders millions of car locks useless

Volkswagen hack renders millions of car locks useless

The keyless entry security system in nearly a hundred million Volkswagen group cars is vulnerable to a simple hack that could grant entry in under a minute, researchers have warned. Security experts at the University of Birmingham in the UK have identified a tiny handful of common codes which the automaker apparently used across cars with VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda badges from 1995 onward, with only the very latest models switching to a more secure system.

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Karma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled

Karma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled

Insert your choice of phoenix-from-the-ashes metaphor here, as Karma Automotive reveals the new Revero plug-in hybrid, and no we haven't used an old Fisker photo. Hoping to drag profit, customers, and acclaim from the embers of ill-fated Fisker - which went down in flames, both euphemistically and literally - the reborn car company hasn't strayed too far from the original car, or at least its design.

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Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang spotted amid 800 HP rumors

Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang spotted amid 800 HP rumors

Put your dreams of a Shelby Mustang GT350 to one side for the moment, as Ford is reportedly working on an even more potent pony for those who demand frankly ridiculous levels of power. The Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang has been spotted plying the streets of Michigan, partially wrapped but sporting a very eye-catching aero kit.

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This is Mercedes-Maybach’s “ultimate luxury” coupe

This is Mercedes-Maybach’s “ultimate luxury” coupe

First Mercedes-Benz re-resurrected the Maybach name for a super-luxe version of the S-Class, and now it's taking a shot at a monstrous coupe. Billed as "ultimate luxury" the shadow-masked two-door is still more mystery than showroom model, with the German automaker playing it very coy with the details, though we've already seen enough to get excited.

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BMW Connected arrives this month with Alexa skill to come

BMW Connected arrives this month with Alexa skill to come

BMW showed off its vision of the next-gen connected car back in March, and now it's ready for a test-drive, with integration with Amazon's voice-controlled Alexa platform in the pipeline. BMW Connected is an overhaul of the German automaker's existing connected-car apps and services, which use an embedded modem fitted to hundreds of thousands of its vehicles to link with smartphones, wearables, and - soon - smart speakers like Echo.

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