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Tesla Model X finally ready to hit the road next month

Tesla Model X finally ready to hit the road next month

After nearly two years of delays, Tesla is on the verge of rolling out its second electric vehicle line, the Model X. In its second quarter letter to shareholders, Tesla revealed, among other things, that Model X is still on track for a September launch. That is, if all goes well. Since nothing is set yet in stone, and delays could still happen, we aren't going to hold our breaths yet. But Tesla does need to get the SUV out the door as soon as possible before it has an angry mob of pre-order customers banging at its gates.

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Audi prices up its 2016 A3 e-tron hybrid for US drivers

Audi prices up its 2016 A3 e-tron hybrid for US drivers

Audi has priced up the 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron for the US, its first - but, if all goes to plan, not last - electrified car for American drivers. The hybrid hatchback pairs a 1.4-liter TFSI engine with a plug-in electric drive system, and will show up in dealerships from October. Audi is, unsurprisingly, pitching it above a Prius or a Volt, however, with the A3 e-tron starting out at $37,900 before federal tax credits.

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Don’t fret the car hack says Harman Kardon chief

Don’t fret the car hack says Harman Kardon chief

Fiat Chrysler infotainment supplier Harman Kardon has denied there is a widespread issue with its dashboard tech, despite a new investigation by safety regulators. 1.4 million of the company's touchscreen multimedia and navigation systems, branded Uconnect by Fiat Chrysler, have been at the center of a safety recall recently, following the discovery that hackers could remotely access them. That prompted a further NHTSA investigation, something Harman Kardon insists will come up empty.

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Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V ushers in revamped CUE

Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V ushers in revamped CUE

Your first (and second, and probably third) impression after driving the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is likely to be "wow, that's fast," but the 640HP car showcases another type of speed. Caddy's oft-maligned CUE infotainment has also been supercharged, with the new 8-inch touchscreen system addressing complaints around speed as well as paving the way for platforms like CarPlay and Android Auto. Question is, has Cadillac done enough?

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Lotus Elise will roll back into the US in 2020

Lotus Elise will roll back into the US in 2020

Of all the sports cars that Lotus ever made, my favorites were the late model Elise and Exige models. Those cars disappeared from the US back in 2011 because the cars no longer met US safety regulations and exemptions that Lotus had to continue selling here expired. That means the Elise and Exige were suddenly unavailable for sports car buyers in the US.

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Sorry McFly, Lexus’ Hoverboard is just a clever ruse

Sorry McFly, Lexus’ Hoverboard is just a clever ruse

The Lexus Hoverboard demo has gone live, with a full 2-minute video of the real-deal innovation playing out in the world's first "hoverpark." This hoverboard requires that the user be hovering above a metal surface, so we can safely assume that every bit of footage you see here was captured above a surface that, at some distance below the surface, is metal enough. Here Lexus demonstrates "the desire to create enjoyment out of motion." We'll take two please in neon pink, thank you.

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Parrot’s Android Auto system will not be sold to the public

Parrot’s Android Auto system will not be sold to the public

On the heels of Parrot's decision to spin off its drone business in order to focus on its automobile accessories, the French company is making yet another change, and this time one that does have a substantial effect. Rather silently, the company updated its origiinal blog post about the RNB6 Android Auto infotainment system that it first showed off at CES early this year. Backtracking on its plans to make the units available to the public, the company now reveals that it will instead sell it to car makers.

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Google already has its own car subsidiary since 2011

Google already has its own car subsidiary since 2011

How serious is Google about its completely autonomous cars? Serious enough to have spun off a company named Google Auto four years ago. The fact that it did so rather silently does show how cautious it is with the venture. For now, the subsidiary only functions as a legal entity to that is held responsible for all of Google's self-driving car paperwork, especially in case things go awry. There is nothing, however, that would prevent Google Auto from becoming a company that will sell these cars in the future, should it ever reach that point.

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GM pins diesel redemption on meaty 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

GM pins diesel redemption on meaty 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

GM arguably stuck a knife in diesel's chances in the US back in the 70s, and now the company is hoping to make amends with its latest Colorado truck. The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel packs a 2.8-liter turbocharged engine and the promise of better economy than its gas-powered brethren. However, it's likely to be the lashings of torque that Chevy convinces American truck drivers with.

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Ford Focus RS pricing tipped to start at $36k

Ford Focus RS pricing tipped to start at $36k

For a long time the only cool car Ford offered that tickled my fancy was the Mustang. Ford then rolled out the Fiesta ST and the Focus ST, and both of those cars were performance bargains. Then Ford announced its slick Focus RS was coming to the US for the first time. At this point, we know everything there is to know about the Ford Focus RS, but the official pricing.

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