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2016 Fiat 500X first-drive – America’s grown-up Italian

2016 Fiat 500X first-drive – America’s grown-up Italian

If the Fiat 500 is an icon reborn, then why wouldn’t people want even more of an icon on their driveway? That’s the question the 2016 Fiat 500X arrives to address, slotting with Italian panache into the fashionable urban crossover segment. As the little-loved 500L demonstrated, however, there’s more to taking a popular city car and breaking it free of its urban runabout roots than simply enlarging it, but Fiat believes it has some secret weapons there, too.

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Bentley Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ limited edition unveiled

Bentley Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ limited edition unveiled

Bentley has introduced a new limited edition model, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed ‘Blue Train’ by Mulliner. The model is in commemoration of the ‘Blue Train’ historic race that was bested by the Bentley Speed Six way back in 1930. Bentley is showing off the car at the Techno-Classica show in Germany, and it will be an incredibly limited edition: only four “examples” of the special model will be hand made in Crewe for eager customers located in the EU. Pricing wasn't revealed.

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2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup truck has been bestowed with a top crash rating from federal regulators, it has been announced, showing that the switch to aluminum hasn't resulted in any safety compromises. It earned the score while elbowing out some competing trucks, including those from General Motors, which scored a single star lower than the newest F-150. This is also an improvement over the crash test safety rating of its previous steel pickup, promising good things for the auto maker's future.

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Audi Prologue allroad previews wireless hybrid charging

Audi Prologue allroad previews wireless hybrid charging

Audi has added a third model to its Prologue line of luxury concepts, the Prologue allroad, a plug-in hybrid intended for adventure away from the tarmac. Borrowing the dominant grille design of the previous Prologue and Prologue Avant, as well as the long hood, the allroad opts for meatier wheel arches and sizable 22-inch wheels inside them, while driver and passengers get pre-emptive luxury with an onboard computer that not only recognizes who's getting in, but adjusts the seats and climate control to their preconfigured preferences.

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Confusion be damned, Chevy sticks with Bolt EV

Confusion be damned, Chevy sticks with Bolt EV

When people remember the name of your product, even if they've only memorized the codename, it makes sense not to change it. That's Chevrolet's strategy with its new electric car for the everyman, opting to stick with Bolt EV despite the potential for confusion. Confirmed for production shortly after it surprised even GM with the warmth of its reception in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the car promises around 200 miles of range. However, naysayers had argued a name change was all but essential given the rest of Chevrolet's range.

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90s Oldsmobile almost had a car with an embedded NES

90s Oldsmobile almost had a car with an embedded NES

There is an old phrase that goes something like "boys and their toys", and what would better qualify as "toys" than games and cars. Back in the 90s, those games would be from the consoles of that generation, particular the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, also known as the Family Computer or Famicom in some regions. Around that time as well, a now defunct car maker almost put out a car that would have been a gamer's game come true, one that had the gaming console built right into it.

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GM slashes ELR and Spark EV to regen green auto

GM slashes ELR and Spark EV to regen green auto

GM is slashing EV and hybrid car pricing at both the budget and luxury ends of the spectrum, as it attempts to spur last-gasp sales while new models are readied. At the fancy end of the scale, Cadillac has made further reductions on its distinctive but little-loved ELR hybrid coupe, a car which has struggled to find buyers since its debut two years ago. Meanwhile, down at the compact level, Chevrolet is dropping Spark EV pricing in an attempt to get more drivers into its all-electric city car.

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Volvo XC90 Excellence unveil set for Shanghai Auto Show

Volvo XC90 Excellence unveil set for Shanghai Auto Show

Volvo has announced that it plans to unveil a new top of the line version of its XC90 SUV at the Shanghai Auto Show. Volvo calls the model the XC90 Excellence and says that this will be the most luxurious vehicle that the company has ever built in its 88-year history. The car is billed as an elegant and refined four-seater version of the new XC90 that was launched recently.

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NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

Auto makers the world over are scrambling to create cars that can drive themselves, but they're not the only ones interested in such technology. NASA has set its sights on the technology, something we've heard bits and pieces about in the past. Today the space agency decided to show the fruits of its labor, however, posting a video on its YouTube account of the finished product. It is called the Modular Robotic Vehicle, MRV for short, and it can -- among other things -- drive itself when needed.

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This is why Citroen’s Aircross isn’t your typical crossover

This is why Citroen’s Aircross isn’t your typical crossover

Citroen has a new crossover concept, and it isn't your typical offering. The model -- which isn't guaranteed for production, at this point -- takes all the trimmings you'd expect in a modern vehicle and rehashes them in ways you mightn't think of, or builds upon them with additional technology atypical in your average crossover. It's a sort of intelligent comfort, with comfort getting a big focus without compromising the concept's technological edge. One of the included 12-inch televisions, for example, moves around to make sure all the passengers can see it.

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