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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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Shelby Baja 700 Edition Raptor is a street-legal beast

Shelby Baja 700 Edition Raptor is a street-legal beast

Shelby American has taken the wraps off its new Baja 700, a limited edition Raptor that brings with it an incredible amount of power while remaining street-legal. The Baja 700 truck is built upon the 2011 to 2014 Ford SVT Raptor, and only 50 of them will be built at Shelby’s Las Vegas factory. Included with them will be BFGoodrich K02 tires, more than 700 horsepower, Borla exhaust system, and more. Shelby has begun taking reservations for the Baja 700 already.

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Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Things aren't looking so good for General Motors' gas-electric hybrid, with the company revealing that Chevrolet Volt production will be suspended for four weeks this summer. The reason revolves around slow sales numbers, and is also to shift focus toward preparing for the upcoming 2016 Chevy Volt model, which will have certain different production requirements. The plant that makes the Volt will likely be staying open during the suspended production, however; that plant is under construction as GM preps to start building the new Volts and the Cadillac CT6.

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Autonomous car down-time may make us sick, study warns

Autonomous car down-time may make us sick, study warns

Autonomous cars sound like a great idea, right? No driving, just shuffling around safely thanks to an always-aware network of connected cars. Those self-driving cars hold a lot of promise, but we’ve not considered all the angles, it seems. What about car sickness? Not driving or riding could lead to down-time spent doing things like reading. In a recent study, U-M Transportation Research asked more than 3,200 how they’d spend their time not driving an autonomous car. Turns out, we may make ourselves sick by letting the machines drive.

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Tesla Model S 70D brings AWD to $75k entry-level

Tesla Model S 70D brings AWD to $75k entry-level

Tesla has whipped the covers off a new version of its electric car, with the Model S 70D distilling the all-wheel-drive performance of the company's flagship model into a more affordable package. Promising 250 miles of range, the Model S 70D borrows the independent front and rear motors concept from the 155mph P85D, though scales back on the power and performance in order to hit a $75k+ price tag. It also means that Tesla's whole Model S range now consists of all-wheel-drive cars.

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Plastic car engine could create lighter cars, better gas mileage

Plastic car engine could create lighter cars, better gas mileage

When it comes to cars, lightening the load can increase performance capabilities and fuel economy. Incorporating plastic components into the body of the car can only cut down the weight so much. So, auto makers are scrambling to find ways to use plastic parts in other components of the car. German research group Fraunhofer has found a way to create a car engine using plastic parts. Sure the pistons need to be metal, but the casing that houses the cylinders can be made of plastic. Fraunhofer's plastic casing weighs 20% less than if it were made using standard aluminum, and a little goes a long way when it comes to performance and saving fuel.

Rolls-Royce unveils Project Cullinan SUV engineering mule

Rolls-Royce unveils Project Cullinan SUV engineering mule

Last February, luxury car maker Rolls-Royce surprised the automobile industry by declaring that it will be dipping its toes into the SUV segment, though of course it prefers not to call it that. Dubbed Project Cullinan, this "Effortless Everywhere" all-terrain motor car would be poised to take on the Bentley Bentayga in almost everything, probably including the price. Fast-forward two months later, Rolls-Royce is giving the public a peek at the first step in that new dream, an engineering mule that will kickstart the development and testing phase of the SUV all-terrain motor car.

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