Cars

Alibaba RX5 is China’s first internet-connected car

Alibaba RX5 is China’s first internet-connected car

China's internet and e-commerce giant Alibaba made its entry into the automotive industry earlier this week with the unveiling its first car, the internet-connected OS’Car RX5. In development for over a year in partnership with the state-owned SAIC Motor Corp., the SUV runs Alibaba's own YunOS operating system and is packed with enough high-tech features and smarts to qualify it as an Internet of Things (IoT) device for the road.

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Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Is Twitter evolving into the next Craigslist? Probably not, but one European user relied on the social network to buy a car — and not from a private owner, but an actual Nissan dealership. The car maker has revealed that it's become one of the first companies to sell an automobile on Twitter, with Raul Escolano purchasing a Nissan X-Trail from a dealership in Spain.

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2016 Audi TTS Coupe Review

2016 Audi TTS Coupe Review

Resplendently menacing in battleship gray, the 2016 Audi TTS Coupe hides its horsepower upgrade over the regular TT with little more than some red badging to signify the difference. The third-generation TT looks great, rediscovering its way, if not quite to the Bauhaus purity of the original, then at least to a sharper, crisper aesthetic than the second-gen car ever managed, and if you're of the mind that more power always equals more appeal, the TTS argument might seem clear cut.

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Tesla is now upgrading old Roadsters with 340 mile batteries

Tesla is now upgrading old Roadsters with 340 mile batteries

Tesla has begun upgrading Roadster batteries, giving the automaker's oldest car a boost in range in a welcome - albeit expensive - refresh. News that Tesla would turn its newer battery technology to improving the Roadster, production of which ceased in 2012, came as a surprise when Elon Musk announced it in late 2014, though it's taken some time to actually filter through to owners' cars.

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Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

This morning Tesla has announced "The Electric Road Trip", three months of the company meeting with communities around the world. This tour will have the company finding enthusiasts and green energy users - and what we must imagine Tesla is hoping will be new customers - in dozens of cities around the globe. They'll be making stops at what they describe as "many of our Destination Charging partner locations" inside the United States.

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Stunning in bare carbon fiber, Acura’s NSX GT3 car gets snapped in testing

Stunning in bare carbon fiber, Acura’s NSX GT3 car gets snapped in testing

Acura is taking the NSX racing, and we've got our first glimpse of the supercar as it tackles the track in development form. Though it's not expected to officially compete in North American competitions until 2017, the NSX GT3 car is getting its practice in early, and looking mighty appealing in the process.

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2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

For Porsche, unveiling the new Panamera isn’t just about replacing one of its best-selling models, it also ushers in a whole new era for the automaker. When Porsche launched the Panamera four-door sedan back in 2009, it was a couple of years before I had kids. Though anything is possible, to my mind it was unimaginable that you could make a four-door version of the 928, the car that was to me - next to the 911 - the heart and soul of Porsche. After the initial shock, I never really gave it much thought.

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Tesla Autopilot 2.0 tipped to arrive ‘soon’ as 8.0 update details surface

Tesla Autopilot 2.0 tipped to arrive ‘soon’ as 8.0 update details surface

Tesla's Autopilot 2.0 will be launching some time this year, according to a source that has cropped up, and it may work with a pair of cameras to enable the vehicle to stop at traffic lights and stop signs. The auto maker is said to have test vehicles currently running a “very beta” version of the software, which is itself said to be an early version of the Tesla 8.0 update. That update itself has also been leaked by sources, some details of which include upcoming autopilot features.

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In new Model X crash, Tesla suggests Autopilot not to blame

In new Model X crash, Tesla suggests Autopilot not to blame

With Autopilot's safety in question, Tesla has distanced the semi-autonomous driver assistance technology's role in a crash last Friday that saw a Model X rolled in Pennsylvania. The driver of the car, who was in the SUV along with a passenger on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday around 5pm, July 1, told law enforcement that Autopilot was active when the incident took place.

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In VW and LG’s world your new car talks to your smart home

In VW and LG’s world your new car talks to your smart home

Volkswagen may be steaming ahead with its ambitious electric car plans for 2025, but the German automaker is looking to LG for help with connected vehicles. The two firms have inked an agreement to work together on the Volkswagen Cross-Over Platform, using the cloud to pull together various systems in the car together with the smart home.

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As self-driving car safety debate rages, Google teaches cyclist manners

As self-driving car safety debate rages, Google teaches cyclist manners

Self-driving car tech safety - or otherwise - may be making headlines, but Google's autonomous fleet has been focusing on smaller potential incidents, the company has explained in its latest monthly report. Every month, as part of its obligations in return for being allowed to test out its fleet of autonomous prototypes on public roads, Google details any crashes or damage sustained, and sure enough this month there've been a couple of scrapes.

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2016 Lexus GS F in Super-Sedan Showdown with BMW, Audi, and Cadillac

2016 Lexus GS F in Super-Sedan Showdown with BMW, Audi, and Cadillac

The 2016 Lexus GS F breaks new ground for the Japanese luxury brand, giving it its fire-breathing V8 mid-size sport sedan in a bid to contend with the European all-stars that have long dominated this corner of the automotive industry. At first glance, everything appears to be in order: 467 horsepower from a 5.0-liter eight-cylinder monster (shared with the RC F coupe), the ability to sprint to 60-mph in a quick 4.5 seconds, and the kind of extroverted good looks that do the companies trapezoidal grille justice (especially when ordered in eye-searing orange).

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