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Next Chevrolet Volt to offer better charging experience

Next Chevrolet Volt to offer better charging experience

For a hybrid electric vehicle like the Chevrolet Volt, or as GM would call it, "Extended Range Electric Vehicle", life revolves around charging the battery. Next to driving the car, of course. According to the car maker, owners just love charging their Volts, so much so that they barely make use of the range extender, a.k.a., the fallback internal combustion engine. That is why for the next generation Chevy Volt, they will be putting due emphasis on charging and will make that experience easier and more convenient than ever.

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Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

This week Chevrolet has revealed the Chaparral 2X VGT concept car, a vehicle designed specifically for the Vision Gran Turismo project. This vehicle was developed exclusively for fans of the PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo 6, and is indeed a fully working vehicle. It's certainly not made for the production lines in the long term - instead, it's made to be a one of a kind beast never to be replicated outside of the digital landscape - inside the Gran Turismo video game, that is to say.

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GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

General Motors has been swamped in vehicle recalls covering a lot of different problems, most notable among them being issues with faulty ignition switches. According to some recent emails that leaked, GM pushed out an urgent order for 500,000 replacement switches almost two months before it notified the relevant regulators and general public of the potentially fatal defect. The information comes from The Wall Street Journal, which reports that it has viewed emails pertaining to the matter. There have been 30 deaths linked to the faulty switches.

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Chevrolet’s counting on this to win it the EV war

Chevrolet’s counting on this to win it the EV war

Chevrolet isn't quite ready to show us the new, 2016 Volt - that won't happen until early in the new year - but it can't contain itself from revealing what's arguably most important about the next-gen car, its all-new powertrain. Dubbed Voltec, the system comprises not only the electric drive and the battery, but the range-extending engine and the companion power electronics that allows the gas system to kick in and stretch out just how far the Volt can run. According to Chevrolet, the new Voltec setup has been designed "substantially" around how existing Volt owners actually drive their cars.

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Behold, the world’s first Intelligent Car

Behold, the world’s first Intelligent Car

Amid chat of a new wave of smart vehicles for their Cadillac line this week, General Motors also made note of the first "Smart Car" they ever produced. Amongst the first smart vehicle concepts to have ever graced the showroom floor was the Firebird II. Today we’re having a brief look at what the future looked like in 1956.

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2017 Cadillacs to go semi-autonomous and add V2V

2017 Cadillacs to go semi-autonomous and add V2V

The US government may be considering making talking cars mandatory, but GM isn't waiting for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) to become a demand not an option, announcing that advanced semi-autonomous driving and V2V tech will hit select 2017 Cadillacs. The 2017 Cadillac CTS will be the first from the luxury marque to feature V2V, interlinking cars wirelessly, while an all-new 2017 Cadillac will introduce Super Cruise, the company's take on self-driving tech for the real world.

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GM to install distraction-tracking gadgets in 500k cars

GM to install distraction-tracking gadgets in 500k cars

If you're on the road, there's a good chance that you've fired off at least one text message while behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a perilous activity for all involved, but that hasn't stopped many drivers from updating statuses, responding to snapchats, and other similar activities while behind the wheel. Various "nanny" systems have been proposed that will take action against this, and it seems GM will be the first automaker to mass produce vehicles with such a system in place.

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NASA’s Robo-Glove up for license by Iron Man and you

NASA’s Robo-Glove up for license by Iron Man and you

The teams at NASA and GM behind the Robonaut 2's Robo-Glove have made the decision to allow licensing of their technology for public use. The glove is made to amplify the abilities of the wearer, not entirely unlike that of the glove of Iron Man in the Marvel Comics universe. This glove allows its user to blast through tasks that require high hand strength - grasping and repetitive tasks especially.

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Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.

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