Uber is a company that specializes in on-demand transportation. The service is available in several markets around the country and in some of those markets, Uber is having a hard time getting enough vehicles on the road to support the demand. Uber has worked out a deal with some major auto manufactures and financing firms to help alleviate that problem.
The Cadillac ELR is an important car for quite a few big reasons. Cadillac itself admits it has been playing catch-up in the luxury sedan market, pitching the ATS and CTS as more virile US alternatives to the typical options from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, but with the electrified ELR it's finally an opportunity to strike at a niche where the Germans aren't playing yet. Borrowing the torquey electric drive of GM's Volt but leaving behind any sort of hair-shirt eco sacrifice, it's an angular slab of luxury that, thanks to its own onboard generator, promises to be the headache-free EV discerning drivers have been waiting for. Then again, it really should be: with a sticker price just short of $76,000, the ELR is firmly in Tesla territory. We grabbed the keys of one of the very first production ELR off the line to see if Cadillac has a potential winner on its hands.
In an effort to give Corvette owners what they prefer, Chevrolet will be offering a few different seat options with the 2014 models. Specifically, those picking up a 2014 Corvette will be able to choose between a Standard GT or Competition Sport seat. According to Chevrolet, these two are options are "similar to the everyday comfort of a well-tailored suit vs. the support offered by compression apparel athletes wear."
GM may be pushing its 2014 Camaro Z/28 as the performance monster, but the company has decided there's no reason the Silverado truck shouldn't get a similar jolt, at least in concept form. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept takes the regular cab puts it on a serious diet, switching out several of the regular parts for carbon fiber alternatives, in addition to swapping in a 6.2-liter V8 good for 420HP and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Tesla's in-car telematics system relies on AT&T's HSPA+ network, the carrier has confirmed for the first time, part of AT&T's attempt to push its new mobility options which include intelligent SIMs that can split payments between car manufacturers and drivers. The system, which Tesla currently uses for sending telematics and car status data from the Model S back to home base, as well as to stream media content to the dashboard and show other infotainment content, will soon be opened up to using the car as a mobile hotspot, allowing passengers to get online through a shared connection.
Back in 2012, Siri joined Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system on a handful of models, including the 2013 Chevrolet Spark. Today, the auto maker announced that Siri Eyes Free Integration will also be available on several 2014 models, including the 2014 Malibu, Cruze, Equinox, SS, Volt, and Camaro.
GM has announced pricing for the 2014 Cadillac ELR, the company's luxury extended-range hybrid coupe, and despite the similarities to the Volt under the bodywork, the eco-Caddy certainly won't be cheap. The two-door will have a sticker price of $75,995 including destination charge when it hits forecourts in January 2014, excluding tax and other fees, but GM points out that tax credits of up to $7,500 could bring that down to $68,495.
Chevrolet has announced an interesting feature that is included on its 2014 Malibu. Like most automotive manufacturers, Chevrolet is making efforts to help reduce distracted driving by integrating features into the vehicle for hands-free calling and texting. Chevy has announced that the MyLink infotainment system for the 2014 Malibu features Text-to-Voice for smartphone users.
Cadillac has taken the wraps off its 2015 Escalade luxury SUV, showing off a new design -- most of which takes place in the interior -- as well as some changes to the body itself and a new engine under the hood. The vehicle is slated to go into production in spring of 2014 in Arlington, Texas, representing the fourth-generation of the SUV model.
Ford has acquired Livio, a car mobile connectivity company specializing in hooking up smartphone entertainment and navigation to dashboards from a variety of brands, as the car company pushes to lead an industry standard for automotive apps. Ford already has its own infotainment system, SYNC, developed with Microsoft and using AppLink for smartphone integration. However, the company also released an open-source version of AppLink - Smart Device Link - to the GENIVI Alliance, the group leading attempts to make cross-marque infotainment systems possible.
It's the killing ground where hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of SUVs, sports cars, and sedans meet their grisly end before they have more than a handful of miles on the clock. Some of General Motor's earliest work on building new models comes as much from tearing apart cars as it does piecing together fresh parts. That's the odd double approach of the Competitive Teardown Area, the high-security garage where cutting edge 3D printing and rapid prototyping sits alongside socket sets and angle grinders. The luckier cars start as homegrown constituent parts and leave as near-complete mockups of tomorrow's models; the unlucky ones - often wearing badges from Ford, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, and other GM rivals - are making their final journey in one piece when they roll in through gates. It's the sort of place where, ordinarily, you'd need to be part of GM's engineering inner-circle to walk around, but SlashGear was invited to pay a special visit.