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Alfa Romeo goes crazy: $7bn 8-car range revolution by 2018

Alfa Romeo goes crazy: $7bn 8-car range revolution by 2018

Alfa Romeo's beautiful 4C coupe will get eight new siblings by 2018, owner Fiat has promised, pumping $7bn into sports-focused new platforms, evocative design, and a return to core "brand values" to hit ambitious sales goals. The Italian car marque aims to sell 400,000 cars a year by the end of 2018 - 150,000 of which are expected to be in North America - as it finally gives its models fitting underpinnings to go with their appearance.

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Audi R8 LMX starts laser battle with BMW i8

Audi R8 LMX starts laser battle with BMW i8

It's the battle of the super-niche supercars, and it's being fought with lasers. Laser headlamps, that is, with Audi following BMW in adding laser lamp technology on its flagship R8 LMX limited-edition coupe, but claiming to in fact be the first production car to actually deliver the tech to eager nighttime drivers.

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Designing the Lamborghini Huracan: Inside Italy’s supercar

Designing the Lamborghini Huracan: Inside Italy’s supercar

Lamborghini's new Huracán looks incredible in photos, but there's nothing quite like getting up close with a 610HP supercar in the metal to see how design shapes the experience. The replacement for the much-loved Gallardo was shown privately during the New York Auto Show this week, a month after its Geneva debut, and we caught up with Lamborghini to find out more about the coveted coupe.

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Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

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Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google has inked a deal with Ray-Ban and Oakley parent company Luxottica to develop a Google Glass collection, potentially pushing the wearable computing platform directly into the gaze of the mass market. The collaboration will see a joint team of Google and Luxottica eyewear and wearable tech experts collaborate on "the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products" to make sporting a computer on your face more fashion-friendly.

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2015 Audi A3 First Drive

2015 Audi A3 First Drive

No chances are being taken with the 2015 Audi A3. While the outgoing model never quite achieved the same cachet in the US as it did in Europe in five-door hatchback form, the new car targets the US from the outset with an A3 Sedan leading the charge. Starting just under $29,900 but promising Teutonic refinement - and a typically lengthy options list, including what may be the best infotainment system we’ve used so far - the A3 aims to follow in the footsteps of its well-received bigger siblings, not to mention return fire against other recent entrants in the premium C-segment niche. Read on for our first drive report.

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