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2018 Lexus LS 500 adds twin-turbo power to luxury flagship sedan in Detroit

2018 Lexus LS 500 adds twin-turbo power to luxury flagship sedan in Detroit

Is the world ready for a twin-turbo Lexus LS? It really doesn't matter, because that's what we're getting with the redesigned 2018 edition of the brand's flagship luxury sedan. After flirting with turbo technology just a few short years ago in the entry-level Lexus NX crossover, the automaker loses its past reluctance to dance with forced induction by making a bold statement under the hood of its premier model.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse 3 row crossover gets full redesign, new engines in Detroit

2018 Chevrolet Traverse 3 row crossover gets full redesign, new engines in Detroit

The Chevrolet Traverse has long been a bright spot in GM's crossover line-up. When it first arrived for the 2009 model year, the three-row family hauler's combination of a car-like ride and a voluminous interior was a distinct departure from the brand's existing Tahoe body-on-frame SUV and its poorly-received minivans, marking a new chapter for the automaker. The redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse debuting at this year's Detroit auto show represents the first complete redesign of the vehicle in a bid to continue the strong sales success of the original model.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Long-Wheelbase compact adds much-needed interior room, 3rd row in Detroit

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Long-Wheelbase compact adds much-needed interior room, 3rd row in Detroit

The Atlas isn't the only new high-capacity hauler on offer at Volkswagen. After years of making do without any three-row options in its SUV line-up, VW has delivered a second seven-passenger model here at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in the form of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan long-wheelbase edition.

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2018 GMC Terrain compact SUV moves to all-turbocharged line-up at Detroit auto show

2018 GMC Terrain compact SUV moves to all-turbocharged line-up at Detroit auto show

Much like Subaru, GMC has enjoyed the benefits of the recent rising tide of SUV sales, as its entire line-up is made up exclusively of utility vehicles or trucks. The all-new 2018 GMC Terrain is the latest salvo from the Detroit-based builder in the battle for the affections of entry-level family shoppers looking for a do-everything commuter option.

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I-Blades Smartcase and Smartblades make every phone modular

I-Blades Smartcase and Smartblades make every phone modular

Modular mobile phones have seen some success (Moto Z) and some failure (LG G5) - but what if every device could suddenly be modular? That's the guiding philosophy behind the i-Blades Smartcase and Smartblades, which combine a lightweight case with a microprocessor as well as a number of magnetically-attached add-ons that can be used with a multitude of phones, regardless of manufacturer.

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Basslet is the wearable subwoofer watch you’ve been looking for – sort of

Basslet is the wearable subwoofer watch you’ve been looking for – sort of

Have you ever come home from a night of dancing, gone to bed, and then tried to relive last night's sonic glory on your own personal audio system only to discover it lacked the body-abusing 'thump' of the club's subwoofers? Of course you have - but now there's a solution that fits right over your wrist. It's called Basslet.

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Microsoft aims for hearts, minds, and eyeballs of autonomous vehicle riders

Microsoft aims for hearts, minds, and eyeballs of autonomous vehicle riders

Whereas much of the autonomous car hype centers around the sensors and processing technology necessary to tackle the self-driving challenge, Microsoft is more interested in what you're going to do with all the time you'll be spending while en route, but not behind the wheel. Specifically, the software giant has banded together with partners NXP, IAV, Swiss Re, and Cubic Telecom to demonstrate how it plans to fit in to the driverless future at CES.

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Chrysler Portal Concept at CES: The tech we’ll get, and the tech we won’t

Chrysler Portal Concept at CES: The tech we’ll get, and the tech we won’t

The Chrysler Portal Concept makes an effort to guess at what the car buyers of the future - specifically, the 'Millennial' generation - will be looking for in a vehicle. After sitting down with the engineers and designers behind the Portal after it's debut here in Las Vegas at CES, I myself have a better idea of which, if any, of the technologies on display inside the Portal might make it into an actual production vehicle down the road.

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Chrysler Portal Concept courts Millennials, emphasizes connectivity and comfort at CES

Chrysler Portal Concept courts Millennials, emphasizes connectivity and comfort at CES

Want to take a risk in the auto business? Skip the nation's largest auto show, held in your hometown of Detroit, and instead choose to debut an all-new concept car the week before at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. Want to double-down on that bet? Make sure your concept is targeted at 'Millennials' - specifically, those with families. That's the strategy employed by FCA with the unveiling of the Chrysler Portal EV.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Review: Affordable SUV more than matches its 7 passenger peers

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Review: Affordable SUV more than matches its 7 passenger peers

There's no way to avoid it: every mainstream car company needs a three-row SUV in its line-up to be taken seriously these days. We're long past the first-generation efforts of automakers unsure of how best to tackle the extended family demographic, which means if you're going to seat seven or more in 2017, then you're going to have to do better than merely go through the motions. More to the point, you're going to have to beat rivals like the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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The 5 Most Impressive New Cars I Drove In 2016

The 5 Most Impressive New Cars I Drove In 2016

I'm fortunate in that I have the opportunity to drive almost every new car that makes it to the market in any given calendar year. With roughly 100 steering wheels passing through my hands over that period of time, you might be surprised to learn that very few cars, trucks, or SUVs make it onto my 'naughty' list - that is to say, automobiles have become so universally competent that it's fairly difficult to buy one that's objectively 'bad' in any meaningful way.

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2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Review: Everyone’s SUV

2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Review: Everyone’s SUV

The 2017 Subaru Forester is perhaps the perfect encapsulation of why this tiny Japanese automaker has been able to boast year-after-year growth that would shame industry heavyweights like Toyota, Honda, and Ford. The current generation Forester's 2014 redesign coincided perfectly with the surging demand for small SUVs that were both affordable and ultra-practical, with the Subaru's boxy shape smoothed out by a fresh-look exterior design and a range of more efficient drivetrains.

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