Automotive

‘2 or 3’ more Tesla Gigafactories coming to the US, says Musk

‘2 or 3’ more Tesla Gigafactories coming to the US, says Musk

Demand for Tesla's new Model 3 sedan is already at an all-time high, meaning their Gigafactory, the huge Nevada facility where Tesla mass produces batteries for their electric vehicles and Powerpack storage systems, is going to be very busy for the foreseeable future. But while the first Gigafactory isn't even completed yet, CEO Elon Musk says they already have plans to build "2 or 3" additional facilities in the US.

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2018 Honda Accord debuts with new style, powertrain options

2018 Honda Accord debuts with new style, powertrain options

While the SUV has long been taking over as the best-selling car type in the US, many buyers are still drawn to the mid-size four-door sedan. With this in mind, Honda has just unveiled its 10th-generation Accord, due to go on sale this fall as a 2018 model. This version features a new design with several elements borrowed from the new Civic, while it's a bit longer and wider than the outgoing model.

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck teased ahead of July 18 debut

Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck teased ahead of July 18 debut

We've known for some time now that Mercedes-Benz was entering the world of consumer trucks with its new X-Class "luxury pickup," but so far all we've seen is a pair of concept vehicles that were shown off last fall. That will change later this month as the truck's official debut is scheduled is scheduled for July 18th. To build up the hype, the German manufacturer has released a new teaser video that almost gives us a clear look at the pickup's final design.

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Spotify is testing a new driving mode feature with some users

Spotify is testing a new driving mode feature with some users

Some Spotify users report seeing a new automotive-centric feature that changes the app's interface after tapping a car-shaped icon. The driving mode, as it is currently being called, offers a simplistic interface on the Android app that includes basic swiping motions to sort through music, a large microphone icon for using voice commands, and large arrow buttons for skipping songs.

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Tesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ grade

Tesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ grade

The Model S is Tesla's crowning glory. Although really its second electric car, it is the first of its kind to reach international renown and commercial success. It is also the one that has earned the biggest scrutiny and criticism, particularly over driver safety. And while it may have just recently received accolades from the US NHTSA, it has, for the second time this year, failed to get the highest thumbs up from one nonprofit safety organization: the coveted Top Safety Pick+ of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS.

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Faraday Future’s FF91 sets new EV record at Pikes Peak

Faraday Future’s FF91 sets new EV record at Pikes Peak

While Faraday Future's — errr, future — remains in question, what with the fleeing executives and uncertain unveilings at CES, the company's all-electric FF91 prototype not only made it to the top of the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado earlier this week, but it set a new record time for its vehicle class. This marks one of the first times the FF91 has been seen in a real-world, uncontrolled environment, and making it the 12.4-mile, 156-turn Pikes Peak course was certainly a challenge.

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Nissan teases next-gen Leaf for September 6 reveal

Nissan teases next-gen Leaf for September 6 reveal

The look and tech behind Nissan's all-electric Leaf is starting to look a little long in the tooth, but in a few short months the Japanese car maker will be revealing a new next-generation model of the hatchback. Nissan took to Twitter on Friday to say that the new Leaf would premiere on September 6th, as well as share a small teaser image.

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Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis Budget Group has announced a new partnership with Alphabet's Waymo, saying that it will maintain and support the latter company's self-driving car fleet. The maintenance/support offered under this partnership will take place at Avis's various rental locations, enabling Waymo to keep its vehicles maintained and ready for use in many locations. The Alphabet company is creating a 600-vehicle fleet, among other things, for riders to utilize.

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Michelin’s wheel of the future looks made out of sponge

Michelin’s wheel of the future looks made out of sponge

Nobody said that the products of the future need to be super clean, super smooth pieces that looked straight out of Apple's design book. Then again, they do say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not everyone will appreciate what some might label as "beautiful". That said, future products need to be at least promise functionality we've never seen before or an experience that doesn't exist yet. Michelin's Visionary Concept wheel checks all those boxes but comes in a form that could send shivers down some people's spines.

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2018 BMW X3: first images leak ahead of reveal

2018 BMW X3: first images leak ahead of reveal

Heads up, BMW fans, the first images of the upcoming 2018 X3 have made their way online, a full day before the compact SUV's official debut. It seems this is a result of a goof on the part of BMW's Hong Kong website, which not only published photos but specs as well. As the third-generation X3, the SUV is now using BMW's modular CLAR platform, and has a bit more power across the model line.

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Tesla looks to begin car manufacturing in China

Tesla looks to begin car manufacturing in China

Tesla is interested in opening a factory in China to begin building its all-electric vehicles in the country, the company revealed this week. But before fans of American manufacturing start getting worried, know that this isn't about Tesla looking for a cheaper workforce or anything like that. Instead the car maker is looking to improve its appeal among buyers by making the vehicles more affordable for the local market.

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Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

This week Apple's CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company was "focusing on autonomous systems" for vehicles. Speaking with Bloomberg Television, Cook suggested that autonomous cars are "a core technology that we view as very important," going on to suggest that it is "probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on." This is the most plain and public statement Apple has made on autonomous car tech yet.

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