Automotive

Alibaba’s Automotive Vending Machine will open in China, ushers in new buying experience

Alibaba’s Automotive Vending Machine will open in China, ushers in new buying experience

Anyone who has ever purchased a car knows that you will be at the dealership all day. The negotiation back and forth for trade and purchase price, waiting for financing approval, and then sitting through the closing process where the dealership tries to sell you everything under the sun from wheel replacement plans to extended warranties gets very tedious. An Alibaba Group company in China is rolling out a new system for buying cars that sounds like it is much more consumer focused that what most are used to.

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2019 Nissan Altima spied in mild camo with Maxima style

2019 Nissan Altima spied in mild camo with Maxima style

Automakers send cars out in the real world for testing all the time. Sometimes the next generation cars look just like current gen cars on the surface, but have new engines and other tech under the hood. Other times the car is clad in camouflage with lots of bulky pads to completely hide the shape of the car. Then there are the cars that the manufacturer wants to hide, but the hiding involves zebra-like black and white stripe wraps and tape. This is how Nissan tried to hide its 2019 Altima.

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Nissan Rear Door Alert reminds you of the ice you left behind

Nissan Rear Door Alert reminds you of the ice you left behind

Summer can be dangerous. That’s how Nissan opens its spiel for its newest Intelligent Safety Shield Technology. People have been known to collapse from the heat and food can spoil and ice can melt inside cars’ back seats when left forgotten. While there’s little technology can do with the former, Nissan’s engineers have plenty to say about the latter. That is why the car maker will be rolling out its new Rear Door Alert system to the Pathfinder next month to make sure you leave nothing or no one behind.

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Tesla driver breaks 1,000km-single charge long distance EV record

Tesla driver breaks 1,000km-single charge long distance EV record

For a while now it's been a goal among electric car enthusiasts, especially Tesla owners, to set new records in how far they can drive their vehicles on a single charge. Tesla's Model S P100D has an official range of just over 500 kilometers/315 miles, but that's taking into account the natural factors of driving, like frequent stops, changes in speed, etc. But how far could it go if the driving was optimized for range?

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV appears in new spy photos

Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV appears in new spy photos

Rolls-Royce is keeping busy lately, notably by unveiling the new eighth-generation Phantom for 2018, but the luxury car maker is continuing to make progress on its upcoming SUV, the Cullinan. A new series of spy photos have turned up, offering the first look at the Cullinan since the prototype shown back in December. With a debut coming sometime in 2018, it looks like Rolls-Royce's first "all-terrain, high-sided vehicle" will soon be ready to challenge the rest of the luxury SUVs on the market.

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Meet Bollinger Motors’ B1: the first EV off-road truck

Meet Bollinger Motors’ B1: the first EV off-road truck

This week saw the announcement of the world's first all-electric sport utility truck (SUT). But it didn't come from Tesla or any of the major car manufactures. It's called the B1 and it's made by Bollinger Motors, a small startup in upstate New York. With looks that fall somewhere between the Land Rover Defender and a classic Jeep Wrangler, the minimal, boxy truck is capable of 200 miles of off-roading range.

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Tesla Model 3: Everything you need to know

Tesla Model 3: Everything you need to know

After many, many months of waiting, the first production Model 3s were given to their owners during a big ceremony at Tesla's Fremont, California factory on Friday evening. The first 30 cars were rolled out while CEO Elon Musk took the stage before an audience of journalists, special guests, and, of course, the very first customers. A with the flashy presentation, the final pricing and spec details of Tesla's first mass-market model were revealed.

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‘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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