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Tesla just axed a Model S to give the Model 3 space

Tesla just axed a Model S to give the Model 3 space

Tesla is further widening the gap between the Model S and the new Model 3, discontinuing the entry-level version of its premium sedan. The automaker has long been fighting assumptions by would-be owners that the Model 3, simply by virtue of being newer, is actually "better" than the Model S. Now, since CEO Elon Musk's repeated insistence of that fact still isn't hitting home, Tesla is making the differences even more obvious.

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2018 GMC Terrain First Drive: Small SUV, Big Ambition

2018 GMC Terrain First Drive: Small SUV, Big Ambition

There are a handful of brands that are uniquely positioned to take full advantage of soaring public interest in crossovers and SUVs, and GMC - alongside Land Rover and Subaru - is one of them. Long the truck-focused division of corporate parent General Motors, GMC has enjoyed rousing success thanks to sales of family-oriented vehicles like the Yukon, the Acadia, the Terrain, and the enormously profitable Denali luxury line.

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2018 Volvo XC40 gets official as the Swedes shake up SUV ownership

2018 Volvo XC40 gets official as the Swedes shake up SUV ownership

Volvo has revealed the 2018 Volvo XC40, its smallest SUV and the first to use not only its new architecture but the company's all-new way to buy cars. The XC40 slots in beneath vehicles like well-received XC60 and XC90, but though it borrows technology and styling from them both, it's built upon an entirely new platform. That's Volvo Cars' modular vehicle architecture (CMA) that will eventually form the basis of an all-new 40 Series range, not to mention fully electric cars.

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McLaren Ultimate Vision GT is a 1134hp hybrid virtual beast

McLaren Ultimate Vision GT is a 1134hp hybrid virtual beast

Car fans and gamers have been thrilled at the fact that real world automotive manufacturers have flocked to Gran Turismo with their cars letting us drive them in the game. They also make exclusive virtual racers that we can flog around virtual race tracks with the Vision GT cars. The latest of these virtual racers comes from McLaren and it's a doozie.

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Ford Tests Microsoft HoloLens for automotive design

Ford Tests Microsoft HoloLens for automotive design

Way back when the new Ford Explorer landed for the first time, I was invited out to Dearborn to see some of the tech that was going into that SUV. Two things stick out in my mind- they confiscated my smartphone at the door and there were bags of clay stacked everywhere in the halls for use in designing cars. It looks like Ford is now gearing up to move away from that clay as a design medium and is testing the Microsoft Hololens.

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Tesla and AMD tipped in development of AI chip for autonomous cars

Tesla and AMD tipped in development of AI chip for autonomous cars

Tesla has been tipped in a project to develop its own artificial intelligence chip, and sources claim it is working with AMD to refine this chip. Such a chip may pave the way for a future in which Tesla vehicles are fully autonomous, but details are slight at this time. Sources indicate that Tesla is developing its chip on top of a foundation of AMD intellectual property, and that testing with an early implementation is already underway.

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2019 Audi Q8 spy shots show a classy ride

2019 Audi Q8 spy shots show a classy ride

Automotive fans like to see images of unannounced vehicles clad in camo because it gives us a glimpse at what future vehicles will look like. The vehicle in these spy shots is said to be the Audi Q8, the flagship of the Q line for Audi. The Q8 is said to be in near production form in this image.

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Proterra electric bus sets electric vehicle range record

Proterra electric bus sets electric vehicle range record

When we think of EVs setting driving range records, odds are you think about a small electric vehicle with a comparatively large battery crammed inside. Recently a new EV range record was set with a vehicle driving 1,101.2 miles on a single charge at low speed. The catch is that there is nothing small about the record setting EV.

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Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity has announced a new 'nanodegree' program that revolves around self-driving cars, and it is available to anyone who signs up (and pays the fee, of course). The program is designed to help kick off a career in self-driving automotive technologies, though it is an introductory course and not something you're likely to get a job solely with. The course opens early next month and lasts for four months, about the length of a typical semester.

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Gogoro just picked up $300m in funding: Here’s what they’ll spend it on

Gogoro just picked up $300m in funding: Here’s what they’ll spend it on

Gogoro's electric ambitions just got $300m in new funding, with the tech company announcing the completion of its Series C investment round. Opening their collective wallets are Singapore investment fund Temasek, Al Gore's Generation Investment Management, Japanese heavyweight Sumitomo Corporation, and French energy company ENGIE. Together, they'll be handing over $300m to Gogoro. I caught up with founder and CEO Horace Luke ahead of today's announcement to find out what that might get spent on.

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Toyota insists “we’re not boring” to Millennials with GR sub-brand

Toyota insists “we’re not boring” to Millennials with GR sub-brand

Millennials are the fascination and frustration of the auto industry, and now Toyota has a new scheme to try to encourage young drivers into its dealerships. Having killed off Scion last year, arguing that the sub brand had lost its relevance as Toyota's own line-up was more encompassing, now it's time for a new sub brand. This one, though, focuses even more explicitly on motorsports.

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2017 Audi R8 Spyder Review: Almost no compromises

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Review: Almost no compromises

You've probably heard the automotive press expound exponentially on the concept of 'range anxiety' as it applies to electric cars, but what of the 'supercar sweats?' You know, that feeling that descends on almost every exotic owner when called upon to park, navigate traffic, or go on a drive that lasts longer than a quick jaunt to the local show 'n shine? After all, asphalt-scraping, bone-jarring suspension setups, blind spots the size of a refrigerator, and the constant danger of reckless drivers zooming from two lanes over to snap a photo while hanging inches off the bumper are hazards anyone who elects to daily drive their six-figure sports car regularly face.

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