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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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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV First Drive: 5 Things You Need To Know

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV First Drive: 5 Things You Need To Know

Volkswagen has found itself on the outside looking in when it comes to the current SUV zeitgeist that has seized American car shoppers. The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan compact sport-utility vehicle, in combination with the full-size VW Atlas, is intended to address that oversight and snag a larger slice of customer affections (and paychecks) than the previous Tiguan and the ignored Touareg were able to claim.

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A Tesla streaming music rival to Spotify makes perfect sense

A Tesla streaming music rival to Spotify makes perfect sense

The next Tesla perk could well be the automaker's own streaming music service, with industry insiders claiming a rival to Spotify and Apple Music is being explored. The car company, which is readying for production of its most affordable model, the Tesla Model 3, currently leads the auto industry in the high-tech functionality of its dashboards. Now, so the rumors suggest, that might see an expansion from merely packaging other entertainment services to a completely independent version.

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible Review: Droptop SUV an acquired taste

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Review: Droptop SUV an acquired taste

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible's time in the autoshow spotlight may have faded to distant memory, but its oddball status remains. Even several months after they started showing up on dealer forecourts, usually sufficient time for the gloss to fade on all but the most unexpected exotica, the Evoque Convertible still turns heads. A reasonable part of that, I suspect, isn't so much because onlookers necessarily like the design, but because seeing an SUV with the top chopped off is still strange.

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Volvo spins Polestar into performance EV-maker to take on Tesla

Volvo spins Polestar into performance EV-maker to take on Tesla

Volvo is turning its tuned car division into an electrified performance car company, with Polestar set to create its own range of unique EVs. The decision will see Polestar operated as a completely separately-branded company, rather than sharing Volvo badging as is the case on current vehicles. In the future, its line-up will include both its own cars and performance versions of Volvo's vehicles.

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2018 Toyota Camry First Drive: Potent family sedan shrugs off SUV onslaught

2018 Toyota Camry First Drive: Potent family sedan shrugs off SUV onslaught

Is it hard to get excited about the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry? After all, this is a car that has been at the top of the mid-size sedan heap for decades, reaping handsomely the rewards having sown so much loyalty amongst families seeking affordable and above all reliable transportation. How much better can it get, really - and how noteworthy would an improvement actually be when it's already such a dominant force in its class?

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Coming 2018, the Jaguar E-PACE is a new compact SUV

Coming 2018, the Jaguar E-PACE is a new compact SUV

Jaguar is adding a new SUV to its line-up, with the Jaguar E-PACE promising both performance and compact dimensions. The smaller sports utility vehicle will join the larger Jaguar F-PACE in the automaker's line-up, following market trends away from sedans and instead toward SUVs and crossovers.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe First Drive: The new benchmark

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe First Drive: The new benchmark

It's tough to stand out on the increasingly crowded forecourt of a Mercedes-Benz dealership, but somehow the 2018 E400 Coupe manages it. Maybe it's not the most aggressive of the German automaker's cars, or the most powerful, or even the most expensive. Yet it's a coupe that draws a direct line back, all the way to 1968, through a rich seam of Mercedes heritage. Go figure, then, that when the company invited me out to British Columbia to try it for myself, this grand tourer turned out to perfectly encapsulate the thoroughly modern Mercedes.

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Dodge Demon declares war on dealer price-gouging

Dodge Demon declares war on dealer price-gouging

We knew two things about Dodge's 2018 Challenger SRT Demon: first, that with 840HP it would be crazy-powerful, and second, it would be in hot demand. Now, Dodge is spilling some details on how it plans to manage that demand, and there's surprisingly good news. Unlike most enthusiast-focused cars, which suffer sometimes shocking dealer price-gouging, the Demon may well be actually sold at its MSRP.

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This dramatic Chevrolet Bolt EV crash test video is great news

This dramatic Chevrolet Bolt EV crash test video is great news

Chevrolet's Bolt EV may have divided electric car buyers with its hatchback design, but new safety testing suggests there's no need to worry about how it'll hold up in a crash. The all-electric car has become the first such vehicle to grab a 2017 award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the independent agency which puts vehicles through their paces in crash testing that in many ways exceeds what the government-run NHTSA checks for. In recent years, the most tricky of those automotive trials has been the so-called small overlap front crash test.

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