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Baidu & BMW call off collaboration on self-driving car project

Baidu & BMW call off collaboration on self-driving car project

Baidu, the Chinese search engine and internet giant, and Germany's BMW have announced that they're ending the autonomous car technology the pair first announced last summer. A formal product was never announced from the two companies, as the project never went beyond a joint research initiative. Thus far, the project saw Baidu make use of BMW's 3 Series sedans in its public road tests in China, and the plan was to do the same in the US in the near future.

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Watch how the new Discovery makes towing easy

Watch how the new Discovery makes towing easy

The new 2017 Land Rover Discovery is headed to the US next year, and for those planning to put the SUV to work rather than just do the school run, you might want to tick the new Advanced Tow Assist option. Intended to make reversing when towing large objects like boats and horse boxes more straightforward, it's part of a suite of new technology that gives the high-end truck its serious off-road cred. Making its US debut at the LA Auto Show this week, we caught up with the new Discovery to test the tech out.

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Redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass fully modernizes brand’s entry-level offerings at 2016 LA Auto Show

Redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass fully modernizes brand’s entry-level offerings at 2016 LA Auto Show

The 2017 Jeep Compass is in a bit of an odd spot, rolling on-stage in Los Angeles at the 2016 LA Auto Show at the same time you can still buy a....2017 Jeep Compass, hailing from the previous generation, in Jeep showrooms across the country. Our suggestion is to wait for the latest and greatest, however, rather than try to snag a deal on the existing model because the off-road brand has put a lot of effort into improving what the compact SUV has to offer.

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Subaru Viziv-7 Concept promises 7-passenger full-size SUV at 2016 LA Auto Show

Subaru Viziv-7 Concept promises 7-passenger full-size SUV at 2016 LA Auto Show

In the current automotive climate, to not have a three-row SUV sitting in your showroom is the equivalent of leaving millions of dollars in lost sales on the table. Subaru, a brand well known for its sport-utility vehicles and crossovers, hasn't offered anything with more than five passenger seating since the quiet death of the competent, but unremarkable Tribeca several years ago. That all changed at this week's 2016 LA Auto Show with the unveiling of the Subaru Viviz-7 Concept.

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Now you can buy Fiat Chrysler cars on Amazon (if you’re in Italy)

Now you can buy Fiat Chrysler cars on Amazon (if you’re in Italy)

Fiat Chrysler and Amazon have joined forces to make online car sales through the latter's massive storefront a reality. The program will start small - only offering three different models initially - but the implications for the future of car sales are easy to see. Unfortunately, only folks living in Italy are getting the chance to take advantage of this new program.

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Volvo trials concierge app to refuel and relocate your car

Volvo trials concierge app to refuel and relocate your car

A luxury car today means one with leather seats that massage you in traffic, but Volvo is taking a roundabout route to owner-pleasure by removing repetitive chores like filling up the gas tank. The Swedish company has announced a trial of its new concierge service, with which drivers of its most expensive models will be able to delegate the more mundane tasks of car ownership. The pilot will kick off with 300 Volvo owners, though only in a limited area.

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2017 VW e-Golf boosts range and power ahead of Model 3

2017 VW e-Golf boosts range and power ahead of Model 3

Volkswagen's e-Golf has been given a range and power refresh, with the 2017 version of the all-electric car now capable of 50-percent more range than its predecessor. The plug-in, revealed today at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, now accommodates a bigger battery: 35.8 kWh, rather than the 24.2 kWh of the old car. That nudges total range up to 124 miles.

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Legend resurrected, the Jaguar XKSS skips 1957 to 2016 LA

Legend resurrected, the Jaguar XKSS skips 1957 to 2016 LA

It takes a special classic car to overshadow the modern exotica of the LA Auto Show, but Jaguar has done just that with the first newly-manufactured XKSS in nearly six decades. The "New Original" XKSS is the first example of an ambitious - some might say crazy - project by Jaguar Classic, the division of the automaker dedicated to preserving and supporting the heritage models in the marque's lengthy back-catalog. Just a handful will be produced, each by hand, in the UK.

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Hyundai Ioniq Blue Link supports Amazon Alexa voice commands

Hyundai Ioniq Blue Link supports Amazon Alexa voice commands

Hyundai has announced a new feature that owners of the Ioniq EV and plug-in EV can use that takes advantage of Blue Link and Amazon Alexa. By using Amazon Alexa voice commands owners of Ioniq vehicles can perform tasks such as starting and stopping charging of the EVs.

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Redesigned 2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV keeps the spice, could add diesel

Redesigned 2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV keeps the spice, could add diesel

Hot on the heels of its mid-year 2016.5 refresh, the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV has been given a more comprehensive redesign for the 2017 model year. Most of the changes will be familiar to anyone who has been keeping pace with the development of other members of the Mazda line-up - notably the Mazda3 - so it's instructive to think of the new CX-5 as more of an accumulation of the best of what the brand has to offer, rather than a significant step away from the familiar.

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The Rezvani Beast Alpha’s crazy doors almost overshadow its speed

The Rezvani Beast Alpha’s crazy doors almost overshadow its speed

The LA Auto Show isn't short on high-powered automotive madness, but few can quite reach the excesses - and exclusivity - of the bizarre 2017 Rezvani Beast Alpha. Handiwork of the Orange County, California based automaker startup which has put extreme performance as its primary goal, the Beast Alpha takes the open-top Beast of 2015 and gives it a power and styling upgrade. That includes doors that could put gullwings to shame.

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2017 MINI Cooper Countryman hits the hybrid big-time at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman hits the hybrid big-time at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show

There's money to be made in crossovers and SUVs, which means the newest MINI feels no shame about getting a bit bigger around the waist. The 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman is the largest model yet from the brand better know for building tiny retro-mobiles than full-fledged people movers, but it comes at a time when the Mini family is maturing into a more fully-featured line-up interestd in more than just stylish subcompacts.

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