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2018 GMC Terrain compact SUV moves to all-turbocharged line-up at Detroit auto show

2018 GMC Terrain compact SUV moves to all-turbocharged line-up at Detroit auto show

Much like Subaru, GMC has enjoyed the benefits of the recent rising tide of SUV sales, as its entire line-up is made up exclusively of utility vehicles or trucks. The all-new 2018 GMC Terrain is the latest salvo from the Detroit-based builder in the battle for the affections of entry-level family shoppers looking for a do-everything commuter option.

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Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ reboots Microbus as self-driving EV

Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ reboots Microbus as self-driving EV

Volkswagen has recreated the Microbus for the 21st Century, with the I.D. BUZZ Concept giving the beloved van an electric refresh. Making its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 today, the zero-emissions vehicle has seating for up to eight and all-wheel drive, along with a fully-autonomous driving mode. It's part of VW's ambitious goal of making EVs a cornerstone of its future line-up.

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2018 Kia Stinger promises BMW-beating grand tourer

2018 Kia Stinger promises BMW-beating grand tourer

Kia might not be the first automaker that comes to mind when asked to think about performance cars, but the 2018 Kia Stinger aims to change all that. Revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 today, the new "fastback sport sedan" is set to hit Kia dealerships later this year, the company says. It's the finished result of a promise the South Korean automaker made back when it first showed us the Kia GT concept, and said it would definitely be making a production version.

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Just unveiled, the Bentley Continental Supersports is a 209 mph beast

Just unveiled, the Bentley Continental Supersports is a 209 mph beast

What does it take to be the world's fastest four-seater production car? If you're Bentley, the answer to that is a 6-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine, squeezed inside the stately curves of the 2017 Continental Supersports, and pushing the coupe to a heady 209 miles per hour. Freshly revealed in the metal on the eve of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017, this latest Supersports is setting the bar high.

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2018 Ford F-150 adds turbodiesel plus new safety tech and styling

2018 Ford F-150 adds turbodiesel plus new safety tech and styling

When the best-selling truck gets updated, plenty of people take notice, and so the 2018 Ford F-150 looks set to get attention at the Detroit Auto Show this coming week. Keeping the aluminum-alloy body that proved so controversial - and, indeed, still is fairly divisive among truck fans - the 2018 F-150 gets a revamped front and rear design, in addition to new engine options including a turbo-diesel. Meanwhile, the tech levels have been boosted, too.

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Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car winks at you, remembers the minutiae of your interests, and suggests detours to hang out with your friends: all in the name of getting you to trust its self-driving talents. Revealed at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, CA. this week, on the one hand it's a striking design study intended to explore the new possibilities unlocked when you're liberated from the tyranny of everyday driving. At the same time, though, it addresses a more fundamental issue, around trust in technology and the fear of the expert. I caught up with Ian Cartabiano, lead designer at the Toyota CALTY studio, and William Chergosky, interior lead designer, to find out why Concept-i is so important.

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Microsoft unveils Azure-based cloud platform for connected vehicles

Microsoft unveils Azure-based cloud platform for connected vehicles

At CES 2017 on Friday, Microsoft announced its latest plan to get involved in cars and their technology. No, the company isn't making its own autonomous vehicle like everyone else seems to be doing these days. Instead it's Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, a cloud system built on the Azure platform that will power connected cars and their growing number of services. Along with things like navigation and "in-car productivity," it will be used to bring Cortana to the road.

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Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA strike partnership to make an AI-powered car

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA strike partnership to make an AI-powered car

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA have announced a new partnership that will result in the two companies working together to launch an artificial intelligence-powered vehicle. The duo revealed the partnership at CES 2017, though NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the collaboration between the two started three years ago. “At this point it is very clear that AI is going to be the future of computing,” Jen-Hsun explained. “This is an endeavor that we started three years ago that we will put on the road next year – unbelievable.”

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Honda’s Riding Assist Motorcycle keeps itself upright without gyroscopes

Honda’s Riding Assist Motorcycle keeps itself upright without gyroscopes

While the NeuV system may have been the star of Honda's CES 2017 demonstrations, the car company also had another prototype on-hand that shouldn't be overlooked. Say hello to Honda's Riding Assist Motorcycle, a concept bike that keeps itself upright when its at rest. We've seen motorcycles capable of such a feat before, but there's one important difference in the Honda Riding Assist (which is currently its fitting - if not a little boring - name).

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Ford’s SYNC 3 can now pay for your gas, no buttons needed

Ford’s SYNC 3 can now pay for your gas, no buttons needed

Ford is adding gas-paying abilities to its SYNC 3 infotainment system, allowing drivers to pay at the pump without going anywhere near its grubby keys. The technology sees Ford integrate ExxonMobil's Speedpass+ technology in a new SYNC 3 app. It'll be supported at around 9,400 gas stations across the US.

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Meet the 209 mph Bentley Continental Supersports, its fastest car ever

Meet the 209 mph Bentley Continental Supersports, its fastest car ever

The Detroit Auto Show may be next week, but Bentley is fast out of the gate with its newest model and indeed the world's fastest production four-seater, the Bentley Continental Supersports. Dubbed "the pinnacle grand tourer", the car is the British automaker's latest attempt to coax even more power out of its Continental coupe. With a 209 mph top speed, and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds, it's succeeded.

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Alpine debuts 7-inch in-dash receiver with wireless CarPlay

Alpine debuts 7-inch in-dash receiver with wireless CarPlay

Alpine, the aftermarket car accessories maker, has taken to CES 2017 to announce its first in-dash receiver/infotainment system with wireless support for Apple's CarPlay. Dubbed the iLX-107, the unit features a 7-inch touchscreen, but more importantly it will allow iPhone users to connect their device over WiFi instead of a Lightning cable.

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