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Lexus’ New ES ditches side mirrors for video cameras

Lexus’ New ES ditches side mirrors for video cameras

Lexus has announced that when the new ES goes on sale in later October it will have a world's first integrated. The side mirrors that all cars use today are replaced on the ES with side stalks with video cameras in them. Those cameras beam images inside the cabin.

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BMW’s autonomous R 1200 GS motorcycle is a safety equipment testbed

BMW’s autonomous R 1200 GS motorcycle is a safety equipment testbed

BMW Motorrad has unveiled an autonomous motorcycle that is cooler than most of the autonomous cars that are out there. The bike itself is a BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS adventure bike. These bikes are normally festooned with panniers for holding gear and clothing when you see them cruising the roads. BMW's autonomous bike packs all sorts of electronics inside those cases.

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Porsche Drive and Host short-term car subscriptions launch

Porsche Drive and Host short-term car subscriptions launch

Porsche is expanding its car subscription options, with two new short-term pilots that could put you behind the wheel of a 911 for as little as a few hours. Porsche Drive and Porsche Host build on the existing Porsche Passport subscription, which began operations back in October 2017.

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2019 Lexus UX compact crossover starts at $32,000

2019 Lexus UX compact crossover starts at $32,000

Crossovers and SUVs are incredibly popular with vehicle buyers today with a wide range of models from just about every automaker out there. Back in March Lexus pulled the wraps off a new compact crossover called the Lexus UX. Lexus has now announced pricing on the ride along with all the details and the UX is surprisingly affordable.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE adds third-row, 48v suspension and gesture tech

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE adds third-row, 48v suspension and gesture tech

There's a new luxury SUV on the scene, and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is counting on a magic carpet ride, more flexible cabin, and upgraded technology to best its rivals. Revealed today at the Paris Motor Show 2018, the fourth-generation SUV adds an optional third row of seats for the first time, along with an all-new E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL intelligent suspension system.

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Tesla axes two paint options to simplify production

Tesla axes two paint options to simplify production

Tesla is removing two of its paint options, with CEO Elon Musk suggesting that reducing the range will "simplify manufacturing" as the electric car company tries to ramp up production. The decision will reduce the range of Tesla colors from the current seven down to just five, though those wanting the expiring finishes will be given a last chance to order them by special request.

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Bugatti’s W16 quad-turbo engine in the Divo hypercar will be the last hurrah

Bugatti’s W16 quad-turbo engine in the Divo hypercar will be the last hurrah

The old adage in the car world says there is no replacement for displacement. In modern cars, turbos and hybrid tech have been replacing displacement and doing a good job of maintaining the performance. Bugatti was a holdout with its massive W16 engine with four turbos crammed inside the Divo hypercar. Fans of those giant motors may need to take a moment to mourn.

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Toyota Corolla Touring Sports wagon will debut in Paris

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports wagon will debut in Paris

Toyota has unveiled some details about the new Corolla Touring Sports that will make its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show on October 2. The car will slot into the line along with the normal Corolla and the new hatchback that was unveiled this year. The main difference here is that the Touring Sports is a very nice-looking wagon.

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Nissan at work on a new Z car tips report

Nissan at work on a new Z car tips report

The current Nissan Z car, the 370Z has been on the market since 2009 with little in the way of change. That lack of updating has meant that the car finds few buyers. A stale design, heavyweight, and lower power than the competition means low sales. Sales are so low that fans feared the car might simply be discontinued.

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BMW showed off X3 M and X4 M models at the Nürburgring

BMW showed off X3 M and X4 M models at the Nürburgring

BMW and a litany of other automakers like to test their cars at the famed Nürburgring in Germany. It's sort of a badge of honor to say that your performance cars were tested and tuned on that famous track. It's not only cars that get tested there, on occasion performance-oriented SUVs get in on the action there as well.

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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Trail Control promises smarter off-roading

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Trail Control promises smarter off-roading

Ford's beastly F-150 Raptor truck is never going to be a candidate for autonomous driving, but a new Trail Control feature should make going even further off-road more straightforward for the updated pickup. Set to be offered on the 2019 F-150 Raptor, the new feature is a little like cruise control, only intended for the wilderness.

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Mercedes’ Vision URBANETIC is a self-driving skate for people and cargo

Mercedes’ Vision URBANETIC is a self-driving skate for people and cargo

Mercedes-Benz has revealed Vision URBANETIC, a new concept for a modular, autonomous platform equally at home transporting cargo as it is people. Handiwork of Mercedes-Benz Vans, the new concept is based on an underlying self-driving chassis, that would be electrically powered for zero-emission use in cities and other urban areas.

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