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 |  Mar 12 2014, 9:10 AM

Presidential Limo

Believe it or not the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does more than just waste travelers’ time at airports, confiscating toothpaste and books of matches. The government organization actually has a hand to play in the presidential limo, which is expected to be replaced by the time our next commander in chief takes office in 2017.

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 |  Mar 11 2014, 11:30 AM

Volvo Self Driving Cars

Arguably autonomous cars are the next major hurdle facing both automakers and supplier companies. It seems like the entire industry is working on self-driving vehicles, including Volvo.

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 |  Feb 26 2014, 11:02 AM

2014 Audi R8 V8

For all their glory, the smoothness they’re known for, the melodious noises they make, the low-end torque they produce, modern V8 engines are fading away faster than childhood memories of fat camp. But in spite of this unfortunate disappearing act one engine is apparently here to stay.

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 |  Feb 25 2014, 3:32 PM

Electric Vehicle Chevy Volt

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed an advanced simulation that projects future emissions in the United States and the results of this study are surprising.

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 |  Feb 18 2014, 3:15 PM

Less is More


Mahle Downsizing Demonstrator

In decades past, automakers produced more powerful engines by adding cylinders. As the old saying goes, there’s no replacement for displacement… Or is there? 

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 |  Feb 12 2014, 12:02 PM

How Do Winter Tires Work?With the Midwest and eastern states smothered in snow and accosted by abnormally frigid temperatures, this winter has been uncommonly excruciating for people in the Northern U.S. Given the brutal weather, tires are a surprisingly appropriate subject for discussion.

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 |  Jan 22 2014, 9:02 AM

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You can’t build a truly great car without an exceptional engine. Powertrain is the heart and soul of every vehicle on the road; it’s the mechanical equivalent of life. Without propulsion systems cars are little more than expensive, over-engineered pieces of yard art.

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 |  Dec 20 2013, 11:02 AM

How-Avoid-Traffic-Jams-Main-ArtEvery time we get behind the wheel we’re at the mercy of a multitude of variables that are simply out of our control. Weather, crashes and highway design flaws can all conspire to turn a short trip a drawn-out nightmare. But what is being done to minimize congestion? Municipalities can do a few things to reduce on-road problems, and so can you.

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 |  Dec 18 2013, 12:02 PM

How-Do-Traffic-Jams-Start-Main-ArtIt doesn’t get much better than zipping along in the fast lane on a beautiful day with your favorite tunes pumping and no vehicles ahead of you. But as is often the case this little slice of automotive paradise can quickly turn into the ninth circle of Hell.

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 |  Dec 05 2013, 4:02 PM

Sebastian-Vettel-Main-ArtMany automotive journalists think they can drive. Sure, some of them are able to deliver respectable lap times but quite a few believe they’re far more capable behind the wheel of a motor vehicle than they actually are.

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 |  Nov 15 2013, 8:02 PM

Hyundai-GDCI-Engine-Main-ArtDiesel engines are more efficient than their gasoline counterparts. There are several reasons for this; they burn a more energy-dense fuel, they’re run much higher compression ratios and there are fewer pumping losses since they have no throttle bodies. But what if you could take the best attributes of both powerplant types and combine them into one unit? That’s exactly what engineers at Hyundai are doing.

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 |  Nov 05 2013, 10:12 AM

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Renault has been strategically aligned with Nissan since 1999 but today the Franco-Japanese partnership just announced their intention to cooperate with ailing automaker Mitsubishi.

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 |  Oct 25 2013, 10:04 AM

Volvo-Drive-E-Engines-Main-ArtAll automakers are under enormous pressure to deliver the highest fuel economy possible without sacrificing performance. Volvo’s answer to the problem is their new Drive-E lineup of engines.

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 |  Oct 25 2013, 9:02 AM

Tesla-Model-E-Main-ArtStarting a new car company from scratch is no easy (or cheap) task. It’s comparable to building an entire city… on Mars. Despite the challenges and unfavorable odds Tesla seems to be doing quite well. Its Model S sedan has received numerous accolades and now some information about the brand’s next product is beginning to come out.

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 |  Oct 24 2013, 11:10 AM

Volvo-Wireless-Charging-Main-ArtVolvo is part of an advanced research project that’s exploring inductive charging for electric vehicles. What does that mean? One word: wireless.

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 |  Oct 21 2013, 4:52 PM

Autonomous-Cars-Face-Challenges-Main-ArtEveryone seems to be super bullish on autonomous vehicles these days. Pundits and product planners alike are hailing this technology as the industry’s next big game changer, but not everyone is so optimistic.

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 |  Oct 11 2013, 8:02 AM

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When the next generation of MINI Coopers arrive for the 2015 model year, they will come with driver assistance systems mostly lifted from BMW.

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 |  Sep 04 2013, 3:58 PM

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Hybrid technology isn’t just a Japanese specialty anymore, everyone is jumping on the electric bandwagon from the Detroit three to German automakers. Even the British are investing in cutting-edge batteries and motors.

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 |  Sep 03 2013, 11:35 AM

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It’s hard to believe but the Frankfurt Motor Show press preview kicks off next week. Where has summer gone? Heating things up, here’s a glimpse of what storied German sportscar builder Porsche plans to display at the international event.

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 |  Aug 28 2013, 4:19 PM

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Toyota pulled back the covers today at its Hybrid World Tour event in Michigan, giving a small glimpse of advanced fuel-saving technologies currently in development.

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 |  Jul 09 2013, 10:02 AM

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BMW announced five new approved iPhone applications for its “BMW Apps,” expanding the list of compatible smartphone programs owners can access through their car.

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 |  Jul 01 2013, 10:00 AM

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Dietary fiber is good for the body. Among its many benefits, plant-based roughage speeds digestion, helps stave off hunger and can even lower cholesterol levels. Doctors are always urging their patients to eat more of the stuff.

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 |  Jun 19 2013, 6:08 PM

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The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) is an annual report that’s closely followed by both automakers and consumers. It measures problems reported by vehicle buyers during the first 90 days of ownership. The research firm released its 2013 findings today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit and the report was full of surprises.

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 |  Jun 14 2013, 2:01 PM

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It’s a dangerous world out there. Buying a new vehicle has more perils and pitfalls than the Atari game of nearly the same name. Instead of swinging from vines or jumping over obstacles, car shoppers can skip the aerobic workout by simply visiting AutoGuide.com. We’re here to help and we’re glad to do it.

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