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    Opel Drove the Ampera-e 260 Miles to Its Paris Debut

    Talk about proof of concept, Opel drove its new rebadged Chevy Bolt 417 kilometers (260 miles) from London to Paris for its debut at the biannual motor show. In fact, even after arriving at the Mondial de l’Automobile, the Ampera-e’s on-board computer was still reporting a remaining range of 80 km (50 miles), demonstrating the […]

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    Next-Gen Toyota Prius Could Ditch Regular Hybrid Propulsion and Go Plug-in

    For all those who’ve alleged Toyota is not so interested in plug-in technology, that assessment may have been premature. According to an Autoblog interview with Shoichi Kaneko, assistant chief engineer for the Prius Prime, the carmaker may make the next generation Prius Liftback exclusively plug-in hybrid. The Prius Liftback hybrid is by far the highest-volume […]

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    Federal Guidelines Balance Safety and Innovation in Self Driving Cars

    The federal government issued long-awaited guidelines late Monday backing fully autonomous vehicles that can save lives. In a joint appearance, Anthony Foxx, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council, released guidelines that encourage technology innovations from companies balanced with concerns over public safety. The guidelines provide […]

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    Ferrari Debuts LaFerrari Aperta – Video

    The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is a car that needs no introduction. It’s an open-air version of this legendary Italian brand’s LaFerrari. Making its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show, this limited-production exotic beauty is launching to commemorate the brand’s 70th birthday. Obviously, the lack of a permanent roof is its defining feature. Accordingly, it’s […]

    Volkswagen’s 13th Brand is its New Ride Sharing Business

    Volkswagen is another automaker getting into the ride sharing business. Volkswagen AG announced at the 2016 Paris Motor Show that it has established an as yet unnamed subsidiary to handle car sharing and logistics. The so-called 13th brand will be based in Berlin, Germany, and according to CEO Matthias Muller will help bring VW into […]

    Nevada Grants First-Ever Autonomous Vehicle Driver’s License

    The first state in the nation to grant self-driving car testing permits just granted the nation’s first autonomous vehicle-related driver’s license to a quadriplegic man. The state of Nevada granted Sam Schmidt with a license to drive a semi-autonomous test car on public roads under restricted conditions. Earlier this year, Schmidt drove more than 150 […]

    Uber and Otto Move Forward on Developing Self-Driving Truck Technologies

    Ride-hailing giant Uber and its newly acquired self-driving truck startup Otto are working out their next moves, Otto’s co-founder said. Otto plans to expand its fleet of trucks from six to about 15 and is setting up partnerships with independent truckers, Otto co-founder Lior Ron told Reuters. Next year, Otto-branded trucks and other trucks equipped […]

    Volkswagen I.D. Concept Revealed at Paris Motor Show

    The first car on the MEB platform that is headed for production has been launched today in Paris. Volkswagen’s chairman, Herbert Diess, was on the stage early this morning to unveil the new concept, dubbed I.D., at the Paris Motor Show. That I.D. won’t be available for purchase until 2020, unfortunately, but it is a […]

    Volkswagen e-Golf To be Sold Nationwide

    Volkswagen of North America’s CEO Hinrich Woebcken today revealed that the e-Golf will be sold nationwide. At present, the 2016 e-Golf is only available in select states, like California, Connecticut, Massachuessets, and more. The move follows the announcement that the e-Golf will now come with up to 300 km (186 miles) of range – though […]