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Tesla is releasing a new upgrade package for its Roadster that will almost double the car’s range. The company announced today that the Roadster 3.0 package will include a new lithium-ion battery in the same dimensions as existing but 31-percent more efficient and with roughly 70 kilowatt-hours capacity. The 3.0 package also includes more effective […]

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In the burgeoning Chinese marketplace where Tesla has had its ups and down already, the California automaker is working with used car traders to purchase customers’ existing vehicles so they can apply the money toward a Model S. The cooperative agreement is for now in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou and Automotive News reports the value […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave owners of its Roadster a bit of a present on Christmas Day: The Roadster will indeed get nearly 400 miles range potential he said on Twitter. The news was expected from prior reports and hints, and last Friday Musk had tweeted news was coming. Specifics in the 140-character communication format […]

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According to a new study released by the Harvard School of Public Health, exposure to fine particulate air pollution during the last three months of pregnancy can double the risk of having an autistic child. This latest study is one among several that have demonstrated the correlation between air pollution and autism in recent years. […]

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Toyota scored well in the new IIHS safety tests, including its Prius and Prius v hybrid models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave Toyota 12 awards. In fact, Toyota said the automaker won more awards than any other automaker, including the most of the Institute’s highest honor. In all, eight Toyota and Lexus […]

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The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid has been named best value by Consumer Reports’ editors, having edged out its gasoline-only stablemate and being the only alternative-energy car considered among five top contenders. The Camry Hybrid has utilized the same Prius-derived but more-powerful Hybrid Synergy Drive system since 2012 and the exterior and interior were comprehensively refreshed […]

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Subaru’s seven 2015 Subaru models have earned 2015 Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the sole hybrid in the range, the XV Crosstrek hybrid. The seven Subaru models are the Legacy, Outback, Forester, BRZ, WRX/STI, Impreza and XV Crosstrek. Subaru is the only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety […]

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Volvo’s crash avoidance technology, part of its future self-driving technology, contributed to the brands’ four models sold in America to gain the highest safety recognition. Four Volvo cars made the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ grade in this year’s honors list: the S60, V60, S80 and XC60. Volvo Cars was the only […]

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Seeing sales on the rise, FCA is investing in order to have the capacity to build more eight-speed TorqueFlite transmissions. With sales of vehicles equipped with the popular eight-speed transmission growing, FCA US LLC stated it will invest an additional $266 million in its Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.) to increase capacity of the fuel-efficient TorqueFlite […]

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We have officially entered into the future of automobile transportation and Google is in the driver’s seat. The tech giant revealed its first “fully functional” self-driving car on December 22 and announced its intention to test drive the vehicle on San Francisco area roads in 2015. Google has been developing self-driving car technology for years […]

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