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Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak – Engadget

Volkswagen is partnering with Technical Development in Wolfsburg to build the all-wheel-drive prototype. The automaker hopes it will break the record for electric racers on the course, which was set at eight minutes 57.118 seconds in 2016. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.4 miles long, with a nearly 5,000-foot climb to top out at a maximum elevation of over 14,000 feet above sea level. “The Pikes Peak hill climb…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Consumer Reports: Toyota tops for reliability — and Cadillac is last – USA TODAY

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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

After submarines and baby strollers, Aston Martin is branching into luxury condos – Quartz

In the world of luxury one-upmanship, “my other house is an Aston Martin” is a boast you might hear soon. The venerable British luxury sportscar brand, immortalized in James Bond movies since the 1960s, is getting into real estate. The company broke ground on a 66-story sail-shaped glass and steel apartment building in downtown Miami yesterday (Oct.18). Racy. (Aston Martin Residences) From the company description, living in the Aston Martin…

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

US auto reliability dented by new technology; electric cars fare better: report – Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – New technology to stream music into dashboards or boost fuel efficiency is making cars less reliable, although electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt should fare better than many conventional models, Consumer Reports magazine said on Thursday. The magazine said its survey of 640,000 vehicles showed that all-new vehicles or models with newly updated technology are more likely than older models to…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Volkswagen Attending Pikes Peak for First Time in 30 Years, This Time with an Electric Car – The Drive

The engineering that went into the car was mesmerizing for the time. Engineers utilized electronic throttle position sensors, despite the motor being fit with mechanical cable-driven throttle bodies, in order to match throttle between both engines. Sadly, by the end of the race, the car suffered a transmission failure. Then, Volkswagen went radio silent for 30 years. Fortunately, fans kept the name alive by building period-correct cars to aide in…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

New engines, infotainment bugs hurting auto reliability – CNBC

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Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

2019 Audi A7 stays true to its swoopy hatchback form – CNET

The Audi A7 is one of the original vehicles that brought what I call the “swoopy-coupe” form to sedans. Sure, you could get an A6 instead, but you lose the hatchback practicality and the form that comes with it. It isn’t for everybody, and this time around, its style is still a bit polarizing, but it’s just as interesting as before, if not more so. From the front, things are…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Scoot is adding battery-swapping cars to its San Francisco lineup – Engadget

According to Scoot founder and CEO Michael Keating, the electric scooter rental service has been used by almost 50,000 users since it launched in 2012. An impressive number, but as pointed out by Keating, not everyone is comfortable braving the perilous streets of San Francisco on two wheels. With that in mind, he announced a partnership with Chinese automotive startup CHJ to bring the automaker’s yet-to-be-released small electric car with…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Aston Martin set to build luxury waterfront Miami tower – The Independent

Aston Martin’s latest project swaps horsepower and acceleration for ocean views and private pools as the maker of slinky sports cars pushes into real estate for the first time in an effort to establish a broader luxury brand.  Teaming up with property developer G&G Business Development, Aston Martin broke ground on a 66-story apartment tower in downtown Miami on Wednesday. The facility, set for completion in 2021, will feature 391…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Almost A Third Of All New Cars Don’t Have Spare Tires: Report – Jalopnik

It used to be that if tire grievances happened to you on the road, you simply pulled over, got out the jack and spare tire and changed the the thing yourself. Then you’d be back on the road once more. Easy. But this isn’t the case anymore for an alarming number of people in new cars, a new AAA study finds. The reasoning itself is innocent enough: automakers want to…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

What Do Electric Vehicles Mean For MLPs? – Seeking Alpha

By Karyl Patredis Will widespread use of electric vehicles decrease oil demand in the near future? Innovation can be a little scary. Do you remember logging onto the internet for the first time? About 30 years ago, the idea that we could order a pizza, do our Christmas shopping, plan a vacation, and take a class via the computer seemed crazy, but technology happens. In a similar way, it might…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nissan halts production of cars sold in Japan – CNNMoney

Nissan has suspended production of cars for its home market over safety concerns. The automaker said Thursday that it had halted production of vehicles for the Japanese market after discovering that inspections were not carried out properly at several factories. “Certain checks were carried out by technicians not properly registered to perform those duties under Nissan’s own processes,” the company said in a statement. The stoppage won’t affect cars produced…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

To Survive the Streets, Robocars Must Learn to Think Like Humans – WIRED

Next time you’re driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to the kid kicking a soccer ball around her front lawn and the slightly wobbly, nervous looking cyclist. How you deprioritize the woman striding toward the street, knowing she’s heading for the group of friends waving to her from the sidewalk. You make these calls…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Watch These Virtual Cars Hit 100 Speed Bumps At 100 Miles Per Hour – The Drive

Computer simulations are amazing tools. You can use them to test new car designs without building a physical model. Police officers can practice high-performance driving in a much more accessible environment than a race track. And then there are the most important questions that only virtual reality can feasibly answer. For example, what would happen if you drove over 100 speed bumps at more than 100 miles per hour? Such…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

New York City needs to get ready for driverless cars – New York Post

Rather than turn Gov. Cuomo’s OK of self-driving car testing in the city into another episode of their “Bickersons” act, Mayor de Blasio should seize the chance to consider the future. After months of negotiations with the state, General Motors will soon start testing automated Chevy Bolts cars in a five-square-mile patch of lower Manhattan. City Hall erupted in fury over safety, labor and traffic concerns and complaining that the…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

This surreal Bugatti Veyron crash really happened – Autoweek

This surreal image of a Bugatti in the rocks on the side of a mountain popped up on Reddit and might look like your run-of-the-mill Photoshop put together by a bored teenager, but it actually happened — at least, according to the folks at Auto Evolution, which showed more pictures of the banged-up Bugatti. The wreck occurred sometime during an event called The Bugatti Grand Tour 2017, where a group…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Uber Is Testing Its Self-Driving Cars on a Fake City in Pittsburgh – Inc.com

Uber is testing its self-driving cars in a fake city it built in Pittsburgh called the ALMONO.  The fake city has a giant roundabout, fake cars, and roaming mannequins that jump out into the street without warning.  Uber also uses the ALMONO to train vehicle operators before allowing them to monitor the cars in the real world.  Uber’s self-driving-car pilot isn’t without its controversy, but the program is still alive and well…

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Six Favorite Cars from the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Sale – Automobile

It’s October, and that means the collector car extraordinaires over at Barrett-Jackson are gearing up for one of its largest sales of the year, held at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. The docket isn’t usually filled with vintage Ferraris or Pre-War Bugattis, but Barrett-Jackson has long remained a magnet for top-tier Americana and cutting edge supercars. We shuffled through the extensive list of available cars and picked out…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sacramento auto show rolls into Cal Expo – Sacramento Bee

Many of the latest-model cars consumers will be seeing on dealer lots next year will be on display Friday through Sunday at the Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo. The three-day show at 1600 Exposition Blvd. is sponsored by the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. This…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Correction: Self-Driving Cars Report story – ABC News

In a story Oct. 17 about a Boston self-driving car study, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a computer simulation showed that the advent of self-driving cars would likely add vehicles to the roads. The analysis showed that while vehicles would travel longer distances, there would be fewer of them on roads. A corrected version of the story is below: Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl A new…

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017