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2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

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2015 Chevrolet Traverse


The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is the GM brand's biggest crossover vehicle--a car-based wagon distinct from the big truck-based Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. The Traverse makes for a better family carrier than off-road, er, explorer.

The Average Car Loan Is Now 5.5 Years (And Growing)

Back in July, Equifax revealed that Americans have taken out $902.2 billion in car loans -- an all-time high. But the credit company also told us not to worry, because nearly everyone is paying back those loans on time. In fact, the number of loans in delinquency now hovers near record lows.

Not So Fast, Google: Autonomous Cars In California Still Need Steering Wheels, Brakes

In May of this year, California's Department of Motor Vehicles published safety guidelines aimed at manufacturers of self-driving cars. A few days later, Google unveiled a prototype of its first autonomous car built in-house.

Maserati Kubang

Maserati Kubang

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From Motor Authority:

2016 Maserati Levante Spy Shots

These are the first spy shots of Maserati’s upcoming SUV, the Levante, which will enter production in 2015 and hopefully arrive in showrooms in time for the 2016 model year. This is a very early test mule for the vehicle, which shares only internals with the production version of the Levante set to be unveiled sometime next year.

Man Who Crashed Bugatti Veyron Into A Lake Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

Back in 2009, Andy Lee House, one of the first people in the country to own a Bugatti Veyron, crashed the exotic supercar into a lake. Upon exiting the vehicle, House left the engine running, causing it to suck up the lake’s salty water and cause irreparable damage.

2016 Jaguar XF Spy Shots

Jaguar’s next-generation XF sedan has been spotted testing in the U.K., this time wearing the sheet metal of the final production version. Earlier shots showed the car as a test mule, with the new mechanicals hidden beneath the makeshift body of the current XF.

Battery pack assembly for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car at GM's Brownstown, Michigan, plant

Battery pack assembly for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car at GM's Brownstown, Michigan, plant

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From Green Car Reports:

Sakti3 Claims Solid-State Battery Breakthrough For Electric Cars

A Michigan-based startup called Sakti3 claims it has battery chemistry that doubles the energy density of today's best lithium-ion batteries.

2017 Nissan Leaf Renderings: How Conservative Will Design Be?

It's long been acknowledged that the current Nissan Leaf electric car is a radical and distinctive design, just as the landmark 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid was. But some portion of potential buyers, who may be amenable to the benefits of driving a battery-electric vehicle, won't consider the Leaf because of its "weird" looks.

Which City Wants To Make Privately-Owned Cars Obsolete?

Instead of continually improving the efficiency of cars, might it be better to replace them entirely? A few cities encourage residents to eschew car use for public transit, cycling, or car-sharing services--but now one is trying to eliminate privately-owned cars altogether.

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