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July 11, 2016

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2017 Buick Encore Review

When it was new in 2013, it was virtually alone on the automotive landscape as one of the only small crossover SUVs. Today, that's a crowded niche, with pricey and prestigious rivals like the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Audi Q3 as numerous as the more affordable ones (Trax, Renegade, 500X, CX-3, and HR-V).

U.S. car deaths far higher than other developed nations: How do we cut the fatality rate?

Earlier this week, we received some alarming news: preliminary data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the number of U.S. traffic fatalities rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015.

How young Swedes learn to drive: on 'tractors' that are cut-down cars

In America, some people get their first taste of driving behind the wheels of go-carts and golf carts. In Saudi Arabia, women often climb into bumper cars.

2017 Dodge Viper

2017 Dodge Viper

From Motor Authority:

2017 Dodge Viper preview

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in June confirmed that production of the Dodge Viper would soon be coming to an end and that the 2017 model year would be the car’s last.

2018 Porsche Cayenne spy shots

The current Porsche Cayenne is approaching the end of its life cycle as a successor now been spotted on multiple occasions testing in prototype form. The new SUV’s exterior is disguised but we can already make out the general shape of the third-generation model, which appears to have a sleeker look dominated by a longer, flatter roof.

Report: Billionaire seeks to resurrect iconic Land Rover Defender

Production of the iconic Land Rover Defender ceased in January after a run lasting more than decades. While Land Rover is hard at work on a modern Defender, currently thought to be debuting in 2018, it’s being reported that there are efforts in place to resurrect the original.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

From Green Car Reports:

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: first drive of new plug-in hybrid

Toyota is the king of electrified powertrains. With more than nine million hybrid vehicles sold worldwide at this point, and well over 5.5 million of those wearing a Prius badge, no other automaker comes close.

2016 Chevrolet Spark preview

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a slightly larger, better equipped, and more stylish version of the smallest Chevy in brand's lineup. It succeeds a model whose unexpected sales numbers showed Chevrolet that there were buyers for a very small but up-to-date five-door hatchback minicar.

Road for electric trucks with trolley-like catenary opens in Sweden

The relatively short ranges and long charging times of current lithium-ion battery packs have hindered the development of electric long-haul trucks. But who said a truck had to carry its entire supply of electricity onboard?

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