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August 17, 2016

From The Car Connection:

Ford promises autonomous cars for ride-sharing by 2021

We've spent a lot of time writing about (1) self-driving cars and (2) ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. There's a very good reason for that: those trends are poised to have a massive impact on the auto industry and dramatically change the way we get around.

2017 Nissan Titan comes out swinging with 5 year/100,000 mile warranty, starts at $34,780

Over the summer, General Motors launched a series of ads attacking the Ford F-150. The commercials did nothing to boost Chevrolet or GMC truck sales--in fact, both dipped--but shoppers did turn their heads a couple of weeks later when GM turned to incentives. Lesson learned: walking the walk is more persuasive than trash-talk.

Audis can now talk to traffic lights (Well, kinda. In some cities.)

Autonomous cars are cool, but they'll be far cooler when they're able to interact with their environments. Such vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications systems promise to revolutionize the auto industry, improve the flow of traffic, and dramatically reduce roadway crashes and deaths.

Dodge shows off its updated 2017 Challenger and Charger lineup

Dodge shows off its updated 2017 Challenger and Charger lineup

From Motor Authority:

Dodge adds Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona models for 2017

The Dodge Challenger and Charger trace their roots back to a pair of muscle cars from the 1960s and early 1970s. Ignore the fact that the modern Charger has an extra set of doors, though, and just revel in the modern muscle goodness. That's what Dodge is doing.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport preview

Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport is a worthy alternative to the more common German offerings for buyers in search of a mid-size luxury SUV.

Rimac Concept_One destroys Ferrari LaFerrari, Tesla Model S in acceleration test

We all know electric cars are quick off the line but it seems even the quickest internal combustion cars don’t hold a candle to the new generation of battery-powered, zero-emission offerings.

Infiniti VC-T (Variable Compression-Turbocharged) engine

Infiniti VC-T (Variable Compression-Turbocharged) engine

From Green Car Reports:

Infiniti plans VC-T engine with variable compression ratio

While significant attention is being paid to battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, carmakers are still trying to wring more efficiency out of internal-combustion engines. Now, Infiniti is poised to introduce a technology into production cars that was previously sidelined by somewhat easier fixes.

All-electric Subaru crossover utility vehicle coming in 2021: Japanese report

Subaru, to which auto writers often attach the adjective "quirky," has been a quiet success story in the U.S. market, which now provides almost half its global sales. The company's crossover utility vehicles handle more like cars than those from other makers, and its sedans and hatchbacks are set apart by standard all-wheel drive.

What would it take to get Australia to 100-percent renewable energy?

What would it take to convert an entire country to 100-percent renewable energy? How about a country that occupies an entire continent?

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