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December 6, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: which accessories are worth the price?

In the last 11 months we've talked a lot about our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot. Everything from car seats and diaper bags to the safety tech and its first service stop have been discussed. Now, as we enter the holiday season it only seems fitting we turn our attention to what kind of presents you can buy your Pilot.

General Motors introduces 9-speed automatic to take over for 6-speed

General Motors will replace most of its 6-speed automatic transmissions with newer, more efficient 9-speed units starting with some trims of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, the automaker announced Tuesday.

Apple finally, kinda-sorta says that it wants to build self-driving cars

The will it/won't it debate around Apple's not-so-secret desire to build self-driving cars has taken an interesting turn. In a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company gave its biggest hint yet that autonomous vehicles are on its radar.

Mercedes-AMG GT4 race car preview sketch

Mercedes-AMG GT4 race car preview sketch

From Motor Authority:

Mercedes-AMG previews GT4 race car

Mercedes-AMG is getting into the lucrative GT4 gig with the launch of a new GT4-spec race car based on its popular GT sports car.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon (CC successor) spy shots

Volkswagen is working on a successor for its CC sedan, which the automaker in November confirmed would feature the new name Arteon.

Audi uses machine learning to refine self-parking technology

Audi has demonstrated how it is using machine learning to help refine its self-driving system. Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence where computers “learn” how to perform actions on their own, i.e. without the need to be explicitly programmed, typically via trial and error.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

From Green Car Reports: 

Modern electric cars at 20: from EV1 to Bolt EV, where are we now?

Twenty years ago today, the very first GM EV1 electric cars were delivered to 40 lessees in California in a blaze of publicity. Since then, plug-in electric vehicles have seen more than their share of ups and downs.

Why one Finnish city thinks it's ideal for next Tesla Gigafactory

The Tesla "gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, is already billed as the largest lithium-ion battery cell plant in the world. But Tesla has discussed plans for at least one additional gigafactory, presumably to meet demand for battery cells related to large-scale electric-car production outside the U.S.

GM loses $9K on each Chevy Bolt EV to become major player in electric cars: report

With the first cars expected to arrive at a few dealerships before the end of this month, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV could change the electric car landscape. It offers an EPA-rated 238-mile range in a segment where only cars with Tesla badges previously earned ratings of more than 200 miles of range.

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