Electrification is “the key” to maintaining the Dodge brand’s ongoing performance image, and for the future of all performance cars, says the head of passenger cars for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. New high-priced supercars from Honda, Ferrari and Porsche have enjoyed electrification to date virtually unchallenged, Tim Kuniskis told industry publication Automotive News. However, electrification of […]

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The automaker has explored only “the tip of the iceberg” with its new carbon-fiber pickup box for the GMC Sierra, reports industry watchdog Automotive News. Future uses for the lighter and structurally superior material by GM are expected to become more widespread, apparent and accessible. The Sierra’s sibling Chevrolet Silverado is the next obvious platform […]

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Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) says it has mastered the task of vehicle-air purification, ensuring that occupants breath the most odor-free, clean air possible. The Smart Air Purification system constantly monitors and filters in-cabin air and sports an automatic filtering system that ensures “excellent” air quality status, a press release said. Combined with advanced filtering, the […]

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It was only a matter of time in the age of electronics until motorcycle helmets became more than crash protection. A case in point is Forcite’s “smart” motorcycle helmet, packing Bluetooth communication, a chin-mounted camera with image stabilization, and performance-tracking sensors, all wrapped in a lightweight carbon-fiber shell. A suite of built-in sensors includes an […]

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Honda’s minimalist e Prototype bowed at the Geneva Motor Show in March; a production model “evolved” from its 2017 Urban EV Concept. The e Prototype combines simple lines with a minimalist interior and lounge-like atmosphere, “advanced functionality” and fun driving dynamics with a wide stance and rear-wheel-drive. With production due to begin “later this year,” […]

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The Germany based automaker said in May that by 2021 it will have a pilot fleet of 500 utility vehicles, code named iNext, in on-road testing, some with Level 4 capability and others with Level 5. A Level 4 vehicle can self drive in all conditions, but has a steering wheel and driver controls. Level […]

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Supercar automaker Bugatti went back to its roots at the Geneva Motor Show in March, marking its 110th anniversary with a limited-edition electric-pedal-car-sized 1920s Bugatti Type 35 racer for youngsters. Just 500 copies will be made starting in the fall, each selling for about US $33,000. Meticulously crafted, and with a 30-mph top speed (‘child […]

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As its contract with Frisco, Tex., comes to an end, Silicon Valley self-driving startup Drive.ai is moving into nearby Arlington to expand its efforts across a more complex driving grounds, pushing the capability of its autonomous technology. “We’ve decided to go big in Arlington,” CEO Bijit Halder told industry watchdog Automotive News. Four autonomous shuttles […]

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Promising to save police forces and taxpayers thousands of operating dollars per vehicle per year, Ford has introduced hybrid power and new officer-safety technologies as standard equipment in the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility (PIU), which is based on the redesigned Ford Explorer. With a claimed 41-percent fuel-economy improvement over the current PIU with a 3.7-liter […]

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With its own platform designed specifically to accommodate electric power, the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept represents the brand’s plans for high-performance electrified vehicles wrapped in a new design language that is “infused with Japanese DNA.” Infiniti showed the futuristic concept vehicle at the 2019 Detroit auto show in mid-January. New electric platforms developed by the […]

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