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Tesla batteries will live longer than expected, survey finds

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Tesla batteries retain over 90 percent of their charging power after 160,000 miles, according to data gathered by a Dutch-Belgium Tesla owners group. According to its survey of over 350 owners, the EVs dropped about 5 percent of their capacity after 50,000 miles, but lose it at a much slower rate after that. If the trend holds, most Tesla vehicles will still have 90 percent capacity after around 300,000 km (185,000 miles), and 80 percent capacity after a whopping 800,000 km (500,000 miles).

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 spied for the first time

Auto Blog News Feed - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:55

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI is a favorite among the Autoblog staff. Until recently, one among us owned a fifth-generation model. The current Mk7 is a great car, but it's getting along in years. It's been on sale for four years in the US and six years in Europe. Development on the eighth-generation is underway, and spy photographers caught an early test mule having a bit of trouble on the road.

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt's $43,000 soundproof booth broke law, GAO says

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it approved a $43,000 soundproof phone booth last year for the office of embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt, a congressional watchdog unit said on Monday.

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KTM finally ready to sell complete X-Bow racers in America

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A couple years back we wrote about KTM's intent to sell the mad, mad X-Bow trackday special as a complete vehicle in the United States. The X-Bow has been available in the U.S. since 2011, but buying them has been a two-part affair: first you'd buy the car, and then the engine, and you'd have to combine them yourself instead of KTM handing them over together as a functioning car. That arrangement was there because the X-Bow hasn't met federal crash standards. Finally that step can be skipped, bu

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Mahindra's Automobili Pininfarina now officially a standalone EV brand

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Indian automaker Mahindra has announced the launch of Automobili Pininfarina, a new standalone sustainable luxury vehicle brand, with plans for a new electric hypercar in 2020.

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No fatalities ever recorded in a Volvo XC90 in the UK

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Articles 16 Apr, 2018

Analysis of official figures finds no driver or passenger fatalities have been recorded in Volvo's XC90 since records began in 2004

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Zellmer: Porsche building 500 fast-chargers in U.S.

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When we talked with folks at Porsche about introducing the Mission E here in the U.S., they acknowledged that charging infrastructure was a challenge the company must face head-on. "We have to work on our charging infrastructure [across] the nation, so that range anxiety — despite the fact that we have a bigger range than 300 miles — is not a barrier," Porsche Cars North America President and CEO Klaus Zellmer told us. Now we know a little more about that plan, as Zellmer told Automo

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Ford Shelby GT500 with manual transmission spied, and there's video

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The hottest factory Ford Mustang ever is coming soon. The Shelby GT500 has had both official teasers and a few sets of spy shots, but today we get a look at the car's interior and a short drive-by video. The big news here is that the 700-plus horsepower V8 will be mated to a manual transmission, good news for those looking for an alternative to the manual transmission in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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VW to introduce autonomous parking in 2020

Auto Blog News Feed - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:40

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Last year, we brought you news of an automated valet parking system that would allow visitors to the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart to have their cars drop them off and then go park itself autonomously. Now, one of Daimler's German rivals plans to offer similar capabilities. Volkswagen Group, which includes Porsche and Audi, is currently testing autonomous parking at the Hamburg Airport, with plans to put the technology into consumer vehicles beginning in 2020.

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Mazda Hot Lap Challenge will put simulator drivers in real Miatas

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Using a video game as a feeder racing series is nothing new. Sony and Nissan have run the GT Academy for years now, rewarding the best Gran Turismo players with the chance to drive a real car. It seems Mazda wants a piece of the action. This year, it will host an iRacing Hot Lap Challenge, giving the best players a trip to the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The two fastest drivers will race head-to-head, with the winner earning a test drive in a Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup car.

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Cadillac Escalade gets $10,000 discount to ward off Navigator

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Cadillac is once again defending its full-size luxury Escalade SUV from assault by the hot-selling Lincoln Navigator, offering $10,000 discounts to some current customers to keep them from switching brands.

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Lexus might introduce an all-electric successor to the CT hatchback

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Despite sales of the Lexus CT hybrid hatchback ending last year in the U.S., Lexus isn't planning to abandon its segment in favor of the new compact crossover, the UX. The CT remains on sale in some countries, and Lexus's European boss is adamant the brand has to keep offering cars in that segment.

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Pagani planning new all-electric supercar

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The Pagani Huayra is nearing the end of its run. The final coupe — number 100 — will be dressed up like Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes-AMG F1 car. The roadster version that follows will be limited to just 100 examples, too. It should be no surprise then that the company is working on its third model. According to Car and Driver, a fourth one is in the works, too. Rather than a big, twin-V12, the fourth model will be all electric.

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Economy-car buyers increasingly get the best deal on technology

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One of the great things about technology is – with the exception of Apple products – consumers get more for their money every year. For example, the first 1GB USB drive I bought in 2005 cost me $30. Today you can get 10 for that price, delivered to your door thanks to Amazon. The same goes for car tech.

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Lexus exploring PHEV, full EV and fuel cell versions of LS flagship

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After four years of rumors about a Lexus LS powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the chief engineer of the flagship sedan says the carmaker's working on even more options. Toshio Asahi told Australia's GoAuto that three alternative powertrains — plug-in hybrid, full electric, and hydrogen — are "all on the table" for consideration. Asahi wouldn't give any timeframes, but whenever they arrive, additional drive options would fill out the LS range to better contend with the Germans.

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New 2018 Kia Sportage facelift spied

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Updated Kia Sportage crossover to arrive later this year with tweaked looks and 48-volt mild hybrid technology

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Female car ownership up 20% in the last decade

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Analysis shows the number of females owning cars has soared by 20% in the last 10 years, with overall ownership rising by 12%

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Ricciardo takes unlikely victory in Shanghai at 2018 Chinese Grand Prix

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The smile was broader than ever as Daniel Ricciardo savored a surprise Chinese Grand Prix victory in his own inimitable fashion on Sunday. After chugging champagne out of his sweaty boot in a trademark podium 'shoey' celebration as watching mechanics cheered, the beaming and slightly tearful Australian contemplated an astonishing turn of events.

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Sunday Drive: One of these things is not like the others

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One of these things is not like the others. And we don't mean that one is a Chevy while the rest are all from Ford. No, what we're looking at here are a bunch of performance cars, with one lone economy car thrown in for good measure.

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Audi R8 RWS a compelling bargain at $139,950

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The Audi RWS (Rear Wheel Series) bundles two large surprises in its compact aluminum frame. The first surprise is that it exists at all, this being the first rear-wheel drive production Audi since the 1938 Audi 920 - long before Audi was the carmaker we now know. The second surprise is the price, the R8 RWS needing just $139,950 to take home, a figure that includes destination. Stripping Quatto, complexity, and weight means stripping $26,200 from the price of the standard R8, while retaining eve

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