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Tesla Reveals 100 Kilowatt Battery for Model S and X Cars

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Tesla Reveals 100 Kilowatt Battery for Model S and X Cars

Published August 23, 2016 Auto Reuters Facebook Twitter Print Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range and allow for super fast acceleration. The new 100 kilowatt hour battery pack means high end versions of the Model S sedan, called the P 100D, will be the world’s fastest accelerating car in production, the Silicon Valley automaker said. “These are very profound milestones and I think will help convince people around the world that electric is the future,” said Musk on a conference call with journalists. The new battery extends the range of performance versions of the new Model S beyond 300 miles (482.8 km), Tesla said. Musk said that if the weather is not too hot, a driver could travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles without recharging. After rising 2.1 percent to $227.71 in afternoon trade, shares dipped from session highs to $224.87, up less than 1 percent. News of the upgrade comes as the all-electric car maker lays the groundwork for a controversial buyout of SolarCity Corp , while it also prepares for next year’s launch of its high profile Model 3 mass-market vehicle. SolarCity agreed to...

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Under pressure: The Ford GT’s steering secret revealed

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Under pressure: The Ford GT’s steering secret revealed

By Gary Gastelu Published August 26, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print  (Ford) The Ford GT is a $400,000-plus high-performance supercar filled with the latest technology. It has a racing style carbon fiber chassis and pushrod suspension, carbon fiber bodywork, carbon-ceramic brakes, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a direct-injected twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out at least 600 horsepower. Why “at least?” Because Ford hasn’t revealed all of the GT’s secrets yet. This hasn’t stopped it from already selling out the first 500 cars it plans to build starting later this year. Related Image Expand / Contract  (Ford) One neat tidbit that has trickled out is that the GT features an old-school hydraulic power steering assist, much to the delight of the kind of enthusiasts willing to buy an exotic car before they even know the exact price or get a chance to drive it. Automakers have been making the shift to electric assist in recent years because it’s more energy efficient and easier to equip with computer-controlled self-steering systems. Skilled drivers would rather take matters into their own hands, however, and prefer the more natural feedback that hydraulic assist provides. Brands like Ferrari and McLaren have stuck with it for just this reason. But that’s not why it ended up in the...

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Amazon Vehicles aims to take the confusion out of car shopping

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Amazon Vehicles aims to take the confusion out of car shopping

By Stephen Edelstein Published August 25, 2016 Facebook Twitter Email Print A car is just about the only thing you can’t buy on Amazon, but the online retail giant hopes to make the process a little easier with a new service. Amazon Vehicles gives users access to detailed information on new and used cars, along with existing Amazon features like customer reviews and a cross-referencing tool for parts and accessories. Car shoppers can use the information they find on...

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This truck hauls: Volvo Iron Knight breaks semi speed records

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on This truck hauls: Volvo Iron Knight breaks semi speed records

Published August 24, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print  (Volvo Trucks) Same day delivery? Sorry, too slow. Volvo Trucks has built the world’s quickest semi-tractor. The Iron Knight is a purpose-designed, 10,000-pound sprinter powered by a quad-turbocharged 13-liter diesel engine that cranks out 2,400 horsepower and 4,425 pound-feet of torque. It’s fiberglass bodywork is formed to feed and cool the beast with air. Related Image Expand / Contract  (Volvo Trucks) The engine is mid-mounted in the chassis –...

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Ferrari crushed by Mercedes in parallel parking mishap

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Ferrari crushed by Mercedes in parallel parking mishap

Published August 08, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook255 Twitter175 livefyre61 Email Print  (Ferrari) The latest cars from Mercedes-Benz are available with self-parking systems that can autonomously steer them into a space without hitting anything. Unfortunately for one Virginia woman, that technology wasn’t available in the 1980’s. The driver of a Mercedes-Benz 380 SL had some trouble parallel parking at the Great Falls Cars and Coffee gathering on August 6th, when she backed up into and onto the hood of a Ferrari....

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Test Drive

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Test Drive

By Gary Gastelu Published August 02, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook26 Twitter7 livefyre22 Email Print The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the archetypal family car, but it may also be the ultimate dudemobile. It’s available with six reclining seats, a Blu-Ray player, three TVs, surround sound, Wi-Fi, two skylights and a built-in vacuum. Does your call have all that? Does your bachelor pad? It’s doubtful, especially the last one. But you know you wish that it did. The Pacifica is the latest...

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Barely-driven 1974 VW Beetle barn find up for auction

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Barely-driven 1974 VW Beetle barn find up for auction

Published May 16, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook5246 Twitter176 livefyre203 Email Print  (Silverstone Auctions) Remember the little old lady from Pasadena who only drove her car to church on Sundays? Well, Armando Sgroi was an old man from Genoa, Italy, who bought a VW Beetle in 1974 to drive to services when the hills near his home got too tough for him to walk. Related Image Expand / Contract  (Silverstone Auctions) According to Silverstone Auctions, it was a very short trip...

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