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2021 hyundai sonata n line specs and prototype drive impressions

Hyundai tries to make ordinary sedans more exciting with the Sonata N-Line

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata has plenty of tech, but it's a bit short on fun. Hyundai will try to fix that with a sporty Sonata N-Line model. We snagged an early test drive of a prototype. On sale in fall 2020, the N-Line packs a 290-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Here’s how Porsche plans to give electric SUVs snow-conquering grip

The Porsche Taycan may have just launched, but the German automaker is already thinking ahead to future electric models. Porsche has devised a new all-wheel drive system for electric SUVs that will use four motors. This system could be used in an electric Macan, but Porsche hasn't confirmed anything.
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Mobileye maps 28K miles of roads a day to prep for autonomous cars

Mobileye has struck a deal with the city of Barcelona to equip local vehicles with driver-assist tech. These vehicles are building a library of data to help improve safety. The data will also help lay the foundation for self-driving cars, which need detailed digital maps to navigate.
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2021 Jaguar F-Type sports car gets a new face and more tech

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type sports car gets a few notable changes to keep it fresh, including a face-lift and a significant tech upgrade. The V8-powered F-Type R also gets a boost in power. Jaguar launched the F-Type in 2013 (as a 2014 model), so the sports car was due for an update.
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It’s easy to forget, but even an average car is now packed with advanced tech

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat shows just how far automotive tech has come. The Passat doesn't push the boundaries of tech, but it still feels like a spaceship compared to its 1970s ancestor. Digital Trends drove a 2020 Passat back to back with a 1977 Volkswagen Dasher to highlight the evolution.
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At $60,000, the 2020 Corvette Stingray may be losing money for GM

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was treated to a redesign, but the price didn't go up dramatically. As a result, GM is losing money on every Corvette sold at the base price, according to a new report. Corvettes start at $59,996, but GM reportedly only makes money on more expensive models.
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Ford Bronco breaks down in Baja, and SCG Boot nabs a class win first time out

The Ford Bronco R and SCG Baja Boot showed up at the 2019 Baja 1000 to reenacted an epic racing battle from 50 years ago. But while the Boot took a class win, the Bronco R didn't even finish. The trials and tribulations of both Ford and SCG show why the Baja 1000 is one of the world's toughest races.
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Lexus unveils its first electric car, but it’s unlikely to be sold in the U.S.

The Lexus UX 300e is the first battery-powered production car from Toyota's luxury brand. But while Lexus has confirmed plans to sell the UX 300e in China, Europe, and Japan, it hasn't said anything about the United States. Lexus and parent Toyota have been hostile to electric cars in the past.
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2020 Cadillac CTS-V has reduced performance, but also a lower price

The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V sedans are the latest additions to the General Motors luxury brand's V-Series performance lineup. But will they be worthy of the Cadillac V-Series badge? So far, CT5-V and CT4-V look a bit lukewarm compared to previous Cadillac V-Series models.
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Hybrid model will be ‘highest performance 911 of all,’ Porsche CEO says

A Porsche 911 hybrid is in the works, and it will outperform all other 911 variants, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said in a recent interview. He didn't give any other details on the 911 hybrid. Blume also hinted that the next-generation Porsche 718 sports car could go all-electric.
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2020 Nissan Rogue Sport gets more expensive, but adds more driver-assist tech

The 2020 Nissan Rogue gets some exterior styling changes to help differentiate it from the larger Nissan Rogue, as well as more standard driver-assist tech. Pricing for the 2020 Nissan Rogue starts at $24,335 for a base front-wheel drive model. All-wheel drive is a $1,350 extra.
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Porsche will use discarded F1 tech for a new hybrid supercar, report claims

A successor to the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar is on the way, and it will use tech from a scrapped Formula One powertrain program, according to a new report. The new Porsche hybrid supercar won't appear until 2023 at the earliest, the report claims, but the car may also go racing.
2020 nissan sentra revealed at 2019 los angeles auto show

2020 Nissan Sentra banishes boring styling, as well as its turbocharged engine

The 2020 Nissan Sentra takes on traditional rivals like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla by doubling down on style and tech. Debuting at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the eighth-generation compact sedan gets a more attractive new look and a long list of available tech features.
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Lotus Evija electric hypercar is now one step closer to reality

The Lotus Evija is a 1,973-horsepower electric hypercar from one of the greatest names in automotive performance. But can Lotus, which has stagnated over the years, actually get the Evija into production? The company released a video of an Evija prototype undergoing track testing.
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Volkswagen gave a classic 1972 Type 2 Microbus an electric upgrade

Volkswagen and EV West installed the powertrain from a 2017 e-Golf in a 1972 Microbus. This blend of old and new has more power than a stock Microbus, with the same range as a stock e-Golf. Volkswagen also offers an electric conversion kit for vintage Beetles in Germany.
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2020 Ford Escape first drive review

The 2020 Ford Escape marks the first redesign of Ford's compact crossover in seven years. The new Escape gets a style makeover, more tech, and a hybrid powertrain option. The 2020 Ford Escape is designed to compete not only with other crossovers, but with the sedans Ford is abandoning.
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Volkswagen found something fun to do with its Atlas Cross Sport family hauler

Despite having the word sport in its name, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport isn't a very sporty vehicle. But VW slapped its name on a Baja 1000 off-road racer anyway. The Atlas Cross Sport race truck was unveiled at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, and will race in the 2020 Baja 1000.
lincoln corsair grand touring plug in hybrid 2019 los angeles auto show

Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring adds plug-in hybrid power

At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lincoln announced it is adding a second plug-in hybrid to its lineup with the Corsair Grand Touring. The crossover boasts 266 horsepower and an electric range of 25 miles. Lincoln will launch the Corsair Grand Touring in summer 2020, with pricing to be announced closer to that time.
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2020 Karma Revero GTS adds performance to go with its sleek looks

The 2020 Karma Revero GTS is a sportier version of the recently unveiled Karma Revero GT plug-in hybrid. The GTS adds torque vectoring and is quicker from zero to 60 mph, according to Karma. It carries a $149,950 price tag, and starts production in 2020 at Karma's California factory.
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Pint-sized 2021 Kia Seltos crossover could be a great tech value

The 2021 Kia Seltos is coming to the United States after launching overseas. While it will be one of Kia's cheaper models, the Seltos will offer a long list of available tech features. Kia expects a base LX model to start around $22,000 with all-wheel drive when the Seltos goes on sale next year.

2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback is all about style, but still has substance

The 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback is the follow-up to Audi's first mass-market electric car. The Sportback takes the mechanical package from the standard E-Tron and wraps it in sleeker bodywork. The Audi E-Tron Sportback made its public debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime adds fuel efficiency and power in equal measure

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid version of the popular RAV4 crossover. It may also be the best version. The Prime is the most powerful, quickest accelerating, and most fuel-efficient RAV4, Toyota claims. The RAV4 Prime debuts at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and goes on sale in 2020.
2021 lexus lc 500 convertible 2019 los angeles auto show

Lexus did the obvious thing and chopped the top off its flagship LC

The Lexus LC was always going to look great as a convertible, and now we'll get to find out if it's great to drive as a convertible as well. The LC will finally drop its top in summer 2020. That'll make it easier to hear the soundtrack of the LC's thumping 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Too hip for a minivan? Check out VW’s all-electric ID.Space Vizzion concept

The Volkswagen ID.Space Vizzion is the latest in a series of electric concept cars from the company. It previews a potential production model with a 300-mile range. Volkswagen claims the ID.Space Vizzion's interior was made using only sustainable materials, and that the car is very aerodynamic.
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2021 Aston Martin DBX is perfect for a 00 agent with a family

Aston Martin is finally launching its first SUV, the 2021 DBX. With 542 horsepower and a high-tech suspension system, the DBX should have the moves of a traditional Aston Martin. Engineers also spent a lot of time on the "utility" aspect of this SUV. The DBX starts at $189,900.
2020 mini cooper se electric car road tripped from san francisco to los angeles

All-electric Mini Cooper SE road-tripped from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Ahead of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto, the 2020 Mini Cooper SE did a road trip from San Francisco to the City of Angels. Mini's first mass-market electric car goes on sale in March 2020. Mini previously sent the Coope SE on a road trip from Munich to Frankfurt, but this California drive was much longer.
2020 acura mdx pmc edition 2019 los angeles auto show

Acura adds some supercar touches to its MDX family crossover

Contining the trend started by the TLX, the 2020 Acura MDX PMC Edition is built in the same factory as the NSX supercar. Acura PMC Editions get fancy Valencia Red Pearl paint, and go through the same thorough inspection process as the NSX. The MDX PMC Edition debuts at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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BMW’s electric i4 will make its debut in 2021 with 530 hp, 300 miles of range

BMW plans to launch a new electric car in 2021, according to a report. Called the i4, it has some serious specs. BMW is reportedly aiming for 530 horsepower and a range of over 300 miles. BMW has at least two other electric models in the pipeline, as well as an electric Mini.
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2020 Audi A8 gains plug-in hybrid powertrain, sporty S8 model

The 2020 Audi A8 lineup gets a major update in the form of a new S8 performance model and two other new powertrains. The S8 features a twin-turbocharged V8 mild hybrid powertrain making 563 hp. Audi is also bringing an A8 plug-in hybrid model to the United States for the first time.
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Inside Volkswagen’s plan to finally bring affordable electric cars to the masses

Volkswagen is opening its first factory dedicated to electric car production, the first step toward a goal of selling 22 million electric cars worldwide by 2028. Digital Trends got a firsthand look at the factory building the Volkswagen ID.3, the automaker's first mass-market electric car.
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Denver residents now have more opportunities to hail an electric Lyft ride

Lyft is making 200 electric cars available to Denver drivers through its Express Drive rental program. The company claims this is the most electric cars it has ever launched at once. Lyft wants more ridesharing drivers to use electric cars, but feels additional backing from lawmakers is needed.

Daimler is taking a ‘reality check’ on self-driving cars over safety challenges

Daimler is reigning in expectations for self-driving cars, CEO Ola Kaellenius told a group of reporters. Safety has proven a greater challenge than originally anticipated, he said. Daimler is also unsure if it could make much money off the ridesharing fleets of self-driving cars originally envisioned.
Aspark Owl

How do you get people to take your electric supercar seriously? Set a lap record

A new Japanese electric supercar called the Aspark Owl will head to the Nürburgring in 2020 to attempt a lap record at the famous German racetrack. Aspark has to beat Porsche to secure a place in the record books. The Aspark Owl boasts a claimed 2,012 horsepower and zero to 60 mph in 1.69 seconds.
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A fleet of Teslas drove 300,000 miles. Here’s what broke and what didn’t

Tesla electric cars in the Tesloop shuttle service have racked up 300,000 miles apiece. Here's what issues those cars experience after accumulating high mileage. Tesloop owns seven cars, including Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X electric cars. They haven't been trouble-free.