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Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future

Posted 3:36 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 20
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The 2X, created by GM's North Hollywood Advanced Design Center, is more of a suit than a race car.
It’s ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports. Chevrolet revealed a real-life mock-up of its imaginative Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept during the Los Angeles Auto Show, simultaneously challenging the boundaries of vehicle design while paying homage to a legendary racing b ...
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Just how bad is that traffic jam ahead? New tech lets drivers see it

Posted 3:36 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 18
Traffic apps that alert users about upcoming delays aren’t new. Mobile app Waze, for instance, has turned the navigation experience into a community event thanks to a crowd-sourcing approach where drivers notify one another of upcoming road closures, police traps and traffic conditions -- dotting maps with an array of colorful notification icons. It’s a usefu ...
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The Rolls-Royce that took 8 months to build

Posted 1:56 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 19
Turn 10 Studios needed extra time to digitally translate the Rolls-Royce Wraith’s craftsmanship into “Forza Motorsport 5” on the Xbox One. It took around eight months for developers to build the super-luxury fastback coupe -- two months longer than average. The Wraith -- the first Rolls-Royce to appear in a video game -- presented unique design challeng ...
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Inside the Camaro's transformation for latest 'Transformers' film

Posted 4:09 pm U.S. ET, June 26
The reimagined Camaro in the latest Transformers film features a slew of design alterations unique to the movie. Chevy Camaro enthusiasts hitting theaters for Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend should have a field day identifying changes amid the over-the-top explosions as Bumblebee fights alongside Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. The rebooted Bumbl ...
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Corvette recovery draws online gawkers, cartoonists, profit seekers -- even doubters

Posted 5:00 pm U.S. ET, March 4
There's nothing like a good old-fashioned Internet conspiracy theory.After a cavernous sinkhole swallowed eight of the National Corvette Museum's prized gems last month, museum management decided to release as much information as possible and use social media to spread the word.Museum staffers have bombarded Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram with photos and videos s ...
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These auto brands scored big in the Super Bowl

Posted 5:11 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 3
Who won the Super Bowl commercial war?Apparently, luxury brands Maserati and Jaguar were victorious in their efforts to get the Ghibli and F-Type on consumers' radars.The two companies used contrasting styles -- Maserati played on emotion, Jaguar relied on action-movie cinematics -- to persuade people to look them up moments after the spots aired.AutoTrader.com tracked act ...
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Self-driving shuttle shows way to autonomous cars

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 24
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.While automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Audi work to automate the traditional driving experience and make life safer for motorists, Induct Technology is focusing on another mobility segment: auton ...
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A new way for self-driving vehicles to win the public's trust?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 21
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.While automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Audi work to automate the traditional driving experience and make life safer for motorists, Induct Technology is focusing on another mobility segment: auton ...
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How car marketers harness the viral power of BuzzFeed to reach millennials

Posted 12:00 am U.S. ET, Dec. 1
Some automakers are feeding the viral content cravings of millennials to deepen their brand appeal.Volkswagen, Ford, Toyota, Mini and others are diversifying their ad strategies by deploying quirky posts on BuzzFeed, a millennial-dominated social news site known for its "Top (insert number)" lists in every topic imaginable.The site employs more than 100 journalists who rep ...
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Coming to the center stack: Buy a car, get a coffee coupon

Posted 4:12 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 31
I can hear the commercials now."Buy a [insert car here] and get 50 percent off on Starbucks coffee! The coupon code will pop up on your vehicle's screen. All you have to do is scan it with your phone and show it to the barista!"This isn't a far-fetched scenario.In fact, tech company Compuware has an infotainment system in the works that'll allow companies to reach drivers ...
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