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Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles....
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Audi's Super Bowl ad reaches for the moon

11:17 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Audi is back in the Super Bowl with an R8 spot that reaches for the moon. The 60-second first-quarter ad, "The Commander," centers on a retired astronaut who "rediscovers his lust for life" with the help of the R8 V-10-plus supercar....
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Honda counting on sheep to stir interest in Ridgeline

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Honda debuted the Super Bowl ad for its 2017 Ridgeline truck today, nearly two weeks before it will play in front of an audience expected to top 100 million people nationwide....
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Zetsche: Apple, Google 'can do more' than we thought

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and other a handful of his senior execs met recently with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, according to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Asked about Google and Apple's automotive pursuits, Zetsche told the newspaper: “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed.”...
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Ford tests diesel-powered F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Ford may launch a diesel version of the F-150 pickup as early as next year. Diesel-powered test trucks have been spotted near the company's product development center in Dearborn, Mich....
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New Discovery

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

The redesigned 2017 Land Rover Discovery will feature a rounder, more fluid design than its predecessor, the LR4, spy images of the luxury SUV show....
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Acura runs with Van Halen for NSX Super Bowl spot

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

David Lee Roth's potent vocals in the Van Halen classic "Runnin' with the Devil" proved irresistible for the creative team that developed the Super Bowl spot for the Acura NSX supercar....
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Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz reflects work of new marketing team

9:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Whether the Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers end up winning the Super Bowl, Hyundai wants to come away as the winner of the advertising free-for-all that surrounds America's most-watched live event....
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PSA appoints former Yahoo exec as chief digital officer

Jan. 28, 2016 06:01 CET

PSA named former Yahoo executive Brigitte Cantaloube as the automaker's first chief digital officer to help spearhead the company's "digital transformation."...
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Fabric top for BMW's Z4 replacement?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

A pair of future BMWs - a replacement for the Z4 roadster and a new 5 series - have come within range of spy photographers this month, neither with much camouflage....
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Apple, Google making progress on car projects, Daimler's Zetsche tells paper

Jan. 24, 2016 12:07 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed....
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BMW to roll out restaurant-booking digital helper

6:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW is pushing back against tech competitors with a digital helper that lets drivers locate a nearby restaurant with free tables, book seats and find the best route there....
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Krafcik, Lentz chart diverging routes to the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In their campaign for self-driving cars, Toyota Motor Corp. and Google Inc. share a vision of a world without car crashes, in which everyone -- including the elderly and disabled -- can easily get around....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Android Auto architect Brenner sees a 'virtuous cycle' in common car software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

In the days before Google launched the Android operating system in 2008, engineers had to rewrite the code for Google Maps dozens of times for different smartphones. It was a hassle, but Android changed all that....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Android Auto architect Brenner sees a 'virtuous cycle' in common car software

10:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

In the days before Google launched the Android operating system in 2008, engineers had to rewrite the code for Google Maps dozens of times for different smartphones. It was a hassle, but Android changed all that....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Google is hunting self-driving partners, Krafcik says

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Most automakers and suppliers see self-driving cars arriving at the end of a long, step-by-step process. Google wants to skip straight to the endgame. Nevertheless, the search engine giant is turning to industry players for help....
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To launch Titan, Nissan praises Ford, Chevy, Dodge

10:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

To kick off its redesigned full-size Titan XD pickup, Nissan aired a 90-second national TV spot Monday night created to put a lump in viewers' throats by saluting Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge....
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BILL SHEA

BLOG: RIP David Bowie: Thin White Duke once sang of Detroit's iconic car brands

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

David Bowie is dead at age 69 after 18 months of fighting cancer. Let us not forget that this is the man who gave us "Panic In Detroit."...
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Toyota is back in the Super Bowl for Prius

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Toyota will tout its newly redesigned 2016 Prius in a Super Bowl ad, using advertising's biggest stage to show off the hybrid car that has appeared in the game just once before....
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Harman, Microsoft pair on mobile office

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Harman International formed a partnership with Microsoft Corp. to create an in-dash "personal assistant" that will allow motorists to Skype, listen to emails, schedule meetings and check calendars....
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2016 Fiat 500X shares spotlight with Zoolander in new ad campaign

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

The flamboyant supermodel Derek Zoolander is getting behind the wheel of the 2016 Fiat 500X in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' latest movie tie-in. FCA is partnering with Paramount Pictures for a co-branded ad campaign that aligns with upcoming comedy flick Zoolander No. 2, which hits theaters Feb. 12....
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GRAHAM KOZAK

BLOG: A 56K-era taste of Lincoln's new luxury sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Here's a first look at the Detroit auto show-bound, production-spec 2017 Lincoln Continental, rendered in dialup-era pixilated glory....
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FCA aims to dazzle with bigger, bolder 'Gears' display

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Fiat Chrysler is stuck in the corner at this year's Detroit auto show -- and the automaker couldn't be happier. The move to the northwest corner of Detroit's Cobo Center from the center of the floor has allowed FCA to completely overhaul its displays for the first time in 15 years....
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BLOG: Google beats Detroit just by skipping CES

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Google, the firm most responsible for spooking Detroit into embracing bold visions of the future, was a no-show at the CES. And that made it the big winner....
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Buick plans to run Super Bowl ad for Cascada

6:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Buick will air its first-ever Super Bowl commercial during next month's broadcast, a bid to raise the brand's profile ahead of a big product-launch year....
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