Daily Archives: September 7, 2018

GM trademarks DriveScription, potential name for subscription service

General Motors may be preparing to dive further into the car-subscription segment. The automaker filed to trademark the DriveScription name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on August 27. GM Authority first discovered the trademark filing on Tuesday, which was filed to the goods and services categories of automotive subscription services...

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BMW introducing voice-activated digital assistant

Beginning in March 2019, select new BMWs will have a digital co-pilot onboard. The German luxury brand announced Thursday the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will help drivers and passengers with a host of functions in the car. The Intelligent Personal Assistant can work in a variety of different ways. In the car, it will respond to commands after...

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Ford has already ended national advertising for all cars bar the Mustang

Ahead of Ford sending its passenger cars out to pasture, the automaker has ended national advertising for the Ford Taurus, Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta models. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Wednesday that Tier 1 (national) marketing efforts for the models has finished. Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service...

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2019 Audi Q8 priced from $68,395, rivals BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe

Audi has a new flagship SUV in the form of the 2019 Q8. It's a mid-size offering with coupe-like styling, making it an alternative to vehicles like the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. And Audi confirmed Thursday that the Q8 will be priced between its rivals, with the base price coming in at $68,395 with shipping. That's steeper than what you have to pay...

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What to expect at the 20th Goodwood Revival

For the 20th consecutive year, a truly amazing automotive event is set to ring loud and proud around the Goodwood Motor Circuit. From Sept. 7 to 9, the Goodwood Revival revs up for another year of classic racing and general motoring celebration. Back in 1998, the Duke of Richmond brought auto racing back to the circuit originally established by his...

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2019 Lexus LS 500 F-Sport retrospective: A far cry from the original

The relentless pursuit of perfection has not been easy for Lexus, but things got off to a solid start in 1989. At the Detroit auto show that year, Toyota unwrapped both a sedan and a brand that were about six years in the making. The result was a flagship four-door luxury sedan to challenge staid German and malaise-ridden American standbys, and introduce an...

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Geely and Toyota in talks over hybrid tech

Toyota and Geely are in talks over possible cooperation in the area of hybrid technology, the automakers confirmed Thursday to Reuters. The confirmation comes after media reports in China claimed the two were already working together on hybrid tech and were due to make an announcement soon. Partnering with Toyota, a leader in hybrid technology due to...

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Ex-Rolls-Royce design boss to pen models for Chinese luxury brand Hongqi

Chinese automaker FAW Group is in the process of reviving historic brand Hongqi as China's premiere automotive label and hired the former design chief of Rolls-Royce to pen the new models. FAW announced Friday that Giles Taylor, who led the design team at Rolls-Royce from 2012 to June of this year, will serve as its new Global Vice President of Design and...

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2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance plug-in hybrid promises more electric range

BMW was one of the first in the luxury segment with a plug-in hybrid when it launched the X5 xDrive40e for 2016 based on the third-generation X5. However, the vehicle's lowly 14 miles of electric range left many wondering whether a standard hybrid would have sufficed, since the vehicle would end up being driven in hybrid mode for most users. BMW has since...

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