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2019 Audi Q8 Flagship SUV Spotted Basically Undisguised – Future Cars

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Ford Adding the Waze Navigation App That’s Already on Your Phone to Sync 3

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Waze, a smart route-navigation service available for both Android and Apple smartphone users, is one of the most popular phone applications out there. It already had millions of users when Google purchased the company in 2013, and it has only grown in popularity since then. Now Ford is making Waze even simpler to use by integrating compatibility straight into its Sync 3 infotainment system. Unfortunately, a cord is still required.

Waze optimizes route times by navigating users around traffic and alerts them of accidents and speed traps. Until recently, those who preferred it over Google or Apple Maps were limited to using it on their smartphones. That’s no longer the case. Android Auto changed the game when it added Waze into its plug-in infotainment platform, and SmartDeviceLink has led the open-source charge for mirroring smartphone applications on automotive infotainment systems. The SmartDeviceLink developer announcement opened the door for Ford, which announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas that it is getting in on the fun.

Ford claims it is the first major manufacturer to integrate Waze straight into its own native infotainment system. Once a phone with Waze is plugged in, it will automatically display on the Ford Sync 3–equipped screen with full functionality, including voice commands and touchscreen controls. The feature will become available “in the coming weeks” on all 2018 Ford models, the automaker said, while older Ford vehicles equipped with Sync 3 will be able to receive an over-the-air update that will incorporate the new features and Waze compatibility.

This announcement should come as great news to Apple users. Until now, they could use Waze on their smartphone screens while driving, which admittedly can be distracting and inconvenient. But when it’s a choice between using Waze on your smartphone or using Apple Maps or a native manufacturer navigation app (both of which trail Waze’s timely crowdsourced traffic and routing information) on a bigger infotainment screen, there are a lot of reasons to prefer Waze.

Ford might be the first, but don’t expect it to be alone for long. Toyota also has been rumored to be working toward adding the technology soon, and if Ford and Toyota are doing it, other manufacturers will likely add the feature in the near future. Those two automakers belong to the SmartDeviceLink consortium, as do Mazda, Subaru, and others, and seem like strong contenders to add this functionality.

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2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs: The Best Models in Every Segment – 10Best Trucks and SUVs

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2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs: The Best Models in Every Segment!

2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs: The Best Models in Every Segment!

Over the past year, trucks and SUVs have found themselves in even more households, with SUVs climbing farther up the list of top sellers than ever before, displacing compact cars and mid-size sedans in the process. Rushing to capitalize on their popularity and the higher prices they command, automakers continue to pepper the market with new entries. For 2018, in addition to a number of major redesigns to segment stalwarts—among them the Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse, Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Ford Expedition—a number of completely new nameplates joined the party, including the Nissan Rogue Sport, Toyota C-HR, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Range Rover Velar, and Volkswagen Atlas. READ MORE ››

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Land Rover Begins Restoration of Land Rover Series I, Number One

Seventy-year-old automobiles are rare. Unrestored 70-year-old automobiles are even rarer. Even rarer still are the “barn finds,” lost and forgotten automobiles discovered after years, often decades, of neglect and decay in some obscure barn or warehouse. But even among barn finds, one almost never finds the very first example of its kind, let alone one as significant as this: the first Land Rover ever, according to Land Rover itself, which the artisans and engineers at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are commencing to restore as part of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary activities in 2018.

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Technically speaking, this 1948 preproduction prototype would be considered a “garden find,” which sounds like a term the British might use instead of “barn find,” but in this case, it appears to be true. According to Land Rover, the rusty old truck (named Huey, allegedly) was one of three Land Rover prototypes that were shown at the 1948 Amsterdam auto show, and it had been missing for more than 60 years before being found in 2016 in some chap’s garden just a few miles away from the Solihull, England, location where it was built all those decades ago. As one of the original launch vehicles, this one features thicker aluminum body panels, a removable rear tub, and a galvanized chassis. Land Rover considers it the world’s most historically significant unrestored Land Rover. We won’t argue with that characterization.

Timeline of 1948 Land Rover Series I Launch Vehicle

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Once Huey came to Land Rover’s attention, the company’s historians set about unearthing its past, though one look would suggest that it has spent a lot of time outdoors. According to the timeline Land Rover produced about this vehicle, most of its time seems to have been spent in the United Kingdom, much of it sedentary, apparently being used in Wales as a “static power source” from 1968 until the engine seized 20 years later.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s restoration efforts are expected to be ongoing through 2018 and will be “sympathetic” in nature, with the goal of making it drivable again whilst retaining the patina of its components, including as much of what little of its original light green paint remains.

Incidentally, previous owners have been invited to the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works “to share their experiences and to witness its loving restoration.” If you would like to check in on its loving restoration, too, it will be well documented on Land Rover’s Instagram (@LandRover). We’ll likely also check in on Huey, once the restoration is complete.

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Land Rover Begins Restoration of Land Rover Series I, Number One

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe: Easy Rider

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Overview: Having debuted more than half a decade ago, the Hyundai Santa Fe is an elder statesman among mid-size crossover SUVs. Sharing its key chassis componentry with the smaller Santa Fe Sport, the Santa Fe sits on a 3.9-inch-greater wheelbase and measures 8.1 inches longer stem to stern. The extra size provides the Santa Fe with enough room for a third row with seating for two. READ MORE ››

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe – Quick Take

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None Black: Turkmenistan Is Reportedly Banning Black Cars

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In Turkmenistan, drivers don’t get to choose the color of their cars. Their president chooses for them. Well, he at least limits which hues are available. After first implementing a stop on importation of black cars into Turkmenistan in 2015, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has reportedly now banned all black cars throughout the country’s capital, Ashgabat, from January 2018 forward. Note: This is the same guy who gifted Vladimir Putin a puppy for his birthday.

According to the Chronicles of Turkmenistan, some motorists have found their cars to be missing this new year, because many black cars have been towed to police impound lots. To retrieve their cars, their owners are reportedly required to sign a document agreeing to respray the paint in a lighter color. White is said to be preferred because it is believed in the country to be good luck.

Auto-body shops are taking full advantage of the situation: the price of a respray has reportedly skyrocketed to, in some cases, more than twice the average citizen’s monthly salary. Average wages in the authoritarian country are reportedly the equivalent of less than $500 per month.

Meanwhile, President Berdymukhamedov himself is known to drive a bright-green Bugatti Veyron, because of course he does.

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2019 Mini Cooper Hardtop and Convertible: Retro Refined

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Around the turn of the last century, the automotive world experienced a whirlwind of retro cars. One brand after another came up with modern-day re-creations of beloved models of yore, from the Volkswagen New Beetle to the Chevrolet SSR to the Ford Thunderbird, and of course the Chrysler PT Cruiser, which its maker deemed “too cool to categorize.” Aside from the faltering Beetle, only one model has prevailed: BMW’s Mini. In fact, what was a single model has morphed into a thriving brand with a lineup that includes droptops, crossovers, and more—something Fiat has tried to emulate with its 500. Mini’s core, however, remains the hatchback or, as the self-consciously quirky brand prefers to call it, the Hardtop 2 Door. READ MORE ››

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