2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet – Official Photos and Info

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2018 Nissan Versa – In-Depth Review

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Lynk & Co Unveils the 02 SUV, Its Third Vehicle

The nascent automotive startup Lynk & Co wants to be seen as a global company. The spawn of Chinese automaker Geely, it hopes to disrupt the industry through connectivity and alternative ownership formats. Geely also owns the Swedish brand Volvo, which will share parts and platforms with Lynk & Co, with hopes to sell cars eventually in the United States and throughout Europe. The new brand has endured skepticism and naming battles, but its plan has taken one step closer to reality as Lynk & Co unveils its third model, the 02 SUV, and maps out details for its rollout in Europe.

The 02 SUV joins the 01 compact CUV—which we’ve driven—and the 03 sedan. Lynk & Co did not release much information, although it did release plenty of photos that shows every part of the vehicle. It features similar styling to the other two models, with a frumpy face and Nissan Juke–like high-mounted headlights, a floating roof, plastic cladding around the wheel arches, a light bar that stretches across the rear, and dual exhaust tips within a rear diffuser. The body is slightly more swoopy than that of the 01, however, with extra creases across the doors and shoulders. Lynk & Co said it plans to begin with “hybrid-only electrified derivatives” for its first vehicles, including the 02.

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Following the launch of the brand in China in 2017, Lynk & Co said it will begin production of the 01 CUV at Volvo’s Ghent, Belgium, factory in 2019. The 01 will be made on the same line as the Volvo XC40 and will share Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. The first “offline store”—not a dealership—will open in Amsterdam, with plans for other boutiques in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, and London. Pop-up stores are also a possibility.

Although Lynk’s cars might borrow from other brands, the company’s business model represents an attempt to map out new territory. Unlike other manufacturers, which allow customers to take a base car and build it into their ideal ride through various options and packages, Lynk & Co will only offer “collections.” These collections will be equipped in one way and have one price. The cars can be browsed at one of the boutiques and ordered online, with the choice to buy or subscribe. The models will also have a built-in option to share, similar to the way the popular app Turo allows owners to rent out their cars. We are promised more details on the brand’s U.S. plans later in the year.

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Lynk & Co Unveils Third Vehicle, the 02 SUV

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After Crash, Arizona Governor Suspends Uber Self-Driving-Vehicle Testing

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It was little more than a year ago that Arizona governor Doug Ducey welcomed the arrival of Uber’s self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads with unabashed enthusiasm. On Monday, in the wake of a fatal crash, Ducey has suspended Uber’s autonomous fleet from testing and operating within the state’s borders, citing the company’s “unquestionable failure” in the collision that killed Elaine Herzberg in Tempe earlier this month.

The National Transportation Safety Board, as well as other governmental agencies and law-enforcement officials, is still investigating the cause of the crash, which was the first fatality involving fully autonomous technology. But Ducey said he has seen enough to prohibit further Uber self-driving operations. “Arizona will not tolerate any less than an unequivocal commitment to public safety,” he wrote in a letter announcing the ban to Uber chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi on Monday. Uber had already grounded its fleet of self-driving cars and trucks in the state and elsewhere following the crash, in which Tempe Police Department officials say the company’s car did not attempt to brake for Herzberg. She was walking a bicycle across a multiple-lane arterial road at roughly 10 p.m. on March 18 when she was struck by one of Uber’s retrofitted Volvo XC90s, which had a safety driver on board at the time. But the governor’s suspension signals a new era for the testing of self-driving vehicles in Arizona, and perhaps an overall change in tenor in the eagerness for testing elsewhere as well. Ducey, who had cleared the way for autonomous operations in Arizona via executive order, had been among the most ardent proponents of allowing companies to test within a permissive environment not stifled by regulations. AZ: Self-Driving Autonomous Vehicles In Arizona Back in December 2016, when California regulators revoked the vehicle registrations for Uber’s fleet of self-driving vehicles operating in the state without the necessary permits, Ducey, a Republican, aggressively courted Uber’s testing business. At the time, he said: “This is about economic development, but it’s also about changing the way we live and work. Arizona is proud to be open for business.” In a tweet on December 21, 2016, at the height of Uber’s standoff with California’s regulators, Ducey fanned the controversy, writing, “This is what OVER-regulation looks like! #ditchcalifornia.”


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His letter Monday struck a more subdued tone, noting the graphic nature of the video footage that Tempe police have released from the moments preceding the crash. “I found the video to be disturbing and alarming, and it raises many questions about the ability of Uber to continue testing in Arizona,” Ducey wrote. “As governor, my top priority is public safety. Improving public safety has always been the emphasis of Arizona’s approach to autonomous-vehicle testing, and my expectation is that public safety is also the top priority for all who operate this technology in the state of Arizona.”

Other companies such as Waymo and Cruise Automation, which also test autonomous technology in the state, are unaffected by the suspension. It was unclear Monday when Uber’s ability to test might be reinstated or if there are conditions the company now must meet to end the suspension. Uber released a statement following the governor’s ban, noting that it has suspended its self-driving operations in Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto following the accident. “We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we’ll keep a dialogue open with the governor’s office to address any concerns they have,” an Uber spokesperson said.

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Down to Earth: 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Arrives as a Mild Trail Upgrade

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Since the Ford Raptor began flying off dealer lots in 2010, Ram and General Motors have responded only halfheartedly, leaving the Blue Oval’s Baja racer in a class of its own. That will still be the norm for full-size pickups after the arrival of this 2019 GMC Sierra AT4, a far less intense off-roader than the latest Raptor or the Hellcat-powered Rebel anticipated later this year.The AT4—which, a GM spokesman said, does not stand for “all terrain”—is a burlier, trail-hardened trim that will spread across the GMC lineup. It’s a relatively mild tweak of the all-new Sierra 1500 for less extreme off-road duty. Visually, it’s an SLT with a two-inch lift kit, red tow hooks, and enough darkened chrome pieces to pass for yet another “midnight” edition. Available in crew-cab trucks with the short bed, the AT4 has standard four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case (of course) and sports standard 18-inch wheels wearing mud-rated Goodyear Wranglers and suspended by Rancho monotube dampers that come from a small Michigan supplier. Optional 20-inch rims may fill in the giant air gaps in the fender wells. Embroidered headrests, darkened aluminum trim, and all-weather floor mats decorate the interior, which also features hidden storage space within the rear seatbacks and a second tray beneath the seat rests.

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New to the AT4 is the Traction Select System, GMC’s take on terrain mapping, which alters throttle, transmission, and stability control settings to suit the environs. It pairs with the standard 5.3-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission but also is available with the 6.2-liter V-8 or the new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. The latter pair come with the 10-speed automatic co-engineered with Ford. A locking rear differential, hill descent control, and four-wheel drive help claw the AT4 out of sticky situations. The bed comes standard with GMC’s multi-piece MultiPro tailgate, also on SLT and Denali trims, and optionally with carbon-fiber panels, also to be an option on Denali models. That aptly named CarbonPro bed has indents designed to snugly secure motorcycle and quad tires, plus it features extra tie-down hooks.

Otherwise, the AT4 is a pretty normal Sierra 4×4 that can be appointed with all kinds of extra safety aids and electronics like a digital rearview mirror and a multicolor head-up display including an inclinometer. We wish GMC would aim to fly higher, as Chevrolet has indicated it’s ready to do with the mid-size Colorado ZR2. In any case, look for the AT4 starting this fall.

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2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0T AWD Tested: Putting Down Its Power

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It’s hard to be two things at once—just look at the success rate of famous double agents. Robert Hanssen: serving 15 consecutive life sentences. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: electric chair(s). Severus Snape: snake bite. The consequences of competing loyalties are less dire in the world of mass-produced consumer goods, but it’s easy to spot a soul in conflict with itself—even if that soul is in fact a car, as in the case of the Infiniti Q50, which aspires to be both a luxury ride and a sports sedan. READ MORE ››

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2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0T AWD – Instrumented Test

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Frunktastic Flexibility: These Are All the New Cars that Store Their Junk in the Front

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