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Audi, BMW, Daimler buy Nokia's Here digital mapping business

The fight for control of Nokia's Here digital mapping service appears to have drawn to a close as a consortium of German automakers has announced a deal to jointly acquire the business from the Finnish telecom giant. As anticipated, ownership in Here will now be taken over jointly by Audi, BMW, and …

Toyota Leads 'Best Global Brands,' But Audi, VW, Nissan Rise Most

Toyota remained the most valuable automotive brand worldwide for the 11th straight year in Interbrand’s new ranking of the 100 Best Global Brands. But Audi, Volkswagen and Nissan comprised a trio of “top risers” that are pushing the envelope and mixing the picture for car brands worldwide.<p>“The auto …

2016 Audi TT, TTS Roadster Revealed Ahead of Paris Debut

Details of the 2016 Audi TT Roadster and TTS Roadster have been revealed. As with previous generations, the open-top model turns the 2+2 coupe into a two-seat roadster. The 2016 Audi TT Roadster and TTS Roadster will officially debut at the 2014 Paris auto show.<p>Like the 2016 Audi TT and TTS, the …

So Funky, So French: Wild Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Uses Compressed-Air (!) Hybrid Powertrain to Achieve 118 mpg

How does one polish a cactus? Remove the needles, of course. That’s what Citroën has done with its funky-French C4 Cactus crossover to create the Airflow 2L concept, which makes its aerodynamic, in-the-succulent debut at the 2014 Paris auto show next week.<p>Citroën shaved this Cactus for one reason: …

Clean Energy

The Google Maps tour of the Chrysler 200 plant is NOT boring

There's no better way to procrastinate.<p>There are few things we dig more than a big manufacturing facility. Modern auto plants are fascinating, and watching a new car or truck get put together is something every gearhead should do before they kick the can for good.<p>Since arranging a plant visit isn't …

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in-hybrid technology for the country club.<p>Just 22 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz S-class exceeded 400 horses for the first time, with the 402-hp 6.0-liter V-12 in the 1992 600SEL besting the BMW 750i by more than 100 horsepower. The car was a gauntlet fired into the turf, and it instantly became …

Electric Vehicles