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BMW Assessing Demand Before Expanding i Lineup

The first words of caution are emerging from Munich. After the launch of the i3 and the introduction of the i8, BMW production chief Harald Krueger told <i>Automotive News</i> that the company needs time to assess demand before it green-lights further electric or plug-in hybrid models under its i range. …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Technologue: Harnessing the Beautiful Physics of the Opal

Suddenly, you’re making solar electricity in the dark.<p>Do you know what makes an amorphous blob of hydrated silicon dioxide — more commonly marketed as an opal gemstone — flash those pretty colors? It is made of glass beads spaced at about the wavelength of visible light, causing certain frequencies …

Clean Energy

We Hear: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Not Getting 8-Speed Automatic

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 just about blew our collective minds when it debuted earlier this month at the Detroit auto show. Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8? Check. Six-hundred and thirty-five horsepower? Check. Available eight-speed auto? Claimed PDK-beating shift speed? Check and check. When …

Sports Cars

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series has long been regarded as a bit of a hooligan. In fact, Jeremy Clarkson lists the two

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series has long been regarded as a bit of a hooligan. In fact, Jeremy Clarkson lists the two-door CLK63 variant as …

Why 'Assassin's Creed' Style 'Eagle Vision' Is Terrible Game Design And Needs To Stop

In <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> games you can enter a super-sensory mode known as “Eagle Vision.” The primary reason for this mode is to tag enemies, items, or reveal hiding spots—a useful sixth sense.<p>In the recent <i>Tomb Raider</i> reboot there’s something called “Survival Instincts.” It allows you to highlight …