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Mercedes Maybach 6
  To be unveiled at Pebble Beach
Every August classic car fans from around the world converge on Pebble Beach in California for a very special beauty contest. This gathering of magnificent classic cars is the perfect place to premiere the exclusive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a sensational luxury-class coupe. The 2+2‑s eater is a homage to the glorious age of the aero coupes and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. The coupe reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.
Nissan announces variable compression ratio engine
Nissan VC-T variable compression ratio engine

Nissan announced the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio gasoline engine that has been designed to match the performance and fuel economy of diesel and hybrid powertrains. The VC-T (Variable Compression-Turbocharged) engine is expected to be launched on an Infiniti model to be unveiled next year. The engine will be officially unveiled by Infiniti at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September. The 2 L, 4-cylinder, turbocharged VC-T engine achieves 27% better fuel economy than the 3.5 L V6 engine it replaces, with comparable power and torque, according to Nissan. The new engine torque is comparable to that of a diesel engine.

An Anthropologist used to help Autonomous driving
  What you ask?
Designing the autonomous vehicle of the future requires an array of the best technical talent available: automobile and software engineers, experts on sensor technology and artificial intelligence, computer scientists, production specialists and many others. But one profession you might not expect to find at the design table  -- an anthropologist  --  is playing a key role in developing Nissan's next generation autonomous vehicle, analyzing human driving interactions to ensure that it is prepared to be a "good citizen" on the road.
We drive the Lexus GX460
  by Ali Arsham
The Lexus GX460 is a different breed of SUV. It offers the luxury features that you expect from a Lexus with serious off road capability that you would not expect.  Lexus does not sell that many GX460s but it is a very cool vehicle that offers some terrific features. The GX460 is one of a handful of SUVs that still is built on a body on frame construction.  That robust chassis provides a great base for the serious truck user. 
1971 Ford Torino vs 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass
  by Stephen Cox

In 1970, everyone took a two week vacation once per year. It was as American as apple pie. Two of the era's great, economical mid-sized cars perfectly suited for such epic road trips were Ford's Torino and the Cutlass from Oldsmobile. Both were available in coupe or sedan configuration, they had comparable small block V8 options and were available in the $2,500-2,800 price range.

We drive the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack
  by Ali Arsham
The Dodge Challenger has always been the forgotten muscle car.  While the Camaro and Mustang get all the glory, the Challenger has been there sitting quietly in the corner.  It is too bad because as we found out, it is a hell of a car and it is not that quiet either.
The new Porsche 718 Cayman
  The fourth, redeveloped generation of the mid-engine sport coup
The same new four-cylinder flat engines with turbocharging as in the 718 Boxster are being deployed in the 718 Cayman. As a result, coupe and roadster have an identical engine output for the first time. The entry-level version starts with 221 kW (300 hp) from two liters of displacement. The S model delivers 257 kW (350 hp) with a displacement of 2.5 liters. This represents 18 kW (25 hp) more power compared to the predecessor models with an NEDC fuel consumption of 8.1 to 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
We drive the 2016 Ford Escape
  by Ali Arsham
The Ford Escape has come a long way since its introduction many years ago.  Back then it was a small cheap SUV that you would only buy if you had to.  The 2016 version is totally different as we found out.  The 2016 Escape is luxurious and refined.  These are traits that just were not applicable back then. There are three different versions of the Escape available.
Disruption In Auto Industry: Time To Embrace Change
  by Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn
Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the issue of "disruption" in the auto industry and competitors who promise a new approach to what a car can be. The LinkedIn post is excerpted from a keynote speech Ghosn gave at the opening of the New York International Auto Show on March 23. - If you have read some of the recent commentary on the auto industry, you could get the impression that it's headed into a long, stormy, uneasy winter. There's been a lot of talk about "disruption," about new competitors who promise a new approach to what a car can be.
50th Anniversary Edition Ford Shelby GT-H
  Shelby American, Hertz and Ford Motor Company Launch
Fifty years after the Shelby GT350-H was introduced, Ford Motor Company, Shelby American and Hertz unveiled a special run of performance-modified 2016 Ford Mustang GTs named the Shelby GT-H that will be available for rent beginning Memorial Day weekend exclusively through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection at select airport locations in the continental United States.
Acura Announces Plans For Acura NSX production start
  Start Of Serial Production Of The 2017 supercar
Acura today announced that the all-new Performance Manufacturing Center will begin serial production of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar in late April, with customer deliveries to commence thereafter. The new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) is the exclusive global manufacturing facility for the all-new Acura NSX supercar and is structured around an innovative blend of people and technology. Combining human craftsmanship and technological innovation, the PMC utilizes new approaches to vehicle construction, paint, assembly and quality confirmation to deliver on the Acura brand DNA of Precision Crafted Performance.
Newey to design Aston Martin Hypercar
  Red Bull and Aston Martin Partnership
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