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Apple iOS in the Car Takes Siri to Go

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Rumors of Apple working on some kind of “iCar” or in-car infotainment system have long circulated whenever the tech giant has made a product announcement. Yesterday, at its annual World Wide Developers Conference, Apple has taken a big step in that direction by announcing iOS in the Car. Unsurprisingly, Apple is staying relatively mum on the ...

GM Adds 5 Years of Free Onstar Remotelink Service to 2014 Vehicles

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Want to lock, unlock, or start your new General Motors car from your smartphone? There’s an app for that. Actually, there has been for some time now, but GM announced today it will include that functionality – dubbed OnStar Remotelink Key Fob – free for five years with most new 2014 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and ...

2014 Sierra, 2014 Silverado V-6 Good for 18/24 MPG With RWD

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Full-size pickup customers who prioritize fuel economy may want to put Chevrolet and GMC back on their list. The 2014 GMC Sierra and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with the 4.3-liter V-6 will be EPA-rated at 17-18/22-24 mpg city/highway with rear- and four-wheel drive, GM has announced. The 4.3-liter V-6 in the 2014 Silverado and 2014 Sierra is ...

2013 Chevrolet Cruze Simplifies the Airbag with Flexible Venting Technology

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Nearly every frontal airbag in use today has a complicated two-stage igniter to protect occupants of all shapes and sizes without harming those on the extreme ends of the size and weight spectrum. New technology debuting in the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze with the driver airbag, however, aims to make the two-stage igniter a thing of ...

Out of Juice: Electric Version of Opel Adam Cancelled for Cost Reasons

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Plans for an electric version of the Opel Adam have been axed, according to Automotive News. High costs have reportedly forced Opel executives to abandon the EV subcompact, which made it to the prototype stage using tech from the upcoming Chevrolet Spark EV. “It was a business decision,” said Dieter Metz, the Adam’s chief engineer, to ...

“Eyes Free” to Watch the Road: Apple’s Siri Coming to Chevy, Honda, and Others

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Apple announced this week that several automakers including Toyota, Honda, and GM  have committed to integrating the company’s Siri voice command system into future vehicles. Apple’s “Eyes Free” function, a new addition coming to Siri, may help curb distracted driving by making many iPhone features available through voice command, an Automotive News report says. The announcement ...

GM Testing New Magnesium Forming Process, Could Be Used on 2014 Silverado

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The race to meet new CAFE standards is on, and one area automakers are exploring to gain an edge is weight reduction. General Motors is testing a thermal-forming process and proprietary treatment to help prevent corrosion of lightweight magnesium, a high-strength future alternative to aluminum and steel. We previously reported GM may employ magnesium and ...

New JCESR Consortium Aims to Make U.S. a Battery Powerhouse

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In an effort to bolster battery science and manufacturing prospects in the United States and stay on top of a global industry valued at $42 billion – and growing about 8 percent annually – the Department of Energy is set to fund the new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, to the tune of up ...

Chevrolet Spark and Sonic to Get iPhone’s Siri Personal Assistant – 2012 L.A.

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Siri, the personal assistant for iPhone, is coming to the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic models equipped with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system early next year, the automaker announced at an event today just ahead of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. After pairing an iPhone to the MyLink system via Bluetooth, drivers can ask Siri basic ...

Thread of the Day: Do You Prefer Launch Control or Doing it Yourself?

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Launch control systems have come a long way since they were introduced. Modern systems launch performance cars like the Corvette ZR1 and Shelby GT500 more consistently than most drivers can. Of course, there are exceptions: the most experienced racers may be able to run a tenth or two quicker in the quarter-mile than what a ...