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Marlowe Bangeman The Q5 has long been one of Audi’s best-selling models in the US. And what’s not to like? It’s a respectable-looking and functional mid-size crossover, slotting in between the bite-size Q3 and the three-row Audi Q7. With a base MSRP of $42,475, the Q5 competes with stalwarts like the BMW X3, Lexus RX450, …

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Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2016. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images Tesla is building its own custom AI chips, CEO Elon Musk acknowledged on Thursday night according to reports from CNBC and the Register. “Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world,” Musk said at a Tesla-organized party. “Jim” …

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The 2019 Infiniti QX50 features a most remarkable engine. Jonathan Gitlin The engine can change its displacement, varying the compression ratio from 8:1 up to 14:1. Also, it can operate under the regular or Atkinson cycle. Jonathan Gitlin Here you can see the integrated exhaust manifold. Jonathan Gitlin 268hp, 280ft-lbs, but 27 percent more efficient …

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The new plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport P400e It’s a Range Rover, so it keeps its off-road skills. Although the P400e is still a preproduction prototype, we got a chance to drive one for a few miles at this year’s LA Auto Show. You get up to 31 miles of pure electric range on a …

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Enlarge / Side view of a Tesla Semi. Megan Geuss Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart, JB Hunt Transportation Services, and Ryder System Inc. had placed deposits to reserve the first Tesla Semis. On Tuesday, German shipping company DHL announced that it, too, would place reservation deposits with Tesla for 10 trucks. …

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Tesla’s recent truck announcement set off a round of speculation regarding its price. Steve Levine, an Axios journalist who penned a whole book about battery technologies, wrote a few days ago that “experts estimate that the Semi could be $300,000.” MIT Technology Review speculated that the Semi would cost even more: $400,000. So many tech observers …

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Enlarge / 25-year-old Rudy van Buren beat out 30,000 gamers to win a year’s contract with the McLaren F1 team as its new simulator driver. McLaren After an exhausting week of fitness tests, engineering debriefs—plus plenty of racing games—the McLaren F1 team has crowned Rudy van Buren from Leylstad, Netherlands as the World’s Fastest Gamer. …

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Uber Uber has signed a deal with Volvo for 24,000 XC90 sport-utility vehicles for delivery between 2019 and 2021. With this deal—worth about $1 billion—Uber is essentially betting the company on a self-driving future. It’s a big, risky bet for Uber, which lost $2.8 billion in 2016 and is locked in a legal battle with …

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A press image of the new Roadster. Tesla The black truck turned around to back onto the stage. Megan Geuss The new Roadster rolled out of the back of the Semi. Megan Geuss A first look at the new Roadster. Megan Geuss The new Roadster will apparently have a 620 mile range. Megan Geuss A …

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Terrafugia / Barcroft Cars / Barcroft Media via Getty Images One of the most remarkable transformations in the auto industry has been the flourishing of Volvo Cars under the ownership of Chinese parent company Geely. It could be a poster child for the right way to acquire and manage a brand—one simply needs to look …

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