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Tesla tops Toyota as largest auto employer in California

Electric car maker continues to expand operations in the state, marking the return of a US automaker, following the shuttering of plants by GM, Ford, and Chrysler.







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11 best production cars from the 2013-2014 auto show season (pictures)

With the New York auto show in our wake, we take a look back at production cars from the 2013-2014 auto show season that we’re most excited about driving.







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Checking the tech at America’s biggest auto show (CNET On Cars, Episode 33)

Checking the tech at America’s biggest auto show (CNET On Cars, Episode 33)

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In this episode:

  • Take a spin with CNET around the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
  • Understand the three layers of autonomy that will lead to self-driving cars.
  • Find out why your headlights will soon know where you’re going before you do!

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

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Top 11 videos from the Detroit auto show

The Detroit auto ahow, officially known as the North American International Auto Show, is the first car show of the year. Held each January in the home of US car culture, it brings shiny new models, new car technology, and loads of automotive eye candy. CNET’s Car Tech team was hard at week in Detroit over the last three days to cover the show and we’re happy to show you the video highlights below.

1. 2015 Ford F-150 An all-aluminum body frame, a fuel-efficient engine, and some new body styling cues are highlights of the 2015 Ford F-150.

2015 Ford F-150

2. 2015 Ford Mustang The new Mustang isn’t an entirely new story, but we’re seeing it in the flesh as a convertible. It’s more global looking, less parodic.

2015 Ford Mustang

3. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 For when 460 horsepower just isn’t enough, Chevy unleashes the new Corvette Z06 with at least 625 horsepower and some exotic styling cues as well.

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Sport rules the Detroit auto show

Toyota's FT-1 concept car suggests a new direction in design for the automaker.

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With the global economy on a rubber band for the past couple of decades, automakers circled the wagons, taking a conservative approach to their model line-ups. But at the 2014 Detroit auto show, it looks like we can have fun things once again.

Toyota, that hallmark of sensible cars, showed off an exciting new concept called the FT-1. Although not meant as a production prototype, it shows that Toyota is letting its designers have fun, and hopefully presages new models with a more emotional appeal.

Likewise, Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus gave its new RC coupe its North American debut, and took the wraps off the RC F, a high-performance version of the RC. It’s been some years since Lexus had a coupe, and the RC fills this niche nicely. It’s a GT-style car that partially resembles the Scion FR-S, Toyota’s joint project with Subaru. The RC also comes with a new infotainment interface for Lexus, a touchpad, something we’re seeing from other luxury automakers.

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Lexus teases possible IS-F coupe for Detroit auto show

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Lexus just released the first teaser photo for a new model set to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in just a few weeks.

The shape of the fender seems to indicate an IS-F replacement.

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From the looks of the closely cropped teaser photo, the so-called F Performance Coupe appears to be based on the automaker’s IS sedan, largely sharing its styling. The photo also reveals a slight hood bulge, into which is inset what appears to be a functional hood scoop. We expect that the rest of the body will also receive a round of “more aggressive and sporty” updates — not that the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport‘s already overly-aggressive fascia needs any help.

The automaker says that the new model will have “Half the doors, twice the roar”, presumably when compared to 2014 IS sedan, indicating that it will be a coupe and a powerful one. Just how powerful remains to be seen, as no engine specs were released with the image.

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Must-see videos from the New York auto show

This week our Car Tech team was on-hand at the 2013 New York auto show, busily scouring the floors in order to bring you the best from the event, here in video format.

1. 2014 Kia Soul

The 2014 Kia Soul is the surprise of the 2013 New York auto show and a hit of the “box on wheels” movement, plus it comes stacked with some nifty tech.

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Top car tech from CES and the Detroit auto show: CNET On Cars Episode 10

Top car tech from CES and the Detroit auto show: CNET On Cars Ep. 10

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We open the year with a double header from what I think are the two biggest car events in the U.S. each year: The Consumer Electronics Show and the North American International Auto show in Detroit. The latter makes total sense in a show like this, but CES has also taken its ranks as a major moment for car tech. I mean, … [Read more]


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Efficiency is key at the 2013 Detroit auto show (roundup)

The 2013 North American International Auto Show–simply, the Detroit auto show for those familiar–was the stage for quite a few debuts that ran the gamut of vehicle types, classes, and feasibility. Chevrolet pulled the wraps off of the next great American supercar, a dueling pair of luxury sedans were debuted by Infiniti and Lexus, Ford showed off a very thinly veiled look at the future of one of the best selling vehicles in the world, and glossy concept sedans and crossovers could be found around every corner.

Among this wide range of vehicles, one theme was shared: fuel efficiency. Of course, it’s no surprise that the next generation of vehicles will need to sip less fuel than the last, but we found the variety of fuel-saving techniques for these concepts and production cars to be almost as interesting as the cars themselves. We’ve rounded up a few highlight below:


Ford Atlas Concept

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Ford Atlas concept Giving us an early peek at the future of the Ford F-Series pickup, the Atlas concept doesn’t deviate much from Ford’s established formula–it doesn’t have to, Ford’s large pickups are among the best selling vehicles of all time. Rather than focus on more muscle, the automaker has taken a look at improving efficiency wi… [Read more]


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Lots of little ‘lectrics at the LA Auto Show (roundup)

Take a look around the 2012 LA Auto Show and you’ll see quite a few compact, fully-electric vehicles. Having spent about as much time creeping along at 20 mph on Los Angeles’ grid-locked highways and stopping-and-going on its crowded streets this week, I can think of no better city to get excited about EVs. We’ve rounded up the biggest players in this year’s small EV class, many of which are currently available to consumers or will be sometime in 2013.


Chevrolet Spark EV

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Chevrolet follows up its Volt with the smaller, simpler Spark EV. Based on the smallest model in Chevy’s current lineup, the Spark EV is simpler than the Volt in that it uses purely electric power–no gasoline range extender here. That omission will likely limit the EV to a city driving range of about 100 miles.

Chevrolet Spark EV hits 60mph in 8 seconds, charges in 20 minutes (pictures)

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