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Driving Distracted While AutoPilot, and the Dangerous Brinksmanship that Goes With It

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: I wonder if the people who are caught red handed being “distracted while AutoPilot” realize how lucky they are they got away with their crime. Unlike the people who I last wrote about who face the wrath of the NTSB and the courts for their tort who proclaim “my Tesla did it, not me,” “driving distracted while AutoPilot” is a crime of reckless endangerment, and most are getting away with it without realizing it.
A Family Portrait of the Tesla Model Range Courtesy Tesla Media

With Lower Priced and Less S and X, Tesla Revamps Model Range Structure and Readies for Base Model 3 Production

By selling the entire model range in three categories, Tesla Corporation makes each car more cheaply, and simplifies discerning which car is which. If you want “Ludicrous,” which now comes in a separate upgrade package at a $20,000 premium, no more looking at old school Bentley-like badges to see battery energy capacity, you just look for “Performance.” This also helps with pricing and sales: by having cheaper Base Models S and X, Tesla is getting ready to sell Base Model 3.
The world of Tesla AutoPilot courtesy Tesla and Wikipedia

“My Tesla Did it:” The Push Button Excuse from Life’s Responsibilities. Owning Technology Before it Owns Us

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: One of the worse things a driver can do in a late model car engaged in an accident is to fib or outright lie. You see, whether you realize it, their car may help you, but your car is going to make it really easy to tell your side of the story, with data and soon even images, sooner than later, and regardless of what kind of shape the car is in, and whether for your benefit or not. Your car always telling the truth, is one thing! Getting on the same page with you, is another.
2019 Dodge Charger and Challenger in Sublime

Sublime Returns to Dodge Challenger, Comes to Charger for 2019

Sublime was the most popular color for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and this afternoon, the high performance brand announced that the bright metallic green hue will be returning for the 2019 model year, but not just for the Challenger, as this color will be offered with all Charger trim levels as well.
Ken Block's 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck

Ken Block's 1977 Ford F-150 Features the World's Biggest Metal 3D-Printed Part

The Ford F-150 known as the Hoonitruck from Ken Block’s Gymkhana Ten is powered by a modified Ford GT EcoBoost engine fitted with a custom twin turbo setup and an intake manifold that is the biggest 3D-printed metal piece ever used on a working, driving vehicle in the world.
Tesla Autopilot on a highway

The Future Now - A Fighter Pilot’s View On Tesla Autopilot

After completing a month on Tesla’s autopilot trial on the Model 3 it is clear - Tesla is currently the most technologically advanced automobile you can currently purchase and drive. The ability to update and improve the vehicle via a software update is a competitive advantage not available to any current automobile manufacturer. Including the ability to send an autopilot trial over the air.
Ford hybrid V8 AWD Patent Image

Ford V8 AWD Hybrid Drive Patent Discovered, Possibly for Mustang and F-150

It has been known for some time that Ford will eventually offer a hybrid variant of the Mustang and the F-150, but a patent filing from the Motor Company reveals a V8 hybrid drivetrain that also integrates all-wheel-drive – possibly signaling the first Mustang that powered all four wheels.

Bugatti Divo Available For Only $7.5 Million

If you are interested in one of the world's most wanted cars, you have your chance to buy one, but you have to have $7.5 million to play. When the Divo was introduced at Pebble Beach last year all of the build slots -- 40 -- were thought to have been presold. But, according to Mobile.de a German dealer has put a build slot -- and the Divo that is in that slot -- on sale for the figure noted. It's the first one available.
2019 Corvette Grand Sport Drivers Series

Corvette Racing Drivers Get Their Own Grand Sport Packages for 2019

Heading into the weekend-long festivities surrounding the Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona International Speedway, Chevrolet has introduced the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Drivers Series – a quarter of special appearance packages designed to pay tribute to the drivers of the modern Corvette endurance racing program.
The 1964 Chrysler Imperial Crown Ghia and a sample of the Luxury Brands

The Cadillac XT6-Gate Debate: Luxury Car Brands: Are They Even Needed Anymore In the Age of Car Sharing, RoboTaxis, and Autonomy?

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: It’s not looking too good in the public relations arena for Cadillac and GM when the national, now world conversation nows turns toward questioning the existence of luxury car brands after the Cadillac XT6-Gate GM Debacle. Aston Martin’s CEO weighed in with the XT6-Gate to establish six ultra brands, and none of the ones below it like Cadillac will surpass them. But let’s be clear: XT6-Gate is an American problem, not a European one.
Cadillac Escala Concept, XT6, and the President’s State Car via GM press Room

The Cadillac XT6-Gate Debacle, the “Lead Brand” Stumble, and the Solutions: What Now to Do Moving Forward

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: While GM didn’t strike an iceberg like Titanic with the recent Cadillac XT6-Gate Roll Out, XT6’s Super Cruise “Radio Delete” from the options list Gaffe, and Caddy’s the ”Lead Brand” Announcement Kerfuffle with no Caddy BEV for three years, it certainly ran into the reefs too quickly like the Costa Concordia. Although it isn’t a massive blockbusting disaster, it is a serious debacle that needs some changes. And they better do it soon.
2019 Corvette Grand Sport

2019 Corvette Special Edition to Debut on January 25 at Daytona International Speedway

There is no other information available, but the schedule of events for this weekend’s Rolex 24 festivities includes the introduction of a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Special Edition – which could be some sort of final-edition package celebrating the C7 ahead of the expected mid-engine debut later this year.

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