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Detroit Auto Show Teaser
The Octane Lounge October 10, 2016

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Detroit Auto Show Teaser</br>The Octane Lounge October 10, 2016

The North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit Auto Show, will be open to the public Jan. 14-22, and as is normally the case, automakers from around the world will use the Motor City to roll out some of their most important upcoming production cars and trucks.
There will be a few surprises, of course, but here are some of the key vehicles along with their teaser photos that will be unveiled in Detroit:

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6 from SEMA
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6 from SEMA</br>The Octane Lounge Sept 26, 2016

Here’s a dirty little secret about the automobile business: It’s pretty conservative most of the time.
When companies are designing and building vehicles, they have to appeal to wide audiences and that means not getting too afar afield.
As a result, the public sees vehicles with similar styling cues, similar technology and similar price points. There’s a lot of sameness in the business.

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Who has control
The Octane Lounge Sept 19, 2016

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Who has control</br>The Octane Lounge Sept 19, 2016

While the high-tech electronics and Internet connectivity found in new cars and light-duty trucks have greatly improved vehicle safety and functionality, they’ve also opened the door for electronic hacking of data and even hijacking control of the cars.
The problem has grown exponentially in recent years. A July 2015 Wired magazine report showed how a remote hacker gained control of the transmission, steering and brakes of a Jeep.

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I.D . . . Instead of Diesel
The Octane Lounge Sept 12, 2016

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I.D . . . Instead of Diesel</br>The Octane Lounge Sept 12, 2016

It wasn’t all that long ago when the future of Volkswagen was highly reliant on diesel power. Today, not so much.
Volkswagen is still reeling from the effects of the infamous Dieselgate scandal over rigged emissions systems that produced bogus data about tailpipe pollutants and fuel mileage.
The flurry of legal actions that followed are expected to cost Volkswagen at least $15-$18 billion in the United States alone and perhaps as much as $35 billion worldwide. And that’s just the financial aspect of it.

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Autonomous rules
The Octane Lounge Sept 5, 2016

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Autonomous rules</br>The Octane Lounge Sept 5, 2016

As the push to autonomous vehicles moves closer to reality, the United States Department of Transportation has issued a 116-page policy for testing and developing such vehicles.
Basically, the federal government is trying to bring structure and order to a bold new frontier, one where different automakers and technology companies have pursued their own directions on research and development.

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Autonomous Ford Cars in five years
The Octane Lounge April 11, 2016

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Autonomous Ford Cars in five years</br>The Octane Lounge April 11, 2016

The topic of self-driving cars has been a hot one and Ford Motor Co. has upped the ante, announcing that it intends to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation by 2021.
With the proclamation, Ford is the first major automaker to put a timetable to actually producing autonomous vehicles. Ford intends its autonomous vehicle to be used in conjunction with ride-hailing or ride-sharing services.

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Ford Shelby GT350
The Octane Lounge April 4, 2016

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Ford Shelby GT350</br>The Octane Lounge April 4, 2016

When Ford rolled out the all-new 2015 Mustang, it was inevitable that the first extreme makeover of the iconic pony car was something of a tease.
Sure, the Mustang is available with a 435-horsepower V8 and what Ford calls the ‘Performance Package’ to optimize handling and braking. But you just knew that Ford wasn’t showing its full hand, and that the ultra-high-performance variants were still to come.

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California Dreamin’
The Octane Lounge March 28, 2016

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California Dreamin’</br>The Octane Lounge March 28, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for classic-car enthusiasts: the annual gathering of the rich and the ultra-rich in Northern California’s lush Monterey Peninsula.
Each year in mid-August, half a dozen auction houses sell some of the world’s most desirable collector cars. According to Hagerty.com, here are several most valuable cars expected to sell in Monterey during the auctions, which run from Aug. 17-21.

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AutoPilot irony
The Octane Lounge March 21, 2016

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AutoPilot irony</br>The Octane Lounge March 21, 2016

By all accounts, 40-year-old Joshua Brown of Canton, Ohio, was bold, fearless and adventurous.
He was sometime who embraced technology and liked to push the limits. A former member of the United States Navy’s SEAL Team 6, he spent more than a decade in the military where his specialty was disarming explosive devices.
On May 7, Brown became the first person to die in a passenger car in Autopilot mode, when his Tesla Model S hit a tractor-trailer after he left a family outing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

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Shelby Number One
The Octane Lounge March 14, 2016

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Shelby Number One</br>The Octane Lounge March 14, 2016

The late Carroll Shelby was a larger-than-life personality, an American icon and maverick who did everything from raise chickens and sell chili to defeat Enzo Ferrari in the French 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. When Shelby’s personal 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake sold for $5.5 million at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (Ariz.) Auction, five years prior to his death in 2012, the price sent shock waves through the collector-car community.

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