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Video: Android Auto surfaces to take on Apple CarPlay

It was only a matter of time until Android was going to match Apple’s move for in-car infotainment integration with existing and future smartphones.

Now, Google made their move to match Apple’s system, CarPlay, with Android Auto.

To showcase what Android Auto does and how it plans to integrate into future cars and smartphones and tablets, CNET took a 2015 Hyundai Sonata–one of the first cars to be made available with Android Auto connectivity–and a smartphone and tried it out.

Check out the video after the jump and head on over the CNET to read their breakdown.

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Report: GM increases production of GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado

AutomotiveNews reports that General Motors is ramping up production of the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado due to high-demand, which speaks for the resurgence of the midsize pickup segment–it’s stronger than anticipated.

Not too long ago, it was only the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier perpetuating the midsize pickup market with major staples like the Ford Ranger and previous Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon nowhere to be seen.

But GM took a leap of faith and for the better, as production for these new trucks are at an all-new high, at the Wentzville, Mo. factory as they cut their unpaid lunch break hours.

They’ve also added more shifts while hiring more workers for weekend production shifts as well, in hopes to boost production by 2,000 per month.

Source: AutomotiveNews

Report: Porsche could say goodbye to its lovely naturally-aspirated flat-six

CARandDRIVER reports with some sad news that the next generation Porsche 911 could say goodbye to its epic naturally-aspirated flat-six in favor of more frugal, yet more powerful turbocharged engines when it gets updated for its mid-cycle refresh later this year.

And that’s a big traditional stirrup in Porsche world because if one wanted to ever get a turbocharged Porsche, you’d just get the 911 Turbo, because the 911 was already just amazing with a base naturally-aspirated, high-revving flat-six. But of course, given the climate of the industry with trends like downsizing and turbocharging for fuel economy, this was almost inevitable.

In other Porsche news, some new details also surfaced regarding the new generation of 911, codenamed the 992. As usual, the new Porsche 911 will retain the traditional rear-engine layout with improved vehicle dynamics. Additionally, flat-four and plug-in hybrid variants are also anticipated to be in the mix.

Not much else is known about the 992, because it’s early in the R&D stages, and the current 991 should get a facelift sometime this year.

Source: CARandDRIVER

Video: Nissan claims the new 2016 Maxima is faster around a track than a BMW 3-Series

Nissan always parades their Maxima around as a “true four-door sports car,” only for it to come up short in subtle ways that all add up to chucking away at the total expected experience. For instance, the Maxima’s constant use of a CVT transmission robs the car of character and makes it seem robotic.

And it appears Nissan doesn’t have any desire to let up on their use of the CVT as the new Maxima also comes with a CVT.

Though interestingly, the Japanese automaker also released a video of AMCI Testing, conducting an apparent “objective, independent, third-party test,” called the “2016 Nissan Maxima Test Track Challenge.
Continue Reading reports that the New Jersey State Police just gained some new wheels in the fleet of interceptors, which they colloquially call “ghost cars.”

As implied by the nickname, these new interceptors are actually new Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet Caprice sedans with honkin’ V8s and all. Though more notably, these new cars have a very controversial livery theme that has some questioning their motive.

As pictured, the new cars are themed with very subtle markings and no physical exterior light bar in an “attempt” to blend in with traffic, similarly to unmarked cars. Though like unmarked cars, those who’ve been anti-abusive law enforcement believe it gives police an unfair advantage, fulfilling the stigma of police preying on motorists for revenue. This is especially an enlightened topic given that police abuse has received a lot of media attention in lieu of racial tie-ups.

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Report: Maryland removes the parallel parking portion from its driver’s test

Parallel parking isn’t rocket science, people. But it may surprise you, if you live in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or any other major city, when someone doesn’t know how to parallel park.

And understandably, that’s because not every place in the US has insane population densities like the ones in all of the aforementioned large cities. Why waste a resource on a mandate that doesn’t apply to you if your neighbor lives three hours away?

However, an alarming change happened with the education of parallel parking in a state where there exist several, major metropolitan areas, heavy with parallel parking–Maryland. Now, it seems they just turned themselves more into a land of clueless Mary’s by eliminating the parallel parking portion of their driving test.

Because parallel parking isn’t huge in Baltimore, Annapolis, or Washington D.C., just to the north?

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Report: Jeremy Clarkson admits fault for “fracas”–tell us something we don’t know

A new report of the listening kind apparently surfaced on BBC Radio, where Jeremy Clarkson gave his first public interview since his “fracas” with producer, Oisin Tymon.

In the said audio clip, you can listen to Clarkson admitting fault to the “fracas,” which should come to no surprise as Clarkson admitted to going to the BBC to “turn himself in” after the incident, implying his acceptance of responsibility for his act.

And you can’t blame a man for taking responsibility.

Head on over to Jalopnik for a link to the interview and have a listen. Thanks to their search, Clarkson’s discussion starts about an hour and forty-one minutes in.

Source: BBC Radio via Jalopnik

Report: Mitsubishi to revive the Evo nameplate for a crossover

Mitsubishi’s been mystifying us with their future plans and after they axed the Lancer Evolution, it seemed they even made their future even bleaker.

But recently, sales have been increasing for them as they continue to just get by with models that are otherwise aging and due for a replacement. Altogether, Mitsubishi’s just struggling to stay relevant by any way stretch or means.

And it appears Mitsubishi might be making some changes to make them relevant again as AutoExpress reports that the small Japanese automaker might revive the “Evo” nameplate, but for a crossover model.

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Photo Rendering: Could this be what the next-gen Ferrari 488 GTS Spyder looks like?

Ferrari’s 458 Italia replacement arrived not too long go in the form of the 488 GTB, which comes with a lot of serious changes, such as being one of the first-turbocharged models since the F40, following the California T.

Click here for our original post on the reveal of the Ferrari 488 GTB.

And given the fact that his is Ferrari’s new bread-and-butter model, we should expect a Spyder version to surface as well, which is what will happen when the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show comes around.

However, if you’re too impatient and too lazy to imagine what the Ferrari 488 GTS Spyder might look like, graphic artist Nikita Nike decided to make her own rendering of what she things the GTS will look like.

The new 488 GTS is scheduled for a reveal in September at Frankfurt, sporting the same 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 with around 665hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, making it perhaps one of the torquiest Ferraris ever.

Source: Nikita Nike

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Report: Mitsubishi’s prepping to replace the Outlander Sport outright next year

For a split second, it almost appeared that Mitsubishi was going to be done for, at least as a competitive automaker in the US, given their lackluster performance both in sales and in their attempts to remain relevant, especially after killing the Evo.

But now, Mitsubishi’s seeking to grab a piece of the cash cow that we all know is the crossover pie by replacing the aging Outlander Sport, outright.

According to AutoExpress, who spoke with Mitsubishi Motors UK Managing Director, Lance Bradley, the new Outlander Sport will be launched next year.

Not much is known, but Mitsu should be sticking to their plans of hybridizing their lineup, as indicated by the influx of their last few concepts from years past.

Source: AutoExpress