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More Americans hitting the road on July 4th than ever before

AAA expects 44.2 million Americans to hit the road during the Independence Day holiday, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. The study finds gas prices and car rental rates are lower this year than in 2016.   

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Ram shows Tungsten Edition trucks

Ram has launched yet another limited-edition truck. Named Tungsten Edition, the luxurious model builds on the Limited trim with a dark chrome grille, black headlight bezels, and color-coded parts such as the bumpers, the mirror caps, and the door handles. Inside, there's Natura Plus leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, and front seats that are both heated and ventilated, among other equipment.   

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Goodwood attendees can help build a full-size LEGO McLaren 720S

Visitors to this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed are in for a real treat. McLaren is inviting event-goers to help build a 1:1 model of its 720S completely out of LEGO. The car is already partially completed, with more than 267,000 pieces already assembled. Fans will contribute more than 12,000 additional bricks to complete the project.   

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Dodge offers SRT looks for all 2018 Durango models

Fan of the new Dodge Durango SRT, but not quite ready to drop that kind of coin on a three-row family hauler? Fear not; Dodge has you covered. For the 2018 model year, the R/T will adopt the aggressive fascia of the SRT model, and customers can option out other bits of SRT appearance gear no matter what engine they choose.   

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Jay Leno drives a 3D-printed, Mitsubishi-powered supercar

Jay Leno took a spin behind the wheel of the Divergent Blade. Built in California, the Blade is a 3D-printed supercar powered by a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution engine massaged to churn out 700 horsepower.   http://bit.ly/2thwQ6O

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Chevrolet Bolt takes on Volkswagen GTI in drag race

A group of enthusiasts put a Volkswagen Golf GTI and a Chevrolet Bolt head-to-head in a drag race. On paper, the GTI is 0.3 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the Bolt. And yet, the battery-powered Chevrolet beats its Volkswagen-badged rival in two of the three races.   http://bit.ly/2tQGcDn

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BMW, Specialized launch e-bike

BMW has teamed up with bicycle manufacturer Specialized to build a limited-edition e-bike. The Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie receives a coat of Phytonic Blue paint, which is one of the X3's launch colors. It also gets edition-specific BMW emblems, and a color-coded water bottle. Pricing starts at 5,200 euros, which represents about $5,850.

  

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BMW wants U.S. - Europe free trade deal

Harald Krueger, BMW's chairman of the board, made a case for a free trade deal between the United States and Europe. "I firmly believe free trade and open markets are important for future success. It is essential for global business and economies around the world to flourish," he told Motor1 during the launch of the new X3.   

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Study: Oregon is the best road trip state

Planning on going on a road trip this summer? A recent study finds Oregon is the most road trip-friendly state in the nation. Researchers looked at factors like gas prices, the number of car thefts per capita, and the percentage of the area designated as national parkland. Utah and Washington came in second and third, respectively, while Connecticut is dead last.   

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Formula 1: the rankings after Azerbaijan

After this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel remains in first place overall with 153 points. Mercedes-AMG pilot Lewis Hamilton is in second with 139 points, and his teammate Valtteri Bottas is third with 111 points. Mercedes-AMG is in the lead in the constructor championship with 250 points. Ferrari and Red Bull are second and third with 226 and 137 points, respectively.   

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