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Wal-Mart begins selling cars

You might buy your next car inside of a Wal-Mart. The retail giant has partnered with CarSaver to let buyers select, insure, and finance a vehicle in-store, according to Automotive News. The program will kick off in April in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City.   http://bit.ly/2jS0sSX

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2019 Ford Explorer to get evolutionary design

The next generation of the Ford Explorer will be more of an evolution than a revolution in terms of styling. The story will be different under the skin, where the next Explorer is expected to make extensive use of aluminum.   

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Tesla rolls out Autopilot update for newer models

Tesla today is rolling out second-generation Autopilot update to all of its Model S and X vehicles built since October 2016, according to company CEO Elon Musk's new Twitter post. He says that some cars will require camera pitch angle adjustment by Tesla's service department. The over-the-air update is available for second-generation Autopilot hardware, which until now have been have been without safety features that are available in many older Tesla cars such as Forward Collision Warning but also adds Autosteer (limited to 45 mph for now) and traffic-aware cruise control (until 75 mph). Newer Tesla's still will not have Autopilot and semi-autonomous features offered in older models--because the software is still in development for the newer, more advanced hardware.   http://bit.ly/2jQwQ8J

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Musk: expect "major" Tesla hardware every 12-18 months

Elon Musk says that customers should expect major Tesla upgrades every 1-1.5 years in a Twitter response to a customer requesting retrofits for earlier models: "Tesla will never stop innovating. People are buying the wrong car if they expect this. There will be major revs every 12 to 18 months...If we applied resources to doing super complex retrofits, our pace of innovation would drop dramatically."   http://bit.ly/2jQwQ8J

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First annual Monaco Auto Show taking place next month

The first Monaco Auto Show will take place from February 16th to the 19th. "It's the first motor show where ecology, innovation, technology and prestige combine with mobility and high consumer's experience," according to the organizers. Leftlane will be on-location to check it out first-hand.   

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DS E-Tense headed to production?

A new report indicates the head-turning DS E-Tense concept is moving towards production. The model will arrive at the turn of the decade with a 400-horsepower electric drivetrain, according to British magazine Autocar.   http://bit.ly/2jLat4l

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Maybach SUV to debut in two years

Mercedes-Maybach will introduce its first SUV in the next two years, according to company officials. Based on the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the model will cost approximately $160,000 when it goes on sale. It will target the Bentley Bentayga and high-end versions of the Land Rover Range Rover.   http://bit.ly/2jA4pt0

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