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Lincoln Aviator’s warning chimes were recorded by Detroit Symphony Orchestra

When the Lincoln Aviator makes its debut in production form, it will have a little piece of Detroit engrained within it. Instead of using computer-generated tones, Lincoln approached the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) to record the luxury SUV’s warning chimes, the brand revealed on Monday. The orchestra accepted the challenge. The results are incredibly pleasing tones. The DSO recorded more than 125 options, which were then pared down to six final selections. The tones will represent three distinct chime levels for 25 of the Lincoln Aviator’s features: non-critical, soft-warning chimes, and…

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Ford partners with Chinese tech giant Baidu to test Level 4 self-driving cars

Ford and Baidu self-driving car prototype Ford and Chinese internet services giant Baidu have joined forces to develop self-driving technology. The two firms announced last week that they will jointly test Level 4 self-driving cars in Beijing, initially in a program of two years duration starting in late 2018. A Level 4 self-driving car can operate without a driver in select conditions. The conditions usually include operating within a pre-determined, sufficiently mapped area, known as geo-fencing, as well as within certain weather restrictions. The ultimate goal is a Level 5…

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2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 hatchback spy shots and video

Mercedes-Benz has a redesigned A-Class on its hands, and this time around there is both a hatchback and a sedan, the latter of which we’ll see here in the United States. They’re the first of eight body styles planned for Mercedes’ new generation of compacts. Another is a redesigned B-Class minivan. Some of those eight body styles will have high-performance variants developed by Mercedes-AMG. And this time around there will be direct replacements for the current crop of 45 series cars, plus the new crop of slightly tamer 35 series…

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The McLaren Senna GTR is a track-only hyper car

McLaren Senna GTR design sketch The McLaren Senna is a wild, track-focused hyper car. That much is clear. But there’s always more, and the automaker is inching forward with its new McLaren Senna GTR. This one isn’t track focused, this one is track only. On paper, the numbers are  impressive. The McLaren Senna GTR produces 814 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque thanks to its revised 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. That’s a 25 horsepower bump over the road car. It’s complemented by active aerodynamics that are found all over the…

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