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Waymo self-driving service won’t launch in 2018 as promised

Waymo self-driving car prototype Waymo won’t a public self-driving car service this year, the company admitted Wednesday. Instead, the self-driving provider will offer a small-scale service to existing volunteers that have already been screened, called Waymo One. The service is a step toward putting eventual autonomy. Waymo One will be offered only to users that the company has screened and invited. For months, the Google-Alphabet self-driving car subsidiary said it would launch a public ride-hailing service with its autonomous cars by the end of 2018. Instead, Waymo One will require…

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Where Carroll Shelby’s rat pack let their Mustangs run wild

Terlingua, Texas—On a scalding May afternoon, it’s not easy to see how Carroll Shelby saw dollar signs between the stubby cacti nestled among the yellow rocks. Summer arrives earlier in West Texas than anywhere else in the U.S. The sun beats down on my bright red Ford Mustang GT’s shiny paint, and forces the air conditioning to work hard to keep the black leather interior tolerable. I’ve driven about 350 miles from El Paso along the Texas-Mexico border to get here, past Spanish missions dating to the 18th century that…

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2014 Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 for sale in US for $1.69M

A few years ago, Mercedes-AMG showed off the wild G63 6×6—a G-Class with six wheels, three axles, and plenty of off-road chops. They’ve long been sold out after a run of 100 production vehicles, but one has surfaced for sale. Listed on eBay in the United States, this 2014 Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 has only seen one owner and 3,797 miles, and it features every option the company offered. According to Scottsdale Ferrari in Arizona, the dealership that listed the behemoth for sale, the original owner purchased the G63 6×6 for roughly…

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Alfa Romeo compact crossover will be based on Jeep Renegade

2019 Jeep Renegade Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in late November announced $5.7 billion worth of investments in its Italian plants, which includes a plan to steer them away from slow-selling, unprofitable vehicles and refocus them toward in-demand models, particularly luxury crossovers. Part of the plan is production of an Alfa Romeo compact crossover at FCA’s plant in Pomigliano, whose sole vehicle at present is the Fiat Panda subcompact crossover. The Alfa Romeo crossover was confirmed in June during FCA’s company-wide strategy announcement. In a statement released Nov. 29, Pietro Gorlier, FCA’s…

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