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Big Texas welcome for Google self-driving cars

...sooner than later - getting the public access to cars that have neither a steering wheel nor pedals.For now, Google's test cars have an employee in the driver's seat, ready to grab the wheel should the onboard sensors and computers get in trouble...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-11-17/big-texas-welcome-google-s
Volkswagen chief 'sorry' for rigged emissions tests

...whistle on VW, said the council didn't expect to find any violators when it contracted with West Virginia University to test cars with diesel engines in the U.S.The council, a research group that helps governments form regulations, did the U...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-09-20/volkswagen-chief-sorry-rig
Mini Cooper adds 2 doors to Hardtop model

...would be a tight squeeze.With spirited driving, the test car averaged 27.4 miles per gallon in combined city/highway...mpg combined rating from the federal government.This test car's mileage range, therefore, was just 318 miles, which...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2015-06-25/mini-cooper-adds-2-doors-hard
Self-driving cars getting dinged in California

...others issues will arise that human drivers have dealt with for decades, notably who's liable for an accident. Each test car is required to have $5 million insurance.Interest in accidents will remain high, especially if the self-driving...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-11/self-driving-cars-getting-
2015 Lexus RC coupe adds zip to staid Lexus line

...convertible and current IS.People who stopped to look at the test car seemed intrigued and wanted to be sure they were seeing...more than 4,000 pounds for the V-8-powered RC.The test car felt solid and substantial. But the engine power and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2015-05-01/2015-lexus-rc-coupe-adds-zip-
2015 Lexus LS 460 worth the money

...styling doesn't boast of upscale personality, and the test car ? a LS 460 L that stretched 17.1 feet ? didn't get...and all stitched leather was perfectly aligned in the LS test car. The gauges in the instrument cluster were easy to read...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2015-05-22/2015-lexus-ls-460-worth-money
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is sized like a BMW, priced lower

...rear-wheel drive is $46,145.The four-cylinder ATS weighs some 200 pounds less than the BMW, and the Cadillac test car with automatic felt spirited and eager to respond.Cadillac said 90 percent of the peak torque is available from 2...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2015-03-05/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-sized
Nissan adds features, Nismo enhancements to its affordable sports car, the 370Z

...bezels and attractive red striping around the car.The test car was a 2015 370Z Nismo Tech model with six-speed manual...road like glue.The nearly 3,400-pound 370Z Nismo test car felt solid but not ponderous, and the V-6's easy power-on-demand...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2015-02-26/nissan-adds-features-nismo-en
2015 Toyota Yaris is revamped, gets more safety features

...equipped with a four-speed automatic).Judging by the test car, this fuel mileage is attainable in real-world driving...Peak torque is 103 foot-pounds at 4,200 rpm.The test car, driven aggressively at times, averaged nearly 30 mpg...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2015-01-29/2015-toyota-yaris-revamped-ge
Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

...This summer, Google plans to send test prototypes on closed courses, then later this year on public streets. Those test cars will have a wheel and pedals because under California law a test driver must be able to take immediate control.By summer...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-28/google-build-prototype-tru