Auto News for Feb. 13

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 The diesel powered Chevrolet Cruze will deliver an estimated 52 miles per gallon, a gain of six mpg over the previous model. That means a cruising range of up to 702 miles highway if the Cruze has the six speed manual transmission. Cruze Diesel passed all stringent environmental standards and validation standards including Tier 3 emissions, Chevrolet said. Prices start at $24,670 and a hatchback will be announced for the 2018 model year.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

 The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has been added to the “Hot List” by classic car experts at Hagerty. The list contains vehicles that are both fun to drive today and hold the promise of “collectability for future enthusiasts.” The Quadrifoglio sports a 2.9-liter V-6 with 505 horsepower and a 0-60 of just 3.8 seconds. Top track speed is 191 mph. The MSRP is $72,000.

 A firm in the Netherlands has started selling two models of a flying car that it said meets all safety standards. PAL-V said it will start building preproduction models later this year and air certified models by the end of next year. The Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport will be sold here in North America. While driving, the lowered suspension and tilting “cockpit” adds to the sports car feel while a novel design approach serves to avoid a number of common pilot errors, PAL-V said.

 Ford will invest, over the next five years, $1 billion in Argo AI, to advance the development of a self-driving car. Argo is an artificial intelligence company founded by former Google and Uber management. They will develop a virtual driver system for Ford’s autonomous vehicle coming in 2021 – and for potential license to other companies. “We are at an inflection point in using artificial intelligence in a wide range of applications, and the successful deployment of self-driving cars will fundamentally change how people and goods move,” said Argo AI CEO Bryan Salesky.

 

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