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First drive review: 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport prototype heats up Volkswagen’s chill crossover

The five-seat crossover based on the seven-seat Atlas is nearly identical in every way—except the roofline.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax diesel delivers up to 33 mpg highway

EPA figures released Thursday rate a rear-drive, diesel-powered Silverado 1500 at 33 mpg, more efficient than diesel-powered pickups from Ford and Ram.

2020 Cadillac XT5 gains turbo-4, safety hardware

The updated crossover sports a turbo-4 borrowed from the XT4 and more standard active safety features.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

From Motor Authority:

How the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray achieves a sub-3-second 0-60 mph time

Engineering Explained breaks down how the new mid-engine Corvette Stingray accelerates nearly as fast as the outgoing ZR1.

2020 Audi S6 starts from $74,895, electric turbo comes standard

Audi’s newest sport sedan boasts a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 with electric turbochargers powered by a mild-hybrid system.

Ford files trademarks for “Badlands” and “Adrenaline” names

The monikers could make their way onto F-150 pickups or SUVs soon as special editions.

California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols (via Twitter)

From Green Car Reports:

Automakers rebuff EPA mpg rollbacks, cut side deal with California

Four automakers—BMW, Honda, Ford, and VW—struck a deal with California regulators in a blow to pending EPA rollbacks.

Tesla CTO and battery mastermind JB Straubel exits

The longtime battery wiz will become a senior advisor to the electric automaker.

California could soon close one of the dirtiest diesel-emissions loopholes

The Golden State may check semis for emissions and issue fix-it tickets, closing a loophole in current regulations.

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