2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid coming with 449 hp, 37-mile electric range

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Cadillac’s CT6 Plug-In Hybrid was unveiled a year ago at the Shanghai Auto Show, but full details on the sedan’s advanced powertrain are only now being released. As previously reported, the CT6 borrows some components from the second-generation Chevy Volt, adapting them to a rear-wheel-drive platform.

The powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and an 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack—which is the same capacity as the Volt’s pack. Total system output is 449 horsepower. Cadillac claims 0-62 mph acceleration in 5.6 seconds and an electric-only range of 37 miles, although official EPA ratings for the latter

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New Audi SQ7 boasts electric turbo and 48-volt electrics for efficiency

Given the diesel scandal lingering over Volkswagen’s operations, it might come as a surprise that Audi has unveiled a new, high-performance flagship crossover powered by the controversial fuel.

But the new SQ7 brings to the table much more than just a high-power 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel V-8 engine.

Among the model’s numerous highlights is an electric compressor that spins at up to 70,000 rpm to supply boost so quickly that the lag endemic to turbochargers is largely negated.

The electric compressor is positioned downstream of the intercooler and close to the engine; it can supply full pressure in just 250 milliseconds. Unlike rival BMW, which uses three turbochargers, the Audi’s compressor supplements its two exhaust-driven turbos.

In real-world use, Audi says that the benefit is genuinely instant torque. On paper, the output is 663 pound-feet of torque from 1,000 to 3,250 rpm, and 429 horsepower from the engine.

The downsized V-8 uses a new common-rail

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Dodge Dart Vs. Volkswagen Jetta: Compare Cars

The Volkswagen Jetta and Dodge Dart are both compact four-door sedans that have been around for a few years. The current Jetta dates back to 2011, while the Dart was launched for 2013. Both are remarkably spacious inside for the segment, but neither competes in the mainstream occupied by the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, and Hyundai Elantra.

The VW Jetta has a reliable niche as a sporty, fun-to-drive sedan; it’s Volkswagen’s best-selling U.S. model. The Dart, on the other hand, was the first new compact car from Fiat Chrysler after the unloved Caliber, and it hasn’t made much of a dent in

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2017 Kia Niro Preview

The Basics:

The 2017 Kia Niro breaks new ground as the first dedicated hybrid crossover SUV–which is to say, there’s no gasoline-only Niro. It joins the world’s limited roster of dedicated hybrids, which is headed by the Toyota Prius, now in its fourth generation. The latest entry besides the Niro is the Hyundai Ioniq hatchback, which shares underpinnings with the new Niro.

Given the surging popularity of car-based crossover utility vehicles, the subcompact Niro may find an audience among buyers of small SUVs who want high fuel efficiency–Kia is targeting an EPA rating of 50 mpg combined–but avoid conventional hatchbacks. While the newest Kia has a crossover shape, however, Kia has not yet mentioned offering all-wheel drive–but we suspect it’s on the way. And for the smallest SUVs, often used mostly in cities, that may not be as much of a drawback as for larger family

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Dak Prescott Arrested for DUI: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Former Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott was reportedly arrested in Starkville, Mississippi, on the morning of March 12 for driving under the influence, according to the Clarion-Ledger‘s Michael Bonner and Sarah Fowler.

Neither Prescott nor his representatives have commented on the matter, per Bonner and Fowler, but Chief Frank Nichols of the Starkville police confirmed Prescott was pulled over while driving a white 2016 Cadillac Escalade.

According to WREG News Channel 3‘s Eryn Taylor and the Associated Press, police records show Prescott took one breathalyzer test at 1:13 a.m. CST and another at 1:47 a.m. The first resulted in an “invalid sample,” whereas the second rendered an “insufficient sample,” per the report.

“I want to make a statement, and first take complete responsibility for my actions,” Prescott told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Sunday. “I’m very remorseful for my misjudgment. I want to apologize to my true supporters, my

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Luxury vehicles flub headlight test, yet Toyota Prius V shines

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class MULTIBEAM LED headlights

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Automakers would like to convince you that headlights keep getting better, and that more expensive luxury vehicles and their headlight upgrades are worth the premium, delivering better vision and visibility.

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GMC Yukon Vs. Lincoln Navigator: Compare Cars

Both among just a few full-size, body-on-frame SUVs on the market, the GMC Yukon and Lincoln Navigator are uniquely American—and American-sized.

They’re quite luxurious, too. Although Lincoln’s traditional luxury rival is Cadillac, with the ascension of the Cadillac Escalade as a pop-culture icon and status symbol, the GMC Yukon Denali is more of a direct rival to the Lincoln Navigator.

These models stand as quite compelling alternatives for those who need to do more than just carry around the family. They command a presence; they work for taking clients out to dinner; and they can even flex their muscles with trailer-towing when necessary.

The Navigator was starting to

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2016 Infiniti QX80

The Basics:

The Infiniti QX SUV is full-size traditional body-on-frame SUV that competes at the high end of the market. Formerly known as the QX56, it offers seating for seven or eight and big V-8 power. While those kinds of mechanicals might no longer be in vogue, the QX80 is the best Infiniti SUV to date—a top rival to the Escalade and superior to at least a few of its competitors.

Look to the QX’s closest ancestor, the Nissan Patrol, and it’s easy to see that this modern luxury barge still looks the part of a proper SUV. With its high ground clearance, thin profile and light side glass, the kinship is there. Most of the proportions hit the right notes: the ride height gives the QX the perfect SUV stance, and the D-pillars angle in such a way as to link it to the rest

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‘Military mistress’ on new nationwide fraud spree

Portland, OR (KPTV) — An Oregon woman dubbed the “military mistress” after marrying 14 U.S. service members and running off with their money is on a nationwide fraud spree with her latest husband, according to deputies.

Marion County deputies said Bobbi Ann Finley, also known as Bobbi Ann House, has been implicated in a spree of check frauds totaling at least $13,500.

mistressThe 39-year-old woman from Dallas, OR was the subject of national news reports in 2010 when allegations surfaced that she hopped from one military base to the next, marrying service members to gain access to their bank accounts.

In a phone interview with FOX 12 in May 2010, Finley admitted the previous 17 years of her life were filled with deceit. At the time, her family said she had nine children.

“I tried to make it on my own, but I

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