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The winner of Autoblog's 2014 Technology of the Year award was given this year for not just one technology, but for how a suite of technologies worked together to make one impressive vehicle.


Offering a diesel engine in an American pickup is anything but new – Ford, General Motors and Chrysler all offer excellent and almost impossibly powerful oil-burning engines in their various fullsize trucks. What is new and novel about the 3.0L EcoDiesel, though, is its size, and the variety of vehicles that use it. It's the smallest engine, as far as displacement is concerned, currently offered in a large truck in the US, and, for 2014 and 2015, it is available in the Ram 1500 and the Jee


As the old saying goes, "There's no replacement for displacement." But these days, many automakers are launching powerful, downsized engines that offer similar or better power output than their predecessors, all while offering improvements in fuel economy and emissions. These days, we're seeing automakers replacing eight-cylinder engines with turbocharged sixes, and the naturally aspirated six-cylinder motors are being phased out in favor of potent turbo fours. But Ford has gone even smaller, of


14 Cars That House The Latest And Greatest Tech

Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many Autoblog editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year's Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles (BMW i3, i8) to engines, connectivity features, convenience niceties, safety systems, performance data functions and more. And it helps that many of these technologies are housed in some pretty hilariously fun vehicles.


The votes are in, the ballots have been counted and the envelope is open. Together with our partners at AOL Autos, we're proud to announce the winner of our second annual Technology of the Year award. After having awarded the inaugural prize last year to Chrysler for its UConnect infotainment system, this year we've selected the Tesla Supercharger network as the top technological advancement in the automotive industry.


Its Supercharger Network is a game changer, panelists said

The winner of AOL Auto's second annual Technology Of The Year award ran away with the votes for the award, clearly surpassing all of the other contenders.


Sports-car giant McLaren pioneers new technology

Leave it to a British company to improve driving in the rain.


Additions to Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive cut down on accident potential

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-551604{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-551604, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-551604{width:612px;height:434px;display:block;} try{document.getElementById("fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-551604").style.display="none";}catch(e){} Mercedes Benz has introduced a significant expansion of its "Intelligent Drive" to improve safety and specifically help drivers avoid a crash. The suite of active-safety technologie


Wireless charging in Chrysler vehicles

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-124773{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-124773, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-124773{width:612px;height:434px;display:block;} try{document.getElementById("fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-124773").style.display="none";}catch(e){} ​Power has always been a guiding light for the Mopar parts and accessories group at Chrysler. For its newest power pack, Mopar branches out from their normal mantra of horsepower to


Elon Musk's vision of coast-to-coast EV driving is taking hold

Tesla Motors has rocked the car world by designing, building - but most importantly, selling viable and desirable electric cars. With 2013 sales expected to hit 20,000 cars, and a forecast of 40,000 units in 2014,Teslas are gaining recognition and popularity.


A simple idea to keep valet parkers from accessing the car's system

The new Chevy Impala comes with a little bit of James Bond inside. Press a button and - voila! - a secret storage bin large enough to hold valuable items like an MP3 player, mobile phone or wallet is unveiled behind the 8-inch MyLink center infotainment & navigation display. Owners can enter a PIN code and lock Valet Mode's sliding door, securing high-value items like smartphones.


Brand known for safety innovates to benefit pedestrians and cyclists

Long a pioneer in auto safety (the first company with seat belts, after all), Volvo introduced a new system this year that recognizes both pedestrians and bicyclists ahead of the car to alert and avert collisions. Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake alerts drivers to impending collisions and if the driver does not respond to the alert, the system can stop the car to avert or minimize a major impact.


System from Infiniti will prevent most driveway and parking lot back-up disasters

"I never saw him!" How many times have police officers heard that one, after someone plays bumper cars with real automobiles, bikes, kids, pedestrians, dogs, etc?


Now, readers will help choose the Grand Prize winner

AOL Autos has named six finalists for its second annual Technology of the Year Award. The finalists, which will be voted on by readers, represent the latest innovations in car connectivity, active safety, fuel economy and telematics.


The two companies are pushing ahead despite slow pace of consumer demand

There are many months when we are not sure Mitsubishi Motors is still in business. But that is mostly a phenomenon of the U.S. market. In Asia and Europe, Mitsubishi is a bit more viable. And apparently the company has technology worthwhile because the Nissan-Renault alliance has advanced its deal with the Japanese automaker to bring more technology to market.


The Urbee is shaped like a bean and may lead to practical advances in car's of tomorrow

You have heard of 3D printed tools, furniture and even guns. It is not surprising that the tech craze has caught on in the automotive space.


Fast changes to the Malibu are trying to make the sedan more competitive

Chevy has added text-to-voice capability to the 2014 Chevy Malibu as the General Motors division tries to improve the overall profile of the mid-sized sedan in the middle of its product cycle.


Diesel-powered cars now make power, mileage, and very little noise.

For some reason celebrities and politicians don't seem anxious or that interested in doing a photo-op with diesel cars like they are electric and hybrid cars. But car companies are forging ahead anyway with new diesel vehicles hoping they can convince more car shoppers to try a fuel saving technology other than a gas-electric hybrid.


Custom radio content integrates to car

Aha, the service that allows users to organize their own customized content on their smartphone, and integrate it to a car's entertainment system, announced it has added CBC/Radio-Canada, BlogTalkRadio and self-improvement content provider Hay House Publishing to its offerings.

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