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Top Auto News Headlines for the Week

Here’s a recap all of the top headlines for the week.

2019 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan

Last week, Ford achieved a “pursuit-rated” distinction on its all-new police hybrid after a 32-lap simulated pursuit to test its suspension, brakes, and tires to become eligible for police use.

Replacing the ancient Crown Victorias, the Fusion-inspired hybrid uses a 2.0-liter I-4 Atkinson-cycle engine with an 88-kW electric A/C motor and a 1.4-kW lithium-ion battery, reaching 60-mph in 6.3 seconds with a 38 combined EPA rating.

Toyota “Concept-i”

Artificial-intelligence equipped cars are the cars of the future. Concept-i, a suite of three vehicle types, uses software called “AI Agent’ to digest and analyze social media activity, in-car conversations, route histories, and other data sets to perform tasks.

For example, if the technology senses its driver is stressed, ambient lighting or vibrating seats may activate.

High-Performance Hybrid Coupe by Polestar

Polestar, the in-house performance wing of Volvo Motors, has revealed its first standalone car. Dubbed Polestar I, it is modeled after the Volvo S90.

The coupe runs a Ohlin continuously controlled electronic suspension system on 600-horsepower and 730 pound-feet of torque using two electric motors and Volvo’s Drive-E for 93 miles of electric-only range.

For now, only 500 Polestar 1’s will go to production. Customers have the option to order and customize their vehicle online.

Polestar will also offer a new all-inclusive subscription model tat includes service pickup and drop-off, along with on-demand access to other Volvo vehicles. It is unclear whether the badge will offer a subscription-only model.

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