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July 8, 2011 1:00 AM

Jaguar and Fiat 500 win honors, Nevada gets Google's driverless cars



Jaguar supercar nabs top concept awards
The high-performance Jaguar C-X75 received top honors at the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards, winning Concept Car of the Year as well as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2011. The concept features a unique turbine-based hybrid powertrain, tops 200 mph and goes from zero-to-60 in less than three seconds. The C-X75, which has been confirmed for production in 2013, beat out the Audi Quattro, Mazda Shinari, and Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid in Car of the Year voting.

--NWautos staff



Fiat 500 tops list of fun cars under $18k
Kelley Blue Book has named its Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, a list that lauds new cars that are affordable and fun. The list:
1. 2012 Fiat 500 (shown above)
2. 2011 Mazda3
3. 2011 Ford Fiesta
4. 2011 Honda Fit
5. 2011 Kia Forte Koup
6. 2012 Honda Civic
7. 2012 Ford Focus
8. 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
9. 2011 Nissan Cube
10. 2011 Hyundai Elantra

--NWautos staff


(New York Times News Service)

Nevada opens door to Google's driverless cars
Nevada is the first state to pass legislation allowing driverless vehicles -- a response to a push from Google, which is working to develop the technology. Assembly Bill 511 allows the state's Department of Transportation to draw up rules that would authorize such automated vehicles. The regulations would include safety standards, insurance requirements and testing sites. A driverless car is defined by the bill as using "artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator." Google has been testing its driverless cars in California with a driver behind the wheel, ready to take over if necessary.

--The Associated Press