All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Cars’

Chevrolet Colorado Takes 2016 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

For the second year in a row, the Chevrolet Colorado has won the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award. Motor Trend called it a “Jack-of-all-trades, a Swiss Army knife.” Jack-of-all-trades. Swiss Army knife. There are many descriptors for the immensely versatile Colorado. With the new Duramax, Chevy’s midsize workhorse delivers best-in-class fuel economy (we expect the EPA to certify …

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Hyundai Genesis Launches As Company’s New Standalone Luxury Brand

Hyundai has announced it is launching a brand now global luxury brand, dubbed Genesis. The rebranding will see its current Genesis lineup break off and form its own, autonomous entity. Hyundai says its new Genesis brand will compete with the world’s leading luxury car brands. “We have created this new Genesis brand with a complete focus on our customers who …

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Toyota Tacoma Gets Back To The Future Concept

The Toyota Tacoma has become Back to the Future-ized. Toyota announced this week that it would celebrate October 21, 2015 – the date introduced in Back to the Future Part II – by recreating Marty McFly’s dream truck with a concept based on the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, which went on sale last month. “Check out that 4×4!” All Marty …

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Volkswagen Scandal Hasn’t Really Harmed Reputation in Germany

The Volkswagen emissions scandal hasn’t really harmed the company’s reputation inside its home country, a new survey finds. Nearly two-thirds of Germans said that Volkswagen still makes “outstanding cars.” From Reuters: Sixty-five percent said they either fully or largely agreed the scandal was overdone and that VW still made excellent cars, according to results of an independent online survey of …

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Ferrari 290 MM Could Sell For Over $28M at Auction

A classic Ferrari built for Formula One legend Juan Manual Fangio could pull a whopping $28 million at auction – or maybe even more. According to Sotheby’s, the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM is one of the greatest, most original, and most valuable cars ever offered at public auction. “In the history of motor racing, it is hard to imagine two …

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Tesla Cars 2015: 11,580 Vehicles Delivered in Q3

Tesla announced this month that it has delivered 11,580 cars in Q3 of 2015. This includes the company’s initial deliveries of Model X. Tesla said that although it had a week of planned production shutdown, the delivery level represented a 49% increase over Q3 of 2014. It was also the sixth consecutive quarter of growth. Tesla Model X buyers could …

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Kia Sorento Recall Affects Hundreds of Thousands of Cars

Kia is recalling hundreds of thousands of Sorentos in order to replace the brake-shift interlock mechanism. According to the car company, excessive force applied to the gear shift lever, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack. The recall affects certain vehicles model year 2011 to 2013. “Kia is recalling certain 2011-2013 model year Sorento vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions …

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BMW M2 Inspired By Models From Motor Racing History

BMW Group unveiled the new BMW M2 Coupe. The car features a high-performance six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive, and lightweight aluminum M Sport suspension. The first-ever #BMW #M2 Coupé commands power and demands attention. http://t.co/KTKSO4LvE3 http://t.co/xKHM27LmKj https://t.co/AnFNQFIe20 — BMW (@BMW) October 14, 2015 “A single glance is all it takes to pick the new BMW M2 Coupe out as a member of …

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Honda CR-V Gets A 2016 ‘Special Edition’ Upgrade

Honda recently introduced the new special edition 2016 Honda CR-V. “After a major refresh for 2015 that brought a new powertrain, significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling and a long list of new standard and available features, the 2016 Honda CR-V returns with a new Special Edition (SE) trim and a lineup with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) …

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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Making a Movie About the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Leonardo DiCaprio, a prominent environmentalist, is taking the Volkswagen emissions scandal to the big screen. The scandal is less than a month old, but DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way has acquired the rights to a book about it. The book hasn’t even been written yet – it’s merely a proposal by author Jack Ewing. Though DiCaprio will produce the film, …

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Apple Car Coming in 2019, Per Report

Apple Car Coming in 2019, Per Report

Apple is turning up the heat on its automotive goals, and you can expect the first electric Apple car to ship in 2019. That’s the word from the Wall Street Journal, which quotes the ubiquitous people familiar with the matter. According to the report, the first car won’t be self-driving, although Apple wants it to be eventually. From the WSJ: …

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Google Tests Waze-Powered Ride Service

Google is testing a Waze-powered carpooling program in Israel, according to multiple reports. The service, called RideWith, will let people pay drivers a “small fee for a ride to and from work,” reports Reuters. The service launched today in Tel Aviv. So, is Google jumping into the on-demand ridesharing space – and does Uber now have some big competition? Not …

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Hit the Road

Last month, Google said it was almost ready to start testing its self-driving car prototypes on public roads, and that it would happen sometime this summer. Well, that time is now. A few cars from Google’s fleet are now cruising California highways. Slowly. “These prototype vehicles are designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving. They’re ultimately designed to …

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Google Self-Driving Cars Hit Public Roads This Summer

Google is almost ready to put its self-driving cars on public roads. According to the company, the “next step” in the project involves putting its prototypes on the roads of Mountain View this summer. Google’s self-driving cars will be capped at 25mph, and each will carry a safety driver who has access to a removable steering wheel and pedals so …

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Google Called Upon To Make Self-Driving Car Accident Reports Public

Google’s self-driving cars are coming under fire again as the Associated Press reported that four out of forty-eight of the cars Google has driving around California have gotten into accidents since September. As has been the case with previously reported accidents, however, none of these were actually the fault of Google’s cars, at least according to the company. According to …

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Burt Reynolds To Auction ’77 Pontiac Trans Am From ‘Smokey And The Bandit’

One of the most iconic cars in American movie history will be on the auction block this month. This year’s Spring Carlisle Auction event will be auctioning off a restored 1977 Pontiac Trans Am owned by Burt Reynolds. Running from April 23-24, the Spring Carlisle Auction will be held at the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. More than 350 …

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Kurt Russell’s Role In ‘Fast And Furious 7’ Suggests A New Direction For Franchise

Fast & Furious 7 ripped through the box office furiously this week, garnering a staggering $384 million in sales worldwide. The latest in the Fast franchise has been widely anticipated by fans not just for the ridiculously amazing car scenes (which are to be expected), but also for how it handled the late Paul Walker’s character. Moviegoers got more than …

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Elon Musk Isn’t Against Flying Cars, He’s Just Worried About Them Falling on Your Head

The everyday futurology musings of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk continue to entertain. See: thoughts on self-driving cars and artificial intelligence. This time he’s talking flying cars. Speaking with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on his StarTalk show, Musk outlined some of his concerns with the idea of flying cars (via Inc). “If there are flying cars, then well obviously …

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Elon Musk Thinks Driving Could Be Outlawed at Some Point (Hopefully Not Though)

Will there ever come a day when it is actually illegal to get behind the wheel of a car and drive it yourself? Tesla founder and possible Terminator Elon Musk says yes, this is a distinct possibility. Musk made his comments at the Nvidia GPU conference, where he said it’s just too dangerous. “You don’t want a person driving a …

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Google Reveals First Real Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google unveiled what it says its its “first real build” of its self-driving vehicle prototype. Back in May, Google showed off an early mockup that eliminated the steering wheel and gas/brake pedals. But that didn’t even have real headlights. Now, Google has a fully-functioning version of this car (pictured). “Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to …

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Report: Car Integration To Be Focus Of Next Android

Google is reportedly working to make its next version of Android (the “M” version) more compatible with cars, so that automakers can build it into their models. Google is not commenting on the matter, but Reuters is reporting on the company’s plans, and frankly it would make a great deal of sense anyway. Android in the car isn’t exactly a …

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Toyota Prius c Gets 50 MPG, Multiple Configurations

The Toyota Prius is one of the best hybrid vehicles on the market today. Going into 2015, Toyota hopes that those who haven’t jumped on the hybrid bandwagon will finally do so with its latest model. Toyota unveiled the Prius c and its many configurations this week. Those looking to buy the hybrid will have their choice of the Prius …

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Electric Cars: Volkswagen Takes On Tesla

Electric cars are still a relatively new market without a lot of competition. For the past few years, all the buzz has surrounded Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors. Now Volkswagen wants in on it. Bloomberg is reporting that Volkswagen has bought a five percent stake in QuantumScape Corp., a company working on batteries for electric cars. Volkswagen wants to put these …

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Google Releases Android Auto APIs To Developers

Google first introduced Android Auto, its vehicle-based Android platform, at Google I/O in June. The company has now released its APIs to developers to build Auto-enabled apps for audio and messaging. “For users, this means they simply connect their Android handheld to a compatible vehicle and begin utilizing a car-optimized Android experience that works with the car’s head unit display, …

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Honda Fit Named Yahoo! Value Car of the Year

The automotive industry is now evolving at fast rate and car manufacturers are now racing to implement new technology into their latest models. New companies such as Tesla are gaining accolades for their designs while many established car companies are just beginning to embrace electric and smart car tech. For Honda, then, it must be a relief that their budget …

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BMW Cars: The X5 M and X6 M Are Back

BMW Motorsport (M) this week revealed all of the details about its latest M series vehicles. The BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are back and sporting more power than ever. BMW is referring to the latest revisions of the X5 and X6 as a generational shift. Both vehicles combine aspects of BMW X vehicles with performance enhancements from …

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Danica Patrick Continues to Drive Pink Car For Breast Cancer Awareness

Danica Patrick will once again race in a pink Chevrolet SS as she heads to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia this weekend for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 race. Patrick also drove the pink version of her number 10 GoDaddy car at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway the past two weekends. The car is painted pink to raise …

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Kia K900 Gets LeBron James as Brand Ambassador

Kia‘s luxury brand is taking off with its K900 model. Now the South Korean auto manufacturer has signed a huge sponsorship deal to promote the K900 in the U.S. Kia has announced that NBA star LeBron James is now the official “luxury ambassador” for the Kia K900. James has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Kia Motors, which is also …

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Winter Tires: Tips To Keep You Safe

Whether you want to admit it or not, winter is almost here and that means snow, ice and sleet in many parts of the country. As much as most of us would like to stay bundled up and inside on those cold wintery days, it just isn’t possible and travel is a daily necessity for most people. Winter can make …

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BMW Cars, Motorcycles Hit Sales Records

BMW has been operating for nearly 100 years now. Throughout those years the company has had many popular and classic vehicles. Now it seems the auto manufacturer may be more popular than ever. BMW Group last week announced that it sold nearly 200,000 vehicles to customers during the month of September, a 5.3 percent increase over September sales in 2013. …

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