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Audi’s 2015 A3 and S3 sedans, offering a mix of diesel, turbocharged and gasoline engines, have earned a 5-Star overall crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program. This New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rating is the highest crash test rating currently available, being added to IIHS Top […]

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Jaguar Land Rover’s engineers are concerned with visibility issues around the vehicle. To solve this issue, Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop technologies that will offer drivers a 360 degrees view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof. The company explained a screen would be embedded […]

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CEO of California’s Pacific Gas and Electric utility and Ford Motor Co. board member Tony Earley is interested in finding ways to convert gasoline vehicles to electric— particularly light duty pick-up trucks. Earley, who has been collaborating with colleagues and employees at Ford and General Motors on the effort, said at a press conference after […]

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Volvo Cars confirmed Tuesday it is working on a new lightweight three-cylinder gasoline engine. This new engine will be part of the company’s Drive E engine family. “We have come a long way in the last few years at Volvo. Investments from our parent company, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, have enabled us to recapture our […]

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Critics of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have said they have no business case; at best their proponents are defying odds, and at worst they’re on a misbegotten errand – but that hasn’t stopped numerous automakers from getting deeply involved. While several automakers have first-generation plug-in cars and are looking toward new and evolved products, no […]

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What does the BMW i3, the Ram 1500 Diesel and the 3-cylinder Ford Fiesta have in common? They are all powered by one of WardsAuto’s ten best 2015 engines. Every year WardsAuto evaluates newly launched engines against the previous year’s winners and awards the ten ones they see as best. Editors from WardAuto said they […]

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Electrical engineer Siva Rajendran is solving two big problems with one good idea. By starting a company that uses discarded batteries from electric cars to power schools in India, Rajendran wants to keep electric batteries out of landfills while simultaneously providing Indian school children with the electricity they need to learn. According to a story […]

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A special concept EV to showcase an intended future production vehicle has been designed and prototyped by Rinspeed. Named Budii, this concept will be shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and will include autonomous driving technology. The electrically powered concept is intended, said Rinspeed, to become the driver’s “best buddy,” and its autopilot the […]

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Volkswagen has purchased a stake in battery development company QuantumScape Corp. to gain an edge over electric vehicle competitors like Tesla Motors Inc. and Nissan Motor Co. Inside sources, who wished to remain anonymous, told Bloomberg News that Volkswagen purchased a five-percent share in the privately owned company located in San Jose with the option […]

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Volvo’s umbrella name for all of the company’s auto braking functions will be City Safety. This new naming nomenclature starts with the all-new Volvo XC90. The continuously enhanced collision-avoidance and mitigation technologies, which are standard in the XC90, include yet another Volvo world first: automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming […]

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