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Toyota is playing catch-up with incorporating aluminum into its more popular vehicles, unlike rivals Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The three North American automakers have wholly embraced the material, starting with hoods and panels in pickups and big SUVs, and spreading through — in the case of Chrysler — about 80 percent of its lineup. […]

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After previewing its first-ever plug-in hybrid last week, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the technology is going to spread through the rest of its line in the relative near future. “We will have a plug-in hybrid version of every volume model,” said the company’s R&D Chief, Thomas Weber during a press preview of the S550 Plug-In […]

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A “radar-gunlike” text-message detection device is “near production” for use by law enforcment to find out drivers distracted by texting at the wheel. The device is being developed by ComSonics of Harrisonburg, Va., and it can spot the frequency of cell phone transmissions emanating from a moving vehicle, and discern between texting and cell phone […]

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It did not take long, and now Consumer Reports has posted a video review of the Tesla Model S and BMW i8. While we were more discrete when we loosely compared the Model S to a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, calling it “apple and orange,” CR flat out says the i8 and Model S comparo […]

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Mercedes-Benz is another German company receiving an autonomous vehicle license from the state of California. With “Senate Bill No. 1298″ taking effect, Mercedes-Benz received a license allowing the company to test vehicles in autonomous driving mode in daily traffic on California roads. Mercedes-Benz, which has been in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years now, said […]

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Nissan’s eye-catching arrow-shaped ZEOD RC saw both the highs and lows of endurance racing during the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June. While the team met its goals of both hitting 300 km/h (186 mph) along the Mulsanne Strait and completing a lap of the eight-mile circuit on electric power alone, the […]

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Mercedes-Benz has long been a supporter of diesel options in its growing line of SUVs, but there looks to be a mild shake-up happening for the 2015 M-Class. The long-serving 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel won’t be answering the bell, replaced instead by the 2.1-liter four-cylinder found in the smaller GLK and mid-sized E-Class sedan. So the […]

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Ford Motor Company unveiled a revised C-MAX and Grand C-MAX with a new exterior design, interior as well as what Ford calls major fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions improvements. The revised five-seat C-MAX, available in the U.S., and seven-seat Grand C-MAX will go on sale across Europe in early 2015. The models is said to […]

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Looks like Peugeot wants to hit the green hard at the Paris show as the company has announced a second concept with green credentials, the Peugeot Quartz PHEV concept. The company announced earlier this week an hybrid-air concept. The French manufacturer said its Quartz concept uses a plug-in hybrid drive train integrating a 1.6-liter THP […]

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The redesigned 2015 Jetta has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system. The 2015 Jetta is currently on sale in U.S. dealerships and offers three gasoline engines, a TDI Clean Diesel, and a hybrid powertrain. These Jetta models offer a […]

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