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Thinking about a new $13,000-and-up Smart car but wondering about that all-important safety aspect? Daimler made a point by running the diminutive redesigned city car head-on into the head-of-state worthy S-Class weighing double, and with much less doubt of its crashworthiness. The in-house test actually kind of emulated the tough small-overlap test the U.S. Insurance […]

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A report has it that Opel will cease offering the Ampera after next year’s redesign of the Chevrolet Volt upon which the Ampera is based. Following abysmal sales, the word given by two “people familiar with the matter” to Automotive News Europe confirms again 2016 is the year for the next-gen Volt, but the Ampera […]

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Audi will reportedly introduce an e-tron version of its flagship A8 limousine, set to debut sometime next year as a 2016 model. According to Auto Express, the A8 e-tron will be a full plug-in hybrid that uses Audi’s new 3.0-liter diesel V6 as its heart, rather than the gasoline V6 currently used in the regular […]

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While still only a small fraction of overall passenger vehicle sales in the United States, clean diesel power is becoming an increasingly popular choice among consumers. Sales in the first half of 2014 jumped by 25 percent over the same period last year — against an overall increase of only four percent — and some […]

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BMW is entering the premium compact segment with the 2 series, a hatchback that will break with the German brand’s rear-wheel drive tradition. BMW stated it has given the 2 Series Active Tourer a sophisticated front-wheel-drive system capable of delivering the degree of driver engagement expected of the brand’s models. The company said combining a […]

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Kia has been recognized for the design of its Soul compact, including the EV version, as well as for the design of a concept sports car. Kia received International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the transportation category for both the GT4 Stinger concept vehicle and 2014 Soul, earning Silver and Bronze honors, respectively. Kia received […]

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While Google, Nissan, Toyota and others are pushing hard towards making vehicles less reliant on the people inside them, as with many burgeoning new technologies, there are some who believe such drastic changes are fraught with danger. According to a report in the Guardian, the FBI commissioned an internal study into the potential risks driverless […]

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Born and based in California, Tesla did not name the state in February as a contender for its “gigafactory,” but California politicians are scrambling to make it happen, and Tesla is thinking about it. Speculators wondered whether California was really fully ruled out, but Tesla has said better places to put its 10-million-square foot battery […]

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Nissan says it intends to make autonomous drive systems commercially viable by 2020. Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced yesterday the Japanese carmaker’s launch timetable for the latest vehicle automation technologies aimed at accelerating consumer adoption of Autonomous Drive systems. The Nissan CEO said new technologies including automated lane controls […]

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The 6th Annual REFUEL Clean Power Motorsports Event, an EV race, will be held this coming Sunday July 20 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For the sixth year running, Speed Ventures will welcome electric cars and motorcycles to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California to showcase cutting-edge clean transportation technology in a motorsports setting. […]

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