Automotive

Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

The Toyota Prius pictured above features a shade of green that is probably the last color you'd want adorning the Japanese manufacturer's popular hybrid, but it actually serves a special purpose. The new color option uses science and technology to help drivers conserve electricity by reducing how much heat the car absorbs from the sun. Dubbed "Thermo-Tect Lime Green," the color is the first use of solar reflective paint in a production vehicle.

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2017 BMW M760i xDrive brings M sportiness to luxury 7 series

BMW has just revealed a new sedan that marries two of the car maker's most esteemed lines. While it dons the appearance and materials of a member of the luxurious sixth generation BMW 7 family, the new 2017 M760i xDrive boasts of the performance that only the BMW M roster can offer. That thanks to an M performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder V12 gasoline engine teamed up with some of BMW's most sophisticated car technologies to date and construction materials that deliver both rigidity without sacrificing lightness.

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2016 Land Rover LR4 Review

In our remix-obsessed culture, it's reassuring to come across something that's managed to endure the ebb and flow of fashion, and stay true to the qualities that have made it such an appealing part of the cultural landscape for so many years. I'm talking, of course, about the 2016 Land Rover LR4, the luxury box that defies convention by remaining wholly dedicated to the brand's original SUV formula.

Don't take that the wrong way. Although the term 'old-school' has increasingly become one of endearment, the Land Rover LR4 is no mere anachronism left to wither on the showroom floor. This full-size, three-row premium hauler still packs a serious dose of off-road technology combined with daily do-everything capability that explains why it's been such a popular member of the Land Rover line-up for so many years.

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Nissan “Winter Warrior” trio revealed for Chicago Auto Show

This week the folks at Nissan have revealed three new vehicles - concepts the lot of them. Each of them is ready to roll with winter weather preparedness - extreme winter weather preparedness, with full snow track systems. They're all red, too. They can pretty much take on any set of elements you're going to toss at them. Here you'll find the custom-built Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue, all prepared for their first showing at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Dubuc Tomahawk all-electric supercar promised for 2017 debut

When we last heard from Quebec, Canada-based automotive start-up Dubuc Motors, it was late 2013 and their sharp-looking Tomahawk was a kit car that made use of a Corvette engine. Fast-forward to the present, and the Tomahawk is an all-electric supercar to be built in North America and see its first release in 2017. Dubuc is ambitious, aiming for the Tomahawk to take the place of the discontinued Tesla Roadster, but with other EV start-ups promising their own supercar contenders, they may soon be facing a crowded market.

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London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

Now that Google's little self-driving pod cars are making their way to more cities in the US for testing, overseas metropolises are starting to show an interest. Transportation officials in London revealed this week that they've begun early discussions with Google to bring their autonomous cars to the UK capital. This new comes right after the vehicles have made Washington State their third testing ground, following cities in Texas and California.

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Ultra-rare 1957 Ferrari 335S auctioned for $35M

It's hard to beat a Ferrari when it comes to luxury sports cars retaining their value over the years, and the latest auction for a classic model proves it. In Paris today a 1957 Ferrari 335 Spider Scaglietti was auctioned off by Artcurial, reaching a total of $34.9 million. So, what makes the car so valuable? Well, the car was designed for the track by Enzo Ferrari himself, has been raced by two Formula 1 world champions, oh, and it's one of only four ever produced.

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Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

As Google's self-driving cars continue to make progress and move to more locations for testing, it appears the company is now making plans on how to better charge the small pod cars. A FCC filing discovered by IEEE Spectrum indicated that Google is looking into wireless charging as an option, with plans to install system around its headquarters, as well as the former Air Force base that serves as the self-driving testing grounds.

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NYC to launch parking meter mobile payment app

By the end of 2016, all parking meters in New York City will support an upcoming mobile payment app, a project we’ve heard mention of in the recent past. There are 85,000 metered parking spots scattered throughout NYC, and according to Mayor de Blasio’s recent State of the City speech, they’ll be payable through the app remotely, meaning you’ll no longer have to visit the spot to make a payment.

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FCA Kills Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, SUVs To Be Main Focus

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is one of the rare automakers willing to discuss the details of its future product plans, typically covering a five year span of time. This past January FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that the company intended to make substantial changes to the most recent strategy announced for 2014-2018, a move that will change the face of several of its brands in the near term.

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Continental to NHTSA: 5m cars may have faulty airbags

The Takata airbag debacle is still underway, but when it rains, it pours. Continental Automotive Systems has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of potentially faulty electronic airbag systems that could result in airbags deploying when they shouldn’t or failing to deploy when they should. According to the supplier, 5 million vehicles feature the potentially faulty systems.

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