Automotive

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

With the Mitsubishi Motors Concept XR-PHEV, the LA Auto Show 2014 sees a slick plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain paired with high-end, bold styling - in bright red, of course. Mitsubishi brought this vehicle to LA not only reaffirm their commitment to the US market, but to show how future vehicles will look and run. As this vehicle is a concept, Mitsubishi says it'll never reach the road in its current form. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV does play host to not only futuristic aesthetics for next-gen cars, but futuristic technologies as well.

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2015 Nissan Murano eyes-on

2015 Nissan Murano eyes-on

This year at the 2014 LA Auto Show we've been given a good look at the 2015 Nossan Murano. This is a vehicle that was originally showed off (in its earlier form) as the Nissan Resonance Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto show. Back then we crossed our fingers that this vehicle would eventually see the real showroom floor as a next-generation crossover. This week we've seen what the 2015 Nissan Murano has become. With its V-Motion grille, signature headlines and a collection of futuristic technological advances, this vehicle is set to hit the road.

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Mitsubishi 2015 Outlander GT eyes-on

Mitsubishi 2015 Outlander GT eyes-on

Behold, the redesigned Outlander. This is the second edition in Mitsubishi's Outlander lineup, the first coming in 2014. This model has a new and improved look to it, coming with a smoother fascia and a wider array of options. Here at the LA Auto Show 2014 we're seeing the 2015 Outlander GT, that being the version with Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), though you'll have the option of picking this vehicle up in front-wheel drive as well.

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Poo Bus aims to improve urban air quality

Poo Bus aims to improve urban air quality

This week the first ever bus powered on human food waste was released into the wild in the UK. This is the Bio-Bus, a green vehicle which is literally, truly powered by poo. This bus was created by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water, a company proud to product a bus that's able to travel 300km (or 186mi) on a full tank of gas produced by Bristol sewage treatment works. So you don't actually poo ON the bus, but you are on the bus running because of your poo, if you live in the area it's running.

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Uber Momentum driver rewards arrive amidst controversy

Uber Momentum driver rewards arrive amidst controversy

Uber has again been caught up in a lot of negative media attention, this time kicking off after comments made by executive Emil Michael went public. Amidst doing damage control, the company has announced a new perk for its most faithful drivers called Momentum, a rewards program that is said to be the result of feedback from thousands of drivers about what they want most. "It recognizes the tremendous service our partners provide," says the company, and will in part help drivers lower their costs of operation.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept showcased at LA Auto Show

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept showcased at LA Auto Show

Chevrolet has taken the wraps off a new concept truck at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, showcasing its Colorado ZR2 concept as an example of what could be for the midsize model's off-roading future. Chevy has based its concept on the ZR2 production model, as well as Colorado Z71's offerings, and included the new 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine for good measure. That engine is slated to arrive in the auto maker's Colorado models in 2015. The concept brings with it elements designed specifically for going off the road, including a higher ground clearance and skid plates.

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2016 Ford Explorer unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

2016 Ford Explorer unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

The 2016 Ford Explorer is being shown off at the 2014 LA Auto Show, and though it won't be arriving until summer 2015, the auto maker has teased enthusiasts with a look at what it -- and its new Platinum series -- has to offer. With the newest model, consumers are given an overall boost in both driving features and a new "rugged" exterior design complemented by changes to the interior that make the cabin quieter. In addition, Ford has introduced a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the current four-cylinder offering.

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Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

This week Chevrolet has revealed the Chaparral 2X VGT concept car, a vehicle designed specifically for the Vision Gran Turismo project. This vehicle was developed exclusively for fans of the PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo 6, and is indeed a fully working vehicle. It's certainly not made for the production lines in the long term - instead, it's made to be a one of a kind beast never to be replicated outside of the digital landscape - inside the Gran Turismo video game, that is to say.

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NHTSA orders mass recall as Takata airbag issue escalates

NHTSA orders mass recall as Takata airbag issue escalates

Several auto makers have had extensive recalls revolving around issues with airbags, and some of those were due to faulty parts from Takata Corp. The recalls have thus far taken place in high-humidity regions, but an event that has happened related to the faulty airbags -- in a region that doesn't have that commonly high humidity -- has spurred the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into action. It is demanding all vehicles at risk be recalled across the nation. This spans ten auto makers.

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OS For The City wins Audi Urban Future Award 2014

OS For The City wins Audi Urban Future Award 2014

Mexico City has won this year's Audi Urban Future Award 2014 after 6 months of presentations and deliberation. The team of inventors and creators from Mexico City presented an "operating system for urban mobility", creating a data platform where cities can plan for traffic, congestion, and changing population centers through time. Mexico City was one of four interdisciplinary teams aimed at creating a better world to compete in this year's Audi Urban Future Award 2014 series and competition, including Berlin, Boston, and Seoul as well.

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