Automotive

Hummers sold in government auction for first time ever

Hummers sold in government auction for first time ever

It's time for the US government to finally, at long last, put their hummers up for sale. This will be the first time in the history of the Humvee that the US government military has allowed their custom vehicles to go on sale after they've been used in the field. Previous rounds of HMMWVs have gone to scrap. You won't be able to drive these beasts on the road, and there are no guns attached to any of them - but you can bet they'll sell like hotcakes.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V confirmed for NAIAS

2016 Cadillac CTS-V confirmed for NAIAS

On the 13th of January in Detroit we'll be catching our first glimpse of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. This has been confirmed by General Motors and is suggested to bring the Cadillac V-Series "to the next level." This vehicle will be shown alongside the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, the second in line in this next-generation family of track-capable cars. This will be the third-generation CTS-V and, given the track records the previous models have set - and the pricing schedule set by previous models VS their higher-priced competitors - this release aught to be a doozy.

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BMW 2 Series Coupe gets new models and engines

BMW 2 Series Coupe gets new models and engines

BMW has announced that it has made some changes to its popular 2 Series Coupe line for the 2015 model year bringing new entry-level engines, new all-wheel drive model and new equipment options to buyers. The BMW 218i coupe now has a 3-cylinder engine that runs on gas. This is the first item that engine has made its way to the 2 Series.

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Audi RS 3 Sportback can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds

Audi RS 3 Sportback can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds

Audi is showing off the new Audi RS 3 Sportback performance wagon. The car has a 5-cylinder engine under the hood and Audi says that the car is the most powerful RS in company history. The all-new RS 3 packs 367hp under the hood and is able to go from a standstill to 62.1mph in 4.3 seconds. That makes the new RS 3 Sportback 0.3 seconds faster to 100km/h than the previous model.

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Ford Sync 3 revealed: a whole new system with QNX

Ford Sync 3 revealed: a whole new system with QNX

This week the folks at Ford have revealed their grand re-design of Sync. This is their in-car infotainment and control center software, and this release will be called Sync 3. The big departure comes in Ford's ending of their relationship for software here with Microsoft - Sync and Sync 2 were made with Microsoft - and picking up of BlackBerry's in-car software system QNX. This means touchscreen capabilities, at last, as well as a user interface that's far more recognizable to the smartphone-using age than previous Sync releases.

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2016 Ford Focus RS global release confirmed

2016 Ford Focus RS global release confirmed

This morning at a Ford Event, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields made clear that the next Focus RS will not be released in as limited a fashion as previous yearly roll-outs. This 2016 Ford Focus RS will be coming to the United States as well as other countries around the world. "We have a new Focus RS coming to market," said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, "and it's coming globally." Welcome to the next track warrior in the I4 class, coming your way sooner than later.

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Mazda’s new bioplastic offers better finish than paint

Mazda’s new bioplastic offers better finish than paint

Mazda has developed a new bioplastic that can be used on exterior car parts, and according to the auto maker, this new material offers a higher-quality finish than is possible with traditionally painted plastics. This joins Mazda's previous bioplastics developed for interior car parts, building upon that to include resistance to weather, scratches, and impacts so that it can handle constant exposure to the outside world.

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Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla has expanded its presence, landing in the Land Down Under where its Model S is now available for purchase. The arrival in Australia took place late last night, with Elon Musk launching his company's first showroom in Sydney early in the morning local time. This marks the start of what will eventually be a larger presence in the nation -- both additional showrooms and more charging stations are planned over the next couple of years.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new GLE Coupe, a sloped four-door car with a distinct sporty design drawn from "two classes of vehicle", according to the auto maker. Mercedes isn't shy about pointing out its SUV-esque features and notes, such as a raised seating position, while showing how they work in the grand scheme of things to improve the sporty elements integral to the GLE Coupe's design. Says Mercedes, "These two different worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile, thoroughbred sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé is different."

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