Automotive

Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

This week the folks at Mazda North America Operations (MNAO) are teaming up with Microsoft's Xbox division to push both the game Forza Horizon 2 and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. To do this, they're bringing a Mazda-branded hub to Xbox One and Xbox 360 units this winter. Players will be asked to work with the Livery Design of the 1994 Mazda MX-5 available in the game, coming up with the most innovative or otherwise eye-catching design they're able. Two finalists will be brought to South by Southwest for a bit of a final showdown.

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Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear has announced plans to start testing its self-inflating tire technology on trucking fleets in the US and Canada, something that is set to take place "in the next few months". The testing is being done under an ongoing research project that has, among other things, support from the Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology. The tire tech itself has been in development and testing since 2011, and this latest arm of the process will last for 18 months.

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FXX-K Ferrari kinetic-hybrid runs 1036bhp – track-only

FXX-K Ferrari kinetic-hybrid runs 1036bhp – track-only

Ferrari's research and development program vehicle FXX-K was made based on the company's first hybrid, and it's being shown off this week as a "completely uncompromising" design. They suggest that this vehicle is "unfettered by homologation requirements and regulations" as it will never be used in competition. Because of this, a super-exclusive group of "Client-Test-Driver" will be working in a special test program over the next couple of years. And it'll come in red, of course, with bright stripes and the number 10 across its sides, so you know it's a beast.

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GM recalls 316k vehicles over potential headlamps issue

GM recalls 316k vehicles over potential headlamps issue

General Motors is set to undergo another recall, this time for approximately 316,000 sedans and SUVs over a potential headlamps issue. Of the recalled models, 273,000 or so are located in the United States. Affected models could potentially experience issues illuminating on either an intermittent or a permanent basis. This only applies to the daytime lights and low-beams, however, with the high-beam lamps being unaffected by the malfunction. It isn't yet known whether any accidents have resulted from this issue.

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Toyo recalls 175,000 tires over safety risk

Toyo recalls 175,000 tires over safety risk

Toyo has recalled about 175,000 tires due to potential issues that could lead to tire failure, posing a safety risk. The recall is being voluntarily made, and includes tires made under both the Nitto and Toyo Tires brands for SUVs, light trucks, and vans. With these tires, it is possible the belt or tread can separate and the tire could potentially lose pressure, both of which could then possibly lead to the tire itself failing and a potential crash.

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2015 Toyota Sienna minivans recalled over assist grips

2015 Toyota Sienna minivans recalled over assist grips

News of another Toyota recall has surfaced, this time revolving around the 2015 Sienna minivan. Says the auto maker, which announced that it will be recalling the cars on Wednesday, certain 2015 Sienna Minivans are being recalled due to potential issues with the overhead assist grips on the right and left sides of the second row. Those with affected models will be notified by Toyota in the near future, and will be able to have the grips serviced at their local dealership.

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Audi electric car with 280-mile range in the pipeline

Audi electric car with 280-mile range in the pipeline

Audi has an all-electric car in the pipeline, and it'll offer a range of 280 miles, according to the auto maker's technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg. The information was provided during the Los Angeles Auto Show, and though there's no information on what kind of car, exactly, the electric offering will be, Hackenberg said it'll be released around 2017. This model is rumored to be able to fit a total of five individuals, and will still have "ample luggage space". Given what has been revealed, it looks like Audi might have a Model S competitor in the works.

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Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

Mazda has recalled nearly 100,000 vehicles over potential issues with the tire pressure sensor, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In affected vehicles, the car may fail to alert when tire pressure has dropped below a certain range under specific conditions, something that could potentially lead to crashes caused by under-inflated tires. The recalled vehicles will be serviced at a related dealership once notices are sent out; the solution involves reprogramming the software that controls the pressure monitoring system.

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Kia channels its inner mutant with X-Men-themed Sorento

Kia channels its inner mutant with X-Men-themed Sorento

Kia has introduced its new mutant variety 2015 Sorento, a special model made in partnership with Fox that the auto maker plans to debut a week before the Australian Open 2015 tennis championship. With it comes an X-Men theme, and though Kia is asking viewers to guess which character inspired the design, there seems little mystery left to the imagination with Wolverine's claws having prime showcasing spots on both the front and back of the vehicle. The car will be revealed by tennis pro Rafael Nadal.

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Toyota recalls 400k Lexus cars over fire hazard

Toyota recalls 400k Lexus cars over fire hazard

Toyota has recalled over 400,000 Lexus cars over a potential fire hazard, reports Bloomberg. The fires could start as a result of potential fuel leaks, a problem that Toyota will fix under the recall. The news joins a larger mass recall that has swept up several auto makers that use air bag components from Takata Corp. Under that recall, which the NHTSA has demanded become nationwide after first launching as smaller regional recalls, is potentially fatal.

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