Automotive

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

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

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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Audi Super Bowl 50 commercial hawks next-gen R8

Audi Super Bowl 50 commercial hawks next-gen R8

Audi released its extended cut Super Bowl 50 commercial today, a 60-second TV spot that will air during the football game this upcoming Sunday. The commercial, titled “The Commander,” features the auto maker’s newest Audi R8, a model that will be hitting showrooms in the United States this upcoming spring season. This particular extended version, available after the jump, has an extra 30 seconds of content.

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Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

What good is a 'youth-oriented' automotive brand if the average age of its buyers is 49? How innovative and vital can a car company be when much of its new product is sourced from other automakers? The answer to those questions came today, with dramatic flourish, as Scion was axed by corporate parent Toyota, putting an end to 14 years of lukewarm experimentation from the Japanese giant.

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Volkswagen’s 3.0 liter recall draft proposal sent to EPA, CARB

Volkswagen’s 3.0 liter recall draft proposal sent to EPA, CARB

Volkswagen has sent the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a draft of its 3.0-liter diesel vehicle recall plan, the latest chapter is the auto maker's emissions scandal. This latest plan, not to be confused with the one recently rejected by CARB, concerns 85,000 or so cars encompassed by the auto group, including Audi and Porsche, featuring a 3.0-liter diesel engine.

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Nissan to recall nearly a million cars over hood latch issue

Nissan to recall nearly a million cars over hood latch issue

A hood latch issue has resulted in a 930,000 vehicle recall for auto maker Nissan, which announced plans to recall and repair the affected vehicles on Friday. This recall covers vehicles located around the globe, and marks Nissan’s third recall attempt to fix its hood latch woes. The issue affects some Nissan Altima sedans spanning the 2013 to 2015 model years.

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Sensor uses phone signals to track, improve bus schedules

Sensor uses phone signals to track, improve bus schedules

Researchers with the University of Washington have developed a sensor that uses the Bluetooth and WiFi signals coming off passengers’ smartphones to gather data on public transportation. When someone gets on or off a bus equipped with the sensor, data like where they did so is recorded, as well as how many people were on the bus (that have phones, at least), transfer times, and more.

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General Motors team focus on self-driving, electric car development

General Motors team focus on self-driving, electric car development

US car giant General Motors revealed this week that it's forming a team that will be dedicated to developing self-driving and electric vehicles, a sign the manufacturer doesn't want to get left behind as the growing car technologies continue to gain popularity. As GM is looking towards this fall's release of the Chevrolet Bolt compact electric, it seems to planning to expand its offering of such vehicles in the future, along with exploring autonomous driving features.

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Opel GT Concept is as red hot as its tires

Opel GT Concept is as red hot as its tires

Germany's Opel has officially unveiled its new GT Concept, a modern re-imagining of the original Opel GT, a sport car legend produced from 1968 to 1973. The new version stays true to its roots, with rear-wheel drive, a low-slung profile, and a long hood that flows into a fastback rear end. But completely modern design details include a windshield that stretches from the front of the car to the back in a single piece of panorama glass, the appearance of no side windows, and, of course, those bright red front tires.

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BMW M6 GTLM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries unveiled

BMW M6 GTLM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries unveiled

BMW Team RLL has taken the wraps off a pair of BMW M6 GTM commemorative 100th anniversary liveries, one to be featured on one of the M6 machines in honor of the BMW 3.0 CSL’s 1975 racing season, and the other to feature on an M6 with a "design that looks to the future." However, both the designs center around a new icon BMW developed specifically to point toward 100th anniversary milestones; the maker’s upcoming Centenary Event on March 7 will be themed around “The Next 100 Years."

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The DeLorean DMC-12 is going back into production (Flux capaciter not included)

The DeLorean DMC-12 is going back into production (Flux capaciter not included)

There have been plenty of cars that have been made famous, thanks to their role in various Hollywood blockbusters. Few have such a strange history as the DeLorean DMC-12. By the time it was featured in Back to the Future, production had already been stopped for a couple of years, and only around 8,500 were ever completed and put on the road. But soon, that number is actually going to start increasing.

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Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

We've heard of connected speakers, connected bulbs, and, of course, connected cars. But a connected gas pedal? Before you cock an eyebrow at the idea, perhaps you should first hear what Bosch's connected gas pedal promises to bring: 7 percent savings in fuel and potential savings in life. All of that thanks to the simple but almost ingenious idea of adding haptic feedback to a gas pedal and connecting that otherwise mundane part of the car to the rest of the car's smart system and, of course, to the Internet.

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