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Volkswagen CEO resigns over rigged diesel testing

Volkswagen CEO resigns over rigged diesel testing

Following the ongoing news about car maker Volkswagen cheating emissions testing on its diesel vehicles in the US, CEO Martin Winterkorn has announced his resignation today. The announcement includes a statement from Winterkorn, who says he is taking responsibility for the misconduct that went on under his leadership. The company needs a "fresh start" in terms of conduct and personnel, he says, and his resignation is intended to pave the way for such changes.

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Apple car tipped as “committed project” for release in 2019

Apple car tipped as “committed project” for release in 2019

Apple is tipped to have an electric vehicle in the works code-named "Titan". This project has been tipped by anonymous insiders, otherwise known as "people familiar with the matter" speaking with the Wall Street Journal this morning. These same tipsters suggest that the 600-person Apple car team have been given a go-ahead to "triple" the number of people working on the project. It's been suggested that this first vehicle will be smart, but it'll still require a driver.

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Volkswagen got caught emissions cheating: What you need to know

Volkswagen got caught emissions cheating: What you need to know

Volkswagen's attempts to cheat the Clean Air Act in the US have proved shocking to diesel drivers thinking they were helping save the planet, but things are going to get even more complicated. The news that independent testing had spotted nitrogen oxide levels as much as 35x higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permits from select VW and Audi cars, and that the discrepancy came down to some testing trickery, has left the German behemoth in hot water.

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Google’s self-driving pod cars begin testing in Austin too

Google’s self-driving pod cars begin testing in Austin too

Google has announced that its small, pod-like self-driving cars have arrived for testing in Austin, Texas. The vehicles, sometimes referred to as "koala cars, panda balls and many other names," the company says, come shortly after Google's fleet of self-driving Lexus SUVs came to Austin back in July of this year. While the little, custom-built cars use the same software as the Lexus models, and are designed to one day be completely autonomous without a steering wheel or pedals, during trials these things are included for a safety driver to take over if needed.

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Brabus takes their high-performance tuning to Tesla Model S

Brabus takes their high-performance tuning to Tesla Model S

Germany's high-performance auto tuning company Brabus has taken a small break from applying their craft to Mercedes' beastly sedans and decided to take a stab at Tesla's ever-more-popular Model S. In order to modify Tesla's most powerful model of the sedan, the P85D, Brabus went about creating a new arm of the company to focus on electric vehicles: Brabus Zero Emission (BZE). Since the Model S ships from Tesla with 772 horsepower, BZE recognized there's little point in trying to top it, so instead they've focused on the car's simple aesthetics.

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Ford launches MyFord Mobile app for smartwatches

Ford launches MyFord Mobile app for smartwatches

Ford has announced that select model owners with the Apple Watch or an Android Wear smartwatch can now download the MyFord Mobile app for their wearable. Through this, some Ford owners are able to access a variety of information about their plug-in or all-electric car, including things like available driving range, battery charge level (and an alert when the charge is complete), and more, all from the gadget on their wrist.

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Kermit and Miss Piggy have Emmy lunch with Audi

Kermit and Miss Piggy have Emmy lunch with Audi

This week the 2015 Audi-sponsored Television Academy teaser for the Emmys has been released, complete with Muppets. This video has Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, as well as a number of Emmy nominees, all participating in an extremely, extremely dry bit of humor. This is how the Muppets grow up and become adult-funny, just about as far away from slapstick as possible.

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Hyundai unveils N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo in Frankfurt

Hyundai unveils N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo in Frankfurt

Bugatti isn't the only car manufacturer showing off their Vision Gran Turismo concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, as Hyundai has just unveiled its impressive contribution. Dubbed the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, the Korean car company has cast aside its image as a maker of small, affordable vehicles when coming up with this 872-horsepower supercar. And it looks like Hyundai might be trying to permanently shed that image, as concept is also serving as a launch of their N high-performance division, which will produce cars for the real world and not just video games.

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Google nabs TrueCar exec for self-driving auto division

Google nabs TrueCar exec for self-driving auto division

Google’s self-driving cars effort is ongoing, and as part of it, the Internet retailer has nabbed TrueCar’s president John Krafcik; he will be CEO of Google’s self-driving car division starting tomorrow, September 15. Krafcik has been working with TrueCar for the past year and a half, and he will remain on the company’s board. This is the latest of Google's efforts to assemble a team for, eventually, getting the company's autonomous vehicles to the public.

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE crossover debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show

2017 Jaguar F-PACE crossover debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show

Jaguar has introduced its new F-PACE performance crossover, a model the auto maker calls the “ultimate practical sportscar.” The car is designed to be a bunch of things, not the least of which is an everyday driver. The crossover was developed with the maker’s Lightweight Aluminum Architecture and has an F-TYPE inspired form. Part of the model's practicality is its ample space -- drivers have a 650-liter luggage compartment, safety systems for both occupants and pedestrians, and more.

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Los Angeles to lease fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles

Los Angeles to lease fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles

Departments in the city of Los Angeles will be leasing a fleet of both electric and hybrid vehicles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced. Under this commitment, the LA Police, Fire, General Services, Water, and Power departments will lease a total of 160 battery-powered electric vehicles. Joining this will be another 128 plug-in hybrids that will be used by the General Services Department and the LADWP.

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