Automotive

Volkswagen’s recall plan rejected in California

Volkswagen’s recall plan rejected in California

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen’s proposal for how it will deal with the recall of its vehicles in the state. In addition, CARB has also made public its formal Notice of Violation regarding the auto maker’s violation of state air quality regulations. Says the California EPA, “Today’s actions do not preclude a recall, but allow for a broader array of potential remedies.”

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Elon Musk: it’s “obvious” Apple is making a car

Elon Musk: it’s “obvious” Apple is making a car

Tesla’s Elon Musk has said it is “obvious” Apple is making a car of its own, something that has been rumored for many months and seemingly confirmed through numerous related hires. Musk made the comment during an interview with the BBC in Los Angeles recently, saying, “It’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it.” Musk isn't worried about the competition, however.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe first look

2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe first look

This week the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe sees the light of day at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. This vehicle rolls with a brand new "VR30" 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine and what Infinity describes as an "exclusive VR powertrain family". This new VR30 engine comes in two power ratings with its 3.0-liter V6, 300 horsepower or 400 horsepower, and the vehicle will be going on sale in "selected markets" later this year.

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2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro first look

2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro first look

Audi shows off their 2017 A4 Allroad Quattro this week at the Detroit Auto show, coming correct with a new rugged set of features. This machine is based on the A4 wagon, coming with a ride height that's up just over an inch (34 millimeters / 1.3 inch) over the previous model, also coming with its own "offroad" mode. This vehicle also rolls with quattro GmbH and 17-inch alloy wheels in a multi-spoke design.

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Audi H-Tron Quattro concept up close and personal

Audi H-Tron Quattro concept up close and personal

Audi reveals their newest concept vehicle, the Audi H-Tron Quattro, looking more like a production-level vehicle than the off-the-wall oddities we're used to seeing from other companies. What you're seeing here is the newest iteration of an E-Tron crossover study by the name of H-Tron, this time (E-Tron) coming with a fuel cell-powered build. The photos you're seeing here come from the Detroit motor show, captured this week as Audi reveals their full collection.

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Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

The folks at Pioneer know exactly what it takes to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to in-car personalization. Not just in the way of making your seat warm when it's winter time - that's kids stuff. Here, at CES 2016, we've gotten the opportunity to have a look and feel at and with Pioneer's full collection of in-car goodies, culminating in a smart car system that provides custom tuned sounds, sights, and even smells for you personally.

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Audi Virtual Dashboard Highlights CES Presentation

Audi Virtual Dashboard Highlights CES Presentation

Audi's booth at CES was elaborately formed out of a series of interlocking chrome cubes, but its actual public presentation was far more subdued. With corporate partner Volkswagen having stolen much of the thunder the day before with the BUDD-e Concept and the e-Golf Touch Concept, Audi chose to focus on the E-tron Quattro Concept which had been previously unveiled in the fall of 2015 in Frankfurt.

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Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Shows Off Upcoming VW Infotainment Upgrades

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Shows Off Upcoming VW Infotainment Upgrades

Volkswagen has been gradually improving the quality of the infotainment systems offered in its vehicles over the course of the past two years, even going so far as to introduce a prototype gesture control interface at least year's CES for the Golf R - a design that has yet to make it into production. For 2016, VW is once again back at CES promoting the gesture control concept, but it's doing so on the strength of an entirely new system installed in a concept car based on its current battery-powered hatchback and dubbed the 'e-Golf Touch.'

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Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept Is A Glimpse At Tomorrow’s Electric, Connected Car

Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept Is A Glimpse At Tomorrow’s Electric, Connected Car

The Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept overachieves in terms of wowing CES attendees with a vast range of cutting edge technologies and features. The small, crossover-like van - which will almost certainly never be built - is intended to showcase both the brand's upcoming electric vehicle plans, as well as its forays into comprehensive connectivity, the Internet of Things, and next-generation human-machine interface development.

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Rolls-Royce moving to aluminum space-frame in 2018

Rolls-Royce moving to aluminum space-frame in 2018

While many car maker's vision of the future involve technology-centric machinery and gadgets inside the car, Rolls-Royce is taking a slightly different look. The luxury marque has started its move to employ a new kind of architecture for its upcoming models. It envisions that by early 2018, all its cars will be sporting a new, proprietary aluminum space-frame architecture that promises to add even more stability and strength to Rolls-Royce's line of comfortable and luxurious vehicles and it will be starting its public tests soon.

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Qualcomm drives dashboard tech with Audi chip win

Qualcomm drives dashboard tech with Audi chip win

Qualcomm is pushing its chips further into automotive, with Audi adopting the Snapdragon 602A as the processor firm debuts the new 620A. The Audi win will see Qualcomms' car-centric chipsets appear in the third-generation of MMX infotainment, with high-resolution graphics, LTE connectivity, and more.

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BMW at CES 2016: cameras, cloud, and smart mirrors

BMW at CES 2016: cameras, cloud, and smart mirrors

BMW brings a wide variety of smart technologies and expansions to smart vehicles to the Consumer Electronics Show 2016. This includes their future mobility solution "Light and Charge", BMW i8 Mirrorless / BMW i3 Extended Rearview Mirror, BMW ConnectedRide, and BMW Connected. Also appearing at the show were a number of new Control Concepts from BMW, new Internet of Things services, and the networked cockpit - the BMW i Vision Future concept. All are included in BMW's vision for a much smarter - and safer - automotive experience.

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