Automotive

2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV: estimated 93MPGe, modest design

2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV: estimated 93MPGe, modest design

Hyundai has introduced its 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, marking the maker's first foray into the plug-in hybrid EV market. The car brings with it a sharp design complemented by a Level 2 charger and the ability to travel about 22 miles on electric, trumping competing mid-size plug-in hybrid EVs in terms of range. This is achieved in part with the inclusion of a 9.8kWh battery pack, as well as a 50kWh electric motor. All in all, Hyundai expects the car to get a combined 93 MPGe rating.

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Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

We got a look at Ford's beastly GT earlier today at the Detroit Auto Show, and coming alongside it was an announcement hand-in-hand with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios: that new GT will be adorning the cover for Forza Motorsport 6, and select Ford vehicles including the Shelby GT350 will be available in-game. Those hoping to score additional details about the game will be disappointed, however, as you will have to wait until later on this year to get more info.

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Ford Shelby GT350R: the most track-ready street legal Mustang ever

Ford Shelby GT350R: the most track-ready street legal Mustang ever

This week the folks at Ford have shown off the Shelby GT350R Mustang, a vehicle they're suggesting is the most "track-capable" production-level Mustang they've ever built. This vehicle will be coming to the United States as well as Canada later this year (2015), and is quite the looker. We got a chance to see it in press photos earlier today with amped-up levels - now we're having a peek with our own photos captured at the North American International Auto Show 2015.

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Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford has revealed its new GT, an all-new carbon fiber supercar set to push the limits of its EcoBoost turbo technology, and set to go into production in 2016. The new coupé, revealed at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the 2017 F-150 Raptor today, has the most powerful EcoBoost turbocharged engine Ford has ever produced, a twin-charged 3.6-liter V6 good for more than 600 horsepower. Final performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but the incredible - and modern, unlike the GT40 - design is striking from the outset.

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Renovo Coupe EV hands-on with NVIDIA Tegra X1 digital cockpit

Renovo Coupe EV hands-on with NVIDIA Tegra X1 digital cockpit

NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor paired with NVIDIA DRIVE CX studio technology had the company suggesting they'd be powering the smart consoles of the next generation of smart vehicles. But what good is a system like this without actual, real integration? Surprise - NVIDIA's been working with the Renovo group to bring a Tegra X1-powered smart console to their prototype EV Coupe over the past several weeks. It's not only impressive to see in action - it's a testament to the quick optimization and integration powers of NVIDIA's software system.

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William Shatner to drive steampunk moto bike from Chicago to LA

William Shatner to drive steampunk moto bike from Chicago to LA

William Shatner likes motorcycles, but not just any ordinary motorcycles -- odd-looking ones apparently hold a fond place in his heart, and soon enough he'll be taking to the streets in a steampunk-styled moto bike called the Rivet. The bike is being made by American Wrench in partnership with Shatner, who will be riding the Rivet from Chicago to Los Angeles by this upcoming summer. Says Shatner, the bike will have three wheels to help keep it stable and "all kinds of innovative things that motorcycles don't have now."

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Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Many modern cars have a modern design twist, eschewing the levers and gear shifts from days gone by in favor of touchscreens and buttons. Too many ambiguous buttons can confuse anyone given enough time, however, and it only takes one wrong push to do something you really, really didn't intend to do -- like sending a moving car to a sudden screeching halt. Such is a problem being experienced by some 2015 Lincoln MKC owners, who have complained that a poorly located start button means potentially dangerous mistakes are happening.

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Nissan, NASA to collaborate on self-driving cars for 2015

Nissan, NASA to collaborate on self-driving cars for 2015

Nissan and NASA make for strange bedfellows, especially when the bed isn't exactly something that will roll out in outer space. And yet the car maker and the space agency have struck up a deal that will see the two working together on autonomous drive vehicles, the current holy grail in automotive technology. The exchange of technologies and ideas is aimed to help both organizations, but Nissan will be the first to show the fruits of that partnership before the year ends.

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Honda fined for failing to properly report injuries, deaths

Honda fined for failing to properly report injuries, deaths

The rough times Honda has been having just got a little worse, with the auto maker being slapped with a record fine for failing to properly report information to the government on deaths and injuries that were tied to possible issues with its vehicles, as well as warranty claims. In recompense, Honda will not only be shelling out $70 million in fines, but will also be more carefully monitored by the government to ensure the issue does not happen again.

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Subaru recalls 199k vehicles over brake line issues

Subaru recalls 199k vehicles over brake line issues

Subaru has initiated a second recall of about 199,000 vehicles over potential troubles with their brake lines. Counted among the recall are many older models, with the total affected cars ranging from 2008 to 2014 model years. The information surfaced in an NHTSA report, which points towards the possibility of salt water reaching the brake lines, which could lead to rust and, subsequently, leaking fluid. The auto maker previously recalled these vehicles for the same issue, but the fix didn't work as intended.

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