Automotive

Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over chassis issue

Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over chassis issue

Porsche can add its name to the list of auto makers undergoing recalls as of late, with the company initiating a recall of its illustrious 918 Spyder. This is a limited edition model, and of the 918 units produced (hence the name), 205 of them are being recalled. The reason revolves around the chassis, which could be prone to issues due to a fault discovered through internal quality testing. Though the potential for problems exist, no owners have filed any complaints related to it.

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BMW recalls 140k cars over Takata airbags issue

BMW recalls 140k cars over Takata airbags issue

BMW has been swept up into the Takata airbag debacle, announcing that it will recall about 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars in the US. This follows a smaller recall it previously had in certain regions with high humidity levels, something originally believed to be the cause of Takata airbags rupturing with too much force, causing potential injuries and death to drivers. The vehicles being recalled were made from January 2004 through August 2006. This follows recent demands by the NHTSA for a nationwide recall among several auto makers.

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Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google “doesn’t want to become a car maker”. And judging by their quirky first pass at the job, we’re happy to hear it. Instead, Google wants the hardware for their self-driving cars to be done by someone else. Anyone else. Noting they’re “looking for partners”, Google’s self-driving care lead, Chris Urmson, also notes they’d like the car to hit us in five years’ time. Their first feat will be a fleet of self-driving cars, which they hope to have in testing next year.

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Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

According to unnamed sources that spoke to Reuters, Google is preparing to take its Android Auto to the next level, and will introduce a version of its software in the future that is built directly into cars. This embedded version of Android will have several perks over the current iteration, including doing away with the need to plug a smartphone into the infotainment center's USB. The platform won't be without its hurdles, however, and its embedded nature could be its undoing.

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Hummers sold in government auction for first time ever

Hummers sold in government auction for first time ever

It's time for the US government to finally, at long last, put their hummers up for sale. This will be the first time in the history of the Humvee that the US government military has allowed their custom vehicles to go on sale after they've been used in the field. Previous rounds of HMMWVs have gone to scrap. You won't be able to drive these beasts on the road, and there are no guns attached to any of them - but you can bet they'll sell like hotcakes.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V confirmed for NAIAS

2016 Cadillac CTS-V confirmed for NAIAS

On the 13th of January in Detroit we'll be catching our first glimpse of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. This has been confirmed by General Motors and is suggested to bring the Cadillac V-Series "to the next level." This vehicle will be shown alongside the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, the second in line in this next-generation family of track-capable cars. This will be the third-generation CTS-V and, given the track records the previous models have set - and the pricing schedule set by previous models VS their higher-priced competitors - this release aught to be a doozy.

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BMW 2 Series Coupe gets new models and engines

BMW 2 Series Coupe gets new models and engines

BMW has announced that it has made some changes to its popular 2 Series Coupe line for the 2015 model year bringing new entry-level engines, new all-wheel drive model and new equipment options to buyers. The BMW 218i coupe now has a 3-cylinder engine that runs on gas. This is the first item that engine has made its way to the 2 Series.

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Audi RS 3 Sportback can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds

Audi RS 3 Sportback can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds

Audi is showing off the new Audi RS 3 Sportback performance wagon. The car has a 5-cylinder engine under the hood and Audi says that the car is the most powerful RS in company history. The all-new RS 3 packs 367hp under the hood and is able to go from a standstill to 62.1mph in 4.3 seconds. That makes the new RS 3 Sportback 0.3 seconds faster to 100km/h than the previous model.

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Ford Sync 3 revealed: a whole new system with QNX

Ford Sync 3 revealed: a whole new system with QNX

This week the folks at Ford have revealed their grand re-design of Sync. This is their in-car infotainment and control center software, and this release will be called Sync 3. The big departure comes in Ford's ending of their relationship for software here with Microsoft - Sync and Sync 2 were made with Microsoft - and picking up of BlackBerry's in-car software system QNX. This means touchscreen capabilities, at last, as well as a user interface that's far more recognizable to the smartphone-using age than previous Sync releases.

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2016 Ford Focus RS global release confirmed

2016 Ford Focus RS global release confirmed

This morning at a Ford Event, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields made clear that the next Focus RS will not be released in as limited a fashion as previous yearly roll-outs. This 2016 Ford Focus RS will be coming to the United States as well as other countries around the world. "We have a new Focus RS coming to market," said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, "and it's coming globally." Welcome to the next track warrior in the I4 class, coming your way sooner than later.

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