Automotive

2016 Lotus Elise Sport models lighten up, come in variety of new colors

2016 Lotus Elise Sport models lighten up, come in variety of new colors

Two new models from Lotus have been announced this week, both the new Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220. These models replace the outgoing Elise (1.6) and the Elise S, coming this time with a set of new colors and trim options as well as a weight reduction of 10 kg in both new models. Weight reduction here is part of what Lotus suggests is their "continued central design philosophy of Lotus – ‘lighter, faster’ and the perpetual quest to reduce weight of all constituent parts and in some cases remove unnecessary parts altogether."

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Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive, formerly known as Fisker Automotive, has announced a new business deal with BMW that will have the latter supplying Karma with various electric car tech. This includes EV systems and hybrid system, as well as high-voltage battery charging systems. Karma announced the news on Thursday, praising BMW for the quality of its parts while teasing that it will be bringing “a stunning car back to the market.” The first of BMW’s supplied parts will be put in Karma’s plug-in hybrid flagship model.

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Google adds personality to its self-driving cars with unique artwork

Google adds personality to its self-driving cars with unique artwork

Google's self-driving cars have already been on the road for several months now, and while they are universally seen as cute, their all-white paint scheme is a tad boring. So, to brighten up their image a bit, Google launched a contest asking local artists from the cars' first test city, Mountain View, California, to submit artwork to adorn the vehicles' doors. Now the company has revealed the winners, which were asked to consider the theme "my community, my neighbors."

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Google Maps update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps is updated to include the prices of gasoline at gas stations throughout the United States. While a previous update included standard prices at some gas stations, this newest version includes prices for Diesel, Midgrade, Premium, and Regular gasoline as well. At the time this article is being published, you may not be able to see any of these gas prices live on Google Maps. You might also not be able to see them when you upgrade with the newest APK - Google will activate this feature very, very soon.

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“Audi at Home” car-sharing service launches in SF and Miami

“Audi at Home” car-sharing service launches in SF and Miami

Two relatively new housing locations will be first on Audi's list for their new vehicle-sharing program called "Audi at Home." Residents of two residential communities will be able to reserve vehicles via their smartphone for "spontaneous booking" of vehicles, each made to suit a specific set of tastes. This system will be launched at the LUMINA luxury condominium project in San Francisco and Four Seasons Residences in Miami, and will eventually be spread to additional locations across the United States.

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Tesla key fob FCC filing hints at location finding

Tesla key fob FCC filing hints at location finding

A new FCC filing for a Tesla key fob has been discovered, offering hints of an updated model with new features. While the existing version uses a 315MHz signal, the new one was detailed to support Bluetooth Low Energy, something that may offer connections to smartphones or be used for data exchange. Fortunately the fob still comes in a cool shape, looking like a mini Model S.

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Record $200m fine for Takata over airbags

Record $200m fine for Takata over airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced its largest ever civil penalty, which has been lobbed against Takata, maker of the faulty airbags that have resulted in millions of recalls and several deaths. The penalty is for alleged Motor Vehicle Safety Act violations. In addition, and in line with what we’ve previously heard, the NHTSA has decided to take the unprecedented step of using its own authority to accelerate the recall repair rate.

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VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate vehicle owners: what you should do

VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate vehicle owners: what you should do

Today the EPA issued a new set of notifications for vehicles made by Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi. The vehicles in question join the growing number of automobiles with "defeat devices" aimed at allowing more nitrogen oxide (NOx) to be emitted from the vehicle than is legal inside the United States. Defeat devices were discovered on 3.0 liter diesel engine versions of the 2014 VW Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 316k Jeeps with faulty airbags

Fiat Chrysler recalls 316k Jeeps with faulty airbags

The Takata airbags issue is still ongoing, affecting a dozen auto makers and presenting one of the biggest challenges the automotive industry has faced. Millions of vehicles are currently under recall, and government officials are in talks about an unprecedented move that will have its organizing the recall itself. Fiat Chrysler has been dealing with its own airbag troubles, one that has resulted in 316,000 Jeeps being recalled.

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58k Porsches recalled over fuel line troubles

58k Porsches recalled over fuel line troubles

On Friday, Porsche announced a new voluntary safety recall due to potential issues with the fuel pipe on select Porsche Macan Turbo and Macan S vehicles. The auto maker states the 58,881 recalled vehicles could be affected by a possible low-pressure fuel line located within the engine compartment. As is common, Porsche will directly contact owners of affected vehicles, who will be able to have them serviced free of charge.

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Undercover cop dresses as homeless man to catch texting drivers

Undercover cop dresses as homeless man to catch texting drivers

Just about anywhere you live in the US, you will see people standing on the side of the road holding cardboard signs hoping that someone will help them out with food, money, or a job. Anywhere you live in the country you will also have to deal with drivers who are so distracted by their smartphones that they can't drive.

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Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger concept teased for SEMA

Kia Forte Koup Mud Bogger concept teased for SEMA

This week Kia is showing off a few images and behind-the-scenes video with a vehicle that'll be detailed in full at SEMA. This vehicle will be one of six "highly customized, hand-built concepts, each showcasing unique geographic regions found throughout the country." The Forte Koup Mud Bogger's region of choice is the American South "and the inexplicable joy of getting dirty on four wheels."

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