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2016 Ford Explorer unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

2016 Ford Explorer unveiled at 2014 LA Auto Show

The 2016 Ford Explorer is being shown off at the 2014 LA Auto Show, and though it won't be arriving until summer 2015, the auto maker has teased enthusiasts with a look at what it -- and its new Platinum series -- has to offer. With the newest model, consumers are given an overall boost in both driving features and a new "rugged" exterior design complemented by changes to the interior that make the cabin quieter. In addition, Ford has introduced a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the current four-cylinder offering.

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Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

This week Chevrolet has revealed the Chaparral 2X VGT concept car, a vehicle designed specifically for the Vision Gran Turismo project. This vehicle was developed exclusively for fans of the PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo 6, and is indeed a fully working vehicle. It's certainly not made for the production lines in the long term - instead, it's made to be a one of a kind beast never to be replicated outside of the digital landscape - inside the Gran Turismo video game, that is to say.

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NHTSA orders mass recall as Takata airbag issue escalates

NHTSA orders mass recall as Takata airbag issue escalates

Several auto makers have had extensive recalls revolving around issues with airbags, and some of those were due to faulty parts from Takata Corp. The recalls have thus far taken place in high-humidity regions, but an event that has happened related to the faulty airbags -- in a region that doesn't have that commonly high humidity -- has spurred the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into action. It is demanding all vehicles at risk be recalled across the nation. This spans ten auto makers.

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OS For The City wins Audi Urban Future Award 2014

OS For The City wins Audi Urban Future Award 2014

Mexico City has won this year's Audi Urban Future Award 2014 after 6 months of presentations and deliberation. The team of inventors and creators from Mexico City presented an "operating system for urban mobility", creating a data platform where cities can plan for traffic, congestion, and changing population centers through time. Mexico City was one of four interdisciplinary teams aimed at creating a better world to compete in this year's Audi Urban Future Award 2014 series and competition, including Berlin, Boston, and Seoul as well.

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Michelin Tweel airless tires officially heading to production

Michelin Tweel airless tires officially heading to production

We've seen airless tires of various sorts for years, some of them nearly solid, others made with metal spokes or fins that promise a more comfortable ride. The benefits of these types of tires are numerous, the biggest two being longer lifespan and elimination of flats. For all the research and work that has gone into them, however, there is still a notable lack of variety available on the market. Michelin will be changing that soon, recently revealing that its airless Tweel tires will be entering production.

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Uber teams with Spotify for a more personalized ride

Uber teams with Spotify for a more personalized ride

The next time you oder an Uber to pick you up from the movies, you might also be hearing your favorite tunes playing inside when it arrives. Spotify-enabled Uber cars are being sent out into the wild now, connecting you with your Spotify playlists and music of all kinds from within the Uber app. This system works thanks to a business team-up between Spotify and Uber that's taking place right this minute. All you need is to be subscribed to Spotify and call up an Uber to make it happen.

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Lyft for Work lets companies issue ride credits to workers

Lyft for Work lets companies issue ride credits to workers

Lyft has rolled out a new service option called "Lyft for Work" presenting businesses with the ability to give employees a set amount of credits to pay for riding to and from work (and other work-related places). The benefits to this are both big and small. On the individual-rider side of things, hassle with keeping receipts and getting reimbursed for rides later on is eliminated. On a city-wide level, Lyft hopes shared rides will reduce road congestion that results from commuters each driving in an empty car.

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Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Back in May, Mercedes introduced a commercial in Japan featuring its GLA cruising down an 8-bit Mario world, only to swoop into real-life where a buff Mario steps out of the car and into a live-action rendition of the world. This Mario accidentally hits a goomba with his foot and comes to a startled stop. The commercial was bizarre, but it wasn't the end. On Monday, Mercedes released two more commercials for the Japanese market, both featuring the same Mario character joined by Luigi and Peach.

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2016 Audi A6 and A7 unveiled: new engine, design boost and more

2016 Audi A6 and A7 unveiled: new engine, design boost and more

Audi has taken the wraps off its 2016 A6 and A7, and with them come new front and rear designs joined by a new 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine for the A6 and overall "significant engine updates" across both models. In-car technology has received a related boost in functionality and options, and driver assistance systems are in place to augment one's driving experience. Both models are set to make their U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later on this month.

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GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

General Motors has been swamped in vehicle recalls covering a lot of different problems, most notable among them being issues with faulty ignition switches. According to some recent emails that leaked, GM pushed out an urgent order for 500,000 replacement switches almost two months before it notified the relevant regulators and general public of the potentially fatal defect. The information comes from The Wall Street Journal, which reports that it has viewed emails pertaining to the matter. There have been 30 deaths linked to the faulty switches.

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