Automotive

Mercedes-Benz to recall 147,000 vehicles over fire danger

Mercedes-Benz to recall 147,000 vehicles over fire danger

Mercedes-Benz has joined the growing number of auto makers hit with problems this year, and as such it'll be recalling about 147,000 cars in the United States -- in this particular case, the decision to recall them is over a potential fire risk. That issue -- that a fire could start as a result of some issue with the car -- has been a common one this year, afflicting models from many auto makers, though the newest Jeep Cherokees are the most notable among them, with several of them having gone up in flames recently.

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Android Auto exists because we’re not very responsible

Android Auto exists because we’re not very responsible

Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay are exciting, emerging tech that will make your car’s on-board system a bit more familiar (and likely more useful, too). With a simplified, blown-up version of features you might find on your phone, either platform promise to bring you closer to your drive and further from unnecessary small-screen activities. Though handy, we’re still curious what led both to your car. Was it pure opportunity, or were there other, altruistic motives at stake?

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Lotus Evora 400 launches at Geneva Motorshow

Lotus Evora 400 launches at Geneva Motorshow

Lotus just launched their new front-running supercar, the Evora 400. It launches at the Geneva Motorshow next week on March 3rd, 2015. They somehow managed to make it lighter and faster than the previous model. It's supposed have the same great handling that all Lotus models are known for. The new Lotus Evora 400 is a whole 22 kilograms lighter than the previous model, which is especially impressive considering the increased performance specifications. Production for European countries starts this summer with deliveries in August. North America will have to wait until autumn to receive the 2016 model.

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Volvo self-driving Drive Me cars coming 2017, in Sweden only

Volvo self-driving Drive Me cars coming 2017, in Sweden only

When it comes to autonomous cars, Volvo isn't probably one of those that readily come to mind. And yet the car maker might be closer to that goal than you might think. In two years time, Volvo plans to have a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles under its Drive Me program running down the Gothenberg's highways. While the car's redundancy and failsafe mechanisms might make it sound like a safer bet, there is one catch. Volvo's cars will be available in Sweden only, at least initially.

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Apple’s weird minivan caught on tape — self-driving car, or mapping?

Apple’s weird minivan caught on tape — self-driving car, or mapping?

There’s lots of speculation that Apple is getting into the automotive game, with a van found to be leased tot hem roaming the streets of California with special equipment mounted to the top. Though it’s not totally clear what the van and equipment are for, some speculate Apple is getting into the autonomous car game, and is using the equipment to learn more about how humans drive. Though we’ve seen the van in pictures, a new video gets right up next to the van, and shows a tablet-like device on the inside.

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Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

Rinspeed Budii self-driving car is a mix of tech and strange

We've seeing an increasing number of technologies being integrated into cars, but sometimes we wonder when is too much, well, too much. Rinspeed, a Swiss automaker that specializes in putting out concept cars, may have just reached that peak. Budii, it's latest concept, incorporates many of the technologies and features you might want to see in the car of the future. But it does so in a way and in a design that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what happened on the drawing board.

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Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

It's official: last year's auto recalls hit a record high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes as no surprise to those who were monitoring the auto industry. Many car makers were swept up into recalls of all sizes spanning numerous issues and parts. Some, like GM, were slammed with huge recall numbers, while the Takata airbag issue has had its own substantial effect. Nearly 64 million cars were recalled in 2014, and if previous statements by the NHTSA prove true, 2015 will see even higher numbers.

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Nissan made a glow-in-the-dark Leaf

Nissan made a glow-in-the-dark Leaf

Sure, you've got headlights for when it's cloudy, raining, and night time. That doesn't mean you're as visible as you'd like to be, and if someone fails to notice you're there, it's probably going to end in a wreck. Then there's the issue of finding your car in a dark parking lot a couple hours after you parked and when, coincidentally, you can no longer remember whether you're in row 6 or 9. Enter glow-in-the-dark automotive paint, something that makes you car stand out in a bright, yet gentle, way.

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Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster, GT-R LM unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster, GT-R LM unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

Nissan has taken the wraps off a couple new cars, the 370Z NISMO Roadster concept and the GT-R LM NISMO race car. The GT-R LM NISMO racer in particular was first seen in the auto maker's Super Bowl XLIX commercial earlier this month, while the 370Z Roadster concept is a whole different beast, merging together a couple different existing models to form a single racing machine. Nissan has given both vehicles a public spotlight at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox debuts with style updates

2016 Chevrolet Equinox debuts with style updates

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has debuted ahead of its fall release, and with it comes details showing a well-rounded upgrade over previous models. There's new styling complemented by some new safety features, a new interior option, and more. This comes at a time when Chevrolet has seen sustained success with its compact SUV -- last year brought yet another year of increased sales, with 2014 hitting 242,242 units. The auto maker has seen growing Equinox sales for five consecutive years now.

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