Automotive

Fiat CEO says Apple to continue its ‘intervention in the car’

Fiat CEO says Apple to continue its ‘intervention in the car’

A new report from Reuters on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne's recent trip to California has provided evidence that Apple has serious plans for technologies related to automobiles. It seems the purpose of Marchionne's visit was to experience the intersection of Silicon Valley technology and the car industry. The FCA CEO was treated to a ride in Google's self-driving car and met with Tesla founder Elon Musk, as well as sitting down and talking to Apple's Tim Cook.

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Tesla aiming for $35k Model 3 unveiling in March 2016

Tesla aiming for $35k Model 3 unveiling in March 2016

While Tesla and its all-electric Model S seem to be getting lots of attention within the auto industry these days, the cars are not easily affordable, starting around $75,000 before rebates and tax credits. That's about double the $33,500 that Kelley Blue Book says is the average price of a new car in the U.S. But that doesn't mean Tesla and founder Elon Musk aren't planning to go head-to-head price-wise with Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys, in fact the company stated earlier this week that they are targeting a March 2016 unveiling for their next vehicle, the Model 3.

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EO Smart Connecting Car 2 can drive sideways and shrink

EO Smart Connecting Car 2 can drive sideways and shrink

Urban life comes with unique demands, and appropriate transportation is a big one. There’s increasingly less space on the road and finding parking on a Friday night can be near impossible in some cities. Smaller cars are the solution for many, being able to squeeze into smaller spaces and allowing for more cars to be in any given area at a time. Presently the Smart Car and similar vehicles are the only option, but some companies have envisioned better things — cars able to morph when need, able to maneuver in ways that present vehicles can’t. The EO Smart Connecting Car 2 is one such vehicle.

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2016 Bugatti Chiron to have 288 MPH top speed

2016 Bugatti Chiron to have 288 MPH top speed

The successor to the Bugatti Veyron, the 2016 Bugatti Chiron, isn’t yet upon us, but some of its specifications are, at least if sources that have cropped up are correct. By all accounts, the Chiron will be a beast to be reckoned with, bringing with it a top speed of 288 MPH and the sleek, mean design enthusiasts expect. An actual official image of the car hasn’t yet surfaced, but a detailed artist’s impression has, and joining it are several of the details we hope pan out as true.

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Tesla begins selling used cars at discount prices

Tesla begins selling used cars at discount prices

While news on Tesla has been dominated by their new Powerwall home battery system this last week, the company made a small change to its primary business of automobiles. If you find yourself in the market for one of Tesla's flagship electric cars, you will now find the option to purchase a used model when shopping on their website. This marks the first time the company has given customers the chance to buy a pre-owned Tesla, and prices can be several thousands less than brand-new models, despite the used ones being no more than 2 and half years old.

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3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

We've seen some 3D-printed cars evolve from rough, inexpensive designs to dreamy, printed concept cars. In honor of the iconic Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory 3D-printed an electric Shelby Cobra. The vehicle's whole body and chassis, even interior details like the headrests, were 3D-printed from lightweight, reinforced ABS. To give the cobra a modern twist, they gave the car a non-printed, electric engine. The DoE created the car, from design inception to final production, in six weeks.

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Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

NASCAR fans who tuned in early to Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway saw a vehicle of a completely different type leading the pack of 43 racers around the track. It was the NASCAR Sprint Cup series' Toyota Owners 400, and a 2016 Toyota Mirai sedan became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to serve as a pace car for an event by the racing body. This was another NASCAR first for Toyota, as in 2009 the first hybrid vehicle to act as a pace car was a Camry Hybrid.

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2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition to offer 650 horsepower

2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition to offer 650 horsepower

Today Chevrolet announced the upcoming arrival of its 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition, a limited edition rendition of its Corvette Racing C7.R racers. The car won’t be available until some time later on this year, and only 500 units will be made. When they do arrive, however, they’ll be offered in black and yellow livery with accents and interiors to match. Included with the models will be “a specially serialized” vehicle identification number, marking its limited-edition uniqueness, as well as the Z07 Performance Package.

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Toyota refutes cynics by running Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell on manure

Toyota refutes cynics by running Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell on manure

Toyota is really working to persuade the public that hydrogen cars are the next big thing. Toyota has already surpassed its goal of selling 400 cars in 2015 by taking 1,500 orders in January alone. The company opted for a unique marketing angle to generate buzz about the Mirai, releasing a series of short films about the car. The first is directed by Morgan Spurlock, of Super Size Me fame. Entitled, "Fueled by Bullsh*it", the video goes into details about the abundance of hydrogen, refuting naysayers (and they are many) of the hydrogen fuel-cell battery.

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Audi creates synthetic diesel with CO2 at Dresden plant

Audi creates synthetic diesel with CO2 at Dresden plant

Audi has announced that its Dresden facility has produced the maker’s first batch of “e-diesel”, a synthetic diesel that is made using CO2 and that, by proxy, results in a more efficient use of resources, and that helps protect the climate. The announcement was made earlier today, with Audi saying it was “a huge success”, and that the batch of diesel started being produced only a handful of days ago. Today, to emphasize that it can be used for everyday purposes, the nation’s Federal Minister of Education Dr. Johanna Wanka poured five liters of the fuel into her own Audi.

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