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2015 VW Jettas recalled over headlight troubles

2015 VW Jettas recalled over headlight troubles

Volkswagen is rounding out the end of 2014 with a recall of its own, one that isn't as dire as some of the other recalls we've seen over the course of this year, yet notable for its potential hazards. A little over 25,000 2015 Jetta cars are being recalled due to an issue with the headlights, which may experience troubles if the headlight control module malfunctions. Under the circumstances, turning on the high-beams might cause the low-beam lights to automatically turn off.

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New McConaughey Lincoln Ads prepped for bowl games

New McConaughey Lincoln Ads prepped for bowl games

This week we're getting a sneak peek - a full viewing, in this case - at a set of Lincoln MKZ video spots with Matthew McConaughey. The first set of ad spots Lincoln did with McConaughey became so infamous that they were parodied on Saturday Night Live (SNL). Now Lincoln is back with McConaughey for a couple more - complete with the same attitude and extremely strange timbre that made the first set seem so very odd. The MKV Hybrid midsize sedan also makes an appearance.

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Honda expands recall over faulty Takata airbags

Honda expands recall over faulty Takata airbags

Honda, which has already been particularly hard hit over the Takata airbags fiasco, has expanded its recall over the issue, adding 1,252 of its 2015 Crosstour vehicles to the list. In this case, it is the side air bag that could potentially be faulty, leading to possible injuries in the event it deploys improperly during a wreck. According to the NHTSA, the air bag might not inflate to the proper level due to inflator tube issues; fortunately, the auto maker isn't aware of any injuries that have resulted from this potential issue.

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LG, Mercedes-Benz team up for smart cameras for smart cars

LG, Mercedes-Benz team up for smart cameras for smart cars

LG is really invested in getting inside cars and it will be doing so in more ways than one. Aside from signing up as a member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) and its Android Auto thrust, it has now partnered with Mercedes-Benz for something even more involved. The two will be working together to develop intelligent camera systems for smart cars that will not only help relieve drivers of some of the more precision-oriented tasks but even help monitor the state and well-being of these drivers.

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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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