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Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

After 21 years on the market as a car company, Kia Motors has topped this year's J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. This makes Kia the top company on the J.D. Power 2016 IQS study out of all 33 makes in the United States, marking the first time in 27 years that this list was topped by a non-premium vehicle brand. This year was also a good year for vehicle quality across the board. "Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen," said vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, Renee Stephens.

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Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars and trucks of all sorts might allow you to ditch your keys altogether if Synaptics has anything to say about it. The folks at Synaptics have announced that they'll soon be bringing fingerprint sensors to your vehicle as an expansion to their Natural ID brand. Not directly to your vehicle - not direct to you - but through car manufacturers who will implement the sensors in vehicles over the next few years. You'll be using these fingerprint sensors for a variety of purposes sooner than later.

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Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla wants to put electric cars, batteries, and solar power under one brand roof with an acquisition of the company called SolarCity. Tesla Motors wants to make start-to-finish green energy use a reality. In their vehicles - electric vehicles that is - and in the sun that generates power for batteries, all owned by a single user, all purchased from a single company. At the moment, Tesla does not have every piece of technology they need to make this a reality - but they hope to soon.

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Infiniti issues recall for 60,000 Q50s over steering software issues

Infiniti issues recall for 60,000 Q50s over steering software issues

Nissan's Infiniti brand has issued a worldwide recall for the recent Q50 sedan in order to address issues with the car's steering software. The recall is said to apply to some 60,000 vehicles in all the markets the Q50 is sold in. The software glitch is related to the car's autonomous driving features, and a malfunction could lead to poor responsiveness and a decline in steering control.

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Olli self-driving bus uses IBM Watson, is live in Washington DC

Olli self-driving bus uses IBM Watson, is live in Washington DC

Local Motors has taken the wraps off a new self-driving bus named Olli. The bus is said to be the first autonomous one of its kind to use IBM’s Watson technology, and it is currently on the road in Washington D.C. Local Motors introduced the bus this morning at the Grand Opening of its new facility in National Harbor, Maryland; soon enough, we’ll see the bus in operation in Las Vegas and Miami-Dade county, as well.

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Volkswagen aims for 30 all-electric models on the road by 2025

Volkswagen aims for 30 all-electric models on the road by 2025

During a press announcement in Germany today, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller revealed the company's revised automotive strategy of having 30 electric models available to consumers by the year 2025. There's no doubt that this new "vision" is in part an attempt to recover from VW's damaged reputation caused by the widespread scandal on diesel emissions cheating.

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Ford GT 1:3-scale Lego model unveiled for Le Mans

Ford GT 1:3-scale Lego model unveiled for Le Mans

To celebrate its return to Le Mans, as well as the racing debut of the incredible Ford GT super car, Ford commissioned a 1:3-scale model of its new flagship made completely out of Lego. The project was handled by master Lego modeler Pascal Lenhard, and took about three weeks of work. But the Lego expert not only recreated the modern Ford GT, he also build a model of the Ford GT40 Mk2 p/1046, which won Le Mans back in 1966.

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Harley-Davidson pledges all-electric motorcycle within next 5 years

Harley-Davidson pledges all-electric motorcycle within next 5 years

In the year 2021, motorcycles will be much quieter vehicles — well, those from Harley-Davidson that is. The iconic American manufacturer has stated that within the next five years it will release a consumer model all-electric motorcycle. Back in 2014, Harley revealed a working prototype of an electric bike, dubbed the LiveWire (seen here), but it never become a production model. While we don't know if it will look the same, there's a good chance the upcoming vehicle will be based on the concept's tech.

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1960’s VW Beetle gets “LEGO Creator Expert” set

1960’s VW Beetle gets “LEGO Creator Expert” set

Today the folks at LEGO have revealed their next ultra-detailed vehicle set: the "1960's Volkswagen Beetle." That's complete with a surfer theme and a fabulous azure-blue paint job. Color scheme, that is to say. Please don't paint your LEGO bricks. This set also has an "authentic" 4-cylinder air-cooled engine and fuel tank and a fully accessible interior with beige seats that tilt forward. Four different license plates, too.

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Daimler promises long-range electric Mercedes to debut in October

Daimler promises long-range electric Mercedes to debut in October

It took years of trying, but Tesla has finally pushed the concept of an all-electric car into the mainstream, and with the recent excitement over the new Model 3, there's no doubt that traditional auto giants are now rushing to get their own EVs to market. One such manufacturer is Mercedes-Benz. The German automaker's parent company, Daimler, has now promised that a prototype all-electric model will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² makes its US debut in 2017

Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² makes its US debut in 2017

Mercedes-Benz's G-Class line of SUVs, while some of the most capable off-road vehicles available, are often relegated to little more than expensive grocery haulers for the super rich and famous. It certainly isn't going to change this image, but Mercedes has revealed that the most high-end model of line, the G550 4×4², will be coming to the US in 2017.

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LAPD picks BMW i3 for its 100-EV fleet

LAPD picks BMW i3 for its 100-EV fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department has decided to go with BMW over Tesla for its electric car plans, awarding BMW a contract for 100 EVs. All of those 100 vehicles will be provided in the form of the BMW i3, the maker’s all-electric model. Before awarding this contract, the LAPD was considering going with Tesla’s P90D electric car instead. Several factors may have pushed the LAPD to select BMW over Tesla.

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