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Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy modern bike

Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy modern bike

Motorcycles have been getting a modern makeover, and the latest to introduce a bike with a more modern design is Honda. The Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy and matte offering with pastel trimming and a dark charcoal color elsewhere, rounded out with an engine taken from one of its existing motorcycles and all the trimmings needed to be a general touring bike. The concept has been shown off in Japan, but the question about whether you'll eventually be able to get one of your own hasn't yet been answered.

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Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan is being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the possible failure of two past recalls to properly fix the issues they were meant to cover, it has been announced. The investigation covers nearly a million cars, and concerns the front airbag seat sensors which have been covered by two recalls -- one in 2013 and one in 2014 -- which may still be faulty. This potentially concerns several car models, including the Altima, which has been subjected to multiple recalls in the recent past.

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Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Luxury auto maker Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it will be greatly expanding its lineup of plug-in hybrid models by launching 10 new vehicles between now and 2017. As of now only two models are confirmed for sale in the U.S., but with an aggressive worldwide release of 10 hybrids, it means Mercedes will average a new model every four months. To solidify the company's investment in hybrids, Mercedes is simplifying their branding, dropping the "Plug-in Hybrid" suffix to just add "e" to end of model names.

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Cadillac CT6 to offer new 3.6L V6, Hydra-Matic 8-speed transmission

Cadillac CT6 to offer new 3.6L V6, Hydra-Matic 8-speed transmission

The Cadillac CT6 will be offered with a couple of different V6 engine options, the auto maker has announced, as well as a Hydra-Matic 8-speed automatic transmission. A new 3.6L V6 engine will be offered in the newest CT6, as well as a 3.0L twin-turbocharged engine, the latter of which is said to be based on the same architecture as the 3.6L. The new automatic transmission, meanwhile, will be a paddle-shift offering that is based upon the 8-speed automatic introduced with the Corvette Stingray.

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Jaguar Land Rover recalls cars after being called out on Chinese TV

Jaguar Land Rover recalls cars after being called out on Chinese TV

Last month, Jaguar Land Rover recalled 104,000 or so cars in the United States over problems with the lights and brakes. Those aren't the only vehicles that have been having problems, however, and now the auto maker has recalled in excess of 36,000 cars located in China over a potential problem with the gearbox. The recall came after the company was called out on Chinese state television over the problem. The auto maker has apologized for the problem, and has added a perk on top of the recall servicing for those who are affected.

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BMW settles with the FTC over restrictive Mini warranties

BMW settles with the FTC over restrictive Mini warranties

Consumer warranties can be tricky. They are ideally designed to protect the consumer, but are mostly written by companies to protect their own interests and profit margin. BMW's auto warranties were scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which lead to an official complaint from the FTC. BMW of North America is settling with the FTC over their administrative complaint that BMW's Mini car division restricted its customers freedom to choose after-market auto parts and individual repair garages over Mini's official dealerships. In order to avoid a possibly long and drawn out court battle against the regulatory agency, BMW decided to settle.

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Jeep is considering a pickup truck version of its Wrangler

Jeep is considering a pickup truck version of its Wrangler

Jeep is toying with the idea of getting back into the pickup truck game, said the company's CEO Mike Manley. If it does, we could be seeing a pickup truck version of Jeep's popular Wrangler model some time in the relatively near future. Alongside talk about the possible future pickup model, Jeep also unveiled a new pickup-based Wrangler concept model, giving enthusiasts an idea of what this potential future model will look like. There's no mistaking it as anything other than a Jeep or a pickup truck, but it deviates enough from both to stand out while, in some ways, appearing akin to a Hummer.

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Local Motors’ 3D-printed car “Strati” up close with NVIDIA DRIVE CX

Local Motors’ 3D-printed car “Strati” up close with NVIDIA DRIVE CX

Today we've gotten the opportunity to get up close and personal with the world's first 3D-printed car, "Strati" by Local Motors. This vehicle is being shown this week with NVIDIA DRIVE CX inside - that's a digital cockpit computer only just announced this January at CES 2015. Before this showing, the Strati used a slightly more traditional dash - today it's using a lovely flat display immediately in front of its wheel with graphics the likes of which a road-ready vehicle's never seen before.

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BMW i8 coupe rolls in to GTC 2015 with NVIDIA inside

BMW i8 coupe rolls in to GTC 2015 with NVIDIA inside

NVIDIA made the case this week for an already-strong collection of vehicles sporting their current, previous, and next-generation processor systems. While this particular vehicle doesn't roll with the NVIDIA DRIVE CX system we're seeing on the vehicles of tomorrow, it does work with an NVIDIA GPU, and the infotainment system that directly precedes DRIVE CX. The system in this vehicle was first announced alongside Tesla's Model S team-up with NVIDIA all the way back in 2011. We previously had a look at the convertible version of this vehicle - its BMW i8 Spyder Concept iteration - back at the LA Auto Show in 2012.

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Tesla sees direct-sales victory in New Jersey under new law

Tesla sees direct-sales victory in New Jersey under new law

Tesla's business model involves selling its cars directly to consumers, something the auto maker has said is necessary in order to properly educate potential buyers about what, exactly, the Model S has to offer and other particulars. It, much like we've seen with Netflix, has posed a threat to the established industry by deviating from the norm (in this case, by cutting dealerships out of the picture), and that hasn't gone over well. There has been a push in many states to ban or otherwise limit Tesla when it comes to direct sales, and New Jersey has been one of the auto maker's biggest battling grounds over it.

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