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NHTSA investigating Ford recall for possible expansion

NHTSA investigating Ford recall for possible expansion

Adding to the list of vehicles it is investigating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it is probing a previous Ford recall to see whether it should be expanded to cover quite a few additional vehicles. Ford has previously recalled 3,000 trucks in October of 2013 over troubles with the exhaust gas temperature sensor, and the NHTSA is looking into whether that recall needs to be boosted to include 200,000 vehicles. The affected model years are 2011 and 2012.

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Jeep Cherokees under investigation following fires

Jeep Cherokees under investigation following fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs following complaints about fires in the engine compartment. About 50,415 Cherokees are being probed as part of the preliminary investigation, which will look into a possible defect that has caused multiple newer Cherokees to go up in flames for no readily discernible reason. The NHTSA is said to also have some field report data from an Early Warning Reporting program on the matter which will be factored in.

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Google pulling in suppliers for self-driving cars

Google pulling in suppliers for self-driving cars

A Google executive has revealed that the Internet giant has put together a team of suppliers as part of its self-driving car efforts. These suppliers are said to be both "traditional and non-traditional", and have been joined by talks with some of the top auto makers across the globe. All in all, Google is looking to get its autonomous vehicles on the market by 2020, a date that is quickly approaching. Among the companies Google has been talking to are Toyota, Ford, and GM.

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Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has been challenged in several states by dealership associations in much the same way ridesharing companies have been challenged by the taxi industry. Direct sales pose a threat to the dealership business model, some argue, and should be limited or eliminated altogether. Tesla has battled this issue more than once, sometimes seeing victory (or partial victory) and other times losing. Connecticut might end up proving to be a victory in the near future, with a new bill in place that looks favorably upon direct auto sales.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ramps up speed and power

2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ramps up speed and power

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is being shown at NAIAS 2015 this week as the top model of the brand's sporty SUV model series. This vehicle works with 570 hp (419 kW) and 800 Nm (590 ft lb) of torque from its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 biturbo engine and, according to Porsche, is is able to run the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes. The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S also works with standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) just in case you want to stop.

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Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS gets faster, sportier

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS gets faster, sportier

This week the folks at Porsche have revealed their newest Targa vehicle, bringing this sleek machine to NAIAS 2015 to show Detroit. You'll find this vehicle coming with open-air driving, all-wheel drive, and a sporty exterior. Rolling with Porsche's GTS line features, you'll have a 3.8-liter flat-six with 424 horsepower. Porsche suggests that this vehicle will be blasting 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds - its top speed is 186 miles per hour. This vehicle works with a wider Carrera 4 body than previous releases, 20-inch wheels and sport design side mirrors bringing this GTS machine in with a sharp look.

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2016 Audi Q7 heads off the next generation

2016 Audi Q7 heads off the next generation

The second generation is here - Audi's 2016 Q7 has been shown off at NAIAS 2015, coming with a Singleframe grille up front, far less angled taillights, and a high-tech interior front to back. The Volkswagen Group brings on a new MLB platform that allows for a range of new engines, everything from diesel plug-in hybrid to 3.0-liter, supercharged V6, and 3.0-liter TDI. Prepped for release inside the 2015 calendar year, this vehicle has a whole new look and a brand new far more versatile interior for road-ready driving.

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NHTSA hints at uptick in auto recalls this year

NHTSA hints at uptick in auto recalls this year

Last year was rough for auto makers, some more than others, as numerous recalls were made spanning a wide range of issues and models. The nature of the recalls were particularly interesting given the number that concerned older models, but that might prove to be a trend in the long run. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's chief Mark Rosekind warned 2015 could end up having more recalls than 2014, doing so despite claims and concerns expressed by others who feel the recalls last year were excessive.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV: estimated 93MPGe, modest design

2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV: estimated 93MPGe, modest design

Hyundai has introduced its 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, marking the maker's first foray into the plug-in hybrid EV market. The car brings with it a sharp design complemented by a Level 2 charger and the ability to travel about 22 miles on electric, trumping competing mid-size plug-in hybrid EVs in terms of range. This is achieved in part with the inclusion of a 9.8kWh battery pack, as well as a 50kWh electric motor. All in all, Hyundai expects the car to get a combined 93 MPGe rating.

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Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

Ford GT to adorn Forza Motorsport 6 cover

We got a look at Ford's beastly GT earlier today at the Detroit Auto Show, and coming alongside it was an announcement hand-in-hand with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios: that new GT will be adorning the cover for Forza Motorsport 6, and select Ford vehicles including the Shelby GT350 will be available in-game. Those hoping to score additional details about the game will be disappointed, however, as you will have to wait until later on this year to get more info.

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