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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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Ford Shelby GT350R: the most track-ready street legal Mustang ever

Ford Shelby GT350R: the most track-ready street legal Mustang ever

This week the folks at Ford have shown off the Shelby GT350R Mustang, a vehicle they're suggesting is the most "track-capable" production-level Mustang they've ever built. This vehicle will be coming to the United States as well as Canada later this year (2015), and is quite the looker. We got a chance to see it in press photos earlier today with amped-up levels - now we're having a peek with our own photos captured at the North American International Auto Show 2015.

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Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford has revealed its new GT, an all-new carbon fiber supercar set to push the limits of its EcoBoost turbo technology, and set to go into production in 2016. The new coupé, revealed at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the 2017 F-150 Raptor today, has the most powerful EcoBoost turbocharged engine Ford has ever produced, a twin-charged 3.6-liter V6 good for more than 600 horsepower. Final performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but the incredible - and modern, unlike the GT40 - design is striking from the outset.

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Renovo Coupe EV hands-on with NVIDIA Tegra X1 digital cockpit

Renovo Coupe EV hands-on with NVIDIA Tegra X1 digital cockpit

NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor paired with NVIDIA DRIVE CX studio technology had the company suggesting they'd be powering the smart consoles of the next generation of smart vehicles. But what good is a system like this without actual, real integration? Surprise - NVIDIA's been working with the Renovo group to bring a Tegra X1-powered smart console to their prototype EV Coupe over the past several weeks. It's not only impressive to see in action - it's a testament to the quick optimization and integration powers of NVIDIA's software system.

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William Shatner to drive steampunk moto bike from Chicago to LA

William Shatner to drive steampunk moto bike from Chicago to LA

William Shatner likes motorcycles, but not just any ordinary motorcycles -- odd-looking ones apparently hold a fond place in his heart, and soon enough he'll be taking to the streets in a steampunk-styled moto bike called the Rivet. The bike is being made by American Wrench in partnership with Shatner, who will be riding the Rivet from Chicago to Los Angeles by this upcoming summer. Says Shatner, the bike will have three wheels to help keep it stable and "all kinds of innovative things that motorcycles don't have now."

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Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Many modern cars have a modern design twist, eschewing the levers and gear shifts from days gone by in favor of touchscreens and buttons. Too many ambiguous buttons can confuse anyone given enough time, however, and it only takes one wrong push to do something you really, really didn't intend to do -- like sending a moving car to a sudden screeching halt. Such is a problem being experienced by some 2015 Lincoln MKC owners, who have complained that a poorly located start button means potentially dangerous mistakes are happening.

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