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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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Norway considering ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

Norway considering ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

It seems Norway could be one of the first countries to take serious steps towards removing all gas-powered cars from its roads. The local business-focused newspaper Dagens Næringsliv has reported that the Scandinavian country may adopt a plan to ban the sales of gasoline and diesel cars by the year 2025. Sounds like a market where the sales of Teslas will soon be rising.

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Ferrari 458 MM Speciale is a one-of-a-kind custom job

Ferrari 458 MM Speciale is a one-of-a-kind custom job

The Ferrari 458 Speciale is already a rare sight, reserved only for buyers with the deepest of pockets. But for one "enthusiastic British owner," Ferrari took his 458 Speciale and made it even more "special," in turn creating a one-of-a-kind supercar just for them. What you see here is the 458 MM Speciale, a Ferrari that features a number of body and design customizations, and is, simply put, one of the best looking cars to come out of Italy in some time.

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Why this $3.5bn in Saudi Uber investment isn’t about women non-drivers

Why this $3.5bn in Saudi Uber investment isn’t about women non-drivers

It's not particularly difficult to convince your investors that you're doing well when an investment fund sends you $3.5 billion to purchase a stake in your company. That's what's happening this week with Uber, the ride-hailing ride-sharing program that's put taxi cabs on alert the world over. The deal was announced this week by Uber and the Saudi state's Public Investment Fund (PIF), a group that, according to Reuters, is generally aimed at low-risk foreign investments.

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Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

Tesla has finally set a date for the official opening of its Nevada Gigafactory, a massive building where the electric car maker will produce the batteries for its vehicles. A ceremony at the facility will be held on July 29th, with certain Tesla owners and VIPs getting invited. This is all despite the fact that the Gigafactory began limited operations several months ago, but as of the beginning of May is only 14% complete.

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Bentley Continental GT Speed has 633hp, comes in Superman colors

Bentley Continental GT Speed has 633hp, comes in Superman colors

Bentley is most known for its ultra luxurious cars, but it also produces one beast of a two-door coupe in the form of its Continental GT. But now the British manufacturer has debuted the updated version of the special edition Continental GT Speed, and not only does it blow away the standard model, it's the most powerful production car Bentley has ever made.

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Harley-Davidson returns to flat-track racing bikes with the XG750R

Harley-Davidson returns to flat-track racing bikes with the XG750R

Harley-Davidson fans and motorcycle enthusiasts in general will be excited to hear that the company has revealed its first flat-track racing bike in over 40 years. The new XG750R replaces the XR750, an iconic model that debuted in the early 1970s, and features modern touches like a liquid-cooled engine and a more aggressive design borrowed from Harley's 750 Street road bike.

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Jaguar’s Formula E race car revealed in first photos

Jaguar’s Formula E race car revealed in first photos

The all-electric championship racing series Formula E has been a little slow to build an audience, but with the third season starting this fall, it continues to bring in fans. A likely factor contributing to this is the participation of several big car manufactures. The first season saw every team using the same vehicle, a Renault Spark SRT_01E, but season three will see Jaguar make its track debut, and the first photos of their Formula E vehicle have been revealed.

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12m cars with Takata airbags, including some Ferraris, recalled in U.S.

12m cars with Takata airbags, including some Ferraris, recalled in U.S.

The largest automotive recall in the United States has just gotten bigger, with eight car manufacturers tacking yet another 12 million cars onto the recall list. Each vehicle is fitted with a Takata air bag inflator, the same kind that can potentially deploy with deadly amounts of force if exposed to high humidity levels for long periods of time. The affected auto makers include Nissan, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Ferrari, Subaru, and Mitsubishi, according to the NHTSA.

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