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Audi’s giving away shoes with car purchase

Audi’s giving away shoes with car purchase

Audi collaborates with shoe brand TOMS to give shoes to new car consumers and 55,000 children in need. The company is working with TOMS to present a special edition pair of shoes with the Audi logo inside, giving them away between June 3rd and August 4th to customers who purchase or lease a new or Certified pre-owned Audi vehicle. These limited-edition TOMS are made in a classic style - the Alpargata - in Men's, Women's, Youth, and Tiny TOMS sizes. Sound like your kind of deal?

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Aston Martin CEO says future will include hybrid model

Aston Martin CEO says future will include hybrid model

Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, says the future of the British luxury car maker will likely include the release of a hybrid model. This wasn't a confirmation that something is already in the works, but rather an acknowledgement that hybrids and electric vehicles are the eventuality of all cars, and at some point it will be Aston Martin's turn. The exec shared his thoughts with Autocar last month at the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany.

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Dodge gives gamers the extreme supercar the Viper wishes it was

Dodge gives gamers the extreme supercar the Viper wishes it was

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has taken the wraps off a few images teasing the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo, a mean-looking single seater concept car with a hybrid powertrain and exclusive designation for Gran Turismo 6. It's a big tease, in that three of the images show close-up shots of different aspects of the car but only one shows a full shot...which is far away and obscured with fancy electric trails. No matter: from what you can see it is obvious the SRT Tomahawk concept is a beastly car, and we've a gallery of it after the jump.

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Audi reveals release dates for new Q1, Q6, Q8, and A4

Audi reveals release dates for new Q1, Q6, Q8, and A4

While German automaker Audi has been somewhat busy lately teasing us with some sweet, high-powered concepts, the company is also making headway on the release of its new, consumer-line models. During a recent meeting with shareholders, Audi revealed that there will be eight new models and trims hitting the market between now and the year 2020. This included solid release dates for three of its brand-new crossover vehicles, the Q1, the Q6, and the Q8.

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Volvo accident a case of mistaken autonomous identity

Volvo accident a case of mistaken autonomous identity

A combination of mistaken safety tech assumptions and over-confidence led to a failed "auto-parking" demonstration on the Volvo XC60, a car which doesn't even have such features fitted. The video, widely circulated and shown after the cut, is billed as a demonstration of the vehicle's driver assistance features for a crowd of spectators, who mistakenly expected the car to come to a halt on its own. Unfortunately, it seems the driver's assumptions about the car's behavior differed from what was actually programmed.

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The ultra-rare Top Gear McLaren F1 GTR is being sold

The ultra-rare Top Gear McLaren F1 GTR is being sold

While we to hear if the hit car show Top Gear will be reborn on Netflix with a new name and former hosts Jeremy Clarkson & co., here's a bit of news about one of the amazing vehicles they once got involved in. It's a rare 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, and it's one of the few cars in existence to feature the Top Gear name and logo on its side. Now it's being sold. Except, the show didn't own this beauty, rather they were a sponsor back in '97 when there was a Top Gear Magazine.

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Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

Prius batteries becoming popular target for thieves

You know you have a popular car when it starts getting damaged and stolen for parts, but you'd think the battery would be the least likely cause for vandalism. Well, apparently that's the hot-ticket item on the black market if you're a Toyota Prius owner. San Francisco drivers of the hybrid have noticed an increase in car battery theft in recent days. Both police and local dealerships have noticed the new trend, and one belief is that there is a growing demand for the part as owners of the first generation Prius reach the end of their 10-year battery warranties.

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Takata to declare 33.8 million cars defective over faulty airbags

Takata to declare 33.8 million cars defective over faulty airbags

The Takata faulty airbag saga has been a long and tragic one, with the defective components resulting in at least half a dozen deaths, dozens of injuries, and numerous recalls. The end is nowhere in sight, however. Today the manufacturer is declaring approximately 33.8 million vehicles defective, and as a result the United States will likely see its largest ever recall — not just automotive recall, mind you, but largest consumer product recall that has ever taken place. And frankly, it's about time.

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Smart, JBL pack a crazy 16-speaker system in tiny Fortwo car

Smart, JBL pack a crazy 16-speaker system in tiny Fortwo car

Smart and JBL decided to get a little crazy together and the result is an insane (and probably incredibly fun) Fortwo car packed with 16 speakers and two subwoofers. The Smart Fortwo car is a tiny car, likely the smallest you’ll find zipping down your road. Fitting it with so many speakers, then, necessitated near-cramming to get it all packed in. As a result, it’s likely also the smallest car able to blast 5,720W and 150 dB of music. Why did Smart decide to undertake this project? you're likely wondering. The answer is exactly as it should be: just because it wondered if it could.

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Feds to probe Chrysler for (maybe) being lazy about 20 recalls

Feds to probe Chrysler for (maybe) being lazy about 20 recalls

Fiat Chrysler has gotten itself into hot water with the NHTSA, which made it known in the recent past that it is putting pressure on auto makers to improve their recall completion rates. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration announced today a future hearing during which it will examine whether the auto maker has been lazy about 20 automotive recalls totaling about 10 million vehicles, with numerous potential problems being cited. At this point the NHTSA is looking into whether the problems represent a pattern, and if so what it plans to do about it.

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G-Power turns BMW M6 into 987hp, 231mph monster

G-Power turns BMW M6 into 987hp, 231mph monster

German performance car tuners G-Power have, somehow, managed to outdo themselves. The company often customizes BMW M5s with over 800 horsepower and easily capable of over 200 mph, but their latest project puts that to shame. They've dubbed it the "G6M V10 Hurricane S": a BMW M6 configured with a V-10 engine featuring 987bhp, and a top speed of 231 mph. G-Power says it's the most powerful car they've ever built, and that sounds about right.

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