Automotive

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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Apple, A123 settle battery-powered talent poaching lawsuit

Apple, A123 settle battery-powered talent poaching lawsuit

Speculation surrounding Apple’s automotive initiative has quieted, but we’ve got new reason to think something is afoot. Today, Apple has agreed to settle a lawsuit with A123, an electric car battery maker who accused Apple of poaching talent. Specifically, Apple is said to have enticed engineers at A123 away to build some type of large scale battery lab. The suit, filed in February, has been routinely rebuffed by Apple. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and both parties are said to be hammering out the details of a settlement.

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Nissan, Toyota recall 6 million cars over Takata air bags

Nissan, Toyota recall 6 million cars over Takata air bags

The Takata air bags issue is still happening, and as of today both Nissan and Toyota have initiated a massive recall with a combined total of 6.56 million cars globally. The recall is the latest to be initiated over the Takata air bags, which are prone to malfunction due to moisture seeping into the components. More than 10 car manufacturers have recalled about 25 million cars so far because of the problem which has, unfortunately, resulted in at least six deaths.

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FTC chides Michigan for banning direct-to-consumer vehicle sales, like Tesla

FTC chides Michigan for banning direct-to-consumer vehicle sales, like Tesla

The FTC has come out defending auto manufacturer's right to direct-to-consumer sales. The regulatory agency claims this is much bigger than Tesla, which has been getting all the press from forgoing dealerships and selling its electic vehicles directly to consumers, aggravating conventional manufacturers. The FTC's latest post is a direct comment on Michigan's new, legislation which has yet to be passed.

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Fiat CEO says Apple to continue its ‘intervention in the car’

Fiat CEO says Apple to continue its ‘intervention in the car’

A new report from Reuters on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne's recent trip to California has provided evidence that Apple has serious plans for technologies related to automobiles. It seems the purpose of Marchionne's visit was to experience the intersection of Silicon Valley technology and the car industry. The FCA CEO was treated to a ride in Google's self-driving car and met with Tesla founder Elon Musk, as well as sitting down and talking to Apple's Tim Cook.

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Tesla aiming for $35k Model 3 unveiling in March 2016

Tesla aiming for $35k Model 3 unveiling in March 2016

While Tesla and its all-electric Model S seem to be getting lots of attention within the auto industry these days, the cars are not easily affordable, starting around $75,000 before rebates and tax credits. That's about double the $33,500 that Kelley Blue Book says is the average price of a new car in the U.S. But that doesn't mean Tesla and founder Elon Musk aren't planning to go head-to-head price-wise with Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys, in fact the company stated earlier this week that they are targeting a March 2016 unveiling for their next vehicle, the Model 3.

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