Automotive

Audi RS 3 Sportback can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds

Audi RS 3 Sportback can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds

Audi is showing off the new Audi RS 3 Sportback performance wagon. The car has a 5-cylinder engine under the hood and Audi says that the car is the most powerful RS in company history. The all-new RS 3 packs 367hp under the hood and is able to go from a standstill to 62.1mph in 4.3 seconds. That makes the new RS 3 Sportback 0.3 seconds faster to 100km/h than the previous model.

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Ford Sync 3 revealed: a whole new system with QNX

Ford Sync 3 revealed: a whole new system with QNX

This week the folks at Ford have revealed their grand re-design of Sync. This is their in-car infotainment and control center software, and this release will be called Sync 3. The big departure comes in Ford's ending of their relationship for software here with Microsoft - Sync and Sync 2 were made with Microsoft - and picking up of BlackBerry's in-car software system QNX. This means touchscreen capabilities, at last, as well as a user interface that's far more recognizable to the smartphone-using age than previous Sync releases.

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2016 Ford Focus RS global release confirmed

2016 Ford Focus RS global release confirmed

This morning at a Ford Event, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields made clear that the next Focus RS will not be released in as limited a fashion as previous yearly roll-outs. This 2016 Ford Focus RS will be coming to the United States as well as other countries around the world. "We have a new Focus RS coming to market," said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, "and it's coming globally." Welcome to the next track warrior in the I4 class, coming your way sooner than later.

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Mazda’s new bioplastic offers better finish than paint

Mazda’s new bioplastic offers better finish than paint

Mazda has developed a new bioplastic that can be used on exterior car parts, and according to the auto maker, this new material offers a higher-quality finish than is possible with traditionally painted plastics. This joins Mazda's previous bioplastics developed for interior car parts, building upon that to include resistance to weather, scratches, and impacts so that it can handle constant exposure to the outside world.

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Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla has expanded its presence, landing in the Land Down Under where its Model S is now available for purchase. The arrival in Australia took place late last night, with Elon Musk launching his company's first showroom in Sydney early in the morning local time. This marks the start of what will eventually be a larger presence in the nation -- both additional showrooms and more charging stations are planned over the next couple of years.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new GLE Coupe, a sloped four-door car with a distinct sporty design drawn from "two classes of vehicle", according to the auto maker. Mercedes isn't shy about pointing out its SUV-esque features and notes, such as a raised seating position, while showing how they work in the grand scheme of things to improve the sporty elements integral to the GLE Coupe's design. Says Mercedes, "These two different worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile, thoroughbred sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé is different."

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Nissan recalls 470k vehicles over potential fuel issue

Nissan recalls 470k vehicles over potential fuel issue

Nissan has announced plans to recall approximately 470,000 vehicles across the globe due to fuel pressure sensors that mightn't have been tightened adequately. Vehicles with this issue may eventually begin leaking fuel as vibration and heat take their toll, and that fuel leak then poses a fire risk. The affected vehicles range from 2012 to 2015 model years, and include a few Infiniti models; the majority of cars under the recall are located in Japan and North America.

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Toyota Tacoma revamp to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

Toyota Tacoma revamp to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

The Toyota Tacoma is in for a reboot, according to Bloomberg, which reports the auto maker will be introducing an "all-new version" of its mid-sized pickup truck in 2015. According to Toyota's Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter, the company will be officially debuting the upcoming model at the International Auto Show in Detroit in January. This will position the company to compete with Chevy's 2015 Colorado and other mid-sized trucks competing for consumer favor.

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Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

This week the folks at Mazda North America Operations (MNAO) are teaming up with Microsoft's Xbox division to push both the game Forza Horizon 2 and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. To do this, they're bringing a Mazda-branded hub to Xbox One and Xbox 360 units this winter. Players will be asked to work with the Livery Design of the 1994 Mazda MX-5 available in the game, coming up with the most innovative or otherwise eye-catching design they're able. Two finalists will be brought to South by Southwest for a bit of a final showdown.

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