Automotive

2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

In a world where full-size trucks are increasingly plush palaces of rolling excess loaded for bear with luxuries that rival traditional premium sedans, the mid-size pickup segment has fallen out of step. For more than a decade these somewhat smaller options - like the class-leading Toyota Tacoma - have focused more on utility than 'wow' factor, a symptom of the less significant market that exists for trucks outside the full-size spectrum and the fact that there was so much profit to be made with their bigger brothers.

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VW, Porsche recall 800,000 SUVs due to pedal issue

VW, Porsche recall 800,000 SUVs due to pedal issue

Today isn't a great day for Volkswagen, but it doesn't have anything to do with the diesel emissions issue that has been a hot topic for months. Instead, the company is issuing a recall of around 800,000 SUVs. The issue surrounding the recall is due to a potential issue with the pedal system in the vehicles.

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High-tech vacuum designer Dyson possibly developing an electric car

High-tech vacuum designer Dyson possibly developing an electric car

While Dyson is known around the globe for its home products like vacuum cleaners and fans, it seems the British company is looking to step out of its niche and into the exploding electric vehicle market. But Dyson may be well-beyond the early planning stages, as it's receiving a hefty investment from the UK government to pursue its research and development.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe blends designs ‘from two different worlds’

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe blends designs ‘from two different worlds’

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe will be making an appearance at the New York International Auto Show, and ahead of that comes all the details. The GLC Coupe is “both ‘hot and cool’,” according to Daimler AG’s design head Gorden Wagener. He says the new model “reflects our iconic Mercedes-Benz coupe design while symbolizing the diversity of our brand.” The model fuses together design elements of both the SUV and coupe variety.

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Tesla quietly discontinues 10-kilowatt-hour home battery

Tesla quietly discontinues 10-kilowatt-hour home battery

If you've been holding out on buying Tesla's 10-kilowatt-hour residential battery, you may have waited too long. Recently, the company quietly pulled all references to the home battery solution from their website. After being pressed, a representative from the company announced that they have, in fact, discontinued the item.

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BMW, Nissan considering Formula E motorsport debut

BMW, Nissan considering Formula E motorsport debut

Currently in its second season, Formula E, the all-electric championship racing series, is starting to - ahem - gain real traction in the world of motorsport. While the first season, which kicked off less than two years ago, saw every team using their own version of a Renault Spark SRT_01E, the series has opened up to other car manufactures, and now several big automotive names are looking to participate. Among these are said to be both BMW and Nissan, according to a recent report from Autosport.

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Very first Lamborghini Miura SV restored in honor of 50th anniversary

Very first Lamborghini Miura SV restored in honor of 50th anniversary

The Miura is one of Lamborghini's most iconic and beautiful models, and the Italian sports car maker has revealed that in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its 1966 debut, they completely restored the very first Miura SV (Super Veloce) that was shown to the public. On display at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance car event in Florida this weekend is the Miura SV that was revealed at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show.

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Honda Clarity fuel-cell vehicle goes on sale for limited buyers

Honda Clarity fuel-cell vehicle goes on sale for limited buyers

In development for several years now, Honda's hydrogen-powered Clarity FCV (fuel-cell vehicle) is finally ready to begin sales. The four-door sedan won't be easy to get your hands on, however, as it's only available to a select few: being in Japan is only half the requirement, with the other being that you need to live close enough to the roughly 15 hydrogen filling stations in the entire country. At least you'll get much better range than an all-electric car.

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Tesla Model S sedans to finally race each other in new EV series

Tesla Model S sedans to finally race each other in new EV series

Tesla's high-tech, all-electric Model S is finally going to see some racing action beyond the quick starts drivers pull off at traffic lights. The company Electric GT Holdings has announced the creation of the Electric GT World Series, an all-electric racing series that will be the first to feature zero-emissions cars based on standard consumer vehicles. The first race in the championship will be held as early as 2017, with each car being a near-production version of the Tesla Model S P85+.

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Uber has a secret emergency line to help with Uber-related emergencies

Uber has a secret emergency line to help with Uber-related emergencies

Have you ever taken a cab, or an Uber and afterward realized that you've forgotten something important in it? It can be rather difficult to retrieve whatever it was. With a cab, you're lucky if you can remember what company the cab was with, let alone the number on the car. At least with services like Uber, you know which driver you were with. However, the company is working on making it easier to help with situations like this.

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2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive

2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive

Much of Infiniti's recent success has come from its crossover line-up, where it presents three distinctly different choices for luxury-seeking families. Sandwiched between the entry-level QX50 and the high performance QX70 sits the 2016 Infiniti QX60, the logically-numbered full-size hauler that combines respectable room and a comprehensive level of advanced safety, all wrapped in a premium package. Although no major changes have been made for the current model year, the QX60 has been gently refreshed to keep it current with its line-up mates and continue its task of drawing fresh blood to showrooms.

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GM buys autonomous driving start-up Cruise Automation

GM buys autonomous driving start-up Cruise Automation

US auto giant General Motors has announced that it's acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based start-up focusing on self-driving technology. There's no doubt this is in effort for GM to develop and bring its own autonomous vehicles to the market as soon as possible. GM says Cruise will operate as an independent unit, keeping their West Coast office open, but exist as part of their recently formed Autonomous Vehicle Development Team.

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