Automotive

E-TWOW Review: regenerative electric kick scooter on point

E-TWOW Review: regenerative electric kick scooter on point

Over the past few weeks we've been testing out the 33V Booster E-TWOW electric kick scooter. This device isn't the sort of vehicle you're going to hear about on the news or see rolling around your neighborhood, more than likely - the company just isn't that massive - yet. Based on what we've experienced with this tiny vehicle, it's easy to recommend it as one of the most fun-to-use examples of urban transport out on the market today. No gasoline required.

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Volkswagen admits dieselgate includes 1.2M UK vehicles

Volkswagen admits dieselgate includes 1.2M UK vehicles

As investigations and disclosures continue over "dieselgate," or Volkswagen's emissions cover-up involving its diesel engines, the car manufacturer has revealed that out of the 11 million vehicles affected worldwide, just under 1,190,000 are located in the UK. VW said that all these cars with EA 189 EU5 engines will be part of an upcoming recall program, and that they are starting to contact owners of said vehicles about the recall process.

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Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Trying to find a free parking spot can be difficult, especially for those who live in large cities. Some solutions that have tried to solve this have surfaced over the years, but Bosch has a new method that seems the most practical -- it involves sensors placed in parking spots. When the spot is empty, the sensor flags the parking space as free in related software that drivers can use.

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Porsche chairman made new Volkswagen CEO amid dieselgate resignations

Porsche chairman made new Volkswagen CEO amid dieselgate resignations

Volkswagen appoints new CEO in wake of previous CEO Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn's resignation, which was offered Wednesday. The new CEO of Volkswagen will be the current Chairman of Porsche AG, Matthias Müller, who will also remain Chairman of that company until a successor can be found and appointed. This decision was made by the Volkswagen Supervisory Board in a meeting in Wolfsberg today. Berthold Huber, Interim Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, suggested that Müller "knows the Group and its brands well and can immediately engage in his new task with full energy.

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EPA to tighten emissions tests, but fixes should be easy

EPA to tighten emissions tests, but fixes should be easy

Unless you're driving an older vehicle, fixes for vehicles that require repair to reduct emissions should be relatively easy. That's what the United States Environmental Agency (EPA) suggests in a new set of documents released in the wake of recent violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by Volkswagen. Technical changes to Volkswagen diesel vehicles from 2015 and 2016 model years should be easy, while more "substantial" changes may be required for vehicles from the past several years. In most or all cases, repair costs will be charged to the manufacturer, not the driver.

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Self-healing rubber could mean future without flat tires

Self-healing rubber could mean future without flat tires

Rubber is everywhere. Narrow your focus to just your car -- it's everywhere in there, too. In addition to being the primary material in your tires, it is also found all over the place as dampeners, shock absorbers, and seals, among other things. The problem with rubber is that will break down and tear in due time. A torn rubber seal will require repairing. Running over a nail means a flat tire. These issues may be nearly non-existent in the future.

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Brabus Business Lounge van is a luxury apartment on wheels

Brabus Business Lounge van is a luxury apartment on wheels

Brabus, the performance auto tuning outfit from Germany, seems to have taken a break from supercharging Mercedes' AMG sedans and has come up with a Business Lounge van, a ridiculously luxurious ride based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. While the exterior design might be a bit tame compared to Brabus standards, the real attraction is inside, where riders will find enough high-tech comforts and plush seating arrangements to want make the vehicle their new home.

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Volkswagen may not be alone in emissions cheating

Volkswagen may not be alone in emissions cheating

This month Volkswagen was effectively caught cheating on standard emissions guidelines by sidestepping test conditions with software turn-off switches. This rigged diesel testing scandal is having such a big impact that the CEO of the company has quit. Now it would appear that Volkswagen may not be alone, as a study from European Federation for Transport and Environment suggests more than just the German auto company may be cheating on or side-stepping similar tests.

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Ford Focus RS to get multi-part, behind-the-scenes documentary

Ford Focus RS to get multi-part, behind-the-scenes documentary

Ever wonder what the process of designing and developing a sports car is like? Well, Ford is soon going to give viewers interested in the new Focus RS a look behind the curtain, as they've announced a multi-part, behind-the-scenes documentary for the vehicle, titled "Rebirth of an Icon." Ford explains the video series will reveal to story behind the performance model of its four-door coupe, including the design, premiere, and testing process.

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Volkswagen CEO resigns over rigged diesel testing

Volkswagen CEO resigns over rigged diesel testing

Following the ongoing news about car maker Volkswagen cheating emissions testing on its diesel vehicles in the US, CEO Martin Winterkorn has announced his resignation today. The announcement includes a statement from Winterkorn, who says he is taking responsibility for the misconduct that went on under his leadership. The company needs a "fresh start" in terms of conduct and personnel, he says, and his resignation is intended to pave the way for such changes.

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Apple car tipped as “committed project” for release in 2019

Apple car tipped as “committed project” for release in 2019

Apple is tipped to have an electric vehicle in the works code-named "Titan". This project has been tipped by anonymous insiders, otherwise known as "people familiar with the matter" speaking with the Wall Street Journal this morning. These same tipsters suggest that the 600-person Apple car team have been given a go-ahead to "triple" the number of people working on the project. It's been suggested that this first vehicle will be smart, but it'll still require a driver.

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Volkswagen got caught emissions cheating: What you need to know

Volkswagen got caught emissions cheating: What you need to know

Volkswagen's attempts to cheat the Clean Air Act in the US have proved shocking to diesel drivers thinking they were helping save the planet, but things are going to get even more complicated. The news that independent testing had spotted nitrogen oxide levels as much as 35x higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permits from select VW and Audi cars, and that the discrepancy came down to some testing trickery, has left the German behemoth in hot water.

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