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Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has outed a freshly-fettled car from its AMG tuning division, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, following up the LA Auto Show last week with its striking Mercedes-AMG GT S. Putting power and a trunk together, the five-door has a 2-liter BlueDIRECT four-cylinder turbo engine with 360 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque, and will do 0-60 mph in 4.7s. It's electronically limited to 155 mph, mind, just to stop you from rattling your IKEA purchases to pieces.

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Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Existing connected car dongles might tell you about your drive stats and provide feedback on making you a better motorist, but driving is a team effort. Your car has to perform, and when it starts to tell you it’s not ready to go, frustration and a touch of panic set in. What does the “check engine” light mean? Why is it making that weird noise? Mechanic Advisor, a site with a network of automotive repair shops, will soon be jumping into the connected car game with their own plug-in dongle.

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Don’t expect a cheap Lexus any time soon

Don’t expect a cheap Lexus any time soon

Lexus has poured cold water on the idea of a sub-$30k car to expand its appeal in the entry-level luxury space, arguing it has no intentions of following Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and others in courting more price-conscious buyers. "What you'll see is us not heading downstream," Jeff Bracken, US general manager for Lexus, said this week, "but heading upstream," arguing that while there were rich pickings to be had amid those looking to trade-up to a Lexus on a budget, it wouldn't do the brand's overall positioning any good.

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Kia channels its inner mutant with X-Men-themed Sorento

Kia channels its inner mutant with X-Men-themed Sorento

Kia has introduced its new mutant variety 2015 Sorento, a special model made in partnership with Fox that the auto maker plans to debut a week before the Australian Open 2015 tennis championship. With it comes an X-Men theme, and though Kia is asking viewers to guess which character inspired the design, there seems little mystery left to the imagination with Wolverine's claws having prime showcasing spots on both the front and back of the vehicle. The car will be revealed by tennis pro Rafael Nadal.

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Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

We've heard plenty about Apple's CarPlay, but what about Android Auto? Finally getting its moment in the spotlight now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is arriving, the dashboard-takeover isn't actually available on any production car quite yet, but I was able to take an early look at the LA Auto Show inside a new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. The premise is simple: plug in your Android phone - in this particular case, a Nexus 5 - via USB cable and the car's central infotainment touchscreen gets an Android Auto revamp, with specially-designed graphics for use while driving, voice control rather than stabbing at a keyboard, and smart integration with your use of Google services elsewhere. Interesting, but it's not entirely road-worthy just yet.

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Tesla battery talks with BMW continue says Musk

Tesla battery talks with BMW continue says Musk

Tesla and BMW continue to have discussions around potential collaborations on batteries, charging stations, and lightweight car components, Elon Musk has confirmed, though the EV firm maintains the talks are still "casual" at this stage. "We are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging stations," Musk told German press, in addition to suggesting that Tesla was aiming to launch a battery production plant for its EVs like the Model S and the upcoming Model X SUV in Germany within the next five to six years.

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Toyota recalls 400k Lexus cars over fire hazard

Toyota recalls 400k Lexus cars over fire hazard

Toyota has recalled over 400,000 Lexus cars over a potential fire hazard, reports Bloomberg. The fires could start as a result of potential fuel leaks, a problem that Toyota will fix under the recall. The news joins a larger mass recall that has swept up several auto makers that use air bag components from Takata Corp. Under that recall, which the NHTSA has demanded become nationwide after first launching as smaller regional recalls, is potentially fatal.

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Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

With the Mitsubishi Motors Concept XR-PHEV, the LA Auto Show 2014 sees a slick plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain paired with high-end, bold styling - in bright red, of course. Mitsubishi brought this vehicle to LA not only reaffirm their commitment to the US market, but to show how future vehicles will look and run. As this vehicle is a concept, Mitsubishi says it'll never reach the road in its current form. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV does play host to not only futuristic aesthetics for next-gen cars, but futuristic technologies as well.

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2015 Nissan Murano eyes-on

2015 Nissan Murano eyes-on

This year at the 2014 LA Auto Show we've been given a good look at the 2015 Nossan Murano. This is a vehicle that was originally showed off (in its earlier form) as the Nissan Resonance Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto show. Back then we crossed our fingers that this vehicle would eventually see the real showroom floor as a next-generation crossover. This week we've seen what the 2015 Nissan Murano has become. With its V-Motion grille, signature headlines and a collection of futuristic technological advances, this vehicle is set to hit the road.

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Here’s what $400,000 of Bentley gets you

Here’s what $400,000 of Bentley gets you

Nobody quite does luxury and performance like Bentley. The company's legacy of Bentley Boys, flogging their supercharged cars from road race to road race in the 1920s, has been given the knowing nod by special-edition cars from the marque for decades now, but never quite so comprehensively as the 2015 Mulsanne Speed. Taking the flagship spot at the top of Bentley's range, and doing so with no shortage of style, performance, and better-then-first-class accommodation, it's not only powerful but packs a serious degree of tech behind the several hides-worth of leather. I hid my press badge and pretended there was more than just dust in my wallet to find out more at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

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