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2016 Ford Explorer Platinum edition gets 500W Sony audio

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum edition gets 500W Sony audio

Ford has announced a new trim level for the 2016 Explorer. The new trim will make the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum the best-appointed SUV that Ford has offered to date. Among the niceties that the Platinum version of the new Explorer will offer are leather wrapped interior and a 500W Sony audio system. The Explorer Platinum will be powered by the 3.5L EcoBoost V6.

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Venturi VBB-3 electric racer sets land speed record

Venturi VBB-3 electric racer sets land speed record

This has been a bad year for racing at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Lots of rain has left the normally hard packed salt slushy and clumpy. The conditions were so bad that the Bonneville Speed Week was shut down for the second year in a row. Despite Speed Week being shuttered again this year, a team from Venturi and Ohio State set out last week in an attempt to set a new speed record for electric vehicles in the VBB-3 streamliner.

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Google’s self-driving car gets confused by cyclist’s track stand

Google’s self-driving car gets confused by cyclist’s track stand

We've been hearing about Google's self-driving cars getting into fender-benders before, mostly at the fault of other vehicles with a human behind the wheel, but recently one of the autonomous vehicles got a bit confused by a cyclist at an intersection. Did the car not recognize the cyclist and almost collide with him? Nope. Turns out the rider was simply doing a track stand — where they keep the bike upright at a stop without taking their feel off the pedals — and the car couldn't tell if they were moving or not.

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Smart fortwo cabrio to roll into dealers in February 2016

Smart fortwo cabrio to roll into dealers in February 2016

Smart has been peddling its tiny little fortwo car for a while now with a bit of success. The car is very small and is designed for city dwellers who need a tiny car that is easy to maneuver and park in tight city areas around the world. Drivers who are looking for a small, quirky ride with good fuel efficiency also choose the little car. The new smart fortwo cabrio is set to land early next year.

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Fourth-gen Kia Sportage gets full exterior makeover

Fourth-gen Kia Sportage gets full exterior makeover

The Frankfurt Auto Show is kicking off on September 15 and at the show, Kia will unveil its all-new Sportage SUV. This will be the fourth generation of the Sportage and it looks very different from the first generation of the car. The biggest change to the front-end design of the SUV is that the headlights are no longer part of the grille. They are now up on the edges of the fender and remind a bit of the Nissan Juke.

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Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

When you establish a rating standard to try to give all products a fair review, you usually set it up against an ideal perfect product. But what if you come across a product that actually surpasses that ideal? That was the predicament that Consumer Reports found itself in when it tried to grade Tesla's Model S P85D, the successor to an earlier Model S version. You see, the P85D was rated so good that it scored a 103, on a scale that shouldn't even go beyond 100.

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Holden’s final Commodore could be a ZR1-powered beast

Holden’s final Commodore could be a ZR1-powered beast

I have long been rather jealous that Aussies can get their hands on some very sweet muscle cars from Holden. We occasionally get watered down versions of those cars here in the US, but I want the real deal from Australia. Word is that with Holden ending production in Australia at the end of 2017, GM is looking to end things on a very high note.

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New Barracuda tipped at FCA dealer conference

New Barracuda tipped at FCA dealer conference

One of the best muscle cars to come out of the 60s and 70s was the Barracuda. Many of the muscle cars still cruise the streets today and command huge money when restored properly. Rumors have been swirling for years now that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is going to bring the Barracuda back to the market after a decades long hiatus as a Dodge.

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10 car makers sued over keyless ignition dangers

10 car makers sued over keyless ignition dangers

Newer vehicles equipped with a keyless ignition may potentially be deadly if adequate safety measures aren't implemented. We've seen reports in the past of drivers forgetting to power their car off after parking it in the garage, only to later discover that it is still running and has produced a build-up of potentially lethal carbon monoxide. Now 10 auto makers in the United States have been hit with a lawsuit claiming the issue has resulted in 13 deaths due to what is said to be a "defect" with the vehicles.

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Mercedes can’t stop teasing its super-luxe S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes can’t stop teasing its super-luxe S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz will officially reveal its super-luxury S-Class Cabriolet at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, but the German automaker can’t stop teasing the drop-top beforehand. Following the artist’s sketch of the convertible shown off earlier this month, the new image contrasts the upcoming car against its closest predecessor, a soft-top dating back almost four and a half decades.

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This is the US military’s replacement for the Humvee

This is the US military’s replacement for the Humvee

It's taken almost a decade, but the US Pentagon has finally decided on a vehicle to replace the aging Humvee, or, more commonly, the Hummer. Meet Oshkosh Defense's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the winning bid for the military's contract. Wisconsin-based Oshkosh beat out competitors Lockheed Martin and AM General (the makers of the original Humvee) for a contract that is estimated to be worth $30 billion over the next few decades. The first production run will see 17,000 JLTVs produced in 2016, priced at $6.7 billion.

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