Cars

This is the new Ford Focus RS

This is the new Ford Focus RS

The new Ford GT may be the stunning supercar we covet, but the new Ford Focus RS is the performance car that's realistically within reach. Revealed today, the hot hatch packs Ford's new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and throws its 315 HP down through Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive, using dynamic torque vectoring and more. The car company turned to Gymkhana star and rallying expert Ken Block to help cook up the Focus RS, and best of all, it's confirmed to be coming to the US.

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Volkswagen recalls more cars over fire risk

Volkswagen recalls more cars over fire risk

Early last month, Volkswagen recalled nearly 38,000 cars due to potential fuel leaks that could cause a fire. That recall is now being expanded, with the auto maker more than doubling the number of recalled cars with a new nearly 45,000 vehicles being encompassed. The news comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which revealed all the details in a new bulletin, showing it received the report from Volkswagen on January 23. The same models recalled last month are included in the new recall.

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Jeep Cherokees recalled: air bag software issue cited

Jeep Cherokees recalled: air bag software issue cited

Jeep has recalled more Cherokees, this one being due to an issue with the air bag. This follows the auto maker's recall last month, which also concerned the newest model year Cherokees -- in that case due to random fires that have been happening. Under this newest recall, both 2014 and 2015 model years are affected by a software issue that could cause the airbags to randomly inflate without reason; fortunately, there are no known injuries or accidents caused by this problem.

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Uber confirms CMU partnership with eye on autonomous tech

Uber confirms CMU partnership with eye on autonomous tech

Uber has confirmed the rumor that surfaced earlier today, revealing that it has indeed struck a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Under this, the ridesharing service will create its new Uber Advanced Technologies Center near the uni's campus where CMU's researchers and others will aid in the R&D of autonomous tech, among other things. Uber is being relatively quiet about what exactly it plans to do there, but the future of hailing a self-driving taxi just got a little more real.

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Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Here’s an interesting question the folks at Google probably asked themselves not too long ago: how do you pair a human passenger with a driverless car? Aside form looping routes, much like public transportation, the automated car and its human riders have no real way to interact with one another. A new rumor suggests Google is preparing an app, much like Uber, which will likely find a home with their driverless car fleet. Of special interest here is that Google is an Uber investor.

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Driving Toyota i-ROAD: Crazy tilt meets genius strategy

Driving Toyota i-ROAD: Crazy tilt meets genius strategy

Who says electric cars have to be boring? Toyota's Prius may be poster child for the eco-pious, but its i-ROAD tilting trike shows there's still potential for madness in the EV. SlashGear is no stranger to the i-ROAD, and in fact we've driven earlier prototypes over in Japan before now. They're less commonly found in the US, however, but Makoto Morita, Grand Master of the Product Planning Division and lead of the i-ROAD project brought a handful with him to test the waters among potential American drivers.

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Volvo V60 Cross Country first-drive – Because wagons are sexy

Volvo V60 Cross Country first-drive – Because wagons are sexy

“Wagons are sexy,” I insisted when I told people I was going to drive the new Volvo V60 Cross Country. Not everyone was convinced. While in my native Europe there’s a long-standing affinity for the wagon - or, as I grew up saying, an “estate” - the wood panel hangover has been tougher to overcome in the US and, like diesel engines, its taken some clever branding to even get a foot in the door. The V60 Cross Country, then, picks up a nameplate that has served Volvo well for two decades, lifting the regular V60 and positioning itself as the de-facto “urban active” option for those not quite convinced with crossovers.

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Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow swaps tires for tank-like treads

Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow swaps tires for tank-like treads

If you've had to deal with a buried or stuck car over the past couple of snowy weeks, Nissan's new Juke Nismo RSnow will look especially appealing: it ditches tires in favor of giant tank-like tracks instead, allowing it to blast through the powdered tundra without issue, bidding farewell to the slipping and sliding of traditional winter driving. This is a variation of the auto maker's previously unveiled Nissan Juke model, being nearly the same in many ways and completely different in others.

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Toyota recalls Avalon sedans due to potential fires

Toyota recalls Avalon sedans due to potential fires

As the first month of 2015 nears its end, Toyota has slipped in a recall of its own, this one being over the same potential risk we've seen cited in other recent recalls: fires. In this case, some 2011 and 2012 model year Avalons located in the US will be recalled. The reason revolves around the subwoofer's wires in particular, which could end up shorting out in certain situations, cause the unit to overheat, and then possibly catch on fire.

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BMW patches e-goof that left 2.2m cars at risk

BMW patches e-goof that left 2.2m cars at risk

BMW has remotely patched a security flaw which, if exploited, could have handed over the digital keys to as many as 2.2m BMW, Rolls-Royce, and MINI cars to thieves. The hack, identified by a German motorist association, involved models fitted with BMW's ConnectedDrive infotainment system, which uses a mobile data connection to offer drivers locking control when they're away from the vehicle, in addition to downloading content to the dashboard when they're behind the wheel. BMW says that it's now using the same sort of HTTPS encryption that banks rely upon.

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