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Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy modern bike

Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy modern bike

Motorcycles have been getting a modern makeover, and the latest to introduce a bike with a more modern design is Honda. The Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy and matte offering with pastel trimming and a dark charcoal color elsewhere, rounded out with an engine taken from one of its existing motorcycles and all the trimmings needed to be a general touring bike. The concept has been shown off in Japan, but the question about whether you'll eventually be able to get one of your own hasn't yet been answered.

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Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan is being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the possible failure of two past recalls to properly fix the issues they were meant to cover, it has been announced. The investigation covers nearly a million cars, and concerns the front airbag seat sensors which have been covered by two recalls -- one in 2013 and one in 2014 -- which may still be faulty. This potentially concerns several car models, including the Altima, which has been subjected to multiple recalls in the recent past.

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Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Luxury auto maker Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it will be greatly expanding its lineup of plug-in hybrid models by launching 10 new vehicles between now and 2017. As of now only two models are confirmed for sale in the U.S., but with an aggressive worldwide release of 10 hybrids, it means Mercedes will average a new model every four months. To solidify the company's investment in hybrids, Mercedes is simplifying their branding, dropping the "Plug-in Hybrid" suffix to just add "e" to end of model names.

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Cadillac CT6 to offer new 3.6L V6, Hydra-Matic 8-speed transmission

Cadillac CT6 to offer new 3.6L V6, Hydra-Matic 8-speed transmission

The Cadillac CT6 will be offered with a couple of different V6 engine options, the auto maker has announced, as well as a Hydra-Matic 8-speed automatic transmission. A new 3.6L V6 engine will be offered in the newest CT6, as well as a 3.0L twin-turbocharged engine, the latter of which is said to be based on the same architecture as the 3.6L. The new automatic transmission, meanwhile, will be a paddle-shift offering that is based upon the 8-speed automatic introduced with the Corvette Stingray.

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Jaguar Land Rover recalls cars after being called out on Chinese TV

Jaguar Land Rover recalls cars after being called out on Chinese TV

Last month, Jaguar Land Rover recalled 104,000 or so cars in the United States over problems with the lights and brakes. Those aren't the only vehicles that have been having problems, however, and now the auto maker has recalled in excess of 36,000 cars located in China over a potential problem with the gearbox. The recall came after the company was called out on Chinese state television over the problem. The auto maker has apologized for the problem, and has added a perk on top of the recall servicing for those who are affected.

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Lexus is about to take its biggest risk yet

Lexus is about to take its biggest risk yet

See these L-shaped lamps and aggressive haunches? They're the first glimpse of what will arguably be Lexus' most risky launch so far, as the company revamps its best-selling RX SUV. The 2016 Lexus RX is set to make its official debut in two weeks time, at the North American International Auto Show in New York, and the stakes for the luxury SUV are high. On its own, the RX accounted for more than 30-percent of all Lexus sales in the US last year, which means that if the company gets the new model wrong, it could find itself in seriously hot water.

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How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

How Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car is shaping smart cities

If there's one thing you won't mistake the F 015 Luxury in Motion for, it's any Mercedes-Benz currently on the road. Previous autonomous development had started with a production car and then added self-driving abilities, Mercedes designer Till Varailhon explained to me; this time around, the team started from scratch: not only in how the car looks and drives, but how it shares space responsibly in the cities of 2030. After the cut, no-go zones, flocks of scurrying research robots, and why Tesla only proves the smart city is inevitable.

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Chevy’s 2016 Malibu may help teens become safer drivers

Chevy’s 2016 Malibu may help teens become safer drivers

When your teen driver is finally ready to hit the road, a lot of emotion is flying around. They’re reliving that feeling of euphoria about a new form of mobility, and you’re worrying like crazy. While it might be a nerve-wracking experience for parents, Chevy might be able to help. The 2016 Malibu has some interesting features that may help your teen become a better driver, and give you a better idea of how they drive while you’re not around.

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Lotus Elise 20th anniversary edition get supercharged engine

Lotus Elise 20th anniversary edition get supercharged engine

Lotus has unveiled a special version of the Elise to celebrate the 20th birthday of that model. The car is called the Elise 20th Anniversary Special Edition and it is based on the Elise S Club Racer and actually replaces that car in the line. It doesn't seem like the Elise has been around for 20 years, but the first Elsie debuted back in 1995 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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BMW settles with the FTC over restrictive Mini warranties

BMW settles with the FTC over restrictive Mini warranties

Consumer warranties can be tricky. They are ideally designed to protect the consumer, but are mostly written by companies to protect their own interests and profit margin. BMW's auto warranties were scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which lead to an official complaint from the FTC. BMW of North America is settling with the FTC over their administrative complaint that BMW's Mini car division restricted its customers freedom to choose after-market auto parts and individual repair garages over Mini's official dealerships. In order to avoid a possibly long and drawn out court battle against the regulatory agency, BMW decided to settle.

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