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Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia has announced plans to recall its Soul SUV due to a bendy gas pedal, which can end up bending or breaking when the car is being driven. It's a fairly large recall at about 209,000 vehicles, but still smaller than some of the other automotive recall numbers we've seen thus far this year. Both the Soul and its electric counterpart have been included in the recall, both of them of the 2014 and 2015 model years. Fortunately, there are no known injuries or wrecks that have resulted from this problem.

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Audi R8 e-tron gets another chance in new 2015 prototype

Audi R8 e-tron gets another chance in new 2015 prototype

When Audi pulled the plug on the Audi R8 e-tron in 2012, it was because neither the market nor the technology seemed to be ready yet for an all electric vehicle. Partly in thanks to Tesla's stubbornness, however, the landscape has changed significantly. Now electric cars are part and parcel of Audi's plans for the next three years, as outlined by its own Technical Development management board member Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. And it will be starting off, quite appropriately, with a new Audi R8 e-tron that in some ways stays the same as the original but significantly improves it as well.

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Chevy Volts recalled to add automatic shutoff feature

Chevy Volts recalled to add automatic shutoff feature

General Motors has decided to recall some Chevy Volts in order to add a feature that will automatically shut the car off after it has been idling for a certain amount of time. This change will be made for safety reasons, and comes after a couple people have been injured by carbon monoxide buildup after forgetting to turn the car off. This is said to be a unique recall among the auto industry, and is necessary because of the silent nature of a car that is operating on battery power.

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Honda to roll out ads related to Takata air bag recall

Honda to roll out ads related to Takata air bag recall

Honda will be rolling out its first-ever ads related to a recall in the United States, it has been announced. The advertisements will encourage Honda owners with vehicles equipped with potentially faulty Takata air bags to get their cars serviced. This follows fatal accidents linked to the faulty air bags, and is a measure to try and ensure additional injuries or deaths do no happen. The ads will launch on March 16, and will be included on the radio and in newspapers.

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Audi’s Hackenberg future vision: tech, batteries, brains

Audi’s Hackenberg future vision: tech, batteries, brains

It is an exciting time for the automotive industry, with the convergence of different types of technologies ready to have cars zooming to the future. And Audi, naturally, is ready to face the future and make it real. That is the message that Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of Audi's board for management for Technical Development, is giving out at the company's annual press conference. For the car maker, 2014 was the "year of technical milestones, tests and records." Hackenberg belives that 2015 and beyond will build on those lessons and turn them into technologies and products that will excite consumers.

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Toyota recalls 110k cars over software, power steering problems

Toyota recalls 110k cars over software, power steering problems

In case you haven't yet tired of automotive recalls, we have another one that has surfaced in the pipeline, this one from Toyota affecting in excess of 110,000 cars. The recall was announced today, and includes its Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4, RAV4 EV, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid models. There are two different issues at play, though they don't affect all of the models equally. Fortunately, no known injuries or wrecks have resulted from either problem, says the auto maker.

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Here’s how Automatic plans to connect your car with Apple Watch

Here’s how Automatic plans to connect your car with Apple Watch

When Apple Watch lands in April, droves of people will be trying to snap one up. As lines diminish, users will start to discover all the neat things they can do with their watch. While Apple has plenty of use-cases listed on their website, there are also an endless number of iOS Developers hard at work, finalizing their Apple Watch-ready apps for distribution or update. Does Apple Watch make sense for the connected car, though? Automatic says it will.

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Honda recalls 137 cars over stalling and fire risks

Honda recalls 137 cars over stalling and fire risks

Honda has announced plans to recall 137 vehicles across three different models, the reason being due to a single issue which could manifest in two ways: the cars could stall, causing a potential crash, or they could leak oil, which could ignite and cause a fire. Fortunately, and unlike some recent recalls we've seen this month, it only affects a small number of cars, the owners of which will be notified of the issue later on this month for servicing.

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Autonomous Mercedes car spotted cruising San Francisco streets

Autonomous Mercedes car spotted cruising San Francisco streets

If you are an automaker testing out a new driverless car, the place to test them (or at least take photos) is in California apparently. A new Mercedes autonomous car has been seen cruising the streets of San Francisco and it looks like something out of Blade Runner that might take to the skies any second. The car is called the Mercedes F015 Luxury In Motion and was seen in San Francisco on March 4.

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Tesla’s China troubles lead to job cuts

Tesla’s China troubles lead to job cuts

Tesla has lofty goals, and it has grown its workforce steadily over the last year or so. Still, the Chinese market has proven problematic for the auto maker, and now those troubles are leading to job cuts. That doesn't mean Tesla is giving up on the market -- to the contrary, this "restructuring" is taking place so that the company can continue to operate there, at least according to the auto maker. It isn't clear how many jobs are on the chopping block at this point.

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