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GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

General Motors has been swamped in vehicle recalls covering a lot of different problems, most notable among them being issues with faulty ignition switches. According to some recent emails that leaked, GM pushed out an urgent order for 500,000 replacement switches almost two months before it notified the relevant regulators and general public of the potentially fatal defect. The information comes from The Wall Street Journal, which reports that it has viewed emails pertaining to the matter. There have been 30 deaths linked to the faulty switches.

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BMW unveils streetlight that charges electric cars

BMW unveils streetlight that charges electric cars

Electric cars are ideal for people who live in cities where pollution tends to be the worst and driving distances tend to be less with lower speeds. Those shorter distances and slower speeds mean that electric cars are more practical than they are in rural areas where driving distances tend to be longer. The challenge for urban EV owners is finding a place to charge their vehicles.

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1989 Batmobile replica is functional and street-legal

1989 Batmobile replica is functional and street-legal

Batmobile replicas are nothing unusual -- they've been popping up for years, some of them going up for auction for generous sums of money, such as the one we saw last year. An Australian man has created his own replica, and it brings with it a unique twist: it is completely street legal, letting him drive it around wherever he'd like. Even better, the creator -- 29-year-old Zac Mihajlovic -- works with Make-A-Wish to dress up like Batman and let kids meet their favorite superhero in real life.

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BMW and Toyota hit concept stage on hybrid sports car deal

BMW and Toyota hit concept stage on hybrid sports car deal

BMW and Toyota's much-anticipated - and oft-rumored - collaboration on new sports cars has finally taken a step forward, the two companies revealed this week, but the end results are still far from the showroom. The German and Japanese marques began working together in 2012 on a Li-Ion battery project for EVs and hybrids, which flourished into a team effort on a new, midsized sports car duo with shared architecture wrapped in true-to-brand style and driving experience. Problem is, the project is already running about a year behind the initial schedule.

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Husqvarna motorcycles: a taste of the future with retro inspiration

Husqvarna motorcycles: a taste of the future with retro inspiration

If you liked the recent futuristic Ronin motorcycle concept and the design direction its maker took, you will love Husqvarna's two most recent bikes. Both are concept models -- the Vit Pilen and the Svart Pilen (White and Black Arrow, respectively) -- featuring a satisfying mixture of retro design and futuristic elements. The models were designed by Kiska for Husqvarna, and though they're not available to buy, their purpose is to ascertain whether there's enough interest in taking them to production, which means one can hope.

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Audi TT gets chocolate makeover in Belgium

Audi TT gets chocolate makeover in Belgium

The third-generation Audi TT, already an attention-grabbing model, is officially the sweetest car in the world, at least the version that was recently covered with thousands of pieces of shiny, swirly chocolates. The sugar-bound car surfaced last week in Kortrijk, Belgium, where the model was hawked at a lifestyle and design exhibition to curious individuals and broadcast on WOW TV as a showcasing event. Why cover the car in thousands of pieces of chocolate? Perhaps the better question is, why not?

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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE R gets AWD to go jet baiting

2016 Jaguar F-TYPE R gets AWD to go jet baiting

Jaguar is adding all-wheel drive to its 2016 F-TYPE R Coupé, part of a range-boosting move that will see variations on the popular model double to twelve. Set to debut officially - along with the rest of the new lineup - at the LA Auto Show later this month, the new F-TYPE R will be good for 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, Jaguar says, and then romp on to a top speed electronically-limited to 186 mph. The big news, though, is the extra traction, which Jaguar tested by taking the new coupé to the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa and pointing it at a jet.

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Volvo shows off new V60 Cross Country

Volvo shows off new V60 Cross Country

Volvo has unveiled a new version of its V60 sports wagon called the V60 Cross Country. The new car was unveiled at the 2014 LA Motor Show. Volvo promises that the new V60 Cross Country brings all-road capability to its V60 line. The Cross Country offers a sporty and connected driving feel with the ability to go anywhere according to Volvo.

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Range Rover adds more off-road capability to high-end SUVs

Range Rover adds more off-road capability to high-end SUVs

Range Rover has announced that it has added more off-road capability to two of its higher-end SUVs and improved the efficiency of the vehicles. The two models that get the improvements are the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. Both of these vehicles get the Land Rover All-Terrain Progress Control system. Both of these vehicles also gain improved six-cylinder gas and diesel engines.

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Lyft hits former COO with confidential data theft accusation

Lyft hits former COO with confidential data theft accusation

In August, Lyft's then-COO Travis VanderZanden left the company for reasons that were never clearly stated. Some time later he was snapped up by competitor Uber, and is now facing a legal challenge from his former employer over accusations of confidential data theft. According to Lyft, VanderZanden downloaded company documents from its Dropbox to his own personal Dropbox, something that came to light after the company had a forensics analysis of his work laptop performed. By keeping the files, Lyft says VanderZanden is violating the company's Confidentiality Agreement.

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