Cars

LG, Mercedes-Benz team up for smart cameras for smart cars

LG, Mercedes-Benz team up for smart cameras for smart cars

LG is really invested in getting inside cars and it will be doing so in more ways than one. Aside from signing up as a member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) and its Android Auto thrust, it has now partnered with Mercedes-Benz for something even more involved. The two will be working together to develop intelligent camera systems for smart cars that will not only help relieve drivers of some of the more precision-oriented tasks but even help monitor the state and well-being of these drivers.

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Elon Musk teases Roadster update to have 400 mile range

Elon Musk teases Roadster update to have 400 mile range

Tesla's Roadster announcement didn't make it in time for Christmas, but CEO Elon Musk still has a thing or two to say before the day is over. The good news is that the new version of the sports car will have a range that is almost double its predecessor. Even better, Musk is promising to finally reveal details tomorrow (December-26th) as a "day after Christmas" gift to eagerly awaiting fans. That is, of course, unless some crisis issues rear their ugly heads again to delay even that.

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Is Lexus next on the fuel-cell bandwagon?

Is Lexus next on the fuel-cell bandwagon?

Lexus is reportedly eyeing Toyota's fuel-cell powertrain, planning a new flagship version of its LS luxury sedan that would run on hydrogen not gasoline. Currently, the Lexus four-door range is topped by the LS 600h L, a long-wheelbase hybrid pairing a 6.0-liter gas engine and an electric drive system, which conveniently makes for a quieter limo and a good example of how parent company's hybrid strategy makes sense for more than just the Prius. However, according to new leaks, it's the propulsion system inside the Toyota Mirai which has now caught Lexus' eye.

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Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over chassis issue

Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over chassis issue

Porsche can add its name to the list of auto makers undergoing recalls as of late, with the company initiating a recall of its illustrious 918 Spyder. This is a limited edition model, and of the 918 units produced (hence the name), 205 of them are being recalled. The reason revolves around the chassis, which could be prone to issues due to a fault discovered through internal quality testing. Though the potential for problems exist, no owners have filed any complaints related to it.

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Chevrolet takes its 2016 Volt out to play in the snow

Chevrolet takes its 2016 Volt out to play in the snow

Chevrolet isn't quite ready to show us the 2016 Volt hybrid yet - that'll have to wait until the Detroit Auto Show next month - but that doesn't mean it won't tease us with the prototype undergoing cold weather testing. Expected to drive faster, for longer, and more efficiently than the current electric/gas car, the new Volt has been tearing up the snow and ice as its powertrain and chassis get put through their paces to make sure frosty conditions don't put the dampeners on how useful the eco-friendly model might be.

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Suzuki Motor Corp unveils all-new Alto minicar

Suzuki Motor Corp unveils all-new Alto minicar

Suzuki is more known for motorcycles in the US, but in years past, it has sold cars and SUVs in the US under its own brand. Suzuki pulled out of the US market for cars but in other parts of the world Suzuki still sells cars and the automaker has unveiled its latest all-new model. The car is an all-new version of the Alto microcar and it was unveiled in Japan on December 22.

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Tesla Roadster details coming next week

Tesla Roadster details coming next week

There is a saying about the best laid plans and that it happens to everyone, even the illustrious Elon Musk. The CEO of Tesla Motors, who also happens to hold SpaceX and its many ambitious projects (which includes an army of micro-satellites revolving around earth), has somewhat conceded to the constraints of a 24-hour daily cycle. Due to "crisis issues", the promised new Tesla Roadster is being delayed. The good news? Details about this mysterious new car will be revealed next week, right in the middle of the holidays.

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BMW recalls 140k cars over Takata airbags issue

BMW recalls 140k cars over Takata airbags issue

BMW has been swept up into the Takata airbag debacle, announcing that it will recall about 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars in the US. This follows a smaller recall it previously had in certain regions with high humidity levels, something originally believed to be the cause of Takata airbags rupturing with too much force, causing potential injuries and death to drivers. The vehicles being recalled were made from January 2004 through August 2006. This follows recent demands by the NHTSA for a nationwide recall among several auto makers.

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Alfa Romeo passes MX-5 twin to Fiat-Abarth

Alfa Romeo passes MX-5 twin to Fiat-Abarth

Alfa Romeo has ditched plans to build a new Spider sports car on the underpinnings of the 2015 Mazda MX-5, shifting instead to a homegrown platform for its upcoming drop-top. The co-developed roadster is now being based upon Alfa's own Project Giorgio, according to Alfa Romeo and Maserati brand chief Harald Wester, the same rear-wheel drive underpinnings on which the upcoming Guilia sports sedan is believed to be reliant. That doesn't mean the MX-5 derivative will be going to waste, however, with another in the company's stable expected to benefit, Wester teased.

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