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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman gets sportier with 4-cylinder engine

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman gets sportier with 4-cylinder engine

Usually, when new a new version of an existing product has less of something, it's often taken as a bad thing. Porsche, however, is proving that it isn't necessarily the case with the new 718 Cayman coupe. Yes, it does "downgrade" the previous model's flat-six cylinder engine to a flat-four one. And yes, it is marketed as a mid-engine model just like its 718 Boxster sibling. However, the new sports coupe makes up for those lower numbers with power and design that outranks its predecessor in a number of ways, giving the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman a unique combination of price and performance.

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Shell’s 107 mpg concept car comes from the McLaren F1 designer

Shell’s 107 mpg concept car comes from the McLaren F1 designer

Shell, as in the oil company, recently revealed this tiny, 3-person city car. While it has features similar to other such micro vehicles, like a max fuel economy of 107 miles-per-gallon and a whopping 43 horsepower engine, what's really interesting is that its look comes from Gordon Murray, the designer of McLaren's F1 race car. It may not be fast, but at least the compact three-seater places the driver in the front-center, which is kinda-sorta like a F1 car.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

A couple months after the NHTSA started investigating the shifters in certain vehicles, Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to recall 1.1 million vehicles to address rollaway issues many drivers have experienced. The trouble, it seems, are the shifters in these recalled vehicles and many drivers’ mistaken assumption that they shifted the car into park. According to the NHTSA, “hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries” have resulted from the poorly designed electronic gear shifters.

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Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

No one likes being stuck in traffic. I live in the Midwest, so a traffic jam means I might take an extra 10 minutes to get to my destination. However, in larger cities, a short distance can take a very long time to travel, especially during rush hour. Tesla's CEO Elon Musk thinks he has the answer to this problem, however.

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Volvo sets tough EV goals for this brave new Tesla world

Volvo sets tough EV goals for this brave new Tesla world

Volvo may be one of the old-school when it comes to age, but the Swedish automaker is looking to take on Tesla with an ambitious electrification plan for the next nine years. "By 2025 we will have delivered 1 million electrified cars to the market," Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson announced today, as part of the company's 2015 sustainability report.

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Volkswagen will buy back most Dieselgate cars in US

Volkswagen will buy back most Dieselgate cars in US

Volkswagen will offer to buy back every diesel car in the US that cheated emissions standards, a vast and expensive undertaking covering nearly half a million vehicles. The decision is part of a settlement in principle with the US Department of Justice (DoJ), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB), announced today, as part of the German automaker's grand "Dieselgate" mea-culpa for fitting several of its models with cunning bypass devices that helped fake the results during government testing.

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Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 400,000

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 400,000

By now you've likely heard that the latest Tesla vehicle, the Model 3, has been in high demand almost immediately since its debut early this month. The first 24 hours saw more than 250,000 pre-orders, over double what Tesla CEO Elon Musk said they expected. Now, almost three weeks later, Musk has provided an updated number on pre-orders: nearly 400,000. All for a car that even the first buyers won't see for another year and a half from now.

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Audi might have a mid-engined, Prosche Boxster-based R6

Audi might have a mid-engined, Prosche Boxster-based R6

It isn't just smartphone manufacturers who are putting out mid-range products to fill in gaps in their portfolio. Now Audi is rumored to do the same with a yet to be confirmed Audi R6. This mid-engined vehicle, said to come in both coupe and convertible models, will be sitting comfortably between the smaller, two-door Audi TT and the monster that is the Audi R8. Curiously, the Audi R8 is said to use a platform that is similar, though modified, to the one in the Porsche Boxster and Cayman.

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Volkwagen may buy back nearly 500k emissions-cheating US diesels

Volkwagen may buy back nearly 500k emissions-cheating US diesels

Volkswagen and the United States have reached a deal, according to sources, and that deal involves an offer on VW’s part to buy back nearly half a million diesel cars that feature emissions-cheating features. Say the sources, Volkswagen will testify in front of a federal judge tomorrow that it will buy back nearly 500,000 of its 2.0-liter diesel cars as part of its amends for violating U.S. emissions rules.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First Drive

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First Drive

Low-speed cruising down the Promenade des Anglais in the Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet we’re a spectacle, as well we should be — top-down, sun ricocheting off 14-spoke 20-inch AMG wheels, two figures lounging back in white Nappa leather Designo seats with pillow-top headrests. I’d look at us, too.

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China’s LeEco reveals Tesla-challenging autonomous EV

China’s LeEco reveals Tesla-challenging autonomous EV

Mostly known for manufacturing smartphones and TVs in its home country, Chinese company LeEco (formerly known as LeTV) has made just jumped into an entirely different product market by revealing its electric car concept, the LeSEE. Complete with full autonomous driving capabilities, it could be the first real challenger to Tesla, matching it in both tech and features. And while it was the first reveal of the LeSEE, the car already demonstrated its ability to drive itself.

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Mitsubishi admits to cheating fuel consumption tests

Mitsubishi admits to cheating fuel consumption tests

In a page right of the book on Volkswagen's emissions scandal, Japanese car maker Mitsubishi has admitted to "improper conduct" in regard to the testing data on fuel economy for roughly 625,000 of its vehicles. The company issued a public statement earlier today, explaining that it was conducting an investigation into the employees who "conducted testing improperly to present better fuel consumption rates," as well as apologizing for the misrepresentation.

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