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Takata to declare 33.8 million cars defective over faulty airbags

Takata to declare 33.8 million cars defective over faulty airbags

The Takata faulty airbag saga has been a long and tragic one, with the defective components resulting in at least half a dozen deaths, dozens of injuries, and numerous recalls. The end is nowhere in sight, however. Today the manufacturer is declaring approximately 33.8 million vehicles defective, and as a result the United States will likely see its largest ever recall — not just automotive recall, mind you, but largest consumer product recall that has ever taken place. And frankly, it's about time.

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Automatic steps up their car game with an app gallery

Automatic steps up their car game with an app gallery

Creators of the smart car plug "Automatic" reveal an app store dedicated to their device. Every car created after the year 1995 in the United States has what's called an OBD-II diagnostics port. This port is where the Automatic device plugs in. Through this device, users are able to connect (with their smartphone) to read-outs of all sorts - gas, engine problems, maintenance needs, and more. This week the Automatic team have revealed an app collection that allows you to make the most of your data.

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Smart, JBL pack a crazy 16-speaker system in tiny Fortwo car

Smart, JBL pack a crazy 16-speaker system in tiny Fortwo car

Smart and JBL decided to get a little crazy together and the result is an insane (and probably incredibly fun) Fortwo car packed with 16 speakers and two subwoofers. The Smart Fortwo car is a tiny car, likely the smallest you’ll find zipping down your road. Fitting it with so many speakers, then, necessitated near-cramming to get it all packed in. As a result, it’s likely also the smallest car able to blast 5,720W and 150 dB of music. Why did Smart decide to undertake this project? you're likely wondering. The answer is exactly as it should be: just because it wondered if it could.

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Feds to probe Chrysler for (maybe) being lazy about 20 recalls

Feds to probe Chrysler for (maybe) being lazy about 20 recalls

Fiat Chrysler has gotten itself into hot water with the NHTSA, which made it known in the recent past that it is putting pressure on auto makers to improve their recall completion rates. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration announced today a future hearing during which it will examine whether the auto maker has been lazy about 20 automotive recalls totaling about 10 million vehicles, with numerous potential problems being cited. At this point the NHTSA is looking into whether the problems represent a pattern, and if so what it plans to do about it.

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G-Power turns BMW M6 into 987hp, 231mph monster

G-Power turns BMW M6 into 987hp, 231mph monster

German performance car tuners G-Power have, somehow, managed to outdo themselves. The company often customizes BMW M5s with over 800 horsepower and easily capable of over 200 mph, but their latest project puts that to shame. They've dubbed it the "G6M V10 Hurricane S": a BMW M6 configured with a V-10 engine featuring 987bhp, and a top speed of 231 mph. G-Power says it's the most powerful car they've ever built, and that sounds about right.

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2016 Camaro first-drive – Look out, Mustang

2016 Camaro first-drive – Look out, Mustang

Don’t underestimate the 2016 Camaro, or indeed how important it is. The chunky Transformers styling may border on the caricature from some angles, but the Camaro is deadly serious when it comes to winning new converts to GM: a full 63-percent of the outgoing model were General Motors virgins. So, when Chevrolet asked if I wanted to take the current engineering prototype out on the track, it seemed rude to say no.

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This is Chevrolet’s new 2016 Camaro

This is Chevrolet’s new 2016 Camaro

Chevrolet has taken the wraps off of the 2016 Camaro, its brand new sports car for the everyman. Instantly recognizable as a Camaro, the sixth-generation car is tauter and more aerodynamic than the outgoing model, while numerous changes to the suspension, chassis, and more should make it a more rewarding drive, too. Meanwhile there’s also an engine surprise under the hood.

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Audi TT Clubsport concept lets all 592hp wail

Audi TT Clubsport concept lets all 592hp wail

One of the most exciting things that Audi has unveiled in a long time is the TT Clubsport that we talked about early this month. For now, the car is only a concept and we don't know if it will ever be offered for sale to the public. Audi hasn't said that it will build this slick little concept just yet, but the company has said that all of the hardware used in the car is close to production ready.

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Bentley uses iPhone 6 to shoot new ‘Intelligent Details’ short film

Bentley uses iPhone 6 to shoot new ‘Intelligent Details’ short film

Ultimate luxury automaker Bentley is back with another one of its short film/documentary/promotional videos, once again shot entirely with Apple's iPhone. As a new entry in Bentley's "Intelligent Details" series, the video focuses on detailing the Savile Row Bespoke exhibition currently on display in Washington D.C., in which Bentley serves as a main sponsor. The car company also teamed with filmmaker Austin Reza, who also directed the first video focusing on Bentley's Mulsanne.

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Google’s self-driving cars rolling out to public roads for testing

Google’s self-driving cars rolling out to public roads for testing

It seems that there is no stopping Google from pushing its autonomous cars into the public's presence, even with recent reports of a number of car accidents involving precisely this type of self-driving vehicle. Starting this summer, Google will be introducing some of its test fleet to public roads for actual "out of the lab" testing. Of course, it will be taking every precaution and will include its safety engineers inside the cars for now. Though given Google's previous sentiment, that could probably cause even more accidents.

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