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Michelin Tweel airless tires officially heading to production

Michelin Tweel airless tires officially heading to production

We've seen airless tires of various sorts for years, some of them nearly solid, others made with metal spokes or fins that promise a more comfortable ride. The benefits of these types of tires are numerous, the biggest two being longer lifespan and elimination of flats. For all the research and work that has gone into them, however, there is still a notable lack of variety available on the market. Michelin will be changing that soon, recently revealing that its airless Tweel tires will be entering production.

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Uber teams with Spotify for a more personalized ride

Uber teams with Spotify for a more personalized ride

The next time you oder an Uber to pick you up from the movies, you might also be hearing your favorite tunes playing inside when it arrives. Spotify-enabled Uber cars are being sent out into the wild now, connecting you with your Spotify playlists and music of all kinds from within the Uber app. This system works thanks to a business team-up between Spotify and Uber that's taking place right this minute. All you need is to be subscribed to Spotify and call up an Uber to make it happen.

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FCV Concept fuel cell vehicle unveiled by Honda

FCV Concept fuel cell vehicle unveiled by Honda

Honda has unveiled a new concept car in Japan that is designed to use a hydrogen fuel cell. The car is called the Honda FCV Concept and it is unveiled alongside the all-new Honda Power Exporter Concept. The Power Exporter is a new concept that feeds power to the vehicle and enables AC power output from the FCV with a maximum output of 9kW. The concept vehicle and charger will go on sale at the end of March 2016.

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2015 Lexus IS 250 Review – Distinctly Divisive

2015 Lexus IS 250 Review – Distinctly Divisive

It's never been tougher to be a small, sporty sedan. Luxury buyers are being wooed by the segment above, while the gradual up-speccing of full-sized sedans below is making it harder and harder to stand out. Factor in the growing number of more practical coupes on one side, and nimble sports crossovers squeezing in from the opposite direction, and the risk of being seen as a staid four-door is considerable. Lexus’ answer to that in 2013 was the new IS, a stark departure from the company’s previous playbook, and it’s the 2015 IS 250 that’s been on my drive trying to coerce me from behind the wheel of a BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, or Audi A3.

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The first official 1963 Batmobile is up for auction

The first official 1963 Batmobile is up for auction

There have been a number of Batmobiles over the history of Batman's career, with the latest including the tank-like model from Christopher Nolan's trilogy, as well as the forthcoming model from Zack Snyder's upcoming movie. But now there is an opportunity to own the very first officially-licensed Batman vehicle, predating even the Lincoln that was used in the classic 1960's TV show.

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The crazy Lexus LF-LC is going into production

The crazy Lexus LF-LC is going into production

Lexus has confirmed it has production plans for the LF-LC concept, hoping the striking coupe will do more for the brand's reputation than the insanely expensive and rarely-seen LFA supercar. Exactly how much the road-going version of the concept will cost is unclear at this stage, as are details of its drivetrain and when it might hit dealer forecourts, but Lexus is insistent that - though positioned at the luxury end of the scale - it will address a far broader market than its previous flagship folly. That means no woven carbon fiber body and no $375,000 price tag.

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2016 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster debut in LA

2016 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster debut in LA

Audi is making the North American debut of the new 2016 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster at the LA Auto Show. The cars have a new design focusing on innovative technology and driver focused performance according to Audi. Both the Roadster and the Coupe version of the car will share the same 2.0L TFSI engine producing 220hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in standard models.

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Volvo uses Google Cardboard to advertise the XC90

Volvo uses Google Cardboard to advertise the XC90

What other options do you have if you can't take your would-be car for a test run? Why, virtual reality, of course! Volvo is trying to play up the tech savvy-ness of its XC90 by creating what it calls Volvo Reality, a way for interested buyers, or even just those curious, to experience the new luxury SUV without leaving their homes or even their seats. All they need is a smartphone and the makeshift Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, but it's really OK even if you don't have one.

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Lyft for Work lets companies issue ride credits to workers

Lyft for Work lets companies issue ride credits to workers

Lyft has rolled out a new service option called "Lyft for Work" presenting businesses with the ability to give employees a set amount of credits to pay for riding to and from work (and other work-related places). The benefits to this are both big and small. On the individual-rider side of things, hassle with keeping receipts and getting reimbursed for rides later on is eliminated. On a city-wide level, Lyft hopes shared rides will reduce road congestion that results from commuters each driving in an empty car.

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VW’s uber-frugal engine will make you want a diesel

VW’s uber-frugal engine will make you want a diesel

Volkswagen's flirting with higher efficiency engines looks finally set to reach the road, with a new diesel powerplant promising almost 60mpg without sacrificing driving power. The Germany company has taken its four-cylinder diesel into the labs and boosted power to 268 HP, while bringing fuel efficiency up to levels that won't actually be demanded from regulators for more than five years. However, unlike some of VW's more eye-catching development vehicles, the new TDI engine won't be wrapped up in a supercar body.

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