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2016 Jaguar XF pairs low-weight and high-tech

2016 Jaguar XF pairs low-weight and high-tech

Jaguar has taken the wraps off the new Jaguar XF, a new luxury sedan set to take on BMW's 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz's E-Class, and promising not only sports performance but economy too. Following in the tiremarks of the aluminum-centric architecture of the larger XJ, and borrowing the styling of the smaller Jaguar XE, the new XF has a near 50:50 weight distribution and uses the Configurable Dynamics system that debuted on the F-Type convertible and coupe. With that, Jaguar says, the rear-wheel drive XF should deliver the same stability as an AWD car. However, the company also claims, the XF will be capable of up to 70 mpg, though probably not in the US.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls cars over faulty tail lamps and fire risk

Mercedes-Benz recalls cars over faulty tail lamps and fire risk

Mercedes-Benz is recalling a bunch of cars across a few different models due to a potential issue that could arise with its rear tail lamps, and a separate issue that could potentially result in a fire. The news came to light today in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its website. The tail light problem was first discovered back in December, and though it has now come to light, there's no word yet on when the recall will be taking place. Likewise, there's no schedule yet for the fire risk recall.

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Ford apes Tesla with speed-spotting car cameras

Ford apes Tesla with speed-spotting car cameras

Ford is adding speed limit sign recognition to its range, with the first implementation of the company's traffic sign scanning tech showing up - among other geeky add-ons - on the new S-MAX. Dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter, like Autopilot on the Tesla Model S, the system uses cameras to keep an eye out for posted speed limits and then varies the amount of fuel reaching the engine to keep a legal pace. According to Ford, it could mean the difference between staying on the right side of the law and losing your license, particularly if driving abroad where the limits might be unexpectedly lower.

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Video: Tesla Model X seen in California highway testing

Video: Tesla Model X seen in California highway testing

Tesla’s Model X is a snazzy new SUV that’s set to arrive in the driveways of those who bought one (without even driving it!) later this year. If all goes according to plan, the third quarter of 2015 should see the Model X hit the road, officially. Unofficially, we’ve seen the Model X tested in semi-private locations. Again, unofficially, we’re now seeing the Model X tested in a very public way, as one lucky sleuth caught the Model X on test near Palo Alto, California. On the highway!

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Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy modern bike

Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy modern bike

Motorcycles have been getting a modern makeover, and the latest to introduce a bike with a more modern design is Honda. The Honda Bulldog concept is a boxy and matte offering with pastel trimming and a dark charcoal color elsewhere, rounded out with an engine taken from one of its existing motorcycles and all the trimmings needed to be a general touring bike. The concept has been shown off in Japan, but the question about whether you'll eventually be able to get one of your own hasn't yet been answered.

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Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan is being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the possible failure of two past recalls to properly fix the issues they were meant to cover, it has been announced. The investigation covers nearly a million cars, and concerns the front airbag seat sensors which have been covered by two recalls -- one in 2013 and one in 2014 -- which may still be faulty. This potentially concerns several car models, including the Altima, which has been subjected to multiple recalls in the recent past.

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Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Luxury auto maker Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it will be greatly expanding its lineup of plug-in hybrid models by launching 10 new vehicles between now and 2017. As of now only two models are confirmed for sale in the U.S., but with an aggressive worldwide release of 10 hybrids, it means Mercedes will average a new model every four months. To solidify the company's investment in hybrids, Mercedes is simplifying their branding, dropping the "Plug-in Hybrid" suffix to just add "e" to end of model names.

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Cadillac CT6 to offer new 3.6L V6, Hydra-Matic 8-speed transmission

Cadillac CT6 to offer new 3.6L V6, Hydra-Matic 8-speed transmission

The Cadillac CT6 will be offered with a couple of different V6 engine options, the auto maker has announced, as well as a Hydra-Matic 8-speed automatic transmission. A new 3.6L V6 engine will be offered in the newest CT6, as well as a 3.0L twin-turbocharged engine, the latter of which is said to be based on the same architecture as the 3.6L. The new automatic transmission, meanwhile, will be a paddle-shift offering that is based upon the 8-speed automatic introduced with the Corvette Stingray.

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Jaguar Land Rover recalls cars after being called out on Chinese TV

Jaguar Land Rover recalls cars after being called out on Chinese TV

Last month, Jaguar Land Rover recalled 104,000 or so cars in the United States over problems with the lights and brakes. Those aren't the only vehicles that have been having problems, however, and now the auto maker has recalled in excess of 36,000 cars located in China over a potential problem with the gearbox. The recall came after the company was called out on Chinese state television over the problem. The auto maker has apologized for the problem, and has added a perk on top of the recall servicing for those who are affected.

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Lexus is about to take its biggest risk yet

Lexus is about to take its biggest risk yet

See these L-shaped lamps and aggressive haunches? They're the first glimpse of what will arguably be Lexus' most risky launch so far, as the company revamps its best-selling RX SUV. The 2016 Lexus RX is set to make its official debut in two weeks time, at the North American International Auto Show in New York, and the stakes for the luxury SUV are high. On its own, the RX accounted for more than 30-percent of all Lexus sales in the US last year, which means that if the company gets the new model wrong, it could find itself in seriously hot water.

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