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Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornaments can’t be stolen

Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornaments can’t be stolen

Back in the late '80s, it was in fashion for people to steal hood ornaments from Mercedes-Benz cars and wear them on a necklace. It's a bit foggy how this all started, but I think it had to do with one rapper or another wearing it in a video back when MTV actually played music videos. That means that every Mercedes within 25 miles of a school was missing its hood ornament. Rolls-Royce isn't having any of that.

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2017 BMW 740e goes green(ish) with plug-in hybrid

2017 BMW 740e goes green(ish) with plug-in hybrid

BMW's tech-packed 7 Series has gained a plug-in hybrid model, with the 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance borrowing tech from its i8 electric coupe sibling for greener luxury. The new car will hit dealerships across the US this month, BMW says, with an $89,100 sticker (plus $995 destination), undercutting the existing 750i by around $10k while also wearing a - slight - green halo.

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Volkswagen hack renders millions of car locks useless

Volkswagen hack renders millions of car locks useless

The keyless entry security system in nearly a hundred million Volkswagen group cars is vulnerable to a simple hack that could grant entry in under a minute, researchers have warned. Security experts at the University of Birmingham in the UK have identified a tiny handful of common codes which the automaker apparently used across cars with VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda badges from 1995 onward, with only the very latest models switching to a more secure system.

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Karma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled

Karma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled

Insert your choice of phoenix-from-the-ashes metaphor here, as Karma Automotive reveals the new Revero plug-in hybrid, and no we haven't used an old Fisker photo. Hoping to drag profit, customers, and acclaim from the embers of ill-fated Fisker - which went down in flames, both euphemistically and literally - the reborn car company hasn't strayed too far from the original car, or at least its design.

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Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang spotted amid 800 HP rumors

Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang spotted amid 800 HP rumors

Put your dreams of a Shelby Mustang GT350 to one side for the moment, as Ford is reportedly working on an even more potent pony for those who demand frankly ridiculous levels of power. The Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang has been spotted plying the streets of Michigan, partially wrapped but sporting a very eye-catching aero kit.

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This is Mercedes-Maybach’s “ultimate luxury” coupe

This is Mercedes-Maybach’s “ultimate luxury” coupe

First Mercedes-Benz re-resurrected the Maybach name for a super-luxe version of the S-Class, and now it's taking a shot at a monstrous coupe. Billed as "ultimate luxury" the shadow-masked two-door is still more mystery than showroom model, with the German automaker playing it very coy with the details, though we've already seen enough to get excited.

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BMW Connected arrives this month with Alexa skill to come

BMW Connected arrives this month with Alexa skill to come

BMW showed off its vision of the next-gen connected car back in March, and now it's ready for a test-drive, with integration with Amazon's voice-controlled Alexa platform in the pipeline. BMW Connected is an overhaul of the German automaker's existing connected-car apps and services, which use an embedded modem fitted to hundreds of thousands of its vehicles to link with smartphones, wearables, and - soon - smart speakers like Echo.

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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Review – Trading ponies for stallions

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Review – Trading ponies for stallions

The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 wasn't designed to kick ass at the drag strip, but that doesn't mean I'm not sitting in the right-hand lane of the closest 1320 waiting for the staging lights to clear. You see, yesterday's lightning storm wiped out the lapping sessions I was scheduled to attend that evening, which left me scrambling to find a track on which to sample Ford's all-new apex pony car.

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Self-driving Bolt EVs headed to Arizona as GM’s Cruise expands

Self-driving Bolt EVs headed to Arizona as GM’s Cruise expands

GM's real-world autonomous car research has spread to another city, with Cruise Automation's self-driving Bolt EVs now tackling the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona. The electric cars, which have been retrofitted with various sensors, laser scanners, and other onboard smarts to replace a human driver, had previously been plying the tarmac in San Francisco, California.

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Hyundai brings CarPlay and Android Auto to Veloster and Azera models

Hyundai brings CarPlay and Android Auto to Veloster and Azera models

Hyundai has brought CarPlay and Android Auto to the 2015 and 2016 Azera, as well as the 2016 Veloster, Sonata Hybrid, and the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. The software can be installed yourself (versus going to a dealer), and brings the same smartphone integration you’ll find on 2017 Hyundai models. The software can be accessed through MyHyundai.com, but those who aren’t comfortable installing it themselves can also pay a Hyundai dealership to do it.

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Chevrolet’s 2017 Camaro ZL1 priced up, and it’s a 650HP monster

Chevrolet’s 2017 Camaro ZL1 priced up, and it’s a 650HP monster

Chevrolet has priced up the hottest versions of its Camaro, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 and 2017 Camaro 1LE, challenging Ford's 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350 head-on. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is Chevy's most powerful version of the car in its fifty year history, pumping out an astonishing 650 horsepower from its LT4 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine.

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Caterham Seven 310 packs 152bhp of lightweight performance.

Caterham Seven 310 packs 152bhp of lightweight performance.

Caterham Cars is a maker of one of the best Lotus 7 replicas on the market. The little car is a lightweight open-top ride meant to be enjoyed on the roads and on the racetrack. Caterham has a new version of the car that has just been announced that is called the Seven 310 and this car has come from the company's motorsports program.

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