Cars

Apple auto-maker raids tipped for secret car scheme

Apple auto-maker raids tipped for secret car scheme

Apple has raided the ranks of automotive experts for a secretive skunkworks investigating future car technologies, sources claim, though whispers of an "Apple Car" are still far from confirmed. The recruitment drive to staff the newly-established research group includes some high-profile wins, too, with the former head of Mercedes-Benz's Silicon Valley R&D team joining Apple's efforts, along with auto designers and even engineers working on vehicle dynamics. It's enough to reignite speculation among car experts that Apple is indeed planning its own entrance into the four-wheel space.

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It’s Friday, so check out this Aston Martin Vulcan screaming

It’s Friday, so check out this Aston Martin Vulcan screaming

Aston Martin has a new hypercar in the pipeline, promising to bring something very loud and very special to the Geneva Auto Show early next month. Details on the Aston Martin Vulcan are still in short supply - right now the storied British marque is only previewing some track-day squealing and roaring - but according to the rumor machine the car is shaping up to be a slice of highly limited-edition exotica aimed at those who want to blast past McLaren and Ferrari owners when racing.

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Honda unveils all-new 2016 Pilot SUV

Honda unveils all-new 2016 Pilot SUV

Honda has unveiled the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV and it looks very much different from last year's model. The new Pilot is a mid-size SUV that has three rows of seating and it will make its official debut at the 2015 Chicago auto show. The 2016 Pilot will be in dealerships this summer and is the third generation of the Honda SUV.

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2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe gets 60hp power bump

2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe gets 60hp power bump

BMW has pulled the wraps off the slick new 2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe. The car has been souped up for 2016 with significantly more power and torque. The 2016 version of the car gets an extra 60hp and more torque from the twin turbo 4.4L V8 engine compared to the 2015 model. That brings total power output to 600hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

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Nissan made a glow-in-the-dark Leaf

Nissan made a glow-in-the-dark Leaf

Sure, you've got headlights for when it's cloudy, raining, and night time. That doesn't mean you're as visible as you'd like to be, and if someone fails to notice you're there, it's probably going to end in a wreck. Then there's the issue of finding your car in a dark parking lot a couple hours after you parked and when, coincidentally, you can no longer remember whether you're in row 6 or 9. Enter glow-in-the-dark automotive paint, something that makes you car stand out in a bright, yet gentle, way.

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Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster, GT-R LM unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster, GT-R LM unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

Nissan has taken the wraps off a couple new cars, the 370Z NISMO Roadster concept and the GT-R LM NISMO race car. The GT-R LM NISMO racer in particular was first seen in the auto maker's Super Bowl XLIX commercial earlier this month, while the 370Z Roadster concept is a whole different beast, merging together a couple different existing models to form a single racing machine. Nissan has given both vehicles a public spotlight at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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2016 Acura RDX climbs luxury ladder in loyalty drive

2016 Acura RDX climbs luxury ladder in loyalty drive

Acura is working on converting entry-level luxe hunters to its cause, and the second step in the strategy that started with the 2016 ILX is this, the 2016 Acura RDX. Revamped and prettified to better match not only Acura's latest design language - glitzy "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps and less plasticky snout included - but the raised expectations of luxury SUV buyers the 2016 RDX gets a new engine, gives economy a bump upwards, smarter all-wheel-drive, and a more capable infotainment system. Meanwhile, there's an even more expensive version at the top end to capitalize on what Acura says is a new breed of drivers.

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Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Electric cars may more commonly be found prowling the city streets than out in the wild, but Kia thinks its Trail'ster electric all-wheel-drive concept is just the thing to get millennials muddy. Shown off at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the chunky car takes not one but two powertrains into the wilderness. Dubbed e-AWD by Kia, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is joined by electric engines at the rear for extra traction in the mud and snow, while inside the materials have gotten more rugged to match the new body kit.

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Tesla home batteries coming to hoard renewable energy

Tesla home batteries coming to hoard renewable energy

Tesla's next product may not have an "insane mode" but the home battery pack CEO Elon Musk has revealed is in the pipeline could make more of a difference than its pricey electric sedans. Speaking during the Tesla investor call, Musk said that he expected the new batteries to be officially revealed in the "next month or two" and then hit production potentially mid-year. And, while in a performance car like the Model S P85D the idea is to get the power from the batteries to the road as swiftly as possible, the real merit of Tesla's home battery packs will be in how they can hoard electricity.

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Chevrolet commits to building Bolt EV for the everyman

Chevrolet commits to building Bolt EV for the everyman

Chevrolet will indeed make a production version of its eye-catchingly orange Bolt EV concept, the car firm has confirmed today, promising to fast-track the all-electric compact with a $30k target price. Revealed alongside the 2016 Chevrolet Bolt back at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Bolt EV concept ditches the range-extending engine of its bigger sibling in favor of sufficient battery power for around 200 miles of range, at least according to GM's calculations. The goal is to get the jump on Tesla's Model 3, which is widely expected to make affordable pure-electric EVs not only more attainable but - importantly - more appealing, too.

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