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Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

This week the folks at Mazda North America Operations (MNAO) are teaming up with Microsoft's Xbox division to push both the game Forza Horizon 2 and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. To do this, they're bringing a Mazda-branded hub to Xbox One and Xbox 360 units this winter. Players will be asked to work with the Livery Design of the 1994 Mazda MX-5 available in the game, coming up with the most innovative or otherwise eye-catching design they're able. Two finalists will be brought to South by Southwest for a bit of a final showdown.

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Uber raises $1.2 billion for expansion, says they’ll be ‘more humble’

Uber raises $1.2 billion for expansion, says they’ll be ‘more humble’

Uber, that car service you’ve heard so many wonderful thing about lately, has announced they’ve raised an additional $1.2 billion. The added funding likely values Uber above $40 billion, but that’s not the big story this time around. In getting the added funds, Uber is preparing to invest more in the international market. Specifically, Uber wants to expand their footprint in the Asia Pacific region, where they face stiff competition from domestic incumbents. The move would also give them targets besides Lyft.

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UK gives driverless car cities green light for 2015

UK gives driverless car cities green light for 2015

Google may have had its self-driving cars pounding the streets of Mountain View for years now, but the UK is hoping to overtake the US in real-world autonomous vehicle deployment with a quartet of cities announcing plans for the technology. Greenwich, Milton Keynes, Coventry, and Bristol will each operate a driverless car system, funded both by private companies including insurers and the UK government, with projects covering automatic valet parking and private transportation pods.

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Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear has announced plans to start testing its self-inflating tire technology on trucking fleets in the US and Canada, something that is set to take place "in the next few months". The testing is being done under an ongoing research project that has, among other things, support from the Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology. The tire tech itself has been in development and testing since 2011, and this latest arm of the process will last for 18 months.

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Aston Martin is building 10 of Bond’s SPECTRE DB10

Aston Martin is building 10 of Bond’s SPECTRE DB10

Aston Martin took center stage along with James Bond himself at the big "Bond 24" reveal of Spectre this morning, taking the wraps off the movie's automotive star, the DB10, at the same time. Now, the company has detailed its plans for a limited run of the eye-catching coupe, though it's unclear at this stage whether any will be offered up for private sale. Even if we do see some production DB10 on roads, however, they'll nonetheless be a very rare sight.

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James Bond Spectre is 007’s 24th movie

James Bond Spectre is 007’s 24th movie

The new James Bond movie, twenty-fourth in the series, will be called Spectre, Sony and director Sam Mendes have announced this morning. The much-anticipated picture will see Daniel Craig reprise his role as James Bond, while the villain - initially expected to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but now named Oerhauser - will be played by Cristoph Waltz. Craig will be joined by a brand new car, with Aston Martin developing the DB10, a sinuous coupe that's likely to pack some serious technology (and more than a few guns).

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FXX-K Ferrari kinetic-hybrid runs 1036bhp – track-only

FXX-K Ferrari kinetic-hybrid runs 1036bhp – track-only

Ferrari's research and development program vehicle FXX-K was made based on the company's first hybrid, and it's being shown off this week as a "completely uncompromising" design. They suggest that this vehicle is "unfettered by homologation requirements and regulations" as it will never be used in competition. Because of this, a super-exclusive group of "Client-Test-Driver" will be working in a special test program over the next couple of years. And it'll come in red, of course, with bright stripes and the number 10 across its sides, so you know it's a beast.

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Shelby GT350 Mustang price tipped plus GT350R

Shelby GT350 Mustang price tipped plus GT350R

Ford's meaty and much-anticipated Shelby GT350 Mustang was one of the high points of the LA Auto Show earlier this month, and now we may have an inkling of just how much the 500HP+ pony-car might cost. The return of one of the most closely-associated nameplates with Mustang, the Shelby GT350 is aiming to straddle the line between road car and track monster. However, there's also said to be even hotter versions of the Shelby Mustang in the pipeline for 2015.

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GM recalls 316k vehicles over potential headlamps issue

GM recalls 316k vehicles over potential headlamps issue

General Motors is set to undergo another recall, this time for approximately 316,000 sedans and SUVs over a potential headlamps issue. Of the recalled models, 273,000 or so are located in the United States. Affected models could potentially experience issues illuminating on either an intermittent or a permanent basis. This only applies to the daytime lights and low-beams, however, with the high-beam lamps being unaffected by the malfunction. It isn't yet known whether any accidents have resulted from this issue.

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Chevrolet Trax small SUV aims at Nissan Juke

Chevrolet Trax small SUV aims at Nissan Juke

Chevrolet is aiming directly at the popular Nissan Juke with a new small SUV for city dwellers called the 2015 Chevrolet Trax. Chevy has taken a more traditional approach to making a small SUV rather than going with a quirky design as Nissan did with the Juke. The 2015 Trax is also packed with some interesting technology that you can't get in the Juke and similar vehicles.

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