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Apple Titan self-driving electric car rumors gain traction

Apple Titan self-driving electric car rumors gain traction

Apple's auto ambitions are shaping up to be far more broad than simply dominating the dashboard with maps and multimedia, with multiple sources tipping an autonomous, electric car project underway dubbed "Titan". The Tesla-challenging car would be a cocked-snook not only to the traditional auto industry, it's suggested, but key rivals like Google which are themselves working on self-driving technologies. Reports that Apple had raided top automakers for engineers and R&D specialists broke late last week, for what at the time was speculated as a more advanced version of CarPlay. Now, however, the scope of the rumor-worthy skunkworks seems to be far greater.

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Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

It's official: last year's auto recalls hit a record high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes as no surprise to those who were monitoring the auto industry. Many car makers were swept up into recalls of all sizes spanning numerous issues and parts. Some, like GM, were slammed with huge recall numbers, while the Takata airbag issue has had its own substantial effect. Nearly 64 million cars were recalled in 2014, and if previous statements by the NHTSA prove true, 2015 will see even higher numbers.

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Automatic’s Link v2 gets FCC nod (and ace new packaging)

Automatic’s Link v2 gets FCC nod (and ace new packaging)

A second generation Automatic dongle, the Link2, has been spotted passing through FCC testing, ahead of plugging into your car's dashboard and piping driving stats to your phone. The Bluetooth dongle is outwardly identical to the existing model, which translates data on car status, driving style, fuel economy and more to a companion app for iPhone or Android, and currently there's no clear indication of what might have improved in functionality. In fact, the most exciting part right now looks like Automatic's new packaging design, which might actually have some legitimate usefulness to save it from landfill.

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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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