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Takata airbag recall doubles in size, Tesla added to affected list

Takata airbag recall doubles in size, Tesla added to affected list

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has doubled the Takata airbag recall in the U.S., announcing that between 35 million and 40 million additional inflators will be added. The announcement was made today, and marks a new record-breaking auto recall, bringing the total number of affected parts up to 69 million. As well, Tesla Motors has been added to the affected list, bringing the number of manufacturers up to 17.

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Taking the 600hp 2017 Bentley Bentayga to the track

Taking the 600hp 2017 Bentley Bentayga to the track

The racetrack is not the natural place for an SUV, but then the Bentley Bentayga is not your typical truck. For a start it's luxurious in an Black Amex-melting way - it starts just shy of $230,000 but only the most ascetic of buyers resists the Bentley options list, and they've no reason to be in the showroom in the first place.

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1995-1998 Porsche 911: The 993 Generation

1995-1998 Porsche 911: The 993 Generation

Few models in the Porsche family have been as celebrated as the 993 generation of the iconic Porsche 911 sports car. To those not intimately familiar with the internal codes assigned by the German brand to the various iterations of its most famous model, '993' refers to the crop of coupes and convertibles that made it to American shores between 1995 and 1998 (after a bit of a head-start in the European market).

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2016 BMW 340i Review – Back on form

2016 BMW 340i Review – Back on form

Messing with an icon can be trouble, something BMW found when it launched the sixth-gen 3 Series in 2012, and something it aims to redress with the 2016 340i. The car that had long been the sport sedan to beat suddenly suffered a crisis of identity: too focused on luxury for those who look to Bavaria for their four-door performance, but not cosseting enough in the face of Mercedes' efforts. Now, for 2016, we get the 340i and a surprisingly successful do-over.

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Google, Fiat Chrysler team to build 100 self-driving minivans

Google, Fiat Chrysler team to build 100 self-driving minivans

Google and Fiat Chrysler have announced a new deal that will have the Internet giant buying 100 or so plug-in hybrid minivans from the auto maker for its self-driving vehicle program. Google will work with Fiat Chrysler to integrate its self-driving technology directly into the minivans, which were launched in February. Engineers from both FCA and Google will be teamed up at a southeastern Michigan facility to work on the minivans.

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Volvo UK to test autonomous cars with real families, real roads

Volvo UK to test autonomous cars with real families, real roads

Last week, Volvo banded together with Google, Ford, and Lyft to form a coalition that will push for safer streets in the US via autonomous driving technologies. In the UK, Volvo is making a similar, perhaps even more aggressive push, also with self-driving cars. Calling it "Drive Me London" the campaign aims to introduce self-driving cars on public roads by putting real-life families inside the cars, and behind the wheels, in what could be both the most ambitious and perhaps most dangerous test of self-driving cars in both continents.

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BMW i3 (94 Ah) boasts of a higher battery at the same size

BMW i3 (94 Ah) boasts of a higher battery at the same size

Normally, a battery with a bigger capacity occupies more space than one with lower figures, which usually means having to adjust physical designs to accommodate the larger packs. BMW, however, has managed the rare feat of cramming higher capacity batteries in the same amount of space. That's what the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) boasts of. Don't let the rather unusual name fool you. The BMW i3 (94 Ah) takes all the great things about the previous BMW i3 and takes it further, literally, with a 94 Ah, 33 kWh battery, all the way up to a 114 mile range.

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Nissan recalls over 3.5M cars over faulty airbag sensors

Nissan recalls over 3.5M cars over faulty airbag sensors

Nissan announced a new recall yesterday affecting 3.53 million of its cars, most of which are in the US, over concerns the passenger-side airbag may not deploy. The carmaker said the problem lies within the Occupant Classification System, or the sensor that detects if someone is sitting in the front passenger seat. The airbag is designed not to deploy if that seat is empty, however, if the sensor fails to detect a passenger, they wouldn't be protected by an airbag in the event of a crash.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider priced, just as affordable as a Miata

2017 Fiat 124 Spider priced, just as affordable as a Miata

Fiat's long-awaited new roadster, the 2017 124 Spider, is set to go on sale this summer, and the Italian manufacturer has finally released the US pricing details. While the 124 Spider was co-developed with Mazda as the MX-5 Miata, the two cars don't have a lot in common, with the Fiat offering a 1.4-liter turbocharged option, as well as featuring a fairly different body design. There is one thing that's the same between the two sibling, however, and that's being incredibly affordable.

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McLaren F1 put up for sale by company – just one

McLaren F1 put up for sale by company – just one

One of if not the most highly regarded original supercars, the McLaren F1, has been brought back to sale by McLaren itself. This vehicle is chassis #069, what the company suggests was "one of the very last produced", and this one is coming in "Concours Condition." The vehicle has less than 2,800 miles on it (from new) and will be sold with the watch this line of vehicles was originally presented with as well as "the correct numbered McLaren F1 book" - that's the LM Edition of the book "Driving Ambition". Just 64 roadcar examples of this vehicle were ever produced - 106 F1 vehicles total. This vehicle is set to fetch a pretty penny.

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2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

Judge a luxury car company not by its flagship but by its compromises: namely, the sacrifices it makes to put its badge - in this case the four Audi rings - on the nose of its smaller, cheaper models. The 2016 Audi A3 2.0T quattro is a case in point, the most affordable way to get the coveted badge on your driveway, but losing some of the bells and whistles along the way. Question is, do those sacrifices outweigh the benefits?

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Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft and Volvo form self-driving coalition

Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft and Volvo form self-driving coalition

Uber, Google, Ford, Volvo and Lyft have all joined forces under the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a group that has tasked itself with working with the regulators and more to petition for self-driving technology. The coalition has former NHTSA official David Strickland on board as its spokesman and counsel; together, the collective will hopefully further the expansion of autonomous technology in the U.S. while making the public in general more familiar with the benefits of such technology.

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