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2016 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster debut in LA

2016 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster debut in LA

Audi is making the North American debut of the new 2016 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster at the LA Auto Show. The cars have a new design focusing on innovative technology and driver focused performance according to Audi. Both the Roadster and the Coupe version of the car will share the same 2.0L TFSI engine producing 220hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in standard models.

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Volvo uses Google Cardboard to advertise the XC90

Volvo uses Google Cardboard to advertise the XC90

What other options do you have if you can't take your would-be car for a test run? Why, virtual reality, of course! Volvo is trying to play up the tech savvy-ness of its XC90 by creating what it calls Volvo Reality, a way for interested buyers, or even just those curious, to experience the new luxury SUV without leaving their homes or even their seats. All they need is a smartphone and the makeshift Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, but it's really OK even if you don't have one.

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Lyft for Work lets companies issue ride credits to workers

Lyft for Work lets companies issue ride credits to workers

Lyft has rolled out a new service option called "Lyft for Work" presenting businesses with the ability to give employees a set amount of credits to pay for riding to and from work (and other work-related places). The benefits to this are both big and small. On the individual-rider side of things, hassle with keeping receipts and getting reimbursed for rides later on is eliminated. On a city-wide level, Lyft hopes shared rides will reduce road congestion that results from commuters each driving in an empty car.

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VW’s uber-frugal engine will make you want a diesel

VW’s uber-frugal engine will make you want a diesel

Volkswagen's flirting with higher efficiency engines looks finally set to reach the road, with a new diesel powerplant promising almost 60mpg without sacrificing driving power. The Germany company has taken its four-cylinder diesel into the labs and boosted power to 268 HP, while bringing fuel efficiency up to levels that won't actually be demanded from regulators for more than five years. However, unlike some of VW's more eye-catching development vehicles, the new TDI engine won't be wrapped up in a supercar body.

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Scion pins pocket-rocket hopes on iM Concept

Scion pins pocket-rocket hopes on iM Concept

Making a concept car can be pretty straightforward: big engine, crazy design, outlandish interior papered with touchscreens, and then set your auto-responder to "we have no plans to commercialize this vehicle." When you're Scion, though, and want to make not only a concept that's in keeping with your low-cost pitch as well as something which will translate to a probably-not-much-different commercial version, it's a little trickier. The Toyota division's result for the LA Auto Show next week is this, a bright blue hatchback dubbed the Scion iM Concept.

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Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Back in May, Mercedes introduced a commercial in Japan featuring its GLA cruising down an 8-bit Mario world, only to swoop into real-life where a buff Mario steps out of the car and into a live-action rendition of the world. This Mario accidentally hits a goomba with his foot and comes to a startled stop. The commercial was bizarre, but it wasn't the end. On Monday, Mercedes released two more commercials for the Japanese market, both featuring the same Mario character joined by Luigi and Peach.

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2016 Audi A6 and A7 unveiled: new engine, design boost and more

2016 Audi A6 and A7 unveiled: new engine, design boost and more

Audi has taken the wraps off its 2016 A6 and A7, and with them come new front and rear designs joined by a new 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine for the A6 and overall "significant engine updates" across both models. In-car technology has received a related boost in functionality and options, and driver assistance systems are in place to augment one's driving experience. Both models are set to make their U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later on this month.

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Mercedes-Maybach resurrects brand for uber-luxe S-Class

Mercedes-Maybach resurrects brand for uber-luxe S-Class

It's the luxury brand that refuses to motor off into the distance, with Mercedes-Benz resurrecting the storied Maybach name for a super-luxe version of its S-Class sedan. Set to launch later this year, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will step up the - hardly pedestrian - car to Bentley-battling levels, kicking off a new sub-brand that the German firm believes will go down particularly well in Asia. Meanwhile, Mercedes is also juggling things to hopefully make understanding which vehicle fits where more straightforward, addressing criticisms by some that the range has simply become unwieldy.

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Ford starts engines on 2015 F-150 truck production

Ford starts engines on 2015 F-150 truck production

Ford has kicked off production of its big aluminum risk in trucks, with the 2015 F-150 lines spinning up to speed ahead of the new model's dealer debut in December. Completely replacing the old, steel-bodied F-150, the 2015 truck switches to aluminum and saves around 700 pounds in the process, which Ford says translates to more hauling ability as well as a more car-like feel on the road, no risk of rusting, and better fuel economy. It'll be US-made at the Ford Rouge Center, where F-Series production has been taking place since 2004.

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GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

GM emails show parts were ordered several weeks before recall

General Motors has been swamped in vehicle recalls covering a lot of different problems, most notable among them being issues with faulty ignition switches. According to some recent emails that leaked, GM pushed out an urgent order for 500,000 replacement switches almost two months before it notified the relevant regulators and general public of the potentially fatal defect. The information comes from The Wall Street Journal, which reports that it has viewed emails pertaining to the matter. There have been 30 deaths linked to the faulty switches.

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