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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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BMW unveils streetlight that charges electric cars

BMW unveils streetlight that charges electric cars

Electric cars are ideal for people who live in cities where pollution tends to be the worst and driving distances tend to be less with lower speeds. Those shorter distances and slower speeds mean that electric cars are more practical than they are in rural areas where driving distances tend to be longer. The challenge for urban EV owners is finding a place to charge their vehicles.

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1989 Batmobile replica is functional and street-legal

1989 Batmobile replica is functional and street-legal

Batmobile replicas are nothing unusual -- they've been popping up for years, some of them going up for auction for generous sums of money, such as the one we saw last year. An Australian man has created his own replica, and it brings with it a unique twist: it is completely street legal, letting him drive it around wherever he'd like. Even better, the creator -- 29-year-old Zac Mihajlovic -- works with Make-A-Wish to dress up like Batman and let kids meet their favorite superhero in real life.

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BMW and Toyota hit concept stage on hybrid sports car deal

BMW and Toyota hit concept stage on hybrid sports car deal

BMW and Toyota's much-anticipated - and oft-rumored - collaboration on new sports cars has finally taken a step forward, the two companies revealed this week, but the end results are still far from the showroom. The German and Japanese marques began working together in 2012 on a Li-Ion battery project for EVs and hybrids, which flourished into a team effort on a new, midsized sports car duo with shared architecture wrapped in true-to-brand style and driving experience. Problem is, the project is already running about a year behind the initial schedule.

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Husqvarna motorcycles: a taste of the future with retro inspiration

Husqvarna motorcycles: a taste of the future with retro inspiration

If you liked the recent futuristic Ronin motorcycle concept and the design direction its maker took, you will love Husqvarna's two most recent bikes. Both are concept models -- the Vit Pilen and the Svart Pilen (White and Black Arrow, respectively) -- featuring a satisfying mixture of retro design and futuristic elements. The models were designed by Kiska for Husqvarna, and though they're not available to buy, their purpose is to ascertain whether there's enough interest in taking them to production, which means one can hope.

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Audi TT gets chocolate makeover in Belgium

Audi TT gets chocolate makeover in Belgium

The third-generation Audi TT, already an attention-grabbing model, is officially the sweetest car in the world, at least the version that was recently covered with thousands of pieces of shiny, swirly chocolates. The sugar-bound car surfaced last week in Kortrijk, Belgium, where the model was hawked at a lifestyle and design exhibition to curious individuals and broadcast on WOW TV as a showcasing event. Why cover the car in thousands of pieces of chocolate? Perhaps the better question is, why not?

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