Cars

Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda is quietly weeding out its eco-friendly car range, killing two models and retiring its fuel-cell vehicle as it reacts to disappointing sales. The Honda Insight - notable for being America's first hybrid car - has been axed, after demand dwindled to just a small fraction of the number of comparative models Toyota and other firms are selling.

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EV makers form Smart Grid platform for cleverer charging

EV makers form Smart Grid platform for cleverer charging

The days of plugging a smart electric car into a dumb outlet may be numbered, with eight of the top auto firms joining forces with power companies to work out a universal "smart grid" standard for charging EVs and hybrids. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) aims to build a common language for cars and utilities to speak, allowing them to take advantage of off-peak and nighttime charging rates among other promotions, regardless of which socket they're plugged into.

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Audi puts self-driving A7 on road in highway testing

Audi puts self-driving A7 on road in highway testing

Audi dispatched its latest self-driving car prototype down the highways of Florida, previewing the autonomous technologies the German firm believes it will commercialize within the next five years. The test saw a heavily customized Audi A7 drive itself down Tampa's Selmon Expressway, at one point putting the governor responsible for making the route an automated driving and connected car test bed in the driving seat, albeit with his hands off the wheel.

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2015 Ford F-150 finally priced up

2015 Ford F-150 finally priced up

Itching to get your hands on some aluminum-bodied goodness in the shape of Ford's 2015 F-150 truck? Orders of the new model have kicked off this week, with prices rising over 2014's version, even as weight drops considerably. The new 2015 F-150 kicks off at $26,615 for the XL base version, up $395 over last year (including delivery and destination fees), though you'll have to pay a little more if you want the frugal EcoBoost engine.

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Polaris Slingshot – what are these people driving?

Polaris Slingshot – what are these people driving?

This week the folks behind the Polaris Slingshot have dropped the veil, showing off their open-cockpit three-wheeled monster to the public. This vehicle works with 173 horsepower, 166 foot-pounds of torque, and a body that they suggest is one half street-buggy, the other half motorcycle-like cruiser. This vehicle is not made to cruise, on the other hand - it’s made to go FAST.

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Avengers: Ultron props include Captain America Harley-Davidson

Avengers: Ultron props include Captain America Harley-Davidson

This week the folks behind Avengers: Age of Ultron decided to wait until the last minute to reveal the big guns. Keeping their wares secret until the last day, showing off their excellence as the crowning bit for SDCC - there’s no better way to suggest you’re the king of comics. In addition to a tiny teaser trailer shown behind closed curtains, four major props were shown to the masses.

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Cadillac adds Powermat and Qi wireless charging to cars

Cadillac adds Powermat and Qi wireless charging to cars

Cadillac is adding wireless phone charging to its cars and trucks, upgrading the in-dash cubby of its CUE equipped models so that it can rejuice a smartphone without demanding a wire be plugged in. The new convenience feature will show up first in the 2015 Cadillac ATS, before rolling out to other models from the brand, and though GM isn't shouting about it, there's a welcome surprise in the standards

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