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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata priced up (and it’s good news)

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata priced up (and it’s good news)

Mazda's 2016 MX-5 Miata was already shaping up to be the return to form Miata owners were hoping for, and the confirmed pricing for the fun-focused droptop suggests Mazda has ticked the right box there, too. The diminutive two-seater was revealed back in September 2014, eschewing the increasingly chunky design language of it predecessors in favor of something more curvaceous. Set to hit forecourts in the US this summer, the Miata will kick off at $24,915 for the Sport model, a figure which gets you at least one interesting feature.

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Tesla teases “major” April news: Home batteries ahoy?

Tesla teases “major” April news: Home batteries ahoy?

Tesla will reveal a "major" new product at the end of April, CEO Elon Musk has teased, but don't expect a new car. The outspoken chief exec took to Twitter to announce the April 30th launch, which will take place at Tesla's Hawthorne Design Studio in California. While exactly what's on the agenda hasn't been confirmed, recent chatter points to the new product being a battery system intended for domestic use, rather than to power an electric vehicle.

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Musk: Tesla ‘misled’ about consumer interest in China

Musk: Tesla ‘misled’ about consumer interest in China

Speculation often leads to more of the same, unless you act upon those speculations. It’s a lesson Elon Musk and Tesla learned the hard way, it seems. In China, Tesla has found itself withering on the vine with a slower-than-expected adoption rate among customers. Previously, Musk said misinformation was to blame for Tesla’s slow rollout in China; that Chinese consumers didn’t quite grasp what his all-electric vehicles were about. It seems analysts may have taken him for a ride, though.

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Lincoln Continental Concept quietly sneaks in luxury

Lincoln Continental Concept quietly sneaks in luxury

While others make a great noise about their latest, greatest, and most luxurious, Lincoln is of the opposite mindset. It believes that luxury isn't loud, obnoxious, or in your face but one that is quietly just that: luxurious. That is the statement and the gamble that the car maker is willing to make with the return of the Lincoln Continental, not as a final version but as a concept preview of what is to come. Somewhat ironically, due to the name's history, the revelation is causing some noise in the automobile world.

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Cadillac CT6 sneak peak: featuring Bose 34-speaker Panaray Sound System

Cadillac CT6 sneak peak: featuring Bose 34-speaker Panaray Sound System

Cadillac is really upping its game with its 2016 Cadillac CT6. The CT6 will feature Bose audio; to be precise, it's Bose's new Panaray Sound System. 34 speakers, including amplifiers, tweeters, and a 10-inch woofer will shower the passengers in a sound experience they can only get in the CT6. Twin speakers are built into the headrests, and nearly all of the 34 speakers measure in at under 4 inches in diameter. To keep the bass pumping, the Panaray has twin amplifiers mounted in the trunk. An Nd woofer amplifier and Bose digital amplifier blast the beats to fill the cabin with heavy bass lines.

Gogoro gets go-going: First EV scooter pilots revealed

Gogoro gets go-going: First EV scooter pilots revealed

Electric transportation company Gogoro has announced its first pilot cities for its Smartscooter, with EV trials kicking off in Taipei City and New Taipei City this summer. Revealed at CES in January, the Gogoro Smartscooter promises up to 60 miles of driving on a single charge, at which point its removable battery packs can be simply swapped out at a Gogoro Energy Network "Go Station" rather than demanding to be plugged into the wall. I caught up with CEO Horace Luke to find out more.

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Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 available for free

Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 available for free

Here's a deal for Xbox gamers that will appeal to fans of either the Fast & Furious movie series or the Forza racing game series. As a way to promote the release of the new Furious 7 movie next week, a Fast & Furious-themed expansion for Forza Horizon 2 has just been released on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. The best part of all? It's completely free, even if you don't already own the full game.

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Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Among the most important items bicyclists rely on to stay safe when riding at night are lights for their bike and reflective material either worn atop clothing or attached to the limbs. But Swedish car maker Volvo, which has a long track record of focusing on safety with their vehicles, has come up with something different as part of a collaboration with advertising agency Grey London and Albedoo100. It's called LifePaint, and it can be sprayed on bikes, clothing, and helmets in order to make them glow white when in the path of a car's headlights.

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Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota has teased its upcoming 2016 RAV4 Hybrid SUV, something it plans to officially debut at the New York Auto Show next week. It's not much of a tease (or is especially so, depending on your perspective), showing only part of the back end where the "Limited Hybrid" emblem is placed -- we don't really get a look at the SUV, then, but there are a few details to be gleaned from the relatively sparse shot, including a switch up in the tail lights design.

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Valeo’s self-driving car takes a public spin in Paris

Valeo’s self-driving car takes a public spin in Paris

Valeo's self-driving car, which we detailed back during CES 2015, has gone for a public spin in Paris. The environment it was in was simulated, and so while it wasn't on any actual real-life roads, it did manage to take itself through what it perceived to be as a real road, and it did so without any problems. This comes as auto makers scramble to be the first to get self-driving cars in consumer hands, something that could be happening in just a few short years if all goes as planned.

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