Cars

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles unveiled

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles unveiled

The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles have been unveiled, the latter of the two being a limited edition model. With the R1 comes many bragging points, not the least of which is the new engine and 200 horsepower. A new chassis decks out the model, and if all goes as planned, Yamaha will be rolling out the machines in early 2015. Both models sport changes over the previous year, with the R1M building upon the solid foundation that is the 2015 R1.

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Solar paint and Warp Drive grille: Mercedes’ baby crossover concept gets odd

Solar paint and Warp Drive grille: Mercedes’ baby crossover concept gets odd

When you're opening a new research & development center, you need something suitably shiny (and far-fetched) to showcase it, and Mercedes-Benz's freshly formed Beijing team has come up with a doozy. The Mercedes Vision G-Code Concept not only comes coated with solar-panel paint - in theory if not in practice, at least - but has a grille that lights and pulses different colors inspired by Star Trek's warp drive, and various cameras and dashboard elements that whirr out automatically. Dubbed a Sports Utility Coupe (SUC), the concept crossover even throws in that old design study favorite: suicide doors.

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2015 Chevy Camaro Commemorative edition unveiled

2015 Chevy Camaro Commemorative edition unveiled

SEMA has kicked off in Las Vegas and Chevrolet has unveiled a new special edition Camaro at the show. The 2015 Camaro Commemorative edition is the latest special edition muscle car from Chevrolet and it will be available as an option package on 2015 2LT and 2SS coupes and convertibles. Chevrolet says that the new special edition marks the final year for the fifth generation Camaro and it will go on sale this spring. Commemorative edition Camaros include the RS package.

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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M reach 60mph in 4.0 seconds

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M reach 60mph in 4.0 seconds

BMW has announced the second generation of the BMW X5 M and X6 M Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupe. Both of the new vehicles are 2015 models and they are designed for comfort, people hauling, and performance. BMW notes that both of the new vehicles use a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Both vehicles also share the same M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine displacing 4.4L.

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Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Ford has a new surveillance system to monitor police cars

Methods to monitor law enforcement are in demand, and we've been seeing different related technologies that meet this need appear increasingly. One example is the Yardarm sensor that monitors firearm usage, shuttling the data off to a cloud platform where it can be accessed by dispatchers and investigators if needed. Ford is working on its own surveillance system, this one being designed to provide real-time information on the driving actions of any particular police cruiser in which it is equipped.

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Gogoro teases big battery plans for smarter city travel

Gogoro teases big battery plans for smarter city travel

Power: it's something none of us can do without, both the enabling and limiting factor of everything from smartphones through to electric vehicles, and it's ripe for a revolution. Hoping to lead just that is Gogoro, startup brainchild of former HTC innovation chief Horace Luke and Matt Taylor, and coming out from the shadows today to share a few early hints about its plans "to transform energy distribution" within smart cities. I caught up with Luke to find out more, curious at indications that some new power system potentially for EVs could be on the cards.

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AeroMobile 3.0 flying car prototype debuts

AeroMobile 3.0 flying car prototype debuts

Flying cars are something that many have dreamed about for generations. A car that can drive on the road, park in the garage, yet take to the skies when the driver/pilot wants is something that is undeniably appealing to many of us. A company called Aeromobile has unveiled the AeroMobile 3.0 prototype flying car in Vienna this week. The prototype has had a successful maiden flight and was developed in ten months by a team of 12 people.

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Fatter crash-test dummies are All About That Bass (no traffic)

Fatter crash-test dummies are All About That Bass (no traffic)

Crash-test dummies may have it tough, but they'll at least get to ignore their diet for a while, with fatter Americans leading safety kit specialists to boost the size of the fake drivers and passengers used for collision testing. Dummy maker Humanetics is adding more than 100 pounds to its adult model, taking it to 270 pounds in total and a body mass index of 35, making them morbidly obese. The decision comes after research found that not only is the average American getting bigger, but that obese people run more of risk of injury in the case of a crash.

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Ferrari is going it alone

Ferrari is going it alone

Ferrari will be spun off and operated as a separate company, owner Fiat Chrysler has announced. Part of a restructuring plan that has already seen Fiat Chrysler list its own shares on the New York Stock Exchange, and acquiring the minority interest in Chrysler itself, according to company execs it's the "proper" way forward for the famous Italian marque. "The separation of Ferrari will preserve the cherished Italian heritage and unique position of the Ferrari business," FCA chairman John Elkann insisted.

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Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car final design unveiled

Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car final design unveiled

Detroit Electric is a company that was founded back in 1907 and was revived to build pure electric cars in Detroit. The company started talking up its electric sports car called the SP:01 last summer and the teaser shots that were offered at the time made the car look very cool. The final design for the SP:01 has been announced and Detroit Electric has shared a new photo of the rear of the car and offered up some details on when the sports car might hit the streets.

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