Automotive

Audi A6, A7 get a fresh new look, inside and out

Audi A6, A7 get a fresh new look, inside and out

Why change a winning formula? That is perhaps the reasoning behind Audi's decision to keep its Audi A6 and Audi A7 sedans mostly intact. Mostly. Acknowledging that it still needs to be attractive to buyers tempted to look at competitors' shiny new offerings, Audi has given the A6 and A7 a slightly makeover, both externally and internally, that, especially for the A6 and A6 Avant, give the cars a bolder, sharper visage. Best of all, Audi has kept the best things about the A6 and A7, including the same starting price.

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Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration lays the foundation for the future

Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration lays the foundation for the future

Some car makers are realizing that sports cars aren't the hot sellers they once used to be. Infiniti believes that the future will be in mid-sized premium SUVs. To carry it to that future, the car maker is unveiling the QX Sport Inspiration, a concept SUV that will become the seedbed of a new line of premium SUVs that Infiniti plans to take the market by storm. While sporting the same iconic designs as previous Infiniti SUVs, the QX Sport Inspiration almost literally stretches those cues to transform the QX series into an SUV that exudes personality whether at rest but especially in motion.

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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman gets sportier with 4-cylinder engine

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman gets sportier with 4-cylinder engine

Usually, when new a new version of an existing product has less of something, it's often taken as a bad thing. Porsche, however, is proving that it isn't necessarily the case with the new 718 Cayman coupe. Yes, it does "downgrade" the previous model's flat-six cylinder engine to a flat-four one. And yes, it is marketed as a mid-engine model just like its 718 Boxster sibling. However, the new sports coupe makes up for those lower numbers with power and design that outranks its predecessor in a number of ways, giving the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman a unique combination of price and performance.

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Shell’s 107 mpg concept car comes from the McLaren F1 designer

Shell’s 107 mpg concept car comes from the McLaren F1 designer

Shell, as in the oil company, recently revealed this tiny, 3-person city car. While it has features similar to other such micro vehicles, like a max fuel economy of 107 miles-per-gallon and a whopping 43 horsepower engine, what's really interesting is that its look comes from Gordon Murray, the designer of McLaren's F1 race car. It may not be fast, but at least the compact three-seater places the driver in the front-center, which is kinda-sorta like a F1 car.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1m cars as shifter troubles cause rollaways

A couple months after the NHTSA started investigating the shifters in certain vehicles, Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to recall 1.1 million vehicles to address rollaway issues many drivers have experienced. The trouble, it seems, are the shifters in these recalled vehicles and many drivers’ mistaken assumption that they shifted the car into park. According to the NHTSA, “hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries” have resulted from the poorly designed electronic gear shifters.

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Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

No one likes being stuck in traffic. I live in the Midwest, so a traffic jam means I might take an extra 10 minutes to get to my destination. However, in larger cities, a short distance can take a very long time to travel, especially during rush hour. Tesla's CEO Elon Musk thinks he has the answer to this problem, however.

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Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 400,000

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 400,000

By now you've likely heard that the latest Tesla vehicle, the Model 3, has been in high demand almost immediately since its debut early this month. The first 24 hours saw more than 250,000 pre-orders, over double what Tesla CEO Elon Musk said they expected. Now, almost three weeks later, Musk has provided an updated number on pre-orders: nearly 400,000. All for a car that even the first buyers won't see for another year and a half from now.

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Volkwagen may buy back nearly 500k emissions-cheating US diesels

Volkwagen may buy back nearly 500k emissions-cheating US diesels

Volkswagen and the United States have reached a deal, according to sources, and that deal involves an offer on VW’s part to buy back nearly half a million diesel cars that feature emissions-cheating features. Say the sources, Volkswagen will testify in front of a federal judge tomorrow that it will buy back nearly 500,000 of its 2.0-liter diesel cars as part of its amends for violating U.S. emissions rules.

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China’s LeEco reveals Tesla-challenging autonomous EV

China’s LeEco reveals Tesla-challenging autonomous EV

Mostly known for manufacturing smartphones and TVs in its home country, Chinese company LeEco (formerly known as LeTV) has made just jumped into an entirely different product market by revealing its electric car concept, the LeSEE. Complete with full autonomous driving capabilities, it could be the first real challenger to Tesla, matching it in both tech and features. And while it was the first reveal of the LeSEE, the car already demonstrated its ability to drive itself.

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Mitsubishi admits to cheating fuel consumption tests

Mitsubishi admits to cheating fuel consumption tests

In a page right of the book on Volkswagen's emissions scandal, Japanese car maker Mitsubishi has admitted to "improper conduct" in regard to the testing data on fuel economy for roughly 625,000 of its vehicles. The company issued a public statement earlier today, explaining that it was conducting an investigation into the employees who "conducted testing improperly to present better fuel consumption rates," as well as apologizing for the misrepresentation.

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Japanese companies including Sony, car makers freeze production following earthquakes

Japanese companies including Sony, car makers freeze production following earthquakes

The southern Japanese island of Kyushu has been struck by two serious earthquake in the last few days, causing some significant damage to the region. As a result, several local companies with factories in the region have decided to temporarily halt production as part of an effort to make sure their facilities are safe. This includes Sony's camera sensor factories in the cities of Nagasaki and Kumamoto, which was hit the hardest by the quakes.

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Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is a race car gone street legal

Aston Martin Vantage GT8 is a race car gone street legal

Britain's Aston Martin is the latest to get in on the trend of adapting one of its most aggressive, track-bred race cars into a street legal road car. The company announced the Vantage GT8 this week, a limited edition model of the V8 Vantage that has direct ties to the Vantage GTE, Aston's professional motorsport vehicle. The GT8 has been outfitted with enough body modifications and special parts that it would be easy to mistake it for the real track car.

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