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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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Takata recall could expand to include another 85 million airbags

Takata recall could expand to include another 85 million airbags

The Takata airbag recall could expand to cover another 85 million airbags in the United States, according to government officials. The announcement was made yesterday; to avoid the recall, auto makers would be required to show those airbags aren’t faulty. The number drastically eclipses the already massive 28.8 million recalls in the US, something that is necessary in light of the 11 deaths resulting from the defective inflators.

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Nissan Leaf reads drivers’ minds and projects thoughts onto the road

Nissan Leaf reads drivers’ minds and projects thoughts onto the road

Nissan has showcased a new…experiment? Fun project? A new bizarre commemoration of some sort for the Leaf EV’s 5th anniversary, and it involves projecting the thoughts of drivers onto the road around the car. The setup involves a headband that measures a driver's brainwaves and through some technological voodoo translates them into words projected in jagged, excited bubbles for others to see.

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BMW 7 Series recalled, sales stopped over airbag issues

BMW 7 Series recalled, sales stopped over airbag issues

If you're the owner of a new 2016 BMW 7 Series, you might be surprised to hear that a recall has already been issued, especially since you paid over $80,000 for one of the most high-tech, luxurious sedans available today. Unfortunately it's true, as US owners are being instructed to return to the dealership, while sales in the country have also been temporarily halted as well. The reason? A possible error may prevent the airbags from deploying during an accident.

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Hennessey Venom GT Spyder sets new convertible speed record

Hennessey Venom GT Spyder sets new convertible speed record

A new speed record for convertibles has been set, but it wasn't by the big-name supercar makers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, or even Bugatti. Instead the world's fastest open-top car comes from a small boutique manufacturer in Texas. It's the new Venom GT Spyder from Hennessey, and the first of only three models that will be built has been clocked at reaching an incredible 265.5 mph.

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Faraday Future breaks ground in Nevada for its $1b EV factory

Faraday Future breaks ground in Nevada for its $1b EV factory

Until last year, the name "Faraday Future" was barely known even in automotive industry. These days, the startup is causing a stir in the media, promising to outdo Tesla in its own electric vehicle game. Although it doesn't even have a working prototype yet, at least nothing that the public can see, Faraday is revving up its engines to make that promise a reality. It has just hosted its ceremonial ground breaking that signifies the start of its $1 billion factory in, where else, the state of Nevada.

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Bugatti Veyron recalled over fuel gauge, possible battery corrosion

Bugatti Veyron recalled over fuel gauge, possible battery corrosion

Nearly a hundred Bugatti Veyron cars are being recalled due to issues with the fuel gauge and battery cable corrosion, according to documents that have been posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 72 cars made between 2006 and 2010 will be recalled over the fuel gauge issue, while only 13 cars will be recalled over potential issues with the battery cable corroding.

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Toyota uBox SUV concept targets gen-Z with ‘bold’ customizable design

Toyota uBox SUV concept targets gen-Z with ‘bold’ customizable design

Toyota has a new concept SUV, and it was created by Clemson University graduate students. The SUV differs from other SUVs on the road, boasting a distinct geometric design philosophy and the decidedly untraditional name “uBox.” The vehicle concept was designed to appeal to generation Z, with the graduate students envisioning the needs of such drivers in the year 2020. The group recently showed off uBox on video.

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This weird Lamborghini Countach is amphibious and up for sale

This weird Lamborghini Countach is amphibious and up for sale

Almost everyone imagines what it would be like to drive a Lamborghini at some point, but what if you could own one and drive it in the water? Here's your chance to do just that, as someone is selling a one of a kind amphibious Lamborghini on eBay right now, for the not too unreasonable price of roughly $26,800. It does have a few particularities, such as not being in decent condition and needing several repairs, oh, and there's the fact that it's not an actual Lamborghini.

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Model 3 demand spurs Tesla to boost production plans

Model 3 demand spurs Tesla to boost production plans

Tesla was floored by the level of demand for its newly unveiled Model 3 car, and it has stated it is "currently increasing” its production plans to reduce how long customers have to wait for their orders to arrive. Earlier this week, Tesla confirmed it has received more than 325,000 reservations for the Model 3, and it promised the problems that hampered the Model X launch won't affect the latest model.

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