Automotive

BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW produces a number of great cars, but they've also managed to elevate the art of advertising with their "BMW Films" series; essentially lengthy car commercials in the form of short films featuring action and car chases with the company's sporty sedans at the center of it all. The series has also drawn in big Hollywood talent, with previous directors including Ang Lee and Guy Ritchie, along with Clive Owen starring in the first films when they debuted in 2001.

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold via $1M Apple Pay purchase

1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold via $1M Apple Pay purchase

In-app purchases are mostly used for things like getting extra features or unlocking additional game content, but imagine using it to purchase a car — and not just any car, but a historic Aston Martin priced at just over $1 million. That's exactly what happened in the UK this week, when local automobile auction house Coys of Kensington sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 within an app, completing what it says is the largest known in-app purchase, as well as the single largest Apple Pay transaction.

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Germany tells Tesla not to use misleading “Autopilot” term

Germany tells Tesla not to use misleading “Autopilot” term

Tesla may already be having problems at home related to its autopilot features, especially after a string of incidents involving mishaps and at least one death, but now it might also be facing troubles abroad simply because of the jargon it uses. In Germany, transport minister Alexander Dobrindt sent the car maker a missive requesting Tesla to stop referring to its driver assistance systems as “Autopilot”. His point: that the word could be misinterpreted, leading drivers to sit back and relax and get into accidents or, worse, legal trouble.

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Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

While dubbed "Autopilot," the well-known feature in Tesla's cars is far from a fully automated driving system and more of a driver assistance tool. But a fatal car accident earlier this year involving a Tesla driver with the feature activated has triggered criticism and investigations, and now enough concern has been raised that Germany is issuing warnings on the use of Autopilot.

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2008 Tesla Roadster prototype being auctioned with $1M starting price

2008 Tesla Roadster prototype being auctioned with $1M starting price

Tesla may be on the verge of turning the electric car into a staple in the US, but almost ten years ago it was just an automotive startup with a flashy, all-electric 2-door coupe. When the Tesla Roadster debuted in 2008, it was fast and exciting, but who could've guessed that the Elon Musk-founded company would go on to upend the car industry and spur every major manufacturer into producing an EV. Well, if you have $1 million burning a hole in your pocket, now you have a chance to own a potentially historic Roadster model.

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2017 BMW 5 Series displays the evolution of the iconic sedan

2017 BMW 5 Series displays the evolution of the iconic sedan

Not all new things need to be a big jump and break from the past. Sometimes, a winning formula needs only a few tweaks here, some new tings there. That seems to be the spirit of the latest generation of BMW’s popular sedan, the 5 series. While calling it more an evolution than a revolution might sound like downplaying the automobile’s progress, it only reflects how mature the BMW 5 has become and how very little needs to be added to make it even better than before.

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2016 and 2017 Prius recall: 92,000 cars affected by parking brake issue

2016 and 2017 Prius recall: 92,000 cars affected by parking brake issue

Toyota has announced a voluntary recall of about 92,000 2016 and 2017 Prius hybrids, the reason being due to potential issues with the parking brake. According to a statement made by Toyota today, is is possible the parking brake on these affected vehicles could stop working, which could then result in a possible rollaway situation in which someone could get seriously hurt.

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BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle : no helmet needed

BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle : no helmet needed

Truth be told, concept cars these days are almost a dime a dozen, though some do manage to make our jaws drop once in a while. But a concept motor bike? Not exactly your standard fare. But at its "Iconic Impulses" exhibition in Los Angeles, that is exactly what BMW is showing off. Simply calling it by its name, the Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 doesn’t really do it justice. Whereas most concept vehicles look 5 or so years into the future, this motorcycle was designed with decades in mind. Almost ironically, it look more like a throwback to decades past.

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VW Group recalls over 281k VW and Audi cars over fuel leak issues

VW Group recalls over 281k VW and Audi cars over fuel leak issues

The VW Group has announced that it is issuing a recall of some older Audi and VW cars over potential fuel leak issues. There are three separate recalls covering different potential fuel leak issues and all the recalls were issued at the same time. The total number of vehicles covered in the recalls is 281,505 and certain versions of the Audi A3, A6, A7, Q5, and Q7 are covered.

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Maserati says it will begin producing an electric model by 2020

Maserati says it will begin producing an electric model by 2020

Italy's Maserati is one of a handful of luxury car makers that has been talking about jumping on the all-electric model bandwagon for a while now, but it looks like the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) brand is finally ready to commit. Maserati engineering head Roberto Fedeli told Car & Driver in an interview that they are planning to reveal their first EV by 2019 at the earliest, with production to start in 2020, and that the model would probably be a grand-touring coupe.

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VelociRaptor 6×6 concept can be yours for $295,000

VelociRaptor 6×6 concept can be yours for $295,000

The Standard Ford Raptor truck is a beast on its own, but if you want much, much more than what the factory can offer, you need to take your ride to Hennessey. The Hennessey crew can take a normal Raptor and turn it into the VelociRaptor 6x6 you see here. The price for the transformation is $295,000 and the money does include the base 2017 Raptor 4-door truck.

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Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition sheds 26kg

Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition sheds 26kg

Lotus has unveiled a new special edition version of the Exige 350 called the Exige 350 Special Edition. This special edition was whipped up to celebrate 50 years and Hethel. The Exige 350 special edition is based on the standard Exige Sport 350, but it has shed some weight in the effort to maximize performance.

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