Automotive

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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California will let autonomous cars without steering wheels or humans begin testing

California will let autonomous cars without steering wheels or humans begin testing

Self-driving cars have been testing on open road for quite some time now, albeit every one has a human backup driver inside that can take control the moment the need arises. In California, arguably the home of autonomous driving tech, that could soon change. The state's Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill late last week that allows limited testing for autonomous vehicles with backup drivers or manual controls of any kind.

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GLM G4 is Japan’s Tesla-rivaling EV sports car

GLM G4 is Japan’s Tesla-rivaling EV sports car

The 2016 Paris Motor Show is currently underway, and so far we've seen several of the futuristic, high-tech EV concepts from car makers like Volkswagen and Mercedes, not to mention standard model announcements from the likes of Honda and Audi. But there's also some unexpected surprises, like the GLM G4 concept, a 500-plus horsepower sports sedan with an electric platform from Japan. In fact, Green Lord Motors (GLM) is often referred to as the 'Tesla of Japan,' and it's clear it takes the nickname to heart.

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Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

This week at the Paris Auto Show, we got the opportunity to get up close and personal with the future of Mercedes-Benz' newest in electric vehicle technology. The company has just introduced their brand new EQ system, as we've outlined earlier this week, and now we're being given a tour of the interior of the first concept vehicle to embody this system at its core. This is the Generation EQ, a concept vehicle that's super futuristic in both aesthetics and interface.

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