Automotive

Lucky Tesla Model 3 buyers score Golden Tickets to Gigafactory opening

Lucky Tesla Model 3 buyers score Golden Tickets to Gigafactory opening

Now that Tesla has scheduled July 29th as the date of the grand opening ceremony for its massive battery-producing Gigafactory in Nevada, it's probably every electric car enthusiasts dream to attend. Unfortunately, unless you're considered a Tesla VIP, the only other way to get invited was to pre-order the company's new Model 3 sedan, and even then you had to among the 12 super lucky ones to receive a "Golden Ticket." Yes, Tesla is taking a page straight out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Faraday Future joins Formula E with Dragon Racing partnership

Faraday Future joins Formula E with Dragon Racing partnership

As the Formula E electric car racing series ends its second season in London this weekend, the new EV startup Faraday Future has announced its participation starting with season three this fall. Faraday Future, which made waves in January with the unveiling of its FFZero1 supercar concept, says it has entered into a technical partnership and sponsorship deal with Dragon Racing, one of the 10 existing Formula E teams.

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BMW, Intel, Mobileye form autonomous car super-group

BMW, Intel, Mobileye form autonomous car super-group

A team-up of epic proportions has just formed between BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye to create solutions for automated vehicles into "series production" by the year 2021. That's a very short amount of time by automotive standards - just 5 years when this article is set to be posted. There, the group will create "fleets of fully autonomous cars as basis for new mobility services in urban environments." And that's just for starters.

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NHTSA: some older Honda and Acura cars need airbags replaced ASAP

NHTSA: some older Honda and Acura cars need airbags replaced ASAP

In a statement released today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that some older Honda and Acura vehicles need to have their airbags replaced as soon as possible and should not be driven until that replacement is made. The warning follows new test data that reveals “a particular subset” of Takata’s faulty air bag inflators have a much higher risk of exploding when the air bag is deployed. The vehicles covered by the warning are from the 2001 to 2003 model years.

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The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

What you see here is the Blackbird. It's an electric dune buggy-like vehicle that can be adjusted in numerous way to mimic the driving of any production car. It's made by The Mill, a digital effects studio in London, and in addition to the fully customizable chassis, it's outfitted with 360-degree cameras. This allows it to be filmed while impersonating a specific car, and then CGI magicians use an overlay to turn it into that vehicle.

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Maserati electric sports car a possibility in near future, says FCA CEO

Maserati electric sports car a possibility in near future, says FCA CEO

Just about every major car manufacturer in the world is working on an all-electric vehicle of some kind at this point, desperate not to get left behind by the likes of Tesla. This certainly includes a number of Europe's biggest luxury brands, like BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin, and Jaguar. But now Italy seems to be finally coming around to the idea, as an electric sports car from Maserati could see the light of day in the next few years.

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Aventador Miura Homage celebrates 50th anniversary of Lamborghini’s best model

Aventador Miura Homage celebrates 50th anniversary of Lamborghini’s best model

Currently being held in southern England this week, the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed is an event that celebrates some of the best classic cars of new and old. A fitting venue, then, for Lamborghini to debut its latest super-limited special edition: the Aventador Miura Homage. As you'd guess by the name, it's an Aventador with a few special features meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura, one of the company's most iconic models.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

Mercedes-Benz's latest special edition is all about green. Just unveiled in the UK, the AMG GT R is, obviously, an eye-catching shade of green. It's called "AMG green hell magno" in reference to Germany's Green Hell, the nickname for the Nürburgring Nordschleife course, which is where the car was tested and tuned. This new performance model will also leave other AMG GT owners seeing green, as the R's specs even top the AMG GT S. And lastly, if you want to drive one, it's going to cost you a whole ton of green.

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2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S leaks in full ahead of debut

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S leaks in full ahead of debut

The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S has leaked online in all of its glory ahead of its official debut later this month in Germany. The leak includes half a dozen images showing the vehicle without any cover or disguises, and includes shots both under the hood and of the interior. With the photos, we see confirmation that the model feature a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine, among other things.

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Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

After 21 years on the market as a car company, Kia Motors has topped this year's J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. This makes Kia the top company on the J.D. Power 2016 IQS study out of all 33 makes in the United States, marking the first time in 27 years that this list was topped by a non-premium vehicle brand. This year was also a good year for vehicle quality across the board. "Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen," said vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, Renee Stephens.

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Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars and trucks of all sorts might allow you to ditch your keys altogether if Synaptics has anything to say about it. The folks at Synaptics have announced that they'll soon be bringing fingerprint sensors to your vehicle as an expansion to their Natural ID brand. Not directly to your vehicle - not direct to you - but through car manufacturers who will implement the sensors in vehicles over the next few years. You'll be using these fingerprint sensors for a variety of purposes sooner than later.

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Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla wants to put electric cars, batteries, and solar power under one brand roof with an acquisition of the company called SolarCity. Tesla Motors wants to make start-to-finish green energy use a reality. In their vehicles - electric vehicles that is - and in the sun that generates power for batteries, all owned by a single user, all purchased from a single company. At the moment, Tesla does not have every piece of technology they need to make this a reality - but they hope to soon.

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