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As Tesla protests, what exactly is IIHS’ small overlap front test?

As Tesla protests, what exactly is IIHS’ small overlap front test?

The Tesla Model S and Model X are the safest cars in history... unless they're not. The variations in automotive crash testing are once again under the microscope, with Tesla protesting the latest batch of IIHS results after the Model S electric sedan failed again to ace the controversial small overlap frontal test. It's a frustrating blip for the EV company, which actually redesigned the car in the hope of performing better in the crash testing.

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France is banning gas and diesel car sales to push EVs

France is banning gas and diesel car sales to push EVs

France has announced an aggressive plan to ban the sale of all gas and diesel cars in the country, aiming to promote EVs and and other green vehicles. The move is part of the French government's attempt to meet the emissions targets it has committed to for the Paris climate accord, the pact by most in the global community to voluntarily reduce their contribution to climate change. However, unsurprisingly the switchover won't happen overnight.

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Tesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ grade

Tesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ grade

The Model S is Tesla's crowning glory. Although really its second electric car, it is the first of its kind to reach international renown and commercial success. It is also the one that has earned the biggest scrutiny and criticism, particularly over driver safety. And while it may have just recently received accolades from the US NHTSA, it has, for the second time this year, failed to get the highest thumbs up from one nonprofit safety organization: the coveted Top Safety Pick+ of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS.

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Volvo commits to going all electric in 2019

Volvo commits to going all electric in 2019

Given the success of Tesla and the growing popularity of hybrid and fully electric vehicles, it certainly seems like EVs are only going to continue rising in prevalence. Volvo apparently wants a slice of that pie, and a significant slice at that. The company announced today that all of the cars it launches from 2019 on will use an electric motor, marking a rather large commitment on its part.

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5 things you need to know about the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

5 things you need to know about the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Mazda isn't going to build a coupe version of its iconic MX-5 Miata roadster, so please stop asking. What it will do is try to dip back into the nearly 50/50 split it had on the previous-generation Miata between soft-top and power-retractable hardtop models by way of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. Those two letters stand for 'retractable fastback,' and signal to buyers that this unique take on open-air motoring is as close to a fixed-roof Miata as you'll find in the automaker's current showroom.

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Tesla’s 22k car Q2 2017 paves way for Model 3

Tesla’s 22k car Q2 2017 paves way for Model 3

Tesla delivered more than 22,000 electric cars in Q2 2017, the automaker has confirmed today, blaming battery manufacturing headaches for limiting potentially even greater performance. The California car firm put the keys for over 12,000 Model S sedans and over 10,000 Model X SUVs into the hands of new owners, during the three month period. Meanwhile, as the first production Model 3 nears, Tesla also finally addressed an issue that had been lingering for more than two years.

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This BMW i8 Roadster teaser was worth the wait

This BMW i8 Roadster teaser was worth the wait

Electric cars aren't slow, but BMW's convertible version of the i8 electric sports car has sure taken its time coming. The drop-top iteration of the seductive EV coupe was previewed as the i8 Spyder Concept all the way back in 2012 at the LA Auto Show, at which point BMW claimed it was about 90-percent finished. Well, that 10-percent took a lot longer to get done than we expected it might.

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First Tesla Model 3 this week as Elon Musk shares roadmap

First Tesla Model 3 this week as Elon Musk shares roadmap

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced via Twitter that the highly-anticipated Model 3 has been given the regulatory go-ahead for production. Crucially, this means that the Model 3's production run can soon begin, and Musk unsurprisingly wants to waste little time in getting that underway. In fact, he says that the first Model 3 should roll off the production line this Friday.

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Faraday Future’s FF91 sets new EV record at Pikes Peak

Faraday Future’s FF91 sets new EV record at Pikes Peak

While Faraday Future's — errr, future — remains in question, what with the fleeing executives and uncertain unveilings at CES, the company's all-electric FF91 prototype not only made it to the top of the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado earlier this week, but it set a new record time for its vehicle class. This marks one of the first times the FF91 has been seen in a real-world, uncontrolled environment, and making it the 12.4-mile, 156-turn Pikes Peak course was certainly a challenge.

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Nissan teases next-gen Leaf for September 6 reveal

Nissan teases next-gen Leaf for September 6 reveal

The look and tech behind Nissan's all-electric Leaf is starting to look a little long in the tooth, but in a few short months the Japanese car maker will be revealing a new next-generation model of the hatchback. Nissan took to Twitter on Friday to say that the new Leaf would premiere on September 6th, as well as share a small teaser image.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT First Drive: 5 things you need to know

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT First Drive: 5 things you need to know

Compact hatchbacks like the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT have never really caught on in America, but it has little to do with their merits. Easy to park, cheap on gas, and remarkably practical, the fickle gods of fashion have long turned their backs on the humble hatch, a state of affairs made all the more ironic by the exploding popularity of small SUVs, which are essentially hatchbacks on stilts.

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The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the 700HP biturbo beast we wanted

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the 700HP biturbo beast we wanted

The "most powerful road-approved 911" was the surprise star of Microsoft's Xbox One X event, and now we have full details of the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Launching officially today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, the 700 HP coupe is short neither on power nor speed. In fact, Porsche says it should do 0-62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

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