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For Zero Motorcycles, a Tesla-sized opportunity to redefine EVs

For Zero Motorcycles, a Tesla-sized opportunity to redefine EVs

Zero Motorcycles may not be the first electric vehicle company that comes to mind when you think of California transportation start-ups, but there's more to the firm than just Tesla on two wheels. Founded back in 2006 in Santa Cruz, CA, the trajectory from passion project to internationally respected bike company has been a rapid one. With a new CEO at the handlebars, and more attention than ever on EVs and the future of transportation, I stopped by to take a tour of the production line and find out more.

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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid First Drive: First of the hybrid SUV breed, best of the hybrid SUV breed

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid First Drive: First of the hybrid SUV breed, best of the hybrid SUV breed

Acura has been on the electrification bandwagon since the slow-selling, current-generation RLX sedan was introduced in 2013, but with this latest effort - the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid - people are actually going to take notice. Sure, the battery-assisted NSX supercar has gotten more than its fair share of attention, but the loyal folks who drive the premium brand's sales are far more interested in SUVs and MPGs than they are in lap times and turbochargers.

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Bosch and Daimler team to make fully autonomous vehicles for city driving

Bosch and Daimler team to make fully autonomous vehicles for city driving

Bosch and Daimler have announced they will work together to create 'fully automated, driverless vehicles' designed specifically for use on city roads. The alliance aims to get such vehicles on public streets at the beginning of the next decade -- that is, in the next handful of years. Among other things, these vehicles are designed to make the roads safer while decreasing congestion.

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2018 Audi S5 Coupe and S4 Sedan First Drive: Seriously Smooth

2018 Audi S5 Coupe and S4 Sedan First Drive: Seriously Smooth

By now, Audi knows the formula for making attainable performance cars like the 2018 S5 Coupe and 2018 S4 Sedan. Take the A-series vehicles on which they're based, glam up the exterior and interior, drop in a more powerful engine, and you end up with a rewarding driver's car that doesn't break the bank. In the process, you find yourself in the midst of a growing segment of enthusiasts' wheels.

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Tesla just passed a huge production milestone

Tesla just passed a huge production milestone

Tesla has announced a new quarterly record, having delivered more than 25,000 vehicles during the first quarter of this year. This represents a huge 69-percent year-on-year increase over the deliveries it made in the first quarter of 2016. Of the 25,418 vehicles Tesla delivered this past quarter, about 13,450 of them were Model S cars and about 11,550 were Model X. A few thousand cars, though, weren't included in the quarterly total.

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2017 Toyota 86 Review: A lesson for supercars

2017 Toyota 86 Review: A lesson for supercars

The Scion FR-S is dead, long live the 2017 Toyota 86. Claiming a new badge and assuming the same name as the affordable coupe already sported outside of the US, the refreshed version of the 2-liter two-seater sticks with its winning formula. In the process, it underscores a lesson many more expensive sports cars could do worse than learn.

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Ford F-250 trucks recalled over roll away concerns

Ford F-250 trucks recalled over roll away concerns

We're only a few months into 2017 and there's already a significant number of cars on the road affected by an open recall. Unfortunately there's no signs of slowdown for this issue, as Ford this weekend announced its third recall in less than a week — this time for the latest F-250 pickup model. Even more alarming is the issue the trucks are being recalled for: there's the possibility they could roll away while parked.

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Your Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous driving

Your Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous driving

Tesla began pushing an Autopilot update out to its cars yesterday, and with it, we're inching closer to a fully autonomous future. If we were going to apply a theme to this update, that theme would unquestionably "speed." That's because this update raises the cap for assisted driving speeds on highways, giving you the potential to go even faster while the car's Autopilot system has the reins.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid First Drive: Reaching past the Prius rainbow

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hybrid First Drive: Reaching past the Prius rainbow

Hyundai's Ioniq initiative is more than just a green flare rising up from the sea of increasingly electrified automotive options. The decision to introduce a family of not one, not two, but a trio of new environmentally-friendly automobiles - the Ioniq Hybrid, the Ioniq Electric, and later this year, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid - is the second wind for Hyundai's self-celebration as a major automotive player after last year's launch of the Genesis luxury sub-brand. In many ways, this eco after-party is even more significant than the Genesis project, given that the premium market promises eventual profits. No one, it must be noted, makes anything resembling real money on hybrids and EVs, which means that Hyundai is building these cars in large part to demonstrate to the rest of the world that it can afford to do so - and do so comfortably.

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Ford recalls nearly half a million cars over door latches and fire risk

Ford recalls nearly half a million cars over door latches and fire risk

Ford has announced a pair of recalls that collectively span 440,000 vehicles in North America. Of the two recalls, one affects 211,000 cars and concerns possibly faulty side door latches; the other recall covers about 230,000 vehicles that are at risk of fires under the hood. Though the automaker has had more than two dozen reports of such fires, there aren't any known injuries resulting from these incidents.

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Recoil 4: Why BJ Baldwin took this 850HP Trophy Truck to Cuba

Recoil 4: Why BJ Baldwin took this 850HP Trophy Truck to Cuba

Cuba probably isn't the first place you'd expect to find a million-dollar monster truck, but that only served as encouragement for professional racer BJ Baldwin. For "Recoil 4", the latest in the off-road driver's stunt videos, he took his 6,000 pound truck on a high-speed run around the country, thundering through tight city streets and achieving a record-setting 191 foot residential jump, among other stunts. With "Recoil 4" now released online, I caught up with Baldwin to find out why Cuba, what went wrong, and whether he broke anything other than records along the way.

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This crazy 2018 Mustang detail proves just how obsessed Ford is

This crazy 2018 Mustang detail proves just how obsessed Ford is

The Mustang may be more than fifty years old, but Ford is just as obsessed with its iconic muscle-car as ever, as one crazy detail of the 2018 Mustang demonstrates. Getting its biggest design refresh since the sixth generation car back in 2015, the new Mustang GT is leaner and meaner, borrowing styling cues previously possessed only by more extreme versions like the Shelby GT350. However, there's a more unusual inspiration for one new dashboard feature.

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