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NHTSA “Quiet Car” safety standard will make hybrids and EVs noisy

NHTSA “Quiet Car” safety standard will make hybrids and EVs noisy

The NHTSA has announced that it has set a new "Quiet Car" safety standard that will make sure that hybrids and EVs make some noise when they are traveling at low speeds. The problem with near silent EVs and hybrids is that people with low vision or who are blind may not know that the vehicles are there leading to accidents if they walk out in traffic ahead of the vehicles. The NHTSA says that mandating a certain noise level will help prevent about 2,400 injuries each year.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive

Launching a hatchback in a country traditionally skeptical about the 5-door might seem an unenviable challenge, but Honda sees the 2017 Civic Hatchback as an opportunity to reframe the body-style as more about sport than boring practicality. Third in the 10th generation Civic line-up to reach the US, the new Civic Hatchback targets a small but growing subsection of compact car buyers: Honda says they're image-oriented, usually male, and relying on their daily-drivers to keep up with an active, outdoor lifestyle. That makes it the perfect place to launch the new Sport and Sport Touring trims in the Civic range.

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Jaguar I-PACE Concept previews Model X rivaling EV for 2018

Jaguar I-PACE Concept previews Model X rivaling EV for 2018

Concept cars are usually flights of design fancy, but nobody at Jaguar got the memo about being wildly impractical when designing the new I-PACE Concept EV. Making its striking debut at the LA Auto Show 2016 today, the beautiful concept takes a homegrown EV platform good for 0-60 mph in around 4.0 seconds and combines it with styling cues from the F-PACE and C-X75 concept. Best of all, this is no flight of far-off fancy: Jaguar says we can expect a production version of the I-PACE Concept in 2018.

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Ford EcoSport cute ute unveiled at 2016 LA Auto Show

Ford EcoSport cute ute unveiled at 2016 LA Auto Show

The burgeoning cute 'ute scene just got that much bigger, thanks to tonight's introduction of the Ford EcoSport. Perhaps 'introduction' is too strong of a word - the EcoSport has been on sale for more than 10 years all around the world, but has thus far eluded American buyers.

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Toyota to pay $3.4b over rusty Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles

Toyota to pay $3.4b over rusty Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles

Pending court approval of the deal, Toyota will pay up to $3.4 billion to settle a lawsuit over Tundra, Tacoma, and Sequoia vehicles allegedly afflicted with faulty rust protection. The settlement doesn’t involve Toyota admitting that it failed to adequately protect the affected vehicles from rusting, but does represent what will likely end up being a huge financial blow to the company. As part of the settlement, affected vehicles found to have improper rust protection will be eligible to have their frame replaced.

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Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Today Samsung Electronics Co. announced that they are in negotiations with US-based Harman International Industries, Inc., in an $8-billion all-cash deal. This will easily make for Samsung's biggest acquisition in its history as an electronics maker, and launches the company into the auto industry with swiftness. This buy could also act as another jolt to the automotive industry for refresh rate - a jolt for an industry notorious for being more cautious and conservative than quick to change.

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Audi cars with automatic trans feature software that “distorts” emissions tests

Audi cars with automatic trans feature software that “distorts” emissions tests

Another emissions cheating scandal may be brewing and this time out it's with Audi, VW's luxury brand. VW is still trying to dig its way out of the emissions cheating scandal with its cars and the scandal spilled over into some Audi and Porsche models. This new emissions cheating issue is in Audi cars with automatic transmissions and VW apparently admitted the issue.

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Jeep reveals two new Renegade models: Deserthawk & Altitude

Jeep reveals two new Renegade models: Deserthawk & Altitude

Just ahead of next week's 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep has taken the wraps off two new special edition trims of its Renegade crossover SUV. The first is the desert-themed (and thus appropriately named) Deserthawk, while the second is the Altitude, a trim design that has appeared on several other Jeep models. Both vehicles will be appearing at the LA Auto Show, but you can check out the details now right here.

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Final Fantasy 15’s most exclusive collector’s item is an actual Audi R8

Final Fantasy 15’s most exclusive collector’s item is an actual Audi R8

After spending what seems like forever in development, Final Fantasy XV is actually getting released later this month. After announcing a number of special edition packages for the game, including a $270 Ultimate Collector’s Edition, developer Square Enix has one last unique item for die-hard fans of the RPG series: an actual, real-world FF15-themed car. But it's not just any car, it's a one-of-a-kind Audi R8 with an asking price of $470,000.

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2017 Buick Envision First Drive: Room for one more?

2017 Buick Envision First Drive: Room for one more?

'Room for one more?' seems to be the battle cry of automakers eager to cash in on the unrelenting popularity of SUVs, and the 2017 Buck Envision bellows this inquiry at the top of its gilded lungs. Poised to participate in the nebulous 'premium compact' segment that at any given time encapsulates offerings from Lexus, Acura, Volvo, and Lincoln, the Envision hits the ground running thanks to strong support from smaller (Encore) and larger (Enclave) sport-utility siblings in the Buick showroom.

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Nissan announces JUKE Black Pearl, 2017 Versa Note ahead of LA Auto Show

Nissan announces JUKE Black Pearl, 2017 Versa Note ahead of LA Auto Show

Nissan is going to have a lot to show off at the LA Auto Show next week, and it's decided to announce a couple of these new cars a little early. Both the Nissan Versa Note and the JUKE Black Pearl Edition were announced today. While we're getting an idea of what to expect, both cars will get a formal introduction once the LA Auto Show is underway.

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Volkswagen reveals Golf refresh lineup for 2017

Volkswagen reveals Golf refresh lineup for 2017

Eager to put its diesel problem behind it, Volkswagen has unveiled its line of Golf refreshes for the 2017 model year. If you're looking at these cars and you're not seeing huge differences from an aesthetic standpoint, you'll probably be pleased to know that your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. Indeed, it would appear that most of the major changes to these cars are occurring inside and under the hood.

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