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Tesla and BMW EVs miss top scores in shock safety tests

Tesla and BMW EVs miss top scores in shock safety tests

Tesla's 2017 Model S has failed to score top marks in auto safety crash testing, with the electric sedan falling short of IIHS' 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's trials sit alongside - and in some cases are more stringent than - the US government's own NHTSA crash testing. It's one of the organizations most notorious challenges that the Model S struggled in, though the automaker says a fix is in the works.

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5 SUVs You Can Still Actually Take Off-Road

5 SUVs You Can Still Actually Take Off-Road

SUVs might have taken over the sales charts, but over the past two decades they’ve evolved to the point where only a few models have stayed true to their go-anywhere off-road roots. Most sport-utility shoppers snap up these practical daily drivers for their generous cargo and passenger space, not to mention the added security of all-wheel drive, but there's still a shortlist out there searching for a trail-ready champion that they can get muddy on more than just a gravel road. Check out these five SUVs that you can actually take off-road.

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5 Mid-Size SUVs under $40,000 to watch out for in 2017

5 Mid-Size SUVs under $40,000 to watch out for in 2017

Mid-size SUVs are the 'next step' in almost every family's automotive evolution. With enough room to handle a growing brood - especially when trying to fit lanky teenagers in the back seat - along with the kind of cargo space that lets you haul all of your gear at the same time, mid-size sport-utility vehicles are versatile and in many cases surprisingly affordable additions to any driveway.

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This is the new 2018 Toyota Camry: You’ll buy thousands of them

This is the new 2018 Toyota Camry: You’ll buy thousands of them

Nobody has ever felt their breath catch in their throat at the sight of a Toyota Camry, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming the best-selling car in America for the past fifteen years. Now, Toyota is aiming to "stir the soul" for its eighth generation, with the 2018 Camry promising not only the dependable functionality of its predecessors but some excitement too. Here's how they'll do it.

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Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car winks at you, remembers the minutiae of your interests, and suggests detours to hang out with your friends: all in the name of getting you to trust its self-driving talents. Revealed at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, CA. this week, on the one hand it's a striking design study intended to explore the new possibilities unlocked when you're liberated from the tyranny of everyday driving. At the same time, though, it addresses a more fundamental issue, around trust in technology and the fear of the expert. I caught up with Ian Cartabiano, lead designer at the Toyota CALTY studio, and William Chergosky, interior lead designer, to find out why Concept-i is so important.

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Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

My idea of a talking car is Knight Rider's KITT making snarky rejoinders to David Hasselhoff, but Toyota has more loving discourse in mind with its latest Concept-i. Revealed today at CES 2017, the new vehicle prototype aims to usher in autonomous driving with the aid of the driver-vehicle relationship. That involves an artificial intelligence (AI) called Yui and a whole lot of LEDs.

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My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

What an epic year. Right around this time last year, I made one New Year’s resolution for 2016: drive as many tracks around the world as humanly possible. To my amazement, I did just that. While I did make that my singular resolution for the new year, I didn’t really care which cars I drove as long as I was on a track somewhere. That opened up some fairly unusual opportunities both for me and for SlashGear: read on for five of the most memorable.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

Drive the Toyota Tacoma for even a day, and you suddenly realize quite how many are on the road. Toyota's pickup has a reputation for go-anywhere flexibility and live-forever build, and rightly so, though not all of them are finished in Inferno Orange like this 2016 Tacoma TRD Off-Road. You could argue, indeed, that this stab at fashion highlights one of Toyota's weaknesses: as its rivals have matured to be more refined, the Tacoma has been left behind.

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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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Toyota kicks off Mobility Service Platform with car-sharing tech

Toyota kicks off Mobility Service Platform with car-sharing tech

Car makers are foreseeing a future where people will prefer to rent and share cars than buy one for themselves. It’s a nightmare future for them, undoubtedly, but rather than remain in denial, some are trying to jump in and take advantage of the opportunity instead. One of those is Toyota, who is launching its new Mobility Service Platform or MSPF which aims to corral its different mobility services under a single umbrella. And one of the first fruits of that new platform is Smart Key Box, which it envisions will upgrade car-sharing security to the present century.

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Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota unveiled its newest hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in Japan this week, but it's not a four-door sedan or crossover SUV; it's a bus intended for public transportation. The zero-emission bus uses the same technology as Toyota's new Mirai fuel cell sedan, and the plan is to have a fleet of 100 or so running in Tokyo in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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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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