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  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by hxxp
    +17 +1

    BMW i3 electric car will sell for $42K in the US: Watch out Ford and Nissan

    Have it your way: 124 miles in power saving mode, or 0-60 in 7 seconds in bat-out-of-hell sports car mode. $42k might be a lot, but this is a BMW -- and this particular BMW is the first mass production vehicle with a carbon fiber body, which rests atop an aluminum chassis, giving it a weight 500 pounds less than other EVs.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by jcscher
    +6 +2

    Where is Death Valley Dodge?

    Death Valley Dodge at unknown location during 1,000 mile drive around the California desert including Death Valley. Do you recognize the rock formations?

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by DokterDuke
    +7 +1

    The sexiest car to come out of Detroit in 40yrs

    The 2014 Equus Bass 770 is one of the first ground-up boutique muscle cars to come out of Detroit since the automotive bailout in 2009. The engineers at Equus Automotive were inspired by American classics like the Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger and Challenger to create the perfect combination of vintage styling and modern tech — spoiler alert: there's a 640-horsepower Supercharged Aluminum V8 under the hood.

  • Video/Audio
    4 years ago
    by versetty777
    +1 +1

    BMW X5 attacks ditch

    Do not have enough power for this move?

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by ladyliberty
    +17 +1

    BMW Uses Frickin’ Lasers for High Beams That Don’t Blind

    Conventional wisdom and legally-required safety labels have trained us to understand that we shouldn’t look directly at laser lights, lest we become blinded by their eye-searing output. That’s still almost universally true, except when it comes to BMW’s laser-powered headlight concept. These lasers were designed to prevent blindness—specifically when it comes to oncoming drivers and high-beams...

  • Image
    4 years ago
    by Tzvetelin
    +10 +1

    2015 Jaguar XJ spotted - latest pictures

    Facelifted Jaguar XJ with minor cosmetic upgrades spied testing ahead of Geneva show

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by roxxy
    +15 +1

    End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

    Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution which will transform not just transport but the cities themselves. “The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people,” he says. “There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city.”

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by zobo
    +28 +1

    How does a legendary American car vanish for 30 years?

    The Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe's extraordinary story includes beating Ferrari, being driven by Phil Spector, and being discovered again after 30 years.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +35 +1

    Bentley Bentayga’s Mulliner Tourbillon Clock Is a Near-$170,000 Option

    We had a chance to catch up with Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer at the 2015 Frankfurt show, and he was in a very good mood, for good reason. He had just unveiled the Bentley Bentayga, a vehicle that has been billed as the most powerful, luxurious, and fastest (its 187 mph top speed barely nips the highest spec Porsche Cayenne) SUV in the world. “Luxury doesn’t have any limits,” Durheimer proclaimed, “We are defining the segment.”

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +25 +1

    The EPA shot itself in the foot by opposing rules that could've exposed VW

    It was the cheat heard round the world: last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused Volkswagen of gaming emissions testing. The German automaker programmed millions of cars — sold worldwide — to release fewer emissions during the testing procedure, while projectile vomiting pollutants at up to 40 times the legal limit when the cars were on the road.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +34 +1

    GM Has ‘Aggressive’ Plans for Self-Driving Cars

    General Motors is quietly developing autonomous vehicle technology and plans to have a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Volts roaming the campus of its technical center in suburban Detroit next year. The company has been relatively quiet about the technology, which companies like Google, Tesla Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi have championed with big promises and impressive demonstrations. But General Motors is no stranger to autonomous tech...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +24 +1

    The Secret to Smarter Cars Is Computer Gaming Tech

    Driverless cars, which take passengers from A to B with minimal human input, are already hitting American roads. A variety of automakers and technology firms are experimenting with driverless technology, ranging from entirely driver-free vehicles to driver-assist functions like automatic lane following. What makes much of this possible is an array of sensors and cameras, which absorb data about the environment around them.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by canuck
    +43 +1

    Honda's New Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Feels More Like A Real Car

    The most notable thing about Honda Motor new hydrogen-powered FCV, to be unveiled Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show, is not the silent burst of acceleration it provides when your foot touches the pedal, or the fact that it emits nothing but water vapor from the tailpipe. It’s not even that the FCV can go more than 400 miles between three-minute hydrogen fillings - assuming you have access to a hydrogen station.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by timex
    +42 +1

    Why Tesla’s Autopilot and Google’s car are entirely different animals

    In the buzz over the Tesla autopilot update, a lot of commentary has appeared comparing this Autopilot with Google’s car effort and other efforts and what I would call a “real” robocar — one that can operate unmanned or with a passenger who is not paying attention to the road. We’ve seen claims that “Tesla has beaten Google to the punch,” but while the Tesla release is a worthwhile step forward, the two should not be confused as all that similar.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by messi
    +19 +1

    No human drivers in 20 years: Steve Wozniak

    The Apple co-founder and chief scientist at Fusion-io talks about the disruptive trends that excite and concern him.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +50 +1

    EPA Says Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen SUVs Cheated On Emissions Tests

    The EPA says Volkswagen cheated on emissions tests on more diesel cars than previously believed. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a second notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act to the automaker, covering about 10,000 model year 2014 diesel cars sold in the U.S. In addition, the notice covers an unknown volume of 2016 vehicles. The cars all have 3.0-liter engines. Here’s more from the agency...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +24 +1

    Mysterious billion-dollar car company is taking on Tesla

    No one knows who’s running it, but a mysterious electric car company is building a billion-dollar manufacturing plant and poaching the best minds in the auto world. The company is called Faraday Future, and it began operating out of an old Nissan research facility in California sometime last year. The name Faraday comes from the English scientist Michael Faraday, who contributed massively to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by hedman
    +28 +1

    VW engineers have admitted manipulating CO2 emissions data-paper

    Several Volkswagen engineers have admitted manipulating carbon dioxide emissions data, saying the ambitious goals set by former Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn were difficult to achieve, Bild am Sonntag reported. The paper said VW engineers tampered with tyre pressure and mixed diesel with their motor oil to make them use less fuel, a deception that began in 2013 and carried on until the spring of this year.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +37 +1

    Tesla Now Faces a Billionaire-Backed Competitor Staffed by Its Former Engineers

    Is there room enough for both Tesla Motors and Faraday Future in our electric-car, uh, future? A Chinese billionaire is backing what hopes to be a rival to Elon Musk's enterprise. The 18-month-old company, based out of Southern California, aims to roll out its first long-range, premium model, comparable to Tesla's Model S, by 2017. The engineer who oversaw the chassis design of the Model S, Nick Sampson, is now Faraday's research-and-development chief.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by everlost
    +27 +1

    You probably shouldn’t drive a $1.6 million car around NYC, but we did

    Late last month, National Geographic Channel and Uber teamed up to promote a new series on scientific breakthroughs—called, appropriately enough, Breakthrough—and they chose to do it with a fleet of alternative energy vehicles on the streets of Manhattan. Obviously we've got a healthy interest in forward-looking cars here at Ars, so it seemed like a good idea to hop on a train to check out what all the fuss was about.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +32 +1

    Porsche Blames 'Fast and Furious' Star Paul Walker's Death on Himself

    Porsche’s latest legal filing. Paul Walker, the late star of the high octane film franchise The Fast and the Furious, died in a car crash two years ago. He had been riding as a passenger in a 2005 Carrera GT made by Porsche. Last week the German carmaker filed legal papers aiming to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Meadow Walker, the actor’s daughter, in September. The company had earlier denied responsibility for the fatality.

  • Video/Audio
    3 years ago
    by nigelf30
    Video/Audio
    +16 +1

    JFK assassination (22 Nov) 1963

    John F Kennedy travelling in the presidential Lincoln Continental convertible was assassinated in Dallas, Texas 52 years ago today (22 November). He was shot twice, and an hour after his death Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the crime. No serving US president has travelled in an open top car since. The car is now at the Henry Ford museum in Michigan.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by wildcard
    +30 +1

    VW cars can also cheat European emissions tests, BBC learns

    A laboratory test carried out for BBC Panorama shows that Volkswagen diesel cars programmed with a "defeat device" can cheat official European pollution tests, as well as tests in the US. The company told the BBC it believes this is the first time the cheating software has been filmed in action. VW has admitted it used the device to rig tighter pollution tests in America. But it's been more ambiguous about whether it used the same tactics to actively cheat official European tests.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +17 +1

    Tesla wants to make fully self-driving cars happen way ahead of schedule

    A week and a half ago, we learned that Tesla is on a quest to hire more engineers to accelerate the development of its self-driving car technologies. Tesla was already no slouch in the autonomous-vehicle world, having released its Autopilot feature into the wild just over a month ago. We sampled Autopilot as soon as it hit the streets and were quite impressed, to put it mildly.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by messi
    +50 +1

    Volkswagen's U.S. sales plunge 25% in wake of emissions scandal

    Volkswagen said U.S. sales plunged 25% in November in the wake of the German automaker's massive emissions cheating scandal. The company admitted in September that most of its diesel cars in the U.S. had software that allowed it to pass emissions tests, even though the cars dumped 40 times the allowed levels of pollutants into the atmosphere. The EPA ordered it to stop selling those cars in the U.S.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by collude
    +31 +1

    The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

    The competition is fierce, the key players are billionaires, but the path—and even the destination—remains uncertain.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +54 +1

    Driverless cars could spell the end for domestic flights

    Self-driving cars could disrupt the airline and hotel industries within 20 years as people sleep in their vehicles on the road, according to a senior strategist at Audi. Short-haul travel will be transformed and the hassle of getting to and from airports eliminated, said Sven Schuwirth, vice president of brand strategy and digital business at the German car brand. Business travellers will be able to avoid taking domestic flights to meetings and will sleep and work in their cars en route...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by bradd
    +41 +1

    Ford Recalling Up to 452,000 Cars Because Fuel Tanks May Crack

    Ford Motor Co. will recall as many as 451,865 cars, including 411,205 in the U.S., because their fuel tanks may crack and leak gasoline, potentially leading to fire. The company will recall its 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models and won’t charge customers if parts need to be replaced, according to a notice posted Saturday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford said it isn’t aware of accidents...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +33 +2

    U.S. government pushes for self-driving cars

    The Obama administration on Thursday proposed a 10-year, $4 billion push to spark the development of self-driving cars, hoping to one day eliminate roadway deaths altogether. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulators said they would seek unified national regulations on self-driving cars. They will also encourage automakers to claim an exemption to safety standards allowing companies to test new...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by zobo
    +31 +2

    How Elon Musk Stole My Car

    With a new baby on the way, I was in the market for a new vehicle. I scheduled a test-drive with Tesla Motors (Tesla) in mid-November, and was on the fence about purchasing a Tesla. I had some questions which I emailed my test-drive consultant, but didn’t receive any response and I wasn’t particularly in love with the car, so I let it go. A few weeks later, I was talking to a friend of mine who had just leased a Tesla. I explained my experience, and how I felt the price...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by cone
    +49 +2

    Volvo promises deathproof cars by 2020

    Volvo has made a shocking pledge: By 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car or SUV. Seriously. "If you meet Swedish engineers, they're pretty genuine," said Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Cars North America. "They don't say things when they don't believe in it." There is one big caveat. If someone really wants to hurt themselves, or is just really, really stupid... well, Volvo can't do anything about that. But, assuming you're not a suicidal...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by ppp
    +41 +1

    Electric car industry to 'suffer' from cheap oil, Elon Musk says

    Plunging oil prices are set to hit the electric car industry hard, but Tesla vehicles won't be the worst affected, says CEO Elon Musk. "[The] industry as a whole, I think, will definitely suffer from lower oil prices," Musk told CNN's Kristie Lu Stout on Monday. "It just makes economic sense." The drop in the cost of fuel has already filtered through into the U.S. auto market, where sales of gas-guzzling pickups and SUVs rose last year. Oil has continued its steep...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by jcscher
    +21 +1

    With Growing Investments, China's Influence In Autos Is Expanding

    For the first time on a mass scale, a car built in China will be on sale in the United States — the Buick Envision.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by hxxp
    +57 +1

    Electric Fantasy: Will the Next Tesla Sell for $25,000?

    Tesla Motors Inc. was built with one overriding objective: to bring electric cars to the masses. After more than a decade of work, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk believes it’s just about time. The company is set to begin taking pre-orders on its $35,000 Model 3 next month—and by $35,000, Tesla really means as little as $25,000. Tesla has confirmed that the $35,000 price tag on the Model 3 doesn't include the significant federal...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by canuck
    +41 +1

    Riversimple launches Rasa, a hydrogen-powered city car for the masses

    A new hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle prototype has been launched with a claimed fuel economy equivalent to 250 mpg (0.9 L/100km). Dubbed "Rasa," the new car has a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque shell, in-wheel electric motors, a bank of supercapacitors charged by braking-regeneration, and a host of other features that enable it to travel up to a claimed 300 miles (483 km) on just a 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) tank of hydrogen.