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  • Current Event
    15 hours ago
    by robmonk
    +3 +1

    The Tragedy of Goodyear’s Allegedly Defective G159 Tire Keeps Getting Worse

    In July 1999, Jim Wright and his wife Joyce were traveling along a New Mexico roadway in their 1995 Fleetwood American Eagle RV when, suddenly, the vehicle’s left-front tire failed. The tire was a Goodyear G159, a tire now linked to numerous fatal crashes but has never been recalled and has never faced a serious federal investigation until recently. Wright tried—and failed—to regain control of his RV, which eventually slammed into another motorhome head-on.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by geoleo
    +12 +1

    Aston Martin just gave us a first look at its new DBX SUV that will take on Bentley and Lamborghini

    Aston Martin confirmed on Tuesday that is upcoming luxury SUV will be called the DBX. In addition, Aston gave the public its first look at the first SUV in company history. The first photos to feature the DBX show one of its prototypes powering through the Welsh countryside. Unlike Aston Martin's GT cars and sports cars, the DBX is built in a new factory at St. Athan in Wales as opposed to company headquarters in Gaydon, England.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by darvinhg
    +16 +1

    BlackFly ‘flying car’ to hit the market in 2019 for the price of an SUV

    Hey, it's the future. We're supposed to have flying cars, right? Well, here's your flying car, sort of and again. It's slated to go on sale in 2019. It's called the BlackFly and the company manufacturing it, Opener, is backed at least partially by Alphabet's Larry Page, who's been rumored to have been tinkering with such craft for a while, working with a few partners. Alan Eustace, who's been on Big Think, is an Opener technical advisor.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +1

    How car ownership is changing rapidly and irreversibly in India

    Ashish Kulkarni, 36, still remembers. In 2006, newly-married and in his first job, he bought his first car — a Hyundai Santro. It was a step-up. “We both love driving. We were excited,” he says, referring to his wife Swathi. The Santro made their daily commute comfortable in Bengaluru. In 2018, some things have changed and some remain the same. He is older and richer, father of two children and remains passionate about driving.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Chubros
    +21 +1

    Ford Says American Steel Is Now the Most Expensive in the World Thanks to Trump

    Expensive trade wars, who the shorts REALLY want to win, and burning BMWs. This is the Morning Shift for October 23, 2018. President Donald Trump started a trade war with China and seemingly the rest of the world, and he began the war by hiking up tariffs on steel and aluminum. While the intended purpose was to “bring steel back” or somesuch, the market forces at work are vastly greater than any mere tariffs that can be thrown at such a globalized commodity.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by socialiguana
    +15 +1

    More Than Half of All New Car Loans in Canada are Financed for 84-Months: Report

    Every morning I wake up, splash some water on my face, and say, to no one in particular, “Today’s the day we’ll see the auto industry start trending away from absurdly long loan terms. Surely everyone will realize, today, that this can’t end well.” Today is not that day. In Canada, we’re told by way of the CBC, more than half of all new car loans carry 84-month terms. Weeeeee...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by dianep
    +12 +1

    The Only One In The World - A Pontiac GTO Chief Camino

    The 1965 Pontiac GTO Chief Camino is a one-off vehicle that should almost certainly have been built and offered for sale by Pontiac in the mid-1960s. It never was, but this is probably due to the fact that there’s no indication Pontiac even considered building it. The car you see here wasn’t built by them, it was built as a prototype by a man named Ron in his garage over a period of 10 years – using an original Pontiac GTO as the starting point.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +13 +1

    Nissan Recalls 166,000 Vehicles in North America Over Ignition Switch Snafu

    Nissan is recalling roughly 166,000 vehicles due to an ignition switch issue that could cause the vehicle’s engine to shut off while driving. The automaker said 153,000 of the recalled units are in the United States, with another 13,000 in Canada.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by capoti
    +16 +1

    Mazda Skyactiv-X engine range to gain plug-in hybrid variant from 2021

    Mazda pledged that its next generation of petrol-engine vehicles will be cleaner than electric cars due to the use of efficiency-boosting compression ignition technology - and it'll boost that promise in 2021, when a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain will join the range.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zobo
    +12 +1

    Self-Driving Car Developers Should Put Pedestrians First

    Since March, when an autonomous vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona, forecasts for AVs have been decidedly less optimistic. But autonomous vehicle promoters are undeterred. AI entrepreneur Andrew Ng contends that self-driving cars will be safe for pedestrians when walkers and cyclists conform to their limitations. “What we tell people is, ‘Please be lawful and please be considerate,’” he told Bloomberg.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rexall
    +10 +1

    Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

    I'm guessing you are scoffing in disbelief at the very suggestion of this article, but bear with me. A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we'll all have stopped owning cars, and, what's more, the internal combustion engine will have been consigned to the dustbin of history. Yes, it's a big claim and you are right to be sceptical, but the argument that a unique convergence of new technology is poised to revolutionise personal transportation is more persuasive than you might think.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by cone
    +6 +1

    No Reserve: Modified 1988 Ford Mustang SSP 5.0 for Charity

    This 1988 Ford Mustang LX began life as a Special Service Package coupe that was reportedly used by the California Highway Patrol from 1988 until 1994. Extensive modifications have been added by the seller, Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire, since his acquisition in 2014. Wide-body fenders were installed along with a Saleen lower front air dam, and a repaint was also performed in the current shade of black.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ilyas
    +5 +1

    2018 Audi R8 V-10 Plus Competition Package: A Spicy-Looking Track Slayer

    Topline: Audi will bring just 10 of the special-edition R8 V10 Plus Coupe with the Competition Package to the United States. What's New: Every one of the 10 cars bears identical Suzuka Grey paint with the black exterior detail package, which trims the grille and vents with black outlines. Leather adorns the interior, where bucket seats with red stitching cup the driver in place, and a 13-speaker, 550-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo system does its best to drown out the R8's 5.2-liter V-10, which is nearly identical to the one found in the Lamborghini Huracan.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +19 +1

    Ford just confirmed that there will be no Ranger Raptor for the United States

    Ford has decided not to bring the Raptor variant of the new Ranger pickup to the United States. Hermann Salenbauch, who is the new vehicle line director for Ford Performance, spoke to journalists about Ford Performance today in Las Vegas. Among the topics that came up was the Ford Ranger Raptor, and he had bad news for American fans of the off road Ranger: despite America’s love of Raptor pickups, Ford has no plans to bring it to the United States.

  • 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    2 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.