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The Ultimate James Bond Automobile

The Ultimate James Bond Automobile

August 27, 2015 @ 1:40 pm by Nick Visser

  Even James Bond isn't posh enough for this. Luxury automaker Aston Martin has released new photos of its stunning Vulcan supercar, which was announced earlier this year. The track-only vehicle is almost entirely constructed of carbon fiber and packs a whopping 800-horsepower V12 engine so powerful owners are offered an “extensive and detailed program of intensive track driver training," Wired reported back in February. Car companies have been looking toward carbon fiber for years to …

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Audi's Lunar Quattro Will Go 4-Wheeling on the Moon

Audi's Lunar Quattro Will Go 4-Wheeling on the Moon

August 25, 2015 @ 4:20 pm by Dave Pinter

    The rover—set to launch in 2017—won't set any speed records, but it could be the automaker's toughest engineering challenge yet   Audi has entered a space race and all it has to do to win is drive a third of a mile on the moon. If that sounds easy, it’s not. The automaker has partnered with German engineering group Part-Time Scientists to try to win the Google Lunar XPRIZEcompetition. They unveiled the …

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Jaguar Never Making Self Driving Cars

Jaguar Never Making Self Driving Cars

August 24, 2015 @ 8:05 pm by Chris Matyszczyk

When we hunker in our bunkers as our robot overlords dictate our thoughts and ferry us to where they want us to go, we'll have a secret vehicle stashed away. It'll be an old Jaguar, buried underground and waiting to be driven. By you, that is. I feel sure of this scenario, as I've just heard word that Jaguar Land Rover will never, ever make self-driving cars. Automotive News reports that …

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Here's What Google's Self-Driving Car Sees When You Crash Into It

Here's What Google's Self-Driving Car Sees When You Crash Into It

August 21, 2015 @ 4:45 pm by Robert Sorokanich

  Google’s self-driving cars are busily racking up miles on public streets—roughly 10,000 miles a week with humans aboard to provide safety backup, according to Chris Urmson, head of Google’s autonomous-vehicle program. And in a blog post on Medium describing a low-speed crash involving a Google-modified autonomous Lexus on July 1, Urmson showed us what Google’s self-driving machines see when pesky human drivers crash into them. Urmson explains how the scene went down: One of our Lexus vehicles was …

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Bonnet-Mounted Car Mascots Illegal?

Bonnet-Mounted Car Mascots Illegal?

August 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm by Emma Smith

  JAGUAR stopped fitting leaping cat mascots to cars for the UK market in 1970. The company says its dealerships will assist owners in getting hold of mascots — they are available on eBay, for example — but no longer supply or fit them. There is a basic legal rule against fitting anything that obstructs the driver’s view, but your cat passes that test. “Having a bonnet mascot is not a …

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Behind The Scenes: Drag Race

Behind The Scenes: Drag Race

August 20, 2015 @ 6:20 pm by Ciro De Siena

  Every now and then when it stops raining in Cape Town, the Cars.co.za team takes over the Killarney Race Track and… well, it’s a lot of fun. The circuit has a drag strip and as you may have seen, we have staged some rather epic races which have been a hit with our Youtube audience. We’ve also started making use of the full circuit for races, now that we have our …

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Is Your Town a Hotspot for Vehicle Theft?

Is Your Town a Hotspot for Vehicle Theft?

August 19, 2015 @ 2:50 pm by Matt Schmitz

With its abundant sunny days and enviable year-round climate, California in many ways is literally one massive hot spot. On the downside, it's also another sort of hot spot that's not so awesome — one for car thieves. When it comes to rates of auto theft as calculated annually by the Des Plaines, Ill.-based National Insurance Crime Bureau using data from the National Crime Information Center, the Golden State routinely …

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Volvo to Start Building Cars in America

Volvo to Start Building Cars in America

August 12, 2015 @ 2:10 pm by Joe Lorio

  Volvo has announced that it will build an assembly plant in the United States as part of its plan to become a "truly global carmaker." The Swedish brand, now owned by the Chinese company Geely, currently builds cars at two factories in Sweden and two in China. Volvo has not said which models would be built at the U.S. facility, or what the planned annual production capacity will be. …

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A Super-Car for a Superfan

A Super-Car for a Superfan

August 10, 2015 @ 1:25 pm by N/A

Vehicles don't come much more iconic than the original Batmobile. For decades children of all ages have ogled this black beauty which mixes muscular styling with plenty of firepower. And now it could be yours – provided you have a spare £3 million down the back of the sofa. Batmobiles may have got bigger and more ferocious over the years, but none can match the sleek lines of the iconic …

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The Most

The Most "American" Car

August 7, 2015 @ 9:30 am by Joe Lorio

  Thematically, when we imagine the Most American Car, we might think of the Ford F-150 or the Chevrolet Corvette or maybe the Jeep Wrangler. But for business-school nerds, there is no question whose answer cannot be deduced with a formula. So it is in this case with associate professor Frank DuBois, at American University's Kogod School of Business. Taking as its start the domestic-parts content figure on every new …

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Cars Aren't Just For Kids

Cars Aren't Just For Kids

August 5, 2015 @ 3:55 pm by Alexander Stoklosa

  We’re not changing our name to Lego and Driver—although we’d be all for starting a sister publication—but it is true that Lego has been stepping up its automotive game as of late. The world’s most powerful brand has released incredibly realistic kits of everything from a classic Ferrari F40 to a Mini Cooper, a Volkswagen T1 Camper van, and even a Mercedes Unimog. There’s now another Mercedes-Benz product in Lego’s stable, …

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Weirdest Car Commercial Ever

Weirdest Car Commercial Ever

August 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm by Alexander Stoklosa

Today, internet, you can haz cheezburger, because Volkswagen has drummed up one of the weirdest, cattiest ads we’ve ever seen. And for Germany, no less. Setting aside the idea that Germans are, on the stereotyped surface of things, the least funny people on earth, the commercial is mesmerizingly zany, with humans acting out internet-famous cat videos while a bizarre, hypothalamus-splittingly irritating song jangles in the background. So what do humans playing …

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Ever Wanted an Amphibious Car?

Ever Wanted an Amphibious Car?

August 3, 2015 @ 11:05 am by Zach Doell

 Do you love boats, but hate getting out of your car? Is off-road ability a top priority when choosing your next watercraft? Well, have we found the vehicle for you! Built by WaterCar, it’s called the Panther, and – as far as the promotional video goes – there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of things to do with it. From racing a yacht to picking up girls at spring …

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