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Fast and Furious Fans Rejoice

Fast and Furious Fans Rejoice

December 31, 2015 @ 2:50 pm by Jason Siu

Another car featured in the Fast and Furious movie franchise is crossing the auction block.   This custom 1995 Volkswagen Jetta starred in the original movie and is currently owned by Frankie Muniz of TV, music, movie and racing fame. Looking just like it did when the movie was filmed, the modified Volkswagen Jetta is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission. It has made numerous …

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Car and Driver: Porsche Cayman Review

Car and Driver: Porsche Cayman Review

December 29, 2015 @ 11:00 am by Elania Rhoades

Lacking serious competition, Porsche has owned the $50,000–$90,000 import sports car segment for a while with the Boxster and Cayman. The Jaguar F-type is a noisy glamour queen that lacks the Porsches’ lightness of touch, and the Alfa Romeo 4C is too raw. Acura missed an opportunity to offer us something like the 4C from a company that takes quality seriously, but alas, it massively overshot the mark with themegadollar NSX. So the Boxster and Cayman retain their …

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Car Tech in 2015

Car Tech in 2015

December 28, 2015 @ 4:25 pm by Marco Della Cava

  SAN FRANCISCO — Although 2015 was packed with self-driving car updates from technology companies, the truly eye-popping industry strides were made by traditional auto manufacturers. As Google presses ahead with its development of a futuristic car without steering wheel or pedals, automakers such as Ford, Audi and electric-car upstart Tesla added sensor-based features to conventional automobiles that relieve drivers of certain driving chores. Using varying combinations of traditional radar, laser-based radar, cameras and ultrasonic discs, Tesla's Autopilot software …

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BlackBerry Wants in on the Car Market

BlackBerry Wants in on the Car Market

December 26, 2015 @ 7:10 pm by Unknown

  During BlackBerry's (NASDAQ:BBRY) latest conference call, CEO John Chen announced that the company will unveil new "advanced driver-assist technologies and solutions" at CES 2016 in January. Many new cars already use "semi-autonomous" systems to automatically apply the brakes or change lanes, but some automakers believe  that fully autonomous cars will become a common sight on public roads within the next decade. MASERATI'S QNX TECHNOLOGY CONCEPT CAR AT CES 2015. IMAGE SOURCE: QNX. BlackBerry already …

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Buisness Insider Tesla Model X Review

Buisness Insider Tesla Model X Review

December 21, 2015 @ 11:25 am by Benjamin Zhang

  Editorial note: Business Insider just named its 2015 Car of the Year, the Volvo XC90. This weekend, we're re-running our reviews of the five cars that almost beat out the Volvo for the honor. The Tesla Model X crossover is one of the most eagerly awaited vehicles in recent memory. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the production electric crossover during a massive gathering at a company facility in Fremont, California, …

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Mind Control Cars

Mind Control Cars

December 15, 2015 @ 10:40 am by Jay Bennet

 Chinese researchers from Nankai University have successfully created technology that allows you to control a car with your brain. A headset containing 16 sensors can read the electroencephalography (EEG) signals in your brain and transfer that information to a computer program. The program then identifies the signals associated with a given command and translates that information into a movement command that it sends to the car.   Currently, the technology allows you to drive the car …

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Mercedes Caters to the Sun-Worshipping and Speed Junkies

Mercedes Caters to the Sun-Worshipping and Speed Junkies

December 14, 2015 @ 12:45 pm by Ronan Glon

Mercedes-AMG has added the S65 Cabriolet to the growing S-Class family. Set to greet the public for the first time next month at the Detroit Motor Show, the 2017 S65 Cabriolet is the fifth V12-powered member of Mercedes-Benz’s hot-rodded AMG-badged lineup. The V12 in question is a hand-built, 6.0-liter unit that generates 621 horsepower from 4,800 to 5,400 rpm and a massive 738 pound-feet of torque from 2,300 to 4,300 …

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2016's Safest Vehicles

2016's Safest Vehicles

December 10, 2015 @ 9:45 am by Pete Bigelow

Looking over the list of four-dozen vehicles that earned the highest-possible safety ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this year, there's one noticeable omission: Cars built by American manufacturers. IIHS officials released the results of their annual rankings this morning, and there's only one car from Detroit's Big Three among the ones bestowed with a Top Safety Pick+ rating, a designation that influential among car shoppers. The Chrysler 200 was the lone …

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McLaren 675SLT Spider

McLaren 675SLT Spider

December 7, 2015 @ 9:20 am by Mark Ewing

  McLaren’s 675LT “Longtail” premiered at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. With a focus on lightweight, slick aerodynamics, and increased power all to sharpen on-track performance, the McLaren 650S was transformed into the 675LT, a car collectors and driving enthusiasts threw money at. You can read the background here. The run of 500 Longtails quickly sold out. After more than four years of evolution and hard work on the …

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New King at Toyota

New King at Toyota

December 4, 2015 @ 12:05 pm by Keith Naughton

  The Toyota Camry, the top-selling car in America for the last 13 years, may have finally met its match: The Toyota RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle. Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Corp.’s top U.S. sales executive, predicted today that the RAV4 will outsell the Camry within the next five years as millennials, the children of the baby boomers, embrace small SUVs as the new family car. “I’ll bet you lunch …

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How Would Cars Be Different if We had Tails?

How Would Cars Be Different if We had Tails?

December 3, 2015 @ 1:15 pm by Jason Torchinsky

Generally, it’s pretty good to be a member of the great ape family. We’re omnivorous, which makes restaurants more fun, we have opposable thumbs, which are super-useful, and some of us are even tool-users. But, our lower primate pals have one thing we don’t: tails. Since all we have is some dinky little coccyx-bones, we humans never knew the joys of prehensile tail ownership. We often long to have a third hand, …

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2017 Bentley Bentayga First Drive Review

2017 Bentley Bentayga First Drive Review

December 1, 2015 @ 10:45 am by Abigail Basset

  Our test drive of the world’s most expensive—and fastest—SUV reveals a powerful machine wrapped in a new level of luxury. What it is: 2017 Bentley Bentayga Price Range: Starting at $229,100 and rocketing up from there Competitors: Upcoming Rolls Royce SUV (nicknamed Project Cullinan),Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography Black Alternatives: Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Land Rover Sport SVR, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, BMW X5M and X6M, a median-priced home in the United States. Pros: Bentley looks …

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