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    Report: Researchers halfway to cutting carbon fiber costs by 90%
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    Carbon fiber has been utilized for decades to build racecars, as a means to cut weight while maintaining strength. But until recently, the space-age material has been largely absent from the street on anything but supercars because of the expense to use it. Recently, BMW signaled a major shift in ...

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    Official: Audi RS7 prototype is world's sportiest self-driving car [w/video]
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    Audi may not be the only automaker out there toying with self-driving automobile technology, but it is arguably the fastest of them. A few years back, it raced unleashed a driverless TTS on the Bonneville Salt Flats, then sent it up Pikes Peak and around Thunderhill. But now it's taking things a ...

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    Video: How to turn your living room into a Mario Kart course
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    There's now a way to bring all of the fun and competitiveness of a game of Mario Kart to your living room floor with a tech project called RomoCart. The game uses cameras, a projector, robots and special programming to create an infinite variety of courses on your floor based around any obstacles ...

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    Study: Male Baby Boomers most likely to drive connected cars, according to Nielsen study
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    There's no denying that new cars are becoming increasingly packed with tech that connects drivers to the internet, even if it can be distracting. Whether it's as simple as streaming audio or turning the interior into a wifi hotspot, these connected car systems appear here to stay. So who actually ...

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    Report: BMW looking to fix i3 acceleration problem uncovered by Consumer Reports
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    The BMW i3 has been hailed in some quarters as the future of electric mobility, what with its innovative carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body and commitment to sustainable materials wherever possible. The modernist little hatch is even available with a 650cc two-cylinder gas engine with 34 ...

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    Video: Watch this to get excited about seeing Honda back in F1
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    Honda engines were the dominant force in Formula One through portions of the '80s and '90s, powering championship-winning teams at Williams and McLaren. It tried to recapture some of that magic in the 2000s but wasn't nearly as successful. For the 2015 F1 season, the Japanese brand is returning ...

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    Report: Mercedes-Benz rewarded by EPA for implementing start-stop
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    The last Mercedes-Benz AMG model I drove was the CLS63 AMG. It had a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Oh, and it also had a standard stop-start system and an Eco mode, two features that are kind of silly on a sedan that will hit 60 miles per hour in ...

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    Report: Next Audi R8 to share hybrid tech with Lamborghini Asterion
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    The second-generation Audi R8 isn't far away, but when it arrives, it could serve to seriously shake up the supercar market according to Audi research and development boss Ulrich Hackenberg. Speaking to Car in the UK, Hackenberg confirmed quite unequivocally that a plug-in-hybrid model and a ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 10.7.14
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    Top Torque-to-Weight Ratios examined You want torque? Good. We've got torque. From tiny turbocharged four-cylinder engines through V8 muscle and sports cars and straight on through to the biggest turbodiesel mills you can buy in American today without a CDL, we've taken a close look at the cars ...

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    Study: Hello, Siri? Please don't crash the car
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    Hands on the wheel and eyes on the road? You could still be distracted while driving. Voice-recognition software that many automakers tout as a safer alternative to handheld devices can still divert drivers' attention, a new study published by AAA found. Researchers noted that workload ...

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    Official: Volvo specs new 450-hp triple-charged four-cylinder engine
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    When Volvo lifted the veil on the new XC90 a little over a month ago, it announced that all versions would be powered by one engine design: a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder to be offered in various states of tune. That would range, Volvo said, all the way up to a high-output version with "around 400 ...

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    Report: Navy to introduce armed, autonomous patrol boats for escort duty
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    The United States Navy will employ a creative new approach to protecting its ships in narrow sea lanes. Using technology pioneered by the Mars Rover, the USN will employ armed, autonomous patrol boats. Isn't this kind of how Skynet started? The Office of Navy Research completed a successful ...

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    Study: Turbochargers set to double in US over next 5 years
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    As the public portion of the Paris Motor Show gets under way this week, attendees will no doubt see dozens of vehicles with turbocharged engines. In Europe, such technology is common. Two out of every three cars on the road have turbochargers under their hoods. That's not the case in the United ...

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    Paris: Renault Eolab Concept pursues a 1L/100 km future [w/video]
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    In the contest for ultra-high fuel efficiency, France is coming up with a seriously tough lineup of concepts. Both Peugeot and Citroën have concept cars on display at the 2014 Paris Motor Show that blend aerodynamics, low curb weights and cutting edge powertrain technologies to return 141 ...

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    Paris: Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air 2L returns 141 Euro mpg, doesn't look like a Cactus [w/video]
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    One of the more intriguing automotive technologies on the market is PSA's Hybrid Air drivetrain, which is being shown rather prominently at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in both the Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow 2L and in this, the Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air 2L. The gist of the Hybrid Air system is ...

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    Official: General Motors names new cyber security chief
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    General Motors made a splash earlier this month when it announced it would add wireless hotspots to many vehicles in its 2015 lineup and introduce more advanced technology going forward. It's probably no coincidence, then, that the company recently named its first-ever director of cyber ...

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    Official: GM outlines strategy for new products, growth in China
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    "Our strategic plan is a pathway to earn customers for life and create significant shareholder value in the process." – Mary Barra General Motors laid out ambitious plans on Wednesday to become the world's "most valued automotive company," a goal it says it can reach by strengthening ...

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    Official: Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept previews a fullsize future of luxury
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    Well, this certainly looks like a concept, doesn't it? From the wide, portal-esque door opeings to the boattail rear window design, there's just so much about the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration that looks like it would never actually reach production that we're impressed the automaker had the gumption ...

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    Official: Jaguar details new Ingenium four-cylinder engines [w/video]
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    When Jaguar lifted the veil on its new XE sports sedan earlier this month, it only revealed details on one engine – that being the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 in the flagship XE S. But we already knew that the British automaker's new entry-level model will offer many other powertrain options, ...

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    Official: Chevy Silverado Toughnology Concept gets ready for SEMA
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    Aluminum is the big buzzword in the pickup world these days, especially with the upcoming 2015 Ford F-150 shedding over 700-pounds by switching to the lightweight metal. The question on pundits' and buyers' minds is when (or if) General Motors and Ram Trucks could make a similar shift. However, ...

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