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    Report: Stop-start problems could lead to rise of ultracapacitors
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    The proliferation of start-stop systems in today's cars and trucks is pretty simple to explain. With these systems, manufacturers have an easy, mostly unobtrusive way of boosting a vehicle's fuel economy. As with just about anything though, there are drawbacks to modern start-stop tech. In ...

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    Report: Is Lamborghini readying a hybrid for Paris?
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    Lamborghini had us seriously stumped when it released its teaser (above) for a new vehicle that'll debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The image seemed to depict a fastback GT somewhat reminiscent of Lambo's earlier 2+2 models like the Espada, and was accompanied by the sentence, "Once ...

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    Report: Are newer guardrails making roads less safe? Federal investigation pending [w/video]
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    As if its name doesn't make it clear, the whole purpose of a guardrail is to prevent vehicles from leaving a roadway and veering into potentially even more dangerous territory. However, at least one type of guardrail may not be doing its job, according to a recent study. Federal officials are ...

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    Report: New radar gun may inform police if you're texting
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    Typically, we don't really enjoy seeing radar-gun-wielding traffic cops. They have a tendency to ruin our day. But, a new sort of radar gun may have us quickly singing their praises. The Virginian-Pilot reports that there's a new tool that will be able to tell officers if a driver is texting ...

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    Official: Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L promises 141 mpg, no door dings [w/video]
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    I'm the president of Autoblog's chapter of the Citroën C4 Cactus Appreciation Club. Full Disclosure: I'm also probably its only member. Why am I fan, you ask? Because the C4 and its ding-resistant Airbumps offer the versatility of a five-door Ford Focus, but it's 350 pounds lighter than ...

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    What you missed on 9.17.14
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    First Drive: 2015 Kia Sedona If today's minivan sales are any indication, young parents with newly expanding families just aren't willing to submit to the practical charms of the box-like minivan, if it means looking like their parents in the process. Yet, here is Kia launching an all-new ...

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    Official: Ford to offer Police Interceptor surveillance tech to competitors [w/video]
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    Ford unveiled its surveillance mode technology last year as an option for 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility models, and it has been a huge success. Now, the automaker and its partner InterMotive Inc. have decided to license the patent-pending system, including possibly to competitors ...

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    Official: Audi scores first CA autonomous car permit
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    Audi apparently knows how to get to the front of a line when it comes to driverless vehicles. The German automaker had the honor of being the very first company to receive one of California's new autonomous vehicle driving permits. It was a perfect followup to it being among the earliest ones to ...

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    Study: Is it illegal to use the Apple Watch while driving?
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    In conjunction with the typical Internet feeding frenzy that goes hand in hand with the announcement of each new iPhone, Apple has been cited in countless headlines this week after its debut of its new Apple Watch on September 9. The so-called "smartwatch" is far from an industry first – ...

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    Video: ASU and DARPA team attempt jetpack-aided four-minute mile
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    The importance of a soldier's foot speed has been known since well before Pheidippides made his famous run during the Battle of Marathon. And while humans on the whole are faster than their ancestors, thanks to more advanced technology and training methods, there are still biomechanical speed ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 9.16.14
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    Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience Ever wonder what it's like to have so much money that you can literally buy anything you want? What would that be like? Our man Basem Wasef gets to play the part of the rich distinguished gentleman as he learns what it's like to be courted by Bugatti, and it ...

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    Video: Evo takes flight in BMW's sultry i8
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    Electric cars and hybrids are here to stay, much to the apparent dismay of some auto enthusiasts, but that doesn't mean they have to represent the death of enjoyable driving. Granted, the initial run of hybrids in the US like the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius weren't exactly tailor-made for ...

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    Report: Automakers stuck on structural adhesives for new cars
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    The biggest benefit of adhesives is that they allow automakers to mix and match structural materials. Whether shedding pounds to gain speed or points of fuel economy, weight is always the enemy when it comes to automotive efficiency. With increasing regulation forcing automakers worldwide to ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 9.12.14
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    Looking back at Oprah's free-car giveaway "You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!" 10 years ago this week, Oprah Winfrey shouted those words as members of her studio audience screamed in delight, all of them just having won brand new Pontiac G6s. Greg Migliore looks back on ...

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    Study: Risk of cyber-threats may increase as cars load up on computers, active controls
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    "You can have everything super-secure, but one part can compromise everything in the car, including safety." – Walter Buga Features in many new cars that are widely seen as the first steps toward a self-driving future may also making cars more susceptible to cyber crime, according to a ...

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    Report: Fuel cells will flop outside Japan, says VW
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    "It may fly within Japan, but not globally," VW's Shoji said. It's long been battered into our beleaguered auto writer brains that the ultimate future source of motivation for tomorrow's cars and trucks is not gasoline, diesel, electricity, natural gas, propane or solar power – it's the ...

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    Video: Custom Tesla Model S features incredible light-up paint
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    One of the most fascinating things about documentaries which examine the bizarre creatures populating our Earth's oceans is the concept of bioluminescence. Deep down in the drink, there are jellyfish and other creatures able to emit their own light – often in beautiful, strobing patterns. ...

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    Official: Toyota U-squared urban utility concept inspired by Maker Faire [w/video]
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    There's a quiet revolution happening in US cities. People want to mix an urban lifestyle with a connection to nature and appreciation for craftsmanship. The result of all of this is folks pursuing things as varied as urban farming, home brewing and the whole maker movement. Toyota thinks it has ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 9.8.14
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    2016 Jaguar XE revealed The last time Jaguar made a midsize sedan, it wasn't exactly praised. No, the X-Type wasn't a proper offering in a segment led by the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but this new XE looks to offer serious competition for classmates from Germany, America, ...

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    Report: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata first engine shot revealed
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    We've dug deep for just about every scrap of 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata info available out of the car's California reveal celebration, but powertrain particulars have been especially hard to come by. While we still don't have engine specifications, the folks over at Autoweek have scored a nice scoop ...

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