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2015 J.D. Power dependability study: Lexus on top; Bluetooth, voice recognition most cited problems

The 2015 J.D. Power dependability study has named Lexus as the most reliable brand for the fourth year running. This year's study is based on the experiences of 34,000 US owners of 2012 model year vehicles, meaning that many of these cars were purchased in 2011...

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Porsche develops touchscreen sat nav system for its classic cars
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Porsche develops touchscreen sat nav system for its classic cars

Porsche Classic has developed a new touchscreen entertainment and navigation head unit that can be installed in classic Porsche sports cars. According to Porsche, the new head unit has been designed for vehicles as old as the first generation 911 from the early 1960s through to the 993-series 911, which was the company's last air cooled model and was sold up until 1998...


Rinspeed Budii reimagines the BMW i3 as an autonomous vehicle
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Rinspeed Budii reimagines the BMW i3 as an autonomous vehicle

The Rinspeed Budii concept will take pride of place on the Swiss company's stand at this year's Geneva motor show. Rinspeed has given the BMW i3 a wide-body restyling and a host of new technology to turn the hatchback into a glimpse of what an autonomous vehicle might look like in the showroom. The thoroughly reworked interior features a steering wheel mounted to a robotic arm...


Mystery Apple van caught on video in Silicon Valley
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Mystery Apple van caught on video in Silicon Valley

Over the weekend, an eagle eyed Silicon Valley resident spotted and filmed a mystery van, believed to belong to Apple, roaming the streets not too far from the company's HQ. The video (above) of a Dodge Grand Caravan — a Chrysler Grand Voyager with a crosshair grille — making a u-turn was submitted to MacRumors by reader Jonathan Shiu...


2015 Ford Mondeo will feature Wi-Fi hotspot as standard
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2015 Ford Mondeo will feature Wi-Fi hotspot as standard

The next-generation Ford Mondeo will feature Wi-Fi hotspot capability as standard thanks to its Sync 2 infotainment system. Ford has confirmed that the new Mondeo will be the third model in its lineup, after the FG X Falcon and SZ Mark II Territory, to offer Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. The Wi-Fi hotspot feature will be standard on all Mondeo models coming to Australia...


Apple working on an electric vehicle - report
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Apple working on an electric vehicle - report

According to a report there are currently several hundred Apple employees are working on a top-secret electric car project. Anonymous sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the car project was approved a year ago, with Steve Zadesky, vice president for product design, put in charge. Prior to helping to the lead the iPod and iPhone teams, Zadesky was an engineer at Ford...


BMW M4 MotoGP safety car features engine with water injection system
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BMW M4 MotoGP safety car features engine with water injection system

The BMW M4 MotoGP safety car that will be used during the 2015 season will feature an engine that's equipped with a novel water injection system. Aside from the eye-catching livery and its complement of flashing lights, the BMW M4 that will be used as a safety car during the 2015 MotoGP season has one extra trick hidden up its sleeve, or under its bonnet to be more precise: a water injection system that is said to improve performance and cut fuel consumption by reducing combustion temperatures...


Metrocab's range extended electric taxi begins service on London's streets
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Metrocab's range extended electric taxi begins service on London's streets

A new pilot fleet of electric Metrocabs has hit the streets of London, after authorities approved the first range extended electric taxi for fare paying service. Measuring 4.9 metres long, 1.8m wide and 1925mm tall, and sitting on a 3.18m wheelbase, the new Metrocab design can seat either six or seven passengers...


Chevrolet Bolt EV confirmed for production
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Chevrolet Bolt EV confirmed for production

General Motors has confirmed that the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt that debuted last month in concept guise is headed for production. The five-door electric hatchback, which was crafted in part by Holden designers in Australia, made its global debut last month at the Detroit motor show alongside the second-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle...


BMW PHEV sedan coming in 2018, priced against Tesla Model S - report
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BMW PHEV sedan coming in 2018, priced against Tesla Model S - report

BMW is reportedly working on a plug-in hybrid sedan, which could be based on the next-generation version of the long-wheelbase 5 Series. According to a report in Car, BMW is preparing a new uniquely styled plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Mooted names for this vehicle include i5 and i7, but branding has yet to be settled on...


Tesla Model S receives first software update in Australia
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Tesla Model S receives first software update in Australia

Australian owners of the Tesla Model S are likely to have their cars updated while they sleep this week, with the first "over the air" software upgrade rolling out to the electric sedan now. Telsa rolls out its upgrades wirelessly, with the car downloading software patches - in this case, v6...


Quant F concept to debut in Geneva with updated 802kW fuel-cell drivetrain
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Quant F concept to debut in Geneva with updated 802kW fuel-cell drivetrain

At this year's Geneva motor show, the Quant F concept car will be the star attraction at fuel-cell developer NanoFlowcell's stand. If the Quant F looks familiar, it's because the 2015 concept car is a re-engineered and redesigned version of the Quant e-Sportlimousine, which took its bow at the 2014 Geneva motor show...


Wireless Apple CarPlay coming with iOS 8.3 update - report
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Wireless Apple CarPlay coming with iOS 8.3 update - report

If a leak proves to be true, the Apple CarPlay mirroring protocol will soon be available via both wired and wireless connections. Currently the only method for enabling Apple CarPlay's mirroring functionality on a car's entertainment system is via a physical USB cable connection...


Google may be working on Uber-style service - report
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Google may be working on Uber-style service - report

If a report is correct, Google has begun work on a ride-hailing service that could one day rival Uber, Lyft, Gett and others. Google, through its venture capital arm, invested US$258 million ($330 million) in Uber in August 2013 and has a seat on its board, which is currently filled by David Drummond, Google's senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer...


Government money better spent on new charging stations, not tax breaks - study
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Government money better spent on new charging stations, not tax breaks - study

A study in the US has come to the conclusion that money spent by the US federal government on tax breaks for buyers of electric vehicles may have been better deployed on new charging stations. The conclusion was reached in a paper published by Lang Tong and Shanjun Li, researchers at Cornell University in New York state...


Holden Commodore Sportwagon Auto Parking
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Holden Commodore Sportwagon Auto Parking

Standard in all Holden Commodore VF models is automated parking, including sedan, ute and Sportwagon , and the base model Holden Commodore Evoke. It's a first for a locally produced car, offering semi-automatic parallel and perpendicular parking (the car controls the steering; the driver controls the speed).


Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations
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Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations

Volkswagen and BMW will install a set of almost 100 fast charging stations across the US by the end of 2015. The concerted effort by the two German automakers will expand the existing charging station network operated by Chargepoint. The new charging facilities will be located along the west coast and in the heavily populated north-eastern corner...


Peugeot Citroen puts Hybrid Air development on hold - report
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Peugeot Citroen puts Hybrid Air development on hold - report

Reports claim that development of the Hybrid Air system by PSA Peugeot Citroen has been put on hold after the departure of the programme's chief and an unsuccessful search to find an automotive partner with whom to share costs with. According to a report in French business newspaper Les Echos, development of Hybrid Air technology has stalled...


Ford opens new US research centre alongside Google, Apple, Facebook
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Ford opens new US research centre alongside Google, Apple, Facebook

In a move that signifies us moving ever closer to the 'connected car', Ford Motor Company has opened a new research centre in California's Silicon Valley to aid in the development of technologies that will herald the next step change in automotive evolution. The new Ford facility is in Palo Alto, the centre of Silicon Valley, where the automaker's neighbours will be tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook and many others...


Google talking to suppliers, car makers about producing self-driving vehicle
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Google talking to suppliers, car makers about producing self-driving vehicle

The project leader for Google's autonomous car project has said that any production vehicle from the internet company would need to be produced in association with an established car maker. Late last week, Chris Urmson, the leader of Google's self-driving car project, spoke at the Automotive News World Congress...