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Automotive news and reviews.

Car of the Week: Tesla Model X Deliveries Finally Begin

After a years long wait, and many delays, Tesla Motors finally started shipping the highly anticipated Model X. When it was first shown in 2012 The Model X quickly became the fastest selling Tesla to date, with sales exceeding $40 million on its first day of pre-orders. The all electric SUV even proved to be somewhat of a halo-effect for the brand, with Model S reservations climbing 30% following the initial unveiling of the Model X. There was some concern from fans that one of the features…

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Dieselgate: Some Perspective.

Volkswagen were caught red-handed cheating the system. Their diesel vehicles were fitted with software that enabled emission control systems during Government laboratory tests, but disabled these systems during real-world conditions. Its been claimed that the difference between the lab and the road is between five times to 40 times the amount of Greenhouse gasses. Why would they do this? The running theory is that a proper emission control system costs more, and in an effort to reduce costs they fitted…

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Car of The Week: ATS GT

Little known Italian company ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) has revived one of their oldest nameplates with the reveal of the new ATS GT. The spiritual successor of the original 1960’s GT, the latest incarnation shows us exactly why Italian automotive designers are considered the best in the world. With a more than ample 640 ponies being pumped out of the rear/mid mounted V8 engine, this sleek little 950kg rear wheel drive car is able to achieve a top speed…

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Autonomous Vehicle Drives Coast to Coast

Delphi Automotive has made history with their specially fitted out Audi SQ5. They have created the first autonomous vehicle to successfully drive across North America – coast to coast – From San Fransisco to New York City. Traveling nearly 3,400 miles, across 15 states, over nine days, with 99 percent of the drive in fully automated mode. This wasn’t exactly a prelude of a production vehicle, but a way for the Delphi engineers to research and collect information that will help further advance active safety technology. And…

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World Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been voted “World Car of the Year 2015,” beating out the other two finalists – the Ford Mustang and Volkswagen Passat – all from an original group of 24 vehicles. The World Car Awards (WCA) winners are chosen by a judging panel made up of 75 prominent automotive journalists from around the world that form a global community of experts. Each of them is appointed based on his or her expertise, experience, credibility by the World Car Steering Committee. Mercedes-Benz…

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High-end on two wheels: ROTWILD GT S inspired by AMG

ROTWILD and Mercedes-AMG have unveiled a mountain bike which has been inspired by the new Mercedes‑AMG GT S and developed for the toughest off-road conditions. The ROTWILD GT S inspired by AMG is based on professional feedback from the top athletes in the AMG ROTWILD MTB racing team, and combines the very best of racing technology on four and two wheels: dynamism, lightweight construction, design and comfort. It has already proven itself; winning a junior world championship title. With paintwork is in distinctive, contrasting solarbeam and carbon black, “Inspired by…

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Boosted BRZ: 296HP STI Performance Concept.

Subaru’s STI performance division has announced a concept turbocharged BRZ. It’s the first time a force fed engine has been placed in any the official BRZ, GT86, FRS triplet production vehicles. Aptly dubbed the “STI Performance Concept,” it is powered by the same 296 HP ( 221 kW ) EJ20 engine from the GT300 BRZ, currently racing in the Japanese Super GT series. But all may not be as it seems, with STI announcing that the car is more of a statement of…

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Mercedes-Benz to Enter Pickup Market

Mercedes-Benz announced today their intention to enter the mid-size (one-tonne) pickup market. “We see opportunities to enter this market as the first premium brand,”  Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans said, but failed to go into much more detail about the truck. They are planning to launch their “rough luxury” utility in multiple countries across Europe and South America, as well as South Africa and Australia. Curiously, Mornhinweg has so far been coy on details of a US launch. There have previously been rumours that Audi…

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Car of the Week: Saleen S302 Black Label

What’s better than a 2015 Mustang? A 730HP Saleen 302 Black Label. With over 30 years of experience in both racing and manufacturing vehicles, and a history of building some of the best Mustangs available on the road, it was only a matter of time before Saleen built a Mustang as comprehensive and technologically advanced as the 2015 302 Black Label. “Since I started building cars in 1984 my goal has always been to go above and beyond where anybody…

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Car of the Week.

Lets end the week by taking a look at one of the most beautiful estates ever produced. The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake. Breathtakingly sporty proportions and a powerfully dynamic design idiom with sensuously shaped surfaces lend the CLA Shooting Brake an unmistakable appearance. The elongated coupé-style roof contour line, the low greenhouse and the sweep of the high beltline are the key design features of its distinctive profile, as is the gentle downward slope of the roof line, which makes for…

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