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Putin flies into Crimea amid war games and tension

BELBEK AIR BASE, Crimea/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin flew into annexed Crimea on Friday a day after staging war games there, and said he hoped Ukraine would see “common sense” when it came to resolving a diplomatic crisis over the peninsula.<p>Two years after Russian troops seized the peninsula, …

The Second Act Of The World’s Most Controversial Car Designer

Chris Bangle was the most infamous car designer during his 17-year tenure at BMW. Now, he’s drawing cartoons in the Italian countryside.<p>Over the 17 years that Chris Bangle served as head of design at BMW, he became in equal measure one of the most famous and one of the most loathed designers …

Why Brexit Could Help Bring Back the British Auto Industry

We've still got British cars, but they don't have that old fashioned English flair. Here's how Brexit could fix that.<p>I'll admit that I stayed up late last night to find out whether the United Kingdom would vote to leave the European Union. I'll also admit that I was cheered by the result. Not …

Auto makers shift gears after Brexit vote

Global auto makers suggested they would have to re-evaluate U.K. investments following Britons' startling vote to leave the European Union, raising …

British security firm hacks Mitsubishi Outlander via mobile app, Wi-Fi

Hacking a car might sound like a silly term that some fearmonger would use to get you all worked up about nothing, but it's actually a bit scary. Considering that more and more cars are connected in various ways, the number of ways to sneak into a car is higher than ever. One British security firm …

Mitsubishi

Will The U.K.'s Auto Business Be Doomed By Brexit?

As the June 23 referendum approaches on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union, a cacophony of hysterical arguments has swamped U.K. media: establishment political and business leaders predict dire consequences if voters choose to leave, while proponents expound on the dangers …

There's definitely something going on between Silicon Valley and the auto industry

A big story has developed in the last decade: Silicon Valley and the car business are converging — high-tech code meets heavy metal.<p>But in the past few years, the convergence has accelerated, and this graphic (from CB Insights) shows just how much:<p>You can see that since late 2015, the <i>density</i> of …

How An Ideo Alum And A DARPA Challenge Winner Built The Ultimate Crash-Proof Drone

The Snap aerial camera by Vantage Robotics draws inspiration from Formula 1 race cars.<p>A Formula 1 race car is designed so that in the event of a crash, individual parts and components can be removed and replaced in mere seconds. The same principles are at play for the Snap, an aerial camera that …

Drones

Faraday Future FFZero1 concept unveiled at CES (pictures)

The power of the Michigan manufacturer plate is a lovely thing. With it, OEMs can run a variety of vehicles that might otherwise be illegal. For example, one automaker uses manufacturer plates to drive a Citroën C4 Cactus in Detroit, while Ford has one of its plates on a Tesla Model X it purchased. …

Electric Vehicles

SpaceX to brief underwriters on the road to Falcon 9 reusability

SINGAPORE – Launch-service provider SpaceX on May 30 said it would meet with insurance underwriters in the coming weeks to discuss the company’s …

the concept cars of Villa D'Este

This year’s theme at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’Este was ‘Back to the Future’. The star quality of the cars on offer meant it was indeed powered …

BMW i5 electric crossover SUV in 2019: latest rumor-mill roundup

The next electric BMW has been the subject of intense interest and discussion for many months.<p>Now, we think we've pieced together a rough idea of the …

Ferrari Redesigned the 458 Speciale for One (Presumably) Wealthy Owner

For when a regular 458 Speciale is just too common.<p>Ferrari's options list is extensive to say the least, but if you pony up enough cash, you can have the company customize your car virtually any way you like. That's what one British owner did, which resulted in this, the one-off 458 Speciale MM. …

This is the Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

The Ferrari 458 Speciale is err, rather special. It followed a template set out by the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia as a hardcore …

So Much For Dieselgate: Outselling Toyota, Volkswagen Is World's Largest Automaker In First 4 Months

With many journalists assuming that Volkswagen AG’s sales would drown in the wake of dieselgate, going under along with the company’s sullied reputation, swaths of the world media succumbed to a serious case of confirmation bias. Quite the opposite is true: Volkswagen stands every chance to fulfill …

Automotive Industry

Check out Mars tonight: It's closer to Earth than it has been in 11 years

As you wind down from your Memorial Day festivities tonight, take a minute to find Mars glowing yellow and bright in the eastern sky.<p>On the evening of May 30, the Red Planet will come closer to Earth than it has in 11 years.<p>Because Mars and Earth are so close to each other tonight, our planetary …

McLaren builds a car for the masses, with a $200,000 price tag

The supercar company McLaren, in an effort to boost factory capacity and bring new buyers to its brand, has gone downmarket.<p>The 570S, the exclusive British builder's first sports car, is being advertised as an affordable, daily driver <b>—</b> an attainable McLaren, available to any auto enthusiast with …

How to Wax Your Car

Get in the habit of giving your car a regular wax or polish and you'll thank yourself later.<p>Regular car waxing will improve your vehicle's look and prolong the life span of its paint. Learning how to wax and buff your car properly can save you a bunch of money over time.<p><b>What You'll Need</b><p>You'll need …

Power Tools

Tesloop offers city-to-city autonomous travel in a Tesla

Travelers in the Southwest have a new all-electric option: long-distance car sharing in a Tesla with Autopilot. The service is called Tesloop, and it currently serves 15 cities in southern California, plus Henderson and Las Vegas in Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona.<p>The idea came to founder Haydn (one …

Automakers Don't Care Anymore If You Know Anything About Your Car 

A lot of car buyers, especially the folks that lease luxury cars, don’t have a clue about some basic aspects of their vehicle. This ad from BMW is …

Watch Jon Olsson drive a Lambo up a glacier

Jon Olsson is our kind of guy. He’s the pro-skier with a penchant for Lamborghinis with roof boxes, and 1000bhp DTM-inspired Audi RS6s. And now he’s …

Zenith: The Rolls-Royce Phantom's swan song

When it's time to bid adieu to a vehicle, automakers tend to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the last-generation model. Sometimes, the results are on the underwhelming side, but other times, you end up with something properly special. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Zenith collection is <i>far</i> from …

Rolls-Royce

Nikola One Electric Semi-Truck

Tesla is doing a great job pushing us towards an all-electric future. But while most of us drive cars, there's still an awful lot of diesel-guzzling …

Lightweight Jaguar E-type reborn

Jaguar taps into its rich heritage with 'missing six' E-type racers originally produced in 1963<p>In many ways this is the perfect classic car, an absolutely faithful replica of the revered Lightweight E-type racer of the Sixties, produced by its original manufacturer more than 50 years later.<p>The …

Nice Museum. Where’s the Art?

After all the artist’s struggles, all the critical quarrels, all the millions paid for grand works—after all that, how long will a museum visitor typically stand before a masterpiece? About twenty-eight seconds, according to a recent scholarly study. This average has held steady during the past …

Subaru Parent Company Fuji Heavy Industries, Changing Its Name to Subaru Corp.

In what it’s calling “an extraordinary meeting of its board of directors,” Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, decided to change its name to “Subaru Corporation.” If this seems like a case of the tail wagging the dog—a fitting reference, we think, given Subaru’s well-publicized …

Mystery BMW-Toyota Supra To Be Built By Austrian Shadow Car Company: Report

Yes, that mysterious BMW-Toyota sports car joint production is still happening. Now we know who might be building it.<p>One of the most interesting car …

Watch a Tesla Model X in Ludicrous Mode go head to head with a McLaren 650S supercar

When it comes to raw acceleration, it’s no secret that the Tesla Model S and Model X provide more bang for the buck than any other car on the market. …

Tesla

Nissan Joins the Ranks of the Global Auto Giants

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. Nissan has struck a deal to take a controlling stake in scandal-plagued rival Mitsubishi Motors. Image source: Nissan.<p><b>Nissan</b> announced on Thursday that it will spend 237 billion yen ($2.2 billion) to acquire a controlling stake in rival <b>Mitsubishi Motors</b> , which is reeling …

Why Won't Porsche Show the Rear of Its 2017 911 GTE Race Car?

What is Porsche hiding?<p>Porsche has just unveiled the replacement for the 911 RSR that will race in the US and Europe in 2017. Well, at least Porsche wants you to think it unveiled the car.<p>The truth is, as Sunday Group pointed out on Twitter, that Porsche has only revealed the front of the next race …