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DS brand’s split from Citroen confirmed

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The Divine DS previewed the decision to remove Citroën badging from future DS models. Premium brand will go its own way with next round of new cars. Citroën has confirmed that its DS brand is to be separated from its parent for good, which means future European-market DS models won’t feature any Citroën badging. According to the company, Citroëns will... 

China to get electronic vehicle charging network

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A tie-up between electronic car pioneer Tesla Motors and mobile phone company China Unicom is to see the setting up of a charging network for electronic vehicles across the country. Peggy Yang, a spokeswoman for Tesla, which already has 200 dedicated charging outlets across China, said the project eyes setting up of 400 charging points in 120 cities. She said... 

Russia may consider ban on car imports from West

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Russia will reportedly consider tightening tit-for-tat sanctions against the Western states if the United States and the European Union (EU) impose more bans on Moscow. On Monday, Russia’s Vedomosti newspaper cited unnamed sources as saying that Moscow may “fully or partly” ban car imports should Washington and its EU allies adopt fresh sanctions against... 

Futuristic new Russian streetcar revealed

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Russian cities that want to develop their public transit systems will soon have a stellar option to buy. A sleek new black streetcar looks like something Darth Vader would pilot in Star Wars and promises new levels of comfort and safety to commuters. The R1, or Russia One, was developed by a subsidiary of Uralvagonzavod, a company best known for producing advanced... 

Harley-Davidson builds first electric bike

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​The latest creation from Harley-Davidson can go from zero to 60 miles-per-hour faster than you can finish reading this sentence, but you’ll be hard pressed to find one at your local filling station anytime soon. Not only is Harley-Davidson’s newest bike not available on the market yet, the company will start touring a dozen prototypes around the United... 

German scientists working on automatic Car Crash Evasion System

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Experts are developing an assisted steering system, which comes to the drivers’ rescue in the nick of time, when they have even run out of chances to stamp on the brake pedal. The emergency steer assist (ESA) apparatus, which aids the driver in lateral vehicle guidance, is in development by German supplier TRW Automotive in cooperation with scientists from... 

Google working on Fully Autonomous Cars

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US search engine Google is developing cars which are rendered needless of steering wheels, brakes and gas pedals. Co-founder Sergey Brin told a Southern California tech conference on Tuesday that the company will make 100 prototype self-driving cars. The driver-free vehicles are also fitted with start and stop buttons. It is to be made for two occupants and... 

Solar Roadways can show Signs, Generate Electricity, Melt Snow and more

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Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on. They melt snow and cut greenhouse gases by 75-percent. Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can also withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds, literally any surface... 

Nissan debuts self-cleaning car

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The test was carried out on a Nissan Note. Nissan has applied a new repellent technology to the paintwork on cars, which automatically fends off mud and dirt. The Japanese carmaker, which has promised that the technology would render car washes useless, ran a Note compact edition along mud-streaked tracks. The car stood the test with flying colors bearing no... 

Roads glowing at night being tested in Netherlands

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Trials are underway in a town south of Amsterdam on roads bearing markings, which absorb light during the day and diffuse it at night potentially superseding street lighting. The markings on the roads in Oss, 100 kilometers south of the Dutch capital, have used a special paint containing a special “photo-luminizing” powder, which glows after dark. The... 

Russian Yo-Mobile hybrid car project sold to government for 1 Euro

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Russia’s ONEXIM group, owned by tycoon Michael Prokhorov, has sold the technology and development rights for its Yo-mobil hybrid vehicle to the state-run NAMI institute for 1 euro. The falling ruble and slowing car market could triple the project cost. The hybrid vehicle project was announced by Mikhail Prokhorov in 2010 and has more than 200,000 advance... 

Apple and Tesla decline to comment on merger rumors

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A meeting last year between top Apple brass and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sparked speculation that the hugely successful electronics maker is interested in purchasing the forward-thinking electric car company. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the man in charge of mergers and acquisitions at Apple, Adrian Perica, met with Elon Musk about one year ago.... 

Feds Consider Vehicle Location Tracking in New Cars

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Proposal may lead to more accidents, mileage taxes and tickets for “recorded traffic violations”. In a few weeks, federal officials may require new vehicles to have trackable GPS “safety” devices which could be hacked to cause automobile accidents and may even usher in mileage taxes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is spending the... 

Paul Walker died in car crash from ‘traumatic injury and burns’

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Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker did not die from the impact of the crash alone – he also burned alive, his death certificate has confirms. The 40-year-old’s official cause of death was given as the ‘combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries’ by an LA County Coroner. Walker’s official ‘Certificate of Death’... 

Bailout of General Motors cost taxpayers $10.5 billion

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The US government ended up losing $10.5 billion on the General Motors bailout. Taxpayers lost a whopping $10.5 billion on the federal government bailout of General Motors – but officials insisted another course of action would have been even worse. After selling its remaining shares of the Detroit-based automaker Monday, the US Department of the Treasury... 
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