Slovenian company makes in-wheel plug-and-play electric motors

Electric powertrains continue to redefine automotive engineering, but we haven't quite seen anything like Slovenian startup Elaphe has created. The company has spent 15 years working on in-wheel electric motors, and the result is the Elaphe M700, a plug-and-play, off-the-shelf solution for electric car powertrains. The propulsion method is housed in each...

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Google Maps no longer allows in-app Uber booking on Android

Android users will find a useful feature missing the next time they open Google Maps. The technology company has removed the feature that allowed customers to book an Uber without having to leave the Google Maps app. The feature disappeared from Android users' phones on Monday, according to a Digital Trends report, and the Google support page bluntly reads...

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GM pumps $175M into manufacturing next-generation Cadillac sedans

Cadillac will roll out a new vehicle every six months through 2021, and parent automaker General Motors has just ponied up the funds to build two of them. The automaker's Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan received a $175 million investment for next-generation Cadillac sedan production. The two sedans, likely to be called the Cadillac CT5 and...

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Genesis, Kia, Hyundai top 2018 J.D. Power quality study

For the first time ever, the three major Korean auto brands in the United States topped the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. For 2018, Genesis took the number one spot, followed by Kia in second, and Hyundai in third. The 2018 results knock Porsche from the top three for the first time in years. J.D. Power measures initial quality in problems per 100...

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Feds order cease and desist for safety-inhibiting Tesla Autopilot Buddy

The controversial Autopilot Buddy product, made for Tesla vehicles that feature the semi self-driving technology, has been ordered to be pulled off the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a cease and desist for the product's maker on Tuesday and called it a danger to other motorists, the The Detroit News reported. Autopilot...

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Hyundai and Audi partner on hydrogen fuel cell tech

Two unlikely partners will join forces for the greater good of zero-emission driving. In a Tuesday announcement, Hyundai and Audi said both will partner for future fuel-cell technology. With the newly inked partnership, both makes will grant mutual access to fuel-cell components while leveraging research and development experience. To start, Hyundai said it...

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Second-generation Audi A1 Sportback debuts

How do you angry up a compact car designed to prosper in an urban environment? If you're Audi, the answer is simple. Apply your current design language, which is filled with creases and vents, on top of a new A1 Sportback. Voila! Instant eye-catching city commuter car. The second-generation A1 Sportback is marketed toward folks who live in cities. It's just...

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: more power, higher redline

It's finally official. Mazda on Wednesday upped the zoom-zoom baked into its MX-5 Miata for 2019. This fall, when the 2019 MX-5 Miata hits dealerships, it will boast 181 horsepower—a 17 percent increase over 2018, Mazda said. A number of engineering upgrades allowed for this increase in power. Internally, Mazda reduced the weight of the pistons by 27...

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Patent images out BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe and Convertible

Last week, BMW finally took the wraps off of the 2019 8-Series, which marks the nameplate's return after 20 years. But, the brand won't limit the lineup to the 8-Series coupe for long. After numerous spy shots and a concept, the 8-Series Gran Coupe and Convertible have shown face for the first time in patent images. The drawings, published to the Brazilian...

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Honda Civic Type R sets FWD track record at Spa

Honda has a hot hit on its hands with the Civic Type R. This is one fast front driver, and it's fully capable of putting all 306 of its horsepower to good use. Case in point: Honda just set a new front-wheel-drive production car record at Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. With Super GT driver Bertrand Baguette at the wheel, the Type R lapped the...

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