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Volvo Developing Self-Filling Cars That Never Run Out of Fuel

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Volvo is developing a line of self-filling cars that would seemingly never run out of fuel. The technology would kick in when the tank is close to empty, sending out a smartphone message to a mobile fuel supplier, who would arrive to top it up. Sounds bizarre right? Yet, Volvo insists it would run smoothly with the supplier being issued a secure one-off code to open to the fuel cap, freeing the owner to park the vehicle and be elsewhere – perhaps at work, or relaxing at home. The Swedish manufacturer’s head of technology Klas Bendrik told the Daily Mail:…

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Google to Rival Uber, Despite Being Considerable Investor

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Google to Rival Uber Uber is facing increasing competition in the app-based taxi service market, though the latest threat comes from much closer to home. Google – one of Uber’s biggest investors – is preparing its own taxi service, most likely in conjunction with its driverless car project. Google Ventures invested $258 million in Uber in August 2013 and the search giant’s chief legal officer and senior vice president of corporate development, David Drummond, joined Uber’s board of directors in 2013, on which he continues to serve. According to Bloomberg, Drummond had informed Uber’s board of the possibility of Google’s…

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Suzuki Recalls Celario in Four Countries Over Major Braking Issues

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Suzuki has stepped up its recall of the new Celerio car and warned owners not to drive the vehicle following serious issues with its braking system. Sales in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have been suspended after reports of brake failure during testing by motoring magazines What Car? and Autocar. The small city car, priced at £8,000, went on sale in the UK over the weekend though it is believed only around 100 are currently on the road. “With immediate effect, Suzuki is recalling its UK Celerio models that went on official sale to the public on February…

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Toyota Increases Production on Hydrogen Car after Surprise Sales

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Toyota increases production of its Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car after seeing a surprise spike in sales. In fact, the Japanese firm has seen orders triple projections and is building 700 customer examples, with plans to extend to 2,000 cars in 2016 and 3,000 in 2017. Essentially, the Mirai has been a huge success since the order books opened in Japan at the end of last year. Toyota’s initial plan was to sell around 400 examples in the whole of 2015, though orders reached almost 1,500 orders for the Hyundai ix35 Hydrogen rival. Toyota says around 60 per cent of the…

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Internet Enabled Cars To Reach 250 Million in Five Years

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There will be 250 million internet enabled cars on the world’s roads within five years, according to analysts. The Internet of Things (IoT) will be driven by motor vehicles and kitchens, say Gartner - an American information technology research and advisory firm. High end, internet-enabled cars already exist, though James Hines, research director at Gartner, believes they will enter the mainstream in the coming years. “The connected car is already a reality, and in-vehicle wireless connectivity is rapidly expanding from luxury models and premium brands to high-volume mid-market models,” he said “The increased consumption and creation of digital content within…

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Top classic cars insured in 2014 list released by leading Insurer

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A leading insurer has just released its list of top classic cars insured in 2014, and although we have no way of verifying the list, it provides an interesting insight, or at the least a discussion point. What stands out for the is that four out of the top five are British classics, although one of our under appreciated German classics the Porsche 944 is in at number five. Perhaps understandably the high production MG and Land Rover is there, but the so is the Triumph Stag, a car produced in relatively low production volumes. Of course, you can understand…

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Lamborghini Aventador SV Caught Undisguised on Commercial Shoot

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The lighter, faster, more extreme Lamborghini Aventador SV has been photographed undisguised during a commercial shoot ahead of its world debut at the Geneva show in March. The new Aventador features a monster carbon-fibre rear wing, a completely new rear end and a larger diffuser. The vehicle – described as the “ultimate Aventador” – is expected to have a power boost from 690bhp to around 750bhp. Expect a 0-62mph time of around 28 seconds with a top speed of 220mph. Its increased performance will be attributed to 100kg cut from the kerb-weight, as well as bigger brakes and a stiffened…

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Motorist Faces Repair Bill after Squirrels Destroy Toyota Aygo

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Squirrels Destroy Toyota A motorist from Croydon, South London, has blamed repeated repair bills for his Toyota Aygo on an influx of squirrels. Tony Steeles claims the rodents have repeatedly gnawed through parts on his brand new car, which retails at £7,995. Mr Steeles says within days of delivery of the car, his aerial was chewed off twice, his oxygen sensor damaged and rubber trim gnawed. Somewhat oddly, no other cars on the road have been affected and Tony suspects that Toyota’s pioneering use of plant-based plastics during the manufacture of the Aygo could be to blame. The Japanese manufacturer…

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Volkswagen Golf GTE Price and Release Date Announced

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Volkswagen have announced the price, specification and release date for its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid. The good news is that it’s available to order now – the potentially bad news is that it’ll set you back £28,035 (and that’s even after a £5,000 UK government grant). The hybrid hatchback is likely to shake up the market and will be available in five-door only. Its TSI four-cylinder petrol engine is matched with a 100bhp electric motor. In terms of its place in the saturated market, the Golf GTE actually undercuts the BMW i3 by nearly £3,000 though is £3,000 more expensive than VW’s own…

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Jaguars, Land Rovers Could Be Scrapped After Cargo Ship Accident

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Thousands of luxury cars include Range Rovers, Jaguars and Porches salvaged from the Bramble Bank accident could be scrapped, despite suffering just dents and paintwork damage. £30 million worth of cars were damaged when a carrier ship ran aground off the English coast three weeks ago. The Hoegh Osaka, which was carrying the precious cargo that included a £260,000 Rolls Royce Wraith, was grounded in the Solent to stop it capsizing on January 3. Although a spokesman for the shipping company responsible described the damage to the cars as “limited”, there are fears that the entire fleet could be scrapped…

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