Report: Aston Martin Cygnet bumbles its way out of production
Oct01

Report: Aston Martin Cygnet bumbles its way out of production

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Hatchback, Aston Martin, Luxury According to a report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the Aston Martin Cygnet has gone out of production. Although its name means “little swan,” it never really got away from being the ugly-yet-seemingly-necessary duckling in the English automaker’s lineup. Not for lack of trying, though, with Aston Martin dressing up the Toyota (or Scion) iQ in the...

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Motorsports: FIA Formula E publishes provisional calendar, adds Dragon Racing to participants
Oct01

Motorsports: FIA Formula E publishes provisional calendar, adds Dragon Racing to participants

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Racing Fans of electric motorsport should mark the 20th of September, 2014 on their calendars – in pencil, please. The FIA Formula E Championship has released the provisional itinerary for its inaugural racing season, and it’s on this date that things are set to kick off in Beijing, China. There have been several changes to originally announced locations, but overall, we have to say things have...

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Official: Semi-autonomous Nissan Leaf certified for road use in Japan [w/video]
Oct01

Official: Semi-autonomous Nissan Leaf certified for road use in Japan [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Japan, Technology, Videos, Hatchback, Nissan, Electric In order to meet its goal of having an autonomous car in production by 2020, Nissan is going to have be able to test its technology in real-world driving conditions. For this, the automaker has just received a license plate to legally test its semi-autonomous driver assist systems in Japan, marking the first time such technologies have been tested on...

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Ex-SpaceX director ready to help crowdfund Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
Oct01

Ex-SpaceX director ready to help crowdfund Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, EV/Plug-in, Transportation Alternatives, Tesla Motors Tesla CEO Elon Musk stirred a lot excitement in August when he released his plans for Hyperloop transportation that could go from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. But he made clear at the time that he wants to stay out of actually building it. Stepping up to the place is a group led by Marco Villa, former director of mission operations...

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Official: Alfa Romeo rolls out the 4C of bicycles
Oct01

Official: Alfa Romeo rolls out the 4C of bicycles

Filed under: Etc., Alfa Romeo We’ve seen automakers partner with bicycle manufacturers on numerous sets of wheels in the past. Some tempt and disappoint, but this strikes us as one of the cooler auto-branded bikes we’ve seen. (But then this writer has always been partial to Italian style.) Born of a collaboration between the Alfa Romeo Style Centre and Compagnia Ducale, the 4C IFD bicycle is designed to complement...

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Confirmed: 2014 Mercedes CLA250 nets 38 mpg highway
Oct01

Confirmed: 2014 Mercedes CLA250 nets 38 mpg highway

Filed under: Sedan, Mercedes-Benz, Luxury One of key reasons that small cars are popping up in luxury automakers’ lineups is to help boost fleet fuel economy numbers. For Mercedes-Benz and its new 2014 CLA-Class, mission accomplished. Although Mercedes has yet to release final numbers for its new small car set to go on sale early next year, the EPA’s FuelEconomy.gov website is now listing the front-wheel-drive CLA250, the...

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