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What you missed on 12.19.14

Autoblog - 2 hours 26 min ago

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Tesla testing battery swapping in the real world, Lotus may be pondering an Evora-based crossover, and the triumphant return of Bultaco to the two-wheeled world. Get your Friday recap on.

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What you missed on 12.19.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Audi RS5 Coupe Sport is one of 75

Autoblog - 2 hours 54 min ago

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Audi has announced a limited run of its 2015 RS5 Coupe Sport, with just 75 of the customized, 450-horsepower two-doors being offered up to US customers. Prices start at $87,575, and add unique wheels and a completely reupholstered interior that's been finished in fine Nappa leather.

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China's answer to Elon Musk seeks license to build electric car

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 23:32

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Chinese tech billionaire Jia Yueting is trying to get a license to build electric cars in China, and he thinks that they could be a revolution there. Even if Jia doesn't make it, other companies are getting ready to jump into China's emerging EV marketplace.

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Check out these cool displays from Honda's new Ohio museum

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:59

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Honda just opened a new museum on its Marysville, OH, campus as part of its just-completed, 160,000-square-foot Technical Development Center. It offers the chance to take a tour of the company's history while checking out some of its vintage and latest products.

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Fiat Chrysler expands Takata airbag recall to 3.3M vehicles

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:33

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Chrysler is expanding its Takata airbag recall beyond high-humidity areas, adding a whopping 3.3-million vehicles to the queue in the US, Canada, Mexico and beyond.

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Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition available this summer

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 21:57

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Lamborghini is celebrating its decades-long relationship with Pirelli with a new, two-tone special edition of the Aventador. While the mechanicals stay the same, they are available in choice of two looks to add some extra flair to the supercar's style.

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Nissan tells Titan story in first 'Truckumentary' segment [Video]

Leftlane - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 21:28
The series highlights the history, design and engineering behind the next-generation Titan pickup.






GM, Audi, Jaguar halt Russian sales amidst ruble's collapse

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 21:00

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With the Russian ruble losing over 40 percent of its value since June, automakers are temporarily stopping sales in Russian until they can adjust prices, or see things stabilize.

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Google diving deeper with auto Android -- no smartphone necessary

Leftlane - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:47
The search giant is crafting an Android build specifically for vehicle integration, rather than relying on interface projection from a smartphone.






Bultaco returns with new offroad electric bike

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:00

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Spanish motorcycle brand Bultaco is back on the scene with its latest electric cycle. The Brinco is an electrically assisted moped made to traverse rough roads, with disc brakes and lots of suspension travel at the front and rear. Its four-horsepower motor can go about 19 miles on a charge or, you can start pedaling.

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Audi reveals RS 5 Coupe Sport edition

Leftlane - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:04
The Audi Exclusive package adds 20-inch V-spoke wheels, Crimson Red interior elements.






Chrysler recalling 280k Dodge Ram 1500 pickups over axle seizures

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:59

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A June investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has led to a full recall of the 2005 Dodge Ram, after investigators discovered a loose pinion nut could cause the rear axle to seize. 280,000 vehicles are affected globally, while 257,000 are in the US market.

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No Miata-based Alfa Romeo

Leftlane - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:55
MX-5 platform will spawn Fiat- or Abarth-branded roadster.






Tesla starts real-world beta testing of Model S battery swaps in California [UPDATE]

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:07

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Tesla has finally launched its long-awaited Model S battery swap technology. The first station, still in a limited beta test phase, is now open between Los Angeles and San Francisco in California.

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FTC cracking down on car dealer ads with fine print that's too... fine [w/video]

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:31
Two years ago the Federal Trade Commission served notice to five car dealers over what it considered breaches of the Truth in Lending Act regulations. One of the issues was that certain dealer ads promised to pay off the loan on a buyer's trade-in, regardless of the amount; customers thought they were getting completely out of a loan, but the dealerships would add the negative equity from the old loan into the purchase price of the new car. Another issue for the FTC was that the ads didn't clearly state loan terms like annual percentage rate.

This month the FTC sanctioned two of those five dealers, Billion Auto and Ramey Motors, for continuing to run ads with small print that was either misleading or impossible to discern. In one instance, Billion Auto was caught for promoting the price of a vehicle after every available rebate without making it clear that not all buyers would be eligible for every rebate, so prospective buyers could get hit with a much higher price when it came time to negotiate a deal. Ramey Motors got pulled up for a television ad with fine print, like a down payment requirement, that was impossible to read.

Billion Auto has agreed to pay $360,000 in penalties to settle the matter, Ramey will be fined $16,000 for every infraction of the 2012 administrative order. On a side note, an Automotive News piece on the FTC actions has a lengthy comment from "Carl Bonroy," who says he owns a dealership, explaining how convoluted the situation is. Bonroy takes aim at the FTC, manufacturers with too many exclusionary rebates, dealers that don't make the terms clear and customers who only pay attention to the lowest advertised price. The summary of Bonroy's viewpoint is: "OEM's, FTC, do you *truly* want real advertising? STOP offering a rainbow of rebates! At very least, forbid ALL dealers from including ALL rebates into their sale prices and lease payment ads. Let them use ONLY rebates that 100% of people qualify for and guess what? 75% of the bullcrap would be over with."

You can watch one of the problem Billion Auto ads in the video below.

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Mini recalls 2015 Cooper Hardtop to fix seat adjuster

Leftlane - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:10
The seat back can fold unexpectedly in an accident, increasing the risk of injury.






First drive: 2016 Kia Sorento [Review]

Leftlane - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:45
Kia is making big strides with its redesigned 2016 Sorento crossover.






Lotus readying Evora crossover?!

Autoblog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:32

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If it seems to you like every sports car manufacturer is getting into the crossover game, that's because it's pretty much true. And now, we potentially have one more to add to the list, as Britain's Car magazine reports that Lotus - yes, Lotus - is proceeding with plans to build a crossover.

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Volvo previews cyclist-to-car wireless safety tech

Leftlane - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:26
A bicycle helmet can trigger proximity warnings for both the cyclist and the Volvo driver.






Dodge Ram trucks recalled for loose fastener

Leftlane - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:25
Potential flaw could cause rear axle to detach or lock up.