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Mini to introduce all-wheel-drive Clubman

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Mini will allegedly offer the all-wheel-drive system from the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer on the Clubman as soon as next spring. The next-gen Countryman might also use the setup.The latest Mini Clubman shows how the diminutive brand will go in a larger, more utilitarian direction in the future. The next step might make the wagon an even more versatile option for buyers. A rumor from MotoringFile that cites "sources familiar with the plans" claims that ...

Ride-sharing companies give veterans free rides

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Uber and Lyft announced Tuesday that they are stepping up this Veteran's Day to offer free rides to former members of the US armed services.Uber and Lyft announced Tuesday that they are stepping up this Veteran's Day to offer free rides to former members of the US armed services. It's part of a White House initiative called Joining Forces, which pairs private companies with veterans in need. The two ride-sharing companies could make a huge difference ...

Google's tiny self-driving cars just got a new coat of paint

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Google's cute little self-driving cars have been on public roads since this summer — first in Mountain View, California, and then in Austin, Texas. But the bubbly-looking vehicles are now getting a facelift. Shortly after the program launched in each city, Google asked local artists to submit designs for the cars' doors as part of a contest called "Paint the Town." Now, the first winners have been picked in Mountain View, and the company is showing off the designs on the website for its self-driving...

NHTSA Accelerates Implementation of Automatic Emergency Braking

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it will add automatic emergency braking (also known as AEB) to its 5-Star rating system as a recommended technology for the 2...

Ford Ranger and Bronco rumors swirl yet again

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Rumors swirl that Ford will bring back the Bronco to be built alongside the Ranger pickup truck in Michigan starting around 2020.As expected, buried deep inside the many pages of Ford's proposed new contract with the UAW are discussions on what's going to happen at the Michigan Assembly Plant after production of the C-Max and Focus are moved to Mexico after 2018. Not surprisingly, coinciding with that news, two nameplates that have long resonated ...

NHTSA reverses course, now wants seat belts on school buses

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
The government agency charged with keeping motorists out of harm's way has long lauded seat belts as "the single most effective way" vehicle occupants can keep themselves safe. For years, it has also opposed efforts to require seat belts on school buses. As contradictions go, that's a doozy.The government agency charged with keeping motorists out of harm's way has long lauded seat belts as "the single most effective way" vehicle occupants can keep ...

Ford Patents Puddle Light Display for EVs, Other Vehicles

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Ford receives a patent for puddle light display technology that will showcase an EV's charge and other status messages.

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Gains Cylinder Deactivation

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Although the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 coupe has only been on sale since the 2015 model year, the automaker has already brought more upgrades for 2016.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid gets $4,300 price cut in Canada

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
German automaker reduces luxury SUV's sticker to boost sales of the low-volume model.It's about $2,560 to you and me, pilgrim. Porsche is cutting the price of its Panamera S E-Hybrid by $3,400 for our neighbors to the north. In US dollars, that's a haircut of about $2,560. Of course, the premium SUV plug-in hybrid is no bargain, even in Canadian dollars. The sticker price now comes in at C$106,000 for the parallel plug-in hybrid. Granted, the ...

Land Rover traces its roots back to Islay in Scotland

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Land Rover may be an English company, but the idea behind the original traces its roots back to the legendary Scottish isle of Islay.Land Rover is British. Everyone knows that. But while we may take that to mean that it's English – and indeed it is – the company's roots actually trace back to Scotland, on the legendary island of Islay. Pronounced eye-lah, the island is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides. Whisky aficionados ...

Subaru announces new three-row crossover to premiere in 2018

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Subaru announced the latest details of its newest three-row crossover model that will hit dealerships in 2018. The Japanese automaker will make the new model in the United States at their Indiana-based SIA plant. As of now the model remains nameless. “We are delighted to be bringing even more Subaru manufacturing to the U.S. The new model will also result in increased investment at SIA and at several of our suppliers ...

Danica Patrick hands over keys to first 2016 Chevy Camaro

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
A customer from Wichita got more than he bargained for when he went to pick up his new 2016 Chevy Camaro SS in Dallas and received the keys from none other than Danica Patrick.Alican "Turk" Boyacioglu got more than he expected this weekend when he picked up his new 2016 Chevy Camaro, the very first sixth-gen Camaro to be delivered to a private customer. That's because racer Danica Patrick was on hand for the delivery. The handing over of the ...

Mercedes-Benz starts internship program for refugees

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
With an influx of asylum seekers pouring into Germany, Mercedes-Benz has started an internship program to train the refugees for the workforce.Mercedes-Benz has started a new internship program for refugees in Germany, which offers participants work training and German language lessons over the course of fourteen weeks. Its aim is to help refugees and asylum seekers integrate into the German workforce, but not necessarily at the automaker. ...

VW's new $1,000 Goodwill Package wants to 'Make Things Right'

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
VW wants to 'Make Things Right' with two $500 payments to people who own a TDI vehicle that uses diesel cheat software.Will $1,000 be enough to make your VW diesel woes go away? How about if it's really just $500? This is the question that VW is starting to answer with its new Goodwill Package. The short version is that VW will be giving owners of its diesel cars that have the now-infamous diesel defeat software installed two gift cards. One is a ...

New 'Top Gear' Host Reportedly Pushing For Live Show

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
New "Top Gear" host Chris Evans wants to make the show live, but BBC doesn't seem to be on board with the plan.

Hyundai Has to Be Smart About How It Creates a Luxury Brand

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Hyundai is saying all the right things so far about how it's going to start Genesis. But will it succeed?

The 6 worst James Bond cars of all time

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
We’ve , now it’s time to show you the worst. Agent 007 is as famous for his cars as he is for his world-saving antics, but there are a few… let’s say “questionable” choices from the series 50-plus-year history. That’s right, not all of Bond’s rides are Aston Martins, nor are they even good cars. We’ve gone through the films and picked out the 6 worst Bond cars of all time so you don’t have to. 1974 AMC Hornet ...

Everything Is Restorable—Even This 1969 Daytona Charger

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Would You, Could You Restore This 1969 Daytona Charger?

The Coolest Car Show You've Never Heard Of

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
In the hills of Southern California, the Pasadena Art Center gathers some of the most important cars in automotive design history at its annual Car Classic

IT'S OFFICIAL: Ford Focus RS Makes 350 hp, 350 lb.-ft

MSN Real estate - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:54
Thank you, 23.2 psi of turbo boost.
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