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Christopher Walken Sells Kia in Super Bowl with socks

Christopher Walken adds “pizzazz” to Kia Motors’ Super Bowl commercial for the all-new 2016 Optima midsize sedan.

Leave it to actor Christopher Walken to use socks as hand puppets, his unique timing and his equally unique voice characteristics, and a clever take on his last name to sell Kia automobiles during Super Bowl 50. The 60-second advertisement “Walken Closet” will debut during the fourth quarter. It features the Academy Award winner employing  …

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Obama accelerates self-driving cars with $4 billion

The Obama Administration is supporting self-driving cars.

The future of self-driving cars continues to accelerate. The Obama Administration has announced an investment  of $3.9 billion into the 2017 budget for a 10-year plan to support the technology. Correspondingly, Anthony Foxx, the Department of Transportation secretary, has unveiled a plan. It’s the legal framework for autonomous driving technology that would encourage consistent rules …

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2016 Mazda CX-3 debuts well in tough small SUV field

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a new subcompact crossover.

Among the newer car industry segments, the subcompact crossover is chock full of worthy vehicles, including the new 2016 Mazda CX-3. It’s the younger stablemate of the still-toddler CX-5 and it joined an expanding, diverse field that also features the new Honda HR-V, Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 ideally helped define …

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Could pending NHTSA rule mean Elio Motors is doomed?

Pending NHTSA legislation could further delay Elio Motors debut.

Elio Motors has faced many obstacles, financing to missed deadlines. But it could now be faced with its toughest adversary — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Elio has touted is three-wheeled, two-seat car and its projected 84 mpg for a few years. But if the NHTSA prevails, the futuristic-looking vehicle won’t be able …

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