Concept/Specialty cars

Google driving hard into the future with artificial intelligence cars

Google driving hard into the future with artificial intelligence cars 1Google is the undisputed internet monolith. But who knew its engineers were working on artificial intelligence that might make the search engine pioneer equally important in the automotive industry?

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Automotive X PRIZE ($10 million) awarded to two U.S., one Swiss team

Automotive X PRIZE ($10 million) awarded to two U.S., one Swiss team 2The X PRIZE Foundation, the educational nonprofit prize organization, and title sponsor Progressive Insurance have awarded $10 million to three teams who successfully completed the Automotive X PRIZE.

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Kansas City high school kids build 307 mpg equivalent electric car

Kansas City high school kids build 307 mpg equivalent electric car 3Four high school kids and their instructor in Kansas City have collaborated on an electric car that may have event one-upped participants in the highly touted Automotive X-Prize competition.

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Bugatti, new and vintage, rule at Monterey Auto Week

Bugatti, new and vintage, rule at Monterey Auto Week 4Bugatti was the marque automobile at the just-concluded Monterey Auto Week. Several dozen of the famous machines, new and vintage, were showcased throughout the various auctions, car shows and racing divisions.

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Nissan Cube (KROM), 2010: The Weekly Driver car review

Nissan Cube (KROM), 2010: The Weekly Driver car review 5The Nissan Cube, under several names, has been around for a decade. But its third generation and first in the United Sates debuted at 2008 the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it was a shocker.

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Ferrari World: fast times on Abu Dhabi F1 roller coaster?

Ferrari World: fast times on Abu Dhabi F1 roller coaster? 6Chances are if it’s the biggest, fastest, most lavish and or most expensive, it’s in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Which is why what’s being billed as the fastest roller coaster in the world with Ferrari F430 Spider replica for seats will be featured at the soon-to-open Ferrari World theme park.

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Flying car on the horizon? It's a Lamborghini with wings

Flying car on the horizon? It's a Lamborghini with wings 7Terrafugia, Inc., has been working on its “Flying Car” for several years. It’s been a media favorite since its flight-testing program began in March 2009 and continued through 27 additional flight tests during the next several weeks.

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Mattel will debut a Hot Wheels first — pocket-sized Stealth Riders

Mattel will debut a Hot Wheels first — pocket-sized Stealth Riders 8Mattel, the maker of toy cars for more than 40 years, will soon debut a first: folding Hot Wheels. The five new models will be called “Stealth Riders” and will be contained in a pocket-sized case.

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MINI debuts concept car Beachcomber at North American International Auto Show

MINI debuts concept car Beachcomber at North American International Auto Show 9Roman Mica, a contributor editor to The Weekly Driver.com and owner and director of the car site TFLcar.com, just returned from the North American International Auto Show. Mica reported on many vehicles at the show, which like all car shows, included manufacturers’ concept vehicles like the MINI Beachcomber Concept Car.

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Chevrolet, GM showcase Spark, Cruze, Volt at Detroit Auto Show (Video)

Chevrolet, GM showcase Spark, Cruze, Volt at Detroit Auto Show (Video) 10What new Chevy cars are crucial to General Motors? What does GM’s Bob Lutz think about the future of the automaker? And what’s new at Chevy for 2010? Many new Chevy and General Motors cars, including the Chevy Spark,  Cruze, Volt and Aveo RS Turbo concept, were introduced by Lutz at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit

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Toyota planning new challenge to 'cheap car' Tata Nano

Toyota planning new challenge to 'cheap car' Tata Nano 11Since the announcement of the first production plans for the Tata Nano, the auto industry has remained abuzz about the minimalist vehicle known as the world’s cheapest car. After months of controversy and delivery delays, the Nano is now being sold in India and Tata has plans to export the $2,000 car to other countries.

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Honda showcases concept P-NUT, personal neo-urban transport vehicle

pnut3Among all the flashing lights and flamboyant unveilings of new cars, no vehicle attracted any greater curiosity at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show than the Honda P-NUT. The acronym stands for Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT). It’s a vehicle design Honda touts as: “A futuristic concept for an ultra-compact and sophisticated city coupe.”

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Pontiac Aztek's Dubious Honor: Ugliest Among Top-100 Ugly Cars

Pontiac Aztek's Dubious Honor: Ugliest Among Top-100 Ugly Cars 12The London Daily Telegraph has engaged readers of its automotive print and online section for nearly a year with a great marketing idea. It has asked readers to select the top 100 most beautiful and top 100 ugliest cars in history. The top-100 list of best-looking cars included many of the expected candidates, Ferrari to Lamborghini.

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