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Audi TT Sportback concept: Less concept than the name suggests

Audi TT Sportback concept: Less concept than the name suggests

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The Audi TT Sportback perhaps qualifies as the major surprise of the Paris Motor Show as it was one of just a few uncertainties to be revealed. Although if you've been following Audi's strategy over recent shows, it should come as no surprise at all.The... >>

Jaguar XE: Exciting enough to challenge BMW? (hands-on)

Jaguar XE: Exciting enough to challenge BMW? (hands-on)

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After making an exuberant entrance in London a couple of weeks back (it was dangled from helicopters, motored up the Thames on a speedboat) we finally get to lay our hands on Jag's long-awaited XE at the Paris Motor Show.It is a rival aimed squarely at... >>

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: No gulwing doors, can V8 powerhouse fill SLS's boots? (hands-on)

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: No gulwing doors, can V8 powerhouse fill SLS's boots? (hands-on)

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The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT was originally shown at a private event in Stuttgart, but the first public chance to see the car is at the Paris Motor Show 2014. The GT is significant because it effectively replaces the gulwing-door SLS and becomes Mercedes-Benz's... >>

Tesla has an event next week at Hawthorne Airport: Here's what it might show off

Tesla has an event next week at Hawthorne Airport: Here's what it might show off

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Electric car maker Tesla is getting ready to introduce two new...things.The company is holding event on 9 October - at an airport of all places. It is expected to show off "the D and something else". Seriously. If you're curious about all the showmanship... >>

Tesla self-driving car will be ready by next year, says Elon Musk

Tesla self-driving car will be ready by next year, says Elon Musk

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Tesla Motors has more than just electric vehicles on its product roadmap: it's working on a self-driving car.Google and other companies have been developing autonomous vehicle technology for years (without having yet launched a retail version for consumer... >>

Subaru WRX STI first drive: More fun than you can shake a gearstick at

Subaru WRX STI first drive: More fun than you can shake a gearstick at

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Subaru is the first to admit that it's something of a niche brand. Best known in the UK for rally success and resultant gold-wheeled Impreza tearing around our roads, recent years have been slightly chequered for the Japanese company.Having enjoyed the... >>

Goodbye car tax discs, hello spy in the sky and DVLA chaos

Goodbye car tax discs, hello spy in the sky and DVLA chaos

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From today you no longer have to stick a tax disc on the inside of your car windscreen to alert officials that your car is taxed, registration and identification is now all done electronically in the UK.The paper system that has been in effect since 1921... >>

BMW M3 review (2014)
4.5 stars

BMW M3 review (2014)

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Create a legend and it creates a rod for its own back. The BMW M3 is one such legend and with every new version you'll hear the same complaints: "It's moved too far away from the original concept." "It's too heavy." "It's got the wrong number of cylinders."... >>

Ford admits to pumping fake engine noises through Mustang speakers to make cars sound better

Ford admits to pumping fake engine noises through Mustang speakers to make cars sound better

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Ford has admitted that its Active Noise Control system, as found in the 2015 Ford Mustang, pumps fake engine sounds through the in-car speaker system to replicate the growl of the older models.Thanks to the EcoBoost engine, the old roar of the four-cylinder... >>

Will.i.am's Lexus NX F Sport shoots panoramic pics while out driving, sends them to smartphones

Will.i.am's Lexus NX F Sport shoots panoramic pics while out driving, sends them to smartphones

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Musician and technology geek extraordinaire Will.i.am has designed a bespoke version of the Lexus NX 200t F Sport which is jam packed full of high-tech kit to reflect his personality.As part of Lexus' striking angles concept, the rapper asked for the... >>

Addison Lee puts 4G in all London cabs, offers free internet to customers during ride

Addison Lee puts 4G in all London cabs, offers free internet to customers during ride

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London-based private hire company Addison Lee has announced it will offer high-speed broadband in vehicles - at no extra cost to you.In-car 4G service will roll out to all 4,800 Addison Lee vehicles, though the VIP and Ford Galaxy fleet will get access... >>

Google self-driving cars outfitted with steering wheels are temporary, confirms Google

Google self-driving cars outfitted with steering wheels are temporary, confirms Google

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Following worries that Google's self-driving cars (at least in California) would feature manual controls and not be specifically designed to operate without a human driver, Google has taken to Google+ to quash the speculation and repeat that the current... >>

Goodwood Revival: 7 car technologies you probably take for granted

Goodwood Revival: 7 car technologies you probably take for granted

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We've taken the journey from London to the Goodwood Revival near Chichester to see the best cars from an era gone by. More importantly, we've noticed the technology gone by, or gone all together in some cases, replaced by in-car tech we now take for... >>

Who wouldn’t want an electric bike when they look this good?

Who wouldn’t want an electric bike when they look this good?

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There are four new bicycles coming from Moustache Bikes. They're electric, work on different terrains, and designed by Phillppe Starck.Starck is a prolific French designer who has created everything from office supplies to food. And now he can add electric... >>

Volkswagen Polo (2014) first drive: The sensible small car gets an internal tech boost

Volkswagen Polo (2014) first drive: The sensible small car gets an internal tech boost

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Spare a thought for the Volkswagen Polo. While big brother Golf gets all the headlines and gold stars in the VW family pecking order, Polo sits there quietly, getting on with its job of being an entirely decent little car.In the world of supermini cars,... >>

Nissan to the rescue! Car maker gifts Nyan Cat GTR to Deadmau5 after Ferrari fall-out

Nissan to the rescue! Car maker gifts Nyan Cat GTR to Deadmau5 after Ferrari fall-out

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Nissan has tapped into progressive-house music's huge fan base...while simultaneously demonstrating that it has a sense of humour. The car maker just gifted Deadmau5 a new Nissan GTR wrapped in a Nyan Cat theme.Musician and artist Deadmau5 originally... >>

Garmin Nuvi Advanced Series is Foursquare-equipped in sizes up to 7 inches

Garmin Nuvi Advanced Series is Foursquare-equipped in sizes up to 7 inches

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Garmin has announced an updated satnav, now integrating Foursquare venues.The new Garmin Nuvi advanced series will come in 5, 6 and a whopping 7 inches, with the aim of guiding you not just along the roads, but all the way to your final destination.Foursquare... >>

New Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with chance to win a flight to space on Virgin Galactic

New Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with chance to win a flight to space on Virgin Galactic

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Land Rover has announced the launch of its new Discovery Sport. Along with it will be the world's first competition for a group to win a trip to space on Virgin Galactic.Despite being an SUV, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is also compact. It manages... >>

Tesla Motors to build charging posts in 120 Chinese cities, part of rapid global expansion

Tesla Motors to build charging posts in 120 Chinese cities, part of rapid global expansion

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Almost one month after Tesla Motors published infographic maps to show its rapid global expansion over the next year, the company has made a significant adjustment to those plans: it will build electric car charging facilities in 120 Chinese cities.If... >>

Bowers & Wilkins reveals all the details of the Volvo XC90 sound system

Bowers & Wilkins reveals all the details of the Volvo XC90 sound system

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Volvo unveiled the new XC90 in Stockholm this week, decked out with a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, amongst a whole host of other technologies, making for an exciting SUV.B&W have fleshed out some of the details of the system. We already knew that it... >>

BMW 220d review
4.0 stars

BMW 220d review

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BMW has gone to town on a host of new electric, performance and lifestyle models recently, including the i3, i8, X4, M4, M235i - the list has got so long we're almost struggling to keep up. The idea is that there's now a BMW for everyone. Yet what about... >>

Volvo announces brand new XC90 limited First Edition, available online only

Volvo announces brand new XC90 limited First Edition, available online only

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To celebrate the launch of the new Volvo XC90, the company has announced a limited First Edition of the new SUV that will only be available to order online.There will be 1,927 models of the new XC90, each carrying a individually numbered treadplates and... >>

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

Volvo XC90 hands-on: The safest Volvo ever is packed full of tech treats

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"This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand," says Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo, as the cover is drawn off the new Volvo XC90 at a media launch in Stockholm.The new... >>

Two satellites for Europe’s version of American GPS go into wrong orbit, causing setback

Two satellites for Europe’s version of American GPS go into wrong orbit, causing setback

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Two satellites for Europe's planned Galileo network have lost their way.The European Space Agency and the European Union have long been developing their own version of American GPS, a space-based satellite navigation system. The European network is a... >>

How not to drive an F1 car: Hands-on with the £500k Shell Pro Ferrari F1 Simulator

How not to drive an F1 car: Hands-on with the £500k Shell Pro Ferrari F1 Simulator

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As part of a trip to the Belgian Grand Prix with Shell, Pocket-lint was invited to try its hand at driving a Ferrari Formula One car.Luckily for a majority of the people in the vicinity however, this was in a professional simulator rather than the real... >>

What makes F1 drivers tick? Marc Gené takes us for a scare ride in a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (update)

What makes F1 drivers tick? Marc Gené takes us for a scare ride in a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (update)

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As part of an event to highlight the benefits of V-Power petrol over conventional fuels, and its similarity to the mixes used by the Ferrari Formula One racing team, Pocket-lint was invited to join Shell in Belgium on the eve of the Spa Grand Prix.We... >>

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

Volkswagen Golf R first drive: The best fast Golf ever

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Just how much would you be happy to spend on a Golf? It's an interesting question posed by this, the new hottest (ever) Golf ­- the R - which starts at a few quid under 30-grand in the UK. It's the latest in a long line of uber-fast Golfs, designed to... >>

Tesla Model S update to use iPhone Touch ID as key and remote start

Tesla Model S update to use iPhone Touch ID as key and remote start

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Tesla is reportedly going to allow iPhone owners to use their device's fingerprint recognition Touch ID sensor as a key. This will mean unlocking and even starting the electric car remotely from the phone.The Tesla Model S already has an iPhone app which... >>

Google's driverless car with no steering wheel or brakes is now forced to offer manual controls

Google's driverless car with no steering wheel or brakes is now forced to offer manual controls

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Google's new self-driving car prototypes have hit a bump in the road. They now need to feature manual controls by next month, or else Google will no longer be able to test them in California.Google announced in May that it built a prototype self-driving... >>

Solid-state batteries offer double the life of lithium-ion, £15,000 electric car could follow

Solid-state batteries offer double the life of lithium-ion, £15,000 electric car could follow

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A Michigan start-up company, Sakti3, claims to have created a solid-state lithium battery which offers far more density than current batteries. It should result in double the battery life of current lithium-ion batteries.This could mean double the time... >>

Google's self-driving cars are capable of breaking the speed limit, if necessary

Google's self-driving cars are capable of breaking the speed limit, if necessary

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Google's self-driving cars are designed to break the law. Sort of.Dmitri Dolgov, the moonshot's lead software engineer, told Reuters that Google's self-driving cars attempt to stay within the speed limit, but certin traffic conditions might encourage... >>

Toyota brings Aupeo smart streaming radio to its new Yaris

Toyota brings Aupeo smart streaming radio to its new Yaris

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Toyota has announced that drivers of its new Yaris will be able to download and use the Aupeo app to stream personalised music in their cars.This is the first time Aupeo has been available in a Toyota in Europe via its Touch 2 Go multimedia system. The... >>

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review
4.0 stars

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid review

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The main issue with buying an electric car - other than the cost of purchase - is range anxiety. The internal combustion age means we don't tend not to plan when it comes to cars. We just jump in and go.Despite the average person only driving 19 miles... >>

Lavazza Modo Mio Espressgo review
4.0 stars

Lavazza Modo Mio Espressgo review

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How much do you love coffee? How long can you go without needing another hit of espresso? If the answer isn't very long at all and you're on the road a lot then the Lavazza Modo Mio Espressgo might just be the ticket: it's an espresso coffee machine designed... >>

McLaren 650S first drive: Brit supercar contrasts comfort with savage performance

McLaren 650S first drive: Brit supercar contrasts comfort with savage performance

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McLaren is riding on a wave right now. Hot on the heels of the £1-million P1 comes this, the McLaren 650S. It's a riposte to those who think of McLarens as a little safe, a little boring, a little lacking in drama compared to the obvious alternative... >>

Solar cell breakthrough could let solar cars travel over 450 miles at a time

Solar cell breakthrough could let solar cars travel over 450 miles at a time

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Science boffins at start-up Semprius have found a manufacturing method that will allow them to stack solar cells to improve efficiency.By piling the solar cells on top of each other they will be able to cram enough into solar panels to offer 50 per cent... >>

BMW adds JustPark app to plan parking from the dashboard

BMW adds JustPark app to plan parking from the dashboard

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BMW has announced that its cars will now have the JustPark app built-in, meaning the whole parking process can be handled from the dash.Mini will be the first car to feature JustPark with plans to roll the app out across the BMW range later this year.JustPark... >>

TomTom Start redesign to take on smartphone satnavs by being more affordable

TomTom Start redesign to take on smartphone satnavs by being more affordable

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TomTom is combating the rise in the use of smartphones and free or paid-for satnav apps by making a newly redesigned Start line-up more accessible to drivers. Adding features such as lifetime maps and smarter routing.The new TomTom Start line-up includes... >>

Tesla maps show huge expansion of Superchargers across the world by next year

Tesla maps show huge expansion of Superchargers across the world by next year

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If you're mulling a Tesla purchase but are worried about the lack of Superchargers for charging your electric vehicle, have no fear: Many countries across the world will soon be chock-full of Supercharger sites.Tesla Motors already announced earlier this... >>

Driverless cars are coming to the UK as government confirms laws

Driverless cars are coming to the UK as government confirms laws

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The UK will be home to driverless cars as early as next year as the government outlines measures to legalise them.At the moment driverless cars, for the few that are made, are only allowed on private roads.In December the Treasury said it would create... >>

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

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The BMW X4 can be seen in two ways, either as a baby version of the popular X6, or as a souped up version of the company's popular X3 model.For all intents and purposes the best way to look at the X4 is like an X3 plus. The car delivers you a few more... >>