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Battelle has landed a second contract to supply U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with stealthy, armored trucks built to blend into the background in potentially hostile environments. Similar to the commercial security vehicles that Battelle builds, the trucks were designed to maintain their stock appearance while providing military-grade levels of protection. The non-profit R&D outfit has been modifying Toyota Hilux pickups for SOCOM under a contract for “Non Standard Commercial Vehicles” that began in 2013. It will add...Continue reading »

With the introduction of the new Power subscription EV drivers can fast-charge their car at Fastned for the same price as they charge at home. With this move Fastned also makes driving electric financially attractive for the 75% of the households in the Netherlands without a private driveway where they can charge. By doing so Fastned is making electric driving accessible to all. With the Fastned Power subscription electric drivers can fast-charge at all – currently 51 – Fastned stations in the Netherlands for just 19 cents per kWh....Continue reading »

So, the time has come. You’ve had your current car for a while, but now it’s time to move on. But you’re not exactly Mr or Mrs Moneybags. You need a new car, but you also need to be careful about the money you spend. Here’s a quick guide to ensuring you get a good deal for your cash! Do your research The world of car dealerships can be trickier than you might think. Knowing if one car is better value than another is never as easy as some people make it out to be. You might look at one car which is £1000 and another which is £5000....Continue reading »

The auto repair business is one that can be particularly lucrative if you play your cards right. There are a lot of car owners and every one of them will have need of your service. But it’s also one that has a lot of competition. There’s rarely the case where there’s just one repair shop for the area. So those who share that space need to compete. In this article, we’re going to look at how you rise above the rest. Build trust If there’s one thing that an auto repair shop needs from its customers, it is trust. After all, cars...Continue reading »

For all its power and easy performance, the best thing about the last Audi S4 was its uncanny ability to act like a normal (but very high-spec) A4 for most of its life. Then, when you needed or wanted a bit more speed or a bit more grip, you pushed a button or opened the tap and it became something else. It became a thing with more grip, more poise, more focus, and more gristle, but the changeover between the two S4 characters was seamless. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the new one. The latest, B9 A4 has been well received...Continue reading »

Halfway between the excellent Z51 and the hyperbolic Z06, the Grand Sport is the purist’s Corvette and a future classic. Sometimes a place lives up to its stereotype. Atlanta Motorsports Park, which is about 90 minutes north of the city, was sweltering this week. The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport’s temperature display claimed it was nearly 100 degrees outside, and the humidity was almost comical. In the distance, thick thunderclouds were stacking themselves up, threatening to saturate the track and end the day early. We hurried...Continue reading »

Are you a young driver new to the roads of the USA? If so, you need to be careful. According to statistics, you are at risk of crashing more than any other age group. With this in mind, we thought we would put together a list of the best tips that will ensure your safety. We’re going to go through all the key issues, including extending your learning and dealing with the aftermath of accidents. Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of all the safety issues you need to be aware of as a young driver. A license doesn’t make you a good...Continue reading »

Consumer Reports is calling on Tesla to disable automatic-steering capabilities in its electric vehicles and change the name Autopilot for its semi-autonomous driving technology. The assessment comes after the NHTSA launched investigations into the crash of 40-year-old Ohio resident Joshua Brown, who was killed when his Tesla Model S with Autopilot activated slammed into a truck that was crossing his path laterally. Tesla Autopilot comprises multiple systems (including Autosteer and Auto Lane Change) that use cameras, radar, ultrasonic...Continue reading »

Nissan North America is recalling a total of 4,520 model-year 2016 Nissan Leaf and Sentra vehicles for an issue with the cars’ passenger airbag. The Leaf EVs were built from February 24, 2016 to March 23, 2016, while the Sentras were manufactured from February 9, 2016 to March 4, 2016. Due to a supplier error that has since been corrected, the front passenger airbag wiring harness connector cylinder may have been manufactured out of specification. If the connector cylinder is out of specification, the wiring harness connector may not...Continue reading »

Ford is issuing a safety recall for 2015-2016 Ford Focus Electric vehicles to install a new transmission differential assembly equipped with a friction-reducing coating on both the pinion shaft and pinion gear bores. There are 949 Focus Electric vehicles affected including 865 in the United States and 66 in Canada. In certain vehicles, it is possible the differential pinion shaft could wear out, resulting in a shaft fracture that would cause the vehicle to lose motive power without warning while driving and transmission park function...Continue reading »