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December 10, 2014
From The Car Connection:

2015 BMW X5 Earns Five-Star Sweep In Federal Crash Tests

The 2015 BMW X5 has been run through the full set of crash tests overseen by the federal government, and it’s emerged with top-tier ratings.

North American Car & Truck/Utility Of The Year Finalists Announced

The 2015 North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year (NACTOY) Awards will be announced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show on Monday, January 12. High Gear Media’s own executive editor and NACTOY juror Marty Padgett will make the announcement.

Mazda Expands U.S. Recalls Of Takata Airbags, Covering Vehicles Nationwide

While Takata balks at demands for a nationwide recall of vehicles equipped with its fatally flawed airbags and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration frets over what to do, Mazda is taking matters into its own hands.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

From Motor Authority:

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Preview

Overnight we saw the covers come off the new Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupe, the first ‘sports’ model from Mercedes-AMG, but there will be other members of the GLE Coupe family including eventually a high-performance GLE63 4Matic variant.

New MINI John Cooper Works Revealed Ahead Of 2015 Detroit Auto Show

MINI’s all-new Hardtop is a lot of fun in Cooper and Cooper S trim but lacking from the lineup is the sporty John Cooper Works variant, which has been revealed today ahead of an official world debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

U.S.-Spec Honda Civic To Receive Turbo Four From Global Civic Type R: Report

Honda’s Civic hatchback sold overseas is set to spawn a new Type R variant complete with a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine spitting out more than 276 horsepower (we hear the final figure may be closer to 320 hp). Sadly, this model isn’t headed to the U.S. anytime soon but some of its mechanicals may be on their way.

DC fast charging 2015 Kia Soul EV

DC fast charging 2015 Kia Soul EV

From Green Car Reports:

Electric-Car Road Trips: Be Prepared, With Charging Apps And Realism

Thinking about taking your electric car on a road trip? Be prepared, and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by how smoothly it can go.

Nissan 'Quite Optimistic' About Electric Cars, Holding Off On Hydrogen

In the auto industry, there's a growing divide among carmakers on the most viable form of electrified vehicle. Some support battery-electric cars, while others believe that hydrogen fuel-cell cars are the way to go.

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Car Will Alter Industry As Prius Did, Says Exec

When it launched in the U.S. in 2000, the first-generation Toyota Prius hybrid was met with more than a little skepticism by the automotive establishment and the buying public. As with any new application of technology, it was unclear whether the Prius--and hybrid cars in general--would have a lasting impact or simply fizzle out.

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