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December 23, 2014
From The Car Connection:

2015 Dodge Challenger Recalled For Flatlining Gauge Cluster

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling many 2015 Dodge Challenger vehicles for a potential issue with the gauge cluster blinking off, or resetting, while driving.

Traffic Fatalities Fell In 2013, But There's Still Plenty Of Room For Improvement

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for years, tumbling 25 percent in the last decade alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 2013 continued that trend, with the fatality rate hovering at an all-time low.

IIHS Gives 33 Vehicles Its Top Safety Rating For 2015

The 2015 Honda CR-V and 2015 Toyota Prius V now rank among the safest new vehicles you could choose; yet it certainly wasn’t that way with last year’s models—even though they don’t look all that much different.

Google autonomous car prototype

Google autonomous car prototype

From Motor Authority:

Google Autonomous Car Edges Closer To Production

Back in May, Google unveiled a mock-up of a fully-autonomous car the tech giant plans to introduce to the world at some point in the near future. Now Google has unveiled a new prototype version that it says is representative of the final product.

Shelby Marks End Of Fifth-Gen Mustang’s Run With 'Signature Edition' GT500 Super Snake

Shelby American is yet to present its take on the all-new, sixth-generation Mustang but you can bet the Ford tuner extraordinaire has something special up its sleeve. In the meantime, Shelby is sending out the previous fifth-gen car with a special Super Snake Signature Edition package based on its GT500.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Spy Video

Mercedes-Benz’s current E-Class has been on sale since the 2010 model year but despite its age the car is still the second most popular model in the automaker’s lineup, trailing the C-Class by only a few thousand units so far this year. Sales should get a boost in the coming years as a new generation is in the works.

2014 Tesla Model S P85D, road test, Dec 2014 [photo: David Noland]

2014 Tesla Model S P85D, road test, Dec 2014 [photo: David Noland]

From Green Car Reports:

2014 Tesla Model S P85D: First Drive Of All-Electric AWD Performance Sedan

As a long-time Tesla Model S owner—almost two years now—I was naturally eager to get behind the wheel of the new dual-motor P85D.

Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In One State

Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers don't buy.

Lead Batteries Likely To Be With Us A Long, Long Time: European Study

Lead is terrible stuff: damaging to humans in even small quantities, and persistent if it's improperly disposed of. Nonetheless, it's a central element of technology that has enabled a century of automobiles to be started via ignition keys rather than hand cranks--which occasionally broke the arms of hapless drivers.

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