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February 9, 2015

From The Car Connection:

Land Rover Recalls More Than 100,000 Range Rovers For Brake Problems

Jaguar Land Rover has issued two recalls for its popular Ranger Rover SUV -- recalls that affect more than 100,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. Though the recalls are unrelated, both involve problems with the model's braking system.

Feds End Investigation Of 2013 Ford Explorer With No Recall

After evaluating 20 complaints about brake problems in the 2013 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opted to close its investigation of the model without asking Ford to conduct a recall.

Six Vehicles With The Most Eye-Catching Lighting

Old-style filament bulbs, ancient technology as they are, are finally being given notice in new cars. They’re being replaced at a rapid rate by light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which are bringing not just better efficiency and an improved service life, as well as one other welcome benefit: tremendous flexibility for designers. We realize that stunning, one-of-a-kind lighting designs are to be expected on some of the most exclusive cars today—just look to the expressive exterior lighting in the upcoming Ford GT supercar as an example. Yet limiting ourselves to mass-produced, sub-$100,000 vehicles, there are still plenty of breathtaking arrays. With those constraints in mind, click on to see some of today's most distinctive vehicle-lighting schemes.

2016 Audi R8 image leaked. Image via Instagram user dreboog.

2016 Audi R8 image leaked. Image via Instagram user dreboog.

From Motor Authority:

2016 Audi R8: First Photo

The 2016 Audi R8 is one of the most anticipated debuts of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, but today, the car got an early unveiling thanks to Instagram. Claiming an insider sent the pic, Instagram user dreboog posted this photo of what appears to be the 2016 Audi R8 on a lift. A Geneva Motor Show debut is planned.

2015 Ford Edge Sport Rated At 315 HP, Priced From $38,925

The all-new 2015 Ford Edge hits showrooms this spring, priced from $28,925. The model we’re most interested in, however, is the Edge Sport, which the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has confirmed will come with 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, and a $38,925 price tag, a rise of just $500 on the outgoing model. All prices mentioned include an $825 destination charge.

7 (Decidedly NSFW) Rules For Winning Races For Dodge Hellcat Owners: Video

Contrary to appearances, drag racing is a lot more complicated than just smashing the gas and waiting for victory. In fact, it can be downright tricky. Especially when you’re in a Dodge Challenger or Charger SRT Hellcat. These 7 highly NSFW rules for winning in your Hellcat are worth listening to.

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

From Green Car Reports:

Why Tesla Model X Electric SUV Is Late: Range, Towing, 'Falcon Doors'

Electric-car fans and Tesla owners alike are eagerly awaiting the debut of the Tesla Model X electric SUV, now scheduled to go into production roughly six months from now. Like every Tesla, the Model X has been delayed a number of times--but there's been little speculation about the reasons for the delays. Green Car Reports asked Tesla Motors to spell out what had led to the delays, and whether the car was still on track for a Q3 launch.

France To Give Dirtiest-Diesel Drivers $11,500 To Trade For Electric Car

French drivers have long preferred diesel cars for their good fuel economy, but increased air pollution from diesel exhaust emissions has become a public health concern. That has led French officials to consider measures to curtail the use of diesels, particularly older models built before even rudimentary modern emissions standards were enacted. One plan previously discussed was an incentive program that would pay owners of those older, dirtier diesels to switch to electric cars. That program will now commence in April, paying drivers up to 10,000 euros ($11,422) to switch to electric cars, according to Automotive News Europe (subscription required).

Zillion-Dollar Super-Luxury 270-Foot Mega-Yachts Now Run Hybrid Too

Luxury carmakers are showing increasing interest in hybrid powertrains, but what about makers of luxury boats? A large yacht can consume 130 gallons of fuel per hour just while idling, so there's clearly room for improvement there. That may be why one company decided to build a yacht to show that vessels can be green even if they require a lot of, err, green to obtain. Dutch yacht builder Feadship recently launched the Savannah, a 273-foot exercise in opulence that uses both diesel and electric power.

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