Infiniti’s Q Inspiration is a gorgeous futuristic sedan that should be electric

Infiniti’s Q Inspiration is a gorgeous futuristic sedan that should be electric

Infiniti’s Q Inspiration is a gorgeous futuristic sedan that should be electric

Infiniti’s Q Inspiration midsize luxury sedan concept has all the design accents that scream “the future,” but the engine under the hood is rooted in the past.

Nissan’s luxury vehicle division revealed the Q Inspiration Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car is a stunner, with a Tesla-esque windshield-sunroof hybrid, short hood, and swooped, coupe-like roof line. And even with an onboard computer brimming with all of Nissan’s advanced driver assistance capabilities, it still feels like it’s a “driver’s car” rather than anything meant to inspire a glimpse into our automotive future.

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Fiat Chrysler reportedly facing US criminal probe in emission scandal

Fiat Chrysler reportedly facing US criminal probe in emission scandal

Fiat Chrysler reportedly facing US criminal probe in emission scandal

A few days after being accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of cheating on its emissions tests, Fiat Chrysler is now being investigated by the Justice Department for failing to disclose secret software that allegedly facilitated the fraud, according to Bloomberg.

Earlier this week, an EPA administrator said FCA’s software appeared to be in violation of the Clean Air Act and was likely contributing to “illegal pollution.” The EPA stopped short of calling the software “defeat devices,” but has sent a request to Fiat Chrysler asking them to prove otherwise. The vehicles in question include Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2014 to 2016, and Dodge Ram 1500 Trucks.

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New concept images show just how crazy Formula E’s race cars will look next year

New concept images show just how crazy Formula E's race cars will look next year

New concept images show just how crazy Formula E’s race cars will look next year

All-electric racing series Formula E is getting a facelift in its fifth season, which starts in late 2018. While we’ve already seen a few fanciful ideas, a new set of concept images has been released by Spark Racing Technologies — the company that will actually be building the second-generation Formula E cars — and they look incredible.

Spark, which created the car that the series runs now, published the images over the weekend. The French company promises improved aerodynamics, a reduction in weight, and more efficient use of the battery. Spark says those features will all make the cars faster, too, so the company is also touting improved driver safety. We can see two takes on this in the renderings — three of them show an entirely closed cockpit, while the side-view image shows a windscreen similar to the one Formula One has tested.

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Elon Musk hints Tesla may not build a bus after all

Elon Musk hints Tesla may not build a bus after all

Elon Musk hints Tesla may not build a bus after all

Tesla CEO Elon Musk backed away from the company’s vague plans to build an all-electric bus during a call with investors today. Musk cited his own new project focused on creating a system of subterranean tunnels as one of the reasons why he doesn’t think Tesla needs to make what he had been calling a “high passenger-density urban transport” vehicle.

Musk hasn’t talked about the Tesla bus much, but he claimed it was in development when he released his second “master plan” for the company last summer, and that it would be unveiled sometime in 2017. He first made mention of the project at a Bloomberg conference in April of last year. “We have an idea for something which is not exactly a bus, but would solve the density problem for inner city situations,” Musk said then. “Autonomous vehicles are key… I don’t want to talk too much about it. I have to be careful what I say.”

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McLaren’s new 570S Spider is its ‘most attainable’ supercar

McLaren’s new 570S Spider is its ‘most attainable’ supercar

McLaren’s new 570S Spider is its ‘most attainable’ supercar

Everyone loves a good supercar: gorgeous, aerodynamic, laughably out of reach for almost everyone on the planet. We love to drool over photos of these cars, fully aware that we’ll probably never drive one. McLaren wants to change that perception with the release of the 2018 570S Spider, calling it the “most attainable” sports car ever.

This model is the third body type in McLaren’s Sport series portfolio, which includes the 570S Coupe and the 570GT. (We last saw the 570S Coupe at the 2015 New York Auto Show, and were appropriately bowled over by it.) The 570S Spider will make its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which will be held in the UK June 29th–July 2nd.

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Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY–Philly–Baltimore–DC hyperloop

Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY–Philly–Baltimore–DC hyperloop

Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY–Philly–Baltimore–DC hyperloop

Elon Musk just tweeted that his Boring Company tunnel project has received “verbal [government] approval” to build a hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.

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Watch this autonomous bulldozer excavate dirt without a human operator

Watch this autonomous bulldozer excavate dirt without a human operator

Watch this autonomous bulldozer excavate dirt without a human operator

We have self-driving cars, self-driving trucks, self-driving boats, and self-driving buses, so it was only a matter of time before we got self-driving bulldozers.

Built Robotics is a new company coming out of stealth today that aims to disrupt the $130 billion excavation industry with its fleet of autonomous earth movers. Rather than sit in the dusty cab all day, operators can program the coordinates for the size hole that needs digging, then stand off to the side and watch the vehicle do all the work. The startup just raised $15 million to hire engineers and get the product to market.

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Musk delays Tesla Semi unveil to focus on Model 3, Puerto Rico

Musk delays Tesla Semi unveil to focus on Model 3, Puerto Rico

Musk delays Tesla Semi unveil to focus on Model 3, Puerto Rico

Tesla admittedly went into fall with a lot on the to-do list, but CEO Elon Musk, who also runs SpaceX and SolarCity, may be rearranging plans in order to keep everything in order. Musk tweeted Friday the Tesla Semi truck unveiling, once planned for October 26th, would now take place November 16th.

The Semi timing was shuffled, Musk said, in part to get production of the Tesla Model 3 back on schedule. Last week, the company admitted “production bottlenecks” meant only 260 Model 3s had been built so far, off of the 1,500 target. However, there’s also another reason — Musk may be gearing up to have Tesla help Puerto Rico, still devastated by Hurricane Maria, restore power to the island:

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What we know about the Tesla semi truck before the Thursday reveal

What we know about the Tesla semi truck before the Thursday reveal

What we know about the Tesla semi truck before the Thursday reveal

Tesla’s big year (the good and the bad) isn’t over yet. The company is set to unveil its Class 8 semi truck prototype Thursday night at its Hawthorne, California facility. While perhaps not as critical to the automaker as its new mass-market Model 3, the Tesla semi truck announcement will mark yet another turning point and big test for the company.

But why is Tesla’s next act a semi truck? That question has become more important as the second half of 2017 for Tesla has appeared to be about mitigating damage control over the Model 3’s production hurdles. Tesla is scrambling to build a lot of cars quickly in order to start delivering to thousands of waiting customers. Tesla first began accepting deposits on that car when it was unveiled in March 2016. Compounding those delays are criticism tied to labor-related lawsuits, some of which are related to a stream of October firings and layoffs at Tesla and SolarCity, as well as allegations of racism and anti-LGBT harassment at the Fremont assembly plant.

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Yamaha’s new concept motorcycle would let you slalom into the future

Yamaha’s new concept motorcycle would let you slalom into the future

Yamaha’s new concept motorcycle would let you slalom into the future

Yamaha spent the week at the Tokyo Motor Show airing out a few truly ridiculous reference designs, but none were more outrageous than the Niken three-wheeled motorcycle. Tricycles aren’t new, and this isn’t even the first leaning trike. But it’s the first idea like this to come from a major motorcycle company like Yamaha.

Being a reference design, there aren’t really any specs to speak of. Yamaha says that this “Leaning Multi-Wheeler” uses a liquid-cooled 3-cylinder engine and 15-inch wheels, but that’s about it.

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