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Volkswagen has used the annual GTi festival at Worthersee to reveal the carbon-bodied and hybrid-powered Golf GTE Sport. With a history of outlandish concepts at Worthersee, the sharply-styled concept presents a more likely look at the future direction VW is taking with its GT performance brand.

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Nissan's Pivo 2 and NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle are both rather special prototype vehicles, in that they can rotate all four of their wheels 90 degrees in order to drive sideways – a feature that would definitely make parallel parking easier. Now they've got some company, in the form of the electric EO smart connecting car 2, or EOscc2.

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Google has followed up news of its "self-driving lessons learned" with an announcement that it is to begin testing its self-driving cars on public roads in California. The first complete prototype was unveiled late last year. The new pilot will allow Google to study public responses to the cars and have them face real-world challenges.

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Hyundai produces a wide variety of vehicles, from urban runabouts to heavy-duty trucks, and almost everything in between. The company is now plugging one of the few remaining holes in its lineup with its first light commercial vehicle, the H350.

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Chris Urmson, director of the Google Self-Driving Car program, has published a post in which he admits that the small fleet (20+) of Google autonomous cars has been involved in 11 accidents over the almost 1.7 million miles (2.7 million km) the cars have traveled in the six years the vehicles have been on the road. However, Urmson was adamant that “not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident” and revealed some of the lessons learned over the journey so far.

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Dodge is keen for a sliver of the high-end trackday pie with the upcoming release of the new Viper ACR, which combines the standard Viper's prodigious power with a race-inspired aerodynamics kit. Pricing for the Dodge Viper ACR will start at $117,895 and orders are now being taken ahead of a Q3 release.

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After we saw Audi's electric "turbo" on last year's RS 5 TDI concept, we knew it was just a matter of time before it made a return. It resurfaces this year on the 2.5-liter TFSI of the all-new Audi TT clubsport concept car. Developed for Volkswagen's annual Wörthersee event, the clubsport attacks the track with 600 hp and a big, brutal aerodynamics kit.

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In the face of ever-tightening emissions regulations, the world's car manufacturers are finding innovative ways to cut fuel consumption. In its quest for greater fuel efficiency, Audi has developed a four-cylinder TFSI engine that makes use of a new combustion method, resulting in what Audi claims is the most efficient two-liter gasoline engine in its class.

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The Andrews Collection went to auction last weekend, becoming the single most valuable car collection yet to reach the auction block with a value of US$53.9 million, including 16 cars which sold individually, for more than a million dollars. We look at the cream of the crop.

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For a very long time, the BMW 3 Series was the car to beat in the market for premium compact sedans. Recently the competition has caught up, with the likes of the Mercedes C-Class and the sharply styled Lexus IS encroaching on BMW's turf. To try and elevate the 3 Series above its rivals, BMW has given the car a styling refresh and introduced a three-cylinder motor and plug-in hybrid option.

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