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UK company launches insurance policy for autonomous cars

When two human drivers have an accident, blame is apportioned and the appropriate person's insurance pays for things to get fixed. But things get a bit trickier when self-driving cars are involved, especially when you get into the nitty gritty of software updates and satellite failures. UK insurance firm Adrian Flux has opened up the debate with its autonomous car insurance policy, intended for cars like the Tesla Model S.Read More

Car and bike records tumble at Isle of Man TT

It takes a special type of bravery to succeed at the Isle of Man TT. Winding its way through towns and villages along the British outpost's coastal road, riders regularly average over 200 km/h on the TT's 60 km course. This year's event has seen two new records set, with Subaru smashing its previous best for cars and motorcyclist Michael Dunlop becoming the first person to cover the course in under 17 minutes.Read More

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Review: Over highway, dirt and rock in the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium

The Toyota 4Runner stands as one of the last true, off-road-worthy mid-size SUVs in the US market, maintaining fast-disappearing features like body-on-frame construction and a 4WD transfer case shifter. This made it a natural choice for our recent 350-mile (563-km) round trip between Phoenix and Overland Expo. We put a 4Runner 4x4 Trail Premium through its paces across the sunburned Phoenix metro area, up and down undulating highway, through wind-ravaged forests, and over rock-littered trail, relying on it as both carriage and castle. Read More

Citroen prototype smooths out bumpy rides with hydraulic cushions

Citroen is known for a few things, but the most prominent technological development in its history has to be the hydropneumatic suspension from the DS. It's credited with saving Charles de Gaulle's life, and makes for a magic carpet ride regardless of how rugged or rural the roads. In an attempt to inject some of this smooth-riding magic into its modern cars, the engineers at Citroen have developed a new hydraulic cushion suspension system.Read More

E-Class Estate is German for "you don't need an SUV"

Mercedes has plugged every four-wheel drive niche imaginable, but that doesn't mean the team at Stuttgart has forgotten about traditional families who just want a plain old wagon. The E-Class Estate has space for the family and all their kit, but unlike many SUVs, it doesn't try to be something it's not. And we're perfectly okay with that. Read More

Renault spices up the Twingo with punchy GT

There's something intrinsically right about a quick, cheap hatch. On a deserted back road they'll keep up with anything short of McLaren or Ferrari's finest, but you don't have to worry about sky-high insurance premiums and expensive carbon panels in an accident. It's a potent recipe, and one that Renault has almost perfected over the years, so it's with great excitement we welcome the little Twingo GT into the world. Read More

Kamaz on the road to Dakar 2017 with masterful 980-hp truck

Coming off a loss to Iveco in its 2016 campaign, Russian Dakar staple Kamaz has designed an all-new truck pointed directly at the 2017 Dakar event. The big, bad, blacked-out Master "Kapotnik" features a new layout and a 980-hp powertrain. Kamaz believes it will be the truck to bring back its 14th Dakar victory.Read More

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