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Heads roll at Nissan as LEAF sales fail to reach half the projected goals

The Nissan LEAF just isn’t selling well. Nissan moved less than half of the 20,000 LEAFs it hoped to in 2012. Accordingly, Nissan announced it’s replacing the zero-emissions chief in hopes of improved sales figures.

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Volkswagen goes greener by cooling off customers with CO2-based A/C

Volkswagen’s new A/C refrigerant is called R744. It’s a carbon-dioxide-based system, which clocks in as a 1 on the EU’s 150-point emissions scale. This just another step along VW's goal to becoming the world's most sustainable automaker.

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2014 BMW 328d xDrive wagon: A sensible yet sporty alternative to crossovers?

A torquey diesel engine and ground-hugging ride height make this utilitarian crossover a precision tool in a world of Swiss Army knives.

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PAR Works MARS app: Augmented reality guide for those who’ve given up on life

A SXSW 2013 Interactive Award finalist, PAR Works' MARS app adds augmented reality to virtually anything you take a photo of to provide additional data - helping make life a bit easier to sort out.

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U.K. Court dismisses Tesla’s suit against Top Gear – what’s your call?

When Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and the film crew pushed a Tesla Roadster off the track in 2008 as it had run out of juice in only 50 minutes, Tesla figures it lost $171,000 in potential sales.

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Tesla pushes Model X back to 2014 to focus on Model S

Poised to sell more than 20,000 vehicles this year, Tesla doesn’t want to mess with a good thing. Accordingly, it has delayed production on its Model X until 2014, hoping to further capitalize on its Model S success.

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Toyota confirms hybrid-powered GT-86 is in the works

Toyota aims to add its name to the list of automakers that made a sporty hybrid powertrain work along side Ferrari and McLaren, hoping not to repeat the Honda CR-Z debacle.

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The car fuel tank that mimics your guts

The future of motoring may be somewhat familiar, with a San Francisco firm coming up with a new take on fuel storage for natural gas engines that's modeling on something very close to our hearts - literally: The human intestinal system, in fact.

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GE brings facial recognition to your morning coffee … but it’s more etch-a-sketch than laser printing

GE is rolling out its Brilliant Brew truck equipped with Barista Bots that can draw your portrait on a cup of coffee. But the results aren't exactly what you would call "brilliant" per se...

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MakerBot launches the true 3D printing beginner’s tool at SXSW

3D printer creator MakerBot is spicing up SXSW by unveiling a new printer prototype for people without design experience. The company's focus has been enabling anyone and everyone to make ... well, anything and everything, and that's getting even simpler…

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Hands on: Memoto life logging camera prototype debuts at SXSW

Kickstarter success Memoto life logging camera has made its way to reality, and we got a hands on with the miniature device at SXSW 2013. We barely noticed we were being recorded.

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Seattle bar preemptively bans customers wearing Google Glass

Specifically looking to protect the privacy of customers, the owner of a Seattle restaurant and bar announced plans to boot out anyone that enters the business wearing Google Glass.

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Thermodo is a tiny thermometer for your smartphone

Allowing smartphone owners to avoid relying on the local weatherman for the daily forecast, the Thermodo measures the ambient temperature with a simple tool that plugs into the headphone jack of a mobile device.

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Rapyuta, the cloud-based robotic brain, is now online

A group of European scientists might've just paved way for cheaper, smaller, and lighter robots by activating the earliest parts of a cloud-based database that robots can access for data in place of a traditional robotic brain.

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BMW gets wise and offers a gas-powered loaner to i3 EV buyers

BMW will offer a gasoline-powered loaner car to its EV buyers before an uppity BMW buyer can throw a fit in the media about the limited range on his new i3 EV.

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