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Here’s why your next car could be made of wood

BMW i3 Coupe conceptThe University of Kyoto is partnering with two of Japan’s leading auto parts suppliers to develop a new, wood fiber-based plastic that can be formed into a strong, lightweight, structural piece of a car. By 2020, they expect to have the first prototype completed. This is hardly the first time wood has been used in structural elements of a…
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Porsche settles class-action lawsuit with owners over…sunglasses?

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4Besides the performance and panache, one of the main draws to Porsche ownership is the extensive level of customization; you can, for instance, color-coordinate the dashboard to your favorite sweater. That freedom might be too much of a good thing. It just resulted in a class action lawsuit over glare, and Porsche agreed to settle it for basically…
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The LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SLAs NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the LCD screens that have sprouted on virtually every dashboard in the past decade-plus. At…
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