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16 Companies That Started Out Life With A Different Name

They’re names you probably come into contact with every day — Walmart, McDonald’s, Nike, and more — but they were once newcomers on the scene, with names they shed years ago. [More]

Jaguar Launching Mobility Company To Take On Car Sharing, Other App-Based Programs

If there are two trends we can currently count on automakers to get behind, it’s autonomous vehicles and car-sharing services. Case in point: Jaguar Land Rover says it is launching a wholly owned subsidiary mobility company called InMotion. The idea behind the venture is to build apps and on-demand services such as car sharing and ride sharing. For now, the operations are based in the U.K., but the company says it plans to start testing programs in the U.S. “in the coming months.” [Jaguar Land Rover]

That Was Then, This Is Now: How 72 Brands From ‘Mad Men’ Have Changed Since Don Draper Was In Charge

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Because nothing gold can stay, AMC’s popular Mad Men has reached the final episode of its final, seventh season. Over the course of the show, we’ve seen pitches for a multitude of companies, brands, sports, groups and even cities. While some of those brands were created for the show, the large majority were very real — and some continue to exist today. In the spirit of nostalgia, we thought now might be the right time to check in on those products and companies pitched by Sterling Cooper (and its various rebirths), to see which have been lost to the mists of time, and which still remain. [More]

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Land Rover, Jaguar Recall 104,000 Vehicles For Brake, Light Issues

Jaguar Land Rover North America issued three recalls affecting nearly 104,000 vehicles over the weekend for myriad issues, ranging from problems with brake lines to lights. [More]

Land Rover Recalls 40,000 Luxury SUVs For Passenger Airbag Issues

Land Rover Recalls 40,000 Luxury SUVs For Passenger Airbag Issues

Safety is a priority for car manufacturers, if it wasn’t there likely wouldn’t be recalls at all. But since it is, the recalls keep coming, this time in the form of 40,000 Jaguar Land Rover luxury SUVs with potentially malfunctioning passenger airbags. [More]

Mercedes Thinks Its Cars Are Exactly Like Chickens: Jaguar Agrees

Mercedes Thinks Its Cars Are Exactly Like Chickens: Jaguar Agrees

It began with a cute, slightly baffling ad from Mercedes-Benz that compared the company’s vehicles to a chicken. Not because they are covered with feathers or because they are delicious, but because chickens are apparently really, really into not moving their heads, and they want us to associate this feature with their cars’ stability control. [More]

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Ford Continues To Sink Toward Bottom Of Consumer Reports’ Reliability Ratings

In 2010, Ford was among the top 10 auto brands in Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Reliability Survey, with more than 90% of its models rated average or better by CR readers. But in the two years since, the shine has gone off the Ford brand, and in the newly released survey, it now comes in next to last place. [More]

Toyota Allegedly Conspired To Keep Canadian Exports Out Of US — Get A Piece Of The Class Action

Toyota Allegedly Conspired To Keep Canadian Exports Out Of US — Get A Piece Of The Class Action

If you bought or leased a new car in the Toyota family from Jan 1, 2001 to April 30, 2003, you could get some cash in a new class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy between Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and the Canadian Automobile Dealer’s Association (CADA) to keep Canadian car exports out of the states and raise prices for American consumers.

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Shop Owner Caught Driving Customer's Jaguar Home

Shop Owner Caught Driving Customer's Jaguar Home

Darryl Taylor received a traffic ticket in the mail for running a toll booth in his 2000 Jaguar S-series. The only problem was, the Jaguar was at a repair shop on the day of the violation.

Researchers Hack Remote Keyless Car Entry Devices

Researchers Hack Remote Keyless Car Entry Devices

Researchers have figured out a way to hack remote keyless car entry devices. The threat to the consumer is minimal, it takes several hours to crack the code, but it does give one pause, especially considering that if the Keeloq’s manufacturer added a few simple measures they could render the exploit nearly useless.