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Volkswagen considering 10 billion euro battery factory - report

Volkswagen is reportedly considering building a dedicated factory to churn out batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). According to Deutsche Welle, executives within the car maker have anonymously told the German Press Agency (DPA) that Volkswagen Group is considering constructing a battery factory in its home state of Lower Saxony...

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Bentley Mulsanne convertible could enter limited production
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Bentley Mulsanne convertible could enter limited production

The on again, off again Bentley Mulsanne convertible looks to be back on, but those wanting to buy one will have to pay a heavy price. Wolfgang Durheimer, CEO of Bentley, has told Car and Driver that the brand's Mulliner coach-building division is investigating whether it's feasible to produce a limited run of Mulsanne convertibles...


Peugeot L500 R Hybrid concept unveiled
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Peugeot L500 R Hybrid concept unveiled

The just unveiled Peugeot L500 R Hybrid concept marks 100 years since Peugeot's 1916 Indianapolis 500 triumph. Under the skin, the L500 R Hybrid is said to use a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with an electric motor for each axle, and a 201kW petrol engine. Working together all three motors can generate a maximum total output of 373kW of power and 730Nm of torque...


2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo unveiled
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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo unveiled

The revised Nissan GT-R Nismo has been unveiled sporting an updated front-end, new interior, and tweaks to the suspension. On outside, the 2017 GT-R Nismo adopts many of the changes made to its less powerful siblings. Up front, the Nismo now has a version of the V-motion grille that's present on the rest of the Nissan range...


Renault Clio RS 16 concept unveiled with Megane RS power - video
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Renault Clio RS 16 concept unveiled with Megane RS power - video

The Renault Clio RS 16 concept has been unveiled ahead of this weekend's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, celebrating both Renault Sport's 40th birthday and Renault's return to Formula One...


2017 Subaru BRZ unveiled, Australian debut later this year
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2017 Subaru BRZ unveiled, Australian debut later this year

The updated 2017 Subaru BRZ has been unveiled in the US ahead of its launch down-under later this year. At both ends, Subaru's changes are less radical than those wrought by Toyota on the 86, with tweaks focussed largely on the front bumper and the rear lamps. The car's full LED headlights now get bolder daytime lights, while the front bumper has been reshaped with more aggressive-looking faux air intake openings...


Volkswagen invests in Gett ride-sharing app
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Volkswagen invests in Gett ride-sharing app

Volkswagen has invested 300 million euros ($465 million) in ride-sharing-service Gett. The companies are yet to outline what joint activities the two firms will engage in once this investment has passed the necessary tests required by anti-trust authorities. According to Volkswagen, some of those details will be revealed next week...


2017 Land Rover Discovery spied inside and out
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2017 Land Rover Discovery spied inside and out

The Land Rover Discovery 5 has been spotted again, this time getting a thorough workout at the Nurburgring. As an added bonus, the spy photographers have managed to capture images of its interior. Away from Sweden's snow-covered north, this Discovery prototype gives us our best look yet at the next-generation SUV's styling...


2017 Volkswagen Amarok reveals new-look interior
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2017 Volkswagen Amarok reveals new-look interior

The overhauled interior of the recently unveiled 2017 Volkswagen Amarok has now been revealed, showcasing an all-new dashboard design. For the 2017 model year, Volkswagen's interior design team has ditched the old dashboard's rugged styling cues for a more refined look that is more in keeping with the rest of the brand's passenger cars...


Lexus CT hatch could be replaced by an SUV
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Lexus CT hatch could be replaced by an SUV

The Lexus CT hybrid hatchback may not be directly replaced, instead its role as an entry into the Lexus brand might be assumed by a new crossover. Alain Uyttenhoven, boss of Lexus Europe, told Autocar the luxury marque could replace the slow-selling CT with a crossover vehicle...


2019 Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid will kick off EV efforts
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2019 Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid will kick off EV efforts

Peugeot has outlined its electric vehicle plans, which begin in 2019 with a plug-in hybrid version of the new 3008 SUV. Maxime Picat, CEO of the Peugeot brand, has told Autocar that the company will begin its electrified car offensive in 2019. That's when the lion brand will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the, just unveiled, second-generation 3008 crossover...


Toyota invests in Uber, announces leasing program - UPDATED
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Toyota invests in Uber, announces leasing program - UPDATED

Overnight Uber and Toyota announced that they are partnering up, with the automaker also making a "strategic investment" in the ride-sharing firm. As part of today's announcement, Toyota will "create leasing options" for Uber drivers that are paid off through earnings from the ride sharing service...


2018 Peugeot '2008' spied
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2018 Peugeot '2008' spied

A new Peugeot crossover, spawned from GM's ill-fated investment in PSA Peugeot-Citroen, has been spied on public roads in Europe. The new tall-riding Peugeot shares a lot in common with the next-generation Opel Meriva and Citroen C3 Picasso, all of which will shed some of their people-mover traits in favour of more SUV-like aesthetic...


Mercedes-Benz developing four new EVs for launch by 2020 - report
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Mercedes-Benz developing four new EVs for launch by 2020 - report

With German government's announcement last week of incentives for EVs, Mercedes-Benz is reportedly preparing to launch four new uniquely styled electric vehicles by 2020. To take advantage of the government's rebate scheme, as well as countering moves by BMW and Audi, Mercedes-Benz is said to be stepping up its investment in electric vehicles...


2017 Mazda 3 facelift: leaked Japanese brochure surfaces online
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2017 Mazda 3 facelift: leaked Japanese brochure surfaces online

A photo claimed to be from a brochure for the facelifted Mazda 3 range was published online overnight. Sent by a reader to Carscoops, the image seems to show the facelifted Mazda 3 hatch, known in its home market as the Mazda Axela. According to the text at the bottom of the brochure, the hatch seen above is fitted with the company's 2...


2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 spied almost without camouflage
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 spied almost without camouflage

The new Mercedes-AMG GLC63 performance SUV has been spotted near the Nurburgring by spy photographers. As CarAdvice revealed earlier this year, the new GLC63's drivetrain will be derived from the one that will be used underneath the upcoming E63 sedan and wagon, rather than the one used in the existing C63...


2017 Renault Clio RS 'KZ 01' leaked: more power, bolder styling
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2017 Renault Clio RS 'KZ 01' leaked: more power, bolder styling

Photos of a new Renault Clio RS variant, or a concept precursor, have been leaked and published online ahead of its debut next week at the Monaco Grand Prix. Although these images of the so-called 'KZ 01' originally surfaced on fan forums, we first spotted this new Clio RS at the The Automobilist...


Audi launches anti-allergen air filtration system
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Audi launches anti-allergen air filtration system

Audi has announced a new filtration system that "neutralises virtually all allergens" and which be rolled out in the brand's range of small vehicles. The company will use two different versions of the filter, both of which feature three layers. The outer layer of the first variant uses plant-derived polyphenols that attach themselves to receptors of allergens...


BMW 2002 Hommage revealed for Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
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BMW 2002 Hommage revealed for Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

As part of the company's ongoing centenary celebrations, a new BMW 2002 Hommage concept will be unveiled at the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The latest Hommage concept pays tribute to the 02 Series, which was launched 50 years ago and is widely credited for kickstarting BMW's rise to the top of the global luxury car market...


2018 Porsche Cayenne spied inside and out
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2018 Porsche Cayenne spied inside and out

The third-generation Porsche Cayenne has been spied testing and, as an added bonus, our spy photographers have nabbed clear pictures of the SUV's interior. As far as the exterior goes, the new Cayenne won't deviate too far from the design template laid out by the current car with the greatest amount of familiarity at the front and around the sides...


2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept unveiled
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2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept unveiled

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept will be unveiled at the 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, which will be held on the shores of Lake Como this weekend. Zagato has thoroughly reimagined the Vanquish, with this concept featuring all-new exterior panels fashioned from carbonfibre...


Koenigsegg is working on a small engine with huge power
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Koenigsegg is working on a small engine with huge power

Koenigsegg has confirmed that it is working on a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but don't expect to see it in any of its vehicles, ever. In an interview with CarBuzz, Christian von Koenigsegg, the company's founder, confirmed that the Swedish supercar maker is working on a high-performance four-pot on behalf of Chinese automaker Qoros...


Google patents sticky bonnet that protects pedestrians
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Google patents sticky bonnet that protects pedestrians

Google has been awarded a US patent on a sticky bonnet that aims to protect pedestrians from injuries caused by a secondary impact. According to the patent filing, "injury to the pedestrian is often caused not only by the initial impact of the vehicle and the pedestrian, but also by the ensuing, secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object"...


Genesis G70 set for 2016 debut according to leaked product roadmap
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Genesis G70 set for 2016 debut according to leaked product roadmap

A leaked product roadmap published overnight claims that the BMW 3 Series-class Genesis G70 will be unveiled in 2016. The page, which seems to be from a presentation booklet, was published by The Korean Car Blog, but it's not clear how or where the website obtained the roadmap...


Android Auto will soon skip the need for an in-car display
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Android Auto will soon skip the need for an in-car display

During the annual Google I/O developers conference, the search giant announced that Android Auto will gain some new features, including the ability to operate without a compatible infotainment head unit. Until now, Android Auto boasted a similar feature set to Apple CarPlay, with both technologies allowing their respective smartphone operating systems to present a mirrored but significantly simplified interface on a vehicle's compatible display...


Suzuki admits to using incorrect fuel economy procedure in Japan
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Suzuki admits to using incorrect fuel economy procedure in Japan

Suzuki has announced that it used improper and illegal techniques in determining the official fuel consumption figures for vehicles on sale in Japan. As part of an internal investigation launched after the Mitsubishi fuel economy scandal broke, Suzuki discovered "some discrepancies were found in the automobile emission and fuel efficiency testing process between the regulation by MLIT and the actual method carried out by Suzuki"...


2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe spied inside and out
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe spied inside and out

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe has been spotted again by our spy team. Not only is this prototype revealing more of its true self, our photographers have also managed to nab pictures of the coupe's interior. Unlike earlier test mules, which were spotted frolicking around in the Swedish snow, this car has shed all of its false body panels, including its 6 Series-style whale tail disguise...


Volkswagen enthusiast fleet unveiled, will tour America
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Volkswagen enthusiast fleet unveiled, will tour America

Volkswagen's US arm has unveiled a band of tuned vehicles, known as the enthusiast fleet, which will tour across the States during the northern summer and beyond. Think of it as an American version of the annual Worthersee festival held in Austria. The vehicles are currently scheduled to appear at seven events across the country from May through to October...


2018 Audi RS5 mule spied
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2018 Audi RS5 mule spied

An engineering mule for the next-generation Audi RS5 coupe has been photographed in Germany. Based on the yet-to-be-released next-gen Audi A5 coupe, this prototype sports a few tell tale signs that it's hiding the guts of the high-performance RS variant. The most obvious are the wheel arch extensions, which can be seen despite the camouflage when the lighting and the viewing angle line up correctly...


2017 Range Rover Sport facelift spied inside and out
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2017 Range Rover Sport facelift spied inside and out

The upcoming facelift for the second-generation Range Rover Sport has been spotted by our spies outside the Nurburgring in Germany. This latest prototype was spotted a few days after our photography team nabbed the facelifted Range Rover Sport SVR out on the streets...