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Subaru 'not aiming to develop driverless cars', says engineering chief

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Subaru 'not aiming to develop driverless cars', says engineering chief

Subaru has confirmed it has no plans to produce autonomous vehicles, despite major industry players aggressively pursuing research to that end. In comments reported by Reuters, Tetsuo Onuki, chief general manager of Subaru's engineering department, declared: "We're not aiming to develop driverless cars...

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Lamborghini thinking of four-seat sports car, and a Miura successor
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Lamborghini thinking of four-seat sports car, and a Miura successor

Lamborghini is mulling over new ways to expand its range of sports cars, with a four-seat vehicle and a modern take on the Miura possible. Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Lamborghini, told attendees at the Automotive News Europe congress the company is "already thinking about" a four-seat sports car...


Ferrari wins International Engine of the Year award for second year in a row
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Ferrari wins International Engine of the Year award for second year in a row

The Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine has won the 2017 International Engine of Year award, holding onto the crown it captured in 2016. This year the Ferrari motor, used in the 488 supercar, edged out the 3.0-litre flat-six employed by the Porsche 911 range, as well the BMW i8's petrol-electric drivetrain, the 2...


Peugeot Pick Up: Rebadged Chinese ute to go on sale in Africa
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Peugeot Pick Up: Rebadged Chinese ute to go on sale in Africa

The new Peugeot Pick Up sees the French brand return to the world of rough-and-ready utes, although only for the African market. The Pick Up marks a return to the African ute market, which Peugeot exited when Nigeria stopped producing the 504 pickup in 2005, and is basically a Dongfeng Rich ute with a new grille, and a tailgate emblazoned with the Peugeot brand...


Volvo confirms Polestar will become separate electrified sports car brand
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Volvo confirms Polestar will become separate electrified sports car brand

Volvo has confirmed it will transform Polestar into a "new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company". The new Polestar division will be headed up by Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo Cars' senior vice president in charge of design. Its chief operating officer will be Jonathan Good, who is currently in charge of corporate communications at Volvo...


Volkswagen ID Buzz: Electric Kombi approved for production
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Volkswagen ID Buzz: Electric Kombi approved for production

The on-again-off-again spiritual successor to the Volkswagen Kombi is on again, with the brand's boss confirming the ID Buzz concept will head into production. Herbert Diess, chief of the Volkswagen brand, told AutoExpress, "Emotional cars are very important for the brand"...


2019 Audi S6 spied
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2019 Audi S6 spied

The next-generation Audi S6 has been caught testing on and around the Nurburgring. Compared to the images of the regular A6 model spied in February during cold weather testing in northern Europe, these images are significantly clearer, giving us a better look at the car's detailing and surfacing. Audi, though, has kept the same level of camouflage on this latest prototype...


2018 Kia Stonic revealed, not coming to Australia
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2018 Kia Stonic revealed, not coming to Australia

The Kia Stonic crossover has been revealed not long after official photos were leaked online. Designed in Europe, the Stonic is Kia's first competitor in the European B-segment SUV class, which the company says accounts for 1.1 million sales in Europe or around seven per cent of the overall market. This segment, Kia forecasts, will grow to around two million cars by 2020...


2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class spied with a better look at the interior
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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class spied with a better look at the interior

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been spied undergoing testing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. This latest prototype is wearing the same amount of camouflage as the car spotted last month on public roads. The spy photographers did manage to get a few snaps of the A-Class' interior, and unlike the car spied in February, this vehicle had its protective sheets rolled back...


Skoda Element: Trainee-built electric buggy concept revealed
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Skoda Element: Trainee-built electric buggy concept revealed

The Skoda Element electric beach buggy concept was unveiled overnight, and is the latest in a line of apprentice-built vehicles from the Czech automaker. Based on the Citigo hatch, basically a Volkswagen Up with a different grille and front bumper, the Skoda Element eschews any modicum of weather protection. Under the bonnet, the Element uses the drivetrain from the electric e-Up...


2018 Honda Accord teased ahead of mid-July reveal
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2018 Honda Accord teased ahead of mid-July reveal

The next-generation Honda Accord will be revealed July 14, US time, the company has confirmed. To go along with this news, Honda has released a concept sketch revealing the front of the new sedan. Honda says the tenth-generation Accord will feature a "dramatic new styling direction", and even goes so far as to claim that it will be "the most fun-to-drive, premium and dramatically styled Accord ever"...


Honda Civic Type R: New variants planned for hot hatch
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Honda Civic Type R: New variants planned for hot hatch

The forthcoming Honda Civic Type R looks likely to be the first in a series of variants for the hot hatch. Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer of the Civic range, told Automotive News, "We’re hoping that by gradually putting out more [variants] that we’ll be able to maintain a more stable sales volume"...


Toyota Australia profit slashed due to end-of-manufacturing costs
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Toyota Australia profit slashed due to end-of-manufacturing costs

Toyota Australia has posted an after tax profit of $99 million during the 2016/2017 Japanese financial year, with the company taking a big hit due to restructuring costs. The local arm's after tax profit is down from $236 million in the previous financial year...


Takata to file for bankruptcy soon - reports
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Takata to file for bankruptcy soon - reports

Takata, the airbag and automotive parts manufacturer, will reportedly file for bankruptcy this month, with the company weighed down by fines and costs related to its defective and deadly airbag inflators. Sources have told Reuters, the company will begin bankruptcy proceedings in both Japan and the US next week...


2018 BMW X7 to debut as a concept in September
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2018 BMW X7 to debut as a concept in September

The BMW X7 Concept will reportedly be unveiled in September, and preview a new seven-seat crossover due to go on sale globally next year. According to both Autocar and BMW Blog, the X7 Concept will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show, press days for which begin on September 12, European time...