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Audi Sport autonomous vehicles coming, but there's a catch
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Audi Sport autonomous vehicles coming, but there's a catch

The boss of the Audi Sport division has indicated that he wants autonomous cars and that the brand is working on them, but he says there must be an ability to switch the technology off. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Audi sport boss Stephan Winkelmann said that autonomy is on the horizon for the brand...


Audi Sport boss: Electric sports-car plans need more thought
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Audi Sport boss: Electric sports-car plans need more thought

The boss of Audi Sport understands the need for electric sports cars, but isn't convinced they are well thought out yet, with the brand refusing to launch one until it's done the right way. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann expressed the challenges that still need to be overcome before a move to electric sports cars...


BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available
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BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available

BMW says that in order to meet its own stringent safety requirements and built in redundancies, fully autonomous 'Level 5' driving technologies are not yet available for mass-market production. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, said that his company now uses more sensors and more hardware for Level 2 autonomous technologies than some competitors (such as Tesla) have for Level 5...


BMW set for 2018 Le Mans return with spunky-looking BMW M8 GTE
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BMW set for 2018 Le Mans return with spunky-looking BMW M8 GTE

The 2018 BMW M8 GTE race car has been unveiled at this week's Frankfurt motor show, teamed with confirmation the German marque will make its Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race return after a seven-year hiatus...


Exeed TX: China's Chery launches new brand and SUV for Europe
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Exeed TX: China's Chery launches new brand and SUV for Europe

Computer-crafted images of cars are always so nice, aren't they. Panels are perfectly aligned, the finish is perfect and the interior materials appear to be of the finest grade. The reality is often far from the rendering, though, and with models originating out of China - still a distant challenger for brand acceptance in western markets, still prone to treating a registered copyright like roadside carrion - it's been the norm...


BMW M looking at hybrids and electrification
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BMW M looking at hybrids and electrification

BMW’s high-performance M cars are likely to adopt some form of electrification from 2021 in order to give additional performance whilst also meeting ever stringent emission regulations. Speaking to Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, said that once battery technology and electric motors are light and compact enough, they will make sense for implementation on BMW M vehicles...


Volkswagen Arteon to cost $65,490
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Volkswagen Arteon to cost $65,490

The Volkswagen Arteon luxury car will arrive in Australia this November - shortly after its world premiere - as the company's new flagship passenger car, part of its push into the premium part of the market. The spiritual successor to the CC takes the MQB architecture of the Passat but replaces the safe sedan/wagon design with a more daring, lean look that bears more than a passing resemblance (from some angles) to the Audi A5...


BMW “misjudged the situation” on electric cars
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BMW “misjudged the situation” on electric cars

BMW says that it misjudged the situation when it came to electric cars, as the German brand’s massive planned expansion into the segment with its BMW i sub brand didn’t go to schedule. Speaking to Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show today, BMW’s boss of electric mobility, Dirk Arnold, admitted the original idea for the BMW i brand of cars was to have more than just the current i3 and i8 by now...


BMW: Electrification of the car is irreversible
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BMW: Electrification of the car is irreversible

German manufacturer BMW says there is no doubt the electrification of the car is now an irreversible path, despite admitting that the timeline for the death of the internal combustion engine remains unclear. Speaking to the Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show today, BMW’s boss of electric mobility, Dirk Arnold, said that every market around the world is different - however the end result will always be in favour of electrified vehicles...


Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy: Electric cat gets its own racing series
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Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy: Electric cat gets its own racing series

The upcoming Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV is getting its own EV race series, appropriately named the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy. As the world's first production battery-electric vehicle racing championship, the I-Pace eTrophy series will be the support event for the FIA Formula E championships from late-2018...


Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept
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Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept

'Reborn' Civic? The Civic never died! True enough. Honda's global small car is now into its 10th generation, making it one of the longest-running nameplates on the market. But, like most cars that claim decades-old lineage, the Civic has more than a few times come out of its cocoon bigger than before and with an all-new look...


Mercedes-Benz EQA concept revealed, 'would make sense' for Australia
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Mercedes-Benz EQA concept revealed, 'would make sense' for Australia

The Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, previews the second all-electric model from the German marque, following on from the recent EQC. And, according to local representatives, it would make sense for Australia. It’s not just a boring concept either, more hot hatch than enviro-friendly conveyance...


2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo revealed: Here from mid-2018
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2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo revealed: Here from mid-2018

The third-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo has been unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, following the earlier debut of its regular counterpart. Under the bonnet, the new Cayenne Turbo is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 with two turbochargers nestled within the V. The twin-turbo V8 generates 404kW of power and 770Nm of torque, up 22kW and 20Nm on the previous model, which had a larger 4...


BMW i Vision Dynamics concept revealed: Tesla rival previewed
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BMW i Vision Dynamics concept revealed: Tesla rival previewed

The BMW i Vision Dynamics unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show previews a new electric sedan that should launch in the not-too-distant future. According to BMW, the i Vision Dynamics is "a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe" that will be the "future [of] electric mobility between the i3 and i8"...


Renault Megane RS about track times, not engine power, says boss
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Renault Megane RS about track times, not engine power, says boss

The just-revealed 2018 Renault Megane RS hot hatch concedes a horsepower advantage to rivals such as the Honda Civic Type-R, Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, but having segment-leading power is not relevant to the company’s goals. This is the line we received from Renault Sport managing director Patrice Ratti at the world premiere this week in Frankfurt, where he reiterated that the number one goal remained track-times, not straight-line speed...