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Volkswagen to tackle Pikes Peak with electric racer in 2018

Volkswagen has confirmed its plans to return to the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in 2018.  After a series of teasers on Twitter running with the tagline ‘1Score2Settle’ – a reference to the last time it competed in the famous Colorado hillclimb – the company officially announced it would be taking an all-wheel drive electric racer to the event...

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Mitsubishi to release six new models by 2020
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Mitsubishi to release six new models by 2020

Mitsubishi has announced its Drive For Growth three-year plan, which will include the release of six all-new vehicles. The plan targets a 30 per cent increase in annual sales to 1.3 million vehicles per annum, along with an operating profit margin of 6.0 per cent or more by the end of 2019...


Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane
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Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane

Tesla has continued the expansion of its charging network in Australia, with five new Superchargers in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. A charge station in Horsham means the Supercharger link between Melbourne and Adelaide is now complete, while stations in Keith, Clare Valley and the Adelaide city centre are designed to allow Model S and Model X owners to travel between Adelaide and Brisbane without running flat...


Nissan Intelligent Mobility concept teased ahead of Tokyo debut
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Nissan Intelligent Mobility concept teased ahead of Tokyo debut

Nissan has teased a new concept ahead of the Tokyo motor show on October 25 that "embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility". There are no other details about the car other than the reveal date, though a short video hints at autonomous driving systems, connected vehicle technology and electrification - all key pillars of Nissan's Intelligent Mobility philosophy...


Nuon Solar Team wins World Solar Challenge
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Nuon Solar Team wins World Solar Challenge

The Nuon Solar Team has taken out the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge at an average speed of 81.2 km/h, running from Darwin to Adelaide two hours faster than its nearest competitor. The Dutch team led the University of Michigan and Belgian entry Punch Powertrain Solar Team in the headline Challenger Class...


Mitsubishi Emirai 4 concept revealed for Tokyo
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Mitsubishi Emirai 4 concept revealed for Tokyo

The Mitsubishi Emirai 4 concept has been revealed by Mitsubishi Electric ahead of a debut at the upcoming Tokyo motor show. Previewing the company's driver assistance technology, the Emirai 4 is a futuristic roadster that "draws upon" electrification, autonomous driving and connected technologies...


Toyota drops Concept-i trio ahead of Tokyo motor show
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Toyota drops Concept-i trio ahead of Tokyo motor show

Toyota has unveiled a trio of artificial intelligence-focused concepts ahead of the Tokyo motor show next week. Both the Concept-i and Concept-i Ride are designed to preview how artificial intelligence (AI) could make life easier for owners in the future, suggesting the car and driver could eventually become “partners”, while the Concept-i Walk is something entirely different...


Mini Deep Orange 7: Students look to 2025 with design concept
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Mini Deep Orange 7: Students look to 2025 with design concept

Students at Clemson University have re-imagined the Mini for 2025 with the Deep Orange 7 Concept. The car, which has been in development since 2014, is a fully-functional vehicle, complete with a scalable platform capable of housing pure-electric, internal-combustion or plug-in hybrid propulsion systems with minimal modifications...


Paris plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2030
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Paris plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2030

Paris will ban all petrol cars from the city centre in 2030, ahead of a planned nationwide ban on the sale of internal-combustion vehicles in 2040. The decision follows earlier plans to ban diesel vehicles from Paris in 2024, and is part of a wider campaign to cut CO2 levels in the French capital...


BMW mulling electric venture with Great Wall for China - UPDATE
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BMW mulling electric venture with Great Wall for China - UPDATE

Update (16 October 2017): Great Wall Motor Company has issued a statement in response to rumours of a potential tie-up with BMW. See bottom of article for details. German luxury marque BMW is looking into a business venture with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall to produce electric vehicles, according to a new report...


The Netherlands prepares for internal combustion sales ban in 2030
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The Netherlands prepares for internal combustion sales ban in 2030

The Dutch government has confirmed plans to ban the sale of petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles in 2030. The decision is part of a plan to cut CO2 levels by 49 per cent ahead of 2030. According to NL Times, the internal combustion ban will be accompanied by the closure of all coal-fired power stations within Dutch borders by the same date...


GM CEO shares concerns about China's planned petrol and diesel car ban
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GM CEO shares concerns about China's planned petrol and diesel car ban

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, has voiced concerns about China's plan to ban cars powered by petrol and diesel engines. Speaking at an event to mark her inclusion in Most Powerful Women list by Fortune in Washington DC last week, she clarified earlier comments about plans to accelerate the adoption of electric and partially electric cars in China...


2016-17 Tesla Model X recalled for seat fix - UPDATE
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2016-17 Tesla Model X recalled for seat fix - UPDATE

Tesla has issued a recall notice for 89 examples of its 2016 and 2017 Model X SUVs over concerns the rear left seatback in some cars may move forward in the event of a collision. Because Tesla does not reveal region-specific sales numbers, it also does not offer details on the number of vehicles affected by this recall in Australia...


World's-first petrol and diesel ban to help combat Oxford "public health emergency" from 2020
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World's-first petrol and diesel ban to help combat Oxford "public health emergency" from 2020

Driving petrol and diesel cars could soon be a no-go in parts of Oxford, UK. A proposal from the Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council would ban most internal-combustion vehicles from certain areas of the city centre in 2020, ahead of a total city-wide ban in 2035...


Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability
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Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability

Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is still sceptical about the economic viability of Tesla, and the short-term profitability of production electric vehicles. Speaking at an event in New York, Marchionne said he was “unconvinced” as to whether Elon Musk would be able to bring Tesla to profit with his current model...


Porsche previews Mission E with Cayman e-volution and Turbo Charging system
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Porsche previews Mission E with Cayman e-volution and Turbo Charging system

Porsche has used the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Stuttgart to provide a peek at its electric future. Along with the one-off Cayman e-volution concept, the company unveiled an 800-volt fast charging system. When it announced plans to produce the Mission E, Porsche claimed owners would be able to charge their cars to 80 per cent in just 15 minutes using an in-house fast charger...


Mitsubishi e-Evolution shows off SUV styling
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Mitsubishi e-Evolution shows off SUV styling

The Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept has been teased again this week, with the Japanese automaker also releasing more details of its all-electric crossover. Interestingly, the vehicle to be presented at the Tokyo motor show in the coming weeks is now being touted as an all-electric vehicle (EV), as opposed to the hybrid powertrain originally mentioned with the first teaser image...


GM launching 20 electric vehicles by 2023; Holden to lead Australian charge
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GM launching 20 electric vehicles by 2023; Holden to lead Australian charge

General Motors has announced plans to launch 20 electric vehicles by 2023, the first two of which are expected in the next 18 months alone. According to Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of product development, GM believes in an electric future but is realistic about its rollout and timeframe...


Nissan Leaf Nismo concept revealed ahead of Tokyo show - UPDATE
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Nissan Leaf Nismo concept revealed ahead of Tokyo show - UPDATE

UPDATE: Nissan has now officially revealed the Leaf Nismo concept, and confirmed the vehicle's debut at the Tokyo motor show. See article for details Hot off the heels of its global reveal, the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf is already getting its sporty on, with the Leaf Nismo Concept revealed this week ahead of its debut at the Tokyo motor show later this month...


Hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars: Lexus
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Hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars: Lexus

Despite what you’ve heard from many major car corporations, and Tesla, electric vehicles are not the future, and never will be - according to Paul Williamsen, Lexus’s manager of global strategic communications - because the charging times will never fall to acceptable, practical levels. It’s “a simple matter of chemistry,” the company’s self-described “tech guy”, explains...