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Electric Peugeot 208, 2008, DS3 models planned - report

The PSA Group is planning several new electrified and all-electric vehicles (EVs) in the coming years, including EV versions of the next Peugeot 208, 2008 and DS3 Crossback...

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Ford and Mahindra to team up in developing markets
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Ford and Mahindra to team up in developing markets

Ford Motor Company and the Mahindra Group have announced a strategic alliance to explore various mobility solutions in emerging markets, namely India. The partnership agreement will last "up to three years", with the alliance leveraging Ford's global reach and Mahindra's scale in India to cooperate in areas such as connected vehicle projects, electrification, product development, distribution within India (for Ford) and global emerging markets (Mahindra's reach outside of India)...


Honda Power Manager Concept plugs EVs into smart electricity grid
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Honda Power Manager Concept plugs EVs into smart electricity grid

The Honda Power Manager Concept made its debut alongside the well received Urban EV Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. Described by its maker as a "fully-integrated energy transfer system”, the Power Manager Concept is designed to regulate the flow of electricity between a home or office, and the rest of the electricity grid...


Toyota Australia confident of future success, “whichever direction” things go
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Toyota Australia confident of future success, “whichever direction” things go

Those inside the local division of the world's largest car manufacturer, Toyota, say while other brands might be focussing attention on a single future powertrain technology, they're confident the Japanese marque's broader approach will prove successful in the long run...


Volkswagen 'truly respects' EV pioneer Tesla
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Volkswagen 'truly respects' EV pioneer Tesla

Volkswagen, which as a group aspires to be the world leader in electric cars, says it has nothing but respect and admiration for industry agitator Tesla, Inc. The German brand’s board member who oversees global sales and marketing, Jurgen Stackmann, told us recently in Frankfurt that the Silicon Valley titan had “come from nothing, from an interesting angle” and earned a spot at the big table as an industry leader...


Electric cars are nowhere
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Electric cars are nowhere

The Frankfurt motor show is big. It’s like if they took Sydney’s international and domestic airports, tripled it in size, took away any form of cohesive internal transport and put lots of cars in it. Even then, I think the Frankfurt show is bigger. Every two years when I attend the show I always vow that next time, I will actually see things...


Mini and electric propulsion fit like 'a hand in glove'
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Mini and electric propulsion fit like 'a hand in glove'

Mini says its existing urban and younger demographic appeal make its transition to electric propulsion a much easier task than for some other brands. Speaking to the Australian media at last week's 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Mini senior vice president Sebastian Mackensen confirmed his brand’s intentions for electrification but also admitted that it will take time, with the transitioning period particularly important to avoid disfranchising existing owners...


Volkswagen boss discusses I.D. electric car family
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Volkswagen boss discusses I.D. electric car family

Volkswagen’s I.D. family of various mass-market electric cars - to enter production in 2020 at market-defining prices - will continue to grow, and run parallel to existing nameplates such as Golf, Tiguan and Passat. The company has so far previewed three EVs, headlined by the eponymous I.D...


'Electrification will kill the performance car': Genesis chief
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'Electrification will kill the performance car': Genesis chief

Korean luxury brand Genesis may be offering some performance-oriented petrol engines in its model range, but the company’s chief has suggested petrol power isn’t the answer for the ultimate in performance. Manfred Fitzgerald, senior vice president of Genesis, told media at the launch of the all-new Genesis G70 in Korea that he believes electrification will kill the traditional perception of a performance car...


Aspark Owl: Japanese electric supercar debuts in Frankfurt
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Aspark Owl: Japanese electric supercar debuts in Frankfurt

The Aspark Owl, an electric Japanese hypercar, has made its in-the-flesh debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. According to Autoblog and Jalopnik the Owl features a carbon-fibre body and space frame. All up, the Owl's body is said to tip the scales at around 50 kilograms, with overall weight under 860kg...


BMW: Electric mobility has to be as emotional as petrol power
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BMW: Electric mobility has to be as emotional as petrol power

BMW says that its range of upcoming and current electrified vehicles embody the brand’s dynamic focus, and that it will not sacrifice these characteristics in search of faster acceleration for the sake of numbers...


Borgward Isabella: Striking EV concept revives iconic nameplate
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Borgward Isabella: Striking EV concept revives iconic nameplate

The reborn Borgward is at it again, with this, the Isabella concept - reviving a nameplate the company used during the 1950s and 1960s. The now Chinese-funded German brand has taken the wraps of this 2+2 electric coupe at the Frankfurt motor show, designed by former Mini design boss, Anders Warming...


Lamborghini says no to electric supercar, but yes to PHEV
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Lamborghini says no to electric supercar, but yes to PHEV

Lamborghini has quashed rumours that it's working on a full electric supercar, but has confirmed that plug-in hybrid technology is on the way for its supercars. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Lamborghini director of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, said that full-electric technology isn't there yet for supercars...


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 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...


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...


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"...


‘Diesel is the devil, ban it’ says Industry figurehead
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‘Diesel is the devil, ban it’ says Industry figurehead

There’s been a lot said about diesel fuel over the past few years, but a statement from Simon Birkett, founder and director of Clean Air London, at the inaugural Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest could be one of the more controversial ones yet. “Diesel is the devil, and we do need to ban it,” Birkett said while sitting on a panel of experts, including Jaguar Land Rover’s head of powertrain development, Iain Grey...


Honda Urban EV concept revealed, production version due in 2019
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Honda Urban EV concept revealed, production version due in 2019

The retro-styled Honda Urban EV concept has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show this week, giving us a taste of what to expect from a production version confirmed for 2019. Based on an all-new platform, the Urban EV concept previews the design and battery technology for the upcoming production model, in a package smaller than the Jazz light hatch...