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2017 BMW 530e iPerformance review

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2017 BMW 530e iPerformance review

The BMW 530e is the latest and probably greatest member of the company's iPerformance PHEV range. It mounts a compelling case that makes a mockery of the tiny sales it will achieve.

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BMW 530e iPerformance PHEV in Australia from July
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BMW 530e iPerformance PHEV in Australia from July

The BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (PHEV) luxury sedan will launch in Australia in July, joining the 330e, 740e and X5 xDrive40e in the company's growing green fleet, alongside the more radical i3 and i8...


Mercedes-Benz Energy home battery system launches in the UK, Australia to follow shortly
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Mercedes-Benz Energy home battery system launches in the UK, Australia to follow shortly

Mercedes-Benz is following Tesla into the home energy business with the announcement that the brand's UK arm is readying delivery of its first energy storage units - and an Australian launch is imminent. The lithium-ion battery systems are based on the same technology Mercedes-Benz has been utilising in its hybrid and electric vehicles since 2012...


Tesla Supercharger global network to double by 2018
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Tesla Supercharger global network to double by 2018

Electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla has announced plans to double its charging network by the end of this year, in the lead-up to the launch of its smallest and most affordable offering, the Model 3. Since 2012, Tesla has built 842 stations with over 5400 Superchargers and more than 9000 Destination Charging connectors, and plans to double that to more than 10,000 chargers by the end of 2017...


Australia's EV and PHEV sales analysed
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Australia's EV and PHEV sales analysed

Electric and plug-in hybrid car sales continue to make barely a dent in Australia compared to other mature markets, though product cycles clearly represent a caveat. According to industry figures obtained by CarAdvice, trackable sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or BEVs with a range-extender (REx) in Australia peaked at 294 units in 2015 before falling to 138 last year...


MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration
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MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration

The next-generation MG GS will likely offer a seven-seat variant and will be launched by the end of the decade, according to company executives. Speaking with Australian media in Shanghai last week, general manager for MG Australia, Zhu Chao, said the next-generation GS will likely spawn a three-row version that will straddle the medium and large SUV segments, similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail...


Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car
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Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car

Autonomous cars are going to need to send and receive mountains of data, and the current 4G wireless networks simply won’t cut it. That’s where the next-generation 5G comes into play, promising insanely-fast data transfer rates of up to 45 gigabits-per-second and one-millisecond latency...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 21, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 21, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Volvo's first EV will be built in China, exported to the world
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Volvo's first EV will be built in China, exported to the world

Volvo has confirmed its first ever commercially available pure electric vehicle will be built in China. In a statement, Volvo said its first EV will go on sale in 2019, and will be made in China for both local and global consumption. The Volvo EV will be based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which will serve as the basis of the upcoming XC40 crossover, S40 sedan and V40 hatch or wagon, as well as the Lynk & Co 01 SUV and 03 sedan...


Volkswagen EV pricing to nearly match conventional cars
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Volkswagen EV pricing to nearly match conventional cars

German car giant Volkswagen wants to give electric cars to the masses at prices not much more than its combustion engine models, with China to spearhead the push. Christian Senger, head of Volkswagen’s electric car project, and a former key player in BMW’s development of the battery-powered i3, told reporters in Shanghai this week that the company had made “huge progress” in the electrification of its cars by reducing production costs of its all-electric vehicles...


MG E-Motion concept previews brand's next chapter
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MG E-Motion concept previews brand's next chapter

The MG E-Motion concept is the sports car everyone has been waiting for, from the Chinese-owned British brand, and it’s also a very important step towards the company’s future, according to the man who designed it. Speaking with media at the company’s research and design centre in Shanghai, Shao JingFeng, head designer at MG's parent company, SAIC Motor, said the electric sports car concept previews what to expect from future models...


Mercedes-AMG: Say goodbye to atmo engines, and you can forget about diesel
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Mercedes-AMG: Say goodbye to atmo engines, and you can forget about diesel

At this year's New York motor show, Australian media spent time with Tobias Moers, the head of Mercedes-AMG - and chief among the topics discussed was performance, specifically how best to achieve it. In recent times, petrol engines have become so efficient, so technologically adept and so clean-running, that there is hope we may one day return to the glory days of naturally-aspirated petrol engines, even if they do run an electric motor of some sort to help things along...


Audi teases new concept for Shanghai
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Audi teases new concept for Shanghai

Audi has teased a new e-tron concept which will make its debut at the Shanghai motor show next week, complete with an array of LED lighting. It appears the use of LED technology will be so extensive on the new show car that even Audi's four-ringed logo will be an illuminated decoration rather than a physical badge...


Qoros K-EV concept revealed ahead of Shanghai debut
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Qoros K-EV concept revealed ahead of Shanghai debut

The Qoros K-EV concept has been revealed this week ahead of its debut at next week's Shanghai motor show, giving us a first glimpse of the electric supercar. Developed in partnership with Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg, the K-EV is the latest product of the collaboration between the two companies, and is said to feature a similar transmission-less all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid system as the Regera hypercar...


MG E-Motion concept teased, circular MG badge appears
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MG E-Motion concept teased, circular MG badge appears

Images of the MG E-Motion concept have surfaced online this week, hinting at a new sports car for the Chinese-owned British brand ahead of a likely debut at the Shanghai motor show next week. The slinky coupe is believed to be an electric sports car, based on parent company SAIC Motor's electric vehicle platform...


Electric vans will work in Australia, says Mercedes-Benz
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Electric vans will work in Australia, says Mercedes-Benz

Commercial vehicles will be a key to growing Australia’s sluggish electrified vehicle adoption rate, believes the local division of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Daimler will begin series production of EV vans from the end of 2018, with mid-sized Vito and larger Sprinter iterations to be available — first in Europe, but eventually elsewhere...


Chevrolet to reveal plug-in FNR-X SUV concept in Shanghai
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Chevrolet to reveal plug-in FNR-X SUV concept in Shanghai

Chevrolet has released a teaser image of a new SUV concept, the FNR-X, which will make its public debut at the Shanghai motor show later this month. Following the wild FNR concept of two years ago, the slightly more conventional FNR-X is set to form the basis of a new plug-in hybrid electric SUV...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 7, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 7, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms
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Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms

German stablemates Audi and Porsche have announced they'll collaborate on the development of a shared next-generation vehicle architecture for future mobility including autonomous driving, electrification and digitisation...


Clean energy a bigger selling point for EVs than price or range: study
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Clean energy a bigger selling point for EVs than price or range: study

Queensland's University of Technology (QUT) is pushing for the adoption of renewable energy sources as electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular, citing that having clean power outweighs the cost and driving range for customers wanting to buy them...