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European buyers quickly warming to alternative fuels

European registrations of alternative-fuel vehicles grew 35.1 per cent in Q4 of 2017, contributing to impressive 39.7 growth over the whole year. A total of 227,378 alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) were registered in the European Union during Q4, accounting for 6...

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Mercedes-AMG trademarks '40', '50' and '73' badges in Europe
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Mercedes-AMG trademarks '40', '50' and '73' badges in Europe

It seems Mercedes-AMG could be mulling a new line of  '40', '50' and '73' models, after trademarking several model names with new number designations. Documents submitted last year by Daimler to the European Union Patent and Trademark Office show Mercedes-AMG has trademarked 'AMG 40', 'AMG 50', 'S73', 'GLS73' and 'G73' for use in Europe...


Toyota recalls 24,000 vehicles for airbag fix
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Toyota recalls 24,000 vehicles for airbag fix

Toyota has issued a recall for 23,964 vehicles across its 2015 Corolla, Fortuner, HiLux and Prius model lines over concerns a faulty sensor could cause the airbags to deactivate. According to the Japanese automotive giant, the insulations on the IC chips peel over time on affected cars, creating an open circuit...


2018 Lexus NX300h 2WD F Sport review
Rating: 6.610 /10
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2018 Lexus NX300h 2WD F Sport review

The 2018 Lexus NX brings a styling and equipment update for the new year, but is it enough to compete with impressive all-new competitors such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60?

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2018 Lexus CT200h F Sport review
Rating: 5.910 /10
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2018 Lexus CT200h F Sport review

Lexus’s ageing sports-luxury hybrid hatch has been given an update for 2018, though familiar issues remain.

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Infiniti to launch EVs from 2021
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Infiniti to launch EVs from 2021

Infiniti has announced it will introduce new electrified models from 2021, with its first pure-electric offering due the same year. The luxury subsidiary of Nissan says "customers can expect beautifully-designed vehicles like the Q Inspiration concept" featuring a "whole new level of electrified driving performance"...


2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 previewed ahead of Detroit reveal
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2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 previewed ahead of Detroit reveal

The upcoming 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 4Matic+ has been teased on social media ahead of its reveal at the Detroit motor show this week. Set to become the flagship of the new-generation CLS range, the AMG CLS53 will become the first mainstream AMG-badged hybrid, and likely pioneer a new range of electrified '53' models...


Kia Sportage, Cee'd to get mild-hybrid tech - report
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Kia Sportage, Cee'd to get mild-hybrid tech - report

Kia's European arm is looking to introduce 48V mild-hybrid powertrains, starting with the current Sportage and next-generation Cee'd - according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Auto Express, Kia's research and development boss, Woong Chul Yang, said the Korean manufacturer is looking to add the mild-hybrid options to meet ever-tightening European emissions laws...


Kia Niro EV concept revealed at CES
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Kia Niro EV concept revealed at CES

The Kia Niro EV concept has been unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, likely previewing an upcoming production model. After being previewed with a set of shadowy teaser images last week, the Niro EV concept doesn't really offer too many surprises, looking like a dark and pumped-up version of the production Niro hybrid SUV (below)...


Mercedes-Benz designers talk through the Project One
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Mercedes-Benz designers talk through the Project One

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is among the most interesting launches of 2017, coupling a Formula 1 powertrain with road-car sensibilities. Designing a car capable of circuit-crushing performance and road-ruling comfort is a unique challenge, the likes of which most engineers and designers never face...


McLaren working on pure-electric supercars, says tech not ready
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McLaren working on pure-electric supercars, says tech not ready

McLaren says it's testing pure-electric technology, but hasn't cracked the code for delivering the range and performance expected of a supercar. Dan Parry-Williams, engineering and design director, says the company has an EV mule running around, but battery technology isn't yet conducive to flat-out driving...


Lexus CT200h recalled for fuel tank fix
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Lexus CT200h recalled for fuel tank fix

Lexus Australia has recalled the CT200h to fix an issue with the fuel tank. According to the Japanese marque, the resin weld connecting the fuel tank and inlet pipe may not be to specification. As a result, part of the resin weld could peel off, causing fuel to leak and, in the worst case scenario, increase the risk of fire...


Toyota aggressively ramps up electrification plans
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Toyota aggressively ramps up electrification plans

Toyota wants to have electrified powertrains available across its entire range by 2025, and plans to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles annually by 2030. Of those 5.5 million global sales, the company wants 1 million to be zero-emissions vehicles. Should the goal be met, more than 50 per cent of all Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold would feature some form of electrification...


Toyota Gazoo teases LMP1-inspired hypercar
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Toyota Gazoo teases LMP1-inspired hypercar

Toyota Gazoo Racing will use the Tokyo Auto Salon to launch the GR Super Sport Concept. The concept has been inspired by the World Endurance Championship efforts of Toyota Gazoo Racing, which suggests a hybrid powertrain and aggressive aerodynamics will both feature...


Toyota labelled 'world's greenest automotive company'
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Toyota labelled 'world's greenest automotive company'

Toyota has been rated the 'world's greenest carmaker' in a global study from Newsweek.  Having topped the automotive rankings, the company ranked 16th among the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the world. L'Oreal topped the global charts, while Cisco Wireless was the 'greenest' company in the USA...


Aria FXE: 850kW hybrid hypercar revealed in LA
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Aria FXE: 850kW hybrid hypercar revealed in LA

The Aria Group has taken the wraps off its new FXE hypercar at the Los Angeles motor show, with its sights firmly set on the hypercar elite when it goes on sale in 2019. Based in California, the Aria Group is known for its involvement in concept vehicle design, including the Kia GT4 Stinger concept and the Tesla Model S concept...


Mercedes-AMG CLS53 hybrid confirmed, headed for Detroit
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Mercedes-AMG CLS53 hybrid confirmed, headed for Detroit

The boss of Mercedes-AMG has confirmed a hot CLS53 with hybrid technology will debut at the Detroit motor show in January. Speaking with Autocar at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show, head of AMG, Tobias Moers, said the 53 branding will be stuck on AMG models using petrol-electric hybrid powertrains - in the process hinting that an E53 could follow the CLS...


Electrified Jeep Wrangler coming in 2020
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Electrified Jeep Wrangler coming in 2020

Jeep has confirmed a plug-in hybrid version of the just-unveiled Wrangler will be released in 2020 Speaking to media at the launch of the new Wrangler at the Los Angeles motor show, Jeep president and CEO, Michael Manley, said the plug-in off-roader demonstrates a desire to future-proof the model, and a chance to explore the benefits of electrification for serious off-roaders...


Toyota research claims Australians aren't ready for PHEVs
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Toyota research claims Australians aren't ready for PHEVs

Toyota Australia is sticking firm on its call to not sell the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in Australia, preferring to focus on the 'regular' Prius and Corolla hybrids with comparatively old-hat but more affordable technology. As such, it's allowing fellow mass-market brands Mitsubishi and Hyundai to establish an early ascendancy in a fledgling market with the well-established Outlander PHEV crossover and the imminent Ioniq PHEV model, respectively...


Subaru WRX STI: Next-gen could go hybrid as emissions laws tighten
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Subaru WRX STI: Next-gen could go hybrid as emissions laws tighten

The next-generation Subaru WRX STI may not be launched for a considerable length of time, as the company decides what to do with its powertrain. David Dello Stritto, head of sales and marketing for Subaru Europe, admitted to AutoRAI.nl "there will be a period where we will temporarily not run WRX STI". This is down to ever-tightening CO2 emissions regulations, which means "the current 2...