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Audi: Legislation the biggest hold-up with autonomous vehicles

We've seen the technology in action and know that in theory, at least, it works well. But, when put to the real test, the thing holding autonomous vehicles up at the moment is legislation and the complex web of legislative bodies around the world...

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Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants
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Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants

Audi used the 2017 Frankfurt motor show as a launching platform for its level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous production and concept vehicles, with the company now indicating it will likely offer a range of autonomous vehicles that suit alternative use cases. When asked whether an autonomous vehicle can be sporty, Audi board member for technical development, Peter Mertens suggested autonomy comes in different shapes and sizes...


Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept teased ahead of Tokyo motor show
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Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept teased ahead of Tokyo motor show

The Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept has been teased this week ahead of its world premiere at next month's Tokyo motor show. While only a single, shadowy image has been released, the company has confirmed the "flagship concept car" will feature a hybrid powertrain with four-wheel drive, along with artificial intelligence (AI) technology - potentially hinting at semi- or full-autonomous driving capability...


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...


Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned
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Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned

Mini says that it has stepped out of the ‘retro’ design philosophy and is embarking on a new era of design that will see the brand progress with a new distinct flavour that still maintains the core DNA of the brand’s iconic styling...


Mazda confirms new rotary concept for 2017 Tokyo motor show
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Mazda confirms new rotary concept for 2017 Tokyo motor show

A new Mazda concept car featuring a rotary engine is destined for the 2017 Tokyo motor show, which starts in late October. At the Frankfurt motor show, Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda's head of research and development in Europe, told AutoExpress, "With the Tokyo Motor Show we will be introducing a new design concept — you can think of it as an evolution of theme of the RX Vision"...


2017 Frankfurt motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Frankfurt motor show: Hits and misses

The opening press days of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show have now wrapped up, with the year's biggest motor show now open to the public. This year's event brought us a host of new production models and concepts, and more than a few hints at what we can expect to see on the road in the years ahead. For a full list of the big unveilings, see our What To Expect article...


BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified
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BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified

BMW’s M Division says it will not produce a small-capacity high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder engine until it can find the right way to counter the deficits of such a power unit with electrification. Speaking to Australian media in Munich today, the boss of BMW’s M Division, Frank Van Meel, said the performance sub-brand is keen to maintain its six-cylinder power units despite rival Mercedes-AMG having made use of smaller capacity four-cylinder units...


AMG GT Black Series a sure thing, but no AMG X-Class
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AMG GT Black Series a sure thing, but no AMG X-Class

AMG boss Tobias Moers told Australian media at the 2017 frankfurt motor show that there is a Black Series version of the already heavy-hitting Mercedes-AMG GT model on the horizon. With Black Series becoming an even more performance-oriented and collectible version of any Mercedes-Benz platform it is added to over the past decade or so, the GT provides a logical basis for that trend to continue...


Project One shows electrification is the key to future performance: AMG chief
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Project One shows electrification is the key to future performance: AMG chief

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes‑AMG GmbH, told CarAdvice this week that customers kept asking, ‘when is AMG doing a hypercar, a super sports car’? We now have that answer. The car is the Project One, and the time is now. Well, in two years, realistically...


BMW: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV the closest rival to M3 dynamics
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BMW: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV the closest rival to M3 dynamics

BMW’s high-performance division says it is keeping an eye on up-and-coming manufacturers that are now competing in its segment, while admitting the recently launched Alfa Romeo Giulia QV is the closest rival to the M3 dynamically...


New BMW M1 supercar unlikely
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New BMW M1 supercar unlikely

BMW says it would rather build high-performance cars for the masses rather than focus its efforts on producing a super sports car or supercar to compete with the likes of the recently unveiled super-limited Mercedes-AMG Project One, or the AMG GT lineup and Audi’s R8 range...


CarAdvice podcast 70: 2017 Frankfurt motor show rundown
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CarAdvice podcast 70: 2017 Frankfurt motor show rundown

This week it's the Frankfurt dream team recording live from the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. Join Paul Maric, Trent Nikolic and Mike Costello for everything from this year's biggest motor show. Paul, Trent and Mike cover the latest reveals from the Frankfurt motor show, including the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant, Audi Elaine and Aicon concepts, Mercedes-AMG Project One, Volkswagen T-Roc, Suzuki Swift Sport and Renault Megane RS...


BMW to further differentiate model designs
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BMW to further differentiate model designs

BMW says its future models will see a more distinct design language that should see bigger visual differences between most models, whilst also taking the next step in the brand’s overall design evolution. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show yesterday, the company’s vice president of BMW group design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said it is now time to take the brand’s design to a new level...


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...


Renault Symbioz house and autonomous car concept unveiled
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Renault Symbioz house and autonomous car concept unveiled

The unique Renault Symbioz car and house concept has been revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. The Symbioz car is said to provide a clue about an autonomous electric vehicle going into production around 2023, as well as some of the company's thinking of about technologies and design elements it will employ up until around 2030...


BMW: X-Class ute ‘disappointing’, Mercedes can do better
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BMW: X-Class ute ‘disappointing’, Mercedes can do better

German manufacturer BMW has slammed its chief rival's efforts in the utility market as appalling and disappointing, while also confirming it too has studied the idea of producing its very own light utility vehicle. Speaking to Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show yesterday, Hendrik von Kuenheim, senior vice president of the company's Asia, Pacific and South Africa region - where he also oversees the Australian market - said he expected more from Mercedes-Benz...


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...


BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design
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BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design

BMW’s head of design says the onslaught of autonomous vehicles and their expected reduction in accidents will have a radical change on car design, with manufacturers able to introduce smaller cars that will not require today’s passive safety requirements...


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...