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Opel Corsa EV confirmed for 2020

Opel has confirmed the next-generation Corsa will be offered with an all-electric powertrain. In a statement released to European press, the company confirmed a pure-electric hatch will follow the regular Corsa, expected to launch in 2019...

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Porsche now 3D prints classic parts
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Porsche now 3D prints classic parts

Porsche Classic wants to keep its older models running longer, with to the introduction of new 3D-printing technology. The company says too many owners and collectors are hamstrung by hard-to-find spare parts, which can lead to vehicle problems, or even forcing them out of action...


Mini Connected services updated
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Mini Connected services updated

Mini will add a 4G SIM to the options list across its range, opening the door for a wider range of connected services. The new hardware, working in tandem with a refreshed Mini Connected app, opens the door for 'time-to-leave warnings', remote door (un)locking, and information about fuel levels – or charge times for electrified vehicles – on an owner's smartphone...


Nissan e-Power explained, Australian launch a certainty
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Nissan e-Power explained, Australian launch a certainty

Nissan will introduce its e-Power petrol-electric drivetrain in Australia in the near future, to complement its zero emissions car rollout, led by the new Leaf due at the end of 2018 – and set to comprise 12 electric Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi vehicles by 2022. This self-described technology ‘bridge’ is Nissan’s unique twist on plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and mild hybrid (HEV) offerings...


BMW Australia: Apple CarPlay subscription fee under consideration
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BMW Australia: Apple CarPlay subscription fee under consideration

BMW Australia is considering a subscription fee for Apple CarPlay, potentially following in the footsteps of its American counterpart. Speaking to CarAdvice at the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour, Lenore Fletcher, local communications boss for BMW, said the company was in discussions about making customers – who currently pay upfront to have CarPlay fitted – make yearly payments to use the service...


Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification
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Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification

Porsche has announced it plans to spend more than €6 billion ($9.42 billion) on electromobility within the next five years, doubling its expenditure to focus on upcoming plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models and electric vehicles (EV). Decided at the most recent Porsche AG Supervisory Board meeting, the investment has been divided into material assets and development costs – around €3b ($4...


2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class supports car sharing with 'friends and family'
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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class supports car sharing with 'friends and family'

The fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class not only debuts the company's new MBUX infotainment system, but can be shared without physically handing over a set of keys. At the end of his speech introducing the hatchback, Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz, announced new A-Class will support "casual private car sharing with friends and family"...


MBUX will 'quickly proliferate' throughout the Mercedes-Benz range
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MBUX will 'quickly proliferate' throughout the Mercedes-Benz range

The new MBUX infotainment system will be offered in quick order in other Mercedes-Benz models. According to Ola Kaellenius, head of research and car development at Mercedes-Benz, the new infotainment system will "quickly proliferate" through the company's range, and "within a couple of years" it will be available in every model...


Nuro R1: Ex-Google engineers create last-mile autonomous delivery van
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Nuro R1: Ex-Google engineers create last-mile autonomous delivery van

A pair of ex-Google engineers has created a funky last-mile autonomous vehicle, designed as a smarter way for companies to deliver their packages. Nuro.ai raised US$92 million ($113,900,000) in venture capital for its self-driving delivery van, which will never carry a human on board...


Formula E reveals Gen2 racer
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Formula E reveals Gen2 racer

Formula E has unveiled its second-generation racer, set to hit the track in the 2018/19 season. The futuristic racer, dubbed Gen2, has double the battery capacity and, by extension, twice the range of the current car, spelling an end to the awkward mid-race car-swaps that currently feature...


Americans hesitant about autonomous cars - poll
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Americans hesitant about autonomous cars - poll

More than 65 per cent of Americans are wary of self-driving cars, according to a new Ipsos and Reuters opinion poll. A total of 2592 people were surveyed between January 11 and 18, 2018, with respondents born between 1946 and 2004. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Millennials (born between 1982 and 2004) were most receptive to the idea of autonomy, with 38 per cent of respondents indicating they were "comfortable" with the idea of a self-driving taxi...


Mercedes-Benz outlines EV production plans
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Mercedes-Benz outlines EV production plans

Mercedes-Benz has made no secret of its plan to push aggressively into electric mobility, promising 10 full-electric models by 2022. Now, the company has outlined how it wants to make its battery-driven revolution happen...


Mazda SkyActiv-3 engines to be EV-clean
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Mazda SkyActiv-3 engines to be EV-clean

  Mazda hasn't even released its SkyActiv-X range of compression-ignition engines yet, but it's touting how clean its next generation of petrol engines will be. In a new report by industry journal Automotive News, Mazda head of powertrains, Mitsuo Hitomi, says the SkyActiv-3 range of petrol engines will be as clean as an electric vehicle (EV) - at least, once you factor in the supply chain of energy creation...


Nissan puts Leaf tech to use in electric bus trial
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Nissan puts Leaf tech to use in electric bus trial

Nissan has repurposed the electric powertrain from the Leaf for a zero local-emission bus trial in Japan. The trial, led by Kumamoto University on Japan's southern Kyushu island, is aimed at tackling the high costs involved in developing electric heavy vehicles...


Wealthy? You'll jump on the autonomous cars wagon first
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Wealthy? You'll jump on the autonomous cars wagon first

Analysis of the Australian market suggests those living in the nation's most affluent areas will likely be the first to adopt autonomous car technology. As with the slow-but-sure introduction of electric vehicles, vehicles capable of advanced autonomous driving will carry a high price tag for some time before the technology filters down through the market...


Volvo factory goes carbon-neutral
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Volvo factory goes carbon-neutral

Volvo's engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, is officially carbon-neutral - after switching to renewable heating on January 1. It's the first facility in Volvo Cars' global manufacturing network to achieve the feat, making a step towards the company's goal of having carbon-neutral global manufacturing operations by the year 2025...


2019 Jaguar XJ to go electric - report
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2019 Jaguar XJ to go electric - report

The next-generation Jaguar XJ could be reborn as an all-electric flagship limousine when it launches sometime next year, according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar claims it has learned from an anonymous source the XJ will become the technology showcase for the brand with its all-electric powertrain while also previewing a new design direction - it's believed it will become a swoopy five-door liftback, a la the Panamera...


Scientists make carbon-fibre from plants, may reduce its price
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Scientists make carbon-fibre from plants, may reduce its price

Scientists have found a way that could make carbon-fibre both cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to produce. Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic is light, strong and fashionable, and a great way to make a car a faster or more fuel efficient. Unfortunately, it's also hugely expensive, which means it's largely restricted to vehicles with big sticker prices or designed specifically for racing...


Cutaway drawings reveal how complex the modern car really is
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Cutaway drawings reveal how complex the modern car really is

If you have ever wondered what every component of a modern car looks like underneath all that sheet metal, your questions have been answered. Two Americans, Beau and Alan Daniels have illustrated dozens of technical car cutaways of a four-door sedan, which are so detailed, they appear real. The drawings include the more common cutaways of the suspension, electricals, interior and driveline...


Mazda's rotary engine to make its return in Toyota's autonomous vehicle
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Mazda's rotary engine to make its return in Toyota's autonomous vehicle

Masahiro Moro, head of Mazda North America, has revealed the company's rotary engine will be used in Toyota's future autonomous vehicles. In an interview with Bloomberg, Moro said Mazda's rotary engine technology would be used as a generator to charge the battery and extend the operating range of Toyota's self-driving electric cars...