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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27

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 will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Mercedes-Benz developing four new EVs for launch by 2020 - report
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Mercedes-Benz developing four new EVs for launch by 2020 - report

With German government's announcement last week of incentives for EVs, Mercedes-Benz is reportedly preparing to launch four new uniquely styled electric vehicles by 2020. To take advantage of the government's rebate scheme, as well as countering moves by BMW and Audi, Mercedes-Benz is said to be stepping up its investment in electric vehicles...


PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Dongfeng will co-develop EV platform due 2019
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PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Dongfeng will co-develop EV platform due 2019

Groupe PSA, the parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, has signed an agreement with Chinese automaker Dongfeng to co-develop an electric vehicle platform. The initiative, announced overnight, is an extension of the deal the two car makers signed in April 2015...


Ten of the most bonkers concept cars
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Ten of the most bonkers concept cars

Concept cars are a law unto themselves, and the rules are: there are no rules. Motor shows are full of over-the-top, fantastical creations and, while some offer a glimpse into the future of personal transport, some are nothing but the physical manifestations of delusional designers and inventors...


2017 BMW i3 revealed with bigger battery, greater range
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2017 BMW i3 revealed with bigger battery, greater range

New i3 variant gets extended driving range with meatier battery Faster charging available with three-phase upgrade Australian debut due late 2016 A new variant in BMW’s electric vehicle family has been revealed this week, in the form of the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah). The parentheses aren’t our doing, either: the model’s official name in Europe is indeed “i3 (94 Ah)”...


Ford working on rival for Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3 after all
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Ford working on rival for Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3 after all

Contrary to comments made about three weeks ago at the conference in Detroit, it seems as though Ford is developing a long range, affordable electric vehicle to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, told The Detroit News and others earlier this week: "Our EVs come down to making sure we’re the best or among the leaders in those areas...


LeEco LeSee electric sedan revealed for Beijing motor show
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LeEco LeSee electric sedan revealed for Beijing motor show

Chinese tech company LeEco, already known for backing electric vehicle startup Faraday Future and Aston Martin's upcoming RapidE EV, has revealed an ultra-green offering of its own. Formerly known as LeTV, often described as 'the Netflix of China', LeEco has expanded its operations beyond entertainment to focus on other products like electric vehicles (EVs)...


Apple running top-secret car lab in Berlin - report
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Apple running top-secret car lab in Berlin - report

Tech giant Apple is working on its rumoured electric vehicle (EV) at a top-secret research and development lab in Germany’s capital, according to a new report this week. German news outlet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (also known as F.A.Z), reports that Apple has employed between 15 to 20 “top class” men and women from the German automotive industry, with backgrounds in engineering, hardware, software and sales...


Ford in no rush to produce long-range EV
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Ford in no rush to produce long-range EV

Unlike some of its competitors, Ford has no near-term plans to introduce an electric vehicle with a driving range of around 320 kilometres (200 miles). Kevin Layden, Ford's director of electrification, told Automotive News last week at the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress in Detroit that the company's revised Ford Focus Electric has enough range to satisfy most commuters in the USA...


Volkswagen Australia looks to offer EV and PHEV cars by 2020
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Volkswagen Australia looks to offer EV and PHEV cars by 2020

Volkswagen Australia is likely to offer electric and plug-in hybrid models here within the next few years, according to managing director Michael Bartsch. The German brand is pushing ever more heavily into the development of EV and PHEV models globally, but as yet offers nothing along those lines in our market...


Mercedes-Benz customers want more AMG models, not electric vehicles: Zetsche
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Mercedes-Benz customers want more AMG models, not electric vehicles: Zetsche

"We want more AMG models!" That's the feedback from current Mercedes-Benz customers, according to Dr. Dieter Zetsche, the brand's global chief. His comment comes in response to a question on whether the company is currently directing more R&D budget towards autonomous driving cars or pure electric cars...


BMW 'i' brand: initial Australian response 'almost overwhelming'
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BMW 'i' brand: initial Australian response 'almost overwhelming'

The response by Australian buyers to the BMW ‘i’ sub-brand has been profoundly positive, with the German brand's local head revealing it all but underestimated local demand. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new BMW M2 at Targa Tasmania this week, BMW Australia CEO Mark Werner said the response to BMW’s first foray into a standalone electrified sub-brand has been a local and global sales success...


Jaguar’s hybrid and electric models will need to carry the brand promise
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Jaguar’s hybrid and electric models will need to carry the brand promise

Jaguar says that electrification of its model line-up is an inevitable part of the brand’s future as it seeks to overcome ever-tightening emission restrictions while delivering sporty vehicles that befit the values of the British brand...


Faraday Future zooms in on new EV model teaser
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Faraday Future zooms in on new EV model teaser

Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has handed down a new teaser image for the first of its upcoming production models, offering a closer look at a vehicle previewed in November last year. At the time, Faraday Future had been shrouded in mystery, with little to no official word on the company’s management or backing...


BAIC electric supercar leaked, details emerge
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BAIC electric supercar leaked, details emerge

Chinese manufacturer Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) is understood to be working on a new electric supercar to take on the world’s elite, after images were leaked online this week. Although no official details have been released, reports claim that the Chinese automotive giant’s zero-emissions supercar will be capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in under three seconds and hit a top speed of 260km/h...


India reveals plan for full national EV switch by 2030
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India reveals plan for full national EV switch by 2030

India could become a world leader in eco-friendly transportation after announcing plans to have only electric cars on its roads by 2030. In 2013, India made its intentions clear by establishing the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan and, later, the Faster Adoption and Manufacture of Electric Vehicles (FAME) plan, with the goal of putting six to seven million hybrid and electric vehicles on its roads by 2020...


Tesla Model 3 reservations open in Australia: We interview the first buyers in the world
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Tesla Model 3 reservations open in Australia: We interview the first buyers in the world

The latest must-have item to line up for isn’t a pair of limited-edition sneakers or the new iPhone. It’s the upcoming Tesla Model 3, the mid-sized and more affordable sibling to the popular Model S sedan that launched in Australia in 2014. Tesla founder Elon Musk will unveil the Model 3 at a special event in the US tomorrow, but hopeful buyers have the opportunity to place a $1500 reservation on a car from today...


First Jaguar EV due within the next two years - report
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First Jaguar EV due within the next two years - report

British luxury brand Jaguar is reportedly working to have at least one form of electric powertrain on the market by 2018, according to a new report this week. With its new-generation model onslaught in full swing, including the F-Type, XE, XF, and the soon-to-be-released F-Pace SUV, Jaguar is now reportedly less than two years away from offering its first green car...


Hyundai: electrification for more models is inevitable
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Hyundai: electrification for more models is inevitable

Hyundai expects significant electrification of its future vehicles in the wake of the Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle launch today. The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq became the first vehicle in the world to use the same platform for three different types of electrification technology: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric...


BMW Isetta 'bubble car' reborn
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BMW Isetta 'bubble car' reborn

Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems has revealed a reimagined take on the iconic BMW Isetta 'bubble car': the Microlino EV. Beginning life in the 1950s, the Isetta was designed by Italian automobile and motorcycle maker, Iso, before being licensed to BMW to build. Since then, various speculative designs for a rebirth have been thrown around...