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US senator demands Tesla rename Autopilot system

Edward Markey, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, has called on Tesla to rebrand and change the marketing around its Autopilot driver assistance suite...

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TVR Griffith delayed again, factory still incomplete
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TVR Griffith delayed again, factory still incomplete

The TVR Griffith is still, seemingly, a long way from entering production even though it made its debut back in 2017. Autocar has seen a newsletter sent by Les Edgar, TVR's chairman, to deposit-holders for the next-generation British sports car...


Jeep and Mahindra back in court over copyright claim
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Jeep and Mahindra back in court over copyright claim

The US International Trade Commission has agreed to review a complaint lodged by the parent company of Jeep, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), claiming the design of Wrangler look-a-like, the Mahindra Roxor, infringed on its "trade dress". Last year legal representatives for Jeep convinced an administrative law judge the Mahindra Roxor's round headlights and vertical grille slats (pictured above) could infringe on Jeep's design...


2021 Mercedes-Benz SL spied
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2021 Mercedes-Benz SL spied

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL has been spied ahead of its global launch some time in 2021. Last year Tobias Moers, head of Mercedes-AMG, confirmed his division was leading development of the new SL, which rumours indicate will be available exclusively as a roadster. It's understood the upcoming SL and the second-generation AMG GT will be based on the Modular Sports Architecture...


New Ford Mondeo to debut in 2021 with leaf springs at the rear - report
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New Ford Mondeo to debut in 2021 with leaf springs at the rear - report

Despite declining interest in its market segment, the Ford Mondeo name looks as though it will live to fight on. A parts tooling catalogue spotted by Autocar on Ford's European website shows a specialist tool designed to remove the rear leaf spring from a “2022 model year Mondeo CD542”. The leaf spring design would, presumably, allow for improved hybrid or plug-in hybrid battery packaging...


Automakers impose travel bans due to deadly coronavirus outbreak
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Automakers impose travel bans due to deadly coronavirus outbreak

Ford and GM have imposed travel restrictions to the city of Wuhan due to a deadly outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus in the city. GM confirmed to Bloomberg it has issued a "global travel advisory" for the Chinese city, with travel limited to "business critical" issues. Ford had also issued a travel advisory for its employees, while Volkswagen has given safety advice to its staff...


Canada fines Volkswagen $218 million for Dieselgate emissions
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Canada fines Volkswagen $218 million for Dieselgate emissions

Volkswagen and a Canadian judge have agreed to a C$196.5 million ($218.5 million) fine after the automaker pled guilty to 60 counts of illegally importing into the country diesel cars that secretly exceeded limits placed on oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. As part of its guilty plea, Volkswagen admitted it had imported 128,000 Volkswagen and Audi cars, and around 2000 Porsche vehicles, which breached pollution standards...


Bugatti chief rules out platform sharing and hybrid drivetrains
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Bugatti chief rules out platform sharing and hybrid drivetrains

Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Bugatti, has laid out his thinking for a second model, what might power it, and how it will affect the brand's exclusivity. He told Autocar any second model for the Bugatti range would be a car "to be used on a daily basis" and not "only for weekends". It has long been speculated the company is keen to add a high-performance crossover or four-door grand tourer to its lineup...


2020 Audi S3 interior spied
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2020 Audi S3 interior spied

The interior of the next-generation 2021 Audi S3 has been spied while undergoing cold weather testing in northern Europe. The exterior of the S3 looks to be an evolution of today's hatch, albeit with an all new body, and sharper detailing, especially around the intakes and lights. By comparison, the interior of the new A3 and S3 is quite a radical reinvention...


Tesla crosses US$100 billion valuation
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Tesla crosses US$100 billion valuation

Overnight the market capitalisation of Tesla broke through the US$100 billion ($146 billion) barrier. As noted by Reuters, Tesla's share price has surged a further eight or so per cent while Australians were asleep. At the time of writing, Tesla's share price is US$586 ($854), making its market capitalisation is just shy of US$107 billion ($156 billion)...


Mitsubishi being investigated in Germany over diesel emissions defeat devices
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Mitsubishi being investigated in Germany over diesel emissions defeat devices

Offices in Germany linked to Mitsubishi, including its research and development centre, have been raided as part of an investigation by the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor's office says it is investigating whether Mitsubishi vehicles fitted with the company's 1.6- and 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines used illegal software to pass emissions tests...


GM about to unveil its first driverless car - report
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GM about to unveil its first driverless car - report

Cruise, the self-driving car firm owned by General Motors, will reportedly unveil its new dedicated autonomous vehicle by the end of the day. Sources within the company told Bloomberg Cruise will unveil the vehicle at an event in San Francisco. A spokesperson for the firm stated the vehicle at the event "is definitely not a car", but refused to elaborate any further...


Startup automaker crowdfunds solar electric car to be built at ex-Saab factory
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Startup automaker crowdfunds solar electric car to be built at ex-Saab factory

Sono Motors has raised €53 million ($86 million) from a crowdfunding drive during the months of December and January. This figure exceeded the company's initial target of €50 million ($81 million), and will allow it to contract out production of the Sion EV people mover to National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS)...


BMW i8 production to end in April - report
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BMW i8 production to end in April - report

Production of the BMW i8 will reportedly end in April this year as the company looks to focus on more mainstream electrified models, including the all-electric iX3 crossover, i4 fastback and iNext crossover. A company spokesperson has confirmed the impending demise of the i8 with Autocar...


Great Wall buys GM's last factory in India
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Great Wall buys GM's last factory in India

Great Wall Motors has confirmed it is buying Talegaon factory from General Motors, with the deal expected to complete during the second half of 2020. The Talegaon factory produces Chevrolet Beat hatches and sedans for sale in Latin America. GM's other car-making facility in India was sold to SAIC, and is currently used to produce vehicles under the MG brand...