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BMW and Toyota developing a plug-in hybrid mid-engine Porsche 911 fighter - report

Under the title Project Silk Road 2, Toyota and BMW are working together to develop a two-seat mid-engine sports car to tackle the Porsche 911. According to a report in the British magazine Car, much of the work for this collaboration will be done by BMW...

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New Nissan Navara interior revealed
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New Nissan Navara interior revealed

A new video in the teaser campaign for the next generation Nissan Navara has officially revealed the ute's interior for the first time. Released over the weekend, the latest clip shows many parts of the new ute's interior, including its instrument panel, steering wheel, entertainment and navigation interface and climate control system...


Toyota 86 hybrid technically feasible, but won't be built - report
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Toyota 86 hybrid technically feasible, but won't be built - report

Despite reports that development of a hybrid version of the Toyota 86 was quite advanced, it appears as though project has been halted due to a poor business case. Fabio Capano, director of product communications at Toyota Europe, told Autocar: "We can create a product with this technology, but it needs to make proper business sense. We have to prioritise...


Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III ready to tackle Pikes Peak
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Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III ready to tackle Pikes Peak

The all-electric Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III will battle for honours at the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Like last year's MiEV Evolution II, the drivetrain of the Evolution III features four electric motors (two at the front and two at the rear). Combined power output has been upped to 450kW from 400kW...


Volkswagen to expand SUV range from two models to six - report
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Volkswagen to expand SUV range from two models to six - report

The Wolfsburg-based company is working on tripling the number of Volkswagen-branded SUVs in its range from two to six. Two anonymous sources who spoke to Bloomberg said the company was working on a "coupe" and a stretched version of the next-generation Tiguan...


2015 BMW X6 : Photos of second-generation SUV leaked
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2015 BMW X6 : Photos of second-generation SUV leaked

What seem to be low-resolution versions of official press photos for the next-generation BMW X6 have leaked onto the internet. These photos show that the second generation of BMW's "sports activity coupe" will sport an evolutionary style update. While the new car's basic shape is carried over from the original, it has been melded with BMW's latest styling tropes, including headlights that blend into the company's dual kidney grille...


Ferrari 458 Italia to switch to turbo V8 for 2015 facelift - report
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Ferrari 458 Italia to switch to turbo V8 for 2015 facelift - report

When the Ferrari 458 Italia receives a facelift next year it will sport a turbocharged V8 petrol motor as standard, according to reports out of the UK. Dubbed internally as the Ferrari 458M, the updated car will use a heavily modified version of the 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that powers the California T...


New Nissan Navara's second teaser video reveals more details
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New Nissan Navara's second teaser video reveals more details

A second teaser video has been released online for the next-generation Nissan Navara and it reveals a few more styling details about the new ute. In the latest video, the new Navara is shown partaking in outdoor field trials, as well as undergoing a series of torture tests in one of Nissan's labs, including extreme cold, hot weather and rain testing...


Ford Lightweight Concept Car: A Fusion/Mondeo that weighs as little as a Fiesta
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Ford Lightweight Concept Car: A Fusion/Mondeo that weighs as little as a Fiesta

The Ford Lightweight Concept Car looks much like a normal American Ford Fusion sedan, but only weighs a smidge more than the much smaller Fiesta. A collaborative effort between Ford, the US Department of Energy and supplier Magna, the Ford Lightweight Concept Car utilises the North American Fusion as its starting point...


Ariel Atom police special created to promote motorcycle safety
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Ariel Atom police special created to promote motorcycle safety

A special one-off Ariel Atom 3.5R has been delivered to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary to help it promote motorcycle safety. This special Ariel Atom is dubbed the PL1 and is based on the latest 3.5R model. That means it's powered by a modified version of the 2.0-litre engine from the previous generation Honda Civic Type R...


New Ford Troller T4 is a Brazilian-born Jeep Wrangler-style SUV
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New Ford Troller T4 is a Brazilian-born Jeep Wrangler-style SUV

The Blue Oval's Brazilian arm has revealed the Ford Troller T4, a locally designed SUV engineered to tackle the trickiest tracks and harshest conditions that the South American nation has to offer. Based on the TR-X concept revealed at the 2012 Sao Paulo motor show, the Ford Troller T4 is powered by a 3.2-litre diesel engine hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission...


Porsche developing 1.6-, 2.0-, 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engines - report
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Porsche developing 1.6-, 2.0-, 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engines - report

Porsche is developing a new range of horizontally opposed four-cylinder engines for its sports car and SUV ranges. According to the report in the UK's Car magazine, Porsche is currently working on a range of smaller-displacement engines with fewer cylinders. Like other car makers, the Zuffenhausen-based brand is chasing the holy trinity of decreased weight, increased fuel economy and improved performance...


Next Nissan Navara teased online, will be revealed June 11
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Next Nissan Navara teased online, will be revealed June 11

The next Nissan Navara ute has been teased by the company on its global Instagram account, as well as a video (above) aimed at the Thai market. Even with translucent sheeting in the way, it's clear that the new Navara will feature an evolution of the current car's boxy, rugged styling...


Audi discovers deep Nazi past including concentration camp workers, 4500 deaths
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Audi discovers deep Nazi past including concentration camp workers, 4500 deaths

An investigation into Audi's past has found that one of the company's founders had deep Nazi connections and the company had used workers housed in Nazi Germany's concentration camps. The report was funded by Audi and authored by Martin Kukowsi, co-ordinator of archives and business history at Audi, and Rudolf Boch, a profession of history at the University of Chemnitz...


Mercedes-Benz S500 Intelligent Drive completes 100km historical route autonomously
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Mercedes-Benz S500 Intelligent Drive completes 100km historical route autonomously

Daimler has released a video of its Mercedes-Benz S500 Intelligent Drive test vehicle completing a 100km autonomous drive through Germany. The trip undertaken by this smarter-than-average Mercedes-Benz was from Mannheim to Pforzheim, along a route similar to the one used by Bertha Benz in the Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1888...