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Volkswagen could launch a low-cost electric car by 2023 – report

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Volkswagen could launch a low-cost electric car by 2023 – report

Volkswagen plans to deliver a €20,000 (AU$32,000) electric vehicle by 2023, according to a new report from Reuters. The in-house project – reportedly codenamed 'Small BEV' (Battery Electric Vehicle) – is tasked with building a city car more affordable than the current ID...

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Maserati to electrify entire line-up by 2025 – report
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Maserati to electrify entire line-up by 2025 – report

Maserati will electrify its entire line-up by 2025, according to the manufacturer’s chief executive officer Davide Grasso. Speaking at an online fashion event last week, Mr Grasso confirmed that within five years all models from the Italian manufacturer would be driven by hybrid or all-electric powertrains...


Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Mount Panorama production car lap record
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Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Mount Panorama production car lap record

A Porsche 911 GT2 RS has broken the production car lap record at Mount Panorama, with amateur driver Jeff Morton behind the wheel. The time of 2:14.24 – achieved during a Super Sprint session at the Challenge Bathurst event – shaved more than two seconds of the previous record of 2:16.50, set in 2017 by Bernd Schneider in a Mercedes-AMG GT R...


Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini: Italian icons partner to build limited-edition superbike
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Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini: Italian icons partner to build limited-edition superbike

Lamborghini and Ducati have teamed up to design a limited-edition superbike based on the Diavel 1260 S. Just 630 examples of the two-wheeler – called the Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini – will be produced. Design inspiration was drawn from the green and gold Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 hybrid, which was unveiled to much fanfare in 2019...


Formula One’s Romain Grosjean escapes fiery crash during Bahrain Grand Prix
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Formula One’s Romain Grosjean escapes fiery crash during Bahrain Grand Prix

French Formula One driver Romain Grosjean walked away from a horrific crash during last night’s Bahrain Grand Prix, escaping with just superficial burns to the hands and feet. The Haas driver – who is without a seat for the 2021 season – hit an Armco barrier at approximately 220km/h, tearing a hole through the escape road fencing, splitting his car in half, and rupturing the fuel cell...


Lamborghini to retain V12 powerplant, will introduce hybrid tech
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Lamborghini to retain V12 powerplant, will introduce hybrid tech

The Lamborghini Aventador's successor will retain its naturally aspirated V12 powerplant, according to the manufacturer’s chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani. The 6.5-litre engine will, however, be paired with a hybrid electric motor. Speaking to Car & Driver earlier this week, Mr Reggiani said "the V12 has been part of the story of Lamborghini since the very beginning"...


Autonomous technologies make us less safe, new study finds
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Autonomous technologies make us less safe, new study finds

Autonomous technologies and driver aids may actually make us less safe, a new study has found. The research – conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – concluded that drivers were more likely to fidget with electronics and take both hands off the steering wheel when they became accustomed to adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist features...


Tesla shares skyrocket, making Elon Musk world's second richest man
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Tesla shares skyrocket, making Elon Musk world's second richest man

Elon Musk now sits behind only Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos on the international rich-list, following a sharp rise in the valuation of Tesla this week. In the last seven days alone shares in the electric vehicle manufacturer rose from $447 (approximately AU$607) to $558 (approximately AU$758), representing an increase of approximately 25 per cent...


2020 Audi Q5 recalled for welding fault
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2020 Audi Q5 recalled for welding fault

Audi Australia has issued a recall on eight examples of its Q5 SUV, citing incorrect welding. The affected vehicles were sold between June and July, 2020 (MY2020). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says “due to incorrect welding, the gap on the adjusting mechanism for the backrest of the front seats may be faulty”...


General Motors commits to 30 new all-electric models by 2030
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General Motors commits to 30 new all-electric models by 2030

General Motors will launch 30 all-new electric vehicle models by the end of the decade, with the Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick marques all confirmed to take part in the range expansion. The manufacturing conglomerate – which was, until last week, working with the Trump administration to roll back a spate of environmental protections in the United States – says it now intends to invest $27 billion into its zero-emission development program...


Rivian to launch smaller electric vehicles for international market
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Rivian to launch smaller electric vehicles for international market

Electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian will likely build smaller models for the overseas market, following the launch of its R1T pick-up and R1S SUV in the USA. Speaking to Reuters over the weekend, company founder and Chief Executive RJ Scaringe explained that broadening the brand’s appeal would require tailoring products specifically for China and Europe...


Nico Rosberg takes the new Rimac C_Two prototype for its first spin
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Nico Rosberg takes the new Rimac C_Two prototype for its first spin

Former Formula One driver Nico Rosberg tested a prototype version of the Rimac C_Two all-electric hypercar on public roads over the weekend, becoming the first person outside the Croatian manufacturer’s development team to do so. The 2016 world champion – who in August of this year announced he had personally ordered a C_Two – described the driving experience as “unreal...


Subaru reveals why its 2022 BRZ missed out on turbo power
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Subaru reveals why its 2022 BRZ missed out on turbo power

The 2022 Subaru BRZ was officially unveiled last week, but, to the disappointment of many fans, the low-slung sports coupe still doesn’t have a turbo – now the Japanese manufacturer has revealed the reason why. The new-generation model is powered by a naturally-aspirated version of Subaru's 2...


2022 Jeep Compass revealed at Guangzhou motor show
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2022 Jeep Compass revealed at Guangzhou motor show

The 2022 Jeep Compass has been officially unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show, just weeks after the facelifted crossover was leaked online. The exterior updates are subtle, with the standard Compass getting a revised front end with a new grille, lower air intake, and restyled fog lights...


Australian Automobile Association calls for nationalised electric vehicle tax
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Australian Automobile Association calls for nationalised electric vehicle tax

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has called for a “nationally consistent road user charge for electric vehicles,” following last week's announcement that Victoria would follow South Australia in implementing a per/km EV levy from 2021...