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Kia shows off clutch-by-wire technology for mild-hybrid cars
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26th Jun 2020
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Kia shows off clutch-by-wire technology for mild-hybrid cars

Kia has revealed details of its new clutch-by-wire technology that allows use of a conventional manual transmission with mild-hybrid and start-stop systems. Modifying the traditional hydraulic system used to actuate clutches in manual cars – which is connected directly to the vehicle’s clutch pedal – Kia’s ‘intelligent manual transmission’ (iMT) places a module between the pedal and the hydraulics.
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Liam Murphy
Turbo Mazda3 officially teased, but no details given
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26th Jun 2020
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Turbo Mazda3 officially teased, but no details given

A short video has been released by Mazda teasing the reveal date of what could be a turbocharged Mazda3. The unlisted video was shared in a handful of tweets by the car manufacturer, replying to rumours of the new turbo model and adding: "Power comes to those who wait". Sounds of an engine being revved can be heard on the video, while graphics indicate the reveal date will be 8 July 2020. In another tweet, Mazda wrote: "Keep calm and stay tuned. Plenty of time to rush where we're going."
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Ben Zachariah
Lexus LC F project suspended, but new twin-turbo V8 lives on – report
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25th Jun 2020
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Lexus LC F project suspended, but new twin-turbo V8 lives on – report

Development of the Lexus LC F sportscar has reportedly been suspended, according to Japanese website Car Sensor. The flagship Lexus coupe was expected to launch in late 2020 with a twin-turbo V8, with some rumours suggesting the car would be all-wheel-drive. On June 22, Toyota announced it would be gradually slowing its Japanese assembly lines, blaming COVID-19 for shrinking sales and dwindling factory output.
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Ben Zachariah
2021 Genesis G70 revealed in factory photo leak
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25th Jun 2020
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2021 Genesis G70 revealed in factory photo leak

The refreshed 2021 Genesis G70 has been revealed ahead of time this week, thanks to a pair of leaked photos. Surfacing on The Korean Car Blog this week, these images offer our best look yet at the G70's complete front and rear makeover. Where the premium sedan previously wore a handsome if somewhat anonymous look, its midlife refresh brings the car in line with the new-generation G80 sedan with its unique 'double-line Quadlamp' lighting and 'Crest Grille'.
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Mike Stevens
Fiat-Chrysler gets billions in record European crisis loan
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25th Jun 2020
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Fiat-Chrysler gets billions in record European crisis loan

The audit court in Italy has formally approved a crisis loan to Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the largest ever to a European automaker according to a report by news agency Reuters. The record €6.3 billion loan received criticism from locals after FCA moved its headquarters to the Netherlands ahead of a merger with Peugeot-Citroen-Opel (PSA), but Italian authorities have offered assurances that the money will remain in the country.
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Ben Zachariah