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BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified
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16th Sep 2017
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BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified

BMW’s M Division says it will not produce a small-capacity high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder engine until it can find the right way to counter the deficits of such a power unit with electrification. Speaking to Australian media in Munich today, the boss of BMW’s M Division, Frank Van Meel, said the performance sub-brand is keen to maintain its six-cylinder power units despite rival Mercedes-AMG having made use of smaller capacity four-cylinder units.
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Alborz Fallah
BMW: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV the closest rival to M3 dynamics
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15th Sep 2017
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BMW: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV the closest rival to M3 dynamics

BMW’s high-performance division says it is keeping an eye on up-and-coming manufacturers that are now competing in its segment, while admitting the recently launched Alfa Romeo Giulia QV is the closest rival to the M3 dynamically. Speaking to Australian media in Munich, the boss of BMW’s M Division, Frank Van Meel, said the company sees the changing landscape as a welcomed challenge more than a threat, even if it is always keeping itself aware of newcomers to the segment.
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Alborz Fallah
Renault Symbioz house and autonomous car concept unveiled
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14th Sep 2017
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Renault Symbioz house and autonomous car concept unveiled

The unique Renault Symbioz car and house concept has been revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. The Symbioz car is said to provide a clue about an autonomous electric vehicle going into production around 2023, as well as some of the company's thinking of about technologies and design elements it will employ up until around 2030.
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Derek Fung
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc production tripled, yet Australian timing still unclear
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13th Sep 2017
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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc production tripled, yet Australian timing still unclear

Volkswagen's Australian division desperately needs a small crossover to rival the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Qashqai, and it has the perfect new model waiting in the wings - potentially. The chic little Volkswagen T-Roc made its official premiere this week at the Frankfurt motor show ahead of a rollout across Europe beginning from November.
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Mike Costello
Audi Sport boss: Electric sports-car plans need more thought
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13th Sep 2017
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Audi Sport boss: Electric sports-car plans need more thought

The boss of Audi Sport understands the need for electric sports cars, but isn't convinced they are well thought out yet, with the brand refusing to launch one until it's done the right way. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann expressed the challenges that still need to be overcome before a move to electric sports cars.
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Paul Maric