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New Ferrari chief discusses the future
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6th Oct 2014
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New Ferrari chief discusses the future

Incoming Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne says he will look at relaxing current production restrictions if demand warrants it, but insists that the company must remain highly exclusive and difficult to get your hands on no matter the new number. Furthermore, any idea that it may look to follow Lamborghini — code for toying with things such as SUVs — is “gibberish”, he said.
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Mike Costello
Renault ute confirmed, but its styling will be a challenge, says design chief
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6th Oct 2014
2 min read

Renault ute confirmed, but its styling will be a challenge, says design chief

A new Renault ute has been confirmed for production, but the task of designing the French brand’s first-ever one-tonner is apparently presenting some challenges in terms of its design. Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show that the new Navara-based ute - which CarAdvice first reported on back in July - is likely to present some styling struggles.
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Matt Campbell
2015 Honda Civic Type R : Engineers still "100 per cent confident" of breaking 'Ring record
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5th Oct 2014
2 min read

2015 Honda Civic Type R : Engineers still "100 per cent confident" of breaking 'Ring record

Honda remains confident the new Civic Type R can still become the fastest front-wheel-drive production car around the Nurburgring despite the bar being raised twice since the car maker’s CEO originally set the ambitious target. Takanobu Ito made the bold claim when confirming the return of the Honda Civic Type R in 2012. Then, the Renault Megane RS265 held the record for a front-drive road car around the famous 20.8-kilometre German circuit, having stopped the clock in 8:07.79 in 2011.
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Tim Beissmann
Reborn Alfa Romeo has BMW in the crosshairs, says Fiat chief Marchionne
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3rd Oct 2014
4 min read

Reborn Alfa Romeo has BMW in the crosshairs, says Fiat chief Marchionne

The fleet of entirely new rear-drive premium product we’ll start seeing rolling out of Alfa Romeo’s factory gates from June 2015 will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with rivals from the likes of BMW, says Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne.
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Mike Costello
Mercedes-AMG kills off naturally aspirated V8, prepares for electrification
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3rd Oct 2014
2 min read

Mercedes-AMG kills off naturally aspirated V8, prepares for electrification

Mercedes-AMG has been directed to first engineer its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine then prepare for electrification. The 4.0-litre engine found under the bonnet of the just-released Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C63 will kill off the 5.5-litre non-turbo V8, the last remaining naturally aspirated V8 in the brand’s portfolio, when the SLK 55 AMG (below) is replaced.
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