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Electric, hybrid vehicles put vision-impaired pedestrians in the firing line - study

Low vision or blind pedestrians are being put at risk by the growing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on our roads, according to new research from Monash University and Vision Australia...

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McLaren Speedtail to be revealed October 26
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McLaren Speedtail to be revealed October 26

McLaren Automotive has confirmed its upcoming flagship – dubbed Speedtail – will be revealed on October 26. The new 'Hyper-GT' will be unveiled on the company's website at 13:00 BST (11:00PM Australian Eastern Standard Time), the Speedtail is claimed to be the fastest McLaren ever, with a top speed of over 243mph (391+km/h)...


Honda Civic: Clemson students develop 600hp rallycross hatch
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Honda Civic: Clemson students develop 600hp rallycross hatch

Students at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA, have developed a 447kW Honda Civic racer dubbed Deep Orange 9. The concept is part of an annual project for graduate students at the American university, which has seen cars like the Mini Deep Orange 7 and Mazda Deep Orange 3 developed...


Ford confirms Mondeo Hybrid estate for Europe in 2019
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Ford confirms Mondeo Hybrid estate for Europe in 2019

Ford Europe has confirmed it will offer a petrol-electric Mondeo Hybrid estate in Europe next year, forming part of an "enhanced range" of hybrid vehicles headed for the region in 2019. Developed "exclusively for Europe", it's the first time the Blue Oval has offered its hybrid mid-sizer in wagon form. Currently, the Mondeo Hybrid pairs a 2...


Peugeot: 'You buy the car then choose the powertrain'
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Peugeot: 'You buy the car then choose the powertrain'

Peugeot says that its strategy going forward is to be powertrain agnostic, focusing instead on the design and quality of its vehicles and leaving the drivetrain choice to customers Speaking with media at the Paris motor show this week, Jean-Philippe Imparato, global CEO of Peugeot, said the brand aims to bring about an ‘unboring’ future, which means it will design and manufacture desirable cars that will then be available as full-electric, plug-in hybrid along with conventional petrol and diesel engines...


Peugeot won't sell high-performance ‘bad boys’ compensated by EVs
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Peugeot won't sell high-performance ‘bad boys’ compensated by EVs

Peugeot says that with the every stringent emission regulations taking place in Europe and the United States, that take into account the overall CO2 output of brands, it will not sell electric vehicles just to compensate its high performance and high CO2 output vehicles...


Nissan Australia to electrify one third of volume by 2022
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Nissan Australia to electrify one third of volume by 2022

Nissan Australia has announced plans to make a third of its total volume electrified by 2022, led by the new Leaf electric vehicle. Announced at an event in Sydney today, the electric push is part of Nissan's global M.O.V.E. to 2022 plan, and is designed to establish it as a leader on electric vehicles in Australia...


Peugeot no longer investing in diesel engines
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Peugeot no longer investing in diesel engines

French manufacturer Peugeot says that while it will continue to sell diesel vehicles across multiple markets, it has stopped its R&D spend into the technology as it shifts focus to electrification...


BMW would 'love to build a supercar'
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BMW would 'love to build a supercar'

Despite shutting down the idea of a BMW dual-cab, Klaus Frolich, board member for BMW Development, wasn't so quick to rule out a supercar or hypercar – certainly not if he can exert his influence on the bean counters, anyway. Frolich smiled when posed the question by Australian journalists, with the suggestion influenced by the Mercedes-AMG One hybrid hypercar...


BMW i4 on sale in 2021, 25 electrified cars coming by 2025
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BMW i4 on sale in 2021, 25 electrified cars coming by 2025

BMW has confirmed the i4 will head for production in 2021, as part of the company's push to have 25 electrified vehicles by 2025, further solidifying its focus on future technology. Harald Kruger, BMW chairman, made the pledge in front of the world's motoring media at the Paris motor show, stating the 'i brand' portfolio would increase to four models, with the i3 and i8 to be joined by an i4, and the iX3 SUV...


Mazda revives rotary engine for 2020 electric car
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Mazda revives rotary engine for 2020 electric car

Mazda says it will launch two electric vehicles in 2020 – one a pure-electric model, and the other complemented by a rotary engine operating as a range extender. The Hiroshima-based automaker says rotary engines are perfect as range extenders due to their compact size, high power output and quiet operation...


McLaren P1 LM takes on Pikes Peak - video
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McLaren P1 LM takes on Pikes Peak - video

The P1 LM takes McLaren's hardest, fastest track-only car and makes it road legal. It'll lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 6:43.2 and, thanks to the combination of a twin-turbo V8 engine and an electric motor, pumps out 735kW. Developed by Lanzante, it's a handy 60kg lighter than the 'standard' P1 GTR thanks to lightweight seats, plastic windows, titanium bolts and a missing set of air jacks...


Renault K-ZE concept revealed
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Renault K-ZE concept revealed

Renault has this week announced its upcoming electrification push at the Paris motor show, including an all-new electric model and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of three core models. Headlining the French brand's stand will be the new K-ZE concept, which is a new crossover-styled electric vehicle that will spawn a production model scheduled to hit the Chinese market first in 2019...


Infiniti Project Black S revealed in full
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Infiniti Project Black S revealed in full

Infiniti has announced full details about its Project Black S, unveiled at the Paris motor show overnight. Based on the Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe, the Project Black S is designed to show what Infiniti can do when electrification and petrol power combine. The car's dual-hybrid powertrain blends a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with a trio of electric motor generator units (MGU)...


Mercedes-AMG One: Hypercar name confirmed
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Mercedes-AMG One: Hypercar name confirmed

Mercedes-AMG has officially confirmed its upcoming hypercar – originally dubbed 'Project One' – will be known simply as the AMG One. The performance division says the halo model's name "stands for the highest automotive ambition: to bring Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road"...


Porsche: Can hybrids plug the diesel void?
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Porsche: Can hybrids plug the diesel void?

After whispers from earlier this year, Porsche this week announced it's getting out of the diesel business. Production of the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel was halted in February, kickstarting speculation about what role the fuel would play in Porsches future...


Nissan Note e-Power Nismo S revealed for Japan
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Nissan Note e-Power Nismo S revealed for Japan

Nissan has launched the upgraded Note e-Power Nismo S in Japan, which gets some added kit and a power boost compared to the non-S-badged version that went on sale in that market in 2015. Earlier this year, the Leaf Nismo was revealed with a stiffer suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, new looks and a slew of unique interior touches...


Aston Martin Project 003 to get turbocharged V6 hybrid
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Aston Martin Project 003 to get turbocharged V6 hybrid

The upcoming Aston Martin Project 003 will have a turbocharged V6 engine developed in-house, according to a report from Europe. Speaking with Auto Express last week, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and CEO, said the 2021 "connector" between the brand's Ferrari 488 competitor and the Valkyrie will run with a V6 and KERS-inspired hybrid system...


2019 DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 unveiled
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2019 DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 unveiled

The DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 plug-in hybrid has been revealed and detailed overnight, serving as the first of many DS models born of an electrification push. The luxury crossover features the same powertrain as the 3008 GT Hybrid4. Under the bonnet there's a 147kW 1.6-litre petrol engine paired with an 80kW electric motor built into the eight-speed automatic transmission, and another 80kW motor for the rear axle...


Mercedes-AMG Project One snapped in testing
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Mercedes-AMG Project One snapped in testing

Mercedes-AMG has released new images of its upcoming Project One hypercar undergoing testing. The Project One has been put through extensive tests recently, in order to ensure its Formula 1-derived hybrid technology will work effectively in a road-going car. A recent report from Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport recently revealed the Project One has been undergoing testing at closed circuits in both Spain and England...