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BMW 225xe Active Tourer not for Australia

The BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer will not be joining the local line-up anytime soon, the company has confirmed. Speaking with CarAdvice, BMW Australia's product communications manager, Adam Davis, said the luxury marque will soldier on with just one engine variant in the facelifted 2 Series Active Tourer range – the 220i...

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BAIC EC is the top-selling electric car worldwide
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BAIC EC is the top-selling electric car worldwide

The BAIC EC has zoomed up the charts to become the world's best-selling electric car during the first three months of 2018. In figures released overnight by JATO Dynamics, the BAIC EC notched up 25,630 sales (up 260 per cent) during the first quarter of this year, taking the provisional sales crown from the Nissan Leaf, which thanks to a new generation model was up 47 per cent to 22,124...


Alpina: Electric power unlikely for foreseeable future
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Alpina: Electric power unlikely for foreseeable future

Alpina isn't in any hurry to adopt electrified powertrains, arguing its customers want big-capacity engines from their cars rather than plug-in hybrids or battery-electric vehicles. Speaking with media at an event in Melbourne this week, Andreas Bovensiepen, Alpina's CEO and son of the brand's founder, said its owners are still attached to old-fashioned characteristics in their cars...


Audi to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025
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Audi to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025

Audi has announced plans to sell 800,000 pure-electric and plug-in vehicles in 2025, as the brand doubles down on its commitment to electric mobility. Rupert Stadler, Audi AG board chairman, said the company wants to "revolutionise mobility" and become the top luxury manufacturer in the e-mobility space – not exactly unique goals, given both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are aggressively planning their own plug-in revolutions...


2018 BMW i8 Roadster review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 BMW i8 Roadster review

Despite looking a lot like an i8 Coupe with a missing roof, the extensive reworking involved to create the i8 Roadster ensures this new variant upholds BMW’s technical edge while still turning heads like nothing else on the road.

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BMW i8: No sportier variant coming
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BMW i8: No sportier variant coming

BMW’s flagship plug-in hybrid i8 looks set to continue with just one powertrain variant, although a next-generation model could raise the bar again in terms of performance, according to the brand’s executive team. At the launch of the new i8 Roadster in Mallorca, Marcus Pluntke, product manager for the i8 Roadster and Coupe revealed to CarAdvice customers, somewhat surprisingly, haven’t been requesting an even-more performance-skewed version of the car...


Geely unveils Bo Rui GE with Volvo hybrid power
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Geely unveils Bo Rui GE with Volvo hybrid power

Geely Auto has unveiled its 'new energy flagship sedan' – dubbed Bo Rui GE – in Beijing this week, complete with an electrified powertrain from subsidiary Volvo. Power in the Bo Rui GE comes from a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a plug-in hybrid system for claimed combined consumption of just 1...


Infiniti confirms new electrified platform
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Infiniti confirms new electrified platform

Infiniti has announced it is developing a new electrified vehicle platform based on the Q Inspiration concept revealed at this year's Detroit motor show. Speaking at a preview event ahead of the Beijing motor show, Infiniti chairman and global president, Ronald Krueger, confirmed the news and reiterated the company's focus on the Chinese market...


Kia ditches hybrid, straight to pure electric from 2021
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Kia ditches hybrid, straight to pure electric from 2021

Kia Australia is planning to skip importing existing hybrid models altogether as it seeks to bring at least two pure-electric vehicles to market by 2021. Speaking to CarAdvice in Brisbane this week, Kia Australia's chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said that the decision to skip hybrid vehicles in its entirety makes sense for the brand, as there is currently no demand for either type of alternative fuel vehicles, so it may as well start with the better option...


Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept revealed
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Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept revealed

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept has been revealed for the 2018 New York motor show, hinting at a production model due sometime next year. Essentially a five-seat version of the Atlas SUV sold in North America, the Atlas Cross Sport concept is 7.5in (190.5mm) shorter than the vehicle currently on sale, though retains the same wheelbase...


Volkswagen Golf GTE ruled out for Australia
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Volkswagen Golf GTE ruled out for Australia

Volkswagen Australia has abandoned plans to introduce the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid due to global demand, the company has confirmed this week. Speaking with CarAdvice, local Volkswagen communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said the electrified hatch is in such short supply, it's been pulled from sale in overseas markets...


Mercedes-Benz reveals diesel plug-in hybrids
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Mercedes-Benz reveals diesel plug-in hybrids

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a trio of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models for the Geneva motor show: two diesel PHEVs based on the C-Class and E-Class, and a new petrol-electric S560e. To avoid confusion, we'll cover the two different hybrids separately...


2018 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid revealed
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2018 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid revealed

The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid has been revealed at the Geneva motor show this week, marking the classic British brand's first tentative step into electrification. There are no obvious visual differences between the Bentayga Hybrid and its internal-combustion brethren, though copper 'Hybrid' badging and bronze Bentley badging are small giveaways...


European buyers quickly warming to alternative fuels
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European buyers quickly warming to alternative fuels

European registrations of alternative-fuel vehicles grew 35.1 per cent in Q4 of 2017, contributing to impressive 39.7 growth over the whole year. A total of 227,378 alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) were registered in the European Union during Q4, accounting for 6.7 per cent of total sales. Pure-electric cars (dubbed electrically-chargeable by the EU) accounted for 1...


Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification
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Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification

Porsche has announced it plans to spend more than €6 billion ($9.42 billion) on electromobility within the next five years, doubling its expenditure to focus on upcoming plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models and electric vehicles (EV). Decided at the most recent Porsche AG Supervisory Board meeting, the investment has been divided into material assets and development costs – around €3b ($4...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits 100k Euro sales
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits 100k Euro sales

Mitsubishi Motors has just sold its 100,000th Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid in Europe, a single market packed with countries that offer all manner of financial incentives to prospective green-car buyers. In fact, about 10 per cent of the company's total volume across Europe is the Outlander PHEV, and it's the best-selling vehicle of its type (from an admittedly small field) in markets such as the UK, Norway and Spain...


Ford goes 'all in', boosts electric car funding to $14 billion
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Ford goes 'all in', boosts electric car funding to $14 billion

Ford has confirmed it will more than double its investment in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company's previous plan to spend US$4.5 billion ($5.7 billion) on electrified vehicle development by 2020 will now be supplanted by a new goal of investing US$11 billion ($14 billion) by 2022...


2018 BMW i8 Coupe revealed for Detroit
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2018 BMW i8 Coupe revealed for Detroit

The updated 2018 BMW i8 Coupe has been officially revealed this week, ahead of the 2018 Detroit motor show. Largely mirroring the specification of the i8 Roadster, the Coupe gets a larger 11.6kWh battery (up from 7.1kWh), and a more powerful 105kW electric motor (up 9kW). Zero-emissions driving range is rated at 55km, with top speed in electric mode claimed at 120km/h...


PSA Group creates tilting EV
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PSA Group creates tilting EV

The Peugeot Citroen Group (PSA) has created a new electric 'mobility solution' for the European EU-Live consortium. With four wheels, two electric motors and one internal-combustion engine, the funky-looking vehicle can be driven on tight city streets or, if you're feeling particularly brave, on the motorway...


2018 Range Rover PHEV review
Rating: 8.710 /10
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2018 Range Rover PHEV review

Land Rover is a little late to the PHEV party but with its unique blend of luxury and genuine off-road prowess, it promises to bring new appeal to the luxury SUV segment.