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2019 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid pricing and specs

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2019 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid pricing and specs

Mini Australia has announced pricing and specifications for its first electrified model Down Under, the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid, also known as the Cooper S E All4...

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Volkswagen Passat: 30 millionth vehicle produced
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Volkswagen Passat: 30 millionth vehicle produced

Volkswagen has celebrated a production milestone this week, with the 30 millionth Passat rolling down the assembly line. On April 3 at the brand's Emden facility in Germany, a Passat GTE 'Variant' wagon finished in Pyrite Silver metallic was the magic milestone unit...


2020 Audi Q8 'TFSI e' spied
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2020 Audi Q8 'TFSI e' spied

Spy photographers have snapped a development prototype believed to be the upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the Audi Q8 in Europe this week. We already know what the Q8 looks like, so there's no reason to apply heavy camouflage to the swoopy crossover's body. Photographers pointed out the additional flap for the charge port on the left rear quarter panel, along with yellow stickers indicating this is a hybrid test vehicle...


Toyota makes its hybrid vehicle patents free to use
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Toyota makes its hybrid vehicle patents free to use

Toyota will make roughly 23,740 electrified vehicle patents available for royalty-free use until the end of 2030, as it looks to drive development of hybrid vehicles around the world. The automaker says it's making the move to "further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles, and in so doing, help governments, automakers, and society at large accomplish goals related to climate change"...


2020 Ford Kuga revealed
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2020 Ford Kuga revealed

Ford of Europe has revealed the all-new Kuga, the Euro-market version of the Escape, at an event in Amsterdam. Underpinned by a version of the company's new 'C2' architecture, which also underpins the new Focus range, the Kuga does sport some subtle design differences to its North American twin – particularly in the ST-Line trim you see here...


2021 Ssangyong Korando Hybrid: Local arm 'absolutely' interested
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2021 Ssangyong Korando Hybrid: Local arm 'absolutely' interested

Ssangyong will reveal a hybrid version of its mid-sized Korando SUV in the second half of 2021, following in footsteps of a pure-electric model set for debut in the second half of next year. Announced with minimal fanfare at last week's Seoul motor show, details about the hybrid Korando are hard to come by at this point...


2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class PHEV spied
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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class PHEV spied

A prototype believed to be the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been snapped during cold weather testing on the snowy roads of Europe this week. Despite the heavy black-and-white camouflage, we can see the new C-Class will be an evolution of the current model in terms of its overall shape, though finer details like the front and rear fascias are too concealed to get a firm idea of the final design...


2014-14.5 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV recalled
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2014-14.5 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV recalled

Mitsubishi has recalled the MY2014 and MY2014.5 Outlander PHEV, over concerns about an airflow sensor in the internal-combustion engine. According to the company, the airflow sensor in the petrol engine could fail. If the problem occurs, the car's performance will be diminished, causing the EV warning lamp to come on...


2019 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV v Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comparison
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV v Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comparison

Australians aren’t exactly rushing to buy electrified cars compared to a number of equally mature markets with greater purchase incentives and public charging networks. Sales data shows that electric and PHEV cars sold last year accounted for a tick over 0.1 per cent of vehicle sales (excluding Tesla, which refuses to disclose its sales data, but which is a niche player and wouldn’t change this figure greatly)...


Jeep Renegade and Compass plug-in hybrids revealed
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Jeep Renegade and Compass plug-in hybrids revealed

Plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass have been revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show, as Fiat Chrysler continues to push electrified power with the Jeep brand. Under the bonnet of both plug-in hybrid crossovers will be a turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine. An electric motor for the rear axle allows for on-demand all-wheel drive...


2020 Kia Niro revealed for Geneva
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2020 Kia Niro revealed for Geneva

Kia Europe has unveiled a refreshed Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid for the 2019 Geneva motor show, headlined by design revisions along with new customisation and equipment options. The exterior changes bring petrol-electric variants in line with the all-electric e-Niro, including new bumpers, a new quad-LED 'ice cube' daytime-running light design, the option of full-LED headlights, new double-arrow LED lights in the front bumper...


Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 plug-in hybrids revealed - UPDATE
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Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 plug-in hybrids revealed - UPDATE

Audi has revealed its new range of plug-in hybrids, based on various model lines including the A6, A7, A8 and Q5. UPDATE, 25/2/19: Audi's local division has released a statement regarding the introduction of the new PHEV models in Australia...


Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered concept revealed for Geneva
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Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered concept revealed for Geneva

Peugeot Sport has revealed a high-performance version of the 508 Hybrid, ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show next month. Dubbed the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered, the concept car teams a 'PureTech 200' 150kW turbocharged petrol engine with a 110bhp (82kW) electric motor on the front axle, while an additional 200bhp (150kW) electric motor drives the rear wheels, giving the performance sedan all-wheel drive...


2020 Ford Escape to offer PHEV variant - report
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2020 Ford Escape to offer PHEV variant - report

The all-new Ford Escape is due to be revealed soon, and new details have come to light regarding the powertrains that will be available. Documents first published by The Truth About Cars and then confirmed by Carscoops reveal the new-generation crossover will offer two turbocharged petrol engines in North America, along with a plug-in hybrid variant...


Mitsubishi Engelberg concept teased
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Mitsubishi Engelberg concept teased

Named after an alpine resort and town almost smack-bang in the middle of Switzerland, the Mitsubishi Engelberg will be some sort of electrified crossover concept. We don't know if the Engelberg will be a pure-electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid. Mitsubishi says the car will bring "further developments in SUV styling and practicality along with a focus on next-generation technology and enhanced EV performance"...


2019 Hyundai Kona hybrid spied inside and out
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2019 Hyundai Kona hybrid spied inside and out

The Hyundai Kona crossover is available with both traditional internal combustion engines, and a fully electric drivetrain, so it makes sense an in-between version is also in the works. According to the photographers from our spy agency, the prototype seen here was filled up at a petrol station, but drove away in electric-only mode...


2020 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid facelift unveiled
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2020 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid facelift unveiled

A facelift for the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid models has been unveiled overnight, just a month after the current model arrived in Australia. External revisions to the Ioniq include a revised grille, tweaked front bumper design, new LED driving lights, and new LED headlamps and tail-light graphics for top-spec models...


2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid recalled
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2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid recalled

Porsche Cars Australia has issued a recall for the new-generation '9YA' Cayenne E-Hybrid, over concerns of a fault in the fuel system. According to the German marque, liquid fuel can leak into the fuel tank system during refuelling if the nozzle is turned or not inserted correctly into the filler tube...


Mercedes-Benz E300e announced for the UK
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Mercedes-Benz E300e announced for the UK

Mercedes-Benz UK has detailed the plug-in hybrid E300e, which commences deliveries in Great Britain from 'spring 2019'. Unlike the E300de, which teams a turbo-diesel engine with plug-in hybrid tech, the E300e uses a more conventional petrol-electric setup. Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine making 211hp (157kW) and 350Nm, while the electric motor makes 122hp (91kW) and 440Nm...


2020 Audi Q4 to sport TT Offroad-inspired design - report
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2020 Audi Q4 to sport TT Offroad-inspired design - report

Audi has already promised a new crossover model – the Q4 – for launch sometime next year. This week, the German marque's design boss has given an indication as to what to expect from the vehicle's styling. Speaking with Britain's Autocar, Andreas Mindt, head of exterior design for Audi, said the Q4 is "a bit more than a coupe version of the Q3, to my eyes a lot more"...