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Audi: Legislation the biggest hold-up with autonomous vehicles

We've seen the technology in action and know that in theory, at least, it works well. But, when put to the real test, the thing holding autonomous vehicles up at the moment is legislation and the complex web of legislative bodies around the world...

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Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants
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Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants

Audi used the 2017 Frankfurt motor show as a launching platform for its level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous production and concept vehicles, with the company now indicating it will likely offer a range of autonomous vehicles that suit alternative use cases. When asked whether an autonomous vehicle can be sporty, Audi board member for technical development, Peter Mertens suggested autonomy comes in different shapes and sizes...


Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned
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Mini design ‘needs to progress’, no larger models planned

Mini says that it has stepped out of the ‘retro’ design philosophy and is embarking on a new era of design that will see the brand progress with a new distinct flavour that still maintains the core DNA of the brand’s iconic styling...


Mini committed to diesel 'long term'
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Mini committed to diesel 'long term'

Mini says that it looks forward to selling many diesel-powered vehicles in the year to come, defending the engine type against its current political and environmental issues following 'Dieselgate' and committing to the technology for the long term...


Mini envisions autonomous driving for race tracks
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Mini envisions autonomous driving for race tracks

Mini admits that autonomous driving technology in its traditional sense does not make a whole lot of sense for the young and sporty brand, however, it foresees a future where the artificial intelligence in its cars can be used to showcase the full sporty potential of its vehicles...


2017 Frankfurt motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Frankfurt motor show: Hits and misses

The opening press days of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show have now wrapped up, with the year's biggest motor show now open to the public. This year's event brought us a host of new production models and concepts, and more than a few hints at what we can expect to see on the road in the years ahead. For a full list of the big unveilings, see our What To Expect article...


BMW: X-Class ute ‘disappointing’, Mercedes can do better
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BMW: X-Class ute ‘disappointing’, Mercedes can do better

German manufacturer BMW has slammed its chief rival's efforts in the utility market as appalling and disappointing, while also confirming it too has studied the idea of producing its very own light utility vehicle. Speaking to Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show yesterday, Hendrik von Kuenheim, senior vice president of the company's Asia, Pacific and South Africa region - where he also oversees the Australian market - said he expected more from Mercedes-Benz...


BMW: Electric mobility has to be as emotional as petrol power
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BMW: Electric mobility has to be as emotional as petrol power

BMW says that its range of upcoming and current electrified vehicles embody the brand’s dynamic focus, and that it will not sacrifice these characteristics in search of faster acceleration for the sake of numbers...


Borgward Isabella: Striking EV concept revives iconic nameplate
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Borgward Isabella: Striking EV concept revives iconic nameplate

The reborn Borgward is at it again, with this, the Isabella concept - reviving a nameplate the company used during the 1950s and 1960s. The now Chinese-funded German brand has taken the wraps of this 2+2 electric coupe at the Frankfurt motor show, designed by former Mini design boss, Anders Warming...


Lamborghini 'one-off' supercar announcement imminent, showcasing new tech
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Lamborghini 'one-off' supercar announcement imminent, showcasing new tech

Lamborghini is set to announce a limited-edition model to customers shortly, which will showcase a number of new techologies for the brand. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, director of research and development for Lamborghini, Maurizio Reggiani said that this 'one-off' model is likely to be sold out by the time it's revealed...


2018 Volkswagen T-Roc production tripled, yet Australian timing still unclear
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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...


2018 Lamborghini Urus to be revealed on December 4
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2018 Lamborghini Urus to be revealed on December 4

Lamborghini will reveal details and images of the its upcoming mass-production SUV, the Urus, on 4 December. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Lamborghini director of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani said that everything is going well so far and the brand is on track to reveal the vehicle on time...


Lamborghini says no to electric supercar, but yes to PHEV
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Lamborghini says no to electric supercar, but yes to PHEV

Lamborghini has quashed rumours that it's working on a full electric supercar, but has confirmed that plug-in hybrid technology is on the way for its supercars. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Lamborghini director of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, said that full-electric technology isn't there yet for supercars...


Audi Sport boss: Electric sports-car plans need more thought
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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...


BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available
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BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available

BMW says that in order to meet its own stringent safety requirements and built in redundancies, fully autonomous 'Level 5' driving technologies are not yet available for mass-market production. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, said that his company now uses more sensors and more hardware for Level 2 autonomous technologies than some competitors (such as Tesla) have for Level 5...


BMW set for 2018 Le Mans return with spunky-looking BMW M8 GTE
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BMW set for 2018 Le Mans return with spunky-looking BMW M8 GTE

The 2018 BMW M8 GTE race car has been unveiled at this week's Frankfurt motor show, teamed with confirmation the German marque will make its Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race return after a seven-year hiatus...


Exeed TX: China's Chery launches new brand and SUV for Europe
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Exeed TX: China's Chery launches new brand and SUV for Europe

Computer-crafted images of cars are always so nice, aren't they. Panels are perfectly aligned, the finish is perfect and the interior materials appear to be of the finest grade. The reality is often far from the rendering, though, and with models originating out of China - still a distant challenger for brand acceptance in western markets, still prone to treating a registered copyright like roadside carrion - it's been the norm...


BMW “misjudged the situation” on electric cars
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BMW “misjudged the situation” on electric cars

BMW says that it misjudged the situation when it came to electric cars, as the German brand’s massive planned expansion into the segment with its BMW i sub brand didn’t go to schedule. Speaking to Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show today, BMW’s boss of electric mobility, Dirk Arnold, admitted the original idea for the BMW i brand of cars was to have more than just the current i3 and i8 by now...


BMW: Electrification of the car is irreversible
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BMW: Electrification of the car is irreversible

German manufacturer BMW says there is no doubt the electrification of the car is now an irreversible path, despite admitting that the timeline for the death of the internal combustion engine remains unclear. Speaking to the Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show today, BMW’s boss of electric mobility, Dirk Arnold, said that every market around the world is different - however the end result will always be in favour of electrified vehicles...


Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept
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Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept

'Reborn' Civic? The Civic never died! True enough. Honda's global small car is now into its 10th generation, making it one of the longest-running nameplates on the market. But, like most cars that claim decades-old lineage, the Civic has more than a few times come out of its cocoon bigger than before and with an all-new look...