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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...


2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid review
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2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid review

Porsche has shown that hybrid doesn't have to mean boring with its recent offerings in the technically advanced space. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid actually makes a solid argument against the ubiquitous diesel.


Subaru XV to have brand's first plug-in hybrid drivetrain
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Subaru XV to have brand's first plug-in hybrid drivetrain

The Subaru XV, known as the Crosstrek in North America, will be the first model in the company's range to feature a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Subaru of America made the announcement at the end of last week, but details about the vehicle are pretty thin on the ground at the moment...


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
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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.


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...


Range Rover Vogue Si4 PHEV – Video first look
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Range Rover Vogue Si4 PHEV – Video first look

Range Rover is known for cars capable of wafting around in blissful silence, but the idea of a plug-in hybrid model still seems a bit strange. How does the technology, which is rolling out in luxury cars the world over, stack up in a Rangie, on- and off-road? Trent Nikolic took a trip to sunny England and spent some time in the Range Rover Vogue Si4 PHEV to find out...


Lynk & Co 02 revealed
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Lynk & Co 02 revealed

Shortly after detailing its European launch plans, Chinese start-up Lynk & Co has revealed its latest model – the 02 crossover. Launched in Amsterdam, the Lynk & Co 02 is the third offering to be unveiled by the Geely subsidiary, joining the larger 01 SUV and the 03 sedan...


Audi R8: No replacement planned - report
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Audi R8: No replacement planned - report

There's no denying the Audi R8 is a fantastic supercar, but it may not be getting a replacement in the long term, according to a new report out of the US. Speaking with Car and Driver at the 2018 Geneva motor show, Audi's R&D boss, Peter Mertens, said there are no current plans for a new-generation model...


Volkswagen previews EV onslaught post-2020
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Volkswagen previews EV onslaught post-2020

Volkswagen's boss has given further details regarding its electrified vehicle rollout over the coming decade. In an announcement today, Matthias Muller said Volkswagen will launch "practically one new electric model per month" from the year 2022...


Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door PHEV coming
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Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door PHEV coming

The flagship Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door super-limo may have a 470kW/900Nm V8 punch, and reach 100km/h in only 3.2 seconds, but a plug-in hybrid model due in 2020 will make it look slow. Daimler AG boss, Dieter Zetsche, dropped the news an EQ Power+ badged plug-in hybrid version of AMG's new hero was coming. We were lucky enough to have Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, expand on that for us...


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...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class engines electrified
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class engines electrified

An updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class petrol plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sedan will arrive in Australia during the first quarter of 2019 – about six months after the 'regular' updated line-up – with an improved pure-electric range of 50km. This is up from the 30km on offer in the current C350e PHEV, giving the new version a significantly better zero-local-emissions driving window before petrol power kicks in...


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...


Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace GTE spied
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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace GTE spied

An undisguised plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Tiguan has been spied on the snowy roads of Sweden this week, previewing an upcoming variant of the popular SUV. Despite being spotted in Europe, the Tiguan prototype pictured is actually in long-wheelbase Tiguan L guise – meaning it's a China-market version – wearing '430 PHEV' badges...


VIDEO: Range Rover Sport PHEV tackles 999 stairs in China
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VIDEO: Range Rover Sport PHEV tackles 999 stairs in China

Land Rover loves bragging about the off-road prowess of its range. Now, it's showing off the capabilities of the Range Rover Sport P400e plug-in hybrid. In the above video, the British marque sends the face-lifted Sport PHEV up China's Tianmen Mountain Road – known as the Dragon Road, one of the world's most challenging sections of tarmac – before climbing 999 steps to reach the Heaven's Gate rock arch...