New Lexus LS will be pricier but still undercut rivals

Lexus is introducing a significantly improved LS for 2018. The car has been designed from the ground up around a lightweight platform shared with the LC coupe, and it features two new powertrains, one of which is a hybrid. There will be a premium for all this, with Automotive News (subscription required) reporting that the starting price on the 2018 LS will...

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McLaren F1 team to ditch Honda for Renault power in 2018

Honda's return to Formula 1 in 2015 as a power unit supplier to McLaren has been disastrous, with the Japanese firm's power units so far proving unreliable and lacking in performance. As a result, McLaren on Friday finally confirmed what had been rumored for some time—that it would cease its partnership with Honda at the end of the current...

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Samsung SDI’s latest electric-car battery cells: energy capacity up 50 percent

Companies that fabricate lithium-ion battery cells rarely stage elaborate displays at global auto shows. Korean maker Samsung, though, feels its latest advance in electric-car battery tech warranted its booth at this week's 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Samsung SDI, which supplies battery cells to the likes of Audi and BMW, showcased a new and more compact...

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Hamilton: Mercedes can build a better supercar than Ferrari

Mercedes-Benz is already whipping Ferrari's tail in Formula 1, but the German automaker's star racing driver Lewis Hamilton thinks Mercedes can beat Ferrari in road cars as well. Hamilton revealed his thoughts to Top Gear during Monday's reveal of the Mercedes-AMG Project One. "I've been saying to Mercedes for so long, why...

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Genesis G70 revealed, on sale early 2018

Genesis' rival to the BMW 3-Series and other small sport sedans is finally here. The car is the G70, and it was revealed on Friday at Genesis' design center in Namyang, Korea. Genesis has confirmed we'll see it in the United States in early 2018, as a 2019 model. The segment is a tough nut to crack but the G70 has a lot going for it. It...

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Genesis G70 spotted uncovered, reveal taking place September 15

Genesis has confirmed its 2018 G70 will be unveiled in Seoul, Korea on September 15. By why wait until September 15? An almost production-ready example of the small sport sedan in a beautiful blue color has been spotted via Instagram user car_photographer_yjs. A red version was spotted by a user on the Korean Beast forums. The blue G70 pictured features...

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Magna Powertrain adds extra motor to Tesla Model S for better handling

What happens when a third electric motor is added to a Tesla Model S? Not additional power, but increased handling prowess. That's according to Roadshow, which recently had a go in a tri-motor Tesla Model S. But ... surprise ... it isn't actually a Tesla Model S. It's Magna Powertrain's own powertrain design applied to the body of a Model S. Magna removed...

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