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European Union launches battery cell alliance to compete with Asia

Battery cells are poised to become the most important component in future vehicles as the industry moves away from internal-combustion engines and toward battery-electric vehicles. With an increased demand for battery packs, battery cell production will be paramount, and the European Union plans to address its competitive disadvantage. The EU announced a...

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McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray launches own car company

McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray has just launched a car manufacturing outfit. Called Gordon Murray Automotive, the new company is a spinoff of Murray's eponymous design company formed in 2007 and responsible for the iStream production process. Gordon Murray Automotive will look to utilize iStream for low-volume production to be sold under the Gordon...

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Report: Tesla receives approval for Chinese plant

Tesla has been hinting at a Chinese plant since 2014 and now it appears the company has finally received approval for one. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that Tesla has reached an agreement with officials in Shanghai to construct a plant in the city's free-trade zone without partnering with a local...

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New bosses at Bentley, Bugatti as Wolfgang Dürheimer steps down

Volkswagen Group veteran Wolfgang Dürheimer is relinquishing his head roles at Bentley and Bugatti, the automaker confirmed Friday. Current Audi Sport chief Stephan Winkelmann, who led Lamborghini for a decade prior to joining Audi, has been assigned the top job at Bugatti. He will start the new role on January 1, 2018, bringing with him years of...

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End of the road for Australian car production

It's a sad day for automotive enthusiasts in Australia, and a few in other parts of the globe, as the country's car industry comes to a grinding halt. On Friday, General Motors' local subsidiary Holden turned the lights off at its plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, ending 69 years of Holden production in the country. The brand will live...

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Hyperloop One rebrands as Virgin Hyperloop One following sizable investment

The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, may have initially proposed the idea of the Hyperloop, but the legendary entrepreneur only began work on his own Hyperloop system recently after offering the idea to the world a four years ago as an open-source project of sorts. In the meantime, a company by the name of Hyperloop One has worked most diligently on...

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Audi’s future might not include V-10, W-12 engines; V-8 safe for awhile

Audi, like many other automotive brands, will focus on electrification and self-driving-car technology in the future. But, a shift in thinking will likely come at the expense of large engine displacements. Newcomer to the brand, Peter Mertens, came aboard this year as Audi's board member for technical development and he recently questioned the future of...

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Mercedes-Benz electrification plans: charting the changes

Mercedes-Benz is currently constructing a battery plant in Kamenz, Germany, the second of five such plants that will be in operation in three continents by the start of the next decade, including one in the United States. The U.S. plant will be constructed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at a cost of $1 billion. It's where Mercedes already has a vehicle plant...

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Your next Mini could come from China

Your next Mini could be sourced from a plant in China if a report from Bloomberg proves accurate. Mini's BMW Group parent is allegedly in talks with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor over a deal to start Mini production in China, for local sale as well as export. The majority of Minis are produced at a plant in Oxford, United Kingdom, with the...

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Volkswagen Group promises electric trucks and buses by 2018

Volkswagen Truck & Bus, the Volkswagen Group's commercial vehicles unit responsible for the Man and Scania brands, and also a strategic partner of Navistar in the United States, is the latest to announce a commitment to electrification. The company wants to introduce electric vans and trucks for what is referred to as "last mile transportation...

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