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Audi Sport lineup to grow to 16 cars by 2020

Things are about to get a lot busier at Audi Sport in the coming years as the official motorsport and performance arm of the brand with the four rings launches a barrage of new models to catch up with BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. Audi Sport models include all the RS cars as well as the R8 supercar and number 11 at present when you count all the body styles and...

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VW introduces 6-year/70,000-mile warranty

Volkswagen doesn't quite have the same reputation for dependability as some of its rivals, an issue only worsened by the diesel scandal. The automaker is keen to change perceptions, though. That's why it announced on Friday a new 6-year/72,000-mile (whichever comes first) People First Warranty. The bumper-to-bumper warranty, which is twice as...

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Volkswagen Group low-cost brand back on the table?

The VW Group for years has been mulling whether to launch a low-cost brand to challenge the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance's successful Dacia brand as well as some popular emerging market brands such as India's Tata and several offerings from China. The biggest hurdle remains manufacturing low-cost cars profitably. The VW Group has looked to...

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Mercedes tests the waters with on-demand drone delivery service

Automakers often tout "mobility services" as a potential source of future growth. It's easy to see car- and ride-sharing services fitting in with the portfolio of mobility services but there are many more possibilities. Mercedes-Benz, or more specifically Mercedes-Benz Vans, is testing the waters with an on-demand delivery service where...

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China’s Geely completes acquisition of Lotus

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in May agreed to purchase 51 percent of Lotus, giving the Chinese automaker a sports car brand to sit alongside its other brands which include the likes of Volvo, Lynk & Co. and Geely. Geely Holding on Friday closed the deal which sees the remaining 49 percent of Lotus go to Malaysian supplier Etika Automotive. Lotus CEO...

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Report: Former Porsche R&D chief arrested in connection to diesel scandal

Former Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz who stepped down in the wake of the diesel scandal afflicting the Volkswagen Group has been arrested in Germany as part of an investigation into the scandal by local prosecutors, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. German business daily Handelsblatt first reported the arrest and Sueddeutsche...

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California could introduce its own ban on internal combustion engine cars

The state of California is, and has been, a staunch supporter of electric cars and tight regulations aimed at curbing car emissions in order to reduce pollution. Most of its programs and initiatives have supported the sale of electrified cars in general, but the state may take a much bigger, more worrying step. California Governor Jerry Brown has expressed...

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Ford and Lyft partner on self-driving cars

Ford has partnered with ride-sharing company Lyft to help accelerate the rollout of a fully self-driving taxi service. It's a goal a number of firms spanning the automotive, ride-share and tech industries are chasing, and this has led to several partnerships like the one between Ford and Lyft. In fact, Lyft has been working closely with General Motors...

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Vacuum company Dyson plans electric car by 2020

British household appliance firm Dyson's claim to fame may be a bagless vacuum cleaner, but in the not too distant future we may also associate the company with cars. In an email sent to Dyson employees on Tuesday, founder and chief engineer James Dyson confirmed plans for an electric car to be launched by 2020—something he's been hinting...

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