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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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Toyota starts testing Project Portal fuel cell semi truck

Toyota in April revealed a fuel cell-powered semi-trailer truck as part of its Project Portal program which aims to determine whether there's a viable future for the zero-emission technology when it comes to heavy-duty applications. On Thursday, the automaker announced that the truck is currently being used for short routes, known as drayage, at ports...

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Germany’s Wiesmann back in business

A niche German sports car marque known for retro roadsters powered by modern BMW engines is making a comeback. Wiesmann, currently led by Mercedes-Benz veteran Mario Spitzner, is working on a new sports car and on Tuesday signed a deal to source V-8 engines from BMW M—most likely the BMW tuner's 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. "Our co-operation...

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Hyundai looks to make car buying easier via transparent pricing, full refunds

Buying a car should be fun but for many the process can be tedious and in some cases harrowing. The process usually involves trekking to a number of dealerships and hoping there's someone available to serve you and arrange a test drive if necessary. Then there's the completely unnecessary process of negotiating a price. As we've seen in...

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FCA CEO Marchionne says Tesla, electric cars not viable

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE: FCAU] CEO Sergio Marchionne hasn't exactly been an ally to electric cars. This is the same executive who urged consumers to not buy the Fiat 500e electric car since FCA lost thousands of dollars with each one sold. Marchionne once again cast doubt on the viability of electric vehicles as a whole and said there isn't a...

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iPhone, Galaxy…911? Porsche joins the car-subscription race

In an effort to embrace the ever-changing automotive industry, Porsche announced today its own vehicle subscription service: Porsche Passport. The service offers on-demand access and white-glove delivery to its entire lineup of vehicles for a monthly fee. Just like your smartphone, it will be easier than ever to jump from model-to-model in Porsche's vehicle...

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