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Mercedes-Benz delivers almost 2.3M cars in 2017

It's been record sales almost across the board for luxury car brands in the past 12 months, and none have been doing it better than Mercedes-Benz. The Three-Pointed Star delivered a record 2,289,344 vehicles in 2017, an impressive 9.9 percent rise on the previous year. It means Mercedes now has seven consecutive years of growth under its belt, helped along...

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Porsche spearheading SPE platform for future VW Group electric supercars

Future supercars from the Volkswagen Group will have Porsche's engineering fingerprints throughout, according to a new report. Porsche has been tasked by the VW Group to develop an electric car platform for supercars, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on January 11. The VW Group did not comment on whether other brands had already expressed...

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FCA invests $1B in Michigan plant for Ram Heavy Duty, Jeep Wagoneer production

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Friday confirmed a $1 billion investment in its Warren Truck Assembly plant in Michigan to prepare it for production of next-generation Ram Heavy Duty pickups as well as new Jeep flagship SUVs. The plant currently builds the Ram 1500 but will switch to next-generation 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models in 2020. Next-generation Ram...

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There’s no shortage of startups looking to be among the first to develop safe and reliable self-driving systems to power fleets of potentially lucrative self-driving taxis. Among them is America’s Voyage, which was formed by ex-engineers of Apple and Alphabet and on Thursday received $3 million in funding from Jaguar Land Rover. This brings the company’s funding to date to …

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Fisker solid-state battery promises 500-mile range, 1-minute charging

Solid-state batteries represent the holy grail for automakers as they promise a driving range for electric cars comparable to internal combustion models, along with charging times that could match the speed of filling a gas tank. Revived electric car company Fisker last fall announced it had filed patents for solid-state battery technology that could enable...

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McLaren delivers record 3,340 cars in 2017

It's been another bumper year for McLaren as the British automaker set a new record for deliveries in 2017, and that's after back-to-back record deliveries in 2015 and 2016. McLaren delivered 3,340 cars in 2017, which compares to 3,286 in 2016 and 1,654 in 2015. Models from the Sports Series range accounted for about two thirds of the total...

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Proposed bill calls for ban on internal combustion cars in California by 2040

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. It started last fall when California Governor...

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Hyundai Mobis introduces world’s first panorama sunroof airbags

Hyundai Mobis, a long-time South Korea automotive supplier with obvious ties to Hyundai, introduced a world-first piece of safety equipment this past Saturday. Feast your eyes on the very first production panorama sunroof airbag. The airbag covers the almost the entire open portion of a panoramic sunroof, which extends past the front seats and into the rear...

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Report: Ford cancels redesign of Fusion for North America

Ford in a letter sent to suppliers has stated that the redesign of the Fusion for North America and the related Mondeo for Europe has been canceled, The Detroit News reports. The canceled program, referred to in the letter as CD542N, called for the redesigned Fusion's arrival in 2020. The car is still on track for China, however. The news could simply...

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VW self-driving car edges closer to reality with Aurora deal

The Volkswagen Group will use next week's 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to formally announce a strategic partnership with a self-driving company by the name of Aurora Innovation. You may not have heard of Aurora but you'll definitely know of the key people behind it if you've been following the current race in the...

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