Koenigsegg aims to build a ‘CO2 neutral’ combustion supercar

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Koenigsegg doesn’t just want combustion-powered supercars to compete with EV’s in terms of raw performance. It wants to compete in eco-friendliness, too. In talking with Top Gear, company founder Christian von Koenigsegg said he was working with National Electric Vehicle Sweden to develop a €1 million ($1.15 million) hybrid supercar that was “completely CO2 neutral.” The solution, he said, was melding the automaker’s …

2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Announced

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In news that should surprise precisely no one, there will be a convertible version of the all-new eighth-generation 911 introduced last fall. Also of no surprise: It’ll once again be available in rear-wheel drive Carrera S and all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S sub models. The Turbo Cabriolet is expected to be announced at a later time. As expected, the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet possesses …

Toyota Recalls 70,000 Vehicles to Replace Air Bag Inflators

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Toyota is recalling about 70,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The recall covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla, the 2002 to 2005 Sequoia, the 2003 to 2005 Tundra and the 2002 to 2005 Lexus SC. Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to …

Rivian Unviels R1T Electric Adventure Truck

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After nine years of design and development, automotive startup Rivian unveiled not one but two new electric vehicles (each with Level 3 autonomy) at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday. The R1T is a pickup built specifically for off-road adventuring while the swanky R1S looks to compete with Range Rover’s line of upscale SUVs in both looks and amenities. Both …

BMW Q3 Profit Falls 27%

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BMW reported a 27 percent drop in third-quarter operating profit to 1.75 billion euros ($2 billion) amid currency headwinds, trade tensions and higher research and development expenses. Earnings were hit by higher raw material prices, currency effects, higher provisions for goodwill and warranty measures, tariffs between China and the U.S. and a price war in Europe. Despite a slight rise …

Porsche introduces new programs for short-term rentals

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Porsche is introducing two new pilot programs to follow up Porsche Passport, the subscription service announced a year ago. Passport was launched with a fairly simple plan: For $2,000 a month Atlanta-based customers can access eight different Porsche cars depending on needs; for $3,000 the choice widened to 22 cars. Passport cars are available monthly. Now, there are two new programs called …

Audi drops manual transmissions from 2019 US-lineup

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Fans of three pedals should shift their attention away from Audi showrooms for the 2019 model year. The automaker issued a statement on Friday that in response to weak demand it will no longer offer a manual transmission model in its U.S.-market lineup beginning next year. Audi also confirmed that it will pull the no-cost 6-speed manual option from its A4 …

Volkswagen’s Latest Pop-Top Camper Van Has Everything, including the Kitchen Sink

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For those avid voyagers who think that the regular Volkswagen California camper van isn’t enough for their needs, there’s a new, even bigger VW pop-top called the Grand California. Based on the larger Crafter commercial van rather than the smaller Transporter, this bigger van is for those who want to live a larger van life. Bigger inside in nearly every dimension, the …

Audi’s latest infotainment system is a smarter driving companion

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Audi is bringing in major updates to their MMI infotainment system. The new infotainment system, called MMI Touch Response, has done away with the rotary dial found on the previous version; there are now two displays instead of one. The top 10.1-inch main screen handles navigation, media and most of the car’s settings and the new, smaller 8.6-inch display takes care …