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BMW i Vision Dynamics concept is a 373-mile EV that’s a bit homely – CNET

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BMW has been thinking about where its brand will go over the next 100 years, as evidenced by its Vision Next 100 concept. But its latest concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show brings that timeline down to a more sensible scale. The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept “offers a look ahead” to the near future of its electrified offerings with a vehicle that could soon slot between the i3 and…

How Does a Ballgown Compete with a $40 Million Bugatti? – New York Times

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

All designers take their inspiration where they can find it (a flower! a film!), but rarely is the relationship quite so obvious. Or quite so detrimental to one of the elements. The juxtaposition of cars and clothes made the connection clear, but unfortunately also the fact that the automotive design was far and away more interesting, complex and original than the fashion. Full of high polish though the collection was,…

Pain At The Pump: ‘Regular’ Cars That Run On Premium Fuel – Forbes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

You might be surprised to learn that the tiny Smart ForTwo requires costly premium-grade gasoline to realize its full performance potential…of 89 horsepower. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) Today’s precisely engineered cars with their higher-compression turbocharged and direct fuel-injected engines are increasingly recommending the use of costlier premium-grade fuel to achieve their maximum performance potential. And while one might expect high-powered luxury models and sports cars to require the added octane, we…

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept is a 373-mile EV that’s a bit homely – CNET

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BMW has been thinking about where its brand will go over the next 100 years, as evidenced by its Vision Next 100 concept. But its latest concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show brings that timeline down to a more sensible scale. The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept “offers a look ahead” to the near future of its electrified offerings with a vehicle that could soon slot between the i3 and…

Build batteries or lose jobs, auto bosses tell Europe – Reuters

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Europe shouldn’t rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric car batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers said at the Frankfurt motor show. The comments come as the future of the car has become a hot topic in campaigning ahead of Germany’s Sept. 24 election, especially after Britain and France announced plans to eventually phase out combustion…

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept is a 373-mile EV that’s a bit homely – CNET

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BMW has been thinking about where its brand will go over the next 100 years, as evidenced by its Vision Next 100 concept. But its latest concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show brings that timeline down to a more sensible scale. The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept “offers a look ahead” to the near future of its electrified offerings with a vehicle that could soon slot between the i3 and…

Build batteries or lose jobs, auto bosses tell Europe – Reuters

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Europe shouldn’t rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric car batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers said at the Frankfurt motor show. The comments come as the future of the car has become a hot topic in campaigning ahead of Germany’s Sept. 24 election, especially after Britain and France announced plans to eventually phase out combustion…

Volkswagen to ‘Electrify’ All 300 of Its Cars and SUVs by 2030 – Fortune

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Volkswagen is making another electric vehicle pledge, this time with promises to bring 80 new electrified vehicles to customers by 2025 and offer customers at least one electrified version of every model across the company by 2030. That translates into 300 models across all Volkswagen Group brands, which include Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen. Even Bentley and Lamborghini will be part of VW’s new “Roadmap E” plan. Keep in mind, this…

BMW’s i Vision Dynamics targets Tesla-topping range in a four-door coupe – TechCrunch

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BMW has a new electric concept vehicle designed to show how it envisions occupying its electric model range between the i3 and the i8: The i Visions Dynamics. The four-dour luxury coupe has a head-turning design, including Tesla-familiar features like flush door handles, but BMW is also touting its range at a whopping 373 miles, with a top speed of over 120 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time of just…

Audi’s Aicon concept ditches pedals and wheel in favor of full autonomy – TechCrunch

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Audi’s looking ahead to the what its vehicles will look like once true self-driving technology is available and on the roads with the Aicon, a new concept vehicle it’s debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. The Aicon ditches the steering wheel and pedals in favor of a design aimed at luxury and comfort, with a four-door, 2 by 2 seating design that can be quickly changed up depending…

BMW unveils the zippy i Vision Dynamics electric concept car – Engadget

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The iVision is part of the companies ongoing roadmap of bringing EVs and hybrids to the market. “Our top priority is electric mobility.” said BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the company. The automaker is planning 25 electrified vehicles (12 of them fully electric) by the year 2025. The i Vision Dynamic has a range of 600 kilometers (373 miles) so it’s clearly targeting the Tesla Model S market. the automaker…

How To Make Autonomous Cars See Better – Forbes – Forbes

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

An Audi AG Elaine electric concept autonomous automobile stands during its unveiling at the Volkswagen AG (VW) media night ahead of the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The 67th IAA opens to the public on Sept. 14 and features must-have vehicles and motoring technology from more than 1,000 exhibitors in a space equivalent to 33 soccer fields. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg Autonomous cars need…

China is banning traditional auto engines. Its aim: electric car domination – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

China plans to ban new vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel engines. The implications for the global auto industry run deep. The move is spun as an environmental story. But it’s a major economic story as well. China will set a deadline for carmakers to stop selling cars that run exclusively on gasoline or diesel fuel. The news was announced over the weekend by Xin Guobin, the country’s industry and…

Volkswagen to ‘Electrify’ All 300 of Its Cars and SUVs by 2030 – Fortune

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Volkswagen is making another electric vehicle pledge, this time with promises to bring 80 new electrified vehicles to customers by 2025 and offer customers at least one electrified version of every model across the company by 2030. That translates into 300 models across all Volkswagen Group brands, which include Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen. Even Bentley and Lamborghini will be part of VW’s new “Roadmap E” plan. Keep in mind, this…

GM is starting to build cars that can eventually drive without a human … – Recode

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

General Motors and its self-driving subsidiary Cruise have started to build Chevy Bolt electric vehicles that are being produced with fully autonomous hardware. In other words, once the software is ready — perhaps within months — these third-generation Bolt EVs will be able to operate themselves completely without a driver. GM is hardly the only company trying to build self-driving electric cars. But what sets it apart is its production…

Diesel drivers see thousands wiped off value of their cars due to a string of scrappage schemes – The Sun

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

USED diesels have fallen in value by as much as 26 per cent due to a string of scrappage schemes. Thousands have been wiped off prices, with the Vauxhall Corsa down by over a quarter against an average diesel drop of 5.7 per cent in three months. The UK Government has announced ‘toxin taxes’ which can see diesel drivers fined for taking their cars into cities With tougher new clean…

China’s Electric Car Push Lures Global Auto Giants, Despite Risks – New York Times

Monday, September 11, 2017

China wants the big players to share their electric car knowledge, too. The foreign automakers face new Chinese regulations that put heavy legal pressure on them to transfer electric-car technology to their local partners. Chinese officials are also set to impose stringent regulations that would force automakers like Volkswagen and G.M. to sell new-energy cars in the country if they want to continue selling the old-fashioned gasoline-powered types as well….

India’s Traffic Is So Bad It’s Changing the Cars People Buy – Bloomberg

Monday, September 11, 2017

India’s snarling traffic jams can leave cars crawling at under 5 kilometers an hour — making it almost faster to walk than drive. Now, ever lengthening commutes are pushing the country’s famously price-conscious consumers to upgrade to cars that are easier to drive. Most notably, more are buying pricier models that sport automatic gears and moving away from the manual stick-shifts that have long held sway over Indian roads. For…

India’s auto industry gears up for government’s electric vehicles push – Reuters

Monday, September 11, 2017

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s aggressive push to electrify all new vehicles by 2030 is compelling auto part manufacturers and carmakers to draw up early plans for electrification, company executives said. A new auto policy is in the works and will include a roadmap for electric vehicles, a government official said, adding that this is likely to be made public before year-end. Engine-maker Cummins India is investing in research on…

Frankfurt Auto Show May Perform Last Rites For Diesel – Forbes

Monday, September 11, 2017

Protesters demonstrating against the harmful effects of the diesel emissions scandal gather prior to a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel, state governors and city mayors on September 4, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The meeting was over the consequences to the diesel emissions scandal, as several city governments have announced they will seek to set a timeframe for banning diesel cars alltogether. The diesel emissions scandal at first only encompassed Volkswagen…