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Yesterday, 03 January 2017

Tesla falls short of 2016 vehicle delivery target
Production problems in final quarter further hit US electric car maker’s output

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Ford: southern focus stays
Carmaker bows to Trump’s threats — but there is a market motive

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Five trends to watch out for at CES 2017
Voice control, AI, VR headsets, 5G and higher definition TVs expected at Las Vegas show

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Future PSA models to get built-in HD camera as standard
News 3 Jan, 2017 Garmin tie-up announced at CES 2017 with intelligent driving video recorder tech to be installed as standard

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VW faces fresh legal action in Germany over diesel scandal
Long-shot consumer group suit could yet prove test case

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Aston Martin Vanquish S: Phenomenal - a last triumphant blast from a fast-disappearing breed
Shed casts an eye back over his greatest hits of 2016

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Ford scraps Mexican plant plans after Trump threats
Move comes after president-elect vows to slap import tax on GM’s Mexican production

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Ford will build hybrid Mustang, electric SUV and autonomous car by 2021
News 3 Jan, 2017 Ford confirms plans for a major EV push, including hybrid Mustang, F-150, Transit and fully electric SUV with 300 mile range

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Ford scraps plans for $1.6bn Mexico plant
US manufacturers brace for shift in US policy from Trump White House

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Ford to launch hybrid Mustang, Transit, electric SUV by 2020
Ford today revealed its electrification plans, which include hybrid versions of some of its most popular models, as well as an all-electric SUV A Ford Mustang hybrid, as well as Transit and F-150 hybrids will arrive by 2020, as will an all-electric small SUV, in the brand’s renewed electric vehicle push. The models will be built at Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan, and is the main thrust of Ford’s $4.5billion (around £3.7billion) investment in electrified powertrains, which has now been extended by $700million (around £573million). Two new hybrid police cars and a hybrid autonomous car also feature in the plans. Read about Volkswagen's electric vehicle plans here Ford has not yet disclosed which engines the hybrid vehicles will be powered by, but the Mustang will offer “V8 power and even more low-end torque”, suggesting a smaller engine – perhaps the 2.3-litre Ecoboost - will be bolstered by electric power. The Mustang hybrid will go on sale in other markets after its introduction in 2020. The plug-in hybrid Transit will go on sale in Europe in 2019. Ford’s first all-electric SUV, which “will be nothing like anything we build today, and will be built in Flat Rock”, according to Ford CEO Mark Fields, and will have a range of at least 300 miles. Ford is also developing a wireless charging method, also announced at the press conference today. The SUV will be available in Europe, North America and Asi

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Ford cancels Mexico plant to invest $700m in Michigan following Trump tweet, and promises Mustang Hybrid
Shed casts an eye back over his greatest hits of 2016

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Facelifted Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 seen in public with visual upgrades
Next-generation hot crossover will get similar exterior tweaks to the regular car; no engine upgrades mean 376bhp and 350lb ft of torque The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 has been spotted testing ahead of an anticipated debut at the Detroit motor show. This is the first sighting of Mercedes's facelifted hot crossover model and shows that its visual updates will mirror those applied to the 2017 GLA, which has itself only just been previewed in a single teaser image. The biggest changes to the GLA 45 are focused around its front and rear, where new bumpers and sleeker headlights will give the car a refreshed look. The styling tweaks will bring the GLA models more into line with the closely-related A-Class range. Unlike the regular GLA, the more potent 45 model doesn't look to have gained a raised ride height compared to its predecessor, and instead continues to sit only slightly higher than the AMG A 45 hatchback with which it shares many parts. Along with the rest of the 2017 GLA range, the 45 will get Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration in its infotainment system, a

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA previewed ahead of Detroit motor show
Facelifted BMW X1 rival gets an evolved exterior design and raised ride height The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA has been previewed in a single image ahead of its world debut at the Detroit motor show next week. The future BMW X1 rival’s nose gains a new grille with black slats, while the headlights have been slimmed and the bumpers have swapped side grilles for fog lights. The changes bring the car’s design more into line with that of the car it is based on, the regular A-Class. Little else can be seen in the preview picture, but previous spy shots show that the car will run with a raised ride height, giving it a more rugged stance that moves its look closer to the realms of an SUV. Along with the visual updates, the facelifted GLA will also receive Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration in its infotainment system, as well as a redesigned touch screen. The outgoing car is offered with turbocharged four-cylinder engines in 200 petrol, 200 d diesel, 220 d diesel and 250 petrol guises. The new GLA is expected to retain this range but with each unit offering improved fuel economy and in some cases more power. The range-topping AMG GLA 45 is e

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New Eli Zero electric car apes Renault's Twizy at CES 2017
News 3 Jan, 2017 New Eli Zero electric car to be revealed at Consumer Electronics Show, described as a "two seater mobility device"

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How Autocar’s former editor predicted the self-driving car back in 1959
Maurice Smith, the editor of Autocar 60 years ago, had an impressively vivid knack of spotting future industry trends such as autonomous vehicles I would have liked to have worked at Autocar under Maurice A Smith (DFC), who was editor in the late 1950s and 1960s. I suspect he was a man with a story or two to tell. He served as a Wing Commander in World War Two and in 1941 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his achievements. He was also editor of Flight, Autocar’s sister publication when it was owned by the Iliffe and Sons publishing house. When it came to predicting future trends in the automotive industry, Smith was remarkably prescient. In our archives I stumbled across an editor’s leader in a March 1959 issue of Autocar that proves as much. In his words, Smith notes the development of anti-lock brakes and more grippy tyres, two trends that were progressing at the time. Yet he also forecasts collision avoidance systems, adaptive cruise control and autonomous vehicles, as well as many of the aspects of cars we take for granted today, such as smooth transmissions and capable suspension systems. Smith’s words make reference to the Simca Fulgar, a concept car shown at the 1959 Geneva motor show that previewed how cars might look in the year 2000: atomic powered, radar guided and voice controlled. Atomic powered? Well, two out of three ain't bad. Although they might have looked and sounded outlandish to the layman, Smith’s deep knowledge of avio

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Eli Zero electric city car - pictures

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2018 Audi Q8 flagship SUV spotted testing in Scandinavia
Audi will take on the BMW X6 and upcoming Range Rover Sport Coupé with a plush, high-tech five-seater that will top an SUV line-up set to expand to eight models The 2018 Audi Q8 has been spotted testing in the frozen climates of Scandinavia, showing the car's profile and some design details for the first time. Despite the camouflage, a coupé-like rear roofline and LED headlights and tail-lights can be seen. A broad, eight-corner, single-frame front grille, which houses a series of vertical chrome strips, is also visible. Until now, the only glimpse of the new SUV has come from the Q8 concept, which is due to be revealed at the Detroit motor show next week. The final production model will go on sale in 2018 as a rival to the BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport Coupé. Audi boss Rupert Stadler has described the Q8 as the firm's "flagship SUV" saying it will sit alongside the A8 at the top of the firm's range. "I could imagine an executive being driven to work every day in their A8 and then spending the weekend driving themselves in their Q8," he said. "The Q8 will have global appeal in all of the major markets - Europe, China, America, Russia and more, so we

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Tesla delays price increases blamed on Brexit until 14 January
Teslas delivered before April will retain free Supercharger access American electric car maker freezes prices of its models beyond original deadline; says eventual price increase related to weak value of the pound Tesla has delayed a planned increase in prices for its car models in Britain by two weeks due to strong demand experienced in December. The American electric car maker had planned to up prices by 5% from 1 January, but that date has now been pushed back by 14 days in order to allow customers who were unable to complete their order in time to avoid additional costs. Cars ordered by 14 January and delivered by 15 April will also retain free access to Tesla's network of Superchargers. After that, customers will have to pay to charge their cars following an initial free period of roughly 1000 miles. “Due to exceptionally high demand at the end of the year, we’ve extended the order date by two weeks for customers who were unable to finalise their purchase,” Tesla said. Tesla added that the increase in prices for its models has been driven by currency fluctuation: “Global pricing for our cars is fair and transparent as we believe it should be the same on a global level, adding only unavoidable taxes, customs duties and transportation costs. This means that currency fluctuations need to be accounted for by price changes over time.” Industry insiders label the weakened value of pound sterling following last year’s

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Seat Arona photographed testing for the first time
Seat’s upcoming small SUV has been photographed testing; it's the first time we’ve seen the car since first learning about it last year The 2017 Seat Arona small SUV has been spied winter testing ahead of its expected public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September and a market launch at the end of the year. Little can be seen underneath the Arona’s heavy disguise, but some detail of the head and tail-lights can be made out, including an Ateca-like geometric LED design at the rear. The Arona has a smoother design than the more angular Ateca, although this test car's camouflage may be disguising some of the sharper creases. The Arona is scheduled for release a few months after the new Ibiza, and is likely to share styling cues with the supermini; the Ateca’s design is derived from the Leon. Like the Ateca, the Arona will get an off-road friendly X-Perience trim level, and will very likely receive four-wheel drive in this variant, as well as on upper trim levels. As the Ateca shares engines with the mid-sized Leon, the Arona is expected to share engines and underpinnings with the smaller Ibiza hatchback. According to a Seat spokesman, the Ibiza, Leon and Ateca make up the other three “pillars of Seat”, meaning that the Arona will complete Seat’s

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The best 6-wheeled cars ever
Features 3 Jan, 2017 Sometimes four wheels simply aren't enough! Here are six of the coolest cars with six wheels ever made...

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Hot Kia GT design details shown in new preview video
Kia’s upcoming sports saloon will be revealed at the Detroit motor show; new footage shows several features of its exterior and some cabin details The 2017 Kia GT sports saloon has been previewed again in a new video that shows certain exterior and interior design details. Less than a week before the car's Detroit motor show debut, its headlights, tail-lights, body trim and exhaust tips are shown, as well as the outline of the car's engine and an above view of its centre console. The size of the car's engine and the carbonfibre trim that can be seen in the cabin suggest the featured car is the anticipated range-topping model. That car will be Kia's first performance saloon and a future rival for hot versions of the BMW 3 Series. It will be capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 5.1sec, making it the fastest accelerating Kia to date, and have a top speed above 150mph, as shown by the video below. Albert Biermann, Kia’s head of performance, has previously told us that the car will have rear-wheel drive and is likely to use the 315bhp four-cylinder engine from the GT4 Stinger concept, which, according to Biermann’s comments, has been shelved.