Nissan unveils four new concepts to preview electrification drive

Nissan unveils four new concepts to preview electrification drive

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Nissan recently announced its electrification strategy, confirming it would launch 23 electrified models between now and 2030. 15 of those cars will be pure-electric vehicles, and the company has previewed how some of them will look with these four new concepts.The first of the bunch, called the Nissan Chill Out, isn’t that far away from reality. It’ll morph into the brand’s replacement for the Leaf, which will go into production in the middle of this decade, leading the development of Nissan’s reinvented Sunderland EV hub.The Chill Out is a coupe-SUV, which is designed to rival the Citroen e-C4. It also features the same design language as Nissan’s larger next-generation EV, the Ariya, sharing the same narrow headlamps, U-shaped grille and swept-back windscreen.It’s based on the brand’s CMF-EV underpinnings and is…
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New Genesis G90 revealed as striking luxury flagship

New Genesis G90 revealed as striking luxury flagship

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Genesis has revealed the first official images of the new G90, the brand’s range-topping luxury saloon set to take on the Mercedes S-Class. Described as “the most elegant interpretation of the brand’s design philosophy of Athletic Elegance yet” by the Hyundai Group’s premium brand, the Genesis G90 combines many design features seen on its most recent models, such a the smaller G80 saloon and GV80 SUV.These include the prominent ‘Crest’ grille and horizontal two-line headlamps, which stretch outwards from the grille and link back over the car’s front wings. The lights themselves are the slimmest offered on any Genesis model, neatly combining both daytime running lights and low beams by using Micro Lens Array (MLA) technology. Even the car’s indicators stretch around the entire front end. Efforts to “create a sleek impression”…
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UK petrol and diesel prices: petrol stations urged to cut prices

UK petrol and diesel prices: petrol stations urged to cut prices

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Latest figures from RAC Fuel Watch reveal the price of oil fell by $10 to $73 a barrel last week, but the UK’s petrol retailers are hanging on to extra margin instead of cutting pump prices.According to the RAC’s analysts, unleaded is now priced at 12p a litre more than it should be, while diesel is 10p per litre too expensive.These figures are based on the RAC assessment that the average forecourt price for unleaded is 147.64p a litre while the diesel average is 150.85p. Had the drop in oil prices been passed on, the average price would be 135p and 141p respectively.The RAC said retailers have been living up to the worst ‘rocket and feather’ behaviour by resisting reducing their pump prices in stark contrast to what they do…
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New BMW Concept XM previews sporty XM production car due in 2022

New BMW Concept XM previews sporty XM production car due in 2022

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Electrification has already started to spread to the world of performance, and BMW is embracing it with its new Concept XM, a plug-in hybrid prototype that previews a high-performance petrol-electric production SUV that we’ll see in 2022.The series model will be called XM, and BMW has confirmed that the new machine will be available exclusively in M guise, making it the first standalone M model since the firm’s M1 in the division’s 50th anniversary year. The XM will be the first electrified model in the high-performance segment.The Concept XM is powered by a newly developed M Hybrid drive system that comprises a turbocharged V8 engine and an electric motor, together delivering a total of 739bhp and 1,000Nm of torque; the eventual production model will offer a power and torque output…
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‘Vietnam’s Vinfast could be even better than Korea’s Kia’

‘Vietnam’s Vinfast could be even better than Korea’s Kia’

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There’s nowt wrong with a catchy one-liner, but the often-repeated claim that goes something like “the switch from internal combustion to pure-electric cars is the biggest change ever in the history of the auto industry” is not right, I suspect. If you really must know what the largest transformation was (and still is), in the last 100-plus years of car building, here’s your answer – Asia.  In the 1970s,  the first  Asian car maker – Japan – broke the Europe/North America “cartel” by tempting buyers into models offering more bang for their buck and better quality. A decade or two later, South Korea – an even smaller country with far fewer people – also launched itself as a maker of value cars for export. Neighbouring China jumped on the bandwagon, too.…
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UK car production down 41.4% in October

UK car production down 41.4% in October

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Car manufacturing in the UK fell 41.4 per cent year-on-year in October 2021, with just 64,729 vehicles rolling off production lines, making for the worst October for the industry since 1956.The continuing global semiconductor shortage was the main cause, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), adding that this was compounded by the closure of Honda’s factory in Swindon at the end of July.Production for domestic and overseas markets was down 37.9 per cent and 42.1 per cent respectively. Eight in 10 cars built in the UK in October were shipped abroad, with 60 per cent of these heading to EU countries. Shipments to the EU fell 29.2 per cent during the month, with the number of cars sent to Japan and the US down 57.1 per…
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‘Lap of Lights’ festive illuminations open at the Silverstone circuit

‘Lap of Lights’ festive illuminations open at the Silverstone circuit

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Silverstone’s Lap of Lights festive track tour has been officially opened by Anthony Davidson at the wheel of the World Championship-winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas W10 Formula 1 car.   The Lap of Lights is an unique attraction at the famous motor circuit, which families can enjoy from the comfort of their own cars from 26 November until 3 January. Billed as the UK’s only light and laser drive, Silverstone says this year visitors will be able to travel from Silverstone to San Francisco, Paris to the Pyramids and get ready to follow Santa on his epic, globe-hopping adventure.The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team embraced the Christmas spirit at the official opening on 25 November, decorating their car in festive lights. Spectators at the preview event included invited NHS and Emergency Service employees and their families…
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Lexus LC Coupe and Convertible gain chassis upgrades for 2022

Lexus LC Coupe and Convertible gain chassis upgrades for 2022

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Lexus has revised its LC Coupe and LC Convertible models for their 2022 model year with a round of tweaks. The changes include suspension, software and even safety improvements, with the aim of keeping the car competitive against rivals such as the BMW 8 Series.The Japanese firm says it has made changes to the LC Coupe’s suspension settings, to give the driver “a better sense of the car being in contact with the road.” The firm hasn’t divulged specifics, but it claims the changes have improved the car’s steering response.Lexus’s engineers have also recalibrated both cars’ drive modes, to provide more comfort in Normal mode and slightly sharper handling in the Sport S+ setting. Lexus says that the chassis in both cars now better manages pitch and roll as a…
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NIO and Shell sign agreement for battery swap stations

NIO and Shell sign agreement for battery swap stations

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Chinese electric car maker NIO has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Shell, which among other things, will see EV battery swapping stations installed in Europe.The agreement states that NIO and the energy giant will "jointly construct and operate battery charging and swapping facilities". The plan is to install 100 battery swapping stations in China by 2025, and "start to construct and operate" pilot stations in Europe.NIO has already installed over 300 battery swapping stations across China. Currently only available to owners of the brand's cars, the facilities can remove a flat battery and exchange it for a fully charged one in three minutes - significantly faster than even the quickest chargers and in a similar ball park to filling up with fuel.Shell will also make its charging network…
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Electric overtakes petrol as next fuel choice for car buyers

Electric overtakes petrol as next fuel choice for car buyers

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Autovia, parent company of Auto Express, has found evidence that public mass adoption of electric vehicles is on the horizon. The firm is currently conducting a survey, which shows that more car buyers are considering an electric vehicle for their next purchase than a petrol one.As of November 2021, 33.9 per cent of those surveyed said they’re considering buying an EV next. By comparison, 25.4 per cent of participants said they’re shopping for a petrol car, and around 10 per cent said they’re considering a diesel model.Other propulsion types, such as the various types of hybrids, have so far garnered a following of between 7.5 and 15 per cent of participants – or, less than half of those interested in an electric car.The survey also tracks buying attitudes over time.…
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