We owe Chris Bangle an apology. The avant-garde BMW designer was roundly castigated when his provocative reworks of the 5 Series and 7 Series sedans hit the streets in the early 2000s. The undercut bodysides, contorted surfacing, and edgy detailing offended the auto industry’s chattering classes. Yet even the so-called “Bangle butt,” the squared-off trunklid
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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Chemistry Nobel Prize win for lithium-ion batteries is a win for green energy. US interior secretary criticized Green New Deal at a New Mexico oil and gas conference. PG&E is cutting electricity to around 800,000 homes and businesses in Northern California to prevent wildfires. Five great green jobs
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LONDON — Nissan has ended night shifts at its UK plant, whose future is said to be threatened by Britain’s departure from the European Union. Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, northeast England, is Britain’s largest car factory, building the Qashqai and Juke SUVs, along with the Leaf electric car. The factory’s output of about 440,000 cars
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The National Basketball Association lost almost all of its major Chinese sponsors in the country, the league’s biggest market outside the U.S., as the government flexes its economic muscle after a tweet backing Hong Kong’s protesters triggered a backlash. A local joint venture of Nissan Motor Co. was the latest to distance itself from the
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A Koenigsegg Agera RS originally destined for private sale has been revived after a second serious accident. Dubbed “Gryphon,” the cursed Agera RS was originally commissioned by an American collector, but suffered its first major crash during pre-delivery testing back in 2017. The rebuilt Gryphon was spotted near Koenigsegg HQ by Instagram user photochristofferf. Aside
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New Android Auto compatibility complements an outstanding suite of basic features in every RAV4 that includes at least a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility, automatic emergency braking, at least one USB charger, Bluetooth connectivity, and power features.  Good basic equipment and a generous touchscreen, which grows to 8.0 inches on Adventure, Limited, and TRD
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Ohio might be an odd place to look for the future of electrified vehicles. Like other Midwestern states, Ohio has no zero-emission vehicle sales mandate, so automakers spend little marketing electric vehicles and hybrids in the region. Those vehicles are sent to the coasts. “Manufacturers, they’re just not sending cars here for us to sell,”
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PARIS — Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s new chief operating officer, has spent much of the past 13 years shuttling between Tokyo and Paris in executive positions that gave him a bird’s-eye view of the Renault-Nissan alliance’s often-opaque structure. That broad experience, and a background that is neither French nor Japanese — nor tilted toward either Renault
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Front 3/4 view of 2012 Honda CR-V Concept World debuts for new concept and production models typically happen at premier auto shows, like the North American International Auto Show, the Tokyo Motor Show or even the IAA (more commonly known as the Frankfurt Auto Show). The Orange County International Auto Show, held annually in Anaheim,
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There was a time when SUVs were little more than farm trucks and safari shuttles, but as automotive tastes have changed over the past few decades, demand for luxury SUVs has shot through the panoramic multi-pane glass roof. There are more luxury SUVs now than ever before, and even heritage luxury automakers Bentley and Rolls-Royce
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Renault CEO Thierry Bollore’s future is in doubt amid strained relations with alliance partner Nissan, two French newspapers reported. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard will ask the automaker’s board to look for a successor to Bollore, Le Figaro said, citing unnamed sources. The search for Bollore’s successor could be on the agenda of Renault’s next board
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BMW has high expectations for the M8 performance lineup. In June, execs touted the 2020 M8’s prowess around the Nürburgring-Nordschliefe in coupe and convertible four. On Tuesday, BMW revealed the more practical performance machine that’s related to the two-doors: the 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe. There may be faster laps around the ‘Ring, but very
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TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn, still barred from leaving Japan as he awaits trial on financial misconduct charges, spends his days convening not only with lawyers but also his personal trainer. It is no coincidence the indicted former Nissan chairman is working out, walking and bicycling to regain weight he lost during his 129 days of
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Volvo reaches an important milestone in its powertrain electrification programme with the debut of the new T5 Twin Engine hybrid system in the premium compact XC40 SUV. The introduction makes Volvo the only manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid versions across its entire product range. The T5 Twin Engine marries Volvo’s efficient new 1.5-litre three-cylinder 180hp
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