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CAR NEWS: All new Audi A8s to feature mild-hybrid systems

Before touching on the news about every future flagship A8 will in fact be a hybrid, let’s soak in the beauty and grace of this superb range-topping luxury car. The new A8 is slightly longer, narrower and incredibly distinguished. And yes, the rear light treatment also reminds me of Lincoln… On the technology front, the A8 is first car to ...

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NEW CAR: Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid will be the Bentayga

And some say the auto industry hasn’t changed much… Ferrari’s doing turbos, Jaguar has a diesel SUV, and now Bentley’s SUV will be the first of the storied English brand’s line-up to feature plug-in hybrid technology. Odds are that the massively heavy and luxurious SUV’s new powertrain will be heavily based on the one found under the Porsche Cayenne S ...

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TECH: City streetlights as EV chargers

This is a chicken or the egg situation. If more affordable EV cars are offered, will consumers buy more? Or will a stronger recharging infrastructure convince more consumers to purchase an EV as their next car? Car manufacturers are working at multiplying the number of EVs so now it’s up to the grid to keep up. This is where ebee ...

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QUICK CAR REVIEW: 2017 Ford Focus EV

2017 Ford Focus EV

Invisible EV Most EV buyers, early adopters at the very least, want it to be known that they’ve purchased a car that will save the world. The Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Bolt, Mitsubishi i-Miev and even the Kia Soul EV look different, or special. The Focus EV has the curb appeal of a rental car. Does this make it bad choice? ...

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QUICK CAR REVIEW: 2017 Mazda CX-5 GS

2017 Mazda CX-5 GS

Upper middle-class Buyers of compact crossovers are generally practical people looking for an equally practical vehicle. Styling’s on the list of semi-important criteria somewhere after pricing, roominess, safety, features and fuel economy but with the new CX-5, it comes standard, and at no extra cost. After a week’s drive, I still looked back at the small ‘ute’s clean, nearly high-end ...

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FIRST REVIEW: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

  The more I think about it, the more it seems that Subaru’s new Crosstrek might be the closest car to shortly be available capable of bridging nearly all gaps in the automotive world. I write these words keeping one other car in mind, one that I believe could serve as the one car to meet all true needs: the ...

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