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Lottery Winner? Here’s a Few Options for That Cash

Bring a big checkbook and be prepared for speed, speed and more speed.

by on Jan.03, 2018

With some lottery winnings, this could be an early purchase on a spending spree of millions of dollars.

With lottery winnings possibility encroaching upon a $1 billion, players often wonder aloud what they might spend their winnings on, if they should manage to pick the correct six numbers.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options in the automotive world. Though a completely tricked out Ford Mustang or Bentley Bentayga – more likely, the new Volvo V90 in the case of one ticket-holding automotive scribe – might top the list, there are even bigger items.

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If one holds a ticket worth nearly half a million dollars, adding an additional set of zeroes before the decimal point is certainly within a winners newly expanded budget. (more…)

China Bans Production of 553 Vehicle Models

Government looks to make dramatic improvements to air quality.

by on Dec.29, 2017

China is taking dramatic steps to improve the air quality in its largest cities.

China continues to crack down on the causes of air pollution in its largest cities with the latest measure being the banning of production of 553 vehicles starting in January.

The halt begins Jan. 1, the China Vehicle Technology Service Center said, according to Bloomberg News. While many of the vehicles affected are vehicles produced by Chinese manufacturers, also on the list are models from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Chevrolet.

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The move reflects the seriousness of the problem and the government’s determination to get it resolved. In recent months, the government has cut back steel production, restricted coal use and rolled out a plan to eliminate internal combustion engines in cars by 2040. (more…)

Alfa’s Next SUV Will Be Bigger, Hybrid-Powered

Making “a little big bigger.”

by on Dec.28, 2017

Auto Express used a bit of Photoshop magic to give a hint of what the larger Alfa SUV might look like.

Alfa Romeo’s next SUV will not only be the brand’s biggest model ever but also its first hybrid, according to the Italian automaker’s chief technical officer.

With the Stelvio, Alfa’s first ute, clicking with buyers around the world, the brand is betting the next, as yet-unnamed SUV will continue to power its global revival plan. But it will be just one of three new models set to debut during the next couple years.

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“The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little bit bigger?” asked CTO Roberto Fedeli, in an interview with Britain’s Auto Express magazine. (more…)

Nissan, Honda Join Race for Next-Gen Solid State Batteries

Automakers chase "the Holy Grail" of a more powerful, lighter, cheaper battery that charges as quickly as motorists can fill up a gas tank.

by on Dec.21, 2017

BMW's Klaus Froehlich with the new i8 Roadster, Next Vision concept and i3s, which may all use solid state batteries in the future.

(Note: The name of Solid Power’s CEO has been corrected to Josh Buettner-Garrett.)

The race to develop next-generation batteries that could substantially increase range plus reduce costs – and dramatically improve the appeal of tomorrow’s electrified vehicles – is rapidly heating up.

Just days after BMW announced a new joint venture aimed at developing promising new solid state batteries, Japanese automakers Nissan and Honda have confirmed they are working on the technology, as well.

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“Solid state technology is finally taking off,” Josh Buettner-Garrett, CEO of Colorado-based Solid Power, a start-up focusing on the new technology, told TheDetroitBureau.com. “What’s spurring all the recent activity has been (breakthroughs) that enable competition with lithium-ion for applications like automobiles.” (more…)

BMW Launching All-New X2 and Updated i8 Coupe at NAIAS

Look for an array of coupes, concepts, crossovers and more.

by on Dec.18, 2017

Attendees at the Detroit Auto Show will get the first full look at BMW's new X2 M Sport model.

It’s hard to keep up with all the new stuff rolling out of the BMW product development center. Barely two months after filling the stage with an assortment of sedans, coupes, crossovers and concepts at the L.A. Auto Show, the Bavarian automaker says it will have some big news to come in Detroit, as well.

Look for two major announcements at the North American International Auto Show next month, starting with the global debut of the X2, BMW’s newest crossover. Also to debut: a mid-cycle update of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

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“The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics,” Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president, BMW Group Design, said in a statement, adding that the “standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of the BMW to the compact segment.” (more…)

Toyota Expects Electrified Vehicles Will Make Up Half of Its Global Sales

Automaker planning partnership with Panasonic.

by on Dec.13, 2017

Toyota Pres. Akio Toyoda at the launch of the Lexus LC coupe - which is offered with a hybrid option.

Toyota Motor Co. President Akio Toyoda said Wednesday that he expects half of the company’s sales to come from electrified vehicles – including hybrids and plug-based models – by 2030.

Toyoda spoke during a news conference called to announce a partnership with Panasonic to develop new battery technology that would be used for future Toyota products. The emphasis on electrified vehicles underscores a major shift in strategy by Japan’s largest automaker which, until recently, focused on hybrids but steered clear of more advanced plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

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“The auto industry is now facing a major change of the kind that comes once in a hundred years,” said the 61-year-old grandson of Toyota’s founder.

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